MOSAIC Moments: Mmm…Homemade Ice Cream

Azura Memory Care residents in Stoughton and Eau Claire enjoyed making and eating homemade ice cream.

Azura Memory Care recently introduced its MOSAIC Engagement Resource Guide to our team…And our team eagerly accepted. This guide is filled with over 500 different inspiring ideas for engagement with our residents.  We know that through MOSAIC engagements, we are able to meet our resident’s core psychological needs to boost self-esteem, have the power to choose, to be needed and useful, to care for others, to share joy and laughter, and to love and to be loved.

Eau Claire - Making ice cream

Making homemade ice cream in Eau Claire

Pictured are Azura Memory Care of Stoughton and Azura Memory Care of Eau Claire making Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag, an engagement activity found in the Guide.   Each Engagement has clear cut instructions on that helps us connect with a person at any stage of memory loss using reminisce therapy, cognitive therapy, active therapy, chore therapy  and creative therapy.

The results- magical MOSAIC Moments of personalized joy!

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Making homemade ice cream in Staughton



Do you have an easy craft or recipe to share?  We’d love to hear from you.  Here is ours:

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Forget endlessly cranking the handle of an ice-cream maker. After combining the ingredients, each person can simply shake up his or her own pouch of soft serve — and it’s done in just 5 minutes.

What you’ll need

  • Ice cubes (enough to fill each gallon-size bag about half full)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup salt (The bigger the granules, the better. Kosher or rock salt works best, but table salt is fine.)
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pint-size ziplock bag
  • 1 gallon-size ziplock bag
  • Your favorite mixins such as chocolate chips, cereal pieces, or fresh fruit.

Serves 1

How to make it

  1. Combine the sugar, half and half, and vanilla extract in the pint-size bag and seal it tightly.
  2. Place the salt and ice in the gallon-size bag, then place the sealed smaller bag inside as well. Seal the larger bag. Now shake the bags until the mixture hardens (about 5 minutes). Feel the small bag to determine when it’s done.
  3. Take the smaller bag out of the larger one, add mix-ins, and eat the ice cream right out of the bag. Easy cleanup too!

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