Jamaican Mommies by Shanoy Coombs: From Jamaica; for the world


DIY Mama: Homemade Ice cream, Birthday Princess and then some

Happy Ash Wednesday mamas!! This blog post is as ‘spur of the moment’ as it gets. I have truly missed my blog and with a wee bit of ME time, it got me thinking #BlogMode and since my little missy celebrated her 5th this February, I’ve been itching to share some DIY projects I activated for her birthday. This coupled with a friend’s Facebook post on homemade Ice Cream, countless Pinterest links (Follow us) and Mother’s day on the horizon, a DIY post is perfect (I think).

So let’s start off with today’s little project #HomemadeIceCream (Cherry Vanilla to boot). Thanks to my dear Samantha on Facebook who shared the ziplock method from surprise surprise her son’s Science book, I went digging and found These 3 Recipes (Visuals below) also these 5 with very clear steps and made myself a test batch and boy am I happy!!! It tasted just like cherry vanilla Ice cream, was super yummy and I tried to cut calories by using no sugar or added syrup. 

Here are my tips from this super sweet experiment: Add more salt if needed, it makes the cream form faster; NEVER let the salt and Ice mixture get in contact with your ice cream ingredients and shake longer than the recommended time for a creamier batch. I also used only the very basic ingredients i.e. milk in the flavour I wanted, vanilla, the ice cubes, regular old salt and the 2 bags.

sooo come on mamas, this is easy peezy and you can amaze your kids with this treat *sings* started from liquid now we’re here….

**Disclaimer** Apart from the liquid pic, the others are from someplace in webville…In my defence, I tried the double bowl method first, then had to add more salt to do the double bag method. I got way too excited when I saw that it actually worked and slurped it all up in a rush so the web pics will have to do for now until I do this again with little missy 🙂

 Next up in DIY heaven is Boobsie’s birthday Balooza…. My Kiddie Heaven Pinterest board was packed with inspirations including this too too cute tutu and got me in oui oui mama mia mode. 
 I used this pretty easy guide (Wiki at it again) »» How to make a No Sew Tutu and ended up with tada

She loved it!! and as a removable skirt she can be a tutu princess at all times! #WinWin I did discover that the hardest part was cutting the tulle but a pinterest tip suggests wrapping this around a bit of cardboard to make the cutting bit easier. I also discovered that many bits of thinner strips give you a fluffier look.

 Going full force, the next DIY project was a princess cake…wait for it…..nope not a cake with a princess’ image on it, but a princess IN THE CAKE. Thanks to Pinterest again, this was the inspiration>> Princess cake inspiration and several missteps later (too runny frosting, too droopy cake, the brown layers dripping etc) I ended up with a volcano looking princess skirt. Even with my little dissatisfactions, little missy loved it and reinforces the essence of this entire post, children love and appreciate the effort. Indeed, I heard lots of “This is the best…..” throughout the day 🙂

and lastly from the birthday was DIY princesses all around!! What’s your fave disney princess? Chances are she was there for the party!!! Thanks to a fellow DIY mama, Aunty Natalie made us stand or sit on their own princesses. Lotsa disney templates, stock paper, gluing, waiting, re-gluing and voila! Perfect for a Princess Party

In the end, the best reward was “Mommy this is the best birthday ever” and that made all the effort truly worth it… So get on up, go web searching, You will be amazed at what you may find or even what you are capable of making. Our DIY vault also includes 1…2…3 Egg bakes that are super fun and easy to make; animal shaped jellos, fruit popsicles, paper bag puppets, sock puppets, bunny paper bag candy holders, hair bows and then some. Will you try some today? remember DIY projects provide a perfect oppurtunity to flex your creative muscles while bonding with the ones that grow up while you were busiest not being busy with them 🙂 Are you a DIY Mama?! Share with us, we’ll be happy to re-share.
 Cheers XO


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Thomas Jefferson
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