Summer’s Day: EASY Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

These EASY Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches are perfect for a summer day! You only need four ingredients, and these are perfect for parties and play dates. #recipe

I have to say – most of my summer days are wrapped and built around the attainability of the perfect ice cream.

This weekend had no exceptions. Summer started last week with fanfare. Des graduated preschool in front of 1 sister, 2 parents, 1 baby cousin, 1 Aunt, and 4 grandparents. We took Scarlet out of school for the hour long ceremony/crossing the bridge/potluck lunch, and then took her back to school for the school summer solstice ceremony! That’s a mouthful. We found out then and there that she was giving a speech and presenting flowers to some of the retiring teachers. Be still my heart! Somewhat importantly, I survived two school ceremonies featuring my kids. I did get emotional at both schools.

I did not, however, get that light-headed, floating-away, terrifying anxious feeling I sometimes get.

These EASY Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches are perfect for a summer day! You only need four ingredients, and these are perfect for parties and play dates. #recipe

Summer did start, but summer vacation starts today. Next time I see her, she’ll be a third grader. She’ll have eaten my hand-packed lunch and she’ll have spent time in her future classroom with her future teacher. What a year it has been. So much growth. So much growing. A lot of bad weather and good dreams. So much wondering why the time goes through your hands like liquid sometimes. I’ve opened my heart during the last week in ways I didn’t know it was capable of discovering.

What do we do now? Where do we go from here? We just ride the waves – surf them high, and surf them low.

I had what can only be described as a WONDERFUL weekend. I’d say perfect, but that’s so overrated. It was summer. It was sun on skin, and closeness, and big steps out of my usual footsteps. In fact, I’ll update about that SOON. I had to be brave this weekend, but I wasn’t as scared as I was before my first roller coaster. So there’s that. I promise I’ll share soon! In things I can talk about, I went to a dinner party on Friday night. My friend’s family is away and she had a group of women over for a Moroccan dinner, homemade strawberry shortcake, and hours of laughter, stories, and Cards Against Humanity.

My cheeks are still sore from smiling.

On Saturday morning, I had a haircut. I asked Scarlet to come along and we ruled that salon! We had a good 45 minutes in a massage chair, and kept smiling at each other and laughing. It was unexpected and also a good bonding experience. Those chairs are somewhat awesome. She also got her nails painted red. Then we went to the library for her first library card.

At night we went to the town fireworks. I thought it would be just the two of us, but Des was ready this year. Cassidy came with us too because I was burning out faster than I’d like. We found some of the same friends from my Friday night dinner – but with their husbands and kids – and sat with them to watch the show. I love the finale, and also I love when it’s over and hundreds or thousands of people are walking back to their cars late on a summer’s night. Some carrying kids, some pushing strollers, and many carrying cotton candy/ice cream. After the looong walk to our car, the kids fell asleep fast at home.

Sunday was more unexpected. I had planned to go strawberry picking with my friend who threw the dinner party, and Cassidy and Scarlet wanted to throw a lemonade stand. I wound up with them for about an hour, seeing a few friends come and go, and then my friend picked me up for strawberry picking. It’s nothing short of incredible to hang out with a friend for a few hours – talking, laughing, sharing stories, and having nowhere to be at any given time. That’s all I can say about that.

Pure friendship magic.

And all this magic and summer needs a wonderful recipe:

Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches


Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies
Vanilla Wafer Cookies
Ice Cream, flavor of your choice


  1. Lay out cookies on a baking tray.
  2. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, put a small scoop of ice cream on each cookie and place another cookie on top. Press down gentle to get the ice cream around the edges.
  3. Roll the ice cream sandwich in the sprinkles until the ice cream is covered.
  4. Place in the freezer for about an hour until the ice cream has hardened again.
  5. Enjoy this fun little treat!


These EASY Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches are perfect for a summer day! You only need four ingredients, and these are perfect for parties and play dates. #recipe

Disney’s Cars 3 Krispy Treats

Are you a Cars loving family like us? Have fun making these Cars 3 Krispy Treats and have your kids help w/ Lightning McQueen, Luigi & Mater #recipe #family

Ok, I’m going to “attempt” to not write too much.

I know, I know – can I do this? I’m still crawling out of a deep work hole, although the light is brighter up here. Also, our eternal winter seems to have lifted. It was 49 degrees last week! Today is 75 and sunny. In about an hour, we’re meeting Scarlet at the school for our annual school lunch at her lunch table. I legit look at the school lunch menu to plan ahead for what day to go. It helps me relive my youth. Today is popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, steamed corn, and applesauce, if you’re keeping track of this sort of thing! (like I do) And this year our budding kindergartener will be coming with us too!

(That blur is him)

Last year we got in trouble for leading the kids in chants. They’re supposed to have ten minutes of “quiet eating.” Oops. And yet, the office and the cafeteria seemed delighted to hear we were coming back when I placed our lunch orders this morning? I can’t wait to go! And I can’t wait to come back here because I have BIG FUN news coming soon to a post near you. It won’t be my next one (although check that one out because it rocks) but it will be my post tomorrow morning.

Be there. And for now, enjoy one of a few upcoming Cars 3 treats since we’re throwing Des a Cars 3 party this weekend.

Cars Krispy Treats


1 pkg. 8 count Rice Krispies Treats
1 pkg. Mini Oreos
Wilton Chocolate Candy Discs, Yellow, Brown and Red
1 pkg. M&M’s
1 pkg. Gum, white small rectangles
2- Airheads Candy, white mystery flavor individual size


  1. Lay 3 whole Rice Krispies Treats on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cut another one into a half piece treat and two others into third-size treats and lay each on the tray with the whole treats. You now have 3 sets of treats.

  2. In 3 separate bowls, melt each color of chocolate. Heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between times, until completely melted.

  3. Dip the first set of treats that has a whole piece and the half piece into the brown chocolate, and completely coat. This set will be Mater. Set the smaller piece on top of the whole piece to resemble a car windshield. Repeat this step with each of the other sets and each color of chocolate. These will be Lightening McQueen and Luigi.

  4. Using the Airheads candy, cut 3 windshields to fit onto the cars. I made mine rectangle with little cut outs at the top to resemble the Cars characters. Press these on each car.

  5. Cut a mouth out of the candy for the red and yellow car. Press this on the bottom piece of the car where the bumper would be.

  6. Pull apart the Oreo cookies, and press 4 on each car. Use green, blue, and brown M&M’s for the eyes. Put a dab of melted chocolate on the backs and press on the windshields.

  7. On the brown truck, put a line of chocolate on the bottom piece and place 2 gum teeth where the bumper would be.

  8. Extra optional step – Pipe a line of chocolate on the yellow car over his mouth to resemble a mustache. Use an edible marker to put black dots on the eyes.

  9. Have fun making Lightning McQueen, Luigi, and Mater!

Cars 3


Cars 3

Lightning McQueen




Are you a Cars loving family like us? Have fun making these Cars 3 Krispy Treats and have your kids help w/ Lightning McQueen, Luigi & Mater #recipe #family