Saturday, September 10, 2016

Circus Animal Cookie Ice Cream

Though it definitely feels like fall in the air, I have had a hankering to make this Mother's circus animal cookie ice cream for quite awhile, and thought I'd get it done before the official first day of fall arrives. 
Between you and me though, it is okay to have ice cream any time of year, especially when it is so creamy and delicious, and very easy to make! There's no ice cream machine needed here my friends! 
This ice cream recipe has been in my family for over thirty years (not sure where it originated)! I know this because my mom has been gone for thirty years and she used to make it, but she always used Oreo cookies. I love to make the same recipes my mom did because it makes me feel close to her. I want to pass down these recipes to my grandchildren, and their children someday, so that they may feel the same connection. 
Mom's Ice Cream 
4 egg yolks
3 cups crushed cookies
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon real vanilla
1 pint of heavy whipping cream
1. Beat egg yolks until thick.
2. Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and stir well.
3. Crush cookies and add to milk/egg mixture. Set aside.
4. Whip cream (in a stand mixer if you have one) until very stiff (be careful or you'll end up with butter!).
5. Gently stir the whipped cream into the cookie mixture.
6. Freeze 6 hours or until firm.
{Yields almost a 1/2 gallon of ice cream}


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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Mini Caramel Apple Cookies {Guest Post on Hungry Happenings}

Caramel apples mean fall in my book, even the cookie version. 
If you'd like to find out how simple it is to make these adorable, mini decorated cookies, head on over to my friend, Beth's fabulous blog, Hungry Happenings, where I am guest posting about these classic fall treats!
Happy fall, y'all! 
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Sunny Snacks for Back to School

{This post is sponsored by Farm Rich}

I am excited to share with you that this weekend I will be attending a blogger's retreat with five of my favorite bloggers!
Beth of Hungry Happenings is the Hostess for the weekend and has worked tirelessly planning every last detail to ensure that we all have a great time together! 

Farm Rich is a generous sponsor and has made available to each of us, their top-notch products to use in making some fun and tasty back-to-school snacks! 
My friends are so creative and I just love the snacks that they made (seen below in the collage, with links following). Be sure to visit each of their amazing sites to get your own creative juices flowing and come up with some fun back-to-school (or anytime) snacks!

Also, be sure to visit the Farm Rich site for product information and more fun food craft ideas. While there, sign up for the their email newsletter to receive exclusive offers and promotions:
Farm Rich offers tips/hacks, recipes, and great tasting food that help simplify life, what they call "Real-Life Good."
Sunny Snacks (on a stick) for Back to School
Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites
Red bell pepper
Sliced black olives
Yellow mustard
Pretzel sticks
1. Bake Mozzarella Bites according to package directions.
2. Insert stick halfway into the Mozzarella Bite.
3. Insert pretzel sticks evenly around the Mozzarella Bite.
4. Use a small offset spatula or knife to spread a thin layer of mustard around the top of the Mozzarella Bite.
5. Using a small, sharp knife, cut an olive* in half and trim off the inner flesh, so that you are left with two thin, black strips.
6. Make sure the black strips are curved and position them where the eyes belong on the face of the sun.  
7. Cut a tiny, thin strip of red bell pepper* and form into a smile on the sun to complete the face.
(*You may want to prepare the olive and bell pepper before you begin.)

Puperoni Pizza Snacks from Norene of Party Pinching

Mozzarella Bites Caterpillar from Jill of Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons
Mozzarella Stick Caprese Skewers from Meaghan of The Decorated Cookie
Smart Owl Meatball Snack from Norene of Party Pinching
Mozzarella Bites Bookworm from Beth of Hungry Happenings
Lion Mozzarella Bites from Norene of Party Pinching
Paint Pallette Meatballs from Kim of The Partiologist
Sunny Snacks for Back to School from Sue of Munchkin Munchies

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