Six {6} Back-to-School Teacher Gifts…..that you’ll LOVE

“Meet Your Teacher” Night is coming up and so is the beginning of a new school year.  You don’t want your student going back to school to start the new year without a little something for the teacher, or at least I don’t.

Here is a list of six of the top back-to-school teacher gifts that I’ve found & loved.  I hope that you will love them to.  Let’s jump in!

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1. Flips

Nothing says that I am excited about starting a new school year AND that I’m happy that you’re my teacher like this cute little bag of chocolate covered pretzels (the white ones are my favorite) & printable tag that reads, “I’m doing FLIPS that you’re my teacher!”  Click here for free printable.

2. “Mark my words” Sharpie Gift

“Mark my words, it’s going to be a great year!”  With just a few brand new colorful sharpie markers,

* Printable (link below)

* Baker’s Twine

* Double-sided tape or hot glue

You have yourself a wonderful & cute little gift.  Click here for printable.

3. Squeaky Clean Wipes

Back-to-school can also mean “back-to-germs” if students and teachers are not adamant about wiping & re-wiping surfaces, washing hands, using hand sanitizer, and did I say re-wiping shared items.  An extra container of distinfectant wipes would be welcome in any classroom.

4. The Crayon Wreath

This crayon wreath is both cute & creative and also something that your child’s teacher could display in his/her classroom or door.  With just a few boxes of crayons, chalkboard background, add-ons & your all set.

See full post here. 

5. The Future is Sharp

I don’t think that a teacher could have too many good colorful brand-new sharpie markers.  I love the phrase on this tag.  With a package of sharpie markers & this printable you are all set!  This is just another fun way to add to your child’s teacher’s supply stash and hand them a fun gift at the same time.

6. School Supply Cake

I saved the biggest for the last.  The biggest is not necessarily the best, but if you have the supplies, the skill, the courage & the time, you may want to try and tackle this monster of a gift!  Either back-to-school, end of year or Christmas, I think that this school supply cake would likely be a dream come true!  This video shows a similar version of it and actually had the easiest to follow instructions.

So, what are you going to make for your child’s teacher this year?  Are you going to have them bring something to their “Meet Your Teacher” event or walk something in on the first day of school?  I’m excited to see what you come up with. 🙂

Chemeeka 

Five {5} Things That You’ll Need for Back-to-School This Year

The close to the summer is almost here.  Kids in some parts of the country have already started back to school.  We still have one more week before we meet the teachers, and then just a handful of days following that when the first day of school will begin.

I have put together a list of essentials to make sure that you have everything that you need for the big day.

1. Back packs

Back packs are a must!  Whether you’re going with plain or patterned, gold or glitter (make sure that it’s not against your school’s policies), Justice or Pottery Barn – every child will need a back pack.  There are some places, like Pottery Barn that actually offer back packs in a variety of sizes, based on ages & grade level.  Check with what your school or teacher recommends and then go and get the back pack that is right for you!

2. Lunch boxes

Every child wants a nice lunch box.  If possible, I say to personalize it.  There are lots of places (like Etsy or monogram shops) that will personalize lunch bags for you.   I’m not so keen on having a name on the outside of a backpack, but lunch boxes in my opinion are a must, if you can.  Depending on where you get your box from; many shops on Etsy will offer personalization of the bag when you purchase.  If you walk inside to a brick & mortar facility, it will all depend on what they offer.  Some require that you buy the item from them before they’ll personalize.  Other’s will charge an additional fee if you bring in an item from the outside.  Go with what will work best, and get your child’s lunch box, with their name or initials on it.

3. Lunch containers

There are a lot of different types of lunch containers out there.  Everything from individual & separatable compartments, to bento-style boxes, to ones that just fit a sandwich and no more.

Go with a lunch container that is dishwasher safe, that can be used every day (get more than one for a back-up just in case something happens to the one you have), and one that fits into the lunch bag that you picked out.  You can have the lunch container personalized with waterproof vinyl or with the next item on this list.

4. Kid Labels

Labels, labels, labels.  I could only imagine the frustration that faculty and teachers go through when they’re trying to figure out, “Who in the world, this xyz belongs to…?!”  In the past, we’ve used sharpie markers but this year, we are all about the labels.  What we cannot use sharpie marker on, I have found some wonderful multi-surface & waterproof labels to label all of our kids items with.  One of these days I will break into the world of diy-printable vinyl.   Until then, I’ll be ordering them pre-designed by the experts!

