Yummy Cinnamon Ice Cream Recipe (No ice cream machine required)

Cinnamon Ice Cream

Yummy Cinnamon Ice Cream!

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 (14 oz.) Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Whip heavy cream to stiff peaks in large bowl. Whisk sweetened condensed milk, butter, cinnamon, and vanilla in large bowl. Mix well. Fold in whipped cream.
  2. Pour into a 2-quart container and cover. Freeze 6 hours or until firm. Store in freezer.

Many link the spice cinnamon with autumn or the holidays. But I think this is a delightful recipe for spring. We are just getting a bit of warmer weather in most places that have distinct seasons. Soon summer will be upon us. July is National Ice Cream Month and I’ll be back posting my favorite easy summer ice cream recipes again all through-out July!

I usually prefer to add my own personal touches and changes to my favorite ice cream recipes, most not requiring an ice cream maker. This recipe is pretty straight forward with not much room for variation. I found this great recipe at Kevin & Amanda’s Recipes. The lovely photo is from Kalley’s Kitchen, although her recipe is a bit different due to the fact it requires an ice cream maker.

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Mary Magdalene, “The Apostle to the Apostles”, Sacred Mysteries of the Divine Feminine

Mary Magdalene, Mary of Magdala, The Magdalene, The Woman with the Alabaster Jar, The Beloved Apostle of Jesus, The Apostle to the Apostles…A sacred Myrrh-bearer and an Equal of the Apostles.

And to me personally; a cherished saint, a woman of sacred mystery, enigmatic and one of the spiritual representations of the Divine Feminine.

And again He said, “Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.” —      Luke 13:20-21

Church Stained Glass Window

Jesus and Mary Magdalene stained glass window. Kilmore Church, Dervaig, Isle of Mull, Scotland. The verse below the window “Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 (KJV)


The Holy Myrrh-Bearer, Mary Magdalene, an Equal of the Apostles. In early Christian writings she is called ‘The Apostle to the Apostles’ designating her equal, if not elevated, role amongst the other Apostles. Mary came from Magdala, a town on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, on the banks of Lake Genesareth, between the cities of Capharnum and Tiberias, Magdala was a small city, the remains of which can still be visited today. Although now, only the small village of Mejhdel stands on the site that was once Magdala. In Luke 8:2 it says that she actually was “called Magdalene”. In Hebrew מגדל Migdal means ‘a tower, fortress’; in Aramaic, “Magdala” also means ‘tower’ and ‘elevated, great, magnificent.’  The Jewish Talmud affirms that Magdala had an unsavory reputation, and because of the harlotry practiced there was destroyed. But we must not assume, as others in history have incorrectly that Mary Magdalene was a harlot. There is no Biblical evidence to support this as being true.

Mary of Magdala

Mary Magdalene (Amber Rose Revah) taking the gospel to Antioch.

A woman, who within the four Gospels is named at least 14 times, more than most of the other apostles, was born and grew up in Magdala. The Gospel tells us nothing of Mary’s younger years, but tradition tells us that Mary of Magdala was young and beautiful, and a woman with her own financial means – a woman of high standing and comfortable circumstances (This is a fact found in the Gospels, and shown by her helping to support the ministry of Jesus). It says in the Gospels that the Lord expelled seven demons from Mary (Luke. 8:2, Mark 16:9). Although the demons have been assumed by many to be forms of sinfulness, the “seven demons” may have referred to a complex illness (she may have suffered from the malady of periodic insanity, or afflicted with nervousness, she may have been the victim of violent epilepsy). The seven demons  not being linked to any form of sinfulness. Or it could represent an exorcism on Jesus’ part, implying the Magdalene was possessed, for seven is a mystic and symbolic number suggesting “completeness,” implying that when the evil spirits dominated Mary her suffering was extremely severe (whatever the malady; whether mental and/or physical illnesses or real demons cast out).  But the phrase may equally refer to some sort of conversion and/or ritual initiation. Whatever you may believe is meant by the seven demons being expelled, is in one way a moot discussion, for from the moment of her healing Mary led a new life, and became a true and beloved disciple of the Savior.

The Gospel relates that Mary followed after the Lord, when He went with the Apostles through the cities and villages of Judea and Galilee preaching about the Kingdom of God. She traveled together with the pious women Joanna, wife of Choza (steward of Herod), Susanna and others, she served Him from her own possessions (Luke 8:1-3) and undoubtedly shared with the Apostles the evangelic tasks in common with the other women. In the Gospel of Luke, she is listed together with the other women, stating that at the moment of the Procession of Christ onto Golgotha, when after the Scourging, He took on Himself the heavy Cross, collapsing under its weight, the women followed after Him weeping and wailing, but He consoled them. The Gospel relates that Mary Magdalene was present on Golgotha at the moment of the Lord’s Crucifixion. While all the disciples of the Savior ran away, she remained fearlessly at the Cross together with the Mother of God and the Apostle John.

Mary of Magdala

The beautiful multi-racial actress Chipo Chung as Mary Magdalene.

The Gospels also list among those standing at the Cross the mother of the Apostle James, and Salome, and other women followers of the Lord from Galilee, but all mention Mary Magdalene first. St John, in addition to the Mother of God, names only her and Mary Cleopas. This shows how strongly she stood out from all the women who gathered around the Lord.

