Weekend Highlights & Crowd Pleaser Sundae


I am super excited for the week ahead of me but before we start to think about the Fitness Magazine Meet & Tweet and Runner’s World Half & Festival, let’s recap some weekend highlights….

red mango parfait

I was long overdue for a Red Mango parfait. I didn’t even mind that they were out of blueberries. Pineapple was a nice change with the strawberries, pumpkin flax granola and dark chocolate chips.

I went almost two weeks without a parfait and really, I need to keep eating them before all of the Red Mango locations go out of business.

yogi kava tea

I picked up a box of my favorite Yogi Tea mainly because I am trying to cut back on the coffee consumption which has slowly started to creep up again higher than I would like to admit.

I love the Yogi Kava Stress Relief tea because the flavor is light and delicious but somehow, even the caffeine-free varieties make me dizzy.

I know I mentioned this once before, but in case you forgot or missed it, I really can’t drink tea without feeling dizzy which is a shame on so many levels, especially since I enjoy a hot mug and the little messages attached to each Yogi tea bag.

yogi tea

Now isn’t that the truth?

“A relaxed mind is a creative mind” holds true for all of us, especially writers and bloggers.

Just the other day I was saying to a friend how important it is that I am relaxed, organized, focused and free from stress in order to find the words to write every single day.

And because I need to have a relaxed and creative mind in order to talk to you every morning, I have no time, patience or tolerance for  sweating the small stuff in life or dealing with negative situations.

If you actually stop to think about things, very few situations are that important and are just not worth your brain space or attention.

Find the things that really matter.

Like sushi. Sushi matters.

Before the Islanders game Saturday night, I talked my son into sushi for dinner.


He really doesn’t like sushi but he does enjoy Japanese food so it was a nice compromise in order for me to get what I wanted.

I am still not ready to discuss or think about the fact that I just attended the last ever opening night at the Nassau Coliseum before my team moves to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn next season.


Funny how 27 of the wealthiest zip codes in the country surround the Nassau Coliseum yet it has been the oldest most rundown building in the National Hockey League for years and no one cared enough to ensure the funding was there to renovate/keep the Islanders in Nassau County.

It’s all fine though because after a terrific game, we drowned our sorrows/celebrated a win at Friendly’s for the Crowd Pleaser Sundae.

crowd pleaser sundae

If any part of you thinks that twelve scoops of ice cream plus six toppings can’t solve the world’s problems, then you probably haven’t enjoyed a Crowd Pleaser Sundae at Friendly’s OR you tried to share with me and I left you nothing to eat.

crowd pleaser sundae

This was serious business.

My son and I fought over ice cream flavors but I think we ended up going with scoops of Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Hunka Chunka Peanut Butter Fudge, Strawberry, a Cake Batter flavor and maybe Cookies And Cream.

crowd pleaser sundae

As for toppings, there was peanut butter sauce, hot fudge, m&m’s, Kit Kat, peanut butter cups, cookie dough and lots of whipped cream and cherries.

I told my son that an appropriate Intagram hashtag for this sundae would be something like #mymomisthecoolest but he didn’t listen to me.

crowd pleaser sundae

We had a really good time with this insane amount of ice cream. And trust me, there was barely anything left.

So there’s no school today in honor of Columbus Day and part of me wished it was our Thanksgiving Day too.

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends! I am currently jealous of your side dishes. Even if I wasn’t a vegetarian, Thanksgiving has always been all about the sides. I am a sucker for a plate full of sweet potatoes, stuffing and apple crisp.

Soon enough though, right?


If you are celebrating Thanksgiving today, what are you cooking?

Best thing you ate all weekend?

Do you drink Yogi Tea? Favorite kind?

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  1. says

    I think it’s pretty certain that Friendly’s really does have some of the best ice cream & sundaes then any other place. You agree? =)

    • says

      There is just something about how they load up the sundaes with the toppings where you don’t even know if it’s the ice cream that is good or the combo of everything melting together.

    • says

      What a small world! I assume the Friendly’s you worked at was the one in Commack by Chuck E Cheese? Not sure if you can tell from photos but I am totally still in that area. Not in Commack anymore but did live there when my son was first born before moving to Dix Hills (and then moving again after my divorce but still in area). Do you come out here often? We will need to meet up!

  2. says

    I remember going to soo many events at Nassau Coliseum! Recently I’ve gone there so see the Islanders when I am able to go to NY for Thanksgiving weekend. I have some great memories of tailgating in the parking lot in the freezing cold!
    Hmm the best thing I ate all weekend? Probably this NY style pizza we got on Saturday night. The restaurant was designed to look kind of like a subway station! But a group of NYers in a Maryland pizzeria are rather hard to please when it comes to “Ny style pizza”:)
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  3. says

    I think it’s about time I come visit. Sushi in the Sunday sound just right up my alley. And have fun this week. Sounds like a great. Wish I could be there.

  4. says

    Quite the sundae! We had a little party last week and decided to do a sundae bar. As it wasn’t a huge group, we just did vanilla and chocolate ice cream, but did try to have a bunch of sides. I think it went well. We have plenty of leftovers!

    My kids were in school yesterday … they thought they should have had it off for Columbus Day, but they have Thurs/Fri off for Fall Recess.
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  5. says

    I love Friendly’s! I didn’t know they were still around. We used to have one in my hometown but it shut down years ago. We still refer to the location as the Friendly’s building though.

    Also, random fun fact – right now in my masters program I am doing a regression analysis on NHL average ticket prices. The Isalnders ticket is $5.63 more expensive than the average ticket price among all NHL teams. And in general NHL ticket prices are driven more so by winning percentage the previous year, than stadium capacity or cost of living. Thought you would enjoy knowing that 🙂

    • says

      Oh I absolutely love that you shared this with me! Thank you. I find it very interesting, especially since the Islanders winning percentage is not very high lol. And really, I think they have nerve to even charge what they do for a mediocre team year after year combined with a rundown building that doesn’t even give me good food options.