Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Pics!

Today, I braved it and ventured out to Sears with all 3 of the boys to get their pictures taken.  Specifically, Colin’s 3 year pics and Austin’s 9 month. Thank God for my mom, who saved the day by taking the kids to the play area and getting them a snack after the shoot.  Overall, I’m pleased.  Not the most creative pictures I’ve ever seen, but I think we got a few good ones. Let me know what you think! If the grandparents are viewing this, feel free to let me know exactly what you’d like because I still have to place the order and I’ll get you the pose you like in the size you want.

My Handsome boys:

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Colin:

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Austin:

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Done for another…oh 2 1/2 months until Austin turns 1 and the new one needs newborn pics!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

I’ve always wanted to make homemade ice cream with my kiddos, but have always been scared that it just plain wouldn’t work. So I was thrilled when our PAT educator came today with a tried and true recipe and all of the ingredients to make it! I thought I’d share this one because it is SO easy and you probably have most of the ingredients anyway.

What you’ll need:

* 1 tbsp. sugar
* 1/2 c. half and half
*1/4 tsp. vanilla or cocoa (see note below)
* 6 tbsp. rock salt
* 1 pint size plastic bag
* 1 gallon size plastic bag
* ice cubes

How to make it:

1. Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt.  Seal the bag. (the pic on the right is Katie teaching Garrett to figure out how many tbsp. is half)

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2. Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.

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3. Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.

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4. Wrap a kitchen towel around bags. Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes.

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5. Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully. Enjoy!

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NOTE: We skipped the vanilla in the original recipe and used a tsp. or so of cocoa instead. The result was kind of like a chocolate Frosty.

Also, don’t go cheap on the plastic baggies. You do not want any leaks for this one!

This recipe makes about 3 Dixie cups full of ice cream.