Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Sweet summer Hodgepodge for July 15

It's Wednesday again! Time for the Wednesday Hodgepodge, in which Joyce asks the questions and bloggers provide the answers.  It's a lot of fun, so if you'd like to join in, head over to From This Side of the Pond and get the questions from Joyce, then answer them on your own blog.  Here are this week's questions:

1. The sweetness of summer...where have you found it recently? If you're in the Southern hemisphere, feel free to tell us about the sweetness you're finding in winter.

I guess I would say maybe our local ice cream place, and some wonderful watermelon we enjoyed on our camping trip.  It's been so hot and humid that summer hasn't felt too sweet.

2. Take your sweet time, sweet tooth, home sweet home, short but sweet, the sweet smell of success, sweet talk...choose a sweet idiom and tell us how it fits your life currently?

Home sweet home.  It is good to be back in New Hampshire.  Travel is great fun, and it was wonderful spending time with family, and enjoying tent camping again, but it is very good to be home.

3. Sweet as honey, sweet as sugar, or sweet as pie, which phrase do you use when a sweet phrase is called for? What's the last sweet treat you indulged in?

I guess I would probably say "sweet as pie".  The last sweet treat I indulged in was a piece of ice cream sandwich dessert left from Sunday.
Image by skeeze from Pixabay

Would you like the recipe?  I've shared it here in years gone by, but it's been a long time.  I had originally planned to make a berry shortcake trifle to serve to friends at Sunday lunch, but the weather was so exceedingly hot and humid that I went the easy route.  I left off the toffee bits and chocolate topping this time, because I wanted to top the squares with a berry medley when serving.  As you will see, it's a very easy and adaptable recipe!


12 ice cream sandwiches
12 ounces of frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/2 pkg. toffee bits (made by Hershey’s, found near the chocolate chips in the baking aisle)
Chocolate ice cream topping to drizzle on when serving

Line a 13x9-inch pan with ice cream sandwiches, cutting to fit if necessary. Spread the whipped topping over the ice cream sandwiches, then sprinkle the toffee bits over the topping. Freeze for 6-8 hours or overnight (or longer).
When ready to serve, cut the dessert in squares. Drizzle chocolate topping on decoratively when serving. Yield: 10-12 servings.

4. First thing that comes to mind when you hear the word fidget?

Ha ha!  my hubby!  Especially when he is talking, he is nearly always fidgeting with something: straightening a placemat, kicking a throw rug into place -- I can't even think of all the ways now.  But it's just a part of who he is.  He says: "Keeps me thin!" and he's probably right.  Maybe I should take up fidgeting.

5. Share with us one of your favorite childhood travel memories.

This was wintertime travel -- a day trip -- but it is a favorite memory.  My aunt and uncle took my brother and me to Boston to see the Ice Capades.  I'm thinking it was 1961 or 1962.  We traveled from New Hampshire to Boston on the train.  The Ice Capades show was amazing, but every bit as much fun was the truly nice restaurant they took us to for dinner.  The nicest restaurant I had ever been in at that point in life.  

I don't have a lot of other childhood travel memories.  My brother was in a wheelchair and there was no ADA back then.  We could only go to places that didn't have stairs, and the bathroom was also an issue.  Except for one memorable trip to Plimoth Plantation and some other historical sites, we only took day trips.

Memory from a much more recent day trip
6. Insert your own random thought here.

 Let's see.  You've all seen this one before, but it seems especially relevant this summer.

And there you have it!  Happy Wednesday!


  1. We just went to Plimoth Plantation last summer! I hadn't been since the early 90s. We usually go tent camping with my friend & her girls but will be skipping it this year. Your ice cream sandwich recipe sounds SO GOOD.
    Laughter and Consistency

  2. Glad you were able to get away for a little vacation. That recipe sounds delicious, I'll have to give it a try - lately I have ice cream almost every day! :)

  3. And now I want ice cream. That ice cream sandwich dessert sounds delicious! I may have to try that one next time we have some company...when will that be with this pandemic? We do have our local kids over at least once a week, but they don't want that much dessert. Maybe Labor Day? So glad you had a great trip with your family. I haven't been tent camping in years. Used to always go camping with my family growing up as we traveled from Florida to Ohio to visit grandparents. We camped all the way up and back through the Smoky Mtns. Don't think I could do that now, but a travel trailer sounds nice. Have a great rest of summer. Now I want ice cream.

  4. Home sweet home...I always love coming back from a trip. Glad you are back and enjoying it. That dessert looks like a great summertime treat! What a special travel memory you had with your aunt and uncle! How very generous of them. Happy Hodgepodge to you.


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