After reading about carrageenan, a carcinogenic derived from red algae, and finding out it’s in a lot of our foods, including ice cream, I bought an ice cream maker. It’s nothing fancy and I’m surprised at just how cheap they are. It picked it up yesterday but I couldn’t use it until today because you have to freeze the bowl for about 24 hours. I tried it last night but it just wasn’t cold enough so I poured the ice cream mixture into a glass jar and made it this morning. It turned out delicious, it’s vanilla with a handful of toffee bits thrown in. Oh but the fat and calorie content in this recipe is through the roof so I told the kids to enjoy it because they would never get it this rich again, ever!
When I was in town I stopped at one of our local grocery stores and they had cookies on sale for a $1.00 a box. They ended up as mini ice cream sandwiches with the homemade ice cream. Forgive the melting picture but my house is pretty warm and I wasn’t that fast with my camera. I also made strawberry-vanilla frozen yogurt popsicles, they are much lower in fat and calories than the ice cream and I substituted the sugar in both recipes for Xylitol, lowering the calories even more. Jevan loved them!
Remember the bird seed wreath I posted awhile ago? A downy woodpecker has made himself right at home with it. You’ll notice just how much of the wreath has been eaten and it’s still holding strong but I turn it every now and again. I also posted that you should keep it out of the rain but I really have no where else to hang it and it’s been rained on, snowed on, and had the wind banging it against the window but still seems okay. I’m not sure how long it will hold up to the downy’s claws but I guess we’ll see.