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Trampoline Ice Cream

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This is such a great idea for summer fun, so listen up! Did you know you can make ice cream on the trampoline? It’s true!

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All you need are some plastic freezer bags, ice, rock salt, and your ice cream recipe of choice, and then follow these easy peasy lemon squeeze directions:

Fill a quart size zip top freezer bag about half way with your home made ice cream recipe of choice. Push out any extra air you can and then zip that sucker super tight. Stick that bag (the one  you just filled) inside another quart size bag and zip that one super tight as well. We don’t want any leakage, ya know?

Next, cover the bottom of a gallon size freezer bag with ice and then a generous helping of rock salt. Don’t ask for exact measurements, because I wouldn’t even know where to begin. Be generous.

Stick your ice cream mix filled bag inside the gallon bag and add more ice to fill up the bag and then another generous dumpage of rock salt. Zip that sucker up tight.

Hand the bag to the kids (or, you know, do it yourself) and tell them to keep it moving on the trampoline! In 20 minutes or so, pull the ice cream filled bag out of the bigger bag and (this is important!) rinse it off with cold water before opening it or you’ll get a mouthful of salty ice cream. If it’s not solid enough for you yet, close it all up again and keep bouncing it around until it is.

Grab a spoon (and a bowl if you’re so inclined) and enjoy the fruits of your labors!

 

(P.S. – if you don’t have a trampoline, you can also just shake the bags. It’s more fun with a lot of people, so you can take turns shaking so your hands don’t freeze. Another alternative is tin can ice cream, which is what I grew up making. Mmmmm…I love ice cream.)

Orange Pineapple Heaven

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I’m going to keep this short and sweet tonight:

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(Image from the original recipe)

Orange Pineapple Crumble Bars

If you have any sense at all, you will make these PRONTO. It’s like heaven in your mouth. No joke, I was giddy with joy as I ate my first one. And possibly my second. And there may or may not have been much consumption after that as well.

Heaven on earth, I tell ya.

P.S. Waiting until they’re cold is not necessary. I would wait until they’re cutable and hold their shape, but eating them when the pineapple is still a bit hot is simply divine.

***UPDATE*** The quality of your pineapple will make a big difference! The first time we made these, we had a super ripe, super sweet pineapple and they were everything I described here. The second time, the pineapple wasn’t as sweet and they still tasted great, but I wasn’t tripping over myself to profess my love to the pan. ;) And yes, we made them twice in one week.

Lego Duplo So Many Ways to Play House Party

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You guys. Have you ever heard of House Party? They. Are. Awesome. Basically, they help companies get their products in front of consumers by having people host parties with those products. I know what you’re thinking…Oh, like Mary Kay or Miche Bags or Lularoe Maxi Skirts or 100,000 other “parties” that are really just for the selling of products. Yeah, I’m not interested.

But you’re dead wrong.

With House Party there is NO selling involved! It’s just a chance for people to experience whatever the product is. If they like it, they can go out and get it. If they don’t, no skin off anyone’s back.

And the best part? The chosen host gets to keep and/or share the stuff that comes in the “Party Pack.”

Why am I telling you all of this, you may be asking? Well…we recently had the awesome opportunity to host a Lego Duplos party through House Party. Hello?! We have 4 very Lego-inclined children in this house! What kind of party could be a better fit, I ask you? None, that’s what kind.

So today I’m here to share some of the fun things we did for our party, many of which (okay…like all) I stole got from ideas I found on Pinterest.

About a week and a half before our schedule party, a very very large box was delivered to our door. Inside we found:
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Six (yes, SIX) sets of Lego Duplos! Can you just feel the excitement from looking at those two hooligan’s faces?! Three Jake and the Neverland Pirates sets and Three Disney Planes sets.

There were also a few other goodies for sharing with our guests, including:
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A crown for each guest, stickers for everyone, Planes posters for everyone, and a Jake and the Neverland Pirates DVD.

Remember when I said House Party is awesome? I stand by that statement.

We bagged all of our party favors up in some simple Lego style gift bags that we made with cheap colored bags from Walmart and construction paper dots:
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We also made a Lego banner in a similar fashion:
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We decorated with some Lego Head balloons (and each guest got to take one home):
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I found some great giant coloring pages of both Jake and Planes at Walmart, so the kids colored those when they came (in addition to receiving another in their favor bag):
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We used (washable) markers to color popsicle stick airplanes:
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Decorated and ate Rice Krispy treat “Legos” (I pre-frostinged them because of the age of the kids):
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Watched the DVD they sent, and of course, played with the Lego Duplos!
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What I love most about the Lego Duplos is that they were (are) a hit with all different ages of kids. The little ones could put them together themselves and the big ones had fun putting them together in their own creative ways. We have had so much fun with these Lego Duplos and are so grateful for the opportunity House Party gave us to host this party!

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Trying Not to Bite the Dust

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I present to you PROOF that I am actually working on something and not just neglecting the blog for naught. And when I say “something” I kind of mean something big:

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Photo courtesy of my super awesome 9 year old

Ain’t that smexy?! #1 – the bandana is because I did not want to wash my hair. Again. For the third time in less than 24 hours due to sanding mud yesterday and teaching a Zumba (R) class this morning. #2 – the face mask is for the dust that I did not want to coat my lungs with. I’m high maintenance like that. #3 – the glasses are because while I was working on sanding the ceiling, the dust liked to land in my eyes. #4 – those are headphones. For rockin’ tunes. And if you’d like to come mud and tape and sand with me, you, too, can have your own super smexy getup!

Random fact: the first time I learned to mud and tape new drywall was when I was twelve. It’s no more fun now than it was then.

Someday I will show you what it is I’m working on and maybe even tell you all about it. But for now, I’ll leave you this clue: it starts with a “B” and ends with an “athroom.”

In the meantime, go cook some corn in a cooler. It turns out AWESOME and is easier even than putting on the pounds in a donut shop!

There, now I feel as though I’ve done my Pinterest duty and can go to bed.

You know what? I think I’m going to tag this post under hair because surely someone wants to recreate this amazing look, right?! ;)

Coconut Chicken…mm…mm…good!

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While cleaning out some old photos, I came across this beauty:

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I know, I know – it really doesn’t look all that tasty. Like at all. But let me tell you, this is a recipe worth trying.

For a prettier version, this is what the picture from the original recipe looks like (and that leads to my pin if you want to click on it to repin and save for later, too):

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Much prettier, right? Of course right.

Now, since it’s been so long since we tried these, I don’t have a lot to say about them except that those up there are the results and the verdict is that I wish I had some chicken thawed out so we could have this for dinner tonight! It was so yummy (though a bit on the greasy side). We didn’t make the dipping sauce because we already had some sweet chili sauce in the fridge, but oh boy was it good. Did I mention that yet? So go to the recipe page and pin it or bookmark it or whatever you do to remember where it is and then make it ASAP and then come back here and tell me I was right.

***Be on the lookout for more quick posts like this as I’m sorting through old pictures!***