My sister, knowing the way into my heart, bought me an ice cream maker for my birthday! And I LOVE IT! I finally got to make a homemade vanilla bean recipe yesterday and it was scrumptious. It was also my first time splitting and "de-seeding" a vanilla bean. . .which was kind of weird.
Anyway, if you are in the market for a homemade ice cream maker, be sure to check out Cuisinart's version. It's a little loud, but it gets the job done!