My Life Lessons with Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream


Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream @JustAsDelish

To me, the greatest birthday gift is another year of life… the gift of being alive and surrounded by wonderful people – family, friends and supporters. I could not have asked for anything more.

34 years of learning, fun, mistakes, and some accidents. Some of these lessons it took me 5 minutes to learn, others… a lifetime.. Here’s some of my life lessons.

♥ Loving myself first before loving others. By fully accepting myself, my presence can make others happy.

♥ Have the courage to follow my heart & intuition! All else is secondary.

♥ When times are bad, have total trust even though it hurts like hell at that time. This too will pass. Didn’t it always turn out ok in the end? When good times come, enjoy and take nothing for granted. This too will pass.

♥ Dream big and have total trust. and it will magically happen

♥ Take a break & smell the nature. It will teaches me about life more than anyone else.

♥ Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

Birthday Egg with Life Lessons

Woke up to 2 Birthday Eggs, minus the red dye. Chinese birthday tradition is Red Hard Boiled Eggs

♥ Life begins at 30! So true for me!

♥ Being thirty five does not suck unless you think it sucks for some reason.

♥ Do something crazy every year, or at least once in my lifetime. Like skinny dipping

♥ Learn how to do something exceptionally well. Be a master of something, even if it’s just boiling an egg.

♥ When everything seems to have gone wrong, there’s Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream!

Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream @JustAsDelish

I spotted this pin on Pinterest entitled ‘Mocha Fudge Ice Cream without Ice Cream Maker‘ from the fabulous Things We Make blog, who got the recipe from Cenk of Cafe Fernando. Cenk claims this recipe is The Best & Creamiest Chocolate Ice Cream. Did you say The Best & Without Ice Cream Maker? I just have to make it.  It’s very easy and very, very rich. It turn out a bit too thick, will try this recipe again with less cornstarch to make it softer and less fudgy. Just a couple of spoonfuls is enough to whet my birthday chocolate craving.

Happy Birthday to me.  Happy Living to you. Thank you for being in my life. I love you dearly.


  1. Happy unbirthday!
    you had a contented birthday ya!

    When you come to my age, you will see life even better…i feel that m smarter n experience than 20s and 30s people. Hehee! this is my anti ageing mode…continue to learn, read, make new friends,start new business, create new program for my children etc above all the most important is contented with what we have!

    A unbirthday gift for you:
    Gift from the sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

    A very good book especially for the hands that rock the cradle, happy reading!

    • you are so sweet, shenny! I totally agree that i feel smarter too, life experience makes us smarter. I salute you for being able to do so many things – your business, children and cook too. must learn from you

  2. Gosh, this simply irresistible. Super love your 2nd picture, very sharp. Slurpppp….

  3. Happy belated birthday! I hope you enjoyed it. That ice cream looks crazy good and I love your photos too!
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  4. Again, Happy Birthday Shannon! Enjoyed reading about your life lessons and reflect mine. I don’t know where my early 30s went. Mostly spent on motherhood and it was amazing but it was also busy time that I don’t remember how fast I turned to mid 30…closer to 40…. Lovely chocolate ice cream. My kids want to eat chocolate ice cream next!
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    • Thank you Nami! Mothers, to me, are the most hardworking selfless beings. Even though it’s tough, I’m sure you had the best times with your children. I’m so looking forward to mine *fingers crossed*.. oh I’ve got to check out your strawberry cheesecake ice cream!

  5. Even though it’s winter now in Australia, this recipe is still good enough to eat on a winter evening…I want to make it and eat it with the heater on, looks so delicious! 😀
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  6. Do something crazy every year.. that’s a nice thought! 😀

  7. Happy Belated Birthday! This recipe looks delish! I have an ice cream machine but I never have it in the freezer when I want to make ice cream. This recipe will save the day.
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  8. Happy birthday! That’s a great one: Learn how to do something exceptionally well. Be a master of something, even if it’s just boiling an egg.

    So true, often we get discouraged we can’t do sth as well as others, but we allhave our own talents and strengths, even if it’s for sth that seemingly seems unimportant.
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  9. I hope your birthday was incredble and thanks for the recipe and the life lessons. Just wait till you get to your 50’s!!!!
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  10. Happy Belated B-Day!!!! Life in 30’s Rock!!!
    And so true.. chocolate fix everything…well at least in that present moment!:)))
    Enjoy your weekend!
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  11. Hapy Birthday my friend – what a delicious recipe to celebrate with 😀

    Choc Chip Uru
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  12. Nice combination of flavours

  13. Happy birthday! This recipe looks very appealing and must have been a pleasure to gobble down. Keep them coming!

  14. Happy Birthday. Just tried making your peanut butter cups. They taste delish. 🙂

  15. Happy Birthday!! And thanks for sharing the recipe! <3
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