Happy Four Year Blogiversary to me.
Exclamation mark? Exclamation mark.
Everything I wrote last year, on my third anniversary of starting this blog, still stands. A hundredfold. A thousandfold. A heartfeltfold.
Thank you for continuing to come here to read, comment, and share stories; it means a lot. More than ever, I can’t imagine what my life would be like had I not started blogging. I wouldn’t be in Canada, I wouldn’t be working as a print and online writer and editor, I wouldn’t be anywhere near as enamoured with peanut butter and roasted kabocha squash as I currently am, and my heart would be unbearably, unthinkably bereft of many of the most important people in my life.
I would not be who I am today.
So let’s celebrate the tiny twists and turns that lead us down paths we never knew existed, and the myriad little decisions that make us who we are.
Let’s celebrate with ice cream. President’s Choice PB & J ice cream, to be exact. Peanut butter ice cream with strawberry purée ripple, to be exact…est.
Because, well, that thing I said about my ever-growing nut butter obsession? It definitely has something to do with North America’s proclivity for putting peanut butter in all the things. All the dessert things.
I used to think I didn’t care much for ice cream (Golden Gaytimes, Rainbow Paddlepops, and Classic Magnums aside, because those have always been perfect). I also used to think I didn’t care much for bread, or pizza, or hard liquor on the rocks, or cold creamy butter on sweet home-baked muffins.
I know better now. All of these things help create a golden shimmering life.
This President’s Choice PB & J ice cream may not be the most complex or fancy frozen treat I’ve ever had (I still miss the pistachio, licorice, and semifreddo meringue gelato I had in Italy), but by golly it’s easy and delightful to eat. Balanced between super-dense and too-fluffy, the peanut butter ice cream base is nutty and not too cloyingly sweet, lightened by the fruity strawberry swirl.
This ice cream was a lovely treat to toast my blogiversary with. I’m looking forward to finishing the quart directly with a spoon, and to seeing where this next year of blogging takes me.