Ice Cream In A Bag

Ice Cream In A Bag

It’s throwing it down with rain outside and the kids want ice cream but our house is out of stock.

I vaguely recalled a way of making ice cream using salt and ice cubes so we thought we’d give it a try. It passes as an educational activity (just) so double win!

1. Put 1/2 a cup of semi skimmed milk in a zip lock sandwich bag.

2. Add 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla and 1 tablespoon of sugar.

3. Zip the bag shut trying to get as much air out the bag as possible.

4. Put that bag inside another zip lock bag and seal tightly removing the air again.

5. Place the ice cream bag into a larger zip lock bag and fill with ice.

6. Put 2 tablespoons of salt into the large bag and seal tightly.

7. Shake the bag for approx. 8 minutes. You’ll notice the liquid start to go slushy in consistancy.

8. Take the ice cream bag out the larger bag and serve immediately.

The kids got bored shaking the bag and we did spring a leak but, we got a small amount of slightly melted ice cream which the kids loved and made it all worthwhile (to them anyway).

The boys were fascinated by the chemical reaction between the salt and the ice and how it turned the milk into ice cream.

Definitely a great activity to waste 20 minutes on a wet day.

Pancake Day

Pancake Day

The boys have been pestering me for several days now asking when it’s Pancake Day. Today, the pestering ended and they finally got their pancakes.

I used a simple Jamie Oliver recipe
1 large egg
1 cup of self raising flour
1 cup of semi skimmed milk

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The boys whisked the mixture until bored then I finished it off!

1 large spoon of mixture into my lovely non-stick frying pan created these beauties.

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I opted for lemon and sugar while the boys went for Nutella.

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They tasted amazing and are not a bad attempt for somebody who burns everything in a frying pan! Thumbs up Mr Oliver!

Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Brownies

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Ta-dah! The boys successfully made a huge chocolate brownies cake for themselves to celebrate their sisters half birthday!

Recipe (serves 12)
4 large eggs
300g Nutella

Method
Whisk eggs until they treble in size. Melt Nutella until runny then mix into eggs.
Bake at 180 for approximately 30 minutes.

Simple chocolate baking for kids and it tastes amazing. Plus, it’s only around 150 calories a piece!

Happy Half Birthday

Happy Half Birthday

Today the girls are 6 months old. How on earth did that happen so quickly? It only seems like yesterday that these 2 slimey and wrinkly babies were deposited on me and now they are twice the size and starting to get on the move.
These are definitely my last babies and I don’t want any more but, I still feel sad that I’ll never have those first magic cuddles and smell that newborn smell again. Let’s hope I get some nieces and nephews soon!!
So, to celebrate the girls half birthday, the boys have decided they want to do some baking. I have found a lovely 2 ingredient recipe for chocolate brownies that even the boys can’t mess up. I shall be back with the results later!