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Sunday, February 20, 2011

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!!

One of my fondest memories growing up was Sunday evenings spent with my mom and 5 sisters sitting around the living room talking, laughing and bonding together. My mom would make homemade ice cream after dinner, and we always looked SO forward to Sundays. It was the one day that we were all together and could spend time together with our busy schedules, and as we got older, before any of us got married, we were super close. I keep thinking that I should get an ice cream maker so that I can start that tradition with my own family. But, I remember it being quite the production with all of the rock salt, ice, and the noise (we would all breathe a sigh of relief when the machine finally quit so we could hear each other), so I really haven't looked into buying one more seriously.

Well, yesterday as I was checking out this blog, I came across the post about how to make homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker. I couldn't believe it! You just use 2 cups of heavy cream, whip it, and then add it to a can of sweetened condensed milk. If you want to add flavors, then you add it to the condensed milk, mix, and then mix together with the whipped cream, then you freeze it. I checked out all of the comments and everyone was raving about how good it was. So, because ice cream is "my one weakness" (any Lark Rise to Candleford fans will understand that comment :D) I decided to give it a try. I headed to the store and loaded up on different ingredients of things that I wanted to try. I decided on the Nutella and peanut butter chips (the variation that she has on her blog), fresh strawberry, chocolate mint, and I decided to try my own creation of a Girl Scout Somoa cookie.

I halved the recipes so that I could make more kinds. My girls had a lot of fun helping me last night and really got into the mixing and creating. We tried them today after church. Oh my goodness, they were SO good!! I'm totally hooked!! It really is just like regular ice cream (but without all of the preservatives). We all loved them. It was SO easy (only 2 ingredients before you add the flavors), and I don't have to deal with a noisy ice cream maker.

This was the Nutella one. I also added chopped cashews and it was SO good!

I LOVE Girl Scout Samoa cookies. So, I crushed some vanilla sandwich cookies into the mixture, and added coconut, swirls of carmel and chocolate. SO YUMMY!!! Probably my favorite one of the 4.

For this one, I crushed up some dark chocolate mint cups and some of those blue and white York peppermint pieces (that look like m&m's). Then I swirled some chocolate around. It was good, but I need to figure out how to make it more like starlight mint. I think next time I'll add more of the mint cups and not add any of the York pieces.

I love fresh strawberry ice cream, so I just chopped up strawberries into this one. It tasted really good, but it was kind of icy and not as creamy as the others.

I'm excited to start my own tradition of having ice cream on Sundays now, but without all of the fuss and noise. I'm all about making it easy. If anyone has some good recipes to try, let me know.

UPDATE:

I have decided that this ice cream recipe really isn't as good as the regular ice cream maker kind. It's great if you want a quick and easy recipe, but you really do sacrifice the amazing flavor and texture of the regular stuff. My favorites were the ones that I had never tried in regular ice cream before (the nutella and the Samoa cookie one).
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