A Recipe//Banana Split Ice Cream Cake

Here is a fun summer like dessert to make, even though it was only in the mid 60’s here today!

I made this dessert grain and dairy-free, but I am sure you could make a graham cracker, sugar, and butter crust and use dairy ice cream as well.

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Banana Split Ice Cream Cake

Crust:
2 cups almond meal flour
1 cup coconut sugar
2/3 cup melted coconut oil
two pinches of sea salt

Mix well with a whisk and press firmly into a 9×13 pan.

Cover the crust with 3-4 sliced bananas. Cover the bananas with one quart of softened vanilla ice cream. Freeze for an hour or so, and then drizzle the top with melted chocolate. Sprinkle chopped nuts over chocolate (optional). Freeze for at least five hours before serving. Set out for about 10 minutes before serving.

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I melted a whole 10 ounce bag of chocolate chips with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Instead of drizzling the chocolate on top of the ice cream, I covered the top instead. You have to move quickly to get it to spread out before the chocolate hardens!

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Enjoy!

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Our Week in Review

Wow, this week has FLOWN!

Since our school week ends on Thursday, and we clean and do errands on Friday, Friday is really the weekend in my mind!

YAHOO!!!

School has been so amazingly fun. All around. Love these kiddos enthusiasm and happy hearts!!

The little two learned about the letter “U” this week!

I wish I would remember to take more photos! It would be so fun to look back on ALL that we did someday!

Chad needed modeling clay for Science this week, and that was a blessing for the littles too!

We made the letter U out of many things as usual, but modeling clay was a new one for us this week.

Our sweet sensory girl loved playing with that clay! YAY!

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We also used the clay to press letters into. Tate liked spelling his name!

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I am starting to notice areas where the littles are excelling, and areas they are not. Number recognition is an area that Tate needs to work on – of course in no hurry being that he is only five – but just something I am seeing that he doesn’t know.

So we used a printable and some chips to cover the numbers as I called them out.

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Then Tate would wait for Eliza to make her choice and do the same one! It was deja vu!!! From when Addie Mae and Grant were this age!

I put some tall jars in between them! I used to have a divider for in between Grant and Addie Mae.

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Printables are a huge hit with Tate and Eliza, and are SO easy to provide for them!

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Here are the middles working at the kitchen table on their Math. Sticking out your tongue makes you smarter, did you know that!? SO cute.

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I taught the littles about the five senses this week, and we actually haven’t finished it all. So fun to have them use their senses to learn about this!

First, feeling into a bag and guessing what they were touching. Tate got this all right!

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The next day we learned about hearing. And made some noise with beans in containers!

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Today was about smell. Tate did not want to be blindfolded, but Eliza was ALL in. She guessed them all right too! And then after lunch, I found her running around with that blindfold on with her hands out in front of her. Crazy girl!

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The middles spent some time building bridges with popsicle sticks and clothes pins. The idea was to see how strong they could make them with out any help. They would stack our school supply boxes on their creations to judge their work!

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My Mom also visited this week!!!! We were so “cited!” Of course we went shopping so Grandma could spoil buy something for the kids!

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We also drove and showed my Mom where we hope to live if the farm sells anytime soon, and then had popsicles and coffee at the local co-op.

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Tate and Eliza took the opportunity to show their Grandma their adoption story books! Such a sweet time hearing them talk about their life before us with such pride.

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I did try to get some photos of my Mom while we were at home too!

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I am sure you will enjoy these photos too! Clyde is nine months old already! Crawling! Has teeth! Trying to pull up on things! Eating everything in sight! His eyes keep getting bluer, his lashes keep getting longer, and his blond hair keeps getting curlier! He is my SUNSHINE!

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What a full fun week it has been!

We miss you already Mom!

We are still waiting on the farm to sell – with hopes that the Lord will still see fit to bring the buyer He has for this amazing place! I will admit, some days it is hard to wait, but most days I am so very busy enjoying my days here with these kiddos that I don’t have time to think on it! We are still praying hard though! We know God has the perfect plan!

