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The Pleasures of Plain Vanilla

As a Texas native, I can appreciate the delicious simplicity of vanilla ice cream. Not only did I grow up with (in my opinion) the creme de la creme of sweet treats – Blue Bell’s Homemade Vanilla – but nothing makes you appreciate a cool dessert like sweltering heat. It’s no surprise that July is both National Hot Dog Month and National Ice Cream Month – Independence Day wouldn’t be the same without either – but today is specifically reserved for ice cream of a certain simple flavor. Reconnect with good ’ol uncomplicated vanilla in honor of National Vanilla Ice Cream Day and try your hand at homemade ice cream.

If the thought of hand-creating the dairy treat brings you nightmares of old-fashioned churning and pinches of salt mixed with a healthy dose of patience, never fear: making your own ice cream has become as easy as 1-2-3. Give this simple freezer bag recipe a try and enjoy the taste of summer.

You will need:
2 zipper freezer bags
1 cup cream
1 cup milk
6 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
ice
1/2 cup salt

In one bag, mix the cream, milk, sugar, and vanilla, then seal. In the other bag, add enough ice to fill the bag halfway. Add 1/2 cup of salt over the ice. Place the sealed cream mixture bag on top of the ice and salt and seal the bag. Knead and shake the bag for about 5 minutes until the mixture in the inner bag has thickened. Remove the inner bag (now containing ice cream) and enjoy!

Our intern is Desiree Johnson, a recent journalism graduate and Texas native. The 27-year-old loves painting, her dachshund Munchie and using what she calls her “real, adult-sized kitchen.”

Creating Character in a Small Space

A couple weekends ago, I mentioned helping a friend move into an apartment – a small apartment with a small kitchen. It can be difficult to make any small space personal, but that especially applies to renters committed to a lease agreement. Plus, a kitchen has to be as functional as it is unique.

We started researching and discovered my friend and I weren’t the only ones stuck between a rock and a hard place. In today’s economy, lots of people are downsizing to apartments and rental spaces and the Internet is filled with ideas on how to make a space personal without permanent fixtures.

For example, a well-placed pegboard or magnetic strip can create storage space on the walls and painting the cabinets can add a pop of color. Removing cabinet doors (or replacing them with glass) can make a small kitchen feel infinitely more open and adding shelves draws the eye up and creates even more storage space.

These tips apply to homeowners, too! If you’re thinking about a major project, taking some tips from apartment dwellers may be the best way to try something out. Use vinyl tiles or removable backsplashes to take some colors out for a test spin before committing to a bigger renovation. Just remember to call Kitchen Design Concepts once you’re ready for the big projects!

Our intern is Desiree Johnson, a recent journalism graduate and Texas native. The 27-year-old loves painting, her dachshund Munchie and using what she calls her “real, adult-sized kitchen.”

Satisfy Your Summer Strawberry Cravings

I have a summer strawberry obsession. I love the sweet little berries and insist on trying my hand at growing them every year despite never having any luck. This year, I gave up on my inner fruit farmer and decided to celebrate the beginning of strawberry season (and my birthday!) with strawberry cake instead.

This super delicious, super easy recipe comes from the diva of sweet treats herself, Paula Deen. It can be way too hot to even leave the oven on too long during a Texas summer, so I loved the quick 20-minute bake time for this recipe. Plus the mix of fresh and prepackaged ingredients helps keep this cake decadent and surprisingly refreshing – without breaking the bank. Take a slice out on the patio and enjoy!

Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake

Ingredients:
1 (18.25 ounce) box white cake mix
1 (3-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
4 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
1/2 teaspoon
strawberry extract
7 cups confectioner’s sugar
Freshly sliced strawberries, for garnish

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, eggs, oil and water; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.

For the frosting: In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in 1/4 cup of the strawberry puree and the strawberry extract. (Any leftover puree can be used in smoothies or over ice cream.) Gradually add confectioner’s suger, beating until smooth. Spread frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries, if desired.

Our intern is Desiree Johnson, a journalism graduate and Texas native. The 27-year-old loves painting, her dachshund Munchie and learning to use what she calls her “real, adult-sized kitchen.”