Monday, June 11, 2012

a little r&r

Weekends are my favorite!  Mr. H and I had a wonderful, fun, relaxing weekend at the lake by ourselves.  Usually, Mr. H's parents and siblings are there too, but this weekend it was just us, which was a nice change.  We love spending time with everyone, but after a busy week it was great to just spend time together along.

Mr. H took me on a boat ride around the lake.  It was a gorgeous day and I had a change to get a little sun (obviously I put sunscreen on since my skin is so precious!).  

Okay, this was my favorite part of the weekend....except spending it with Mr. H of course!  We made homemade ice cream.  We used a Cuisinart ice cream maker to make our yummy ice cream.  Mr. H made this before and he knew which recipe to use...this is why I love him!!

  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1-1/8 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed to combine the milk and granulated sugar until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. Turn the machine on; pour the mixture into freezer bowl, and let mix until thickened, about 20 to 25 minutes. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.

BUT we had to come up with Plan B because we couldn't find the insert.  Mr. H had a brilliant idea to use spatchulas to churn the mixture.  Guess what??  It worked!!!!  Mr. H and I made a great team and both had the end result of yummy ice cream in mind.

We added mini chocolate chips to the vanilla and we could barely wait for it to harden up in the freezer before we go into it.

There is honestly nothing better than homemade ice cream!  It was totally worth holding the spatchulas for 25 minutes...or watching Mr. H hold the spatchulas.  Wishing I was eating some right now!

Mr. H and I played a couple games of Skip Bo and ping pong.  I made sure not to beat Mr. H too much!

~photo by Mr. H~ (this is his contribution to my blog)

Dinner was amazing!  Mr. H grilled out steaks for us and we had baked potatoes with fresh green beans.  

Sunday we tried paddle boarding again.  The water wasn't very choppy, but it was windy.  I was nervous to try it again, but excited at the same time.  I just paddled around the cove, but it was really hard turning around because I was going against the wind.  I'm just glad I didn't fall off!  

Mr. H is more of a pro at it than me.  When he was done, he said it wasn't as bad as he though.  I think he just said that because he wanted to be tough.  I thought it was pretty challenging.  Ha.

I feel rejuvenated and rested.  I'm so thankful that I got to spend a fun weekend away with my best friend.  Mr. H made my weekend super fun.  It's always sad leaving, but we'll be back for July 4th weekend for another fun time with the family.  (oh and more homemade ice cream!!!)

Tonight is another episode of the Bachelorette and I'm pretty excited!  Mr. H is out of town for the night for work (which makes me sad), but I'll spend the evening with some good girl friends eating dinner and watching the Bachelorette.  Good times ahead tonight!!

Here's to a good MONDAY!


  1. This was such a sweet post! And the ice cream looks amazing! Have a wonderful week!

  2. Aww! Looks like you guys had lots of fun. That ice cream looks so delicious! Yum! :)

  3. Looks like you had a fantastic weekend! The ice cream looks amazing. I wish I could have spent the weekend at the lake. xo

  4. aw, all of these pictures look adorable!!! and that food looks scrumptious!!
    xo TJ

  5. What a fun weekend! That ice cream looks so yummy! I have wanted to paddle board and you make it look so fun! Might have to give it a try. :)

  6. What a fabulous weekend! I've always wanted to make my own ice cream & because this seems like a pretty much idiot proof recipe, I think I'll try it :)

  7. Stumbled onto your blog and just wanted to leave you a little blog luv! Def enjoyed this post!! New Follower via email :-)

  8. This looks like an amazing weekend and nice work on the paddle boarding and ice cream! I am super impressed with your week of blogging, by theeee waaaaayy :) I need to catch-up!


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