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Homemade Ice Cream with Easter Candy

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Homemade ice cream is pretty awesome, right?  Throw in some Easter candy and you’ve got a little treat perfect for springtime celebrations!

 

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A super tasty homemade ice cream with just the right amount of chocolate candy goodness. Perfect for Easter and all other Spring Celebrations!

Homemade Ice Cream

You’ll need an ice cream maker for this one – and I have been very happy with using the Ice Cream Maker attachment for our Stand Mixer for all of the ice cream we make here, and I feel pretty good about recommending it to you if you’re in the market.  Keep your ice cream maker stored in the freezer if you have the space – otherwise, be sure to freeze it before using it to make ice cream.

For this recipe, I used a cup and a half of those wonderful little pastel coloured M&M candies you see all over the stores this time of year – and it has turned out so well!  A super tasty vanilla ice cream with just the right amount of chocolate candy goodness.
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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups 10% cream
  • 8 egg yolks ( save the whites for Angel Food Cake!)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups 35% cream
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups M&M candies – we used the pastel coloured Easter variety

Directions

  1. Cook the 10% cream on the stove top until it’s hot.  Not boiling, but hot.
  2. Whip the yolks and sugar until blended, and gradually stir in the hot 10% cream, and continue to mix until blended.
  3. Transfer the yolk mixture back to a medium sauce pan, and again cook until hot.  Cook until it is steaming, and small bubbles start to form, but do not boil.  Stir continuously and prevent scorching.
  4. Add in the 35% cream, the vanilla extract and the salt, and chill for 8 hours ( or overnight)
  5. Following the directions on your ice cream maker, add your ice cream to the ice cream maker and let mix for about 18 minutes – add the M&M candies and mix 2 minutes longer.  
  6. Serve and enjoy, and be sure to freeze the remaining ice cream!

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Quick Hand Knit Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Quick Knit Hand Knit Hearts for Valentine's Day - or any other day you want to share the love

Hand Knit these delightful hearts for Valentine’s Day.  They make great napkins for little ones, coasters, decorations and even play things.

Quick Knit Hand Knit Hearts for Valentine's Day - or any other day you want to share the love

Hand Knit Hearts

This is a great stash buster project.  These are fast to make if you have experience knitting, and even if you are just learning, these really will not take you long to make.

Notes:  M1 R : Use this as a right side increase that slants to the right:

Insert the right needle from the front into the side of the stitch below the next stitch on the left needle, lift it onto the left needle and knit it.  See photo below

Quick Knit Hand Knit Hearts for Valentine's Day - or any other day you want to share the love
M1 R : Use this to make a right side increase, that slants to the right.

M1 L : Use this as a left side increase that slants to the left:

Insert the left needle from the back into the side of the stitch 2 rows below the stitch on the right needle, pull it up and knit into the back of the stitch. See photo below:

Quick Knit Hand Knit Hearts for Valentine's Day - or any other day you want to share the love
M1 L: Use this as a left side increase that slants to the left

Materials

  • worsted weight yarn ( #4 weight)
  • 4 mm knitting needles
  • scissors
  • crochet hook for weaving in ends

Directions

Cast on 3 sts

1st row: purl

2nd row: k1, M1 R, knit across ( 4 sts)

3rd row: purl

4th row: k1, M1 R, knit to last st, M1 L, k1 (6 sts)

rows 5-24 repeat rows 3 and 4 until you have 26 sts.

row 25: Purl 13 sts.  Turn.  ( you will work one half of the top of the heart at a time) Leave 13 sts on the left needle, and come back to them later.  

row 26 (Top Left side of Heart): Knit to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 (12 sts)

row 27: purl

row 28: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO ( pass slipped stitch over), knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (10 sts)

row 29: purl

row 30: Knit to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 (9 sts)

row 31: purl

row 32: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (7 sts)

row 33: purl

row 34: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (5 sts)

Bind off.

Join yard to 13 sts on wrong side and purl across

row 26(Top Ride side of Heart): K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit across, (12 sts)

row 27: purl

row 28: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (10 sts)

row 29: purl

row 30: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit across (9 sts)

row 31: purl

row 32: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (7 sts)

row 33: purl

row 34: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (5 sts)

Bind off.

Weave in ends.

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Chocolate Meringue Hearts

Melt in your mouth Chocolate Meringue Hearts for your Sweetest Valentine

Melt in your mouth Chocolate Meringue Hearts for your Sweetest Valentine

Melt in your mouth Chocolate Meringue Hearts for your Sweetest Valentine

Perhaps the only thing sweeter than making yummy treats for your loved ones, is the love and happiness they exude when they realize that those delicious desserts are indeed, for them.

Chocolate Meringue Hearts

Your little Helpers can make these right along with you.  From steering the piping bag, to sprinkling the sprinkles.  A lot of kids love to help out in the kitchen, and this is easily a recipe you can make with them.  These would be a perfect class treat, or a lovely addition to any tea party.

Melt in your mouth Chocolate Meringue Hearts for your Sweetest Valentine

 

Chocolate Meringue Hearts
Melt in your mouth Chocolate Meringue Hearts for your Sweetest Valentine
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Ingredients
  1. 3 large egg whites
  2. 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  3. 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  4. 2 tbsp. cocoa
  5. Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 275 F
  2. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper
  3. Beat egg whites with cream of tartar in electric mixer until frothy
  4. Add in sugar, a bit at a time, while mixing on high
  5. Beat until stiff and glossy.
  6. Fold in cocoa
  7. Fill piping bag with batter
  8. Squeeze piping bag and create heart shapes on the parchment paper, being sure to fill in the shape, and not leaving any gaps
  9. Decorate with sprinkles
  10. Bake 33 - 35 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and let cool.
Notes
  1. Fit the piping bag with a star tip for extra texture if you'd like
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Melt in your mouth Chocolate Meringue Hearts for your Sweetest Valentine

Try these Heart Streamers and these Gift Paper Valentine Flowers crafts for your little darling to make, and if knitting is your thing, or you’re looking to learn, try these Hand Knit Hearts.  They make great coasters too!  Get More Great Valentine’s Day Inspiration on our Celebrate Valentine’s Day pinterest board

Follow Evelyne @ Nemcsok Farms’s board Celebrate Valentine’s Day on Pinterest.

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Gift Wrap Valentine Flowers

Top Ten Eco- Friendly Valentine Crafts using recyclable materials

Valentine crafts are way better than Christmas crafts.  I know I know, that sounds like something you would say right before getting struck by a hailstorm of glitter by the goddess of crafting. Don’t worry Mouse, I can explain.

 

Top Ten Eco- Friendly Valentine Crafts using recyclable materials

Valentine Crafts are the Bomb

Valentine Crafts are just as adorable as Christmas crafts.  You can still use all the cute wintry characters, only you embellish them with hearts instead of candy canes and stockings.  The biggest selling point for Valentines’ crafts, is that there seems to be way more time to actually do them.  We don’t do big Valentine celebrations here, and we don’t gift to one another at Valentine’s Day – but we do craft.  There is none of the “holy cow I need to clean my attic, light up my house to the nines, and bake 800 cookies” kind of pressure that seems to swallow up our sane selves at Christmas. And why not make them Eco- Friendly Valentine Crafts?

Gift Paper Valentine Flowers

Who doesn’t love gift paper? It’s pretty, it’s colourful, and you can get a whole lot of craft out of a very small amount of paper!  And doesn’t EVERYBODY try to save it?  Use the ends of rolls, the stuff you so painstakingly peeled off of your gifts, or if you don’t have any – use any other pretty paper you have.

If you will recall cutting out a gazillion hearts from the Valentine Craft we did a while ago, I hope you kept them!  Use them now, or cut some new ones, gather a couple of more supplies, and craft on Crafters. Craft on.

Materials:

  • Again, we used any wrapping paper we had on hand (end of rolls, and re-cycled from previous gifts, that  had any red or pink on them. 
  • A heart shaped stencil.
  • A sheet of background paper (be in construction paper or regular white paper) whatever you have on hand will work wonderfully!
  • Paper for the stems.
  • Glue sticks.

