Sunday, July 3, 2011
Here is a cute treat topper that I made for those snaps (or pops). We can't have fireworks in Santa Rosa, so made these little bags for the kiddos! All you need is some sandwhich bags, pops and the free download! I hope you all have a fabulous fourth! I sooooo miss fireworks! :(
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, October 8, 2010
The BEWARE sign is Dollar Tree from last year-just added some bling-bling to it.
My wreath was sooo much fun to make. Who knew I would be using X-mas decorations for a Halloween wreath? I took a Dollar Tree pine garland and spray painted it black. Then I took the little X-mas picks and spray painted them orange. These got wrapped around the wreath.
The skulls got a little face-lift with some glitter! And there you have it!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
My newest and best so far flavor is cake batter, which I found here. Ohhh sooooo good! I feel a bit better about stuffing my face with it since I made it healthified!? Is that a word? It is in my dictionary!! Oddly enough, I am actually losing weight while on my ice-cream kick! The recipe is:
Cake Batter Ice Cream
1 cup whole milk, well chilled
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups heavy cream, well chilled
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup Funfetti cake mix (I used a bit more b/c I LOVE the flavor)
In a medium bowl, whisk the milk and granulated sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla, then add the cake mix, stirring well to make sure there aren’t any lumps.
Pour mixture into your ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturers instructions. Add more sprinkles, if desired(I added about 1/4 cup at the end)
I used FF milk, mostly Splenda and and a bit of sugar. The next time I make this, I am going to use some 1/2 and 1/2 in place of part of the cream. Trust me, it tasted soooooo creamy and rich, you would NEVER know it was "lite"! I have a serious addiction to Cold Stone's Cake Batter ice-cream and this tasted a thousand times better!!! You have to try this and check out Megan's blog-it is awesome! Good thing she lives in Vegas and has reasons to make butt-loads of ice-cream-what's my reason?!
For the gardener:
Use a large terra cotta plant pot for a "basket". If you like, you can personalize the pot by painting it with acrylic paints. When the paint is dry, spray a light coat of polyurethane over the pot to add a shine. Fill the pot with:
�bottle of liquid fertilizer
�a selection of vegetable and/or flower seeds (go for something unusual)
�a gardening book
�a subscription for a gardening magazine
For the cook:
Use a large pasta bowl for a "basket". Fill the bowl with:
�a package or two of gourmet pasta
�a package of sun-dried tomatoes
�extra-virgin olive oil
�spices: oregano, basil, garlic powder
�a collection of your favorite pasta recipes hand-printed on recipe cards
�and/or a pasta cookbook
For the golfer, fill a basket or a golf bag with:
�personalized baseball cap
�a small towel
�a can cooler to keep a can of pop or beer cold
For the wine lover:
Wine appreciation basket. Fill a basket with:
�two bottles of quality wine (red or white)
�2 or more wine glasses
�wine appreciation book
�tickets or an invitation to a wine tasting (often held at wineries) Extras: add snacks to go with the wine - fine cheese, fruit, crackers.
For the goldfish lover (cute kids b-day gift idea!!!!):
Fill a gold fish bowl with:
�gift certificate for fish from pet store
�book about care of gold fish
For the dog lover:
Fill the a large dog bowl with:
�gourmet dog treats
For the shutterbug:
Fill a basket or a camera bag with:
�coupons for picture developing
�filters for his/her camera
�lens cleaning solution and cloth
�assorted picture frames and/or albums
For the stressed-out person:
How about a relaxation pack. Fill the basket with:
�a gel eye-pack
�Epsom salts or bubble bath
�aroma therapy oils
�books on tape (to listen to in the bath)
�relaxing music on CD or cassette
For the new home owner:
Use a tool box as a "basket". Fill the box with:
�assorted nails, screws, washers
�gift certificate for the local hardware store
�assortment of: light switch covers, light bulbs, duct tape, paint brushes, knobs and handles, etc.
For the soap opera lover:
Fill the basket with:
�soap opera magazines
�biographies and pictures of their favorite stars
�blank video tapes
�fan club membership
For grandparents who are far away:
Fill a basket with:
�gifts made by the kids
�frames family pictures (let the kids buy plain wooden frames and decorate them with stickers)
�videos of the family
�a long-distance calling card
Extras: fill out the basket with candy, coffee, tea, biscuits, Christmas ornaments, candles, etc.
