Homemade or store bought?

The other day I ate homemade vanilla ice cream.  I cannot tell you how long its been since I have eaten homemade ice cream. It was incredible!  Made from half and half, I loved every creamy minute of it.

Somewhere along the way, we had stopped making and eating homemade ice cream. I think the first reason may have been just how long it took to make it.  No, I am not talking the hand cranking, although I did my share of that back in the day.

Thankfully, they invented one that ran on electricity.  But, it still could take a few hours to get it done.  Waiting for it to freeze was a real pain. It became so much easier and quicker to go to the store and buy their version of “homemade vanilla.”

Another challenge was the amount of effort you had to go to fix it.  You had to buy the ice and the salt and the ingredients. Finding the right recipe and getting the right mix of salt and ice and then waiting for the thing to stop churning in order to  eat the stuff was just not worth it. Add to this the clean up and finding space in your freezer to store it and you saw why people would rarely pull the machine out for use.

I think the another reason that we stopped making it was the reports of problems with raw eggs. People started talking salmonella and soon homemade ice cream freezers started popping up in multiple garage sells.

Homemade ice cream just like homemade bread still tastes better than anything you will ever buy at the store. You add strawberries or chocolate sauce or just eat it plain and you will believe you died and went to heaven. It is even worth the risk of going to the hospital to get your stomach pumped!

This is so similar to life. We like the quick and easy even when the things that take a little more time and effort are actually more satisfying. If you opt for minimum effort in life and relationships, you will get minimum return on your investment. We may settle for that since we love immediate gratification. However, things like relationships take time and effort to develop.

So, the choice is ours. Will we settle for something “OK” that gives us the quick hit or will we go for the long lasting results that will only come with a bit more work on our part?

I know one thing: once we taste the sweet life, it is hard to go back to the mediocre.

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