Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.

-Edith Wharton

I normally don’t take naps, but when I’m here at the Cape house, it hits me just how much I could use some rest.  As I recline on the deck, I look up to take in my surroundings. Birds chatter with one another; squirrels hop from tree to tree, rustling against branches and leaves along the way.  At first I find this activity distracting, but soon these sounds meld into white noise and I quickly conk out. It’s a deep, cleansing sleep.

I’m awaken by the sharp clink of ice hitting a glass.  Eric hovers, a warm smile on his face, and he places the ice tea on the table beside me.  I study the glass, which has begun to sweat, and am struck by it’s gold hue.  The first sip has the herbal notes one would expect, but it’s more subtle, a result of steeping in the sun.  It takes me a moment to focus on the world again, but by the time the tea is gone, all is fresh and clear.

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  • August 13, 2012 - 8:41 am

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - wow we used to make this all the time growing up in the south. Very fun Brian!ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2012 - 9:35 am

    MikeVFMK - Love this Brian! Perfect for two tea lovers like us and for the days ahead. I’m craving it now.ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2012 - 11:17 am

    JulieD - I love tea, Brian…your sun tea sounds and looks amazing!! I love summer, can we keep the sun but have it stay at 70 degrees? :)ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2012 - 11:32 am

    Denise - I have been itching to make sun tea all summer. My mom use to make it, and I could sit back and enjoy all day. Love!ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2012 - 11:42 am

    Jeanette - I made some “counter” tea this summer with green tea and fresh mint, but next time I’ll put it outside – sounds like it might have a more subtle taste.ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2012 - 12:12 pm

    Kristen - I’m a big sun tea fan… the perfect summer drink!ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2012 - 1:51 pm

    Megan @ Megan's Munchies - This brings back so many wonderful memories for me! I remember sun tea brewing in my backyard every day during the summer and we had mint that we grew in our backyard. :)ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2012 - 2:24 pm

    Eileen - My mom used to make big batches of sun tea all summer long, in one of those very 70s glass pitchers with the plastic spigot at the bottom. So refreshing!ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2012 - 4:16 pm

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I am soooo craving this now! It looks wonderfully refreshing!ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2012 - 5:15 pm

    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic - Sun tea and siesta sound perfect to me :)ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2012 - 5:34 pm

    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction - I love summer tea! It’s so refreshing and perfect for summer!ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2012 - 6:11 pm

    Carolyn - My husband keeps promising to make sun tea…i think I need to forward him this link!ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2012 - 7:31 am

    TidyMom - We haven’t made sun tea in years…….I bought an orange mint plant I’m dying to use in tea, so I think I need to make some soon!! I only drink tea when I’m out, so I’m not sure why I don’t make it at home.ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2012 - 11:19 am

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - Oh Brian, this slaps me right back to childhood. My momma ALWAYS made sun tea!ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2012 - 12:31 pm

    Amanda - Love it! So perfect for summer :)ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2012 - 12:36 pm

    Kiran @ - This definitely brought back many wonderful childhood memories :)ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2012 - 2:29 pm

    Andrew Frishman - MMnnn. . . I LOVES me some Tea especially when it’s sunny!

    me encanta té caliente (cuando no tiene cafeina)ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2012 - 3:25 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - I remember my mom making us sun tea on hot summer days. There is something so wonderful and deep about the tea that was made out under the sun. I miss naps and they are such a luxury:)ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2012 - 4:06 pm

    Barbara | Creative Culinary - I love the idea of sun tea; something about making something without the power of electricity is simplicity at its’ best.

