Zucchini Bread Ice Cream Sandwiches with Frozen Custard

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Zucchini Bread Frozen Custard Ice Cream Sandwiches

I know that summer doesn’t “officially” start until the middle of June, but the temperatures here in Florida are in the low 90s already, so I’m going to go ahead and announce that summer is here for me! There is something so wonderful about summertime – it seems celebratory. The sun is out, kids are out of school for a few weeks, people are heading to the beach and pool, and everything seems to be a little more relaxed. Quick and easy meals are always a plus, as I want to maximize my time with my friends and family. One of my favorite meals to put together is pizza: you can’t go wrong with a classic! And speaking of classics, finishing off a meal with some frozen custard…or more specifically: zucchini bread ice cream sandwiches with frozen custard is the perfect way to cap off dinner.

DIGIORNO® pizzeria!™ Thin Crust Pizza

Thankfully, there are options to keep meals quick and easy in the summertime. Being able to pop a pizza into the oven and have it ready in a short amount of time alongside a fresh garden salad is fantastic, and my friends and family definitely enjoyed slices of DIGIORNO® pizzeria!™ Thin Crust Pizza – Supreme Speciale, as well as the Spinach & Mushroom variety. The crust is crispy on the outside but soft and airy on the inside, which is the perfect combination in my opinion.

DIGIORNO® pizzeria!™ Thin Crust Pizza

I appreciate that they do not use any artificial flavors as well. It is going to be a much faster process to pop one of these pizzas in the oven instead of ordering out, plus it is going to be much more affordable. Win-win! It’s a great option to consider to feed a group, and with a few different flavor varieties to choose from, everyone will be satisfied! I am able to continue on with my summer fun without worrying about slaving away in the kitchen. Although I love doing that at times, it just isn’t practical every single day!

Zucchini Bread Frozen Custard Ice Cream Sandwiches

As much as I’d love to chow down on pizza alone, I have to save room for dessert as well. A frozen treat is just what you need on a hot summer day. Today I’m turning a fresh baked chocolate chip zucchini bread into a scrumptious ice cream sandwich. Oh yes.

Walmart

I was able to easily find my DIGIORNO® pizzeria!™ Thin Crust Pizza and my EDY’S® Frozen Custard at Walmart in the frozen foods section. One quick trip was all I needed to acquire everything for my table.

Zucchini Bread Frozen Custard Ice Cream SandwichesZucchini Bread Frozen Custard Ice Cream Sandwiches

I love zucchini bread all on its own. It’s great for breakfast or for a sweet snack. But it gets taken to another level when you sandwich a creamy, delicious scoop of EDY’S® Frozen Custard in Old Fashioned Vanilla between two slices. Their new frozen custard is ice cream’s creamier cousin, is made with fresh milk, and contains no artificial colors or flavors. This stuff is dreamy, I’m telling you! I am such a sucker for anything that brings back memories of living in Wisconsin and enjoying frozen custard. I am happy to enjoy it all on its own, but enhancing it takes it up another notch. The Old Fashioned Vanilla is seriously scrumptious when it’s paired with fresh baked zucchini bread – I’m telling you!

Zucchini Bread Frozen Custard Ice Cream SandwichesZucchini Bread Frozen Custard Ice Cream Sandwiches

My suggestion is to make a big batch of zucchini bread muffins – use some of them for ice cream sandwiches, and then enjoy the rest for breakfast another day. At least, that’s what I would do! Of course, that requires you to have leftovers…and if everyone enjoys them as much as I do, you might be left with an empty plate!

Zucchini Bread Frozen Custard Ice Cream Sandwiches
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (about 2 large or 3 medium squash)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir together to mix. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, combine sugar and butter. Beat with a mixer on medium speed until softened butter and sugar are incorporated. Add the eggs one at a time, then mix well. Then, add the shredded zucchini and vanilla and beat until fully combined.
  4. Turn your mixer to low speed, then begin adding the flour mixture by heaping spoonful to the wet mixture. Continue adding scoops of the flour gradually until all is used and the batter is thick.
  5. Turn off the mixer and gently stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Pour batter into muffin pans (either with cupcake liners or a pan coated with cooking spray), then bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove muffins from oven and allow to cool. When cool, use a serrated knife to slice open a muffin through the middle (separate the top from the bottom). Add a scoop of vanilla frozen custard to the bottom of the muffin, then add the muffin top back on to complete the sandwich. Enjoy!

Zucchini Bread Frozen Custard Ice Cream Sandwiches

You can get a coupon for $1.00 off ONE (1) EDY’S® Frozen Custard by clicking HERE. You can find EDY’s® on Facebook and Pinterest, and DIGIORNO® on Twitter and Facebook.

Do you have any go-to meals and desserts you like to put together in the summertime? Which variety of pizza would you choose to make at home?

 

Under construction: our bathroom renovation…

bathroom and bedroom renovation

Things have been a little crazy around the house this past week. It’s finally happened: our master bathroom is now under construction! I honestly was wondering if this time would ever come around. I think we have been talking about remodeling our master bedroom and bathroom for over a year now. The suspense has been killing me, and now the bathroom renovation is underway!

