Chonky Boys: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches that Scream Summer!

Featuring my thick and nuggy Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookies, these ice cream sandwiches are the stuff that summer dreams are made of.  If you've ever had the Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich at Disneyland , you are going to LOVE these!  These big and bold chocolate chip cookies are based on a recipe from my culinary school studies at Auguste Escoffier, but with a few modifications to give them that Jennuine touch.  They make the perfectas book for a fat slice of real vanilla bean ice cream.  And those mini chips?  You just gotta have that extra cronch! Thank goodness this recipe only makes 8 sandwiches, otherwise I would be eating them for breakfast lunch and dinner.  This way, my big family can help save me from my inner child diet-saboteur.   Print With Image Without Image Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches Yield: 8 Author: Jenn Erickson Loaded with chocolate chips and buttery, brown-sugary vanilla flavor, these mall-sized cookies form a perfect partnership with a

My Pet Cloud -- An Adorable, Easy and Inexpensive Craft

Adorable, super easy, and less than 15-cents to make...
That's what I love about the "Pet Cloud" project.

A few months back I saw this ingenious little idea on Pinterest and traced the source to the SWAPS-a-lot website -- a great source for readymade Girl Scout swap kits.  Fast forward to this final week of student teaching in a first-grade classroom.  I wanted to give each student a little something to remember me by.  I wanted to do something sweet, inexpensive and with an inspiring message.  I thought immediately of the Pet Cloud.  The original version is miniaturized to be handed out as a swap at Girl Scout events, but for my clouds, I wanted something a bit bigger.

So I put my personal twist on this delightfully squee project by making up a custom tag and poem (free printable below).  My eight-year-old and I whipped up two dozen in less than half and hour and all for around $2.00.  The kids' reactions were priceless!  

These sweet little chaps make a terrific gift for teachers and youth group leaders to give to their students. They'd make a nice little party favor too!  You can count on a Valentine's Day version showing up here in February!

How to Make Pet Clouds


Step 1: Stretch out your cotton balls to create a cloud-like shape.

Step 2:  Put a small dab of tacky glue on the back of a googly eye.  Press into place.  Repeat.

Step 3:  Download and print out the tags on card stock.  Trim.  Place cloud in a bag.  Fold the tag in half to create a tent shape.  Place over top of bag and staple in place.

Spread smiles!

If you'd like to get all of your supplies in one place and like the swap-size, be sure to check out the kits available from  SWAPS-a-lot.

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