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Nice Cream Giveaway

 

I’m giving away something nice today.

It’s silver and boxy. Short and sweet.

 

 

And it will help you make beautiful creamy creations right at home.

It’s the Cuisinart 2-quart ice cream maker.

Very Cool! Freezing, actually.

Want endless ice cream options? Sweet scoopable treats? Fun frozen flavors right at your fingertips?

I think yes. Because I know I totally want one, too. But first I’m giving away one. And to go along with it, a copy of Jeni’s Ice Creams at Home. I love this book and her ice cream, too! It’s soooo so good.

Here’s the scoop for a chance to win a Cuisinart 2-quart ice cream maker and the book, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home:

  • To enter leave a comment on this post and share something fun you’ve done this summer.
  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 8:00 pm ET. Sorry guys…Time’s Up. Winner announced below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Wednesday evening.

Good luck!

Giveaway sponsored by me.

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And now we have a winner. Congratulations Princess! Looks like it’s party time for you guys.

P.S. Thank you all for entering and sharing your summer.  You guys are having way too much fun.  It makes me smile reading your responses. Hugs!

 

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4,509 comments on “Nice Cream Giveaway”

  1. I went to the fair with my best friend! Not too exciting, but we did have a whole lot of fun!

  2. Took our 7 year old daughter to the beach for the first time! It was awesome!

  3. We are buying a condo in Florida!! I am so excited and already figuring out what I need for the kitchen. This ice cream maker would be perfect for those nights on the patio!

  4. I live in Australia, so it’s actually winter for us here, but I did have a summer because we visited New York! It was SO MUCH FUN!!!!! Thanks so much for this giveaway!

  5. I had a baby!!!! Though I haven’t been able to enjoy much summer weather. I would loveto beat the heat with an ice cream maker. So many possibilities. And something fun to do with my son in the future.

  6. I travelled from Boston to Washington state to celebrate my dad’s 60th birthday.

  7. I just finished a phlebotomy program and start my clinicals today!

  8. Paddle board!

  9. thanks for the awesome giveaway! this summer I did art projects and baked with my 2 daughters :)

  10. We rented a pool for a weekend this summer for our family to have lots of private swim time and everyone loved it

  11. Got to meet my brand new niece, first girl baby in the family in 30+ years.

  12. Teaching my kiddos how to swim!

  13. We haven’t done it yet, but we are taking a trip to the Wisconsin Dells resort area in a few weeks. I’ve never been there, and I am so so excited!

  14. We made a spontaneous trip to New York with the kids for July 4th weekend and had a blast! What an awesome ice cream maker.

  15. We’ve done a ton a work around our house which has been so fun and gratifying to see all of the changes taking place!

  16. Got baby chicks for our farm:)

  17. This summer, I’ve been teaching my 2-yr-old how to swim, create sidewalk art with chalk, teaching him the sounds of nature and who’s making those sounds (roosters, woodpeckers, locusts, frogs, crickets, etc). I’ve been spending all of my free time with him, being a single mother, and I wouldn’t have my life any other way! Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. What a fun giveaway! We’ve had fun taking the kids to our summer musical theatre series! We’ve seen Tarzan and The King and I!

  19. Well, it was work related but I was able to go to London for a week. It was my first trip across the Atlantic and I LOVED London. I want to go back again.

  20. I’ve been to a music festival for six days in which I slept in a tent and went to great concerts all day!

  21. My husband and I drove to Fishing Creek, MD the other day to explore a seaside seafood restaurant that is supposedly a local favorite – we had crabcakes, stuffed shrimp, and steamed shrimp that was seasoned with Old Bay. Everything was fresh and the food was pretty solid. The restaurant was right next to a creek, making the scenery very quaint and tranquil. We love going on adventures to find good food, whether it’s 5 minutes away or takes a few hours to drive to it!

