Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

Shane loves helping in the kitchen. I let him whenever there’s something he can help with- so anything that doesn’t use the oven, the stove, a sharp kitchen tool, or raw ingredients that can make him sick. It sounds like that would eliminate a lot of recipes, but really it’s just an excuse to get a little creative in the kitchen!

My favorite things for Shane to help me make are no-bake dessert recipes. Whether we’re making a batch of no-bake cookies or just improving on an already delicious dessert, it makes the treat even sweeter when it includes time in the kitchen together.

These Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches are a perfect summer treat that any kid can help make! The best part is that they are ready very quickly so you don’t have to wait too long to eat them!

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe- great for getting the kids in the kitchen!

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients:

-1 box of ice cream sandwiches (I used vanilla but you could use whatever flavor you wish)

-Wilton candy sticks (located in the Wilton aisle at mass retailers or craft stores)

-1-2 small bottles multi-color sprinkles (located in the baking aisle)

Directions -

1. Line a 9×13 baking sheet with wax paper or foil, unwrap all the ice cream sandwiches, and cut them in half.

2. Take a candy and stick it into the middle of each ice cream sandwich.

3. Pour the multi-color sprinkles onto a plate and ‘dip’ each side of the ice cream sandwich into the sprinkles. Use your fingers to sprinkle more on the side where you inserted the candy stick. Lay the completed ice cream sandwich back onto the lined baking sheet.

4. Repeat the process with all the ice cream sandwiches.

5. Place back in the freeze for 30-60 minutes to ‘set’.

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches

Not only are these ice cream sandwiches perfect for a fun afternoon or after-dinner activity, but they are a cute {yet very easy} treat to have for guests as well! We’re starting to plan Shane’s birthday party menu and these just may be on it.

What’s your favorite treat to make with your kids?

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water Recipe

Last year, when I was pregnant, I basically became a camel. I always had a water bottle within reach and I made sure to drink enough water all the time {and the pregnancy-induced bathroom breaks proved it}. Since having Zac, I’ve had so many things to think about at all times that I have let my water consumption fall far down the list of things I need to be concerned with.

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water

However, it’s been well over 100 degrees, even on rainy days, and my body is starting to get mad at me for neglecting it. I’ve been getting some pretty gnarly muscle cramps in my legs and after consulting Dr. Google, it seems to be from being dehydrated. Now, I love water, and have no problem drinking it plain- but as some incentive to remember to refill my glass more often, I do enjoy flavored water, like this Cucumber Lemon Mint Water!

This Cucumber Lemon Mint Water is easy to make and delicious to drink. It’s perfect for picnics, parties, or just sipping poolside! Bottoms up!

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water Recipe from @NotQuiteSusie

Cucumber Lemon Mint Infused Water

Ingredients:

 -{1} 16 oz. canning jar*

-½ of 1 medium size cucumber, cut into slices

-½ of a lemon, sliced

-¼ of fresh mint leaves

Directions:

1. Add the cucumber slices, lemon slices and fresh mint leaves to your jar and use a spoon or a fork to mash them up a bit to let the juices out. {Ripping the fresh mint leaves will also infuse your water even more.}

2. Next, fill the jar with water, place the cover on and refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.

*{1} 16 oz. jar = 2 servings.

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water Recipe

How do you motivate yourself to stay hydrated?

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{This recipe was created by contributor Jill.}

