Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

These Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches are like the store bought version, only much better! Make this summer treat right at home and save some cash. 

These Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches are like the store bought version, only much better! Make this summer treat right at home and save some cash.

I thought for a nice after work treat, I’d try making homemade ice cream sandwiches because I know my husband would enjoy them. They’re his favourite summer treat. Plus, my daughter and I happen to love them as well 😉

Store bought ice cream sandwiches are pretty tasty, but these homemade ones are better!  They turned out really well. So well, I think I’ll be making quite a few batches this summer!

I’m sure you could use homemade ice cream too, but well, I’m not quite there yet. 😉

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened Butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 qt vanilla ice cream

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Beat together butter, sugar, vanilla and egg until blended and creamy.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Spread onto prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until top is dry but still soft. Allow to cool.
  8. Carefully remove from pan.
  9. Use a knife and split sandwich cake in half.
  10. Take frozen ice cream and remove from carton.
  11. Using a knife that you ran under warm water, cut into 3/4″ slices.
  12. Arrange ice cream slices on top of half of sandwich cake to cover it completely.
  13. Place other half of sandwich cake on top of ice cream.
  14. Wrap in plastic or parchment and place in freezer for at least 2 hours.
  15. Once ice cream sandwiches are firm, remove and cut into 8 rectangles with a sharp knife.

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Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup Flour
  • ¼ cup Cocoa Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ½ cup softened Butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 qt vanilla ice cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Beat together butter, sugar, vanilla and egg until blended and creamy.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Spread onto prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until top is dry but still soft. Allow to cool.
  8. Carefully remove from pan.
  9. Use a knife and split sandwich cake in half.
  10. Take frozen ice cream and remove from carton.
  11. Using a knife that you ran under warm water, cut into ¾" slices.
  12. Arrange ice cream slices on top of one half of sandwich cake to cover it completely.
  13. Place other half of sandwich cake on top of ice cream.
  14. Wrap in plastic or parchment and place in freezer for at least 2 hours.
  15. Once ice cream sandwiches are firm, remove and cut into 8 rectangles with a sharp knife.

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Homemade Flour Tortillas

Making your own Homemade Flour Tortillas at home is easy and really inexpensive. Perfect for making quesadillas or Tacos at home.

Making your own Homemade Flour Tortillas at home is easy and really inexpensive. Perfect for making quesadillas or Tacos at home.

We go through quite a few tortillas in our home. Between quesadillas, burritos, tacos, cream cheese & meat rollups and even pizzas, it feels like I’m always buying a pack of tortilla shells. That can really add up when a package costs over $3!

I knew it was possible to make your own flour tortillas so I thought I’d try. Let me tell you, they are so easy to make and delicious! (Especially when you eat them when they’re still fresh and warm.)

Making homemade tortillas at home is really inexpensive and you most likely have everything in your pantry already. Flour, oil, baking powder and some salt. It will take a bit of time to cook your tortillas but it is still easy.

INGREDIENTS
3 cups Flour
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1 cup Warm Water

Making your own Homemade Flour Tortillas at home is easy and really inexpensive. Perfect for making quesadillas or Tacos at home.DIRECTIONS

Step 1:
Using a stand mixer, whisk dry ingredients until combined.
Add water and oil and mix, scraping down the sides as needed until ball forms.
Mix for two more minutes until dough is smooth.

Step 2:
Turn out onto floured work surface and divide into 16 pieces and roll each into a ball.
Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
Preheat skillet over medium heat.

Step 3:
Roll out each ball into a 6″ circle.

Step 4:
Cook each tortilla on first side for about a minute, until brown spots form, then flip and cook other side for about 20 seconds.
Stack cooked tortillas and wrap in a clean towel to cool.
If not being used immediately, store in a zip lock bag.

Making your own Homemade Flour Tortillas at home is easy and really inexpensive. Perfect for making quesadillas or Tacos at home.

These homemade tortillas were so easy and so much better than store bought. I’ll be making these on a regular basis over here. They’re perfect for snacks and for meals. What do you use tortillas for in your house?

Homemade Flour Tortillas
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Warm Water
Instructions
  1. Using a stand mixer, whisk dry ingredients until combined.
  2. Add water and oil and mix, scraping down the sides as needed until ball forms.
  3. Mix for two more minutes until dough is smooth.
  4. Turn out onto floured work surface and divide into 16 pieces and roll each into a ball.
  5. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Preheat frying pan over medium heat.
  7. Roll out each ball into a 6" circle.
  8. Cook each tortilla on first side for about a minute, until brown spots form, then flip and cook other side for about 20 seconds.
  9. Stack cooked tortillas and wrap in a clean towel to cool.
  10. If not being used immediately, store in a zip lock bag.