    But what I really love is that napkin. It simply looks like summer.ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2012 - 4:14 pm

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - I haven’t done this since I was little. Boy do I miss sun tea. And naps are a summer must… and maybe winter too. Can we just make it a daily must? :)ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2012 - 5:54 pm

    Lisa | With Style and Grace - Oh, I’m all about the naps and a big jug of this iced tea!ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2012 - 7:03 pm

    kale - A cleansing nap and waking up to this refreshing tea, sign me up, please!ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2012 - 10:43 pm

    Monet - Sun tea AND Edith? You know how to win a girl’s heart. This looks lovely, my friend. Thank you for sharing with me. Oh sweet summer. Nothing better.ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2012 - 8:21 am

    Joanne - I love the name you’ve decided to give this tea. Mint always tastes very bright to me, so it’s just about perfect. I love those summer mornings and afternoons where you just have the whole day ahead of you and can sit in the sun, drinking iced tea. There aren’t enough of them.ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2012 - 5:36 pm

    naomi - Love your sun tea – summer perfect!ReplyCancel

  • August 16, 2012 - 12:15 pm

    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - I just started making my own sun tea this summer, and it is divine. If you have it on hand, you’ll have to try adding some fresh lemon verbena leaves some time. I love to combine it with mint in my tea. Lovely post and photos!ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2012 - 2:32 am

    Katerina - The perfect beverage after a good afternoon siesta! Very reviving and refreshing!ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2012 - 7:29 am

    Aggie - There is nothing better than a glass of good iced herbal tea. I crave it. I’m also craving some down time at your Cape house but that’s another story.ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2012 - 8:08 am

    Ken┃hungry rabbit - Definitely the poster beverage for the lazy hazy days of summer.ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2012 - 10:29 am

    Jenny @ BAKE - what an amazing way to be woken up! your photos are gorgeous too!ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2012 - 1:41 pm

    Shaina - I have been obsessed with iced tea this summer. We broke our sun tea pot, so I have been using this huge glass jar (4 gallons) to make it in massive amounts. I refuse to divulge how quickly I drain it, though. Gorgeous post, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2012 - 3:45 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - A little mid-day nap on the deck sounds pretty perfect!ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2012 - 6:34 pm

    Liren - I could use a nap right about now. And a big glass of tea to greet me when I wake would be even better. I look forward to glasses of tea and Southern hospitality when I visit my husband’s family in Texas, but this is perfect for those times in between.ReplyCancel

  • August 21, 2012 - 7:45 am

    Another No Cook Summer Recipe | Capability : Mom - […] gazpacho recipe at A Thought For Food. Go visit this lovely blog – there is also a great Sun Tea recipe (a family […]ReplyCancel

  • August 21, 2012 - 9:55 am

    Lisa - Anyone else heard that cold brewing produces a better taste than sun tea? I don’t remember where I read it and haven’t tried a comparison myself, so I was wondering if anyone else has. The sun is so strong here in Colorado, I’ve always stuck with that method.ReplyCancel

  • August 22, 2012 - 11:32 am

    Andrea @ Vegvacious - Mmmm Sun Tea ~ being from Canada this was a totally foreign concept until my family moved to the rolling hills of Kentucky! Now this is my husband’s beverage of choice in the summertime! He likes plain ol’ tea, but I definitely like to ‘fancy’ it up with some herbal blends.ReplyCancel

  • August 25, 2012 - 5:58 am

    Hannah@cake-for-breakfast - this looks so simple but so perfect for summer, can’t wait until it warms up for me to try it out! xx HannahReplyCancel

  • September 2, 2012 - 10:47 am

    Diana - You photos are great. Your recipes inspire.ReplyCancel

When we want to work, we work

When we want to play, we play

In a happy setting, we’re getting

Some fun out of life

-Billie Holiday

Lost in the warm breeze, a beer in my hand, huddled over the grill with my man. These are the moments where I’m perfectly satisfied with where I am in this big, beautiful world.  There’s a sense of freedom that takes over and all my nerves are calmed.

Our days are long and busy, filled with e-mails and text messages, Tweets and “likes,” that I take comfort in this time Eric and I spend together cooking and chatting, drinking and laughing.

