Summertime Treats

Hot Dog Sandwiches

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Use your favorite bread dough recipe or buy pre-made bread dough. Shape the dough into a ball. Use a knife to cut ears on each side of the ball. Pull ears out slightly. Let rise in a warm, draft-free area for about an hour until dough has doubled in size.

Make eyes and nose with black beans. Bake at 400F for 10 min.

When cool, make a cut in the mouth area. Insert a hot dog and your favorite condiments.


Watermelon Cupcakes

Using strawberry cake mix, prepare cupcakes according to directions on box.  Stir in mini-chocolate chips before baking.

When cupcakes have cooled, frost with green tinted frosting. Sprinkle with more mini-chocolate chips.


Banana Split Fruit Salad

2 medium bananas

1/4 med. seedless watermelon

1 cup blueberries

1 (6 oz) carton of vanilla yogurt

1/4 cup chopped walnuts or toffee bits

Cut each banana in half widthwise. Cut each half into four pieces lengthwise. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop four balls from watermelon.Arrange four banana pieces in each shallow dessert bowl; top with watermelon. Spoon yogurt over melon. Sprinkle with blueberries and toffee or walnuts. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.



Poptart Ice Cream Sandwiches

2 pkg (4 total) strawberry or blueberry PopTarts

2 cups strawberry ice cream, softened

4 tsp smooth peanut butter


Open each package of PopTarts and carefully cut each PopTart in half crosswise. You’ll have 4 sandwiches. Smear about 1 tsp of peanut butter on the bottom of each PopTart half.

Scoop about ½ cup of ice cream onto the bottom (unfrosted) side of one of the PopTart halves. Kind of gently smear it around to coat the tart. Take another tart half and gently press it on top of the softened ice cream, frosted side up. Using a butter knife, smooth out any super messy sides.

Roll the sandwich edges into sprinkles. Loosely wrap the sandwiches into squares of wax paper and place them on a plate or cookie sheet. Freeze the sandwiches for about 2 hours minimum, 4 hours recommended, or until firm.


Chocolate Soda Cooler

2 cups sparkling water

1/4 cup chocolate powder mix

1/2 tsp vanilla

3 scoops vanilla ice cream

In a blender, combine sparkling water, chocolate powder, vanilla, and 1 scoop ice cream. Blend on high until thoroughly mixed. Place 1 scoop of ice cream into two 12 ounce glasses and pour in the chocolate mixture. Serve immediately.


Mini Marshmallow Shooters

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