Tricks For Making Your Own Ice Cream at Home

IMG_0934Here are a few tricks to making awesome ice cream in your own kitchen.

  • The ice cream bowls can never be too cold. Store the bowls in the freezer when you’re not using them.
  • Add in extracts such as vanilla, maple and almond.
  • Try to freeze your newly made ice cream for at least 4 hours before serving and eating. I know this might be hard, but the longer you wait, the better the taste!
  • Be sure the batter is at least refrigerator temperature before churning it in your ice cream maker.
  • Store homemade ice cream in an air tight container and be sure to eat within a week.

So whether you are scooping it into cones or cups, be sure to do a little extra scooping this National Ice Cream Day and National Ice Cream month!

Happy 4th of July!

I can’t believe it’s already the 4th of July. It’s a day to have a BBQ and gather with friends and family to celebrate the many freedoms we have.IMG_2892 If you are having company, make it easy and serve hamburgers and hotdogs. Delegate chips, pasta salad and juice boxes for the kids when friends ask what to bring. Some good ideas for burger toppings are bacon, guacamole, salsa, blue cheese crumbles and your basics. Homemade ice cream goes a long way in fun and entertainment, as well as, a yummy dessert. You can trade out your burger toppings for ice cream toppings. Some of my favorites are crushed Oreos, toffee bits, whipped cream, fresh fruit and sprinkles. Entertaining friends should not be synonymous with stress. Always, always keep it simple and remember your friends come over for your company, not your food.

Whether you go boating with family and friends or have a BBQ and watch the fireworks light up the sky, take a moment to be grateful for those who have afforded us the luxury of freedom to spend this day however we choose.

Happy 4th of July from my family to yours!

Our thanks to you for all you do
Defending our flag the red, white and blue

As Americans, we know what freedom means
The joy, the peace and the right to dream

Freedom we love, but it is not free
The sacrafice is great and you give willingly

Our thoughts and prayers are with you today
As you fight for our freedom so far away

May God keep you safe in all that you do
And bring you back home to those who love you

Grilling Tips and #FoodieChats on the Grill

Oh, GRILLING! How do I love thee, let me count the ways! I’m the girl who loves grilling so much, that my husband can be seen grilling in the middle of a Texas thunderstorm. I admit that I enjoy it more in the spring because now I sit out there with him and watch the kids run around the back yard. Besides being healthy and delicious, grilling spares you a dirty kitchen. Whether you are the grill master or your hubby holds that position, here are a few tips that are sure to help.

  • Before firing up your grill, be sure to brush with a wired grill brush to remove old stuck food.
  • Be sure you start with a hot grill. Add a little vegetable oil on the grill to keep food from sticking.
  • Leave a little space around each food item on the grill. This allows room for flipping and cooking.
  • Do not use a fork to turn the meat because juices will escape. Tongs are a grill master’s best friend.
  • Apply sauces during the last 10 minutes to prevent sauce from burning.

Now are you wondering what to grill? Let me introduce you to one of my favorite online communities called #FoodieChats (yes, the hashtag is part of its name.) #FoodieChats is a group of people who love to cook, eat food and tweet. They talk about all different types of topics revolving around food. The great things about this community is they are from restaurants, blogs and other countries. Now, let me get back to GRILLING. This Monday, the topic of discussion is “On the Grill.”

Join us at 7PM CST to see what food you may want to put “on the grill.”