lately i've been on this thing where i make darling little ice creams. but i can't just make them. oh, no. i have to improvise. which is all right, since they're turning out all right, but the urge strikes me and there i am in the grocery store buying way more eggs and way more cream that i ever have in my life because you have to have those things if you're going to be making ice cream.
and i use eggs for other stuff anyway and have you SEEN what they charge for eggs if you decide you need to have cage free eggs, never mind organic eggs, and i STILL don't like the kind of life even those farm chickens are having, so i've been looking for someone who can set me up with home grown free range eggs that won't cost me an arm and a leg and then -bingo!- some friends of mine at church got some chickens who have now started laying sufficiently steadily that they can hook me up with my weekly eggs at $2 a dozen, which is half what i'd pay in the grocey store, but -get this: they'll take ice cream in trade.
and yes, i KNOW that a pint of homemade premium ice cream is worth more than the $2, but i'm saving money on my groceries in general by getting the eggs cheap plus i'm not supporting a factory farm PLUS i can only eat about a third of the ice cream i make, and that's if i have people over and share what i have in my freezer, so it's kind of a recreational thing.
the way i see it, i'm gaining. i'm going to make the ice cream anyway, and give some of it away. and i save $4 on eggs.