Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Got Giveaways? 7/29 Giveaway Linky

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Simple Frozen Dessert Recipes That Your Kids Will Love

Written by Laura Gavin
At this time of year, when the sun’s beating down and everyone’s feeling a little hot under the collar, there’s nothing better than the occasional ice cold sweet treat. There are lots of simple frozen dessert recipes out there that your kids will love, whether they are served at the end of a meal or as a refreshing snack.

Here are some icy creations that you can make using you freezer this summer.

Frozen banana yoghurt

This Good Food magazine dessert makes eight servings and, to create it, you’ll need four overripe bananas, a 500g(2 1/2 cups) pot of Greek yoghurt (full fat), 175g(3/4 cups) of condensed milk and a large handful of dried banana chips.

Mix the flesh from the bananas, yoghurt and condensed milk together in a food processor until smooth. Scrape the mixture out into a loaf tin or ice cream container, or divide into individual pots. Smash up the banana chips and swirl these through the mix. Cover the containers and freeze until solid.

Strawberry lollies
English chef Jamie Oliver loves simple yet tasty recipes, and his strawberry lollies won’t disappoint. For four lollies, you’ll need 250g of strawberries, 100ml of natural yoghurt (you can use apple or orange juice instead) and one teaspoon of honey.

Whizz the fruit up with the liquid and honey until smooth. Taste and, if it needs sweetening, add more honey. Divide the mixture between four lolly moulds and place a stick in each one. Put the lollies in the freezer and leave for at least four hours.

No-churn vanilla ice cream
This Mary Berry recipe for no-churn vanilla ice cream serves six and is perfect for all the family. You’ll need four large eggs (separated), 100g(1/2 cup) caster sugar, 300ml(1 1/4 cups) of double cream and one teaspoon of vanilla extract.

To make, whisk the egg whites in a large bowl until they form stuff peaks. At this point, start adding the sugar and continue to whisk until the whites are glossy. In a separate bowl, whisk the cream until it forms soft peaks. Then fold the cream, beaten egg yolks and vanilla extract into the egg whites until well combined. Pour the mixture into a container and freeze for at least two hours.

Perfect for both you and the kids, these frozen delights will keep smiles on those faces.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Discover Boating Memories This Summer

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Discover Boating. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

If you've been on my blog at all, you know that we enjoy spending time in/on the water.  We bought a house on the lake two years ago and remodeled it just so that the water could be in our back yard.  We started going out on the boat in April and are still going strong.  We have family/friends over most weekends and have made some amazing memories already this summer.  This is one of my favorite pictures - my two oldest kids spending some quality time with my brother on the water tube.

One of our favorite things about summer on the lake is the fireworks.  There were several big fireworks shows for July 4th.  One was the weekend before, there were many people shooting the weekend of, and then there was even a huge show the weekend after.  Even before we lived on the lake, we took the boat out for these awesome displays and my kids talk about each year often.  We take my parents and/or siblings out with us and make it a family affair.  We get to sit, chat, and watch the sunset until it is time for the fireworks.  They timed this display to various patriotic songs on a local radio station.

Being on the water and going out on the boat keeps our entire family active.  I like that instead of sitting in front of the tv, we are out swimming and playing most of the day.  Evan(my almost 7 year old) managed to break his arm on the monkey bars a few weeks ago.  Thankfully there is an awesome product(which I will be sharing with you soon) that helped keep his cast dry so that he could still enjoy swimming and tubing on the lake.  Unfortunately he can't wakeboard or kneeboard the rest of the summer, but at least he can still get in the water.

If you enjoy going out on the boat, or are wanting to, DiscoverBoating.com has great resources and educational tools for boaters of all levels.  I am so thankful that we have the boat and all of the memories that come with it.  If you're thinking about it, check out this spousal conversion kit.

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