Honey Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

clorox disclosure.bmpNothing screams summer quite like ice cream and this homemade Peanut Butter Honey Chocolate Chip ice cream recipe is summer in a cone.

Hands down my favorite homemade ice cream recipe. Not too crazy as flavors go but still a little unusual so it's special. Honey Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream great dessert.

I’ve been trying desperately to extend summer just a little longer. We had so much fun with the nieces home all summer and quite frankly I’m not ready for it to be over. All that to say is that I’ve been making up all kinds of silly reason to gather with the extended family just to enjoy each other’s company and enjoy these last few days of summer.

Delicious peanut butter honey ice cream recipe

This last time I made my favorite ice cream. It’s amazingly creamy and perfect for Peanut Butter Chocolate lovers but with more of a subtle flavor than some of the store bought varieties. As an extra little something special for the little guys I made a fun and easy toppings tray. Because an Ice Cream picnic complete with toppings bar is totally a reason to gather and celebrate am I right?

Fun idea to do a toppings bar in a cupcake tin for ice cream parties. And delicious honey peanut butter ice cream recipe

If you haven’t ever made real homemade ice cream before it’s totally easy but I’m not going to lie it’s kind of messy. You have to work fast and with all the ingredients it’s just impossible to keep your hands (or the machine and surfaces) spotless. I used to try and stay clean but now I make sure to have a tub of Clorox Wipes on the counter OPEN and I’m good to go.

Honey Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 C Whole Milk
  • 1 and 1/3 TBS Cornstarch
  • 3 TBS Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 C Peanut Butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 1/4 C Heavy Cream
  • 2/3 C Granulated Sugar
  • 2 TSP Corn Syrup
  • 3 TBS Honey
  • 3/4 C Chocolate

new family favorite honey peanut butter chocolate chip ice cream recipe SO yummy great dessert

Directions

  1. Mix 2 TBS milk with cornstarch and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix together cream cheese, peanut butter, and salt.
  3. In a large pot (I used an 6 quart pot) boil the remaining milk, cream, sugar, corn syrup and honey. This will froth up A LOT so make sure to watch it and use a large pot. Once it boils let it continue to boil for 4 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat to stir in the cornstarch mixture then return to heat and cook for 2-3 more minutes until it has thickened a little.
  5. Remove from heat and chill. You can do this by pouring it into a zipper bag and submerging into ice water. Or if you are like me and don’t have ice, you can cool it with an ice pack and then throw it into the freezer once it’s no longer hot. You don’t want it to lower the temp of your freezer though. I chilled mine in the freezer for 30 minutes but if you use the ice bath I would leave it for an hour and replace the ice or put the whole thing in the refrigerator. You can chill it longer if you need to. I have made the mixture one day and just let it cool on the counter and then kept it in the fridge until the next day.
  6. Right before you are ready to process your ice cream melt the chocolate in the microwave for 20-30 seconds on high until the it is 80% melted and then stir to finish melting the rest. Set aside so it cools but is still liquid.
  7. Snip off a corner of the plastic bag and process your ice cream according to your ice cream maker’s instructions. If you’re looking for an ice cream maker. I LOVE my kitchen aid attachment. My hands always get really sticky during this step regardless how careful I am. I make sure to have some Clorox Wipes close by opened and easy to pull out.
  8. Once your ice cream has reach the proper consistency pour in your chocolate. This part is REALLY messy. Just embrace it, lick your fingers, and keep the wipes accessible. Ideally you’d drizzle your chocolate in while it is churning but I find it easier to stop it and drizzle some. Start churning. Stop drizzle some more and repeat until it’s incorporated. The cold ice cream will freeze the melted chocolate into super yummy flakes.
  9. Scoop into a freezer friendly container and chill preferably overnight but at least 4 hours.

Put treats in a cupcake pan for an easy DIY ice cream toppings bar.

Invite some people you love over for a fun ice cream treat! For extra you can use a half sized cupcake pan filled up with some goodies (I did coconut flakes, mini chocolate chips, gummy bears, chocolate sauce, butterscotch sauce, and toffee peanuts) to create a DIY toppings bar. The kids loved their summer evening, midweek ice cream picnic. I have to admit I liked it too!

This is SO GOOD. Honey Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip ice cream recipe. The perfect interesting but subtle dessert.

And as a side note have you ever tried taking pictures of ice cream!? Umm yeah mess central and I was working fast.

Love homemade ice cream. This honey peanut butter chocolate chip ice cream recipe looks so good.

It was so easy to gather together while the kids were out of school and I got addicted I need more ideas to keep us all hanging out! What ideas do you have to gather now with friends and family!?

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5 Ways BUSY Moms Can Create the Good

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‘Doing good’ doesn’t have to be a ‘some day’ thing.

I love these ideas for doing good even when you don't have time to volunteer or do other traditional ways of serving!

If you’re like me you might get down on yourself and wish you were volunteering, helping out, and doing service stuff more. But maybe like me you are in a a phase of life where that kind of formal do-gooding isn’t feasible. And you know what, that’s okay. While I would love to help refugees learn how to read, tutor under privileged kids, or volunteer in a gaggle of other ways, with two businesses and a very busy toddler I’ve come to accept that right now things will just look different for me. Today I’m sharing 5 easy ways that busy moms (or anyone) can Create the Good in their communities.

