DIY Ice Cream Party! No Machine Needed

Hello, everyone! I thought I’d check in and share one last quick summer dessert recipe. As you may have seen on the news, we just had a pretty big hurricane here in Houston, Texas, but we were lucky to get through it relatively unscathed. We had a wee bit of water come up through the floor in one area of our living room, but it could have been worse. Much worse. 

The end of August always sneaks up on me, which is most likely due to the fact that it will continue to feel like summer here until late October or so. It’s hard to imagine that I’m going to have to whip out my cinnamon, allspice, and pumpkin pie seasoning soon! But if you’re like me and like to stretch out your summer as long as possible, here is a great trick I learned on how to make the easiest and creamiest “ice cream” possible without a machine. Don’t believe me, just take a look!


It’s also worth mentioning that if you stick around to the end you’ll also get to see two of my recently completed DIY projects! So here we go!

This recipe makes a lot of ice cream, as you’ll see. The good news is that it’s totally adjustable, so feel free to cut it in half for less or triple it for a ton! 

Start out by whipping some cream to stiff peaks. I used an entire quart (946 ml).


Now add an entire can (14 oz) of condensed milk.


Add in a couple of teaspoons of vanilla (I used paste) and a dash of salt and then fold it all together until completely combined.


Now, you can stop right there for vanilla ice cream, or you can do what I did and make multiple flavors. Just divide the mixture into however many flavors you’d like and stir in your favorite yummy goodies. Clockwise from top left: Crumpled up chocolate covered pretzels, vanilla, crushed butterfinger bars, and whole blueberry jam.


Gently fold in the goodies, cover with plastic wrap, then freeze until firm. Here they are just out of the freezer:


Close up of the blueberry goodness. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if this one was going to work. It was amazing.


The butterfinger was great too.



Out of all four, I have to say that my favorite was the chocolate covered pretzel. The mixture of sweet/salty was just too good to pass up! I will say that this ice cream is a lot fluffier and lighter than the stuff you buy at the stores, but at least you know what’s in it. Plus it’s far cheaper than buying four individual pints. And unlike other no-machine-needed recipes I’ve tried, this one is crystallization-free. Nothing worse than little bits of watery ice crystals in your ice cream. Gross. So, I definitely recommend this. Give it a try and let me know what you think! I’d love to know what toppings you’d throw in yours. πŸ™‚

Now for the DIYs! This week I made these two little caged sconces to hang on either side of my new headboard. I got this idea from Shanty 2 Chic, though I had to build them a bit differently since I don’t own a pocket hole jig yet. I’m obsessed with all of their projects, so I totally recommend checking them out.


Here is a close up. The little cages can be bought at Home Depot for $5 a pop, and I got the lighting kits on sale at Michael’s for $8 each. The corbels were built from super inexpensive pine boards. If anyone wants more details on how I made these, just let me know!


I went with a vintage looking bulb since that’s what all the cool kids are doing! Overall, I’m very happy with these.


Thennnnn I decided to pick up these two nightstands that I found at Restore. If you’re not familiar with Restore, it’s a chain of stores run by Habitat for Humanity. It’s like Goodwill, but a million times larger and more amazing. They sell everything from furniture to old windows. It’s a DIY’ers dream, but also a great source for people with damaged homes. It’s very, very possible that this particular store was flooded during the hurricane, which is a shame because I’m sure people need them more than ever now.


As you can see, I decided to paint them to match my headboard and dresser. I also added new (used) hardware that I also purchased at Restore. I think they look great! Very happy with this project as well. πŸ™‚ Next, I’m not sure if I want to build a bench to go in front of my bed, a coffee table, or some type of hutch for my dining room. I will let you know though!


Until next time!

DIY Ice Cream (No Machine Needed)
Just four ingredients not including your favorite cookies or candy!
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
4 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
4 hr
  1. 1 quart heavy whipping cream
  2. 1 14 oz can of condensed milk
  3. 2 tsp of vanilla
  4. 1 pinch of salt
  5. Extras such as nuts, fruit, crumbled cookies, or candy
  1. Whip cream to stiff peaks.
  2. Fold in condensed milk, vanilla, and salt.
  3. Divide mixture into 2 or more bowls and fold in your favorite extras.
  4. Cover well with plastic wrap and freeze until firm (about 2-4 hours).
  5. Enjoy!
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2 thoughts on “DIY Ice Cream Party! No Machine Needed

  1. Yummm!!! I saw a similar recipe recently and now it’s obvious that the heavens are telling me to MAKE ICE CREAM DAMN IT so I have no choice but to comply πŸ˜‰
    Have been thinking of you Amanda, with everything I’ve seen on the news about the terrible storm over Texas. So glad that things are not worse as you say. Take care!!
    Good to see you have been keeping busy with those awesome DIY bedside lamps, you have scoped out some really cool ideas! We used boxes filled with old study notes as bedside tables for the longest time before we finally got round to sorting out proper ones… So impressed with your re-furb skills!!

    1. Isn’t it just starting to be summer where you are? If so, perfect timing! And yeah, we got very lucky here. Now there is another big hurricane coming toward Florida. Very scary. I’ve heard they’re much more prepared than we were, so that’s good.

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