by amanda

Strawberry Sour Cream Ice Cream

April 21, 2014 in frozen goodies by amanda

It’s not too early for ice cream, right?

One of my BFFs tweeted me about the new Dairy Queen confetti cake blizzard a few weeks back and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about ice cream since then.

Weirdly enough, I’ve been craving fruity ice cream – and if you know me at all, you know that I am strictly pistachio or Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby when it comes to ice cream. But yeah, lately I’ve been craving the fruity ice creams. Especially strawberry. Especially with an tart base like this one.

I don’t know why sour cream and strawberries work so well together in ice cream but they do. I didn’t even tell my kids that I made this ice cream because I had no intention of sharing. It’s probably my favorite ice cream I’ve ever made.

And btw, sorry for the lack of recipe card on this post! The plug-in I use is having issues so things are going to look a bit weird for awhile. The print and save options should be back soon.

One year ago: Pork with Dijon Marsala Sauce
Two years ago: Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Three years ago: 
Baked Vanilla Doughnuts
Four years ago: Lime and Cardamom Sweet Rolls


Strawberry Sour Cream Ice Cream
from: Katie at the Kitchen Door

1 cup sugar
9 egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch salt
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and diced into 1/4 inch pieces
3 tablespoons brown sugar

In a large heat-proof bowl, whisk together egg yolks and 1/2 c. of sugar until smooth. Set aside.
In a medium sized saucepan, whisk together remaining 1/2 c. sugar, the heavy cream, and the milk. Heat over medium low heat, whisking all the while, until the mixture just reaches a simmer. Remove from the heat.
Slowly pour about 1 cup of the hot cream into the eggs in a thin stream, whisking the eggs vigorously as you do so to keep them from scrambling. Pour yolk mixture back into saucepan with rest of cream, still whisking. Heat the custard over low heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. This will take 7-10 minutes. After it begins to thicken, it will continue to thicken fairly quickly, so remove from heat about 30 seconds to 1 minute after it starts to thicken.
Strain custard through a sieve into a large, clean bowl, pushing through sieve with a spatula. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then whisk in sour cream, vanilla extract, and salt, whisking until smooth. Cover custard tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
About 1 hour prior to churning the ice cream, prepare the strawberries: Place the chopped strawberries and the brown sugar in a large frying pan and stir. Let sit for 15 minutes to allow the strawberry juices to release. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring, and cook for 10-15 minutes, until berries are soft, and juices have evaporated enough to become syrupy. Remove from heat and stir in brandy. Transfer berries and syrup to a bowl and freeze for 20-30 minutes, until chilled but not frozen.
Churn the ice cream in an ice cream maker according to directions. When the ice cream has reached a soft serve consistency, turn off the machine and fold in the chilled strawberry mixture so that there are streaks of berries. Freeze to further solidify.

by amanda

FROZEN Yogurt Wafflewiches (#FROZENfun)

March 13, 2014 in frozen goodies, spon by amanda

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Can we talk about how excited I am for FROZEN to be released on DVD? I haven’t been this excited for a kid movie since… well, I was a kid.

My kids and I headed to Walmart earlier in the week to pick up some FROZEN merchandise and a few boxes of Eggo waffles to make a FROZEN-inspired snack. And by the way, Walmart will have the FROZEN dvd for $14.96 on the release date, March 18th. And you can find a coupon for $5 off the dvd inside specially marked Eggo waffles (24-count).

The kids are equally obsessed with FROZEN – most likely because I remind them each day how many more days we have until we can watch it – so they loved all the toys. The sleigh is especially cute because the “snow” in the back pops around when the sleigh moves.

For my FROZEN-inspired snack, I made these wafflewiches! I used my favorite Eggo waffles (the Nutri-grain Honey Oat) and then filled them with frozen yogurt. Get it? Frozen yogurt? Like FROZEN the movie? I know, so clever.

And then since FROZEN takes place in a snowy world, I added some blue and white sprinkles to some of the wafflewiches and marshmallows bits to the others. It’s like a winter wonderland inside a waffle!

