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It may be cold and snowy outside, at least where we live but it is a perfect time of year to enjoy this Christmas Ice Cream Cake. I was hoping to use Peppermint Stick Ice Cream but it seems to be getting harder and harder to find so instead I used Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and I have to say it was very good! This Christmas Ice Cream Cake is good enough for company and simple enough to make for a weekend treat. You can use any type of ice cream you want so the recipe is very versatile. The cake is made ahead of time and put in your freezer. Before serving unmold onto a plate, cover with your whipped topping and it’s ready to serve! It’s quick to put together taking only about 15 minutes or so!ice cream cake

 

Christmas Ice Cream Cake

 

Ingredients:

 

2 packages (10 oz. each) of individual cream filled chocolate cakes (Devil Dogs, Little Debbie Devil Cremes)

3 cups of ice cream, softened, I used mint chocolate chip

12 Oreo cookies, crushed and divided

2 cups of whipped topping, I used Cool Whip

 

Directions:

 

Line a 9×5 loaf pan with plastic wrap. Place six chocolate cakes in the pan, completely covering the bottom.ice cream cake Spread ice cream over the cakes and sprinkles with half of the crushed Oreo crumbs. Press the remaining chocolate cakes on top. Cover and freeze for at least three hours.ice cream cake

 

Just before serving, remove from the freezer and invert onto a serving plate. Remove the pan and plastic wrap. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the whipped topping.ice cream cake Sprinkle with the remaining cookie crumbs and serve. ice cream cakeServes 8-10 people depending on the size of the servings.ice cream cake

 

This Christmas Ice Cream Cake was the perfect dessert to serve our company. I was able to make it ahead of time and frost just before serving. It was a big hit.

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It can be quite a challenge to eat healthy during the holidays. There are so many delicious foods available at every gathering you attend. It can be hard to resist your favorite cookies or sweets. Here are six tips to help you approach the season and eat healthy during the holidays. It is possible to enjoy the season and not put on extra pounds.6 Tips To Eat Healthy During the Holidays

 

  1. Be realistic as you approach the holidays and understand that now is not the time to try and loose weight, instead try to maintain your current weight.

 

  1. Don’t skip meals. This may result in over eating! Instead include lots of fiber in your diet by eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains. This will help satisfy your hunger. If you have errands to run or plan to be gone all day pack some healthy snacks to take along with you.

 

  1. When you attend your next party use a small plate and fill it with vegetables and fruit before going to the entrees and desserts. Leave spaces between the items you put on your plate so you can actually see your plate and not have it piled high with food. It is possible to eat healthy during the holidays.

 

  1. Plan time for exercise during the holidays. Exercise not only helps relieve stress but also helps you to prevent weight gain. If you aren’t going to the gym regularly plan other ways to get exercise in during the day. Park a little further away from the store for example so you get a few more steps in when running errands. Even a short twenty-minute walk each day will help you feel better.eating healthy during the holidays

 

  1. Do you usually spend time baking during the holidays, making cookies and other goodies to gift? Try to take the focus off food and take time to make non-edible gifts such as decorations or treats for your furry friends. Friends with dogs would love getting treats for their pets!eating healthy during the holidays

 

  1. Practice healthy holiday cooking. Prepare your favorite dishes using less fat and calories. There are many recipes online to help you cook healthier holiday favorites.

 

Enjoy the holidays and follow these simple tips to help you eat healthy during this season. Remember the reason for the season, and enjoy the company of your friend’s and family.eating healthy during the holidays

One of the best things about the holiday season is all of the time you get to spend with your family and loved ones, creating memories and carrying out traditions. As you bring children into your yearly Christmas traditions, it’s natural for some of your traditions and plans to change as your life does. Adding and omitting traditions and holiday trends through the years is normal. But there are also fun ways to incorporate your children into your Christmas decorating traditions this holiday season.decorate

 

Gingerbread houses

 

Gingerbread houses are a family friendly way to decorate and have fun. You can purchase gingerbread house kits or make the gingerbread materials yourself. A fun way to let your children express themselves is to let them each decorate their own houses, and maybe even host a little gingerbread house decoration contest. Bonus to gingerbread houses? They’re a pretty delicious decoration.

