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5 delicious (and easy!) ice cream recipes to make with your toddler

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Here's the scoop—we have nothing bad to say about ice cream. It's refreshing, tasty, and it's our go-to when we need an instant pick-me-up after frolicking in the scorching sun with the kids. It also doubles as the perfect dessert to make with your toddler, which is another reason it's high on our list of summer activities. Simply put: Nothing evokes the summer season better than a big bowl of it.

That's why we gathered the yummiest (and sweetest) homemade ice cream recipes to make with your toddler:

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 2 hours 45 mins

Ingredients (makes 8 servings):

  • 1½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 cups low-fat milk
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 14-ounce can nonfat sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 vanilla bean

Instructions:

1. Sprinkle gelatin over water in a small bowl; let stand, stirring once or twice, while you make the base for the ice cream.

2. Pour 1½ cups milk into a large saucepan. Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise; scrape the seeds into the milk and add the pod.

3. Heat the milk mixture over medium heat until steaming. Whisk egg yolks and condensed milk in a medium bowl. Gradually pour in the hot milk, whisking until blended. Return the mixture to the pan and cook over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the back of the spoon is lightly coated, 3 to 5 minutes. Do not bring to a boil or the custard will curdle.

4. Strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean large bowl. Add the softened gelatin and whisk until melted.

5. Whisk in the remaining 1½ cups milk. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours.

Whisk the ice cream mixture and pour into the canister of an ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer's directions. If necessary, place the ice cream in the freezer to firm up before serving.

Recipe from Eating Well.

Strawberry Ice Cream with Brown Sugar

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 5 mins

Ingredients (makes 9 servings):

  • 1 package (16 ounces or three cups) Driscoll's Strawberries, halved
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

1. Mix strawberries, sugar and salt in a heavy saucepan. Let stand 10 minutes off heat.

2. Mash mixture with a potato masher until all berries have broken up. 3. Puree one-half strawberry mixture in a blender, then return to the saucepan.

4. Heat mixture gently only until fragrant, about 5 minutes. (Be careful to not overcook.)

5. Stir in heavy cream, milk and vanilla and chill in refrigerator overnight.

6. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions.

Recipe from Driscolls.

Smuckers Caramel Apple Ice Cream

Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups finely chopped, peeled cooking apples, like McIntosh
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 3/4 teaspoon apple pie spice or ground cinnamon
  • 1 (14 ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half cream
  • 1/3 cup Smucker's Caramel Flavored Topping

Instructions:

1. Cook apple in melted butter in large skillet over medium heat until tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in apple cider and apple pie spice; cover and simmer 5 minutes.

2. Whisk sweetened condensed milk and cream in medium bowl until well blended. Stir in apple mixture. Fill a large bowl about halfway with ice cubes and very cold water. Set the medium bowl containing the ice cream mixture inside the large bowl. Stir until very cold, about 5 to 10 minutes.

3. Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Spread in 8- or 9-inch square pan. Cover and freeze until firm, about 3 hours. Scoop ice cream and mound in pan.

4. Drizzle caramel topping over entire surface, allowing caramel to seep into ice cream. Pack ice cream back into pan. Cover and freeze until ready to serve.

Recipe from Smuckers.

Chamomile Blackberry Ice Cream

Prep Time: 20 mins (plus cooling overnight)

Cook Time: 37 mins

Ingredients:

  • Chamomile Ice Cream
  • 3 cups plus 3 tablespoons whole milk, divided
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 5 tablespoons (2½ ounces) cream cheese cut into cubes
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup dried chamomile
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon vodka, optional

Blackberry Swirl

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 packages (6 ounces each) Driscoll's Blackberries
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:

1. Pre-freeze ice cream maker bowl according to manufacturer's instructions.

2. Chill a metal loaf pan in freezer until needed.

Blackberry Sauce

1. Whisk together sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl.

2. Set aside cornstarch mixture.

3. Place blackberries into a small saucepan. Add lemon juice and cornstarch mixture.

4. Stir to combine ingredients.

5. Cook blackberry mixture over medium-low heat while stirring occasionally until blackberries have broken down and sauce is thick and bubbly, about 10-12 minutes. Allow blackberry mixture to cool slightly.