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  • August 7, 2012 - 9:01 am

    Eliana - If it meant that I could hold on to foods like corn, I would endure the summer heat forever. Looks awesome Brian.ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 9:02 am

    Kristen - I totally hear you – finding reprieve in our loves in a slower moment, a quieter day is so nice. This recipe? Even nicer. Wow.ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 10:01 am

    alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - I love everything about this!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 10:05 am

    Mei - goooooorgeous photos! summer corn is the best ever.ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 10:13 am

    Maria - I am coming over for lunch!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 10:37 am

    Russell van Cornenburg - I absolutely adore grilled corn. It’s like you channeled us Texans in this post. And then kale, my favoritest of all. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 10:50 am

    Cara - I love how you balanced out the raw kale (which I like) with the grilled corn (which I LOVE)!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 10:53 am

    Shaina - I’m with you. I hate when summer comes to a close, even when summer is crazy hot. Gorgeous salad. I think I figured out what to do with the kale in my garden…at least some of it.ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    Kiran @ - Love this refreshing salad!! Though, I’m sad that summer is ending soon :(ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 12:23 pm

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - Umuuguuuuh. That looks insane. I’ll just open my mouth and you can shovel it in, m’kay?ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - I love seeing new ways to use kale. This is a perfect way to hold onto summer a little longer. Who am I kidding? My summer will be hanging on here for months to come;)Lovely salad, Brian:)xxReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 12:54 pm

    Heidi @foodiecrush - I’m with you, it’s gone way too fast! Love this fresh salad, kale is my new superhero. Next to you of course.ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 1:57 pm

    Eileen - That salad sounds seriously amazing! Looks like I need to actually drag the grill out of the garage this weekend. :)ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 2:33 pm

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - Grilled corn is too good for words! This salad sounds and looks fabulous. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    Katie | Healthnut Foodie - Wow! This looks so great! Last night, we served a roasted corn salad and a massaged kale salad. How did it never occur to me to combine the two?!?

    Thanks for sharing! I’m new here and found you through Tastespotting!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    foodwanderings - I love this lime basil combination and got corn here too. Screaming summer this brightly fresh salad, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    Bunkycooks - We must definitely take advantage of the fresh corn while it’s in season. It is one of my favorite summer foods, too.ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 5:11 pm

    Becca from It's Yummilicious - Oh my goodness, Brian… I just want to reach through the monitor and devour that beautiful salad! I LOVE freshly roasted corn!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 5:24 pm

    Michelle @Amourbeurre - This looks delicious, and so refreshing!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 5:28 pm

    Andrew Frishman - MMnnn. . . I LOVES me some Corn and Kale Salad.

    Vegetales son manna de diosReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 7:33 pm

    Sneh | Cook Republic - You are right! Love and food (in that order) are the only two things worth living for :-)ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 10:35 pm

    Lisa | With Style and Grace - Now this is something I’d eat during my pregnancy, but maybe without the kale 😉ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 11:13 pm

    Deb - What a vibrant summer salad! Just scrumptious, full of flavor and seasonal ingredients. I’m charmed!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 11:41 pm

    Monet - Isn’t it amazing how we can “hold onto” the seasons with food? This corn and kale salad looks lovely, my friend. I wish I could have had this for dinner (instead of leftovers!) Thanks for sharing. Hugs and love to both you and Eric!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 1:53 am

    Katie - Mmmm, this looks so good! I love the flavour of grilled corn, and with crunchy kale in a salad? Yum! The dressing sounds amazing as well. Thanks so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 3:31 am

    Sweetsugarbelle - This is gorgeous, Brian, the whole scene really…I never really have thought to eat kale without boiling it to death. Excited to try this!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 4:07 am

    Ann Mah - Is it just me, or does time fly faster as a grownup?! Thanks for the reminder to enjoy each kernel, one bite at a time… and in such a beautiful, delicious way!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 7:44 am

    Jenny @ BAKE - This salad looks delicious! Beer, BBQ and Boyfriend sounds like a brilliant combination!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 8:17 am

    Joanne - I’m fairly certain that I couldn’t be more in love with this salad! It has all of my favorite summer veggies…kale, corn, and basil. And it’s so light and healthy! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 9:14 am

    shelly (cookies and cups) - I’m not ready for the summer to be over either :(
    But this salad looks like perfection!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 9:43 am