Dinner is smelling yummy, my love is on his way home, my littles are at my feet playing sweetly, my boys are mowing the farm, my girls are spending the evening together, my mom was just here visiting……..LIFE. IS. JUST. SO. GOOD.

Hope you all are enjoying your days too!!

Fun Facts Friday!!

This fun facts Friday is going to be a photo filled Friday instead!

Cause my phone was FULL of photos!

And most of them have not been added to my little scrapbook here!

They are random – but show life at its best!

Like a napping sweet baby!

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Orthodontist appointments!

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A coffee run after that appointment!

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The first view we usually have at Clyde’s place!

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Building memories with big sis Kayla while Mom is at the doctor!

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Up and down this ridge I go twice a day to take and pick up Addie Mae from work!

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One-on-one time with the sweetest baby girl!

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A precious little man with the biggest dimples!

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Those facial expressions that crack us up!

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Enjoying SUMMER!

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Haircut night that brings a pile of kiddos to watch!

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No, a monkey does not live here! We do everything we can in bulk! It saves pennies!

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My favorite grandbaby ever!

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Cleaning day! Which is every Friday!

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Sunday afternoons! The BEST!

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If you are ever looking for this boy, this is usually where you can find him!

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We love books! And puzzles! And a sweet baby girl learning how to initiate her own play!

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We had some birthday fun this past weekend!

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There has been some fall shopping going on! Thankfully, there were not too many needs – mostly just jeans and shoes for the boys – but everything for Eliza!

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I am thankful that I never really need to be alone! Cause there is not so much of that with littles!

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I simply love the little surprises I find on my phone!

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We still have appointments once in a while – especially with our chiropractor!

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Blake helped Addie Mae practice and practice driving – then she took her driver’s test and PASSED!!

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A slow rainy afternoon with a DVD to watch is always good!

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I drove the WHOLE five (maybe three?) minutes to the feed mill to take something to Grant one day! Grant is another one who had a driver’s test this week! And he now has a CDL license!

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Blake was traveling yesterday, so the kids, Sadie and I had a late night blast in the hayloft last night!

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The middle boys were a fast BLUR!

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Well, that was quite a few pages for my little scrapbook, huh?

Life has been FULL!

Hope you all enjoyed this photo filled Friday!!

Did you read that? It’s FRIDAY!!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Our Sweet Baby

Today I took Eliza for her much anticipated haircut appointment.

More anticipated by her brother Tate than herself – which just gives you a glimpse into their personalities!

This boy talked non-stop from the moment we walked in the salon door. Oh my! He had SO much to tell Miss Michelle! Things like “My Dad picked me up in China.” “I am five now.” “I want you to cut my hair at the beauty shop too!”

What a hoot his precious boy is! He makes us all smile so much!

If you only knew how many photos I take of Tate to get ONE that is good. Or, in this case, somewhat good!

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Eliza was BRAVE and STRONG – as this appointment had the capacity for disaster for our sweet baby!

There were strong smells, someone touching her hair, a tight cape around her neck, hair falling on her, and she was up really high in a chair. Wow! As I listed all of those things I am SO, so proud of Eliza! She did amazing today!!

Bye, bye six inches!!

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Right after I took this photo, I pulled Eliza’s dress off of her and tried my best to get all the hair off of her!

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But this is her “Mom! There is still itching on me!” face.

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Once we got home I really got all the hair off her – and the sucker I gave her didn’t hurt either!

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We all just LOVE her new haircut!! She looks SO grown up!

Here she is trying to block the photo Grant is taking of her!

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We are hoping this new style will help Eliza cope with bath time. It has been a rough couple weeks around here at bath time. Sweet girl. Eliza is struggling to have her hair washed, combed and dried. She is already so pleased with her shorter hair, so hopefully things will be better now!

We love you so much, Eliza Claire!! You are SO cute, sweet baby!!