Friday, July 25, 2014

How to Make DIY Popsicle Thank You Cards

Inspired by this popsicle garland idea, I thought it'd be fun and easy to make my own popsicle thank you cards for the gifts that my 3-year old received during his July birthday party.

Here's how you make these colorful treats, step by step, in pictures.

Materials needed:
Colorful card stock (I made two folded cards per 8" x 10" sheet of card stock)
Envelopes (you could make your own using templates!)
Colorful tape (optional for making designs on the popsicles)
Popsicle sticks
Glue sticks (I was using regular glue, but glue sticks are less messy)
Corner puncher (Love this one, but a corner punch is optional for rounded corners on the popsicles)
Regular scissors
Scallop cut scissors (optional for the popsicle chomp)
X-acto knife (optional for getting a clean edge on the popsicle)

Now, here's how you make the cards!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ample Hills Creamery's New Gowanus Location: Two Udders Up!

This ice cream shop is around the corner from my son's school.  We're in TROUBLE.
My sone high on the Gowanus flavor ice cream.  I think he likes it.
Ample Hills Creamery:  Where the ice cream flowers bloom

Something that seriously excites me is when a real food establishment opens up in our neighborhood.  By real food, I mean food that doesn't have an ingredients list that looks like this.  I want to learn more about Ample Hills ingredients (do they use any likely GMO ingredients for their flavors?  Any stabilizers or emulsifiers?), but based on what I know so far, they are a delicious real food choice for a sweet treat.  Here's what their site says:

At Ample Hills, we handcraft our ice cream in small batches, using fresh, local, all-natural milk, cream and eggs. In fact, our dairy and eggs are so fresh, they were inside hormone-free, grass-fed, happy cows and chickens just a few days before we churned them into ice cream.

 Ample Hills Creamery
305 Nevins St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

(347) 725-4061

Sun - Thurs: Noon to 11pm
Fri & Sat: Noon to 12am

Click on for many pictures of the Ample Hills Gowanus space.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Review: Stone and Thistle Farm Stay in Upstate New York

Susannah from Stone and Thistle Farm at their stand at the farmer's market in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Stone and Thistle Farm sells their grass-fed and pastured meats and eggs on Sundays in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where we live.  This past winter, I read Joel Salatin's book, Folks, This Ain't Normal, and I suddenly needed to know exactly where my food came from.  I visited our market one Sunday and drilled Tom Warren of Stone and Thistle Farm with a thousand questions in person and then via email about how he raises and slaughters his animals.  I was very pleased with what I learned.  

We have been buying meat from Stone and Thistle ever since and recently stayed at the farm for the weekend.  It was a wonderful experience for all of us, not just our 3-year old and 9-month old children.  Interacting with animals and nature for the weekend was a lot of fun and for me, connecting what I encounter at the market on Sundays to a real working farm that I respect was an important experience.  I highly recommend visiting Stone and Thistle Farm and buying from them at their farm store or one of their markets in New York. 

This is my review of our farm stay in photos (and one video).  

The entire weekend was a dream come true for my 3-year old.  Exhibit A is the above video.

 Lots more photos after the jump!