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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How to make your own Peach Hand Pies

Peach Hand Pies

There’s something about fall that makes you want to slow down, bake a yummy treat and snuggle in a blanket by the fire.   Peach hand pies sounded like a yummy treat as I had just canned the last of my peaches in a yummy pie filling and I really wanted to use it.   Hand pies are easier for my toddlers to eat and are mobile which makes them perfect for picnics! 

This was a super fun and simple process that was perfect for involving all of the kids in.  Even the toddlers got helped.  My 12 year old loved decorating the tops with cute leaves.  Perfect for fall.  This is definitely something we will have to add to our Thanksgiving menu.  

 

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How to make your own Peach Hand Pies

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 24

How to make your own Peach Hand Pies

Ingredients

  • 1 quart jar of peach pie filling or two canned jars (about 4 cups of pie filling)
  • Pie crust
  • Egg Wash
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TB water

Instructions

  1. Roll your pie crust out to be a little less than 1/4 inch thick. Use a round plate, or biscuit cutter and cut your circles. Ours were a little over 4 inches wide. But you can do whatever size you want!
  2. Take disk of dough and add a few tablespoons of the pie filling being careful to leave about 1/2-inch border, and top the pie filling with another dough disk and pinch the edges shut with a fork or your fingers. Place on a greased pan or silpat cooking mat.
  3. Chill for 30 minutes, we were in hurry and threw them in the freezer for 10 minutes. Beat together your egg and water and brush on top of the pies.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes and cool on a rack for 10 minutes.
  5. We like them served warm. But you can serve them at whatever temperature you prefer.
  6. Makes about 24 pies.
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Rice Pudding

 

Do you ever cook way too much rice for dinner?  Do you hate leftovers but hate to waste the food?

Me too.

This is the perfect recipe to use that leftover rice and give it a totally different spin.  It won’t just be dinner leftovers… it’s dessert!  Or even breakfast!

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Rice Pudding

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Rice Pudding

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of cooked rice
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/12 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional raisins-- we have an avid raisin hater at our house so no raisins here.

Instructions

  1. Mix the rice, milk, sugar and salt in a sauce pan on medium heat and stir constantly until thickened. Lower heat and add cinnamon and raisins (if you're using them). Cook and stir for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla. If you'd like, sprinkle some cinnamon on top.
  2. Serve warm or cold.
  3. We prefer warm and we like to eat it for breakfast.
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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!