She was faithful to Him not only in the days of His Glory, but also during His times extreme humiliation and insult. As the Matthew writes, she was present at the Burial of the Lord. Before her eyes Joseph and Nicodemus went out to the tomb with His lifeless Body. She watched as they covered over the entrance to the cave with a large stone, entombing Jesus, The Source of Life.

Faithful to the Law and Jewish customs in which she was raised, Mary together with the other women spent the following day at rest, because it was the day of the Sabbath, coinciding with the Feast of Passover. But the women did gather spices to go to the Grave of the Lord before dawn on Sunday morning and anoint His Body according to the custom of the Jews.

Myrrh-bearing Women

Myrrh-bearing Women. Artistically done in the icon style of the Orthodox Churches.

It is in this role she given the title Myrrh-bearer. A term not familiar to most Christians outside of the Orthodox Churches (Eastern, Greek, Slavic, Romanian, Russian and other Orthodox Churches). Myrrh-bearers are the individuals mentioned in the New Testament who were directly involved in the burial of Jesus or who discovered the empty tomb following the resurrection of Jesus. The term traditionally refers to the women with myrrh who came to the tomb of Christ early in the morning to find it empty. In Western Christianity, it would refer to the two women at the tomb, The Three Marys, etc. Although it is considered a sacred and special title associated mostly with the women, Mary Magdalene being the great and holy myrrhbearer; also included are Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, who took the body of Jesus down from the cross, embalmed it with myrrh and aloes, wrapped it in clean linen, and placed it in a new tomb. (See Matthew 27:55-61, Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 15:40-16:11, Luke 23:50-24:10 and John 19:38-20:18).

There are eight women who are generally identified as the myrrh-bearers. Each of the four Gospels gives a different aspect of the roles of these eight women at the cross and at the tomb on Easter morning, most likely because the eight women arrived alone or in different groups and at different times. The eight are:

  • Mary Magdalene
  • Mary, The Mother of Jesus (Called the Theotokos in Orthodox Churches)
  • Joanna
  • Salome
  • Mary the wife of Cleopas (or Alphaeus)
  • Susanna
  • Mary of Bethany
  • Martha of Bethany

Of the eight, the first five are the more prominent and outspoken. The last three are included according to tradition. Five of these women were also very wealthy; the women of means were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, and Mary and Martha of Bethany.

It is important to mention that, having agreed to go on the first day of the week, Sunday, to the Tomb early in the morning, the holy women had no possibility of meeting with one another on Saturday. They went separately on Friday evening to their own homes. They went out only at dawn the following day to go to the Sepulchre, not all together, but each from her own house.

Mary Magdalene and the Holy Grail legend.

“Mary Magdalene and the Holy Grail legend.” In France – according to medieval legends, she is said to have brought the Holy Grail.

Matthew writes that the women came to the grave at dawn, or as Mark writes, it was extremely early, before the rising of the sun. John, elaborating upon the writings of the others, says that Mary came to the grave so early that it was still dark. Obviously, she waited impatiently for the end of night, but it was not yet daybreak. I can imagine Mary pacing and feeling every single minute pass until the sun began to rise. She ran to the place where her Lord’s Body lay.

Mary went to the tomb alone. Seeing the stone pushed away from the cave, she ran away in fear to tell the closest Apostles of Christ, Peter and John. Hearing the strange message that the Lord was gone from the tomb, both Apostles ran to the tomb and, seeing the shroud and winding cloths, they were amazed. The two Apostles went away and said nothing to anyone, but Mary stood at the entrance to the tomb and wept. Here in this dark tomb where so recently the lifeless body of her Lord had lay.

Wanting proof that the tomb really was empty, she went down into it and saw a strange sight. She saw two angels in white garments, one sitting at the head, the other at the foot, where the Body of Jesus had been placed. They asked her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”

She answered them with the words which she had said to the Apostles, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” At that moment, she turned around and saw the Risen Yeshua standing near the grave, but she did not recognize Him.

Magdalena Penitente by TINTORETTO 1598-1602.

Magdalena Penitente by Tintoretto 1598-1602. An example of the centuries of her being portrayed as a penitent. Only the Catholic Church, due to a mistaken Pope unjustly said she was an immoral woman. The Orthodox Churches never accepted this.

Yeshua said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping, and whom are you seeking?” But she thought he was the Gardener, and she said to him, “Sir, if you have taken him, tell me where you have laid him; I will go take him away.”

Then she recognized the Lord’s voice. This was the voice she heard in those days and years, when she followed the Lord through all the cities and places where He preached. He spoke her name, and she gave a joyful shout, “Rabbi”. (Yeshua said to her, “Maryam.” And she turned and said to him in Judean Aramaic, “Rabbuli”, which is to say “Teacher.”)

Deep respect and an enduring love, a profound fondness and deep veneration, a feeling of thankfulness, mirth and joy filled her at the recognition of His great splendor; her beloved Teacher (Rabbuli), all came together in this single outcry of one word. She was able to say nothing more and she threw herself down at the feet of her Rabbi to wash them with tears of joy. Yeshua said to her. ‘Be not touching me, for I have not yet ascended unto my Father; and be going on to my brethren (my brothers and sisters), and tell them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father, and to my God, and to your God.

