We live in Texas and Blue Bell ice cream is a BIG deal in Texas. When we were living in Montana, we ate Tillamook, which was good, but Blue Bell is Blue Bell and there's just no matching it. There was some serious mourning around here when Blue Bell shut down back in April to take care of what ended up being a system-wide listeria problem. All us Texans would shuffle past empty freezers staring forlornly at all the shelves that were supposed to hold Blue Bell. We would consider picking up a different brand but ultimately realize it just wouldn't be the same and we were better off with an ice cream-less summer.
You think I'm being dramatic, but I'm not. It was announced that Blue Bell would be back in stores August 31 and people lined up at the stores that morning waiting for deliveries. The deliveries are still pretty small right now, and no where near keeping up with demand yet. The stores limit quantities you can buy and still sell out by lunchtime each day.
So, on this most auspicious of weeks, when Blue Bell came back into our lives and everything looked just a little bit brighter, it would be silly to have plain ol' cookies and tea. There was only one course of action that made any sense at all...Tea Time needed to be Ice Cream Time.
As a random aside, it appears school encourages Sierra to channel her inner bird. Maybe we should save space and replace the chairs with perches.