|Four Generations of Dads:|
Rick, Dick (Dad), Miles, Mitchell
For this third birthday celebration, Allyson requested Aunt Melody's strawberry Oreo Cool Whip pudding dessert. I told her we might have to find another recipe since Aunt Melody was traveling in Japan, but imagine my delight when I found the recipe in my email inbox a few hours later. Turns out, text messages work in Japan, too. Some days I just love technology.
I toyed with the idea of modifying the recipe to adhere to my LEAP diet, but I soon realized that would be impossible. Sure, I could have substituted real whipping cream and made pudding from scratch, but how on earth could I replicate the artificial goodness of Golden Oreos?
|I accidentally let her eat a piece before we sang Happy Birthday :(|
Therefore, I decided on the next best (or better) thing: I would make homemade ice cream!
Wow. Do you know what's in homemade ice cream? Well, it's very fattening and terribly expensive. I guess that's why we only have it once or twice a year. In case you're wondering, Mom's recipe takes:
- 2 quarts of milk (the $8/gallon organic kind, when I'm making it)
- 1 quart of heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups of sugar (make that raw turbinado sugar, for me)
- 2 cans of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk (Mom says only Eagle brand will do)
- 2 cans of evaporated milk (I had to let the carrageenan slide, but maybe I shouldn't have)
- 1/4 cup real vanilla extract (nearly the whole bottle!)
- most of a box of rock salt
- a big bag of ice (10 pounds is not a big bag, apparently)
|Me and the family ice cream expert|
"When Aunt Emily and I were girls, we used to always lick the dasher after Grandpa made homemade ice cream," I explained. (I left out the part about how we fought over it.)
|That is a dasher! Licked clean.|
|Puppy Love with Sweet Howie|
Isn't that a lovely smile?
- Mom and Dad picked Amy up and helped her transfer from the wheelchair to the car.
- Ethan arrived just in time to help Amy get into the house.
- Rick figured out how to take Amy's blood pressure at the appointed time. At first everyone was stumped as to why it didn't do anything when they turned it on, but then Rick realized he needed to squeeze the bulb.
- My niece Hillary deciphered the cryptic medication instructions and determined that we'd given Amy a blood pressure pill when she didn't actually need it, and then Rick calmed everyone down. Her reading had been right on the borderline, so no harm done.
- Emily and Mom worked together to help Amy get into Rick's bathroom. Amy had to walk a few steps to the toilet, and she did just fine with their help.
- Rick showed Emily and me how to help transfer Amy into his car for the ride back home. Amy does all the work, and needs a steadying hand to help her keep her balance.