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Summer is getting away from me. I can’t believe that we are cruising into July already, but considering how busy my family has been, it’s no wonder it has gone fast.
My stepsons live 14 hours away, but they stay with us for most of the summer. It can be a huge temptation to go overboard to try to make their time here amazing. But something I am learning this summer is that it has nothing to do with how much money you spend, or how many activities you are in – what our kids are really craving is just time with us! Maybe this summer seems different because of my mom’s cancer diagnosis, but we have really learned to cherish our time together, even if it’s just spent at home.
The other day one of the boys came up to me and threw his arms around my waist and said, “Momma, this has been the best summer ever!” We haven’t gone anywhere or done anything that spectacular, as a matter of fact, I have been very intentional in keeping our schedule low-key. We have spent lazy days in the pool, and lots of nights in our backyard, grilling up some dinner, and then talking around the fire pit.
One of our favorite ways to end a summertime dinner off the grill, is with a bowl of ice cream. This has become a frequent tradition! Currently the favorite flavor is EDY’S® Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream, which the kids like because it is inspired by some their favorite candy, but I like EDY’S® Ice Cream because it is made with fresh milk and cream that contain no rBST (a hormone), and no artificial colors or flavors. The carton that I hide in the back of the freezer and keep for myself is inspired by MY favorite candy, BabyRuth. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, you can’t sit with us. I found both of these flavors at my Walmart store, in the ice cream aisle.
So today I am going to share a fun, easy tutorial with you that kids of ANY age can do that my kids had an absolute blast making – DIY ice cream bowls! But, this DIY isn’t just for kids, as I had a blast making my own, too. If crafty projects aren’t your thing, no problem. All you need to complete this project is a porcelain bowl, and an oil based paint marker. I was able to find both of these at Walmart while I was
making an ice cream run in my pajamas already there doing my other shopping.
Start by wiping off the exterior of the bowl with some rubbing alcohol, or soapy water with a thorough rinse and dry. To get the paint flowing through the marker you will need to push the tip down on a piece of scrap paper, shake the marker, and then repeat until the paint starts to flow.
I would suggest putting some newspaper down, or doing this in an area where it won’t matter if some paint gets smeared on anything. I gave each of my kids a bowl and a marker, and let their imaginations do the rest!
Once the creations are complete, sit them somewhere they won’t be disturbed and let them dry thoroughly. If you want to make the design permanent and dishwasher safe, bake the dish in a preheated 350º oven for 30 minutes. Let the dish thoroughly cool before you remove it from the oven, and viola, your design is permanent.
My kids LOVED eating their ice cream out of the bowls that they had designed, and are eager to make some more! If you are intrigued by the ice cream flavors we have been enjoying, Walmart is hosting demos in June where you can try them for yourself! Check this list to see when and where this is happening in your area.
The summer is quickly slipping away, so make some fun ice cream bowls and celebrate togetherness with EDY’s Ice Cream!