Die heilige Maria Magdalena

Die heilige Maria Magdalena by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1525. I found this painting of Mary Magdalene in the style of a portrait of a Saxon noblewoman to be interesting.

She followed His instructions and again ran to the Apostles, doing the will of Him – sending her to preach. Again she ran into the house, where the Apostles still remained in dismay and sadness and proclaimed to them the joyous message, “I have seen the Lord!” This was the first preaching in the world about the Resurrection.

The Apostles proclaimed the Glad Tidings and Good News to the world, but she proclaimed it first, to the other Apostles themselves.

Holy Scriptures do not tell us about the life of Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection of Christ. She was there in the terrifying minutes of Christ’s Crucifixion, she was at the foot of His Cross with His Blessed Mother and St John, she would have stayed with them during the time after the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ. Thus in the Acts of the Apostles, St Luke writes that all the Apostles with one mind stayed in prayer and supplication, with certain women and Mary the Mother of Jesus and His brethren. Mary Magdalene would have been among this group of women along with Jesus’ Mother Mary. Mary Magdalene was there at the “beginning of a movement that was going to transform the West” — in a way, no one, including her, could have known would become so profound for over two-thousand years! She was the “Apostle to the Apostles”, a title of honor, that fourth-century orthodox theologian St. Augustine gave her, though others much earlier had already conferred this title upon her. Mary Magdalene was the most important woman disciple in the movement of Jesus.

Maria Magdalena

“Maria Magdalena” … Mary in fine clothes, from a German group of the Entombment of Christ.

If you are to read the Holy Tradition testifies that when the Apostles departed from Jerusalem to preach to all the ends of the earth, then Mary Magdalene also went with them. A daring woman, whose heart was full of reminiscence of the Resurrection, she went beyond her native borders and went to preach in pagan Rome. Everywhere she proclaimed to people about Christ and His teaching. When many did not believe that Christ is risen, she repeated to them what she had said to the Apostles on the radiant Easter morning of the Resurrection: “I have seen the Lord!” With this message she went all over Italy.

Tradition relates that in Italy Mary Magdalene visited Emperor Tiberias (14-37 A.D.) and proclaimed to him Christ’s Resurrection. According to Tradition, she brought him a red egg as a symbol of the Resurrection, a symbol of new life with the words: “Christ is Risen!” Then she told the emperor that in his Province of Judea the unjustly condemned Jesus the Galilean, a holy man, a miracle-worker, powerful before God and all mankind, had been executed at the instigation of the Jewish High Priests, and the sentence confirmed by the procurator appointed by Tiberias, Pontius Pilate.

Mary repeated the words of the Apostles, that we are redeemed from the vanity of life not with perishable silver or gold, but rather by the precious Blood of Christ.

Beautifully decorated paschal eggs

Beautifully decorated paschal eggs.

Thanks to Mary Magdalene the custom to give each other paschal eggs on Easter, the day of the Radiant Resurrection of Christ, spread among Christians all over the world. In one ancient Greek manuscript, written on parchment, kept in the monastery library of St Athanasius near Thessalonica, is a prayer read on the day of Holy Pascha for the blessing of eggs and cheese. In it is indicated that the abbot in passing out the blessed eggs says to the brethren: “Thus have we received from the holy Fathers, who preserved this custom from the very time of the holy Apostles, therefore the holy Equal of the Apostles Mary Magdalene first showed believers the example of this joyful offering.”

This is a blessing and gift to remember when people doubt the association of eggs with Easter and Christ’s resurrection. Sadly, this tradition of giving paschal eggs to each other has been lost to many except in the Orthodox Churches. Although, it’s celebrated in what has become a secular decoration of Easter eggs or Easter Egg Hunts mixing it in with the tale of an Easter Bunny, thus taking the celebration of spring (the rabbit and other symbols of spring) and combining it with what at one time was a Christian celebration of decorating and giving paschal eggs. Personally, I prefer to celebrate the beauty and excitement of spring returning, especially since I’ve been living in an area with harsh winters for the last few years, in addition to celebrating Easter and the season of Pascha.

Note: In western Christianity, Eastertide, the Easter Season, begins on Easter Sunday aka Resurrection Sunday and lasts seven weeks, ending with the coming of the fiftieth day, Pentecost Sunday. In Orthodoxy, the season of Pascha begins on Holy Pascha and ends with the coming of the fortieth day, the Feast of the Ascension. The Orthodox Churches use the word Pascha instead of Easter. Although the word is used in Catholic and Protestant Churches at certain times. The words Pascha and Paschal come from the word Pesach, which means Passover in Hebrew פֶּסַח

Mary Magdalene continued her preaching in Italy and in the city of Rome itself.  The Apostle Paul addresses her in his Epistle to the Romans (16: 6), where together with others laboring in their efforts of evangelic preaching he sends his greetings to Mary Magdalene (Mariam), “Give my greetings to Mary, who has worked so hard for your benefit. (NLT) “Invoke the peace of Maria, who has labored much among you.” (ABPE)
It is evident by his words that she served the Church wholeheartedly, and thus being exposed to the same dangers as the other Apostles, and sharing with the other Apostles the labors of preaching. As well as tending, along with other women, to the needs of the sick, poor, orphaned, and widowed; fulfilling the role of Apostle and Deaconess.

