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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

Homemade vanilla ice cream

Serving: 8

Cook Time: 2 hours 45 mins

Ingredients:

  • 11/2 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tbsp 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 1 1/2 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 11/2 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

Strawberry ice cream with brown sugar

Serving: 9

Cook Time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (16 ounces or three cups) Strawberries, halved
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp 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

caramel apple ice cream

Serving: 11/2 quarts

Cook Time: 15 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups finely chopped, peeled cooking apples, like McIntosh
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 3/4 tsp apple pie spice or ground cinnamon
  • 1 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

blackberry ice cream

Serving: 2 pints

Cook Time: 37 mins

Ingredients:

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

Blackberry Swirl

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 packages (6 ounces each) Driscoll's Blackberries
  • 1 tbsp 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 tbsp 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, whisk 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 1/4 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

cookies-and-cream ice cream

Serving: 1 quart

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

Here are some of our favorite ice cream accessories that make eating it even more fun.

EKOBO bamboo ice cream set

EKOBO bamboo ice cream set

This set of four colorful and adorable cups and spoons are perfectly sized for sweet treats and as a bonus are made from sustainable bamboo.

$24

Noshi food paint

Noshi food paint

Ice cream is better with toppings! Made from 100% organic fruit purees, these food "paints" are not just delicious, but make a super fun addition to dessert time. Doodle, drip, design and eat!

$6

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As much as I love fall, it always feels like the season when my family's routine gets kicked into overdrive. With our oldest in (homeschool) kindergarten, my youngest on the brink of entering her twos, work, housework and *all the things* filling my day, it's hard not to feel a little overwhelmed sometimes. Did I mention we're still in a pandemic? (Yeah, it's a lot.) And while I try to take a positive view as much as I can, now more than ever I definitely jump at the chance to take anything off my busy plate.

One thing first in line at the chopping block? Cooking. To be fair, I like cooking. I cooked most of our meals long before I had ever even heard of social distancing. But there's something about the pandemic that suddenly made cooking every single meal feel exponentially more draining.

Enter Daily Harvest. They deliver nourishing, delicious food right to your door. Daily Harvest's mix of smoothies, bowls, flatbreads, snacks and more provide a balanced, whole food options that are as satisfying as they are nutritious. But my favorite part? When we're ready to eat, I simply pull the food from the freezer and it's ready in minutes—without any chopping, measuring or searching for a recipe. Even better, they're incredibly tasty, meaning I'm not struggling to get my girls to dig in. Not cooking has never felt so good.

Here are my 8 favorite products that are helping to lighten my load right now:

Mulberry + Dragonfruit Oat Bowl

Mulberry + Dragonfruit Oat Bowl

One thing that actually helps break up the monotony of quarantine? Trying and introducing new ingredients to my family. I love this overnight oat bowl (add milk the night before and let it set in your fridge overnight—easy-peasy!) because not only does it not compromise on nutrition, but it also helps me bring new whole fruits, vegetables and superfoods to the table with ease.

Mint + Cacao Smoothie

Mint + Cacao Smoothie

I kid you not, these taste exactly like a mint chocolate chip milkshake. (Just ask my 4-year-old, who is constantly stealing sips from my glass.) What she doesn't know? She's actually getting organic banana, spinach and chlorella with every sip. #momwin

Kabocha + Sage Flatbread

Kabocha + Sage Flatbread

Our family's eating habits have been leaning more plant-forward this year, which often means a lot of veggie washing, peeling and chopping every time I cook. That's why these flatbreads are my new best friend come lunchtime. This Kabocha + Sage Flatbread is made with a gluten-free cauliflower crust topped with kabocha squash, fennel and sage for a taste of fall in every bite. (Missing the cheese? You can add it before baking for more of a pizza feel.)

Kale + Sweet Potato Flatbread

Kale + Sweet Potato Flatbread

There's something about the combination of sweet potato crust topped with red cabbage, organic greens and an herby-cilantro sauce that is so delicious… like surprisingly delicious. I polished off this bad boy in seconds! And unlike other "veggie" crusts I've tried, these are actually clean (AKA no fillers, preservations, partially-hydrogenated oil or artificial anything). Plus, it couldn't be easier to throw in the oven between conference calls and homeschool lessons.

