Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge – Day One

I was invited by Calen of Impromptu Promptlings to participate in this challenge. Today is Day One.

The Ingredients for Happiness

Ice cream

Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory once say, “50% of marriages end in divorce, but 100% of ice cream bars end in happiness!” He was trying to convince his friend Howard to have an ice cream bar at Howard and Bernadette’s wedding reception.

Personally, I agree that 100% of ice cream bars end in happiness. Even those of us with lactose intolerance can take a Lactaid and participate! My own favorite make-you-own sundae was inspired by Friendly’s. I ALWAYS get the Reese’s Pieces Sundae (without the marshmallow sauce or cherry). My friends and I frequented Friendly’s all during college and beyond. I discovered I could make the basic sundae at home – all I needed was ice cream, chocolate sauce, peanut butter (PB), and a microwave. I put a scoop of PB in a glass measuring cup, microwave it for 30 seconds, and voilà! Melted PB! (Note: If you try this at home, be sure you don’t over-heat the PB; burned PB smells awful.) I pour it over the ice cream (I personally like vanilla bean) and spoon out any remaining PB. The dog even gets to partake – she licks the measuring cup clean. Then I add the chocolate sauce, and – heaven! And, it’s got protein, so (theoretically) it could stand alone as a meal! Yum yum!

The Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge rules require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo.  It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it’s entirely up to you.

Then each day, nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge.

Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command.  Today, I’m inviting Nuggets of Gold to join the challenge.

(Actually, anyone can join in, so please do.)

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Christmas Eve Dinner

So, except for some foot pain (I was on my feet nearly all day!), the dinner was a success!

I bought some ready-to-eat shrimp and cocktail sauce as part of the appetizers. When we actually sat down, I prepared Mark Bittman’s Broiled Mussels with Pernod Butter. I was able to pre-make it and store it outside (no room in the frig!) until they were ready to be broiled. I boiled the mussels in white cooking wine first, then made and applied the butter sauce. I admit – I’m not a huge fan of Pernod (which tastes like anise) – so I just left it out. The recipe called for bread crumbs, so I used 4C’s gluten-free bread crumbs. Fortunately, they are cheaper in my local grocery store than on this website! Anyways, these bread crumbs are fabulous! And the mussels were absolutely fabulous! Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture.

The next thing I made was the Ahi Tuna Avocado Salad with Wasabi Vinaigrette. Unfortunately, I can’t find the original recipe. Most of the recipes online only have Ahi tuna that is seared. After the salad, I served Mark Bittman’s Clams in Broth with Roasted Garlic. Easy to make and just as good!

Clams in Garlic Broth

Then came the final dish – Rick Stein’s Maryland Crab Cakes with a Tarragon and Butter Sauce. Again, I used 4C’s gluten-free bread crumbs instead of the saltine crackers the author lists in the ingredients. Yum yum!

GF crab cakes

There are tomatoes in the sauce. You can easily substitute canned diced tomatoes for the plum tomato in the recipe.

Although I love cooking this meal, I was so glad it was over, as I was very tired! 🙂