 

Holiday wreaths

 

Having a holiday wreath on your front door to welcome guests in is a great way to show your guests your festive holiday spirit. There are a lot of different ways that you can make a wreath. The great thing about making your own wreath is that it’s entirely customizable, a lot easier than you’d think, and very kid friendly. The first thing you’ll need is a material for the base. Fronds and branches are great for this. And then, from there, it’s just a matter of decorations. You can use things like burlap, christmas ornaments, monogram letters, or even christmas lights, to really make your holiday wreath special, unique, and festive. Read here to get more ideas for wreaths you can make yourself.

 

Other yard decor

 

Making a holiday wreath is just the beginning of your potential home exterior christmas decorations. DIY yard decor can be as simple or extravagant as you want it to be. Have your kids help your string colorful lights around a few bushes or shrubs. Another fun decoration idea is to make homemade lumineers. Cut designs into the sides of brown paper lunch sacks, and then fill the bottom of the sacks with sand. Place artificial tea lights in the sand, and then use these homemade lumineers to decorate! A great way to use them is to line your walkway with them.

 

Make your own ornaments

 

Ornaments tend to break pretty easily once you have children running around. A great way to cut the cost of having to constantly replace your Christmas ornaments every year, is to have the whole family participate in ornament making activities. Not only will the whole family have fun, but you’ll save money. And your children will give the Christmas tree a little wider berth as they run around, because they’ll be proud of the ornaments that they made and won’t want to break them. A few fun homemade ornaments to make with your family include: salt dough ornaments, no cook cinnamon ornaments, pom-pom ornaments made from old t shirts, ribbons, and ornaments that are made from felt.decorate

 

Paper snowflakes to hang in the window

 

There are few things that fill a child with wonder as much as realizing something that they helped create is beautiful and can serve a purpose. One of the least expensive Christmas decorations that you and your children can make, is paper snowflakes. Distribute safe, kid-friendly scissors to your children, and let them cut designs into paper triangles. Once unfolded, they’ll be beautiful paper snowflakes. One of the best way to create these snowflakes, is to start with a square piece of paper. Fold that square in half diagonally, to create a triangle. Repeat this step two more times, and then begin cutting designs into the paper! After the snowflakes are finished, you can tape them up onto walls or windows. Or, you can tape/glue them onto fishing wire, and then hang the fishing wire from the ceiling. This will create an illusion of falling snow.

 

Keep it simple

 

The key to including your kids in your Christmas decorations, is to keep it simple. You don’t have to have your entire home decked out with Christmas lights that will make your electricity bill skyrocket, in order to be festive and spread the holiday spirit. Do-It-Yourself decor projects are fun, and will give you a chance to bring the whole family together to create something beautiful and festive.decorate

Christmas has come and gone and if you are like me you may be wondering what to do with our Christmas tree? For over twenty years we have had an artificial tree but in preparation for our eventual move we sold it and bought a real tree this year.Christmas Tree

 

Recycle Your Tree.

In many towns they offer curbside pick up for recycling your tree. Many providers will collect trees during regular pick up schedules on the two weeks following Christmas. Unfortunately this is not an option for us.

 

Take your tree to a drop off recycling center.

Most counties have free drop off locations. Usually you may take your tree to the drop off location for no charge.

 

Yard waste.

Cut up your tree to fit loosely into your yard waste container.composting, prudent living

 

Place the tree in your garden or backyard and use it as a bird feeder and sanctuary.

Tie fresh orange slices or string popcorn to attract the birds and they can sit in the branches for shelter.Treats for the birds!

 

Mulch.

Cut up the branches and put them through a chipper and use as mulch in your garden. Rent a wood chipper and invite your friends and neighbors to bring over their Christmas trees for a wood chipping party. Distribute chips to everyone.Christmas tree

Create fish food and habitat.

If you have a lake or pond on your property consider dumping your tree into it. That old pine or spruce provides a natural and decomposing habitat for fish and will attract algae for them to eat.Mid Pond and original mansion.

 

DIY Coasters.

Use your band saw or hacksaw to cut your Christmas tree trunk into coasters and trivets. Make sure you sand down the surfaces and stain and seal them before using to prevent the sap from leaking. You can gift them next Christmas!Christmas tree

 

Make Firewood.

Chop up your tree and use it for fuel in your fire pit. While the needles will dry out quickly, you may need to wait a few months before the log is dry enough to burn.Christmas tree

 

Create a brush pile.

A brush pile often consists of leaves, logs and twigs so an old Christmas tree can make a great base. It directly benefits the wildlife in your backyard during the winter months because brush piles and dead trees offer food and needed protection from the chill.

 

Did you have alive tree this Christmas? What do you do with your old tree?

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