Cacao + Avocado Smoothie

Cacao + Avocado Smoothie

Any time I get to serve a breakfast that tastes like chocolate, it's a good day. (That goes double when it's *my* breakfast.) This rich, chocolatey smoothie is packed with organic zucchini, avocado, pumpkin seeds and pea protein for a nourishing mix of healthy fats and muscle-building protein so I can carry that baby all day long. And did I mention the chocolate?

Vanilla Bean + Apple Chia Bowl

Vanilla Bean + Apple Chia Bowl

Maybe it's just me, but after a long week of cooking, the last thing I want to do on Saturday morning is...wake up and cook. That's why these one-step breakfasts are saving my weekend. I simply add our favorite milk the night before and store the bowl in the fridge overnight. Come morning, I have a nutritious chia bowl that powers me through even the busiest day of errands. It's also Instagram-ready, which makes me feel like I'm out brunching (even if I can't remember the last time I was in a restaurant).

Cacao Nib + Vanilla Bites

Cacao Nib + Vanilla Bites

My kids have turned into snack monsters during quarantine, and I'm often struggling to find a wholesome option (that doesn't require a lot of extra cooking or else I resort to something ultra-refined and shelf-stable). These bites are the hero I never knew I needed. For one, they taste like cookie dough, but they're actually packed with chickpeas, pumpkin, dates and flax seed (among other whole ingredients). But unlike actual cookie dough, I don't have to go anywhere near my mixer to whip them up—all I have to do is pull the container out of the freezer, let them defrost a bit and we can all enjoy a treat.

Cauliflower Rice + Pesto Harvest Bowl

Cauliflower Rice + Pesto Harvest Bowl

Sometimes I have a little more time to cook, but I still want a quick, stress-free solution. (Especially because it always feels like I just cleaned up from the last meal.) I love these Harvest Bowls because they warm up in under five minutes on the stove top (or microwave!) but pack tons of flavor. The Cauliflower Rice + Pesto bowl is one of my favorites, with basil, olive oil and nutritional yeast for a hearty dish reminiscent of a mouth-watering Italian meal. When I'm feeling extra fancy, I add leftover grilled chicken or a fried egg.

Strawberry + Rich, Rippled Berry Compote Scoops

Strawberry + Rich, Rippled Berry Compote Scoops

Who doesn't want to end the day with a little something sweet? This creamy and decadent frozen treat from Daily Harvest is swirled with sweet berries and tropical dragonfruit for an antioxidant burst you'll feel good about—but that your kiddos will just think is ice cream. Go ahead, take credit for being the best mom ever.

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9 products that will help baby sleep better (and longer!)

For many parents, attempting naps and bedtime can seem like a never-ending cycle of rocking, shushing and hoping for some kind of magic sleep solution.

How do I get my baby to sleep? This is one of the most commonly asked questions among new parents, and it makes sense, given that babies are born with their days and nights mixed up. For many parents, attempting naps and bedtime can seem like a never-ending cycle of rocking, shushing and hoping for some kind of magic sleep solution.

And while that might not exist (yet), we have found some of the best products out there that can help baby fall asleep faster and for longer durations. Because when baby is sleeping, so are you!

Dreamland Baby weighted sleep sack and swaddle

Designed by a mama, parents swear by this weighted sleep sack. It mimics your hug to give your baby security and comfort that helps them get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. The detachable swaddle wing makes it easy to transition as they grow.

It's also super easy to get on and off, and includes a bottom-up zipper for late night changes, so you don't have to wake your baby in the process.

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Yogasleep Hushh portable sound machine

Yogasleep hushh sound machine

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Bebe au Lait muslin crib sheets

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The Simple Folk perfect pajamas

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The Snoo bassinet

Snoo

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Hatch Baby Rest sound machine + nightlight

best baby sound machine

The Hatch Baby Rest is a dual sound machine and nightlight that will grow with your family. Many parents use this product with their infants as a white-noise machine and then as a "time to rise" solution for toddlers.

The thing I love most about this product is that the light it gives off isn't too bright, and you can even select different color preferences; giving your toddler choices at bedtime.

$59.99

Crane humidifier

Crane Humidifier

The only thing worse than a sick baby is a baby who is sick and not sleeping well. The Crane humidifier helps take care of this by relieving congestion and helping your baby breathe better while sleeping.

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Naturepedic organic crib mattress

Naturpedic Lightweight Organic Mattress

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Happiest Baby sleepea 5-second swaddle

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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