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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer is For Reading...and Ice Cream

Hi all! This is Kate Richards celebrating the Summer Solstice and the start of what promises to be a very warm summer here in Southern California. Unlike a lot of the country, we usually don’t get hot until after the 4th of July, here in Los Angeles…even if we do get some  90 plus spells in January. But this year we’ve hit hard and fast and I have already kicked into “keep the huskies cool mode.” My girlies are sixteen years old and their fur coats are not conducive to such hot days.

But they still nobly hang out with me, or at least take turns in the office while I work on some of the fun projects I’m working on this season. One of them is an expansion of my story in the USA Today Bestseller, Hero to Obey. I’m so excited to delve deeper into the surprising connection between a Cold War Coast Guard Captain and a Soviet scientist as they follow the trail of a mythological beast in the cold waters off Alaska.

I'm also excited to announce the release of my latest contribution to the amazing Desiree Holt's Omega Team Kindle World. Hidden Asset is a crossover from the MacKay Destiny series as well. 
I hope you're enjoying the warm weather and I wanted to share a recipe for keeping cool. Homemade ice cream!  My favorite ice cream recipe is the simplest ever. You simply take one quart of half and half, a can of condensed milk, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.  Combine these ingredients in any kind of ice cream freezer along with all sorts of add ins. We love fresh peaches at this time of year, but chocolate chips are also a terrific choice. 
Another way to make great ice cream is the Mason jar technique. Perfect if you don't have an ice cream freezer or just want a few scoops for dinner. A cup of heavy cream, sugar to taste, flavorings...shake five minutes and freeze until firm. 

What kind of ice cream do you like best

However you chill this summer, I hope you have a nice shady porch and time to relax!


Cara Marsi said...

Welcome, Kate. I enjoyed your post. It's hot now on the East Coast but not as hot as other parts of the U.S. Ice cream! Yum! Your stories sound yummy too.

Melissa Keir said...

Wonderful recipe! I'll have to try the mason jar one. I don't have an ice cream maker but I do have a mason jar! I would add cherries. Right now they are in season and would be a perfect choice!

I hope your babies stay cool. Happy Solstice!

Paris said...

Congratulations on the new Omega Team release! Reading and ice cream sounds like a fabulous plan for summer and I plan to indulge in both. Thanks for the recipes:)

Kate Richards said...

I'm hoping to get lots of new ideas too! One of the awesome things about ice cream is it can be done sugar free for those of us with loved ones whose dietary needs require that! I'm making chocolate chocolate chip as soon as the sugar free chocolate chips get here!

jean hart stewart said...

Love the Mason jar recipe..gotta try that for sure...Congratulations on your new release!

Kate Richards said...

Thanks, Jean!

Janice Seagraves said...

Oh, I love ice cream with it's hot, cold or in between.

Good luck with your book. I wish you many sales.

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