  22. We took an amazing roadtrip through Austria and Germany!

  23. I had a picnic with friends and family, the first picnic in ages. It’s normally too hot here to be outdoors, but it’s been a little cooler the last few days, so I took a chance and it was splendid.

  24. Spending time with kids is the most fun things to do. Hope I can make then an ice cream too.

    :)

  25. We went to the beach with all of our extend family from several different states. It was a great time to reconnect with everyone!

  26. Been busy with the kids swimming and visiting local beaches. Fun in the sun!!

  27. We travelled to Seoul, South Korea to pick up our adopted daughter!

  28. I have achieved so much this year!! I took my mum and my 4 younger brothers and sisters to Disney land Paris, it was fabulous!! Then i completed a 5K run with my best friend and her daughter and then my gorgeous boyfriend whisked me away for a stunning holiday to dubai!! I have had the best year ever, finally all my hardwork and commitment has paid off and i couldn’t be happier!!! Xxxxx

  29. Went to Disneyland!

  30. Hubby and I went to a Fleetwood Mac concert @ Jones Beach outdoor/marine theater last month….Great weather with gentle sea breezes, full moon glistening on the water,and awesome sounds………. but a bowl of fresh made ice cream would sure help us deal with this heat right now,,.,, thanks for the chance….

  31. My family went on a Disney cruise to the Caribbean!

  32. Audobon zoo, Insectarium and Aquarium all in one day with the grandkids, whew, wonderfully exhausting!!

  33. I went on a beachy summer holiday, where I snorkelled and dived. I even saw a turtle come up to the beach to lay eggs…

  34. I just returned from a 10-day vacation to Canada and Michigan. Included was two nights at the Grand Hotel! Talk about fun!

  35. Swimming at the family cottage!

  36. Just finished a sleepover with 10 pre-teen girls–Mom could use a little sweet treat!

  37. I went to a friend’s wedding! :-)

  38. Went on our annual 13 hour trek to the beach in Florida. Long drive, but totally worth it!

  39. I went to London to visit a very good friend and went to The Dorcester Hotel for a very delicious Afternoon Tea. Suddenly Al Pacino entered the door!! (he was apparently on a promotion tour) That was really cool!! And what a handsome man.. ;-)))
    I think that was fun. ;-D

  40. I visited both of my children who live in different states. This doesn’t happen nearly enough.

  41. I am training for a Spartan Race with my sisters. It’s been hard but we’re having fun!

  42. Took my little neighbor girl for her first pedicure! What fun!!

  43. Love this ice cream post ..so cool looking and I can guess just as tasty. The fun thing for me this summer is I learned to sew! So many things to make and so little time…;)

  44. I gave birth to our 5th baby, a little girl!!

  45. Foraged honeysuckle blossoms and wineberries for homemade jellies! Could use this ice cream machine as mine failed miserably when we tried to use it recently. And the book looks super yummy! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  46. camping!

  47. This summer, i work at a pastry shop on sylt, a little island in germany. In my freetime i can go to the beach (two minutes from where i live) – it´s great! So, some icecream would be nice…

  48. I have been patiently teaching and supporting my dog to cope with blindness (it was diagnosed with blindness not long ago) .
    I took it to the park to play and spent a lot of time making gourmet food for it. :) Had fun taking care of my dog!

  49. Ooo I would love to make home made ice cream,and that book is an added bonus! I went hiking for the first time to University Falls,and going back to the car uphill was a struggle! If I go again soon,I would surely reward myself with some nice home-made ice-cream! :D

  50. Me and my boyfriend picked wild stawberries, and made the tiniest little pie! It looked really cute, but it we found out that the stawberries were best when they where not in a pie.

  51. Spending a lot of time doing fun stuff with my daughter after a stressful few months exam wise, my favorite thing. we went on on submarine ride. Experience of a life time.

