Monday, June 20, 2011

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and little brothers

We were raised in a good "old fashion" Dutch way. This meant we only had one glass of pop a day (normally this would be coca cola because we don’t have Mountain Dew in Holland). There would be a cookie waiting at us when we came home from school and on Saturday’s we had a private party because we got a little bowl of chips. And on Sunday some candy when we visited grandma… But that would be IT as far as the sweets went. An apple, a pear, a banana, as much or as many as we wanted BUT NO SWEETS!

In the summer sometimes my mom and little sister made popsicles out of water with usually a strawberry flavor. They were really tasty but if you would suck hard enough the strawberry flavor would be gone and all you had left was frozen water.


But sometimes my mom would buy some REAL ice cream! And yes this would be vanilla (hehe) and she would make us little bowls and then we could put sprinkles on them or wiped cream (my dad’s favorite). And if it was a real real special occasion we would have the popsicle faces with a gumball as a nose on it or those really fancy looking Magnums that were huge!

It was a beautiful day and we were all playing outside. We had some great swings and a sandbox behind our house in between the two pig barns. I vaguely remember it was a Saturday or Sunday and me and my sister were playing with our dolls and bears in the sandbox (yes I know, dirty dolls) and my little brother was driving around on his “skelter”. This is a little four wheeler but you have to paddle with your own two feet instead of having a little engine doing all the work for you…

Our mom came out and brought us an ice cream (so it defiantly must have been a Saturday or Sunday) and while my sister and I enjoyed our ice in the sandbox, Jan Willem was pretty content sitting on his skelter, licking and driving at the same time. After 10 minutes all of a sudden we hear a scream! Not the same kind of scream as when my little brother decided to see and FEEL what would happen if he peed on the electric fence .......... but similar…………………………….


My sister and I run over towards where our little brother had stranded and he was just holding his head and screaming his lungs out!?! We were is serious panic mode and while my little sister ran to fetch my mom i was holding my brother.

Mom hurried down and started to check all his vitals and trying to get him to come inside. After we got him inside and on the couch she called our doctor. The doctor asked all the standard questions but we really did not know what was wrong with him! Finally the doctor asked if he ate something. "Well", my mom said, "he just ate an ice cream not to long ago..." And that was IT! The doctor explained that he might have a 'Brain Freeze".

We had NO CLUE what that could be (and yes in Dutch Brain Freeze is still a Brain Freeze). So the doctor explained: It is caused by having something cold touch the roof of the mouth, and is believed to result from a nerve response causing rapid constriction and swelling of blood vessels and that results in you have pain going from the roof of you mouth to the top of your head. In this case my brothers head. The doctor also told my mom that he would be alright in a half hour...


And yes half and hour later, my little brother was paddling along on his "skelter" and me and my sister were playing with our dolls and my mom had recovered from her heart attack! Oh, those good old days, when little brothers could turn your world upside down...

My little brother still LOVES ice cream! And yes, so do I! So when i was asked to participate in the Ice Cream Flavor Face off by the Progressive Dairyman i was really excited! I didn't really know what to do,  but i had to pick a good flavor of ice cream! My flavor is Vanilla Bean, and somehow i managed to get into the second voting round (totally unexpected i might add)!

Sooooo, now i would like to ask you.... please, please, pretty please... can you hop over to The Progressive Dairyman and cast your vote??? We are only in Round Two yet, so there are still some other flavors competing, but as long as you vote for VANILLA BEAN too... I will be the happiest girl in the world!

Thanks so much and if I get true into the next round, i promise, I'll try to write another funny story about ice cream...

THANKS!!!


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40 comments:

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh that's so funny! My 4 year old knows all about brain freeze too.

This would be great to link up to Memory Lane Friday this week if you wanted!

@boerenfluitjes said...

Yes,I too haven great memories of homemade strawberry popcicles.And indeed after a few minutes you are left with frozen water with no taste.
Als very nice in blackberry flavour.

Ice Cream Maker said...

I completely understand why your little brother would scream from brain freeze. Definitely an unfortunate side effect from such an enjoyable treat. Loved reading these memories!

Sandra said...

loved the story, poor little brother. i did vote vanilla bean and i love vanilla bean, it is my favorite, next is chocolate. when i was growing up we had no bought ice cream or sodas at all. on holidays mother made homemade ice cream in a churn and we loved it, she made peach or banana or vanilla.

bon bon said...

i just voted for you! good luck!

i can't believe none of you had experienced brain freeze before that! how silly...

Debbie @ Swampbilly Ranch said...

