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Rocky Road Ice Cream

There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs, and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines.

Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes the strawberry, puts it in her mouth and enjoys it thoroughly.

Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life, it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.

-“The Wisdom of No Escape”

Easy-to-Make Rocky Road Ice Cream

Gluten, egg and dairy-free

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 pint of non-dairy vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbs melted non-dairy chocolate, cooled
  • 1/4 c. Dandies marshmallows, chopped
  • 1/2 c. almonds, roughly chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine ice cream, cocoa powder and melted chocolate in a food processor until smooth and blended.
  2. Fold in marshmallows and chopped almonds. Re-freeze for 30 minutes.
  3. Yes, that is it.

Tigers ablove, tigers below… heck, I’m going to eat ice cream.

50 Comments Post a comment
  1. So true! We might as well enjoy this precious moment since it’s the only one we’re promised!

    May 30, 2012
  2. Awe, what a lovely, thought-provoking tale. It is so very true. I needed to be reminded of that as of late.

    And if that sentiment does not help me feel better, I guarantee a scoop of this ice cream would! *hehe* πŸ™‚

    Sending you lots of hugs!

    May 29, 2012
  3. I always feel so enlightened when I come visit you; I would have probably eaten more than just one berry πŸ™‚

    Rocky Road Icecream brings back so many memories, this is my aunts favorite ice cream – she would always bring us for cones and we would get the rocky road…mmmm I could totally go for one of these today!

    May 29, 2012
  4. So perfect and true. I took Caroline and Aidan to meet my mama for her birthday yesterday. On the way home, Caroline said how good a person she seems and again I found myself angry at some unknown being for altering the course of my life and taking that woman’s children from her for 30 years. It’s hard not to wish away my life and imagine how different it could be growing up with hugs and kisses and “I love you”s every day. Alas, it would have been different and *that* life would not have been perfect either. I have this life and no other. I can not change the past only grab the present and make it count.

    Here’s to making our todays count, Cara.

    May 29, 2012
    • There will always be tigers, right? πŸ˜‰ Your life is perfect just as it is and for some strange cosmic reason it was supposed to happen this way. You are so right. Wishing you tons of strawberries today. xo!

      May 29, 2012
  5. Brilliant post, Cara! I love, love, love this. The ice cream, and the sentiment. πŸ™‚

    May 29, 2012
  6. That story is such a good reminder- thank you for keeping me in check. And for tempting me on a warm day with icy treats! πŸ™‚

    May 29, 2012
    • I will have to bring some in person when I see you next…

      May 29, 2012
  7. PS just so I understand the parable clearly, it is better to eat a strawberry or a red vine than a mouse? Right?

    May 28, 2012
    • I think you are supposed to release tigers from their cages at the zoo, then challenge a mouse to a staring contest, then eat a strawberry, then have a good day?

      May 29, 2012
  8. Dandies come in handy! I wish I had some to go with my strawberries for dessert. I have such a fond memory of my Aunt Elaine and Uncle Joe taking my sister and me out for Chinese Food and then rocky road ice cream after. (my mom and drank dessert so we were amazed that dessert could have all these amazing flavors withour being 100 proof) Thanks for the beautiful pics.

    May 28, 2012
    • Were these some of the memories you had to hash out during your years in the clink? πŸ˜‰ You seriously crack me up…

      May 29, 2012
  9. holy delicousness dippity dip.. i need some of this rocky road right now!.. just got back from the beach.. the water is still cold, but hey the sun was out and hubbs was learning to skateboard.. yeah mid life shenanigans.. i am waiting for my mom in law to call me and tell me to go hide the thing:)

    May 28, 2012
    • HAHA! It’s never too late to learn how to ride a skateboard. I remember trying to learn back when I was in my 20s but when I landed in the 1/2 splits position, ripping the knee in my jeans, I kinda knew I was hopeless at it. Hopefully husband is wearing a helmet πŸ™‚ Feed him some ice cream to distract him…

      May 29, 2012
  10. YUMMO. Love me some rocky road. Silly tigers.

    May 28, 2012
    • And I love me some YUMMO πŸ™‚

      May 29, 2012
  11. What a beautiful story, thanks for sharing! I was sad at first, but then I smiled when she chose to enjoy a moment of simple pure happiness as her final moment πŸ™‚

    May 28, 2012
    • I love how it is the predicament of all of our lives. There is always something we can choose to be upset about OR we can find the good in the moment. xo!

