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Making our own ice cream sandwiches are a foolproof way to please the whole family — the kids get to have fun in the kitchen, and everyone can make theirs just the way they like it.

Ice cream + cookies. How hard can it be, right? Here are a few tips to make your tastiest ice cream sandwiches yet.

  • Ice cream. Whether you’re choosing on-trend matcha or tried-and-true vanilla, ice cream (or gelato!) is easier to work with when frozen hard, so don’t take it out of the freezer too early. If you’d prefer to prep ahead, you can scoop and freeze individual scoops of ice cream on a sheet tray.
  • Cookies. The cookies should be soft but still able to hold up to the ice cream. If you’re baking cookies, wait until they cool before using. And who says they need to be cookies? Wafers, brownies and graham crackers work (though that last one can be crumbly).
  • Additions. If you’re planning on rolling the sides in a topping, possibilities are endless! How about cereal, crumbled potato chips, chopped nuts or pretzels, crushed candies, shredded coconut flakes, or go traditional with sprinkles or chocolate chips. Consider upping the game by smearing sunflower seed butter or chocolate hazelnut spread (get the recipe) on the inside facing side of the cookies before assembling the sammie. And how about a drizzle of hot fudge or caramel sauce for the finish?
  • Hold the dairy. Hosting a party? Don’t forget to include non-dairy options such as sorbet or ice cream made without dairy. There are plenty of dairy-free cookie recipes too!

DIY ice cream sandwiches

Winning Combinations

Find your perfect pairing by deconstructing some of your favorite combinations for your DIY Ice Cream Sandwiches such as s’mores; peanut butter and jelly; or make an Elvis special with peanut butter cookies and banana ice cream!

Here are four combos we’re loving now:

  • Chocolate chip cookies + caramel ice cream
  • Oatmeal raisin cookies + pistachio gelato
  • Chocolate wafer cookies + mango sorbet
  • Peanut butter cookies + strawberry ice cream

Make Some, Buy Some

With two young kids, time is short and sweet cravings are high. When there’s no time to bake, I use soft-baked Two Bite® Chocolate Chip Cookies from the bakery of my local Whole Foods Market store. They’re the perfect size for little kids or those who just want just a little sweet treat. I also buy 365 Everyday Value® Organic Ice Cream Sandwiches — they’re like the ones you remember as a kid but better. There is a mini version, but if I have the regular-size ones, I cut them in half, stick a lollipop stick (found at craft stores), and have my kids dip the edges in sprinkles.

Peanut butter cookies and chocolate ice cream. Oatmeal cookies and maple ice cream. Gingerbread cookies and pumpkin ice cream. Sky’s the limit!

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What Casts the Shadow? (The Edge of the Known Book 1) Book Blast http://takingtimeformommy.com/casts-shadow-edge-known-book-1-book-blast/ http://takingtimeformommy.com/casts-shadow-edge-known-book-1-book-blast/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 14:15:15 +0000 http://takingtimeformommy.com/?p=17491 Brandon Chane is an artistic visionary, a profoundly gifted young musician and poet. He is also deeply troubled, and seemingly at the Read more...

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WhatCaststheShadowbannerWhatCaststheShadowBrandon Chane is an artistic visionary, a profoundly gifted young musician and poet. He is also deeply troubled, and seemingly at the mercy of dark forces that threaten to tear his life apart. He has risked all of his fragile hopes upon the fate of his band, Edge of the Known, and the dream of following his Muse.

Here he narrates the incredible journey that begins when he meets Saul Mason, an enigmatic soul-guide who insists that Brandon’s life and destiny are of his own making. Saul’s wisdom and guidance sets Brandon upon a path of spiritual awakening; and this inner transformation reverberates not only within his own life but also within the lives of all the hungry, searching souls who are touched by his music…

Purchase on Amazon  only $.99 for ebook or $12 paperback

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Seth Mullins first conceived of his dream to write novels in his early teens, and this one desire has stayed with him sethmullinsthroughout all the other myriad twists and turns of life. His inspirations include methods of inner exploration such as dream-work and shamanism and his experiences as a songwriter and performing musician. He studied creative writing at Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico and Lane Community College in Oregon.

