Handmade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Summer may be winding down, but the average temperature in Gainesville is still 90 degrees and cold treats are still on everyone’s mind. In honor of National Ice Cream Sandwich Day we’ve got three delicious ice cream sandwich recipes that you can make at home!ice cream sandwich

Our first two recipes come from Delish and are the ice cream sandwich twists of the classic breakfast foods, cereal and cinnamon rolls.

Fruity Pebble Ice Cream Sandwich

Ingredients

3 tablespoons of butter

1 10-ounce bag of marshmallows

6 cups of Fruity Pebbles cereal

1 pint of ice cream of your choice

Instructions

Grease a sheet pan

In a saucepan melt butter and add marshmallows. Once completely melted and smooth remove from heat and stir in Fruity Pebbles until coated

Press mixture onto sheet pan and let cool for 20 minutes

Use a cookie cutter to cut out 8 circles and add a scoop of ice cream

Freeze until ready to eat

Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream Sandwich

Ingredients

1 tube of refrigerated cinnamon rolls

1 pint of ice cream of your choice

Instructions

Bake cinnamon rolls according to packaging and let cool

Halve the cinnamon rolls and freeze for 20 minutes

Add ice cream and drizzle icing from cinnamon roll packaging

Our third recipe is a classic ice cream sandwich from Martha Stewart’s website.

Ingredients

½ cup of unsalted melted butter

½ cup of sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

½ teaspoon of salt

½ cup of flower

¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

2 pints of ice cream of your choice

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Butter a pan and line with parchment paper

Whisk butter and sugar together; add in egg, vanilla, and salt; add cocoa and flour until smoothly mixed. Spread in prepared baking pan. Bake until cake is dry to the touch and edges begin to pull away from the sides, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely in pan.

Using paper overhang, lift cake onto a work surface. With a serrated knife, halve crosswise. Place one half of cake, flat side down, on a large piece of plastic wrap. Spread with ice cream, then top with remaining half of cake, flat side up. Return ice-cream sandwich to baking pan, and wrap tightly in plastic. Freeze until firm, about 2 hours.

Unwrap sandwich; using a serrated knife, cut into 8 rectangles, wiping off blade between each cut. Serve ice-cream sandwiches immediately.

We hope you enjoy these recipes. If you end up making any of them share pictures with us on our Facebook wall!

 

 

Summer Grill Techniques

It’s National Hot Dog Day so we thought it would be best to share some quick tips for summer grilling and tasty recipes to go along with your hot dogs!stephanie-mccabe-92133

Tips

Don’t put cold meat on the grill

If you put a refrigerated piece of meat on the grill without letting it thaw to a higher temperature can keep it from evenly cooking. According to theKitchn.com, you should place steaks in warm water for 30 to 60 minutes prior to cooking. Don’t let them sit past the point of reaching 100 degrees otherwise it could be susceptible to bacteria.

Make sure your grill is clean

Clean your grill after each use, as it is easiest to clean when it’s still warm. You don’t want your foods to mingle because you cooked fish one night and pork the next.

Don’t move the meat too much

According to Food Network, it’s unnecessary to flip the meat or move it too much while grilling. This goes especially for steak. By constantly flipping a steak you aren’t allowing the juices to stay locked into the meat and could end up with a drier taste.

Recipes

One of our Marketing and Communication Coordinator’s favorite side dishes in the world, especially when grilling, is potato salad. Rachel’s mom is from the south and as such it has always been a staple dish. To make the dish:

You’ll need

4 yukon potatoes

4 eggs

¼ cup of bread and butter pickles, diced

¼ cup of bread and butter pickle juice

¼ cup of Vidalia onion, diced

½ cup of mayonnaise

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Dice potatoes and place in pot with eggs. Cook until tender and drain.
  2. Peel and chop eggs.
  3. In a large bowl mix all ingredients. Mixture can be placed in a large serving dish and placed in the fridge until ready to serve.

Another Potential side dish is cole slaw. This recipe from Food & Wine is quick and easy to make.

You’ll need

1 cup of mayonnaise

3 table spoons of cider vinegar

1 tablespoon of whole grain mustard

¾ teaspoon celery seeds

12 cups of shredded cabbage

2 shredded carrots

Salt and Pepper

  1. In a bowl mix the mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, celery seeds, salt, and pepper.
  2. Toss cabbage and carrots in mixture
  3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

Insurance Myths Debunked

When it comes to insurance it can be hard to distinguish what’s a myth and what’s the truth. Did your mother once tell you that she couldn’t buy you the red car of your dreams because the insurance would be higher? Did you get a ticket while on vacation in Georgia and think it won’t follow you home to Florida? Here are some common myths in the insurance world and the hard facts about them all.

Red cars are more expensive to insure

 Despite their inherently flashy nature in reality color isn’t a factor in determining insurance cost. According to Esurance, the most important factors that influence your premium are your driving record, age, marital status, gender, and where you live. If a red car is your dream don’t worry about it increasing your insurance costs!

