Makes Me Smile: Homemade Ice Cream

A few years ago we were sitting on our pontoon boat in the middle of a lake on July 4th watching the fireworks while tied to another pontoon boat of friends we had ran into earlier that day. Both boats were at full occupant capacity. There were lots of laughter and conversation taking place among the occupants. But the one thing that stood out for me is that one of the passengers on the other boat had made homemade peach ice cream. I didn’t partake due to the amount of kids on the two boats. I wanted to make sure they all had their fill. But since that day my taste buds had yearned to taste homemade peach ice cream.

I have fond memories of my grandparents farm and the homemade ice cream my grandfather had made. But never “peach” ice cream.

Fast forward to July 2016.

Stored out in my shed was this ice cream maker.

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I was my mother’s and it has never been used. The motor is electric and the container is made from cedar.

I had no instructions and the box had become worn and torn and was thrown away some time ago. I kept it tied up in a trash bag to protect it because I was determined to one day learn how to use it.

I began researching the ice cream maker by the info on the motor and found that the company that made it was no longer in business so no instructions on how to use it are available. But what I did find out is that the company who made it had been sold in 1967 and the production of the ice cream maker had been stopped.

So I set out to find out how to make homemade ice cream on my own. A friend who has one of those new fangled makers told me how her’s operates and how to add the ice and salt and so forth.

So I plugged it in to make sure it works, after all it has been sitting unused for almost 50 years. I was one step closer to creating the homemade peach ice cream my taste buds had been yearning for.

I found a peach ice cream recipe on Pinterest, bought all the ingredients (except for fresh picked peaches that were given to me from another friend).

And last saturday I layered ice and salt around the canister and stirred up all the ice cream ingredients, poured them in and turned on the maker.

OMGosh! That ice cream was delicious!! It was everything my taste buds were expecting.

No, I didn’t take pics of the process mostly because I was too excited to actually be make my first batch of homemade ice cream and also because I wasn’t too sure how it was gonna turn out.

Up next, homemade strawberry ice cream. I can’t wait!!!

Lemme know if you’d like me to post pics of the process. Just in case you have an ice cream maker sitting around with no instructions.

By the way, that friend, the one who told me how her maker works, she created and gave me a small recipe book with several ice cream recipes. Oh boy! I can’t wait to try them all!!

Homemade peach ice cream is making me smile!!

What flavor of homemade ice cream makes you smile?

Happy Wednesday!



Cupboard Creation – Link Shares

When it’s cold outside and I’m stuck inside my mind starts thinking about food.

I begin looking for new recipes to try. And the guys in the house start rolling their eyes and looking for something to snack on just in case they don’t like my newest creation. LoL

Thought I would share a few keepers that I’ve found on the interwebs. ( I may have shared a few of these before. But just in case you missed it then….)

Klutzy Mama shared a recipe for Potato Soup that I crave when it’s cold outside!

And this Lemon Butter Chicken that I found because someone posted it on Pinterest is to die for! The guys went back for 2nds.

This Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak recipe is a standby on our meal plan. In fact when I make this I will make twice the patties and put half of them in the freezer. Then when I want to make it again all I have to do is put them in the crockpot, mix together the soup, water and au jus mix, pour it over the patties, turn the crockpot on and walk away.

The Captain regularly requests Tipper’s Roasted Asparagus.

And I’m always popular when I make Michele’s Ski Cake. I don’t have the luxury of buying Ski in our area, so I make due with Mt. Dew.

So there are a few of our favorites. Try them! You’re taste buds will be forever thankful!

And thank you to those of you so gracious enough to share your delicious recipes!!

Happy Tuesday!



Sausage Pie

Good morning! I’d like to share with you a simple recipe that one of my work friends shared with me. Actually, there are a couple of breakfast ideas wrapped up in here.


To start, my son and I are NOT breakfast people. Not at breakfast time anyway. Oh, don’t get me wrong, we LOVE breakfast food it’s just that we are a little queasy first thing in the morning.

For years the only thing we could eat first thing in the morning was chocolate milk and toast with butter. But when my son began football they also coached him on eating right. Which has helped him tremendously. Then I began looking for ways to help him eat healthier which is a challenge because he is not a fan of vegetables, which he calls “rabbit food”.

A friend at work alternates between a low carb diet and a low calorie diet along with walking. We talked a lot about food, carbs and calories. She told me about a dish that she sometimes fixes for her and her hubby.

In a pie plate she mashes sausage around the bottom and edges to form a pie crust shape then beats some eggs, scrambled egg style, pours that on top of the sausage pie crust and bakes at 350F till done. You can also top with peppers or cheese or whatever else you desire. Then just cut it up like a pie and serve.


On the day I took the pictures it was just my son and I at home so I made a smaller one with a small loaf pan.


Then she told me this is called quiche. Yeah, I had never eaten a quiche till now.


But my guys love it on a lazy Saturday morning.

Then I started thinking of how I could incorporate this into my son’s breakfast before school.  It’s the most important meal of the day so rather than load him up on carbs which is the bread (toast) he usually ate I cut back on the carbs and added food with less carbs.

I know, it sounds like a lot of work in the morning, but really it’s only a few extra minutes added to my lunch making time and with a little prep work it takes less time in the morning.


I buy a roll of sausage, we like the sausage with sage. I cut it into patty size slices and store it in the fridge. Each morning I put one slice per person into the frying pan, mash it up and fry it.


While the sausage frying I crack eggs into a bowl or, in my case, a measuring cup. Add a little milk, seasoning and beat them up like scrambled eggs. Once the sausage is done I just dump the egg mixture on top and cook like scrambled eggs.


It’s a more satisfying and “stick with you” breakfast than just toast. And it has less carbs.

Now if I could just convince him that “rabbit food” is not only good for you, but it tastes good, too!

Happy Wednesday!