Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
This Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe (Millie’s recipe), is the perfect dessert to serve to a large group in summertime!
It’s easy to strive for perfection, and work too hard to make things too perfect for company. So when I start feeling this way, I always think about my mom … What would Millie do?
Mom was a low-stress hostess, and she was carefree and happy! She put time and energy into the details, for sure (you can read a bit more about her entertaining style, here), but when the guests showed up, she was all about them. I must say, my dad got right in there and helped. Dad was in charge of the music, the last minute details, and he always greeted the guests at the front door.
For dessert, dad was also in charge of the ice cream freezer, getting the ice (we froze it in milk jugs, so he would chizzle it to fit into the freezer), the rock salt, and then mom was in charge of the recipe.
Old-fashioned homemade vanilla ice cream
Mom’s Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream … there’s nothing quite like it.
Just ask our guests who came to dinner last week.
I had a very happy heart, as 10 of us gathered around our back patio table, on a warm summer evening last week. Which, by the way, was our first real “dinner party” outside, at our new home!
For me, our new space is about slowing down, enjoying the moment, being present with the people in our lives! And keeping it all as simple as can be!
How fun it was to set the table with flowers that I found on a walk with Haggis.
IKEA tablecloth that I splurged on a few weeks ago in Portland.
Otherwise using what I had, creating a simple menu, I was not stressed out. I let the silly things go (what about this, what about that), and I settled in on the friends who were coming to see our new home. I was excited!
Quickly I realized why the table experience was a good one on this evening.
When there is no pretense or “keeping up with the Joneses” kind of attitude, but real salt-of the-earth conversation about work, faith, relationships, and the young people are right there with the old people—that is real, authentic life, living in the moment.
Life is life-giving, vulnerable, contagious, and beautiful.
We’ve seen more of our “back home friends” over here in central Oregon, and we’ve come to realize that you just have to slow down to see it, feel it, experience it.
Easy Summer Meal
My family pitched in–preparing this Grilled Lemon Salmon (make your own foil liner) ahead of time for the grill, and pre-slicing and buttering the bread, asking our guest to bring a giant green salad, and slicing the watermelon. BAM. An easy summer meal.
- Set the table early in the morning.
- Ask guests to bring a dish (a giant green salad).
- Keep a menu very simple, fresh ingredients, plus a recipe that I knew off the top of my head.
- Make one signautre recipe: Millie’s Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. Oh, plus this amazing Vanilla Texas Sheet Cake recipe.
Is there anything better than a warm summer evening with great friends, good food, and homemade ice cream?
Look for ice cream freezers at yard sales or Good Will. I bought this one for $3.
Make sure when the freezer stops churning, you unplug it! And then, pull out the paddle (my friend Joan and I had a few licks!), and place the lid back on, and allow to continue to freezer (surrounded by ice).
Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
I usually double this recipe for a large freezer (to feed 12-18).
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 quart half and half
- 1 quart whipping cream
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla
- rock salt
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl; beat together on medium with a hand mixer or stand mixer for 1-2 minutes.
Fill the ice cream freezer and make according to appliance directions, adding a lot of ice and rock salt.
You can also make your own homemade ice cream with these recipes: No Churn Nutella, Cantaloupe Ice Cream Dessert, Easy Maple, Salted Watermelon [Pint Sized Baker], Rocky Road [Barefeet in the Kitchen].