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Homemade Cherry Icee: Summer Treats

Are your kids already finished with school? We finish this week. Which means that we will already be enjoying the slower pace of summertime. While mommy and daddy continue to work all summer and the kids go to day camp we try to maintain some sort of slower routine when it comes to summer. There is no homework and we continue our sports, but the days are longer and we have a little more time to enjoy them.

One of the ways we like to celebrate the end of school is with a sweet treat. We love icees, frozen yogurt, and popsicles. This year we are going with Icees. Normally we run out and buy some yummy ones, but the shop that sold them near us moved and we are now looking to create them at home so we don’t have to wait so long to enjoy them. This incredibly simple recipe comes from Passion For Savings and can be crated at home really easily. Be sure to check out Passion For Savings’ other great recipes since they are great at creating your favorite copy-cat recipes for very little money!

This recipe is so sweet and so spot on for a cherry icee that we cannot wait to try it again. It will definitely be one of our go to summer treats from now on!

Spring Sweets: Mini Fruit Tarts

We have officially been invited to our first spring party! Our dear friends purchased a new home over the winter and they are finally ready to have everyone over to celebrate! The kids are ready to enjoy the large backyard and the adults are ready to visit in the fresh air! In order to make it less formal and more about enjoying everyone’s company in the nice weather our hosts have chosen to make the party potluck. Everyone is bringing a little something to share. Our youngest host has even requested that each of the kids bring their favorite game to share.

The kids have decided to bring their colorful parachute (you remember running under these as kids?) to share with their friends, and one large beach ball to try and float above the parachute. They love throwing the ball; high in the air and running under the parachute as fast as they can. Personally I think it is the perfect Spring activity. It is even great for a variety of age groups.

Now comes the food. I love dessert, and as we have food allergies in our home I tend to bring the items I want to eat the most so that I know I can partake without any issues. In our house that means no dairy and no gluten, and as most desserts have those as their main ingredients I try to bring a dessert that will allow us to indulge without fear. I have become a fan of Eat Your Hartt Out which is a fun blog featuring a foodie Dad that just wants to create family friendly recipes for his growing fam. I love that! While the recipes are not always allergy free they can be easily substituted to create allergy-friendly meal options.

This month I want to share the Easy Mini Fruit Tarts. These are a fun and simple treat that are easy to work with. While these recipe calls for cream cheese and sour cream they can be easily subbed out for Daiya Cream Cheese and Coconut Cream Yogurt. We also love Pamela’s Gluten Free Cookie Dough Mix. By swapping these ingredients for allergy-friendly ones we can all enjoy, and the flavor is still right on point!

Head on over to Eat Your Hartt Out for more fabulous recipes. You will love all the easy and fun recipes that they highlight. They even offer incredible videos! Enjoy!

Holiday Treats: Oreo Truffles

I have lived a long life, and I have enjoyed many, many desserts. I love to bake, but with the craziness of the holiday season I find I am spending a LARGE amount of time in my kitchen. So while I love to do big holiday treats like sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, and all of the more involved baking I also love to make sure to add some easier “baked” goods to my list like microwave fudge and these amazing Oreo Truffles

Oreo cookies are delicious. I love to use them for baking. we have made oreo cheesecake and oreo cream pie in our home many times. Oreo truffles however require no baking, and are a fun and popable holiday treat. 

It does not require any baking, but it does have a couple of simple steps. My kids love to help with this one because it requires bakers chocolate and they love to help dip and roll the truffles in chocolate. They also enjoy putting candy canes in plastic bags and smacking them repeatedly with the mallet in order to add a pepperminty topping as the truffles chocolate hardens. 

The fun thing about these truffles is you can change the appearance for different holidays, parties, or simply make half a batch look one way and half another way. The possibilities are endless. Top them with crushed candy canes, sprinkles, shaved chocolate, whatever you love. 

They are incredibly popular too. Very few people can resist an oreo cookie, and this truffle makes an oreo cookie even better. Head on over to Recipes Food Annisa for the full tutorial now. You will love it!