Christmas in July Sale, June giveaway winner, and Healthier Homemade Ice Cream Recipe


Save 25% on Little Kitchens and Wooden Dollhouses!

Use the coupon code XMASJULY13 for 25% off of Little Kitchens, Wooden Dollhouses, or any other order that adds up to $100.

The sale only lasts til July 25th, so order your Christmas presents now and save.

I also needed to announce the June Giveaway winner of the hardwood car set:

And the winner is…

Kelly Castiglione

We also got an antique ice cream maker. We got it specifically to make ice cream with some friends that are coming to visit, but before we did that, we had to test out the machine and test out a recipe.


We found an acceptable recipe here.

Stacy’s Base Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

1 cup whole milk

¾ cup turbindo sugar (or 2/3 cup honey or maple syrup)

Pinch of salt

1 tablespoon vanilla

2 cups heavy cream

Combine milk and sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved (you will have to heat the milk a tad to get the sugar or the honey to dissolve quickly). Add salt, vanilla, and cream. Stir well. Refrigerate for 2-24 hours. Churn according to directions. Devour. Holy cow, Batman.

We used 3 cups of organic half and half that was on sale at Kroger and 2/3 cup of maple syrup plus the vanilla. I skipped the pinch of salt. For our next ice cream making I bought fresh milk and cream to follow the recipe exactly, but we didn’t have enough for the test, so I went with the half and half for the test.

After scouring the ice cream maker (and scouring the internet to find out whether or not a little rust is bad for you, and coming to the conclusion that it’s not really gonna kill you), we started churning the ice cream.


After about a half an hour, Caleb decided he couldn’t wait any longer, and we dug in. It was sooo good. I put some fresh blueberries in mine, because that’s the best way to eat vanilla ice cream.

We had too much ice cream for just the two of us, so we went over to the neighbors to see if they wanted some. They did, so we filled a small tub up for them. Caleb said, “let’s stay outside in case they come out wanting to tell us how good it was.” Ha!

In about a minute, one of them came out raving about how GOOD it was, and what did I put in it?! She went on and on, and then her mother (who’s about 60 or 70) came out saying how amazing it was too. We were happy.

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