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Let’s All Scream!

For Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches!    WAAAAHHHOOOOOO!!

I found on Smitten Kitchen a recipe to make cookies for ice cream sandwiches.    There are three cookie recipes to use with your favorite ice cream.  I haven’t tried the other two yet, but it won’t be long before I do.

For the Fourth of July weekend, I picked the Chocolate Chip Cookie for our vanilla ice cream.  Well, I did have Grasshopper Pie ice cream and Chocolate Crackle, but they’re gone now.  Gone before the cookie.  Gone before the weekend.  Just gone.  Our favorite ice cream is Breyer’s.  Be sure to check the ingredients because not all of Breyer’s is ALL NATURAL.

The recipe was easy to follow and the cookies were easy to make.  I decided to make the ridiculously large cookie and ended up with around 21 cookies.

Cookies for ice cream

Some of the family wanted just the cookie (shocking, I know!), some just wanted a cookie on the side…

Ice Cream with a side of cookie

but the smart people wanted an ice cream cookie sandwich.

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

These are ridiculously large, so the next day I cut the sandwiches in half.  It was a very disappointing moment for my children, but really they didn’t need any more.

So instead of pulling those nasty ice cream sandwiches from the grocery store freezer, make a batch of these babies.  Your family will love your forever.  🙂   I’m wanting to try the Chocolate Sugar Cookies next.

Frozen Treats

Yesterday I made another batch of the Frozen Fruit Cups.  This time, I used silicone cupcake liners instead of the paper liners.  They worked perfectly!  Not only were they smaller in serving size (just right for kids), the fruit just slid right out of the liners.   No peeling of paper, no sticky paper stuck to plates or fingers, no mess.  I liked the silicone cups so much, I’m not going to give them back to my mother-in-law.  She made the mistake of letting me “borrow” them for a while.  😉  Once they are frozen, you can easily pop them out and place fruit in a freezer container for easy access.

Frozen Treats

See the popsicle molds on the left?  Those are my newest purchase.  They are made by Trovolo and are BPA Free.   I got the rocket shape molds from Amazon and I plan on getting the shooting star and the green groovy molds too.  Can’t have too many popsicle molds.  Not in Florida where the heat index gets up above 102 each day.  😀

My girls favorite popsicles are made from the smoothies we make.  During the hot summer days I don’t mind the kids having two frozen treats, if the treats are made from only fruit.

Orange Dreamsicle

Look how cute this pop is!  Pea #1 kept talking about the shape and all the details she could see.  🙂   Makes a special treat.

Orange Dreamsicle

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup of organic vanilla lowfat yogurt

Mix all together and pour into molds.

I had very little of this recipe leftover, so I spooned it over some of the fruit cups.

This Weeks Dinner Menu

Sunday:

Chickenless Chicken Rice Casserole and tossed salad.

Monday:

Snack – Frozen Fruit Cups

Tacos, soft torillas, torilla chips, refriend beans, salsa and other toppings.

Tuesday:

Roasted Chicken or on the grill if A.C. is not working, rice, steamed broccoli, and whole wheat rolls

Wednesday:

Spaghetti, green beans, and whole wheat garlic bread

Thursday:

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

Friday:

Cheese Pizza

Saturday:

I have no idea.

Watermelon Popsicle

Watermelon Popsicle

These are now highly prized by the girls.  Great Summer Time Snack!

Watermelon-Blueberry Ice Pops

Source:  delish.com

Made eight pops.

  • 3 3/4 cup chopped seedless watermelon
  • 2 TB lime juice
  • 1 TB sugar
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (I used frozen)

Puree watermelon, limejuice, and sugar to taste in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Divide blueberries among freezer-pop molds.  Top with the watermelon mixture.  Insert sticks and freeze until completely firm.

Remove and enjoy!

I added the blueberries after pouring in the watermelon mixture.  Why?  Because, I didn’t read the instructions.  The blueberries landed in the middle of the freezer pop, so it didn’t matter that I didn’t put in the berries first.

Summer Snack – Frozen Bananas

Frozen Bananas on a stick.

You need:

  • Fresh Bananas
  • popsicle sticks
  • Yogurt
  • Ground Flaxseed
  • Chocolate chips

Peel and cut bananas in half.

Place a wooden popsicle  stick into each one.

Place on parchment paper.

