Tasting Memories: Chrissi's Homemade Ice Cream

Managing Real Estate Broker with Coldwell Banker Realty VA #0225181914

Ice cream brings back great memories for me of time with my family. When I was a kid we took epic car trips every summer. My dad had a late 1970's Lincoln Continental he used to cram my mom, my grandparents, and three kids into, along with all of our luggage. I remember few things about the long drives as I usually spent them sleeping. Recently, it dawned on me that I took alot of Dramamine on those trips, which as the oldest child, was probably a blessing for the adults since I was always picking fights with my sisters. 


After hours and hours in the car, we would stop for lunch or a bathroom run. It was a much different time then, so fast food was a huge treat. My dad loved ice cream, so we were almost guaranteed a cone or a sundae on one of our stops. Inevitably it would be time to get back on the road, after which we'd be reminded that someone in the car was lactose intolerant and the youngest had a tendency to get car sick after eating dairy.  Ah, fun times.



My kids share my love for ice cream, too. We always have multiple flavors open, and when we are out I've got near riot-like conditions on my hands. A few years ago I bought an electric ice cream maker and really threw myself into making it. It is so incredibly easy, but guests will treat you like royalty if you make it for them. No lie.



This Labor Day this I made The Best Peach Ice Cream. It is sooo good. (I just ate a bowl of it while I was writing this). I tried out a new recipe and got the seal of approval from my 8 year old: Strawberry and Bittersweet Chocolate. I have a Cusinart Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Maker. I mix up the ingredients, add it to the frozen bowl, and flip the "on" switch. 25 minutes later, I have ice cream. I normally freeze it for the next day as I think it tastes better, but have been known to eat it right out of the mixing bowl. Labor Day may be over, but ice cream is a year round treat!



The Best Peach Ice Cream


  • 4 cups peeled and sliced peaches
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream


  • In a large bowl, combine the sliced peaches, sugars, lemon juice and extracts. Stir to combine and allow to sit for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the sugars have dissolved and the peaches are juicy.
  • Place peach mixture in a blender or food processor and pulse until the peaches are broken down but not totally pureed ­ some small chunks of peaches are ok. Add in the heavy cream and mix to combine.
  • Pour the mixture into an airtight container and chill in the refrigerator for 1­2 hours or even overnight.
  • When base is chilled, follow manufacturer's directions for churning in your ice cream maker. Once churned, place in an airtight, freezer­safe container and freeze for a few hours to harden before serving.


Strawberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream


2 cups whipping cream

1 cup whole milk

¾ cup white sugar

2 cups fresh strawberries, mashed

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate 


In a mixing bowl, whisk together cream, milk, sugar, berries and vanilla.

Pour into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's instructions.

Add chocolate chips in for the last 5 minutes of churning.

Posted by

Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

Branch Vice President

Coldwell Banker Realty

Woodbridge, VA


You know that joke, "My mind is like my web browser. 19 tabs are open, 3 are frozen and I have no idea where the music is coming from"? - yeah, that's me. So many thoughts and ideas I need a place to write them down since no one will give me my own reality tv show. I am passionately addicted to helping others achieve success. I'm out to change the world one happy person at a time by sharing my knowledge, my heart, and my sense of humor each and every day.

Comments (14)

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

YUMMO!  What a nice localism post and now I want ice cream!

Sep 07, 2016 01:18 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

I hope you treat yourself today!

Sep 07, 2016 03:25 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

What a great memory to have of your dad.  The Recipe looks like a keeper and I will try it this Sunday!

Sep 07, 2016 01:20 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

Please let me know what you think!

Sep 07, 2016 03:25 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Oh boy that sounds wonderful.  I have never made ice cream but now I am tempted to give it a try.

Sep 07, 2016 01:25 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

It's super easy!

Sep 07, 2016 03:25 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Chrissi,  Ice cream brings back some great memories for me too.  Thanks for sharing!

Sep 07, 2016 02:21 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

I hope your memories put a smile on your face today.

Sep 07, 2016 03:25 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your recipes. I just made a copy for Chef Dolores. 

Share some of your other ice cream recipes in future blogs!

Sep 07, 2016 03:23 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

Will do! I'm always trying something new!

Sep 07, 2016 03:26 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

I am bookmarking your post to try these recipes - you should add this to the Recipes Group here in the Rain!

Sep 07, 2016 12:11 PM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

Thank you, I'll have to join!

Sep 11, 2016 01:18 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

That sounds wonderful Chrissi Chapman Topoleski , i really need one. Ice cream is my fvorite and weakness. And.... yes, year round come summer or winter.

Sep 07, 2016 11:04 PM
Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

I'm an ice cream freak!  When my kids were little, I would sometimes buy a gallon carton of ice cream for them, set it in the middle of the kitchen table, give them each a spoon and say, "Dig in!'.  They were in heaven.

Sep 08, 2016 03:22 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


I'm a big fan of homemade ice cream . . . . I will be using your recipes.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Sep 08, 2016 10:35 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Loved your walk down memory lane and printed out your two recipes.  I am expecting out-of-town company next weekend and have a feeling your recipes will help make me a 'star.'  Hahahaha ~ Thank you, Chrissi Chapman Topoleski .

Sep 11, 2016 01:11 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I've often wanted to make my own ice cream, but never have tried.  This will be a great recipe to start.

Sep 22, 2016 03:30 AM
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