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Chocolate Mug Cake and Homemade Ice Cream

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Chocolate Mug Cake and Homemade Ice Cream

When our kids were younger and still living at home we would make homemade ice cream on our birthdays. It was quite a big deal, buying the milk, cream, ice, and salt. I do love homemade ice cream. All of our kids now have their own homes so making ice cream in that big canister seldom happens anymore. 

I was thrift store shopping about a year ago and I found a countertop ice cream maker. It wasn’t expensive so I bought it. It seemed pretty easy to use, the entire bottom of the maker goes in the freezer and you take it out when you are ready to make ice cream.  We’ve never used it even though I had stored the bottom of the maker in my freezer. This past weekend I decided I wanted homemade ice cream and remembering that I had this countertop maker I decided it was a great time to try it out. 

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Eva Marie, a Gr-Animal Story

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Eva Marie, a Gr-Animal Story

We have a “Gr-Animal”. Our daughter Genette, and her husband Abe have adopted a dog. Her name is Eva Marie. Eva ended up with a middle name because Genette got annoyed with her one day and when she called her inside “Eva Marie” just slipped out. So now Eva has a middle name. Eva is a rescue and a mutt, sweet as can be, and is now being taught to come when called.  

Genette and Abe live in Virginia and when they come to visit they, of course, stay for a couple of days. Abe asked me if they could bring Eva with them when they came to visit. I told them it was fine but she would need to be kept on a leash when outside. We live in Charlotte and there is not only a leash law but the roads are quite busy here. Abe remembered that our backyard is fenced in on 3 sides, so he asked if it would be ok to fence in the 4th side so Eva could run around in the backyard. I told him that was fine but I wasn’t sure that we had much in the budget for that right now. He then offered a thought of building one out of recycled wood pallets. Well, I love to recycle and reuse so that was a perfect suggestion. Steven and I began to collect wood pallets.

This past weekend Genette, Abe, and Eva all came to the house and the building began. Under the fine direction of our son-in-law, a stack of wood pallets, some recycled hinges, a latch from a friend’s backyard, and less than $100 for additional supplies and tools; a fence with a double gate has been added to our landscape. I like it!! 

Sometime this Fall they will all be back and the second half of the fence, on the other side of the house will be built. One day I might even put it all together into a stage story!

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