Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fourth of July Bows

Here's a lot of bows I made for fourth of July.  Some of them were on my etsy, but never got sold.  The plan is to just take some around the neighborhood and give to the girls around here.  Spread the patriotic spirit!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Homemade Ice Cream

Made some extraordinary ice cream.  A silky smooth chocolate.  Was perfect for a hot summer day and even better with our homemade waffle cones and yes, even homemade sprinkles.  But those are posts for a different day.

I went looking for a recipe that would use my getting old half and half.  And eventually went "oh!  Ice cream!"  Dug out my ice cream maker and tada!  The ice cream maker I use is one that you put the base in the freezer and then stir the ice cream as it freezes yourself.  This recipe came with the machine.

Chocolate Silk Ice Cream

1 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups cream
1/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp vanilla

Beat milk and egg yolks together.  Blend in sugar.  Cook over medium heat, -stirring constantly-, until thick enough to coat the spoon.  Remove from heat, -sift- cocoa into the mixture, then beat until well blended.  Cool.  Add cream and vanilla.  Mix well.  Refrigerate overnight. 
Place in ice cream maker next day.
(makes a quart)

I used half and half for both the milk and cream and turned out just fine.  And before I put the mixture in the fridge I strained it through a thin strainer.  For me it was a needed step as some of the egg mix was too cooked, and a few bits did get caught.  After all was said and done it was a deliciously chocolate ice cream and made with no preservatives.  It even lasted in the freezer for my husband to have some the next day.

~Add some marshmallows, whip cream, and a cherry and you have yourself a sundae any ice cream shop would be jealous of!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Mermaid Necklace

A. had a birthday party coming up for one of her school friends, so I made her this cute little necklace charm out of polymer clay. A. added the charm and some beads onto a cord and a sweet present was made.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Cookie Dough Frosted Brownies

Cookie Dough frosted Brownies??  Is that even possible!  Why yes it is!

Whatever brownie recipe or mix that you like, cook and cool completely.

1-1/2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
4-1/2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour
1 cup mini chocolate chips.

Spread on top like frosting! Chill if you want to be able to cut easier, but I dug into them right away. haha
It was heaven!