Pool time is cool time
June 18, 2012
What’s up, people?
I haven’t gone to the waterpark yet this summer, but I have been to the pool and learning a lot about different swim strokes. I know freestyle and I’m learning butterfly. Butterfly is really hard! It’s when you have to pump your arms into the water and pull it with your hands shaped like cups, and at the same time you have to keep your legs together and kick, like you have a giant flipper! A real challenge, I tell ya.
All this reminds me of the summer Olympics. I’m really excited about them, aren’t you? There are so many pawsome athletes that will be competing this year in London. It’s going to be great to keep up with all of them at home. I have a few sports I’m excited about. Obviously I want to watch as much swimming as possible, but I also really like gymnastics and cycling. I love to ride my bike so watching the cyclists go really, really fast is cool and makes me want to do that someday!
June 13, 2012
Have you thought about what you’re doing for your dad this weekend? It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, June 17. I usually make him coupons for chores and decorate them really cute to make them extra special.
But this year, I found out that his favorite ice cream flavor is peppermint, and since we’ve been talking a lot about ice cream, because the smallfrys ice cream bears came out last week and it’s the perfect time of year for a scoop on a cone, I thought I’d make him some ice cream. What could possibly be better than giving him a homemade treat?
Check my post from Monday, called How to make ice cream, if you decide that’s what you wanna do for your dad, or for a friend, or even for yourself! Enjoy, but don’t forget to share!
Catch ya later!
How to make ice cream
June 11, 2012Hi there, wonderful readers,All that talk last week about the smallfrys ice cream bears got me thinking, I wanna make some icecream! I wanted to make plain vanilla because I like putting berries and stuff in mine. Plus, thisvanilla isn’t like any other vanilla you’ve ever tasted. Homemade ice cream is SO GOOD!
Here’s what you’ll need to make it: 2 pint-sized re-sealable plastic freezer bags, 1 gallon-sized re-sealable plastic freezer bag, 2 cups heavy whipping cream, 2 cups half-and-half cream, ½ cup white sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1 smaller bag of crushed ice (bags from the grocery store will work, get the help of an adult to crush the ice into smaller pieces by dropping it on pavement or pounding it with a wooden mallet), 4 cups coarse salt (most grocery stores have this, sometimes it’s called kosher salt).
Here’s how to make it:
1. In a bowl or pitcher, stir together the first four ingredients until the sugar dissolves. It could take a few minutes.
2. Put about ½ cup of the mixture into one of the pint-sized bags, and be very careful when you seal it, trying to squeeze out most of the air. Then, put that bag into another pint-sized bag and do the same thing, squeeze out most of the air and seal it very carefully.
3. Fill the gallon-sized bag with ice to about halfway. Then, put in about ½ cup of the coarse salt. Put one of the small bags into the large bag, and seal it the same way squeezing out most of the air.
4. Make sure to wear gloves or wrap the bag in a towel because it gets super cold (because adding salt makes the ice get even colder than freezing! More about that in a different post.) Then, shake and squish the bag for about 6 minutes while the mixture turns into ice cream!
5. Add more salt and ice to the big bag if you don’t have ice cream after about 15 minutes.
6. Once it has become ice cream, take out the little bag, open it up and enjoy!
You can get creative with this too, by adding fruit, sprinkles or anything else that strikes your fancy. But I’m telling you, this ice cream is so good, I doubt you’ll want to do anything but eat it right away!
Enjoy, ice cream lovers!