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6 Simple Tips To Make Ice Cream At Home Without An Ice Cream Making Machine

6 Simple Tips To Make Ice Cream At Home Without An Ice Cream Making Machine

You love ice cream, but you don’t love the price you have to pay for it. Whether you are getting a tub of ice cream at the grocery store or buying it by the scoop (which can often cost more than $3 just for a single cone), it’s way too expensive. Luckily, there are ways that you can make your own ice cream from fresh, healthy ingredients, and you don’t even need to have an ice cream machine.

Here are some tips to help you make delicious ice cream that your whole family will love.

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    Heavy Cream and Condensed Milk

    You can use just two ingredients to make awesome ice cream that is ready to eat in a few hours. Mix one can of condensed milk with a pint of whipping/heavy cream with your food processor until it is thick and fluffy. Freeze and eat. That’s it. You can even add flavorings. For coffee flavored ice cream, melt a tablespoon of instant coffee in a bit of warm water, and add it to the ice cream during the blending process.

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      Ice Cream Base

      All you need for this easy ice cream is your ice cream base, a freezer bag, and a food processor. Place the ice cream base inside the freezer bag, seal it, and put the bag into the freezer. Once it has frozen, use the food processor to blend the ice cream base until it is smooth and creamy. Again, this is another treat that is actually going to take a few hours to make, so if you want ice cream now, you better go out and buy some.

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        Yogurt Ice Cream

        You can easily freeze yogurt and fruit to have a delicious frozen yogurt treat. There isn’t a lot of work involved, but like with many of the other recipes here, you will have to wait for a few hours until you can enjoy it.

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          Freezer Bags, Ice Cream Base, Salt, and Ice

          One of the fastest and easiest ways to make homemade ice cream is to fill a freezer bag with your ice cream base, ice, and salt. Place the bag in the freezer and let it set for a few hours. Then, shake the bag for about 10 minutes, and you have delicious soft-serve ice cream ready to eat. The only real drawback to this method is that it takes several hours for the ice cream to be ready, so you won’t be able to simply make it and eat it. However, you can make any flavor you like, and it is delicious.

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            Ice Cream Base, Ice, and Rock Salt

            This is a bit neater than the previous methods of making homemade ice cream. Put ice cubes and rock salt in one bowl, and then put the ice cream base in a smaller bowl. Place this bowl inside the bowl of ice, and use a hand mixer to blend all of the ingredients. This is a great way to make ice cream if you want to have it within a few minutes. However, you do need to be careful that none of the salt actually gets into the ice cream, because it will ruin the flavor.

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              Bananas

              Did you know that you can make delicious ice cream with just one ingredient? All you need are bananas. Peel and slice the bananas, place them in an air-tight container, and freeze them overnight. Then, blend the frozen banana slices with a food processor. It will take a while to do the blending. At first, the mixture will look crumbly, and then it will take on a gooey appearance. Finally, it will be smooth and creamy. All you have to do is put it in a container and place it back in the freezer until it is firm. This is an easy recipe, but it is a good idea to have a stand mixer, because your arms will end up getting tired if you have to stand there and hold an electric mixer for as long as it takes to turn frozen bananas into ice cream.

              Featured photo credit: St0rmz via flickr.com

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              Last Updated on July 10, 2020

              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

              We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

              So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

              Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

              What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

              Boundaries are limits

              —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

              Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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              Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

              Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

              Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

              How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

              Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

              1. Self-Awareness Comes First

              Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

              You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

              To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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              You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

              • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
              • When do you feel disrespected?
              • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
              • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
              • When do you want to be alone?
              • How much space do you need?

              You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

              2. Clear Communication Is Essential

              Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

              Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

              3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

              Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

              That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

              Sample language:

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              • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
              • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
              • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
              • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
              • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
              • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
              • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

              Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

              4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

              Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

              Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

              Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

              We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

              It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

              It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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              Final Thoughts

              Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

              Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

              Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

              The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

              Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

              Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

              They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

              Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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