This weekend was an extended 4th of July celebration as the actual holiday landed on a Monday. So, we celebrated with friends and lots of fireworks…

Happy almost 4th

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Two nights of fireworks… and sleep deprivation.

I carry on the family tradition of leaping over fire works. And it’s only the 3rd…. #thirdofjuly ???????

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We also created a HOT and delicious pico de gallo that nearly disappeared at dinner one night, because friends.

Happy Independence Day! #freedomofspeech #freedomofreligion #freedomofpress #freedomofassembly #pico

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We received treats and pie from a sweet neighbor (made my entire weekend with that pie!) too!

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And the Family Spore Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream finally made it’s appearance (our daughter had been begging for this since Christmas).

And finally… Strawberry ice cream. #scratch ?????????

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Recipe to follow. But first a few words of loss and love.

In the midst of all this celebrating, our hearts are grieving. Brent’s father Harold passed away on June 28th. It came as no shock, as he was battling several ailments, but the final conclusion of death is universe-altering. The earth tilted a bit on its axis and will not recover because Grandpa Spore is gone. He was a brilliant genius. Adorable. Intelligent. God-fearing, faithful, and full of love and self sacrifice. We will miss the initial silence of his laughter, his face frozen with joy. Because when something struck his funny bone so hard, his mouth and eyes would suspend open for a few moments…Then  a belly full of laughter would follow.

But we live and carry on Harold’s humor, his love, heck we carry on his name. One of the most creative men walked on earth and then decided to walk up to heaven. We are left with a bit of emptiness, and yet we are left with the richness of who he is in our own family.

Harold had such a sweet tooth. One Christmas, Brent and I called his presence the dessert table (a full stop) the occupation of “Cookie Corner,” where he devoured many, many a Christmas cookie. We have numerous memories of this man. Brent holding a multitude of them.

I think Harold would have loved this ice cream. In the words of Cadence talking to Grandpa Spore up in heaven: “HEYYY!” Hey Grandpa, we love you.

Strawberry Ice Cream

Prep Time: 4 hours

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8

Strawberry Ice Cream

Family Spore Strawberry Ice Cream: A celebration of life, laughter and love



  1. Begin by making ice cream base
  2. In a blender, combine strawberries, sugar and a pinch of salt and blend until totally pureed. You may stop short of completely pureeing if you want chunks of strawberry (though strawberry chunks tend to get a little hard when frozen).
  3. In a bowl, combine strawberry mixture with the ice cream base. Then pour the strawberry ice cream base into your ice cream maker, turn it on, freezing the ice cream base according to the manufacturer's directions.
  4. Top with whipped cream and flecks of mint or sprinkles and enjoy summer's gift with family and friends.


Serve topped with whipped cream, chopped strawberries, flakes of fresh mint, sprinkles or even a balsamic reduction. Or - all of the above!