Homemade ice cream is one of the easiest treats to make in the summer, especially if you have an ice cream maker. This recipe can be made without an ice cream maker, but JI loves to watch the mix go round and round and sneak bites of the half frozen ice cream. I like to make my mix a day ahead of time so that it can get super cold in the fridge, which helps it freeze faster in the ice cream machine.
Homemade Blueberry Ice Cream
- 1 pint fresh blueberries, washed, dried, stems removed
- 1/2 cup milk (I used 1%)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 3 cups milk (1%)
Combine blueberries, 1/2 c milk, 1/2 c water, and sugar in a saucepan.
Heat on high, stirring constantly, until berries start to pop and sugar has dissolved.
Bring to just boiling, remove from heat, add remaining 3 c milk, stir. I use a whisk for all the stirring because it ensures that the sugar is incorporated and doesn’t become lumpy or stuck to any berries.
Chill overnight. (Note: If you are not using an ice cream machine, at this point you can just pour the mix into a freezer safe container and let it harden and enjoy once frozen, and you are done!)
Pour your chilled mix into the ice cream machine (or follow the machine’s directions) and let it go. I usually toss mine in the freezer for about 30 minutes prior to serving, to make sure it is completely frozen.
JI had his last day of school on Thursday, finishing up a great last week of school. This school year has been very difficult for us, from starting out at another school as an NT peer to being recast as disabled by the school system, then switching schools at the same time that Squeaks was being born and record amounts of snow were falling on central Ohio causing several weeks of snow days.
Learning how to behave in a different classroom setting was a challenge as well. At the public schools here, a red-yellow-green system is used, and in the beginning JI was constantly on red (all kids start on green and get moved to yellow and then red depending on their behaviour). I was feeling really poorly as a parent, but over time I realized that he just had to work it out and learn how to do it their way. This was tough because I always want my baby to be his best! I looked at his sticker chart for the month of May, and he only had four red days! Spectacular! JI has ended this school year on such a positive note, and I could not be more proud of him for all the growing and changing he has done.
Also today I received the paperwork that JI’s teacher filled out in regards to his social behaviour and such in the classroom. There were three questionnaires to be completed, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the answers. There were a lot of things that he does that I thought he didn’t do, such as play with other kids and act appropriately in group settings. He wasn’t doing that at the beginning of the year. Now I’m wondering, and hoping almost, that he behaviour problems were just temporary and that he doesn’t have ASD or ODD or related disorders. Of course I’m still going to keep going with the evaluations, because I’d rather test for everything and get a ton of negatives than stop testing and have him fall behind again. He definitely still has sensory issues, so behaviour therapy will definitely help with that.
I’m very excited for this summer. I think JI is going to mature a great deal between now and August, and hopefully next school year won’t be as emotionally demanding as this past school year. I have heaps of ideas in my brain about what to do to help JI in that maturing process, and I cannot wait to share them with you all. The next three months are going to be unique in that JI is becoming an actual boy, not just a toddler or preschooler, and Squeaks is going to be doing a whole lot of growing, and might be sitting up and maybe even crawling by the end of the summer. I am just so eager to see it all happen!