Everything is in motion. Last Sunday we moved everything out of our bedroom and bathroom and attempted to organize it all into our spare bedroom and my office. It was a challenge, but we somehow managed to get everything to fit. Justin and I are now camping out in the spare bedroom for the next two weeks or so.

bathroom shower renovation

On Monday, the demolition began! I was so excited to see everything removed – the bathroom vanity was ripped out (it was not good quality and had a plastic-like veneer on the outside that was peeling back from the drawers), the toilet, the sink, the shower door – everything out! The tile on the bathroom floors AND the walls was torn out: bye bye, ugly tile! Then, the carpet from the bedroom was pulled up, and the hardwood floors that were UNDER the carpet were ripped up and carried out. So, basically our master bedroom and bathroom is a demolition zone for the time being.

This past week the progress has been pretty simple: the demolition of the bedroom and bathroom, and then the start of the shower! I am SO excited to see the finished product. Our shower ceiling was one foot lower than the rest of the ceiling in the bathroom (we actually raised the ceiling in the rest of the room at an earlier date for a quick fix), which was not a great situation. The low shower ceiling meant that it was harder for the shower to air out/ventilate…so the hot and humid air was always trapped inside the shower. Even if we left the door wide open, never shut the bathroom door, and had the fan running, it always seemed to be a problem. Well, our new shower will have ceiling another foot higher, and we are putting in a glass wall instead of a door, so it will always be aired out and open!

bathroom shower tile

As for the tile for the shower, I’m slightly obsessed. I found these wave patterned white tiles, and I love the continuous pattern they make. So far, the tiles are in place, but we still need to have the shower floor put in (and the tile grouted). We have the rain shower head and the valve selected and ready to go…I can’t wait to see how it all comes together! Maybe at this time next week I will be able to show off the bathroom vanity my mom and I found and revamped…the finished flooring…and mayyyybe the rooms will be finished? I might be dreaming at this point, but I’m hoping to see our new rooms complete in the very near future!

Have you done any home renovations? What did you undertake?

Three reasons you should invest in athletic attire

Athletic attire for barre

Today I’m taking my post over to the style side of things. More specifically, the type of style I’ve been sporting pretty much 24/7 lately: athletic attire. Since I spend most of my day in clothing designed for you to sweat in, I thought I’d take the opportunity to explain why you should invest in athletic attire for your workouts.

It might sound silly at first: you are going to wear these pieces to sweat in – why would you want to spend good money on them? Well, I’ll give you three good reasons!

1. First thing’s first: it is MADE for the activity you’re performing. I’m talking about material that has moisture wicking ability, which is your best friend when it comes to working out. Trust me: your old baggy tee shirt is only going to HOLD IN the moisture and make you feel even hotter and more uncomfortable when you’re at the barre, in the gym, etc. Moisture wicking material will do just that: wick the moisture off of your body and away. Much cooler. It will make all the difference between having an awesome hour workout versus an hour of overheated agony. And don’t get me started on stretch. You want your clothing to move with you as you work out, and you don’t want to be messing with it throughout your sweat sesh. A better quality piece of athletic clothing is going to stay in place on your body and make your experience much more enjoyable.

2. It lasts longer. I don’t mind investing in more expensive pieces of clothing if they are going to be items I can wear long term. “But…my old cotton tee shirt is cheaper! It’s free – just sitting at home in my drawer!” True…but when you’re putting it under the stress of a workout, it isn’t going to last as long as a performance top in moisture wicking fabric. I know a lot of people cringe at first when they see a $90 price tag on a pair of athletic leggings, but if I’m going to go through 4 or more pairs of cheaper, $20-$30 options in comparison to the one better quality one, then I completely see the value. I’m not saying you have to buy $90 leggings (you certainly don’t)…but be on the lookout for quality material that has good stretch and thickness, stitching, compression, etc. For instance, I always make sure I do the “bend over” test if I’m buying a pair of leggings. If they are too thin and you can see through them when in certain positions…that’s just not fun for anyone. I do tend to have a few go-to brands for my barre attire that I trust for quality (see below).

3. It makes you look and feel awesome. We are really all about the “barre to bar” concept at our Pure Barre Clearwater studio: so many athletic pieces nowadays are completely appropriate to wear out in public for events other than working out. You know it’s true: when you have an outfit on that makes you feel good, you hold yourself more confidently. It puts you in a good mood and makes you feel like a million bucks. Trust me: you will feel so much better about yourself if you don a good looking pair of leggings and top as opposed to an old baggy tee shirt and loose gym shorts. You won’t find yourself immediately running to your car so no one sees you, or feeling reluctant to run errands after a barre class or gym session. Wearing the right athletic attire can actually motivate you to get in to the gym or to the barre to work out in general! And let’s talk about shaping. Most of my leggings feature figure flattering shapes with compression – they keep your tummy in nice and tight, they tighten up your seat, and make your legs look slim. Compression, my friends: you know you love it!

As for some of my favorite athletic attire pieces, you know I’ll share them with you! I do want to mention that you can always keep an eye on the awesome retail your barre studio or gym has available. Our studio is stocked with great items, and those of us who work there can speak to how certain items fit, how they perform, and the like. But, if you don’t happen to have something like that near to you, you can always shop online.

