July is National Ice Cream Month

Celebrate this fun holiday in style!

Celebrate this fun holiday in style!

Ronald Reagan dubbed July national Ice Cream Month in 1984. Specifically, the third Sunday of the month is National Ice Cream Day, and that’s when proper ice cream celebrations take place. Why not celebrate every day of the month in fun, cool, and sweet ways? Or perhaps by putting a new ice cream charm on your Charm It bracelet? has a great recipe on how to make this sweet treat at home without an ice cream maker!

Make your own ice cream!


Makes 1 quart or about 8 servings

1 1/2 cups whole milk

2 large eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1 vanilla bean split and scraped (or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract)

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Things you’ll need to make it:

Large mixing bowl

Small 1-quart bowl

Chopped ice

3/4 cup rock salt (or kosher salt)

Electric hand mixer (or a whisk)


  • Fill your large bowl half-way with ice and salt. Put the small bowl in ice, almost completely buried. Fill that bowl half-way with the ice cream mix you made.
  • Beat this mixture for ten minutes with the hand mixer. The mix will not turn into ice cream immediately. If you’re using a whisk, beat for an extra five minutes.
  • Freeze for 45 minutes.
  • Remove from the freezer. Mix again for 5 minutes.
  • Cover the top with plastic wrap, stick back into freezer for at least two hours.

Make the Most of a Rainy Day

Summer brings sunshine and heat, but there are also some dreary and rainy days.  What do you do on one of those make the most of a rainy day coppinsgifts.commelancholy afternoons?  Don’t worry, Coppin’s Gifts has a few ideas for you!

  • Go camping inside.  This is something your kids will love doing.  If you have a pop-up tent or something similar, you can set it up indoors.  If not, use sheets and drapes to make a makeshift tent.  Make it cozy inside!  Use blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, and My Pillow Pets.  Make fun little foods.  Mini sandwiches, hotdogs, and grilled cheese are perfect.
  • Play dress up.  Let your kids raid your closet.  They can pretend to be whatever they want.  See if they can create characters using some of the clothing.  For even more fun, ask them to create a play with their characters.  Videotape it and let them watch their performance.
  • Have a movie day.  But make it big!  Have your kids draw up posters for the movies you’ll be watching.  Hang them on the wall like a movie theater.  Make movie snacks like popcorn, hot dogs, and candy.  Shut the lights off and let your kids usher you to your seat.

You don’t have to let the rain stop you from having a fun day!  Remember, many of the movies from the Hallmark Hall of Fame series are available on DVD.  You could have an inspirational afternoon!


4th of July Food Fun bald eagle treats

Independence Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about those barbeque parties!  Your kids will probably want to get involved in some way.  We have a great treat idea that they’ll love making.  They’ll also learn a thing or two about one of our country’s greatest creatures.
(There’s some melted chocolate involved, so parents will need to help!)

Bald Eagle Treats
This recipe makes six treats.


  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips
  • six large marshmallows
  • finely shredded coconut
  • Oreo cookies
  • six cashews
  • black decorator’s gel


  • Melt the white chocolate chips according to the directions on the package.
  • For each treat, drop a marshmallow into the melted chocolate.  Make sure it’s covered well.
  • Roll the chocolate covered marshmallow in the coconut.  Leave one of the ends uncovered (this will act as the base).
  • Immediately place the marshmallow (coconut-free side down) on the Oreo cookie.
  • Let it set for a bit, then use a toothpick to make a hole in the front of the marshmallow.  Insert the cashew to act as the beak.
  • Use the gel to make two black eyes on the face.

Recycled Beach Crafts

beachOne of our favorite places to be in the summertime is the beach!  There’s just something about the sand, surf, and sunshine.  We’re sure you love playing in the sand with your kids, so we thought we’d share a fun beach craft with you.  It’s a great way to save some money on beach toys and help mother nature out in the process!

Homemade Beach Scoopers
All you need for this fun little beach craft is:

  • An empty 2-liter bottle
  • Scissors
  • Puff paint (you can get this at any craft store)


  • Remove the label from the bottle.
  • Cut the bottle in half.
  • Decorate with the puff paints.

This leaves you with two different beach toys.  The bottom of the bottle makes a great beach scoop.  It’s also perfect for making sand castles!  The top half is great for funneling water out.  It makes building moats around your sandcastles really easy.

When everyone is finished with the scoops, make sure you clean them out and recycle them.