Tablescapes, Home Decor, Thrifting, Cooking

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Vintage Feel Suited for July



This is the first opportunity I’ve had to blog since the 4th of July.  We had a rainy morning but to our happiness it cleared off to do our grilling and setting off fireworks in the evening.



As I was planning my menu I decided to share our homemade ice cream recipe with you.  My parents gave us this rusty but trusty ice maker right after we were married (almost 40 yrs. ago!) Yes, it was new when they gave it to us but with all the years of salt exposure it sure doesn’t look very good now.  It is our tradition that Mr. Brown Socks make home made ice cream every 4th of July.



Here is the creamy mixture all ready to go



I just love looking at these vintage pictures in the original cookbook that came with the ice cream maker.

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Just look at Mr. Brown Socks’ hand on my shoulder.  (This could be from our wedding album! LOL!)











 Here he is in action




Ready to eat!  YUM!  It is the BEST recipe!

We still use the one that came with the machine


Here is the recipe:

Country Vanilla Ice Cream

4 eggs                            

2 1/4 cups sugar

5 cups whole milk

4 cups heavy cream ( we use part half and half)

7 teaspoons vanilla (we have almost doubled the amount of the recipe and use Mexican vanilla)

1/2 t. salt

Add sugar gradually to beaten eggs.  Continue to beat until mixture is very stiff.  Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Pour into gallon freezer and freeze as directed.

*Try not to think about the calories and enjoy this at least once per summer! *Cook’s note



I was at a recent Estate Sale and found this very vintage, very large cheery tablecloth for just $5!  Who cares that I don’t need another tablecloth at that price.  It just looks so happy to me.



It was the foundation for a very patriotic table,

perfect for the 4th of July






I didn’t go to a lot of work setting this table.  I used thrift store silver plated chargers and my everyday white plates.  On four sides I used my new estate sale transferware salad plates and four cobalt blue bowls. (That’s all I had but added a lot)

The blue was simply used for it’s color and placed to the side when the guests sat down.


Red lantern and red silverware was found at Penneys.  I had the glass raspberries which I scattered around the thrift store silver tray.  At the last minute I added the lemons for a punch of another color.  It just said “Summer time” to me.



Be sure to notice the little fruit fly who added whimsy to this tablescape



The sparkler looking things in the thrift store white pitcher were actually straws found at Target



Although I didn’t get a picture of it, my three little grandsons enjoyed the straws and all the festivities with some of the men at a little table. 



Food Galore




Although I never seem to get a picture of the main courses…just appetizers!




Oh! And This pretty fruit salad with my favorite vintage berry spoon


A new recipe from Lisa at Stitching Under Oaks.  It’s called


Cucumber Limeade

It was a HIT!!  You can find the recipe here!



We finished up the evening with our own fireworks show

A good time was had by all



God Bless America!

I’m joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch , Colorado Lady and Vintage Finds and ~~

Designs by Gollum at Foodie Friday

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I hope you’ll stop by and visit all the participants!





marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a fabulous day. I love the ice cream maker. We have one of the crank ones too and it definitely makes the best ice cream ever. So yummy. Your table looks fabulous and all the food looks sooooooooo good. Hugs, Marty

Shelia said...

Hi Donna! Oh, I agree with Marty - what a day you all must have had. I love your patriotic table and am drooling this moment looking at that lip smacking home made ice cream! I love it. Your dishes are gorgeous and the food looks so good! You know I had some water with cucumber and lemon slices in ti and was amazed at how refreshing it was. I'm going to try your recipe for the limeade.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Such a fun 4th of July celebration! Your ice cream recipe sounds yummy; I can't wait to try it!

xinex said...

Beautiful and festive table! Love the red lantern. The food looks so good and thanks for the ice cream recipe. I bought an ice cream attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer so I can really use it.....Christine

Vicci @theplaidbasket said...

Very nice! LOVE your salad plates and cobalt bowls. I must say, seeing Longaberger in action was the highlight for me!

The Tablescaper said...

I think I bought that very same tablecloth at HomeGoods, not that long ago. You've inspired me to pull it out and put it to use!

- The Tablescaper

Paula said...

There's nothing like homemade ice cream. I got a kick out of the graphics in the recipe book that you still have. It looks like you had a great 4th of July with your family!

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

Looks like a wonderful day! I love homemade ice cream, yum!


Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

We've been married almost as long as you have, and I think our ice cream maker is identical to yours, rust and all! Your table is wonderfully festive, and I know your darling grandchildren loved celebrating with you! Thanks for visiting me this week!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Girl what a fun day you had...oh and that ice cream looks to die for great...Loved this fun post...Hope your having a GREAT week my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Nana's Nuggets said...

Hi! Donna, so happy to meet you! Thanks for visiting my blog! Love to meet new friends:), I went to yours and loved it! that icecream freezer brought back a world of memory for me!, and your decor is beautiful.The jam was so pretty, almost taste it now. What a blessing it is to get to enjoy these simple little Blessings! I will follow you, don't want to miss whats going on in your world! *Blessings*

Mimi said...

Lovely red, white and blue table. I love the beautiful vintage tablecloth.

craftyles said...

Cute table. I love the tablecloth and the plates show up so well against it. Cute straws. I wish I had seen those!

Barbara said...

Such a festive table! That ice cream looks so good. I have always regretted getting rid of our old ice cream maker. I just don't think the new ones make ice cream as good as our old one did.

Melissa Miller said...

Oh Donna the vanilla ice cream looks so yummy! I do remember this machine. My parents had one as well and it does bring back memories. What a festive and beautiful table too. Lovely!

Have a wonderful week.
~Melissa :)

Dishesdone said...

Love your table! and how cool is that vintage cookbook! Nothing beats homemade ice cream, looks delicious!

marlis said...

the vintage cookbook is the deal maker. it's amazing. As is your table too. I love the addition of the flags and the additional items just to give the table some punch! clever idea

Deanna said...

Donna, You have a fantastic post here about the 4th of July and your tablescape! Home made ice cream is just the best ever!!!

Wish we had made some.

Lovely table you have shared.

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a peek at my table...appreciate your kind comments!

Joyce said...

You really did Food Galore:-) Looks like the 3 little grandsons had fun too. Loved the $5 tablecloth. Nice that you could have family together for the holiday. Now pass the spoon and hand over the ice cream please:-)

Boogieboard Cottage said...

You did a very nice job putting everything together, I really like your dishes! Mary

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Good Moring it's nice to meet you. I have copied your ice cream recipe and now I need to get the freezer! I've been wanting one for some time then your recipe will be my first. Nice post.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Jacqueline said...

Summer Sundays are our ice cream days. I am surprised we can eat it so often and not put on a ton during the summer. We did a rootbeer flavored one today. Your batch looks just perfect and so creamy. I might have to go eat more ice cream before I go to bed.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Hi Donna! I'm exploring your blog and it's SUCH FUN! I Loved the ice cream maker with it's vintage cookbook... AH the 50s(My Generation)! Such simpler times, well at least for us,hehe! You have great taste in those beautiful topiary. and my favorite thing is that wonderful silver tray with the bird, do you know who made it? OH I LOVE that!
I'm looking for followers if you wouldn't mind looking in on me once in a while,