Orthodox Icon

Святая Мария Магдалина. Икона.
Orthodox Church icon of St Mary Magdalene. Note the red egg in her one hand and jar in her other.

According to Church Tradition, she remained in Rome until the arrival of the Apostle Paul, and for two more years following his departure from Rome after the first court judgment upon him. From Rome, St Mary Magdalene, already bent with age, moved to Ephesus where the holy Apostle John unceasingly labored. There the saint finished her earthly life and was buried.

Her holy relics were transferred in the ninth century to Constantinople, and placed in the monastery Church of St Lazarus. In the era of the Crusader campaigns they were transferred to Italy and placed at Rome under the altar of the Lateran Cathedral. Part of the relics of Mary Magdalene are said to be in Provage, France near Marseilles, where over them at the foot of a steep mountain a splendid church is built in her honor.

Deciphering all the various women named Mary in the New Testament:

Mary (Miriam) was a very common name in New Testament times, held by a number of women in the canonical Gospels. The history of Mary Magdalene has been greatly affected by different interpretations as to which biblical references actually refer to her, beyond those where she is identified by “Magdalene”.  Historically, the Orthodox church Fathers, as a whole, distinguished among what they believed were three Marys:

The Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ

Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha and Lazarus (Luke 10:38-42 and John 11)

Mary Magdalene/Mary of Magdala

In addition, there were Mary, the mother of James and Mary Salome.

In the four Gospels, Mary Magdalene is nearly always distinguished from other women named Mary by adding “the Magdalene” (ἡ Μαγδαληνή) to her name.This has been interpreted to mean “the woman from Magdala”.

The Magdalen

“The Magdalen” by Bernardino Luini, c.1525

Tradition as early as the 2nd century identify Mary Magdalene as the woman with the alabaster jar in Luke 7:36-50:

37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment

38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears,  and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.”

Not all are in agreement today, and some scholars say she was Mary, sister of Lazarus. Others believe it to be two different Mary’s that anointed Jesus (Mary of Bethany in John; Mary Magdalene in Luke). Mary Magdalene is portrayed beautifully for centuries as the woman with the alabaster perfumed ointment jar. Either way, she still was the holy myrrh-bearer and in so being would be shown with jar or box filled with myrrh. So, I wished to share a bit of the art. For the story is an important one on many levels, but I’ll leave it and the discussion of just who or which Mary it was for a future blog.

Talmudic passages speak of a Miriam “hamegadela se’ar nasha”, “Miriam, the plaiter of women’s hair” (Hagigah 4b;cf. Shabbat 104b), which most believe today is a reference to Mary Magdalene serving as a hairdresser.

Modern art of Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene. I really like the labyrinth as a background. Modern art by Lily Moses

In the Gospel of John, Mary Magdalene is also referred to simply as “Mary” at least twice. Gnostic writings use Mary, Mary Magdalene, or Magdalene.

Mary Magdalene’s name is mostly given as Μαρία (Maria), but in Matthew 28:1 as Μαριάμ (Mariam), both of which are regarded as Greek forms of Miriam, the Hebrew name for Moses’ sister. The name had become very popular during Jesus’ time due to its connections to the ruling Hasmonean and Herodian dynasties.

Sacred Symbols associated with Mary Magdalene in art in addition to the red egg and alabaster ointment jar already mentioned: a red purple veil, a spice pot, a skull, a book, a mirror, a small cross, a scourge or a cilice used as penance instruments. (a cilice was originally a garment or undergarment made of coarse cloth or animal hair (a hairshirt) worn close to the skin. It was used in some religious traditions to induce discomfort or pain as a sign of repentance and atonement.) In modern art, you are more likely to find Mary Magdalene holding a beautiful garland of various flowers, surrounded by pink or white roses, veiled or unveiled, or even with a labyrinth background. No longer limited by the centuries of incorrect history labeling her as a penitent, there are no limitations on the artistic symbols. Along with the fact that she is claimed today by Christians as a saint and important historical figure in the life of Jesus, by some as a pagan temple goddess, for others she is the Mary of the gnostic gospels.

Maria Magdalena

Maria Magdalena wearing a cilice. Polychrome wood carving by Pedro de Mena, Church of San Miguel and San Julian, Valladolid, Spain.

The Orthodox Churches, The Roman Catholic Church and within the Protestant traditions, they all honor the holy memory of St Mary Magdalene, although, not all in the exact same way. She was a woman called by the Lord Himself from the darkness of her demons to His holy light. Having received healing, she sincerely began a new life. Mary loved the Lord who called her to a new life. She was faithful to Him not only when He was surrounded by enthusiastic crowds and receiving recognition as a miracle-worker, but also, it was she, who when all the disciples deserted Him in fear was by His side. Crucified, hung in torment upon the Cross, she was there. This is why the Lord, knowing her faithfulness, appeared to her first, and esteemed her worthy to be first to proclaim His Resurrection.

Her feast day or day of commemoration is celebrated on July 22, and she is also remembered in the Orthodox Churches on the Sunday of Myrrh-bearing Women.

Mary Magdalene

Unconditional Love. The message of St. Mary Magdalene. From a deck of Doreen Virtue cards. Artist unknown to me at this time.