They were so good. If you are like me and only eat ice cream out of waffle cones, you will love them! And switch things up to suit your preferences: chocolate chip waffles, strawberry ice cream, maybe a layer of hot fudge? Just go for it!

FROZEN Yogurt Wafflewiches


8 Eggo waffles
1 pint vanilla frozen yogurt
blue and white sprinkles
marshmallow bits


  1. Toast the Eggo waffles well. You want them to be crisp enough so the frozen yogurt doesn't make it mushy. Let cool completely.
  2. Soften the frozen yogurt by microwaving it for about 10 seconds. Put 1/2 cup of frozen yogurt on 4 of the waffles and spread to the sides. Top with another waffle.
  3. Put the sprinkles in one bowl and the marshmallows in another. Roll the wafflewiches in the desired topping.
  4. Serve immediately!


by amanda

Football Waffle Bowls (#GameTimeGoodies with Nestle)

January 27, 2014 in frozen goodies, spon by amanda

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If you are on the hunt for super cute football party ideas, I have the perfect thing for you! I also have a few more quick, easy, hands-off ideas from Nestle to make your party delicious and keep you out of the kitchen!

The first is Stouffers Party Lasagna with Meat Sauce. This is my go-to meal for days when I need pasta but don’t feel like doing something as time-consuming as homemade lasagna. And it’s perfect for a football party because who doesn’t love meaty cheesy pasta?

Hot Pockets! When was the last time you had a Hot Pocket? I don’t think I’ve had one in at least 15 years but picked some up since they are cooked in the microwave and they have so many varieties. I liked the Ham & Cheese with Croissant Crust and my kids loved the Pepperoni Pizza with Garlic Buttery Seasoned Crust.

Both of those options require absolutely no prep work from you. No veggie chopping, no kneading dough, and no assembling lasagna layers! Just pop in the oven or microwave and go back to cheering on your favorite team!

And DiGiorno pizza, of course! Remember, they’re still on Rollback for $4.50 at Walmart!

No football party is complete without some sweets, right? And what’s better than ice cream? The Nestle Crunch Drumstick Cones are so delicious and the pack of 8 I got at Walmart came with vanilla, vanilla caramel, and vanilla fudge cones so there’s something for everyone!

The Dreyer’s (or Edy’s if you’re out east) Limited Edition Touchdown Sundae is so stinkin’ adorable! It has little caramel-filled chocolate footballs that made me squeal when I saw them!

I made Football Waffle Bowls to serve the ice cream in and they were such a hit! And so simple! They can be made the morning of the game and they’ll be ready to go by the time the game is on and everyone’s ready for snacks.

Football Waffle Bowls


10 waffle bowls
1 pound chocolate almond bark
4 ounces white almond bark


  1. Melt chocolate almond bark over low heat in a heavy saucepan, stirring until completely smooth. Remove from heat. Dip bottoms of waffle bowls, one at a time, in the almond bark and flip upside down onto wax paper. Allow to dry completely before moving on.
  2. Melt white almond bark over low heat in a heavy saucepan, stirring until completely smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool for just a minute or 2. Transfer almond bark to a zip top bag and snip off one of the corners. Draw lines on the waffle bowls to resemble footballs. Allow to dry completely before serving.
  3. Serve with ice cream and any toppings you like.

by amanda

Peppermint Mocha Frozen Yogurt & Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte

December 2, 2013 in drink, frozen goodies, spon by amanda

How was your holiday? Did you do any Black Friday shopping? I, unfortunately, did not. I actually really love Black Friday shopping but I’m really bad at it because I just like to wander around stores and then go to a bagel shop for breakfast. But I love waking up ridiculously early and driving around in the dark and all the crowds. Just me?

But I stayed home and ordered a dog bed for 50% off. It was pretty exciting.

Today I bring you a couple recipes featuring some Bolthouse Farms drinks. They have 3 new ones for the holidays: Pumpkin Spice Latte, Peppermint Mocha, and Holiday Nog.

These are limited time only so you better get them before they’re gone!

The first recipe I’m sharing is a Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte!

You guys know I was stalking my favorite coffee shop for a week before they finally gave in and gave it to me so I was pretty excited to make this.