  52. This summer we had our family reunion! Lots of family, lots of food, lots of FUN!

  53. Absolutely nothing! Stayed at home and played with the kids, filled the kiddie pool and just relaxed.

  54. Nothing all that fun yet, unfortunately. Preparing for some surgery, a week from today. I did bake a tiara cake for my niece’s birthday, which she enjoyed very much. Ice cream would make my summer fun ;)

  55. I’ve had a rough summer but if I win this ice cream maker maybe ill be able to create some fun summer memories. :)

  56. I fell in love with cake pops:)

  57. Spent a few weeks in DC touring all the wonderful sites with my two little boys!

  58. I made frozen yogurt for the first time this summer and posted a photo of it on facebook which led to an impropmtu “FroYo-Party”. Had several friends and family members show up. The dog thinks it’s delicious too!

  59. We spent a few weeks in DC touring all the wonderful sites!

  60. I am pregnant with our second child and due to lasting sickness I haven’t really been up to doing anything fun so far. But I did start writing LONG lists of all the parties, family reunions and dinner parties I want to give when the baby is there and I can finally smell and eat food again! An ice-cream party would be a great addition to that list!

  61. I also started doing a table and a seat with recycled materials, plastic bottles and carton inside, looks just like any other bought at a convenience store on the outside

  62. Although our summer so far has been awesome, the best is yet to come. In two weeks we are heading to Disney world. I’ve waited 41 years for this and am so lucky to spend it with my awesome 8yr old daughter and amazing husband of 12 years. The giveaway would cap off a perfect summer! Thank you.

  63. Lots of barbecues with family and friends this summer. I so love the slow dining, and the spending time together. Thanks for the chance to win!

  64. Went to the Jersey Shore “we’re stronger than the storm”

  65. This summer I’ve gone for lots of walks with my 3-month-old daughter.

  66. Ice cream machine, I have been hoping to get one for a looong time!

    Camping with 4 kids was lots of work but also lots of fun. We will do it again!

  67. Went exploring in Bodie and Virginia City with my husband for our anniversary. So much fun!

  68. I’ve been spending the summer with my 2 sweet girls…and am currently planning my soon to be 5 year olds birthday party…a mermaid and pirate bash at the beach!!! Homemade ice cream is a must…

  69. So far this summer all of my children have been very ill. Saturday was the first day some of them had left the house since the end of June. We have lots of things to catch up on so we will be enjoying our summer at full force now that everyone is healthy again (Thank the Lord).

  70. This summer I got a new puppy and home-schooled her to be around me at the apartment: to pee in the right place, get in and out of the elevator and to walk by my side :) it was fun to get to know more about Doug’s behavior, believe it or not, they’re a lot like babies!

  71. OMG! I will love to have one of them. Now in summer I am always making ice cream, so it will be perfect for me!
    Thanks so much!

  72. I gave birth to my baby boy!! (that wasn’t the fun part) but he’s lots of fun now :)

    This giveaway is amazing!

  73. We had a baby!

  74. I mostly spent time with family & going on toddler created adventures with my 3 yo. :-)

  75. I packed up, hopped on a plane, and headed to London for the summer!

  76. jump in the lawn sprinklers

  77. I went to a great lake and spend a couple of days sun bathing in that beutiful weather!

  78. So far, nothing out of the ordinary :( but next month we might travel to turkey or the greenery side of Oman.

  79. I took my almost 3 yr old granddaughter to Cherry Berry (a self serve frozen yogurt shop) and let her pick out the flavor of frozen yogurt along with any of the toppings she wanted! She came up with a crazy combination but she ended up eating it all so I guess she liked it!

  80. We went to Pakistan for holiday and had lots of laughter moments with our cousins!

  81. I took part in a burlesque dance show after training for 3 months. I’ve never done anything like this before and used to be painfully shy! It felt amazing and was a great personal achievement to have gained so much confidence :)
    Thank you,
    Natalie x

  82. We went to Singapore and Malaysia! Was awesome, had so much fun at Universal Studios! Woot!

  83. My summer has just started and it’s been amazing. Having fun with my family, but we’re going to Portugal this friday! Hurray!
    So the fun starts then :)

    Thank you for the great chance!