Jesus said, the Kingdom of God is inside you, and all around you, not in mansions of wood and stone. Split a piece of wood…and I am there, lift a stone…and you will find me.”–The Gospel of Thomas

“The Lord did everything in a mystery, a baptism and a chrism and a Eucharist and a redemption and a bridal chamber.”-The Gospel of Philip


Photos of Amber Rose Revah as Mary Magdalene from The Bible: The Epic Miniseries and the theatrical film Son of God and of Chipo Chung as Mary Magdalene from the upcoming A.D.: The Bible Continues are all productions of LightWorkers Media – Roma Downey and Mark Burnett (http://www.lightworkersmedia.com) and are used with my deepest respect for the projects and the strong yet beautiful portrayals of both actresses as the Apostle Mary Magdalene. No copyright infringement is intended. All rights remain reserved.

The Bible: The Epic Miniseries is available on DVD and Blu-Ray (http://tinyurl.com/om4yc34) as is “Son of God” (http://tinyurl.com/ntqtmar).  Please visit www.ShareADtheSeries.com and be sure to watch A.D.: The Bible Continues which premieres on NBC on Easter Sunday 2015. Stay up-to-date with all of the various past and future projects, of Irish actress, producer, author and artist Roma Downey here: http://www.facebook.com/Roma.Downey

Mary Magdalene – Unconditional Love picture is from a Doreen Virtue deck you may purchase here: http://tinyurl.com/po7xp5w The name of the artist is unknown to me at this time. I will update and include information about the artist in the future. I was a bit surprised this card was not found in her Angels and Saints deck or the like. It’s found in her Goddess cards, which validates what I stated in this blog, that in our time, Mary Magdalene is claimed by not only Christians but pagans, Gnostics and others as well.

The artists and/or sources of all other graphics used of the images of Mary Magdalene have been listed in the caption description below each work of art, when available.

I prefer using the name Yeshua and have done so in my use of certain Bible verses (ABPE):

The Aramaic Bible in Plain English (ABPE), Copyright © 2012 by Glenn David Bauscher

Bible verse in the caption section of the stained glass window photo from Kilmore Church in Scotland is from the King James Bible (KJV)Public domain in the United States.

Unless otherwise stated, all other Bible verses used are from the American King James Version (AKJV) – Public domain (copyright waived).

The Gospel of Philip is part of the texts called New Testament apocrypha, dated to around the 3rd century but lost to modern researchers until an Egyptian man rediscovered it by accident, buried in a cave near Nag Hammadi, Egypt in December 1945 and is part of a group of books known as the Nag Hammadi library.

The Gospel According to Thomas, commonly shortened to the Gospel of Thomas, is a well-preserved early Christian, non-canonical sayings-gospel which many scholars believe provides insight into the oral gospel traditions. It is also in the group of books known as the Nag Hammadi library. Modern scholars have stated that the Gospel of Thomas is the closest to the sayings of the historical Jesus. The sayings are similar to those of Jesus in the canonical Gospels and it is felt the Gospel of Thomas was written as early as the New Testament Gospels.

In addition to my many years of research and study on the mysterious yet sacred Mary of Magdala, I wish to thank Orthodox Church clergy members for corresponding with me and confirming how she has been viewed through out their church history and today and the legends associated with her in their religion.

Source information for some of the symbols of Mary Magdalene in classical art, although, most were already known to me….are from the article: Magdalene’s Iconography, between Passion and Melancholy by Pino Blasone.

Some minor facts were confirmed using en.wikipedia.org

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November 2014 Daily Photo Challenge #AnnaKphotoaday

Join me on my November daily photo challenge! ‪#‎AnnaKphotoaday‬ Take a photo, get inspired! Share your photos daily on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook {or anywhere!} Use the hashtag #AnnaKphotoaday so we can see each others photos 🙂 For inspiration, I’ve attached an interesting photo of a strawberry in flowing water in a sink, beautiful photography! A photo like this could be used for Day 1 – Food Item, or Day 2 – I adore… (if you adore strawberries!) or Day 30 – Water. On say Day 2 – Hearing…that may seem to be a difficult one, but the creative choices are endless, you could snap a pic of you or another listening to music, take a photo of an ear (ears are as unique as fingerprints, did you know that?), or come up with something off the wall surprising for Day 2! You can be as elaborate as you want, or you can just keep it simple as you get snap happy all month long. Just have fun!

strawberry in water

Example of beautiful photography!

November 2014 Daily Photo Challenge #AnnaKphotoaday

Day 1 –  Food Item
Day 2 –  Hearing
Day 3 –  Household Item
Day 4 –  R is for…
Day 5 –  Book
Day 6 –  Full Moon
Day 7 –  Art
Day 8 –  Picture of your phone
Day 9 –  Selfie
Day 10 – Pet or Any Animal
Day 11 – Clouds
Day 12 – Item of Clothing
Day 13 – Beauty is…
Day 14 – A Stranger
Day 15 – Time of Day
Day 16 – Pink
Day 17 – A Comfort Item
Day 18 – Light
Day 19 – A Blessing
Day 20 – Something you can’t live without
Day 21 – A Word
Day 22 – I Collect…
Day 23 – Portrait of a Person
Day 24 – Mirror
Day 25 – Something in your purse or pocket
Day 26 – An Emotion
Day 27 – I’m grateful for… {Happy Thanksgiving!}
Day 28 – Nature/Outdoors
Day 29 – A Shoe
Day 30 – Water

I hope a few of your will join me on this adventure. I know some of you enjoy photography like me, some have been doing other photo challenges recently. Or maybe you would just enjoy a daily challenge?!?

