blueberry lemon ice cream recipe

Ice Cream Recipe

Ice cream recipes… vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, what about blueberry lemon! I went to a little ice cream shop near our home a few weeks ago and they were serving lemon blueberry yogurt. It was incredible. I could have eaten the entire bucket!

You may have seen in my post yesterday that I teamed up Kohl’s to make a few dairy-free soy ice cream recipes. Well, this one was more for me than my son (the family member behind the dairy-free soy ice cream recipes).

Lemon Blueberry Soy Ice Cream

To make homemade blueberry and lemon ice cream you’ll need to first make a blueberry compote. Here’s what you’ll need and how:

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup water

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the blueberries, sugar and water. Simmer until the blueberries begin to burst, stirring often, for about 8-10 minutes. Cook until the compote coats your spoon, for about another 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Yields about a cup.

And for the ice cream recipe, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 4 cups soymilk (I used vanilla soymilk)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup blueberry compote
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • Nostalgia Ice Cream Maker (available at Kohl’s)

Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Recipe

Easy steps:

  1. Mix eggs yolks, sugar and corn starch.
  2. Heat soy milk (not boiling, but hot) in sauce pan and slowly pour into mixture while continuing to mix. (NOTE: Again, not boiling or you’ll cook the egg!)
  3. Add vanilla extract while continuing to mix.
  4. Pour mixture into a sauce pan and gently heat until it thickens.
  5. Let the mixture cool in the refrigerator for three to four hours.
  6. Fold in blueberries and lemon juice.
  7. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and follow the maker instructions.

Yields about one quart.

Ice Cream Essentials with Kohls

Here are a few of my ice cream party essentials from Kohl’s:

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Ice Cream Recipe

Ice cream recipes… vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, blueberry… have been on my mind for the past few weeks.

My youngest has severe food allergies and at the top of that list is dairy… which can make summer treats very hard. When all the other kiddos are running to the ice cream truck and picking anything they want off the menu, my little one has to ask to read the label before he can start munching. He handles it well… better than I would at his age… but it makes my heart hurt that he has to.

So I teamed up with Kohl’s to make a few dairy-free soy ice cream recipes. (Blueberry and lemon ice cream recipe is coming tomorrow!)

I have to say, I think I’ve nailed it. It tastes like the old-fashioned ice cream we used to make when I was a kid. Not only does my little one with food allergies love this OREO ice cream recipe (yep… OREOs have no dairy or egg or nut!), but so does my oldest and he can eat anything!

To make homemade soy OREO ice cream, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 4 cups soymilk (I used vanilla soymilk)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 crushed OREO cookies (I used chocolate filled OREOs. If you use regular, the ice cream will remain vanilla)
  • Nostalgia Ice Cream Maker (available at Kohl’s)

Ice Cream Recipe

Easy steps:

  1. Mix eggs yolks, sugar and corn starch.
  2. Heat soy milk (not boiling, but hot) in sauce pan and slowly pour into mixture while continuing to mix. (NOTE: Again, not boiling or you’ll cook the egg!)
  3. Add vanilla extract while continuing to mix.
  4. Pour mixture into a sauce pan and gently heat until it thickens.
  5. Let the mixture cool in the refrigerator for three to four hours.
  6. Crush 10 OREO cookies in a resealable bag, fold into cold mixture, add to ice cream maker and churn.

Yields about one quart.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Back to School

The kiddos will be heading back to school soon! A fun way to introduce yourself to a new teacher or welcome your little kiddo off the bus, apple-inspired hot chocolate stirrer!

Hop over to my latest contributing article at Parade magazine for all the easy DIY steps and make this fun food with your family!

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lemon blueberry cake

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This summer I’ve been in love with the blueberry and lemon flavor combination. We had friends coming over, I was running behind… you know the scenario.

I had planned to make a semi-homemade cake using a Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix, but totally ran out of time. So instead, I baked the cake (exchanged oil for apple sauce, healthier but not as fluffy), warmed the Duncan Hines lemon frosting into a drizzle and topped with fresh blueberries. Everyone thought it was amazing. Just the right hint of lemon for a dessert on the run!

Lesson: Not everything delish has to be from scratch. {wink}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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By the way, not a paid post, just loving the Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake mix!

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Crafts For Kids

Have you seen Martha Stewart’s new book, Crafts For Kids? It’s 175 creative and colorful projects (from easy to a bit more involved like this one) to keep your kiddos excited and entertained. For instance, this peg-board marble run. My boys can’t wait to give this craft a try. They’ve already raided my craft room and their dad’s work bench!

