#220 Make Ice Cream

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#220

Make Ice cream

I know it’s super easy to reach into your freezer or stop by your local ice cream store but there’s something about making your own ice cream on a hot summer evening that evokes pleasure in a way that the other options cannot.

DIY Satisfaction

Sometimes, it’s the experience of ‘doing it yourself’ that adds to the fun and satisfaction we enjoy during and after an activity. The sense of accomplishment increases our confidence and overall esteem but perhaps more importantly, we become empowered.

Tools

Of course, an ice cream ‘maker’ is one of the easiest ways to complete this task – most of them come with recipe books for unending motivation but for a simple vanilla flavor, making ice cream at home is super easy with a few basic supplies. You need large zip lock plastic bags, coarse salt, and some arm muscle.

Recipe

I am recommending this recipe from The Stay at Home Chef blog because it worked well and tasted great! It took a little longer than the suggested 5 minutes to get the consistency that I preferred but it only meant a better arm workout (shaking is super important). What wouldn’t taste good if it is mostly heavy cream, sugar, and half & half?? We don’t want to calculate the calories in this recipe of course – just grab a spoonful and enjoy.

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup half and half

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 gallon sized resealable plastic bags

2 cups ice cubes

½ cup salt

Instructions

Pour cream, half and half, sugar, and vanilla extract into a gallon sized resealable plastic bag. Seal well. Squish it around to combine until sugar is dissolved.

Place ice cubes and salt into another gallon sized resealable plastic bag.

Place the bag with the ice cream mixture into the bag with the ice. Seal the larger bag.

Shake until mixture freezes, about 5 to 7 minutes.

 

The next time you need a little inspiration to liven up a hot summer day, remember to pull out this recipe and …

Make homemade ice cream.

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#247 Go to a Festival

Sharing 365 life lessons, tips, or hacks; the things that make life easier, happier, and more productive. I hope you’ll follow along and find them helpful too.

#247

Go to a festival

In the summer months, there seems to be a festival for just about anything you might find interesting. If you live in the Chicago Metropolitan area, there are more than 40 festivals in the month of July alone! While many of them appear to celebrate or focus on food such as the Roscoe Village Burger Fest or the

Tacos y Tamales Festival, others focus on drink (Chicago Craft Beer Festival & the Chicago Whiskey & Wine Beach Festival).  Many of them are themed around the arts or music as well. Each weekend there are several to choose from and the choice may be difficult.

Carnivals

Large cities offer a plethora of opportunities for festival fun but small towns get in the mood as well. As a child, my sister and I looked forward to the Fireman’s Carnival each summer. It was a traveling group that made the rounds through all of the small towns in our county and surrounding area. We rode the Ferris Wheel and stood in line for the Tilt-a-Whirl no matter the summer temperature knowing we could get snow cones before going home. The memories made that week each year are some of my favorite childhood reflections.

Finding them

With an internet connection finding a festival to attend is easy. Most large communities have Facebook pages or independent websites touting the ‘things to do’ each weekend. More generic sites dedicated to promoting Festivals in general also exist… Festivals.com allows you to enter a zip code to discover what’s happening in that locale and it is one of many like minded sites. It’s a great resource when you find yourself in an unfamiliar city and want to get a taste (perhaps literally) of the local scene.

Check it out, look at your summer calendar and make plans to …

Go to a festival.

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