Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Creamy Homemade Custard Ice Cream

Are you looking for a fabulous ice cream recipe for a 4th of July celebration? Luckily, your search is over! I shared this ice cream recipe several years ago and it is a perfect time to share again!  This is a traditional cooked custard recipe my dad has made for years.  It makes the most creamy, deliciousness that you will ever put in your mouth.  We hosted a homemade ice cream social at our house and this ice cream received so many compliments.  You can taste the difference between a cooked ice cream and a non-cooked ice cream.  It doesn't take long to prepare this recipe and it is worth the little bit of effort you will put into it. As for me and my house, we serve the Lord and eat cooked custard ice cream!
Let's look at the Starting Line-Up.  Just a few basic ingredients.  Please note that the ice cream salt in the picture is only for my ice cream freezer and not for the recipe!!
If you are like me, I like the recipe all at once and then the pictorial steps.  So here it is!  
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Dad's Creamy Custard Ice Cream
2 and 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon regular table salt
5 cups whole milk
4 large eggs, beaten
4 cups heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons vanilla

Combine sugar, flour, and salt. Gradually stir in milk and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes or until thickened.  Gradually temper eggs by adding the hot milk mixture by small amount to the eggs, beating as you temper.  Once tempered, slowly add egg mixture to the milk mixture and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the custard coats a spoon.  Remove from heat, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.  Lastly, combine whipping cream and vanilla to the mixture and freeze in an ice cream freezer.
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Now to create your masterpiece!  Combine the sugar, flour, and table salt.  Gradually whisk in the whole milk.  Continue to cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.  It looks good already!
While this is cooking, beat 4 eggs in a separate bowl and temper the eggs by gradually whisking in a little of the heated milk mixture to the eggs.  If you just plop the eggs into the milk mixture without tempering, you will end up with scrambled egg ice cream!  After tempering, add the eggs slowly to the pot and continue stirring until the mixture thickens.  This takes about a minute or two.  When the custard coats a spoon, you are done with this stage and will have a pot full of delicious custard.
My dad always strains the custard to make sure that it is free of any flour lumps, eggs particles, foreign objects, I don't know!!  He just does it, so I do it as well. You can skip this part if you want; however, Dad would tell you to strain!
At this point, you are ready to cover the custard and refrigerate it for 2 hours or overnight. Cover it immediately so a layer will not form on the top of the custard.
Now comes the fun part!  After the custard has been refrigerated, add 4 cups of heavy whipping cream and 2 tablespoons of vanilla to the custard.  Mix well with a spoon.  You will probably want to get a clean spoon, dip in, and taste what you are about to put in your ice cream freezer!  If you find you have to taste it again (and you will), just get another clean spoon!  No re-dipping!  Follow the freezing instructions for your your ice cream freezer.  This recipe will yield 4 quarts of happiness!

If you don't eat it all in one sitting, just freeze it.  This ice cream freezes extremely well without ever getting icy.  This picture was from a previous batch I made and we ate the last of it over a hot fudge cobbler. However, this ice cream is perfect all on its own.  No sprinkles, nuts, or fancy syrups required.  It is simply scrumptious!!  
Happy 4th of July and Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Patriotic Tablescapes

I was perusing the internet for a little 4th of July tablescape inspiration.  Wow...are there some wonderful ideas for any Yankee Doodle Dandy table.  Let's take a look!

I love the blog Between Naps on the Porch.  She has a gift for setting a beautiful table.  This one is set with solids of red, white, and blue.  The tall lanterns also lend a patriotic flair and really make the setting cozy.
I love the entire setting in this photo from The Gathering of Friends.  The house and yard phtograph beautifully.  Those red chairs really pop! Looks like a great place to entertain and watch fireworks.
Tampa Homebody has incorporated some of my favorite glassware into her table setting.  American Fostoria and blue Cape Cod glass make this a festive display.
Doesn't this make you want to pull up a chair?  The centerpiece is simple, but quite lovely.  I am crazy about checkered prints.  Super cute from Stone Gable!
This is just precious.  Croquet anyone?
An Accomplished Woman has combined polka dots, solids, and plaids for an adorable patriotic tablescape.
Isn't this centerpiece adorable?  The Style Sisters have incorporated a red trike into their centerpiece.
Hands up...who thinks this is a winner?  What a great way to decorate a table! I can imagine guests lingering over the decorations before picking up a plate and hitting the buffet line.
Not everyone will have patriotic dinnerware, but Between Naps on the Porch has a terrific set.  I like her attention to detail.
Here is another sweet table setting.  I like her use of transferware along with an interesting white under plate.
Lastly is a patriotic table setting from Still Woods Farmhouse!  I decided to use my Reading Room table for my tablescape.  It's a cozier setting than the formal dining room and the dark navy walls add to the patriotic decor!  I have the table set for a scrumptious 4th of July breakfast with my guys.  Everything on the table I grabbed from around the house.
The table is set with red chargers, Pfaltzgraff Heritage white stoneware plates, Cape Cod blue glasses and plates and American Fostoria juice glasses (love those!).  We collect nutcrackers and Uncle Sam always shows up for the 4th of July.  Why don't you join me for breakfast and  then we can linger over coffee on the front porch?
I hope I have given you a little inspiration for your own patriotic table setting. If you look around your home, you probably have wonderful pieces that can be incorporated into a patriotic tablescape... without breaking the budget. The main thing is to enjoy family and friends and to thank God for His many blessings including our precious freedom.

Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sour Cream Coconut Cake

Don't you love cool, refrigerated cakes during the hot, summer days? How about one with moist layers of white cake iced with a delicious coconut-sour cream icing?  I adapted a few different recipes to make one that I adore.  We all have signature homemade birthday cakes in my family and this one is mine.  I turned 55 this past week and my sweet hubby made this cake for my birthday party.  Let's whip up this easy, scrumptious cake!
The Starting Line-Up:
1- box white cake mix (prepared as per box directions)
16 ounces of sour cream (regular or low fat)
1 large tub of Cool Whip
1 and 1/2 cups of sugar
1- 14 ounce bag of coconut (save a little to sprinkle on the top)

Make cake in two round cake pans  according to the directions on the box.  Cool and split the layers.  In a large bowl, stir together the sour cream, sugar, and about 3/4th's of the bag of coconut.  Fold in Cool Whip. Taste the icing.  If you want more coconut, add a little more.  You can add more or less depending on your love of coconut!  Generously spread icing between the layers, sides and top of the cake.  If desired, sprinkle the top with the remaining coconut.  Cover tightly and refrigerate. Serve cold.  This cake can be made several days before serving.  It gets yummier the more it sits. If you like coconut, you are going to love this!
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Friday, June 12, 2015

The Dish Fairy Collects Margaux

My husband would say that I am a collector of "dishes".  I can't help it, "dishes" speak to me in the same manner as old aprons and milk glass. The Tooth Fairy collects teeth and this gal collects dishes!

When my husband and I got married, every bride had fine china and possibly a set of everyday china on their bridal registry.  I must say that I am so disappointed when I see a bridal registry without beautiful china. How about you?  My husband and I decided to select both a fine and an everyday pattern.  It was the thing to do! We had two sets of "dishes" when we began our married life almost 33 years ago.  Today, I have 6 different sets!  One of my favorites is Margaux by Mikasa. This was my choice as my everyday china.  Let me introduce you to this gorgeous pattern.

Margaux has a lovely ivory background with a basket weave rim complimented by soft flowers in purple, orange, yellow, and white with stems of green.  I love using Margaux in the spring and summer.  It looks beautiful atop a mossy green place mat.  I have a perky, green paisley tablecloth that looks especially nice with Margaux.  Sadly, Mikasa no longer makes this pattern; therefore, I scour antique stores and the internet for extra pieces.  If you ever see any, please send me a message!
(Photo from Replacements)
Luckily, I have a good number of cabinets in my kitchen.  When possible, I like to devote an entire cabinet to one set of china and the coordinating stemware  The green pitcher is a treasure.  It belonged to my great- grandmother from Germany  I found it wrapped in old newspaper buried in the bottom of  a wooden barrel in my grandparent's garage.  We use it all the time. I think there is something meaningful about incorporating pieces from the past into our daily lives.

Do you have a favorite china pattern?  Jot me a note and tell me about your favorite "dishes"!


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Tales From a Front Porch Swing

Oh...what tales our front porch swing could tell.  When we moved from our previous home near the bayou to the solitude of the country, this swing came with us.  The buyer of our home hoped to keep the swing, but I told her I couldn't part it.  For you see, this swing provides memories too rich to give it up.

