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July 28, 2014

Strawberry Starburst Sorbet Punch

I was on a popsicle making kick at the beginning of summer before our little guy arrived. Since then I have only been making or cooking what I absolutely have to! There haven’t been many more homemade frozen treats but because it is still crazy hot I have continued to stock the freezer with frozen treats. One new frozen treat we tried were the STARBURST™ Strawberry Sorbet bars. They are dreamy, creamy and a summer version of one of my favorite candies with only 70 delicious calories!

The sorbet bars are the perfect treat on a hot day but I took things one step further and made a STARBURST™ Strawberry Sorbet Punch. The punch can be made as a big batch for a party or single serve for when you’re feeling fancy. Since I have been wearing my pajamas well past noon these days and found myself showered, dressed and feeling fancy by 10am last Friday it called for punch!

Strawberry Starburst Sorbet Punch

Strawberry Starburst Sorbet Punch

Strawberry Starburst Sorbet Punch Recipe:

Directions:

  • In a large pitcher or punch bowl mix together the pink lemonade concentrate and water.
  • Immediately before serving add 24 ounces (or around 1/3 of a 2-liter) of Ginger Ale to the pink lemonade.
  • Remove sorbet from sticks and add to the top of the punch.

Single Serve Version – In a pitcher mix pink lemonade concentrate with water. Fill glass halfway with pink lemonade and then add ginger ale to fill the cup 3/4 of the way. Top with a STARBURST™ Strawberry Sorbet Bar!

Strawberry Starburst Sorbet Punch

So whether you're enjoying a weekend at the beach or just need a little time to yourself to recharge, Starburst Sorbet Bars provide you with a cool, refreshing and enjoyable treat. Multi-packs of the STARBURST™ Brand Sorbet Bars are available in the refrigerated ice cream case at Wal-Mart and select grocery stores nationwide. STARBURST™ Brand Sorbet Bar Singles are available in many convenience stores nationwide.

GIVEAWAY: I have three full value coupons for the new STARBURST™ Brand Sorbet Bars to give to one lucky winner! All you have to do is comment below with your favorite STARBURST™ fruit chew flavor!

Enjoy,

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July 25, 2014

S’more Milkshake Recipe

There is nothing quite like the combination of marshmallows, chocolate and graham cracker! After Fourth of July weekend we were left with leftover s’more ingredients and I just couldn’t let them go to waste sitting on the pantry shelf. Since it has been SUPER hot around here and the last thing anyone wants to do is have a campfire I decided to do the next best thing – make a s’more milkshake! My oldest son Wyatt gave me a look of disgust when I told him what I was making but with just one taste I won him over. He was lapping it up with a spoon faster than any of us!

S'More Milkshake - Perfect sweet summer treat!

S'More Milkshake - Perfect sweet summer treat!

Look at this thing though – wouldn’t you lap it up too? It was totally out of this world amazeballs good!

S'More Milkshake - Perfect sweet summer treat!

S’More Milkshake Recipe::

Ingredients:

  • Hot Fudge (optional)
  • Vanilla Ice-Cream (about 2 coups)
  • 1/4 cup of milk (plus more if needed)
  • 1 Graham Cracker – crushed
  • 1/4 of a Milk Chocolate Bar – chopped
  • 1/4 cup of mini marshmallows (or larger marshmallows torn into pieces)

Directions:

  • Start out by drizziling hot fudge around the inside of your glass. (This is optional but makes it even better than it already is!)
  • In a blender blend ice-cream and milk until it is a milkshake consistency. Stir in graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallows. Pour the milkshake into your glass and enjoy with a spoon!

S'More Milkshake - Perfect sweet summer treat!

It couldn’t be much simpler than that!

Enjoy,

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July 22, 2014

Thin Mint Popcorn

This post is sponsored by Pop Secret but all opinions and ideas are my own.

My husband is a movie guy. His idea of a perfect family night is when all of us are snuggled on the couch watching a movie with a big ole’ bag of Pop Secret. Personally popcorn brings back lots of memories of time I spent with my grandpa. When I was a little girl my grandparents would occasionally watch me overnight and my grandpa would always pop a bag of popcorn and melt extra butter to pour over top while they watched Law and Order or 60 Minutes. We never seemed to finish the whole bowl and the next morning we would sit at their table and eat the old popcorn before breakfast. I will always remember the opaque green Tupperware bowl they used and the taste of slightly stale popcorn that left a film in your mouth.

Thin Mint Popcorn - a sweet and salty snack

Now popcorn is a staple in our house and we always have it in the pantry. If we run out the kids are sure to let me know. For them it is a treat to pair a movie with popcorn or just to munch on as an after school snack. My husband and I like to mix things up every now and then though. My husband makes his famous savory popcorn with a mix of seasonings and parmesan (recipe coming soon!) and I like to make sweet and salty snacks using candies or sweet toppings.