5. {Printed} First Day of School Signs

Are you that mom that wakes up, gets her child up for school, gets them dressed, gives them a good breakfast, a kiss and a hug and then sends them on their way to school.  Only to find out later, after logging in to social media, that everyone else in the cyber-world has a picture of their child smiling with a handy-dandy ready to go “First Day of School” sign?

Now, it’s not that you need to have that sign so that you can be like everyone else.  But if you would like to be able to look back, even if for your knowing or even a picture to send to family or place in a scrapbook, you’ll want to have that sign printed possibly even the day or week before.  Just go ahead and print your’s off now.  There are a ton of options out there from printed to physical hand-held chalk-boards.

You can do this.

Just don’t wait until the last minute….

Chemeeka 

 

4th of July Red {Mint} Blue Punch

This 4th of July, I’ve come up with something fresh delicious & practically takes no time to make for your 4th July gatherings.  It’s my Red, {Mint} & Blue 4th of July punch.

 

 

Start with 2 cups of boiled water in a pourable, heat safe container.

Add one teaspoon of Wilton Royal Blue gel food coloring.  Add it to the hot water and stir to let it dissolve & cool to room temperature.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, you’ll need one of these star ice cube trays that I found for less than $1.50 at Walmart or you could also use a standard ice tray.  In the end, it’s the same effect.  The blue ice lends the blue color to the punch whether you use stars or not.  (I thought that the stars were cute).

 

Pour the cooled blue water carefully into the ice tray as best you can.  You will only need one batch of ice cubes.

In a large half gallon water pitcher, squeeze the juice of 4 limes & add two cups of granulated sugar.

Stir to dissolve the lime juice and sugar & fill the pitcher 3/4 of the way full with filtered water.

Add in your blue ice cubes and slices of fresh strawberries.

Here’s a little tip: To keep my strawberry slices from turning to mush in my punch, I sliced them up the night before and put them in the freezer until I was ready for them.

Add in a handful of fresh mint leaves & your done!

 

 

So what are you bringing to the 4th of July picnic this year?

The Perfect Pie Crust Recipe

A homemade pie crust – one that is made from scratch, and by you (not your mother, or your grandmother, your husband, one of your kids, your neighbor or your aunt) can seem like a daunting task.  It’s certainly easier (but far less rewarding) to just buy one from the store.

I have finally found a recipe that I can follow, that’s not crushed graham cracker crumbs or cookies of some sort.  I mean, a real McCoy, 100% legit, Martha-Stewart-I-see- you, type of a pie crust.  Finally, this is it!

My grandmother had shared her pie crust-making secrets with me years ago.  Truth be known- I never bothered to follow her specific instructions until now.

“Meeka,” she’d say, “You’ve got to make sure that your butter is cold, and the other ingredients are room temperature (like your flour, sugar, etc.)” and “You have to be sure and use ice water.”

Ice water.

Okay, that sounds simple enough.  This should be easy to follow.  Right?  Ice water seems easy enough to come by.   Unless, you choose to translate the term, “ice water” into “lukewarm water” or at best, “cold water straight out of the tap.”  It should produce the same results, right?  Not.

Even with the clearest of instructions, I have never once followed her recipe to a “T”.   Consequently, my pie crusts have never turned out just right.  They have never been anything that I could be proud of.  I have always wanted a 100% homemade pie from start to finish.  And now, I have finally, finally found the crust recipe, that I have been looking for!

Homemade Pie Crust Recipe

(This recipe makes one pie crust)

1 1/4 all-purpose flour

1/2 cup of cold butter (cut into cubes)

1/2 teaspoon of sugar

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/4 of ice water

Directions:

Starting with very cold butter, cut the butter into cubes.

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and add in all of the cubed butter, and begin to blend with a pastry blender, until crumbly.

Add ice water, one tablespoon at a time.  *Note: This should be ice water, and not room temperature water, nor the coldest water that you can manage to get from the tap.

Add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, and continue to mix with the pastry blender gently.  Add enough water until the mixture begins to form into a dough.

 

Once the dough begins to stick to the pastry blender, scrape all of it off and back into the bowl, with a fork and then scoop everything into a gallon size ziplock bag.   This is my little trick to keep my hands clean while having full control over kneading the dough.  Additionally, I don’t mind the kids helping me to make the dough, nor do I have to worry about the cleanliness of their hands when they’re kneading the dough on the outside of the bag.  #momwin #bakerwin

Knead the dough for about 5 minutes and then flatten into a disc.

