When Life Gives You Ice………

You’ve probably heard the old saying,  “When life gives you lemons – Make Lemonade!”

Well, my life is covered in ice right now.

I”m changing it the old saying.

ICE-CREAM

It snowed.  Then it snowed some more.  Then it snowed again.  It melted some, providing a layer of melted snow and ice.  I haven’t seen a chicken in weeks.

snowman

Then we got some rain, freezing rain, and it just turned back into snow.  It’s a little slippery outside right now. Although I am certainly capable and gifted in complaining – I am not going to.

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I’m going to make ice-cream!

When I make ice-cream I need 5 6 things:

  • Cream
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs
  • AND………….. Ice

Thanks to our sweet, wonderful, adorable milk-cow, the milk & cream are covered.  Thanks to the chickens, I have the eggs (usually).  I’ve always got cane-juice crystals, and vanilla.

For some reason, whenever I make ice-cream I forget that I will need ICE.  And lots of it.

I rarely make a single batch of ice-cream.  If I’m gonna make custard, chill it, churn it, and freeze it.  I’m going to get my money’s worth, so to say.  I have 2 ice-cream makers.  It doesn’t take any more time or effort for me to make 2 batches.  So, that’s what I do.

I need a bunch of ice when I make ice-cream.  This, for some reason, never occurs to me until I have the ice-cream custard in the canisters ready to be churned.  Then it hits me and I say something like,  “Shoot! I need ice.”

I then empty the ice-maker in my refrigerator and find I need more ice.  Like, 200 pounds more ice.

Here are my options:

  1. Bag the ice from my freezer for 3 days and then churn the ice-cream.  This would mean I have to wait 3 days to eat ice-cream.  That’s a no.
  2. Go up to the Dollar General and spend $10 on bagged ice.  This would mean that my pretty much free ice-cream would now be costing me over $10 to make.  That’s a no.
  3. Go outside and chip some hunks of ice off the world.  That works.

icecream

Free ice.  It’s everywhere!

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I used an ice pick to chop the hunks of ice into pieces small enough to fit in the ice-cream maker.

I churned it, then I ate it.

Here’s the recipe:  Homemade Ice-Cream.

 

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