The Bolthouse Farms drink is a latte already so it’s perfectly delicious over ice in place of your regular morning cup of joe. And it tastes so decadent but it’s pretty low-cal for a latte! I wanted to kick things up for this post so I added a bit of Irish Cream as well as some extra coffee. Topped with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon. It’s delicious and every bit as good as the $5 latte from my coffee place.

Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte


1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
1/2 cup Bolthouse Farms Pumpkin Spice Latte, warmed
1/4 cup Irish Cream
whipped cream and cinnamon, for serving


  1. Pour coffee, Bolthouse Farms Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Irish Cream into a mug. Stir gently to combine.
  2. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serve hot!

The next recipe is Peppermint Mocha Frozen Yogurt!

This is another drink that already has coffee in it so it’s great as your morning coffee but it’s also really fun to experiment with.

Y’all know I’m a froyo addict but I hate going out to get it when it’s cold and snowy so making it at home in the comfort of my heater is perfect. I’d never made frozen yogurt before but it’s really simple and using the Peppermint Mocha drink really cuts down on the amount of ingredients you use and the prep time. I did sweeten it with some sugar but you used an already sweetened vanilla Greek yogurt, you could totally cut out the sugar.

It turned out so creamy and delicious. And bonus points because Peppermint Mocha always puts me in a festive mood!

Bolthouse Farms has a $1 off coupon that you can use on these drinks so be sure to print that off before you head to the store. And let me know which one you’re going for: Pumpkin Spice Latte, Peppermint Mocha, or Holiday Nog?

Peppermint Mocha Frozen Yogurt


2 cups Bolthouse Farms Peppermint Mocha
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
2 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt
crushed candy canes, for garnish


  1. In a small saucepan, heat the Bolthouse Farms Peppermint Mocha until it begins to bubble around the edges - do not let it boil.
  2. While that is heating, whisk together the sugar and the eggs in a mixing bowl. Once the Peppermint Mocha starts to bubble, slowly stream 1/2 cup into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. When that is thoroughly combined, pour the mixture into the saucepan with the rest of the Peppermint Mocha. Stir the mixture constantly until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  3. Strain the mixture into a large mixing bowl and stir in the Greek yogurt. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. The next day, freeze the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze until firm.
  5. Garnish with crushed candy canes.



by amanda

Reese’s Pieces Milkshake

June 13, 2013 in frozen goodies by amanda

It’s been quiet around here this week, huh? Normally I prep all my weekly posts on the weekend so that all I have to do is go in the night before it posts and write a bunch of nonsense about my dogs, kids, nails, whatever. But since my husband was gone last weekend, I spent my time watching that Game of Thrones episode (you know the one) 5 times and trying on every piece of clothing in my closet. It’s what I do when I’m alone. Along with sleeping on the couch, working out twice a day, and sitting on the back porch talking to the neighbor’s dogs at all hours of the night.

Thankfully I have this Thursday series going with Nicole so I had to stop being lazy at least once.

We’re still doing our milkshake thing and this week we decided to do candy shakes! Because the only way to improve on a milkshake is to add candy! I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do until I was standing in the candy aisle, spotted some Reese’s Pieces, and said “PEANUT BUTTER MILKSHAKES!” a little too loudly.

I went with vanilla ice cream since I was really into the peanut butter idea but you could definitely use chocolate to make it a little more Reese’s like. They’re really yummy, especially with the little pieces of candy mixed in. I always forget how good Reese’s Pieces are until I randomly pick up a bag. Yum!

Nicole and I were on the same page this week with the peanut butter but she added some caramel to hers to make Snickers Milkshakes!

One year ago: Sausage, Tomato, and Arugula Pasta
Two years ago: Slow Cooker Oatmeal
Three years ago: Tempura Fried Asparagus

Reese’s Pieces Milkshake


1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/2 - 3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 small bag Reese's Pieces, divided
whipped cream
chocolate syrup


  1. Blend together ice cream, milk, and peanut butter until the desired consistency is reached. Add in about 1/4 cup of Reese's Pieces and pulse the blender a few times, just until the candy is slightly chopped up. Serve immediately with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and more Reese's Pieces on top.

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