Firm up the edges, for a perfectly round disc-should you prefer.  And then refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

I doubled the recipe and made two pie crusts, hence why I had extra flour & butter when I began to mix with my pastry mixer.

After 2 hours, remove the dough from plastic and place it on a floured surface, flour the top of the disc, and begin to roll out with your rolling pin.

If you’re fancy enough, roll the flattened dough up around your rolling pin and then unroll it on to your pie plate.  (I did not do that with this one, but did it with my top crust).

Crimp around the edges of the pie crust using about a finger spacing in between.

Line the unbaked pie shell with aluminum foil and then fill with dry uncooked beans.  This will help your pie shell not to fill with air bubbles while it bakes.

Bake on 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and your ready to go.  See?  Now that wasn’t so bad after all.

Will you try this recipe?  Maybe even get it under your belt before the holidays?  I want to hear from you.  Drop me a comment below or email me at: thingsshemakes@gmail.com

 

Six fun gift ideas for Dad this Father’s Day!

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This year, I am super-excited about Father’s Day.  Why?  Because I have a handful of concrete and fun ideas (both handmade & store-bought), and enough time for me to execute them in.  #happy

The following are a collection of heartwarming, hand-made & store bought gifts for dad.

1. Crayon-framed hand print craft

Crayon-framed hand print craft by Involvery

The hand printed gifts, seem like the most insignificant gift at the time and then become the most treasured as the years go by.  I often think, maybe I should send something more, to the grandparents & relatives when I send them hand print projects, but they actually love them.

You’re capturing a little piece of child at the moment that will one day pass by, as they grow.

2. Super-Dad Bars

Super Dad Father’s Day Gift by I heart Crafty Things

I love this!  Now granted, you will need a few flat or Hershey’s chocolate candy bars of your choice, some markers and scrapbook paper but just imagine the look on dad’s face when he sees these?

I think that he’s going to feel like a true super hero.

 

3. “One-In-A-Melon” Watermelon Father’s Day card

Father’s Day Watermelon Card by Frugal Mom-eh

This card has a little bit of whimsy, a little bit of fun and a LOT of love.  Frugal Mom-eh, takes you step-by-step, supplies you with a watermelon template & a supply list for this project.  For a full tutorial on how to make this card, click here.

4. Superhero Dad Card

We can’t get enough of our superhero themes for Dad.  Right?  Well, when it comes to Father’s Day (or Mother’s Day for that matter), I don’t think that you can lay on your appreciation for their “super powers” too thick.

Print at a large (4-5 inches across) Superman logo on to card stock and then choose two or three of your favorite Dad-inspired card stock designs from your local craft store, some hot glue & your buttons and I think that we have ourselves a hero of a card!

5. Daddy’s Helpers Outdoor Work-gloves

Grab  yourself a pair of outdoor work gloves, a black Sharpie marker, a few bottles of craft paint (depending on how many you’ll need) and prep Daddy’s gloves just in time for the big day.  Be sure and allow yourself enough time between hand prints for the paint to dry.  (*So, note to self: The morning of is not going to work for this one –:).  Dad is sure to treasure this gift for years to come.

6. Photo gifts or photo books

Photo book  by Luhvee

A good friend of mine told me that she creates a photo book for her husband every year and gives it to him on Father’s Day.  Her book captures little memories and moments from the year with a special emphasis on moments with Dad.  I love the idea of this & know that there are several companies that you could choose to go through.  There’s Shutterfly, Chatbooks, Mixbook, Persnickety Prints, Nation’s Photo Lab and so many more.

I have rounded up a post of three companies with the most affordable pricing to get your photo gift for dad done on time and at a great price.

See the full post here.

I hope that you have some fun ideas in place for Father’s Day.

 

 

 

 

 

Three Places to Order Photo Gifts for Dad that you probably haven’t thought of.

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It is time to place the orders for Father’ Day!  If you’re planning on creating & printing a photo book or any photo gift, online than you have just a couple more days to do it, without paying a hefty price for shipping.

I have put together a list of 3 companies that you probably haven’t thought of ordering dad’s gift from, that are running a few very sweet deals!

1. Winkflash

I first learned about Winkflash years ago from a friend of mine who told me about their, at the time, amazing $.25 – 5 x 7 prints.

