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No-Cook Homemade Peach Ice Cream

If you haven’t had a fresh Georgia peach, right off the tree, you’re missing out.  Wait…if you haven’t had peach ice cream made from fresh peaches right off the tree, you’re really missing out!

I have an affinity for almost anything peach. Every year we make the pilgrimage to peach country here in Georgia and visit Dickey Farms, not only for their beautiful peaches, syrups and other goodies, but for the peach ice cream.

Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Aside from just eating them fresh, we typically make the same three or four recipes each time we bring home a case of peaches. The first one is this absolutely fabulous Peach Cobbler or some variation like Peach Blackberry Cobbler, next is a creamy, delicious Peach Soup, and third, we put them up in jars so we’ll have them during the winter. This peach season, however, we’re in the middle of a kitchen renovation that’s taking way too long. We have no stove, sink, microwave, or even counters for that matter.

So, none of the baked goodies were happening this year, nor was any sort of canning.  Craving the taste of Dickey Farms peach ice cream, I researched a bunch of ice cream recipes that didn’t require that I cook the base.  While a custard-based ice cream has its merits, this simple no-cook peach ice cream base creates the greatest bowl of heaven and I’d say it rivals Dickey Farms.

It all starts with the peaches…4-5 cups (6-ish peaches.)  Then simply add brown and white sugars, vanilla and almond extract, a pinch of salt and some lemon juice.

Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Stir it together and let the peaches macerate a bit. Once the sugars have dissolved, break down the peaches with an immersion blender, regular blender or food processor.  Leave some chunks.

Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Add heavy cream, stir and freeze. I have an old fashioned crank machine and one with a motor, but I got a super simple electric ice cream machine for Christmas and I love, love, love it!  Y’all, there are only two options on this thing…ON or OFF.  Right up my alley!

Cuisineart Electric Ice Cream Freezer

Transfer the ice cream to a container, pop it in the freezer for a couple more hours, and you’re good to go!

Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Ingredients

4-5 cups peaches, peeled and rough diced

1 cup brown sugar, light or dark

3/4 c. granulated sugar (less if your peaches are extra sweet)

juice of half a lemon

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

pinch of salt

2 cups heavy cream (half & half is ok)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the peaches, sugars, lemon juice and extracts. Mix well and set aside to macerate.
  2. When the sugars are dissolved (at least 20 minutes), use an immersion blender to break down the peaches a little, leave some chunks. You can also use a regular blender, food processor or even a potato masher.  Pour in the heavy cream and mix by hand to combine.
  3. Chill for at least a couple of hours, overnight is better.
  4. Use your ice cream machine according to its instructions to churned the mixture.
  5. When it’s finished, put it into a freezer-safe container and freeze for a couple more hours before serving.

 

Makes about 1 1/2 quarts.

BONUS TIPS:

Before the final freeze (step 5), fold in pieces of piece crust or shortbread cookies. Tastes like the best peach cobbler you’ve ever had!

For a super healthy, non-dairy version, simple blend equal parts partially frozen chopped peaches, a little lemon juice and frozen bananas. Fold in a few blueberries or chopped strawberries, if you like. I will never turn my nose up at this. It’s creamy and tastes so decadent.

 

 

 

“Frozen” Games Coming to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

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Kristoff and Olaf to host inaugural event to kick off summer season.

For the first time in forever, Olaf’s wish to experience summer fun with his friends will come true when he and Kristoff, stars of the hit Disney animated film “Frozen,” host the inaugural “Frozen” Games this summer at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park.

The “Winter Games Committee” has decided to take advantage of the magical snowstorm over Blizzard Beach and host daily activities this summer. The committee members have even invited Kristoff and Olaf to lead teams of guests in a fun day of “Frozen” activities.

From May 27 to Aug. 21, 2016, guests of all ages visiting Blizzard Beach may choose to join Team Kristoff or Team Olaf to participate in a variety of winter-themed activities throughout each day, including:

  • Ice Pail Relays – teams will line up and pass pails of water quickly from one person to the next, trying to fill a container at the The team that fills their container first is the winner.
  • Snowball Toss – pairs compete in a snow-themed water balloon toss from progressively greater The pair that gets the farthest apart without breaking its water balloon is the winner.
  • Ski Pole Limbo – guests play limbo, using a ski pole as the
  • Slide Races – teams race down one of the signature water slides at Blizzard Beach, and much more!