  84. Adopted a 6 month old kitten from our local cat adoption place :)

  85. I broke my leg while water-skiing in Lake Powell. And though the breaking of the leg was not fun, the water-skiing was!

  86. It’s winter here in Australia right now but last summer my boyfriend and I went to Tokyo to visit his family! We walked his dog In shiba-koen, the park under Tokyo Tower, visited Tokyo Disneyland, and spent some wonderful quality time with his family. Nothing beats spending time with the fam <3

  87. We just returned from a few days at Great Wolf Lodge, had a blast!!

  88. Spent a beautiful week at long beach island ( love the jersey shore!). Although with a 2 1/2 year old and a 6 month old, we felt like we needed a vacation after- was exhausting!! Thanks for the chance!

  89. I start to ride my bike startimg sito 8km, and make more km everytime! After a big ride a nice ice cream would be perfect!!!

  90. We went to Sedona, AZ and spent our vacations surrounded by beautiful views of red rocks!

  91. Ran away from winter here in australia up to cyprus! :D

  92. I finished knitting a lace shawl for my BFF.

  93. We went to Sedona, AZ and spent our vacations surrounded by beautiful views of red rocks!

  94. This summer I am graduating from nursing school!!!

  95. WOW – what a generous giveaway!
    Last week I organized my little one’s 9th birthday party and first ever sleepover. The party had a Monster High theme – I spent days on Pinterest looking for ideas for decorations, games and food. There were 5 guests and I let them make their own pizza from scratch (I made the dough but they each rolled their own pizza), then there were homemade games and in the end there was a movie screened on the wall on our deck. The party ended at 23:30 and 2 friends stayed the night – they stayed up telling each other stories in the dark with a flashlight and talking until 3am! My little one was so happy!

  96. We have gone hiking with our dogs. So nice to be able to enjoy the great outdoors

  97. We just celebrated our Tabacco Hertitige days in Edgerton wi. Saw all the people we miss all year long. It was a fun weekend…

  98. I went on medical brigades trip to Honduras where i saw some cool things, did some fun stuff, and met a bunch of really awesome people!

  99. I took my dogs to the beach and we all went swimming!

  100. I have explored my new hometown of Richmond with guests and went to kings dominion!

  101. I’ve been volunteering for this non-profit organisation since last week where i taught the unfortunate kids on how to read and write properly. I met the other volunteers, we organised some games and played it at the end of the lesson. We also made them Oreo cupcakes the next day, those were a huge hit!
    I had so much fun in the end, the kids too!
    Thanks for this lovely giveaway :)

  102. Yum! My kids would love ice cream every night if they could. This summer, my daughter was in a hula competition – it was months of planning and practice but well worth it!

  103. Just took my little family to Monterey, Ca. We went to the aquarium and the beach. It was a trip we will surely remember!

  104. We made ice cream in baggies with the kids.

  105. I visited Philadelphia for the first time to find housing for my upcoming move for grad school! Very nice area and I can’t wait to move!

  106. The kids, my husband and I have been going swimming everyday and eating ice cream on mini cones

  107. My husband and I went to Texas on a conference. Loved it!! Had a great time and hope to go back soon.

  108. i took a trip through the rivers of holland on my uncles boat! we even slept on it!

  109. We made a make shift water slide back home, unrolled some taurpaline material, connected up the hose and added some bubbles. Sliding we went :) I would soooooo love an ice cream machine. U scream, I scream WE ALL scream for ice cream

  110. I have had a difficult summer with the loss of a pet so my mom and I went off to the coast. It has been long time since we got away just the 2 of us and I appreciate every moment I get to spend with her!

  111. I haven’t done anything special but I’ve been having fun with friends. I love Jeni’s ice cream and want to try some recipes :-)

  112. I spent 5 days in the Philippines, it was great seeing my family and friends. Next week, Singapore and Thailand, can’t wait!

