Is Simplicity Best? Or Simply the Easiest…

I am a girly girl even though to see me most days you would not really get that impression (I mean I’m wearing a hoodie that says “I Like Naps” right now) so it was a bit of a surprise to me when I married the picky eater that I didn’t really care about the dress or so I thought.

I had picked one out in a magazine. I found where they sold it locally and went and tried it on. And told them okay, I’ll take it. The girl was like, don’t you want to try others on? I said no. She said but you need the bride experience. Um, okay. So I tried on 10 dresses. Left with the one I came for.

That all turned out like I thought. What didn’t turn out how I thought was when I started going for fittings and then the actual day I got to wear that dress…I loved that dress. And not even that dress as a general rule, the wedding dress. So this time around I know that the dress is very, very important to me. Yes, I know you that you only wear it once. And my last dress was rather costly and I simply don’t have near the budget to do that again (hence looking for a used dress). But I can’t think of another time I felt so very pretty and so in a way it was totally worth the price.

If you follow my Little White Dress board on Pinterest then you know that I have what one might call a crush on Vera Wang. I actually thought my first dress would be a Vera Wang but fell in love with another. The likelihood of me going the Vera Wang route this time is slim to numb…even with her designing for David’s Bridal they still run around $1500 there. Le sigh. So I tried to figure out what I love most about her gowns. Simplicity. They are actually very timeless for the most part. I own her On Weddings book. It was published in 2001. So well over a decade ago and yet I would wear pretty much any dress of hers in that book. There is something to be said about that.

One of the great things about homemade ice cream is how simple it is. People seem to think it’s really hard. It is not. Well at least not the kind that doesn’t use eggs…which is the kind I prefer.

There were some great looking strawberries at the farmers market the other day and I picked them up. I had just recently got a new toy (an ice cream maker with its own compressor so you don’t have to freeze the bowl) and was dying to try it out. So I made this ice cream. Holy yum. I took one bite and knew that I was going to be in need of about 5 Benadryl because I was quite sure I was going to end up eating more than one spoonful. Wow.

The key to a simple wedding dress is quality material and design. The key to a simple recipe is quality ingredients so make sure you choose wisely.

Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

1 pint fresh strawberries
½ cup whole milk
1 cup granulated sugar
pinch salt
2 cups heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste or extract

Put the strawberries into a blender and puree. You can strain if you do not want the seeds. I kept the seeds in.

Reserve in blender.

In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed or whisk to combine the milk, sugar and salt until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla.

Stir in reserved strawberries with all juices. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, or overnight.

Turn on the ice cream maker; pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl (read what your machine asks for you to do) and mix to the manufactures suggestions.

The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.

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  1. So you liked the new machine?

  2. @Pam- Oh my yes! I love it so much more than the kind I have to have in the freezer. It does however weigh a ton but that is to be expected when it has it’s own compressor.
    It’s not for everyone. But I make a ton of ice cream over a years time and so it just makes sense.

  3. Yum! I bought a Cuisinart ice cream maker (like your old one) and I love it! In fact, you inspired me to purchase it. Homemade ice cream really is so easy, and sooooo yummy. I use my ice cream maker quite frequently.

    p.s. Those ice cream cups are adorable.

  4. I love the simple stuff. Simple jewelry, simple clothes, simple everything. I don’t like standing out much either. But then again I am my Father’s daughter :P

    This ice cream looks superb. I can’t wait to own an ice cream maker. Maybe when I finally get married I’ll put it on a registry or something haha.

  5. I think a wedding dress should be important even if you only wear it once, And used is fitting, something borrowed, some thing new, something old you know all those things.
    I don’t think I can justify the fancier ice cream maker although it would be nice to not have to keep the container in the freeze.

  6. Awww, depeche mode for a la mode. You also inspired me to buy an ice cream maker…have only made cake batter ice cream. It was so good, can’t wait to try the strawberry.

  7. I adore fresh strawberry ice cream. I should run to the farmer’s market and grab some berries! And I do so love my compressor machine, despite its weight. So have you had your eye on Craigslist or anything for possible dresses?

  8. Jennfactor10 says:

    I had big dress the first round and loved it, got married to the right guy just last year, and DIDN’T get the dress I wanted (a retro fifties polka dot for an fun carnival theme), and it’s my one regret. Still had a wonderful day, but the dress does make all the difference.

  9. I have to say I tend to gravitate toward simpler dresses. Not plain but simple. Definitely a difference!

  10. Man, I guess I just need to break down and buy an ice cream maker. So far the ice cream I have made are the stir an freeze ones that take forever.

    I love Vera Wang, too, but no fancy dress was in my budget. I’m sure you’ll find something classic!

  11. This looks too simple NOT to make- I love it! Can’t wait to try it. Love the little ice cream cup.

  12. There are a ton of great used wedding dress sites. I would stay away from all of the made in Chine sites though, to many horror stories. If we had the same taste in style and same body type I’d say you’re more than welcome to borrow my dress but I don’t think we do. I’m getting married Oct. 20!

  13. Made this and loved it!

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