No Churn Rainbow Chip Ice Cream

Summertime and ice cream go together like…. Summertime and ice cream!! Ha!

Homemade ice cream
I’ve always wanted to make my own ice cream, but with no ice cream maker. I doubted the finished product would turn out with that rich creamy texture we all know and love!

Also, all the recipes I found required so many steps…. We all know I’m not about that life!

The easier the better.

So after an evening of experimenting, I came up with this super simple recipe that did not disappoint!

Homemade ice cream

I added Candy coated chocolate chips, but using this base you can add whatever special treat you want!

Try:

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Mini Oreos
  • Chocolate chip cookie pieces
  • Pieces of your favorite chocolate bar
  • Sprinkles

The possibilities are endless!

  • 2 Cups Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Cup treat of your choice
  1. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer. Whip cream for about 10 minutes, until stiff peaks form.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix your condensed milk and selected “add in”.
  3. Fold in your whipped cream to your condensed milk.
  4. Pour mixture into a loaf pan, cover tightly with plastic wrap and freeze overnight (minimum 6 hours)

Perfectly creamy and delicious ice cream, with barely any work!

That’s a summer time win in my books! Giving you less time in the kitchen and more time by the pool!

Enjoy!

Fran

 

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Frozen Hot Chocolate with Caotina

(This post was sponsored and I was provided product for the purpose of review. As always my opinions are my own and true!)

Summer Time and hot chocolate don’t usually go hand in hand. I’m a sucker for anything chocolate! So when Caotina sent me a sample of their chocolate drink mix to try out, I decided to put a cool twist on the classic hot chocolate!

As soon as you open the container of chocolate drink mix, you can smell how chocolatey it is!

Caotina’s rich flavor gives these pops a delicious chocolate taste. They’re creamy and refreshing. Perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day! So simple to make, they’re now always stocked in the freezer at the request of my husband!
Caotina frozen hot chocolate
Give them a try!

I promise you’ll love them!

  • 1 3/4 Cups whole milk
  • 3 Tbsp Caotina Chocolate drink mix
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 bag mini chocolate chips (optional for topping)
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows (optional for topping)
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine milk, drink mix, sugar, and salt. Whisk well on medium heat. Remove once mixture becomes smooth.
  2. Stir in Vanilla and cool to room temp.
  3. Pour into Popsicle mold of your choice and freeze for 4 hours.
  4. Before serving melt your chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl, and dip each pop into the chocolate. Top each Popsicle with some mini marshmallows. Place pops on on parchment or wax paper and allow to set in freezer for 5 mins.

I think the added chocolate and marshmallows give it even more of a hot chocolate feel! You can’t have hot chocolate without marshmallows… Even if it is frozen!

Enjoy,

Fran

 

 

A Night To Remember, With Arriba Restaurant and Renaissance Toronto!

Being a Maid of honor is a pretty stressful job!

In all honesty, it’s been pretty smooth sailing so far. My sister is far from a BRIDEZILLA and has really asked very little!

I knew that her bachelorette party was on me to plan. I also knew I wanted something that she and everyone else would remember and love! My sister is not one to party hard and considering my mom and her future mother in law would be in attendance…. no “adult entertainment” would be involved…. Seriously I think I would die from awkwardness!

If you know my sister, you know there are a few things she holds dear to her heart. Two Of those being : Good food and The Toronto Blue Jays!

After a visit to Arriba Restaurant and Lounge located in the Renaissance Hotel Toronto  last year. I knew it would be the place to give us the best of both worlds!

The Hotel is the only one in North America, connected to a stadium that gives you field views from the comfort of your own room! How amazing would it be to watch your favorite team or band play live, right from the comfort of your own room!

The Hotel is located in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district. Steps to the historical C.N Tower,the amazing Ripley’s Aquarium and so much more fun!

It’s also part of the Marriot Family, So you know you’ll get the best service while you’re there! It’s pet friendly, has a beautiful pool, fitness center and high speed internet! They’ll make your event, (including weddings, meetings or conferences) The best! While wowing your guests!

Located just off the hotel’s beautiful lobby, you’ll Find Aribba Restaurant ! This beautiful venue has floor to ceiling walls of windows! Providing diners with amazing views of the Rogers Centre fields, while eating world class food!

We were given the whole back section of the restaurant to host our event and provided options off their Summerlicious menu available from July 7th-21st.

 

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The bar mixed us up some sangria, both red and white wine, to greet our guests as they arrived! I also set up a small album for people. I thought it would be a cute idea for friends and family, to bring a photo with a one of their favorite memories with the bride. So she can look back at special moments she had with the people she loves most as she starts this new chapter in her life!

I also added a special treat for everyone! It’s not fair for the bride to be, to be the only one with some flashy bling! So ring pops for everyone!

We Started our meal with The restaurant’s signature chips and dip! First of all this dip is AMAZING and highly addictive! It’s loaded with smoked maple bacon and caramelized onions and served with house made chips! It’s so obvious why its a customer favorite!

We then enjoyed some delicious appetizers including: Baby spinach and quinoa salad, spicy beef bites and fried calamari !

 

My dinner was a delicious papperdelle with shrimp and chorizo ! Honestly this dish speaks for it’s self!

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So, now we come to my favorite part of any meal…… DESSERT!!!

Can we just take a moment to admire the beauty that is this cheese cake and this bread pudding!! I’ll give you a minute……. and yes they tasted as good as they looked!

The night was full of fun and laughs, even though her beloved Blue Jays lost the game…. I think it’s safe to say the bride to be had a great time!

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I want to thank Aribba and Renaissance Toronto For hosting us and for their amazing food and service!

It’s been a few days since the party, and all our friends are still talking about how amazing everything was! Most planning another visit soon! This lady included!

I couldn’t think of a better way to give my little sister a special night! It’s everything i had hoped for her and more! Well maybe the Jays winning would have been better but…… Some things just can’t be controlled! ha!

If you’re in the Toronto are or traveling there soon, book your stay and make your reservation!

Tell them Fran sent you!

xo, Fran