When it comes to leggings, there are a few brands that stand out for me: Alo, Kira Grace, Splits 59, Karma, and Zella. These are some of my absolute favorites (I have worn them all!!!):

Barre leggings and tights

Left to right –

Kira Grace Warrior Tights // Karma ‘Yama’ Tights // Alo Airbrushed Leggings // Splits 59 Raquel Flared Tights // Alo Goddess Ribbed Leggings

For tops, my personal favorites are ones that feature a built in bra – I love the all in one aspect. In addition, open sides and fun, strappy backs on tanks are also fantastic options (and keep you cool too!). Layering is also something I take into consideration – picking up a loose, draped top or cardigan to throw on over the top of my tank before and after class is something I love to do.

Barre tops

Left to right –

Onzie Crisscross back tank // Splits 59 Devon Strappy Back Tank // Zella Athena Open Back Cardigan // Zella Spa Open Back Slub Neck Tee

Do you have any favorites when it comes to athletic attire?

Onion Ring Fried Eggs with Arugula Salad

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Onion Ring Fried Eggs with Arugula Salad

There is something about the spring season that has me craving salads constantly. The warmer weather arriving in my neck of the woods probably contributes a great deal toward this situation. The great thing is that there are so many different combinations, flavors, and textures to create with salad. It just so happens that these Alexia Onion Ring Fried Eggs with an Arugula Salad is seriously one of my new favorite dishes to create in my kitchen!

Onion Ring Fried Eggs with Arugula Salad

I have recently become somewhat obsessed with creating a spring inspired salad for lunch (or even for dinner sometimes) – a bed of fresh arugula, shaved Parmesan cheese, fresh cracked pepper, lemon or honey lime vinaigrette, all topped with a fried egg. The mixture of ingredients is seriously fantastic, and the egg takes it over the top.

Onion Ring Fried Eggs with Arugula SaladAlexia Onion Rings

But how about taking it up a notch? I did just that with Alexia Onion Rings as my inspiration. Don’t you just love a crispy, crunchy onion ring? I certainly do, and I appreciate that Alexia products are made with all natural ingredients. All of their items are great quality and are versatile, which can really help you to get creative in the kitchen. I am not joking when I say that I pretty much always have a bag of Alexia potatoes or onion rings in some shape or form in my freezer at any given moment. They are a great item to have on hand to help out with creating delicious and quick meals.

Alexia products

I am really loving Alexia’s new Rosemary and Sea Salt Fries – what a great flavor option! The Sweet Potato Fries (regular OR spicy) are also a favorite in our household. You can find them easily in Walmart in the frozen foods aisle with the potato products.

This arugula salad is fantastic because it is fun and a healthy option for your dining table. There is something so yummy about the peppery flavor of the arugula (but you could always substitute fresh spring mix or spinach if preferred): it is my favorite green to use in salads! The citrus vinaigrette is a beautiful accompaniment.

Onion Ring Fried Eggs with Arugula Salad

And can we talk about the beauty of a perfectly cooked, oozy fried egg on top of your salad? It is a dreamy thing to cut into a fried egg and see an oozy, perfect yolk spill out to coat your salad greens. If you haven’t tried this yet, you absolutely should. Immediately. But with the help of the Alexia Onion Rings, it goes absolutely over the top. The idea was pretty genius, if you ask me. After baking my Alexia Onion Rings to a perfect, golden crisp, I selected a few of the larger rings and added them to a frying pan over medium high heat. Then, I cracked an egg inside each of the onion rings. The onion rings served as an egg mold of delicious perfection. After cooking for about 3 minutes on one side, I flipped the eggs over and finished them for an additional minute or so, until the yolk was still soft but not extremely runny (I do a light touch test on the yolk to feel – oh….the art of cooking eggs…).

All in all, this salad is upscale yet very quick to put together: it’s a fun recipe twist for sure! Do you have any favorite upscale spring recipes of your own? What dish makes you think of the spring season?

Onion Ring Fried Eggs with Arugula Salad

Onion Ring Fried Eggs with Arugula Salad
 
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This simple yet upscale arugula salad is topped with fried eggs cooked inside onion rings!
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 Alexia Onion Rings (plus more on the side if desired)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • 1 tablespoon fresh shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or honey lime vinaigrette (plus more if desired)
  • Fresh cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. First, prepare Alexia onion rings according to package instructions.
  2. When onion rings are almost fully baked, preheat a frying pan to medium high heat. Coat with cooking spray or a small dollop of butter or olive oil to grease the pan.
  3. Place an onion ring in the pan, then crack one of the eggs into the center of the onion ring. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook for approximately 3 minutes on the first side, then carefully flip the onion ring/egg over and continue cooking for an additional minute or two (until the yolk is cooked to desired texture).
  4. Remove the onion ring/egg from the frying pan and place it on top of a bed of fresh arugula. Lightly dress the salad with lemon or honey lime vinaigrette, top with shaved Parmesan cheese, and add fresh cracked pepper, if desired. Enjoy!