      May 29, 2012
  12. Lizzie #

    I cannot explain why, but somehow that little story is EXACTLY what I needed to read at this exact moment, and I am sitting here at my computer with tears in my eyes. Thanks for the perfect lesson for today. XOXOX

    May 28, 2012
    • Ohmygosh, you are going to make ME cry just hearing that this was exactly what you needed to hear. I love how the Universe does that. May you find your strawberry today Lizzie πŸ™‚ xo

      May 29, 2012
  13. That’s WAY too deep for me, Cara :D. Haha, no I get it really. This ice cream looks like it’s waiting for me to devour it…

    May 28, 2012
    • P.S. My blog has a facebook page now! Our blogs can be friends.

      May 29, 2012
      • We are so social media friends now, it’s sickening.

        May 29, 2012
    • Ha! I’m hoping this means that I have a thing or 2 to teach you and that you really don’t know everything as your presume πŸ™‚ Now hurry up, your ice cream is melting!

      May 29, 2012
  14. Laurel #

    I think I need a care package. Will you send me a brace of tigers please?

    May 28, 2012
    • How about I opt for some strawberries for you to enjoy instead??? xo Hi friend–always have you on my mind. xo

      May 28, 2012
      • That seems the safer option…

        May 29, 2012
        • Or Laurel, I will ship Nick to you so the 2 of you can battle it out with your fancy vocabularies…

          May 29, 2012
  15. Unfortunately, I’ve been living like this a lot lately. And the strawberry is filled with cream cheese and dipped in chocolate with cookie sprinkled on it and it’s about the size of Rhode Island.

    May 28, 2012
  16. An apt analogy and a gorgeous dessert! Happy Monday Cara, hope you had a great weekend! πŸ™‚

    May 28, 2012
    • Happy Monday, Shira! Hope you are well, my friend. xoxo

      May 28, 2012
      • How polite of you both :D.

        May 28, 2012
        • I love how you are butting into all of my conversations. haha. I am so returning the favor now…

          May 29, 2012
  17. I love that story. and its so true — we all have our “tiger moments” whether it be job, friend, school, or health related. and sometimes the best way to deal is to just live in the moment and let come what may. Such a great reminder to start off the week. thank you. and your RR ice cream looks magnificent!! YUMMMMM!

    May 28, 2012
    • It’s funny because I catch myself saying, “Well if this was different then it would be better” but this story always brings it back to me that there will always be something. And at times, it will be over-consuming yet even there, I still have the choice to enjoy the moment. Absolutely brilliant and easier said than done, right?
      xoxo!!

      May 28, 2012
  18. Great parable and reminder, as always.
    And oddly enough, marshmallows are a “food” that I have never, ever understood. They’ve always seemed unnecessary to me, and even though they make vegan versions, I’ve never had an interest.
    However, your pictures are so beautiful that I might just pick them out of that cone and eat around them. After all, there will always be Tigers and nothing’s perfect, right? πŸ˜‰

    May 28, 2012
    • P.S. Sorry. I realized I capitalized “Tigers,” simply because I’m a huge baseball nut and live in Michigan. Disregard that part πŸ˜‰

      May 28, 2012
    • How about I just make you an Abby Special that has no marshmallows in them already? See! The care is oozing from my pores…

      May 28, 2012
      • I think I can live with the fact that you are a Tigers fan. I mean, after all, most have to overlook my Angels love, so really, we are even…

        May 28, 2012
  19. what a lovely tale. i love hearing those types of fables that make me re-evaluate life and how i handle situations. i could particularly use a little perspective right now, actually…..

    rocky road was always MY favorite. it’s got everything a lady could ever want- chocolate, marshmallows, and nuts. i love how your icecream is speckled, too! looks amazing πŸ˜‰

    May 28, 2012
    • The speckle was a mistake but hey, I decided to embrace it and just go with it. That was me, attempting to enjoy my strawberry πŸ™‚ Here’s to plenty of perspective today…

      May 28, 2012
  20. this I have to try with my newly found vegan marshmallows – at last ice cream that isn’t just a basic flavour!

    May 28, 2012
    • Absolutely not! The possibilities are endless from here… Did you find Dandies?

      May 28, 2012

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