~~Book excerpt ~~

Lots of kids like to tinker with machines, take things apart, and generally figure out how stuff works— just for fun. Embrace that curiosity with this endlessly fascinating project. It involves creating a clacking, whacking gumball machine that runs without electricity, all with parts found in the kitchen and toy box. This gadget starts up with the turn of a paddle, and then— after much rolling and pushing and lifting— drops a gumball into a container. You win! 

Marble Run Craft

Higher Ground

Our peg-board base rests on toy blocks: Ask an adult to drill holes into five blocks (one for each corner and one for the center), then use nuts and bolts to secure board in place. (You may also want to screw the beach hoe to the base in step 4.)

Crafts for Kids

STEPS:

1. START with a gear. The side wheel’s shaft goes through the oatmeal container to a paddle made with building toys (see page 123). When you TURN the paddle, the gear’s spokes rotate the top wheel, which has one long spoke.

2. This causes the car to ROLL down the ramp and into a marble (held in place by 2 tacks) on the ramp’s lower end.

3. The marble KNOCKS through a hole in the top of an upside- down cup and into a paper- towel tube (which is pushed into a hole in the cup’s side). The marble ROLLS through the tube.

4. On the marble’s way out of the tube, it FALLS into an aerosol- can cap. The cap is at one end of a pulley’s string (the other end has a washer tied to it). The pulley hangs from a hook attached to a beach hoe. The weight of the marble PLUNKS the cap onto one end of a lever (made of spoons fastened to a spool).

5. The weight of the marble on one end of the lever causes the other end to BUMP a pencil attached to a shovel handle with a tack and string. This LIFTS the handle, which TIPS a marble resting in the shovel.

6. The marble ROLLS down into another ramp made from plastic tubing. At the end, it DROPS into the back of a truck parked on a lower ramp.

7. The weight causes the truck to ROLL down a piece of train track and STRIKE a bendable straw, which SWINGS into a series of upright dominoes.

8. The dominoes TOPPLE one by one. The last domino weighs down a cork TACKED to a string, which is tied to a flag. The flag is ATTACHED to a clip; PERCHED on the clip is a gumball.

9. When the last domino FALLS, the cork is released, and the flag pops up. The gumball on the clip FALLS and drops through 2 funnels, then into a bowl. The machine finally comes to a stop. 

Crafts For Kids

TIPS: Your machine’s parts are less likely to break down if you follow a few suggestions:

  • Be sure the sections are high in the beginning and gradually get lower— then go up again in the middle— to provide momentum.
  • Use strong tape to anchor objects to the surface (ours is a piece of Peg- Board).
  • Keep joints from wiggling by tightening them with rubber bands, twist ties, or pipe cleaners. If something isn’t working after an adjustment, don’t be afraid to replace the structure with new elements (for instance, use blocks instead of construction toys).

Want to see the other 174 amazing crafts the amazing Martha Stewart Living Editors collected? Well you’re in luck! You can pick up a copy at your local book store, Amazon, or you can enter to win a copy right here!

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Good luck! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Reprinted from the book Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids by the Editors of Martha Stewart Living. Copyright (c) 2013 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Photographs copyright (c) 2013 by Stephen Lewis. Published by Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc.

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Chevron. Ruffles. No-sew… DIY wreaths don’t get much cuter or easier! {grin}

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Hop over to my first post on Parade where you can find all the easy DIY for making this simple no-sew fabric punch wreath. See you there!

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Monsters University

Have you seen the new Disney Pixar movie Monsters University? We did on Tuesday and the my boys loved it!

If your kiddos are excited, or if you’re planning a Monsters University party, I have a treat for you! An easy Mike Wazowski Rice Krispies Treat!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cereal (I add 4 and then a bit at a time so they keep a good consistency)
  • Bag of marshmallows
  • Butter (for dairy-free Rice Krispies use Smart Balance Light Butter)
  • Fondant, white (Wilton’s pre-made available JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • Blue and Lime Green food coloring, gel is best
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Wax paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Resealable bag
  • Cookie cutters: egg shape, 1.5″ round and .5″ round (or could use an icing tip bottom for tiny round)

Monsters University

And here are the easy steps:

