Jan Scott

Jan Scott is an event planner, food writer and the face behind the family food blog www.familybites.ca. She's also the mom of two school-aged boys, and when she's not planning a party or writing about feeding a family she can be found in her kitchen whipping up lots of yummy things for her boys to eat.
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A few weeks ago, I was in need of a frozen sweet treat but was a little short on the time it would take to make something completely homemade. I was determined to come up with an idea that wouldn’t require a lot of time, but would still look like I had put some personal effort into preparing the party food I was committed to serving.

So, I purchased a pack of store-bought ice cream sandwiches, unearthed some wooden Popsicle sticks that were tucked away in the craft bin, and broke out a few bottles of sprinkles I keep stacked in the pantry, and went to work creating the most popular frozen treat I’ve passed around in ages.

To make them, I simply sliced the sandwiches in half, rolled all four exposed sides in the sprinkles and slid a wooden stick into one end for easy eating. Voila! An ice cream sandwich pop that had the kids clamouring for second and third servings.

This idea could be customized to match the theme of any party. Throwing a major league celebration for your little baseball fanatic? Use red, white, and blue sprinkles. If you were thinking about a backyard campout sometime this summer, yellow and green sprinkles would pair perfectly with this type of party. Better yet, if you’re throwing a birthday party, why not set up a DIY ice cream sandwich pop station and let the kids make their own frozen treats as a party activity?

What is your favourite frozen treat to pass around at a party?

Jan Scott is an event planner, food writer and the face behind the family food blog www.familybites.ca. She's also the mom of two school-aged boys, and when she's not planning a party or writing about feeding a family she can be found in her kitchen whipping up lots of yummy things for her boys to eat.
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One of the most refreshing ways to enjoy your favourite summer fruit is in an agua fresca.
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One of the most refreshing ways to enjoy your favourite summer fruit is in an agua fresca. A simple beverage made with pureed fruit, water, lime juice and a touch of sweetener, this Latin-inspired drink is perfect for summer sipping.

Made with not too much fruit, and not too much sugar, this flavoured water is a great non-alcoholic drink to serve at a your next barbecue, or to bottle up when packing for a picnic. To make, you need nothing more than a blender or food processor, and a pitcher to store your mixture once it’s assembled.

While you can make agua fresca with any juicy fruit (berries are a brilliant addition to this drink), I often create a watermelon version because I find the big melons are often challenging to store. This recipe uses about half a medium sized watermelon, and the remainder can easily be stored in the refrigerator for quick slicing (I’m not a fan of warm watermelon so I always want mine tucked away and chilled).

Looking for more summer sippers? Here are a few of our favourites:

Cold-Pressed Iced Coffee and Tea
Simple Frozen Chocolate Milk
Watermelon Lemonade
Rainbow Smoothies
Weeknight Sangria
Ginger Peach Sodas

What are you favourite drinks for the warm-weather months?

Click here for the full printable recipe for Watermelon Agua Fresca

Jan Scott is an event planner, food writer and the face behind the family food blog www.familybites.ca. She's also the mom of two school-aged boys, and when she's not planning a party or writing about feeding a family she can be found in her kitchen whipping up lots of yummy things for her boys to eat.
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