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.”

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.

No-Ice-Cream-Maker Funfetti Cake Batter Golden Oreo Ice Cream

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

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

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.”

Vanilla Bean-Infused Simple Syrup

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.

Polished metal cuff

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.

grocery store black tea

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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

aveur'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

Front book cover of Peanut Butter Comfort book

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

Peanut Butter Honey Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate-Peanut Butter Streusel

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.

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