25 August 2012

Tutti Frutti Ice Cream

This particular Farmer's Wife block taunted me all summer long. Every time I looked at it, I thought of my favorite pink ice cream full of bananas, pineapple, and maraschino cherries. But alas, we had not brought the ice cream maker with us out west for the summer, so I was left with a craving instead.
Finally! We are home and unpacked, so I made a batch! Here's what you need to make Grandma's sacred recipe:
  • 3 C. sugar 
  •  1/4 C. lemon juice 
  •  2 or 3 bananas, mashed 
  •  10 oz. jar maraschino cherries, roughly chopped 
  •  2 T. of the maraschino cherry juice
  •  15 oz. crushed pineapple 
  •  1 pint cream 
  • 2 C. whole milk 
  •  Ice, rock salt, etc. 
Yeah, I know. Three cups of sugar sounds like a lot but really it's probably why it is the best ice cream in the world.
I find it easiest to combine the ingredients in a pitcher--which makes it easier to pour into my 2 qt ice cream machine later.  If you have a larger ice cream machine, you can probably just make it directly in there.
Basically, you're just going to combine all the ingredient together and stir well. Add the mixture to your ice cream maker until it's about 2/3 full (but no more than 3/4 full).  Let the ice cream maker run according to manufacturer instructions--mine only takes about 20 min! Yipee!

09 August 2012

Charmed by the Mini

Have you seen the mini charm packs by Moda?! Cuter than buttons, I tell you. I recently acquired one in Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille and knew it would be perfect for the baby doll quilt I have been hankering to make for Olive.
Materials Needed:
  • Mini charm pack (Forty-two 2.5" squares) 
  • One fat quarter neutral fabric 
  • One fat quarter border fabric  
  •  3/4 yard back fabric 
  •  32 x 32" batting scrap
  • One fat quarter binding fabric