  1. Body, part I - Make Rice Krispies Treats as you normally would using the recipe on the box, except, add lime green food coloring gel (I used three squirts, but to your liking) to the marshmallow and butter mixture, before adding the cereal. Finish the treats.
  2. Body, part II – Place a piece of wax paper on your counter, butter the egg shaped cookie cutter and mold the treats while still warm. The wax paper and butter will keep them from sticking to anything but themselves.
  3. Eye, white - Roll out the fondant and using the 1.5″ cookie cutter, cut out the white part of the eye
  4. Eye, blue – Place a small amount of fondant in a resealable bag with a squirt of blue gel food coloring. Massage the color into the fondant. Roll out on wax paper and using the .5″ cookie cutter (or icing tip bottom) cut out eye.
  5. Horns and mouth – roll white fondant between your hands (like you would play dough to make a snake!) and pinch off the length you need for both the mouth and horns. Round the edges.
  6. Assemble Mike – Attach the white eye, horns and mouth. Because the Rice Krispie is slightly sticky, the fondant will adhere to it  (we bagged ours in cellos and carried them to a party and nothing ever fell off!). For the blue eye, take a small amount of water, apply it to the back of the dot and attach it to the white.

Makes 6 treats.

If you want to bag them, use gusseted cellos as Mike can be a bit thick. {grin} These were a huge hit with my boys and their friends. I hope your kiddos love them too!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Sangria

 

I’m excited to say that I made an amazing White Strawberry, Lemon and Apple Sangria this past weekend as a bit of party prep for our 4th of July celebration! And of course I’m sharing the recipe with you. It’s yummy, but also quite refreshing! Oh, and want a peek at our Americana table décor? {grin}

 

Sangria

 

Ingredients
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced thicker and halved for garnish
  • 1 apple, sliced long-way (Gala or Fuji, a crisp apple, works best)
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 liter White Sangria Castaneda (available at World Market)
Instructions
  1. Add lemon slices, apples, and strawberries to pitcher.
  2. Pour the sangria over top.
  3. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 hours.
  4. Add a lemon slice to each glass and pour sangria over to serve!

Sangria
 
As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Americana {entertaining ideas for summer}

 

This post brought to you by World Market . All opinions are 100% mine. You know I’d have it no other way! {grin}

Americana

My hubby was in the Air Force, along with his brothers and dad, so Americana party décor gets a lot of use around my house with Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day celebrations. Whether or not our boys will serve remains to be seen, but we want them to have a strong sense of country and the sacrifices that others make for us daily so that we can live free.

 

Long story short, patriotic holidays are not only celebrated, but truly a time of thankfulness and remembrance for our family.

 

Americana

 

This year, I shopped World Market’s Americana collection (Outdoor Entertaining, Outdoor Furniture) for our 4th of July BBQ and then meandered over to their linens section to add a few extra touches! The pewter placemats may be my favorite. I chose them, along with the gray and white paper straws because they reminded me of sparklers. One of my favorites from childhood 4th of July picnics, and a fast growing favorite with my boys. They’ve gone through two boxes in the past week!

 

Americana cupcake stand

 

Americana cupcakes

 

And if you know me, you know I love paper goods to bring a pop to my tables. I found these fun and creative Americana Meri Meri cupcake tins and toppers at World Market, along with this wire dessert stand. It’s the perfect way to bring some height to your table.

 

Americana party

 

An easy way to make a table feel cozy and inviting outdoors, is to hang lanterns. World Market has the lighting kits so you could bring them alive if you’re celebrating at night! I also had to have the little nutcracker. Or, I should say, my son just had to have it! {grin}

 

Americana

 

And, especially when serving guests outdoors, you need service trays. This one pulled in both of my major colors, red and pewter. LOVE it for carrying all the supplies to set up the table and then later to serve dessert.

 

Sangria

 

Did you know that World Market isn’t only about home décor and entertaining supplies? They also have a large food and wine section. I’m excited to say that I made an amazing White Strawberry, Lemon and Apple Sangria with World Market’s Castaneda White Sangria!

 

Sangria

 

Ingredients
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced thicker and halved for garnish
  • 1 apple, sliced long-way (Gala or Fuji, a crisp apple, works best)
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 liter White Sangria Castaneda (available at World Market)
Instructions
  1. Add lemon slices, apples, and strawberries to pitcher.
  2. Pour the sangria over top.
  3. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 hours.
  4. Add a lemon slice to each glass and pour sangria over to serve!

 Sangria

 

Not only am I sharing my 4th of July plans with you this morning, I’m also sharing an amazing World Market’s Great Summer Getaway Sweepstakes! You can win Southwest Airline tickets, hotel room and $500 World Market giftcard! If I won I’d buy a new kitchen table (they have AMAZING choices) and I’d fly the kids to Orlando. We always fly Southwest when we go see Mickey. {grin}

Good luck and happy summer entertaining!

 

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