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Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream – No Ice Cream Maker Needed! Autumn fun :)

pumpkin pie ice cream

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream! Yum!

One of my favorite seasons, autumn, is just around the corner…Oktoberfest, Halloween, cooler weather, the changing of the color of the leaves, pumpkins, and all the fun that goes along with this season! What a perfect time to make and enjoy some Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream! 🙂 A delicious fall ice cream that can be made without an ice cream maker!


1 pint whipping cream

1 can Borden: Eagle Brand sweet and condensed milk

1/4 cup Libby’s 100% Pure Canned Pumpkin

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp cloves (I enjoy the zest the clove spice gives the recipe, you may option to leave it out)

Golden Oreos

You may substitute all the listed spices and just use pumpkin pie spice if you prefer. If you’re like me, you enjoy playing with recipes.


First crush 10-12 Oreos.

Whip the whipping cream until there is soft peaks.

Add condensed milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix until combined.

Fold in crushed Oreos.

Place in a bread pan and freeze.

It take 8+ hours to freeze enough to be eaten. (See tip below)

***A tip when making any ice cream recipes the old-fashioned way [without an ice cream maker] is to always chill it for an hour or two in your refrigerator before putting it in the freezer. A cooler mixture will always freeze much more quickly. With this recipe, I use a metal bread baking pan.

There have been a few taste tests done on canned pumpkin. And although, I like to use organic when possible, the organic canned pumpkin brands, all had a chalky taste and weren’t the smoothest, which is an important quality, especially in an ice cream recipe made without an ice cream maker. A little trivia about Libby’s – they actually use their own special variety of pumpkin, called Dickinson pumpkin, which may be part of the reason that many cooks prefer the brand. I like Borden’s Eagle Brand sweet and condensed milk. In a taste comparison of 6 major brands, they found that there wasn’t too much of a difference. But, subtle taste differences were found between the milks, and if you’re a ‘condensed milk connoisseur’ – the kind that likes to lick the milk off the spoon (like me!) the subtle differences will matter. 😉

The recipe as posted here, is my own creation with my own subtle changes, additions and preferences, but the base recipe was modified from a recipe found on ‘Over the Big Moon’ blog as part of a 30 days of Halloween series.

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

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Happy “World Cat Day”

My cat Livia.

Livia showing off her Siamese Baby Blues

If you love your fur baby like I do. I’m celebrating with the rest of the world today “World Cat Day” with my precious fur-girl Livia! Tomorrow is Livia’s 10th birthday. Being a Siamese/Tabby mix (mother was tabby, father Siamese) she’s a loving but persnickety one! My family has nicknamed her “The Queen” because she is beyond spoiled! She is a life-saver and my ESA cat. My life would never have been as enriched the last 10 years with my loving, sometimes moody (moody and talkative, her Siamese traits coming out!) and aloof, but always is waiting for me when I return home, we are buddies. I remember first seeing her when she was only days old with her eyes still closed, just a wee thing, at 5 weeks, I took her home with me and that first night she slept in my hair and tried to suckle in my (now ex) husband’s arm pit hair! She and my senior cat, Socks, who was 16 then, took on the role of grandpa and they were instant friends and sometimes, I think she preferred to hang out with him than interact with us humans! At times, she got on his nerves, but it also brought out some youthful behavior in my beloved older fur boy! A year later when he died, at home, I was heartbroken and Livia missed him as well. But it is at this point, that she began to bond even stronger with me, and I became like her human mama and she my fur daughter. We are perfect for each other, for I am unique and a bit eccentric and have my mental moments! And she knows how to perform her duties well and will distract me or insist I remove myself from a situation or circumstance that is causing me anxiety and get me to set my attention on her, thus alleviating my level of being upset. As well, as she will alert me if someone is at the door or if there is an intruder or fire or other type of alarm going off. I owe my life to Livia and I hope I have shown her my appreciation. Which, I do believe Queen Livia knows she is valued and loved! ❤


And you’d think she has dog DNA sneaked into her genes, for she always has chewed wiring and cords, she electrocuted herself chewing on Christmas tree lights many times and it didn’t stop her! (Yes, we tried using a spray bottle of water, and getting smaller trees that sit up higher, and did anything we could to try to prevent her being harmed). Thankfully, she has mellowed a bit with age with this, now she tends to chew my laptop cord where it plugs into my laptop, only when she’s right in front of me, as if to say, get off the PC mom, and give me your full attention NOW! For whatever reason, she has gotten better these last 2 1/2 years whilst living in central Illinois when it comes to chewing cords, it used to be a really terrible problem, in the past, I’ve had to replace many a mobile charging cord, and other PC related cables! She has adapted quite well to our new place and seems to adore our garden flat. She took the 9 miles move with ease and is happier than she was in the 2 bedroom house we lived in prior. Which surprised me, I thought, she would have preferred all that extra space, but she has windows to sit in, to enjoy “Cat TV” time (and we have wild bunnies, a few other cats, birds and a low-level flashing sign across the street tied to the Methodist Church the next street over, that all seem to catch her attention).