If someone borrows your car and damages it then their insurance covers it

We’ve previously done a blog about how insurance is determined when you borrow a car or lend someone yours. If you give an individual permission to borrow your car then your insurance coverage will follow them in case of an accident.

Purchasing insurance for a home? Base it on real estate market value

 According to Insurance Journal, this is a myth that more than half of the individuals surveyed thought was true. Rather than using the real estate market value to determine your insurance needs you should figure out the cost of rebuilding. According to the Wall Street Journal, having a homebuilder walk through and estimate the cost of a rebuild (and taking into consideration furnishing) is an effective way to ensure you’re getting proper coverage.

Out-of-state speeding tickets can’t follow you to your home state

 This myth may seem more like a wish especially when a ticket comes at the end of a vacation, but make sure you’re taking care of tickets. The DMV website claims not only are states probably sharing driver database information, but your home state could end up penalizing you for lack of payment. It could be tempting to ignore the ticket, but in the end it will catch up to you.

You can only sign up for health insurance during the open enrollment period

While in most cases you will be penalized for not purchasing insurance during the open enrollment period there are some exceptions. If you have a life event that qualifies you for the Special Enrollment Period, such as, getting a new job, having a baby, or getting married then you can sign up outside of the enrollment period.

Summer Boating Must Haves

Summer officially began last week and with it comes boating season! If you’re lucky enough to own a boat, have friends or family with a boat, or get the opportunity to rent one then you know the amazing feeling of being out on the water in the sunshine. If you truly want to the make the most of your experience make sure you have the things on this list.

Sunscreen

There’s nothing worse than a carefree day on the boat that turns into a painful night with red, burnt skin. Make sure you pack your sunscreen before you head out. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should choose a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Apply the sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outdoors as that is the amount of time it takes your skin to absorb the sunscreen. The rule of thumb is to reapply the sunscreen at least every two hours, but if you’re swimming make sure to apply a layer as soon as you get out of the water.

Water

We’re not telling you there’s no room for a few cold beers or margaritas, but it’s extremely important to make sure you’re hydrated while you’re out in the sun all day. There’s a good chance you’ll be sweating a lot so the average amount of water you should drink (eight cups) may be inadequate. Try to drink enough to prevent being thirsty in the first place.

Flotation Devices

It is required by Florida law for each person on your watercraft to have a personal flotation device. The risk of your boat capsizing and not having protection for all your passengers is not worth it.

Snacks

It’s no secret that being out in the sun can make you hungry. Some snacks we suggest are pre-made sandwiches, chips, water-rich fruits and veggies, trail mix, and granola bars. Try to avoid overly salty foods.

Call us today, 352-371-7977, if you need boat insurance, and have fun out there this summer!

Water Activities in Gainesville

Today is officially the first day of summer! With temperatures in June averaging 90 degrees and 91 degrees in July, according to usclimatedata.com, it’s tempting to beat the heat by hiding indoors with the blinds drawn closed. Luckily, we’ve outlined some fun water activities in and around Gainesville. These activities are great for families to enjoy when the sun is shining and hot!

Devil’s Den Spring

Devil’s Den is located in Williston, Florida about 30 minutes outside of Gainesville. It’s a natural spring that is privately owned. The owners do not offer public swimming but do offer scuba diving and snorkeling to the public for a fee. According to the Devil’s Den website, the cost of admission to Devil’s Den is $15/person Monday-Friday and $20/person on weekends and holidays. If you need to rent snorkel equipment it is $10/person for a snorkel, mask, and fins. Devil’s Den is a great way to cool off in 72-degree water. They are open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. except for Christmas day when they are closed.

Bob’s River Place

Bob’s River Place is a family friendly swimming hole on the Suwannee River in Branford, Florida. The swimming hole offers amenities such as, water slides, rope swings, jumping platforms, picnic tables, pavilions, and areas to barbecue. The cost of entering the area where Bob’s is located is $25/vehicle for the entire day. There are no additional costs and tons of fun things to do. Bob’s is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

waterAlachua Spray/Splash Park

Located at the Hal Brady Recreation Center in Alachua, Florida, the Spray/Splash Park is a blast for a family with small children. The facility is open from dawn to dusk daily and free to the public, according to the Visit Alachua website. If you’re interested in using any of their facilities between 10 a.m. and noon for private parties they must be reserved.

Ginnie Springs

Ginnie Springs is one of the highlights of summer in Florida. Located in High Springs, Florida, Ginnie Springs is perfect for tubing, swimming, and snorkeling. The park is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. According to the Ginnie Springs, admission costs $14.02 per adult, $3.63 for children six to 12 years old, and free for children below 5 years of age. If you’re interested in tubing feel free to bring your own tube or rent one for $5.60.

Don’t let the summer heat keep you inside this year!