    Lori @ RecipeGirl - What a beautiful salad! Love grilled corn salad and love kale salad, so why not combine w/ a yummy dressing. Nice job on this one!!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 9:45 am

    MikeVFMK - You picked the right way to hold on to summer. Grilled corn anything is brilliant. But using it in a salad with kale is just perfect. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 6:45 pm

    lizzie - strayed from the table - This salad looks really beautiful, great for summer.ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2012 - 3:18 am

    This and That | Two Peas & Their Pod - […] To balance out all of the brownies, here is a killer kale salad for you. Make it. Love […]ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2012 - 7:31 am

    Angie@Angie's Recipes - This looks incredibly tasty and healthy as well.ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2012 - 9:16 am

    swati - wow, I’m a salad fan, this looks great, would love to try it!ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2012 - 12:11 pm

    Winnie - This is really gorgeous Brian! I am going to make it for dinner tomorrow…we have some vegetarian friends coming over and it will be the perfect salad :)ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    Diane {Created by Diane} - looks delicious, can’t wait to try it.ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2012 - 3:56 pm

    sippitysup - “Cooking and chatting, drinking and laughing”. I just like the way you live (and write). GREGReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2012 - 10:30 pm

    Sharyn Dimmick - This might be good — depends on how well the dressing changes the flavor of the kale…ReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2012 - 9:39 am

    Alana - I LOVE GRILLED CORN! This salad is ticking all my boxes… it looks so seasonal, fresh and wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2012 - 1:31 pm

    Ilke - Summer is going way too fast. For the first time, the tomatoes did not look like the summer tomatoes at the Farmer’s Stand yesterday. It was sad.

    I am happy to see one more different way to use kale. Will think about this recipe next time I come home with a big bunch. Enjoy your calm moments.ReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2012 - 4:16 pm

    Jeanette - I am savoring every last bite of summer too – I always look forward to all the fresh summer produce. What a simply beautiful salad – definitely giving this a try.ReplyCancel

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    melissa@IWasBornToCook - Putting this on my “must make” short list!ReplyCancel

  • August 16, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - I need to eat more kale… I have never been brave enough to try it raw in a salad (though, I have blended it into a few smoothies lately). I think this is a great recipe to start with especially since we have gorgeous fresh corn from our CSA this week!ReplyCancel

  • August 16, 2012 - 5:36 pm

    Sihi - Beautiful! Love the salad!


  • August 17, 2012 - 7:32 am

    Aggie - What a beautiful vibrant healthy salad. I would go to town on a bowl of this.
    Those moments away from the emails, tweets & likes are pretty precious aren’t they?ReplyCancel

  • August 22, 2012 - 4:49 pm

    Nancy - What a great recipe for all that gorgeous but so bountiful I am running out of ideas for it kale! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • May 23, 2013 - 9:02 am

    32 Delicious Things To Eat On Memorial Day - The Proper Man - […] Kale: not just for winter! Recipe here. […]ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 9:59 pm

    Joanne Eats Well With Others | Beer Bean- and Cotija-Stuffed Poblanos - […] Kale and Corn Salad Serves 6, adapted from A Thought For Food […]ReplyCancel

  • July 7, 2014 - 6:00 am

    Kale Salad with Peaches, Corn, and Basil-Honey Vinaigrette - Joanne Eats Well With Others - […] Grilled Corn and Kale Salad from A Thought For Food […]ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2014 - 11:29 pm

    Matthew Leff - add some Cojita cheese for an added bonusReplyCancel

  • April 1, 2015 - 8:26 am

“Life is just a bowl of cherries, don’t take it serious, its mysterious.  Life is just a bowl of cherries, so live + laugh + laugh at love, love a laugh, laugh + love.” – from Fosse

I’m sitting down with a bowl of chocolate cherry ice cream.  It’s nice to take a break every now and then… decompress… and focus on something as simple as a refreshing dessert. This is not always easy to do. Sometimes I forget to relax. I get stuck in my head, emotions build, heart races.  I clench my teeth. Even worse, I grind them.  I stress and hold it all in until I can’t take it anymore.

