Vanilla Snow Ice Cream

easy to make vanilla snow ice cream

We are on our Christmas break and good heavens we have SO much snow!  The kids go out and play in it every afternoon when it finally warms up to a slightly warmer temperature.  But all this snow makes for the perfect treat-  vanilla snow ice cream!  It is so easy and if you have snow then your set!  Most of the ingredients for this recipe are usually in your fridge or pantry.   If you are expecting ice cream texture you may be disappointed.  It is more of like thick milkshake in texture and just as delicious!  

Vanilla Snow Ice Cream

Vanilla Snow Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of snow
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!
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Chocolate Nutella Rice Krispy Treats

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Chocolate Nutella Rice Krispy Treats


  • 6 cups rice cereal
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup nutella
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • half a bag of marshmallows (about 15)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of flax seeds

Measure rice cereal into large bowl, with flax seeds.  In a medium saucepan melt vanilla, salt, nutella, honey, cocoa, coconut oil, and marshmallows over medium/low heat until melted.   Pour chocolate mixture over cereal mixture and stir until all the cereal is coated in the chocolate.  Press into a 9×13 pan and allow to cool.

The kids loved this recipe and didn’t even notice the healthier options I added to the mix.  Score!

Homemade Pop Tarts

The kids loved making these homemade pop tarts.  They were super simple and tasty.  They are also super versatile so even your picky eaters will eat them since they can pick their own filling!

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Homemade Pop-Tarts


Pie Crust

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter shortening ( I have used half butter and half shortening before)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water ( you may not use all of it )

Mix your dry ingredients together in a food processor.

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Add your shortening or butter and pulse until crumbly.

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This will make enough dough for 2 pie crusts or 8-12 pop tarts depending on size.

Roll dough out to about 1/4 inch think or thinner and cut into rectangles about 3X4 inches.

Filling ideas


  • Jelly or jam
  • Nutella and bananas
  • Applesauce
  • Apples and cinnamon and sugar with a tiny bits of butter
  • Peaches and cinnamon
  • Butter/Cinnamon/Brown Sugar

Be creative and let me know what different fillings you have tried!

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Put your filling on a rectangle and place the other rectangle on top, take a fork and go around the edges and press down to seal.

Beat one egg and brush on top of pop tart for a golden flaky crust.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

You can also frost the tops with a powdered sugar glaze.

Enjoy!

Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches

 

 

This was a lunch experiment that ended up being delicious!

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Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches


Take two slices of bread and spread peanut butter on each side.  Take a banana and slice in half and the slice in long slices lengthwise.  Top the peanut butter with the banana.

Turn your grill onto 350 degrees or medium high.

Butter each side of the sandwich and place on grill for 2-3 minutes per side.

The kids loved this sandwich!
Peanut butter and jelly would be great grilled as well!

Homemade Pizza

This homemade whole wheat pizza is a family favorite!  It’s super easy and fun to make with the kids.  I love to add tons of veggies as toppings to help it be more healthy.

I got this recipe from Pioneer Woman’s cookbook.  I tweaked a few things since her recipe uses white flour and mine is whole wheat.

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Whole Wheat Pizza Dough


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon of yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 cups of flour, if using freshly ground whole wheat flour add 1/4 cup more

In a small bowl sprinkle the yeast over the water and set aside.  In a large mixing bowl mix your flour, salt, and oil.   When your yeast mixture is slightly bubbly, slowly pour it over your flour mixture.  Mix until combined.   Cover and let rise until doubled in size.  (This step is completely optional if you are in a hurry. I have baked it right after mixing it.)  You can usually make two pans of pizzas with this recipe.   If you are making it in advance you can leave it in the fridge for 2-3 days or pop it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

We were having a cousin party so we made personal pan pizzas.  The perfect thing to do when you have many mouths to feed with different tastes.

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 Spread your dough until you achieve your desired thickness.

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 I usually take an 8 oz can of tomato sauce and add some italian seasoning to it.

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Add whatever toppings your heart desires!

We usually add:

Peppers

Tomatoes

Fresh Mozzarella is the best

Mushrooms

Pepperoni

Canadian Bacon

Pinapple

Really the sky is the limit!

Enjoy!

Healthy Banana Bread

This recipe is healthy and SUGAR free! It is also delicious. Your kids won’t even know that it doesn’t have an ounce of sugar in it. Well, sugar free that is besides the chocolate chips, but you can leave those out and it would still be delicious!

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Whole Wheat Banana Bread


  •  3 bananas (mashed)
  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil (softened)
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons of plain or vanilla yogurt or you can use buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (or you can use white flour)
  • 2 teaspoons Flax Seeds
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Mix all your wet ingredients together.    In a seperate bowl mix your dry ingredients together.

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Slowly add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients and mix until combined.

Next add your nuts or chocolate chips or both!

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Put in loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.

Let sit for 5 minutes and then remove from pan and let cool on a kitchen rack.

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Enjoy!!