One decade. A decade ago it was made complete.
Landon Nathaniel Kaufman—all 6 lbs 11oz of pure boy joy—the missing LNK.
We were loving our house full of pink. In fact, a little baby “Kyndall” we thought we may get. But, Landon it was. Little did we know he was what we were waiting for.
How has it been 10 years? Our baby is in double digits. Slow down time…
Yes, Landon–you made us complete.
Happy Birthday to our basketball and football obsessed boy. The love this family has for you can only be surpassed by the One who created you to be.
And because I am feeling nostalgic, a look at my post of his last couple of birthdays. Seems to be the same word showing up everywhere…complete.
Landon turns 8.
Landon turns 9.
The gift of two sisters spending most of their highs school years together. We are living the season we used to think was so far away. So far away when they played house, dress up, and would sing and dance each day away as little girls. I can’t blink anymore. Please God help me to embrace this season of life with the gratitude of this gift of sisterhood and friendship…
So we are all started and rolling into the new school year—which inevitably makes us take a look back at the memories of the summer. Steve and I were astonished when we realized that we not once made our favorite homemade ice cream–which is generally a staple during the hot summer months. Immediately, we knew we were changing that. And we had the perfect reason to celebrate!! My beautiful mom’s birthday! However, last Friday night after the football game, a hot cocoa sounded better than ice cream…
That didn’t stop us! And let me stop right here in saying that TODAY is my dad’s birthday!!! Happy Birthday Dad–wish we could share homemade ice cream with YOU tonight after the game! (Wanna drive down for chili?)
Anyway…I have hesitated in sharing this recipe because it uses raw eggs. Yes–raw eggs! Let me go on by saying that I have eaten this homemade ice cream every one of my 40 years of life. And never once had any concerns related to eating this—except for eating TOO much because it is so darn delicious. ( and I have issues with eggs, remember?). I am sharing at Tonya’s Weekend Potluck and I asked her about the whole raw egg thing and sharing and the concerns it might raise. It made me nervous!! But she has wonderful information I would be happy to pass along to anyone interested in the safety of using raw eggs. 😉
This is one of those recipes that I never ever forget. You know the kind that doesn’t require reading the recipe. It’s just that good. It seriously is. But someday I will be glad I have it documented. So here you go. Don’t freak out at the raw eggs…just don’t make it if it puts you over the edge—I understand!!! But the taste is so out of this world, I am willing to bet you won’t care about the eggs after just one bite. Trust me here.
Mom’s Best Homemade Ice Cream
Mix together in your mixer:
7 raw eggs
3 cups white sugar
3 generous tablespoons real vanilla
Once mixed well, add a dash of salt and a squeeze of real lemon juice.
Next, add 1 quart (+) 1 pint of Heavy whipping cream and 1 quart (+) 1 pint Half and half. Mix well.
Next add to your ice cream maker. We use a White Mountain and absolutely love it! Follow directions of your ice cream maker/freezer. Makes 1 1/2 gallons.
Honestly, we have had a lot of ice cream in our lives–and this is the very best. No need for toppings even! And then I figured out that we could freeze the leftovers in my Mary & Martha soup containers. How cute is that?
This is what I remember. Cheering for Uncle Sam. So precious. And then this happened…
Dear beginning of the school year,
Thank you for a routine we were oh so lacking nearing the final weeks and days of summer. And bittersweet memories as kids squeeze the very last few ounces of freedom before evenings are ruled by earlier bedtimes, homework, and instrument practice.
Thank you for making the long days of summer distant sweet memories which will again be anticipated as the school year ends.
Thank you for the extreme motivation and organization that happens when the hope and excitement of school is imminent.
Day number 2 and all is good. First pep rally and volleyball games under the belt. Papers signed and learning the ropes as a new middle schooler don’t seem quite as hard the next day. The nervous stomach of the elementary dude, is all gone and forgotten.
We are in the swing of it all. And did I mention, thank you for the earlier bedtimes?