This swing held a newlywed couple as they spent hours eagerly talking about the new journey which lay ahead of them.  It later became a place of solitude and prayer for a young wife and husband who desperately desired a child, but were met with years of infertility.  In God's timing, this swing softly rocked their first son to sleep while he was sheltered in his mother's arms, a prayer of thanksgiving on her lips. Even later, it held two giggling brothers as they tried to see how high they could swing before their mom or dad stopped them. It has stood steadfast in the sun, wind, and rain as it watched the two boys grow to adulthood.  It cherishes those two young men as they come home and sit on the swing while catching up on life. Later, after the boys go off into the big world again, it holds their mother as she smiles and rejoices at the time they have had together.

It has created irreplaceable memories as it has held those who have been loved deeply, but have gone to live with our Lord. Newlyweds as well as couples celebrating over 50 years of married life enjoy the gentle sway of the swing.  It is a favorite place for holding hands and quiet talks.  The swing knows that love is limitless and without boundaries.    

Many good books have been read on this swing and it is a perfect spot for daydreaming.  It works magic as it softly lulls a guest into a nice afternoon nap.  It has been covered in spilled sweet tea and sticky chunks of watermelon.  A cup or two of coffee has graced its wood and yet a splash of water from the hose has it ready for the next guest.

It has heard silly, but sweet knock knock jokes from the mouth of a young niece.  It watches the niece as she grows up and now hears her share stories of school and cute boys!  It is a wonderful place to observe lightning bugs as they appear in the sheltering woods and to "ooh and awe" over their fancy displays of light.

It is a place of animated discussion and a place of friendly surrender.  It is a place of solitude and a place of companionship.  It is a place of laughter and a place of tears.  It is a haven, a sanctuary, and a refuge...

It is a "Front Porch Swing".


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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Vintage Easter Greetings

I have shared many types of vintage cards over the years, but I think vintage Easter cards are one of my favorites.  Vintage cards have a beauty that is sadly missing from the cards of today.  So grab a cup of coffee or a glass of sweet iced tea and enjoy perusing the art of a time gone by...

Matthew 28:6 He is not here; He has risen...
Such rosy cheeks!
Mr. Easter Bunny is painting this egg with lovely pastels.
This bunny looks so serious! I think I will stay out of her cabbage patch!
I love cards with chicks.  These are so cute! I enjoy reading the sentiments.  My how they have changed!
This card appears to be from Holland.  Wonder what he plans to do with that paddle?!
Such a sweet card...
One of my favorites...
Now this is a strange one.  Elves and Easter?
Based on the airship on the card, this one must date from around the late 1920's.
How about one more? This card is from Anna.  I wonder who she sent it to?
Hope you enjoyed our little trip to yesteryear.  Wishing Everyone a Glad Eastertide!
Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter Snippets

I like the word "snippet".  It means a small piece or thing.  I love things!  Today I thought I would share a few Easter snippets with you.  This Easter tree sits in a milk glass hobnail vase not far from where I am writing to you.  Hanging from its limbs are my boys' first Easter eggs which have their names and the year of their first Easter. Sweet memories! The frame holds a picture of my mom and her older sister, my Aunt Ginny, sitting side by side in their spring attire.  Mom's arm is a blur, so she must have been trying to escape while her sister is holding on tight!
My mantel is simply adorned with a cross, spring flowers, and candles.  I display crosses throughout our home all year.  They are a constant reminder of the sacrifice that was made for you and for me.
On the piano is a favorite of any little ones who gather around our home.  It is a happy, bunny village.  Everyone is ready for the big day at Easter Town!
My husband loves trains, so this is for him...
I am a big fan of Aunt Ruthie at Sugar Pie Farmhouse.  One year she had an Easter display consisting of a pair of very ladylike gloves, the kind all women used to wear to church.  Alongside the gloves perched a  pretty Easter hat.  I loved the display and kept the idea in my head.  I picked up this pair while antique shopping in Mobile, AL.  To add to this grouping, I have a Bible awarded to my mother on July 15, 1951 at a church function.  The Bible is open to the story of the crucifixion and a youth revival order of service from Chattahoochee, FL is placed to the side.  My mother played the piano at this and many revivals at her church.  I love the symbolism of each item.  
This little piece has been my favorite for many years.  I can't remember where I purchased it or how much it cost.  I only know that I love it. This bunny and his little chick friend are nestled among my milk glass. 
 This sign hangs on a door welcoming all to Still Woods Farmhouse. I picked this up at a boutique for $5.00!
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  I am so thankful for God's eternal love. 
We are off to the River Road country of Louisiana to visit a beautiful sugar baron's plantation and eat at a local restaurant on River Road.  I will share some of today's adventures with you later!  Until then, have a Terrific Tuesday!
Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse