Sharing a Bowl of Comforting Ice Cream with My Kids

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Growing up in a family of wonderful cooks, from my Mom and Dad, to my grandmas and aunts, I enjoyed belly-warming meatloaves, creamy mamaliga (a Romanian polenta dish), beef bourguignon, fettuccine Alfredo, and many many more wonderful, soul-filled meals.

But for me, nothing can conjure up the comfort and nostalgia of my childhood better than a single dish of ice cream – from my grandma prescribing a bowl for an “upset” tummy, to relaxing evenings on the couch next to my mom enjoying some simple vanilla with chocolate syrup, ice cream soothes.  Which is why, today, as a mom to three littles, I relish in sitting around our kitchen table enjoying some delicious, comforting, midwest-grown Hudsonville Ice Cream.

In these crazy, uncertain, and sometimes scary times we are facing, the comfort of ice cream is helping to sooth my family through connection and comfort.  My oldest, well he has simple tastes, and opts for Creamery Blend Vanilla. Although he’s only 5, he feels the stress of the times, and knows that his world has been turned upside down.  The simplicity of a creamy, flavorful bowl of Creamery Blend Vanilla is the perfect comfort for him.  My 3 year old, well he’s a little wild, and loves Traverse City Cherry Fudge.  Full of big but familiar flavor, he enjoys every bite filled with cherry, almond, and fudge-y goodness.

My husband is the rock in our family, full of pragmatism, but also a love of adventure.  He opts for Hudsonville’s unique Toasted Coconut.  Providing the perfect background to reminisce about our past tropical vacations, it’s a suitable companion to his sunny outlook.  Me, I’m classic and practical, I find comfort in the known.  Which is why I turn to Hudsonville’s Deer Traxx ice cream to comfort my belly, sooth my soul, and remind me of brighter days.

A global pandemic is big and scary, and there’s just so much uncertainty and change.  Everyone is feeling the stress. And although my children are too young to fully understand, they do pick up on the feelings being circulated through our home, hear snippets on the news, and know for certain that their world has been turned upside down.  But when we sit down together, as a family, and enjoy the comforts of ice cream, none of that matters.  We’re just a family, sitting at our table, in our house, enjoying a treat, just like I did when I was a small child.

What’s one of your favorite memories involving ice cream?  Do you think there’s a certain flavor that might bring you more comfort than others?

To create your own connection and comfort with Hudsonville Ice Cream, find a retailer near you using their handy Scoop Locator.

P.S. If you shop at Meijer, check out the Hudsonville Ice Cream coupon on mPerks, available April 19-May 2.  Just add it to your pick-up or delivery order for a super simple way to enjoy a sweet treat!

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Elisabeth, a native of southwest Ohio, has recently moved back to her home state after 3.5 years in Dallas, TX, y’all. After having their son in early 2015, Elisabeth and her husband knew it was time to make the bittersweet decision to leave Dallas and head back home. Although neither Elisabeth nor her husband are originally from Columbus, it immediately felt comfortable and welcoming, home at last. Elisabeth is mama to a darling, wacky, and scrumptious one-year-old boy, Baby Bean, and married for over four years to the man who stole her heart with a smile junior year in college. Before embarking on her life-long dream of being a stay at home mom, Elisabeth attended law school in Cleveland and then promptly decided to become a real estate agent in Dallas. Elisabeth loves making lists of all kinds, squeezing into skinny jeans whenever possible, and truly believes nothing tastes better than that first cup of morning coffee (with lots of cream). Her favorite things include Cadbury Eggs, Christmas decorations, hotel room service, and watching Baby Bean grow and change each and every day, even if that means toddlerdom is upon her! Elisabeth is passionate about parenting, and loves to learn about the many different types of parents, child-rearing, and how individual families approach various, every day challenges. She hopes her stories can help others see a new perspective, understand that no matter what, they aren’t alone, bring forth a little bit of inspiration, and ultimately help other parents through this nutty job we’ve bestowed upon ourselves.