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Lemon Curd Ripple Ice Cream + Summer Fun

If you're going to make one dessert to celebrate the last days of summer, let it be this Lemon Curd Ice Cream. Even if you're a lemon skeptic, please give it a try. It's so rich and creamy and tangy and flavorful. 

Reuben is in love with this ice cream. I think he was pretty happy that I had to test the recipe several times to get it just right.

To make it even better, this has a no-cook ice cream base - less time in the kitchen! AND there's a no-churn option if you don't happen to own an ice cream maker.

Head over to The Pioneer Woman's blog to grab the recipe for this Lemon Curd Ripple Ice Cream!

Now I'd like to share some of the summer fun we've been having:

How to Make Croutons Over the Stove

How to Make Croutons Over the Stove
Let's be honest: croutons really elevate a salad. Those crunchy little cubes of bread are just satisfying.

But I have a conundrum surrounding croutons. First, most store-bought croutons are full of junk: icky oils and flavorings and chemicals. Second, I don't want to heat up my oven in the summer to make my own croutons.

So of course I devised a method of toasting croutons over the stove. It's really easy - let me show you how!

Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe
I used to believe that ranch dressing was one of those things that was too difficult to reproduce at home. I mean, if you take a look at a bottle of store-bought ranch dressing, the list of ingredients is long and complicated: MSG, artificial flavors, calcium disodium EDTA...what?!

I threw up my hands at the idea of a homemade ranch dressing and opted for homemade vinaigrettes and the like. But, having grown up on ranch dressing, of course I still loved it.

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe
But then I saw recipes online for homemade ranch dressing. Still skeptical, I decided to experiment. I threw some ingredients together, and to my surprise, it actually tasted quite a bit like the commercial stuff! And the list of ingredients wasn't super long and unpronounceable. Cha-ching!

My recipe only contains 10 ingredients, and you most likely have all of them in your kitchen already! And if you're missing an ingredient or two, you can always make a substitute (more on that in a bit).

Creamy Green Smoothie

It took me a loooong time to hop on the green smoothie band wagon. For some reason I imagined that it would taste like a wilty salad all blended together. Not too appealing.

Then along came Jim, who absolutely refused to eat his green vegetables. Not wanting him to miss out on all the nutrients from eating greens, I devised a way to incorporate them into some of the foods that he eats every day.

My kids adore smoothies, so it was a no-brainer to add some pureed greens. Helen was a bit taken aback with the color of the smoothie at first (not her usual pretty pink strawberry smoothie), but now she's used to it.

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