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Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of hosting two of my great-nieces for our second annual girls only sleepover at the tiny house. L & L arrived packed with energy and smiles. First on the agenda? Feed them!!

It has been sooo hot lately that we decided to take the cool route for dinner and made mini pizzas the easy way. We topped some multigrain Thin Rounds with marinara sauce and piled on pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. A couple of minutes in the microwave and dinner was served!

To insure some good nutrition, I also offered avocado hummus and baby carrots. Evidently, the girls have an aversion to hummus, but they loved the carrots! (Hubby was quite happy to devour said hummus in just two sittings!)

After dinner, we decided there was a great need for homemade vanilla ice cream. So, we mixed up the ingredients in two baggies, put the baggies in plastic pickle jars, added crushed ice and salt, and the girls began the shaking process needed to create our delicious treat.

L & L continued shaking their concoctions as we headed over to great Aunt Mary's house to play games. The total shaking process took about 15 minutes, and Mary was quick to give each girl a break by helping to shake the containers. The result? It was awesome ice cream! Both girls were very proud of their efforts.

The evening continued with rousing games of Jenga and Uno, though no one could keep up with the scores. My ears were ringing quite a bit, as I'm not used to the squeals emitted by little girls. However, I recovered quickly, and we went back to the tiny house to watch Matilda.

Ten o'clock was lights out - though I don't think the whispering stopped for at least another 30 minutes. Three on a queen-size bed is a bit crowded, but when you're in a tiny house, you do what must be done. Maybe next year one of the girls will be adventurous enough to try out the loft, or maybe we'll kick Bart out of his cabin for a night and have an adventure in there!

We woke up early on Thursday and had scrambled eggs and homemade breakfast bars before our walk along the beach. The girls had fun corralling hermit crabs and then letting them go. It was a peaceful morning with storm clouds brewing over the water, and a perfect way to end our time together. Until next time, L & L!

Remember, kindness has the power to change the world!

Avacado Hummus: Gluten Free!

1 can drained garbanzo beans or chickpeas

1 ripe avocado

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

3 tbsp water

1/2 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt

2 cups mixed greens

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1/2 tsp onion powder

salt and pepper to taste

Blend together, and enjoy!

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by Averie Sunshine at Averiecooks

This was a great recipe! Thanks for sharing, Averie!

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