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homemade ice cream

I know that it is supposed to be winter but California has been having other ideas on that subject. We have been enjoying 70 degree sunny days. I know that the ski resorts are doing Indian dances for snow and I know my yard could use some water but it is nice to see the warm sun everyday. My philosophy on rain is; if it rained every evening while I sleep but I awoke to a sunny day I would be a happy camper. Although it would be nice to have a rainy weekend so that I could catch up on all of the shows I’ve DVR’d. On Friday, I had a craving for homemade vanilla ice cream. It is super easy to make and with the new ice cream makers there is no ice or salt involved. Just 25 minutes of churning and then yummy dessert is ready. I use a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. It takes a minute to mix the ingredients and then place them in the pre-frozen bowl. I usually put it on for 25 minutes then add any chocolate chips or other additions, let it run for 5 more minutes than transfer to tupperware and put into the freezer for a couple of hours. You can eat it right away but it is more like a soft serve at that point. Easy Vanilla Ice Cream 2 cups heavy cream, chilled 1 cup whole milk 3/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla Mix ingredients and then pour into the freezer bowl. Turn on and mix for 25 minutes, transfer to an airtight container and freeze for...

a dog's life

Today’s post is just going to be a bitch fest. I am going to complain and then hopefully I will feel better and can get on with my day. Some things may seem trivial but when everything piles up at once it seems like a mountain of crap. My dog, Ben, has had a lump on his hindside for about a month. It seemed kind of squishy like maybe a cyst. Well we finally took him to the vet and it is, of course, cancer. The cost for removing this one tumor is $1,500. Ouch, but it gets worse. If it has spread which judging from the xrays they think it may have, he will need chemo. Chemo I am told will run between $5,000-10,000. I will know next Wednesday, when the expert takes a look, what the prognosis is. This dog does test my patience especially his high pitched bark at the neighborhood squirrels. They probably all come to our yard to taunt him and drive him crazy, what they don’t know is it is driving me crazy instead! We’ve already spent $3,000 on his brother to have a super ball surgically removed from his intestines. The joys of having pets. I say stick with fish, they are pretty cheap and easy to replace. Now I am off to go play Lotto in the hopes of salvaging this...