Ice Cream Weather Is Here! Grab A Sweater!

As cooler weather has started blowing in, everyone is extolling the virtues of stew, chili, and pots of soup.  And the folks that aren’t cooking those, are cooking apple this and pumpkin that.  What’s wrong with that, you ask?

Nothing, I say.

But what about the ice cream?

Yes, the ice cream.  I am not usually a big ice cream eater, but for some reason, I begin to crave it in the cold weather rather than the hot.  I have done much self-analysis and introspection, and decided that it’s either because I am crazy, or because of the winters in Texas.

Texas winters are severe—-the temperature drops to well below 97*and lasts for 6 whole days.

In a desperate bid to make the chill chillier, I enhance it with ice cream. And my favorite flavor is peppermint, thus dropping the chill factor even lower.

In a few weeks, I’ll likely dust off the chili pot, hit the pumpkin patch, and make with the apple pie. And the pecan pie.  And the pumpkin pie.  Yada, yada, yada……

But until then, I have made some ice cream. Yummy, cold, creamy, delicious ice cream…

Easy recipes…For Halloween even….


Monster Mash! It's a graveyard smash!

Monster Mash! It’s a graveyard smash!

Monster Mash (Pistachio Cherry and White Chocolate)

Makes 1 ½ quarts

Very reminiscent of Spumoni, the Italian favorite

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 t salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • ¾ cups maraschino cherries, halved
  • ¾ cups chopped pistachios
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips

Place cream, milk, salt, sugar and extracts in a blender and mix just until combined.  Pour into ice cream maker and freezes according to manufacturer directions.  When done, remove to a two quart freezer safe storage container, and gently fold in the remaining ingredients.  Place in freezer until fully ripened, at least 8 hours.


Paranormal Peanut Butter

Paranormal Peanut Butter


Paranormal Peanut Butter

Makes 1 ½ quarts

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup peanut butter (your choice)
  • ½ cup mini peanut butter cups
  • ½ cup peanut butter chips
  • ¾ cup peanut butter filled pretzel nuggets, cut in half
  • ¾ cup peanut butter malted milk balls, halved

Place cream, milk, salt, sugar and extract in a blender and mix just until combined.  Pour into ice cream maker and freezes according to manufacturer directions.  When done, remove to a two quart freezer safe storage container, and gently fold in the remaining ingredients.  Place in freezer until fully ripened, at least 8 hours.


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20 Comments on “Ice Cream Weather Is Here! Grab A Sweater!”

  1. 2013/10/08 at 9:29 pm #

    If I follow you, I’m worried that I’d gain 20 pounds.

  2. Big Daddy
    2013/10/08 at 9:35 pm #

    Monster Mash…….My blood sugar just went up looking at it. Awesome!!!!! It will be a long time till I can eat some of that, save me a bowl please.

    • 2013/10/08 at 9:38 pm #

      Sugar, schmugar!

      Just kidding! I can’t really eat it myself….but I did have just a smidge of each…you know, to make sure they were edible. Because I care about my readers. I’m altruistic that way. It’s such a hard, hard life!


  3. 2013/10/08 at 10:40 pm #

    Oh Lordy me, paranormal peanut butter please!

  4. 2013/10/08 at 11:10 pm #

    I was going to resist having ice cream for dessert tonight, but you broke my will 😉

  5. 2013/10/09 at 1:03 am #

    Reblogged this on artattack.

  6. Lance
    2013/10/09 at 3:28 am #

    I enjoyed and embraced the Texas heat in my teens and even twenty somethings. After that, I despised it and still do. Perhaps when we get in to our 70’s we will embrace it again to warm our old bones? For now, lets eat ice-cream!!! 🙂

  7. inesusan
    2013/10/09 at 6:37 am #

    That sounds yummie. Btw yada? Lol

    • 2013/10/09 at 8:33 am #

      Yada is so….multiple purpose…

      • inesusan
        2013/10/09 at 3:50 pm #

        I’m living in japan. Tell me about it lol

  8. 2013/10/09 at 8:51 am #


  9. Big Daddy
    2013/10/09 at 9:14 am #

    Hey by the way I made it to Texas. I am proudly now a Texan, I am semi-conservative, I love Tex-Mex food, I love guns so I guess I’ll fit in pretty good.

    Are you ready, okay this is how I got to Texas. I was supposed to have a company move my personal belongings and my little truck and take a plane. At the last minute they said they could not find transport for the truck. Then 3 gangbangers from Newark NJ came to pickup my stuff and started to think they can rip me off, oh this will cost you more, this is more, I threw them out.

    So now me, my elderly mom, my best bud from Texas and his daughter are sitting there and we all are supposed to leave on a plane the next day, that was Thursday 2 weeks ago. I sent my mom and his daughter on the plane. We drove from New York City Friday morning, picked up a Penske truck, loaded the truck and hooked my truck on a trailer behind it.

    We left at 4:30PM Friday and got to central Texas midnight Saturday. Almost non-stop, only to get cigs, soda, a little food and bathroom. 1700 miles, I am sick with back issues, diabetes and some other medical problems. My friend is a disabled veteran who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    His leg was swollen from pedal to the medal and I was almost delirious. All those hours in a cramped truck, the passenger side area was built for a small child. I got attitude sickness in Tennessee, my legs swelled, my blood sugar was way too high and I was sick as a dog. It was worth it, we made it and are settling in now.

    The people in Texas are nice, polite and friendly. The food has taste, the food is cheaper, everything is less expensive then New York City and chicken tastes the way I remember. In NYC the food was old by the time it got to us and nothing had any taste, it was terrible. It was dirty, noisy, the people bunched on top of each other and cranky/aggressive all the time. I finally made it to Texas and I feel like I’m in heaven!!!

    • 2013/10/09 at 11:35 am #

      That sounds like the trip from Hell! But you made it to heaven on Earth, which is the part that matters most! And just in time for the most perfect weather of the year!

  10. 2013/10/09 at 10:37 am #

    you poor thing with only 6 days of winter lol-bright side, year round ice cream!

    • Big Daddy
      2013/10/09 at 11:48 am #

      I wish year around ice cream. My blood sugar is not under control. It’s getting better, maybe soon I can have a tablespoon. I must share my chili recipes with y’all. I make a few different ones. When I get settled I will write them down and make sure it’s correct. I think you will like them, sorry no chili ice cream. Although that might go over well in Japan, southwest Japan….ha ha.

      • 2013/10/09 at 12:34 pm #

        In New Mexico one year, I actually had some green chili ice cream. It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t good, but it wasn’t bad.

  11. Anonymous
    2013/10/09 at 11:59 am #

    Hey….I thought there were going to be Chili recipes….

  12. Big Daddy
    2013/10/09 at 12:39 pm #

    I think just about everybody has chili recipes. But sad to ay most are really just Sloppy Joe’s. if it has green peppers or is tomato based it’s a Sloppy Joe recipe. Chili has chilies in it. I did a lot of research on chili and it has a long history all the way back to pre-recorded history. They were cooking with chilies here thousands of years ago.

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