I get frustrated by little things.  I can leave the house and hear or see something that’ll instantly make my jaw tighten and my shoulders tense.

And before you say anything, I’m well aware this isn’t healthy.

My point is this: I want to make a change in my life.

I have Brooke – darling, sweet Brooke – who spoke so eloquently this last weekend at the Big Summer Potluck, to thank for this newfound inspiration.  If there was one thing I got out of her talk (and there were many) it would be the importance of living in the moment.  How much time we spend (especially those of us surrounded by technology) moving and “doing,” that we forget to just be in the moment.  We forget to stop, breathe, and focus on where we are, who we’re with, what we’re eating.

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  • August 2, 2012 - 12:19 pm

    Kankana - We all need to calm down once in a while … and I am glad you did too! I recently made cherry ice cream and then coconut ice cream. Now I am loving this version of mix match!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 12:37 pm

    Denise - Hook, line and sinker … I adore cherries and chocolate and smashed together. Then you added coconut milk – OH MY. Must make this!!!! Soon.ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 12:43 pm

    sara - it looks so fabulous! I want to dig right in! Sweet sentiment too, nice work, my dear.ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 12:49 pm

    foodwanderings - True on all counts. I felt so burnt out by social media, as much as I love my friends on the web, and though I was on it sporadically, while in Israel, it was nice to living and embrassing life to the fullest while there without reporting on every step. Is it my imagination Bri that you wanted to start making ice cream and recently took the plunge? My brain is fried so hetlagged! Love this version and I wish I had a scoop or bowlful! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 12:52 pm

    foodwanderings - Geez me that is how exhausted I am I knew something was off ’embracing’ Excuse any other misspelling, typos, etc I am so jetlagged!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 2:01 pm

    JulieD - We do, we all need to. This ice cream looks magnificent, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    Sukaina - You’re so right Brian……we certainly spend far too much time on social media and the phone- me included. It’s very hard finding that fine balance. I’m still trying :)ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 2:30 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - I like to put my phone in another room over the weekend to try to disconnect a bit. If I don’t, I find myself going from app to app refreshing to see new info. Sometime’s it’s just nice to read, watch tv and socialize without my phone in hand. Yoga helps too 😛ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 2:47 pm

    maria - I need a vacation with a big bowl of this ice cream! Gorgeous shots and post!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - Well said. This ice cream needs to appear in my life. Awesome.ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    Mallory@forkvsspoon - Well said and I totally agree…this ice cream looks amazing. It is on my must make list!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    Stephanie - Love the addition of coconut milk!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 3:35 pm

    bethany - Oh wow oh wow!!!! Number one I love what you said! And number two I cant wait to make this!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 4:10 pm

    Jessica L. - Man, I seriously need to invest in an ice cream maker…this looks delicious. And I hear you on needing to enjoy things more, it’s a problem I have too. Thanks for the reminder!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    Eileen - You can do it! Especially with a bowl of this in hand. :) Cherry and chocolate–what’s not to love?ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - So true, Brian. And seriously delicious ice cream. I need to try using coconut milk sometime.ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 4:34 pm

    Brooks at Cakewalker - Another spot on post, Brian. Having spent the last 48 hours working on a post, I pulled myself offline this morning to spend some time with my kids at the park. It was completely refreshing and full of quality. The beauty of this life and this world is all around us, free of stress, if we just open our eyes to it. I appreciate your candor in discussing the gritty triggers that too often trip us up. BTW, it was great to see you in the photos from Chef Dennis’ post on the potluck.ReplyCancel

    • August 2, 2012 - 4:36 pm

      Brian @ A Thought For Food - Exactly, Brooks! I think it’s going to be a challenge… but little by little, I think I can make some changes in my life that will really allow me and my relationships (and my work) to grow. Thanks for stopping by again!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 5:11 pm

    Meeta - Love cherries in ice-creams – the coconut flavor takes it up a level. In a post not long ago I wrote about finding “island” throughout the day to help you relax. By islands I mean things/places/people that help you take you aways from the stress and decompress. I do this often – it helps to clear up the head and focus on things that are important. Don’t grind your teeth B. instead dig into a bowl of ice-cream :o)ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 5:15 pm