6. Transfer blackberry mixture a blender or food processor.

7. Puree blackberry mixture until smooth. Press blackberry sauce through a fine-mesh sieve and discard seeds.

8. Chill blackberry sauce in refrigerator until needed.

Chamomile Ice Cream

1. Whisk 3 tablespoons milk with cornstarch in a small bowl until smooth. Set aside cornstarch mixture.

2. Place cream cheese in a medium bowl and set aside.

3. Place remaining 3 cups milk into a medium saucepan. Add cream, sugar, honey, and salt. Boil milk mixture over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes while stirring constantly. Remove milk mixture from heat and stir in dried chamomile. Cover with a lid. Allow milk mixture to steep for 20 minutes.

4. Strain infused milk mixture through a fine mesh strainer lined with a cheesecloth and squeeze cheesecloth firmly to recover all the liquid.

5. Return infused milk mixture to saucepan.

6. Whisk cornstarch slurry again until smooth. Then, wisk cornstarch slurry into infused milk mixture.

7. Cook infused milk mixture over medium-high heat while stirring constantly until mixture lightly coats the back of a wooden spoon, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat. Pour ⅓ cup infused milk mixture over cream cheese. Stir cream cheese mixture until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture back into saucepan. Whisk ice cream base until completely smooth. Stir in vanilla and vodka (if using).

8. Chill ice cream base over ice bath for 30 minutes or in refrigerator 2-4 hours.

9. Pour ice cream base into bowl of ice cream maker. Churn ice cream until frozen according to manufacturer's instructions. Remove loaf pan and blackberry sauce from the freezer. Spread ¼ of ice cream evenly into loaf pan.

10. Dollop ¼ of blackberry sauce in several places over ice cream. Swirl blackberry sauce gently into ice cream using a chopstick or butter knife. Spread another ¼ of ice cream evenly into loaf pan. Dollop another ¼ of blackberry sauce in several places over ice cream. Swirl blackberry sauce gently into ice cream using a chopstick or butter knife.

11. Repeat steps until all blackberry sauce has been swirled into layers of ice cream. Cover loaf pan tightly with plastic wrap. Chill loaf pan in freezer 4 hours or overnight.

12. Let ice cream to rest at room temperature 5-10 minutes before serving

Recipe from Driscolls.

Homemade Cookies-and-Cream Ice Cream

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 40 mins

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Kosher salt
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 4 ounces chocolate wafer cookies (about 20)

Instructions:

1. Whisk the cream, milk, sugar, vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Beat the egg yolks in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk 1 cup of the hot cream mixture into the beaten yolks, then pour back into the saucepan, whisking, and return to medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture thickens, coats the spoon and reaches 180 degrees F on a thermometer, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl or measuring cup; discard the solids. Stir often until the mixture cools to room temperature. Lightly press plastic wrap directly against the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Chill until cold, about 3 hours. (For faster chilling, set the bowl of custard in a bowl of ice water and stir until cold.)

2. Place an 8-inch square metal pan in the freezer to chill then freeze the cold custard in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions. Put the cookies into a resealable plastic bag and lightly crush with the smooth side of a meat mallet or the bottom of a measuring cup.

3. Remove chilled pan and sprinkle in half of the crumbled cookies. Top with half of the ice cream, then repeat with remaining cookies and ice cream. Working quickly, use a spoon to incorporate the cookies into the ice cream mixing from bottom to the top. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, 2 to 3 hours.

Recipe from Food Network.

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There are few kids television shows as successful as PAW Patrol. The Spin Masters series has spawned countless toys and clothing deals, a live show and now, a movie.

That's right mama, PAW Patrol is coming to the big screen in 2021.

The big-screen version of PAW Patrol will be made with Nickelodeon Movies and will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

"We are thrilled to partner with Paramount and Nickelodeon to bring the PAW Patrol franchise, and the characters that children love, to the big screen," Spin Master Entertainment's Executive Vice President, Jennifer Dodge, announced Friday.

