Friday, August 22, 2014

Homemade Dairy and Gluten Free Ice Cream

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When we first discovered that our kids had a dairy sensitivity it didn't seem like a big deal- I mean heck, how hard could it possibly be to 'just' stay away from cheese? Ha, boy was I wrong- I will take our family's gluten issues over dairy any day. Most dairy alternatives are just plain nasty and full of artificial highly processed ingredients.

However, somethings really do taste great dairy free- and this homemade dairy free ice cream is certainly one of those things. There are no artificial ingredients and in our home the end result is a happy child that gets to be just like all the rest.

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Homemade Dairy and Gluten Free Ice Cream

Ingredients;
3 C. Dairy free milk of your choosing (I use 2 c. coconut and 1 c. almond)
1 T. Vanilla
3/4 C.Sugar (this can be adjusted depending on how sweet you want it)
1/2 tsp.  Salt

You will also need; 
An ice cream maker (it is worth its weight in gold for how much you will be saving in the long run on those super pricy little cartons of dairy-free ice cream)

Gluten and Dairy Free Ice Cream, Dessert, Sweets, Treats, Kids, Recipe, PrintableDirections; 
Add milk, vanilla, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk or using an electric mixer blend until sugar is dissolved and all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Carefully pour blended mixture into the ice cream bucket and churn until it has reached its desired thickness (ours takes about 20 minutes)

Place in a lid covered container and store for later use. I typically make a batch and let it sit in the freezer for a bit before serving to let it thicken/harden as the immediate product is typically quite soft. 

Top with your favorite toppings; chocolate, berry sauce, dye free sprinkles, or fresh berries. Serve and enjoy!
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Homestead Berry Sauce Recipe

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If you have never made your own berry sauce you are missing out. Making your own berry sauce takes only minutes and has countless uses- be sure to let me know if you try it. I love hearing from you. 

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Berry Sauce

Ingredients;
3/4 cup of berries
1/4 cup of water (if berries are frozen I add less)
2 T. of honey (may add more or less..depends on your desired sweetness )

food, dairy free, dye free, gluten free, organic, garden, berries, myhappyhomesteadDirections; 
Combine berries and water over a low medium heat. 

Simmer 5-10 minutes until berries are soft. If your berries are frozen like mine usually are it may take a bit longer to heat through.  

Add desired amount of honey to prepared berries. Purée using an immersion blender or blender. 

Add berry sauce to your morning pancakes, waffles, or snow cones. Place remaining syrup in a sealed container or mason jar for later use- refrigerate.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Homemade Dye Free Snow Cone Recipe

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Summer is winding down and we are busy cramming in those last few summer activities we wanted to do.

I also have plenty of planning for our upcoming school year- finding the time and motivation to accomplish all that we want to achieve can be exhausting no doubt. However, I have found we will make and find time for the things we really want to do. 

Can you relate? As summer begins to close it's doors what is on your 'must accomplish' summer activities list?  What things do you and your family's really want to do?

Are you struggling to get it all done- then, save some for next year. I promise the 'keep them busy' police will not come after you- trust me, your kids would rather have a happy mom than a stressed out mom any day.

Yes, making our own snow cones was really one of our 'must do' homestead activities- no food dyes, no artificial ingredients- just memories. If there's time in your schedule this one is super quick, easy, and inexpensive. 
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Homemade Dye Free Snow Cones

Ingredients; 
Ice
Frozen fruit juice concentrate or berry sauce

Other Supplies Needed;
Snow cone cups and straws (we have these and love them)
Blender or snow cone machine 

Direction; 
Prepare syrup. Simply combine 2 parts juice concentrate to 1 part water. You can also make your own berry sauce if preferred-it is just heavenly on a hot day. Thin berry sauce as needed with a bit of water. (Our most recent snow cones were orange pineapple...yummmmy!)

Shave ice in blender or using your  Snow cone machine. Using an ice cream scoop put desired amount of shaved ice in each of your snow cone cups-carefully pour syrup on top and dive in!