Directions:

  1. Start by gluing on the stem.
  2. Add leaves to the base. (Cut one heart in half for two leaves )
  3. Fill up the tops of the flowers with lots and lots of petals!  Repeat until you are out of paper!

Top Ten Eco- Friendly Valentine Crafts using recyclable materials

Top Ten Eco- Friendly Valentine Crafts using recyclable materials

Top Ten Eco- Friendly Valentine Crafts using recyclable materials

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Cardboard Building Hearts Little Bins for Little Hands

Heart Suncatchers Family Food and Travel

Stick Heart Art Danya Banya

Valentine Seed Planting Buggy and Buddy

Milk Bottle Stained Glass Kids Craft Room

Valentine Bird Feeders Messy Little Monster

Twig Hearts RedTedArt

Fabric Scrap Valentines Happy Hooligans

Heart Streamers Nemcsok Farms

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Top 10 Valentine’s Day Dinner Dates with Kids from Our Good Life

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Books for Kids from Sunny Day Family

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Printables for Preschool from Living Life and Learning

Top 10 Eco Friendly Valentine’s Day Crafts from Nemcsok Farms

Top 10 Valentine Keepsake Gifts from Rhythms of Play

Top 10 Valentines Learning Activities for Preschoolers from Crafty Kids at Home

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Activities For Toddlers from Adventures of Adam

Top 10 Photo Frame Valentine’s Day Gifts from Teach me Mommy

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Sensory Activities from Play & Learn Everyday

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Treats from The Resourceful Mama

Top 10 Heart Crafts for Preschoolers from Powerful Mothering

Top 10 Valentine Party Games for Preschoolers by Playground Parkbench

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Decorations from Witty Hoots

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Sensory Bins from Still Playing School

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Sensory Bottles from Little Bins for little Hands

Top 10 Candy Experiments for Kids from Lemon Lime Adventures

Top 10 Valentine Sensory Projects from Project Sensory

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Top 10 Valentine Quotes on Love from Creative World of Varya

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Super Easy Eco Friendly Valentine Decorations

Valentine Streamers made from recycled gift wrap paper.

Make a super easy, eco-friendly Valentine decorations to celebrate the holiday! As with a lot of the stuff we do around here, we used stuff that we were otherwise going to toss away. We came up with these Eco-friendly Valentine Streamers made with stuff from the recycling bin!

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Super easy, eco-friendly Valentine decorations made from items in your recycling bin. Don't throw it out! Reuse what you already have for beautiful, handmade Valentine crafts that will last for years. Kids crafts are perfect for reusing materials.

Rules of Crafting

It’s very important to establish the rules before you set out.  

Sounds ominous, doesn’t it?  But here’s the thing, there are a few rules, and once they are established and understood, everything will run smoothly.

  1. Have fun
  2. Be polite – to yourself and to everyone else
  3. Stay calm – unless what you’re doing is WAY TOO EXCITING… then, just be careful – flapping arms and bouncing knees spill paint!
  4. Do it your way – don’t let someone tell you what colours to use, or how all the parts go together.  Pay attention to the example that may ( or may not) be set out before you, but remember, it is your creation!

There, now that that is out of the way, let’s make some Super Easy Valentine Decorations, and clean out that recycling bin at the same time.

Super Easy Valentine Decorations

And I am completely serious about the super easy part.  When it comes to stringing them together, use a Plastic Darning Needle, and the toddlers can participate 100% as well.  Of course, use your parental discretion.

Materials

Directions

  1. Gather up wrapping paper that was recycled from previous gifts, and  end of the role stuff from Christmas, and birthdays etc.  Pretty much if it has red or pink on it, or purple, or light blue.. or whatever suits your fancy!
  2. Next, use a heart shape stencil of some sort – and cut out multiple paper hearts.  The more the better!
  3. Thread your darning needle with yarn, and start threading the paper hearts onto the yarn.  Easy, right?

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While you are reusing what’s in your recycling bin, check out these 10 Eco-Friendly Owl Crafts! They are my favorite! 

If you are into knitting, here’s a step by step tutorial on quick and easy Hand Knit Hearts! AND we made beautiful Valentine’s Day Flowers from old gift wrap.