Mary Giles from Family Fun magazine stopped by to give Kathie Lee and Billy Ray Cyrus tips on keeping kids entertained indoors during spring break. One of them was very dangerous…Well, for your problem areas, anyhow: homemade, no-machine ice cream.
Go ahead and burn your skinny pants: You only need a few ingredients and a couple of plastic bags. Apologies if the one thing from keeping you from an all-ice-cream diet is the ride to the store, but here's the recipe.
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup half and half
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup kosher salt
Ice cubes (enough to fill each gallon-size bag about half full)
Pint size plastic bags
Gallon size plastic bags
1. Combine the sugar, half and half, and vanilla extract in the pint-size bag and seal it tightly.
2. Place the salt and ice in the gallon-size bag, then place the sealed smaller bag inside as well. Seal the larger bag. Now shake the bags until the mixture hardens (about 5 minutes). Feel the small bag to determine when it's done.
3. Take the smaller bag out of the larger one, add mix-ins, and eat the ice cream right out of the bag. Serves 1.
Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY.com contributor. She will probably never leave the house again.