My husband retired yesterday after 32 1/2 years at the same consumer products company. Steve wanted to serve ice cream to his team on his final day at work…so he started a few weeks ago. 12 flavors, 40 pints. My kitchen was completely taken over. The whirl of the KitchenAid mixer is now merely background noise in our home. As familiar as bird song.

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Here Steve is chopping up homemade toffee to add into salted caramel ice cream. (It’s ta-die-for.)


In these pix, he’s blending in add-ins. He makes his own shaved chocolate chips, as well as toffee and crumble. The ice cream has to freeze in a special container for one hour…then buzzers go off and pandemonium results. The ice cream has to be immediately scooped out and placed into air-tight containers. Air is disastrous to ice cream.

At last…the day of retirement arrived.

Steve was surprised by the amount of people waiting for him. Sprinkled around the room were pictures of his 32+ year career.

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Such kind people.

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Steve got all choked up. Actually…we all did.

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And here we are…serving ice cream! My daughter-in-law, Amanda. My son, Gary. My daughter, Meredith. And moi.

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A little retirement advice. Missing one more: 4. Suzanne’s to-do list. 

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The company even had customized aprons made for us! And an engraved ice cream scoop for Steve.


I think we served over 60 people and many kept circling back to try a new flavor. The most raved about flavors were the unusual ones: Meyer lemon, balsamic strawberry, salted caramel, almond cherry with chocolate chips, blackberry crumble. I think everyone was surprised by how delicious Steve’s Serious Ice Cream is…and it is. Trust me on this–I’m the Chief Taster and Head of Quality Assurance.

All in all, it was a day we’ll never forget! A career we’ll never forget. People we’ll never forget.

We are so…thankful.

P.S. The winner from last Wednesday’s giveaway is SIERRA FAITH! Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com to claim your prize!


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