Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

ice cream 1Growing up in North Florida, I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with summer. The negative being the obvious humidity and heat. Thankfully, I think the positives generally outweigh the sauna-like environment. Growing up in the summer I loved being out of school, swimming lessons, bike riding, eating watermelon outside, playing in sprinklers, and, of course, ice cream! Growing up, my church would often have Ice Cream Socials on hot summer nights where everyone would bring various flavors of homemade ice cream and toppings. Dream come true, right?
My parents recently gave Ray and I their old ice cream maker, which I think they may have only used 3 or 4 times. As good as new! Our first batch was lemon flavored. Ray loved it but I thought it tasted a little too eggy. The recipe we used also only made enough for 2-3 servings. For our second batch we decided to go for a more simple flavor profile. Vanilla, classic and delicious. This batch came out FANTASTIC with great flavor and the perfect texture.ice cream 2ice cream 4

4 eggs
1 1/2 c sugar
4 c Heavy Cream (or half and half)
2 c milk
4 tsp vanilla extract

Whisk eggs until light and fluffy. Slowly add sugar and continue whisking for about 2 minutes. Pour in cream, milk, and vanilla and whisk until thoroughly blended. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s directions.ice cream 3

This recipe will not disappoint!

Around Big Brown

abb 1abb 5abb 2abb 3aab 4It’s officially too hot to be outside during the day, too hot to wear jeans, and too humid to have cute hair.

There is currently 3 (3!!!) wasp nests residing on our porch. At first, there was just a tiny one with 3 or 4 wasps. Ray wanted to wait until they were an army to take action. Now we fear for our lives every time we walk in or out of the front door. TERRIFYING!!

We’ve been having our typical Florida afternoon summer thunderstorms. It rains almost everyday and I love it.

We’ve been pretty busy working on podcast and art projects, but it’s ok because we really enjoy those type of projects.

Ray is planning a local comic convention, thus we’ve had many conversations about logistics, vendors, renting tables, cosplay, flyers, wrist bands, etc. I love that his vision for the convention is to cultivate and invest in the “nerd” community in the north Florida/south Georgia area. If you’re in the area, Infinity Con will be July 26th.

Nailed It

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Retro tv nails! This look was inspired by nail art Zooey Deschanel was wearing at the Emmy’s. So cute, right? Now, if I could only figure out a vintage telephone nail art design…

 

Adventure Now

plantsADVENTURE!!!  Before you read this post, watch this video first! It’s not even 3 minutes long, you have time!
That my friends is a trailer for the video series I watched everyday during the summer of 2008. Yes, everyday. I was working at a summer camp in West Palm Beach with Fuge Camps. It was an incredible summer for so many reason, reasons I can’t even begin to explain on this one lonely blog. Anyway, back to Adventure Now. The protagonist in this series is Walt, a regular dude who happens to have a VHS tape fall out of the sky on to his head. After watching the tape, Walt and his friends, Garret and Pete, embark on an adventure to discover the origin of the tape.
Honestly, the series is hilarious but doesn’t make much sense. What I got out of the series, besides tons of inside jokes only fuge camp staff understand, is that adventure is important.

“Looking out into the complete unknown, staring down the mysterious, and taking a step out. Now ,that’s an adventure. Everyone, everyone, everyone, everyone needs adventure.”

The other day I was in a parking lot downtown, saw a VHS tape on the ground and was immediately taken back to Adventure Now. It got me thinking about my life and the adventure I’ve been on. After thinking on it for a few days I don’t really have an answer or profound thought other than adventure is important. The adventure we’re on in this life is important, thus we shouldn’t be flippant about it. We should embrace it with full force. Again, I don’t really know exactly what that means but I think it’s worth remembering.

Everyone needs adventure and adventure is important.

What are your thoughts on adventure?

June Favorites 2014

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1.  New cactus! We recently bought a huge pot for replanting, so I’m looking forward to this guy really growing.
2. Blueberries! A few weeks ago I posted about our berry picking outing. We’ve seriously been reaping the benefits.
3. London calling candle from Bath & Body Works. Tea and lemon scented with a hint of spice. I can’t get enough.
4, Big sea salt shampoo by Lush, a flat-haired-lady’s dream come true. Also, it smells like a warm summers evening on the beach.
5. Pacific Blue by Sally Hansen, the perfect summer blue.
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6. Orange is the New Black season 2. I know this show can get kinda nasty, but I love the way they humanize the inmates. It’s easy to write people off people they’re criminals, but when you seen the abuse that drove them to sell drugs or the insecurity that drove them to embezzle, it can be a game changer.
7.Rachel and Miles X-plain the X-men, podcast (and blog). A quirky husband and wife team explain the x-men from the beginning. What’s not to like?