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Make Your Own Ice Cream

Making your own ice cream is a fun summer activity to do with the kids. Here is a simple recipe. You can change it up by adding a little chocolate syrup, a few chocolate chips, or using a flavoring other than vanilla.

mixinbagIn a quart size zipper baggie, combine…
1 cup of whole milk or half and half
2 tablespoons of sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

In a gallon size zipper baggie…
Fill ½ way with ice cubes
Add 1/3 cup of rock salt (if you don’t have rock salt you can use table salt or kosher salt)

Seal the small baggie carefully and place the inside of the large bag. Seal the large bag and shake the bags until you can see the mixture thickening (about 5 minutes.) It will be cold to hold, so you may want to carefully pass it back and forth between yourself and a partner.  Remove the small baggie and wipe the top off (to remove salt water,) unzip and enjoy!

Snow Ice Cream

snow ice creamMy kids are looking forward to the upcoming blizzard for many reasons, one of which is snow ice cream.  I only make it when we have a lot of snow, because you want to collect fresh clean snow and it needs to be deep enough that you are just getting snow.  Ask your host parents before you try it.  I don’t want anyone freaking out.


Here are two recipes I use to make it, depending on what kind of milk I have on hand.

snow ice cream

Yes, this is actual snow ice cream that I made using recipe #1!

Snow Ice Cream Recipe #1 (my favorite)

8 cups of fresh clean snow
1 (14oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine in a large bowl and enjoy.

Snow Ice Cream Recipe #2

8 cups of fresh clean snow
1/2 cup of evaporated milk (or regular milk)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine milk, sugar and vanilla extract until sugar is dissolved.  Then combine with snow.  Enjoy.

Baskin Robbins 31 Cent Scoop Night is Wednesday, 4/27/11


On Wednesday, April 27th, 2011, Baskin-Robbins stores across the country will hold 31 Cent Scoop Night from 5-10 pm to honor America’s firefighters. Baskin-Robbins will reduce prices of small ice cream scoops to 31 cents* and create an opportunity for customers to donate to local fire charities. Read more about the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at www.firehero.org 

                                     *participating locations

Special Contest for my Au Pairs – First au pair in my cluster who emails to tell me her favorite ice cream flavor, will win a gift card to Baskin Robbins/Dunkin Donuts. It pays to check the cluster blog regularly. 
Update:  WE HAVE A WINNER. Congratulations, Hayley!

Today is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream!!!

Who doesn’t love ice cream?  It’s even better when it’s free!

ben & Jerry's

From the  Ben & Jerry’s Website:

ben-300x313Tuesday, April 12th is Free Cone Day, from Noon to 8pm!

You know what that means… Free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cones for you! And you! And you, and you and you-ou!

As a way to thank our customers for their support and to celebrate 33 years of scooping the chunkiest, funkiest ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet, Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops are happily giving it away!

Maybe it’s time for you to try a new flavor that you’ve been wondering about or just rendezvous with an old favorite and savor in the deliciousness that is free ice cream! Hey, either way it’s on us, so grab a pal and come on down for some good, ’scream fun!

Free Ice Cream at Coldstone on 9/30 – Support Make A Wish

Be a part of Kate’s Wish
September 30 • 5-8pm
Receive Kate’s CreationTM FREE


Click here to visit the website

All month long, Cold Stone Creamery is helping make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Visit any Cold Stone Creamery store and show your support for the Make-A-Wish Foundation by purchasing a Make-A-Wish paper star for just a dollar!

Free ice cream refers to 3 oz. sample of Kate’s Creation served out of a ready to love pan in a Like ItTM cup. Waffle products and extra mix-ins available for additional charge. Valid only during published date and time. While supplies last. No substitutions. Limit one per customer.

We have lots of Coldstone locations in the area: Silver Spring, College Park, Bowie, Largo, Laurel, Gambrills &  Edgewater.  Find the nearest one to you here.

Over 90 Degrees? Have Some Ice Cream

From MyFoxDC.com:


Today Fox 5 Morning News is forecasting temperatures of 90 degrees or more.**
It’s time to enjoy the ultimate ice cream experience—at a cool discount. Print out the coupon below and take it to your nearest Cold Stone Creamery for a great two-for-one deal.

Double your fun, or cool off with a friend. And tune into Fox Five Morning News every weekday.

When they forecast that D.C.’s temperature will top 90, log onto myfoxdc.com again for another money-saving coupon.

**Based on the morning forecast at Reagan National Airport.

Click the picture to go to MyFoxDC.com and print your coupon

Click the picture to go to MyFoxDC.com and print your coupon