Jeffrey Phillip

How To Make Ice Cream in a Bag!

Published July 17, 2017 Recipes No Comments
Jeffrey Phillip - Homemade Ice Cream

My homemade ice cream from a bag on National Ice Cream Day!

I really love me some ice cream and since yesterday was National Ice Cream Day, I just had to have my favorite sweet treat. To join the celebration in a fun and special way, I decided to go LIVE on Instagram for the very first time while trying to make ice cream in a bag, which is also something I had never, ever done before! I mean, why not try two new things at once, right?

Growing up the only way we made homemade ice cream was with a machine, lots of ice and rock salt. However, I recently discovered some simpler methods that sounded right up my alley. One of the methods (which also seems super easy) requires a mixer, which, unfortunately, I don’t have at this time. However, the most basic method I found only requires some Ziploc bags! So, I dug around the internet a little more to read a few recipes and comments and put together a concoction of my own.

I was really excited to be trying out this easy-peasy recipe and was also looking forward to saving the video so I could share it with you. However, since it was the very first time I went LIVE on Instagram, I missed pressing the “save” link on the videos. 🙄  So, all I have to share with you is the photo above. Total bummer. Mi dispiace. 😕

Regardless of the technical snafu, it was a lot of fun to go LIVE and test out this super simple recipe. I highly recommend having some fun and making ice cream with this method… even if you have an ice cream maker. It’s an old-school change of pace, and, if you have kids, I bet they will have fun with it, too! Give it a whirl sometime this summer and enjoy!

Oh, and if you aren’t already doing so, follow me on Instagram so that you can say hi next time I go LIVE! 😁

xo 😘

Ice Cream Made in a Bag


  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla (and/or any other flavors or mix-ins you would like)
  • 3 to 4 cups of ice (should fill half of the gallon-size Ziploc bag)
  • 6 tbsp kosher, rock, or sea salt
  • 1 gallon-size Ziploc bag
  • 2 sandwich-size Ziploc bags (for double bagging)


  1. Combine half-and-half, sugar, vanilla (+ mix-ins) in sandwich bag and zip shut while removing as much air as possible. Place this sealed bag inside the other sandwich bag and seal
  2. Place ice in gallon bag and pour in salt. Mix around to evenly distribute salt
  3. Place ice cream mix bag in the gallon-size bag and seal
  4. Hold the bag with a towel to protect your hands from the cold and shake for 5 to 10 minutes
  5. Once mixture feels firm throughout, remove the sandwich bag from the gallon bag and rinse salt from the bag’s exterior
  6. Serve in a bowl with your favorite toppings, or eat it right out of the bag – enjoy!


Super Easy Tzatziki Dip

Published July 4, 2017 Recipes No Comments

Hey, Friends! 👋🏼  Happy 4th of July!🇺🇸 I hope that you’re all having a great holiday weekend and enjoying some celebratory time honoring the USA with the ones you love. This past weekend I spent some time with very dear friends at their annual 4th of July pool party, and boy was I glad to be by a pool! It was SO hot this year! Rain or shine, I always look forward to this party. It feels like the kick-off to summer, I get to spend time with some great people and indulge in some delicious food. The party is organized as a potluck so we all bring something yummy to add to the mix, and this year I brought one of my favorite snacks… a super easy tzatziki dip.

This is a great, healthy summer dip that I often snack on or serve with sliced raw veggies, pita, pretzels, even blue corn chips. It also makes a great spread for burgers, sandwiches, grilled pork…mmmm…. the pairing options are endless! It’s quick to throw together and is always a hit – it’s so popular among my friends and family that I actually now make it all year long (for them as well as myself 😉). However, it always seems to taste especially satisfying on a hot summer day, which is why I decided to bring it this past weekend, as well as why I’m hanging out in the kitchen today to show you how to make it!

Now, if you didn’t already know, I love to cook and I spend a fair amount of time playing in the kitchen (which could be why organizing a kitchen is always one of my favorite spaces to work on… who knows 🤔). Naturally, when I am in the kitchen I’m still thinking about my principles of organized living. I’m always on the lookout for easy ways to keep my diet healthy, create better eating routines, as well as discover new ways to save time and make cooking a little easier for all of us. This dip really hits all those markers for me because it’s healthy, easy and super quick to whip up.

Full disclosure… this is one of first recipe demos… EVER! 😳 While I did share two recipes last year during the 12 Days of Neatness (the JP. Ginger Firenog and the Holiday Hummus), the cocktail wasn’t a complicated demo and the hummus… well, I only talked through the recipe. So, this is kind of a big step. It may not be as smooth as I envisioned, but I hope that you still enjoy the video and are inspired to make some of your very own delicious tzatziki! 😋 If you do enjoy the video and your mouth starts to water, please do me a favor… click the thumbs up button, share it with family and friends, and be sure to subscribe to my channel so we can have some more fun together next week! Until then, happy birthday, America! 🇺🇸

xo 😘

Super Easy Tzatziki Recipe


  • Juice of 1 whole lemon


  1. Peel and grate cucumber and place in strainer to drain juice
  2. Sprinkle grated cucumber in strainer with 1/2 teaspoon salt, gently mix and let stand at least 5 minutes to draw out additional juice
  3. Grate garlic on top of draining cucumber
  4. Zest lemon on top of draining cucumber and garlic
  5. Give cucumber mixture a few more shakes in the strainer to remove some more liquid. Then, plop it in the bowl
  6. Squeeze in juice of 1 whole lemon (or half a lemon if you like your tzatziki a little thicker)
  7. Add 2 cups of Greek yogurt
  8. Chop and add 2 tablespoons of fresh dill, salt and pepper to taste, and mix thoroughly
  9. Cover with plastic wrap or place in sealed container and refrigerate for about 3 to 4 hours (or overnight, if time permits). This time will allow all the flavors to blend and become even tastier
  10. Serve with sliced raw veggies, pita, pretzels or use as a spread on a burger or sandwich

P.S. – This is my base recipe, but I always play with the proportions when I make it depending on how my taste buds are feeling. There is no right or wrong equation since the flavors are all to taste… just have fun with it and enjoy! 😊