Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

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I still have so many strawberries to use so this week my blog posts have a strawberry theme.  I already made these amazing strawberry crumb bars and now I’m on to homemade strawberry ice cream.  I will be honest and say that the actual name of this ice cream is Strawberry-Sour Cream Ice Cream, but don’t run away quite yet.  I was definitely nervous about putting sour cream in my ice cream.  I almost wanted to keep it a secret from my husband too because I was afraid he wouldn’t even try it.  But, let me tell you, this guy knows what he is talking about!  This ice cream is filled with strawberry flavor and extra creamy.  It is the perfect summer treat 🙂

Strawberry Ice Cream - LiveDineParty

Adapted from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

Yield: about 1 quart

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled & sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vodka
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions

In a medium sized bowl, mix the strawberries with the sugar and vodka.  Stir just until the sugar starts to dissolve.  Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Combine the strawberry mixture with the sour cream, heavy cream and lemon juice in a blender or food processor.  Pulse briefly until almost smooth but still slightly chunky.  Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.  Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  When the ice cream was almost ready, I added a few more sliced strawberries only because I like having strawberry chunks in my ice cream, but you don’t have to.

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Strawberry Crumb Bars

Strawberry Crumb Bars - LiveDineParty

My neighbor has been very generous in sharing his strawberry crop this year so we have found ourselves with an abundance of strawberries to use.  When you have that many strawberries you can’t just eat them all, you have to find creative ways to use them before they go bad.  These strawberries are small, but so delicious!

Strawberry Crumb Bars - LiveDinePartyI used the same recipe from these blueberry crumb bars, which are a favorite in my house, to create a strawberry variation.  The only difference in the recipe is replacing the blueberries with strawberries.  The strawberry crumb bars are just as good as the blueberry ones and they are disappearing quickly.  I hope you enjoy this variation!  I think my next ones will be a mixed berry 🙂

 

Stairs Remodel

We have been quite busy around the house this Spring and our entryway was one of the projects we took on.  The first thing you see when you walk in our house is the staircase so it definitely needs to look good.  The previous owners had improved the space quite a bit by adding some moulding and paintable beadboard wallpaper.  Although we probably would not have chosen the wallpaper, it actually looked pretty close to the real thing and most people who came over had no idea it was wallpaper.  My husband despised it, but I actually kind of liked it.  And, we most likely would have left it up and just repainted it, but between the previous owners move out and our move in, there were plenty of marks, dents and scrapes on it.  Also, it was starting to bubble up in some areas so it was time to come down.  Here are a few pictures from the listing photos of what it looked like with the wallpaper.

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The first step was taking it down and it surprisingly came off the wall fairly easily.  We didn’t need any special tools for this besides an exacto knife to cut around the edges of the moulding and a scraper to scrape off any residual glue.

The next step, and more difficult step, was deciding what we wanted to do with this space.  We went back and forth so many times.  And, yes, it took us about a year and a half from when we ripped down the wallpaper to actually making a decision and getting it done..so it was very blah for a long time.  Here is what it has looked like for the last year and half.

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Did we just want to take the old wallpaper down and put up new wallpaper?  We considered putting up real beadboard, but that meant ripping up existing molding on the stairway and that seemed like a much bigger project.  I also have been loving plank paneled walls lately so we thought of doing something similar to the picture below.

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But, sadly, it doesn’t really go with the rest of the style of the house.  If we did this, there would just be a little too much going on since we already have beadboard and wainscoting throughout the downstairs.  It also would have required ripping up some of the existing moulding on the stairway to install it properly.  Don’t worry, this paneling will be used in a bigger project I have planned 🙂

After a lot of debate, we decided to put up wainscoting that matches our dining room.  I measured and spaced everything out using blue painter’s tape.

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Then, my husband and my dad put their geometry skills to work (there was definitely a bit of a struggle with some of the angles) and with the help of a miter saw, our stairway is looking amazing these days.

Stairs Remodel - LiveDineParty

Stairs Remodel - LiveDineParty Stairs Remodel - LiveDineParty

The top wall is painted Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (HC-172), which is the main color throughout the downstairs and hallways of our house, and the bottom is Benjamin Moore White Dove (OC-17).  All of the trim is Benjamin Moore Super White (PM-1).