  113. I took my toddler to the beach and he loved the waves!!!

  114. i took a trip to Belgium and ate the best chocolate and wafels ever!!!

  115. I went to Prague and enjoyed the beautiful buildings and indulged in the local libations and foodstuffs!

  116. Started up home bakery!

  117. It’s winter over here in Aus. I’m not sure if this is open to anyone but here goes! It’s been cold down here but it sure is warming up so some homemade ice cream would be amazingly perfect! :D

  118. This giveaway is a.m.a.z.i.n.g.! Would be fantastic to win!
    This summer I am preparing my driving test. Fingers crossed!
    Thank you for the opportunity.

  119. Started up home bakery!

  120. I have started tennis lessons after 20 years playing soccer!

  121. This is a very sweet and awesome give away.
    We are going on vacation to Italy and will have a lot of fresh home made icecream over there, and enjoy eachother and the beautiful nature of Italy. Maybe when I win the icemachine, I can make my own Italian icecream when I come home.
    Thanks so much for this giveaway.
    Liefs, Melanie

  122. I headed to Phuket for my first ever beach vacation!! It was filled with so much fun and I can’t wait for my next beach vacation! :)

  123. Something fun this summer?! everything! gone to the beach several times, open air cinema, going back to live in Mexico… life is good :)

    I love your giveaways! thank you Bakerella

  124. Went on a great family vaca to Maine, to see my 3 year old great nephew enjoy the ocean warmed my heart. To see it through a childs eyes makes us a child again. He loves ice cream and when we ask what flavor he tells us a color (purple, green, orange) and that’s what he tries. He makes me smile just thinking of him
    I would love to make him some ice cream

  125. I went to a game park in South Africa and saw a baby leopard up so close!!

  126. I just adore ice cream! It makes life better! Especially summer. I just went to comic-con and it is amazing how much fun you can have!

  127. feel of the bed last night,this hasn’t happend to me before…shock at the beginning and then LOL…couldn’t stop laughing

  128. This summer we took our 5 year old son to Disneyland and California Asventures for the very first time!! It was also my fiancées first time. It was amazing! :)

  129. We took our son to Disneyland for a week to celebrate his 9th birthday. Then home for a week then he and I flew to the east coast to spend 5 weeks with my family. It rained the ENTIRE time we were there…fun at first (we live in the desert so rain is a luxury) but after the first few storms…not so much fun but the company and the memories we created were awesome!!! Hope you’re having a great summer.

  130. I visited Europe and France and Scotland and the view were so nice! Missed my normal bowl of rice and kimchi though…

  131. I have gone to a workshop in Sevilla to learn more about food photography with Béa (La Tartine Goumande). It has been amazing!

  132. I went to the local art fair with my niece from Texas!

  133. The most fun thing I have done is get my son’s former bedroom cleaned and painted. My youngest brother is moving back to Los Angeles from Texas. I’m so excited to have him close again.

  134. I went ziplining in Hawaii! It was an incredible adventure!

  135. Did some catch up viewings of my favorite shows I missed, swimming, worked out, swimming, pig out, swimming, tried new recipes, swimming and yeah, did I mention swimming? :) My summer was a blast! :D

  136. Took the kids to the beach and had a really great time!

  137. I celebrated my son’s 12th birthday! He loves ice cream and helping me cook; this would be a dream come true and something fun for us to do together.

  138. No trips no fun
    Our home flooded in May and we are living in a hotel. Hopefully we can start the rebuild process soon. Missing my kitchen & homemade food. If I win I will make ice cream our first dessert in our renovated kitchen.
    Thanks for always posting fun

  139. Nothing except work and mow grass :(!!

  140. Took a trip to Disney World with my hubby, 6-year old son and mother-in-law. So much fun!!

  141. Went to a Scentsy Reunion in Indianapolis!! YAY!!

  142. I fell in love again after 2 years of not believing in it :) :)

  143. my fun summer adventure starts tomorrow. the family and I are off to mammoth lakes CA. This ice cream maker would be the icing on the cake.

