Ice Cream Day

It turns out that we are SO good at celebrating holidays that sometimes we even celebrate them by accident!  Earlier this spring I bought an ice cream ball from Crate and Barrel.  It’s a ball that you fill with ice cream ingredients on one side and ice and salt on the other side.  Then you kick it and roll it and shake it for about 20 minutes until you get ice cream.  I first used it at school back in May.  It was hard work to shake it enough to make the ice cream (It rained that day so we couldn’t kick it around outside, so the kids got tired of rolling it inside after a few minutes and I had to finish the job myself – boy were my arms tired!), but it was still a lot of fun and MUCH better than using the always leaky double baggie method to make ice cream in the classroom.  After having fun with it at school, I couldn’t wait to try it at home with my own family.  Last week, I decided that today would be the day to try it – it was supposed to be nice out, and we had some free time today before an insanely busy week coming up so why not?  Our daughter loved pouring in the ingredients (a pint of cream, sugar, and some vanilla)

Ice Cream Ball Ingredients

Ice Cream Ball Ingredients

and kicking it around the yard.  Sure enough, we got ice cream!  Now for the funny part though – after we had put it in the freezer and cleaned up from making the ice cream, my husband looked and Twitter and announced that he saw that today just happened to be National Ice Cream Day.  We had no idea, and yet we celebrated in grand style by kicking our ice cream ball around and making our very own ice cream in honor of the day.  Are we good or what???

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