Monday, August 15, 2011

Creamy Dreamy Ice Cream

I love to cook & bake. I am going to try to blog one recipe a week, we have so many favorites that I want to make sure I get them shared!

We have had a ridiculously hot summer here in the Midwest. One of our favorite ways to cool off is with a little bit of ice cream! I have borrowed my mom's Cuisinart automatic ice cream maker, and in playing with it I accidentally created a simple but amazingly creamy ice cream! The one thing that we have not been crazy about with most quick & easy ice cream recipes is that they are not creamy,  and do not freeze well.  I was going  through my pantry one day and saw a can of fat free sweetened condensed milk and I thought, hmmm I bet I could make ice cream using this - I was right!  This has to be the easiest thing I've ever made!

Karla's Easy Creamy Ice Cream

1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk (fat free or regular, both work well) - Refrigerated
1 pint half & half
1 teaspoon Mexican Vanilla (if you don't have Mexican Vanilla you can use regular vanilla but it won't be nearly as awesome)

Make sure the half & half and Condensed Milk are good and cold. Mix all 3 ingredients together before pouring into ice cream machine. Gently pour into machine, wait 25-30 min and ta-da you have perfectly delicious ice cream! This can also be put into a container and stored in the freezer to have later!

It can also be served alongside a delectable brownie! Want that recipe also? Ok, go to your grocery store, pick up a Ghiradelli Double Chocolate Brownie mix, bake as directed.  I have yet to bake brownies from scratch that even come close to how fantastic these are.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and please let me know if you make it! Next week I plan on sharing our favorite pizza dough recipe and my husband's awesome pizza sauce recipe, we use both every week on Pizza & Movie night at our house!

I have a ton of coupons to clip and I am going to switch out my coupon binder and re-organize a bit! What can I say I am just a party waiting to happen!! Have a Fabulous Monday!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


We LOVE cucumbers.  Love to eat them, love to grow them, sometimes we even love to share them.  It is possible we went a little crazy planting cukes this year. Then with all this heat there was the concern that it would kill them. Here is a picture I took last night of the garden, obviously they have survived the heat!

 There are about a dozen mounds of cucumbers here with an average of 3 plants per mound. We are finally having to pick on a daily basis, which means soon I will be able to start pickling!  Until then we are eating the ones daily that we are picking.

One of my kids' favorites is a "Cucumber Boat" they will literally eat this every day.  It is something I came up with last year when we were drowning in cukes. Take a little of the peel off (makes it a little easier for kids to eat), scoop out the seeds inside - I usually eat these or share them with another family member who loves them, and scoop in some cottage cheese, I also usually sprinkle Nature's Seasons on it.  Ta - da, Cucumber Boats!

Does anyone else sense Larry's nervousness?  I could not resist the photo op on the Veggie Tales plate!  I mentioned another member of our family who also loves cucumbers, it is our sweet Runey. This dog goes crazy for veggies, especially cukes! If I am in the kitchen chopping up vegetables I will look down to see this:

It is almost as if she is saying "I can haz cucumber?", being the softie I am I do tend to share with her.  She will sit at the line between the kitchen & dining room and watch me the entire time I am working with vegetables.

My boys love cucumber boats (who am I kidding, so do I!), the dog loves cucumber scraps but the thing I love most is cucumbers & buttermilk. It is something I have had for years, I particularly remember sitting at Grandma's table and having it with cukes from Grandpa's garden. The tanginess of the buttermilk and the crunch of the cucumber is just a combo I can't seem to get enough of in the summer! The fact that it is super easy to fix is just a bonus! Chop up some cucumber, put it in a bowl, sprinkle with Nature's Seasons and pour buttermilk over it!  Yum!

I'll bet you didn't know that cucumbers are this awesome! Well, they are! I can't wait to start canning some, I made a bunch of dill pickles last year and they were a huge hit.

In other news, school starts in a week! I am quite excited as this will be the first year that both boys will be in school all day, 5 days a week. I have so many things I hope to get done during those hours alone. However, I imagine the first week will just be me enjoying some peace & quiet!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Just keep pinning, just keep pinning...

     If you didn't read the title like Dorie singing "Just keep swimming" you need to go back and do that now. Ok, now that I have that stuck in your head (you're welcome!) you are probably wondering what on Earth I mean by pinning. Unless you have already discovered Pinterest, then you know EXACTLY what I am talking about!

    The first time I checked it out I really thought it was just meh.  However,  then I started really delving into it and checking out other people's "pinboards" and I got sucked in!  I love that I can sort things however I choose! Before I started using Pinterest I would just bookmark sites either on the desktop or on the laptop.  Problems would arise when I forget what I bookmarked where!  Using Pinterest fixes that for me as I can access it from any computer,  and it keeps things organized! 

     I still don't have all the categories like I want them but I keep tweaking it a little more and eventually it will be exactly what I want! Currently most of the things I have on there are things I can make either baking or crafting! If you haven't checked it out, you definitely should - but I will warn you that it can be VERY addictive!  Here is the link again: Pinterest.