    Kimberley - 100% in agreement – it’s amazing how much conversation there is right now around the importance of stepping away from the internet a little more. And this ice cream, oh.ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 5:18 pm

    David @ Frenchie and the Yankee - I wholeheartedly agree with you Brian! This is very true for all of us.
    And this photo of the ice cream makes me want to have one scoop right now.
    Oh who am I kidding? Make it 3 scoops!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 5:36 pm

    MikeVFMK - Bang on! I`ve been trying to do that recently. I disconnect from all the social media and connect with my wife, family, friends. It`s hard, we all get caught up. But sometimes we just need to breathe. And I so wish I had heard Brooke`s talk. My loss for sure. As for your ice cream. Stunner. Love chocolate and cherries together and as an ice cream, boom. Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 5:42 pm

    naomi - Let’s get this out of the way- HOLY SH*T love the ice cream! Cherries and coconut are two of my fav. I never thought to combine the two for ice cream.

    Now, I totally agree about being in the moment. I’m embarrassed to say, I definitely get caught up all the time with being distracted or being half present. Thanks for the reminder!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 7:35 pm

    Ken┃hungry rabbit - Well said, Brooke was certainly an inspiration. Don’t be too hard on yourself, you have taken actions and changed your life from BSP2 to BSP3. I hope this ice cream will always be your reminder to live the moment, I know I will.ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 7:43 pm

    Brooke @ Foodwoolf - Thank you so much for your kind words, beautiful musings, and incredible pictures. Those photos of your process show so much stillness, so much appreciating it made me sigh with happiness. thank you for the recipe and the opportunity to slow down and appreciate your beautiful blog!

  • August 2, 2012 - 7:45 pm

    Brooke @ Foodwoolf - PS, getting to spend time with you this weekend was the highlight of my trip! You’re a love!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 8:35 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - I was just reading an article saying the average teen texts 3,000 (something over 3,000)times per month! Great post and felt like I was reading about me. We all need more ice-cream and time to ourselves disconnected. xxReplyCancel

    • August 2, 2012 - 11:28 pm

      Brian @ A Thought For Food - Lora, that’s incredible. 3,000? I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised. I’m always amazed every time I look at the number of Tweets I’ve sent out. Frightening.ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 10:03 pm

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - I’ve got a bowl of cherries on my desk at this very moment and I’m wishing they were mixed in ice cream!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 11:14 pm

    Beth | {local milk} - I adore coconut milk ice creams. I’m so sad that I never see cherries at the market around here! I may cave at ye olde Whole Foods before the seasons out just so I can try this.. my father would go crazy for it, I’m sure. Then he’d be all shocked & confused by this “new fangled” coconut milk!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2012 - 11:49 pm

    carrian - I loved this post. I love your food, photography and writing. So glad to have found your site. I could not agree more with everything you said. I had a hard pregnancy that landed me in the hospital for months. Afterwards I found myself wanting to be more present, but as time has passed I’ve slowly become busier than I have ever been. I want to stop. Breath. And just be more. I want to be more present again, instead of always “plugged in” and “on”. I’m busy, but I have decided that no matter what, I will have nothing to do with social media, blogging etc on the weekends. Thank you for the reminder.ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 5:31 am

    chinmayie @ love food eat - I can completely relate to you. I seriously feel the need to just STOP doing something constantly. Love visiting you space here :)ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 7:05 am

    Carolyn - I clench my jaw too. A lot. I know all of those emotions and I find it hard to relax. I am trying! Your IC is gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 8:36 am

    Jenny @ BAKE - the light in your photographs is gorgeous! I hope you find your inner peace!ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 9:47 am

    Monet - A beautiful and true post…one in which I found much to aspire towards. I also can get “set off” so easily, and I forget how healing it can be to let go and live. Oh, and this ice cream looks delicious. Just perfect, my friend.ReplyCancel

    • August 3, 2012 - 10:06 am

      Brian @ A Thought For Food - Thank you, Monet! I hope we can share a bowl of ice cream soon!ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 10:22 am

    Andrew Frishman - Mmmmnnnnn. . . I LOVES me some cherries, especially when there are ferns in the background of the photograph.

