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Weekend Links 2 7.20

Here’s a few of things I read this week that had me nodding my head:

Summer in The City – Heat Proof Makeup Tutorial

Lisa Eldridge is my go-to makeup consultant. I love how authentic and grounded she is and how she leverages her access and influence to help the everywoman feel beautiful. Her heat-proof makeup tutorial from this week was wonderful and I imagine will work well in our 100 degree heat as much as it does in London’s “scorching” 80s.

Lemon Ricotta and Almond Flourless Cake

This is a light lemony flourless cake that will be perfect on a beautiful summer/spring afternoon

When Families Fail Parents of Children with Special Needs

She points to two big reasons family can be out of touch with what a parent needs — good intentions based on decades-old knowledge and, yes, sometimes simply the general inability to be compassionate.

“They do not see all the work, the therapy visits, the doctor visits, the specialists, the research, the cost, the [evaluations], [Individualized Education Plan] meetings, the emotional drain it takes to produce this ‘cute little girl.'”

Ludicrous Things Said By Yoga Teachers

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Alright Okay

Friends, there has to be a better way.

A better way to support one another when they are walking a painful path.  There has to be a better way to encourage and uplift and love without undoing the brutality of the journey, without negating the reality that for some, it doesn’t get “all better”.

This is about Love.  Support.  Encouragement.

Validation.

She isn’t crazy.  She isn’t neurotic.  She isn’t being ridiculous.

No matter what the outcome turns out to be.

Because it really will eventually be Alright and Okay.  It’s just that Alright and Okay are tricky words whose meanings change depending on the details.

And you want to be there for her in the case that she must navigate a new path to Alright and Okay.

The Importance of Doing Things Badly

God doesn’t hover over us with a hammer. He knows we need the freedom to do things badly. He stands cheering and waiting for the right moment to share His perfectly portioned wisdom.

Confection Deliciosity 2

I saw these Roasted Strawberry and Toasted Coconut Popsicles courtesy of Joy the Baker, and could not get that flavor combination out of my mind. I was in the middle of my Whole30, but I pinned it to remember for after it was over. Dairy is not my friend and Coconut Cream is one of the Seven Wonders of my World so this is perfect.

There is no budget line this month for new kitchen gadgets and I don’t even have an ice cube tray to freeze them in so I decided to make it as an ice cream instead.

Roasted Strawberry and Toasted Coconut Ice Cream

I used that recipe except I substituted raw unsweetened coconut because that is what I had and I figured less sugar is always better.

An attempt to turn it into coconut ice cream with a pretty swirl of strawberry did not pan out so I started over, mixing it all together. The color reminds me of one of Nathan’s books which has a recipe for “Zoe’s Tutu Pink Smoothie” which was “too too delicious.”

Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream

There isn’t a lot of added sugar and it’s tangy and toasty and so creamy.

After this success I tried the same formula, but with cherries and almonds instead of strawberries and coconut. It was OK. Meh. It tasted like a jello salad concoction from 1963. I think the lime threw it off in this version. Plus the cherry flavor isn’t as strong and overpowering as strawberries. And the almond extract wasn’t strong enough. I think I’ll play around with that flavor combo and see if I can get it right.