Kathleen is having her monthly challenge at Let's Dish! This month's theme is Farewell to Summer, and I'm setting my outdoor tea with my fairy garden and my frog planter. I was inspired by Alycia at Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, when she recently did a table with some cute frogs. I spotted my frog that's always out on my patio, which was given to me by our next door neighbors when we moved from Ohio to Michigan back in 1985. I've kept him all these years, and he even hopped to Texas with us back in 1986. I love a little table whimsy and I'm using my polka dot plates on top of my polka dot table covering, with my bee napkins and mismatched teacups. We're going to have ice cream in my crystal wedding goblets, along with some easy frog cookies.
Can you spot the tiny frog in the bird bath? My oregano is getting out of control and needs a major trimming as it's covering up my waterfall!
My sister gifted me with this pretty teacup and it's perfect for Summer!
This Copy Cat DQ Ice Cream recipe comes from Cathy at Wives With Knives. I asked Cathy if she minded if I shared the recipe because my grandchildren and I loved it, and she told me to spread the ice cream love around. I mixed up all the ice cream ingredients the day before and then when the kids came over we could make the ice cream in my Donvier Ice Cream maker. You can find Cathy's recipe here.
I have cut the recipe in half to fit my small ice cream maker and it works great. Make some ice cream to enjoy this summer! I made a Peanut Buster Parfait to enjoy. For a great hot fudge sauce recipe, look here.
COPY CAT DQ ICE CREAM
- 1 envelope Knox gelatin
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 2 cups whole milk (I used 2%)
- 1 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 and 1/2 cups whipping cream
- Soak gelatin in cold water
- Heat milk, but do not boil.
- Remove from heat and add gelatin, sugar, vanilla and salt.
- Cool and add cream.
- Chill 5 to 8 hours.
- Pour into a 1 quart ice cream freezer can.
- Process according to manufacturer's directions.
- Cathy says to put this in a container and freeze several hours or overnight. I personally love this right after it's made when it is still soft, and the grandkids did, too!!
When you look at these cookies from this angle, it looks like the frogs are smiling! I love that!
There are some incredibly cute versions of Frog Cookies when you google, but I wanted one that kids could actually do quickly and enjoy. This version from Kraft, fit the bill. The original recipe can be found here.
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (Oreos...I used the Birthday Cake flavored ones)
Chocolate Flavored Bark
mini pretzel twists
Melt the chocolate flavored bark (I used one square) in the microwave according to package directions.
Spread a little peanut butter on one side of the chocolate sandwich cookie, then dip in the chocolate.
Press two mini pretzel twists into the chocolate with the wide part of the pretzel facing out, placing on waxed paper.
Add two candy eyes, attaching with some melted chocolate. I found that adding two dabs of chocolate to the top of the cookie made it easier to attach the eyes.
I am sharing this with: