Quick and Easy Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream

A rainy day and nothing to do…We get rain in San Diego so seldom and therefore are not prepared to plan for days like this. The weather that keeps us from the beach, parks and pool is a surprise every time and today is no different. I was well aware of the weather forecast and still had nothing prepared for us to do… until the thought of the Aroma ice cream maker, that still needed to be tested, came to me. What better day to make ice cream than a cloudy and drizzly one?

A promise of homemade ice cream gets my kids moving and the bickering takes a back seat to excitement, as we shop for large bags of ice and rock salt. I can hear suggestions of flavors for ice cream (chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, Nutella,  etc…) coming from my kids mouths as I gather half and half, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract in order to stick with the plan of basic vanilla flavored ice cream.

10 cups half and half
16 oz sweetened condensed milk
5 tbsp vanilla extract

Add all ingredients in the inner canister and close the lid. Insert into the wooden barrel and lock the motor in place. Turn the on switch and add ice and rock salt alternating into the wood container. Let the ice cream machine churn until it automatically stops… your ice cream is ready for tasting.

Even on a day like today or maybe because of a day like today…the ice cream tastes amazing and for once my children are speechless aside from a few sounds of pure enjoyment.

“Mom, There are no special days to prepare ice cream because every day with ice cream is special,” -Ian, 11 years old.


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