Thursday, June 25, 2009

I scream! You scream! We all scream for....


Summer is in full swing here in Texas! And you know what that means? Ice cream! Not just any store bought ice cream, but home made, hand cranked wonderfully delicious ice cream!
We have the ice cream freezer seen above made by White Mountain Co. Yeah its a manual, meaning you have to use some elbow grease to create your frozen treat, but man does it payoff!
They also make electric ones, so if your not into buff arms you can try that out.
Anyway, I wanted to share some recipes for making ice cream in a ice cream maker and also one if you don't have one.

#1 Basic (but amazing) Vanilla Ice cream

2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
2 teaspoon vanilla

Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl
until light and fluffy.
Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time
then continue whisking until completely blended.
Pour in the cream, milk,
and vanilla and whisk to blend.
Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker
Freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

TIP- make sure to chill the mixture for a few minutes before freezing. (freezing=making the ice cream)

#2 Chocolate Velvet Ice Cream

2/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 egg yolks, beaten
2 2/3 cups heavy cream
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

In large bowl, stir together sugar and cocoa.
Add egg yolks and blend with electric mixer. Add cream a little at a time, beating well after each addition.
Chill mixture in freezer.

While cream mixture is chilling, grate chocolate chips in blender or food processor or using a rotary grater, until fine.
Stir into cream mixture. Freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.

Ice cream made in a baggie!

•1/2 cup milk
•1/2 cup whipping cream (heavy cream)
•1/4 cup sugar
•1/4 teaspoon vanilla or vanilla flavoring (artificial vanilla)
•1/2 to 3/4 table salt or rock salt
•2 cups ice
•1-quart Ziploc bag
•1-gallon Ziploc bag

1.Add 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup whipping cream, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla to the quart ziploc bag. Seal the bag securely.

2.Put 2 cups of ice into the gallon ziploc bag.

3.Use a thermometer to measure and record the temperature of the ice in the gallon bag.

4.Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup salt (sodium chloride) to the bag of ice.

5.Place the sealed quart bag inside the gallon bag of ice and salt. Seal the gallon bag securely.

6.Gently rock the gallon bag from side to side. It's best to hold it by the top seal or to have gloves or a cloth between the bag and your hands because the bag will be cold enough to damage your skin.

7.Continue to rock the bag for 10-15 minutes or until the contents of the quart bag have solidified into ice cream.

8.Open the gallon bag and use the thermometer to measure and record the temperature of the ice/salt mixture.

9.Remove the quart bag, open it, serve the contents into cups with spoons and ENJOY!

I haven't tried this experiment, but I have friends that have and say it comes out great! Plus its fun for the kids!
And its a science project all in one!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Leaving Town

Or rather going to town to stay. We are going to stay with my Husband's grandmother, Dorothy, for the next three days. We call her Gram. She lives by herself as her husband, Roy, or Granddad, passed away around 7 years ago. Its nice to go stay with her. Its easy and comfy. Everything is always the same at her house, cups are in the same place they have always been, your welcomed to help your self to anything in her fridge or cupboards. And if you ask to have something she's almost offended you would even dare to ask:-)
This is the woman who most made me feel at home when we first moved to Texas 5 years ago.

She just has a way about her. Although she is set in her ways she is always up for a conversation about anything. A Christian woman and definitely a Texan. One of the things that I just love about her, is the fact that I know without a doubt she always has the best interest of her grandchildren and great grandchildren in mind.

So we are staying with her thru Saturday. Maybe going out to the lake to feed the ducks and really just spending time. We also will be visiting their other set of great grandparents. I feel my kids are very fortunate to get to have a relationship with their great grandparents.

Gram is the one on the right, next to her are two of her sisters. She was one of 9 kids!

And this is Joyce (or Grandma on Russ' Dads side). She is the one who believes her grandson, Russ, could do no wrong! LOL
But she loves her great grandkids, loves her girls!

Okay back to cleaning the kitchen before we leave.

I hate coming home to a dirty house, so Iv got to clean now.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Go watch this now!

Go here
and watch this video. It is so informative and I feel important to know. Its about 20 minutes long, but well worth the time.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Happy Birthday Cheyenne!

She had a blast with her new pool yesterday. So did the other kiddos who came for lunch. It was a beautiful Texas day. Around 90, not sweltering yet, thank God. I will never forget Cheyenne's 1st birthday party in 2004. It was 103 that day! We had it outside at a park. Everyone was miserable. So 90 in contrast was very nice:-)

Here are a few snap shots from yesterday...just wait till you scroll down to the last will laugh!

I can't believe she is already 5, how crazy is that!!!

This is Aiden, he came with Kim who is one of my MIL friends.

What a sweet little boy he is!

These two really were not very happy to play in the pool at first.

But after a few minutes they started enjoying them selves, especially Madi.

And finally last but not least.....

There are no words....

so funny....

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