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.
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
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.
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
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!
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