25 Homemade Ice Cream Recipes for National Ice Cream Day

Someone at the weird holidays department in the U.S. government (where I would totally work if it existed) has declared that the third Sunday of July is National Ice Cream Day, which falls on this coming Sunday. So here are 25 ways you can celebrate this weekend by making any of these delicious homemade ice creams!

strawberry angel food cake ice cream via A Beautiful Mess

1. Strawberries + Angel Food Ice Cream via A Beautiful Mess.

Bacon Maple Ale Ice Cream via Poet in the Pantry

2. Bacon Maple Ale Ice Cream via Poet in the Pantry.

rocky road ice cream recipe

3. Rocky Road Ice Cream via Create Celebrate Explore.

matcha green tea ice cream via @poorandpretty

4. Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream via Poor & Pretty.

No churn blueberry and lavender ice cream via twigg studios

5. No Churn Blueberry and Lavender Ice Cream via Twigg Studios — no ice cream maker required!

salted caramel ice cream via brown eyed baker

6. Salted Caramel Ice Cream via Brown Eyed Baker.

red velvet ice cream via Tracey's Culinary Adventures

7. Red Velvet Ice Cream with Cream Cheese Swirl via Tracey’s Culinary Adventures.

Lemon Curd Ice Cream via Food Babbles

8. Lemon Curd Ice Cream with Lavender Whipped Cream via Food Babbles.

cake batter ice cream via Baked by Rachel

9. Cake Batter Funfetti Ice Cream via Baked By Rachel.

vegan strawberry ice cream via David Lebovitz

10. Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream via David Lebovitz.

cookie butter ice cream via sarah hearts

11. Cookie Butter Ice Cream via Sarah Hearts.

Toasted-Smore-Chocolate-Fudge-Ice-Cream-Half-Baked-Harvest

12. Toasted S’more Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream via Half Baked Harvest.

butterbeer ice cream via sweet silly chic

13. Butterbeer Ice Cream via Sweet Silly Chic.

mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream

14. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream via Cooking Classy.

orange cream snow ice cream via Handmade Charlotte

15. Orange Dream Snow Cream via Handmade Charlotte.

strawberry coconut ice cream via Pastry Affair

16. Roasted Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream via Pastry Affair.

Delche de Leche ice cream via Smitten Kitchen

17. Dulche de Leche Ice Cream via smitten kitchen.

key lime pie ice cream via dessert now dinner later

18. Key Lime Pie Ice Cream via Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

Roasted Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream via Poet in the Pantry

19. Roasted Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream via Poet in the Pantry.

chai latte ice cream via sugar & cloth

20. Chai Latte Ice Cream via Sugar & Cloth.

oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream via dinner or dessert

21. Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream via Dinner or Dessert.

blood orange ice cream via view from great island

22. Blood Orange Ice Cream via The View From Great Island.

Chocolate Salted Almond Ice Cream via Pastry Affair

23. Chocolate Salted Almond Ice Cream via Pastry Affair.

Caramel Apple Ice Cream via Boulder Locavore

24. Caramel Apple Ice Cream via Boulder Locavore.

ice cream cupcakes via sugar & cloth

25. Ice Cream Cupcakes with Chocolate Liners via Sugar + Cloth.

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Wayback Wednesday: Saved by the Bell

Saved by the Bell cast

I’m not even a little embarrassed to admit how (re)obsessed I am with Saved by the Bell. It’s so fantastically 90s! I’ve been watching it almost every morning on Netflix before I go to work, and okay, sometimes I have marathon nights when Stan isn’t around.

zack morris saved by the bell

I had a major crush on Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who’s still pretty hot today). I remember my friends and I actually kissing the TV once or twice when he came on. We were such dorks!

Apparently, Lifetime is going to be making a behind-the-scenes movie about the show to air later this year, but it will probably be awful because a) it’s Lifetime and b) based on Dustin Diamond’s (Screech) scathing memoir about his fellow cast members. I’m just going to continue nerding out and wishing I had Lisa Turtle’s closet.

Lead image via New York Post.

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DIY Beauty: All-Natural Homemade Face Wash

DIY natural face recipe wash via @poorandpretty

I have been testing my all-natural homemade face wash for about two months now, and I’m happy to say that it has performed better than any store bought product! Because it contains no harsh surfactants, it doesn’t strip away my skin’s natural oil. Rather, the jojoba oil and castile soap combine to gently remove dirt without drying out my face. It’s pretty fantastic, and perfect for those with sensitive or problem skin, dry or oily. See more details about each ingredient below.

DIY natural face recipe wash ingredients via @poorandpretty

You will need:

  • 1 8oz bottle — I recommend these.
  • a funnel
  • 1 cup castile soap — a very mild soap made from olive oil
  • 1 tbs jojoba oil — similar to our skin’s natural oils; it penetrates deeply without leaving an oily residue & is suitable for all skin types
  • 1 tsp rose floral water or rose hydrosol (they aren’t exactly the same thing, but pretty close) — works as an astringent to balance skin; fights acne
  • a few sprigs of fresh or dried rosemary — rosemary is an antiseptic and encourages cell regrowth
  • 11 drops of lavender essential oil — antiseptic, heals blemishes

DIY natural face wash via @poorandpretty

Place the funnel on top of your bottle and add the castile soap, jojoba oil, and rose floral water into the bottle. Remove the funnel and drop in your rosemary, then add the lavender. Shake it up!