Dip each banana into yogurt.  I used Stoneyfield Orangic Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt.

Sprinkle with ground flaxseed and place chocolate chips on each.

Freeze until hard, place in a freezer container until ready to eat.

This got thumbs up from Sir Husband, Pea #1, and myself.  Sir Son can not eat bananas, Peas #2 doesn’t like bananas, and The Violinist just didn’t try one.

Changes I made for the second batch:  I mixed the flaxseed right into the yogurt before spooning it onto the banana.  Left off the chocolate chips because Pea #1 really didn’t like them.  I’m ok with that!    I also used Stoneyfield Low Fat Strawberry yogurt, which was liked more than the vanilla.

Enjoy!

Summer Snack – Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

My neighbor has been giving us some really huge zucchini, so I have to look for recipes to use these things up.  We love having neighbors that give us fresh produce. 🙂

I found this recipe that calls for two cups of shredded zucchini and chocolate.  Has to be good!

While the girls were taking their evening shower, I made the muffins.  Before I could clean up, they came down stairs and saw the “evidence” in the mixing bowl.

“Mom, what is this…stuff?”

“Zucchini”

“Zucchini!  You put that in muffins! That is so gross!”

“You won’t know it is there.”

“It just isn’t right to put a cucumber in muffins.  Why can’t you make normal stuff again.”

“It’s a Zucchini, not a cucumber.”

“It just isn’t right to put a Zucchini in muffins!”

“You’ll try one anyway.”

“That is so GROSS!”

I began to have my doubts while watching them bake. They rose and spread over the top of the muffin tin. eekk…

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Here is the recipe.  It made 12 large muffins and 9 mini-muffins.

Zucchini Chocolate Muffins

Source:  Sleep On It by

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (I used half whole wheat)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I didn’t use)
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Nonstick cooking spray

1.  In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.  Whisk until blended.  Add the eggs, oil, and vanilla and mix until well combined.

2.  Add the zucchini, walnuts, and chocolate chips and mix again.  Cover and Refrigerate overnight.   ( I didn’t do this.  I didn’t want to wait until morning.)

The Next Day

3.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 16 muffins cups or 32 mini-muffin cups.  Pour the batter into the cups, filling each about 2/3 full.  Bake mini-muffins for 12 minutes.  Bake standard muffins 20 to 22 minutes.

Now that you have read the recipe, I’ll continue with the conversation I had with my youngest Pea.

I gave each of them a mini-muffin and I walked out the door.   Pea #1 who doesn’t mind eating went all ga-ga over them.  I walk back into the kitchen and noticed the younger Pea eating a muffin.

“How is the muffin?”

“uh..”  and she shrugs her shoulders. The muffin is gone.  I know she liked it, but won’t admit to it.

The oldest daughter will eat them, because they are made of chocolate.  She knows there is zucchini in there, so she will complain every time she eats one.

Sir Husband said they are really good, as he stuffed one in his mouth on the way upstairs.

So, these are good.  I will not make them often, since they are not that healthy.

The photo of the three above, were the best looking muffins out of the bunch.  Here is what the rest looked like.

Chocolate Zucchini Muffin Splats

Summer Snacks – Smoothies and Cool Cones

Do I have a treat for you!

Two of my three girls would love it if I made fruit smoothies 24/7.  I would say 25% of time I am too lazy to make it for them.  Then there is the 50% of the time I go to the freezer to get the fruit and find the bag of strawberries empty, because someone I won’t name ate all the strawberries and the peaches.  That leaves a whopping 25% of the time they get to have fruit smoothies.

I needed to have something that was easy access and also keep, you know who, out of the frozen fruit.

This is my version. 🙂

  • 4 cups of a variety of frozen (or fresh) fruits*
  • handful of spinach leaves
  • six cubes of frozen yogurt**

Place everything into a freezer zip-lock bag and freeze flat in your freezer.  I made three batches here.

Frozen Yumminess

When you are ready for a smoothie, just take out the bag and  place the frozen goodness in a blender with a 1/2 to  3/4 cups of water and a large squirt of honey.  You’ll need a heavy duty blender for this.  A red one.

The lovely red Vita-mix

Mix it all up real good like.

Smooooothie

This size makes enough smoothies for three girls and one big girl (me).  🙂   OR you can do what I did with the first batch of frozen yumminess.  Make Cool Cones!

