After yesterday’s dessert, I just couldn’t stop thinking about dessert, so I’ve added one more color and today we have some strawberry ice cream with a full jar of Nutella. If you’ve never tried Nutella, you’re missing out on a hazelnut cocoa taste sensation. Though I don’t have it very often, it’s one of those guilty pleasures that are so good you simply can’t actually feel guilty about the indulgence. Paired here with another sweet favorite, ice cream. Though I have to admit that vanilla is my favorite flavor, strawberry is a close second. I couple of summers ago, I learned how to make my own ice cream using our KitchenAid stand mixer. I was elated! And it still remains to this day the only productive thing I can actually do in a kitchen.
What I don’t understand is why everything that tastes amazing has to also be high in calories. It seems a cruel joke that our taste buds are tuned to love most the things that should only be kept in moderation. You’d think we’d have evolved to only want the healthiest food. Food that would make us stronger and survive longer, furthering our species. But it’s often and quite mysteriously the opposite as our bodies tell us, almost scream, that yes, we can survive on only ice cream and Nutella tonight. And as we consume every last delicious bite, we live in the moment, and just enjoy it for what it is.
I guess it all works like this for a reason. I can’t imagine being so finely tuned that I never had to want for something more. I love to treat myself on occasion for reasons I can’t define and others reasons I simply make up. A world without treats would be a sad world indeed. Those little things you only get every once in awhile become so special. I’ve felt that a lot these last two weeks as World Watercolor Month is happening. What an amazing treat this month has been so far, with so many people from around the world coming together to paint beautiful things. It’s truly a rare treat, and yes, it’s even better than strawberry ice cream and Nutella.