Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Thankfulness....and Peppermint Ice Cream

Just a short post today....I have been busy in the kitchen most of the day and am taking a quick break. It has been snowing off and on and I have enjoyed watching those lazy flakes drift across our fields. Soft Christmas music is playing in the background and I have been meditating on the many things I am thankful, friends, a wonderful church, farm life, God's provisions from the smallest to the largest need, this beautiful snow, and for the things God has been teaching me over the last few months. Truly we have been blessed! I am looking forward to tomorrow when we celebrate and give thanks for His provisions over this last year....He has been truly gracious! I have been baking cookies with the boys and am about to start some loaves of cranberry bread with Elijah (7). He has been anxious to begin all day. We just finished several batches of homemade ice cream! YUMMY! Peppermint, Chocolate, Old Fashioned Vanilla and Candy Bar - all of our favorite flavors. We burned the motor up in our last freezer and our good friends Michael and Julie have loaned us theirs to try as we are getting ready to purchase this model. I have been asked before about our is our recipe for Peppermint Ice Cream:
4 cups milk, 3 cups sugar, 1 1/4 tsp. salt,
4 cups half and half, 2 tsp vanilla extract
9 cups whipping cream, 3 cups peppermint candy
2 cups peppermint candy (reserved)
Scald milk until bubbles form around edge. Remove from heat.
Add sugar and salt. Stir until dissolved. Stir in half and half, vanilla
and whipping cream. Cover and refrigerate 30 min. While waiting
place peppermint candy into ziplock bag and break into small pieces by
pounding with a mallet or rolling pin. Stir 3 cups into cooled mixture and
then freeze as directed for your ice cream freezer. When done gently fold
the reserved candy into mix and place in your freezer - enjoy!
The turkey is thawing, the cornbread dressing is ready, the pies are sure smells good....the cats and dogs must smell it too, everyone is hanging around the door looking pitiful!
I wish you could all come by for a piece of pie and a cup of herbal tea! I recommend you read The Deliberate Agrarian's post on Thanksgiving for a great reminder of our Godly heritage and may you all have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!


  1. How big is your ice cream freezer!?! I'm thinking maybe we need to look into one if it holds that entire recipe!

    Mary Susan

  2. Mmmm...that peppermint ice-cream recipe sounds awesome. I'm gonna have to try it some time.

    Y'all have a great Thanksgiving!

  3. Mary Susan,
    It is supposed to fit a 6 qt. freezer but this recipe is a little we dump the finished product and then throw the remainder in a churn again - it doesn't take long since it is such a small amount. The freezer is by Rival - called White Mountain - works great!


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