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Easy Father’s Day tuxedo ice cream (no churn!)


Lindsay Weiss

posted in Life & Home

This ice cream is a mouthwatering surprise the kids can help make for Dad this weekend. Think salted caramel ice cream with a fudge swirl running through to give it the desired tuxedo (black and white-ish) effect. And the best part? You can let the mixer do all the work; no need for laborious, time-consuming churning.

All you do is whip some heavy cream, add some sweetened condensed milk and stir in the salt, caramel and chocolate swirl. This could not be easier, but Dad will never know just how easy this homemade ice cream really is.

I do mine in my KitchenAid mixer, just to save on muscle. But this could be made with any mixer!

Happy Father’s Day!

Looking for more Sweets and Eats for the Whole Family? Find Lindsay at Sugar Mama.

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Easy Father’s Day Tuxedo Ice Cream

Make sure to allow 4-6 hours for this to freeze up before eating!


1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
3 tablespoons store-bought or homemade caramel (to taste)
1-2 tablespoons chocolate ice cream topping
Kosher or sea salt (to taste)

Place whipping cream in a mixer and whip until stiff peaks form. Fold in sweetened condensed milk gently, using a spatula. Add about 3 tablespoons of caramel into the mix along with a pinch of salt. Combine and taste. Add in more salt or caramel if necessary.

Place into freezer-safe pan and swirl in chocolate ice cream topping. (Just squirt it in and then run your knife through a few times to create pretty swirls.) Freeze for 4-6 hours or until it’s completely set.

Serves 4.

This post was originally published in June, 2016.

Recipe for fun: Homemade play dough


Catherine McCord

posted in Life & Home

One of the greatest gifts I was given when I married my husband was an amazing mother-in-law. She’s sweet, easy-going AND a pre-school teacher. Talk about a trifecta!

She’s always shares her wise advice about all issues pertaining to young kids. One of the most fun activities she does with her classes is make play dough. She says the kids take such pride in making what they play with and I found that very in line with my own philosophy about kids taking part in helping make their own meals.

We prepared this recipe with my kids and they had a blast. It only took us minutes to make 3 batches so we could have 3 different colors and the recipe makes tons!

Homemade Play Dough

2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Table Salt (such as Mortons)
2 Tsp Cream of Tartar
Food Coloring (you can use as much or as little as you want depending on how intense you want the color)

1. Place all the ingredients in a saucepan or pot and stir with a
wooden spoon over low heat until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
2. Remove from the pot and place on a counter top or a piece of waxed or parchment paper.
3. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic.
4. You’re ready to play! (Make sure to keep it in a ziploc bag or tupperware to retain it’s moisture when you’re not using it).

Photo from iStock

Delusional declarations of a new parent


Chris Cook

posted in Life & Home

When my wife was pregnant, I can remember seeing parents let their kids play with their cell phone, iPad or whatever electronic device they had on hand. I remember thinking something along the lines of, “Wow, what lazy parenting. I will NEVER subdue my child with electronics.” Fifteen months later, if you gave me access to a taser, I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t at least think about using it.

If only I had written down all the grand declarations I made about parenting before my daughter was born. Looking back, my plan was to apparently raise some sort of freak baby who would never cry, scream or tantrum because of my superior parenting. Freak Baby would have absolutely zero interest in televisions, iPhones or anything breakable, and when it came time for her to date, she would only go out with father-approved men of upstanding character.

A couple hundred screaming fits and a broken iPhone screen later and I’ve changed my tune a bit. If I ever get my hands on one of those time machines of the DeLorean or hot tub variety, I’m traveling back in time to give that pre-parenting version of myself a stern, R. Lee Ermey-style talking to.

It’s comical how ignorant I was. I was like that guy who sits in front of his TV every Sunday telling Tom Brady to “THROW THE BALL TO WELKER” but doesn’t see that Welker is 60 yards downfield in triple coverage. He doesn’t see it because that part of the game isn’t on his tiny television screen, and before my daughter arrived, there was a whoooooole lotta stuff that wasn’t on my television screen.

She will not watch television until she’s two. That lasted until the first football Sunday in September. Then she was right there with me telling Tom Brady to throw the ball to Welker.

I will never give her an iPad or phone to play with. But if she reaches up, snatches it from my grasp and yells “MINE!”, I technically didn’t “give” it to her…

Tantrums are caused by a simple lack of communication. Well I don’t speak “BAH WAH ABBA DABBA WABABABA EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!” so if she feels like Wal-Mart is the appropriate place to melt down because she ran out of Cheerios, me saying “Hey Susan, it’s ok,” doesn’t help. But an iPhone might.

All children develop at different rates, so I won’t freak out if mine doesn’t hit a milestone right on time. I refer you to The Worry Reflex.

My house will not be one of those that looks like it was hit by Hurricane Toddler. I now have protective calluses on my feet from stepping on so many razor-edged blocks. That Damn Truck has a permanent parking spot in the living room.

I will never tether my child with a leash. While we haven’t done this yet, like with the taser I’d be lying if I said I haven’t at least thought about it.

In our defense, my wife and I have stuck to our guns on a lot of other things, like making every bite of our daughter’s baby food ourselves. We also don’t let her watch TV, other than the occasional football game or Yo Gabba Gabba episode (whichever I feel like watching that day). She still hasn’t had a single chicken nugget, and now that she can eat whatever we eat, we never make an entirely different meal just for her. But I’m seasoned enough now to know our good fortune with her eating habits may not last, so I won’t begrudge any parents who sit down at a Mexican restaurant and order their kid a plate of french fries.

So if you’re a parent and I ever judged you for strolling your 3-year-old around Wal-Mart with a pacifier, I apologize. Who knows what you were dealing with that day. If you’re on the other side of the fence and still expecting, just know that your best-laid plans will be easily thwarted by that soon-to-be kicking, screaming and sometimes not-sleeping-when-she-is-clearly-supposed-to-be baby who you still haven’t officially met.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t stick to the things you’re committed to (I hope you will), but don’t feel bad if you have to compromise something here and there. Plans are great, but parenting is just as much about troubleshooting unforeseen issues as it is coming up with a plan and hoping it goes off without a hitch. But maybe you should take this with a grain of salt, since a year from now I’ll probably look  back on this as just another misguided declaration of a rookie dad.

This post was originally published in June, 2013.

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The SMOOTHIEST way to get your kids to eat their greens


Jamielyn Nye

posted in Life & Home

If your kids are anything like mine the thought of eating vegetables, or even looking at them for that matter, is terrifying. There are a few vegetables my kids WILL eat but for the most part they get thrown on the floor. I keep trying nonetheless.

However, recently I discovered the magic of GREEN smoothies. Are you a fan? I can throw practically anything in there and because it is a “smoothie” my kids will drink it. My favorites are spinach, kale and carrots mixed with banana, oranges and pineapple. The fruit covers up the spinach taste. It’s a win-win for everyone. Easy breakfast for mom, yummy treat for the kids and they are getting a serving of vegetables. I wish I would of started making these sooner.

Here’s a few of my favorite recipes. They are deceptively delicious!

Green smoothie from I Heart Nap Time

Green monster smoothie from Iowa Girl Eats

Tropical Green smoothie from Skinny Taste.

You can also throw berries in there, so it doesn’t look so “green.” 😉

So are YOU a green smoothie fan? I’d love to hear your favorite recipes.

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This post was originally published July, 2012.