July 24, 2014

Tasty Tidbits: Ice Scream!

This week, I've been talking a lot about ice cream... it all started with Carvel and their new ice cream flavor and a giveaway you don't want to miss out on! (You still have time to enter!)
Carvel and their latest flavor- Nutella.

Next up, was a Strawberry-Vanilla Topping... followed by Caramel Ice Cream!

This summer wasn't the first time I became infatuated with making my own ice cream... here are a few favorites from the past:


July 22, 2014

Caramel Ice Cream

It's still all about ice cream over here!  And, don't forget about my Giveaway on my recent post!  There is still time to enter!

One of my favorite flavors is caramel... just add it to nearly any dessert and I'm totally there.  Something about that rich treat that totally appeals to me on any day of the week!

Caramel Ice Cream

Yes, I do love caramel and it's even better if I have a caramel topping to add to my ice cream.  No, it's not possible to have too much of a good thing... trust me on this!

July 20, 2014

Strawberry Vanilla Topping for Ice Cream

It's National Ice Cream Month, so I'm thinking this week should be all about ice cream here at FamFriendsFood!

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win $20 in Gift Cards to Carvel Ice Cream on my earlier post HERE.  

Today, I'm sharing a topping for your ice cream that you won't be able to resist!

Strawberry Vanilla Sauce Ice Cream Topping

July 18, 2014

Carvel is Now Serving Nutella Ice Cream #giveaway

Disclosure:  I received gift cards to purchase the new flavor of ice cream from Carvel.  All opinions are my own.  

Mmmm, ice cream... and it's got Nutella in it!  
Carvel and their latest flavor- Nutella.

Do I have your attention?  Yes, Carvel now has Nutella ice cream and it has those fun chocolate crunchies mixed in it!  What a way to bring in the month of July and gear up for National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 20th!

July 16, 2014

Fresh Blueberry and Banana Bread {Recipe}

So, it's summer and I'm still heating up my kitchen to make my kids happy.  As soon as the bananas turned brown, I had a request for banana bread!

I also happened to have a container of fresh blueberries hanging around, so the resulting bread had blueberries studded throughout each slice.  The addition of lemon zest always brightens the flavor in quick breads and also makes me think summer!

Fresh out of the oven! #blueberry #banana #bread yum!!

July 13, 2014

{Recipe} Veggie Wheat Berry Salad

What do you have for lunch each day?  Are you fortunate enough to have a full kitchen at your disposal so that you can make up whatever appeals to you each day?  I'm not that lucky, since I work outside the home... I try to pack a lunch to bring with me.  With trying to eat healthy and continue to lose a few more pounds, packing something that will satisfy and not leave me wanting something unhealthy is very important.

Last week, I shared some whole grain recipes that I've made in the past and that inspired me to make a new recipe with wheat berries (I have a few packages that I bought and need to use them since they are taking up valuable pantry space).

Veggie Wheatberry Salad

July 11, 2014

Tasty Tidbits: Whole Grains

Since I've been trying to incorporate healthy options into each meal, I thought I'd share some of my favorite FamFriendsFood posts that incorporate whole grains, and some links to recipes I plan to try from a couple of my Pinterest boards.

Let's start with my first foray into using wheatberries!  A very
filling grain that pairs well with dried fruits or vegetables.  This dish was inspired by one that I found at my local grocery store - Wheatberry Salad with Cranberries.

July 9, 2014

Macy's Fireworks from a Chartered Boat

We had the best time celebrating 4th of July this year!  It was finally time to let the boys check out the big Macy's fireworks show in NYC... only we didn't drive into the city to see them, we drove down to the shore.

What?  Why would we do that?  Well..... if you want truly the best view of the fireworks, you want to find a chartered boat that is heading out on the 4th to Lower Manhattan!

4th of July

July 7, 2014

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus {Recipe}

I love hummus.  What I love even more is that I've come up with a couple of different variations now that I enjoy and can make at home.  Bonus!

Nothing like dipping a multi-grain pita chip or carrots into a creamy hummus that is full of flavor to satisfy that afternoon craving for a snack.

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

July 5, 2014

The Boardwalk: Seaside Heights, NJ

What a gorgeous day we woke up to this morning after several days of rain and an amazing fireworks show in NYC by Macy's (more on that soon!).

When you live in New Jersey and the sun is shining and the sky is blue AND it's summer, it's a beach day or at least a "hit the boardwalk and have some fun" kind of day.  So, that's just what we did... although we didn't hit it as early as we would have liked (everyone slept in until 10 a.m. after a late night coming home from watching fireworks).  So, parking was limited (and EXPENSIVE) in Point Pleasant, which is closest to where we were staying.

So, we decided to keep driving South through many of the shore towns that don't have actual boardwalks... until we got to Seaside Heights.  While most people outside of NJ know of this area from a reality show from MTV, I'm not going to talk about that.  What we know of Seaside Heights is that it's not far from a state beach that we love for day trips - Island Beach State Park and that the boardwalk in Seaside has quite a lot to offer depending on what you want to do.

We were able to find municipal parking in Seaside Heights for $2 per hour (quite a find on a busy weekend day like today).  Other lots were charging up to $25 for the day in this area... a bit expensive, but people pay it when they can't find the less expensive muni lots to park in and they are ready to start their beach day.

Go Karts

Once we paid for the parking, we took a walk toward the boardwalk and noticed a Go Kart place just before crossing over the street.  It's $8 per driver and they need to be at least 54 inches tall to drive the bigger car, and I think it was 48 inches tall for the smaller car.  I can't remember how many times they allowed them to go around the track, but it seemed like a good 15 minutes or so... needless to say they had a great time racing around!

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