DIY Homemade Ice Cream Recipes {Lots of Recipes!}

homemade ice cream


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

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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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It’s DIY Friday! | DIY Hodge Podge

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Something Old, Something New…

It’s DIY Friday! once again, and this week I’ve rounded up some fun projects the whole family can do together.

These DIY projects are fun, educational, and very green!

Enjoy! ;)

  • DIY:  Vintage Tins & Free Labels: I’m crazy for vintage, and this DIY project is vintage chic and green all over.  It’s a great way to up-cycle those aluminum cans, plus make some awfully cute decorative pieces to boot.
  • Oatmeal Box Pinhole Cameras: Have some old oatmeal boxes around the house?  Don’t throw them out, make a pinhole camera!  This project is fun, educational, and totally green – kids of all ages can enjoy this one.  I remember making an oatmeal box pinhole camera in junior high, and still have my photos.
  • Hummingbird Food:  Hummingbird Nectar Recipe: Love hummingbirds?   We do.  In fact I cooked up some hummingbird nectar using this recipe to lure a stray birdie out of my laundry room – worked like a charm.

What about you?  Have a great DIY Project you’d like to share?  Feel free to send me an email – I’d love to feature it!

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It’s DIY Friday! | Easy Chocolate Nut Bread

Chocolate Nut Bread

Yummy Chocolaty Homemade Goodness!

Happy Friday readers!  It’s time once again to share a little DIY know-how with you.  This week I give you my recipe for some tasty chocolate nut bread.  It’s super easy to make, and sure to leave you wanting more.

This recipe comes from The Fannie Farmer Baking Book, one of my many awesome thrift store finds.  Although the sticker in the picture reads $1.00, I paid maybe a whopping $0.50 for the book from my local Hospice Thrift Store (that’s quite a bit more than I usually pay for a book, but I love baking goodies for my family!).

It’s chalked full of delicious goodies, many of which I hope to share with you in the future.  So stop salivating, grab a pen, and get out your shopping list.  Here’s what you’ll need to bake your own lovely loaves:


  • 3 ounces (3 squares) unsweetened chocolate  (I use Ghirardelli Premium Baking Bar 60% Cacoa Bittersweeet Chocolate.  It does contain some sugar, but the end result isn’t too sweet.)
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick or 1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten (I use organic eggs because they’re organic, and I feel they truly do taste better..)
  • 1 cup milk (also organic)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I like to use walnuts, but any of your favorites will do.  I like to experiment with different combinations from time to time, usually when I’m out of a particular ingredient and have to make a substitution… Necessity is the mother of invention…)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2-inch loaf pans. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a small pan over low heat; set aside to cool.

Stir and toss together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Place the sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla, and nuts in a large mixing bowl, and beat them together until blended.  Add the combined dry ingredients and the chocolate mixture and beat just until the batter is smooth.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of a loaf comes out clean.  Remove from the oven, and let cool in the pans for about 5 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.

Viola! A scrumptious treat to pair up with your favorite tea, coffee, or a cold glass of milk.  Enjoy! ;)

What about you?  Do you have a favorite quick bread recipe?  Are you a chocoholic?  Fee free to leave a comment and let us know what you think. ;)

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