    Hay personas que insisten en que la vida es como un plato de cerezas. . . Y tal vez tengan razón. . . pero siempre debemos tener cuidado de recordar los puntos!ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 12:59 pm

    kelsey - Oh boy, this brings me back to my days working at Ben & Jerry’s (first job, ever!)… I was a total Cherry Garcia whore… haven’t indulged quite like it, since. This is happening this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 1:48 pm

    Eliana - Ice cream never looked so gorgeous. Seriously Brian – you are beyond talented. I hope you have some leftover because I may just have to hop on a train and make my way to your kitchen for some.ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 7:43 pm

    Barbara | Creative Culinary - OK, as the mom of someone about your age, this post has me happy. Why? I get weary of nonstop connectivity and how it affects relationships. I have no problem walking away but then I’m so doggoned immersed for most of the day while working that I know I need time away.

    Maybe one day instead of viewing me as a fuddy duddy I will instead be seen as a prophet/sage. Funny…staying constantly connected to ‘friends’ keeps most people from having time for them as they should. Keeps distance between families (not just mine either) and needs to be a part of one’s life but not one’s life.

    Good for you for realizing and even better for you for making this ice cream. I made cherry sorbet yesterday and bourbon chocolate ice cream today…it’s just that time of year isn’t it? Cherries abound and they make me happy!ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 9:36 pm

    Courtney - What you said about being connected 24/7 taking its toll is so true, and it’s something I’m realizing since last weekend. I don’t think I knew how much it was getting in the way of things until I had a chance to let it go for a few days. I know we only talked briefly at BSP, but it was so nice meeting you. I hope we can talk more next year. :)ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 10:45 pm

    Jeanette - It’s so hard to get “unplugged” – I do think it adds to all the stress. I used to wonder why anyone would want to stay at a hotel that had no TV, internet or phone – now I wish I could visit one of those places.ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 10:57 pm

    Russell - I think we all feel this way. I hope you find your new way and can start relaxing a bit!

    ps What a super duper yummy ice cream! I just made one (for my next post you copy cat) but I think I want to try this one next. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2012 - 6:01 am

    Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand - Love the quote at the start of your post! Sadly, I don’t have an ice cream maker but I love the idea of chocolate, cherries and coconut together. A beautifully sweet treat. Hopefully you have had time to disconnect, even if it is for a couple of hours.ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2012 - 8:33 pm

    Aimee @ Simple Bites - I totally get this, Brian. Brooke’s words really resonated with all of us, I think. Part of the problem is that we enjoy what we do, so it doesn’t feel like work in our down time. So we end up on those little screens waaay longer than we should be!

    Looking forward to hearing how you progress with this, friend.ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2012 - 9:55 am

    Joanne - I could definitely afford to spend a bit more time just living in the moment but I’m so Type A and GO GO GO all the time, that it’s hard. Sit me down with a bowl of this ice cream, though, and I guarantee I won’t be able to focus on anything else!ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2012 - 1:17 pm

    Joan - Chocolate and cherries…LOVE!
    Yes, I need to remind myself often, too often, to just slow down and enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2012 - 7:11 pm

    Spencer - Looks delicious! I love cherry ice cream so this recipe would be a real winner for me.ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2012 - 10:57 pm

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - OMG fabulous Brian! This rocksReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2012 - 12:12 am

    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking - we’re currently away from home and while for the last week I complained during the evenings I hate the slow internet connection I loved that during the day I was completely out of reach. It just feels good to laugh with the ones you love.
    And the ice-cream, I’ll take two big scoopsReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2012 - 7:29 am

    shelly (cookies and cups) - Gorgeous pictures! I totally want to try ice cream with coconut milk, I bet it tastes incredible!ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    Jenny Park - I totally agree with you! I need to learn that it’s okay if I don’t answer an email back asap or get back to a client the second I see I missed their call! I’m going camping at the end of the month with ZERO cell service….actually kind of excited :)

    This ice cream looks all kinds of incredible. I want! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2012 - 6:09 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - I think I’ve had my fair share of ice cream these past few weeks but I’m pulling out the ice cream maker for this one! Nothing quite like the combination of chocolate and cherries.ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2012 - 7:40 pm

    Andreja - It looks great

  • August 7, 2012 - 5:10 pm

    Kiran @ - I can totally relate to this post. The guilt feeling would usually creep up, but if I need the break I take it because I need it and family always comes first.

