It’s time to celebrate summer with the July Fourth! And most towns offer an opportunity to catch a fireworks display, listen to patriotic music at the town square bandstand, or enjoy a festive parade. However, sometimes those events can be a bit overwhelming and tiring for our aging parents or other older adults.
One alternative is to “scoop” out a special activity from July Fourth festivities and make this simple act a celebration in its own right.
Homemade ice cream. That’s right, a cool and creamy scoop of homemade ice cream! Sometimes a single act from a simple time can bring back good memories, positive feelings, and a sense of accomplishment that’s just the right fit for the day.
Every step in this time-honored ritual of summer may help families recall a time when family gatherings, neighborhood picnics, or summer vacations were the height of the moment.
Homemade ice cream is a ritual of summer that involves crystal-clear ice ready to be shaved and chipped. A chilled ice cream canister ready for creamy ingredients and a soft, fluffy towel ready to insulate the freezer.
Whether your family’s favorite memory of freezing homemade ice cream was under a shady tree in your family’s backyard or underneath a canopy at a nearby campground or beach, everyone recalls a special time when a bowl of frosty homemade ice cream was the focal point of the afternoon.
So, how about churning some homemade ice cream and making this July Fourth a special day for your loved one? Here’s a family-favorite recipe:
Aunt Addie’s Homemade Ice Cream
1 quart, plus 1 cup milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1 pint whipping cream (do not whip)
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
Add your favorite crumbled cookies, candy or other flavorings. If adding fruit, freeze the mixture partially before adding fruit.
Layer chipped ice with plenty of rock salt to speed up the freezing process.
If your ice cream freezer is the hand-crank model, recruit plenty of volunteers to take their turn at the churn! Find a cool, shady spot and enjoy the results of your churning.
Happy Fourth of July!