Hearts of ice

Are you sick of Valentine's Day stuff yet because I totally have some.  I blame it on Pinterest and/or my Instagram feed but wow, this lead up to Valentine's Day has felt like it's been going on forever.  For the love of Cupid, let's get on with it!

Quinn has never favored cow's milk, no matter how creative we got with it over the past year.  We've tried rice, almond, soy, mixing all of them, fun sippy cups, silly straws, etc.  Now that she's 2, we've eased up a bit on trying to push milk on her.  She's always devoured cheese & yogurt so her pediatrician didn't consider it an issue.  We've even tried chocolate milk & she wasn't impressed.  What kid doesn't like chocolate milk?!  Then a couple months ago on a playdate, she tasted strawberry milk for the first time.  It was like she had seen a unicorn--pure precocious delight & wonderment.

So it's a favorite treat for this little gal, but I still offer plain milk every so often.  I thought I'd be sneaky & jazz up regular old milk with ice cubes hearts made from strawberry milk, in the spirit of Valentine's Day.  

The strawberry milk we buy isn't pink, so I blended it with (hulled) strawberries for a pink hue.  
The silicone heart tray is from IKEA but I don't see it available on their site.  
Amazon has lots of versions here.  
Blend strawberries & milk.
Fill tray, cover loosely with foil, & freeze for ~2 hours.
To loosen ice hearts, dip the underside of tray in a bowl/pan of warm water for a few seconds.  
Flex tray & ice hearts should pop out easily.
Yum.

I'm not sneaky enough apparently.  
Quinn plucked the heart out, ate it, blew bubbles in the milk, then ultimately abandoned the whole thing.

So I'm done with hearts for a bit.  What's up next? St. Patrick's Day?  
I don't have a bit of Irish heritage but I do have plenty o' freckles.  
And ooh shamrocks.
Prepare yourselves (I'm sorry).

Happy Valentine's Day!

41 comments:

  1. Great idea! I'm doing this with my toddler!

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    1. I think any toddler would appreciate the heart shapes!

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  2. How adorable is that!? I am going to pin for my own babes someday!

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    1. It was fun! The options are endless with this heart ice cube tray!

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  3. Now who wouldn't want to drink that glass of milk? Adorable and perfectly sweet.

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    1. Thanks for that, gal! Apparently it wasn't good enough for the Diva, haha!

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  4. Foiled by a 2-year-old...get used to it! :) and this is so super cute!

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    1. Every time this happens, I think about how the older she gets the more clever she gets.....the older I get the slower I get. Gah.

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  5. cute idea and we have that ice tray! my girls would love it

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    1. That tray's so fun! Your girls will get a kick out of it :)
      xoxo

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  6. What a cute idea. I was a Strawberry Quik girl growing up (hated Chocolate). Wasn't a big fan of milk either (the strawberry flavor was my mom's way of getting me to drink it). My girls were not fans either...well, fast forward...learned later (when they were old enough to tell me), it made their stomach's hurt. Turns out both are lactose intolerant and one has a casein sensitivity! So, Quinn might just be a picky 2 year old or she just might be on to something!

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    1. Oh poor girls! Thanks for this, that's definitely something to be aware of! I'm somewhat lactose intolerant & have never cared for milk either...and when I was nursing Quinn we discovered she had a dairy sensitivity so no dairy for me or her during her first year. She does devour yogurt & cheese & doesn't seem to have issues with those though a glass of milk is probably processed differently. She was always an adventurous eater but has developed into a pickier eater recently, sigh. Keeping me on my toes, thanks Quinn ;-)

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  7. She sees right through your sneaky ways Momma! Smart girl.

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    1. I know! Can't wait for her teenage years, heaven help us all ;-)

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  8. adorable!! Amara actually loves milk, but strawberry is by far her greatest food pleasure in life right now!! Sometimes we are bad and go for the extremely pink Nestle milk. It is soooo good!! Why?? GREAT idea!!!

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    1. Thanks, gal! Sometimes you just have to be bad & indulge, right?! ;-) And keep it up Amara, thatta girl.

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  9. Haha! That was really cute! And in my opinion, Strawberry milk is better than no milk!

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    1. Ha, you are so right! It's all about perspective ;-)

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  10. You're far better than me, friend. This is adorable. I might consider putting their milk in red/pinkish cups I already own for Valentine's Day.

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    1. I may have made strawberry milk hearts but I sure can't meal plan, plan fun kid activities, or juggle all that you do!
      xoxo

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  11. So here's the thing...I hate Valentines Day! But these little hearts o ice are totes adorbs. I just may have to make some. But don't tell anybody;)

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    1. LOL, I hate the whole romantic notion of V Day, too! Let's just celebrate love every day, shall we? ;-)

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  12. This is the cutest glass of milk I've ever seen. My oldest was never much of a milk drinker either but is the same as Quinn - big fan of yogurt and cheese. I'm kind of with her so I never sweated it much.

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    1. I'm the same way. Hubby can drink a glass of milk because he craves it. It sort of makes me want to gag. But a milkshake? I'm all over that.

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  13. CUUUTE! I love the heart icecubes!! The cutest part of this project is that she didn't even drink the milk, hahaha. Classic.

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  14. You're such a fun mom! I can't believe she doesn't like chocolate milk, it's my favorite! I have a similar heart pan that I'm going to attempt to make heart shaped fruit juice jello with. Fingers crossed that it will turn out!

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    1. It takes one to know one! Loved your juice jello hearts!

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  15. I'm in favor of anything in an ice cube. Flavored milk, particularly. My kid will currently only drink chocolate milk. It's ridiculous.

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    1. What are these kids trying to prove? That they have preferences and stuff?! ;)

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    1. Thanks, friend! They were fun to make, too!

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  17. You clever sneaky mommy you! That is totally cute! I am pinning this one for later!! xo Kristin

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    1. Aw thanks, friend! Not sneaky enough, apparently ;-)
      xoxo

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  18. This is such a perfect little touch to vday. Good thinkin'! How crazy on the milk - I guard it with my life at restaurants before the kids' food comes or my daughter will never eat. I don't know where she gets her liquid diet tendencies...

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    1. Liquid diet tendencies, haha! I hear of our friends' kids filling up on milk so they don't have an appetite for much else. I'm wondering if Quinn will go thru that phase, too?!

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  19. I am glad to hear there is nothing wrong with my daughter, and there are other kids who reject cow milk. We too keep offering it once in a while. It is amazing how fickle little people's tastes are. She changes her preferences on a weekly bases. I learnt not to assume anything when feeding her, because she proves me wrong every time when I expect her to like/dislike certain food.

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    1. So fickle!! I 100% agree about not having assumptions. It used to drive me crazy, especially when I'd make something I knew she loved last week only to have her reject it. Good to know I'm not alone in this ;-) Keeping us on our toes. Hence why my wine intake has increased since becoming a parent.

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  20. YOU are the best mom ever! :)

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