Casual Get Together

After we returned from the honeymoon we decided we wanted to have a party! Or a "casual get together"! The main reason we wanted to host this casual get together was because we felt like we didn't get to see a whole lot of our friends at the wedding. We didn't anticipate that the bride and groom would be so busy doing all the wedding things throughout the whole reception!

Here's the menu

Here's the spread

In addition to our menu, our guests also brought contributions! I followed a Pioneer Woman recipe for the Lemon-Garlic Shrimp which was a savory appetizer for the party.

Then, for the first time ever, we made homemade ice cream with our new freeze bowl attachment for our mixer! We followed the recipe in the manual. One thing I would have done differently is to freeze it a few hours prior to serving; as we did it, we pretty much served it right out of the freeze bowl and it turned very soft in no time. It was delicious though!

Homemade vanilla ice cream served with strawberries and crushed oreos.

French Vanilla Ice Cream
2 1⁄2 cups half-and-half
8 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
2 1⁄2 cups whipping cream
4 teaspoons vanilla
1⁄8 teaspoon salt

In medium saucepan over medium heat, heat half-and-half until very hot but not boiling, stirring often. Remove from heat; set aside.

Place egg yolks and sugar in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and wire whip to mixer. Turn to Speed 2 and mix about 30 seconds, or until well blended and slightly thickened. Continuing on Speed 2, very gradually add half-and-half; mix until blended. Return half-and-half mixture to medium saucepan; cook over medium heat until small bubbles form around edge and mixture is steamy, stirring constantly. Do not boil. Transfer half-and-half mixture into large bowl; stir in whipping cream, vanilla, and salt. Cover and chill thoroughly, at least 8 hours.

Assemble and engage freeze bowl, dasher, and drive-body interface as directed in attachment instructions. Turn to STIR Speed (Speed 1). Using a container with a spout, pour mixture into freeze bowl. Continue on STIR (Speed 1) for 15 to 20 minutes or until desired consistency. Immediately transfer ice cream into serving dishes, or freeze in an airtight container.

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