TCBY– This can’t be in my freezer section!

All last week I had been craving an Oreo Cookie Blast from Sonic. Why didn’t I just go get one you might ask? The answer is, I don’t know- time, probably. Anyhoo, I decided on an emergency errand run to Wal-mart that perhaps we should make our own Oreo Cookie Blasts with my homemade whipped cream.

After cruising by Wal-Mart’s ¬†cookie aisle to pick-up the Oreo’s, I wheeled my cart of paper towels and TP over to the freezer section to pick up some vanilla ice cream. I was shocked to find pints and half gallons of TCBY yogurt waiting for me. Since I came to age during the 80’s and 90’s I do love myself some TCBY yogurt! It’s so hard to find TCBY frozen yogurt stores anymore (note the 80’s and 90’s reference).

I remember Mom, Lynley and I going to TCBY after school for a little pre-dinner snack. When I was 15 1/2, I walked down to TCBY at my first job to bring yogurt back for me and the other employee at the children’s book/toy store (she always ordered raspberry which I never understood). And I remember pulling up to the TCBY drive-thru during college with my roommates and buying the biggest sizes we could order (vanilla with cookie dough on top).

Standing in the aisle at Wal-mart all these memories came back to me. I had to buy some. And guess what? The freezer section TCBY tasted just the same. MAN, just writing about this makes me want some Oreos at least! Sad to say, John just informed me we are out. He blamed the neighbor’s cat, but since it never comes in the house and we don’t feed it, I’m seriously doubting this excuse.

Here’s our homemade TCBY Oreo Blasts.

Key ingredients…

Homemade whipped cream!

Dish up the Cookies and Cream frozen yogurt.

Crumble a couple of Oreo's on top of each.

Add two more whole Oreo's to each bowl. I dunked mine in the whipped cream and melty frozen yogurt.

Sunday, July 24, 2011: A McCartney Meal and a bittersweet anniversary

I’m not going to lie to you, but yesterday was a hard day. A year ago Sunday two wonderful things happened to me: I started my 6 month sabbatical and I (with all my family) saw Paul McCartney in concert. Both events changed me as a person in ways I can’t even begin to explain, so Sunday was there was some reflecting and serious sadness going on…and that’s just the truth.

To celebrate our first meeting with our pal Paul, I made a meal from one of Linda McCartney’s cookbooks and homemade cornbread with the Sanford’s baked beans.

At the last moment I decided to add a swirl of honey to the top of the corn bread and it made a crispy, sweet coating…very interesting.

Sanford baked beans is a recipe from our beloved and neighborly-basically-family members, yes, you guessed it, the Sanford’s. John and I leave out the bacon which might drive one of the Sanford’s a little crazy, but hey…we just don’t dig on swine.

Linda’s meal all took place on the grill. It involved marinated vegetables and veggie sausage kabob and egg dipped, garlic stuffed cornmeal potatoes.

Here’s pictures from our grilling process– John was the man in charge of the keeping the fires burning.

pre-grilling/ post-boiling

Ok, here’s the story on the potatoes. The Linda McCartney cookbook I have is used and the cook who owned it before me took detailed notes on what was good or not and why and altered the recipes. If you’ve read Harry Potter then you’ll get the “Half-Blood vegetarian” feel of this next section. The cook noted that these potatoes were “bland, despite the garlic, but the cornmeal crust had a nice crunch.” I thought, “I can add garlic powered and pepper to the cornmeal and that will solve the bland issue.

Dang it! It didn’t work. I have to remember the Half-blood vegetarian is always right.

For dessert we decided to walk down to Sonic for ‘Blasts.”

I got Oreo and John got Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup…can you tell which is which?

They were both almost too melt-y to eat, so we ate the whipped cream off the top and put them in freezer to “reconstitute themselves” as John said. Guess what’s for dessert tonight!