Ice Cream Recipes, Homemade Ice Cream, Oreo Recipes, Oreo Ice Cream


A couple months ago we decided to buy a Ice Cream machine for at home.  My boys LOVE ice creamand I thought it would be fun to make different flavors for them.  One of my fondest memories growing up was making homemade ice cream with my Grandparents on the 4th of July.  Back then we used the crank machine and we would get a chance to help crank and make the ice cream.
Although that would have been fun, I could only imagine my Hubby ending up being the one who had to do all the cranking when the boys and I got board.  So, we bought the Cuisinart Ice Cream Machineinstead and all I do is push a button.  Love it!
Can you guess the first flavor my kids asked for?  One of their favorite treats is our Oreo Cupcake Recipe so of course they wanted Homemade Oreo Ice Cream that was full of cookie pieces!  It was amazing!  One of my favorite ice creams by far!


Remember, this recipe does require that you have an ice cream maker!
Ingredients You Need
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 3/4 Sugar
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Crushed Oreo Cookies
Step 1 – In a medium bowl, whisk the milk and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
Step 2 – Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla
Step 3 – Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours
Step 4 – While the Ice Cream maker is turned on, pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let it mix until thickened.  Mine took about 20 minutes.
Step 5 – Towards the end add the Oreo Cookies to the ice cream while it’s still mixing in the machine.  Enjoy!
Ice Cream Recipes, Homemade Ice Cream, Oreo Recipes, Oreo Ice Cream
What flavors of Ice Cream have you made?  I can’t wait to use this machine all summer!
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • ¾ Sugar
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Crushed Oreo Cookies

  1. nstructions
  2. Step 1 - In a medium bowl, whisk the milk and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Step 2 - Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla
  4. Step 3 - Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours
  5. Step 4 - While the Ice Cream maker is turned on, pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let it mix until thickened. Mine took about 20 minutes.
  6. Step 5 - Towards the end add the Oreo Cookies to the ice cream while it's still mixing in the machine. Enjoy!

source : http://www.thetaylor-house.com/homemade-oreo-ice-cream/

How to build a Natural Pool - DIY Organic Pool build

Benefits of a Natural Pool

A natural pool does not impact the environment, but becomes part of the environment, filtering the water through the soil, without clarifiers, sanitizers or algaecides. Natural pools are also friendlier to the animal kingdom, and can provide a peaceful watering hole for birds, waterfowl, animals and other creatures too small to be seen. Using no pool chemicals means that your pool won’t pollute your local watershed or destroy ecosystems. Local plants can be used around the edge to absorb contaminants, provide more habitat areas, and oxygenate the water.

Filtration for a Natural Pool

Once the pool size and shape is determined then its time to construct a retention pool for your filtration. This is separate from the natural pool and is below the natural pool by at least 2 ft and separated by a cement or rock  barrier wall. The construction for natural filtration of the bed surrounded by rock or stone and protected by a thick vinyl liner and an under liner. The bed that is constructed for filtration should be several feet thick, and best practice is to have a regeneration area equal in size to the swimming area. The fill is stratified to be capillary, accommodating plant roots which will in turn promote successful plant growth. Water plants and marsh plants are placed in a constructed bed of washed gravel, lime, loamy sand – which are the main ingredients for natural filtration. The water is pulled through the filtration bed by a circulation pump. A second pump is commonly used to pull water through surface skimmers and a bio-filter, and discharge it back into the pool. In addition, an aerator or waterfalls may be used to oxygenate the water.

Sanitation for a Natural Pool

By using hydroponic plants and shellfish that consume bacteria and contaminants, a natural swimming pool can be kept sanitary, without the use of traditional pool sanitizers. pH and alkalinity should still be managed in a natural pool, but other pool chemicals are not used. Minerals, UV or Ozone systems could be used as helper sanitizers – but this disqualifies it as a truly “Natural Pool”. Testing for bacteria levels is recommended if the pool is used for swimming. European natural pools maintain strict standards, and are able to achieve sanitary water without the use of chlorine or other purification methods. A blend of the right plants, combined with effective circulation and filtration, can keep a pool sanitary.

