I can clearly remember hating Valentine’s Day.
I was bitter.
I had no boyfriend, no dates, no weekend plans, and no social life.
I was bitter.
What I did have was work. I was working two jobs and miserably trying not to fail my current semester in college. Deep down I knew this was the reason I had no social life, but would never admit it.
I continued to be bitter.
A lot has changed in the last 12 years. I am madly in love with my husband. I have the privilege of raising two wonderful daughters. I am surrounded with family and friends who love me.
No more bitterness.
So how does oranges fit into my current ramble?
It all boils down to ice cream. Over the last 12 years I have made this ice cream hundreds of times, using bitter oranges. The sour tang from the orange combined with cream and chocolate present a delight of a combination, but this year I decided to put aside everything bitter. I replaced the bitter with the sweet. Sweet segments of oranges are blended with cream and sugar until smooth. Trasfer to your ice cream machine and presto..done.
The chocolate letters add a splash of fun, don’t you think? We love personalizing our treats, simply melt your chocolate and add to a piping bag. Pipe your letters on parchment paper, allow to cool and carfeully peel.
Add alongside or scoop your ice cream on top for that layered look. (My ice cream is molded, a small layer of grapefruit sherbet from an earlier post is below my orange ice cream.)
Happy Valentine’s Day to all my family, friends and those of you visiting for the first time.
May you be showered with kisses, hugs and affection. Let us leave all our bitterness for the citrus, shall we?
Let’s treasure what we have, enjoy our life and celebrate with ice cream! Lots of love ..Sweet Life! Enjoy!
Orange Ice Cream
By Sweet Life
By Vianney Rodriguez
make 2 pints
2 cups orange segments
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp orange zest
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions (your model)
Scoop ice cream into freezer safe container and freeze until ready to serve.
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Kitchen Butterfly says
I love your new looks – sweet and cool, all the same
Diana Merrell says
Lovely presentation ~ Hope you had a happy valentines day.
Magic of Spice says
Love the letters, cool idea…and this ice cream sounds scrumptious 🙂
Personalize away…I LOVE your very unique style.
Thanks for sharing your warmth through the chilled ice-cream ;o)
BIG hug my friend and flavourful wishes,
Heather @girlichef says
The letters make this so fun…and it sounds sooo tasty!
[email protected] says
What a unique treat and presentation. You never cease to amaze me! Hugs to you Bonnie!
denise @ bread expectations says
Happy Heart Day Bonnie *muah muah muah*
Love your ice cream and chocolate “LOVE” and kissing till my lips hurt 😉
Love ya sweetie!!!!
Smile. I was bitter for a few years too. But now…I couldn’t be more smitten with this February holiday. Your ice cream and chocolate letters look perfect. So adorable! I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow. Take time to love yourself and those that are dearest to your heart!
Glad you’re not bitter any more! I’m not, though I’m single! I celebrate S.A.D == Singles Awareness Day! 🙂 This ice cream is so perfect and I love the Love letters! Nice to have found your blog!
Mandy - The Complete Cook Book says
Oh yummy, yummy, yummy! Orange ice cream, what a fabulous idea.
I love the creativity in this and the contrast of flavors; your writing also.
I can’t imagine someone as sweet as you being bitter, Bonnie! I believe you though. I used to be an angry teenager, so I am fully aware that things change;-) Ooh, and this ice cream sounds so wonderful! I really need to get an ice cream maker, so that I can do stuff like this. Oranges and cream sounds so rich and refreshing right now.
p.s. Your letters are really cute. I like the way the ‘V’ is falling in one of the photos.
What a cute and sweet treat for any special occasion. The letters are so adorable and add such a personal touch. Cheers to leaving the bitterness in the orange, happy Valentine’s Day:)
What an adorable presentation, love chocolate and orange combinations, and your ice cream just sounds like the best!
a frog in the cottage says
i love your presentation !! really cute & creative !!
Super duper cute!!!
I have to admit, I am just a tad bit bitter this year. I think I need this ice cream to sweeten up my life. Oh the irony 😛
Lori Lynn @ Taste With The Eyes says
Hi Vianney – LOVEly post. Happy Valentine’s Day my dear. You are so clever…and blessed. Thanks for sharing such a sweet post.
you are so talented… and so real… so glad I know ya – Happy Valentine’s Day my sweet///
Happy, Happy Valentine’s Day. Love your ice cream.
A Canadian Foodie says
I love the BITTERNESS of lovelessness combined with your BITTER orange ice cream, Bonnie. But moreover, that you are now MADLY in love with your husband and are raising two lovely daughters. Life brings such change. I can remember that bitter. For me it was more sorrow. And I am sure, there will be many many many valiant single women this weekend, and on Monday saturated in those feelings. My heart goes out to them. I understand. I didn’t think I would ever find a man – as I was divorced with two lovely daughers – and didn’t even date for 8 years I was so busy raising them from birth to 8 and 10 years old. Then I dated. Then I found me. And satisfaction. And happiness, fulfillment and a knowing that I no longer needed anyone to be fulfilled. That took – hmmm – a few years. I met Vanja when that girls were 17 and 19. I didn’t expect to, and he is the miracle in all of our lives. They are now 30 and 32.
I will definitely be making your ice cream. I love homemade ice creams. And, I will definitely be thinking of the loves in my life when I savour that bitter orange.
Happy Heart Day!!!
The Kitchen Masochist says
Haha… I could’ve sworn you were sort of talking about me-no bf and no social life because of work! I’m not bitter though, I’m glad to be getting work.
Love orange and chocolate together, unbeatable combination! And, love your blog’s new look.
[email protected] says
What a great post. Thanks for sharing your story. Your dessert looks great!
Happy Valentine’s Day.
Biren @ Roti n Rice says
Definitely sweet and delightful! Happy Valentine’s Day! Nice new header 🙂
Love love the new look Bonnie. And love love love the orange love ice cream too.
Mmmhhh, a wonderful dessert! I love that flavor.
I’m right there with you….I couldn’t do a chocolate and sprinkles post. I wanted ice cream…I did lemon but your orange sure looks yummy too! Gonna try this next weekend! Thanks for posting.
Mari's Cakes says
Wonderful and bitter-less! LOvelY
HApPy ValeNtiNe’s DaY!
Melody Fury says
Ditto on the bitter bitter bitter before I met the man of my dreams 🙂 Lovely recipe too! Happy Vday xoxo
Belinda @zomppa says
Aw…without the bitter, we can’t taste the sweet, right? LOVE orange-cream anything. Happy Valentine’s Day!