Back to School--Ice Cream Style
|8th grade, 6th grade, 4th grade, 2nd grade and 1st grade|
It doesn't seem like it's been three months since the last day of school and it certainly doesn't feel like it's been a year since the previous first day of school, but alas, time has moved and here we are again! The kids went back for a full week to start out this year, although not all full days. Even though it was only the equivilant of three and a half days in a matter of five, by the end of the week, we were all wiped out. I guess that's what new routine does to you.
|Unhappy that her siblings are leaving her??|
Despite the exhaustion, we had been looking forward to the end of that first week, because we had been planning a "Back-to-School Ice Cream Social" for Saturday evening. In preparation for the event, I started making ice cream the first week of August.
Much thanks to my mother-in-law and friend Kim for letting me borrow their ice cream makers to keep the process moving along.
We started out with the idea that we (Tim and I) would each make 2 or 3 flavors and kind of have a little contest between each other to see whose tasted better. One of my first flavors that I made was coffee and then red beet and from there I was completely hooked and addicted to the idea of trying unusual flavors just to see what they would taste like.
Every batch was beautiful and oh-so tasty! Yes, of course I sample each one! (There were a couple that did NOT make the cut to serve to guests)
With everything planned for and ready to go, Tim and I evaluated the RSVP list, he asked me where everyone was going to park. Hmm...I hadn't given that detail any thought at all.
A few pints were packaged up as gifts, and the leftovers (amazingly, there were leftovers!) are being enjoyed as bed-time snacks!
This was by far one of the most fun gatherings we've hosted in quite some time (they're all fun--but this one, well, how can you not have fun when over a hundred people are enjoying themselves at your home???) This of course is one of those many times that I'm really GLAD we live on an acerage. Someone may have called the cops if we lived in town! :) This event warrants consideration for being annual, although someone suggested we throw in a BBQ too. Whew...I guess you never know what another year may bring!