Is there anything that says summer better than lemon?
How about ice cold, fresh, homemade lemon ice cream?
My husband’s family has a long held tradition of making lemon ice cream when the temperatures rise. He made it for me when we were dating. It might just be one of the reasons we got married.
The other day he got a hankering (probably inspired by the fact that I cleaned out the pantry and now the ice cream maker was in plain sight), and made a batch. He has doctored up the recipe a little from what his family did originally. But the end result is absolutely delish!
I posted a picture and some commentary on Instagram and based on the response, decided I’d better share the recipe here, with his permission, of course.
The recipe I’m sharing is BSB’s version. The original did not include yogurt, used heavy cream, and not quite so much lemon juice. So there is room for adjustment according to preference.
But for me, the fresh lemon juice and lemon zest are the key to this recipe. It makes this ice cream so flavorful and refreshing!
Many years ago, I created a Father's Day banner out of paper ties. I have loved this banner and used it repeatedly, but it has become apparent that making the banner out of a different material would transform it into something that could withstand the years! Here is my wooden version of the Father's Day Tie banner! This is a fun project for a craft night or to do with the kids. You could give each kid their own tie to paint. You could add letters to spell something--I had originally planned to on these--or you could just let the ties do the talking--which is what I decided to do, since I loved the way the patterned ties look hanging together. You also have the options to leave some the wood exposed--like I did on the striped ties--for a more rustic look, or paint each tie entirely--like I did on the polka dots. But before we get too carried away designing the banner, we should make sure we know what … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
Hola! My son has a May Day birthday, but rather than maypoles and flowers, I thought it would be really fun to have a Cinco de Mayo party for him, especially when he turned five. I called it a Cinco en Mayo party, because that means "5 in May!" Yes, I admit this theme was all my idea. I don't know that many five-year-olds would know to ask for a Cinco de mayo fiesta for their birthdays. And it was a little bit of a tough sell at first to talk him out of things like robots and transformers, but once I started talking about how this would be his Piñata party, he got pretty excited. This kid loves Piñatas--and the candy that comes inside of them! So true to my word, Piñatas were a main feature everywhere. There is a little piñata on and some of the other recurrent themes I sent out these digital invitations I made with elements from Happy Thought. Mini Piñatas decorated our tables and went … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
Last Spring my daughter and I were honored to be asked to put together a large-scale floral arrangement to be displayed at the pulpit of our church for an important meeting. We were given a modest budget and instructions that it would be on a shallow shelf, so the arrangement couldn't be too deep. Other than that, we were pretty much on our own to design and put together whatever we chose. I have really been loving the more natural garden-like trends I am seeing a lot in modern floral arrangements. I wanted to use garden roses and other large blooms in spring colors. I used to do flowers all of the time, but things have changed quite a bit in the last decade or so. I first had to find a place to get wholesale bunches of flowers that is open to the public. The guys at Arizona Flower Market were great to work with (This is not a sponsored post. I just wanted to share their info because I know others … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
I currently am an assistant Cub Master. Assistant is the operative word here. There is much about Cub Scouts that I still have to learn, but basically, I help make Pack Meeting a party each month. February was our Pinewood Derby (maybe a post to come?), so we are getting ready to have our Blue and Gold Banquet this week. As I am making preparations, I referred to last year's banquet which was a lot of fun and wanted to share some of what we did with you. We went with a western or cowboy theme for last year's banquet. We served BBQ sandwiches and chips. I spent a lot of time on the Chuck Wagon table you see above. In theory it should have been really simple, but to get everything to stay where it was supposed to be was a little harder. We attached PVC poles to both sides of the table with duct tape, I believe, to create the curved top of the "wagon." We attached a white sheet to give the appearance of a … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
I had a moment of bloggy brilliance last Easter, inspired by the butterfly-tattooed Easter eggs from a previous year, and my love of adding a little gold bling to everything these days whenever possible. I figured that if other temporary tattoos would stick to colored eggs, then the metallic tattoos I had picked up at a favorite things party, would be the perfect way to glam-up this year's eggs. I simply dyed my eggs with solid colors to the desired intensity. Both neons and pastels can work well with gold. I went more neon, but played with getting a little bit of an ombre effect on some eggs. Then I picked the best tattoos for each egg. The peacock feather was perfect on the bright blue. You know I love pink with gold, so used a chunky bracelet-style tattoo to wrap around this egg. The word "dream" looks dreamy on the pale pink and white egg. Apply the tattoos according to the … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]