Olaf and Kristoff will take part in the “Frozen” Games’ opening and closing ceremonies by appearing on the Observation Deck near the Summit Plummet attraction each day, accompanied by trumpet fanfare, banners and music. Additionally, one lucky guest will be chosen each morning to be the Ski Captain and thus the first guest to take the plunge down Summit Plummet, signaling the start of the “Frozen” Games.

From the observation deck, Olaf and Kristoff will give regular updates throughout the day on their teams’ progress and achievements, as well as announce the winning team of the “Frozen” Games.

The “Frozen” Games are an all-day event at Blizzard Beach, beginning shortly after the park opens. Guests can sign up at the park entrance, and all activities are included with regular park admission.

Blizzard Beach is a 66-acre winter-themed water park. The park offers water activities suitable for all ages, including signature attractions such as Summit Plummet, one of the world’s fastest free-fall water slides that plunges guests from 120 feet high at speeds up to 55 mph; Toboggan Racers, an eight-lane water slide that sends guests racing over exhilarating dips down a 250-foot “snowy” course; Tike’s Peak, a kid-sized version of Blizzard Beach designed for kids ages 2-5; and Ski Patrol Training Camp, designed for pre-teens with a twin inner tube slide, crinkle slide and a challenging ice-flow walk along slippery, floating “icebergs.”

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Aunt Tracy Checks it Out! Disney Frozen Complete Story Playset Review

This year, Aunt Tracy (yours truly) has been tasked with finding the perfect gifts for my many nieces and nephews. These amazing kids range in age from 6 months to 15 years old, boys and girls, each as different as snowflakes…or as the lovely Queen Elsa would say – frozen fractals! Which is why I decided to start with an adorable character playset from the wildly popular Disney movie, “Frozen”.

I have a niece who will kiss my face all day long if she finds this under the tree!

 

Disney Frozen Complete Story Playset

 

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Disney Frozen Complete Story Playset Review

The imaginary fantasy Kingdom of Arendelle is home to a couple of Disney heroines which have stolen the hearts of millions of young girls around the world. The timeless story of selfishness and betrayal, eventually trumped by love and forgiveness, makes for an excellent life lesson. Young and old alike enjoy the animated Frozen movie, complete with comical Olaf the snowman. Disney has released an officially licensed Frozen play set, which includes all of the main characters from the wonderfully entertaining film. Let’s take a look and see exactly what you can expect from the Disney Frozen Complete Story Playset, and why it is a must-have purchase for any Disney fan or collector.

Key Elements of the Disney Frozen Complete Story Playset

* Includes all 6 main characters

* Complete set, nothing else to buy

* Intended for children ages 3 and up

* Based on the smash hit Disney animated film

* Anna and Elsa are complete with movie-based outfits

What Makes the Disney Frozen Complete Story Playset a Smart Purchase?

In the 2013 Disney film Frozen, the fearless and internally optimistic Anna embarks on an epic encounter to free her kingdom from the eternal winter created by her villainous sister Elsa. With the help of iceman Kristoff and the hilarious Olaf the snowman, Anna confronts Elsa, who is reminded of the power of love. Realizing the error of her ways, she thaws the kingdom and the two sisters reconcile.

That is the story line in the movie which earned Disney more than $1.2 billion in worldwide box office revenue. And the main characters from that enjoyable film are here in the Disney Frozen Complete Story Playset.

Olaf the snowman, sisters Elsa and Anna, Sven the reindeer, Kristoff and Hans are all included in this set. If your children enjoyed the movie, this all-in-one set allows them to reproduce their favorite scenes from the film.

Anna and Elsa are wearing the signature fashions that they displayed in the movie. This includes the Norwegian-inspired design of Anna’s removable skirt. The sparkling and chilling light blue, snowflake-enhanced design of Elsa’s outfit has also been reproduced.

The Anna doll arrives complete with her sweet-pink cape that she wore in the film to keep warm in the frozen Arendelle climate. The Elsa doll also comes with the sheer white cape her character wore in the movie.

The evil Prince Hans is shown in a crisp tuxedo. And the brave Kristoff, Elsa’s beloved, is dressed in the winter mittens, warm hat and cozy vest which identify his character. Olaf and Sven have also been faithfully represented.

The Disney Frozen Complete Story Playset makes a smart purchase for Disney collectors and Frozen movie lovers, and is priced reasonably enough to allow for multiple purchases.

Want to check out one more armload of adorable?! Have a look at the “My First Princess Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Singing Doll” and tell me you can handle all that cuteness. I sure can’t…sold!

 

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