Breakdown or Breakthrough? You Decide!

I had an ugly, complete, tear-filled breakdown a few weeks ago. I took a few days off to work on my cookbook and just lost it. (Note: I do not recommend using your vacation days to do more work!) The recipes I worked on tasted flat and uninspired and it hit me that I couldn’t keep up on this blog/website. I was waking up each day just spinning. And I was showing up to be with my family, but my mind was in outer space. Once I calmed down, it hit me: you can’t do it all and expect to do it all perfectly. Why is this such a hard lesson for me to learn? And why the heck do we put so much pressure on ourselves?

So I got up, looked in the mirror and told myself to buck up and chill out, and I hit the baseball field to see my son play his last baseball games of the year. I had a great time with the other parents there, and completely forgot about life’s stresses for a few days. And am I still stressed out? Heck yeah, but at the end of the day it all gets done, right? It might not be pretty and wrapped in a bow, but it’ll all get done.

The silver lining? Inken is back from maternity leave! She gracefully keeps One Family One Meal running, and I am so grateful to have her back. She will start back slowly, but let’s face it-she will do a much better job than I did keeping things going again! One Family One Meal has missed you Inken.

Have a great week in your kitchen Everyone!


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This Week's Recipes


Cherry Ice Cream

Cherry Ice Cream For me, homemade ice cream means summer! The base for this ice cream is one of my favorites because it doesn’t require any cooking. Also, you can add just about anything to it to change the flavor. Think about chocolate chips and nuts if you want something chunky, or any fresh fruit for summer. Just add the extra ingredients to the ice cream maker about 5 minutes before it’s done freezing.

Note: because the eggs in this recipe are not cooked, make sure to use pasteurized eggs.
  • tick Easy Entertaining
  • tick Make Ahead
  • tick Dessert/Sweets


2 eggs 3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream 1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh cherries (pits removed)


In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs for a minute or two until they’re light and fluffy. Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, until it’s completely blended, about 1-2 minutes total. Pour in the cream and milk and whisk to blend.

Refrigerate the base until you’re ready to use it. You can make it up to 2 days in advance. Freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions on your ice cream maker. When the ice cream starts to thicken, add the cherries and continue to freeze for 5 more minutes. Once frozen, place the ice cream in a plastic container fitted with a lid and freeze until ready to use. The ice cream will harden a little more.


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  • Rita says:

    AFAICT you've covered all the bases with this answer!

  • Diahann Delgadillo says:

    This was delicious! I had all the ingredients and the kids loved it!!!