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Donuts, ice cream, and giveaways! Oh my!

by Andrea Updyke

This summer has been really good but it’s starting to feel a leeeeetle bit long to me. We’ve had a great time doing a lot of fun things like going to movies, spending time with out-of-town family, swimming at the pool, celebrating birthdays and of course eating lots of good food.That said, there is a part of me that is ready for a steady routine again. In a couple of weeks, the boys will have one week of camp and then in September they BOTH start preschool! It will be the first time I have had childcare for both of them at the same time on a regular basis, EVER. I think it will be really good for all of us.

This week on Lil-Kid-Things, I have a lot of fun things to tell you about and even a couple giveaways. We’ve been going strong for the past couple weeks so I am going to try and load up the blog full of goodness. Make sure and check back for new posts each day!

First up, a little something for the Raleigh locals! Make sure you check out the giveaways celebrating my book, Klout For Dummies and Melissa Culbertson’s book, Blog Design For Dummies! We’ll be chatting a bit and enjoying delicious Hot Mini donuts and coffee at Sola! We are even giving a few books away so I hope you can come out and see us!

And now to kick off some of those fun things I mentioned up there. Last week Oscar and I had a chance to visit our local children’s museum for a tasty treat courtesy of Breyers Ice Cream! As if ice cream wasn’t enough, creative cooking expert, Clare Crespo figured out a way to make it even better!

Yummy Fun with Clare Crespo!

LKT yummyfun

After a full week of missing Oscar every morning while he was at VBS, I decided to take him on a date for some ice cream at the recent YummyFun event in Raleigh. Because I am a Breyers Ambassador, I was also able to score a little interview with the lovely Clare Crespo and learn a little bit about what she is doing with a way to make it even better.

I’ll share that in just a moment, but I wanted to say that the Breyers event was lovely and we had a fantastic time. Oscar loved making his “colorful volcano” and we ate our treats to the very last bite. Thanks Breyers!

LKT Clare Crespo

Chatting with Clare was totally easy and fun. She has an 8 year old, so she handled my 4 year old’s interrupting questions with grace and a familiarity that understands this is what being a mom is all about. I have to say that I was a bit nervous to be the interviewer but I am so glad I did it! We had a nice time chatting and the event was a blast. Please note that while I do have notes, I did not record our conversation so the following is not comprised of direct quotes. 

LKT: So, tell me what you are doing with Yummyfun

CC: My goal is to bring families together by teaching them ways to be creative with their food.

LKT: This is an ice cream event. Do you typically focus on desserts?

CC: No! I did a cookbook last year that was all about vegetables.

(This is the part where I remembered reviewing a way to make it even better on this blog and getting Oscar to taste a brussels sprout for the first time. Thanks Clare!)

LKT: The Yummyfun website is really cool. If readers could only check out one section, where would you send them?

CC: The videos are really fun! There are a lot to choose from.

LKT: Awesome! So lets talk about today. How did you come up with the recipes we will be making?

CC: Well, my daughter (8) had just finished school so we decided to play in the kitchen and come up with some really cute ideas!

LKT: Do you and your daughter have a favorite?

CC: Yes! My favorite is the Mint Chocolate Chimp and Ruby likes one called the Butter Pecan Bunny.

(Oscar interrupts nervous about having control over his treat – I don’t want to make a chocolate chimp! I just want vanilla ice cream! )

CC: That’s no problem! We’ll have lots of things like sprinkles and candies and you can make whatever you want!

(he cracked a grin and I was thankful that Clare was so gracious)

LKT: One last question for my Raleigh readers! Where did you eat for dinner last night?

CC: My friend took me to Beasley’s Chicken and Honey and it was SO good! Then we went somewhere else for a huge piece of coconut cake that was amazing!

LKT: Oh it must have been Hayes Barton! Best cake in town! (note to self: MUST try Beasley’s for crying out loud!)

CC: Yes, that was it!

At this point it was time to wrap up because the event was about to start. Clare was whisked away to get started on the workshop. Oscar got his vanilla ice cream with plenty of colorful ice cream toppings and I made the cutest little mint chocolate chimp you ever did see. We decided he needed some hair too so I gave him a rainbow wig made of sprinkles. It was the perfect end to our busy week and a great way to stay cool on a hot day!

LKT workshop

Stay tuned to Lil-Kid-Things for a Target gift card giveaway and some coupons for free Breyers Ice Cream! It will most likely go live tomorrow. In the meantime, keep submitting your moments to the Share your Moments Facebook contest! Now through September 23, families nationwide are encouraged to submit their delicious moments – a sundae creation, favorite flavor or even a fun family photo – to Facebook.com/Breyers. One lucky winner will be showcased within the Winner’s Gallery each week and will receive exciting prizes, such as a tablet and a year’s supply of Breyers!

Do you have any ‘end of summer’ plans?

***This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in the Breyers Blogger Program. Visit www.facebook.com/breyers to join the conversation. A huge thanks Breyers for sponsoring a series of posts this summer! I look forward to sharing my love of ice cream with you!

Want more? This isn’t all that  I’ve written about ice cream.

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