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The last day of school was yesterday, folks. Hallelujah! I’m not sure who’s more excited, me or my kids. We’re all looking forward to no homework, sleeping in and warm weather. I have to be honest, I’m thrilled at just the change in our schedule! Summer days mean less structure, more free-time relaxing and playing. We recently moved and our new (old) house has a fantastic back yard, complete with rocks to climb on, endless trees to hide behind and a dirt hill. I know- sounds messy right? That’s the beauty of summer, they play, play, play in the dirt, then you simple hose them off. I try not to over-plan our summers and leave a lot of time for creative play. A good friend of mine told me once that “boredom begets creativity” and I am a firm believer in that! My kids have grown to understand over the years that summertime means less electronics and more imagination. We invite friends and cousins over, have some yummy treats available, put out a few fun activities and we’ve got ourselves a fun evening. More on the treats and activities later, but right now I want to share a fun dessert for the grown-ups… Here in Utah it’s super popular to order soft drinks “dirty.” And really, all dirty means in this case is adding two things: coconut and lime. Combine those with some Dr Pepper® Cherry and ice cream and oh heavens people, it’s delightful!
Dirty Dr Pepper ® Cherry Ice Cream Float
Yields: 2 floats
- 1 can Dr Pepper® Cherry soda
- vanilla ice cream
- 2 TBSP Cream of Coconut (found in the mixed beverage section)*
- 1 fresh lime, cut into quarters
- whipped cream and cherries, for topping
Pour about 1/4 cup of Dr Pepper into the bottom of each glass. Then scoop out some ice cream until about 3/4 of the glass is full. Pour 1 TBSP of the cream of coconut into each glass, along with the juice of 1/4 lime. Top with another 1/4 cup of Dr Pepper. Garnish with whipped cream, a cherry and a lime wedge. *Many “dirty” soft drink recipes call for coconut syrup, but it’s so hard to find I substituted this Cream of Coconut and it tastes so much better! Mmmm! ENJOY! See, now doesn’t that make watching the kids play Kick-the-Can for the 256th time just a wee bit more enjoyable?! I think so too! Want to Share a Little Funshine yourself?! You can enter to win a $100 Walmart e-giftcard daily- plus get money saving coupons to go towards your purchases! Click here to receive instant savings on M&M’s®, SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars, Dr Pepper® Cherry, Skittles®, Pedigree Dentastix®!
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M&M’s® and Skittles® are a fun follow-up to a picnic lunch outside!
These tasty little treats we enjoy making are homemade pudding pops. I added some Peanut M&M’s® for fun! They’re so simple to make. I serve them alongside some other frozen treats like Snickers® Ice Cream Bars (my husband’s all-time favorites!) and M&M’s® Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. Everyone gets to choose what they’d like and trust me, everyone is happy!
Homemade Pudding Pops
- 1-3.5 oz box chocolate pudding, made according to package directions
- 1 cup peanut M&M’s® candies
- popsicle sticks and small cups
Let pudding sit for about 5 minutes after mixing it up so that it’s somewhat set. Add a few M&M® candies into the bottom of each cup, followed by a spoolful of pudding. Continue to alternate M&M’s and pudding, until cups are nearly full. Stick a popsicle stick into the middle of each cup and freeze until firm. Run each cup under hot water for 1-2 seconds, then loosen from the cup and enjoy!
(this is often where the hose comes in handy too- my little kids seem to end up with a pudding facial after these pops!)
An always popular kid activity is blowing bubbles. Honestly, I don’t care how young or old your kids are, they like blowing/popping bubbles. Even my husband gets in on the action.
Easy Homemade Bubble Recipe
- 1/2 cup dishwashing detergent
- 4 1/2 cups water
- 4 tablespoons glycerin (found at most drugstores or craft stores)
Mix ingredients in a jar and let sit overnight for best results. Use a straw, or really anything round (we liked the results from Mason jar rings!) to blow bubbles.
That’s it! You’re all set to share the Funshine this summer! Stop by your local Walmart and pick up some Dr Pepper® Cherry, along with M&M’s® and a bag of Skittles®. Swing by the frozen section and grab the Snickers® Ice cream bars and M&M’s Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. Just don’t forget to invite me over…
- 1 can Dr. Pepper® Cherry soda
- vanilla ice cream
- 2 TBSP Cream of Coconut found in the mixed beverage section*
- 1 fresh lime cut into quarters
- whipped cream and cherries for topping
- Pour about 1/4 cup of Dr. Pepper into the bottom of each glass. Then scoop out some ice cream until about 3/4 of the glass is full. Pour 1 TBSP of the cream of coconut into each glass, along with the juice of 1/4 lime. Top with another 1/4 cup of Dr. Pepper. Garnish with whipped cream, a cherry and a lime wedge.
- *Many "dirty" soft drink recipes call for coconut syrup, but it's so hard to find I substituted this Cream of Coconut and it tastes so much better! Mmmm!