Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Tales of the Traveling Tote Cabo Cooking Class and a Giveaway

Welcome to our latest Tales of the Traveling Tote 
where a group of Mackenzie-Childs lovers take you 
along on our fantastic travels with our marvelous 
bags.  Before you begin reading, I just have 
to thank Patti for starting this amazing group 
of women and for Linda and Sarah for inviting 
me to be a part.  I have enjoyed this blogging 
group so much!!!  You have made my life 
richer by this experience of being part of 
a MacKenzie-Childs travel group. 

Today Miss Madi K and I want to bring you along to 
our second cooking class with our Lunch Bunch 
group.  We brought our aprons all of the way to 
Cabo for this class.  We were only missing one 
couple, who are off living in Puerto Rico for a 
few months. 

Miss Madi K graciously brought ten of our 
COOK2GETHER aprons which Diana and I 
had made.  What is really fun, is that we aren't 
just cooking together as girlfriends, but we are 
cooking together with our husbands too.  

I decided to have a class on making ice cream.  
My sister Jean had purchased a Whynter Ice Cream Maker 
that uses a compressor.  These run right around $300 
so they are on the pricey side compared to other 
ice cream makers, but for months before Christmas 
of 2020 she kept sending me photos of the ice 
cream she was making and raving about how 
amazing it was.  I decided to purchase one 
and try it out and ended up getting one for each 
of my five kids for Christmas that year.  They all 
said that was the best Christmas present they had 
ever gotten (now that may have been an exaggeration, 
because one of our Christmas presents to them was 
the trip to Europe where we went to Paris, London 
and Rome), but I was so thrilled they all loved it. 

I chose to teach them a Peanut Butter Cup recipe 
and a Nutella Recipe, using the basic 
Ben and Jerry's recipe for the base.  
The Whynter compressor ice cream maker 
requires no preparation and you can make 
batch after batch of perfect ice cream.  

The quality of ingredients makes all of the difference.  
I have purchased heavy cream from the grocery 
store that has been more like milk consistency, and 
that will affect your ice cream.  We have found that 
Costco's Heavy Cream makes the most luxurious 
ice cream, so I highly recommend that.  

Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Base Recipe

2 large eggs, or equivalent of egg substitute
1 C. white sugar
1 C. milk
2 C. heavy cream

Place the sugar into a medium size bowl and 
crack the two eggs into the bowl.  Using a whisk, 
whisk the two together until light yellow - this 
only takes a little time.  Now whisk in the milk and cream 
and pour into your ice cream freezer bowl.  Place 
the beater into the bowl and place the top on 
and press the power button and then the start 
button.  It is that easy.  It generally takes around 
40 minutes to freeze the batch, and it freezes to 
about a soft serve consistency.  

You can eat it now, but 
I like my homemade ice cream more like a 
commercial ice cream consistency so I place it 
in these fabulous freezer containers  shown in 
the picture of Kirk ad I cleaning off the beater.  
My sister Jean told me about these too.  You will 
want these placed in the freezer about the time 
you begin freezing the batch of ice cream.  I let 
mine ripen about 4-6 hours or overnight, so if I 
make the batch in the morning it is ready to 
serve that evening.  

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

Follow the Ben and Jerry's base and whisk 
or blend in the blender 1/2 C. creamy peanut 
butter before you add the milk and cream.  We 
found that Cream Skippy Natural made the best 
flavored peanut butter base.  Don't use crunchy 
peanut butter as the peanuts will catch in the beater 
and prevent it from turning.  

While the ice cream is freezing, chop your peanut 
butter cups - the thin ones are amazing.  I usually 
add about a cup of mix ins for this size of batch.  
When they are chopped, place them in the freezer 
too so that you aren't adding warm mix-ins to 
your ice cream.  

When the ice cream is frozen, place half of the 
chopped peanut butter cups into your pre-cooled 
container (you can use any pan or container you 
want but maker sure it has been in the freezer 
first too.  I just love these because they are insulated 
and really keep the batch nice over time without 
causing crystals on top.  

Working quickly, place half of the ice cream 
in the container, swirl the mix ins into the 
ice cream, then top with the remaining mix-ins 
and then the remaining ice cream and swirl again.
This way the ice cream has the mix-ins evenly 
placed throughout the batch.  

Return to the freezer and let it ripen.  

