Hello Hesperia! Well this month is so special for me. My son, who is stationed in Afghanistan, was home for the last two weeks. He is a 1st lieutenant in the Army, overseeing a battalion of military police. Seth, my daughter-in-law, Christine, and almost 3-year-old granddaughter, Bella, are coming to Hesperia for a week to see Gary and I, and Shane and his family.


Of course, I wanted to make a few favorite foods so I decided to make three kinds of homemade ice cream, lasagna and his favorite of all: macaroni and cheese with hot dogs. I thought you all would enjoy the recipes too.


I found out my daughter-in-law has never had homemade ice cream. Boy, was she in for a wonderful treat!


I know some of you probably have not had homemade ice cream either. I have three ice cream makers but my favorite is the one that turns off when the ice cream is finished. I also have two old hand crank mixers but they are out in the yard with flowers in them now. No way do I want to hand crank them anymore!


Seth's headed back to Afghanistan for six more months then heads back to Missouri where he is stationed. My heart goes out to all our military. I'm not there but I know it can't be easy on them. When Gary and I went to Missouri last year we were coming from the airport and decided to stay and eat. How impressed I was when people would come up and thank Seth for what he is doing for our country. To all our military, thank you so much, no matter where you are.


Love, Charlene


P.S. Hope all you dads and grandpas had a great Father's Day.



This was Seth's favorite dish that his dad would make for him.



Macaroni and Cheese with Hot Dogs


1 box macaroni and cheese (just follow instructions on box)


2 to 3 hot dogs cut up in small pieces; brown in a small amount of oil



After macaroni and cheese is made just add the browned hot dogs. Mix and enjoy!



Lasagna


3 pounds hamburger


Onion flakes to taste


Salt


Pepper


Cook meat with the onion flakes, salt and pepper until tender; drain.



Add to the meat:


1 16-ounce container small-curd cottage cheese


1 package mozzarella cheese, grated


2 cans tomato soup


1 8-ounce can tomato sauce


Mix well



Boil 8 to 10 pieces of lasagna noodles until tender (follow instructions on lasagna package); drain. Add a layer of lasagna in a 9 x 11 pan; add a layer of cheese mixture, layer of lasagna and then rest of cheese mixture. Top with grated mild cheddar cheese. Bake, in a 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until hot. Serve with salad and garlic bread. Corn on the cob goes great with it too.



Vanilla Ice Cream


4 eggs


2 1/4 cups sugar


2 quarts half-and-half


1 pint whipping cream


1 can canned milk (NOT sweetened and condensed)


4 1/2 teaspoons vanilla


1/2 teaspoon salt


Finish with whole milk to "fill line."



In a bowl add the eggs and lightly beat with a fork. Slowly add sugar and whip until thick. Set aside.


Pour half-and-half, whipping cream, canned milk, vanilla and salt in to your freezer container. Add egg mixture. Still with wooden spoon; finish by adding whole milk to "fill line". Put dasher into the ice cream maker, put lid on container and then put motor on top of that. Secure ice cream maker and plug it in. Add a little layer of crushed ice followed by 2 tablespoons rock salt; layer again. Add more ice as it melts. Freeze ice cream and enjoy! Makes four quarts.


Strawberry Ice Cream


3 1/8 cups sugar


1 egg


1 quart half-and-half


1 package frozen strawberries, thawed


Fill with whole milk to "fill line." Add a couple drops of red food coloring to get the pink color. Freeze.


Makes four quarts.



Orange Sherbet


1 large package orange Jell-O


2 packages orange Kool-Aid


2 cups boiling water


3 cups sugar



Boil ingredients together for one minute or until dissolved. Add to container:


2 pints whipping cream


1 quart half-and-half


3 tablespoons vanilla



Finish with whole milk to "fill line." Stir and mix well; freeze.