Izzy’s Ice Cream

Izzy's Ice Cream, a review from NellieBellie #icecream #Minnesota

  The season for ice cream cones out with the family is quickly coming to a close.  This is sad, but true.  At least it is up here in the Minnesota tundra where we are putting snow tires on our cars and an extra set of boots in our trunks.  So we are writing our last "hurrah" to ice cream and its greatness, and encouraging you to get out and visit your local ice cream places while you can still get to them without scraping your windows.  Here in the Twin Cities area, the ice cream place-to-be is Izzy's Ice Cream. The building itself says a lot about what to expect from Izzy's Ice Cream. ...

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Candy Corn Punch | Halloween snacks

candy corn punch recipe | nelliebellie.com |#beverages #halloween #punch #SpookySnacks #CollectiveBias

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Our homes aren't decorated for Halloween yet. Heck...we still have Fourth of July decorations up in some places! We're thinking of skipping Halloween & Thanksgiving decorations and going straight to Christmas. Anyone joining us? I thought so. But, there is no way that we are skipping this fun Halloween snack! Levi says this Candy Corn Punch tastes just like a orange dreamsicle which in Levi speak means..."YUM"!! Candy Corn punch is terribly easy to make, tasty to drink, and a fantastic beverage for ...

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We Wrote A Book! | Creative Gift Ideas: 52 Unique Gift Sets for Under $20.00

Gift ideas | Creative Gift Ideas: 52 Unique Gift Sets for Under $20.00

Surprise!  We've just finished writing our first book! And, before our loyal readers start to feel any guilt for not realizing we were even writing one, stop!  We didn't tell you.  We decided to keep it a secret from everyone until it was finished and ready for sale.  Why?  We didn't know when we would finish it, for one.  And we didn't want everyone to start expecting it out before it was ready.  We wanted to be sure the pressure to finish didn't lower the quality of the book.  So we didn't set a timetable.  And another reason we didn't tell you is because surprises are ...

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Flat White | Australian Coffee

The flat white is a delicious coffee beverage popular in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. #coffee

In Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, the flat white seems to be a quite popular beverage recently.  I wish I that had been true when I was in South Africa a few years back!  When I was there, the only place you would find anything other than really, really horrible instant coffee was at a fancy restaurant. I learned to drink a lot of tea. Now, I think I would have more options. Flat white is one of those coffee drinks that is seriously misunderstood.  Here in the U.S., we look at the flat white and assume it is just a latte under a different name.  I actually did the same ...

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simple designs for face painting

Face Paint can be easy to do, if you choose simple designs and good paints! #facepaint #Halloween

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by NEUTROGENA®  I only recommend products I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. Some of the products mentioned were purchased by myself AND some were provided by NEUTROGENA® for this post. #CollectiveBias Yesterday we gave some tips and tricks that we have picked up over the years of face painting, particularly the importance of good facial wipes. Be sure to check those out before you start! We also ...

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Tips, Tricks & Tools for face painting success.

Tips, Tricks, and Tools for successful face-painting

This post is sponsored by NEUTROGENA®  I only recommend products I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. Some of the products mentioned were purchased by myself AND some were provided by NEUTROGENA® for this post. #CollectiveBias  We are not face painting experts by any means. But over the years of youth ministry, library work, camping, and more we have had our fair share of children's faces eagerly awaiting paint. Face ...

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our tried and true Holiday Dessert Recipes

tried and true holiday desserts |nelliebellie.com |#cookies #desserts #holidsays #recipes

 The time of year is approaching when most of our free time tends to be spent in the kitchen.  We love it!  Seriously, we do.  While we might not always enjoy cooking, and often look for tricks to simplify meals, holidays are different for us.  We love the Christmas cookie baking days, and putting together pies, and all that jazz.  We turn up the music, make ourselves gourmet coffees, and let the kitchen explode with flour.  Our holiday dessert recipe list has grown over the years...a lot.  And while we try not to overload NellieBellie with holiday dessert recipes each year, we ...

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Molasses cookies | Recipe

The Best Molasses Cookie recipe, you'll use it again and again! | nelliebellie.com | #cookies #recipes #molasses

Usually Nellie makes the recipes around here.  She comes up with ideas like Ginger Apple Cookies and Butternut Cake, figures out how to make them, and then wows everyone with how delicious the recipes are.  I mean, who doesn't love a sugar-free Butternut Cake?  But once in awhile (a very rare while), I actually have a recipe to contribute.  Like this molasses cookies recipe. We are big fans of molasses cookies around here.  They might actually top the list of favorite cookies for most of us in the family.  But we're kind of particular about the kinds we eat.  When we eat molasses ...

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Diy tea bags from coffee filter | tutorial

Make your own tea bags from coffee filters. Perfect for when you want to use loose-leaf. Or for gifting. #teabags #diy #gifts #tutorials

We included a version of these tea bags in our new book, available now on Kindle (and free to Kindle unlimited users).  The book is filled with great Christmas gift ideas that are simple, unique, and inexpensive.  Go here to check it out. I wanted to know how to make a tea bag.  And if I wanted to know, it seems logical that some of you might as well.  I buy my favorite tea in loose-leaf and then use a strainer, which works perfectly fine.  It does. But, the other day I couldn’t find my strainer and that just made me mad.  I wanted to have delicious tea!  But since I am not ...

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Why we eat “bad for you food”. | Healthy Food

Why we believe in eating "bad for you food". | neliebellie.com

There are mentions here and there about gluten-free recipes here on NellieBellie. We also mention "healthy", or "plastic-free". Some of our recipes will use honey instead of sugar. Or we recommend ways to save calories and sneak in nutrients. Some have assumed we are gluten-free, or vegan, or many other things. We aren't (although Nellie was gluten-free for 4 years because of a misdiagnosis). And we ask... Why must we have a title attached to our recipes? or our diets? Why can't we simply be NellieBellie, the blog about eating food that keeps you healthy. Or...NellieBellie, a blog that believes in good food. My ...

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pumpkin gingersnap pie.

pumpkin pie with gingersnap and pecan crumble is easy to make and a lovely fall pie! #recipes #pie #gingersnap #pumpkin

We have updated the photo and recipe for this pumpkin pie post which first appeared in 2013 (though we left many original photos as well). This recipe is amazing and delicious! We want to bring it back to your attention so you can add it to your fall line-up. It's easy to make with fantastic results... We were at the store the other day and my Levi begs for a pie pumpkin to make pumpkin pie. "He's sooo cute". he said. The pumpkin is so cute? Really? Could you resist? Well, neither could I. We took the pumpkin home and he promptly did this with a Sharpie...  That little pumpkin sat on my ...

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Pom Pom Ghosts

Pom Pom Ghosts: a fun Halloween craft for kids! #pompom #ghost #Halloween #kidscraft #yarn

Can you believe it's already October! Yikes! We know some of us aren't quite ready to think about Halloween. But, it's time. Some of us are just fine with buying a few choice decorations, putting them up last minute, and calling it good. Some just forgo Halloween and go straight to Christmas (let's face it, poor Thanksgiving is getting forgotten more and more often!). But, some of you LOVE Halloween. You go hog-wild decorating and preparing. We fall more into the first category but created this cute garland with you hog-wild Halloween lovers in mind. A pom pom ghost ghost garland will make your Halloween decorating ...

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