Original + Funny + Profound = My favorite type of art

The combination of art that is original and funny AND profound is my absolute fave. I love to laugh and think and be surprised all at the same time.  Some of my favorite thought-provoking humor includes:

HOW TO PUT ON YOUR FACE by Anna Akana: change your look (and outlook) with this short video.

PLAGUES AND PLEASURES ON THE SALTON SEA by Jeff Springer and Chris Metzler: a journey through the bizarre world and history of this SoCal environmental accident.  Narrated by John Waters.

TIG NOTARO on NPR: Comedian Notaro talks about the challenging point in her life when she was diagnosed with cancer, her mother passed away and her girlfriend broke up with her. You will life WHILE you cry.

THE SILVER CLOUD CAFE by ALFREDO VEA: if you like Gabriel Garcia Marquez and literature in that supernatural/surrealist genre, then you’ll love this book by a former truck driver turned lawyer turned author.

Berry Delicious Ice Cream Sandwiches

The past couple of weekends I’ve made the easiest dessert ever and they’ve been a huge hit with everyone,  I’ve always loved ice cream sandwiches, but this is a fun and fruity take on the traditional chocolate/vanilla combo we all know. Very refreshing on these hot summer days, and I love working with blueberries and strawberries this time of year because it brings a patriotic festiveness to the summer holidays! These desserts are super easy to make and can be made as far as a week in advance as long as you wrap them up well.

Soften vanilla ice cream by stirring in a bowl or with a mixer (dairy or nondairy…your preference), when ice cream has softened add strawberries and when well blended add frozen blueberries and mix in (not too much or the ice cream changes to purple instead of the “red, white and blue” you are shooting for, spread between two graham crackers (I like #Traderjoes extra thick ones, easy to work with) and then wrap in wax paper and freeze until you serve. Work fast because as the ice cream melts it can make the crackers soggy! Enjoy!

1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream

1 bag frozen blueberries

1 bag frozen strawberries chopped (otherwise they are too big!)

60 half-size graham crackers

(These amounts make about 30-desserts. I always buy organic whenever possible.)