vanilla-bean ice-cream

I think people who say “It’s too cold for ice cream” may be the very people that need someone to make them a sweet homemade sundae the most.

The holiday season is suppose to be all candy canes and jolly joys, but for some people, it can bring stress, anxiety, sadness and even anger. Perhaps that grumpy man in line at the market is really just devastated this will be his first Christmas without his wife, or that lady who cut you off the road is rushing to get to her son’s first Christmas recital. Either way, I think we should all try our hardest to show compassion – even to those who don’t show it back. We all show our pain differently, but we must try and remind ourselves that everyone we meet is fighting a battle we may not know anything about. Feel empathy for the pain people must be in to behave that way.

The holidays can be wonderful. They can also be hard. I challenge us all to open that door for the man at the market with a smile, and let that lady in our lane with a friendly wave. You never know, a kind gesture, even from a stranger, may bring some peace in a moment of suffering. These are the very people that may need it the most.

what you’ll need

Ice cream maker (if you don’t have one, no worries! – see instructions below)
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 whole vanilla bean, split & scraped or 1 teaspoon vanilla
As many fixin’s as your little heart desires

what you’ll do
Mix all the ingredients together
Chill mixture completely, transfer to the ice cream maker – then transfer this to a freezer proof container
Place container in freezer to harden for as long as you can possibly wait – fro yo consistency is usually when my temptation peaks
Have an ice cream partayyy!

**How to make this without an ice cream maker: Pour your prepared ice cream mixture in a freezer proof container and place it in the freezer. At around 45 minutes mark, remove the container. If the mixture starts freezing around the edges, then quickly using a spatula ,stir it vigorously until it breaks up any frozen sections. Place it back in the freezer. Do this another 3-4 times every 30 minutes (so total time 2-3 hours). Then freeze until ready to serve.