Monday, May 11, 2009

Homemade Ice Cream



Hope you all had a very nice weekend. I had a wonderful, huge surprise. My youngest son Zachary had entered a contest in his school which was sponsored by a local jewelry store. The children had to write an essay on what made their mom special to them. The mother of the winner would receive a white gold heart with a key pendant and chain. Well oh me oh my......would you believe my son won!!!! My husband received the call from the jeweler on Saturday and went to pick up the necklance. When I came back from Richmond on Sunday after visting my mom and older sons I checked the message machine. I was thrilled! My youngest son had known he won and kept it to himself so I could be surprised on Sunday!!!! What a special surprise and what a special son. The jewely store also included the letter my son wrote and I am having it framed. It is beautiful and touching and made me realize that our children take mental notes of what we do for them. They may not always express this when they talk to us...but they do appreciate what we do for them. I am a lucky mom.....

Back to the food now. My husband recently purchased an ice cream maker but I have not gone near it. He has been making ice cream for us and I never realized how delicious homemade ice cream is. Way better than anything we could buy at the store. Once I start having a bowl full I really find it hard to stop. And I'm not even a big ice cream person either. These are recipes of two flavors he made recently. Both were equally delicious. I've written the ingredients below and just simply follow the instructions for your own ice cream maker.

Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

1 pint fresh ripe strawberries, stemmed and sliced
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup sugar, divided
1 cup whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

My husband said that he used about 1/2 lb of strawberries that he pureed in a blender and some chopped up strawberries. He also used approximately 2 - 3 tablespoons of Hershey's stawberry syrup. From there follow instructions according to your ice cream machine.

Pina Colada Ice Cream (my favorite)

1 can well drained crushed pineapple
1 cup sugar, divided
1 cup whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract

Follow instructins according to your ice cream machine.

29 comments:

Katy ~ said...

I am positively THRILLED for both you and your son! I so enjoy hearing such happy, happy news.

YUM on homemade ice cream. An ice cream maker is on the list of must-have kitchen appliances.

Manggy said...

Aww, that is just to sweet! Happy mother's day!
I'm glad to see you are now beginning to appreciate the joys of homemade ice cream. There really is a difference! :)

Mary said...

What a special surprise and what great recipes for ice cream.

Pam said...

So sweet. Strawberry ice cream is my favorite flavor - yours looks delicious.

Bunny said...

I would have been floored to have my son win that contest!!! And he kept it to himself to boot!!! Bravo to him!!! I just ordered an ice cream maker and I can't wait till it gets here!!! I'm so excited to make homemade ice cream. I even bought strawberries to make ice cream with so I'm bookmarking your recipe. I'm not a patient person so the wait is gonna kill me!!! LOL!!

Barbara Bakes said...

How exciting! You should post his letter. The ice cream looks delicious!

Christie's Corner said...

I adore homemade ice cream, but you should issue a warning when you post recipes like this one. Once you start making your own homemade ice cream you will NEVER be satisfied with store bought again. Not even "the good stuff."

Trust me. I know.

burpandslurp said...

how sweet and thoughtful of you son! you are indeed blessed with a beautiful family...I am grinning from ear to ear, just imagining how big YOUR grin must be to hear that fab news! what a GREAT mother's day!

Cheryl said...

YUM, and what a great kiddo, you are doing something right thats for sure!

Reeni♥ said...

That is so sweet!! And homemade ice cream is the best-especially strawberry-yum!!

The Blonde Duck said...

That's so sweet! What a lovely weekend--a surprise necklace and homemade ice cream!

Cate O'Malley said...

Oh what a sweet thing to do, and how wonderful for you! What a terrific son. :)

5 Star Foodie said...

Wow, how neat that your son won the contest - such a special surprise for Mother's day! The ice creams are wonderful!

Chef E said...

Gosh who does not like homemade ice cream? I grew up sitting on the bucket to hold it down while we took turns cranking it!

I recently made caramelized Pear ice cream sandwiches, YUM to yours!

Congrats to you and your son, how exciting!

Selba said...

Congratulations to your son and oh... how sweet of him to make a surprise for you :)

Yummy homemade ice cream!

Sara said...

What a great story! The ice cream looks delicious too, it makes me want to pull out my ice cream maker.

Pamela said...

Yeah, it's definitely time to start cranking out the home made ice cream. Vincent just asked me if we could make strawberry, so this post comes at a great time!

noble pig said...

Okay seriously that is the best story ever. What a special surprise and I bet he is just thrilled he did this for you.

Pearl said...

oh my gosh - what an incredible surprise! i'm so proud of your son for writing that essay! yaaay :)

Amanda said...

FIrst, what a wonderful treat to come home to, kids are really great aren't they? :)

Second, thank you for the ice cream recipes. I have an ice cream maker and love to use it :)

Katherine Aucoin said...

WOW!!! What a wonderful surprise about the necklace and the essay!

Your icrea lokks wonderful! Great Springtime treat.

Netts Nook said...

This Ice Creams sounds great thanks for sharing. What nice young men you have raised. Congrats.

Natashya said...

I love my ice cream maker too. The ice cream looks great, love the bowls! And congrats on your winning son!

Maelstrom said...

I live in Woodbridge too and I'm coming over this weekend for some icecream.

Andrea said...

Aww, what a sweet son you have! Congratulations to him and you, what a perfect Mother's Day Surprise! My youngest son is named Zachary too :)

On to the ice cream, wow! Both look delicious, and the pina colada ice cream sounds divine!

teresa said...

How sweet! This looks wonderful, pina colada ice cream? drooooool

Bridgett said...

Oh wow, congrats! I absolutely love homemade ice cream. There is such a huge difference in taste and I am so glad I bought my ice cream maker. I just need to put it to use more often!

Ingrid said...

That is AWESOME! Good for you and your son!

I wish my honey made some ice cream. I love the stuff but it doesn't last when I make it, 2 quarts for 5 people isn't enough.

Glad to hear you had such a wonderful mother's day!
~ingrid

George Gaston said...

What a terrific story and congratulations!

Ice Cream is my #1 weakness when it comes to sweets. And your recipe for Fresh Strawberry is outstanding and my absolute favorite. I will definitely be churning some of this; Many thanks…