Just fill the Cool Cones with the smoothie yumminess, place the cap on, and freeze.  The kids, minus two, go nuts for these.

I was able to fill eight Cool Cones and had enough smoothie leftover for me to have as a treat for all my hard work.  I didn’t get to have it though, because you know who ate it.

After all that hard work, you will have ready to make smoothie material and Cool Cones for your hot summer days!

Mm Mm Good!

*The fruits I used are strawberries, blueberries, 2 bananas per bag, and figs.  One of the bags has peaches and another one has pineapple.  You use whatever you like.  You can also throw in flaxseed if you want.

**The yogurt we use is Stoneyfield Farm Organic Yogurt in Low Fat Strawberry or French Vanilla.   To freeze, place a dollop in ice cube trays.  They pop out easily for you to add to the bag.

Frozen Yogurt

This makes me cool all over just thinking about it.  Let me know if you try this. 🙂

Now I just have to keep my Pea#1 away from the frozen yogurt or we won’t have any for smoothies.

Summer Snacks – Take 2

Their gone.  We ate them all!

Yummy Frozen Goodness

I used for this recipe frozen strawberries, blueberries, figs, and peaches.   You can use any mixture you like.

Seven out of eight people really liked these.  The eight (Pea #2) doesn’t like strawberries, blueberries, or figs. lol

Quote from neighbor girl “These are to die for!”.  She’s in first grade and likes drama.  Just like my girls!

Frozen Fruit Cups  (so good for a hot Florida day)

Line muffin tin with liners.  Makes 12.

  • 4 cups of mixed sliced fruit
  • 1 cup of canned pineapple with juice
  • 1 cup of frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed.
  • 1/2 cup water (or so)

Mix everything together.

Spoon mixture into the 12 muffins liners and freeze.

Thaw for about 15 to 20 minutes before eating.   (My girls and husband did not do this.  They ate them right away.)

**I did have trouble getting the cups out of the muffin tin.  I thought of just coating the tins with coconut oil and not use the liners.   I noticed the family holds the cup by the paper liner and bite it like a cupcake.   So, I guess I’ll just leave them in the liners.   I wanted them to thaw the fruit some, then use a spoon to eat it.  Uncivilized people.

Update:  I stole silicone cupcake liners from my MIL.  These work extremely well, so we no longer use the paper-liners.  My MIL has  no hope in getting the silicone cups back.

Fruit Smoothie

Sir Husband, bought a Vita-Mix for me a little while ago. Ever since I got it, I have been trying some new things. One of the things I have done regularly is make smoothies. Here is what I did today. 🙂 I have no recipe, just threw these things in.

Water
Six organic spinach leaves (shh, kids won’t eat spinach)
1 1/2 bananas (not frozen)
Frozen strawberries (I don’t have fresh ones)
Frozen blueberries (shhh, kids won’t eat blueberries)
White sugar; very little (I know! Bad stuff, but I am about out of honey)

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Mix up real good

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 and serve in fun ice cream cups that you got for less than 50 cents after last summer was over.
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Watch kids, who don’t eat blueberries or spinach, devour this smoothie.

PS:  The husband came home and forced me to make him one.  So I did the same thing as above, but added honey and a large plop of fat free plain yogurt. 

PSS: Don’t tell the husband I took a bite of the banana before I put it in the blender.  We’ll just keep that a secret, ok?

PSSS:  Don’t tell him I had a chest freeze when I ate my smoothie.  He’ll just remind me that I don’t get brain freezes because you can’t freeze space. 

Want to learn more? Go here.  Just keep in mind, almost anything goes. 🙂

Update:  Sir Husband announced yesterday that he froze his chest and has declared he has lost his brain.

Bear Loaf

It was my turn to bring a snack for our last MOPs meeting.  Since it was very close to Valentine’s Day I decided to make another bear loaf, made of whole wheat.  I made two and served them on red platters.  In the upper right corner is a heart shaped dished filled with Strawberry Butter.  All I did was soften the butter, added some powdered sugar, and strawberry jelly.  Yum.

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The moms ate the legs first, then the arms.  Then no one would touch the rest of the bear.  I had to cut the head off,  so people would eat the rest.  LOL   There was one bear left and I gave it to a woman who took it to a local high school.  Their mascot is a bear.  I can’t wait to hear how they liked it. 😀