Ice Cream – Summer’s Favorite Treat + HM 194

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #194! This week is all about: Ice Cream – Summer’s Favorite Treat. Everyone loves ice cream, right? I know we’re all big fans at my house! We even buy dog ice cream for Taffy the White Doggie! Now THAT’S serious. #IceCream #HomeMattersParty

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Ice Cream – Summer’s Favorite Treat + HM #194

One of these days we’ll get around to getting an ice cream churn. I think that would be a fun activity for the girls, especially as they get a little bit older. But for now, I’m all about no-churn ice creams when we make it here at home. Have you ever tried one of those recipes? Well, today, you’re in luck! I’ve got five great ones for you!

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Extreme Chocolate Ice Cream – No Churn from Nicole @ Wonky Wonderful

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No Churn Salted Caramel Ice Cream from Maria @ Two Peas & Their Pod

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Easy Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream (No Machine Required) from Holly @ Life in the Lofthouse

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Easy No Churn Birthday Cake Ice Cream from Jesica @ The Mommy Bunch

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No Churn Coffee Ice Cream from Lynn @ Fresh April Flours

I hope you’re inspired by these simple ideas, and I wish you loads of yummy times! You can also check out ideas from the other Home Matters gals below…

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Warm Up With This Cool Treat

The other day, I popped into Whole Foods to grab a few things. When I hit the cash register, I was momentarily distracted by this:

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What on earth IS that, I wondered? Turns out it’s Mochi – a Japanese ice cream! As you can see, the treat is a colorful sphere made up of sweetened rice dough called mochi with a center of premium ice cream—it comes in a variety of flavors, ranging from classic vanilla bean to ripe strawberry to unique green tea. I mean, how fun! I had no idea this stuff even existed!  

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Now, it may seem strange to suggest warming up with mochi ice cream, but there is no reason that you should have to eat it cold. If you like getting a little creative with your food, you can enjoy your cool dessert with a temperature twist. Here are three great ideas for mochi ice cream desserts for those times when you want to do more than eat the treat straight out of the box.  

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Graeter’s!

I’m not sure where you live, but it’s definitely SUMMER where we are! Temps are in the 90’s each day, and each day I try to decide whether it’s too hot to walk the girls down to the mailbox in their stroller or not. (It’s about half a mile down to our mailbox). That is, of course, if it isn’t pouring buckets of rain already. Yes, it’s definitely summer here in Central Florida!

With the temps alone it stands to reason that July is actually National Ice Cream Month! While our family would celebrate this event EVERY month with no problem, Graeter’s is having an especially big celebration, because they’ve now been in the ice cream business for 147 years! So Happy Birthday, Graeter’s! We think you’re something pretty great to celebrate!

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Graeter’s Ice Cream is a nationally recognized and awarded ice cream brand (Named Top 5 in the Country by the Food Network!) that was founded almost 150 years ago in Cincinnati, OH. The fourth-generation family owned and operated company has perfected the art of using the French Pot, a traditional, small batch artisanal process of making ice cream. Known for their indulgent, premium flavors and ingredients, they’re also widely recognized for their gargantuan gourmet chocolate chips. 

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Graeter’s! (GIVEAWAY INCLUDED!)

Here in Florida, our temps have been averaging out at about 95 degrees every day. That’s with me being seven-and-a-half months pregnant with twins, by the way. It’s HOT. I’m extra thankful for our air conditioning, and I’m REALLY thankful for any kind of COLD treat. Like ice cream, for example.

However, even being the ice cream lover that I am, I had no idea that July was National Ice Cream Month! Did YOU know that?! (I can’t believe you didn’t tell me!) I’m excited to celebrate it, and National Ice Cream DAY, of course, which is July 17! And one of the best ways to celebrate ice cream is to do it with Graeter’s!

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Graeter’s Ice Cream is a nationally recognized and awarded ice cream brand (Named Top 5 in the Country by the Food Network!) that was founded over 146 years ago in Cincinnati, OH. The fourth-generation family owned and operated company has perfected the art of using the French Pot, a traditional, small batch artisanal process of making ice cream. Known for their indulgent, premium flavors and ingredients, they’re also widely recognized for their gargantuan gourmet chocolate chips. 

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As you can see, I thought it best to try out several flavors of Graeter’s…just to get the full effect, you know!

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Ice Cream in a Bag!

Our house is an ice-cream-loving house!

I stopped this post right here to go and check to see how many different kinds of ice cream/gelato/sherbert/bars/popsicles we have in our two freezers right now, and the results? Eleven. 11. ELEVEN!!! (I didn’t know it had gotten that bad! My goodness!)

But, to be fair, this IS Florida, temps are in the 90’s here on a daily basis, it’s just plain HOT, and when you get hot around here, the easiest thing to do to cool down is grab something icy cold to eat.

How’s that for rationalization?!

Anyways, on to the point of this post: sometimes you’re in the mood for ice cream, and you don’t have time to go get any. No matter what the circumstances of your day, you CAN have ice cream! In fact, I can almost guarantee you that you can have ice cream right now with the ingredients in your kitchen! How, you ask?

The other day, something very interesting popped into my Facebook feed:

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Now, let me say that I have no idea where this originally came from. I don’t know who these kids are. It was a post from a page called Dutchess County Fairgrounds (CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PAGE!), and it was one of those things that ended up in my news feed somehow.

Interesting, no matter how it got there.

So I decided to try it! And I dragged my hubby along for the ride! (I’m SO good at doing that! HA!)

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