Unicorn Sundaes for the New Year

I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but it’s a BAD case of Sunday Night-Itis here.

Not only are we expecting record low temperatures at night for the next week or two, without a real end in sight (except when we go to Florida next week), but the kids are going back to school TOMORROW! Tonight we have to do laundry and baths, and pack up new Doctor Who backpacks with new Captain America water bottles. We have to put out clothes, and fumble around in the dark tomorrow to get two kids ready for school, AND say goodbye to our beloved houseguests on the same day. It’s enough to make me cry. So today? We’ll take back this last day of vacation with a colorful unicorn recipe.

Whether you're throwing a unicorn party, or you just want something festive, fun, and colorful for the new year, these Unicorn Sundaes are sure to please party guests of all ages! #recipe #unicornparty

Unicorn Sundaes

Ingredients:

1 Half Gallon Vanilla Ice Cream
Food Coloring—Pink, Purple, Turquoise
Fruit Flavored Fruit Chews
Candy Toppings and Sprinkles

Directions:

1 – Divide the ice cream into 3 bowls and mix in each color.
2 – Layer the ice cream into a loaf pan one color at a time. Place the pan in the freezer for 1-2 hours until ice cream is hard again.
3 – Unwrap a fruit chew and place in microwave for 3 seconds.
4 – Roll the fruit chew into a ball and then pull and twist until it looks like a unicorn horn. Repeat this step with the other fruit chews.
5 – Take the ice cream out and scoop it into 4 sundae bowls. Make sure to get all the colors in each scoop. (start at one end and scoop until you reach the other end, as this will give you all 3 colors with a perfect scoop).
6 – Sprinkle different candy and sprinkles on each sundae and put the unicorn horn on top of each one.
7 – Enjoy!

Whether you're throwing a unicorn party, or you just want something festive, fun, and colorful for the new year, these Unicorn Sundaes are sure to please party guests of all ages! #recipe #unicornparty

This is just the right speed, right? I wasn’t even going to post today, since I’m still technically on vacation, but I couldn’t resist this recipe. Our kitchen has been full of crazy and colorful recipes for a week now, with no sign of turning back. Last year I emerged into the 2017 blogging scene with gusto and drive – intent on growing this business. I have succeeded in that, but now I want to focus on better balance. I want enough work to be busy, but not so much that I get overwhelmed into paralysis. I want to enjoy the quiet times and know they pass by, just like the busy times. And I want you all to know that my passion for blogging is as strong as ever, but that I don’t want to burn out like so many. I want it to retain my “me-ness.”

So we’ll just focus on that in the new year. I adore and appreciate you all!

Happy New Year!

Whether you're throwing a unicorn party, or you just want something festive, fun, and colorful for the new year, these Unicorn Sundaes are sure to please party guests of all ages! #recipe #unicornparty

5 Ways to Jazz Up Your School Lunch Game

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Come on, fellow parents – It’s October now! It’s been 1-2 months of school under our belts.

We’ve had school picture day, back-to-school night, and the beginnings of after school classes, programs, lessons, and practices. I’m learning some interesting things along the way – with one kid in third grade, and one kid as a kindergartener!

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Here’s what I’ve learned:

1 – Having two different library days and remembering to remind both kids to return their books isn’t easy!

2 – If you have two kids in the same school, or even two kids not in the same school, you will accidentally switch their water bottles. Scarlet will walk around with a racecar water bottle, and Des will have the giant pink bottle with the “S” on it.

3 – You might get annoyed that they still want you to walk them to the schoolyard and wait until the bell rings..but..

4 – You’ll cry in your car the first day that she walks into school without a backwards glance at you.

5 – You can’t actually pack them the same exact lunch every day. You can’t. Now my father? He was a teacher and he ate the same PB&J every day of his life. Every. Day. I always wanted to find out more about this. Did he pack it himself, or did my mom do it? Had his own mom packed him one for years and he couldn’t break the habit? Did he ever want anything else?

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I admit that I Google school lunch ideas probably at least once a week! And while most of the ideas are fun, and I’m all about people using their spare time how they want – especially when the kids are in bed and the night is spread out before them – the ideas aren’t for me. I like things that are easy – like a party in a school lunch! My ideas are Tamara-tested and super fun. Here are my five ways to jazz up your school lunch game. I hope you’ll find them as fun as my kids do!

1 – Dress up your food and make it come alive. For us, we love to use cookie cutters in fun shapes for sandwiches, cheese slices, and fruit. Another fun thing requires just a marker, some round cheese, and maybe scissors if you have time:

2 – Plastic Jar Parfaits! These are so easy and delicious. I did a fall themed one with layers of plain yogurt, honey, apple slices, and some cinnamon sprinkled on top. The kids loved them and I didn’t have to pack any glass jars in their lunches.

3 – Rainbow fruit and cheese kebobs or skewers! There’s no end to the fun, and they’re easy to make too.

4 – Lunch fondue! You can make dips with peanut butter and jelly, as well as hummus or yogurt. Then pack fun things to dip them in! Generally I cut bananas for the kids, but I also like to write secret messages on their bananas too.

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It can be tough to get my kids to talk about their days after several hours at school. Not only do I jazz up their lunches with Mardi Gras Napkins, but I also jazz up dinnertime with them. I love putting out a different napkin for all four of us. Before we start eating, we go around the table and answer the prompt on the napkin. It sounds cheesy but we also hold hands during this pre-dinner game. Scarlet came up with that idea and I would never change it! That’s how we connect.

This full day of school for two kids thing is new, and it’s nice to find a way to have quality family time on a daily basis.

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What are your fun ideas?