You can follow the same recipe for the above 
but use smooth Cookie Butter or Nutella.  
When I make the Nutella I add 1/8 C. Cocoa 
Powder and if you have followed me for a 
while you know I only use Extra Brute Cocoa 
Powder, it will change your chocolate recipes 

We plowed through a batch of Peanut Butter Cup and 
a batch of Cookie Butter, so everyone requested ice cream 
again.  I had brought a package of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups - 
the thin variety with me, and we went to three stores in Cabo 
to find more - not a popular candy down there, so I got 
online and made some homemade Peanut Butter cup, 
spreading it thin on a cookie sheet lined with parchment and 
froze it.  When frozen I cut it.  I have to say, it was superior 
in flavor and texture to the commercial peanut butter cups. 
The second day we made a batch of Nutella and I had 
brought some Extra Brute Cocoa down with me. 

Besides insisting we make more the next day, 
the biggest compliment on the class was that 
one of the men in the class ordered the 
and the Extra Brute Cocoa Powder off of 
Amazon that day and had them waiting at 
home.  They made their first batch that next 
Sunday for their family dinner.  

That Miss Madi K is so lucky that Mexico has 
been so welcoming through all of Covid and 
she has been there a lot.  We feel blessed too!

Now for the fun part - the MC Giveaway 
this month is being held by Emily. What a 
perfect gift - this adorable luggage tag 
will just make you want to travel!  Please 
visit her and comment to have a chance to win.  

Follow all of our amazing adventurers to 
see where they have taken their totes this 

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 

Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box  
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women 

And stop by again for another giveaway on June 1st.

Thanks for always stopping by.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Cabo Birthday Table

Happy birthday to me!  
Since I turned 40 we have always gone 
someplace warm for my cold and dreary 
January birthday.  

Now that we have our home finished 
in Cabo, and since Mexico is so 
welcoming to tourists, we have been 
coming here for my birthday.  

This is my first tablescape that I 
have created at our Cabo home.  
This is out on our deck overlooking 
the ocean.  

If you follow me on IG you 
may have seen the surprise my 
husband gave me with a tub 
full of gorgeous roses.  

He was actually the one who suggested 
that I use the roses for a tablescape 
before they wilted. 

I asked him when he got the roses 
and prepared the tub filled with 
roses.  He had also gifted me a two 
hour massage at the house, so he 
slipped away to get the roses and 
filled the tub and the room with candles 
while I was having my massage.

What a guy!!! 

We tore down our old house and rebuilt on 
the same lot.  We had used the house for 12 
years and had originally planned on 
doing this within 3 years, but when the 
economy crashed in 2008, we put off 
the tear down and were glad we did.  

Friends drove a 15 passenger van down 
for us as the house was getting 
finished and we filled it to the 
roof.  That way I was able to bring 
down 6 sets of plates, glasses and 
flatware.  These plates were from 
Home Goods.  

I love the flatware, but I have to say 
that the white hasn't held up.  It has 
chipped off and now is actually peeling 
off and we have only had a year and a 
half of use.  

These gold glasses were purchased online. 

I placed the roses in gold 
plastic bins that I got from 
Home Goods.  They adorn my 
pantry shelves.  

The gold placemats were from Amazon. 

The built in granite table has 
soft blues and golds in it so it 
is beautiful near the ocean. 

And as a special treat for you, 
while I was taking my photos 
a cruise ship passed by.  

The marina has been filled with 
3 cruise ships at a time on most days.  

This time of year is whale season, 
so along with the cruise ships, 
we get a good show of whales 
with adults teaching young whales 
how to jump and to slap their fins. 

Thanks for stopping by to visit. 

I will be posting with 

Thursday, January 6, 2022

MacKenzie-Childs Santa's Sleigh Table

Before everything gets put away 
I have to post my exquisite MC 
Santa's Sleigh table.  

This beautiful piece was the center 
of my kitchen table all through 
the holidays and it was where we 
ate Christmas morning breakfast.

I chose a hot pink petalled tablecloth 
to go with some of the ornaments in 
Santa's Sleigh and chose a stack of plates 
starting with a clear beaded plate, a 
scalloped MC plate and topped it with 
a delicate Christmas Tree plate. 

It was magical in my magical kitchen. 

This is the first time we used the MC goblets 
that I got at last year's Barn Sale.  

The sleigh is filled with vintage style ornaments 
and was a splurge from Mrs. Claus last year. 

I love the little deer tucked in and 
the beautiful ribbons.  

Everything is unbreakable, so although they 
look like glass ornaments, they are plastic. 

I know the sleigh will be coming 
out every year to grace our home.  

We always leave everything up until after 
my birthday in January.  
It is always sad to put everything away.  
The house always feels so naked, but 
soon I can decorate for Valentine's Day. 

Thanks for stopping by 
Purple Chocolat Home. 

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