Oh, man… I am a complete loser. So about two weeks ago Tony was in Milan for a big work convention and I opted to stay at home with the pooch in Florence. Tony travels a lot for work so I am totally fine spending a few days by myself. I have a nice little routine of working out, baking, blogging, going to the dog park, reading, watching Sex And The City or Friends, wedding scheming, doing all of the girl things, and making a salad for dinner. It’s nice! And might I add, a lot cleaner without Tony around…
Anyway, Tony’s trip to Milan ended up being a bit longer than expected annnnd he took the car so I was literally stuck in my ivory tower for like a week. Those 85 steps to my apartment can be daunting! After 2 or 3 days of doing nothing, I discovered Sia’s “Chandelier” music video for the first time, which already had like 900,000,000 views (thus confirming that I am totally out of the loop) and I was slightly obsessed with it. I proceeded to watch her “Elastic Heart” and “Big Girls Cry” music videos and started researching this manic dancer, Maddie Ziegler, and discovered that she is on Dance Moms… Lo and behold, there’s a Dance Moms collection on Netflix AND you can watch full episodes on Lifetime’s website. Safe to say, I knew what I would be watching for the remainder of Tony’s absence.
Friends, I am saddened to say that I didn’t stop watching the series once Tony returned and I have now watched all FIVE seasons of Dance Moms. I’m mostly at a loss of words for myself… I guess I just needed to catch up on all of the trashy reality TV that I’ve been missing while living in Italy… In the form of a 48-year old woman screaming at little 12-year olds as they try to become child stars. It. Was. Epic.
In the midst of my Dance Moms marathon frenzy, I did do one good thing– I made this ice cream. I’ve had my eye on this Sweet Potato Ice Cream with Toasted Marshmallows from Jeni’s for a few years now, but I was always intimidated by the homemade marshmallow aspect of the recipe. Now that I know how easy it is to make Homemade Marshmallows, I will never have to fantasize about going to Jeni’s Scoop Shop to eat this ice cream again because I can simply make it at home! The Homemade Marshmallows are so worth it because they gradually start melting into the ice cream over time and you have this delicious, creamy, and smooth ice cream with pockets of gooey marshmallows. It’s sensational.
Impress your guests at Thanksgiving this year with a fun twist on the traditional Sweet Potato Pie! Also, in honor of my newfound obsession with Dance Moms… #dontstopbelieving
Yield: 1 quart
Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes