Monday, July 22, 2019

Monday Munchies: Old Fashioned Ice Cream Soda

Happy Monday all! I hope those of you who experienced the heat wave this past weekend are recovering nicely today.   Since we've been buying more than our fair share of ice cream, I figured what better recipe to share than this old fashioned ice cream soda recipe?!? We can blame it on the pregnancy hormones!  

I first got an inkling to try this recipe on one of our recent ice cream outings with the kids-I love taking them out for ice cream, but the local ice cream shoppe is quite pricey, although it is definitely delicious and probably worth it.  But, I struggled with my desire to buy an ice cream drink because of the even higher cost! I remember growing up, my mom always told me the ice cream drinks were easy to make at home, so I decided to give that a whirl. 

The kids were excited to get in on creating the drinks, and I found them so easy to put together, and so refreshing we've made them a few times. The ingredients are so cheap, you can make tons of kiddie sized ice cream sodas for less than the cost of one at an ice cream shoppe! 

3/4 cup chocolate syrup (I didn't bother measuring the syrup)
1 cup milk (I used whole milk)
2 2/3 cups chocolate ice cream (use however much you need given the size of your cup)
whipped cream (I did not use any)

First, figure out the cups you'll be using and cover the bottom with however much chocolate syrup you'd like.  You don't want to be too skimpy because you need the chocolate syrup to flavor the liquid mixture you pour in.  

Then, fill your cup with the desired amount of ice cream.  

Mix the milk and the seltzer, and then pour into each cup.  I have to be honest, the thought of mixing milk with water, seemed less than appealing-just don't think too much about it!  It really ends up being a truly tasty treat! 

Top with whipped cream or more chocolate syrup.  Keep extra liquid mixture handy, because once you start drinking, you most likely will drink faster than it melts, and this ensures a tasty beverage! 

Stay cool!


Monday, June 3, 2019

Monday Munchies...

I'm so excited to finally share this with you! It's not a recipe per say, but it is something that you put together in the kitchen.  This is something that's long been an internet baking sensation: cake push-pops.  I fondly remember the orange Flintstones's push-pops, but think cake, not ice cream.  I had been intrigued by them for awhile, and knew a party I threw back in October (I know, it's been a while) was the perfect time to attempt these. 

So, here's what I have to say about these cake push-pops.  You need to find the specialty products: the containers, and a stand are helpful-but I had to order from Amazon, so this isn't something you can easily make spontaneously.  However, the ingredients are easy, and so are the steps, but assembling them is somewhat time consuming, but not challenging.  So, I'd say this is definitely an easy way to wow your company, as well as a good treat to make for a beginner.

Push-pop containers
Push-pop stand

I bought these push-pop containers and this push-pop stand.  I used white cake mix-baking one mix into two 9x13 trays so the cake itself baked into a thin layer-because you want room to be able to layer the cake and frosting.

I used a cookie cutter similarly sized to the width of the container-I found that using a bigger size as opposed to a smaller size helps the layers be snug so when the push pops get moved around, the layers stay in place inside the container.  Otherwise, the layers will move slightly and the frosting smears inside and it doesn't look as crisp and clean.

 I used white pre-made frosting topped, 

and topped the cake with pastel colored sprinkles.

All you do is alternate layers of cake, frosting and sprinkles

until the container is filled, but ending with frosting and sprinkles, because that's obviously the best part!

What's great about these is that they can be customized for any holiday or occasion.  How about a red white and blue one for July 4th? Or that color scheme for a birthday party? I think I might whip these up for my next party!


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Bumpdate: Third Trimester read that right! For those of you who don't follow me on Instagram, you've been in the dark for awhile! 20 weeks approximately! I can't believe it took me so long to come back to this place to document this exciting, shocking and such welcomed journey! After five transfers of seven embryos with two miscarriages, I was shocked when this is what I saw early January of this year...

I will share more of the story in another post, but presently, I'm 27 weeks today! Hello third trimester.  I am feeling every bit of it-but we're so thankful.  And to be honest, it hasn't really sunk in that I'm even pregnant, let alone that in a handful of weeks we'll G-d willing have a new squishy bundle of joy to love on.  What a twist to our story...

Total Weight Gain: At my 25 week appointment, I was up 20 lbs.  This puts me right around where I was with Simmy weight gain wise, but I had about 5lbs left to lose from her, so this puts me at a heavier weight. 

