DIY Homemade Ice Cream Recipes {Lots of Recipes!}

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Nothing beats homemade ice cream!

Ah!  I just finished off the last of the chocolate ice cream – for medicinal reasons of course.  The sweltering heat…  So now I’m thinking of making a batch of homemade ice cream.  We have an ice cream maker I scored at a local thrift store, but I have never used it.  I guess there’s no time like the present to try something new, learn a new skill, and save a little money in the process.  Plus homemade ice cream tastes so good!

So I’ve been scouring the internet trying to find some tasty homemade ice cream recipes – okay, scouring the internet may be a bit of an exaggeration.  Google homemade ice cream and you get about 52.5 million search results.  At any rate, I’ve been looking up tasty homemade ice cream recipes to try and to share with you.  Hope you enjoy. ;)

Do you love homemade ice cream?  What’s your favorite?

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Pretty, Green, and Naturally Beautiful

Growing Grapefruit

It’s DIY Friday!  This week:  Be naturally beautiful with these Do-it-Yourself natural beauty treatments.

  • DIY Pumpkin Foot Scrub: With all those pumpkins sitting around the house now that’s it’s Autumn, why not whip up a batch of homemade pumpkin foot scrub?  This recipe sounds so yummy – I can’t wait to give it a try!
  • Four Autumn-Inspired DIY Beauty Treatments: Just reading the ingredients in these scrumptious homemade beauty recipes is enough to make my mouth water!  I can almost smell them…Yummy!
  • Homemade Facial Masks: Homemade masks are a staple beauty treatment for me.  There’s nothing like putting fresh, wholesome ingredients on your skin and relaxing for twenty minutes while all that natural goodness goes to work on your face – it’s fantastic!

What about you?  Have a great DIY beauty recipe?  Feel free to share your natural beauty tips with us. ;)

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Mock Pizza in A Bowl

Mock Pizza in A Bowl

The War on Gluten

I’ve been completely gluten free for nearly two weeks now.  It’s been a necessary decision for me.  I’m pretty sure I have Celiac Disease – I have all of the classic symptoms of it, so now it’s hurry up and wait for my test results to come back.   I’m certainly feeling that a gluten free diet is what I’ve been in dire need of this past year-and-a-half of severe, inexplicable illness.

It’s been a tough few days – I’ve always had a passion for gluten.  Breads have been a comfort food all of my life.  I usually began my day with a slice of whole wheat toast or a yummy  piece of homemade bread.  Giving up my old gluten-filled favorites, and opting for gluten free alternatives has been a challenge.  Lots of label reading, sacrificing, and patience.  I think in the long run it will be worth it, especially if Celiac is confirmed – that means gluten free for life.

Mock Pizza in A Bowl

Last night my husband and kids had pizza for dinner – it’s smelled wonderful, better than usual I think because I knew I had to skip it.  So today for my afternoon snack I made a little “mock pizza” by tossing together some California sun dried tomatoes and some feta cheese.  Not a grain of gluten in sight, and it was still satisfying.  I got a little of that pizza flavor without making myself desperately ill.

Going gluten free means getting creative.  Maybe my culinary skills will improve, who knows?  It’s definitely an exercise in determination and will power, and I’m determined not to be so sick anymore.  I’ve been scouring the internet for gluten free recipes, looking for gluten free bread alternatives (that’s been an interesting experiment), and trying very hard to make this dietary change work for me.  I know I can do it, but some days it sucks.

Here’s my “mock pizza” recipe. It’s super duper easy, and satisfying too.

Mix together sun dried tomatoes (in oil) and some feta cheese.  Now eat it.  Enjoy! ;)

What about you?  Are you gluten free too?  Feel free to leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the subject. ;)

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