National Strawberry Ice Cream Day: No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Our good friend Erin, the blogger behind The Almond Eater, is back again and celebrating National Strawberry Ice Cream Day with us! For more from The Almond Eater, check out her recipes herehere, here and here

Hey, hey, hey–happy National Strawberry Ice Cream Day! I know, ice cream day in January? Who thought that up? To be honest, I’m not mad about it. Though I’m a year-round iced coffee drinker, I tend to gravitate toward warmer foods during the colder months, which leaves me missing some of my favorite cold foods like ice cream! I know a lot of people who drink smoothies in the winter, so why not eat ice cream too? It’s baaaasically the same thing except, well, better.

The awesome thing about this recipe is that you don’t need a fancy shmancy ice cream maker–nope! This no churn strawberry ice cream is just that: no churn. One of these days I’m sure I’ll cave and purchase an ice cream maker, but until then I’m going to keep doing things this way because it works and it’s GOOD. ….and because I feel like the majority of people out there don’t own an ice cream maker, but maybe that’s just me.

National Strawberry Ice Cream Day No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

ANYWAY, let’s talk out this ice cream recipe real quick so you can see how easy peasy it is. You’ll heat the strawberries and sugar over the stovetop essentially until the strawberries turn into a sweet strawberry compote. Then you’ll let them cool off while you whip the whipping cream. Whipping the whipping cream (<–hate that I love saying that) requires a liiiiittle bit of patience, but nothing crazy. Five minutes, max. You got this.

So yeah, you’ll whip the whipping cream until stiff peaks form and then you’ll add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, fold the strawberries into the whipped cream and BOOM that’s it!! You freeze it to form hard serve ice cream for these ice cream sandwiches, or you just eat it straight up like the ice cream-obsessed person you are.

The trickier part is getting the ice cream sandwiches to actually look presentable. If you make this recipe, PLEASE tag me on Instagram @thealmondeater so I can see your pretty creation and how you one-upped me in that department.

These no churn strawberry ice cream sandwiches are LEGIT and you need them, even if it is the middle of winter.

National Strawberry Ice Cream Day No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Recipe

Ingredients

For the ice cream:

  • 1 lb. fresh or frozen and thawed strawberries, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the cookies:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions

For the ice cream:

  1. Place the strawberries and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer and use a wooden spoon to break down the strawberries, forming mashed strawberries. Simmer for five minutes or so.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside, allowing mixture to cool completely.
  4. While mixture is cooling, make the ice cream.
  5. Place heavy whipping cream in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes, allowing the cream to form stiff peaks. Tip: mix on low for about 2 minutes, and then on high for the final 2-3 minutes.
  6. Once peaks have formed, add the condensed milk and vanilla and mix until everything is combined.
  7. Fold HALF of the strawberries into the whipped cream mixture and transfer to a baking pan.
  8. Pour the rest of the strawberries on top and stir so that there are some swirls and some strawberry chunks.
  9. Cover pan with aluminum foil and place in the freezer for at least 6 hours, but preferably overnight.

For the cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together in a separate bowl; add eggs and vanilla and stir to combine.
  4. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients and then, once everything is mixed, stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
  5. Scoop dough out a spoonful at a time and transfer to a baking sheet.
  6. Place cookies in the oven and bake for approximately 10 minutes, or until cookies are harder around the edges but still soft in the middle.
  7. Transfer to a cooling rack and cook completely before making the ice cream sandwiches.

For the sandwiches:

  1. Scoop ice cream out onto a cookie and then place a second cookie on top, carefully smashing it down on the ice cream.
  2. Repeat this process until cookies are done. You will have ice cream leftover, but I don’t think that’s a problem!
  3. Place cookies on a plate or baking sheet and back in the freezer for at least an hour, allowing time for everything to harden and solidify.

National Strawberry Ice Cream Day No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Bloggers Across the Pond: #AEOSTYLE With Style Lobster

As the last of autumn weather makes its way out of our hemisphere, we’re starting to brace for the cold of the holiday season. We teamed up with UK lifestyle blogger Emily of Style Lobster for a feature we’re calling Bloggers Across the Pond. Emily’s styling a full AEO look perfect for chilly days lounging inside or warming up at a local coffee spot. Keep scrolling to see Emily’s #AEOSTYLE & get to know her a little better!

Bloggers Across The Pond: UK Blogger Style Lobster shows you how to stay warm this winter.

