Last Wednesday, I had a meeting that I had to attend. I was out of the house from about 6:00-9:00 pm. When I came back home, I noticed that our house smelled like chocolate that had been cooked...and I thought, "Yum, chocolate chip cookies!" I asked my DH if he made chocolate chip cookies, and he smiled and said that it was a surprise.
There was no evidence of cookies that were made, but I new that I smelled chocolate! I also new that he was trying to surprise me with something, so I tried to slightly forget about it...
Well, yesterday, after small group, we pulled up to our house. I noticed that there were a ton of cars lining the street - our neighbor was having a little party in her new pool. I saw a car that looked like my sister's and jokingly said, "there's my sister's car", then I looked at the car parked on the other side of our driveway, and said, "there is your parents' car!"
I was puzzled for a moment, and then a huge smile came across my face - this was my surprise that Dawson was planning!
Ever since we were little kids, my parents always bought a "surprise" ice cream cake for our immediate family to celebrate our birthday together (the baked one would be at our party). I love ice cream cake! Well, I thought that it would be a fun idea to make our own ice cream cakes, so in February 2006, the first ice cream cake was made for Dawson's birthday, and we have made them ever since then. They are not really a surprise anymore, now they are something that we really look forward to!
My birthday was in April, but that was a busy month, and it continued to be busy in our family until recently. My wonderful husband called my sister's family, his brother, his parents, and my parents, and planned a little surprise for me! He made my ice cream cake, and we had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday, and also his brother's birthday - which is actually today! Happy Birthday, Bro!
It was so much fun to have all of the family together again, and it is a lot of fun to eat a delicious ice cream cake too!
The basic "recipe" in a 9" spring form pan that has Al foil around the bottom and up the sides a little: the crust is crushed Oreo cookies that have been drizzled with melted butter and baked for about 8 minutes (hence the smell of chocolate cooking last Wed!). The first layer of ice cream is placed down (I chose espresso chip), then a layer of hot fudge and more crushed Oreos (freeze again), then the final layer of ice cream (I chose peanut butter ripple). The cake needs to be frozen in between layers so that it doesn't become soup! Then, you can top it with pieces of Oreo cookies. I will post a picture after I have downloaded the photos!
Thank you, Hunny, for making me feel so special! I love you!