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!



Saucey Sunday – Marinated Cucumbers

Before I get started I wanna say….


I hope you have a great one.

This is an old time favorite. Cucumbers soaked in vinegar.

My parents and grandparents all enjoyed these.

And my Captain loves them too.

How fitting, a husband favorite posted for Fathers Day.

First of all, those of you who have gardens, go out and pick a couple of fresh cucumbers.


Bring them in and peel, rinse and slice them thin.


Now here’s the ingredients….

     2     tablespoons sugar

3/4    cup white distilled vinegar



    1     medium size cucumber

I make it in a quart-size mason jar. I mix the vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper until disolved.


Then add the cucumbers and let sit in the refrigerator. It usually takes a couple of days for them to be fully marinated.


Then get a fork and enjoy!

Garlic Potatoes

  A few years ago, at a family get together, I made these potatoes, along with this grilled chicken recipe.

They were a hit.

Everyone was either asking for the recipe or asking for an invite the next time I made them.

They are really easy to make. You can pop them in the oven and forget about them.

I thought I’d share them with you for your next big get together.

I hope I’m not too late!

Here’s what you need.

First, preheat the oven to 450. Then wash and cut up the potatoes into bite size pieces.

Clean and cut the onion into wedges.

 Place in bowl, add the vegetable oil and mix well. Then add salt, pepper and garlic powder and toss them to coat well.


With cooking spray, spray a large piece of foil.

Add the potato mixture to the center of the foil and form a packet. Leaving room inside the packet for air circulation.

And place in baking dish.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Open packet and serve.

I hope you try them sometime, they are really tasty.

Garlic Potatoes

 4  medium potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces, about 5 cups

   1  small onion, cut into thin wedges

   2  tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

1/2  teaspoon garlic powder

   1  teaspoon salt

1/4  teaspoon pepper

Aluminum foil

Preheat oven to 450F or preheat grill to medium-high. Spray foil with cooking spray, set aside.

Coat potatoes and onion with oil, then add dry ingredients. Coat well. Put mixture in foil packet and fold the top and sides to seal, leaving room inside for air circulation. Set foil packed in baking pan and bake 35-40 minutes. Or until tender when poked with a fork.