Chocolate Sprinkle-dipped Ice Cream Cones

If you are thinking of ideas for a birthday party or if you just want to make a regular night of the week feel like a party, here you go.

We started buying cones for our nightly ice cream ritual because it was a nice form of portion control. Turns out, it’s so much more fun eating ice cream out of a cone. What is even more fun, is dipping it in chocolate.

All you need are cones, chocolate chips and sprinkles.

ice cream cone ingredients

First put some chocolate chips in a double burner, or a homemade double burner like I use.

double boiler

You just put about and inch or two of water in the bottom pan and your chocolate in the top. This will prevent the chocolate from burning in your pot. Make sure the top pan is positioned to leave a little gap for the steam to come out.

Once it is melted, just dip the cone in and then immediately dip it into a small bowl of sprinkles.

dip in chocolate

dip in sprinkles

This is a fun activity for kids. (If you dare.)

kids dippingJPG

You can make a little cone-drying station out of your cones box by punching some small holes in it.

all cones to dry

Let it dry for 20 minutes or so, fill with ice cream and get the party started.

final cone

maggie with cone

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Homemade fruit fly trap

fruit fly trap

If you’re wondering if there is anyone or anything that might love fresh fruit more than you do, I think I have an answer for you.

Fruit flies.

This time of year is great because of all the fresh produce, but along with that comes those annoying gnats that seem to come out of nowhere and invade your kitchen.
As much as I love a good game of Mr. Miyagi-style kill-the-gnat, I figured there had to be a better way to get rid of these guys. A quick search online and I found a perfect solution. It uses ingredients I already had and is non-toxic.
All you need is a container, apple cider vinegar and dish soap.

Fruit fly trap

The flies are attracted to the strong smell of the vinegar and the dish soap breaks the vinegar’s surface tension so when the fly lands on the mixture, it immediately sinks and drowns.

If you don’t like the look of a yogurt container or if you’re using a glass container and you don’t want a display of fly corpses on your counter, you can just cover the container with a pretty paper.

fruit fly trap

Then just pour about a cup of apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap into the container and swirl it together.

fruit fly trap

Some yogurt containers come with a nice plastic lid that you can cut a large hole out of with a blade knife. The hole needs to be large enough to encourage the gnats to come in but small enough that your whole kitchen doesn’t smell like vinegar. If your container doesn’t have a lid, just cover with foil or plastic wrap and cut a large hole in it.

fruit fly trap

Then just place it near your fruit bowl or wherever works in your kitchen and let it do all the work.

fruit fly trap

fruit fly trap

Check it often and change the mixture once you have a little cemetery like this going on.

fruit fly trap

This is such an easy, simple solution and it’s exciting to see the proof of how well it works!

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