Happy National Ice Cream Day

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Happy National Ice Cream Day!! This very sweet holiday is dedicated to only the best dessert for a hot summer day.  This holiday was made by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and he dedicated the whole month of July to ice cream, making it National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday of July National Ice Cream Day.  Ice Cream is a great treat and now there are even more flavors.  The regular ice cream that comes in a carton is good, but the new thing is soft serve ice cream.  Soft Serve is a special ice cream that can not last in fridge, but is perfect when served right.

Cherry Donut Soft Serve

Cherry Donut Soft Serve

The New York TImes did an article in the beginning of the year about trends for 2013 and the article included soft serve. Not just any soft serve, but special soft serve such as Pink Lemonade and Cherry Donut flavored soft serve from Momofuku Milk Bar, or crazy new toppings at Zero Zero in San Francisco which includes olive oil and sea salt.  Ice Cream is very popular and now is the time to try out the new flavors.  Ice Cream has been taken to another level from the company Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream which has dozens of flavors that are extraordinary.  Here is a recipe from their book Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert Book and enjoy this kool holiday!

 

Orange Cream Dream Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Cups Heavy or Whipping Cream
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1/3 Cup Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate, thawed
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

 

Directions

  1. Whisk the eggs together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute more
  3. Pour in the cream and milk and whisk to blend.
  4. Add the juice concentrate and the vanilla extract and blend.
  5. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following the manufacturer’s instructions.  Make one quart.

July 21st, 2013 in Recipes, Stuff
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Happy New Year!

oreo truffles
Happy New Year everybody!  Thanks for a great year and here is one of my favorite recipes that is a perfect treat.  They are Oreo Truffles and I hope that you try them!

Ingredients

  • 1 Package of Oreos
  • 1 Package of Softened Cream Cheese
  • 16 ounces of melted chocolate

Instructions

  1. Crumble the package of oreos so that there aren’t any big chunks left.  Mix the oreo crumbs with the cream cheese so that they are mixed.
  2. Roll the oreos into 1″ balls and put them on wax paper on a tray and freeze for an hour.
  3. Melt the chocolate chips.  Stick a toothpick into the truffle and dip it so that the whole truffle is covered in chocolate.  Let it dry on the wax paper.
  4. Let the truffles dry and they are ready to eat.  I recommend keeping them chilled to get the best results.  Enjoy!!!

December 31st, 2012 in Recipes
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Whoopie Pies

whoopie piesIn the picture above, you will see a whoopie pie.  It’s Maine’s state dessert and they are super yummy.  They are two pieces of cake with a layer of frosting in the middle.  On The Food Network, Bobby Flay has a recipe for these pies and I hope you try making one!

Ingredients

Cake

  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 6 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 cups of milk

Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups of shortening
  • 3 cups of confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups of marshmallow topping
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup of milk

Instructions

Cakes

  1. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Next in the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the eggs, butter, and the sugar.  Beat until combined and beat in the vanilla and oil.
  2. In another bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients.  Next, add half of the dry mixture to the egg mixture and blend until combined.  Next add 1 1/2 cups of the milk and blend.  Add the remaining dry mixture and blend.  Finally, mix in the remaining 1 1/2 cups of milk.
  3. On a baking sheet, scoop out 32 circle with a large spoon.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Frosting

  1. In the bowl of the electric mixer, combine all of the ingredients for the frosting except for the milk and beat until combined.  Add just enough milk to achieve a creamy consistency.  Once the frosting is ready, take a large spoon and put a spoonful of frosting on 16 of the circles.  Take the 16 circles without frosting and put the on top.  Enjoy!



August 23rd, 2012 in Favorites, Recipes
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Ben and Jerry’s Factory

If you are a fan of the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, you should go to their ice cream factory in Vermont.  It is the place for the ultimate ice cream fan.  You get to see a video of how the whole business was started, a factory tour, and a sample of the flavor of the day.  It was an awesome experience and it is super fun.  They also have a Flavor Graveyard where all of the flavors that have been discontinued rest in peace.  And to end your day, you can head to the Scoop Shop for some ice cream.  I recommend that if you are an ice cream lover, you should stop by.


