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Recipe: Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

There’s no better way to celebrate a scorching hot 4th of July than with a fresh batch of homemade ice cream…..which is exactly what we did yesterday! I’ve had several friends request this recipe that I’m sharing with you today. You may be getting this a little too late to include in your 4th of July celebrations, but lucky for you, July is National Ice Cream Month! I seriously need to hug whoever thought that one up. 🙂 Ice cream is my number one weakness of all time. I eat it almost everyday – at least once!

This recipe comes from a cookbook by Thomas R. Quinn called “Old-Fashioned Homemade Ice Cream”. My mom picked this up for me at an Amish store in Holmes County, OH a couple of years ago. These recipes are simply the BEST homemade ice creams that I’ve ever had in my life. Leftovers freeze amazingly well (anybody ever had the kind that turns hard as a rock when frozen in the freezer?) and scoop out just like store-bought ice cream.

If you try it, please let me know how much you loved it. 🙂

Strawberry Ice Cream

  • 2 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 3 cups mashed, sweetened strawberries (about 1/4 cup of sugar will sweeten berries) OR you can use thawed, pre-sweetened strawberries from the freezer section of your grocery
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (not necessary if you use pre-sweetened strawberries from the freezer section)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • whole milk as needed (about 5 cups)

In a large pan combine the sugar, eggs, and salt. Add the whipping cream and cook the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly to avoid scorching. Remove from heat when the mixture coats the back of a spoon (about 180 degrees). Refrigerate. When cool, add the vanilla.

If using fresh strawberries, either dice strawberries into very small pieces or slice and mash them. Add the lemon juice and enough sugar to sweeten (about 1/4 cup). Refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow the sugar to blend with the strawberries.

When ready to freeze ice cream, add the strawberries to the cream-sugar-egg mixture. Pour into an ice cream freezing can and add whole milk to bring the mixture up to 3/4 full. Freeze in a home ice cream freezer. Makes about one gallon.

Note: I use a 6 qt White Mountain ice cream freezer so I don’t fill to 3/4 full because this recipe is written for a 4 qt freezer. Also, I used raw milk from our cows which has a bit higher fat content than “whole milk” so I used 2 1/2 cups of whipping cream and  5 1/2 cups milk to compensate. In addition, I added the milk at same time I added the cream and cooked to 180 degrees. This is not necessary to do – I’ve made it both ways – BUT I felt this may have given the ice cream an ever creamier texture.

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An Exciting Opportunity!!!

Last week I had the exciting opportunity to guest blog for the Friends of Elsie Borden Cheese Blog!

Borden Cheese is not only delicious,  it is 100% farmer owned – that means when you buy Borden Cheese 100% of the proceeds go back to American dairy farm families! Pretty cool, huh?

I would be so honored if you took a moment to read my post on the Friend of Elsie blog that was published yesterday. Click this link to check it out! http://www.friendsofelsie.com/friends-of-elsie/blog

Many thanks to DFA for recommending me, and to Kelly Goss, Director of Public Relations at Sullivan Higdon and Sink in Kansas City for helping this blog post become a reality.

Recipe: Homemade Playdough

I’ve been posting less this week because my nephew Caleb is here visiting and keeping me busy! Playing with a 3-year-old has given me the perfect excuse to indulge in an activity I love – playing with playdough! 🙂

Since we didn’t have any in the house, I decided to have him help me make a batch of homemade playdough earlier this week. Too much fun! This is a recipe that my mom made for us when me and my sisters were growing up. It’s simple, and oh so soft!

Homemade Playdough

2 cups flour
2 cups water
1 cup salt
4 Tbsp. oil
4 tsp. cream of tartar
Food coloring and Flavoring (to scent)

Add food coloring and flavoring of choice to water (I prefer Almond flavoring – LOVE the smell of it!).

Put ingredients in a large saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly. Mixture will become stiff.

Keep stirring until mixture cleans the plan like pie dough.

Remove from heat. Cool.

Knead dough until pliable.

Store in airtight container.

 

Recipe: Easy Homemade Biscuits

My sister-in-law shared this recipe with me a couple years ago and it has been a favorite ever since! These biscuits are a perfect complement to any breakfast – they’re easy to make and they come out of the oven hot and delicious. The men in your life will be impressed. 🙂

Easy Homemade Biscuits

2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 cup milk

  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Cut butter into flour using a fork.
  3. Stir in milk to form a ball of dough.
  4. Knead dough on a floured board 5 -6 times.
  5. Roll or pat to 1/2 thick and cut out biscuits.
  6. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 8 – 12 minutes.

Makes Approx. 8 biscuits