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Unrecipe of the Week: Happy Birthday B!

January 14, 2012

Today is B’s birthday and of course, there will be cake. When she was little, there were elaborate Winnie the Pooh creations with 3D features and piped fur. Later, we made panda bear cupcakes and chocolate fondue with sticks of cake, fruit and marshmallows arranged  like flowers in terra cotta pots.

So what does the kid whose mom actually loves to make these things ask for? An ice cream cake. Yup, Baskin Robbins or Carvel would be fine. No fancy flavors, just chocolate and vanilla. My heart sank. So, ever creative and industrious, I embarked on a homemade ice cream cake. You need time to let each layer  freeze before adding on, but it is incredibly easy to do. I am already thinking of gourmet combinations to make in the future.

B’s Ice cream Cake:

Toss a bunch of Oreos in to the food processor and pulse until they make cookie crumbs. The filling acts as butter would in a cracker crust and binds it all together. Press it into the bottom and about 1″ up the sides of a spring form pan. Freeze.

Soften the ice cream flavor of your choice, and put it into the mixer and beat for a few seconds until it is the consistency of thick batter. Spread it on top of the cookie crumbs and freeze until solid.

Add a layer of hot fudge sauce and freeze.

Repeat with another flavor of ice cream and freeze the whole cake until solid.

Carefully remove the cake from the pan. Press ground cookie crumbs onto the sides to cover, and sprinkle some on the top if you desire.

Decorate, or just cut and enjoy!

Happy 12th Birthday B! 

photo: Glasshouse Images

Happy Birthday to ME!!!!

January 15, 2010

Happy Birthday to me! Another year has gone by ALREADY! My birthday was last Sunday and my daughter’s birthday was yesterday.

As B got ready for bed last night, she remarked that she was sad, because she didn’t feel older yet. She didn’t have a birthday party, since her special day occurred mid-week. She didn’t have her birthday snack at school, since there was a field trip. She didn’t get to play with her new toy, since Daddy refused to set it up after dinner on a school night. All that added up to still feeling like she was STILL only 9.
Ah, if it were only that simple, I would still be hovering somewhere in my late 20’s, when the concept of celebrating every birthday became obsolete. The tugs of work, family, business travel and cold weather, made it impossible to always acknowledge my birthday on its given day.

Since becoming a parent, the preparations for B’s birthday have over shadowed my own.
Yesterday was spent frazzled, baking cupcakes in ice cream cones for the class, and figuring out how to transport the topsy turvy treat across town intact (a whole other post to follow soon!!!) and making the requested Bolognese sauce, while shopping for the perfect gift, and trying to maintain a fledgling consulting business on the side. Although we had a lovely dinner in my honor on Saturday night, most of my weekend was comprised of cleaning, errand running and kid related events. My day passed relatively quietly, and I guess in retrospect, I don’t feel any older either. Whew!

Today, things were different. Cupcakes were consumed, party arrangements are being finalized, and the new toy is set up and pronounced “awesome”! Today, B feels like she is finally 10!

As for me, I still feel like I am 28. Adult, and responsible, yet still finding my way in the world. Just how I like it.

photo: Glasshouse Images

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