In The Middle Of Things (Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches)

It’s not unusual to find me in the middle of things; I’ve been that way my entire life.  But as time marches on, some things become more important than others.

Recently, I began feeling the pull of my multi-faceted interests — a battle between the “want-to’s” and the “have-to’s” — and frankly, the have-to’s were winning.  Time to regroup.

After some serious soul searching (and budget crunching), my heart decided I needed to be HOME to make the best use of my God-given talents.  The Man Of Few Words agreed, I gave notice at work, and the transition began.  And guess what?

I’m still in the middle of things!

(Somehow I suspect I always will be, but the want-to’s and have-to’s are only a month or so away from marching together — from home, sweet home.  Hooray!)

The occasion called for something capricious to celebrate dreams in the making… homemade ice cream!  The only problem was… we don’t have an ice cream maker.

Not one to be daunted by minor details, I set out to make Isabelle At Home‘s luscious ricotta ice cream.  (Thanks, Isabelle!)  Technical difficulties aside, I plunked the mixture into a Ziploc-bag, threw it in the freezer, and smooshed it by hand every 30 minutes until it was “ice cream-y” consistency. (Bear in mind, I left out the chocolate chips… between smooshing I made cookies.) :)

Although the resulting “ice cream” tasted wonderful, it was a tad unscoop-able (due to the lack of churning.)  I pondered the dilemma with a cookie in hand.  Hmmm…

Why not make ice cream sandwiches?!

After softening the ice cream a bit, I spooned it onto sheets of plastic wrap, rolled them into tidy rolls (ala the compound butter maneuver), and threw them back in the freezer.  Then the process began…

Slice… slide… SAMMICH!

There are some merits to being in the middle of things.

Enjoying sweet victory,

~ Kim

29 thoughts on “In The Middle Of Things (Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches)

    • Maureen, there’s still “squooshing” involved with these. :) (Even with a neat lil’ slice, there’s that undeniable temptation to squoosh.) Enjoy!

  1. I just love that you not only have the courage to choose the “want-to’s” over the “have-to’s” (such an inspiration!) but also know how to roll with the punches – making ice cream even without the freezer and choosing cookie sandwiches to better use your ice cream. You’re amazing! (And I’m clicking through to find out how to make ricotta ice cream.)

    • Thank you! The links are in my post, but I forgot to underline them this time (I think there’s a button for that…) and I usually highlight them in a contrasting color. If you’re still looking, just click on Isabelle At Home’s link in my blog roll, then go back a few posts. (Worth the look and fun reading!) Thanks again for your encouraging comments!

  2. Oh my goodness…those look so delish! I know what will be happening at least once this summer. ;)

    Ahhh the middle of things… sometimes that’s just where you are suppose to be. Good for you for following your heart and I know you are going to do such wonderful things….writing and cooking and all kinds of fun :)

  3. Great point! Good luck, follow your heart!!
    Great improv on the ice cream btw, I love how it turned out!!

    • Thank you, Heather! I’m glad to see you following your heart, too. :) (Although my following is at a slightly slower pace, lol!) Enjoy every moment!

  4. I would love if I could work from home-go you for figuring out a way to make it work! (teach me please-lol). Love the icecream sandwiches, brilliant solution to the unscoopable ice cream. LOVE chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches. YUM!!

    • Veronica, I neglected to mention that I have another “job” (playing piano for church, which isn’t “work” at all!) But I only have to put in 8 hours a month, as opposed to 80. As for cost saving measures, I seldom use our dryer (I like to hang clothes on the line!), we don’t use our air conditioner unless we absolutely have to (summer is supposed to be hot, right?!) and I’m The Queen Of Leftovers. :) Give me a pound of anything and I’ll turn it into three tasty meals — and have fun doing it!

  5. Congrats on your decision to leave your day job and work at home. I’ve had my ups and downs at home alone, but I don’t regret making that choice. Can’t wait to see how your new creative endeavors turn out! And now I’m hungry for ice cream. :)

    • Shary, I’m looking forward to having more time to visit with people (on-line and otherwise!) and also uninterrupted “thinking time.” That alone is worth it!

  6. This was a very creative save! I would have never thought of the freezing and slicing method to make ice cream sandwiches. This does look delicious.
    Congrats on changing to doing your own thing at home-I am sure you will enjoy it. Have a great day.

    • Tina, the nice thing is having “ready to slice” ice cream for future ice cream sandwiches! I don’t like biting into frozen cookies — this way, I can stuff fresh-baked ones — think of the possibilities… :)

  7. Kimby! I totally luv your creation! I can just see you as you pondered the unscoopable ice cream…standing back, eyeing it, as if you were a keen surveyor on property w/your tripod and equipment, but instead using your ‘L’ shaped finger hands and eyeing, then, duh! It dawns on you! What a great post and sammich…could use one now! xo Ally :)

    • Ally, your description of the process was pretty accurate! I love the challenge of “re-purposing” in the kitchen. :) Thanks for coming by!

  8. Living the dream :) I also want to start working from home but we just bought a house and I think that might still be a few years away. Congrats though! You’ll love it!

    Great sammich! That’s a fantastic way to celebrate, for sure!

  9. Love those ice cream sandwiches, Kim! They speak SUMMER!!!!!!!! As for the rosacea ad, hmmmm, well, you can probably guess my take on that one. My first inclination was to take that lovely lady by the hand and show her how an anti inflammatory diet could give her the same results without a prescription drug but then I remembered it was an ad and she was a model who probably doesn’t even have rosacea. LOL Gotta love those WordAds.

    • Sue Ann, that was the first ad that showed up on my blog after my Crab Louis Salad post. (It was rather humorous that her flaming cheeks “color coordinated” with the tomatoes…yikes!!!) I’ve found refreshing/reloading the page will bring up the next ad, FYI. :) Thanks for sharing this post on FB! You’re a gem. xo

  10. I am so excited for you! GO FOR IT! Be in the middle, on the side or right on top (what?) …oh dear…what I mean is where ever you are my sweet Kim you will be the best! See no ice cream maker didn’t even stop you! Thanks for the ice cream nudge ;)
    I think I need to stop writing now….I meant typing…I am going…now.

    • Isabelle, your comments are such a day brightener! I’m looking forward to being more “spontaneous” once I’m home — don’t know how you manage it all with working, kids, blogging, etc. (or maybe that’s HOW you manage it!) Always a treat to hear from you. :)

  11. No harm with being in the middle here – these look deliciously addictive (I love yourslice technique and shaping ice cream!)
    Congrats on being accepted in the program my friend – off to check it out :)

    Choc Chip Uru

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