Ice Cream Cake Pops!

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How can a dessert get any better than this? Ice cream and cake in one dessert, well actually there isn’t any real ice cream in the dessert, but there’s a cone so that counts for something! This is an easy dessert to make, in fact we made it in our creative treats class with 4 year old kids. Follow these easy steps to make your very own delicious cake pops:

Ingredients:

  • Vanilla Cake (we made ours from scratch but you can also just buy the ones that come in a box and save yourself a lot of time). If you’re looking for a good Vanilla Cake recipe try this one.
  • Buttercream Frosting (we made ours from scratch, here’s a recipe for it. You can also just buy the frosting in a jar though, makes life so much easier, those nifty little premade goods).
  • White Chocolate Melts (amount varies depending on how many cake pops you’re making) for one whole cake you’ll need approximately 1 lb of chocolate melts.
  • Package of Mini Ice Cream Cones
  • Red Icing Gel (just a couple drops) to turn your white ice cream pink (if you so desire)
  • Styrofoam block wrapped in tin foil (we covered these ones in felt just to make them look extra fancy)
  • Cellophane/Ribbon

Method:

  • Crumble the cake into crumbs (kids love this step)!
  • Add about 3/4 of the jar of frosting or if you’re using homemade buttercream about 1 cup. You’re going to roll the cake into balls and want them to stick together with the frosting.
  • Placed rolled cake balls on parchment paper and then put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes or until they are hard.

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  • In the mean time, melt the chocolate (we don’t have a microwave at Seasons so we used a double boiler) if you’re using a microwave, do 20 second intervals as you really don’t want the chocolate to burn.
  • When the chocolate is melted you can pour it into a glass bowl (here’s a little trick to keep the chocolate from hardening: fill a larger bowl with boiled water and then place the smaller bowl with the chocolate inside it. This will keep the chocolate from hardening).
  • If you would like to colour your chocolate, you can do so at this point, just add a couple drops of the red icing gel (or a different colour if you choose).
  • Using a soup spoon, dunk one of the cake balls into the chocolate and cover it completely.  You can then plop it on top of the mini cones and don’t worry if it drips down the side of the cone, just adds a more realistic flair to your creation!
  • We added lots of sprinkles to make it look even more realistic!  You can also add a cherry (a cinnamon heart) for the full effect.
  • For presentation, you can use a styrofoam block that has been wrapped in tin foil. Simply use a knife to cut holes in then push the cones into the block. You can wrap the final product in cellophane and tie with a ribbon. This is the perfect gift for someone’s birthday or just for your own tummy!

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Homemade PlayDough!

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Here at Seasons, we use a LOT of Playdough and it can be pretty pricey to be continually buying it. So we learned how to make Playdough in our kitchen and want to share this easy recipe with you!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • food colouring

Combine all the ingredients in a pan over low heat and stir constantly until ball forms.

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Let the dough cool down before adding the food colouring. Once it has cooled, you can push your thumb into the dough and simply put a few drops of food colouring into the hole.

ImageKneed the dough until you obtain your desired colour and presto, perfectly made Playdough! Plus, no harm to the tummies of those little ones who occasionally sneak bites of Playdough!

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Halloween Cookie Decorating Workshop

We’re hosting a Halloween Cookie Decorating Worshop on Sunday from 1-3pm. All ages are welcome (including adults)! If you’re interested please contact us at info@seasonsfamilycentre.com

Cost: $30 per participant

(pictures are from last year’s great Cookie Decorating Workshop)

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Seasons Spooky Haunted House is Back!

We are hosting our annual Spooky Hanuted House on Sunday, October 28th from 4-6pm. Come join us for some yummy treats, crafts and of course a good ol’ fashion scare in our haunted house. Suitable for ages 3+ up (don’t worry, we turn the lights on for the wee little ones)! For those under 3 we do have yummy treats and crafts they are welcome to participate in! If you have any questions please email us at info@seasonsfamilycentre.com 

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Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Craft Project

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This is a great project you can do with your kids or on your own! If you’re going to do it with your kids, you can take the opportunity to talk about reducing, reusing and recycling . You can use these nifty tin can holders to hold just about anything. We use them in the art studio and the kitchen! Here’s a list of materials and step by step guide to help you!

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  • 6 Tin Cans (all same size)
  • Nail
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • 6 Screws (plus two for the handle)
  • small 2×4 wood (scrap pile at Home Depot)
  • Metal Handle (purchased at Home Depot)
  • Can of Black Spray Paint (or colour of your choice)

STEPS

1) Spray all tin cans, 2×4 and handle with spray paint (make sure to do this in well ventilated area)

2) Once cans have fully dried, use the hammer and nail to knock a small hole in each can in the appropriate spot. You can then make the hole bigger by holding the can against the 2×4 and using the drill. Then use a screw to secure the can to the wood.

3) Screw the handle on top of the 2×4 in the middle.

4) Ta Da!

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