They offer an amazing deal (year-round) on their pricing for digital prints.  And although they’ve gone up from their $.25 cost for a photo print, I think that they’re still one of the best around for pricing and quality printing.

Print and Enlargement Sizes & Pricing

Print Size Everyday Low Price SALE Price!
4×6 Photos was 0.19 $0.08 ea.  Order Prints
Wallet (Set of 4) was 1.00 $0.40 (4)  Order Prints
4″ Digital Prints was 0.19 $0.08 ea.  Order Prints
4×4 Prints was 0.19 $0.08 ea.  Order Prints
5×5 Prints was 3.00 $1.20 ea.  Order Prints
5×7 Prints was 3.00 $1.20 ea.  Order Prints
6×8 Prints was 3.00 $1.20 ea.  Order Prints
8×8 Prints was 5.20 $2.08 ea.  Order Prints
8×10 Prints was 5.20 $2.08 ea.  Order Prints
11×14 Enlargements was 14.00 $5.60 ea.  Order Prints
12×12 Enlargements was 16.00 $6.40 ea.  Order Prints
12×18 Enlargements was 16.00 $6.40 ea.  Order Prints
16×20 Enlargements was 22.00 $8.80 ea.  Order Prints
20×24 Enlargements was 24.00 $9.60 ea.  Order Prints
20×30 Enlargements was 24.00 $9.60 ea.  Order Prints
24×36 Poster Prints was 36.00 $14.40 ea.

This Father’s Day, almost everything that you’d need to surprise dad is 60% off.

2. Snapfish

Do you use Snapfish for your photo book, photo gift & digital printing needs?  If you don’t, you should.  They have a comparable quality of printing and EXCELLENT pricing.  Shipping is fast & there are a lot of options.  So if you’re not using them, jump on board today!

Oh, and they’re aren’t playing when it comes to deals this Father’s Day.

3. Cardinal Camera

Cardinal Camera is like my hidden gem.  I love them because they have a store front & sometimes you need the guidance of a flesh & bones person to help lead the way in making your photo gift purchase.

Like the other two that I mention, Cardinal Camera has very affordable pricing AND they offer photographer quality  printing.  As well as affordable pricing on everything from digital prints to metallic prints, metallic paper, gallery wrapped canvases, print scans, and self-adhesive photos.

If you check out their list of photo novelties, you’ll see that they have some really unique offerings, like centerpiece balloons, memory boards, and affordable custom wrapping paper.*

(*Compared to $17.99-19.99 per roll).

I hope that I have given you some fun ideas to work with this Father’s Day & even better, at a great price.

Five Things That You Can Do for Summer – Checklist

So here’s my 5 Things that You Can do to Stay Ahead of the Game this Summer checklist:

Print this off & put it up on your fridge, and begin getting your supplies now, one thing at a time.

I would recommend taking on a project per week and putting the completed tasks into one central bin.

Also, you’ll notice that I have added handmade Christmas ornaments to the list.  This one’s a bonus as you may want to save ornament making for the holiday season.  However, if your holiday season is as busy as mine seems to feel, then you make want to get these done this summer and then put those also away into a box with the rest of the Christmas decorations.

I know that I will feel relieved to pull out everything that I will need for the tree and have all of my handmade ornaments already done!

I hope that this checklist helps manage your productivity over the summer:

 

 

Five Things You Can Do to Stay Ahead of the Game this Summer

Summer is here!  And we are easily relieved of not having the restrictions the morning routine and school’s schedule (whether you homeschool or not), and at the same time burdened to keep your child’s boredom levels at bay.  It’s an odd mix.  We’re crux between, “let’s do nothing & go no-where” to we need “something” to do.

This is my list to fill in the gaps.  My list, the list, of things that I had wished when the school year started back, I or the kids, had done during our free, no-pressure time.

1. Grandparents Day Gifts

I always, always, always forget about the Grandparent’s Day Cards and gifts.  I mean, during the summer, or earlier in the year, I will have these just fabulous ideas.  Or I will see something and say, “Yes, I am going to get that or have the kids make that this Grandparent’s Day.  The grandparents are going to love it!”  And when the time comes, we’re usually two weeks in of school starting back.  The dust has just settled between their new schedules, all of the varying information, making sure that I’ve got all of the (right) uniforms that we’ll need.  (*Parents: You know that there can be a slight descrepancy between the uniforms that you bought over the summer online & thought they’d work & the ones that actually “work” for them.), and information about their first fundraisers.

