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a dash of motherhood… a sprinkle of homeschooling… and a pinch of photography ( with a side of compassion )


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Canada Day ideas

Canada Day is just around the corner 🙂

We like to go see the fireworks … but other then that we take advantage of the day  to just be together and enjoy what ever local activities we stumble upon. From outdoor concerts to festivals… there is always something fun to see and do on Canada Day 🙂

We tend to have a relaxing family day and try to make some fun summer cool treats such as this neat cold treat  🙂

freeze bananas for a few hours  and then toss in blender with a few raspberries … taste just like raspberry ice cream 🙂 really creamy, completely raw, vegan and delicious!

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To get other neat and fun Canada Day activities  or ideas go check out the Canadian homeschool blogging team here 🙂

and happy Canada Day!

~Lisa

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a pink ice cream pie

My daughter turned 4 last week; and she requested a pink treat.

So I came up with this:  banana raspberry ice cream pie / cake

Before you start you want to peel and freeze bananas at least 8 … I like to freeze them for about 4 hours … otherwise they get rock hard frozen and are harder to blend into a smooth ice-cream ( but this would depend on your freezer )

Then you want to make the crust and throw that in the freezer as well

Crust ingredients  ( place the following in a food processor and mix well )

  • 2 cups of pecans
  • 2 table spoons of coconut oil
  • a handful cashews
  • and a pinch of vanilla
  • some maple syrup or dates to sweeten  ( I added a little of both )

Check for the consistency … you want to be able to shape it and not for it to crumble … so if it is too soft add more nuts… if too crumbly add some coconut  oil or maple syrup. (but be carful as just a teaspoon can be all you need )

Shape into small pies for individual servings or a big pie and place in freezer for an hour or more.

Once the bananas are ready blend them with frozen raspberries.  I love the taste  of this ; as the bananas are sweet and the raspberries take the sweetness down. I usually add enough raspberries  so that it is not too  sweet … probably about 1 – 2 cup full of raspberries

Once blended  take the pie crust out … fill it up and place it back in the freezer for a bit to get the ice-cream filling to harden a little…

and the you are all set 🙂

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~ENJOY

I had extra ice-cream left over which was delicious without the crust as well.

Lisa


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chia pudding

My husband decided to give this a try … and he was amazed at how easy it was… funny how we hesitate on making stuff at times cause we think it will be hard or take  long to make.

This took 5 minutes to prepare and then placed in the fridge to cool for about 20 or so minutes.

ingredients

2 cups of coconut milk  (or other vegan milk of choice)

8 tablespoons of chia seeds

1 teaspoon of vanilla

4 tablespoons of cacao

3 tablespoons of maple syrup

mix all the above ingredients together and then refrigerate

to serve you can top with fruits or nuts and maple syrup

(for those with a sweeter tooth , I would suggest adding a little more maple syrup in the ingredients)

and voila!

chia pudding

enjoy 🙂

Lisa