  144. I went to France to see John Legend at a Festival. That was fun.
    :)
    Would love to win this gift. I’m a gift-lover :)

  145. Went on a family hike in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, berry picking , and jam made . We would love to make vanilla Icecream and add our berries on top.

  146. I have been spending time with hubby a lot making paper models. He’s working on the Merkava. :-)

  147. I went to la to visit my friends and went to disneyland!

  148. Me and my boyfriend been clamming ( catching pismo clams). When we catch a lot, we have Lil BBQ at home n invite friends.

  149. I finished my PhD and I’m currently packing for emmigration to New Zealand!

  150. I have two sons ages 5 & 6 who adore ice cream and gelato so this sweet giveaway would be an awesome gift for them, we would have a blast making ice cream and more summer memories together. Our summer so far has been happily busy with camp, play dates, beach days, swimming, lots of grilling and harvesting from our garden. Oh and I’m teaching my sons how to speak Italian! :)

  151. I spent precious time with family and friends this summer.

  152. My family and I went to a local fair, where we entered mosaic pictures we’d made from various flavors of sliced cheese!

  153. Yummmy????

  154. I have not been out much this summer since I had a baby boy 6 weeks ago! So I guess the most fun I have had is my nieces 17th birthday dinner yesterday!

  155. I gave my daughter a cruise for her 21st birthday. We are going for Halloween!!

  156. I adopted a puppy and met a new cousin who was given up for adoption as an infant..both were incredible and life changing!!!

  157. Family hike in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, berry picking and jam made. My two boys and I would love to make vanilla Icecream to add our berries on top. Delish :)

  158. I have been interning at a wildlife rehabilitation facility and having the time of my life. After my internship I will do some camping and travelling. In my free time, I’ve been spending time with myself, my friends, and my family…I’d say it’s been a pretty successful summer!

  159. We have had a wonderful summer! We are getting ready to finish it off with a road trip from CA to Montana. We have 3 kiddos; ages 10 yrs, 2 yrs, and 8 months….wish us luck! ;)

  160. I hiked my first trail EVER! It was 10 miles (so 5 in and 5 back). I trained and got my backpack ready and set off! It was glorious! I had a great team of friends who supported me and a fabulous husband who went with me and encouraged me the whole way! It was to celebrate that I am now CANCER FREE! I have a list of things I want to accomplish and that was my very first one! Love your blog and read every day! Thanks for the giveaways! Always nice to try and win one!

  161. I went to Fiji and built a playground for St John’s School :)

  162. Yesterday was a huge fundraising event for our autism support group. A small group of us have spent the last couple of months organising the Summer Extravavganza and it was a huge success! Everyone had a wonderful day and we raised just short of £3000 towards a respite centre!

  163. We spent fun days at the beach to celebrate birthday parties with our dear friends and will be going camping next month.

  164. Haven’t done anything out of the ordinary, but we live near the ocean and have gone to the beach several times. That’s always fun.

    ….and ya know, Bakerella, Wed. the 24th is my birthday ;-) I’m just sayin…..

  165. A gift like this? from bakerella ? that would be so unbelievable amazing !!!

  166. Our family vacation – That was fun!
    Thank You so much for this awesome giveaway!
    Hope to win :)

  167. We had a fabulous trip to Italy where we indulged in lots of gelato!

  168. Nice, this Giveaway – even more, very tempting and seducing! Especialy in these HOT Temps.

    And, keeping in mind I’ve not yet experienced the art of Making Homemade Ice Cream, winning this would be a blast!

  169. This summer was spent @ the beach!

  170. My son wants to go sea world so the family is taking a road trip in a couple of weeks … He is so excited !!!

  171. I Got Engaged! Best Summer Ever!

  172. I’ve been to Tahoe a couple of times and went swimming in the lake! It’d be fun to make ice cream to share with the friends and family that accompany me.

