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Easy Peasy Homemade Ice Cream

It’s been fairly quiet around Tidy Tangle lately.  Since my last post on making skirts from old t-shirts using a sewing method called shirring, I’ve contracted shirring fever.  Yes, I’m in my sewing room these days shirring up anything I can get my hands on.  I love to shirr!

But, it seems cruel to wait till I recover from shirring fever to share with you this fun, pinteresting find–homemade ice cream that doesn’t require rock salt, an ice cream maker, or hand churning.  Yes, it’s true!  And, it works!  I was as skeptical about this recipe as I was about converting a t-shirt to a skirt, but the boys and I tried it and loved it!

With only two basic ingredients, whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk, and whatever add-ins you want, you can now have your homemade ice cream and eat it too.  I didn’t get any pictures of our first batch of ice cream, even if I tried, I couldn’t take pictures as beautiful as the ones at Kevin and Amanda’s website.  So, I borrowed their pictures to get your taste buds revved up and ready to try this recipe yourself.

Here’s the recipe (I renamed it, btw, this name seems more fitting!):

Easy Peasy Homemade Ice Cream

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • whatever add-ins you want (we did 1 cup of crushed mint oreo cookies)
Whip the whipping cream on high until stiff peeks form.  In a separate bowl, mix the condensed milk with your add-ins.  Fold the whipping cream into the condensed milk mixture and stir till combined.  Then, put in the freezer for at least six hours and it’s ready to serve!

We used a container just like this one, it was the perfect size

This is one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make, I promise, at least try it once!  And, include your kids on the process, they’ll love it.  My boys are already thinking of different flavors they want to try next.  The hardest part is waiting the six hours for it to freeze.  I caught my boys peeking in the freezer many times, checking on it’s progress.  I had to convince them the more they opened the freezer, the longer it would take to freeze–that seemed to work.

For many different flavor ideas, visit Kevin and Amanda’s post.  Some of the suggestions they offer are Cinnamon Bun, Nutella, Krispy Kreme Doughnut, and Hazelnut Mocha Fudge Swirl!  And, their recipes are all printable–woo hoo!  I will say, they are highly promoting the Eagle Brand condensed milk on their site, but we used generic brand with no difference in results.  So, feel free to use whatever brand you want, I conclude.

Be sure to let us know if you make some, and share your flavor varieties with us!


Gift Idea: Rice Heat Therapy Bag

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Dec 2, 2011 | Free-for-all Friday, Sewing | Tags: , , , ,

A few years ago, I made a rice bag out of some bright red corduroy pants that I found at a second hand store.  I simply sewed two rectangles together like a pillow, left a hole and filled it with rice and then finished sewing it up.  (more…)


Sew Your Own Throw Pillows

As a follow-up to my throw pillow challenge, I have finally recovered my chocolate brown velvet Ikea throw pillows.  I bought these down throw pillows for a mere $15 each five years ago.  In a house with five boys, there is no denying that chocolate brown upholstery is practical, but it’s not necessarily ideal.  I’ve been on the hunt for years for something lighter and brighter to recover them with, but it’s been a challenge to find something I love that’s affordable too.

I really liked all the samples I received from Premier Prints and was in the process of deciding on one of their prints when I stumbled upon something else that caught my eye, and my heart, on clearance at Hancock’s; light blue raw silk, normally $47 a yard on sale for $5 a yard! I wasted no time in having two yards of this stuff cut and for a mere $10, I now have four new throw pillows on my couch!

I’m doing a brief tutorial here on how to make your own throw pillows because I want to show people just how simple they are to make.  Honestly, I got my start in sewing making a couple throw pillows on my mother-in-law’s sewing machine. There is nothing more simple to sew than basic squares and rectangles and to this day, I don’t sew anything that doesn’t consist of only 90 degree angles!  A basic throw pillow can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it.  Ideally, I would have added zippered closures to these pillows so that I could take off the covers and have them cleaned occasionally; but at a mere $2.5o per pillow, I figured it’s not worth the extra effort.  So, I kept it simple.



Making Cloth Diapers

Pocket diapers made from old t-shirts

Pocket diaper with insert

A look at the pocket

When I was pregnant with my daughter, a friend of mine was really into making her own cloth diapers and she convinced me to make my own.  Because we were living in Germany, cloth diapers were expensive and we didn’t have as many choices and disposables were expensive too.   So I embarked on the diaper making journey of a lifetime.  (more…)


It’s okay to fail

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May 10, 2011 | Sewing, Tip Tuesday | Tags:

Failure hasn’t been in my vocabulary for much of my life. But recently, I realized, it’s okay to fail. Perhaps I learn more from failure than success. So if you’re just learning to sew, you will fail and you will most likely throw away more clothes than you wear. But that’s okay. I can count on one hand the number of things I still wear that I’ve made, but I cannot count the number of things I’ve thrown away. Just last week, I sat down to sew a dress and it now graces the inside of our trash can. I just didn’t have the energy to make it work nor did I think I’d even wear it if I could make it work. (more…)


Converting out-of-season clothing

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Apr 28, 2011 | Sewing, Thrifty Thursday | Tags: , , , ,

As I’ve mentioned previously, I follow a lot of blogs.  My new favorite crafty blog just posted a tutorial on converting out-of-season clothing.  I don’t know why I didn’t think of this!  The end of the season sales are great places to pick up really cheap clothing for kids.  (more…)


3rd Week in March

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Mar 23, 2011 | Wonderful Wednesday | Tags: ,

Turned an old shirt into a dress - tutorial coming

Spruced up our back deck a little

Soon to be working rain barrels - we'll see!



How to Sew a 3-in-1 Skirt / Dress

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Mar 10, 2011 | Sewing, Thrifty Thursday | Tags: , ,

Some of the things you'll need

The fabric I choose to use

Completed strapless dress

I recently saw a 3-in-1 dress in a catalog and I thought “I love that idea!”  It converts from a skirt to a strapless dress and finally, to a halter dress.  But the price tag made me cringe ($60).  Now, I think the dress is worth that much, but I just couldn’t bring myself to buy it when I thought I could make it.  So I enlisted the help of my sister who is better spatially than I and we looked at the photos in the catalog to determine how it should be created.  (more…)


2nd and 3rd Week of February

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Feb 23, 2011 | Wonderful Wednesday | Tags: , , ,

18 Month Checkup

Received Valentine's flowers from my father!

Finished 2 pairs of slippers - now for felting