She isn’t scared when someone (others that live in our 80-year-old brick building, that has four 1 bedroom flats upstairs, and 3 garden flats, you get to via laundry room in the basement entry door at back of the building, the other 7 people who live here, walk by a window on occasion) being in a garden flat, our windows, though tall and large are only a matter of inches above outside ground level. Our building sits back away from the street with a lovely grass yard in front. I only wish the huge tree that sits in the front yard just outside the other garden flat on opposite side of front of building, was instead next to my flat! The fun Livia would have if I were able to hang my lovely bird feeder in a tree near my window, but alas, I’m in the corner that has drive-way to the car port parking for the 5 of us that get a parking space in back and parking for house next door, which my landlord also owns. But we can’t have it all, there are perks to my particular garden flat, it’s the biggest of the three, my kitchen is the largest and bathroom bigger by a bit, 2 of the 3 have a large long wall separating kitchen from the main living quarters room. I’ve been in all 3 garden flats and 1 is tiny. Tiny, tiny kitchen and appliances, less cupboard and counter space, all of his windows are very, very small, and it’s generally smaller except for the huge walk-in closest (that all 7 units in building all have) that runs along an entire wall and has TWO doors, one at each end of the room to enter it, it’s bigger than most house bedroom closets! I get the bigger garden flat, he gets the tiny one but his is always cool inside because it’s in back and never faces sun, the one next to me is same size as mine, but his flat is also much cooler than mine, due to the large tree and doesn’t face the sun on that side, and mine faces the sun ALL day so I’ll have to invest in air conditioning unit in late spring next year. For those that know me well, I’m a vampire, with insomnia issues, so I live in the flat that gets sun and bright light when it’s clear weather, so I have double sets of black out curtains and blinds to boot! But don’t worry, Livia gets to lounge in the kitchen window, which I do like light in my kitchen, so there’s no black out curtains in there. I’ll discuss the general and haunted history of my building in a different post. But I’ll give you this hint, the haunting presence has been experienced in the basement, in an area just outside of my flat front door, leading to laundry room. More information to follow for those interested in the paranormal 😉

Back to my cat with a wee bit of dog DNA! She also will chew mouse holes in all or any type of my clothes, so no clothes can ever be left out, all must be in closet, dresser, hamper with a lid, etc… (she even will chew holes in Levis, thick towels, anything from undergarments to just shy of a rug!). in all fairness, she didn’t begin this behavior of mouse-chewing clothes until she was 5 years old and the vet said it was directly related to stress, maybe due to having to move a few times but mostly likely it was because she had never been exposed to the torture that is fleas, as she was a Las Vegas cat and fleas cannot survive in the desert. And when I needed to move back home to San Diego for personal life circumstance reasons, a neighbor’s cat ran inside my apartment on last day we were moving things in, and unknown to me, dumped a bunch of fleas inside! Poor Livia, I didn’t notice until a month later when she was covered with fleas and they were all over in carpet, etc..They had not bitten us (my boyfriend, Kevin, at the time or me, for fleas prefer an animal host) which is why I had not noticed right away. She, being a very sensitive cat, I used only the kitten formula of the flea killing toxic crap (I hate putting toxic chemicals on my cat!) liquid applied on back of her neck/upper back. The fleas all ran to her face 😦 I used some natural powders and a spray on the carpet and on her (I did my research, they were not herbs that are harmful to cats, it was cinnamon based and the other citrus based, so no harsh or harmful herbs, which I mention this because a few years later, I used an all “natural herb based product” on her that claimed it was safe for cats, that caused her to froth at the mouth and it almost killed her! 😦 Luckily, I was able to wash most of it off of her in time and she made it through that horrible experience, but that happened later in Montana). These products I used this first time she ever experienced fleas smelled very good to me, but cat’s have a powerful keen smelling sense, so she didn’t love it. I kept applying the powder to the carpet, let it sit, then vacuüm it up, trapping the fleas and eggs in the vacuüm bag along with the natural flea killing powder. I can say that Livia was feeling better within a few days and a month later, there was no sign of a flea anywhere and we never experienced that again while in San Diego. The vet mentioned this most likely caused her change in behavior, and began her chewing my clothes (or his clothes :-p in earnest) for it was a very, very stressful experience for her. She is indoor only and even now, living in the mid-west, in an area where fleas thrive from late spring, through the hot, humid, and sometimes rainy summers, until it cools in October, and she has not had one flea on her in our 2 1/2 years in Illinois! 🙂


I feel that pets, ESA and other service animals are like children, you make a life-time commitment to that animal to take care of its needs for the life of the animal. I have very little sympathy for people who drop off animals at kill shelters, move and leave them behind, drop them off somewhere, leave them locked outside, all because they just don’t want to have a pet anymore, or it’s inconvenient. I find this behavior selfish and right up there with abuse. I couldn’t work with the policing agency that investigates animal abuse and abandonment cases, for I’d want to subject them all (the perpetrators) to the same treatment they inflicted upon their precious pets, or just straight out hang ’em high or shoot ’em dead, old west style, frontier justice! So, yeah, not the job for me, I couldn’t handle what they see, I commend them for being able to do that job. I would never abandon my fur baby! And I even have made provisions that if something were to happen to me and I was no longer upon this earth, that a beloved family member has promised to take her in and give her the love and care she deserves.

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Single Serve {healthy} Homemade Raspberry Ice-Cream (no maker required) – National Ice Cream Month!!!!