DIY natural face wash with lavender and rosemary via @poorandpretty

And that’s all there is to it! Be sure to shake well before each use, as your ingredients will separate. As with any new body products, you will likely need to try this out for 2-3 weeks before your skin becomes acclimated to it. I’d love to hear what you think!

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Friday Beach Faves: 20 Bikinis & Swimsuits Under $45

Sad fact: I was so caught up in my road trip this summer that I have not yet been to the beach! I need to remedy this. And possibly buy a new suit for the occasion. Here are a few of my favorite one pieces and bikinis under $45. In the words of Barney Stinson, “Swimsuit up!”

 

Friday Faves Swimsuits Under 45 1-4

1. Scallop and Down the Beach One-Piece. 2. Rocker Chic Swimsuit. 3. Lovely at the Lake One-Piece in Seafoam. 4. Polka Dot High-Waisted Pin-Up Bikini.

Friday Faves Swimsuits Under 45 5-8

5. Ruffle Teal Bustier Bikini. 6. Strappy Neon Bikini. 7. Marina Del Ray Swimsuit. 8. Cool in the Cove bikini bottom – mix and match this with lots of fun tops!

Friday Faves Swimsuits Under 45 9-12

9. Pool Party Picnic in Blue Gingham: Top & Bottom. 10. Marlene One-Piece11. Bow Accent Color Block Bikini12. Dot Bow Bandeau High-Waisted Bikini.

Friday Faves Swimsuits Under 45 13-16

13. Mast from the Past One-Piece14. All Day Aquatics: Top & Bottom15. Anchor Values: Top & Bottom16. In Print: Top & Bottom.

Friday Faves Swimsuits Under 45 17-20

17. Frill-Trim Bikini with Skort18. Floral & Cherry Print Bikini19. Queen Bay One-Piece20. Floral Midkini.

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Road Trip Update 6: Tennessee, Virginia, and Home

Road Trip Day 12 - Tennessee state sign

Last week at this time, I was heading to Memphis, listening to the latest music Suzi provided for me (Johnny Cash and Elvis made top of the list, of course).

Road Trip Day 12 - Beale Street Memphis Tennessee

By 6pm, I was humming Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis” and strolling down Beale Street.

Road Trip Day 12 - Elvis Presley note Beale Street Memphis Tennessee

… I didn’t have blue suede shoes though, so I wore my gray Minnetonka Kilty Suede Moccasins instead.

Road Trip Day 12 - King's Palace Cafe live music Beale Street Memphis Tennessee

After doing a little bit of shopping, I was drawn to the live music playing outside of King’s Palace Cafe.

Road Trip Day 12 - King's Palace Cafe dinner Beale Street Memphis Tennessee

So I enjoyed their BBQ Platter — ribs, pulled pork, and “Voodoo potatoes” — while I watched the live performance. By the time I worked my way through all that delicious food, it was getting dark and Beale Street was a little seedy for a solo roadtripper like me, so I headed back to my hotel and watched The Birdcage on TV before falling asleep.

Road Trip Day 13 - Graceland Elvis house Memphis Tennessee

In the morning, I swung by Graceland to pay my respects to Elvis Presley. I got there too early to do a tour, but I couldn’t have done one anyway as it takes 2.5-3 hours. So, I walked around the grounds for a bit, then got back in the car and drove toward Nashville.

Road Trip Day 13 - Loveless Cafe Nashville Tennessee

In Nashville, I got gas and ate at the Loveless Cafe. Well, okay, there was a 2 hour wait, so I got my grits, biscuits, and ham egg and cheese to go and ate in my car (even the seats outside were all taken!) I am not normally a grits fan, but damn. Those grits were good.

Road Trip Day 13 - Hotel Roanoke Virginia

I hit pockets of rain on my way to Virginia, but got to the Hotel Roanoke around 7pm.

Road Trip Day 13 - Hotel Roanoke lobby

It was built in 1882 so it has gorgeous old-world charm. Look at this lobby!

Road Trip Day 13 - Hotel Roanoke secret sitting room

There was even a secret sitting room off my room. I may have enjoyed my room service in here… ;)

Road Trip Day 14 - Connecticut state sign

Friday, I woke up super early, threw on my best red, white, and blue and booked it back to Connecticut. At 4:30pm, Stan was giving me the best hug ever.

Road Trip Day 14 - Independence Day Jell-O Cake

We ended the night watching fireworks under an umbrella at my Dad’s house and enjoying Suzi’s 4th of Jell-O cake! (See what I did there? ;)

Though I would have loved to share my trip with Stan or a few family members or friends, it was really liberating and empowering to do it on my own. It’s still incredible to me that I drove across the country and back on my own. I experienced pure natural beauty (Rocky Mountains, Arches National Park, Grand Canyon) and geeked out over Thelma & LouiseBuffy and Breaking Bad filming locations. I had amazing food and some not-so-great food, too. I listened to some great music and audiobooks (The Fault in Our Stars and okay, some Harry Potters) and an overrated one (sorry, Kerouac). I visited friends and family and it was amazing!!!

See all of my road trip updates here:

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