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Ice Cream Sundaes

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Today I’m taking the boys back-to-school shopping.  They don’t need much, really just shoes.  We go through so many shoes with them, between growing, playing hard and sports I feel like they get new shoes once a quarter.  I’m a little sad the summer is just a few short days away from being over, but I know I’ll be glad to get back into the groove of a routine.

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We made sure to pack in some fun as a family this week with a day trip to Walnut Creek, CA.  We’ve been talking about doing this with the boys for a few years now.  We went specifically to eat at a restaurant called San Francisco Creamery.  They’ve been featured on Man vs Food for their signature sundae “The Kitchen Sink”.  It’s a massive sundae that serves 1-6 people and is made with:

  • 3 sliced bananas
  • 8 scoops of ice cream
  • 8 servings of toppings
  • mounds of whipped cream
  • chopped toasted almonds
  • cherries

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It is served inside a custom made vessel made to resemble a sink.  You can try to eat it by yourself to get it for free, finish in under 30 minutes and you get free ice cream for a year, beat the current record holder and get all of the above plus your picture will be displayed up on the wall.  Spoiler alert- we did not finish it, we didn’t even come close.

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What we did do was make memories as a family.  The boys were pretty impressed by the mountain of ice cream in front of them and they gave it a good effort.  We had so much fun and we all agreed we’d go back, but we’d all just get our own Single Scoop Sundaes.

On the car ride home I got to thinking about doing something fun like this at home for the boys and decided on a Sundae Bar.  The “bar” format is a favorite for me.  I’ve done a yogurt bar for a baseball brunch, nacho bars for Super Bowl Sunday, mimosa bars for bridal showers, but the biggest one I’ve ever planned was a taco bar for 665 people at a conference.  When I went to put the sundae bar together for the boys I realized everything I would use for a sundae bar at an event was going to be overkill for just 2 kids.  So I settled for a few fun toppings I know they like and used some cute little dishes to serve them.

I have a borderline hoarder status amount of dishware.  From my mother in law’s perfectly 70’s “Spring Blossom” Corelle dishes, my vintage Staffordshire “Liberty Blue” dinnerware to my wedding dishes, Lenox’ “French Perle”, I probably have service for 36.  For food or dessert bars I like to use bowls to hold the toppings.  I have some glass bowls I like, but my go to bowls are my latte bowls from Anthropologie.  They’re the perfect size and come in a variety of beautiful colors.

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I decided that I wanted to make fresh whipped cream for the sundaes.  There is just something so lovely about it.  I like to make my whipped cream with minimal sugar.  I like the after taste to be creamy instead of overly sweet.  It’s really so easy to make, just a bit time consuming.  The biggest tips I can give are use a well chilled bowl, a good quality pure vanilla extract and salt when you make your fresh whipped cream.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Pint Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 Cup of Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 Pinch of Salt

PREPARATION

Combine all ingredients into a chilled metal mixing bowl.  Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, mix on high until stiff peaks form.  This can take up to 15 minutes.  Refrigerate after use.

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The boys enjoyed sundaes at home and I enjoyed taste testing the whipped cream!  I’m excited to build this week’s events into our family traditions.  I’m not quite sure how they’ll work in- will we do a sundae bar night every summer, will we search for the best sundae within 90 minutes of our home?  Either way I know what we’re not doing, no Man vs Food challenges for this family.  What summer traditions do you have?

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