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15 Crafts Using Toilet Paper Rolls http://takingtimeformommy.com/15crafts-using-toilet-paper-rolls/ http://takingtimeformommy.com/15crafts-using-toilet-paper-rolls/#comments Wed, 25 May 2016 00:01:22 +0000 http://takingtimeformommy.com/?p=7471

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 15 Crafts Using Toilet Paper Rolls
{Photo Credit: Train and Bird Feeder}

If you’re looking for frugal crafts, start with using items you have in your home! Today’s item? Toilet paper rolls! You can use these to make SO many items, from trains and cars to telescopes and binoculars! You can even use them to make bird feeders!

Your kids will have hours of fun with these craft ideas, and you probably have most, if not all, of the items you need for them around the house!

15 Crafts using Toilet Paper Rolls

Toilet Paper Roll and Egg Carton Train – This is a super fun idea for all of you with train-lovers at home! My daughter loves trains, so we may make this using pink and purple for a princess train!

Toilet Paper Tube Snake – Not only will your kids have fun making this one, but they’ll have fun using it to slither around to scare people with, too!

Toilet Paper Roll Telescope – What kid wouldn’t want their own telescope? This is a frugal way to make a personalized one!

Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars – Your kids need binoculars  to go with their telescopes, right?? Here’s a simple way to make them!

Peanut Butter Bird Feeder – What better way to teach your kids about bird feeders than by making one with peanut butter! I’m totally making this one with my kiddo!

Love Bugs – This butterfly craft uses a Valentine’s Day theme, but you can use any color you want!

Super Hero Cuff – Let your kids be their own Super Heroes, complete with handmade Super Hero Cuffs!

Tree – How cute is this 3-D tree?? My daughter would love to make this!

Binoculars – If your kids like binoculars, make them their own using toilet paper rolls!

Race Cars – How cool are these toilet paper roll race cars?? The directions aren’t in English, but it’s easy to figure out how to make them from the pictures!

Bumble Bee – This is another super cute craft using just a toilet paper roll and cardstock or construction paper!

Owls – Use toilet paper rolls, cupcake liners and cardstock or construction paper to make these adorable owls!

Pencil Holder – Need something in which to keep your child’s pencils, crayons or markers? Use a toilet paper roll to make a pencil holder, and let your child decorate it!

Rocket – If your kids are into space, they can use toilet paper rolls to make rockets!

 

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The Silent Sounds of Chaos Book Review and Giveaway http://takingtimeformommy.com/silent-sounds-chaos-book-review-giveaway/ http://takingtimeformommy.com/silent-sounds-chaos-book-review-giveaway/#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 15:19:10 +0000 http://takingtimeformommy.com/?p=17486 A silent call for help began the friendship between two children. A bond unlike any other kept them together.

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A silent call for help began the friendship between two children. A bond unlike any other kept them together.

Finn was just a kid when he first heard Snow’s voice inside his head, two children in need of a friend and finding one in mysterious strangers. Never meeting in person, the pair grows up as opposites – Finn the boy who loves to get in trouble and works for the toughest drug lord in town, Snow the good, sheltered girl who wants to be a doctor.

The bond built upon a strange ability to hear each other’s thoughts is threatened when Snow is abducted, her screams for help consuming Finn’s mind until they disappear completely, submerging him in a terrifying silence he’s never known before. Now it’s up to Finn to save her, led only by Snow’s sporadic thoughts as she floats in and out of consciousness.

But the search for Snow leads him to a truth he isn’t prepared to face, a truth that has the power to unravel his entire world. The people he thought he knew, the life he thought he’d made, the best friend he thought he could protect – all point toward a brutal reality should he fail.

And as Finn struggles to find Snow before she slips away, he must fight to keep that reality out, lest he let the chaos in.

Review

As soon as this came up for pre-order I grabbed it just like I do everyone of Kristina Circelli’s books. You never know what you are going to expect. They aren’t cookie cutter and oh my gosh I did NOT expect this ending but oh man The Silent Sounds of Chaos was fantastic.

The book starts with Finn, a very broken little boy. He is growing up in a small trailer with a mother who hooks, does drugs, and then there is the man who she buys from. Finn is in a very dark place and in his mind he finds ‘Snow’ who is a sweet little girl who had been adopted by an amazing family. She was quite opposite from him.

We watch them both grow. Snow goes off to college and Finn runs drugs. This book is absolutely amazing and I highly recommend! It is only $.99 too.

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Meet the author:

kristina-2Night owl, Dorito lover, and quiet eccentric – Kristina Circelli is the author of several fiction novels, including The Helping Hands series, The Whisper Legacy, The Never, and The Sour Orange Derby.

