as you may have noticed, we took a bit of a break this week. but we’re back. today we are having an old fashioned ice cream social. do you remember having those as a kid? i remember going to school-related ice cream socials at the end of summer, to welcome new students. while our towns and cities are beginning to open up and small gatherings are resuming, i thought an old fashioned cream social might be a great way to welcome family and friends back to our homes. we have all the fixings for ice cream sundaes, floats and even a boozy milkshake for the adults! so join us as we host an ice cream social.
outfit of the day
it finally feels like summer here in Athens, so i am keeping cool and casual with linen shorts and a light summer sweater. espadrilles are the shoe for summer, and i am sporting a pair of cap toe espadrilles. today’s OOTD is light and airy, perfect for going between the heat outside and the air conditioning inside.
how to host an ice cream social
setting up the sundae bar is made easy with a muffin tin to hold toppings. pre-scooping ice cream onto a serving plate is another way to make it easy for your guests to self-serve. we have waffle cones and waffle bowls, fudge and caramel syrups, and whipped cream.
get creative with your toppings. cereal or even potato chips make great ice cream sundae toppers. i have Cheerios, Heath Toffee crumbles, mini M&Ms, chocolate covered pretzels, chopped walnuts, mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and fresh blackberries.
homemade vanilla ice cream was one of mr. style’s favorite desserts, so i am making vanilla ice cream, and i have two store-bought flavors: mint chocolate chip (my favorite!) and salted caramel. if you don’t already have an electric ice cream maker, i definitely recommend you get one! homemade ice cream is so easy and such a wonderful summertime treat.
homemade vanilla ice cream
vanilla ice cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 6 large egg yolks
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
In a small pot, simmer heavy cream, milk, sugar and salt until sugar completely dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat. In a separate bowl, whisk yolks. Whisking constantly, slowly whisk about a third of the hot cream into the yolks, then whisk the yolk mixture back into the pot with the cream. Return pot to medium-low heat and gently cook until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (about 170 degrees on an instant-read thermometer).
Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Cool mixture to room temperature. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or stir mixture in an ice bath until completely cool. Churn in an ice cream machine according to manufacturers’ instructions. Serve directly from the machine for soft serve, or store in freezer until needed.
don’t forget the root beer floats! scoop ice cream into mason jars and place in the freezer until your guests arrive. they can pour over the root beer and top with whipped cream. i have fun, fluted sundae cups with sundae spoons, special for this occasion.
This is a fun boozy milkshake for the adults at your social, you can adjust the amount of Baileys to make the shake more or less alcoholic. i used a blender to mix, but if your ice cream is soft enough, you can use a hand mixer or whisk to mix. i am serving these in Irish coffee mugs.
- 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 4 scoops mint chocolate chip ice cream
- 1/4 cup Baileys Irish Cream
- 1 cup Guinness Stout Beer
blend all ingredients in a blender to desired consistency. top with whipped cream and sundae fixings
fridays with oscar
well gang, this closes another fridays with oscar. so far, 2020 has been a doozy. but let’s all keep our heads up and eyes forward with positivity and compassion as we head into summer. there will continue to be challenges ahead and if we can lead with love in our hearts and minds, we will find those challenges to be surmountable. oscar, ollie and i wish all of you a peaceful weekend.