Plants Used in Natural Pools

Aquatic plants provide shade, naturally filter out contaminants, and they also consume the nutrients that would feed algae. The plant selection would depend on what part of the country you are located in. Generally, you want to have plants in several depth zones. Floating plants like water lily or duckweed, rooted plants like cattails and bulrushes, and underwater plants like foxtail and hornwort to create a balanced biology in the water. Consult a local garden center that has some specialty in native water plants or hydroponics.
natural-pools-2One thing to understand is that the main water cleaning activity is due to the micro organisms and microbes, not the water plants. The plants use nutrients from the water as food for themselves which helps prevent algae growth and contributes oxygen to the system. Although full equilibrium may take several months or years to fully develop for natural pools, micro organisms and microbes break down the potentially harmful pollutants into basic elements. A ‘balanced’ natural pool will stay clean and clear with very little work.

SPP Pool Kits make great Natural Pools

We have a big selection of polymer wall pool kits in many different shapes and sizes that can be used for a DIY natural swimming pool installation. You can be as creative as you want building your own natural pool, utilizing rock formations, water cascades or waterfalls. Once you figure out what size will fit then the planning starts. Remember that you should have a regeneration area as large and deep as the pool itself. On top of the pool walls, you can use stones to separate the swimming area from the regeneration area. Basically the water is pulled over the pool wall, into a large area where it filters slowly, pulled through by the circulation pump. Our natural pool clients usually go with a black or brown pool liner.


Seeing that everyone is going eco-friendly these days, the natural pool concept is … a natural! More homeowners and even public pools are going this route.


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Beautiful Tree house Decoration

It's not easy to build a substantive house around a tree (or trees). If you do your job right, the trees will continue to grow, but you won't have to re-build your treehouse every year. Some of the world's best treehouse designers opened up to PM about how they do their jobs—and shared pictures of their favorite designs. 

1. The Lodge Treehouse

Not all treehouses are deep in the forest. All it takes is one good, sturdy trunk: This Scots Pine fits the bill. Derek Saunderson and his team at Amazon Treehouses fashioned the Lodge after an existing home on a plot in the Scottish Highlands, using a two-tiered support system of planks that hug the tree at both its midsection and near to the ground.

There's not a thing about this loch-side dwelling that isn't scenic. It's got plenty of water-facing windows that offer views and natural light. Its staircase, not to be outdone by the rest of the construction, runs between two large boughs of the pine as it leads up to the Lodge.

Treehouses such as this aren't cheap--an elaborate one like the Lodge can cost in the ballpark of $100,000.

2. David Wenzel Treehouse

Bill Allen of Forever Young Treehouses has made a name for himself building handicap-accessible treehouses, and this tree-topper in Nay Aug Park in Scranton, Pennsylvania is no exception. He's built houses for camps and parks, and the Nay Aug Park structure is the highest house he's built--it's 35 ft off the ground, right at the edge of a waterfall that drops 125 ft.
Allen's treehouses tend to be pretty simple at first glance. They rarely include amenities, unless a camp expects kids to sleep in the treehouse overnight, in which case he'll toss in some power and a bathroom. To him, a treehouse itself is special enough: "I feel like there's plenty of electricity in the world," he told PM, "but there aren't many treehouses 35 ft off of the ground."

Rather than use an elevator, the Nay Aug Park structure instead has a gently sloped, winding ramp leading up to it. This keeps the flow of traffic moving and offers an undeniably nice view. 

3. Longwood Gardens

Another treehouse by Jake Jacob and his TreeHouse Workshop, the Longwood Gardens abode in Pennsylvania looks more like a cathedral than anything else. It's supported by both trees and house-to-ground pillars, but the real challenge was installing a specially cut $38,000 window.

To get the job done, Jacob employed a block-and-tackle technique called "treehouse rigging" that his team has helped pioneer. Basically, a sturdy tree is almost as good as having a crane on-site: "We use the trees that we're working in as pick-points for serious rigging," Jacob said. "Trees can help move a lot of stuff up, but also horizontally." Luckily there was a path running right up to the house, so Jacob and his team could transport the 12-sq-ft glass to the Longwood Gardens doorstep and install it.

The Longwood Gardens treehouse accompanies three other treehouses already on the premises and acts as a rustic lookout point from which to enjoy the gardens.


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