As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Savoring Summer {Week 5 ~ Easy-Freezy Vanilla Ice Cream}

Here we are at the beginning of July, and the Mid-Atlantic is feeling it! A series of days with temps in the 90's and we're thinking of cold treats. Ice cream? Yes, please. 

We do like to make ice cream around here, and summer weekends and holidays may find us gathering with friends and family, getting out the old ice cream freezer, and churning up some homemade refreshment. But a few weeks ago, I saw a recipe in my Country Living magazine that intrigued me. This recipe promised ice cream without an ice cream maker, easy-freezy, if you will. Easy enough for a weekday! 

So today, with the temperatures soaring yet again, I whipped up this batch of Easy-Freezy Vanilla Ice Cream. I made it up and popped it in the freezer before lunch, and it was ready to eat after dinner. 

I poured two cups of whipping cream into my stand mixer,

 and beat it on high speed until stiff peaks formed. (You can use any hand mixer.)

Then I stirred together a can of sweetened condensed milk, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a large mixing bowl. 

When that was well blended, I folded in the whipped cream. 

I spread my mixture into a rectangular metal baking pan, covered it with foil, and put it in the freezer. (If I had wanted to keep it for another day, I'd have put it into a sealed container.) 

Six hours later... voilĂ !

We dipped up our ice cream and indulged in a mid-week-ice-cream-beat-the-heat treat!

Will this treat replace our homemade, hand churned ice cream? Nope. But it was easy to make and would be a good substitute for someone who did not have an ice cream maker. The consistency was similar to soft serve ice cream. It was very rich and sweet, so I'd recommend a small serving to get you started. Bekah (our resident sweet tooth) raved about it, so we'll probably make it again. 

  Country Living's
Easy-Freezy Vanilla Ice Cream

Recipe in June issue of CL...and ~here~

2 cups whipping cream
1 can (14 0z.) sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt


Beat whipping cream with an electric mixer on high until stiff peaks form.

In large bowl, stir together sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and salt.

Fold in whipped cream.

Place in airtight container; freeze 6-8 hours or until firm.

Has summer heated up in your corner?

Last year...
Fruit on Tuesday Week 5: Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Two years ago...
Salad on Tuesday Week 5: Cheeseburger Salad


  1. That looks tempting! I'll be tucking this away in my brain for later :-)

  2. Cheryl, we've been roasting here too! The storm that came through last night but the intense heat of yesterday, though!

    This looks like a fun treat and one I am going to do with the kids! Yum! We love our ice cream around here!


  3. It's definitely ice cream weather! Making homemade ice cream is really fun (and you know what's in it).

  4. Fun to make with the grands I think!

  5. This sounds quick and good! This pretty post also reminds me that I need to check and see if I have the salt and everything else I need for homemade ice cream. Have a fun 4th, Cheryl!

  6. Oh yum does this ever sound and look soo good! I am thinking maybe a few strawberries too! Looks easy enough to make, maybe I can talk my dil into it! lol Enjoy your 4th Cheryl!

  7. Man, does this look good! I have some fresh blueberries and raspberries in my fridge so I may be making some this weekend! Thanks for recipe and have a great 4th!

  8. Cheryl, I saw this in Country Living also. It does look yummy. It's been so hot and humid and this would be a refreshing treat. ♥

  9. This looks like it might be fun project for the grands when they come to visit (no ice cream maker here) Have a wonderful 4th

  10. Good grief, that's easy enough. And as I was reading this post I suddenly found myself licking my lips. Lol I think it's too close to suppertime. Let's just skip supper and have ice cream! :-) Thanks for the recipe, Cheryl.

  11. Hi Cheryl, this sounds and looks simply delicious, thanks for sharing, I am book marking for sure.
    It has been very hot and humid for a while, but we are promised a change. Arthur is skirting out coastline.
    Happy Independence Day,

  12. Yum! I could eat ice cream everyday of my life. I just tried a faux ice cream recipe using bananas as a base. I bet it isn't as good as yours though. :)

  13. We made a similar treat last week. Ours was called cake mix ice cream because it used part of a Funfetti cake mix. We liked it, but it was super sweet!


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