No matter how fast my grandson eats ice cream, he never gets a brain freeze. We tease him that it's because he doesn't have a brain. I voted vanilla bean!

texwisgirl said...

my hubby has never had a brain freeze. he doesn't understand how much pain is involved - i get them in my forehead, my temples, sometimes between my shoulder blades and even my chest. it's awful!

Michaele said...

I have experienced sucking all of the juice out of a home made freezer pop and a brain freeze. I voted also : )

Out on the prairie said...

very funny. We call slushes from Sonic brain freezes, and the pain is still worth the delight.

Donna said...

Icecream, popsickles...ah! Summer fun! Except for brain freeze!

Farm Girl said...

That is so funny, my son made a smoothie for me this afternoon and I got a brain freeze. So cute.

Louise said...

Ohhh, brain freeze. You feel like the top of your head is going to explode. I'll go vote, just because you promised to tell another funny story about ice cream.

Julia said...

Oh I know all about Brain Freeze and I also got my tongue stuck to freezing cold metal in the winter. Yep, I got my tongue stuck on the car door handle. It peel the skin right off the tip of my tongue and it bled. Not fun at all but I never did it again.

I love vanilla bean ice cream, my favorite .I just voted.


Got any good stories about getting your tongue on freezing metal? JB

Chai Chai said...

No Mountain Dew? No wonder you moved! Have your tired the ice cream with the Dew?

Jill said...

Thanks for stopping by and joining my blog. I'm now your newest follower. Love your brain freeze story!

Dawn said...

Hehe...nothing like a brother and brain freeze in the same story;))

Dar said...

Ohh, Brain Freeze really does 'bite!'
I hopped right over and voted for My favorite ice cream which just happens to be Your favorite.
Good luck and
BlessYourHeart

That Janie Girl said...

I'm going to vote right now.

But what is wiped cream? I'm curious!

JJ said...

Terrific story! Thanks.

Marissa ♥ said...

I voted! :)

I've heard that you can push your thumb into the roof of your mouth to prevent brain freeze...
although it never works for me! ha!

Great story!

LindaG said...

Our first cat liked to lick our ice cream cones and she would get brain freeze. It was so funny! She'd take a lick and meow, and take another lick.

Voted.
Yours is actually the only flavor there I wanted to vote for. I didn't like any of the others so I was annoyed that I had to pick something!
I think some are winning by default and that is annoying.
Good luck!

Ohiofarmgirl said...

whoot! i'm totally gonna win! then i'm buying $100 worth of vanilla bean with my big winnings! yay!

and i love my little brother too - thanks for your fun story.
;-)

Anonymous said...

I like it very much!

Paula said...

*LOL* This is hilarious! I'm still laughing at the picture in my mind of everyone checking his vitals!

Trisha said...

HA! I can just imagine calling the dr. about brain freeze!! LOL!!!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

*love* the brain freeze story. *giggles* I voted!!!! I hope y'all make it to Round 3! :D

xoxoxoxo,
Ricki Jill

ann said...

I voted Love the story

Debbie said...

hahaha....brain freezes and a stroll down memory lane!!!

nice!!!!

Saimi said...

Ha! What great memories!! I love that your brother peed on the electric fence, oh how that made me laugh!!

I grew up on a farm with three brothers and that is seriously something they would have done..

Great post!!

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Great post, but your poor little brother. I don't remember ever having a "brain freeze" but know some people who get headaches from eating ice cream. I'll go vote now...good luck!

Jill said...

Loved your funny story - so went straight over and voted for Vanilla Bean!

Just stopped by from a Wednesday blog hop. I’m following you now and hope you’ll stop by my blog sometime too! Have a lovely week.
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Garden of Egan said...

Brain freezes are the worst.

Such a cute story. Sounds like an idyllic upbringing.

Hug a tree with me said...

I'm your newest follower from the hop, check me out at http://hugatreewithme2.blogspot.com whenever you can:)

Terry M Scott (AKA Terry Mann) said...

Too funny!!!
I'll vote for yours also.

greenTXmom said...

Love that story....one of my best friends was growing up had a Dutch mother and we always had the best time at her house, which was often. For breakfast my favorite thing at her house was fresh bread slathered with butter and sprinkled with chocolate curls. Mmmmm. I have taken many things from that family to raise my own.
Thanks for stopping by Staying Home and Staying Sane. I am gladly following back. :)

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Loved your story! Sounds like you had a wonderful childhood.

Katie @Pinke Post said...

GREAT story Leotien! Of course I am voting in Round Two!

Lana said...

Too funny! I am off to vote!

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