This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
Every year, I see bloggers posting fun Easter recipes involving ice cream or cute pictures of their kids in shorts, and I get incredibly jealous. Easter in NJ is still cold. We’re not thinking of ice cream yet and Easter dresses come with sweaters.
But this year? Easter is so late that ice cream seems totally justified! I mean, it’s only a few days before May – and May is practically summer.
One of my local grocery stores does a special meal-of-the-week. For a fairly heavy discount, you get a meal for four that’s easy to prepare. And often, they come with dinner.
Which is why, nearly every night when we sit down to eat, my kids now ask, “does this come with dessert?”
What is the typical Thanksgiving weather where you are?
I was recently chatting about Thanksgiving plans with a far-flung friend and she mentioned wearing shorts on Thanksgiving. It struck me as funny, because it is so not what I think of as Thanksgiving weather. We’re lucky if it’s warm enough to go for a walk after dinner without getting totally bundled up!
It also got me thinking about how much different my Thanksgiving dinner would be if it was warm outside. Is it weird to have cranberry apple crisp when it’s 90 degrees out?
Ice cream seems way more appealing – and this would be perfect on a Thanksgiving table. It’s a perfect balance of sweet and tart and I just love the color. It’s also a great option for Thanksgiving because you make it ahead – giving you more free time to focus on the rest of the meal!
I’m excited to be sharing this recipe as part of Cranberry Week – now in it’s third year! See all the tasty cranberry recipes being shared today below and follow #cranberryweek on social media for more ideas all week long.
Cranberry Ice Cream
(from Wonky Wonderful)
Makes 1/2 gallon
1/4 cup water
1/4 tsp. salt
12 oz. fresh cranberries cleaned & sorted
2 Tbsp. orange juice
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups cranberry puree
Combine the water, salt, and cranberries in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 6-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
Transfer the cranberry mixture to a blender or food processor and add orange juice. Puree.
Refrigerate for several hours.
To make the ice cream, mix together the cream, milk, sugar and cranberry puree. Churn in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Transfer the ice cream to a chilled container and freeze for at least 4-6 hours. Thaw for 5 minutes before serving.
Disclosure: I received complimentary products in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
It is finally starting to feel like spring around here. I actually left the house without a coat last week! It also means I’m starting to pack away my “winter” meals – soups, stews, pot pies – in favor of grilled dishes and frozen desserts. When Nielsen-Massey asked if I wanted to try out one of their vanillas, I knew exactly which one I’d be itching to try.
Tahitian vanilla is perfect in cold applications like ice cream – and these popsicles. They’re seriously like an island vacation on a stick!
These are the perfect creamy combo of pineapple and coconut. I added just a little rum to give it the traditional pina colada feel (and make them fun for the adults!), but you could use rum extract or omit it and these would still be fantastic.
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Creamy Pina Colada Popsicles
(a Kate’s Recipe Box original)
Makes 8 popsicles
1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, finely chopped
1/3 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
1 tsp. Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Tbsp. gold rum, optional
1 cup whipping cream
In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Use a stick blender (or pour into a regular blender!) and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.
Today, I’m jumping in with a fun, new-to-me group – Improv Cooking Challenge. Each month, there are two ingredients to use – and you can make any kind of dish you want. I’m really excited to jump in and create some fun things in the coming months!
This month’s ingredients were peaches and cream. My first thought was a pie or cake (and I’m kind of hoping some of the other bloggers did this so I can drool over their treats!) but it’s been so ridiculously hot here that popsicles sounded like the best bet. These were delicious – and a relatively healthy treat to boot. Jake and I both loved them!
You can check out all the other peaches and cream dishes bloggers made here:
Peaches and Cream Popsicles
(from Pint Sized Treasures)
2 large peaches, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
3 Tbsp. milk
2 Tbsp. honey
Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.
I’ve been sitting on this post for a year, waiting for an opportunity to post it. Guess what? We’re finally going to get some snow this weekend! We got a little bit of a dusting last weekend and Jake was so, so excited about it that I’m really hoping this weekend’s storm pans out so we can get in some good outside play time.
Cake batter is one of my favorite ice creams so I was excited to try a snow version. This worked out well – I’m pretty sure it’s going to be our go-to snow ice cream recipe!
Cake Batter Snow Ice Cream
(A Kate’s Recipe Box Original)
2/3 cup yellow cake mix
2/3 cup milk
Large bowl of snow
3 Tbsp. rainbow sprinkles
In a large bowl, whisk together the cake mix and milk until well combined. Stir in snow until you get an ice cream-like consistency. Fold in sprinkles. Serve immediately.
We had a really lovely Memorial Day Weekend. Mark’s been working long hours the last few weeks and his CFA exam is only a few weeks away so things have been generally crazy around here. Having three days of him home with no real plans was glorious. We played in the baby pool with Jake, had a picnic with friends, walked over to the town parade – such a perfect, laid-back weekend.
And I spent a lot of time in the kitchen, which is something that’s been hard to do lately. I got to try out a whole bunch of summery recipes I’m super excited to share – but figured that kicking off summer with popsicles was a sweet way to start.
Oreos are a favorite around here so these were a big hit. I got four popsicles out of the recipe but my molds are fairly large so I think you’d get six with most others.
Cookies and Cream Popsicles
3/4 cup milk
1/2 frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 Tbsp. sugar
In a blender, combine the milk, whipped topping an sugar. Add the Oreos and pulse until they are small bits.
Freeze in popsicle molds until solid.
You know what the best part of today’s snow storm is? That most news outlets are calling it the “last” of the season. I have a feeling they’re just getting our hopes up to crush them with a late-March blizzard but instead of irresponsible reporting, I’m choosing to see it as optimism. I am over winter.
To be fair, we haven’t gotten that much snow this winter. Instead, we’ve been getting ice storms. I prefer snow.
I’m using the “last” storm today to do all the things I feel like I’ve been missing out on this winter – more snowman making, more cuddling under a blanket reading, more hot chocolate drinking while watching the flakes come down and, of course, more snow ice cream.
Mint Chocolate Chip Snow Ice Cream
(a Kate’s Recipe Box original)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. mint extract
1/2 c. milk
Large bowl of snow
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, vanilla, mint and milk until well combined. Stir in snow until you reach the desired consistency. Fold in chocolate chips. Serve immediately.
During the last two winters, I’ve shared my recipes for snow ice cream and the chocolate version after snowstorms. It usually takes me a few storms to get the recipe right. This winter, though, I’ve been getting lots of time to play with new flavors. Strawberry seemed like the obvious next choice. It’s one of my favorite ice cream flavors and if you make all three flavors and you can have Neapolitan snow ice cream! This would be excellent with diced strawberries mixed in too.
In other news, what are your favorite ice cream flavors? We’re getting another snow storm today so I’m looking to experiment with even more variations!
Strawberry Snow Ice Cream
1/4 c. sugar
1 c. strawberry milk
Large bowl of snow
In a large bowl, mix together sugar and strawberry milk. Stir in enough snow to make an ice cream consistency. Enjoy immediately!