Before I know it, it’s the week of Grandparent’s Day & I don’t have a gift, but I will have one, handcrafted by me or the kids and it will be mailed out with hand-picked or handmade cards by Tuesday.  Eventhough, I am having the thoughts on Monday – the day before – and I didn’t factor in homework time, and meal time & promising that they’ll be play time or a fun story before bed.

It’s Friday of the week OF Grandparent’s Day & unless I am going to magically come up with the list of supplies that I’ll need for that cute idea that I just saw online & make everyone’s focus cooperate AND get it out in the mail in the next 12 hours – you guessed it.  My great idea & or gift is not making it to the grandparents in time.

Additionally, the chances of my plan to contact the local nursery & or florist and get someone on the phone that could set up plant delivery or pick up with a special note (without paying a fortune -through a florist at least) in that short amount of time, are slim.

So, what is my solution?

My solution is, in the middle of the summer, when it seems like there’s nothing to do – get on Pinterest, collect your list of great gift ideas, and get to crafting or buying what you need.

I find that grandparents LOVE all of those cute fish-on-the-hook grandparent’s pictures:

Hooked on Papa Footprint {Fish} Paint Craft by Mom Evny

       Or the little cute cards, where the shape of your child’s hand pops out:

Sending Big Hugs Card by Audrey at Monofore

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However, if you wait, you’re likely going to run out of time to get your crafting done, or other things that are attached to the school year are going to take precedence.  And there you’ll be, grabbing a pre-made card from the supermarket and signing it from all the kids – and getting it there a day or two late.

Another option, would be to put together one of those nice photo books. Again, something that takes thought and time AND you and I both know that the coupons will be in favor of those that think ahead.  Those that, um, I don’t know, maybe have the book(s) already cued up and ready to go two weeks prior to the holiday on their site..? (*P.S.   That is never me, but if you & I will think ahead then it will be!)

Be intentional & let the grandparent’s day gifts be the FIRST thing on your list of Summer to-do’s!

2. Back-to-school teacher gifts

Okay, this one is priceless for me.  Why?  Because I distinctly remember sitting there with the mason jar and the lid, and the craft brush, and the paint…

Apple Mason Jar by Mason Jar Crafts Love

I did not have a realistic expectation of the amount of time or supplies it would take me to get my finished product to turn out like the one in the picture.

First of all, I grabbed the matte paint & not the glossy paint.  And then I remembered that I actually needed to be there an hour before I was originally thinking.  And I needed a printable to go with it – and – I just ran out of time & my child walked into the open house WITHOUT a gift for her teacher.

Are these gifts required?  No.  A necessity?  No, not that either, but you want or at least, I want my child to walk in the door, letting the teacher know that they’re there to be a gift.  There with a sense of appreciation of all of the effort for things that he/she will be putting forth during the school year.

Secondly, if I or my child can walk in the door with something that can help the teacher: like a gift card or some pencils, crayons, hand sanitizer – something.  Something, will be much better than nothing.  And something well-thought out & well-intended would be best.  That is why, your back-to-school teacher gift has made it second on my list.

3. First Day of School Signs

Are you the mom that it hits just moments before your kid walks out the door, that you’ve got no first day of school sign for them to take their picture with before the head back to school for their very first day back?  Are you that mom?  Have you ever been that mom?

*Nervously bites nails.*

“No, me neither.”  Lol!

Let’s not be “that mom” and let’s find & print and frame, the sign of our choice.  That’s right, frame it now, baby.  Just go ahead and print it AND frame in and drop it in a drawer with all of your other back to school stuff.

The night before back-to-school, have your glass-less “First Day of School” sign somewhere near the door they’ll be leaving out of.  I say glass-less frame because the chances are, with the best laid efforts, the door will slam, the book bag will brush the sign and somehow, by some weird, freak, I-just-want-everything-to-turn-out-right chance, the glass in the frame will get broken.

Even better, if you can, have the frame in a large ziplock bag to keep it from getting wet & now you’re good.

Ah……I feel relieved already  😉

4 & 5. Handmade Thanksgiving and/or Christmas  cards (for everyone from the bus driver to the mail man & everyone in between).

You mean well.  And you do actually appreciate everything that your bus driver does, or the mail carrier does, and you want to show them your appreciation, but it ends up being the last thing on your list.  Or that thing that just adds to “one more thing to have to do before the holidays.”  You don’t want to permanently be in “wishing that it was over” mode, right before Christmas or Thanksgiving, but it can get that way.

