Coffee Ice Cream


The great thing about coffee ice cream is how amazing it tastes. The not so great thing is that if you eat some at night, you may not be able to sleep because of all the caffeine. I was an insomniac until 4am.

I made coffee ice cream to accompany our Thanksgiving meal a few weeks ago. Mmm…it was so delicious. Creamy, rich with real coffee, and a perfect sidekick to the pumpkin pie.

The photo above was literally taken before I ate up the very last spoonful of ice cream. That’s how good it was, and how quickly we ate it up.

Coffee Ice Cream

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Yield: 1 quart


  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups whole coffee beans (decaf or regular)
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely ground coffee


In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat the milk, sugar, whole coffee beans, salt, and 1/2 cup of the heavy cream until it is quite warm and steamy, but not boiling. Once the mixture is warm, cover, remove from the heat, and let steep at room temperature for 1 hour.

Pour the remaining 1 cup of cream into a medium size metal bowl, set on ice over a larger bowl. Set a mesh strainer on top of the bowls. Set aside.

Reheat the milk and coffee mixture, on medium heat, until again hot and steamy (not boiling!). In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks together. Slowly pour the heated milk and coffee mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly so that the egg yolks are tempered by the warm milk, but not cooked by it. Scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof, flat-bottomed spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula so that you can run your finger across the coating and have the coating not run. This can take about 10 minutes.

Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream. Press on the coffee beans in the strainer to extract as much of the coffee flavor as possible. Then discard the beans. Mix in the vanilla and finely ground coffee, and stir until cool.

Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

The Best Recipes For An Amazing Thanksgiving Meal


I am really passionate about Thanksgiving. Our family celebrates Thanksgiving through the entire month of November with our Thanksgiving tree tradition.

Most years we host a family/friends Thanksgiving gathering at our house, and this year will be no different. Usually we share the work of cooking the variety of Thanksgiving food. Mom’s making roast turkey, my husband does the sweet potatoes, I don’t trust anyone but myself to cook the stuffing.

After hosting Thanksgiving for so many years, I figured I needed to start curating the list of recipes that have become classics (or at least repeats) for our Thanksgiving meal. And yay for you, I’m writing this post far enough in advance so you can plan an amazing meal.

Happy cooking, eating, and merriment!

Roast Turkey

Good Eats Roast Turkey (from Alton Brown) – This turkey recipe has over 5,000 reviews, for good reason. It’s super flavorful and moist.

Perfect Turkey – I’ve made this recipe a few times, with and without the brine. It’s well-seasoned.

Perfect Roast Turkey – This is the one roast turkey recipe I’d go with. Ina’s methods are classic and simple, and really do result in the perfect roast turkey. When in doubt, always trust Ina.

Side Dishes

Perfectly Easy Dinner Rolls – This is a family favorite that I learned from my mom. Light, buttery, and quite a bit like King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread.

Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole – If sweet potatoes are your thing, this dish is for you. My husband has made this one for years.

Corn Casserole – I didn’t grow up eating corn casserole (sometimes called cornbread pudding). One Thanksgiving my friend Ethel brought this dish over, and I was like, “What IS this?” I’ve been fixing this recipe ever since. It’s super simple to make, and the perfect sidekick to all the other traditional Thanksgiving fare.

Green Bean Casserole With Crispy Onions – I love how fresh this recipe is. It takes some extra prep, but it’s worth it.

Sausage and Herb Stuffing – I make this stuffing every year. Tip: you can make it in a crockpot to save precious oven space for other dishes.

Classic Mashed Potatoes – A no-fuss mashed potatoes recipe. It’s all you need.

Cranberry Sauce – Please, for the love of food, do not serve canned cranberry sauce (aka gross lump of jelly). This recipe is what cranberry sauce is supposed to be.


Apple Pie – I think apple pie is good any time of the year. So why not add it to your Thanksgiving table?

