Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Caramel Ice Cream Dessert

I love this ice cream dessert. My mom used to make this when I was little. I hope you enjoy it!

Caramel Ice Cream Dessert
2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups flour
½ cup oatmeal
½ cup brown sugar
½ gallon vanilla ice cream
1 jar caramel topping
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Mix the butter, flour, oatmeal and brown sugar with mixer. 
Mix should be crumbly.  Spread on cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes stirring every 5 minutes. 
Cool and put ½ of mixture on bottom of 9x13-inch pan. 

Open ice cream on side and cut ice cream lengthwise 4 times.  Take each slice of ice cream and place it in the pan on top of the mixture. 
Press the ice cream together. 

Sprinkle remaining mixture on top of ice cream and drizzle with caramel topping.  Freeze.

This recipe can be found in the My Family Meal Planner #2 and the Meal Planner for 2 at



Freezer Crock Pot Meals

I don't know about you, but 5 o'clock is such a rough time of day. Everyone is tired, hungry and grouchy, including me. I have 4 kids and want to make my life easier for that hour. I did a batch of freezer crock pot meals when my baby was just born and realized how nice it was to have my supper ready to go, so I decided it was time to do it again. All you do is assemble a bunch of crock pot meals at once by putting them in a freezer Ziploc bag and then throw them in the freezer. Then all you need to do is pull a bag out of the freezer and put it in the crock pot. (I do recommend letting it thaw out in the refrigerator first.) Yesterday I went to the store and took 4 grocery lists from the My Family Meal Planner Crock Pot Only meal planner. I bought all the ingredients and assembled all the meals into freezer Ziploc bags. It was really quick and easy. It took me a little less than 2 hours. I now have 16 different meals ready to go!
To prepare myself, I grabbed 4 of the lists from the crock pot only meal planner, crossed off what I already had and then went to the store.  When I got back, I put my 4 lbs of ground beef that I needed to have cooked in my crock pot.  It cooked on low for about 4 hours.  I chopped it it up every hour or so.  After it was finished I drained the grease.  My meat was ready.  I then got all of the Ziploc bags labeled.  I didn't put all the instructions on the bags because I figure I can just get out my meal planner and look at the instructions when I am ready to make it.  I started to assemble my meals.  To make it easier on myself, I took a pitcher and put my Ziploc bags in there so that I didn't have to try to hold the bag open and put the ingredients in.  Here is a picture, but it isn't very clear.  (It was a little difficult to take a picture while pouring.)
I am so excited about my freezer full of meals.  Another bonus was that I only had to do dishes once!  I love to use crock pot liners when I use my crock pot too.  Makes clean up so much easier.  If I do run out of liners, I will soak my pot for an hour or over night and then I will use the brown little Pampered Chef scraper that you get with their stones to get the crusty food off the sides.  Then I just wash it by hand.
If you would like to get a My Family Meal Planner Crock Pot Only, you can get it HERE.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Kids Artwork Display

I have struggled with what to do with my kids' artwork.  I love to display them, but don't necessarily love them on the refrigerator door.  We had a blank wall in our hallway near our kitchen and I decided it was the perfect spot to display their hardwork.  Now I had to come up with how I was going to do it.  This what I came up with:

I Love It!  The kids love to change out their pictures too.  Now, on to how I made it.  I looked at Hobby Lobby and thought about buying one of these frames:
But for the size I needed it was going to be costly even at 50% off.  Plus they didn't have the exact size I wanted.  So off to Home Depot I went.  I decided to just purchase some 1x2 wood (think that is the size) and let my husband make a frame.  He mitered the corners, I stained the wood and then he connected the wood to make the frame.  I then used these items that I purchased at Hobby Lobby:

I used the mirror hangers and put them down the sides of the frame, making sure they were the same distance between so that when I hung my wire it would be straight.  I went down 2 1/2 inches at the start and then 8 inches between hangers from there.  Then I strung the wire and tried to get it as tight as possible so that the pictures wouldn't weigh it down.  When these steps were finished I used the 3m Velcro picture hanging strips and attached the frame to my wall.

I also used a silhoutte machine to cut the vinyl to hang above the frame.  It was now ready to be embellished with artwork!

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