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Do you tend to stress bake like me? I find that if I'm having a particularly stressful week I spend more time in the kitchen whipping up treats. I'm not sure whether I find baking therapeutic, if I'm craving something sweet, or if it's just that I'm avoiding what's bothering me. Or maybe all of the above. Regardless, my kids seem to benefit from me being stressed so I'm sure they aren't complaining.
Summer certainly adds to the stress levels around here; especially working full time from home and having the kids underfoot every day. It becomes a very fine balance of juggling work, while ensuring they are having fun, breaking up disagreements, and tackling my normal household chores.
And so I whip up fun treats, a lot. Because that always puts a smile on their faces and keeps them entertained for a little while, and with the revolving door of kids it's always nice to have something fun on hand to share.
These ice cream cakes are so easy to make and you need very few ingredients, especially if you tend to get a little lazy in the kitchen like me and use a box of cake mix instead of whipping up a cake from scratch.
If you've ever looked on Pinterest for party ideas, then you would have come across candy bars galore. They are everywhere. But, you don't need to spend a lot of money on apothecary jars or clear containers.
I'm over at Jo-Lynne Shane's blog showing you how to create simple candy jars for as little as $2.
They are 7. Can you believe it? I can't. Why does time have to go by so quickly?
Miss M woke up first on Wednesday morning. On her own. Without me pulling the blankets off and her squirming back under them a dozen times.
She walked out into the hallway and looked at me sitting at my desk and said "It's my birthday, am I bigger? Pick me up and see. I'm bigger aren't I?"
I humoured her a little and picked her up and told her she sure felt bigger. She asked for presents, but I told her that we needed to wait for her brother to wake up so she should probably get dressed while we waited. We walked into her room together and opened her closet. I asked her what she would like to wear. Her response:
"But mummy, aren't I bigger now? I think I am, and now that I am, I need a whole new wardrobe because nothing here is going to fit."
She is SO my daughter.
While she dressed, I went downstairs to finish making their breakfast. I suspect she tiptoed into Flynn's bedroom and woke him up because he normally needs a lot of convincing to crawl out from under the covers in the morning too.
They came downstairs and I had set their presents for each other on the dining table so they could exchange them over breakfast.
I made a batch of pancakes with freshly whipped cream and sprinkles. They weren't hungry.
Thankfully by lunchtime, they were hungry and they were thrilled with their special lunch.
A few weeks ago I shared some of my favorite items from the Good Cook range ... psst, don't forget to enter the giveaway and collect icon codes.
Today though, I want to show you a fun summer treat that is perfect for kids and adults, and that uses one of those items.
I think you know which item I'm talking about, right? The fruit baller.
So this fun little tool makes summer entertaining, kids lunchboxes, and mealtime extra fun.