Maternity Clothes: I had to buy a lot of new maternity items with Simmy, but many of them are for the wrong season.  So, I've bought a few skirts and dresses and simple tops-I'm trying to be very mindful of what I buy knowing it's very temporary.  Plus, it'll be cooler soon after I G-d willing give birth that it's not really an investment to buy lots of clothes for the warmer temperatures. 

Sleep:  Definitely in need of pillows with proper placement. I've been in PT for my hip for awhile now, and as the pregnancy progresses, it definitely has become harder to move in general, but sleeping on my side is difficult with my hip. 

Best moment this month: Reaching the third trimester, having a normal growth and brain scan.

Movement:  Lots of movement, lots! Thank goodness!  I had one morning over the weekend where the baby didn't move right away and I panicked, but within a minute of intense jiggling, I got lots of good movements. 

Exercise: Does PT count? In all seriousness, I was exercising, but then my hip trouble began and I was told I couldn't walk, definitely couldn't run, I could try weight lifting, spinning-but that hurt my hip after last class, and now I feel too big and uncomfortable to begin really doing any exercise. I would love to walk, but I was told that's the worst exercise I could do!

Gender: No idea,  I think boy, but I want a girl this time-which is so weird because I really wanted a boy with Simmy, and you would think since she's a girl I'd want a boy. 

Labor Signs:  So, no labor signs, thank goodness!

Belly Button in or out: Half  in half out

What  I miss:  nothing really...but I will enjoy not having all the aches and pains

What I'm looking forward to: Our summer begins in less than 3 weeks!  We have a month of traveling planned, some of which will require out of town monitoring, so that will be an adventure!

It's quite strange to me that I'm doing my first bumpdate at 27 weeks-how did I let so much time go by before-forget coming back here!  I haven't done one single thing to document this pregnancy! Poor baby must be true...lack of pictures, lack of mementos, too busy to maintain those traditions made with it's other siblings. But, not lacking in the love department.  

My OB experience this time around has been decent.  The system here doesn't allow for easy communication. The most efficient way to communicate is through the on-line portal system where you can exchange direct messages with the doctor, otherwise you call through a call center-not even directly to her office, where she gives a message to a nurse who calls you back.  It's very hard to speak to the doctor directly on the phone, so I've resorted to on-line communication, even though I think that has it's downfalls too.  

I was told at the beginning of the pregnancy that it was likely I'd develop cholestasis like I did with Simmy, and between my 20 and 25 week appointment, I started developing the classic signs of itching: on the palms of soles and hands.  I requested a blood test, even though the itching seemed relatively miner, and of course-elevated bile acid levels. So, I'm looking at non stress tests beginning at 32 weeks, weekly until a 37 weeks delivery.  They told me the baby is big, so maybe an early delivery won't be a bad thing!

For comparison, you can check out Simmy's bumpdate HERE & HERE

Monday, May 27, 2019

Monday Munchies...Memorial Day Edition

Happy Memorial Day everyone! I'm really so glad I was able to find this space again.  Not literally of course, this place was never lost-rather I've thought about it daily, wondering when I would be able to make my way back here. Figuratively, it's been quite challenging to find my way back here. But I hope I can create a space for myself here again.  So, without further ado, we'll jump back into a Monday Munchies-because, it is Monday after all, and not just any Monday, Memorial Day Monday! 

I started hosting monthly Shabbos (Sabbath) gatherings here, and needing to find light non-dairy dinner options has been kind of challenging.  Pasta is an easy go-to, but not one to serve the same pasta each time, I've had to do some digging.  With summer approaching (then) I remembered the perfect pasta recipe I used to beg my mom to buy from the deli, and eventually make.  I just love this recipe because it doesn't contain any mayonnaise, it's perfect to make ahead, is best served cold-and never requires heating, and the veggies get better as the week progresses.  I also love that the dressing isn't one that needs to be made-it's all pre-made ingredients.

Pasta Salad
1 box of tri-color spiral pasta
2 cups of cherry tomatoes
1 green pepper, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1/2 a yellow pepper,chopped
1 (2.25 oz) can of sliced black olives

1 (16 oz) container of Italian dressing
6 T salad dressing mix

Boil the pasta according to directions on the box-a little firmer is better.  Mix with the cut vegetable sand add in the salad dressing. 

I prefer to serve this salad cold, so make ahead of time so it's chilled. 

I mistakenly left out the green pepper, I have fond memories of my pasta salad including fresh broccoli, and green olives and artichoke hearts would also be a welcomed addition, as well as removal of any vegetables not to your liking!  I also did not use the entire 16oz of dressing-maybe 1/2-3/4, but I did use all of the salad dressing mix, and it was perfect!