MEET EMILY:

My name is Emily Valentine and I am a London-based blogger, YouTuber and influencer. I launched my blog just over 2 years ago and have since grown it into a platform covering beauty, fashion and lifestyle. In fact, it took over my life so much I waved goodbye to my career in fashion photography to continue working on my “digital diary” full-time. I dabble in yoga, I‘m the first in line for a new restaurant launch and I’m in constant pursuit of the perfect epidermis. This year has been the year of style for my blog. I grew up in Puerto Rico, which is where I first discovered the AEO brand so its a dream to work with them to create my ultimate autumn chill look.

Bloggers Across The Pond: UK Blogger Style Lobster shows you how to stay warm this winter. Bloggers Across The Pond: UK Blogger Style Lobster shows you how to stay warm this winter.

WHAT INSPIRED EMILY’S LOOK:

Winter comes late in London, so my outfit was inspired by autumn comforts – you know, when the temperature drops a few degrees so you can throw on a down filled jacket and a chunky knit without shivering or sacrificing your style? For me, the ultimate chill look is a pair of jeans and a sweater. Although these are wardrobe basics I choose designs that are trend led. I’m obsessed with these Tomgirl jeans. The bleached out denim and rips tick all the insta-cool boxes for me. I’m also a massive fan of the low-slung hip riders with relaxed girlfriend leg. Nobody wants to lounge around in a pair of tight skinnies. My Ahhh-mazingly Soft Jegging Sweater knit is made of the softest chenille fabric. The design is long on my arms and cropped slightly higher on the hips so as not to drown me in fabric.

I’ve paired my Tomgirl jeans & sweater with the ultimate outdoor jacket. The Quilted Parka doesn’t let in a smidgen of cold, which is great for keeping out wintry winds. It’s feel so snuggly. Footwear comforts are important to me as well, and I fell in love with these faux-sherpa suede black booties. Comfort meets chic!

Bloggers Across The Pond: UK Blogger Style Lobster shows you how to stay warm this winter. Bloggers Across The Pond: UK Blogger Style Lobster shows you how to stay warm this winter.

SHOP THE LOOK: Quilted Parka | Ahhhmazingly Soft Jegging Sweater | Tomgirl Jean
Faux Sherpa Crossbody Bag | Faux Sherpa Sneaker Bootie

*Links are to US Website. For UK purchasing & shipping, please visit aeo.com/UK.

Show us how you’d style your cold weather pieces using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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#WeAllCan Adventure Together: How To Enter The Sweepstakes

WIN YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE

Our latest sweepstakes gives you the chance to experience a new adventure by sharing your last one. Whether you’ve been rock climbing in the Rockies or scuba diving in the Pacific, we want to see it! This is your chance to share your last adventure to unlock your next one.

One new adventure will be given away every day. To enter, share your adventure on Instagram or Twitter & include #WeAllCan #Sweepstakes. OFFICIAL RULES.

Keep scrolling to see exactly how to enter! Your next adventure could be just a share away. Plus if you’re not one of the daily winners, you can still feel good about participating because we’ll donate $1 to Feeding America for your entry!

STEP 1:

Post your last adventure to Twitter or Instagram with #WeAllCan #Sweepstakes.

How To Enter the #WeAllCan Adventure Together Sweepstakes on Instagram and Twitter

STEP 2:

Visit share.ae.com and authenticate your Instagram or Twitter profile to complete your entry.

How To Enter the #WeAllCan Adventure Together Sweepstakes on Instagram and Twitter

STEP 3:

If you posted your photo using #WeAllCan #Sweepstakes, you’ll be prompted to shake your phone to see if you’ve won!

How To Enter the #WeAllCan Adventure Together Sweepstakes on Instagram and Twitter

STEP 4:

You could be on your way to winning your next adventure! If you receive a message that you’ve won, submit your email address so that we can get in touch with you to claim your prize.

How To Enter the #WeAllCan Adventure Together Sweepstakes on Instagram and Twitter

Questions? Get in touch with us @AEO on Twitter or @americaneagle on Instagram.

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#WeAllCan: AEO x Feeding America

Since the start of #WeAllCan, we’ve been asking you to tell us how you’re making a difference in your community or making a positive impact in your world. Now, it’s our turn – this season, we’re putting our words into action and partnering with Feeding America over the holidays to provide up to 1,375,000 meals to local food banks across the country (with your help, of course!), and we’re getting out there to volunteer with our local food banks.

Last month, AEO corporate employees volunteered at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank as part of our partnership with Feeding America. We helped the facility sort non-perishable items donated to the food bank before being processed and sent out to local food pantries. We were happy to assist during the especially busy holiday season! Take a look at our volunteer photo diary to see how we spent our time at the food bank & keep reading to see how you can get involved.

“More than 42 million people in the United States face hunger, including 13 million children. We all have a role to play in getting more food to more people. American Eagle’s #WeAllCan initiative ensures every generation can play their part. We are grateful to be included in their holiday promotion.” – Nancy Curby, Interim Senior Vice President of Development at Feeding America

AEO x Feeding America: Home Office Corporate Employees Volunteer with Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank

WHY FEEDING AMERICA?