Our family favorite sweet and salty popcorn is Thin Mint Popcorn. We always pop two bags because it is gone almost instantaneously.

Thin Mint Popcorn - a sweet and salty snack

Thin Mint Popcorn Recipe::

Pour popcorn onto wax paper and remove any unpopped kernels. In a small bowl melt mint chips by microwaving for 30 second intervals and stirring in between until the chips are melted and smooth. Use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn and allow to harden (about 5-7 minutes). Place popcorn in a large bowl and enjoy!

Thin Mint Popcorn - a sweet and salty snack

Of course the worst thing that can happen to a bag of popcorn is for it to burn! The whole bag is ruined and your house smells for hours. To make sure you pop your bag of popcorn to perfection Pop Secret has a new app called Pop Secret Perfect Pop to help! (There is an app for everything these days!) Thanks to the app you can say goodbye to burnt popcorn for good. All you have to do is download the free app, put a bag of Pop Secret in the microwave for the suggested time on the package. Turn the volume on your iPhone up and place it within 3 feet of your microwave and start the app at the same time you start the microwave. The app will listen to the popping and alert you when to stop the microwave.

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Thin Mint Popcorn - a sweet and salty snack

Enjoy,

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July 21, 2014

Summer Reading with Judy Moody and Borden Dairy

With my oldest son Wyatt heading from Kindergarten to First Grade this year I see the importance of keeping up with sight words and reading over summer break. We spent many nights practicing through the school year and I would be sad to see it go to waste. At the beginning of summer break I made flash cards for their sight words and a calendar to keep track of all of the reading programs at our local library. I have allowed both of my oldest boys to play learning games online as well as encouraging lots of reading at home.

This summer Borden milk is encouraging reading too by featuring Judy Moody from the Judy Moody children’s book series. Judy and her brother Stink are joining Borden’s Elsie the cow on the label of all Borden half gallons of milk. When you purchase a half gallon of milk it will have a code which can be entered online to unlock prizes and stories about Judy and Stink.

With more than 17.5 million books in print the Judy Moody book series, targeted at 6-9 year olds, is about a feisty and independent-minded girl who finds herself on a new adventure in each book of the series. This makes these books perfect for my two boys who are in that age range and enjoy any book with a bit of adventure or mystery.

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Borden dairy produces best-in-class milk products for foodservice and retailers. There are a total of nine codes to be found on the Borden half gallons which can be redeemed for downloadable prizes. There is also a ‘Way Cool’ sweepstakes you can enter to win prizes! The grand prize winner will receive a complete library of Judy Moody and Stink signed by the author/illustrator! Join in on the ‘Moo-dy Summer Mania’ fun and encourage reading habits without your kids even realizing!

What books are you reading with your kids this summer?

Find out about more fun from Borden by following Elsie the Cow on her Facebook page or Pinterest boards!

I have been compensated for this post. This post is sponsored by Scholastic and Borden but all opinions are 110% my own.

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July 18, 2014

Banana M&M Ice-Cream Sandwich

My best friend from high school Evey and I are still very good friends. She lives in Illinois so we don’t get to talk or see each other very often but when we DO talk we can instantly pick up right where we left off. When I moved to Florida she helped me drive down and move my stuff and then stayed for a week before flying back home. During that week we hit up the beach, the pool, a few beachside restaurants and a movie. The night we went to the theaters to see the movie we stopped into a store to pick up candy (because everyone knows they charge 10x more for candy at the theaters!) but what we ended up with was Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice-cream. If you would have asked me up until that point how I felt about banana ice-cream I would have probably given you a disgusted look but it is SO good! While home with the kids the other day I made banana M&M ice-cream sandwiches and they were so darn delicious! They were the perfect treat for a hot and humid day.

Banana M&M Ice-Cream Sandwiches

Now whenever I see Chunky Monkey ice-cream I think of Evey and we occasionally text each other to let the other know we are eating some!

Banana M&M Ice-Cream Sandwiches

Banana M&M Ice-Cream Sandwich Recipe (serving size: 3 sandwiches)
Ingredients:
  • Vanilla ice-cream (about 1.5 cups)
  • 1/4 cup M&Ms
  • 1/2 of a banana (sliced)
  • 6 graham cracker halves

Directions:
  • Scoop vanilla into a bowl and allow to soften. Once softened stir in banana and M&Ms and return the bowl to the freezer for about 20 minutes to harden back up.
  • Scoop ice-cream onto three graham cracker halves and top with the remaining halves to create some darn good banana M&M ice-cream sandwiches!

**Note:: When you pull the ice-cream mixture out allow to soften just long enough to press graham crackers without them breaking. When I tried the first time I broke a few graham crackers because the ice-cream was too hard.

Banana M&M Ice-Cream Sandwiches

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