Weekend Things

Time for an installment of Weekend Things:

1. There’s a Los Angeles-based business that sells only pedal-churned ice cream. They’re dishing out frozen goodies that are not only made from organic ingredients, but are also processed entirely by human power.

“…it only takes about 3-4 miles of pedaling (aboard an old Schwinn bike mounted on rollers) to freeze a 5-gallon batch of Mexican chocolate ice cream, salted caramel non-dairy vegan dessert, or strawberry-basil sorbet. If you’re going at a decent clip, that’ll take about 15 minutes.”

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They should try my ice cream cream, No-Ice-Cream-Maker Funfetti Cake Batter Golden Oreo Ice Cream

No ice cream maker needed, it’s a no-cook recipe, make it in 10 minutes, and only two main ingredients are required: heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk.

It’s dangerously easy and the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted.

2. I’ve been doing recipe development for Pillsbury and a new post of mine just went live on their site, Strawberry Jam Sweet Rolls with Vanilla Cream Cheese Glaze

3. They’re the shortcut version using pre-made dough of these Strawberry Sweet Rolls with Vanilla Cream Cheese Glaze

4. This Vanilla Bean-Infused Simple Syrup looks like something I could use in just about everything from iced coffee to muffins to coffee cake

“Cane sugar and water infused with pure Madagascar Bourbon and Tahitian vanilla bean seeds, and vanilla extract.”

5. I just got my monthly iHerb order. Their prices are, hands down, the cheapest on my daily probiotics, the nutritional yeast I sprinkle on everything from popcorn to salads to kale chips.

I get all my vitamins and supplements, bulk cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, liquid vanilla stevia drops, bulk white stevia powder, medicinal fancy-grade honey, chia seeds, and so many other things I use every day there.

With free shipping and a discount on top of already rock bottom prices, I always feel like I hit the jackpot.

Enter code AVE630 at checkout to save $5 bucks and go shopping.

6. Polished metal cuff – Punctuated with sparkling Swarovski crystals and bright turquoise cabochons, $465 from Shopbop

I’ve always loved turquoise. Both the stone and the color. And with Swarovski crystals, I wouldn’t say no.


7. Cook’s Illustrated tested popular brands of grocery store black tea. They confined the tests to black tea, or English Breakfast tea, and what follows are the winners and losers.


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8. Daiquiris aren’t just on the “specialty cocktail” page at chain restaurants. Done right, they’re a mix of light rum, lime, and sugar. The Hemingway Special was Ernest Hemingway’s favorite daiquiri. If it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for me.

More ideas in Saveur’s Papa’s Favorite Poison

photo credit Michael Kraus

9. The Best and Worst Nuts for Your Health – “A look at the pros and cons of different nuts, as well as the best and worst products on supermarket shelves today. Of course, you can get too much of these good things: Nuts are high in fat and calories, so while a handful can hold you over until dinner, a few more handfuls can ruin your appetite altogether. And although nuts are a healthy choice by themselves, they’ll quickly become detrimental to any diet when paired with sugary or salty toppings or mixes.”

Best nuts for your diet:  Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios

Worst nuts for your diet:  Macadamia Nuts, Pecans

Best nuts for your heart:  Walnuts

Best nuts for disease prevention:  Almonds

Best nuts for your brain:  Peanuts

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10. I’m glad that peanuts are the best nuts for my brain. I eat way more than my fair share in the form of loose peanuts or ground into homemade peanut butter

Here are 35 Favorite Peanut Butter Recipes

And my Cookbook, Peanut Butter Comforthas 100+ peanut butter recipes


I recommend putting Peanut Butter Honey Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate-Peanut Butter Streusel on your agenda. It’s good for your brain.

Thanks for the entries in the 25 Restaurant Copycat Recipes and CopyKat Cookbook Giveaway and in the $500 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

What are your Weekend Things?

Favorite nuts? Tea drinker or favorite tea? Fave Daiquiri? Favorite place to save money on your everyday staples and supplements?

If you’ve made anything, done, seen, or bought anything fabulous recently, feel free to link it up in the comments.


  1. And that is the most glorious ice cream I’ve ever heard of!

  2. My favorite tea: Yorkshire Gold and Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice. We’ve been living in S. Korea so no import spices there, but now that we are back to the States I’ll be utilizing the website AND coupon you referenced, Thank you! And hello peanut butter cookbook!
    Our adventures as of late? Favorite new sight being our new home, in Hawaii! Most especially, HIKING: http://rlcraboda.blogspot.com/2013/06/maunawili-falls-hiking-oahu.html

  3. my weekend is a couple of improv shows and a probably higher than usual enjoyment of adult beverages since i have a friend in from out of town-i am always and forever on a Campari kick:)

  4. I love that bracelet and have been a fan of turquoise (color and stone) since junior high. It makes me think of the Caribbean so it’s a happy and soothing color. It’s been a while since I’ve indulged my jewelry making hobby, so I was looking through my cabochons yesterday and decided on turquoise and coral for a weekend project. Love your short cut version of the strawberry jam rolls for Pillsbury–sometimes a can of dough is the perfect time saver!

