I was challenged to give up my car for three days. This certainly was no easy task. In fact when I first heard the challenge I almost laughed it off and thought it would be completely impossible. That said, I enjoy a good bet and was up to the task. Fortunately it’s summer and I don’t have as many obligations as we do during the school year, and I gave it a go. I quickly was reminded what it was like to be without a car again, as I was there many times in my own life. I can’t say that I missed being with and out are, but it certainly does make things more interesting. Here are the five things I learned from giving up my car for three days.

There is nothing like a great slightly warm brownie to add a treat to my day! However, there are days where I would prefer a different flavor than just chocolate. I love chocolate but, I can only eat so much of it and I am pretty partial to Red Velvet. This recipe is perfect to make brownies in any flavor that you would like. It also only requires a few ingredients and is low maintenance.

This smooth ice cream is a cool indulgence for special occasions. Passion fruit grows on pretty vines at The ranch. The pulp boasts significant amounts of beta-carotene, vitamin c, and fiber, and a tart, floral flavor that’s a winning contrast to the sweet coconut. if you can’t get your hands on a passion fruit, the ice cream is good layered with banana, kiwi, and mango slices to create a tropical banana split, or simply top with fresh berries.

Our family loves to BBQ and have friends and family over to enjoy the summer weather and time off. I do always feel like it is a good time to try out and test new recipes or ideas, since I have a willing crowd. Summer to me means watermelon and fruit salads, but here is a fun twist that I made and worked as the perfect edible centerpiece and got a good reaction from kids.