  173. It was national ice cream day – nothing says summer like homemade ice cream

  174. I spent a week at the beach with my family!

  175. Our family (hubby, 5 yr old son and dog) went for an awesome road trip from BC to the Oregon Coast for our 8th wedding anniversary. It was awesome leisurely family time!

  176. Bonjour :) Learnt french this summer! Would love to say bon appetit to the yummy icecream churned out ;)

  177. Can I participate at the giveaway? I live in Greece but I am willing to pay the cost of the post office for this wonderfull giveaway! Thanks!

  178. This summer has been lots of fun so far: many BBQ and cocktail nights with my friends, dates and as for baking and cooking: I made my very first ice creams (amaretto sour cherry ice cream, minty watermelon sorbet) and bundt cake! :-D Also, for my birthday in a couple of weeks with my best friends we’ll go to Vienna to ride some rollercoasters! :-D

  179. This summer I took a wonderful trip to San Francisco and Berkeley with my son :)

  180. I went to Europe and travelled across 9 countries, loved the amazing gelati in italy!

  181. I spent a week at my sisters house. She lives like 40 mins away from me which is not far but since we hardly see each other, it was a nice lil getaway! Bonus, my mom is there and other sister, nephew and nieces so I got to spend time with them as well. Crossing my fingers!!!!

  182. I baked cupcakes and made cake pops with my kids this summer! Homemade ice cream sounds awesome with this awesome giveaway! Thank you!

  183. I went to the book fair! :)

  184. The greatest thing I did this summer is moving out my parents house and building my own life

  185. I’ve had a great summer so far! Done a lot of eating (including ice cream of course) and got engaged!

  186. i climbed a mountain for the first time!

  187. I went to my first ‘First Friday Art Walk’ in a nearby town with friends and my wonderful hubby! Homemade ice cream would be a great end to a fabulous evening!

  188. bake loads of goodies and hoping to churn some icecream if i wont this :-)

  189. Girlfriend and I went to Hokkaido to enjoy delicious uni (sea urchin). People were so friendly it made it hard for us to leave.

  190. Its been a long, hot summer so far, fairly uneventful. So after listening to my hubby repeatedly grumble about the HUGE cat that keeps overturning our garbage can on the deck and rummaging thru the contents, I decided to stake out the can… from the safety of the kitchen of course! Boredom turned to excitement tonight, because the “HUGE cat” turned out to be a LARGE RACCOON!! (probably looking to lick the inside of the empty, store bought, ice cream carton in the garbage can!!) Not the first time we have had hungry raccoons around, but its been a number of years and I always get excited to see the wildlife that visits!

  191. I’ve spontaneously got a europe tour train ticket and been crusing around europe for 3 weeks now ;)

  192. Disneyland adventures were enjoyed with my niece and her son – my great-nephew. Yes, I’m that old! But young enough to make a rainbow variety of flavors from Jeni’s Ice Creams at Home in a Cuisinart =)

  193. My son is 3 and a half months old, and we took him to his first trip to a water park. He loved the warm water in the children’s area and it was so much fun to hold him while he splashed his hands on the surface of the water.

  194. Took a vacation to Paris with my hubby- pure bliss!

  195. I went on my first bicycle ride in over 20 years! I thought I was doing well until I was overtaken by a couple of children. I have never laughed so much!
    Love the thought of the giveaway, I can be a child again.

  196. I don’t know if it counts as fun but I had a baby, my third, on June 7 :)

  197. I went camping for a week in the mountains!

  198. Went to Chicago (home town) and spent time with my mom, my college roomie, my nephew’s family & newest baby (in from San Francisco), drove up to Milwaukee to see a bunch of cousins for the first time in 7 years, ate the requisite hot dog (topped with the traditional mustard, onion, relish, tomato), and brought back my husband’s favorite deep dish pizza (frozen for travel)!

  199. I camped on Lake Michigan with my wife.

  200. I began collecting vintage bakeware this summer.

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