 

Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino

Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino

Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino- Here's how you can recreate a Starbucks favorite at home for a fraction of the cost!

Normally when I hit up Starbucks I order an Americano with vanilla or a plain black tea.  But every once in a while, especially when it’s hot, I get my mind stuck on ordering a Mocha Frappuccino. (Especially when they offer them for $2 or $3!) Chocolate and coffee. Those two things combined are hard to beat! Also, the whipping cream is a big seller to me 😉

Anyways, I thought that the Mocha Frappuccino would be a great thing to try to recreate at home so I could enjoy one once in while through the summer. I also happen to love to saving money on “luxuries”.

Here’s how you can create a Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino at home:

Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino
Serves: 3
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup Espresso Coffee
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Milk
  • ½ cup Dark Chocolate Syrup
  • pinch Xantham Gum
  • 4 cups Ice
  • Whipped Cream for topping
  • Chocolate Syrup to drizzle over whipped cream
Instructions
  1. Make coffee according to directions.
  2. While still hot, pour coffee into blender
  3. Add sugar and mix until dissolved.
  4. Add milk, chocolate syrup and xantham gum and mix another minute.
  5. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool.
  6. Add ice to blender and blend on high until smooth.
  7. Pour into glasses.
  8. Top each glass with whipped cream.

 Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino- Here's how you can recreate a Starbucks favorite at home for a fraction of the cost!

Three Ingredient Strawberry Banana Ice Cream (Dairy Free)

With just 3 ingredients you can make this super delicious non-dairy Strawberry Banana Ice Cream in a flash! 

With just 3 ingredients you can make this super delicious non-dairy Strawberry Banana Ice Cream in a flash!

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

It’s no secret that I love ice cream. Like, really love ice cream.  It’s my almost nightly treat. :) My daughter also loves ice cream and my husband will eat it if I offer to grab him a bowl.  The unfortunate thing about ice cream is the fact that most brands you can purchase are not very healthful.  That’s why this three ingredient strawberry banana ice cream is a hit with me. Can you believe you only need strawberries, bananas and a bit of sugar to make this?  You don’t even need an ice cream maker!

Here’s how to make delicious dairy-free Strawberry Banana ice cream:

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Strawberries
  • 4 small Bananas
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
Instructions
  1. Peel bananas and freeze in freezer.
  2. Hull strawberries and freeze in freezer.
  3. Place frozen ingredients and sugar in food processor and pulse until it reaches ice cream texture.
  4. Enjoy!

So what do you think, are you going to give this a try?

With just 3 ingredients you can make this super delicious non-dairy Strawberry Banana Ice Cream in a flash!

Blackberry Honey Butter

Imagine with me for a moment. Picture yourself pulling a fresh loaf of bread out of the oven. Or a batch of muffins.  Or perhaps you’ve just made a stack of pancakes or some French toast. Now imagine spreading some delicious whipped blackberry honey butter over top.  Drooling yet?  This butter is to die for!  It will really impress the guests, I might add 😉

Blackberry Honey Butter

Here’s how to make delicious Blackberry Honey Butter that everyone will go crazy for:

Blackberry Honey Butter
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup softened Butter
  • ¼ cup Honey
  • ¼ cup Blackberries
Instructions
  1. Whip butter and honey until fluffy.
  2. Add blackberries and mix just until berries break up and are distributed throughout the butter.
  3. Either scoop the butter mix into a jar and seal or form into a log and refrigerate.

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In case blackberries aren’t your thing, this recipe is so versatile you could use strawberries (chopped small), raspberries, blueberries or whatever strikes your fancy.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I think it’s time for a snack! :)

Tropical Pineapple Peach Slushie

These Tropical Slushies with pineapple and peaches will have you totally refreshed and in the summer mood in no time!

Spring is here!  We’ve been trying to get into the warm weather mood over here by creating delicious pineapple peach slushies!  We’re big smoothie fans so a slushie adds a bit of “specialness” to the same old!

You’ll want to look no further than this if you’re looking for a refreshing cold drink. These Tropical Slushies with pineapple and peaches will have you totally refreshed and in the summer mood in no time. They’re super simple and use just three ingredients to create a perfect blend.

