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Monday, June 28, 2021

Strawberry Waffle Cone Ice Cream


We enjoyed a Father's Day outing at my sister and brother in law's home. My sister's husband cooked up some delicious smoked ribs. We enjoyed cheesy potatoes, salads and I was asked to bring dessert.

My husband and I recently enjoyed Cedar Crest ~ Blueberry Waffle Cone Ice Cream.

More about Cedar Crest Ice Cream 

I thought I would try to make Strawberry Waffle Cone Ice Cream.

I used the following recipe to make my Strawberry Ice Cream.

Strawberry Ice Cream

2 ½ cups sugar

1 cup of whole milk

4 egg yolks

2 cups of pureed strawberries

1 cup of  ½ & ½

1 cup of heavy cream

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

In a medium sauce pan, whisk together sugar, milk and egg yolks.  Place pan over medium high heat and whisk until mixture reaches a simmer. Lower heat to medium and whisk mixture for 5 minutes or until it begins to thicken. Strain into a large bowl, then whisk in strawberries, ½&½, heavy cream and vanilla. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled. About 2 hours ( I let mine sit overnight). 

Pour mixture into ice cream maker; process according to manufacturer instructions.

After the ice cream making process, I folded in the chunks of waffle cone.


 I am happy to report my Strawberry Waffle Cone Ice Cream was a big hit!


Friday, June 25, 2021

Paddle along with AWeber!


Enjoying a warm June afternoon fishing!
Hello Friends, 

A little housekeeping here at The River. I have a new subscribe to the blog service, powered by AWeber. You will see Paddle Along! on the sidebar. If you already subscribe to The River, you should just roll into AWeber when Feedburner is discontinued. Check your Spam folders if you do not see my post information come into your inbox next week.

Please let me know if you have any issues. I will try to help. I will admit this technical stuff is not my favorite. I would rather be.. playing with flowers.



Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Happy Strawberry Moon and it is the Hodgepodge!


Infused Strawberry Mint Water

 It is Strawberry season in Wisconsin.. Yum! And it is Wednesday, that means it is time for the Hodgepodge. Joyce asks the questions. We answer the questions. 

Click here to join the fun!


From this Side of the Pond

 1. What's something that reminds you of your grandmother? Tell us why. 

A candy jar. My grandma had a candy jar on her counter in the entry of her home. We always enjoyed a piece when we came in the door and took a few for the bike ride home. 

Instant coffee is another reminder. My grandma had a cup of instant coffee in the afternoons. I usually visited during the afternoons. I was blessed to have lived just a few miles down a country road from my grandma and grandpa. 

2. Is your life currently more 'moonlight and roses' or a little more 'every rose has it's thorn'? Elaborate.

My life is currently 'moonlight and roses' .. summer is in full swing in Wisconsin. We have enjoyed lovely evening walks, we already saw lighting bugs dancing in the farm fields, we are starting to enjoy fresh vegetables from the garden and we got to see our boys over the weekend.

3. June 23rd is National Pink Day...favorite thing you own in any shade of pink? My blog friend, Jenny the Pirate shared, Vaseline Lip Therapy ~ Rosy Lips , I recently started using it. It has become a favorite.  Favorite thing found in nature in any shade of pink? Wild roses  Your favorite pink food or beverage? Grapefruit  Your favorite shade of pink? Pink is my second favorite color.. I enjoy all the shades.

 4. Last thing that had you 'tickled pink'? 

We enjoyed a family gathering to celebrate Father's Day on Sunday. It 'tickled me pink' to see my family and my boys. 

 5. What are two or three words that describe your style. 

I asked my husband.. he answered.. homey, nature and simple.

 6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I will share a few of my favorite pink photos.



Monday, June 21, 2021

An article in the Newspaper!

 August of 2018 our local newspaper did a story about  The Little Garden That Could.  We were hosting our first garden tour and Rice Lake Chronotype journalist, Ruth, came for the tour as well and did an interview with me.

Click below for the post I shared regarding our first garden tour.

Hosting our first garden tour.

 This early spring I received a message from Ruth that said the following..

"Hi Carla, I will be doing a story on Laurie Broome of Cumberland who read the cut flowers book you recommended in your story and plans to start a cut flower business. You inspired her, isn't that cool?"

Below I share some of the recent interview with Laurie.

"To further help her dreams to bloom, Broome read about The Little Garden That Could, a cut flower business by Carla TePaske of Cameron, who in August 22,2018, Chronotype story recommended the book "Cut Flower Garden" by Erin Benzakein of Floret Farms."


How exciting.. to have inspired someone to keep pressing on to achieve a dream. You just never know what kind of impact you will give another person. My interview for the newspaper was printed in 2018. Laurie read it, worked hard, created her own flower business and had her own interview with the paper, which will inspire another.


And know that, yes, what you do matters. Hang in there. Keep going. Keep shining your light. Let us stand united in hope, in beauty and in joy.

Anne B

My Giant Strawberry  


Monday, June 14, 2021

Joy List Monday


Joy List Monday

♥ a weekly ritual ♥

A reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day. 

 ♥ sun-tea

 ♥  pink and purple sunsets

 ♥ the first fresh salad from the garden.. lettuce, spinach and radish

♥ flowers

 ♥ early morning bird song



"Just living is not enough." said the butterfly "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."

Hans Christian Anderson


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Hometown Parade


The Little Garden That Could was in a parade last Sunday.

My husband and I made the flowers, bunting and signage to decorate our wagon.

The flowers are made from paper.

I made the bunting with scraps of fabric.

My husband did the the lettering on our sign.

 We filled zip lock snack bags with candy and a business card.


The theme for our festival in our village was "Happy Day's" ~ our float was all about happy!

 Me and our little float, standing in front of the Flower Shack.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Let's discuss the weather!


Let's discuss the weather.

May 29th and May 30th,  I was scrambling to cover plants from a kill frost!

It may not look pretty, but it worked! I used boxes, tarps, blankets and sheets to save my tender annuals. 

 June 4th and June 5th brought 100 degree days!


We will have a short peony season.


HOT.. Northern Wisconsin plants.

 The irises are all popping out to bloom during this June heat wave.

Our week is full of days in the 90's and lows in the 70's. When I walk outside I do not feel like I am walking into a day in the month of June.


How is the weather in your neck of the woods?


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Hello Friends,


Hello Friends,

With a sadness in my heart, I have to share with you that Marv has passed away. 

In the morning hours of May 30th, Marv went to sleep and did not wake up.

His ashes will be scattered with his wife in a garden that they both loved.

I will share more about our memories of Marv in a future post. 

Today, I ask for prayer, for family and friends.

Marv was a Korean War veteran. He was a true hero. To have him pass during the Memorial Weekend has its own special place for me and my  family.