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How about this unicorn dessert! dairy free and sugar free ice cream recipe

This is an ice cream recipe that children and adults will love! All too often, ice cream recipes aimed at children are full of artificial colourings and loads of sugar. Popsugar posted this recently and its so good that we had to share! Not only is it a dairy free and sugar free ice cream recipe, it only contains a handful of ingredients. A coconut base with yummy vibrant fruits make this a guilt free treat for everyone. 

 

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Mothers Day & Mothering Sunday

Mother's Day Sorbet

It was all a dream

I remember last Mother’s Day. I had breakfast in bed, a beautiful bouquet of fresh spring flowers, carefully made cards with a thoughtful message inside and a coveted bottle of Tom Fords finest scent…then I woke up (at 6am). Or rather, was woken. My youngest little poppet, who was not at all concerned with the day’s significance, needed porridge and a hairband (?) right now and Daddy, who is still sleeping soundly oblivious to the noise, makes porridge that is ‘gusting’ apparently. I kick husband violently in the thigh, which seems to wake him and his promise of card making and cereal of her choice, persuades dear daughter to leave me in my pit. My son surfaces and they brought me a cup of tea, a bowl of porridge (although I’d really like coco pops) and a tub of Ferrero Rocher and their handmade creations. Mother’s Day is complete, I feel thanked.

A (very) brief history

As far back as the 16th Century, Mothering Sunday in the UK was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants, returned to their ‘mother church’ to visit their families. They’d pick flowers along the way to give to their mothers. Today of course children give presents, flowers, and home-made cards to their mothers and it has become much like the ‘Mother’s Day’ celebrated in America.

In the U.S.A, Anna Jarvis is recognised as the Founder of the secular celebration of Mother’s Day. Anna was inspired by her own mother, Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis. An activist and social worker, Mrs Jarvis, believed strongly that there should be a day to honour all mothers, and acknowledge the contributions made by them. In 1914, an official Mother’s Day was declared. There is now a tradition of giving flowers, cards and other gifts to mothers but on a commercial scale that wasn’t intended by Anna and her mother. Having devoted her life for the declaration of a Mother’s Day holiday, Anna was said to be hugely disappointed at the commercialisation of the day.

My mum will get a hand made card from me this year. I’m 43 and she’ll probably think me mad, but a proper thank you, should take a bit of effort and thought. I’ve also made her something that she will really love, my Prosecco, Strawberry and Rose Sorbet. She’s hosting us for lunch after all, the least I can do is show up with a dessert featuring some of her favourite things…

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All Change

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Summer 2016 has been a pretty good, don’t you think? We’ve had our fair share of dross over the last few years but this year, we’ve managed many trips to the coast, plenty of long days outside in the countryside where we live and we’ve even discussed camping! (I hovered countless times over the ‘buy now’ button for one of Decathlons air tents, but remembered how I do like a firm mattress, on a bed, inside a room, with a solid door) It has been a long summer, filled with mad capped adventures, holidays I’ll never forget and of course the thing that warmer days were made for, Ice Cream. 

I start to dread the transition from Summer to Autumn, sometime around mid to late August. This is usually because I am still waiting for actual Summer to start, on account of the consistent stair rod rain and ‘unseasonably low’ (pfft!) temperatures, seen since June. However, this is 2016. Year of the seasons! Behold! a fresh, breezy and colourful Autumn, where we’ll hygge ourselves up and our homes, then Autumn will segue neatly into a cold, crisp, snowy winter, with scenes fit for any Christmas card* Oh the joy!

For now though, Autumn is here. The sun is low, the nights are chillier and the slow cooker is back out of the box. I imagine that frozen desserts are far from your mind but the Love Ice Creams team are here to try and convince you otherwise. We have got plans, people. Lots of seasonal, icy plans. Recipes such as Fig and Honey Ice Cream, Wild Plum Ice Cream, Damson Sorbet and Blackberry Sorbet. Make sure you stay tuned for more of our inspiring recipes!

*disclaimer: I am a very poor weather forecaster and I bear no responsibility for those making weather dependent investments as a result of my comments

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