Dole Whip


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I have a new obsession! DOLE WHIP. You may have tried other recipes but I promise you, this one delivers.  My sister made it for a family get together and I was in LOVE with it. So creamy and fresh, I’ve begged her to make it again, and she finally just passed on her recipe. Of course I have to share with all of you because that’s just how I am.

Dole Whip
  • 1 quart (4 cups) Dole Pineapple Juice
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup milk if needed
  1. Pour the pineapple juice into a bowl and add sugar mixing until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add in the cream and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Pour into your ice cream maker. If there is still room in the machine add the extra milk.
  4. Follow instructions for your ice cream maker for freezing.
  5. Once it is done, serve and ENJOY!


If you are looking for ice cream machines here’s what I have and I LOVE it:

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Hope you ENJOY!

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Fingerprint Bugs


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Bug Books for Kids


We are kicking off Bug Week with some super fun bug books.  Even though bugs can be a little creepy at times, it is so interesting to learn more about them. My kids get a kick out of telling me new facts and these books are sure to deliver fun bug facts. So grab your library card or get ready to hit up Amazon. Here’s our list of top Bug Books for Kids! Bugs A to Z Ant Cities by Arthur Dorros The Best Book of Bugs Clara Caterpillar by Pamela Duncan Edwards Bugs Galore by Peter Stein The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hanna Hoose The HoneyBee Man by Lela Nargi and Kyrsten Brooker The Honey Makers by Gail Gibbons The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle It’s a Firefly Night by Dianne Ochiltree Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr and Lois Ehlert [Read More…]

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Bugs Activities and Printables

Bugs Activities and Printables - so many fun crafts to keep kids busy this summer!

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4th of July Jello Parfaits


  4th of July Jello Parfaits A quick little idea to share today!  We make these Blue and Red 4th of July Jello every year and wanted to share them with you today. What you need: 1 large packet of jello (blue or red) Cool Whip or you can make whipped cream Raspberries or Strawberries or Blueberries:) Plastic Clear cups Prepare the jello following the instructions on the box.  Pour the jello liquid into the clear cups.  Allow the jello to set up overnight in your fridge.  The next morning, add whipped cream and berries to the top. We add festive toppers to the parfaits.  We found these adorable Pinwheels last year. The kids LOVE having their own mini parfait.  The perfect cool treat for a hot summer day! We also love to make blue cupcakes, with white frosting and star sprinkles.  What are your favorite treats to make for the 4th of July? Be sure to check out our [Read More…]

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America Week Recap

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America week is all about the red, white and blue! From printables to educational books, this week has it all. Paper Firecrackers by Tried & True. 4th of July Parade Flags Patriotic HedBanz Patriotic Activities and Printables 14 Books about America Be sure to check out the other 11 weeks in our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guide! Pin It

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Patriotic HedBanz

America HedBanz

We love playing HedBanz! It’s such a fun game that the whole family can get into. I’ve created an American version to help you pass the time waiting for fireworks. The kids will have a great time playing Patriotic HedBanz, and can learn a few things about our country’s history and some of our symbols. Heck, the adults might even learn a thing or two. All printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP. For personal noncommercial use only. It’s good karma to leave a comment if you download. Other versions of HedBanz: Lucky HedBanz, Valentine’s HedBanz   Be sure to check out our other America posts as part of our Summer Surivival Guide! Pin It

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4th of July Parade Flags

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We’ve been having so much fun trying out the MINC machine from Heidi Swapp..and adding foil to fun projects.   This one is great for the 4th of July!  Festive Parade flags! I used Heidi Swapp’s patterned paper and added red and blue foil to the 12×12 paper. Then I cut each paper into 4 inch strips.  At the bottom I cut out a triangle to make a pennant shape. We glued these flags around wooden sticks and added silver sparkly stars!  My kids are excited to wave these cute festive flags on the 4th.  Happy Birthday USA! Check out our other posts from America Week as part of our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guide! Pin It

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Paper Firecrackers


Looking for a fun 4th of July themed project you can easily make with your kids? Look no further because it doesn’t get much easier than these Paper Fireworks! This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience and to assist in the maintenance of this site. Paper Fireworks Materials Paper Fireworks Free Printable Colors/Scissors/Tape Streamers (I used a small strip of Oly-Fun) Straw Step One. Print out the Paper Fireworks Free Printable on regular printer paper. I made most of the designs somewhat generic just in case you want to make these all Summer long. Also included a blank one just in case any of your kids really want to customize it! Step Two. Have your kids color in the designs they want. As I mentioned above, I left the majority of the printable neutral enough to use year round! Step Three. Cut a strip of Oly-Fun (or any other light material) into fringe and tape in place at [Read More…]

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