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Lemon Icebox Pie Icecream

17 May

It’s almost time for summer, and so I’ve started to make ice cream again this year.  Last year I received the Kitchenaid icecream maker attachment for my birthday, and boy, have I been churning out some delicious ice cream ever since then.  And I mean delicious.  You’ll also need the splash guard to make getting the icecream batter into the machine easy.  The past issue of Southern Living magazine (gift subscription from my mom– thanks mom!) included this intriguing recipe I just had to try out. (Edits in red)


  • 3 to 4 lemons
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup coarsely crushed graham crackers
  • 1 tablespoon vodka


  1. Grate zest from lemons to equal 1 Tbsp. Cut lemons in half; squeeze juice from lemons into a measuring cup to equal 1/2 cup (this took just 2 big lemons for me).
  2. Whisk together half-and-half, sweetened condensed milk, vodka, and lemon juice. Pour mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. (Instructions and times may vary.) Stir in graham cracker crumbs and lemon zest; transfer to an airtight container. Freeze 2 hours before serving.

I typically add alcohol to icecream recipes if they don’t already call for it so that I end up with more scoop-able icecream.  (Especially if the recipe isn’t just all high-fat whipping cream and loads of sugar.. which also help icecream remain soft-ish).  One tablespoon vodka seemed to hit the nail on the head for this one.  The texture is dense, but not hard to scoop.  And the icecream tastes just like lemon icebox pie.  When you first put it in your mouth you taste lemon, but after that it really does remind me of meringue!  I would have taken a picture, but it was too yummy and I fell into a sugar coma before I could get off a shot.  Sorry.  Imagine icecream just like in the picture, but without the waffle-cone cookies.


Strawberry Lemonade Cake

1 May

Sometimes I like to go to the discount section of the grocery store just to see what’s there.  This time, there was lemon frosting, and I just had to have it.  At first I thought I would get some lemon poppy seed cake/muffin mix and put it on top, but alas, the store didn’t carry it.  So then I decided that a strawberry lemonade cake would be nice.  And it is.  It’s delicious.  The cake even tastes like lemon, although it has no lemon in it, just a trick of the senses.


  • Betty Crocker Super Moist Yellow Cake (my fav. and NOT the butter recipe, it’s not as good)
  • Strawberries
  • Lemon Frosting (I used Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme, because it was on sale)


  1. Prepare cake batter according  to package directions and spoon into two round cake pans
  2. Dice a handful of strawberries and place on top of cake batter
  3. Bake cake according to package directions
  4. After cake cools, spread the frosting and toss on some sliced strawberries
  5. Eat and enjoy

The strawberries in the cake batter are really delicious and really make it taste like strawberry lemonade.  Use as many or as little as you like.  A word to the wise though, the more strawberries you put in the cake batter, the more likely the cake will split when you try to remove it from the pan.  So you know, be careful of that.