Monday, April 7, 2008

Conference and Ice Cream Reviews

Did everyone have a good weekend? I hope so. My weekend was very nice. I sat around doing nothing, I let my children run around like heathens, I let my house get even messier, and then I listened to conference and ate ice cream. Conference was so wonderful and actually quite humbling and motivating. For those of you who don't know what "Conference Weekend" means to us "Mormons" I will elucidate. Twice a year the leaders of our church assemble and speak to us. They travel all around the world all year long speaking to churches, building temples, meeting with foreign and home dignitaries, administering relief aid, and doing other great things, but at General Conference they speak to everyone. Each speaker is allowed to speak on whatever they feel inspired to so there is a wide variety of things that are addressed. This was also a special conference because, after President Hinckley's death, a new Presidency was presented and sustained. Thomas S. Monson is the new President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and he is one heck-uva guy. At the very ending of conference he was telling all these funny stories and had everyone laughing, and right as I started to think that maybe he was going too far he suddenly turned all his funny anecdotes into a powerful message about creating love and joy in our families. One of the talks that seems to be getting the most attention was Russell M. Ballard's talk to young mothers. It was a fabulous talk that aptly captured the humor, the hardship, and the responsibilities of motherhood. It was because of this talk that I woke up happy, bathed all my kids, folded all my laundry, fed everyone, got the kids to school and went to the store to buy fruits and veggies for the week, all before 9am. Anything that can make me do all that with a smile on my face that early in the morning is something good. I can't wait for all the talks to be available for reading and listening to.



And now, time to review all that luscious ice cream:


B&J's Strawberry Cheesecake. You can read my extra comment on this one in the sidebar. It has a scrumptiously thick swirl of crunchy, sugary, buttery graham cracker crust through it that makes it hard to stop eating. YUM!



B&J's Pistachio Pistachio. My husband doesn't understand why I like this one. It isn't very sweet and there is no chocolate or candy in it. It is a subtle pistachio ice cream with whole pistachios throughout. To be enjoyed only by the most avid pistachio lovers. Mmmmmm. I love it.


Haagen Daz's Vanilla Honey & Granola frozen yogurt. This is good, but nothing to write home about. The granola is in small bit rather than big chunks so you get these odd specks of oatmeal throughout the ice cream. I think I would rather just pour my own granola and honey over a bowl of Dreyer's vanilla or caramel flavored ice cream.
Haagen Daz's Mango Sorbet. Have you tried it yet? Come on people, what is the point of me finding the world's best ice creams if you aren't going to try it? I even tried a different brand of Mango Sorbet and it didn't even come close to this. On of my favorite restaurants of all time puts a scoop of this over fruit salad and it is roll your eyes to the back of your head good. It just never ceases to amaze me how much flavor they have packed into this amazing stuff. BUY IT!

Breyer's Chocolate Crackle. Um, yeah, this is Breyer's all natural vanilla with ribbons of Magic Shell through it. Not good. Breyer's natural vanilla is made to be used with other natural ingredients, not fake processed chocolate, so it just didn't work. Also, I like my Magic Shell as a topping, not a stir-in. And if you are going to use Magic Shell, do yourself a favor and find the Heath Bar Magic Shell (So far I've only seen it at WalMart or Winco Foods). It is THE BOMB! But don't put it on Breyer's Natural Vanilla, put it on Dreyer's vanilla.










14 comments:

Lisa said...

I loved Elder Ballard's talk. I was able to see 3 of the 4 sessions and I loved them all, really. It was really good. Sad,too, missing Pres. Hinckley. I was happy we could all be home in our sweats on our comfy furniture to enjoy it.

Packer Family said...

Elder Ballards talk was one of my favorites as well. I loved how he said the joys of motherhood are in moments! So true!

An Ordinary Mom said...

I am grateful my children were mostly cooperative this weekend so I could literally feast on the words of the prophets. There were so many inspiring talks, but Elder Ballard's really hit home for me and DH. I am grateful I married someone who is so sensitive to the needs of mothers!

Magirk said...

LOL! :D That's kinda how his address made me feel - like I'm ready to conquer the world! Or, at least, a load of laundry or something... (hee, hee)

Thanks for the heads up on that Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream. In my little world, there's nothing better than those two flavors. N.O.T.H.I.N.G. ;)

Have a great week!

sariqd said...

Oooh - I'm going to have to try the strawberry cheesecake one! I just love B&J's!!!

Yes, Elder Ballard's talk made me sit up and listen. I loved it!

Kim said...

I love pistachios, so that ice cream sounds wonderful to me. I don't need all the chocolate and candy bits.

Kim @ TheBitterBall

Lynell said...

Thanks for the post! Isn't it wonderful when conference actually relights that fire and makes you want to be better? I think we are all standing a little taller today, ready to conquer the world. Or at least the mountains of laundry. Ü

Can't wait to try the Mango Sorbet! You've got my mouth watering.

WomensDaily said...

I really, really want that strawberry cheesecake one. Oh boy...

Motherhood for Dummies said...

I have never gotten myself to try pistashio ice cream. I just can't do it... NUTS? Green ice cream? I just can't do it :)

Richelle said...

I loved E. Ballard's talk, too.
That Strawberry cheesecake sounds soooo good. Yum!

LAHansen said...

I blogged about Elder Ballard's talk a bit today too, because it made me so happy, gave me such hope. I actually felt much like you this morning and got up early, exercised and felt like it was going to be a great beginning of the rest of my life...wonderful stuff!

I love your ice cream reviews!!!

Sonja said...

Okay,HD Mango sorbet has been my favorite for a while. So there.

Conference was superb. I agree, Pres. Monson is one heckuva guy. :)

Cocoa said...

I think I had tears in my eyes through Elder Ballard's whole talk. The other talk that really hit home for me right now - meaning one I need to work on - was Elder Bednar's. I love pistachio's. I think I'm going to get my own secret stash of that ice cream.

Michal said...

i have got to try the mango sorbet, since i am a mango lover and a sorbet lover. the breyers looks gross, so i'm glad that your review did not tempt me.

i love pistachio gelato, and loved pistachio ice cream in jerusalem but have never tried it since. what a dummy. i'm glad to see that b&j's is offering it now.

i loved conference, espcially elder ballard's talk. conference leaves me feeling so inspired and rejuvenated. and like i need to improve myself in every possible way. but that i can. i love it.