Monday, December 27, 2010

Our Christmas Dessert: Homemade Peppermint Ice Cream & Hot Fudge Sauce

My husband bought me an ice cream maker a couple of years ago for my birthday. I made a few batches, wasn't super impressed, and it's been sitting up in my closet. My daughter, Kayla, kept telling me we should make ice cream again sometime. Earlier this month, I decided just to go for it and do it! We made Peppermint Ice Cream and the results were so good that we decided to make the ice cream (except a double batch) for our Christmas dessert this year! It was so nice having such good results with such a simple and easy recipe. It has made me want to try making ice cream more often. =)

The thing I liked about this recipe was that it didn't require cooking the base before freezing in the ice cream maker and the results still yielded nice and creamy ice cream. This recipe is so simple. The hardest part, IMO, is crushing the peppermint candies! We did it with a hammer. In the future I would like to explore other possible ways of crushing the peppermint candies.

Easy Creamy Peppermint Ice Cream
Adapted from THIS RECIPE found at
Printable version HERE

1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup half-and-half
2/3 cup sugar
2 cups whipping cream
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 tsp. peppermint extract
2/3 cup crushed peppermint candies

1. Whisk milk, half-and-half, and sugar together until sugar is completely dissolved.

2. Add whipping cream, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract and mix with whisk until well combined. At this point, mixture can be stored in refrigerator for several hours if desired.

3. Pour into ice cream maker bowl/cannister. Churn ice cream for approximately 20-25 minutes or according to manufacturer's directions. At this point, mixture should be in a semi-frozen state. Add the crushed peppermint candies at this point (if you add them at the beginning, the candies will sink to the bottom).

4. Churn mixture with candies an additional 5-10 minutes or until you have achieved desired consistency. Transfer ice cream to a freezer-safe storage container and freeze to set ice cream.

We topped our Homemade Peppermint Ice Cream with this super yummy (and easy) Hot Fudge Sauce from allrecipes.

Simple & Delicious Hot Fudge Sauce
Adapted from THIS RECIPE
Printable version HERE!

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
4 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup brown sugar
dash or two of salt (approx. 1/16 tsp.)
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Combine sweetened condensed milk, chocolate squares, brown sugar, and salt in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over medium low heat until chocolate and sugar is melted, about 5 minutes.

2. Stir in vanilla. Remove from heat.

3. Serve warm over ice cream or dessert of choice. Store fudge sauce in refrigerator.

4. To reheat, place desired amount in microwave-safe bowl and microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring between intervals until sauce has reached desired temperature. A small amount of water can be mixed in if consistency is too thick.

Notes: This sauce was really good, don't get me wrong! But I think the next time I try it, I would like to add another ounce or two of chocolate to get a richer chocolate flavor. I may add a bit more vanilla as well.

This was definitely a departure from our usual Christmas desserts, but it was fun to try something new.

What did you enjoy for dessert on Christmas Day?

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I wanted to pop in to say Merry Christmas!
I made this card for my parents and brother
and thought I would share it with you.

I had fun designing it and putting it together.
I've been playing around with a stamping technique
called "Embossed Resist".
I used this technique on the snowflakes.
You can see that I embossed them
with clear embossing powder on white cardstock
and then sponged over them with light blue ink.
It creates a fun effect!

I colored my snowmen with inks and a blender pen.
I feel like such an artist with the results I get doing that!
I trimmed some white cardstock to resemble snow drifts
and set my snowmen over the cardstock
and set a snow layer over them on the bottom.

I had some fun with the ribbon.
I felt like doing something different,
so I did! =)

I just couldn't bring myself to put the greeting on the front,
so I just stamped the inside.

I hope you have a wonderful day enjoying your families
and those close to you.
be ever present with you today and in the New Year.
My mom wrote a wonderful post on the blog
that I co-author with her about "the rest of the story".


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Vacation Project

My husband likes to take a good chunk
of his vacation off during this time of year.
This year was no exception.
He has nearly 2 weeks off (including the weekends)
and it will so nice to have him home for all those days!

This year he has a special home improvement
project he will be working on.
When we moved into our home nearly 10 years ago,
we eyed the half-wall between the living room
and hallway as a possible place for storage in the future.
10 years later, we now have 3 children, we are homeschooling,
and our house with less than 1400 sq. feet is nice and cozy.
That extra storage area idea is now becoming a reality
and it will be great to have a little more storage space.

I thought I would share some pictures of what he started today.
My brother helped out with the work today,
which my husband was very grateful for.
Thanks, Dan! =)


Here's our hallway and the half-wall.
You can see where Gary cut a little hole
in the wall to scope out the inside.


Here's what the hallway looked like
after Gary and Daniel started cutting.
It's a mess right now, but I'm looking
forward to the end result! =)

Anyway, that's what's going on here today.
I'll post more pictures as we go along! =)