Homemade Vanilla Ice-Cream and Recycling So You Don’t Have Another Baby…

Hi everyone and please click on the title of this post to read more. So, it was a bit of a bittersweet day yesterday when after I had a lovely visit with my brother, I bestowed upon him my two diaper changing tables. You see, contrary to popular belief, I am NOT having anymore kids and my brother and his wife are about to have their first. If I were to keep these tables, he would have to spend a bunch of cash on some and mine would sit around collecting dust, serving as a surface for my clutter and subconsciously encouraging me to want to have another kid.

I did the right thing for the environment and my family, bid farewell to some items that I no longer have a use for and felt good about giving them to someone who will use them (see video below). Much like the leftover Starbucks half and half from my son’s school meeting….

You see, when I attended a PTA meeting where there had been Starbucks coffee served, there was about a QUART of half and half left over that NO ONE was going to use-the horror! Before it was tossed in the trash, I made a run for it (imagine me running in slo-mo like the Bionic Woman) and started planning how I would use this pricey liquid. What better use than ice cream!

Here is my recipe for a mix-in ice cream base or simple vanilla flavor that all the kids and adults can add toppings to. You will need an ice cream maker but if you don’t have one, get one-Cuisinart brand is good. Believe me, making it yourself is a hell of a lot cheaper than Cold Stone Creamery…

Vanilla mix-in Ice-Cream:

1 cup heavy cream
2 cups half and half or whole milk
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla or scrape out the inside of a vanilla bean after you slice it down the side(can get at Whole foods and many supermarkets)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined and then put in your ice cream maker. After it has chrned for 20 minutes, transfer soupy ice cream to a plastic container and place in freezer for a few hours. Serve and let everyone add their own toppings:
chocolate chips, toasted coconut, nutella, sprinkles, etc.

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3 Responses

  1. OK, here’s the thing. It’s when you give the baby stuff away that you get pregnant again. Just saying. Be careful out there! (And congratulations to your brother…)

  2. Does he want another changing table and a mostly-functional (but really gorgeous) oak crib? My youngest is about to turn 7 – it’s time to move on.

    -Nancy

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