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It's really difficult to be outdoorsy in the city, but there's a state park about 25 minutes from downtown Worcester that we've fallen in love with.  There are lots of trees, creeks, waterfalls, hiking trails, and wide open clearings for picnics.  The trees all bloomed the most gorgeous flowers this spring and the park feels like it transports us out of this place.  Olive loves going for walks there, but last time we went, she ended up with a nasty bug bite that required vet attention and antibiotics so... there's that.

Like I said, it's pretty hard to be outdoorsy in the city.

Ever since we moved here, we've tried to transplant the outdoors into our apartment to make it easier to enjoy things that we were always so used to doing.  We've killed countless potted plants (trying to bring the outdoors inside), we've set up forts of blankets in our living room (we used to go camping a lot), and we've made microwave s'mores (bonfires are almost a nightly occurrence in WNY), just to name a few off of the top of my head.

It's been swelteringly hot here for the past few weeks, and while I would normally combat the heat with swimming and ice cream trips, neither of those things are fast fixes when you have to retrieve your vehicle out of a parking garage a block away.

I'm not trying to complain, honest!  There's so many things that I love about being here, even if I don't mention them a lot.

Anyway, we do have a grocery store less than a block away from our building, so last night Roger and I walked down and picked up some vanilla fudge swirl ice cream-- not the same as soft serve with sprinkles, but it did the trick ;)  I had already made some chocolate chip cookies, so I decided to make some ice cream sandwiches.  I just scooped some ice cream onto one cookie, put the other cookie on top, and kind of smooshed it together until the ice cream glued it all into place.  For an extra kick, I rolled the edges in the sprinkles I made last week :)

I thought it was a quick and fun summer treat that could easily be made with things that we already had in the apartment.




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