You want to thank everyone.  You want them to feel that Christmas-love, but in spite of best efforts during that time of year, you’re really just trying to keep up.

That is why the summertime is the PERFECT time to, put this on your check list and say, “If there’s any five things that I can do?  This is what I am going to do to stay  ahead of the game this summer.

The kids can complete one project per week.  Print out the list.  Leave it on the fridge, and let everyone know: if we get bored or having any downtime, this is what we’re going to do.  You’ll feel so accomplished from having done so!

 

 

 

Homemade Knock-Off Coconut Ice Cream

This homemade knock-off ice cream recipe is a delicious & affordable treat that you can make at home, to enjoy this summer.

One of my very favorite things to make during the summer is delicious homemade ice cream.  My kids love when I take them out for a nice cold treat when it’s hot out, but I thought, how much better to get them involved in the process in making their own delicious treat?

The steps to making this particular recipe is simple and starts with one of my favorite appliances, my Cuisinart ICE-20 Automatic 1-1/2-Quart Ice Cream Maker, White

Which clearly, needs the outer cover to be replace, because I’ve used this thing quite a bit (since 2002).  So, it’s seen a few days of homemade ice cream recipes & then some.

I found this particular brand of ice cream at the local Publix supermarket & loved it!  It had a subtle coconut flavor and itty-bits of fresh coconut texture.

Since I had most of the ingredients on hand.  I decided to go for it.  The only thing that I needed to make this recipe happen was heavy whipping cream.

So with that here we go.

Homemade Knock-Off Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup of heavy whipping cream

3/4 cup of plain yogurt

1/4 cup of whole milk

3/4 cup of granulated sugar

1 cup of Trader Joes Organic Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

A churn style ice-cream maker (with an ice cold freezer basket)

In a large mixing bowl, combine, heavy cream, coconut flakes and sugar until fully blended.

In a separate bowl blend plain yogurt and milk until smooth.

Combine milk & yogurt mixture to coconut and cream mixture and fully blend.

Once, you’ve got that done, begin setting up your ice cream maker.

*Note: After each time we use our ice cream maker, I wash out the inner basket, dry it completely and place in a plastic bag, back in the freezer.  

The purpose of placing in the plastic bag is so that nothing gets inside of it.  And the purpose of keeping it in the freezer even when you have no upcoming plans of using it, is so that when you are ready to whip up a batch of ice cream, you’re good to go, without waiting a day or two for the basket to freeze.

After your ice cream machine is all set up, another little trick that I’ve learned is to pour the cream mixture in without the final lid being on.  So, pour the mixture in before you place the lid on it.  I have always put the final lid on like a cap and then have had to come back to clean mix off of the edges and sides of it.  Now, I realize that I could have skipped that clean up step all-together.

Since your basket is already frozen, this should take no more than 20-30 minutes.  If your basket is not frozen solid and just cold, your ice cream may never fully form.  Even putting that liquid into the freezer as is, will not turn it into full-on, ice cream.

Because we added plain yogurt to this, the texture is extra creamy and the little bits of the Trader Joe’s coconut flakes makes the texture of this, just that much more awesome!

I may or may not have been taking little samples from this batch before my ice cream was even done.

The bonus for me was that I kept the container from the previous “store” batch for this, and reused it once my ice cream was through.

This was simply delicious.

Will you try this?  I hope that you try this.

Homemade Knock-Off Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup of heavy whipping cream

3/4 cup of plain yogurt

1/4 cup of whole milk

3/4 cup of granulated sugar

1 cup of Trader Joes Organic Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

A churn style ice-cream maker (with an ice cold freezer basket)

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, combine heavy whipping cream, granulated sugar, and coconut flakes until completely blended.

In a separate and smaller bowl, combine plain yogurt and milk until smooth.

Add yogurt mixture to coconut cream mixture and completely combine.

Set up ice cream machine, complete with completely frozen freezer basket.

Before attaching the cover/lid, pour cream mixture into the basket, and then set cover/lid in place on top.

Hit the “on” button to churn mixture for 20-30 minutes or until completely thick and creamy.  After 30 minutes, ice cream should be set.  Use a large metal spoon or wooden spatula to serve ice cream immediately or store in an airtight container in your freezer until you’re ready to eat.

Enjoy!