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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Banana Split Ice Cream Cake

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School is almost out, 10 days to be exact here in Miami, and that means it's time to plan our end of school celebration. This year, my friend will be hosting a pool party and I will be bringing dessert. I knew I had to come up with a super fun dessert option for the kids and there is no dessert more fun than ice cream! Ice cream cake to be exact!!!


I decided to do a quick test run beforehand to make sure I created ice cream cakes the kids would love. First step was to make a stop at my local Walmart Neighborhood Market and stock-up on the new Blue Bunny® ice cream flavors. I picked Blue Bunny® Homemade Vanilla, Blue Bunny® Pistachio Almond, Blue Bunny® Butter Pecan and Blue Bunny® Banana Split!


I also picked up a couple more essentials for my cakes: whipped cream, Smucker's Sundae Syrup caramel flavored syrup, butter pound cakes and maraschino cherries! I am super overwhelmed with end of the year activities at school so I took a couple shortcuts with my cakes. I like easy recipes and there is no easier recipe than my Banana Split Ice Cream Cake!

Banana Split Ice Cream Cake
Serves 8

Ingredients:
1 Blue Bunny® Homemade Vanilla ice cream
1 Blue Bunny® Banana Split ice cream
1 butter loaf pound cake
Whipped cream
3 maraschino cherries with stem
Smucker's Sundae Syrup caramel flavored syrup for serving
1 foil loaf pan
1 gallon size resealable bag


First, slice your pound cake, lengthwise, into 4 slices. 


Place one slice of cake at the bottom of your foil pan. 


Next, place three scoops of Blue Bunny® Homemade Vanilla ice cream over the loaf slice. Spread evenly with the back of a spoon.


Top the vanilla ice cream layer with a slice of pound cake.


Top second slice of pound cake with 3 scoops of Blue Bunny® Banana Split ice cream. Again, spread ice cream evenly with the back of a spoon.


Repeat the layering steps again with the vanilla ice cream and then top the cake with the last cake slice. 


Place a plastic top on your loaf pan and place the cake in a resealable bag. Put in freezer for 2 hours to set. Putting ice cream cakes in a resealable bag helps them maintain their freshness. In a resealable bag, the cake will keep up to one week.


When ready to serve, remove the cake from the freezer and run a warm knife around the edges to loosen the cake. Then, turn onto a plate. 


Top your cake with whipped cream. I only add whipped cream to the top but you could frost the cake with whipped cream as well!


All amazing banana splits need to be topped with cherries so make sure your cake has some yummy cherries on top! Slice and serve with caramel syrup!


My family loved this cake. It was banana split heaven in a slice. This is a great make-ahead cake and I plan on making about 5 of them for pour end of the year pool party!!!

Blue Bunny® ice creams are available at your local Walmart and Walmart Neighborhood Markets in the ice cream section!!






Monday, May 16, 2016

10 Easy DIY Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is about a month away and it's time to get crafting!!! The dads in our family love handmade gifts from the kids, along with a nice lunch on Father's Day. They would never expect any of us to spend a lot of money on their gifts (even though we sometimes do) and they love to see that the children put time and effort into their gifts. Need ideas for easy DIY gifts for Father's Day? Well you've come to the right place! I have compiled a list of my 10 favorite easy Father's Day crafts for my kids to choose from and I am sharing it with you!

10 easy DIY Father's Day gift ideas!!!

Some dads receive a tie every year for Father's Day. Some dads even have a pretty cool collection of ties they would never really buy for themselves but this year, instead of tie, how about a DIY tie rack? I thought this was such a cool idea from Craftaholics Anonymous!


Next is a craft that even a baby could do. My kids have always loved finger painting and getting messy and here they get to make a gift out of it! Check it out here!


I love creating gift baskets for gift giving but always get stumped on a Father's Day one. Well, thanks to The Gunny Sack, I know have a great idea for a Father's Day gift in a jar!! JC would really love a World's Greatest Pop jar full of yummy pop and a retro push pop!


I love interview printables. We fill one out every year for JC. I love to see how different the kids answer the questions every year. This year, we are using these printables from Be a Fun Mum!


More gift basket amazingness......this time from Moms and Munchkins.  My dad works construction so this would be a super cool "toolbox" full of goodies for him!


Sometimes we just need a simple gift for those special dads in our lives. This "World's Greatest Pop" popcorn gifts are so great for all our movie-loving dads! I would pair this with a new fun DVD. Check it out here!


What dad doesn't love sweets? I know some special dads that would devour these incredible cupcakes. Check out some more amazing cupcakes here!


Dads are the anchors of our families and this "Dad, You're My Anchor" printable is perfect to just pop into a frame or use to create an adorable Father's Day card! Check out the printable here!


How fun is this Father's Day cake full of goodies for Dad? I love everything about this cake from the soda to the measuring tape to the candy. This cake is completely customizable to your dad and his favorite goodies! Check out this cake idea here!


Coupon books are always fun and get used more often than you'd think. Sometimes they get used in one day! LOL! I can just imagine JC pulling out the homemade cookies coupon, breakfast in bed and help out with yardwork simultaneously! Print out your coupon book here!


Hope these ideas help you make some incredible gifts for that special dad in your life. Dads are the best and deserve to have a great day!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Be Grateful for Homework

Children and homework. It's a daily struggle for most families. Yes, I agree, some schools give way too much homework but from a parent whose child did not receive homework this year, I just want to day, be grateful for homework!

I have many friends with children in other classrooms in the same grade as my son and they would totally disagree with me. I get it. Homework sucks! It takes hours to do and sometimes parents can't even help their children with the work. But, you know what homework does? It reinforces classroom teachings and helps parents study with their children. In my son's class, there isn't any homework other than computer based homework I am not allowed to help with. Do you know what this means? I have no idea what he is working on during the day. I receive a paper, once every two weeks, letting me know when he has a test or quiz but I do not have any material to study with. I have to go online and find worksheets to review with him. I have to go and find a tutor, pay hourly, to reinforce grade level work.  I am now struggling with a child that might fail third grade because he is below grade level. 

In my opinion, this could have probably been avoided if my child received at least some reading homework. Just a worksheet with one passage would have reinforced reading skills that he is lacking and would have helped me catch on that he had reading comprehension issues. That one sheet could have gotten my child to a tutor sooner and not five weeks before school ends. 

Teachers, from a struggling parent, give some homework. You are not doing anyone a favor by sending hours of homework and you are not doing anyone a favor by not sending any. We, the parents, have no idea what material you are reviewing in class otherwise. Help us help our children succeed in school!

Parents whose children get homework, be grateful. You have the opportunity to be involved in your child's education. Take that opportunity, sit with them and review.  Help them succeed in school. Let them know that you care about their education. I have two other kids that do receive homework and they love it when we sit together and do the work. They like to be able to come and tell me about what they are working on. My child that does not receive homework does feel left out. 

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