Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ice Cream Cake

As a child you always looked forward to a time when you would get to have Dairy Queen's ice cream cake. We didn't get them very often because my mom preferred real birthday cake and they were super expensive!

I caught myself wondering if I could recreate the beloved ice cream cake. So I set out to try...I don't know if technically this should be called an ice cream cake or an ice cream bomb? Any suggestions?

You can use a spring form pan if you have one, but I chose to make my cake in a small bowl.


Ice Cream Cake

Ingredients:
2 types of ice cream you want to use (I used vanilla and chocolate)
Oreo cookies (crushed)
Hot Fudge Sauce
Cool Whip

Instructions:
  1. Let your ice cream set out on the counter to soften up.
  2. Line your pan or bowl with plastic wrap.
  3. Once your ice cream is soft and spreadable, take it and spread it all along the bottom and sides of the bowl or pan you are using. Once you have an even layer, pop the pan in the freezer to harden back up.
  4. While the pan is hardening back up, in a small bowl take a cup of crushed Oreos and start mixing it with the hot fudge sauce. You will make a thick paste. This is going to be our cookie layer.
  5. Take your pan out of the freezer. Add your next flavor of ice cream. I used chocolate. Place it back in the freezer to harden up for the cookie layer.
  6. After about 10 minutes, take out your bowl and spread your cookie mixture over top. You should still have a small amount of room before the top of the bowl. We want to finish this off with the first ice cream flavor.
  7. Wrap the plastic wrap on top and press down slightly, compacting the ice cream into the bowl.
  8. Allow to freeze for at least an hour.
  9. In the meantime, allow your Cool Whip to set out and thaw a little. You want to mix about a cup of vanilla ice cream with your Cool Whip. This will cover the entire ice cream cake.
  10. Once your cake has refrozen place a plate on top of the bowl and flip it so that the ice cream cake comes out. Remove the plastic wrap.
  11. Now use the Cool Whip mixture to "ice" the outside of the cake. Then place in the freezer to set up.
  12. Serve after about 10-15 minutes!
*Tip: Use a knife that has been warmed in hot water, then wiped off to cut the ice cream cake.

The best thing about this cake if you can customize it for what you like. I had a thick cookie layer, but you could switch up the kind of ice cream. Also the amounts of ice cream you will need will greatly vary by the type of container you use to make your cake in. I used about a pint and half of vanilla and half a pint of chocolate!

ENJOY!

Until next time,

Kara

Monday, April 28, 2014

Some memories just stick with us, no matter what.

This weekend, while the husband was golfing, I watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Now I have determined that no matter how old I am I will always love Harry Potter books and movies.

It promoted my love of reading and imagination. My favorite quote takes place between Albus Dumbledore and Snape in this movie.

"Even after all this time? Always."

Even after years of a girl being married to another man, having his child and dying he still loved her.
That is the kind of love that people dream about. Loving someone completely.

I found this picture and it is wonderful. There are just some things in life that stick with us, no matter our age. Harry Potter is one of those things that you look back at and smile. It makes you think of a good time in your childhood.


















Until next time,

Kara

Friday, April 25, 2014

Viva Las Vegas

It's been awhile since my last post. 

The husband & I just got back from another vacation to Las Vegas. I swear it's our favorite place to travel. We never get tired of going.

This was our fourth time to vacation in Las Vegas, but we took my parents along this time. I was worried about that because 1. My parents do not gamble much and 2. They don't drink. Despite the odds against them having a good time, I do think they enjoyed themselves!

If you have never been to Las Vegas, let me tell you it is a great place to go for inexpensive travel. The hotels will give you great deals and every hotel has a great pool, so in the summer months when people are flocking to the beaches you could head to Vegas and soak up the sun by the pool!

This is the first time we have ventured out to the Hoover Dam. This was the one thing my Dad wanted to do, so we agreed. It was so pretty and a lot more interesting than I could have imagined! But I was a little anxious the entire time because of how high everything was. I do not like heights and it was very windy that day!
 

Hoover Dam


The white line is the highest point the water has gotten.






We have been to Las Vegas four times now and we both still agree that The Wynn and The Encore hotels are still our favorites on looks and decor. We hope one day to be able to stay at these hotels, but right now our budget just lets us walk through the hotels!




At the Encore




This was made entirely out of flowers!



We also went to a wax musuem while we were in Las Vegas. We had a lot of fun seeing all the statues. They looked so life-like in person. It was a good time!
I think Simon approved!
  

Should he give up teaching?!?


 Another first for us was we ate at Sprinkles Cupcakes while we were there! The founder of Sprinkles is a judge of Cupcake Wars, so I was pumped to go since it just opened. I was a little disappointed with the cake part, but their icing was to die for! So yummy!

You can see the ferris wheel in the background of the Sprinkles picture and lit up at night in the second picture. It is the world's largest ferris wheel. It just opened when we were there, but we did not ride it. Each little pod holds up to 40 people. It takes 30 minutes to make the complete circle and it costs $25 to ride during the day and $35 to ride at night. I hope the next time we go we can take a ride!





Ok, I will openly admit I have recently become obsessed with True Blood. I read all 14 books in the Sookie Stackhouse series and now I have watched six seasons of True Blood (season 7 comes out in June! I can't wait!). So needless to say when I stumbled across True Blood slot machines I was so happy! I even won on them!


We had another great vacation! I was so happy to be able to enjoy myself with my husband and parents. I can't wait until we go back!

Until next time,

Kara