  • 34% of the homeless population in America is under age 24.
  • Persistently poor children are 13% less likely to finish high school and 43% less likely to complete college.

GET TO KNOW FEEDING AMERICA

  • Feeding America is the third largest charity in the U.S.
  • *$1 is able to provide 11 meals for those in need through the Feeding America network.
  • Millennials ages 21-30 are the demographic group most likely to say they intend to support Feeding America.

HOW WE’RE MAKING A DIFFERENCE:

  • Thru 12.25, AEO will donate up to 1,375,000 meals to local food banks across the country.*
  • Associates will be hosting internal food drives in stores and delivering food to their local food pantries in January.

AEO x Feeding America: Home Office Corporate Employees Volunteer with Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank

Sorting, packing & stacking boxes to prep them for shipment to food pantries.

AEO x Feeding America: Home Office Corporate Employees Volunteer with Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank

Touring the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Facility.

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Checking labels and expiration dates is an important part of sorting food received.

AEO x Feeding America: Home Office Corporate Employees Volunteer with Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank

Filling boxes with a variety of packages (cans, boxes, bags) help to evenly source food for the pantries.

AEO x Feeding America: Home Office Corporate Employees Volunteer with Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank AEO x Feeding America: Home Office Corporate Employees Volunteer with Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank

Each box shipped to food pantries must weigh 30 lbs., so volunteers are equipped with scales to make the job easier.

AEO x Feeding America: Home Office Corporate Employees Volunteer with Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:

Show us how you’re making a difference this year with #WeAllCan on Instagram & Twitter!

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How To Host An Easy Friendsgiving

Let’s face it – the holiday season is stressful. We’re embarking on a month of non-stop holiday adventures and family gatherings, and the last thing we want on our plate (other than a tenth scoop of mashed potatoes) is another party to plan, right? Still, in a time when we have the MOST to do, it’s nice to sit down and relax, preferably with friends who totally get what you’re feeling. That’s why we’re huge fans of Thanksgiving’s BFF, Friendsgiving. Friendsgiving is great because there’s no pressure to make every detail perfect – you can play with your decor & food and still throw a beautiful gathering for your closest pals (who, honestly, are like a second family).

In the spirit of giving thanks for all of the people who we can spill our deepest, darkest secrets to & who make us laugh uncontrollably, we’re showing you how to host an easy Friendsgiving dinner. Preparation for this get together doesn’t need to be difficult; a few DIY decorations really set the mood. Send out invites to your friends (we recommend a potluck dinner to keep things as simple as possible) & get the party started. Check out our Friendsgiving Guide below for our favorite tips, tricks & an easy dessert recipe to complete your Friendsgiving menu.

Set The Table

  • For a quick & festive tablecloth you already have on-hand, drape large blanket scarves over the table. Any spills can be removed in the wash! We like this one: Plaid Blanket Scarf.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix & match dishes. Check out your nearest thrift store to find pieces that are mismatched but still work together. Stick to a similar color family.
  • Cut brown paper down for DIY placemats for a no-hassle cleanup & a rustic feel. You can even use brown paper bags!

How To Host An Easy Friendsgiving Meal for Thanksgiving 2016

Remember Why You’re Gathering

  • Yes, one of Friendsgiving’s main pros is the amazing food & drink spread, but take a minute to remember the real reason you’re hanging out around the table. On each placemat, prompt guests to write down what they’re thankful for & talk about it before digging in.

How To Host An Easy Friendsgiving Meal for Thanksgiving 2016

Pumpkin Serving Bowl

  • Find a huge pumpkin and a bowl that is just a bit smaller in size.
  • Cut the top off the pumpkin & scoop out the insides.
  • Place the large bowl inside the pumpkin to serve drinks, mocktails & more.

How To Host An Easy Friendsgiving Meal for Thanksgiving 2016

Gourd-geous Votive Candles

  1. Choose different sizes and colors of gourds or small pumpkins.
  2. Using a pumpkin carving knife, cut small circles out of the tops of each.
  3. Scoop out the insides.
  4. Put votive candles of varying sizes in each pumpkin.

