I thought it might be fun to celebrate New Years Eve at NOON this year instead of midnight. That way my youngsters can enjoy the countdown without the fuss of staying up way too late (mostly too late for mommy)… We will of course have all the “MAGIC” that comes with New Years Eve in the form of noise makers (they might be homemade), confetti, cheering etc.. It would be cool if I had a ball to “drop” too, but that seems a little ambitious for this mom with a 7 week old, maybe next year! We are expecting more snow so I thought we’d have make some snowman treats this year… I did a little blogging research and here is what I came up with! I’m not sure which treat we’ll try at our New Years “Eve” party. I think the kids will love either of them. I’m planning to make New Years Hats tomorrow, as well… WE’LL SEE if I get that done or not!
Now who wouldn’t love to dig into these sweet snowgirl and snowman milkshakes from Whisk? I still can’t get over their adorable-ness…. I also saw a similar recipe for Ghost milkshakes in Family Fun… I can’t wait to try them out….
4 tablespoons chocolate chips
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Raspberries or strawberries for garnish
1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Red food coloring
For the buttons: Melt the chocolate either in a double-boiler or in the microwave. With a toothpick or paintbrush, paint buttons on the inside of a clear glass. Put the glass in the freezer while you make the milkshake and whipped cream.
For the milkshake: In a blender, combine ice cream, milk and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.
For the whipped cream: Whip cream until almost stiff. Add sugar and vanilla Beat until cream holds peaks. Put into a piping bag or Ziplock….
Take the glass out of the freezer. Fill with the milkshake. Top with the whipped cream. Serve with a spoon and a straw. YUMMY….
These Snowman shots from Babble look super easy. You can Make them ahead of time and set them on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Then all you have to do is pop them out to serve.
- 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 squares unsweetened chocolate
- 1 pint of vanilla ice cream
- 1 Small & 1medium ice cream scoops
- 8-12 Mini chocolate chips
- 4-6 gummy oranges, orange dots, tic tacs etc.., cut into tiny spears
In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, place the chocolate squares and microwave them for 35-40 seconds, just enough to soften. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the chocolate, then return to the microwave for 50-60 seconds. Remove and stir until the chocolate is fully melted and a thick hot fudge sauce forms.
Spoon hot fudge sauce into the bottom of 4-5 small shooter glasses. Using a medium-sized ice cream scoop, scoop some of the vanilla ice cream into a rounded ball and plop it carefully on top of the hot fudge sauce. Use the small sized scoop to do the same, placing the second scoop on top of the first one to create the snowman’s head.
Gently press the carrot nose & chocolate chip eyes into the snowman’s head. Return to the freezer and allow to freeze until ready to serve. You could also double the recipe and make “bigger” snowman sundaes if you don’t have shot glasses…. I also think you could make the same “concept” with Rootbeer floats…
SNOWMAN HANDPRINT PICTURES:
1. Paint your child’s hand with white paint…
2. Have them press their painted hand onto the construction paper making sure to separate the fingers…
3. The fingers are now the different snowman, and the “palm” of the hand is the snow bank. Allow the white paint time to dry.
4. Using markers or paints have them decorate their snowmen.
5. You can put multiple snowmen on each paper, cut out one hand and make it into an “ornament or wall hanging”, be creative and have fun!