Nutella Ice Cream

I’m living in the Stone Age.

Technologically speaking.

I do not own a smart phone.

Yes.

You read that right.

I do not have a Droid or an iPhone.

And I’m okay with that.

Right now I only need my phone to make calls or to send texts.

That’s it.

If I need to check my email, I’ve got my laptop.

If I want to take pictures, I’ve got my Canon.

I know. I know. They’re not as portable as a smart phone.

But I don’t have a job that requires me to be constantly connected.

If I do eventually get a job like that, I will probably get a smart phone.

And I will definitely have to get this to go with it.

Nutella Ice Cream

Yield: About 1 quart

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs (If you are hesitant to use regular raw eggs, feel free to use pasteurized eggs.)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream, chilled
  • 1 cup milk, chilled
  • ½ cup Nutella
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Whisk eggs in a large bowl for a minute of two, until light and fluffy.
  2. Slowly whisk in sugar, a ¼ cup at a time. After all sugar has been added, whisk thoroughly for another minute.
  3. Stir in heavy cream and milk.
  4. Pour 1 cup of cream mixture into a small bowl. Add Nutella ¼ cup at a time, whisking thoroughly. Add Nutella mixture back into the rest of the cream mixture.
  5. Pour mixture into bowl of an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. About 2-3 minutes before ice cream is done churning, add chocolate chips.
  7. After ice cream is done churning, remove dasher from ice cream maker. Fold in marshmallows.
  8. Transfer to ice cream container and freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.
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Nutella Peanut Butter Bacon Sandwich

My daughters drive me crazy, have caused me many a sleepless night, and stress me out on a daily basis.

Yet with one smile from either of them, I forget all of that.

I am powerless against their cuteness.

It’s almost like they’re doing some kind of silent Jedi mind trick on me.

I love my girls.

Nutella Peanut Butter Bacon Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 tablespoon Nutella
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 slices of bacon, fully cooked

Instructions

  1. Spread Nutella on one slice of bread.
  2. Spread peanut butter on the other slice of bread.
  3. Place bacon on either slice of bread.
  4. Top with the other slice of bread. Devour.
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No-Bake Nutella Bacon Cookies

I’m a bit late to the recap party.

Okay, so maybe I’m REALLY late to that party. Most people recap their year during the last week of December or in the first couple days of January. I can’t even really be considered fashionably late since it’s already the FIFTH day of January.

Moving on.

So, what happened in 2011?

I started working out semi-regularly.

I finally made my own ice cream.

I turned 30.

We renovated our kitchen.

Ummm… oh yeah.

I also started this blog.

Those of you who follow my blog regularly, all ten of you (okay, maybe it’s more like five or six), know how much I love blogging. I’ve said this a gazillion times before, but it really has become one of my passions. It brings me so much joy. On the joy-ness level scale, it’s right below my husband and daughters and on the same level as Doctor Who and baking.

Starting this blog has made me a happier person. It’s given me a creative outlet that I never really had before. I know she’ll never read this, but I truly have to thank Jessica from How Sweet It Is for inspiring me to start blogging. She is one of my favorite bloggers. EVER. Seriously, Jessica. We could totally be BFFs. And I mean that in a genuinely nice, non-creepy way.

So I guess 2011 was an awesome year for me.

I bet 2012 will be even awesomer. More awesome? Awesome to the 10th power?

Whatever.

Anyhoo, I made you some cookies.

Awesome no-bake cookies.

They aren’t the prettiest things in the world.

But how can you not ♥ something that’s got Nutella AND bacon in it?

Go make these. Like now.

No-Bake Nutella Bacon Cookies

Yield: 18-22 cookies

Ingredients

  • (recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is)
  • 1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup Nutella
  • 2-3 slices cinnamon sugared bacon, roughly chopped
  • ? cup maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Dough will be crumbly, but continue to mix.
  2. Form 1 inch balls using a small ice cream scoop or your hands. If the dough is too crumbly to stick together, add some Nutella or syrup until it comes together a bit more.
  3. Very gently flatten balls with the back of a spoon or the bottom of a glass.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
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Tuesday Tidbits

1. I haven’t cooked or baked anything in over a week. Toasting a bagel doesn’t count. And for all the Brittas out there, it’s bay-gul not bag-ul.

2. My hubby is doing a 365 project and started a blog to document it. Check it out.

3. Thursday’s post is going to have Nutella AND bacon in it. What? I’m not on a diet.

4. I know I told you all I was going to wait another month before begging Blogshop to come to Honolulu. Well, I still am. This is something totally different. I wanted to see if anyone else living in Hawaii would be interested in attending Blogshop. Let me know if you are. If I can get maybe 10-15 people who seriously want to go to Blogshop, it might help convince those lovely gals to hold a workshop here.

5. I took these Hilo Homemade Ice Cream and Mr. K’s Ice Cream pictures at the Tropical Dreams Ice Cream plant. Please excuse the glare.

6. I love this idea of making New Year’s intentions. Not sure what is going on my intentions list yet.

7. Really want these pillowcases and this entire outfit.

8. A HELLO KITTY PLANE! A HELLO KITTY PLANE! A HELLO KITTY PLANE! Did I mention I like Hello Kitty?

8. I ♥ Sara Bareilles.

Have a brilliant week!