1. Make Kindness Kits to Keep In Your Car

Love this idea to make kindness car parks to hand out to homeless people

I have a big bag of stuff that I have cleared out of my closets and cupboards. They are perfectly good garments and food items but I just know I’m not going to wear them or eat them. I’m sure you can relate. At first I thought I’d throw them away but instead I decided to make packs to hand to people that I see asking for help. I know on my daily commute I see at least a few people holding signs and I personally go back and forth between being comfortable giving cash. Some ideas of things to include are gloves, scarves, granola bars, water, feminine hygiene products, chap stick, local fast food gift cards,or even  a pair of socks. If you’re getting rid of purses or bags you can use those to hold your kits which can work as double duty. Some can be small and other can be large. I rolled a few snacks, a drink, and a gift card in a sock. A few other things I folded up into a pair of gloves. Again it doesn’t have to take a ton or time or money. It can be stuff you have on hand or you can pick up supplies when you find a good deal.

2. Stock Up on Deals to Donate

Great idea to stock up on deals to donate when they go on sale

I’m a part of some deal facebook groups (this one is my favorite) just for normal shopping. They are great during Christmas for keeping an eye out for presents but throughout the year I love them for regular house hold items. Often times things like shampoo and socks will go on sale and while you’re grabbing some for your family it’s easy to buy a couple more to donate. To make things even better contact your local shelter or favorite help center to find out what their current needs are. Most will have a list of items that are most helpful. Then when you see a good deal online or while you’re doing your own shopping you can pick up some extra for them too.

3. Buy a Homeless Person a Meal

5 easy ways to do good even for super busy moms

When I was in college, friends of mine would take homeless people out to dinner that we met. Now I don’t feel comfortable doing that with a baby for a number of reasons. But what I have started doing is if I am at a place that sells food and see someone who is asking for help I’ll pick up something to go. This is super easy when you’re running into the super market. Just grab a few things from the deli section and a drink (don’t forget any plastic utensils and napkins) and you’re good to go.

4. Make a Quick Create the Good Video

I love these great ideas for busy moms to do good even when they can't do traditional volunteer type service

Do you have a favorite charity or organization that you love and wish you could do more for? Just pick up your camera and shoot a quick video talking about your dreams of helping others. Submit your video to the Create the Good Dream Builder Video Contest by 2/7/2016 and you might win a $2,500 donation to the charity of your choice. Your video should show your dream for helping others and which charity you would partner with to make that dream come true. There will be a public vote on 12 selected finalist videos and the winning video will get a $2,500 charity donation while three runner up videos will win a $500 donation to the non-profit cited in their video as the charity of their choice. Learn more at the Create the Good Facebook.

5. Take Advantage of the Little Moments

Fabulous ideas for how busy moms can still do good in their community with very little time to give

Whether you are standing in line at the grocery store, pumping gas, or toting your toddler to the library for story time, take a moment to see if there is anything you can do to make the day a little better for someone else. It can be as simple as a genuine smile, letting a frazzled looking person ahead of you in line, or even holding the door open for a mom juggling a wild kid. I know sometimes just getting the groceries from the shopping cart to my trunk with my little guy can be a struggle and when people passing by offer to take the cart back to the caddy it is such a blessing to me even as little effort that that gesture takes. Do you have any other easy ways that busy moms can create the good? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.

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DIY Advent Calendar of Giving

create the good disclosureI LOVE this easy idea to teach about giving time and energy. DIY advent calendar tutorial

It is SO hard not to get caught up in giving and getting STUFF this time of year. We work hard as parents to be able to have fun and give our kids cool things but sometimes I think what they really need is the opportunity to experience giving themselves, their time, and their energy.

How to make a DIY Giving advent calendar and great activities to include

That’s why I really love the idea of Create the Good‘s 25 Days, 25 Ways to Give campaign. The idea is to take on one small positive action each day for 25 days to do a little good for your community. Volunteering was something I was good at when I was younger and I want to get back into that. I remember growing up, my high school would have a service week where we traveled to a poor part of Thailand and did various service projects. We’d play with kids, give performances, help clean, and do helpful chores. It was SUCH a good experience and I loved that it was an annual thing. In college I would regularly feed the homeless and think to do little gestures like save food I wasn’t going to eat to give away or just smile and chat with strangers in annoying long lines at the market.

This is such a great idea. Teach kids about giving time and energy with an easy DIY advent calendar of giving

I like the idea of doing an Advent Calendar of Giving every year to help remind the kids (and us grown ups) that giving is about more than just stuff. And I’m hoping that it will give me the boost to be more giving minded through out the year.

How to make a 25 days of giving advent calendar

What You Need

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pens (or printer)
  • Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Decorations (snowflakes, bells, ribbon, etc.), optional

What to Do

  1. Come up with a list of 25 giving acts. Make sure they are doable for an average day. The easiest way to do this is to sign up for the 25 Days, 25 Ways to Give since they have a super convenient list of activities all listed out already. As a bonus if you sign up and log your giving acts you have chances of winning one of 25 $100 Gift Cards or a grand prize trip to Smuggler’s Notch Resort in Vermont,
  2. 25 days of giving simple ways to get the whole family into the giving spiritNext either type up your giving acts or write them onto strips of paper. If you have kids old enough to write it would be fun to get the whole family in on writing the giving acts on the strips of paper.
  3. Then make a count down chain by looping the strips of paper into circles and taping them around each other to form a chain. Make sure the giving instructions are on the inside of the loop. And write the number of the day on the outside of the loop.
  4. Tie a ribbon to the top (onto day 25) and decorate if desired. It’s fun to decorate the chain with snowflakes or other seasonal details.  You can let the kids do it if yours are old enough or even cut out fun shapes with a Cricut or other cutting tool like I did.
  5. Then for the next 25 days you tear off a link in the chain to find out what your giving act will be for that day.

Cute 20 minute advent calendar with good acts to do as a family. great Christmas project. Do you have any fun giving traditions that you do with your family? I’d love to hear what you guys do. And make sure to check out Create the Good for more easy ways to give back to your community with just one simple act each day. create-the-good-007s

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