No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon course salt
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup finely diced strawberries
  • 1/3 cup strawberry jam , warmed slightly to loosen

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the condensed milk, vanilla, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, beat heavy cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form, about 2-3 minutes. With a rubber spatula, gently fold whipped cream into the condensed milk mixture.
  • Then gently fold in the diced strawberries.
  • Transfer half of the mixture to a (chilled) 4 1/2 x 8 1/2-inch loaf pan; dollop half of the jam on top and swirl with a chopstick or knife. Repeat layers once.
  • Cover tightly with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 6 hours.
  • Let ice cream stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.

A MIND FULL OF CLUTTER

By Saralee Perel

Last week, instead of heading home on the highway, my husband, Bob, and I took an extra 10 minutes and drove along the scenic route. We passed gorgeous cranberry bogs, yards filled with roses, and farm stands overflowing with corn. All through the drive, I cried. 

Sweet Bob wanted to hear my thoughts. “I’m worried about your doctor’s appointment,” I said through tears. “I’m so sorry I spoiled our drive.”

“But I want you to talk to me.”

“Bob, the only purpose my worried thoughts served was to lose every precious moment of a beautiful drive with you.”

At that instant, I learned that one word could change life for the better. The word? Clutter. In a single day I said to myself, “clutter,” each time I noticed a pointless negative thought. I stopped counting after about a hundred. 

Recently Bob called from his cell. “I’m at the store. I’ll be home in 20 minutes.”

I thought, “What if he has an accident?”

Clutter.

By identifying the useless thought, I could stop it. 

This de-cluttering business goes way beyond the “what if?” container. The life of my cat, Eddie, was wonderful. But the second I think of him, I visualize his ending.

Clutter.

So I asked Bob, “What do you think of when you think of Eddie?”

He laughed. “I think about Eddie-proofing the house, like keeping the toilet paper in a coffee tin.” Then he laughed harder and said, “I think about when he’d jump in my shower and every time I’d pull him out and then close the bathroom door behind him, he’d decide it was a challenge. He’d turn the door knob, race back to the shower and use his paw to quickly slide the shower door open and jump right back in!” 

Last week we went to the movies. We couldn’t bring our dog, Becky, in the car because of the heat. I said, “Bob, I can’t stop thinking about how unhappy Becky is right now.”

The truth is, I can stop thinking about … anything. We all can. Do you see any purpose in me taking time away from enjoying the movies by focusing on leaving my pooch at home?

Today, Bob and I stopped at a farm stand and bought corn. Now, I could have done what I did last time, which was to complain about the heat (clutter) and stay in the car while Bob bought the corn. Instead I spent a wondrous 5 minutes with my husband picking out corn and counting all the colors of the geraniums. 

That beat sitting in a car thinking about the 7 calls I had to return. It was a simple uncluttered moment in time, when all I had was the feel of the corn silk, the aroma of the sweet basil, and the sight of a hummingbird on a petunia.

And all that I had … was plenty.

No-bake, Two-Minute Hawaiian Pie

What You’ll Need

  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple in syrup, undrained
  • 1 (6-serving-size) package instant vanilla pudding and pie filling
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 (9-inch) prepared shortbread pie crust
  • 1 (8-ounce) can sliced pineapple, drained and halved
  • 8 maraschino cherries, drained
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened flaked coconut

What to Do

  1. In a large bowl, combine crushed pineapple with its syrup, dry pudding mix, and sour cream; mix until well combined. Spoon into pie crust and decorate top with pineapple slices and cherries; sprinkle with coconut.
  2. Cover and chill at least 2 hours, or until set, before serving.

Test Kitchen Tip

  • As strange as it may seem to you, do not make the vanilla pudding according to package directions. Just add the dry pudding mix right in with the other ingredients.