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!


The Strange Continues

Last week, I published a post about the strange weather this year.

Saturday and Sunday, our trees had a layer of ice.

My pecan trees had sparkly tips.

The sunlight reflecting off the ice had some gorgeous views.

There were icicles hanging from leaves.

Could they be called treecicles?

Even the oak leaves that are hanging on for dear life didn’t escape the ice.

The ice was too heavy for the zebra grass.

The poor lamb’s ear was frozen in place.

The snow was frozen so hard that I didn’t leave a trace of footprints as I walked through.

The birds were thankful I had filled their feeder just a day before.

Most of you agree that Mother Nature hasn’t quite been herself.

She can’t make up her mind exactly what she wants to do.

Just a week before, we had torrential rain and high winds.

Calling for tornado warnings.

And just a few days before that, I had all the doors and windows in the house open and I was wearing shorts and no shoes.

Threatening to turn on the air conditioner.

All this in January!

I’m wondering……

Could Mother Nature be having a mid-life crisis?

Or worse yet….

Could it be menopause?

Lord, help us if it is!!!

Walk Around The Farm, March 2009

On Monday, March 2nd. We awoke to a wonder winterland here on the farm.


The Captain…


and I…


donned our gloves, boots and hooded coats to take some pictures for you. Well, I forgot my gloves in my other coat.

No, it’s not like the big snows that appear up north, but still pretty none the less.

My tulips seem to fairing nicely with their frosty coat.


These are pecan trees on a neighboring farm. They wear their winter white quite well, I think.


The Ford antenna ball on my truck has a new hat.


I think the ice clinging to things is just as interesting.



Notice the ice encased tree bud. These early warm-ups and late freezes are what kills our peaches and early blooms.


And before we could go inside, we had to perform the “breaking of the ice”.


I hope you enjoyed another walk around the farm with me.