Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Blackberry Ice Cream

We discovered a delicious blackberry ice cream recipe recently. It has been a good way for us to use our extra blackberries this summer.
Blackberry Ice Cream
(Makes 1/2 gallon)
6 egg yolks
2 c. sugar
2 qt. blackberries
4 c. heavy cream
2 c. milk
1/2 t. salt
Juice of two limes (we used lemon juice instead)
2 t. vanilla
In a medium bowl mix egg yolks and sugar. Set aside.
In a double boiler combine milk, cream, blackberries, and salt and cook over medium heat. Stir regularly until the temperature reaches 145 degrees. (We don't have a double boiler big enough, so we use a saucepan instead. You will need to stir it constantly if you don't use a double boiler, though.)
Remove from heat and mash the berries with a potato masher.
After mashing the berries, pour the mixture through a strainer. (I forgot to take a picture of this step.) Pour some of the hot mixture into the egg yolk mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.
Combine both mixtures in the double boiler and return to stove.
Whisk constantly until the mixture reaches 165-170 degrees.
Remove from heat and add lime juice and vanilla. Transfer to a new container to cool. Cool in refrigerator overnight, then churn in an ice cream freezer. Move to freezer to firm.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Summer Days

Pea plants
Daddy clipping around the blackberry bushes
We've had a lot of blackberries this year, so we've been trying new blackberry recipes. :)
Amanda and Sarah made blackberry ice cream! It was delicious!
Cucumber plants
Yesterday we picked peaches from our neighbors' trees. :)
Cutting up the peachesMaking peach pie filling
Fried green tomatoes and squash
Rebekah has canned a lot of green beans already.
The cabinet is filling up! :)
The fields behind the house - I love the look of freshly plowed soil!
Cantaloupe vines
Tomato plants
Flowers from Melissa's flower garden

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Zach Wamp for Governor!

Jonathan is now the McNairy County Chairman for the Zach Wamp for Governor campaign!
If you would like to have flyers, bumper stickers, or campaign signs contact Jonathan at
10 of the 11 Smiths with Zach Wamp - taken last summer
For more information visit Zach Wamp's website.
Check out the McNairy County for Zach Wamp facebook page!

Saturday, June 5, 2010