Simple Yet Special Dessert: Ice Cream Sandwiches

File under “You’re On For Dessert But You Have No Time So You’re Just Going To Stop at the Grocery Store and Buy Something Off The Shelf.” Or, in my case last week, “You’re On Vacation In A Big House With A Lot Of People And You Don’t Want To Spend A Lot Of Time In The Kitchen, But You Want Something Special For Dessert.”

Next time you need a quick, easy, inexpensive dessert, try this:

Simple Ice Cream Sandwiches

You’ll need chocolate chip (or any other) cookies from your grocery store’s bakery section and a container of ice cream.

  • Place one cookie upside down on a plate.
  • Plop one scoop of ice cream
  • Press another cookie right side up on top and smoosh it down gently with the palm of your hand, taking care not to break the cookie.

Voila! You have yummy “homemade” ice cream sandwiches!

Of course, if you have a bit more time, you can bake your own cookies.

But you don’t have to! These are delicious, fun, and so, so easy. Especially for summer!



The Life Changing Magic of Visual Schedules

In my latest video at A Fostered Life on YouTube, I shared one simple but life-changing tip for helping new children in your home more quickly settle in and get to know your family’s schedules and routines more easily: visual schedules and charts!

Children with trauma backgrounds and/or in-utero drug and alcohol exposure often struggle with executive function, which is basically the skills we need to get things done. This can mean that what you might consider a simple instruction for a ten-year-old, for example, “take a shower” or “clean your bedroom,” can feel like an insurmountable task to the child. They don’t know where to begin, they feel overwhelmed, etc. This can leave them feeling frustrated, and when they don’t do what you’ve asked them to do, you get frustrated as well.

It can lead to a vicious cycle of frustration.

One way to address that is to create visual charts to help them go step by step.

In this video, I talked especially about creating a nighttime routine and accompanying visual helpers. Be sure to check it out!

And if you’re not already following A Fostered Life on Facebook, please do! There, I’m sharing examples of real-life visual charts and schedules other foster and adoptive parents have shared with me.

Pinterest is also a great place to find examples and inspiration for visual charts.

Hope you find this helpful!

Homemade Edible “Fingerpaint” for Crawlers and Toddlers!

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Here’s a fun way to spark your baby or toddler’s creativity (and also a great way to contain her/him while you finish cleaning the kitchen or folding the laundry 🙂

Homemade Edible “Fingerpaint!”

Here’s what you need:

  • Greek style plain yogurt (Greek is best, because it’s thicker than regular yogurt)
  • Food coloring

Mix up some small batches of different color combinations, place a dab of each on the tray of her high chair, and let the creativity unfold!

(Note that you should put her in a onesie or something that you don’t mind getting a bit stained — food coloring can stain, of course! That said, I find that if I wipe her down quickly after she’s done playing, it washes off with just some water and a rag.)

Have fun!