We’re a family who LOVES ice cream. It’s been our go-to Shabbat dinner dessert ever since we moved to Lancaster. We eat it year-round, no matter the weather.
I came prepared to dine outdoors — for both dinner and dessert — when I packed for our trip to New England:
After an outdoor dinner at a restaurant whose heaters weren’t working, we headed to Saugatuck Sweets, which serves Longford’s Ice Cream. Longford’s is a small-batch creamery that makes an amazing rum raisin ice cream. Marc and I discovered both Saugatuck Sweets and Longford’s on a date night we had in CT in the fall of 2020. Therefore, I wanted to take the kids there to try it too.
On the drive to Saugatuck Sweets, Isabelle — who wore her hood during dinner — asked, “Can we take the ice cream back to Grandma and Papa’s?”
“No,” I replied. “It would probably melt on the drive back since we don’t have anything to keep it cold.”
“Could we eat in the car?” she asked.
“Eating ice cream with your brother is — not ideal. You know what a messy eater he is. It’s better for us to eat outside.”
“Okay, fine,” Isabelle replied flatly. She knows the mess her brother makes at most meals, but especially with ice cream.
I panicked when we arrived at Saugatuck Sweets since the board didn’t list rum raisin. I was craving Longford’s rum raisin. (It’s that good. And I’m not even a rum raisin person!)
After Ari placed his order for a cup of Oreo Bomb, I asked the guy behind the counter if they had rum raisin since “it’s not listed up there.”
“We should. Hold on, let me check.”
He ran around the shop and located a box of rum raisin ice cream. My day was made!
The four of us took our ice cream outside. As we sat there eating freezing cold treats, Ari observed, “the sky is dark blue now.”
That’s right. We are among those nutty people who were willing to eat their ice cream outside. I declared, “I don’t think we’ve ever eaten ice cream outside in March.”
“No?” Marc said.
“No, we haven’t. We’ve eaten outside in March. We’ve eaten ice cream in March. But this is our first time eating ice cream outside in March.”
We never would’ve done this pre-Covid. Now, we have a much higher threshold for what we’ll tolerate when it comes to dining outdoors. And, when it comes to delicious ice cream, I’ll eat it outdoors in nearly any kind of weather!