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Concord, California, United States
I am a sometimes-writer, everyday mama, creative failure and experimental cook. I am interested in living a beautiful life, spending time with my family and making things that I can feel proud of. When I'm by myself I'm usually outside. Don't bother calling because chances are that I didn't bring my cell phone because I couldn't find it. If you see me walking, it's because I lost my keys and if you see me with only one child... I'm probably in big trouble.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Delicious Treats

Last night I plucked a half a dozen oranges from our tree in the back yard.  Now that the weather has warmed up, our oranges are seriously sweet and juicy.

After the girls went to bed I squeezed the oranges and put the juice in the fridge to chill overnight.  Everyone was really excited to wake up to homemade orange juice this morning.

So much of my children's food preference is determined by presentation.  They will eat just about anything if it's served to them in a way that they think is fun or creative.

I decided to surprise them with the easiest dessert idea for this evening and I know that they are going to go nuts  for it.

I halved, juiced and removed the pulp from and orange.  Then I filled each half with fresh squeezed orange juice and put them in the freezer.

I promise you that my girls are going to be so excited to finish the day with this healthy and delicious frozen treat!

And as a little treat for myself, I made an easy but delicious iced coffee.  It's just cool black coffee, ice and light whipped cream (>1 carb and 20 calories per serving).

Mmm... I should do this more often.  It feels like luxury but it isn't a cheat!


  1. I LOOOOOVE iced coffee! LOVE IT!

  2. I refuse to drink orange juice unless it's fresh squeezed. what a great idea for the frozen treat!

  3. Oh. My. Magical.

    I love this! I must confess -- I've never had fresh squeezed orange juice. Now I want it!

  4. Jess, it is sincerely the easiest thing in the world. I have a little hand juicer, which is basically a cup that has a top with a slatted cone about it. You basically just press the orange into the cone and twist it. The cup catches the juice and prevents the seeds from slipping through. I've seen them at the dollar store. You can just squeeze them in your hand, but this is messy and the seeds always fall into the juice.

    Happy juicing! :)