This Insulated Bowl Keeps Your Ice Cream From Melting in the Summer Heat

Which flavor are you calling dibs on?
Which flavor are you calling dibs on?
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The first few spoonfuls of ice cream in the scorching summer heat are frosty and restorative. Then, the experience quickly devolves into a race to see if you can bolt down the rest before it turns into a lukewarm, soupy mess.

What you really need is a container that’ll keep your ice cream frozen while you savor it slowly enough to avoid a brain freeze—and lucky for you, such an item exists. HOST’s Ice Cream FREEZE, available for $13 on Amazon, is a double-walled plastic bowl insulated with a cooling gel that keeps its contents cold for hours. All you have to do is make sure to stick it in the freezer for at least four hours before you want to use it.

The sun is no match for this bowl.HOST/Amazon

The 18-ounce bowl is manufactured from BPA-free plastic, and the silicone base makes it easy to hold without letting your hands go numb from the bowl’s cold exterior. And while its most obvious use might be preventing ice cream and sorbet from changing states, you definitely don’t have to restrict yourself to filling it with frozen treats. Any snack best enjoyed cold can benefit from the refrigerative wonders of this bowl, including fruit, hummus, salad, guacamole, or even shrimp cocktail; according to one Amazon reviewer, it’s also “perfect for keeping your cereal milk cold.” (This person also referred to it as the “best thing I’ve ever bought.”)

But if you are planning on using it for ice cream, why not try making your own? Here are five ice cream makers to help you take your ice cream party—solo or not—to the next level.

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Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Le Creuset’s Factory-to-Table Sale Takes Up to 70 Percent Off Cast-Iron Cookware and Kitchen Essentials

Le Creuset
Le Creuset

Known for their sturdy and dependable Dutch ovens, skillets, and other cast-iron essentials, Le Creuset has been one of the most respected names in cookware since the company was established in 1925. Beyond the multicolored enameled pans that made them famous, Le Creuset’s offerings have expanded over the years to include woks, cutting boards, and even a line of Star Wars-themed products.

From now until August 23, you can save anywhere from 40 to 70 percent on their most popular items during Le Creuset’s Factory-to-Table sale. Usually confined only to the storefront, the company is bringing the sale to its website this year, too. Check out some of the best deals below.

Dutch Ovens

Le Creuset

- 3.5-Quart Signature Round Dutch Oven $183 (Save $122)
- Wide Dutch Oven $177 (Save $118)

Skillets

- Deep-Covered Skillet $180 (Save $120)
- Oblong Skillet Grill $90 (Save $90)
- Skinny Griddle $78 (Save $52)
- Classic Skillet $108 (Save $72)

Pots and Pans

- Saucepan $105 (Save $70)
- 6-Quart Stockpot $40 (Save $40)
- 7-Piece Stainless Steel and Cast Iron Set $425 (Save $425)
- 10-Piece Stainless Steel Set $547.50 (Save $547.50)

Casseroles

- Deep Casserole $90 (Save $90)
- Round Casserole $54 (Save $36)
- Heritage Oval Casserole $54 (Save $36)

Misc.

Le Creuset

- Heritage Loaf Pan $30 (Save $20)
- 2-Quart Heritage Square Dish $25 (Save $17)
- Wok $165 (Save $110)
- Petite Heart Cocotte $18 (Save $12)

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