Fourth of July Ice Cream

Growing up, Fourth of July with my family always meant a trip to my uncle’s lake house in Oklahoma. We spent the days blackberry picking, stuffing our faces with watermelon, playing in the lake and spending time with family. Most of all I remember my aunt’s homemade ice cream. I was too young to realize how long she must have spent making it, but I do remember how incredible it tasted.

With my own kids these days, we’re creating similar memories by traveling to my dad’s place on a lake in Wisconsin. We spend our time similarly to when I was a kid, enjoying the lake and family. Of course, we make sure to make our own homemade ice cream too—except I bring the ice cream machine and spare myself the churning.

Homemade ice cream for Fourth of July

Homemade ice cream for Fourth of July


2 cups heavy creme
2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Pinch salt

Whisk all ingredients together until sugar dissolves. Pour into the bowl of an ice cream machine. Freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions and then transfer to an airtight container. Cover tightly and freeze until ready to serve.

Happy memory making on this Fourth of July to all of you and your families!