Fresh Ice Cream

Summer is here! And while I would completely prefer to be hiding inside with my two little ones – I have two, rather big ones, who are full of energy and quite enjoy being entertained. Granted, Hailey and Zach have been amazing when it comes to adjusting to life with the twins and are very happy to appease themselves and play on their own.

With this blog, I am committing myself to do at least one fabulous pinterest-inspired activity per week, to spend some special 2-on-1 time with my older ones, and to give them a summer they will remember – considering they weren’t asking for two little babies to invade their turf and are very disappointed that we won’t be taking an extremely long road trip back to Ontario this year.

Ice Cream In a Bag

We started off by giving this little gem a try – “Ice Cream in a Bag”. (Please note – this is not frozen yogurt from Menchies… we’ve just made a point to hold onto our spoons after every visit). I came across this idea courtesy of Pinterest and The Pleasantest Thing.

I gave them the choice of chocolate or vanilla, and vanilla was a unanimous, “Yes, please!” IMG_2791

The ingredients were simple, all we needed was:

  • 1/2 cup of half-and-half cream
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • 6 tbsp of coarse salt
  • ice


We placed the ingredients into a sandwich-bag sized ziploc. Of course, we made two (one for each of them), so we just repeated the recipe again into a second sandwich-bag. I made sure to get all of the air out of the bag, sealed it tightly, then placed it inside of ANOTHER bag to prevent any leaks.

The small sealed sandwich bags were then placed inside gallon-size freezer bags, only after we had filled the freezer bags half full of ice and added the 6 tbsp of salt.


Here they are with their bags!

Now for the fun part – shake’em up! Apparently it takes 5-10 minutes for the cream to turn into ice cream. We ended up shaking our bags for about 15 minutes, only because we were having too much fun doing it!IMG_2794

We stood in a circle and threw them back and forth to each other, then we would throw them up in the air, do a twirl and try to catch them! The kids found it a little cold on the hands and ran inside to get their mittens.

Wait… I said THAT was the fun part?! I forgot about the eating part! I guess this activity was just all kinds of fun in general.

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Hailey getting ready
to dig in and Zach enjoying a bite!



Luckily – we did make two different bags, because poor Hailey’s cream DID end up leaking which made for some very SALTY ice cream. Zach’s bag, however, was perfect! And there was more than enough for the two of them to enjoy! Next time – I will just make sure to either put tape across the sandwich-bag’s seal OR triple bag it!

Take one was a success! Stay tuned and see how I do next week!