I attended a lecture by a brain health researcher and discovered using my brain actually causes it to increase in size. As I learn new things, cells are created providing space to store the data. That explains the increase in my weight. I’m getting smarter and my brain is growing.
Sitting immobile at my desk for extended periods of time is exhausting and burns considerable calories. I find a trip to the kitchen provides a necessary recharge. There are so many possibilities waiting there. An empty bowl and idle spoon are much like a blank sheet of paper waiting for a creative person to fill it with something beautiful.
Let’s construct a simple DIY dessert. This involves no baking, no measuring, and no timers. Cleanup is a cinch and the finished product can be eaten at the desk with a minimum of mess.
Start with 3 dollops of ice cream. The bowl seemed empty with only 2 and using 4 would just be piggy. The right number is 3. Note how robust the dessert looks at this stage. I chose vanilla ice cream but any flavor will work. Scoops come in different sizes and I used large. The small and medium scoops are impractical for this application.
I want this dessert to be healthy and that is accomplished by sprinkling a handful of Quaker Oatmeal Squares across the top. These have a hint of brown sugar and cinnamon covering a dose of dietary fiber. That has to be good for you, right? Please feel free to experiment as other cereals may provide a similar benefit.
Next I added a conservative drizzle of caramel topping. Squeeze the bottle gently and allow the nectar to run into the nooks and crannies of the oatmeal squares. If I keep the bottle at least two feet above the bowl I get an easy to control caramel stream. With practice I may be able to write letters or draw designs but I’ll save that for a future discussion.
Now I moved to the wild side and opened a bottle of 100% genuine maple syrup. Real maple syrup is a good addition to most anything and it complements the caramel flavor. I use the same technique allowing the syrup to gently bath the dessert. Chocolate lovers can expand the horizon and substitute alternate toppings for either or both of my toppings. Go crazy and see what works.
No cold dessert is complete without an insulating layer of Cool Whip. I outsourced this step to my artistic wife who created that beautiful topper. With an adequate supply of the product, the Cool Whip layer can be larger. There’s no right and wrong.
Grab a spoon and enjoy. Or grab two spoons and share this treat with someone you love.
This dessert will wreck your diet but when the sugar buzz hits, you won’t care. I’m counting on projects like this to increase my stature as a writer.