Enjoy, and happy Memorial Day weekend.  I hope this is the beginning of a safe, enjoyable, restful and insightful summer for all! 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Monday Munchies

Hello everybody!  It has been a hot second since I've been on this old blog of mine! I can't believe we're well into October-where has time gone?  I spent the summer with friends that are like family, and then it was full stream ahead with the beginning of the school year, all the Jewish holidays, and then my Safety Day event last weekend! Whew!!! This somewhat quiet time has been highly anticipated for quite some time.  I do enjoy being busy, but that feeling of inadequacy, or lack of house upkeep-and blog upkeep for that matter, had me longing for a little bit less of a schedule! 

So, I have made my way back here!  With the Jewish new year and the new school year almost coinciding, it almost feels as if making a new years resolution would be appropriate.  Last year at this time I was deep in a move, heavily pregnant, and struggling to hang on.  This year, I feel much more settled, I'm learning how to deal with the unexpected, I'm beginning to fill my calendar with work I enjoy, and I'm looking forward to re-committing to the things that make me happy, and I can't wait to share that with you!

Anyway, let's get back to this week's recipe.   Cooking has been a struggle-with the business of what life was, and is, five crazy schedules to juggle-we have been resorting to a lot of frozen, "fast" food.  I am so ready to be done with that!  On a recent trip to Costco, I found they had frozen Tilapia loins-which I had never seen before, so I picked up a bag, and when I needed a dinner that wasn't pizza, I pulled it out.  All of my cookbooks are still packed away, so I gave Pinterest a quick search.  

This recipe is so easy, and was definitely a crowd pleaser-even my kids indulged!  What I love about buying fish is that you can find it ready to go-literally all you have to do is place it in the pan, and prepare your sauce, or season the fish.  So, I placed the butter in the small pot, turned the burner on low and while I was opening all the individual pouches of tilapia, the butter was melting.  Then, I used the pre-crushed garlic you buy in a container, so all I had to do was mix in the remaining ingredients, add salt and pepper to the fish, and viola-done. I will add that a good quality zester, like this one, definitely makes it easier and for me, I find joy in a quality zester to be honest.  

Then, just let it bake!  

I also made pasta and tossed it with some olive oil and spices-I figured this would make sure the kiddos were appeased and could eat enough to really be full, and the adults could manage to consume a reasonable amount of carbs. 

I will definitely be making this again!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Sunscreen to-go bags

I'm sure many of you are enjoying your summer days at the pool. I know my kids are! But that also means needing to be diligent with sunscreen usage and re-application.  There are a lot of different options for sun protection, and it can get overwhelming needing them in so many different places at so many varying times. That is why I created sunscreen to-go bags for each of my kids.  During the hot months they reside in their back packs for hot recess days.  Then they can easily be transferred as needed-to the pool bag, with friends, or into the stroller for a summer stroll-protected of course!  

I bought these bags, and each child got to choose their color.  They're the perfect travel size-fitting even the large bottle of sunscreen, but not too large. They're also waterproof, so it allows for easy clean-up!

Let's take a look inside! 

I chose to use Arbonne sunscreen

It's water-resistant, and made with sensitive little ones in mind!  

I was also super excited to add this little guy to the pouches!  Lips can burn too, and with these long sunny days, you can't go wrong!  This doesn't appear to be available anymore, but here's a good alternative.  

These to-go bags make it easy to ensure you'll never be without sunscreen. Make a bag with your favorite goodies, and either take it with you, or make several and stash them in all the important places: the car, the diaper bag, the stroller, a name it!

I am a big fan of Arbonne products.  If you'd like to shop through a consultant, or just hear more information about their products, you can reach Alana at

Sunny days are ahead!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Monday Munchies

I always get super excited when the recipes I try end up being ones I can't wait to share here.  Guys, you seriously lucked out here. I wish I could send you each a piece of this cheesecake.  Seriously, you want to try this.  Cheesecake is a customary dish at our most recent holiday. I am always hesitant to make it since making I only once a year, I never feel like I truly have my feet wet!   But this one, this one is a keeper-and I didn't even use a spring form pan.  I will say that a regular disposable pie dish isn't as deep as a spring form pan, so I didn't need as much batter as the recipe called for. 

I am not a lover of cheesecake, but this was just the right amount of "cheese" flavor.  Add in the oreo crust and the chocolate filling with the chocolate ganache on top-perfection!

You can find the recipe HERE!

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