Friday, 14 July 2017

Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream

Sunday, July 16 is National Ice Cream Day! Yay!
 The day that’s sweeter than basking in fresh summer fruits is coming up on Sunday.
National Ice Cream Day is marking its 33rd anniversary this year, and there’s a presidential scoop behind this national food day. Proclamation 5219 declared that more than 887,000 gallons of ice cream were consumed in the United States in 1983. President Ronald Reagan recognized Americans’ love affair with ice cream and the impact it has on the dairy industry and the economy. So the following year, he designated July as National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday of the month became National Ice Cream Day. 
“I call upon the people of the United States to observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities,” Mr. Reagan said as he signed the bill.

I never need an excuse to grab a cold cone of ice cream. But when you've got a good excuse like National Ice Cream Day — and a delicious recipe to celebrate the occasion — indulging your sweet tooth pretty much becomes a 

It would be an injustice not to celebrate it!!!

Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream
1/3 c. sliced almonds (can used chopped)
2 c. half and half (half whole milk, half cream)
1 1/2 Tablespoons instant expresso (substitute 3 Tablespoons instant coffee)
4 Large egg yolks
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Sauce recipe 

Prepare a large bowl with ice and water.

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.

Place the nuts on a baking sheet with sides and bake until lightly toasted, about 6-8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

In the top of the double boiler, heat the half and half with the instant expresso until steaming and expresso is dissolved.

In a bowl beat the egg yolks and add the sugar beating until well combined.

Whisk in about 1/2 cup of the hot coffee mixture, then add to the double boiler, stirring. Heat the mixture over medium heat until the custard coats the back of a spoon, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl, place the bowl on the ice water, until cooled to room temperature, stir occasionally.

Strain the mixture into a container and stir in the cream. Cover and refrigerate until cold, about 3 not rush this step. (you can refrigerate over night)

Freeze the custard in a ice cream maker according to manufacturers instructions until almost frozen, stir in the fudge and almonds. Transfer to container and freeze until ready to serve.

Ideas for a fun ice cream bar!

How about a ice cream bar!!  What’s ice cream without a topping or two? Every little mouth couldn’t resist these fun toppings on their ice cream cone or in their ice cream cup. Chocolate chips, colorful sprinkles, white pearl sprinkles, chocolate candy and marshmallows are great ideas for the toppings served at ice cream bar. For more ideas go to How to plan a ice cream bar party on the Pottery Barn website!

Wee Bear and I are about to embark on our new adventure. It has been a week of delay's and learning for us! Our new adventure is touring the US in the next few years in our new motorhome. I drove it out of the dealership yesterday and maneuvered this 34 foot beauty home, about 1 hour from the dealership. We parked it in front of our home to load over the next few days. Stay tuned a new blog may be in the makings! I am noting all the helpful people along our adventure and creating some great idea's for new RV er's!   I have thought of and bought the domain name, "" and hope to have it up in the next few months!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Smash Potato Salad


With Summer in full swing, I came up with yet another "SMASH" recipe! This one will work in perfect for the Summer BBQ! The flavors are delicious with the fresh herbs from my garden and I cut the calories using buttermilk!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

S'mores pudding shots!

The S'more is known as a Summertime treat. Some of us, learned how to cook our first S'more over a campfire. No one seems to know where the S'more originated, but, I like to think it originated with my Dad, on a camping trip under a starry sky. Other's like to think it originated with the Girl Scouts of America when a recipe was published in a 1927 version of Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. No one is real sure of who or where it originated, but, everyone is sure it is a delicious treat that aligns with great memories!

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Strawberry Cream Cupcakes

If you are on the hunt for a great fourth of July dessert, look no further!
These light fluffy cupcakes are a sweet addition for your 4th of July celebration or any Summertime get together.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Lemonade made with Stevia blends

There is something about a pitcher full of lemonade that gets me excited!
Nothing shouts Summer more than  LEMONADE! I can remember hauling the table and chairs down the lawn, with my neighborhood friends and out onto the street to sell our lemonade. I'm pretty sure we charged a nickel a cup, which we would get a few takers, mostly neighbors! Hahaha! But, we were entrepreneurs at 8 years old!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Pasta, Pea and Bacon Salad

I highly recommend this Pasta Salad for your Fourth of July celebration- and any other time you want a quick to make crowd pleaser!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Teriyaki Mushrooms

 This is the perfect accompaniment for your steak or mushroom burger! Add chicken for a stir fry one pot meal. Very quick to make and flavor packed!