Monday, August 13, 2012

Ice Cream and Air conditioning

It’s finally summer time in Oregon. You know, the two weeks of incredibly hot weather, that inspire everyone to run out and buy a kiddie pool and an air conditioner (check, and check, but I’ve had mine for a while… and I qualify them as bulldog necessities). I could probably survive without either of them, but my little wrinkly friend is having a rough time in the heat.

Its usually  about this time of year that I break out the ice cream maker. Over the weekend I had my first taste of Fifty Licks ice cream. Coconut Lemon Saffron, on a cone. It. was. perfection.  And so on this incredibly hot day, I got the ice cream maker out of storage and went to work.  I’ve actually been using  said ice cream maker quite a bit this year, but had yet to make ice cream (thank you Jay, for inspiring it to be a staple of summer time adult beverages. Frozen lemonade and vodka? Frozen rum & coke?). I didn’t do anything quite as innovative as Fifty Licks, no unusual herbs, spices, or ingredients,  but I did have an abundant Marion berry harvest, so I decided to stick with a tried and true recipe.

The Easiest and possibly most delicious ice cream you will ever make.  
(sorry all you vegans)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ pint heavy cream
  • ¼ quart half and half
  • 2-3 cups of berries (I used Marion Berries, but I think blueberries would also be delicious)
  • ¼ cup of sugar (mixed over the berries)
Mix ingredients together, Put in ice cream maker, and watch the magic happen.

It is so delicious, you might be like me, and not quite able to wait until it is completely frozen (I may or may not have eaten several spoonfuls while the machine was still running).  And the best part, is that I don’t have to leave the comfort of my air conditioned home, or wait in  line!


  1. YUM. When do we get the recipes for the boozie drinks made in the ice cream maker?!

  2. It's okay, I wont hold it against you :) But we should get together and make coconut vegan ice cream soon!

  3. Dogs do have a hard time keeping cool because they only have limited sweat glands. And I think the AC certainly helped your wrinkly friend cool down that time! From the looks of it, he does love the cool breeze of the AC. Also, some ice cream definitely makes a good combination with the AC unit to cool people down.

    @Mechteld Abelli

  4. Ah, ice cream and air conditioning: the perfect weapons to fight the summer heat! :D I hope your bill didn’t skyrocket during this season because air conditioners (and other appliances) consume more energy when the temperature goes high. Well, it’s kind of a good thing that summer’s over now. At least your dog won’t have to stand in front of the air conditioner often.

  5. Brrr! Just looking at the pictures gives me a cold feeling! :P Well, we all know that summer time is when air conditioners shine. But, this is also the time when your electric bills go up to the roof! And what’s more, your unit (especially if it’s a wall A/C) is subjected to more damage because it requires more work to cool the house. Remember to schedule regular checks on the unit to prevent such damages.