July 26th, 2012 in Favorites, Stuff
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Superb Sorbet

sorbet

A few days ago, it was so hot outside that my friend showed me these great sorbets.  They are made by a company called Island Way Sorbet and they are so good.  They come in many tropical flavors such as coconut, pineapple, mango and passion orange.  The fun thing about them is they are served in the half shell of a fruit!  Such as the coconut sorbet is served in a coconut shell.  I hope you try them.


July 7th, 2012 in Favorites, Stuff
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Amazing Frozen Hot Chocolate

amazing frozen hot chocolate

In this picture, there is a nice, big cup of frozen hot chocolate.  As it starts to get hot outside, this is a nice treat.  I found it on www.foodnetwork.com and it was made by Paula Deen.  I hope you try it and enjoy it!

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces of chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons of store bought hot chocolate mix
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 3 cups of ice
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Chocolate shavings (optional)

Directions

  1. First, you have an adult help you chop and melt the chocolate in a sauce pan.  Once the chocolate is melted, keep it in the sauce pan and stir in the sugar and the hot chocolate mix.
  2. Next, you take the chocolate mixture off of the stove and slowly mix in 1/2 cup of the milk by stirring so that it blends together.  Now let it cool so that it is about room temperature.
  3. Once cool, you put the mixture into the blender along with the remaining 1 cup of milk and the 3 cups of ice.  Blend until smooth.
  4. Finally, pour it into any cup and if you would like, you can add whipped cream and chocolate shavings to it.  Enjoy!

June 10th, 2012 in Recipes
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Great Garden Cookies

great garden cookies

On Family Fun, I found this adorable recipe which I love.  This spring I planted carrots and these cookies reminded me of how summer is so close!  I hope you try this recipe and like it too!

Ingredients

  • Mike and Ike candies (only the orange ones)
  • Green gummy candy
  • Wafer cookies (similar to the ones in the picture)
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Crumbled chocolate wafer cookies

Directions

  1. First, you make the carrots by having an adult cut a small slit at the top of each Mike and Ike.  Also you cut a small triangle out of the green candy and fringe the top.  Stick the green candy into the carrot and squeeze it closed.
  2. Next, you must make the planters.  To make one you start with one cookie to make the base.  Next to make the two long sides, you take two cookies so there is one for each side.  And finally you cut up another wafer cookie to make the short ends.  You connect all of the cookies with frosting.
  3. Finally, you must fill the boxes.  You do this by filling the box mostly with frosting but at the top you sprinkle the cookie crumbles.  Lastly, you stick the carrots in so that they stay and enjoy!


 


May 29th, 2012 in Favorites, Recipes
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Soda Stream

soda stream

There is a machine that can turn water into soda and it is really cool.  It is called Soda Stream.  A few of my friends have it and I think it is really cool.  They have many flavors that you add to it such as cola.  Also, you get to make it yourself!  I hope you try it and have fun.


May 5th, 2012 in Stuff
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Peeps on TV

peeps

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and over Easter, my dad showed me this article which had pictures of peeps that were dressed up as tv characters.  I loved it and he found it on mentalfloss.com and it is an idea of what you can do with your left over Easter candy.  I hope you take a peek at the peeps!  Here are some of them….

the muppets

The Muppets

the voice

The Voice

batman

Batman

 


April 9th, 2012 in Favorites, Stuff
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Lemonade Stand

Lemonade

These past few weeks it has been so warm.  There were times that the temperature went up to 80 degrees and all of the flowers are blooming two months early!  On these warm days I like to enjoy a nice cup of cool lemonade.  A perfect activity on these days is a lemonade stand.  This is a recipe I found on Family Fun for lemonade with a little twist.  It is strawberry lemonade and I hope you try it.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups of water
  • 3 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 pint of strawberries with the stems and caps removed
  • A few ice cubes per glass of lemonade (optional)

Directions

  1. In a pitcher, whisk together the sugar and water until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the lemon juice to the mixture and stir.
  3. Put that aside and puree the strawberries (with help from an adult) and put the puree through a strainer to take out the seeds.
  4. Mix together the puree and the mixture and pour into glasses.
  5. Finally add a few ice cubes if you would like and enjoy!

 


March 23rd, 2012 in Recipes
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