Monday, July 18, 2011

Ice Cream Safari - Week 2

It's amazing to me that there are ice cream shops in the area that we have not been to yet! Today's stop had only four flavors of (really good) soft ice cream, but a big assortment of sprinkles, toppings, and dips.

Dora chose lemon lime twist with cotton candy sprinkles. It was gorgeous! I loved the colors! Unfortunately, she wasn't as excited about the ice cream - the fruit flavoring was very subtle - and they didn't have sugar cones, which are her favorite.

Theo got his usual favorite, twist with rainbow sprinkles. But we should have gone baby size, because it was too much for him to finish!

Clark was snoozing when we arrived, but woke up in time for a choc-van twist with (favorite color alert!) BLUE sprinkles, very exciting.

And the kids really got a kick out of this sign!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Ice Cream Safari 2011

We are very excited to have another Ice Cream Safari this year! We started out this week at a shop that I've driven by thousands of times in the six years we've been here, but never stopped in. It always looks closed - it's a huge shop and a huge parking lot, but we rarely see cars parked in front. They specialize in homemade custard and it was delicious! A bit more expensive than the shops we usually frequent, but it was a good treat.

Dora LOVED it. She was having such a hard time deciding on a flavor, because so many looked good to her. She begged to come back another time so she can try more. Two thumbs up!

Are you planning your own Ice Cream Safari this year? Here you go!

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Covers updated for 2011 here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pen & Ink

We've been having a very Harry summer in our house - Potter, that is. Theo's been playing the Lego game for awhile and I checked out The Chamber of Secrets audio book from the library to jump start interest in the series. Both kids loved it - Dora couldn't wait to share the discs, so she started reading the books ... and zipped through all seven in FOUR weeks. She's always been a remarkably fast reader, and I continually worry about her comprehension, but she does seem to absorb everything, as she often refers to minute details and characters that I barely remember. Theo is about a third of the way through book four. Both kids are going to a Harry Potter camp in August and are way excited.

On a picnic this weekend, Dora and Theo collected geese feathers (quills!) and wanted to try their hand at writing with ink. Happily, I still had some stashed away from art school days along with a couple of pens and showed the kids how to use them.

They came up with some awesome creations!

This is Theo's self-portrait. He's missing three teeth right now, can you tell? (Which reminds me that his recent one is still sitting upstairs. Bad Tooth Fairy!!)

Dora drew some characters from the books. I love the texture and look of these drawings, I never would have thought of doing pen and ink with the kids, but am happy we did. Dora grasped right away how easy it is to do fine detail and we talked about how many book illustrators use this medium and thought of some examples.

I am in love with her drawing of Snape!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Baking Monday - Cinnamon Sugar Butter Cookies

Yes, it's Tuesday, but yesterday was a holiday. A couple of weeks ago, I hosted my first ever Tupperware party, and it was loads of fun. The consultant gave me a choice of a few things she could demonstrate making during the party, and I chose salsa (it was yummy). So, I opted to go for a whole southwest theme for the party, including margaritas (also yummy), tropical fruit salad and mini taco appetizers.

I was searching for a cookie that would go well with the mix and decided on these cookies from Mrs. Fields. Very snickerdoodle-like, they were buttery and delicious. They spread quite a bit during baking so make sure to space them far apart on the baking sheet.

And I just happened to have this perfect little plate for the occasion ... Theo's second birthday party had a cowboy theme, and our neighbors brought dessert on this plate for us to keep, and this is the first time it's been used since then. I have no idea why I hung onto it for so long - probably for just such an occasion!

Sorry for the lapse in posts the last couple of weeks, we're finally in summer vacation mode, which means late bedtime, late sleep-ins, and very little time to myself. I spent last week's spare moments baking and cleaning for our yard sale (YAY), so I'll have lots of treats to post over the next few days.