Monday, July 16, 2018

Fresh Fruit Ice Cream

 As we are putting up with 100 degree days here in Texas, the kids and I thought ice cream would be a good idea, and besides, July is National Ice Cream Month!! We loved this quick and easy strawberry ice cream.  My serving dish is this cute Mary Engelbreit teacup that my friend, Bea, gave me.  


 My sis sent home this hen and chick plant that she packed into a wet paper towel and into a plastic bag, which I carried home in my suitcase from Ohio.  I put the plant in this whimsical lady vase that my daughter gave me.  Don't the chicks look like curls drooping down?

 Here are my happy cooking campers with our yummy ice cream.  What joy these little people bring to me!

 We decided to use some little goblets for serving.  I think  the ice cream was a hit!


 My youngest daughter-in-law found this soft jersey knit at Hobby Lobby, and I made my littlest granddaughters matching outfits. 

 Big sister, Harper, loves having Hayden wear something matching with her.

Yield: six or more servings, or about 1 and 1/2 pints

Fresh Fruit Ice Cream

I taught the kids to make our own half-and-half, by using half heavy cream, and half milk.  This ice cream couldn't be simpler and it tasted great, too! We used strawberries, but blueberries, raspberries, peaches or blackberries would be good, too.  If you'd like vanilla ice cream leave out the mashed fruit, and increase the vanilla to 1 tablespoon.


3 cups half-and-half
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup pureed or mashed fruit
1/2 tablespoon vanilla


Combine all ingredients.
Put in ice cream freezer container and freeze according to manufacturer's directions.
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Monday, July 9, 2018

Strawberry Tartlets

 I am having one of my all-time favorite desserts that I've been making for over 48 years, only this time I made the Strawberry Pie  into tartlets.  When you slice into a strawberry pie, it doesn't keep very well, and starts to get watery very quickly.  Making individual tartlets kept the filling fresher, and stayed for several days.  The daisies in my lady vase are from my garden.  I started with three plants years ago, and now I have a whole row of them on the side of my house.

 Isn't this strawberry snack set so pretty?  My sweet friend,  Linda, gave it to me for my birthday one year.  I love it for eating my breakfast from, for lunchtime, or snack time.  

 Linda also gave me the pedestal plate, which also has a larger one that goes underneath, to form a tiered pedestal.   It comes in handy for so many things.  If you'd like the recipe for the strawberry pie, check it out here.  I've made that recipe more times than you can imagine!  This time, the filling made enough for 9 little graham cracker tartlets.  I was able to take some to my neighbor for a birthday treat.  

 Look at my cutie pie littlest grand!  Isn't she sweet?

My youngest son, Kevin, took Harper and me to the Crayola Experience.  My oh my, and what an experience it was.  We spent almost 5 hours there!!  I am grateful and most appreciative for whenever I am invited to share joy in the lives of my family.  


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Monday, July 2, 2018

Happy 89th Birthday to My Mom

 I was in Ohio this past week to celebrate my dear Mom's 89th birthday!!  Doesn't she look so cute?  I made her favorite angel food cake and topped it with her favorite frosting.  For our dinner we had, at Mom's request: Sloppy Joe's, green beans, cole slaw, pink raspberry lemonade, and the cake with ice cream and homemade hot fudge sauce.    My sister made  Strawberry Whipped Sensation Pie, also.  Mom loved it all!

 My sister set up the buffet for her, with fun props, pretty paper plates and napkins, and the counted cross stitch that she made years ago. 

 We made this cake pedestal from a thrifted candlestick that Mom had bought years ago, and a new plate ($2.50) from Big Lots.  Mom loved the plate so much.  it went so well with the paper plates. 

 Here's Mom's favorite cake.  My sister and I love it, too!  The recipe for the Speedy Meringue Frosting can be found here.

Here's a selfie with me, my brother, Mom, and my sister.

Here we are using our props:  My sister (holding my niece's baby, our great nephew, and my Mom's newest great grandson,  my niece, me, Mom, and my nephew. 

I had to get my nephew's girlfriend in the pic, who is on the left.  She was sweet enough to take our pictures, and then she did a timed selfie of all of us. 


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