The Snowman of Portersville – Guest Blog

Our family friend Shuey has done it again. Sent photos that create a guest blog post. He’d driven his motorcycle up from Niceville Florida.

“I rode up to be a motorcycle safety volunteer for a charity bicycle event running out of Seneca, PA. It was in support of MS research and I monitored traffic at an intersection to facilitate travel for over 300 cyclists riding a 75 mile course. Weather was decent last Saturday and I think everyone had a good time. The route was quite hilly and twisty; these were serious riders.”

Last Saturday Shuey captured the Snowman after his volunteer duty was completed.

The Snowman of Portersville

The Snowman is a one-of-a-kind, 13-foot tall custom built roadside attraction originally from New Mexico. In 2013, he found his permanent home right here in Portersville, Pennsylvania.”

“If you’ve followed the blog you might remember the top post of 2012 was Shuey’s guest post of the stunning Barred Owl

Lebkuchen Ice Cream

Three years ago I had my first Lebkuchen Ice Cream at Kiez Eis in Berlin, Germany. Here’s my post of that experience.

I received some Lebkuchen (a soft spiced gingerbread cookie with ground dried fruit and nuts) for Christmas from my sister and daughter.

Last night I chopped two cookies and folded them into softened vanilla ice cream.

I ate a dish of it last night and it tasted good.

But this evening, I had another scoop and after 24 hours in the freezer it was so flavorful, the spices flavoring the ice cream beautifully.

Josie at the DQ Drive-Thru Window

Just in from Ohio – Photo sent by my DIL Erika this afternoon.

Josie the Airedale was wishing it was Starbucks cause she gets a Puppycino (foam in a paper cup)

Not sure if she got a taste of the soft serve ice cream or not.

I thought it was nicely framed. Thanks Erika.

Key Lime on Graham

After lunch summer treat, shared with a friend.

One of Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches, cut in half at the deli counter.

Perfect for us to share.

An ice cream sandwich with pizazz.   

The freezer case with so many choices   

the Ice Cream is lactose-free  http://www.leonaspgh.com/flavors

Ice Cream Truck on a Summer Afternoon

Maura and I went to Staples today and the man in front of us was getting signs laminated for his business-  AN ICE CREAM TRUCK. I am nostalgic for the ice cream trucks of my childhood.  We discovered he would be in our neighborhood later after lunch so Maura and I went by the Highland Park Pool and saw some campers lining up to order cool treats.  When I met him in the morning, I’d asked if it would be okay to photograph him as part of the ongoing People at Work series and he agreed.

A minimum order of $20 and he will bring his truck to your game, fundraiser, company picnic, birthday party, sporting event, church socia or family reunion. You name it. He sponsors a lot of East End sports teams, too.

Maura had the water ice, cherry flavor and I had a classic ice cream sandwich. Perfect for a summer afternoon. As we left to get into our car Maura said it was great he didn’t play annoying music!

Meet the Youngblood family. James, Eric and Ziarrah. James told me he has been in the ice cream business for six years now.  He became self employed as he was having difficulty finding a job so put everything he had, plus a loan of a thousand, into purchasing the truck.  I asked him what he does in the winter,  Deep Fried Cornish Hens!  On a FoodTruck.

I will be sure to check that out. Stay tuned.

 

James, Ziarrah and Eric work as a team.

How about a Jolly Rancher Popsicle?

Campers and swimmers and families line up to buy ice cream or chips and a drink.

You can see me and Maura and his ice cream truck in James’ sunglasses.

 

Cilantro – Yes or No?

Cilantro. On the side.

I’ve read that for some people it tastes like soap.

Others can pile it on and enjoy the distinctive flavor.

Cilantro- what do you say?

yes or no?

What makes us like or dislike tastes? Last night at the Kiez Eis store one of the ice cream flavors was Spargel/asparagus. Another distinctive flavor. I wasn’t brave to try it although I eat it as a vegetable.

My DIL told me recently they offered Cilantro Ice Cream flavor and it was delicious. To her. Would you try it?

KiezEis Berlin

Faded Signage Friday

Faded signage Friday. Today I was missing the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. Not sure why WordPress  eliminated that weekly word prompt but I always liked coming up with an image or two to respond.  Decided I would create my own challenge for Friday.  I realize there are many photographers specializing in these ghost signs.  Hope I can find another one for next Friday.

Looked up Rieck’s Ice Cream  See The Pittsburgh Press Page from 1945 below

 

Copied from a newspaper page The Pittsburgh Press April 12, 1945  

Brushstroke Clouds

Brushstroke fingers of clouds. Last evening in Berlin, I was walking to Kiez Eis to pick up special order of a pint of vanilla ice cream to accompany our dessert. My farewell dinner. Here’s what I saw at the end of the street. Like a hand of brushstrokes- clouds in the sky.

Two different street views of the fingers of clouds.

Which Would You Choose?

Today was a hot summer day.

Which flavor would you choose?

I chose Salted Butter Caramel in a handmade cone.

I thought it interesting that all the flavors were written in English.

Goltzstrasse 3 in Berlin

https://www.jonesicecream.com/