With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: A Day Together

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Day Together

We didn't go to the Art Museum or to the Art Gallery she wanted to visit in Ocean City or even the antique shops in Mullica Hill, all ideas we considered as Abbey planned our day together for her birthday.   But we still enjoyed ourselves on this rainy day.  I just kind of bebopped about town with my indecisive 19 year old.
recipe below
We began with an early morning doctor check-up (with her grumbling about having to get up so early, especially on her b-day).  We made a few stops and then enjoyed a rendezvous with John for lunch at TGIF's.  She could not resist a visit to Barnes and Noble where she, of course, picked up a couple of books and then to the school to get Jared.  They headed to the mall together (thankfully I didn't have to endure a trip to the mall) and I prepared her requested birthday dinner of grilled chicken with linguine Alfredo and ice-cream cake made with mint chocolate chip ice-cream.
Covering Jared's mouth as he attempts to blow out her candles
Baby Bear and Papa Bear (two peas in a pod)
Baby Bear and Momma Bear sporting shades even on a rainy day... how 'bout those aviator goggles?!?
 For the sake of convenience, I thought I would buy the ice-cream cake, but I could not bring myself to pay $12.99 (on sale from $14.99) for the tiny little cake sitting on the freezer shelf of my grocery store.  Instead, I grabbed a container of Mint Chocolate Chip ice-cream, a package of Oreo cookies and a container of Frozen Topping and for about $5.00 made my own cake. (I halved the recipe below and it generously served eight)

Ice~Cream Cake
1 package Oreo Cookies
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 (1/2 gal.) container vanilla ice cream, softened
1 (1/2 gal.) container ice cream flavor of your choice, softened
container Cool Whip (optional)

Anytime up to two weeks before serving, make crumbs from cookies in blended or with rolling pin. Combine crumbs and melted butter, reserving 2/3 cup of crumbs. Firmly press remaining crumbs over bottom and up sides of a 10-inch springform pan. Freeze until firm (15 minutes).

Remove from freezer and spread vanilla ice cream in an even layer. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs. Return to freezer until ice cream is firm

Spread second container of ice~cream. Cover top with foil and freeze. Early on serving day put serving plate in freezer to chill. Ten minutes before serving, invert pan onto plate, release catch, and remove sides and bottom.
Optional:  I frosted the top and piped the edges with thawed Cool Whip and decorated with a few sprinkles. I personalized by melting a 1/4 cup melting candy and 1/2 Tablespoon of Crisco in the microwave for about 60 seconds at half power.  I filled a snack size bag, snipped a tiny hole in the corner and piped on lettering.
Abbey's birthday dinner request

33 comments:

Mildred said...

Wonderful birthday pictures of everyone! The dinner and cake look divine!

Susan said...

Great job on the cake, LDH. I've always hated to shell out the money for those. Now I know I could make one! Wowsers. The dinner looks lush, too. Your family is so lucky you are such a gourmet cook. Impressive! Happy Birthday to your girl! She's very pretty and so are you!Susan

maría cecilia said...

A very happy birthday to your lovely and beautiful Abbey!!!! The meal looks delicious, as well as the wonderful cake.
cariños

A Quiet, Gracious Life said...

Uugh! Blogger ate my comment! Let's try again...

Everything looks DELICIOUS! The cake was gorgeous and that dinner!--Well that is one of my favorite meals.

In fact I'd like to request that for my birthday dinner next year, okay? (o;

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful birthday for your girl. What a beautiful family you are...and I can tell that she is a sweetheart...I can tell it by looking at her with Papa Bear AND You!

Thanks for the recipe for ice cream cake. I will snap that up. My son just paid $25.00 for an ice-cream cake-it was okay...but not worth $25.00- Next time I will make one!

The meal looks wonderful...any leftovers you'd care to share? Hugs- Diana

natalia said...

Ciao Wonderful dinner ! Happy birthday to the baby girl !

Julie Harward said...

Sounds like a very fun day! Abbey is so pretty, and 19! Just right there on the verge of life! I loved the cake too and the meal...so yummy! :D

Beth said...

What a beautiful family you have. I loved the birthday pictures!

Joycee said...

Yum! I have bought these before and never thought of trying to make my own! This will be on my list of family celebration cakes from now on. Looks like Abbey had a wonderful birthday...

Rosabela said...

What a beautiful family you have ... and it sounds like your daughter had a fantastic b-day. The cake and dinner look and sound delicious!

Sherry from Alabama said...

What a special day. You have such a precious family. The cake looks wonderful and I always enjoy your wonderful photography.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Dishesdone said...

What a super fun birthday celebration! The cake looks four hundred times better than the ones from the store. Looks perfect!

Dayle said...

She looks like a girl who loves to have fun. Loving those aviator glasses!!

Food looks yummy, as always.

Jennifurla said...

happy birthday young lady!

Ann said...

Her birthday dinner looks delicious and the cake sounds very good. I've looked at the ice cream cakes in the stores and was shocked at how much they are.

Abounding Treasures said...

What a wonderful day!!

The cake looks wonderful and the dinner of choice looks scrumptious :o)

Julie said...

Beautiful cake! Dinner looks amazing as well.

Rómulo Vela Cervantes said...

Mmm tasty and happy cake!!! Nice family life :)

Laurie said...

What a memorable day for Abbey's birthday - sometimes the just-hanging-out days are best! I love the photos of her happy day and the recipe for ice cream cake will certainly be one to try!

Blessings,
Laurie

25BAR said...

What a fun day!

Karen said...

I certainly enjoyed the pics!...just wish I had a slice of that cake! Glad you all had such a good time.

Rómulo Vela Cervantes said...

Hi! Happy weekend LDH! :D

marie said...

Sounds like bebopping was an excellent idea! I htink it's wonderful that you spent the day together and that mom, dad and daughter shared lunch together. How lovely to have a nineteen year old who likes to do that!
Love the photo of her and John...they have the most wonderful eyes! And you and Abbey look marvelous in shades! I love seeing Abbey and Jared together...it sure looks like they have a super special relationship.
The cake looks awesome and thank you for shaing the recipe...dinner looked yummy too!

Have a great Sunday!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

What a wonderful cake and good for your for making your own! Happy Birthday to your dear daughter!

Blessings!
Gail

Joy said...

That birthday dinner looks soooo good! It made me hungry even though I just finished eating! YUM!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Dinner and B-Day cake look great! I haven't had Alfredo in a very long time... gotta correct that:@)

bj said...

Both the cake and dinner look fabulous. Thanks for that good recipe.

Beth said...

The cake looks professionally done! Great job. The linguine looks awesome too. Happy Birthday to Abbey.
Beth

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Soon it'll be time for another gorgeous cake :) It looked amazing!
Have a great weekend!

Suzy said...

Mint Chocolate Chip is my favorite ice cream cake flavor too! I think yours probably tasted way better than one that is been sitting in the freezer case for who knows how long. Great job. And the birthday girl looked pretty happy about it all. Thanks for coming to the Social this year. Mark your calendar to come again next year!

sheila @ Elements said...

What a darling cake!! It looks and sounds heavenly! And I think it's wonderful that you made it for just five bucks! :) You and your daughter look so cute together! Actually, you look more like sisters. :)

Foley said...

Great celebration! The cake is perfection, beautiful photos!

Marsha said...

the perfect birthday cake in my opinion - a belated Happy Birthday to your daughter!

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