UA-59651954-28 Crafty Allie: August 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Lego Gummies

I finally made these!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Worthwhile Wednesdays #83

Welcome, Welcome all to the 83rd
Worthwhile Wednesdays Link Party!

Thank you so much for partying with me!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Yay, Back to school!

I don't normally do a post like this for my kids going back to school, but today both my kids are off to intermediate school.
A day full of mixed emotions.

I am happy they are big, strong and healthy and happy, but sad they are growing up so darn fast.

My oldest son had his first year in intermediate school last year and no the youngest now follows him.

I am grateful they still let me take first day of school photos.

And what they don't know is I am going to be taking one for the rest of their lives.

Yep, I'll follow them to college too.

Well, at least I'll take one of them when they get set up in their dorms.

But if they choose to go locally, then you bet I'll still make them take one their very first day.

It's funny my kids act so distraught about having to go back to school each year, but they are so excited the night before picking out their clothes and packing their backpacks.

Both of them can hardly sleep each and every year that first night, before the first day of school.

It will only take a day or two before they whine again, about having to wake up early to go, but that's ok, that's life right?

Only 7 more years of school before they venture out into the Big, Big schools (aka college).
{insert tears}.

But I must say this mama is a little tiny happy they are back in school, it was a long summer of them fighting over the X Box and computers. It's my turn, no its my turn, {insert yelling} "MOM".

Love you boogers!

Thanks for tuning in!
Until Next Time...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Worthwhile Wednesdays #82

Welcome, Welcome all to the 82nd
Worthwhile Wednesdays Link Party!

Thank you so much for partying with me!

I made this yummy ice cream last week! Check out how I made it!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Homemade Birthday Cake Ice Cream

Yes, yes it really is as yummy as it looks!

Do you have kids like mine that beg you weekly for Birthday Cake Flavored Ice Cream?

I say kids, but its really my daughter. If she doesn't have her weekly fixed she goes though withdrawals.

It got me thinking...
How hard would it be to make my own?

So with a little bit of experimentation I think I've come up with a pretty tasty recipe, and its easy too!

So for those who don't have an ice cream machine, stay tuned. The recipe is the same but the process will be different. Both seem to be quick and easy!

You will need...

1 box of white cake mix
1 stick or one cup of margarine
1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
2 cups of heavy whipping cream
2 cups milk

Unfortunately the picture above doesn't have the milk, 
but I added this photo anyways.

Melt the butter and add the butter and all of the ingredients into your ice cream maker.

And with a large spoon mix stir all of the ingredients together.

Place the metal container in the plastic bucket  and layer with ice and rock salts per manufacture instructions. 

My machine said to let rotate for 40 minutes.

And it was plenty thick by then.

Add some sprinkles and dig in!

Now for the non machine way...

Prepare your ice cream the same exact way but instead of putting it into the machine place into a gallon size baggie.

Fill a large metal bowl with half ice. If you don't have a metal bowl any large bowl will do. Metal bowls tend to get colder quicker.

Place baggie in bowl of ice. Let sit for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes stir for a few minutes.
Then let sit for another 10 minutes and then stir again.

It should be ready after about 30 minutes. If not let it sit longer in the ice and every 5-10 minutes stir again.

And if all fails throw the baggie into the freezer. It won't take much longer to freeze it.

Thanks so much for tuning in!
Until Next Time...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Worthwhile Wednesdays #81

Welcome, Welcome all to the 81st
Worthwhile Wednesdays Link Party!

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

DIY Snow Cones with Homemade Syrup Recipe

It's the hottest part of the year, and there's nothing better than a ice cold snow cone!

These are so easy and quick and best part is drum roll... its only 70 cents per bottle to make each syrup. Now possibly even cheaper if you buy your sugar and Kool-Aid in bulk.

On with the instructions...

Add 2 cups  of sugar in a  medium sized sauce pan.

Add one cup of water and boil on high.

Stir, stir stir the whole time it is heating up to a boil.

When it's clear like this after it's reached boiling its ready for the Kool-Aid.

I added Mixed Berry for this batch, just one package.

Stir, stir, stir until all the Kool-Aid powder has dissolved.

We added  2 tsp. of imitation coconut to make the Blue Coconut flavor!

Let it cool for 20 minutes. The liquid will thicken and turn into a syrup when it is room temperature.

Then transfer to your dispenser. I couldn't find any at the store, so these water bottles worked just find until I fine some squeezie ones.

To make the ice I simply crushed it in my Ninja. It turned that ice into snow!

Look at all our yummy flavors...

Green Apple, Blue Coconut, Strawberry Kiwi, 
and Peach Mango.

We had it for my daughter's birthday party, 
and it was a great hit!

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Until Next Time...

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Worthwhile Wednesdays #80

Welcome, Welcome all to the 80th
Worthwhile Wednesdays Link Party!

Thank you so much for partying with me!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Easy Tri-Colored Veggie Pasta Salad

Well Hello! How has your summer been going?
Ready to have some guest over for a BBQ?
If so this is a must have side dish. 
Really this pasta salad is good for any type of occasion any type of year.
I've made it for birthdays, baby showers, wedding showers, family reunions, bachelor party, and other get togethers.

It's super quick and cheap and feeds an army. Okay maybe not the whole entire army 
{insert giggles}.

I am really sorry I didn't take pictures of the cooking process. After I made it I thought hmm, I think I'll do a post on it.

So what will you need?

12 oz. Tri-colored Rotini pasta
18 oz. of Italian Dressing
14 oz. frozen Broccoli cuts 
14 oz. frozen crinkle cut Carrots
12 oz can of dark red kidney beans
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Boil the pasta, per the directions.

While waiting for that to cook, I place my broccoli cuts in the microwave to steam them. If they are completely frozen I steam them for about 3 minutes, as you still want them cold.

Do the same for the frozen carrots.

Drain the juice from the kidney beans and wash them until the water is clear.

When your pasta is cooked, drain and rinse with cold water until the pasta no longer feels hot.

Place in a very big bowl, and add the veggies and beans, the whole 18 oz bottle of Italian dressing and the 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese. 

For some extra taste, add green or black olives. I personally don't like them though.

And that really is it!

Chill in the frig for at least 2 before your party.

I try and cook mine the night before and place it in a baggie on its side in the refrigerator over night so the Italian dressing marinates all over the pasta instead of just draining to the bottom.

Thanks so much for tuning in! 
Until Next Time...

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