Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What Summer Means to Me & Chocolate Ice Cream Boat Recipe!

A Typical Summer's Day at the Toronto Beaches
As a Canadian, I am so incredibly thankful for summer and all that it brings.  I wonder if Californians or Texans feel this way too, seeing that they receive warm weather all year long?  I suspect that this winter's ice storm and long-lived cold spell make me especially appreciative of the sunlight, the flowers, and the wildlife that had migrated and has now returned.  Yes, I savour every warm, beautiful day--knowing that they are precious and numbered in Canada.
A Trip to the Playground & Splash Pad
Summertime to me means the last day of school for my children, and the beginning of summer camp for them.  Picnics, splash pads, hikes through nature, a stay at a cottage, a deep dive into a pristine Ontario lake, fun at a theme park, roasting marshmallows over a crackling fire, picking raspberries, upbeat music drifting over the neighbour's fence, and pool parties all make me think of summer.
Roasting Marshmallows Around the Fire
The summer is also a bustling time for birthdays in my family, with all 7 of my families' birthdays spread out from spring to late July.  We have fantastic birthday parties with a great big fruit salad--and gifts for the kids of wading pools, crazy sprinklers and long-range water guns.  We take hundreds of wonderful family photos in the summertime, which I enjoy looking back at over the subsequent years.
Enjoying a Summer Picnic
Sandy Legs Compliments of the Beach ;)
When I think about the summer months, food always comes into my mind: an ice-cold watermelon or two sliced to share, the ice cream truck coming around--attracting the kids with its "Pop Goes the Weasel" song, and my husband or my father at the barbecue roasting corn, chicken skewers, or salmon squeezed with lemon.  There is lots of entertaining and conversation in the summer months in our world.
Enjoying One of Ontario's Pristine Lakes
What summer means to me, is a carefree time with less personal commitments.  Summertime seems endless, intoxicating, and filled with hope.  I feel that my mood is at its best in the summer, and that those around me have a light and sweet demeanour.  In the summer, I feel like I return to nature and I'm more in tune with myself and the natural world.  Summer is a peaceful and happy time for my family and I.  Sometimes, I wish it would never end and that my family could enjoy the "simpler" days of summer all year long.
Make This Sweet Treat With Kinder Surprise Eggs & Ice Cream!
Kinder Surprise Eggs Ice Cream Boats & Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe
As a special summer treat, the kids and their friends love when I make ice cream boats out of Kinder Surprise Chocolate Eggs!  They're fast and easy to make, see instructions below!

INGREDIENTS
1 Kinder Surprise Chocolate Egg per child
2-4 tablespoons of ice cream per egg, your favourite flavour

DIRECTIONS
1.Remove tin foil wrap from each Kinder Surprise Chocolate Egg.
2.Use a dull knife, and cut along the "seam" of the Kinder Chocolate Egg until it's cut evenly in half.
3.Remove plastic capsule with toy, and set aside as a surprise for after the sweet treat.
4.Fill both halves of the Kinder Chocolate Egg with ice cream and then close together like a "sandwich" (for a Kinder Chocolate Egg ice cream sandwich), or fill each half of the Kinder Chocolate Egg separately with ice cream for an ice cream boat.  No spoon needed!

Reminder: be cautious when travelling to the USA, as Kinder Surprise eggs are not allowed to cross the border.
Kinder Surprise Egg Ice Cream Sandwich or Boat? 
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What do you look forward to most about summertime?  Would you rather eat a Kinder Chocolate Egg as an "ice cream sandwich" or as an open-faced boat filled with ice cream?

Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

34 comments:

  1. I would have that same look if I had one of those.

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  2. I don't think they sell Kinder Eggs here! I will need to find a substitute! These looks delicious!

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  3. Fun photos, and I like that ice cream boat. Looks really yummy!

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  4. Fun idea, I'd probably look at it like that also! For me, before I retured, summer to me meant family time as well. We spent time in our pool, traveled and did lots of other things together as a family.

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  5. I'm happy summer is back! (As I look out to rain as I type this.) Great thinking on the boat recipe, it's perfect for summer. The great taste of kinder with a little bit of cold :)

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  6. That is genius... I love the idea of ice cream and kinder eggs. I keep telling them, Teens loved Kinder eggs too... Would love to be a Kinder Mom :)

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  7. What a fun idea! I certainly appreciate the summer, but my husband appreciates it even more coming from the Caribbean!

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  8. Can't wait to enjoy summer activities with my kids like going to a cottage also, and love your idea of adding ice cream to the Kinder to create a boat for a cold summer treat!

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  9. That looks like a lot of summer fun! :) Love picnics!!

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  10. Wow, now I wanna go to the beach or find a playground. Your summer looks like so much fun! That Kinder Surprise is a fun idea - my girls would LOVE that! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  11. I love summer time too, so relaxing. My daughter is going to love those Kinder boat ice cream sandwiches! Yummm...

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  12. I love spending our days at the beach and the overall "feel" of Summer. Summer has always meant "freedom" for me as a kid. I hope my child has a fun Summer! I'm excited about no mad rush in the mornings getting ready for school!!!

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  13. Tithe treat looks delicious! I'm going to test it on my kids sometime.

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  14. awesome pictures. omg that Kinder surprise treat looks amazing, thanks for sharing, I hope to try this... I most look forward to just chilling by the waters in the summer time.

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  15. wow oh my goodness what an amazing idea Who would have thought Thank you for posting this

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  16. I never ever thought of doing this, this would be a great surprise for my granddaughter, thanks for sharing such a great idea!!!

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  17. I love the look your son has looking at that kinder egg! What a great idea!!

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  18. Really interesting idea with the Kinder!

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  19. Yummy, what a wonderful idea! It's sad that summer is nearly finished!

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  20. I loved the photo,I hate to see summer go

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  21. Well another summer has come and gone, now to make some fall memories

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  22. What a great idea! I'm not going to lie, I love Kinder Surprises - they don't have it in the US! - because I love the chocolate of the shell! So this would be a treat for a me too! ;)

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  23. What a great fun idea, I will have to remember it for next summer

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  24. Oh I think the kids would love this,will keep this one,thanks

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  25. Seen our first snow fall last night,it was so pretty in the street lights.Oh I am s going to miss this outside fun....

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  26. Oh I want summer so bad,we had a storm again last night.Oh to be sitting in front of the fire roasting a marshmellow

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  27. I can't wait for my families summer to begin- sooo much fun!!!! I hope they always want to and enjoy hanging out with Mom and Dad. I love your Kinder Egg Boat dessert- I am definitely going to try it this summer. My kids are going to LOVE it!! Thanks for the great idea!!

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  28. 2 yummy things together just has to be a big hit with everyone :-)

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  29. Love everything about this!!!!! and I can't believe Kinder is not available in the U.S!!!

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  30. It looks like your family is having a great summer.I love ice cream, especially in the summer! The Kinder Ice Cream boats and sandwiches are a wonderful idea. Thanks.

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  31. wow looks delish great idea , i will def be trying this for my Grandson , thanks for sharing ! Tree Goodwin rafflecopter name :)

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  32. We finally got to try the Kinder Ice Cream boats and the kids really enjoyed them

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