Easy Homemade Baby Food with Cuisinart

Thanks to Cuisinart for sponsoring today’s discussion. When I was pregnant with Zac, I made a list in my head of all of the things I was going to do differently than I did with my first. Don’t get me wrong, I think Shane has turned out pretty great so far, but there are things that I know now that would have made things easier or better if I knew them the first time around. Zac with Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer One of the main things I decided to do was make my own homemade baby food. There are a lot of great baby  food brands out there now {with many more organic and natural varieties than when Shane was a baby} and I do plan to use them sometimes. But for us, homemade baby food is preferable in so many ways- I can control the ingredients and give him nothing but the best, save money, and even be more eco-friendly by not using all of that packaging. Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer Even though there are a ton of benefits, making your own baby food can be a huge pain without the right tools. We recently received the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer and it makes food prep as easy as a few pushes of a button! Once Zac is a little older, I’ll be able to put pretty much anything we’re eating for dinner directly into the baby food maker and just puree it for him to eat- I won’t even have to make him a separate meal! For now, though, he’s just beginning solids so he has to have one or two ingredient only meals. I made him some banana baby food in the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and it was so easy! 20 Second Homemade Baby Food 1. Take one ripe banana 2. Tear it into 3 even pieces. 3. Place it into the baby food maker and pulse three times. Continue to puree until it is the desired consistency. 4. Remove from bowl and serve! 4 Now, bananas are a super easy food to prepare, but even those that take a little more work are so much easier with the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker. You can easily steam foods using the same appliance- saving on time as well as dishes! If your little one takes bottles, you can even use the unit as a bottle warmer. 6 Of course, the ultimate test is what baby thinks- and clearly, he’s a fan! Zac is just starting out on solids, so he hasn’t tried many different foods yet since we have to wait between new foods to watch for reactions. As his list of “safe foods” grows, though, we’ll be using the Cuisinart website to search for yummy recipes- from the purees in Stage 1 to the combination foods in Stage 2 and 3. I can’t wait to make the Peaches with Bananas and Rice this weekend! The site even has a Menu Planner so you can make sure baby is getting a good variety. Win It: Want your own Cuisinart Baby Food Maker? One lucky reader will win their own! Just enter below! [Read more...]

Frozen Strawberry Pop Recipe {& 30 Summer Strawberry Recipes!}

This post is brought to you by Foodie. All opinions are my own.

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by Shell Feis at Foodie.com

Where has this year gone? I can’t believe it’s already July! We are definitely in the middle of summer now, and what better way to cool off than with some strawberries? These Strawberry Pops are the perfect treat to combat the scorching temps.

Strawberry Frozen Pop Treat

 

Ingredients:

1 cup of heavy cream (Can substitute for half and half if you don’t wish to use sugar)
1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of strawberry puree (blend this in a blender until liquid form)
1 cup of cut up strawberries

Directions:

1. Mix your cream and sugar together. Then add in your strawberry puree.

2. Put a few pieces of strawberries in the pop mold of your choice. Slowly pour some of the liquid mixture in, but not to the very top!

3. Place in freezer for at least 3 hours or so until hardened.

4. Take out and enjoy!

Strawberries are my absolute favorite fruit, and they are the best in the summer so I like to go crazy and enjoy them in as many ways as possible! If you love strawberries as much as I do, be sure to check out my Foodie.com collection at the top of the post. It has 30 different ways to enjoy strawberries, from frozen treats to smoothies to dinners. Bon appetit!

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Recipe: Patriotic 4th of July M&M’s Cupcakes

I don’t know about you, but summer seems to be flying by here! Shane didn’t get out of school until a couple of weeks ago so when I looked at the calendar the other day & realized that the 4th of July was this Friday, I was completely caught off guard. The holiday kind of snuck up on us so my good intentions of having matching outfits for the boys and a whole week of patriotic projects to do with Shane have kind of gone out the window. That said, I’m planning on at least making these patriotic 4th of July inspired cupcakes!

Whether you are attending a backyard BBQ or just watching the fireworks from home, these cupcakes are the perfect quick and easy {but cute!} 4th of July dessert!

4th of July M&M's Patriotic Cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients

 
1 cup sugar

½ cup butter, softened

3 egg whites

1 ½ cup flour

2 tsp. baking powder

½ cup milk

2 tsp. vanilla

1 cup red and blue M&M’s

Extra M&M’s to decorate the frosting

(2) 12 ct. muffin tins, greased or lined with cupcake liners

Frosting Ingredients

½ cup real butter, softened to room temperature

4 cup powdered sugar

2 tsp. vanilla extract

5-6 tbs. milk {you may want a little more or a little less depending on how thick you like your frosting}

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine the sugar, butter, vanilla, milk and eggs and mix well. Stir in flour and baking powder. Mix well and slowly fold in the red and blue M&M’s.

3. Pour the batter evenly into the cupcake tin. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Insert a toothpick at around 15-16 minutes and if it comes out clean, the cupcakes are done.

4. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting. Frost generously with the homemade frosting and top with M&M’s.

{Makes approximately 24 cupcakes. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.}

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What are your plans for the 4th of July?

Thanks to contributor Jill for this delicious post!

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