Thursday, July 09, 2009

The Cuteness of My Boys and More Summer Treats--Lemon-Up Floats and Lower Fat Banana Ice Cream

Would ya look at this--I've said it once before, even quite recently, but seriously, could there be more blue eyes and an angelic face on a kid?  (Yes, he needs a haircut big time!)




And then there's this guy, who thinks he can ride a bike, but can't even reach the pedals.  It doesn't matter, he's cuter than pie.


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And a really rare occurrence--all four of them together.


Of course, it's because they are all enjoying a treat together before bedtime, which seems to be an every-night thing around here. 

You remember the pink lemonade sherbert I told you about recently?


A little recipe recap for you--

Katrina's Refreshing Pink Lemonade Sherbert

1  1/2 cups half and half

1 cup whole milk

1/2 cup agave nectar (or sugar)

1 can pink lemonade concentrate

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of salt

3 drops of red food color (optional for darker pink color--I did use it_

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk to mix thoroughly.  Process in ice cream maker following manufacture's instructions.  Put the thickened mixture in a air tight container and freezer at least two hours.  Or enjoy it immediately in glasses with straws!  It was like a really yummy, thick, tasty Slurpee.  Be careful, this is the brain freezing kind of stuff! ;)

We had some leftover, so I scooped it into cups for the boys and topped it off with some 7-Up for  delicious

LEMON-UP FLOATS (I came up with that name and thinks it's pretty darn cool!)  The boys love Root Beer Floats, and they really liked these.  (It helps that they don't get pop much, so they think it's pretty awesome when they do.) 



Sam wasn't up for trying for one more group picture.


And one more quick summer treat.  I looked at a lot of recipes, but ended up coming up with my own

Lower Fat Banana Ice Cream, by Katrina

2 cups half and half

8 ounces fat free sweetened condensed milk

2 bananas, mashed

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Add to ice cream maker and churn according to manufacture's instructions.  Freeze for about 2 hours.  Mmmm.  This is great with some chopped nuts on top, or a little chocolate, or some chocolate chips and peanuts, or.....lots of things!



Clumbsy Cookie said...

I should start calling you Katrina, the low fat ice cream queen!!! Great treats and again you're right, your boys are just too cute! How can you handle so mush cuteness?!

♥peachkins♥ said...

I love it when you have a new entry!! More ice cream/sherbet flavors. That pink lemonade sure sounds refreshing!

Donna-FFW said...

Katrina.. they are too precious. Adorable little guys!

That pink lemonade sherbert looks fantastic!!

Tracey said...

I'm so impressed that you're able to do as much cooking and baking as you do. I imagine your boys keep you pretty busy :) They're adorable. The treats look amazing!

basicallybaked said...

Yes, they're definitely cute! :-)
The sherbet and ice cream look yummy. As a kid I would have loved your lemon up floats!! Great idea!

pinkstripes said...

Great pictures! Lemon-up floats sound delicious. So does the banana ice cream.

Eliana said...

Your float ups look so good, but not as good as your boys!!!

Jennifer said...

Cute boys! Your floats look very, very good. I really like making homemade icecream and will have to try the sherbet recipe, the use of pink lemonade is ingenious.

Megan said...

At least your low fat dessert turned out better than mine!

Great photos!

Stacy said...

They are so adorable!!! I just love how happy they are! (You guys must be some pretty awesome parents! Who wouldn't love to have you as a Mom????)

Thank you so much for posting all of these lower fat recipes (plus with the cost of heavy whipping cream I'd rather start making low fat). As of next week I am back to working out, so I will need these low fat recipes more than ever!!! As always, thanks again for sharing your beautiful family and amazing desserts!!!

Amanda said...

Wow the floats and the ice cream sound fabulous and those kids, DOLLS!!

Judy said...

The sherbet and the ice cream both look wonderful. I especially like the pink lemonade sherbet.

Andrew's Mom said...

They are very cute!