White Chocolate Raspberry Homemade Ice Cream and a $200 Walmart Card Giveaway!

It’s no secret that I love ice cream. I’m pretty sure ice cream is a perfect food. It’s so creamy and sweet and easy to eat. If I could get away with it, I’d eat two bowls a day.

I love to make ice cream too. I almost always do a variation on the sweetened condensed milk and half & half recipe. Now I’ve got a variation that you are going to love. It will open a whole world of new homemade ice cream flavors to you.

The secret is International Delight coffee creamer! I did have to play around with this a little bit. (I know. Such a sacrifice to have to eat more ice cream.)

At first, I used all International Delight and no half & half. It worked, but it didn’t set up nearly as well as I thought it should. So the next batch I used 1 cup half & half and 1 cup International Delight. Perfect!

I’ve tried the White Chocolate Raspberry and Peppermint Mocha flavors in the ice cream recipe. Both were delicious.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it (minus the half & half that didn’t make it into the photo):  [Read more…]

Hot Chocolate Ice Cream

Hot chocolate + homemade ice cream = bliss!

I love ice cream. This easy homemade version has just 3 ingredients.  It tastes like a creamy cup of hot chocolate, only it’s cold and you eat it with a spoon.  Yum!

The other night I was craving a bowl of ice cream, but didn’t want to brave the snow to go buy some.  (Am I the only person who likes ice cream in winter? I hope not!)  Jim suggested that I make homemade ice cream and the idea of adding hot cocoa mix to my basic recipe popped into my mind.

We have a counter top ice cream maker, similar to this one – Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker.  Actually, we have two, both gifts.  I keep the bowls in the freezer for whenever the ice cream mood hits.  It takes about 30 minutes to whip up a batch.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Garden Rotini with Grilled Zucchini and Chicken

garden rotini with grilled zucchini and chicken done

Oh, my merciful heavens!  This was so very delicious.

Inspired by the grilled zucchini and a container of gorgonzola cheese, I quickly pulled this together for dinner one night.  Five of us were home to eat and we all loved it.  My oldest daughter worked late and came in after we had gone to bed.  She scrounged in the fridge and found the leftovers.  She said she ate some cold before she realized it was meant to be served hot, but it tasted good both ways.

I also used homemade seasoned salt in this dish.  If you haven’t made any of it yet, please take a couple minutes to stir a batch together.  Your taste buds will thank you.

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Sweet Chili Linguine with Grilled Chicken

As you can tell from the picture, I didn’t use linguine for this recipe.  I didn’t have any so I used vermicelli instead.  I found the recipe on the Disboards Budget Board and altered it a little from the original.  We all really liked it.  It combines our favorites of chicken and pasta, but the flavors are a bit different, which was nice.  There is a bit of spice and heat, but it wasn’t too much for the kids.  The recipe makes a lot of pasta.  If you have a smaller family, you might want to cut it in half. [Read more…]

Chicken Tortellini with Snow Peas

It’s been a while since I made this.  It was the result of a mini pantry challenge that I was doing to avoid going to the grocery.  I pulled the ingredients out of the fridge and freezer and created this.  I think I was out of garlic and that’s why I used Italian dressing in place of oil and garlic.  I wasn’t sure that it would work, but it did.  This post is going to be less of an actual recipe, and more of how to put your own make-shift meal together. [Read more…]

Cranberry French Toast with Cranberry Syrup

cranberry french toast done

Still looking for a Christmas breakfast idea?  You might want to make this french toast.  The prep is all done the day before, so that in the morning all you need to do is slice the bread and fry it.

It’s really a cranberry bread pudding that is then sliced and dipped in eggs and half&half and then fried.  The recipe is adapted from the Country Living Country Morning cookbook. [Read more…]

Bacon and Tomato Pasta

bacon and tomato pasta done

I cooked up a bunch of bacon the other night, intending to put it all back in the freezer for another time.  My youngest son was begging to eat it for dinner though.  Since I wasn’t in the mood for breakfast for dinner, I decided to add it to a pasta dish.  We ate every last bit of this.  There were no leftovers at all.  I guess they liked it 🙂 [Read more…]

Bowtie Festival

Bowtie Festival done

I was going for a copy cat version of Johnny Carino’s Bowtie Festival when I created this.  Several months ago, I created Penne Gorgonzola, which came very close to the restaurant dish.  This Bowtie Festival was excellent, but it was not exactly like the restaurant version.  Something was missing, but we couldn’t quite place it.  That said, I will make it again.  How can you go wrong with pasta, parmesan and bacon?  Wonderful stuff. [Read more…]

Swiss and Bacon Quiche


The smoky taste of bacon and swiss cheese makes this quiche perfect for dinner or breakfast.  It also heats up well in the microwave, so grab a leftover slice for lunch.  I adapted the recipe from an old Southern Living recipe I found.  I added a few shortcuts to make it faster.

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