We are almost in the full swing of summer! Bring on the long lazy days spent outside, by the pool, or beach. These are some of my favorite Summer Must Haves from Amazon so that you can be prepared for the summer fun. Whatever your plans are this summer, I’m sure you will find something useful on this list!
This root beer float bar is perfect for your summer family fun nights or BBQs.
When I think of some of my favorite childhood summer memories I think of nights at the drive-in, ice cream for dinner, swimming in the pool and catching fireflies. I long to get back to those simple times and give my kids those summers that I had. Scroll down to see my root beer float bar and more vintage summer ideas from some of my friends. Every Friday night we have our Friday night pizza nights followed by a movie. In the summer if it’s a nice night we will set up an outdoor movie on the deck. I made this root beer float bar for a special treat during our movie. It reminded me of being at the drive-ins!
One of the things on our summer bucket listthis year was to make homemade ice cream. This recipe is for easy homemade no churn ice cream and the best part is the flavor options are endless! I did a little experimenting in the kitchen last weekend and put two flavor combinations to the test. I’m sharing them below.
Easy Homemade No Churn Ice Cream
The base for the ice cream is super simple with only 4 ingredients – heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and salt. Once you have the base, you can add in whatever your taste buds desire to make different flavor combos. All you need is a loaf pan or these pyrex containers, no machine required.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks start to form.
In a separate bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and salt
Gently fold in the sweetened condensed milk mixture into the heavy whipping cream until combined.
If serving plain vanilla ice cream, spoon into a bread loaf pan or glass container. Cover and freeze.
If making flavored ice cream, add in your mix-ins of choice and then follow step 4.
2 of my favorite flavor combinations are lemon blueberry and one that I named “Salty Mama”.
This one is just so refreshing and perfect for summer. Prepare the ice cream using the recipe above. Add in 1 cup of blueberries (I did mine whole but I would probably suggest quartered or mashed) and 1 tbsp lemon zest. Freeze as instructed. Prior to serving, top with some additional grated lemon zest to taste.
This one is definitely richer! Peanut butter and nutella flavored topped with salty pretzels for the perfect sweet and salty combo.
Prepare the vanilla ice cream base. Using a mixer, mix in 1 cup of peanut butter and 1/2 cup of nutella until smooth. Freeze in your loaf pan or container. Prior to serving, top with crushed pretzels. Mmmmmm.
This post is sponsored by Fox Pest Control but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Since we’re home this summer, we’ve been getting creative with fun activities to do in the backyard for the whole family. And thank you to Fox Pest Control, we no longer have to worry about pesky mosquitoes, stink bugs or ticks.
Check out some of our favorite backyard activities for the whole family below. And be sure to scroll to the bottom for a special offer from Fox Pest Control!
Our favorite backyard activities for the whole family
1.) Make a giant water blob – If you’ve never seen the movie “Heavyweights”, there’s a giant pillow called “The Blob” . You can make your own giant water blob out of plastic sheeting and duct tape. Click here for the tutorial
2.) Make glow jars – these little jars are so pretty and whimsical. To make them you will need glow sticks (these are the ones I used from Amazon), glitter and a mason jar. Carefully cut the top off your glow stick and pour the contents into the mason jar. (I used 3 glow sticks for each jar). Sprinkle in some glitter, screw on the lid and shake. Then bring outside or put in your kiddos’ rooms at night.
3.) Make s’mores – It’s not summer until you’ve had one. My favorite is to use Reese’s peanut butter cups instead of the traditional Hershey bar.
4.) Bounce house fun – we recently got a bounce house for our yard and it was one of the best purchases we’ve made. It honestly keeps the kids occupied for hours. (Linking ours – it even has a ball pit!)
5.) Make a water slide – Rig up a hose to your slide on the bounce house or on your swingset to make a waterslide.
6.) Camp out in the backyard -Set up a tent and camp out in the backyard.