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"This first foray into the arena of feature film marks a significant strategic expansion for Spin Master Entertainment and our properties. This demonstrates our commitment to harnessing our own internal entertainment production teams to develop and deliver IP in a motion picture format and allows us to connect our characters to fans through shared theatrical experiences," Dodge says.

No word on the plot yet, but we're gonna bet there's a problem, 'round Aventure Bay, and Ryder and his team of pups will come and save the day.

We cannot even imagine how excited little PAW Patrol fans will be when this hits theatres in 2021. It's still too early to buy advance tickets but we would if we could!

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In the middle of that postpartum daze, the sleepless nights, the recovery, the adjustment to a new schedule and learning the cues of a new baby, there are those moments when a new mom might think, I don't know how long I can do this.

Fortunately, right around that time, newborns smile their first real smile.

For many mothers, the experience is heart-melting and soul-lifting. It's a crumb of sustenance to help make it through the next challenges, whether that's sleep training, baby's first cold, or teething. Each time that baby smiles, the mother remembers, I can do this, and it's worth it.

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Dayna M. Kurtz, LMSW, CPT a NYC-based psychotherapist and author of Mother Matters: A Holistic Guide to Being a Happy, Healthy Mom, says she sees this in her clinical practice.

"One mother I worked with recounted her experience of her baby's first smile. At eight weeks postpartum, exhausted and overwhelmed, she remembered her baby smiling broadly at her just before a nighttime feeding," Kurtz says. "In that moment, she was overcome by tremendous joy and relief, and felt, for the first time, a real connection to her son."

So what is it about a baby's smile that can affect a mother so deeply? Can it all be attributed to those new-mom hormones? Perhaps it stems from the survival instincts that connect an infant with its mother, or the infant learning social cues. Or is there something more going on inside our brains?

In 2008, scientists in Houston, TX published their research on the topic. Their study, "What's in a Smile? Maternal Brain Responses to Infant Facial Cues", takes data from the MRI images of 26 women as they observed images of infants smiling, crying, or with a neutral expression.

The images included the mother's own infant alternated with an unknown infant of similar ethnicity and in similar clothing and position. In each image, the baby displayed a different emotion through one of three facial expressions; happy, neutral, or sad. Researchers monitored the change in the mothers' brain activity through the transitions in images from own-infant to unknown-infant, and from happy to neutral to sad and vice versa.

The results?

"When first-time mothers see their own baby's face, an extensive brain network appears to be activated, wherein affective and cognitive information may be integrated and directed toward motor/behavioral outputs," wrote the study's authors. Seeing her infant smile or cry prompts the areas of the brain that would instigate a mother to act, whether it be to comfort, care for, or caress and play with the baby.

In addition, the authors found that reward-related brain regions are activated specifically in response to happy, but not sad, baby faces. The areas of the brain that lit up in their study are the same areas that release dopamine, the "pleasure chemical." For context, other activities that elicit dopamine surges include eating chocolate, having sex, or doing drugs. So in other words, a baby's smile may be as powerful as those other feel-good experiences.

And this gooey feeling moms may get from seeing their babies smile isn't just a recreational high—it serves a purpose.

This reward system (aka dopaminergic and oxytocinergic neuroendocrine system) exists to motivate the mother to forge a positive connection with the baby, according to Aurélie Athan, PhD, director of the Reproductive & Maternal Psychology Laboratory (a laboratory that created the first graduate courses of their kind in these subjects).

These networks also promote a mother's ability to share her emotional state with her child, which is the root of empathy. "A mother cries when baby cries, smiles when baby smiles," Athan says.

While there's a physiological explanation underlying that warm-and-fuzzy sensation elicited by a smile, there may be other factors at play too, Kurtz says.

"In my clinical practice, I often observe a stunning exchange between a mother and her baby when the latter smiles at her. A mother who is otherwise engaged in conversation with me may be, for that moment, entirely redirected to focus on her little one," Kurtz says. "This kind of attention-capturing on the part of the baby can enable and cultivate maternal attunement—a mother's ability to more deeply connect with her infant. The quality of attunement in early childhood often sets the stage for one's relationship patterns in the future."

