There are two things my three-year-old argues not to eat: meat and vegetables. We respect her wishes not to eat meat, but the veggies are a non-starter with my husband and me. We’ve tried everything except offering a pony (although I’ve been tempted to research that possibility). I even turned to an option I said I never would do — hiding veggies in food. So came the idea for my gluten free green pancakes with sweet grilled pineapple.
The month of March means one thing for me: McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes. The cool taste, the mint, the whipped cream. Pure heaven in a 22 oz container. What if I told you that you can create the memorable taste of a Shamrock Shake in your own kitchen without the added shake to your derriere? Introducing my Shamrock Shake Green Smoothie.
Sweet Snow Cream (aka Snow Ice Cream) sounds like a crazy recipe idea when all you want to do is to head to the top of the a mountain and scream let go it to get rid of winter.
From the bitter cold days to the snow that just won’t melt, I am itching to see the first leaf bud on a tree this year. ACat has been stuck indoors without a chance to fully release her energy. Mr. Happy barks as soon as he goes outdoors, and often refuses to go out.
And I’m missing my chance to train for my first 5K with everyday it is too cold to go for a run. As a native of Buffalo, NY, I have lived my fair share of bad snow storms. So my frustrations come from an extensive background. This winter is rough.
ACat, who is always the optimist, helped me see just a little more excitement in this winter, with what I hope is our last snow. When she saw all the snow outside of our house, she went wild. She ran to grab every snowflake.
Her excitement got me thinking about one more fun winter project. We built a snowman, went for a sled ride, and enjoyed a movie snuggled indoors. One thing we didn’t try yet was snow ice cream. Super easy to make with a toddler. Given my desire to eat clean, I was sure to use vegan/gluten free ingredients.
After dinner, ACat dressed in her regular evening attire of a Queen Elsa gown excitedly joined me in the kitchen to make Snowcream.
Sweet Snow Cream (Snow Ice Cream) Recipe
(Serves 4-5) (5-10 minutes)
- 8-12 cups of fresh snow
- 2 cups of rice milk
- 3 TBS of Agave
- 2 TBS of Vanilla
- Candies for decorating
Step 1: Set up all of your ingredients (except for the snow) at your work station. Snow melts quickly so this is a critical step you should not miss. Our set up with “Queen Elsa” looked like this:
Step 2: Grab snow from an area you know is clean (bonus points if you run outside in your shorts like I did because I am from Buffalo and do crazy winter things like that).
Step 3: Pour in Rice Milk
Step 4: Add agave and vanilla
Step 5: Mix all ingredients and sample. Like this:
Step 6: Add extra agave and/or vanilla to your taste. A toddler size taste test of the snow:
Step 7: Scoop out Snow Cream into bowls, decorate, and enjoy.
As an added bonus, the Chief got in on the action. He used snow to chill his evening smoothie. The picture below speaks to how wonderful it tasted.
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Earlier this month, I had to travel into New York City a couple of days for my job. My smartphone’s charge always takes a nose dive when I leave the garden state. From staying on top of work e-mails to snapping photos like the one above to keeping me entertained on the packed commuter train ride, my smartphone goes through a mini-triathlon with each visit to the city.
This trip was especially challenging as I was running around a local university all day far away from an outlet. What helped me through the day was my personal myCharge. I simply tucked the device with the phone in my suit pocket and I kept on moving 800 different directions.
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This post was sponsored by myCharge, but the opinions and my happy face when my phone doesn’t die when I am on the road is all mine.
Say it isn’t so, weatherman! It looks line New Jersey will get our first bit of real snow this weekend. That means indoor toddler and dog playtime.
Now what to pick? [Read more…]
My kid is a dance school drop out. As soon as I could sign her up — practically in utero given how early these classes start — there was my daughter ready to feel the rhythm and the groove. We could bond (why hello mommy-guilt). She could learn how to follow directions. It would be great.
So why did we drop out? Was it our dread of the 8 People You Meet at Your Child’s School Performance (hey, hey look at me, I am featured on NickMom – say what!)? So here is what happened.
Pinterilious (n) state of getting a wild and crazy cooking/crafting/decorating idea and promising someone you can make that dream a reality without first checking supplies and/or talent.
My chocolate lollipops without the candy mold is the result of my recent bout with Pinterilious.
Well, you see, what had happen was…
It was the night before our toddler play date:
ACat: “Mommy, what are you doing? I’m a doctor (referring to her Doc McStuffins kit), let me help.”
Me: “I’m mopping for tomorrow’s play date so the mommies of your friends do not think we are slobs.”
And then my toddler with her mop head of curls watched in shock/awe/curiosity from our staircase as I frantically mopped our living room floors the night before we hosted our very first play date. Apparently, the fact that I am mopping is entertainment for my child. [Read more…]
My sister is the queen of seeing positive. She even has a bucket list and actively tries to find opportunities to tackle that list – like the time she participated in a flash mob.