Recently my niece, Cam (11 years old) and my nephew, Brody (3 years old) came to spend the night with me. Usually the excitement of hanging out with Aunt Molly lasts about an hour (if that long) before I start hearing "I'm bored," "Can we go to the store?" "Ow stop touching me..." etc. and I wonder why I agreed to let them stay the night in the first place. We've all been there let's just admit it. Usually trying to come up with an activity for both of them to do together is like trying to pull teeth. Brody is up for pretty much anything, but Cam is at the pre-teen age where she doesn't want to do "baby things." This time I decided that with the Fourth of July quickly approaching we were going to make these patriotic milkshakes I found over at Pint Sized Baker (http://www.pintsizedbaker.com/2014/06/4th-of-july-milkshakes.html).
To Start Cam and I added food coloring to vanilla ice cream to make red and blue ice cream. We mixed ours by hand instead of using a blender as suggested, mainly because I have yet to actually buy a blender.
Next we had to put the ice cream back in the freezer for a couple of minutes to let it harden. No matter how old I get this is always the hardest part for me. After a few minutes we took the ice cream out and let Brody see it. He was a little worried at first that the ice cream was going to taste different so we had to do some taste testing first. Here is Brody's "blue mouth," he had to show off before we could make the rest of the milkshake.
Once we got Brody's Stamp of approval, it was time to make our milkshakes! Cam scooped the ice cream into the cups one layer at a time, until she felt the layers were just right. Here's my tip, make sure to press the ice cream layers together for a cleaner look.
We added some whipped cream and a spoon and Viola! The kids had a tasty treat, and I didn't have to hear "I'm bored" for at least 30 minutes (I consider this an accomplishment). We might even start making these for every holiday, of course changing the colors and maybe even adding sprinkles!
Of course, the kids have a tendency to spill anything they can get their hands on, so I give them each their own Turtlebacks to keep from getting milkshake rubbed into my carpet. I would say all in all this was a great way to spend an afternoon with the kids! If you decide to try out these Patriotic Milkshakes send us a picture (email@example.com). We would love to share some pictures on our Facebook page, extra points if you included a Turtleback in the picture. I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Fourth of July! And remember have a drink on us!