Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A great beginning to the new year...

What makes the new year so good already?  Well, first I got to go sledding and the camera worked, so Kelly got a photo for the nieces.  They have no snow.   I just wanted to remind them how much fun Aunt Bonnie is.  Ahh... I was young again for about 10 seconds.

The next good thing for the new year was my husband was able to get outside and piddle around on his tractor.  He has had a broken ankle and crutches since before Thanksgiving, it was positive progress.  I don't know if it helped his ankle, but was good for his cabin fever.

The other good start to the new year was I was finally able to pick up the Christmas presents from my parents.  The presents were too big to mail, mom sent them back to the hills with some of my relatives that recently moved to Spearfish.  I had a great visit with Bob and Phyllis.  The visit was an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon. 

Then of course there was the excitement of presents.  The crate is perfect for holding my wine bottles.  I especially like how it is labeled, because I had a batch of wine once that was not fully fermented when I bottled it.  Those corks were popping right and left. 

The final present was my favorite.  In fact I've added to my new year's resolution.  I am not going to lose 10 pounds, I am going to gain 10 pounds.  How am I going to do that?  By eating lots and lots of  HOMEMADE ICE CREAM.  Yahoooooo.
I'm sorry.  Did I mention that I was also using my 4-H hot fudge sauce on the homemade ice cream.  Maybe I should shoot for an additional 20 pounds.

Every time I tell somebody I got a homemade ice cream maker for Christmas I get the same answer.  "I have such good memories of homemade ice cream."  Mom and Grandma both shared some great memories of Grandma's sisters all getting together, bringing their husbands and children, and their ice cream makers and all enjoying ice cream.  I have grand memories of Mom's homemade ice cream in the summer and at my sister's wedding. I'm going to share my Aunt Pauline's recipe.  I highly recommend it. 
Aunt Pauline's Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
6 eggs
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 t. salt
2 c. whole milk
Heat in a saucepan until it thickens and coats a metal spoon with a thin film or 160 degrees.  Put in the freezer immediately.   Keep in freezer for several hours.  Mix in
1 c. sugar
a scant 1/4 c. vanilla
1 pint of cream
1 pint of half and half
enough whole milk to the mark on the ice cream maker.  Sorry on my Mom's side they like to keep the directions a bit vague.  After that follow the instructions on the ice cream maker.  If you haven't ever used one before know that it is about a day long project.  Also follow my Mom's advice and have the maker on when you add snow, otherwise it will stick. 

I can't wait to add to the great memories of family, friends, and home made ice cream.   In closing, I just want to share the ending of the pirate hat project.


  1. oh, can't wait to try your recipe!
    I was given my hubby's grandmothers ice cream maker,it's like new but from the 1960's, should be fun to try :)

  2. I don't have an ice cream maker, but I remember...cranking by hand at youth group events, etc. Yummmmm!

  3. The ice cream pictures are making my mouth water!!!

  4. I was given a new ice-cream maker a few years ago I might have a go but unlike you I need to loose some weight.Dratt!

  5. Good for you on the sledding! :)

    That is the cutest pirate I've ever seen!

  6. I love your resolution, and I love how you're going to implement it! :-)

    Love the picture at the end--That's the sweetest pirate I've ever seen!!

  7. MMMMMMMMMMMMmm love the ice cream. I think it sounds better in the winter, especially after going skating.At ice cream socials you were allowed the paddle if you cranked out a batch,lots of energy for an immediate brain freeze from eating it to fast.

  8. It really does look like 2012 has been good to you so far! I love that first picture~a lot of fun. I love making homemade ice cream with my goat's milk.

  9. That's it, I'm coming out there! I want to go sledding with Bonnie! You look too cute on your sled :) But, I totally did a laugh out loud with your crate gift story. You are a riot!
    2012 is off to a yummy start :) Cheers, Jenni

  10. Love the photo of you on the sled -- we "old" gals can have fun, darnit!

    And also love the ice cream maker. We have two -- an old handcrank model and an electric one. Only use either one on July 4th. I know -- not very imaginative. :)

  11. I am really craving that ice cream now. Be right over. Hot fudge sauce sounds perfect. B

  12. Sensational info. I look forward to seeing more.

  13. the 10 extra pounds sounds wonderful, i am drooling over the ice cream!!

    note to self, i need to go sledding, it looks like bonnie had lot's of fun!!

  14. Thanks for stoppping by... love your post. Tons of sledding memories along with homemade ice cream. I grew up with the hand cranked machines. My dad would throw a towel over the top and me and my brother would take turns sitting on the top while he cranked....funny the memories that pop up..... Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  15. Found you at Buttons. Oh my...your swing pic is awesome...and you fire starting quote made me smile cause it is soooo true! Glad to know you. Sandra


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