June, the mouths of Meeting members and attenders begin to water as
the weather heats up, signaling the beginning of summer. No, they’re
not thirsty. In fact, some dream of the cool, smooth texture and
deliciously sinful flavors of homemade ice cream, made that very day.
Our Meeting’s Ice Cream Social has become the culminating event
in our annual social calendar. A combination family picnic and
celebration, it occurs on the second Sunday in June. Also on that day, our Meeting honors the dedication and hard work of our First Day School Teachers by publicly thanking them for all that they do for our children throughout the school
year, as well as honoring our graduating seniors by leaving them
messages of hope and inspiration in notebooks created for that
While we have Eating Meetings the second Sunday of most months from
September to June, this one is special. Everyone goes all out,
bringing all sorts of delicious goodies to Meeting. It’s also when
we break out the grill and cook hamburgers and hot dogs. The
anticipation must really be great for both adults
and children as the aroma of these traditional picnic meats wafts over
towards our Meeting House during Meeting for Worship.
Our Ice Cream Social emphasizes the greater family we have at our
Meeting as all sit around in the shade of the large maple trees eating
cool cups of homemade heaven.
Here's a sample ice cream
Cookie Ice Cream
about 6 quarts
cups milk (see below*)
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp peppermint oil (see
6 cups heavy cream (see below*)
1 box mint cookies (see below***)
You can use 12 cups of Light Cream instead of the Milk and Heavy
Cream. You will get a
slightly better texture but it will cost much more.
You can get Peppermint Oil from a health food store. Real mint fanatics might want to use ¾ of a teaspoon.
Do not use ‘Mint Extract’ unless you want your ice cream to
taste like toothpaste.
Some cookies that will work: Trader Joes Candy Cane Joe Joes, Girl
Scout Thin Mints, Keebler Grasshopper Fudge Mint Cookies
the Milk into a 4-quart container.
Add the Sugar and Salt while stirring.
You can keep stirring until everything has dissolved or just
put it in the refrigerator and let it sit overnight.
Add the Heavy Cream and Peppermint Oil when the Sugar has
the mixture in a 4-quart ice cream freezer.
You can use this time to chop each cookie into about 8 pieces.
When the mixture is frozen, remove it from the freezer canister
and fold in the cookie pieces. Allow it to harden in a refrigerator freezer – about 6
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