For the one who loves their car:
Fill a basket or a bag with:
�liter (or gallon) of oil
�car wash coupons
�squeegee for the windows
�mileage log and pen
The ice-cream/sundae lover:
Fill a basket with:
�ice cream scoop
�sundae glasses and spoons
Use a cookie jar for a "basket". Fill the jar with:
�your favorite cookie recipes or a cook book
�decorator icing set
Create a night out in a basket:
Fill a basket with:
�list of baby-sitters or coupons for baby-sitting
�restaurant guide and/or gift certificates
�movie reviews and/or tickets
�tickets to show or concert
�lighted key chain
For the couch potato:
Fill a large basket or box with:
�assorted bags of flavored popcorn
�other snacks like chips, nuts, candy
�TV Guide subscription
�TV Remote holder
Make a kid's beach pack(perfect for vacations):
Fill a plastic pail with:
�beach ball or plastic flotation device (deflated)
�sunscreen for kids
For the puzzle lover:
Fill a basket with:
�crossword puzzle book
�and any other puzzles you can find
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
1 cup of sugar (I used 1/2 cup of splenda and 1/2 cup of sugar)
1/2 cup of water
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 cups of watermelon puree ( I added a bit more, about 3 1/2 cups total)
Heat sugar, water and juice on stove until dissolved. Let cool and add puree. I put the mixture in the fridge for about 10 minutes just to cool down a bit, but this isn't necessary. Pour mixture into ice-cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. I put the sorbet in a freezable container to harden it up a bit, but it tastes soooo good straight out the ice-cream maker. This is sooo refreshing on a hot day. You could also add some mini chocolate chips for "seeds"
This is what you start with:
This what it turns into:
This is what you eat!
This is how you know it's good!
After his 2nd bowl, on a sorbet high!! :)
We are getting into the middle of summer. It SHOULD be hot in my part(Northern CA) but things have been a bit cool so far. Nonetheless, we have been busy making icy, yummy treats. Brett is getting his molars and today was sooooo sad. He just couldn't stop crying and had his fingers in his mouth. He was so sad looking. My heart was really aching, he wouldn't eat, didn't want to drink. So, what did I whip out of the freezer? That's right! A Popsicle. A homemade Popsicle! It sucks when adults don't feel good, but a toddler can't communicate how he/she is feeling just quite yet. Luckily the Popsicle made him feel a bit better. If you don't have a Popsicle mold, run to Target and get one! The ones that I made recently were just low-fat yogurt from Safeway. I have also made ones layering different flavors of yogurt. I really like lemon and raspberry yogurt layered. They taste yummy and look cool too! For a chocolate fix, I mix up a batch of SF pudding and put them into my molds. Chocolate and Cheesecake jello make a great combination. I don't feel bad about giving my son treats and I don't feel guilty eating one with him....OK, maybe two!! :)
Another AWESOME cool treat that I make is this super yummy chocolate sorbet that I found on this AMAZING blog. You will find the most adorable cookies on this blog. She sells them in her Etsy shop!! OK. Focus KT. Back to the ice-cream. The sorbet just requires 3 ingredients and tastes sooooo yummy. I made a batch using my Cuisinart Ice-cream maker (great wedding gift idea BTW) and it was gone before I could take a picture!
(adapted from The Ultimate Ice Cream Book)
2 c. water
1 c. sugar
1 c. dutch-process cocoa powder
Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Whisk in the cocoa and continue whisking until the mixture comes to a simmer. Simmer for 3 minutes, whisking constantly.
Remove from heat and strain into a bowl. Let cool several minutes on the counter, then transfer to the refrigerator to chill at least 2 hours or overnight.
Stir the mixture and add to your ice cream machine, following the manufacturer's instructions. Remove and place in a freezer safe container; press plastic wrap down onto the top to prevent freezer-burn. Let harden a few hours. ENJOY! :)
Check out the great website! Both of these treats work for me! To check out other great summer ideas and great tips head on over to We are THAT Family.
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