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The Share a Coke and a Song theme was just too fun for me to pass up! I grew up in a musical family, played the saxophone and piano all thru High School – I’ve continued my illustrious musical career by careening songs at the top of my lungs with the windows down in my car, when rolling down the road (solo of course!) because other than my dogs, I’m pretty sure nobody else wants to hear me sing! ;D
Now my Mom – she is totally different! When she was a little girl, she remembers sitting on the dock at the lake & hearing big band sounds coming from the local Supper Club. These bands would play late into the night & their amazing music could be heard clearly from their home. My Grandparents were music teachers – Mom and her 4 brothers all played a musical instrument (or two or three!). Guitar, clarinet, bells, trumpet, saxophone, trombone and piano. Still to this day, summer evenings at the lake are spent around the campfire playing guitars and singing – music is definitely in our blood!
I’ve been known to dance down the hallway singing into my hairbrush (my hubby just rolls his eyes)! However I save my fabulously unique singing voice (insert earplugs here!) for car rides and serenading the dogs. And that’s probably best! 😀 But like I said – this just sounded too fun so I put some thought into it what recipe to share and headed over to Vons. I love shopping there, because it’s close & convenient, plus everyone is so friendly – my kinda store!
And after browsing thru the Diet Coke® and picking out a couple favorites songs (the bottles have several song titles to choose from!) I decided that a Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Float would be perfect for Share a Coke and a Song theme! You just need a few items – cream, whole milk, a vanilla bean, eggs and a can of sweetened condensed milk.. About 10 minutes to put the custard together and then I tucked it into the fridge to cool. Later that day I poured it into my ice cream maker and let it do all the work!
Now let me tell you….I nearly had to guard the freezer to keep my hubby outa that ice cream! I did give him a sample and well, that only made it worse because then he just wanted it more. Let me tell you this ice cream is so sweet and so creamy! It’s a perfect way to celebrate a song!
You remember how to make a float, right? Well here’s a couple hints –
- If you like more fizz, put the ice cream in the glass first – adding the soda last really makes it fizzle and bubble!
- Less foam more your cup of tea? Fill your glass about half way with Diet Coke – then add a couple scoops of ice cream, top it off with a bit more soda!
Now here’s the exciting part! You can enter the Share a Coke Sweepstakes at cokeplaytowin.com/shareacokesweepstakes for a chance to win tickets to the American Music Awards® and more.
- Snap a selfie with your favorite lyrics on a Share a Coke® bottle or can*
- Upload your selfie to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ShareaCokeSweepstakes
- Enter up to 12 times to increase your chances of winning a trip for 2 to the 2016 American Music Awards®, along with hundreds of other great prizes! Including: wireless headphones, wireless speakers, a 1 year Premium Music App Membership or a $50 Music Gift Card!!!
You know what was really fun? I grabbed the Shazam app on my iPhone and got to sing right along with “Girls Just Want To Have Fun!” It’s easy to download and is available for Android, iPad and other devices! Super fun and much better than singing into your hairbrush! 😀 So what do you think? Grab your phone, let’s see your best selfie!!! Enter to win and join the fun!
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Float
Boy howdy is this the best Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream I've ever had! So sweet but not overly so, it's easy to make and I know you'll love it! Super creamy - really delicious, the vanilla bean gives it a rich luscious flavor you just can't get with store bought ice cream!
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 vanilla bean
- 5 egg yolks
- Separate the eggs - reserve the whites for another use. Split the vanilla bean in half and scrape out the seeds, reserve both the seeds and the bean.
- In a sauce pan whisk together the condensed milk, cream and milk. When they are well combined, add the vanilla seeds and bean. Place over medium heat. Set your timer for 10 minutes and begin whisking continuously. Then slowly add the eggs, one at a time. Continue to cook and whisk. Do not allow it to boil. Whisk the entire time. The mixture will thicken slightly.
- At the end of the 10 minutes, pour the custard into a large bowl and place it in the refrigerator. Refrigerate for at least four hours - you want the custard completely cooled. Or (if you're short on time) place the bowl of custard into a second bowl filled with ice water - then tuck it into the fridge.
- When you are ready to make the ice cream, prepare the machine - you'll want to have the machine running with the paddle and then pour the custard into the machine. Process according to your machine's directions - mine took about 40 minutes.
- Remove from machine, place in a freezer container and freeze until the desired consistency - about 3 hours.