July is National Ice Cream Month by Presidential Proclamation 5219, signed by then President Reagan on July 9, 1984. But did you know that today, July 17 is also National Ice Cream Day? Ice cream is certainly one way I enjoy my journey through life.
Let’s think about ways we can celebrate ice cream.
Try a new flavor.
Give homemade a try. There are many different ways and recipes to make homemade ice cream. It is fun. Homemade tastes better than store-bought. Try it.
Create a new recipe either for ice cream or using ice cream as an ingredient.
Can’s eat dairy? No problem! There are non-dairy options made with alternative milks (such as alm0nd, rice or coconut). Some are even made with frozen fruit such as bananas. Try my Carrot Cake Fruit Cream.
Set up a sundae bar. Let the kids help. Don’t forget to include healthy toppings such as fresh fruit and berries.
Get social with your ice cream. I’m not talking about social media here, invite people over for homemade ice cream or a sundae party. Get the neighbors involved and have a block party. It often seems that food divides us, but I believe it can still bring us together.
This has been a favorite song of mine for a long time. Last year I had a new experience with this song as a way to end a church service. We were circled up around the chairs and as we sang we moved to the music, smiled at each other and even giggled a little. We actually sang it three or four times, it felt so good. The music ended in hugs as the service ended. I believe with all my heart that life is not intended to be all struggle. There are moments of clarity for all of us that need to be celebrated.
So, go ahead and sing. “I can see clearly now the rain is gone…” Allow the music to make you smile and even dance a little if you are so inclined.
You may recognize the title of this post as words from the Bible (Psalm 8:3 KJV). Looking up at the night sky has inspired poets, artists, philosophers, theologians, musicians, scientists and other dreamers since time began. Technology now lets us see the stars in a way we never have before. Need a little inspiration? See the universe through the lens of the Hubble Telescope.