Tropical Pineapple Peach Slushie

Tropical Pineapple Peach Slushie
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup diced Peaches, frozen
  • 1½ cup diced Pineapple, frozen
  • 1 cup Pineapple Juice
  • Maraschino Cherries for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Put pineapple, peaches and pineapple juice in the blender and run until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses and garnish with cherries.

Let me know what you think!  I’ve got a couple more healthy treats coming up in the next little bit that you may want to look out for. :)

These Tropical Slushies with pineapple and peaches will have you totally refreshed and in the summer mood in no time!

Valentine Gum Drops

Valentine Gum Drops

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching!  That means it’s time to show some love and appreciation to our valentines.  Sweet treats are a great way to show some appreciation, but I happen to think homemade treats are extra special! Today I want to show you how fun and easy these gum drops are to make. Get the kids involved with cutting out the shapes too. This set of heart shaped cookie cutters has a variety of sizes to choose from, but any small shaped cookie cutter will work!

Valentine Gum Drops

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened Applesauce
  • 2 1/4 cups Sugar
  • 2 boxes (3 oz) Strawberry Jello
  • 2 envelopes Unflavored Gelatin {like Knox}

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Directions

  1. Spray 9×13 baking pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan on the stove.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Boil for one minute.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and refrigerate until set.
  6. Dust a cutting board with sugar.
  7. Use a spatula to loosen sides and turn out onto cutting board.
  8. Dust the top of the Jello with sugar.
  9. Use heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out gum drops.
  10. Roll edges in extra sugar and set onto wax paper for 1 hour to dry out slightly.
  11. Store in an airtight container.

Homemade Valentine gum drops your Valentine is sure to love!

Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette

Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette

I recently made this salad dressing for an event we had to attend and it was amazing!  It went over really well with everyone!  This is a perfect recipe for winter since pomegranates are currently in season.

Here are a few quick facts about pomegranates:

  • Pomegranates are one of the healthier foods you can eat.
  • High in antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C, and fiber.
  • Pomegranates pack a nutritional punch that most foods can’t come close to!

This is the technique I use for removing pomegranate seeds (arils).  Works really well.

I sure hope you enjoy this Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette as much as we do!

Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette

Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 tsp Honey
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • pinch Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • ⅓ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ tsp Dijon Mustard
Instructions
  1. Bring pomegranate juice to a boil over medium.
  2. Boil 15 minutes until reduced to about ⅓ cup.
  3. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Whisk in remaining ingredients and set aside to cool.
  5. Once cool, pour over a salad with lettuce, pomegranate seeds, feta, bacon, tomatoes and what ever else strikes your fancy!

 

More Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Karen from Abundance on a Dime has two great recipes for last minute gifts!  Cracker Toffee (pictured above) and Chocolate Barks!  Yum!

Have you got an expectant mom on your list?  How about a recipe for Belly Butter from Keeper of the Home?

Cookie Dough Truffles…yes please!  Don’t they look delicious?

Here’s a great idea for a kid’s gift!  Gingerbread playdough from Creative Juices!

These snack bags from Angry Chicken would be a breeze to sew!  Maybe you could fill them with some treats?

This is so pretty!  For the tea cup and candle lover on your list!

This just looks divine!  Tidy Mom has a recipe for Cinnamon Honey Butter!

Last-Minute Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

There always seems to be the need for a last-minute gift around Christmas time. From that impromtu Saturday night dinner to the appy party on Sunday, there’s always a host to give a cute gift to! Check out these easy and inspiring last minute homemade Christmas gift ideas:

Here’s a great recipe for Vanilla Sugar!  (And some other cute ideas)

Kelleigh Ratzlaff shows us how to make a wonderful Sugar Scrub!  She even has instructions on how to make the neat box pictured in the above photo.

I think that this S’mores Kit is just the neatest idea!

Sunset magazine has four different recipes for homemade hot chocolate in a jar!  Great idea!

I know some girlfriends that would love some homemade body oil and body dusting powder!

These crock-pot Sugared Cinnamon Almonds would look great in a glass canning jar!

I’m liking this gift idea for Year Round Yum!  Each time the recipient empties the contents, they’re entitled to a refill!

Now I think this is a genius idea for disguising a gift card you’re giving!

Have you got any great last-minute gift ideas you could share?  Send your idea or post to me here!