I don’t pamper myself often (with the exception of spending a little more money on really good food and treats like this strawberry semifreddo ice cream, but of course). I actually have a difficult time believing that I deserve a couple of hours to take care of myself (I’m working on it, trust me!) If we ever went shopping together you would notice that I put a ton of stuff into my cart as we browse around the store but by the time we get to the cash register, I will have put 99% of it back because I always convince myself that I don’t “need” it.  This week however has gone against my natural tendency… Actually, let me be specific about my natural tendency: Unwashed hair in a ponytail, zero makeup, yoga pants rolled up past my knees, and a tank top.   Strawberry Semifreddo Ice Cream (vegan and refined sugar-free) - Fork and Beans You see, I have a special wedding coming up this weekend–a wedding where I have to be a fancy-pantsy kind of gal and to know me is to know that I’m anything but fancy-pantsy. I own nothing “nice,” in fact my sandals with a silver buckle is as nice as it gets (and those things are pretty worn down). If I cannot bake, cook, paint, or sweat in it then I have no practical use for it. Thankfully there are people in my life who see pampering differently than I do and made it possible for me to pull away from work and actually take some time for myself and get my butt in gear for this weekend (you know who you are–I’m especially talking to you, My Biggest Fan) . I’m speechless by your generosity.  Strawberry Semifreddo Ice Cream (vegan and refined sugar-free)  - Fork and Beans  Strawberry Semifreddo Ice Cream (vegan and refined sugar-free) - Fork and Beans  Strawberry Semifreddo Ice Cream (vegan & refined sugar-free) - Fork and Beans I’m not even lying when I tell you that setting these appointments stressed the crumbs out of me to the point where I almost just didn’t go. It’s been YEARS since I’ve gotten a manicure, not to mention asking for a personal stylist to help me with a black tie event? Never done that before. But with continual nudging I allowed myself to be taken care of (can you tell this is really difficult for me??) And because I allowed for someone else to pour their generosity into my life, my heart is now so full as I sit back and recount the beautiful souls I was able to be introduced to. It was such a good reminder for me to just keep showing up in my life.  Strawberry Semifreddo Ice Cream (vegan & refined sugar-free) - Fork and Beans From my personal stylist at Nordstroms (hi Jessie!) who stood there with me for a good half hour at the jewelry counter as we poured our hearts out about relationships and life; to the girls at Aveda who not only pampered the crap out of me, talked meditation, food allergies, and babies with me but also got this rat’s nest to actually look like gorgeous hair (hi Bianca and Hika!); and to Iesha (hi!!) from Bliss who not only made my nails look like glory but who brought me in tears while she painted my toenails and opened up to me about her incredible journey back to happiness and joy. These women. (I’m shaking my head…sigh). These women with their beautiful stories. If this is what happens when you open yourself up and allow yourself to be pampered, I must say I can get used to it.  

Strawberry "Semifreddo" Ice Cream
Serves 6
Semifreddo means "half cold" so this ice cream will be much softer than the normal ice cream you are used to. It's vegan, creamy, melt-in-your mouth good and best if devoured quickly.
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For the Fruit Puree
  1. 1 1/2 c. frozen strawberries
  2. 1 medium banana, ripe
  3. 1-2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup (add more by the tablespoon, depending on the sweetness of the banana)
  4. 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
For the Cream Base
  1. 1 can coconut cream, chilled in the fridge overnight
  2. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Puree all the ingredients together for the fruit puree in a high-speed blender until smooth.
  2. In a large bowl, scoop out the solid contents of the can of coconut cream and whip up with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and mix until well-blended.
  3. Fold in the fruit puree to the cream mix. You can do two things here: 1). Fold in the puree halfway so there is a nice swirl color to your semifreddo or 2). Mix it completely and blend in the colors.
  4. Pour into an 8 or 9" loaf pan, cover with aluminum foil and chill for 2+ hours or until set.
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Now it’s time for you to pamper yourself with this super soft and creamy vegan semifreddo ice cream. It will melt in your hands so you best eat quickly…    namastasty