June 16, 2002
Busy Busy Weekend

It has been an amazingly busy weekend.

Saturday morning we did a lot of running around, getting ready for the weekend. Got the tires rotated and oil changed on the subaru, which took an annoying long time (during which we were trying to entertain both kids -- eek!). Did some shopping. And Kevin treated the family to breakfast (Denny's, and that was an awfully nice break and start to the day!).

We then got home and got everything packed to go to Mike & Al's party. I was in the middle of wrapping the ice cream cake (more on that later) when I realized we had a phone message. So I listened to it, and it was Janice and Rachel calling to tell us that Rachel's little sister, Catherine Grace, had been born. So exciting! So I called Janice back on her cell phone, and talked to her for a little while. I still haven't gotten to talk to Audrey yet because we *did* go out of town after that, but I have tried to call her this afternoon. Dani and I picked out two outfits for the baby and can't wait to go visit and bring the gift.

So then we hit the road for the party. With me praying the whole way that the ice cream cake wouldn't melt before we got there! *laughs* And the kids finally managed to get some sleep in the back of the car. Which was a GOOD thing!!

We got there 45 minutes after the start of the party, but we weren't by any means running very late it turned out. I shoved the ice cream right into the freezer, the chocolate ganache which still needed to go on top went into the fridge to continue thickening, and the homemade salsa got put right out with chips. And we settled in to enjoy the evening.

Which we did! We met lots of new people, some we had never heard of and some I've heard about but never met. And we saw lots of old friends, like Jenn & Dave (Dani was SO thrilled) and jenn & Dustin. We go to do some catching up, and Jenn and I got to talk gaming a little bit.

Serving the ice cream cake was an adventure. I ended up blushing. Amy had seen the ice cream cake when I came in, and she hoped to have some before she left. So when she was about needing to leave I pulled the cake out and got out the ganache. I immediately garnered an audience ("She keeps saying ganache!") as they watched me. The ganache wasn't as thick as I'd like. So we got the ice cream cake successfully out of the springform pan and started to frost it. The ganache was still pretty soft, and just kinda dripped over the side, just draping the whole thing in a rain of dark chocolate. Some people snuck in and ducked their fingers into the drips (and I passed around the container from carrying it) and declared the ganache good.

Then they all got to eat the cake. The two most notable comments were the offer to take me off for a poly relationship if I would cook... and the ovation when it was all gone. Like I said, major *BLUSH*. But I was thrilled at how well received it was. I do love to cook, and I have been wanting to make the ice cream cake for ages to try it out but wanted some place to bring it to so I wouldn't eat the whole thing afterwards!

Now, the cake... Start with a nine inch springform pan. Press brownies to cover the bottom. Then I made chocolate ice cream (whisk 1/2 can non-fat sweetened condensed milk with 1/2 c powdered baking cocoa, mix in 1 pint fat free half and half, some cornstarch -- cook and whisk to thicken it somewhat) and poured that into the bottom. Let freeze overnight. Crumble up light oreo cookies and put in while making peanut butter ice cream (whisk 1/2 can fat free sweeetened condensed milk with 1/2 c peanut butter, whisk in 1 pint fat free half and half and then freeze in the ice cream maker). Put that over the cookies and let freeze overnight. Almost done! The next morning, make the chocolate ganache (use whatever recipe you want -- I did simmer 2 tbsp butter with 3/4 c heavy cream, stir in 1 tbsp sugar, then pour over 6 oz semisweet chocolate and whisk until well mixed -- it was a bit thin for my taste even after cooling so I'll probably modify it next time). Let it cool, then pour over the top and spread. Cut, serve, enjoy!!

We finally left around 9:15 pm and took the kids and us off to my parents' place to spend the night. So we got some time with my folks, which made Dani VERY happy, and we were there for Father's Day morning, which was also way cool.

Posted by Deb Atwood at June 16, 2002 04:52 PM
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