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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.

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.

Snacks and Lunch Menu

Summer is here!

Today is the last public school day.  That means the neighbor girl will be spending the days with us.   WooHoo!   To help keep things running smoothly, I have come up with this plan for snacks and lunches.  I’m sure I’ll be changing it some as we go along.


Snacks will be:

Lunches will be:

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 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.