Enjoy Memorial Day with a Scavenger Hunt

It feels like summer has already arrived here in Minnesota, but the unofficial start of summer is this weekend, Memorial Day! While I can’t wait to enjoy the day off with my family, it’s important to remember the true meaning of this important American holiday.

Starting as Decoration Day after the Civil War, it didn’t become Memorial Day officially until after World War II to honor all the fallen men and women of America’s Armed Forces. In cemeteries all across the nation, graves will be decorated with flowers and flags to honor those who gave everything to protect the freedom we all enjoy. Flags will also fly at half-staff to remember the sacrifice of those brave soldiers and raised at noon to remind us all that it’s up to us to make sure that their sacrifice wasn’t for nothing.

While this is a sobering holiday, it’s also important to enjoy the freedom that American soldiers have been protecting for over 230 years. Awesome parades and family fun will be happening all over America.  Even if you don’t have a big parade near you, it’s always great to get outside with your family. Have a picnic, play some games, and enjoy the day off.

If you need an idea for a fun Memorial Day activity to do with your family, why not have a scavenger hunt?

I have two scavenger hunt options for you. 🙂

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Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

So have you made plans for a summer road trip yet? Plans have been popping up in my mind, but nothing is on the calendar yet. To prepare for impending summer trips, I’ve been thinking of possible homemade treats to take along. The bacon snack mix that I made a while back is a great salty snack for road trips. But I also like something sweet to munch on as well, like cookies.

I turned to my trusty and slightly rusty recipe box for an easy and sweetly delicious snack for the road. I found a recipe for brown sugar oatmeal cookies.

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

Okay actually they are called “Aggression Cookies”, which sounds like they would be difficult to make. But these cookies are really easy to make. This recipe does require kneading so the cookie dough is good to vent any aggression on.

Brown sugar oatmeal cookies is a more suitable name for these yummy treats. You can also add chocolate chips to these cookies which makes them even better in my opinion. For me chocolate makes almost everything better. These cookies are really easy to make and will be gratefully devoured by your family.

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Road Trip Essentials for Traveling with Kids

Summer’s nearly here, and that means it’s time to plan for…road trips! I have many fond memories of road trips, mostly heading up to the north shore of Minnesota on Lake Superior. This is a nice three hour road trip, but my family has also made the big road trips to places like Yellowstone National Park and Orlando, Florida. Those trips involve at least a couple of days when you have kids in tow.

Family road trips can be wonderful, but also quite challenging with kids. But planning ahead and being prepared can make all the difference to make your travel time as smooth as possible. I want to share with you some of my tips and tricks for surviving the long car ride together.

Road Trip Essentials for traveling with Kids

Long or short road trips can be tough on kids, but these easy and inexpensive tips can make the time pass as smoothly as possible.

First things first, make the car as comfortable as you can.

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Simple and Easy “Fried” Ice Cream

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Not only is it Cinco de Mayo today, but Mother’s Day is this Sunday!

Today I have a special recipe to share. This recipe is actually my mom’s Fried Ice Cream recipe which fits perfectly not only for Cinco de Mayo but also for Mother’s Day. While the origin of fried ice cream is up for debate, I usually see fried ice cream served as a delicious dessert in Mexican restaurants. So I always associate this exceptionally yummy frozen treat with Mexican cuisine.

My mom is an amazing cook, former caterer, and a wonderful person and mom to anyone and everyone, especially to me. Whenever anyone comes to her home, they are always warmly welcomed, loved, and fed very well. She is the mom and woman I have and always will aspire to be.

So featuring one of her many delicious recipes seems very fitting for Mother’s Day. I actually remember making fried ice cream with my mom when I was young, helping her with a catering job. When we were done, she’d let me pour the bit of leftovers into a bowl and enjoy the deliciousness. My mom has so generously allowed me to share this recipe with all of you. So let’s begin and make this delicious treat!

Fried Ice Cream Recipe

This fried ice cream is actually not fried at all: so it’s simple to make and you can easily make it with your kids.

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