A Day Late, A Dollar Short, and A Trend Behind

Welcome  I’m sure you are familiar with the decades-old American idiom, “A day late and a dollar short.”  I’ve been hearing this phrase my entire life, implying that we’re always running just a little bit behind or just a little bit short of the funds we need for that important need or want.  It’s the whole idea that we’re close…but not close enough to achieve or acquire what it is we seek.  Do you feel this sums up your life?  Sometimes I do, but when I think about it, it’s really not as bad as it seems.

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Food For Thought  Sometimes I feel like I might be a day late, like I just missed out on something fun.  But I try not to focus on that feeling, because if I do, I tend to look back with regret on choices that I have made.  This leads me to feeling bogged down in the world of what-if and if-only.  It’s not a good place to let my mind linger, for sure. (see Philippians 4:8)

Then, I feel “a dollar short” sometimes, too.  Actually, I don’t think it’s ever a dollar.  No, when I’m short, we’re talking short by hundreds or thousands of dollars.  Short of dollars for that new bed we want.  Short of dollars for that new car I desire.  Short of dollars to even fix the car I already have!  Short of dollars for needed home repairs.  Short of dollars for that nice vacation.  Short of dollars for that beautiful cabin in the mountains.  Short…wait a minute!  Have I ever once been short of dollars when it comes to paying our monthly bills?  No!  Have I ever been short of dollars to buy groceries, gas, or school supplies for my kid?  Never.  Have I ever been short of dollars when it comes to having enough and taking care of my family?  No, we are blessed beyond measure when it comes to having our daily needs met.  (see Philippians 4:19)

I just recently added this third point, “a trend behind.”  I am not a trendsetter by any stretch of the imagination.  I’m also not one to jump in and try every popular fad and craze that comes across magazine, TV, or social media feed.  (see Romans 12:2)  Every now and then, something will jump out at me and I think, “Wow, I want to try that!”  I thought that with the drip cakes and cake pops trends.  But with a lot of trends, I have to see it for a while and process it through, especially when it comes to fashion trends and home décor phases.  I look at it from a lot of angles–cost, ease, creativity, practicality, logistics, etc.  Then, if I feel like I have my “ducks in a row” (I really like idioms, don’t I?) and I really do like it, I’ll give it a try.  By the time I start to share my projects and outcomes across social media platforms, everyone has moved on to a new trend, leaving me, of course, a trend behind!  This presents an interesting conundrum for someone like me.  To “make it” in this blogging business, I have to be somewhat current in trends of food, recipes, and home projects.

Luckily for me, faith comes first, even with my blog and website.  Faith, scripture, and God’s word should never go out of style. (see Hebrews 13:8)  Yes, I know it’s not necessarily the popular choice in today’s society to be “Christian.”  At least according to newsfeeds and media.  But guess what?  There actually is still a very strong market out there for devotionals, Bible verses, and words of encouragement every single day.  Women, men, singles, couples, teenagers, empty-nesters, all races and backgrounds, and everyone in between are, thankfully, still seeking the joy and fulfillment that comes from the peace of knowing Christ.  I know this because I see it in front of me.  I see it on all the big social media platforms.  I hear it on the Christian radio station I listen to.  I see it in the “faith and spiritual” section of the local bookstore.  I see it in church on Sunday morning.  I hear it in conversation with friends and family.  There is a need here, folks, and I want to help fill it, trendy or not!

Today’s Scriptures I want to encourage you to look up the verses listed in the Food For Thought section today.

Today’s Recipe  Is there anything more trendy than Mason Jars right now?  People all over the country are using these handy vessels for everything from home décor and lighting fixtures (thank you Fixer Upper!) to flower vases and organization tools.  And, yes, people still actually use them for canning fruits, vegetables, and jellies, too.  When it comes to food, you can serve just about any meal, snack, dessert, or beverage in one of these handy little glasses.  Of course, there are popular jar salads for portable lunches, but I’ve recently seen people cooking individual pot pies and bread loaves in these jars.  How about a “walking taco jar” or overnight oats?  Wow!  And the dessert possibilities are practically endless.  Little cobblers and crisps and layered cupcakes, just to name a few.  But how easy would it be to use these cuties to serve ice cream sundaes or similar desserts?  And best of all, you can preassemble your sundaes in these containers, minus the whipped topping, put the ring lid on, and store back in the freezer until serving time.

mason jar sizes
Image of Mason Jar sizes courtesy of newwavedomesticity.com

 

So today I’m sharing a recipe for Mason Jar Mudslides!  These are kid-friendly, too, meaning alcohol-free.  If you would like a grown-up version with Kahlua, check out Sugar Dish Me.  I am using the half-pint (8-oz) size jars today and making four BIG sundae treats with two layers of all the goodies.  You could easily use the 4-oz size jar and make eight one-layer mudslides to keep your portions in check.  To make ahead, just have your lids and rings handy to cover when you put in the freezer until serving time.  Remove from freezer 5-10 minutes before serving.

Amazon Products to help with this recipe:

Ball Mason 8-oz Jelly Jars with Lids, 12-pack (These are the jars I have and use most often in my projects.)

Ball Mason 4-oz Jelly Jars with Lids, 24-pack

MCIRCO Stainless Steel Long-Handled Ice Cream Spoons, set of 8

UTaste 10-Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Cup and Spoon Set

Mason jar mudslides
Mason jars were invented in 1858 by John Landis Mason. Mason jars are often sold in the US under the brand names Ball and Kerr.

 

Mason Jar Mudslides (Kid-Friendly), makes 4 8-oz jars or 8 4-oz jars

  • 20 chocolate sandwich cookies, divided (I used Oreo)
  • 1 1.5 qrt container coffee flavored ice cream, slightly softened (I used Edy’s slow-churned and did not need then entire carton)
  • 1 12-oz jar of chocolate fudge sauce (I used Smucker’s, NOT hot fudge)
  • 1 can Redi-Whip, or similar whipped topping

 

Place 16 cookie in large zip-top bag.  Smash cookies with mallet or rolling pin.  Place about 3 tablespoons of cookie crumbs in the bottom of each jar.

Place a half cup of coffee ice cream on top of cookie layer in each jar.

Top each ice cream layer with a tablespoon of chocolate fudge sauce.

Repeat layers in jar, but this time adding only about a tablespoon of cookie crumbs (use the rest that’s in your zip-top bag), 1/4 cup ice cream, and another tablespoon of fudge sauce.  If using 4 ounce jars, you will skip this step.

Top jars with lids and place in freezer until ready to serve.

Remove from freezer about five minutes before serving to allow a partial soften.  Top each jar with Redi-Whip Topping and an additional cookie for garnish.  Place a long-handled ice cream spoon in the jar and serve.  You could also place two spoons in the jar to share as a romantic dessert for two 😉

Some folks like to eat their mudslides layer by layer.  Others like to mix it all together.  Eating this dessert reminds me of the Starbucks Mudslide Ice Cream I used to buy when I moved into my first apartment.  I was able to buy this product for a few years and then it just disappeared.  I gotta be honest, though, these Mason Jar Mudslides are waaaaay better!