  5. Averie, those rolls look incredible! Perfect for a fathers day breakfast! Have a great weekend!

  6. My weekend thing is deciding what to make first out of your cookbook :) It came yesterday and I’ve already read the whole thing! It’s gorgeous and very well done – I adore a cookbook that’s FULL of photos!

    • Thank you for ordering it and for your support & compliments! A book full of pics is the ONLY way I can deal with cookbooks. I pretty much relegate the non-pic cookbooks I have to the back of my shelves and gorgeous recipes aren’t getting made because of it, but people (me included) like photos! LMK what you make!

  7. Of course the worst nuts are my favorites! ;) And I should make ice cream that way. Lose the weight before I eat the whole batch!

  8. Thanks for reposting those strawberry sweet rolls, Averie, now you reminded me to pin it and make them for an upcoming family gathering!
    My husband and I looked at the nuts article and said ‘yes, yes, yes! we’re eating all the right nuts!’ :)
    Oh, and appreciate the iHerb link/info- new to me! I’ve used Vitacost.com, which I like a lot for somethings like coconut oil, but iHerb sounds like it’ll be good for a few baking ingredients like extracts that I run out of too quickly.
    How was your birthday? Hope you have a good weekend :)

    • Ok so I do love the strawberry rolls but if I had to pick between those and my overnight cinnamon rolls, I would say go with the cinn rolls. They are just incredibly good! I mean, both are great but I think the cinn rolls win, by a hair. But that could be b/c I am a cinnamon freak :) Thanks for pinning and LMK if you try either!

      You will LOVE iherb. I think it’s way better than vitacost. They have more stuff, their prices are better, and their shipping is EXTREMELY fast. I have had orders drag 7-10 days with VC. That is not acceptable to me when it’s vits/supps and I need them!

    • Thanks so much for responding! Checking out iHerb ASAP, and I, too, am a cinnamon freak :)

  9. Pedal churned ice cream! So cool!!

  10. I’m a devoted Amazon shopper. I know….small companies are better, but I do so much online shopping, it is just easier to go to the one place where you can get it all. I get free shipping, too. That said, I do order a few things elsewhere, including nooch. Which reminds me….

    I drink tea a ton in the winter, but I do NOT like black tea. I’m picky.

    Favorite nuts are definitely pistachios and cashews. And peanuts (which you know aren’t a nut.) Those are really the only ones I like at all.

  11. I saw your sweet rolls on Pillsbury’s website and I think I might have left a puddle of drool on the keyboard. They look SO GOOD! Congrats on working with them – they are an iconic brand (and apparently they have great taste in sweet rolls).

    By the way, thanks for recommending iHerb. I will definitely check that out.

  12. I’m all about this Vanilla Bean-Infused Simple Syrup…and I agree with you …could use this in everything! I’m loving the cookook, btw! I can’t decide which recipe to make first. I keep it in the truck while I’m being the taxi mom and waiting in the driver seat. I love how you put it together…so perfect!

    • Taxi mom. Lol and so true. So glad you got it and are trying to decide what to make first – that’s a good problem to have. Sometimes I get books and there’s hardly anything that really grabs me. Glad that’s not the case here. LMK what you try!

  13. This post made me happy for so many reasons:
    currently obsessed with nutritional yeast – what a great find!
    your cake batter ice cream is my sunshine!
    twinings english breakfast is my favorite, im a crazy tea drinker, when i went to the twinings headquarters in london it was one of the greatest days of my life!
    im obsessed with almonds, now i know its a good thing!


  14. I just pinned your amazing funfetti ice cream, and I seriously need to check out that pedaled ice cream place…you can work off the ice cream BEFORE you eat it? Love that.

    • You just went into my spam. How dare it put you in there! But you’re out now :)

      And thanks for pinning. When I saw a recipe of yours last week? with the frozen coffee/ice cream but without an ice cream maker, I thought wait til she sees this :) The ice cream is insanely good. It’s dangerous. And I don’t often get THAT worked up over my own stuff anymore. But that one was special :)

  15. Any chance they could reproduce the ice cream bicycle churning for retail?
    Hehehe Love this post averie!

  16. That ice cream is making me want to break my diet! Luckily I went to the gym today, so a couple scoops it is. Cheers

  17. oh girl your ice cream is tasty looking!
    I wonder if my hubby would be up for pedaling my ice cream maker to churn? LOL!
    Have a great weekend girl!

