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One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Homemade Root Beer and Ice Cream

 A few days ago, two of the girls (my 16 year-old and 11 year-old) made a batch of homemade root beer, while I was canning jam.  

Yesterday, we cooled off with delicious homemade root beer floats. I used our goat's milk (and homemade vanilla extract) for the hand churned ice cream too.  Yum!  However, the humidity was so thick I had to take a photo from inside the house (lens was steaming up again).  We ended up bringing our ice cream maker inside, and attaching the electric motor.  At least we had the hand crank, just in case the power went out.  We are still having thunderstorms here. 

I just checked today's forecast - no rain!  Yay!  Let's hope it's correct.  Everything needs to dry up, so a good wind would be nice, and I need to get laundry out today.  I am so thankful for a break in the weather.  I just hope the humidity has let up too.

Garden goodies are still coming in, despite the weather.  I brought in more green beans, sugar snap peas, and a good handful of strawberries.

Note: I purchased a root beer kit (paying under $15.00) for our homemade rootbeer.  We found the kits on sale at our Tractor Supply Company.  You can find the same kit on Amazon also.


Winnie Nielsen said...

Oohhh, this sounds just delicious and the perfect antidote to the summer blues! I hope you get your dry day ! We are headed into more pouring rain as tropical storm Chantal moves up the Atlantic beside Florida. Oh yay! More rain. Bleh!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

You are so industrious!
Is there nothing you won't try?!
Homemade rootbeer... who'd of thought.
I'm check into this further!
Sounds enjoyable. -Pat

Liz said...

We love rootbeer floats in our house! Will have to try one of those kits. Hot and HUMID around here.

RB said...

My favorite all time drink is what was called a Root Beer Cooler when I was a teen, but is now called a Brown Cow or a Root Beer Blend.

I fill a glass up with vanilla ice cream, top off with root beer, then blend. It's the tastiest creamiest drink I've ever had. Delicious!!!

Now that I've been diagnosed with diabetes, I couldn't have my Root Beer Coolers anymore. But I recently found I can use the "no sugar added" vanilla ice cream (which is not very good by itself) and A&W Diet Root Beer (which is pretty darn good on its own) the same way. I don't even notice the less-sugar difference, and it's such a treat for someone to whom sugar is a problem...would even be good for someone who doesn't have a sugar problem - less calories.

God bless.