How To Host An Easy Friendsgiving Meal for Thanksgiving 2016

How To Host An Easy Friendsgiving Meal for Thanksgiving 2016

Simple Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkin “Pie”

Ingredients

  • 3 TBSP butter
  • 1 package marshmallows (10.5 oz)
  • 1 box Rice Krispie cereal (18 oz), with 2 c set aside
  • 1/2 c pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the better.
  2. Add marshmallows and melt, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once the marshmallow mixture is melted, combine 2/3 c of marshmallow with 2 c cereal and mix together.
  4. Add 1/2 c pumpkin & pumpkin spice to remaining marshmallow mixture in the pan and combine.
  5. Press the cereal/marshamallow mixture around the outside of a springform pan to create the “crust”.
  6. Remove the pumpkin/marshmallow mixture from heat and, after a few moments, mix in the rest of the cereal in the box.
  7. Press pumpkin/marshmallow/cereal mixture into the center of the “pie”.
  8. Cover & let cool completely before cutting.

Do you have any tips for throwing a Friendsgiving party? Let us know in the comments & show us how you’re celebrating on Instagram.

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Lolla25: #AEOFESTIVALSTYLE Guide for Girls & Guys

We’re heading in to the high point of summer, and live music season is still giving you plenty of opportunity to rep your #AEOFESTIVALSTYLE wherever you go. We’ll keep you cool at Lollapalooza in the hottest new festival looks featuring hi-rise shorties & knit tanks so you’ll never miss a beat. Check out our Chicago travel guide & Lollapalooza outfits for guys and girls so you can make fun summer memories to savor all year long!

WEAR
GIRLS: 
Right now, we’re all about dark denim. Pair this first essentials strappy top with black denim festival shorties for a look that keeps it simple & makes a statement.  Leather booties will keep you festival-ready, day & night. Throw even more shade by adding the perfect pair of sunglasses.

Get your festival fashion ready for Lollapalooza.

SHOP IT: First Essentials Cold Shoulder Shirt | Hi-Rise Festival Shortie | Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Kaden Bootie
Lapis-Colored Cocktail Ring | Evil Eye Arm Party Bracelets | Spitfire Astro Sunglasses

GUYS: There’s nothing plain about this classic pairing! Throw a cool, printed graphic tee on top of some cut-off denim shorts for a look that lasts. Add a finishing touch while keeping it clean with fresh, white slip-on’s – these sneakers are sure to be a fan favorite.

Get your festival fashion ready for Lollapalooza. Check out our guys' Lollapalooza outfits.

SHOP IT: Indigo Trend Graphic Crew T-Shirt | Core Flex Denim Cutoff Short | Faux Leather Shoe

EAT
The Gage: If you’re looking for a rustic place to refuel with a good meal & a cold drink, The Gage is your place. This Irish restaurant has a long list on tap and is within easy walking distance of Grant Park.

Toni Patisserie & Café: You can’t skip out on the most important meal of the day. Don’t stop exploring, pick up a French-style sweet treat or morning bite to eat on the go.

Giordano’s: What’s better than Chicago deep dish? Nothing. Try the best of the best at Giordano’s to keep you full & festival ready.

Check out Giordano's pizza for a bite to eat in between Lollapalooza sets.

Photo: @giordanospizza

MUSIC
Radiohead:
The beloved & groundbreaking alternative rock band from England has been a crowd favorite since 1985. You won’t want to miss their appearance at Lolla where they’re sure to wow with classics like “Creep” and “Fake Plastic Trees”.

Leon Bridges: The R&B you NEED. The singer & songwriter from Texas got his start in 2015 with the release of song “Coming Home”.  His performance is sure to provide your daily dose of 50’s & 60’s soul, a sound that never goes out of style. We recommend “River” and “Better Man”.

Leon Bridges is sure to be a fan favorite at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL.

Photo: @leonbridgesofficial

Silversun Pickups: This Los Angeles bred indie rock band formed combines the influence of The Flaming Lips and Sonic Youth for their catchy, dream pop roots. If you’re not familiar with their sound, check them out NOW starting with “Bloody Mary” and “All The Go Inbetweens”.

Don't miss Silversun Pickups at Lolla25.

Photo: @sspu

LCD Soundsystem: If you haven’t yet heard of this unique electronic rock group Led by James Murphy, we need to change that. The group has done nothing but amaze us since they formed in Brooklyn in 2002. Once you’re hooked on their fusion of dance-punk & electronica, you won’t be able to stop listening. Our faves are “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” and “I Can Change”.

Mac Miller: Now, that’s a rap. Pittsburgh born and raised Malcom James McCormick, known to fans as Mac Miller, rose to fame with the release of his debut studio album “Blue Slide Park”. His smooth rhymes will make you wonder how he makes spitting verses seem so effortless. Listen to “100 Grandkids” and “Another Night” to hear the best Mac has to offer.

Mac Miller will take the stage at Lolla25.

Photo: @larryfisherman

What are you most excited to do in Chicago? Which artists will you be checking out at Grant Park? Let us know in the comments below & show us your #AEOFESTIVALSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter.

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