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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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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

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Just a quick post and run today. I recently pinned this yummy looking smoothie to try for a protein boost after working out.

THE RESULTS

I’ve had them twice now. First, I tried it with a non-frozen banana, and then when I decided I liked it, I popped the last two bananas into the freezer so I could try it the way it frozen.

WHAT I LEARNED

*Frozen banana or not doesn’t really make much difference at all.

*It’s just the right amount for a single smoothie (I tend to make them too big, but then my kids always want some anyway, so they never go to waste). As a disclaimer, though, I don’t really measure when I make smoothies, so everything was just approximately as much as the recipe says.

*Frozen bananas are hard to peel.

THE VERDICT

Love. It.

Deliciousness in a Mug

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I love brownies. L.O.V.E. They’re probably my favorite dessert after cheesecake. Sometimes I just want a warm gooey brownie, but the thought of the effort that goes into making a whole pan (and then resisting eating the entire pan) can be a deterrent. My waistline probably appreciates that. Sorry waistline, because today I discovered this little bit of deliciousness in a mug. One minute of mixing (if that) and one minute of cooking and BAM – my own personal brownie. I just had to try it out immediately, although I must say I was a bit skeptical of how it would turn out.

THE RESULT

Instead of 4 TBS of sugar, I used 2 TBS sugar and 2 TBS mint truffle hot chocolate mix. After I mixed it all up, I decided it could use a little more sweetness so I threw another pinch of sugar in and maybe another 1/2 tsp of water. Then I entrusted it to the magic of the microwave.

It. Was. So. Good.
Warm and cakey and fudgey all at once. Mmmmmmmm.

WHAT I LEARNED

*How to trash any hope I have of eating a healthy, well balanced diet.

*I wish I had french vanilla ice cream in the freezer to scoop on top of it.

THE VERDICT

Yes, please.