Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sea Shells & Homemade Ice Cream


sea shell centerpiece


I wish I was by the sea shore!  For now, I’ll have to be satisfied with our backyard paradise!  For the last two weeks, I’ve been fighting a UTI and started different antibiotics yesterday so I haven’t been feeling too great.  Thankfully, my 10 year old niece, Livy, is more than ready to help me!  I had started laying out this tablescape last week and she finished it up for me yesterday!  I figured this would also be a good time to teach her a little lesson on setting tables!


sea shell centerpiece


Last week, Livy helped me wrap the vase in some sea grass raffia type stuff.  It was originally a placemat, just like the one I used when I made the Ballard inspired sea grass lampshade.  We pulled in some DIY mercury glass votive cups and the big GW starfish from the Pelican vignette on the piano.


sea shell tablescapes


The napkins and tablecloth are thrifty finds from Dirt Cheap.  I love the color of the cloth with the images of shells!  I think the orange really pops on this table!


orange and blue tablescape


The wicker type chargers were a yard sale find and the orange dinner plates are from the Dollar Tree.


shell napkin rings


The sea shell napkins are from the Trash to Treasures.  Napkin rings are also very easy to make, you can see the sea shell and cowboy napkin rings that I had by clicking here and here.


waterford crystal and moonbeam glasses


The wine glass is made by Waterford and the water glass is Forsythia in the Moonbeam pattern


sea shell table


To get some relief from this hot weather, I wanted to share our family recipe for Banana Ice Cream!


Banana Ice Cream


It is so easy, but oh so good!  Here’s the recipe:




6 bananas, mashed

1 1/2 cups sugar

4 cans evaporated milk



Mix the first three ingredients and put in cylinder of the ice cream freezer.  Add milk to bring it up to the fill line.  Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.  See how easy that is!  You can adjust the recipe to suit your taste as well!  In the past I have used more evaporated milk but I have never used less than 4.


Homemade Banana Ice Cream Recipe


It is so good!  Do you make your own ice cream?  If not, you should give it a try!

Sharing with:

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Thrifty Things Friday @ The Thrifty Groove

Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters

Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Let’s Dish @ Cuisine Kathleen

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll thru Life

Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Foody Friday @ Designs by Gollum
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors

On the Menu Monday @ StoneGable  

See Ya in the Gumbo @ Ms. enPlace

Back for Seconds Social Part @ Back for Seconds


  1. Love your table, all the orange and sea corals make it perfect! I love banana ice cream too tammy but I usually use just plain frozen banana and blend away! then we add the toppings, I should try your recipe too!

  2. Your ice cream looks so good, Tammy! I could eat some right now. Your table is really pretty. Beautiful colors and table accessories!...Christine

  3. Lovely post with your see touches. I love homemade ice cream. My mom used to make all the time with the machine you had to use salt with and crank. Work for her but it was so fresh and good!!


  4. This is beautiful! I love the orange and blue together.

  5. OUCH! UTIs are no fun!!! It has been awhile since I've had one, but I can remember how it just wrecked every minute of every day. I hope the antibiotics kick in really quickly so that you can get back to normal, pain-free living.

    It's so sweet that your niece has been of help! It's good to get them started young with the appreciation for nice things. She did an admirable job! And you're so right...the orange really does make the table come alive!!!

    I'm super impressed that your votives are DIY! I paid a small fortune for a bunch of those when I could have made them myself for a fraction of the cost, I'm sure!

    I haven't made homemade ice cream in years!!! I remember how wonderful it tastes, though. It makes store-bought taste like dirt & worms! :-) Banana would be really good!!!!! I could also go for peach or coffee or strawberry...or just plain vanilla! It's like taking a walk down memory lane! We all used to take a turn at cranking. I was such a wimpy little kid that my arm never held up for very long. :-)


  6. Beautiful table with flowers and shells.Ice cream looks yummy and i am going to try it..Thank you..:):)

  7. Livy did a great job on helping you, Tammy! I love the napkin rings and the orange sure add a pop of color with those plates. The banana ice cream is perfect for summer. I hope you're feeling better now. xo

  8. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. I hope you're feeling better, UTI's really take it out of us women don't they...such a sweet table too love that tablecloth and those chargers..


  10. It all looks lovely. You're right about the orange really popping. I love the table cloth too. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  11. Yum! The ice cream looks delicious, and your table reminds me that I'd like to be at the beach, too. LOve the table linens. Sorry you aren't feeling well.Hopefully, the antibiotics will work. I'm showing Hubby the ice cream recipe..he's the ice cream man at our house.
    Hope you're better soon. Visiting from Seasonal Sundays

  12. Your table is just beautiful and I love the pop of orange. I'm going to give your banana ice cream a try, it looks delish. Hope you feel better soon.

  13. So sorry you're not feeling well, but how neat that you had the chance to teach tablescaping! What a lovely table.

    - The Tablescaper

  14. Oh, that ice cream looks creamy and delicious. Your table is so pretty. I always like blue with a touch of orange. Hope you feel better soon.

  15. My mom always made banana ice cream, this brought back such wonderful memories. Your tablescape is fabulous, I love the shells and the tablecloth is perfect. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  16. I think I really need to get an ice cream maker. My guys would love banana ice cream. At first, I read "for the past 2 years" instead of 2 weeks. Although I'm sure those two weeks have felt close to years. Hope you are feeling better.

    Thank you for linking!


Thank you so much for all your lovely comments! I try to return the favor and visit each one of you! ~Blessings, Tammy~