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Ice Cream Challenge: Lapp Family Farm

Travelling to Lapp Family Farm was an adventure!  It isn’t that far from us and should have taken only about 42 minutes, but the GPS caused it be more like an hour.  A is away at “sleep away camp” with his Grammy & Pop so L’s good friend K came along for the ride…and she is super excited about it!

Lapp Family Farm is located in New Holland, PA.  It is a family run farm with an on-site store selling ice cream, milk, butter and eggs. 

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There were a variety of flavors to choose from:  chocolate, coffee, mint chocolate chip, cookie dough, peanut butter, cookies & cream, but the appealing thing was the homemade waffle cones.  They smelled AMAZING!  L chose cookie dough, her friend chose chocolate marshmallow and  I was able to convince them to give me 1/2 scoop of peanut butter swirl and 1/2 scoop of cookies & cream.  L chose the waffle cup but K stuck with the tried and true cake cone.  We all were surprised at how CREAMY the ice cream was! 

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We enjoyed eating our ice cream on the large outside porch at Lapp’s.  While we were eating we were surprised to hear….a peacock in the tree across the driveway!

After we finished our ice cream we were able to tour the farm a bit and check out some of the cows whose milk helped to make the ice cream!  If we were there at milking time we would have been able to watch the process in the milking building but we weren’t…so we didn’t!  We did, however, get to see quite a few cows!

 

L’s Review:  “It’s so creamy! Look at all the cookie dough chunks Mom!” Scale of 1-5*: 5

K’s Review (L’s friend):“This is really good!” Scale of 1-5*: 5

3rd Review: The ice cream was unbelievably smooth and creamy!  The cookies and cream seemed like a very subtle chocolate sweet cream with cookie crumbles.  It was delicious although different from any other cookies & cream I’ve had before. The peanut butter in the peanut butter swirl was so delicious.  You could tell it was real peanut butter and not a peanut butter “spread.” The base was more like sweet cream as opposed to the vanilla base that I’m used to but the “real” peanut butter balanced out the sweetness perfectly!  Overall the ice cream was super creamy but the flavor I found to be very subtle. Scale of 1-5*: 4

Ways we think it could be better:  Stronger mix in flavors.

OVERALL RATING*:  4.7       (Our ice cream rating scale is at the end of this post!)

As we were leaving we noticed that Lapp Family Farms has a drive through!  As we passed there was a woman loading gallons of milk, dozens of eggs and a few cartons of ice cream into a cooler in the back of her minivan!  Excellent idea!  We definitely would recommend making the trip to Lapp Family Farm to sample the super creamy ice cream and see all of the cute cows…you might even see (or hear) a peacock!  If you go, pop back here and let us know what you thought! Would it make YOUR top 10 best ice creams in PA?

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*Our Ice Cream Rating Scale

  1. Awful…do not want
  2. Blah…only make the trip if you’re a super fan of the flavor or think the establishment theme is worth the trip
  3. Ehh…just ok could take it or leave it.
  4. Above Average…excellent flavor.  We think you should try it!
  5. Amazing!  You MUST try this ice cream…NOW!!!!

Summer Time Adventures

It seems when life gets busy I am not so good with keeping up here! The last post was right at the beginning of softball and baseball season…which was absolutely a busy busy couple of months! Since school has ended (Can not believe that I now have a 5th and 2nd grader!!!) we have been on one big Summer Time Adventure!

It started with our “Orange You Happy School is Over” Party
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This summer the Bugs asked for me to plan “Mommy Camp” instead of going to camp.  I admit it made my heart swell just a little bit that they wanted that. So I planned weekly themes. searched for projects on Pinterest and have been cherishing my Bugs enjoying being with me ❤  Here are some photo highlights of our summer time adventures so far…

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Treasure Hunting

Geocaching….Who knew it would be so much fun?!?  Our good friend JH introduced us to geocaching last year.  He is really into it and has gone many times.  Last year his family and ours went geocaching together.  We really had fun and talked about doing it more…but didn’t.  This year I decided that it was something I really wanted to do with The Bugs.

We went the first time last week with friends…Bug’s best friend and his sister and Mom.  We went to the same place we went last year – alvernia park.  Our phone app wasn’t working right…probably user failure!  Yesterday we went again to Rustic Park armed with an upgraded geocaching app PLUS my new garmin handheld gps…late birthday present from J.  It is SO COOL…now that I know how to use it! LOL  I hadn’t uploaded the Rustic Park caches to it so I entered the cache coordinates instead which worked out great!  We searched for 3 caches and found 2.  We had so much fun!  LoveBug named our “team” the Crushers…fine for yesterday but we need a new team name.  Any suggestions?  I’m ordering fun tokens to leave in our found caches…trying to decide between wooden discs or stones.  Now if I can just think of a cool name….

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GEOCACHE FOUND!!! (SM, GM, LoveBug and Bug)

Happy Birthday to my Bug

My Bug turned 7 today.  His blue eyes, quick smile and kind spirit warm my heart daily.  He is 100% all boy – active, dirty, gross… but he is also the most thoughtful and loving spirit.  I can’t believe he is 7 years old!  1st grade!  He is growing into such a nice boy.  He treats his friends like gold, spreads his kindness to everyone around him and still remembers to hug & kiss his momma ❤

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We celebrated his birthday like we do all birthdays in our family:  favorite dinner with everyone in the family.  Bug of course chose TACOS and entertained us all with his stories.  J surprised Bug with Star Wars Legos…and the promise to watch the movies.  Score big points for Daddy!  I found captain America tank and briefs…with a mask!  How could I NOT buy that costume for the Bug?  I think my find was a hit too…What do you think?

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His best friend is G…not his grandfather but another 1st grader! 🙂  If he doesn’t have a playdate with G every couple days he totally goes into withdrawal.  G introduced Bug to MineCraft and the song “What does the fox say.”  They play games, run around, yell and carry on together…and it’s wonder*full!

Of course he wanted to celebrate his birthday with G.  He chose to also ask his friend Q to play at a local fun spot:  Ballocity.  Because he is so sweet he included his sister and G’s sister too.  They had so much fun running and playing for a couple hours, eating pizza and cupcakes.  Super Fun for a Super Kid!

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