Sticky Toffee Pudding – This is another Thanksgiving repeat for us (and sometimes makes an appearance at Christmas). I think this goes so well with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

Pumpkin Pie – The obvious choice for Thanksgiving dessert. You can make this a day or two in advance if you’re trying to space out your meal prep.

Crack Pie – Have you tried Crack Pie yet? It’s a real thing, and it will blow your mind.

Creme Brulee – If you want to have a fancier dessert, make creme brulee.


Jook (Chinese Porridge) – I come from a Chinese family that traditionally makes this porridge with the leftover turkey meat and carcass after Thanksgiving. It makes a great post-Thanksgiving day dinner.

The Great After-Thanksgiving Turkey Enchiladas – A great way to use leftover turkey.

Lemon Turkey Noodle Soup – This recipe is just as good with turkey as it is with chicken. We love this soup on a cold day.

More Thanksgiving Ideas

Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well

Thanksgiving Cookbook: 100 Simple and Easy Holiday Recipes

Please share in the comments…what are you making for Thanksgiving? Do you have any recipes to share?

10 Things I Learned in October 2016


At the end of each month, I share things that I learned. This habit helps me pay attention to life, myself, and God’s presence. It’s my way of reflecting and celebrating. It’s how I take notice and be present.

“10 Things I Learned” have become some of my favorite posts to write. I love the process of looking back, and seeing the deeper lessons that I might otherwise miss.

In no particular order, here are 10 things I learned this month:

1. Packing for a trip is WAY better with the Stylebook app.

Have you heard of Stylebook? It is my new favorite tool to virtually organize my wardrobe and create outfits with the clothes I own. But the best use of this app was to organize my packing list. It lets me plan on the clothes to take on my trips, and generate outfits using those items. So helpful!

2. There’s no getting around my daughter dressing up as Elsa from Frozen for Halloween.

I tried really hard to redirect my 4-year-old to other Halloween costume ideas. But nope…despite all my efforts and suggestions, she HAD to be Elsa. Sigh.


Minecraft Steve, baby Jack Jack from The Incredibles, and Elsa from Frozen.

3. Parents have all sorts of different strategies for dealing with the onslaught of candy during Halloween season.

I asked friends on Facebook what they do, and discovered a whole host of creative solutions. Some parents limit their kids to a particular number of candy allowed (we do 15), other parents let their kids eat one piece of candy once a week until their kids forget or get tired of it.

4. Boiled eggs are easier to peel under cold running water.

We’ve all been there. We boiled some eggs, and are now in the process of peeling the shell off. But then pieces of the egg stick to the shell, and our lovely boiled egg now has little chunks taken out of it. Here’s a great solution – peel your eggs under cold running water, and the shells come off easy peasy!

5. When I take risks, I thrive.

I took a few risks this month, including sending a book manuscript to a publishing company (eek!). You know what happens deep in my soul when I take risks? My soul soars. It feels joy in the simple act of courage that it took to try something new and unknown.

6. Pumpkin spice has worn out its welcome.

I, for one, am tired of how unoriginal pumpkin spice flavored anything is these days. Have some imagination, people. Okay, now I’m going to duck from offended people flinging their Starbucks cups at my head.

7. Sometimes something needs to die to make space for new life.

When we are about to transition into something new, there may be other things that need to end or get shelved to create the new space that is needed.

Speaking of making space for new life, I’m hosting something called 30 Days of Abiding over at my Spiritual Journey website. Want to know more about participating? Get more details here: 30 Days of Abiding

8. How to make my own homemade toothpaste.

My main reason for trying out this homemade toothpaste recipe was because Crest stopped making my favorite non-mint toothpaste. The taste of baking soda takes some getting used to, but I love how smooth and clean it makes my teeth!

9. My body is very unreliable these days.

In the last month, I’ve had a series of minor body malfunctions – strained neck, injured lower back, headaches, nausea. I have no idea what is going on, but it is super annoying and I’d love to be more physically healthy.

10. We can eat these chicken enchiladas for days. They are SO good.

What about you, friend? What things did you learn this month?