    Beautiful and delicious combo of flavors here, Brian :)ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 7:37 pm

    Sneh | Cook Republic - I love this recipe! Bookmarking it! Thanks for that Brian!

    And good on you! Make that change, you’ll be better for it. I had that epiphanic moment last year. A year on, I don’t work in the weekends, tweet only if I have to and usually head straight out with the boys come rain or shine. It is truly liberating living the life you should be instead of what the media tries to make you live :-)ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 3:37 am

    Sweetsugarbelle - I just recently went through this myself. I turned off the computer, logged out of Skype, and had my sister in law change the passwords to things like my stats and FB so I’d have to be accountable before browsing. The first two weeks were tough but I’m so thankful I did it. It trained me to have my moments and helped me see what could wait. It was amazing at how much more communicating I was doing with my husband and kids. You really put this into words so very well! And I hope you savor those moments…you really do have a beautiful life. Your photos say so much!ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2012 - 12:40 pm

    Kristen - It’s so hard to find that balance, isn’t it? We all make excuses and find other things other than us that take precedence. I hope you find your self unplugging more and enjoying the beautiful life you have!

    PS – @Sweetsugarbelle That is brilliant!!ReplyCancel

  • August 16, 2012 - 12:12 pm

    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - This is a lovely post, Brian… I’ve been trying to be a bit less connected lately, as well. It has been somewhat forced on me with everything that’s going on, but it’s nice to just be in the moment and not be tied to my laptop/iPad/phone/etc. all the time. Anyway, I think you worded it perfectly. And, that ice cream looks amazing… I need to go get some coconut milk.ReplyCancel

  • August 16, 2012 - 1:35 pm

    Lisa - This is maybe the fourth or fifth ice cream/milkshake post that has me drooling today. Something about this hot, hot summer I’m sure. Coconut milk seems like it would be a nice change of pace.ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2012 - 12:41 am

    Joy - I love love the recipe.ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 8:00 am

    Watermelon Gazpacho - A Thought For Food - […] before, but I think Eric and I have done our best to make the most of it.  We got our hands on bags of cherries, husked countless ears of corn, sliced up peaches and devoured bowls of berries.  Summertime […]ReplyCancel

  • August 21, 2012 - 9:39 am

    Lisa - OMG, this looks delicious! I’ve ditched real milk in favor of coconut milk lately, it’s so much better. Can’t wait to try…ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2012 - 11:56 am

    Doris - All so healthy! Coconut milk does add flavor and creaminess to ice cream!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2013 - 11:21 am

    Laura@MotherWouldKnow - Beautiful post Brian. As I scrolled through the comments, focusing on the ones about connectivity and taking time to enjoy being unplugged, (especially those from Ken, Barb, Monet, Lora), I realized that the idea of taking time to be totally unplugged comes more easily to folks who do – or have tried – Sabbath rest. I’ve done it without so much of a religious aim as a spiritual/emotional one. Disconnecting from my electronics for 24 hours was incredibly difficult the first few times I tried it, but got easier. I’ve fallen off the wagon, but your post is giving me incentive to get back. Whether for 1 full day a week, or a few hours more frequently – it’s cleansing and important for the other parts of our lives. Thanks for reminding us of that.ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2013 - 9:53 am

    Bill - Love this post. Great reminder to slow down and enjoy what’s in our lives right now. Learning to relax is like developing a weak muscle that we don’t use very often. Takes vigilance, but it gets easier. Great recipe too!!ReplyCancel

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