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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
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.”

A Marriage (of Style) Comes Together in the Kitchen

Summer means a lot of things – heat, barbecues, family vacations. Lately, the only aspect of summer I’ve had the time to enjoy is weddings. I’m in two of them this summer and my life has been suddenly inundated with bridesmaid dresses, showers, registries and everything else that comes with summer weddings.

I was recently at my best friend’s bridal shower when I watched her unwrap a waffle iron – only to immediately unwrap another waffle iron, this one in the shape of Texas. I couldn’t help but laugh to myself when later, her future husband asked when she managed to sneak that second iron onto the registry and she only replied with a shy grin.

I couldn’t help but reflect on how different tastes merge in the kitchen. As the heart of our homes, it can often become the biggest expression of us – whether that is quirky salt-and-pepper shakers (and Texas state-shaped waffle irons) or modern contemporary style meets country rustic. Whether you’re looking to mix two different styles or just deciding on a unique kitchen island, Kitchen Design Concepts is sure to find the perfect “marriage” of kitchen updates just for you!

Our intern is Desiree Johnson, a recent journalism graduate and Texas native. The 26-year-old loves painting, her dachshund Munchie and using what she calls her “real, adult-sized kitchen.”

Make the Move but Save Your Stuff

A friend is someone who is there for you. A best friend helps you move. A phenomenal friend helps you move to an upstairs apartment in the middle of a Texas summer!

I was recently enlisted for that particular job – this weekend I helped a sorority sister pack up her stuff and move – and I have to admit, I felt like an expert. I’ve switched apartments, homes and resident cities more times than I can count.

But when we arrived and began unpacking, evidence of broken plates and mugs told me otherwise. I may be replacing some accidentally broken dishes, but this doesn’t have to happen to you – whether you’re moving or cleaning out the kitchen for a big remodel. Here’s a few tips that may have been overlooked:

Keep an “Essentials Box” filled with things you’ll use between packing and moving – it’s the easiest way to find things you need right away when you arrive at the new place or need to create a makeshift kitchen during a remodel.

Never leave void or unfilled spaces when packing fragile items – always fill the space with old newspapers or bubble wrap so items don’t shift.

Pack deep bowls nested two or three together, upside down on their rims – it’s more stable!

Take time to wrap a layer of paper around cup handles before wrapping the entire cup to protect the handles from breaking off.

Check out more packing tips from the professional movers at Allied. Just don’t forget to take time picking out a proper kitchen layout as you unpack into a brand-new (or new-to-you) kitchen!

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