Milking it….

Today at lunch with a former teammate the four ladies to the left of me were going on and on about what great mom’s they were patting each other on the back and gossiping about the PTA (O) and how lucky their child’s teacher was to have them as a helper in the classroom. I did kind of choke on my food a bit. See, when I was a teacher I was not in favor of the parent volunteer. Come observe my classroom all you want, feel free, that’s not what bothered me. What bothered me is that most of them are there for the wrong reasons.

Ask most teachers and they will tell you that the biggest gossips at school are the homeroom mom’s and PTA members. The ones who pop in during lunch or who ease drop while they ran the copy machine. I was mean and often had a plan to get rid of our extra gossipy moms, a litmus test of sorts. Our copy room was where our mailboxes were, many homeroom moms of the younger kids were always copying papers for their teachers…as well as listening in to what you had to say. So I would start the rumor that the PE teacher had knocked me up (don’t worry he was in on it and would play along, we were good buddies…still are). And sure enough within a few days the rumor that I was with a child who would be well versed in the rules of dodge ball was spread. I would politely give our vice-principal (who was in charge of the joy that is the PTA) the heads up and that volunteer wouldn’t get to be in the copy room.

My parent volunteers used to get so mad at me because I did not allow them to grade papers. Really mad, because that’s what most of them were therefore. I watched too many a parent gossip about how a kid was doing in class, that he failed a test, or that their child was doing better, etc. Then of course there are the parents who conveniently fix their kids paper for them while they grade. I see no point in having someone else grade papers for you. How can you know how a child is progressing and where they are struggling if someone else is grading the papers. This never sunk in to say the least. Sigh.

I once had a homeroom mom (we had no choice they were assigned). Every day she would come by, usually complain about having no money and I of course would point out that all the time she spends here at the school could be at a job, that you know, pays money. But she couldn’t do that to her kids. Oh but how I wish she would have. While she was there her daughter could never get anything done in class, she was fixated on her mother, at one point crawling into her lap while I taught class….EIGTH GRADE. EIGHT GRADE. They aren’t children anymore at that age and shouldn’t be crawling into your lap when they outweigh you.

After dealing with homeroom mom’s I often needed a drink, but usually had to go to my afterschool job so that wasn’t going to work. The other option of course was that of ice cream. Not quite as effective, but works fairly well. :) This here is a Belgium Milk Chocolate Ice Cream. There are no add ins (you can if you like), just pure and simple good quality chocolate. The kind I like to have on a cone (I don’t like chunks when I have an ice cream cone). I made this awhile back but found out that today was National Chocolate Ice Cream Day and so I rushed to put it up. Usually I miss these things, but caught it just in time.

*I have had a couple of really good parent volunteers, but for the most part that was the exception and not the rule.

Belgium Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

8oz Belgium Milk Chocolate (the best you can afford), finely chopped
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup whole milk
¾ cup granulated sugar
pinch of salt
4 large egg yolks

Combine the milk chocolate and cream in a large, heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is melted, then remove the bowl from the saucepan. Set it aside with a mesh strainer over the top.

Warm the milk, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer into the milk chocolate mixture, and mix together. Stir until cook custard and place in a bowl  over an ice bath.

Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Adapted from Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz


  1. Yummy! A perfect way to use my gathering icicles in the freezer ice cream maker

  2. One of the only downsides to teaching is gossipy parents. So frustrating! This sweet treat could make me feel better though :)

  3. This post is so accurate. I’m convinced 98% of school gossip comes from the “mommy and me club” that hangs out in the copy room/front lobby/office of my school. Get a job! Or at least a hobby!

  4. PattiT. says:

    With an awesome sounding recipe like this, I am glad I don’t have an ice cream maker. I would definitely be in trouble.

  5. Oh man, growing up our homeroom moms were only in charge of the holiday parties (that were about 30-45 minutes long), and that was about it- and there were none past elementary school. I would NEVER want another student’s parent grading my kids work! Yikes, I wonder if our PTA is that involved where I live now…

    The ice cream looks yummy- and I’m not normally a chocolate lover!

  6. this looks amazing!!! i think the fancy chocolate makes it even more decadent…

  7. I have parents try to interfer on a regular basis–and I teach college!!!!

  8. Oooh, I’m saving this one! My mom got an icecream maker but is at a loss for flavours to make in it!

  9. I am not a teacher but have quite a few family members and friends who are. They are constantly complaining of the parents that think they know better than the teacher and are always in their face or the opposite the parents that never show up. It is such a frustrating job!

    But this ice cream looks so good especially since we are already in triple digits here!

  10. A splendid ice cream! Luscious.



  11. Who on earth would expect to grade the papers??? creep.

    love the litmus test!!

  12. I would LOVE a huge bowl of this! Funny looking at that conversation from the other perspective, I’m not surprised at all how teachers feel!

  13. Sounds like you could have used a flask – perhaps filled with a shake of this.

  14. hollyalair says:

    In your recipe in the third paragraph what did you mean by “Stir until cook over an ice bath.”?

  15. aw, that makes me sad. My mom was always the homeroom mother or her assistant. This (from my perspective) mostly entailed calling up other parents and chewing them out for not bringing cookies/soda for the class party like they promised. And meant that she was always on the field trips. This was both good and bad…

    It’s weird that they did more teachery things like copying and grading…

  16. *eavesdrop

    *..because that’s what most of them were there for.

    Good thing you are not a teacher any more ;)

  17. Peabody says:

    @Rose- too bad I will most likely be one again. :P Not to worry I passed their long grammar and spelling test with flying colors…just don’t care about it on here.

  18. Peabody says:

    @me- Junior High doesn’t have a lot of bringing cookies/class parties and field trips.

  19. Peabody says:

    @hollyalair- sorry about that I fixed it. You put the hot custard into a bowl over and ice bath to help cool it down before it goes into fridge.

  20. I was pretty sure I was going to make ice cream this weekend, and provided I can remember to pick up some milk chocolate I think this one will be it.
    We never had homeroom mom’s when I was in grade school, that pretty much ended with kindergarten (granted we didn’t have “homerooms” either), unless it was a class trip or something. As a kid I can’t imagine wanting my mother there. That would just be weird. I wonder how many kids actually wanted them there (I mean other than THAT one :)).

  21. Oh wow! I don’t remember having homeroom moms when I was a kid. But yeah, I would not like someone else’s mom grading my kid’s paper. It’s none of their damn business!

  22. It is not a pleasant experience for the kid to have a parent in school as well – read my take here.

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