As a little girl, I would relish the moment of licking the paddle pulled out of the ice cream freezer, as my parents would make homemade ice cream on a hot summer evening.

I wanted to be the first to sample the delicious, salty, vanilla-flavored ice cream that tasted like none you could buy in the store.

My Dad would break with an ax the ice that my Mom froze in milk cartons. Then he would hand-crank the freezer until it got too difficult, while one of us girls would take turns sitting on top, until he couldn’t crank it any more. We’d alternate ice, then rock salt, then more ice. Crank, crank, crank.

It was a process that was well worth the wait, because the outcome was like gold. We’d lick our bowls and beg for more.

I sometimes wonder if my children appreciate homemade ice cream like I do, or if they understand the special ness of it. It’s a different era now. We go to the store and buy the ice. We plug in the electric mixer. We wait for the “grinding” sound, and run to unplug the machine. It’s too easy. You then have to remove the paddle quickly so it does not freeze up in the barrel.

Last night we had a 4th of July Celebration with a large group of friends. I pulled out my 5-quart ice cream freezer and doubled my Mom’s mouth-watering vanilla recipe.

Millie’s Vanilla Ice Cream
Beat 3 eggs, 1 quart ½ and ½ and 1 quart of whipping cream. Mix in ¾ cup white sugar and ¾ cup brown sugar; 1 tsp. Salt, and 2 ¼ Tbs. Vanilla.

I found this larger freezer at a garage sale last year for $3. It doesn’t look brand new, but it works perfectly.
One thing remains the same. Just like I loved to lick the paddle, last night Elliot and his friend Cody were standing nearby when I removed the paddle. Elliot begged for the rights of it and I consented.

But, I got a spoon out and snuck a quick taste.

It was just something I had to do.

(Photos: very top, double batch of ice cream; friends visiting and our very simple 4th table setting; my brother-in-law and niece Kayla; all the FUN 4th of July girls at the BBQ!)

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Friends, I will be back next week as I’m heading to Atlanta with my hubby for the ICRS book show. I want to thank Laura, Gibee, Tammy and Christine for awarding me, in the past couple of weeks, with the Rockin’ Girl Blogger and Blogger Reflection Awards!

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