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Homemade Ice Cream

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The other day my cousins and I were talking about Christmas goodies and our mouths started to water.  At Christmas we always have pie, my favorite is strawberry rhubarb! (YUM!!)  My cousin said pie with a little ice cream sounded to die for and then the cravings set in.  I couldn’t kick it.  So today I got busy and my some homemade vanilla ice cream!

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Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt2 1/2 cups milk (I used 2%)
7 egg yolks, beaten
3  Tablespoons vanilla
4 cups whipping cream

Directions:
1. Add sugar, salt, and milk to a medium saucepan and cook on medium heat.2. Beat eggs yolks and add to the milk mixture.  Cook on medium heat. Stir constantly.
3. When bubbles appear around edge (around 10 minutes) take mixture off heat.
4. Cool milk mixture to room temp.  You can do this creating an ice bath by filling one bowl with ice water and placing your pan in the water.
5. When mixture has cooled mix in vanilla and cream.
6. Strain mixture into ice cream canister.  (Straining helps to reduce clumps)
7. If you wanted something other than vanilla now would be the time to add it.  Cookies, chocolate, or candies.
8. Place canister into ice cream maker (if using the rock salt kind) pack ice and rock salt in alternating layers along the sides of the canister.
9. Plug in and let it make some yummy ice cream!

This recipe is to amazing!  Let me know if you give it a try!

Happy Eating!

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12 Days of Christmas: Date Nights

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As we near Christmas I wanted to share a fun tradition that we have in our house.  Every year for Christmas I have given my husband a gift each day on the twelve days leading up to Christmas. Some years the gifts are small things, other years they are bigger.  This year I decided that I wanted to do something a little bit different and I gave twelve date nights.   I wanted to share with you mine and you can change or adapt as you see fit.  If you are reading this and you have less than twelve days an alternate idea would be giving gifts starting Christmas or Christmas Eve and going into the new year.

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This is our tree before we had everything put back together, excuse the mess!

My gifts this year are a date night each month of the coming year.  So here goes………

January – Bowling and beer

February – Homemade pizza and movies at home

March – Take a trip to the winery

April – Go for a romantic picnic

May – Go put put golfing

June – Take a trip to an amusement park

July – Go for a camping trip

August – Go for a romantic night of stargazing and wine

September – Board game night at home

October – Go out to the movies

November – Starbucks date and a long drive

December – Go watch a hockey game

For my list I wanted to mix in some expensive dates and some cheap dates so that each month wasn’t breaking the bank.  Things like going to the amusement park will take some planning and saving because we will have to travel and get a hotel room.  You could make them more expensive dates if you wanted or make them cheaper and take a trip to the fair or park.

Let me know if you have any fun date night ideas!