Wednesday, July 3, 2013

I scream, you scream

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Happy Wednesday, friends. ☺

So yesterday the kids and I embarked on an exciting adventure. Our first stop was the grocery store, where we purchased a strange-to-them assortment of items, among them ice, sea salt, and half & half. They were particularly fascinated by the large bag of ice (which shows how often I buy the stuff). "What are you going to do with that, Mom?" they kept asking. "I don't know," I answered, trying my hardest to sound mysterious. (I don't think they bought it.)

The questions continued when we returned to our home:

"What's the ice for?"

"Can we eat it?" (My kids love ice for some reason.)

"Are we making something that goes in the oven?" (Ice in the oven. Really?)

"Is it a treat?"

After the last question, I just smiled and told them to eat their lunch. (I think that was the fastest my I'd-rather-talk-than-eat son has ever finished.)

Once lunch was over, I cleared the table and set out all the items items we'd bought, plus a few others from my pantry, called the kids into the kitchen, told them we were going to make ICE CREAM, and promptly became the coolest mom in the world—at least for the ten minutes it took to make the stuff. ☺

On Monday night, one of my Facebook friends posted the recipe for Ice Cream in a Bag, and I knew I would have to try it with the kids. After doing a little research online, I found that there are a few different versions of the recipe. This is the one I followed:

Ice Cream in a Bag:

2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup half & half (or light cream)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup coarse salt or table salt
1 gallon-sized Ziploc bag
1 pint-sized Ziploc bag

Mix the sugar, half & half, and vanilla extract together and pour the mixture into the pint-sized Ziploc bag. Be sure to seal it tightly.

Next take the gallon-sized Ziploc bag and fill it halfway with ice. Pour the salt over the ice, then place the pint-sized bag into the ice-filled bag. Seal. Shake the bag for approximately five minutes, then open the large bag and check to see if the ice cream is hard. If it isn't, seal up the bag and continue shaking. If it is, remove the pint-sized bag and run cold water over it to remove the salt. Open the bag and enjoy!

My kids had a great time with this little project, and both of them loved their homemade treat. (I thought it was pretty good, too!) We'll definitely be making it again.


Wishing you all a fun (and hopefully delicious) Wednesday!

58 comments:

  1. Like cookies, there's no such thing as bad ice cream.
    Oh. I forgot about Rum Raisin.
    And Grampa's Raisin and Macadamia Nut Toe Jam from Famous Amos.
    I stand corrected.

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    1. I have to agree with you there!

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    2. Although the toe thing may be an acquired taste.

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  2. i remember making ice-cream with my uncle and aunt---it was a lot of work---but so worth it--even peach which was one of my least liked flavors, tasted scrumptious ---glad y'all had fun :)

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    1. Peach sounds great!

      Thanks, Lynn. ☺

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  3. You really are a "cool" Mom! :)

    And I still like to eat ice. I think it's the crunch.

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    1. LOL It was nice being the "cool" one for a little while. ;)

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  4. As a child I loved the ice cream, I like this recipe for ice cream!

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  5. we did it in chemistry class once, it was fun

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    1. I had to do most of the shaking; the kids claimed their arms were tired. LOL

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  6. Hey that sound like fun, I might try that for myself. Have you ever eaten an Ice cube. I do with no effect, ming you I have no nerves in my teeth.

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    1. I ate ice cubes from time to time when I was a kid. My mother always worried I'd break my teeth. :)

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  7. Kuddos to the cool mom. I remember singing out "I scream you scream.... " during a school trip when teacher asked whether anyone want an ice cream.

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    1. I remember doing that! Good memories... :)

      Happy Wednesday. ☺

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  8. you ARE the coolest mom!
    isnt it fun to share new experiences with them. i love the wonder on their faces!
    and thanks for the recipe, must try!

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    1. Definitely try it. It's not the same as store-bought ice cream, but it's still really good. And you're right: that look of wonder is the best!

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  9. Wow. What a great idea! You are the coolest Mom! Well, until I try this with my kid. :)

    Thanks for sharing!
    Heather

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    1. LOL Let me know what you think. :)

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  10. Sounds delicious! My son and I can't have dairy right now so I've been making homemade "ice cream" with frozen bananas. It's a surefire way to illicit excitement from the kiddos!

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    1. I bet my kids would love that!

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  11. Sounds like the quickest ice-cream recipe ever! What a lovely thing to do :-)

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    1. It was a lot of fun. I love these quick recipes!

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  12. As an ice cream lover, I MUST try this someday. I may even try it this weekend!

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  13. YAY for ice cream! An excellent treat. Have a great Wednesday! :)

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  14. You ARE the coolest mom! Now this is what summer vacation is all about :)

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  15. I'm going to have to try this, as soon as I finish off the ice cream that's in the freezer. haha I wonder if I can add M&M's to it or something...

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  16. Oh, yeah. We have to make the ice cream in a bag. It's what I call an edible craft.

    Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. "Edible craft"—I love that!

      You're welcome. Have fun. ☺

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  17. You had me at ice cream! I will have to try this...

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  18. I don't have any kids. Can I still try it? ; )

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  19. Oh, on our next grammie/nattie day we have to try this! I want to be the "coolest" grammie in the world! Awesome, Dana. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome. Let me know how it turns out.

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  20. It is fun and a great idea when it it soooo hot like here. I prefer to make blueberry ice cream now that I can just toss the ingredients in the ice cream maker....without little ones around...and eat it all myself :)

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    1. I need an ice cream maker! Of course, all the shaking you have to do with this recipe helps you burn off the calories even before you eat the ice cream. Maybe I'd better stick with the bags... :)

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  21. That's such a cool idea! I will have to try it with my little brother and sister. They'd love to make a sweet treat. :)

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  22. What an amazing recipe...and what a fun time with the kids. It sounds amazing. Great for boiling hot weather.

    Denise

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    1. I'm eager to try it again when the temperatures outside get even warmer. (Yikes!) ☺

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  23. my hat is off to you! What a great recipe! THANKS!!!! Happy 4th!

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    1. I'm glad I found it and can't wait to make it again. I hpe you had a great 4th!

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  24. Never seen it done in a bag, but I have seen it done in a can. I bought my husband some little doo-dad that looks like a hampster ball for ice-cream, but we haven't tried it yet.

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  25. That is way too easy! And it is national ice cream month. Need to find a way to add lavender with my horticulture students.

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  26. When I made this with my kids long ago, we ended up with a tiny leak in the bag, which let salt into the ice cream mix. Glad yours turned out better than ours did!

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    1. Ugh. That must have been disappointing. Thanks. I'll definitely be sure to check for leaks the next time we do this. :)

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