This homemade no ice cream maker required Raspberry Ice Cream Recipe is being posted for my sister Jo who asked I post a Raspberry ice cream recipe to celebrate National Ice Cream Month. Try it out and let me know how you like it! It’s so very easy, with very few ingredients and doesn’t even need any time in the freezer! Talk about fast and kid-friendly as well as the added bonus of being a healthy treat. At the bottom I’ve also included great recipes from Hamilton Beach to make a version of Raspberry (or Raspberry Chocolate, Raspberry-Strawberry) ice creams using an ice cream maker. I have only tried the no maker recipe. So, please do let me know if you try any or all of them and if you liked it.  Enjoy!

Single Serve {healthy} Raspberry Ice-Cream

(*This recipe is courtesy of Heather Kinnaird’s section of the French Press)


  • 1 cup of frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of Greek style yogurt
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey


  • place all the ingredients in a blender
  • blend until you have the desired consistency
Here below is a great recipe from Hamilton Beach, for use with ice cream makers and includes several different variations; Raspberry, Raspberry Chocolate, Raspberry-Strawberry, etc… 🙂

Raspberry Ice Cream

Course: Kid Friendly, Desserts

Products: Ice Cream Makers


Recommended Hamilton Beach® Product: 1.5 Qt. Ice Cream Maker

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup (375 ml) frozen raspberries, slightly thawed
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 cup (250 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 cup (250 ml) milk


  1. Remove raspberries from freezer and allow to become slightly soft.
  2. Then mash or purée, (strain the seeds if desired). Combine sugar, lemon juice, and fruit.
  3. Stir until well mixed. Stir in cream and milk.
  4. Start ice cream maker and pour mixture through hole in lid.
  5. Churn for 20-40 minutes or until desired consistency.

Chocolate-Raspberry Variation

  1. After about 15 minutes or until milkshake consistency, add 10 crushed chocolate sandwich cookies; (place in plastic sandwich bag and mash).
  2. Continue to churn.

Strawberry Variation

  1. Replace raspberries with strawberries.

Note:  This recipe was developed by Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.


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Homemade EASY Bubblegum Ice Cream Recipe (no maker required!) Happy Ice Cream Month!

38Bubblegum Ice Cream became a favorite of mine when I was 13 years old. Memories come flooding back of Swensen’s Ice Cream Parlor in El Cajon, California and many a hot summer day spent in the air-conditioned ice cream parlor enjoy this delicious treat! Later in college, as an ASL Studies/Deaf Studies Major I did a biographical report in ASL in front of my ASL II class on one of my favorite actors, Deaf actress, Marlee Matlin and I remember smiling when I read that her favorite ice cream is Bubblegum ice cream. 🙂 This recipe is super easy. Enjoy!

4-Ingredient Bubblegum Ice Cream Recipe (No ice cream maker required)

(*Recipe adapted from 2 different recipes, Cookies and Cups blog – 2 ingredient Ice Cream and The Domestic Rebel’s blog – 3 Ingredient Recipe)

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 dram Lorann-Oils Bubblegum (I bought mine here online http://tinyurl.com/lbo5sd4 for really an inexpensive price)

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, begin whipping the very cold whipping cream on high speed for about 2-3 minutes or until stiff peaks form. You’re whipping it into completely stiff, whipped cream oblivion, people.
2. Gently fold in the can of sweetened condensed milk and the dram of bubblegum oil, carefully working semi-quickly as to avoid deflating the whipped cream. If desired, tint your ice cream with pink food coloring and gently stir that in.
3. Once ice cream is flavored and tinted, lightly toss in some gumballs. Pour the mixture into an airtight, freezer-safe container, seal tight, and freeze for about 6 hours or until firm.

*As noted in all my homemade no ice maker required recipes, putting your mixture in the frig for an hour or more will make it freeze much faster once in the freezer.

This above recipe is fun and kid-friendly, easy and fast!

This recipe below is a little more time consuming and an an ice cream maker is required. It doesn’t taste the same as the no ice cream maker recipe above, but is a good one when using an ice cream maker. It is from the House of Yum blog.

  • 2½ cups half and half
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 4-6 drops of food coloring (I used blue-keep in mind the bubblegum color will mix with the food coloring you use)
  • 1 package of bubblegum (I used Bubblelicious Original flavor)
  • 1 cup small mixed color gumballs
  1. Add the half and half, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract into a medium sized saucepan. Whisk together until combined and sugar is dissolved. Whisk the egg yolks and add to the mixture. Cook over medium heat.
  2. Add in the regular bubblegum pieces and the food coloring as desired. Continue to cook while whisking and bring to a light boil. The gum will almost dissolve, there will only be small pieces of it in the mixture. Cook for about 15-20 minutes until the gum is dissolved and mixture is slightly thickened.
  3. Pour mixture into a bowl, cover, and place in the fridge to cool. Allow to cool for at least 3 hours. Once mixture is completely cooled you can add to your ice cream mixer for churning. Strain to remove any gum residue from the mixture as you pour into the ice cream maker.
  4. Churn ice cream for about 15 minutes, add in the gumballs, continue to churn for another 5 minutes. The consistency will be very soft. Place ice cream in a sealed container and freeze for about 2 hours prior to serving.
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