Friday, June 24, 2022

Ice Cream

While I love homemade ice cream with eggs, it's not Wayne's favorite. We have made different recipes of ice cream over the years, but this one has stuck. It's simple to make, I nearly always have the ingredients on hand, I don't think it could be quicker to put together, and most importantly we all like how it tastes.  We've added other mix ins or flavors and it is perfect for that too. 

Vanilla Ice Cream
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
pinch salt

Whisk together and churn in your ice cream maker. Scoop into a storage container and freeze. 

Blackberry Ice Cream
2 cups blackberries 

Blend blackberries in food processor with 1/2 cup of sugar. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Strain. Discard the seeds/pulp. 

Add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the other remaining ingredients from above. 
Whisk together (or blend in food processor) and churn in your ice cream maker. Scoop into a storage container and freeze. 

We use this Cuisinart ice cream maker.  If I make a recipe that is a little too big for it, I scoop some out once it's frozen (and keep in the freezer) and then add the rest until it's all ready to put up.

Garden Tea

I tried to pull all of the garden mint out of my flower bed a few years ago... some always pops up and this year it is back more full than ever. While I don't like how invasive it is, I do like garden tea, mojitos, mint in salads, etc. Teneesa Stuckey also gave me the idea to throw in about 5 stems worth of leaves into my Lipton iced tea, which is also very good.

Garden Tea
3 1/2 quarts water (14 cups)
2 cups packed fresh mint
1/2 cup sugar

Bring water and sugar to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in mint. Let steep around 3 hours. Strain. Refrigerate. Serve over ice (options - with lemon slices).

Credits to this recipe.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

These two crack me up. Check them out, re-enacting a scene from Lazy town.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Naughty Kittens

I think this is a music program preview...and, you're welcome. This song will be stuck in your head. At least is is in mine.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Gaming Fun

Aubrey went to a birthday party for a fellow Girl Scout last evening. She had a fabulous time and was way into it.
Fruit Ninja was a highlight for Aubrey watching.

She played a car racing game, which required her to sit in my lap as she couldn't reach the pedals. But the motorcycle game she could do all on her own.

A picture doesn't do it justice, though. She loved doing wheelies and included her own sound effects.

After some laser tag, which she wanted me to join her for as she was a little spooked...she climbed the rock wall. No fear on this one. 

Made it to the top. "Look, Mommy!"

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


We got some free tickets to the Thunder game last Sunday.

On our way to our seats, we passed the Sonic Thunderdog.

Free tickets = nosebleed section...but we were fine up there with room to spread out. :)

Sunday, February 21, 2016


Eli came over to play for a couple of hours. They are buddies and were so sweet to watch.

Valentine Party

Cookie Time

February 13th kicked off Girl Scout cookie season here in Wichita. Since Aubrey is a new Daisy, we had no idea what to expect. We have made some deliveries together...and have sampled our fair share as well. 

One delivery highlight was going to Hesston Thursday evening and having a chance to visit with Beth Rizza. It has been too long!

Another highlight was Friday evening when we delivered cookies to City Hall. We thought we were just going to make a cookie delivery, but James Clendenin (Vice Mayor) had an adventure waiting for us.

He took us on  a tour. One stop was the Mayor's office where Aubrey got to sit in the Mayor's chair.

We met council member Lavonta Williams who bought some cookies from Aubrey. Aubrey was still so nervous at that point that she couldn't even remember her own name. By the end of the tour when we were taking in the view of the city from the Assistant City Manager's office, Aubrey was quite comfortable and sold her 5 boxes with her confidence sweet smile. 

Checking out where the council meetings are held.

Again in the Mayor's chair

Solving the city's pressing issues.

Smiling for the press


This boy cracks me up