July is filled with so many fun activities! Did you know it’s also National Ice Cream Month? Some of the best homemade ice cream that money can buy is for sale annually at Pleasant Hill, an early 1900's town built on the grounds of the Franklin County Fair. Admittance to the fair is FREE, so be sure to stop by sometime between July 15-19!
Fellow Franklin County farmer and blogger Val Plagge takes her family on an annual Ice Cream Road trip. Like Val, one of my favorite places to enjoy farm-fresh ice cream is Hanson Dairy in rural Hudson near Waterloo, Iowa. I’ve always wanted to road trip to Le Mars in western Iowa like Jody Halsted of Family Rambling. Le Mars is the Ice Cream Capitol of the World and home of the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and Museum. The parlor features ice cream cones, cups, malts, shakes, sodas, phosphates, banana splits, ice cream cake and sundaes.
Speaking of sundaes… this delightful dish was originally called the Sunday. Why? According to the Evanston (Illinois) Public Library, Chicago's Godly neighbor, "Heavenston," resented that local soda fountains were open on Sundays. The good town fathers, yielding to this churchly influence, passed an ordinance prohibiting the retailing of ice cream sodas on Sunday. To obey the law while making their point, some confectioners and drug store operators served ice cream with the syrup of choice without the soda. This soda-less soda was called the Sunday soda. Objections to christening a dish after the Sabbath caused the spelling to get changed to “sundae.” Who knew?!
I just love the tradition of ice cream sundaes and ice cream socials. In fact, I was thinking about hosting a good ol’ fashioned ice cream social this fall at Enchanted Acres. You know I’m always up for hosting a party, and The Cooking Channel offers so many fun ideas. Just thinking of all the sundae toppings we could offer puts a smile on my face!
Put a smile on your face with this quick and easy recipe for making homemade ice cream. If you have children who will be helping you make the ice cream, here are a few fun facts you can share with them while they “shake and squeeze”:
A cow drinks 25-50 gallons of water – or about a bathtub full – each day!
One cow produces 90 glasses of milk each day.
A cow has four stomachs.
Cows can live up to 25 years.
A cow can smell up to about 5 miles away.
No two cows have the same pattern or spots.
May you and your family have fun “making memories” this month!
Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag
1 T. sugar
½ c. Half & Half
¼ tsp. vanilla
6 T. rock salt
1 pint-size Ziploc plastic freezer bag
1 gallon-size Ziploc plastic freezer bag
Fill the large bag half full of ice and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
Put Half &Half, vanilla and sugar into the small bag and seal it.
Place the small bag inside of the large one and seal again carefully.
Shake or squeeze until mixture is ice cream, about 5 minutes. The trick is to keep the mixture moving so it becomes ice cream.
Wipe off top of the small bag, then open carefully and enjoy!
For an extra special summery treat, whip up some homemade strawberry topping!