On Sunday in my Use Everything post, I invited you to daydream about finding ways to use all of your gifts and talents. I mused about creating a blog about leadership and ice cream recipes.
For today, I am going to use this space to share my best ice cream recipe, just for fun.
I don’t think, though, that using everything means using everything at once, or everything all in once place.
Instead, using everything means finding ways to leverage all that you have to make a positive difference in the lives of the people around you.
Like me, you may regularly exercise only a few of your strengths. I write. I tweet. I listen. I encourage. I help people make connections.
I also make ice cream, lots of it.
I’ve been making ice cream for about three years, since the Christmas I received an ice cream maker as a gift. Early on, I bought a cookbook and started experimenting with recipes. It didn’t take long for me to settle on a basic recipe of my own creation.
Here’s the ice cream I made yesterday for our family dinner.
I use the same base every time, but I add various mix-ins each time to create our family’s favorites. My husband often suggests wild flavors, but we stick to a few standbys: peanut butter cup, coffee Oreo caramel, and cheesecake. We also love any ice cream that involves chunks of homemade pie. (We don’t often make this because — well — it requires that I also bake a homemade pie.)
Here’s the basic recipe:
1 cup of whole milk
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
We keep these ingredients on hand all the time, along with a warehouse store sized bottle of vanilla.
For last night’s recipe, we decided to make Grasshopper. We added peppermint extract (to taste) and crushed Grasshopper cookies to the base. Everyone loved it, of course.
So, today, this recipe is my gift to you. Use it well and share your favorite variations of my recipe with me here in the comments.
I am the founder/CEO of the Weaving Influence team, the author of Reach: Creating the Biggest Possible Audience for Your Message, Book, or Cause, and the host of the Book Marketing Action Podcast. I’m a wife and mom of three kids, and I enjoy running, reading, writing, coffee, and dark chocolate.
Hey, Becky! Ice cream is such a comfort food! I LOVE IT and thanks for sharing your recipe. I will try it, definitely. But since I am on a diet now, I throw frozen fruit into my food processor with a little bit of half and half and it turns out great! YUM!
Thanks so much for the recipe! What I made on Monday is already gone and I can’t wait to make my next batch. It was fantastic! Tonight we are making something of Steve’s creation. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
When I was nine years old, my parents had guests over and I made apple ice cream for dessert. I spent hours (or so it seemed) grating apples and then squeezing juice out of them. The ice cream had an awkward consistency and was a bit runny, although it tasted really fresh. One guest at the dinner table made a humorous remark when I announced what I was going to serve them. I blushed and felt embarrassed.
I don’t think I’ve made since… Your post reminded me of that. Thanks. It’s time to make ice cream again!
You’re such a whizz in the kitchen! Your family is blessed.
I love that recipe! It always turns out great, although sometimes it comes out the top of my ice cream maker. Esp. if I try to add anything.