Cranberry Almond Swirl Ice Cream

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“If all the books were across the sea, what a great swimmer Liren would be.”

Scribbled in the back pages of my 8th grade yearbook, I remember my cheeks burning as I read this autograph. Most of the girls had a similar quote in theirs, but “books” was replaced with the word “boys.” And while I certainly wasn’t boy crazy at the time, I also understood the underlying meaning behind this sentence. After eight years with the same 18 classmates in my tiny Catholic grade school, I was ready to move on. I moved on to a world where the freshman class was over 700 students strong, most of whom enjoyed to read.

I was a voracious reader as a child, and my love for literature grew with me. There were many nights that I could not bear to put a book down, and I would burn the midnight oil, turning the pages until sleep finally took over. I read outdoors, I read on the train, I read when I drove (if audio books count), I read when I nursed. I read to my children, and now they read to me. My daughter has become like me, but more so. She juggles three books at a time, and polishes each off with gusto.

But I realized something. I don’t read anymore. Real books, that is. It’s been about three years. I realized that I stopped reading when I started writing this blog.

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I went from consumer to creator, and the more I wrote, the less time I had to open a book. I thought the iPad would help. I started to read a digital book, but never finished it.

On my way to Salt Lake City, there was no Wi-fi on the two hour flight. I couldn’t work. I opened my iPad and swiped through the apps when the iBooks icon caught my eye. I remembered my unfinished book and picked up where I left off. As I immersed myself into that world, I noticed something. My love for reading had returned and I was unable to put the novel down. And then I started another one. I feel as though I have been reunited with my old best friend.

In some ways, I think the same could be said for cooking. I go through phases where I cook the same things over and over again, only to abandon them for stretches of time. That happened with ice cream. I made this Cranberry Almond Swirl Ice Cream and it is featured right now on Wayfair. It may be winter, but sometimes, you just can’t stop. It is ice cream, after all.

The recipe for Cranberry Almond Swirl Ice Cream can be found HERE. I hope you enjoy it!

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by Liren Baker on January 28, 2013

26 Responses to “Cranberry Almond Swirl Ice Cream”

  1. Cassie | Bake Your Day January 28, 2013 @ 6:00 am (#

    I go in spurts with reading. I have always loved it but fail to make enough time for it. I would love to read and eat a bowl of this ice cream. I love the cranberry swirls!

    • liren replied: — January 30th, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

      Thanks, Cassie! I think I will have to make a fresh batch, just so I can indulge while reading…perhaps this weekend!

  2. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction January 28, 2013 @ 10:12 am (#

    I’d love to read a good book while enjoying a big bowl of this ice cream!

    • liren replied: — January 30th, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

      I agree! Two happy things.

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 28, 2013 @ 10:59 am (#

    So pretty, Liren! I love that cranberry swirl. Sometimes you just need ice cream, regardless of what the weather says! :)

    • liren replied: — January 30th, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

      Thanks, Laura! Now if I have one of your cookies with my ice cream, I’ll be all set.

  4. Kelsey | Itsy Bitsy Foodies January 28, 2013 @ 2:19 pm (#

    Liren, this is a beautiful post. My weakness is ice cream and the cranberry almond combo sounds unbelievably delish! And I can especially relate to your message. After starting blogging I, too, stopped reading books, spending all my time on some angle of the blog. I’ve actually made it somewhat of a new year’s resolution: to leave more time for books/movies etc. and to get more sleep! :)

    • liren replied: — January 30th, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

      Amen to that, Kelsey! More time for sleep for sure. I am imposing a bedtime for myself this year – it’s easy to get caught up at night, before I know it, midnight arrives…I am determined to sleep more, too :)

  5. Christy @ My Invisible Crown January 28, 2013 @ 2:40 pm (#

    Ah! I’m so glad you posted an ice cream! I’ve been wanting to so bad lately. There’s this one that just keeps calling my name but I was trying to wait until the weather perked up just a little bit but what the heck! You gave me that little nudge I needed. This sounds so good!

    • liren replied: — January 30th, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

      I agree, what the heck! I can’t wait any longer for warm weather, might as well make ice cream now!

  6. dixya @ food, pleasure, and health January 28, 2013 @ 3:11 pm (#

    couple years ago- i absolutely loved reading but lately i havent had much time or lost interest. I tried reading on ipad or kindle but its not the same :( on a different note- this ice cream looks soo good. i love both the combo you have used :)

    • liren replied: — January 30th, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

      You’re right, Dixya, nothing is better than feeling a real book in your hands, and turning its pages. I love how books smell, too :)

  7. carrian January 28, 2013 @ 3:23 pm (#

    Liren, I’m so thrilled that we were able to meet this week at ALT. Last week. Whatever. ;) I too share your love of reading, but I’m sad to say that it’s nothing compared to when I was in school. How sad. :( Let’s start sharing fave reads. Yes?

    • liren replied: — January 30th, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

      I’m so so happy we met, Carrian! Are you on Goodreads? I used to love updating that with all my favorite reads, I plan on getting started again!

  8. Becky January 28, 2013 @ 4:13 pm (#

    What book did you pick up?! I go through seasons as well. I read a lot during the winter months or while I’m traveling. Right now I’m reading a book on midwifery as well as Unbroken, just for pleasure. There’s not much like sinking into a book while you’re on a trip or in the middle of a snowstorm :)

    • liren replied: — January 30th, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

      Traveling is always when I find myself looking for a good read, too. So, I finally returned to The Help, so that gives you an idea of how long it has been since I read for pleasure. And I also started Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil; the woman on the plane next to me was reading this book and it piqued my curiosity!

  9. Sandra's Easy Cooking January 28, 2013 @ 5:08 pm (#

    My daughter is much like you, she is juggling two or three books at the same time and takes testes in school and always pass with highest score. Reading is a beautiful thing however I started to read and get into reading later in my early 20’s…
    Oh and that ice-cream looks amazing! Wonderful pics, Liren!

    • liren replied: — January 30th, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

      Isn’t it amazing how they can juggle those books? It boggles my mind, because I was never that way. I am always in awe of how they can keep track of characters and story lines. I’m so glad to know that you daughter is much like mine!

  10. Vespa Woolf January 29, 2013 @ 4:33 am (#

    Similar to your experience, I also allowed writing to consume so much time that I no longer read. Now I know that was a mistake and I make an effort to set aside regular reading time. Your photos are gorgeous. I hope to try this ice cream, thanks!

    • liren replied: — January 30th, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

      It’s easy to get caught up, isn’t it? I’m looking forward to reading more again!

  11. mimi January 29, 2013 @ 9:39 am (#

    this looks fantastic!!!

    • liren replied: — February 5th, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

      Thank you, Mimi!

  12. Cate January 30, 2013 @ 11:11 pm (#

    I’m totally the same way! I finally took a blog break over the holidays and read pretty much every night… it was total bliss! I’m going to try and read one book (cookbooks don’t count!) every month in 2013. Next up? Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates.

    • liren replied: — February 5th, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

      Blog breaks are great, Cate :) I find it hard to do, but I try! I’m going to have to add Little Bird of Heaven to my to-read list, thank you!

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