Hey everyone!! Today I want to introduce you to my friend Tara. Remember a couple of weeks ago I told you about Minivan Ministries? Well, this is my friend Tara-the blogger behind it. She and I go way back actually. We were teachers together my first two years teaching. And now, we are both bloggers… funny how God works! It’s such a small world!! Enjoy and make sure to check her out at Minivan Ministries!
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Summer is a time for fun and simplicity. Who wants to spend the summer slaving away in the kitchen? Nobody wants to heat up the kitchen either. Enter these cold and refreshing, super simple summer recipes…
DIY Ice Cream Candy Pie
A couple handfuls of chocolate candies or candy bars
1 half gallon of ice cream
1 large graham cracker crust pie shell
Whip cream (optional)
Hot fudge sauce (or your favorite sauce flavor; optional)
- Take your favorite chocolate candies and crush them up.
- Stir them into a half gallon of your favorite ice cream. (We like vanilla because it goes well with all flavors.)
- Add the mixture to a graham cracker crust pie shell. (If using a whole gallon of ice cream, extra large pie shells work best.)
- Top with whipped cream. (optional)
- Drizzle with your hot fudge sauce or your syrup of choice. (also optional)
- Put in the freezer until frozen.
P.S. This recipe is zero calories!!! (Not really, but we can dream!)
It really doesn’t get any simpler than this…
- Fill up easy-to-use popsicle holders with your favorite fruit juice. (We have had a few different brands. Our Tovolo Bug Pop Molds – Set of 6 are by far our favorite. They are super sturdy and BPA free. The popsicles slide right out without breaking.)
- Gently open up your popsicle. Running warm water over the outside of the popsicle holder usually helps.
- Lick ‘em up!
You will wonder why you haven’t been doing this all along. They are so much better, and better for you, than store-bought popsicles!
Frozen Grape Bites
Okay. So it does get simpler than the popsicle recipe above…
- Wash your grapes.
When you have been out in the summer heat and need some quick refreshment, grab a handful of frozen grapes. They hit the spot!
Fresh or frozen berries or other juicy fruit
Ice cube trays
You have to get your water in, but plain water can get pretty old. Here is a little pick me up…
- Choose some juicy fruits. (Berries, mandarin oranges, etc.)
- Smash or blend them up. If they are fresh, you may want to heat them in a saucepan with a splash of water.)
- Freeze them in ice cube trays.
- Add them to your water. As they melt, you will flavor your water.
It’s definitely more tasty than the plain stuff!
Are you ready to make some super simple summer recipes? I think I need to go buy a bigger freezer! How about you?!
What are your favorite summer treats?
Tara is a homeschool mom who lives in Nashville, TN with her family of 5. Visit her at MinivanMinistries.com, where she blogs about making Jesus the driving force in your family. Her goal is to help you help your kids fall in love with Jesus. You can also hang out with her on FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and follow MinivanMin on Periscope. Thanks for reading!