Whether a physiological response, a neural activation, simple instinct, or the tightening of emotional connection, the feeling generated by babies' smiles is a buoy in the choppy ocean of new parenthood.

And while the first smile may be the most magical by virtue of its surprise and the necessity of that emotional lift, the fuzzy feeling can continue well into that baby's childhood and beyond. It keeps telling parents, you've got this!

[This was originally published on Apparently]

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Chrissy Teigen is one of the most famous moms in the world and definitely one of the most famous moms on social media.

She's the Queen of Twitter and at least the Duchess of Instagram but with a massive following comes a massive dose of mom-shame, and Teigen admits the online comments criticizing her parenting affects her.

"It's pretty much everything," Teigen told Today, noting that the bulk of the criticism falls into three categories: How she feeds her kids, how she uses her car seats and screen time.

"Any time I post a picture of them holding ribs or eating sausage, I get a lot of criticism," she explained. "Vegans and vegetarians are mad and feel that we're forcing meat upon them at a young age. They freak out."

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Teigen continues: "If they get a glimpse of the car seat there is a lot of buckle talk. Maybe for one half of a second, the strap slipped down. And TV is another big one. We have TV on a lot in my house. John and I work on television; we love watching television."

Teigen wants the shame to stop, not just for herself but for all the other moms who feel it. (And we agree.)

"Hearing that nine out of 10 moms don't feel like they're doing a good enough job is terrible," she said. "We're all so worried that we're not doing all that we can, when we really are."

The inspiration for Teigen talking publicly about mom-shame may be in part because of her participation in Pampers' "Share the Love" campaign. But even though Teigen's discussion coincides with this campaign, the message remains equally important. Advertising can be a powerful tool for shifting the way society thinks about what's "normal" and we would much rather see companies speaking out against mom-shame than inducing it to sell more stuff.

Calling out mom-shame in our culture is worth doing in our lives, our communities and yes, our diaper commercials. Thank you Chrissy (and thank you, Pampers).

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Dear fellow mama,

I was thinking about the past the other day. About the time I had three small boys—a newborn, his 2-year-old brother and his 5-year-old brother.

How I was always drowning.

How I could never catch my breath between the constant requests.

How I always felt guilty no matter how hard I tried.

How hard it was—the constant exhaustion, struggling to keep my home any kind of clean or tidy, how I struggled to feed my kids nutritious meals, to bathe them and clean them and keep them warmly dressed in clean clothing, to love them well or enough or well enough.

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Those years were some of the toughest years I have ever encountered.

But mama, I am here to tell you that it doesn't last forever. Slowly, incrementally, without you even noticing, it gets easier. First, one child is toilet trained, then the bigger one can tie his own shoelaces, then finally they are all sleeping through the night.

It's hard to imagine; I really really get it.

It is going to get easier. I swear it. I'm not saying that there won't be new parenting challenges, that it won't be the hardest thing you have ever done in your life. It will be. But it will get easier.

These days, all of my kids get the bus to school and back. Most of them dress themselves. They can all eat independently and use the toilet. Sometimes they play with each other for hours leaving me time to do whatever I need to do that day.

I sleep through the night. I am not constantly in a haze of exhaustion. I am not overwhelmed by three tiny little people needing me to help them with their basic needs, all at the same time.

I can drink a hot cup of coffee. I do not wish with every fiber of my being that I was an octopus, able to help each tiny person at the same time.

I am not tugged in opposite directions. I don't have to disappoint my 3-year-old who desperately wants to play with me while I am helping his first grade bother with his first grade reading homework.

And one day, you will be here too.

It's going to get easier. I promise. And while it may not happen today or even next week or even next month, it will happen. And you will look around in wonder at the magnificent people you helped to create and nurture and sustain.

Until then, you are stronger and more resilient than you can even imagine.

You've got this. Today and always.

Love,

A fellow mama

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