20. Holiday Cards from Tiny Prints

I love holiday cards, though I will admit some years ours don’t quite get out in time for the winter holidays and I end up sending Cinco de Mayo, Purim and St. Patrick’s Day greetings instead.

But not this year. I’m on it.

And I have Tiny Prints to thank.

I knew I wanted to use this awesome old time-y photo of my kids we did at the boardwalk over the summer.

So, a vintage looking card would be perfect. Like this one:
storybook greetings holiday card
 
In fact, there was an entire category to choose from of Vintage Inspired Holiday Card Designs.
 
Here’s the finished card. It’s perfect, even if I do say so myself.
 old time holiday card
 
Tiny Prints provides simple, modern, and unique stationery from Christmas cardsNew Years cardsparty invitations, and address labels to thank you cards. Once the holidays have come and gone, Tiny Prints will still be here to fill your stationary needs with their exclusive designs from the nation’s top designers.  
 
All year round, you’ll find business cards,birth announcements and even custom wedding invitations. Come try the easy card personalization, a powerful preview engine and top-notch customer service and paper quality for yourself. With Tiny Prints by your side commemorating every holiday and momentous occasion is a cinch!
 
Thank you Tiny Prints for having me participate in this campaign and for the chance to review these fantastic holiday cards.

10. Ghoulish Green Brains – Avocado Ice Cream for Halloween

My kids start planning Halloween sometime between late March and early April, so I have plenty of time to think of fun ways to celebrate the holiday with them. We’re having a Halloween party this year and I wanted to serve something unique and different. The kids are into zombies these days, which gave me the idea of making Ghoulish Green Brains – from Avocado Ice Cream.

avocado ice cream brain

Not only are avocados perfect for making the desired shade of green for the zombie brains, but they impart a unique flavor and a little healthy eating into this candy-centric holiday. Avocados are available year around, so I’m sure will be having avocado ice cream lots this summer, too. If you have any doubts about avocado ice cream – don’t. It is delicious.

Here’s how to make your own Ghoulish Green Avocado Ice Cream Brains:

Avocado Ice Cream:

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces avocado, diced (about 2-3 avocados)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions:

  • 1. Peel, pit and dice the avocados and put into the blender.
  • 2. Add lemon juice, milk and sugar to the blender and puree until very smooth.
  • 3. Pour the mixture into a medium-sized mixing bowl, and add the heavy cream. Whisk to combine.
  • 4. Refrigerate the mixture for 4-6 hours – it must be very cool to freeze correctly in the ice cream maker so make sure it has throughly chilled, do not take it out too early.
  • 5. Once chilled, the mixture can be transferred to an ice cream maker. Just follow the manufacture’s standard usage directions for making ice cream. Should be ready in just 5-10 minutes.

When it first comes out of the ice cream maker, you’ll have soft ice cream. I served some to my kids and the neighbors in fun orange cups:

avocado ice cream in a cup

I froze part of the ice cream batch for a firmer consistency in Fred & Friends Brain Freeze Ice Cube Tray and they were equally ghoulish, and delicious.

avocado ice cream brain mold

Not to mention, in the shape of brains!

avocado ice cream brain

If you don’t want to go the frozen brains route (and I can’t imagine why), you can still make avocado ice cream perfect for Halloween by adding a chocolate syrup spider web.

avocado ice cream spider web

Have your own ghoulish recipe? Enter the Avocados from Mexico Spookamole Recipe Contest – just click here. Submissions are being accepted through September 30, 2011, so hurry!

After the posting period ends, the Avocados from Mexico team will review and test recipes and will select five (5) finalists to be entered into a public voting period from Monday, October 10 through Sunday, October 16. The winner of the public voting will receive $1,000 and four (4) runner-ups will receive $250.00 each.

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I wrote this review while participating in a Spookamole blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Avocados from Mexico and received avocado items to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Thank you to Mom Central Consulting and Avocados from Mexico for this opportunity.

Recipe for Avocado Ice Cream adapted from Alton Brown.  The idea to turn it into brains is mine alone.