Easy Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is always the yummiest, so say my kids. So for my daughter’s 4th birthday party I made her homemade strawberry ice cream. It was super easy to make and oh so yummy! I started with a simple vanilla ice cream recipe and just adapted it by adding fresh strawberries and a little strawberry syrup. I used store bought syrup because I was short on time, but if you have the time, you can make your own syrup, see below.

easy homemade strawberry ice cream

Ingredients you’ll need for homemade strawberry ice cream:

  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup strawberry syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

How to make easy homemade strawberry ice cream:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve sugar in half and half.
  2. Thoroughly mix in remaining ingredients except strawberries.
  3. Stir in strawberries.
  4. Following your ice cream maker’s instruction, add mixture to complete the process.

Alternatively replace the sugar, syrup and strawberries above by making your own strawberry syrup: Combine 1 cup chopped strawberries with 1/2 cup sugar and let soak overnight. Finely chop in a food processor. Then mix into ice cream mixture.


Battle of the LA Live burgers

If you’re a fan of the bacon cheese burger, there are two places at LA Live! that you can get a delicious meal, Wolfgang Puck and the Yard House. There’s something about traveling and working that makes me hungry for a good ol’ burger. Nothing like a big dose of juicy protein to revitalize the system.

Wolfgang Puck burger at LA Live

Wolfgang Puck burger at LA Live

Yard House burger at LA Live

Yard House burger at LA Live

Despite all the unnecessary vegetables on the plate and the lack of bacon, I prefer the Wolfgang Puck burger (who needs all those pickles???). It was bigger with a more substantial bun and a bit more flavor cooked right into the meat. However, the service at the Yard House was much better. The Yard House bun was nice and soft, almost Wonder Bread squishy which I liked but not with a big burger. Burgers aside, the yard House has much yummier desserts…

Yard House ice cream with freshly baked cookie at LA Live

Yard House ice cream with freshly baked cookie at LA Live

This ice cream sundae was enormous! I didn’t have a bite, I was too busy stuffing fries into my face. Another yummy dessert they serve is a freshly backed brownie with a scoop of ice cream on top. We were too amazed at the size to remember to take a picture.

Regardless of all the noise we land locked folk make about California and sprouts, there is indeed delicious meat to be had in the Golden State.

You drank WHAT?

Ok, I have a sweet tooth. I’ll readily admit that. I have a panache for the decadent, a yearning for the caramel and chocolatey goodness of desserts. I try however to limit my consumption of said girth expanding foodstuffs and I keep an eye on what I drink too since even juices, milk, and other liquids have calories that are easily overlooked in the course of a meal.

Today, I came across this eye-opening article on MensHealth.com courtesy of a friend called “20 Worst Drinks in America 2010” and holy mackerel! I knew that most of the drinks on the market were bad for you, but just how bad will totally shock you. Starting with the mundane Snapple Agave Melon Antioxidant “Water” that sets you back 150 calories, it quickly slides into insane comparisons (A Starbuck’s Venti Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream sets you back 660 calories, 22 g of fat and 95 g of sugar, the equivalent of 81/2 SCOOPS of Edy’s Slow Churned Rich and Creamy Coffee Ice Cream!) and ends with the mother of all horrible drink choices: the 24 oz Cold Stone PB&C™ Shake.

The PB&C is made with chocolate ice cream, skim milk & peanut butter. Why they bothered with the skim milk, I have -no- idea. This gut-buster in a cup weighs in at a whopping 2010 calories, 131 g of fat (68 g saturated), and 153 g of sugar. That’s 30 Chewy Chips Ahoy Cookies…2 BOXES worth of Chips Ahoy! If cookies aren’t your thing, you could always eat 68 bacon strips instead. As they so aptly put it on their own website, “Ice cream for breakfast, a smoothie for lunch, and a sensible cake for dinner? – Who says you can’t eat this amazing ice cream for all three meals?”

How about because you will gain weight faster than a baby blue whale.

In case you weren’t aware, one pound is the equivalent of 3,500 calories.

So skip the shake and have some real food…your waistline will thank you for it!

Brock’s Ice Cream Palace

Brocks Ice CreamOne of the best kept little secrets we have here in Yuba City is Brock’s Ice Cream Palace. The little white and red building that holds the delicious creaminess that is Brock’s is located on Gray Avenue behind the Wells Fargo.

No one I spoke to seemed to know exactly when they opened, just that they’d always been there. The parking lot is a little wonky (you have to park behind the building) and the interior has faded from it’s heyday (the tables sag a bit with overuse and the red velvet wallpaper is peeling in spots and held down with scotch tape) but hey, let’s face it. You didn’t come here for the wallpaper, you came for the the silky smooth ice cream.

Brock's Ice Cream Yuba City

Brock’s makes their rich ice cream on the premises in a myriad of delicious flavors ranging from the regular favorites of mint chip, chocolate and vanilla to the more exotic like pistachio and toasted almond. You have a variety of cones to choose from ranging from the classic cake to waffle and a “single” is actually two large scoops of ice cream. Brock’s is inexpensive and a fantastic way to beat the heat on any day of the week. Their ice cream is also available in pre-packed containers to take home if you want it for that midnight snack.

Brock’s Ice Cream Palace is located at 990 Gray Avenue in Yuba City, California.