    • At least you’d get the calorie burn beforehand. lol

      Oh and read your Friday links yesterday, just didn’t comment. But I love your list. You always find some GEMS!

  18. Making that ice cream is on my to do list for sure! And I’ve heard of that pedal-churned ice cream place in L.A. I’ll have to check it out this summer and compare it to yours. My guess, yours is better :) I never knew peanuts were good for your brain. All the more reason to eat more peanut butter I guess!

  19. Ooh, ooh! I made your ice cream this week!! I didn’t use sprinkles (the men in the house are unfortunately not fans…why?!) and I was a little unsure about it before I put it in the freezer, but once it firmed up?! It really is pretty magical. The almond flavoring balances so well with the imitation vanilla (I felt like an imposter buying that, by the way!). Definitely yummy. I like the idea of pedaling to churn the ice cream. That way there’s absolutely no guilt in eating it!!

    And I picked up your book at my library today. I can’t decide which recipe to make first! So many glorious choices!! Can I use the DIY peanut butters in baking recipes? I’m a Jif girl, too, by the way. Or I guess a choosy mom, as they say. My husband’s co-workers and our church members are going to get fat eating all the wonderful goodies you’ve inspired. Or diabetes. Or both! :)

    • Wow great comment! Can you cut/paste the first half of it onto the ice cream post so that people know it’s the real deal :)
      https://www.averiecooks.com/2013/06/no-ice-cream-maker-funfetti-cake-batter-golden-oreo-ice-cream.html Thanks if you can!

      And my book – so cool it’s at the library..wow, had no idea!

      And no, you cannot use the DIY PBs in the baked recipes. I cover that in at least 3 places in the book – NO don’t!! Use Jif for everything baked or you could have a sloppy mess! They may work, but they may not. I wrote it so many times I felt like a broken record but I guess it bears repeating (again) and I couldn’t have said it enough! :) LMK what you make first!

    • Done on the comment! :)

      And I guess I’ll need to actually READ your book instead of just drool over it. Although I have already found the baking soda/powder explanation interesting. I just pinned a recipe from Martha Stewart’s site for a DIY of baking powder using cream of tartar so you don’t get the metallic taste. Have you tried doing that? I’m intrigued, especially since I just through out the Sam’s Club-size canister of powder my husband bought several years ago. It was WAY past it’s use by date. We bake, but apparently not THAT much!

      And I must try that vanilla simple syrup, too! Yum!!

    • I don’t making my own baking powder. It’s 99 cents at the store and honestly, that is something I don’t want to screw around with b/c without the EXACT proper ratios, down to the gram, you could realllyyyyyyyy mess up your food. I just don’t have the time to take the chance that it was my baking powder that made xyz item not rise, or explode in the oven, etc.

      And good call on READING the book before baking. Always a good thing to do :)

  20. Oooh that cuff is so pretty!!! I love the best and worst nuts too-good stuff to know ;)

  21. That nut thing is really interesting. I have been eating a few more nuts lately. I’m really wondering why pecans aren’t good for your diet. I always thought they were a pretty healthy nut.

    • Nuts in general are high in fat. Bite for bite, compared to something like…a grape. Nuts aren’t diet-friendly. Sure, they have healthy fats, and all that jazz, but they’re still calorically dense and not diet-friendly. A few, sure. But most people can’t stop at 10 or so!

  22. Both versions of your strawberry rolls look so good… I think I’m going to dream of them tonight! :)

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  24. I love that Vanilla Bean-Infused Simple Syrup! And that strawberry jam sweet rolls look heavenly. I wish I was having that for breakfast tomorrow morning. I’d eat the entire pan!

  25. Favourite tea of the moment is vanilla chai with milk :-) Went to Starbucks the other day & they had a chai tea latte with honey on the menu & I thought ‘great I’ll try that’. However there appeared to be no tea involved, just a really sweet syrup added to milk :-( going to try making my own soon!

  26. These all look delish!

  27. The Hemingway Special sounds like something I must have. And pedaling for ice cream…brilliant! If I could do that at home, I’d be able to work off all my sins. ;)

  28. Oh wow pedal churned ice cream is extremely intriguing to me! How cool :)

  29. Love hearing your weekend things!

  30. What a coincidence, I really don’t like macamias and pecans! My favourite nuts are: cashew and almons ( same liking level, first place) and then walnuts and peanuts (SLL, Second place) :)

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