Her latest series, The Whisper Legacy, features Beyond the Western Sun. This book is what all fantasy adventures must strive to be: a complex, intricate examination of human emotion set within the context of worlds known only in our imagination. Melding fantasy and legend in an epic quest, this series signals the arrival of Kristina Circelli as a master storyteller and an important voice in Native American literature.

A descendent of the Cherokee nation and niece of a Cherokee elder, Circelli holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of North Florida, where she teaches creative writing. She also heads Red Road Editing, a full-service editing company for independent authors and commercial clients.

She currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, Seth, and cats, Lord Finnegin the Fierce and Mr. Malachi the Mighty.

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Hanging On By a Moment by @Tawdra Kandle #Review http://takingtimeformommy.com/hanging-moment-tawdra-kandle-review/ http://takingtimeformommy.com/hanging-moment-tawdra-kandle-review/#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 13:33:00 +0000 http://takingtimeformommy.com/?p=17483

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If you read

WHEN WE WERE US

then you’ve been waiting to read the next chapter

in Leo, Quinn and Nate’s story . . . and today, you can.

When life shatters, it helps to have friends. I don’t know what I’d have done without Leo and Nate to comfort me, to hold me up and to keep me sane in face of sudden and terrible loss.

And if one of those friends happens to be the love of my life, the one guy I thought I’d never be close to again . . . I’m not going to complain. After all, in a vast sea of things that aren’t fair, being with Leo again feels like the only shining beam of hope.

I know there aren’t any guarantees for us. Leo’s heading south to play football, rocking a full-ride at one of the top colleges in the nation. Meanwhile, all of my plans have fallen apart, and I have to figure out what comes next. Having Nate by my side is more important than I could have imagined.

The next four years were supposed to be the most exciting time of my life. Instead, they turn into a rollercoaster of uncertainty, complete with breathtaking highs and lows that threaten to break my heart.

In the end, the decisions we make now could change everything for the three of us, forever.

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Krissy’s Review – 

Tawdra Kandle has aptly named this book as it truly does leave you hanging by a moment from the very first chapter. There is a full depth of emotion that ranges from sadness to happiness and back again, and you feel every single one because she has written this book in such a way that you feel everything the characters feel.

The trio that took ahold of our hearts in When We Were Us have made it clear they are not letting go anytime soon. They have continue to keep us captivated and feeling a full gambit of emotions. It’s as if you are truly a part of the story, and not just an outside observer.

When We Were Us left me hanging by a moment waiting for Hanging by a Moment, and I still find myself hanging by a moment waiting for September’s release of Days of You and Me.
Krissy received a copy in exchange for her honest review, no other compensation was received…. but I bought mine because I buy every Tawdra Kandle book that comes out!

Buy your copy of HANGING BY A MOMENT right here!

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Read an exclusive sample right here.

And join me today at our Happy Hour Release Party!

The Keeping Score Trilogy is a New Adult contemporary romance. The first two books may notHanging by Moment give you complete closure, but hang in there for Book 3; I promise the pay-off is worth it.

The release dates, all in 2016, are:

When We Were Us April 7th

Hanging By A Moment May 24th

Days of You and Me September 27th

 

 

If you haven’t read WHEN WE WERE US yet, grab it now!

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2015AuthorPhoto (1539x1800)Tawdra Kandle writes romance, in just about all its forms. She loves unlikely pairings, strong women, sexy guys, hot love scenes and just enough conflict to make it interesting. Her books include YA paranormal romance, NA paranormal and contemporary romance, and adult contemporary and paramystery romance. She lives in central Florida with a husband, kids, sweet pup and too many cats. And yeah, she rocks purple hair.

 

 

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Life’s A Beach Giveaway Hop #Memorialday #lifesabeach http://takingtimeformommy.com/lifes-beach-giveaway-hop/ http://takingtimeformommy.com/lifes-beach-giveaway-hop/#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 02:09:25 +0000 http://takingtimeformommy.com/?p=17480

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Welcome to Life’s a Beach hop hosted by http://thekidsdidit.com & http://themommyisland.blogspot.com. If you love summer you are in the right place. I’m a Florida blogger who loves the beach and everything summer! This time of year I’m at the beach at least a couple if not a few times a week with a good book.

For my stop I’m giving away a $20 Amazon Gift Card to buy whatever you need to get you summer ready.

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