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Friday, July 26, 2013

Oreo Ice Cream Cake "Dessert"

(Ana's Kitchen)

It's hard to find recipes for ice cream cake--but we finally found one that's an absolute winner! This ice cream cake is rich, easy, and delicious--it's sure to be a big hit.  The best part about it is that you can make even the ice cream part by yourself--it's fast, easy, and you don't need an ice cream maker to do it!  All you need is a beater and a freezer.

Chocolate Grasshopper Delight (aka best ice cream cake ever)


1 Box Brownie Mix for 8" by 13" pan (and required ingredients)
1/3 cup milk

12 oz cream cheese, softened

2/3 cup sugar

2 tsp mint extract
Green food coloring or icing color
8 oz Cool Whip, thawed

1 bottle chocolate syrup 

1 package mint Oreos chopped (divided) 
Optional: If you wanted to make this recipe even easier, you could buy one quart of your favorite brand of mint ice cream instead of making it yourself. I prefer the ice cream.

You'll need an 8* spring form pan to put this cake together--having two is even better (I only had one so I had to bake my brownie layers one after the other instead of at the same time).

Putting it all together: 

Preheat oven to temperature designated on the brownie instructions. Make your brownie batter as instructed.  Line the bottom of your spring form pan with parchment paper.  Pour half of the batter into the pan and bake for twenty minutes.  YOU DON'T WANT TO OVERCOOK YOUR BROWNIE OR IT WILL BE TOO HARD YOU WHEN FREEZE IT. I left my brownies pretty soft (be careful though-if they're too soft they'll break).  Remove from pan and let cool. Repeat with the second half of the batter.  You can leave your second brownie on the bottom of the pan to cool if you want to--it will be the first layer of your cake.

Beat cream cheese until smooth and creamy (I preferred using my hand beater to my Bosch for this part), continue to beat as you slowly add in the milk, sugar, mint, and food coloring (I only used a couple dabs of coloring to achieve my desired color).  Stir in the cool whip (if you have a big container of cool whip you don't have to worry about being too precise--using a little too much won't hurt it.  More cool whip will make the ice cream lighter, less will make it more dense). 
Optional:  You can use Chocolate Mint Ice Cream instead of the cream cheese and cool whip.

We'll now layer the cake.  Line the inside of your spring form pan with parchment paper.  I cut a length of parchment paper long enough to fill the circle of my pan, and then cut it in half width-wise so that it wasn't so wide.  If you kept your brownie on the bottom of your pan, you'll have to line the paper around the brownie and then tighten the spring form onto its base around the brownie/parchment paper.  If you removed your brownie (I did), then you have to line the parchment paper in the circle around your spring form pan and try to lower your brownie to the bottom without breaking it or messing up your paper.  My first brownie layer went in just fine.  Cover with about half of the chopped Oreos.  Drizzle with chocolate sauce (this is an incredibly rich cake--if you don't want it to be so rich, don't drizzle chocolate sauce between the layers or simply drizzle very little).  Spread half of your ice cream mixture on top.  Lower your next brownie layer (my second brownie broke--I just pieced it back together on top of the cake and tried to make it even).  Cover with the rest of the Oreos (reserving a handful or two to sprinkle on top), drizzle with chocolate sauce, and top with the rest of the ice cream mixture.  Sprinkle the top with the rest of the Oreos, drizzle with chocolate sauce, and freeze the entire cake in your freezer for at least a few hours until frozen.

Remove from spring form pan and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Printable Cupcake Liners "Star Trek"

These Star Trek printable cupcake liners are out of this world!  Looking for a fun party theme or a fun little surprise for the boy in your life?  These printable cupcake liners are sure to do the trick! All you have to do is follow the instructions below to be able to print them off for FREE.  Take your next party to where no man has gone before and wow your guests with Star Trek printable cupcake liners!

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Friday, July 19, 2013

White Chocolate Popcorn

So easy!

White Chocolate Popcorn

16 cups buttered store bought popcorn (you can also use microwave popcorn)
2 cups mini marshmallows
One 12 oz. package white chocolate chips
1 cup lightly salted party peanuts

You will need a very large bowl or pan.  Place the popcorn in the bowl.  Place the 2 cups of marshmallows on top of the popcorn.  Melt the white chocolate chips in a double boiler.  Pour the melted chips on top of the marshmallows and popcorn.  Stir to coat. (The marshmallows do not melt.) Stir in peanuts.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Kid's Playhouse PVC Pattern "Barbie's Dress-ups"


Every girl loves her Barbie doll, and this Kid's Playhouse PVC Pattern "Barbie's Dress-ups" is the perfect way to teach your little girl how to take care of her doll! One side of the playhouse features a Barbie doll car (because every Barbie needs a flashy ride!) and a mailbox (a great way to exchange secret notes with your little doll!).  Another side features Barbie's wardrobe and everything that she needs to get all dolled up.  But what's a great dress without a great make-over?  The third side of the playhouse feature a full service hair salon so that Barbie can dazzle her new "do" or just relax back on her classy chaise chair.  What more could a girl need?  With such a creative, interactive playhouse to entertain your little dollie you might even have time to get your own hair done!

To download this Kid's Playhouse Pattern "Barbie's Dress-ups" by clicking HERE!

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Party Ideas "Pink Flamingo"

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Christopher's Ribs

We made these delicious, easy ribs for a family BBQ a couple weeks ago and they are amazing! The best thing about these ribs is that you don't have to worry about bones--which eliminates all of the mess!

Barbecue Ribs

Put Beef or Pork country style ribs in a crock pot. Cover ribs with your favorite barbecue sauce and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until tender. 

Alternate method:  Place ribs in a pot with 1/2 BBQ (we use Sweet Baby Ray's) to 1/2 water ratio and boil for 1-3 hours or until tender.

Turn grill on high and cover with aluminum foil.  Coat ribs with more BBQ sauce and cook on grill 5 minutes per each side. 

Drizzle BBQ sauce on top of ribs.

These ribs are so delicious and tender--they're sure to be a hit!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Quilt Pattern "Daughter of My Heart"

I made all of my daughters quilts for Christmas this last year, so I designed this quilt especially for my daughter-in-law.  While she may not be a daughter by blood, she is certainly a daughter of my heart!  This Hugs and Kisses quilt pattern is a great way to show love and appreciation for your daughter-in-law or even your daughter to let her know how you feel about her.  Or, if you don't put the words around the outside, than this "hugs and kisses" quilt would also be a great quilt to display for Valentine's day! Spread the love with this quilt pattern!

"Daughters don't come sweeter then you.... Hugs and Kisses daughter of my heart."

To download this quilt pattern just click HERE

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Birthday Party Idea "Cherry Cupcake"

Birthday Party Idea "Cherry Cupcake"
Looking for a great birthday party idea for someone who loves cupcakes? Well this is it! This cherry cupcake themed birthday party idea comes with everything and a cherry on top!  You can visit our website to download any of these other fun party ideas! This theme includes cake pop tags, bottle labels, party blower tags, a birthday money pocket, and, of course, cupcake holders! You can print them all on your own home computer and, voila, that birthday party you're planning will suddenly be a piece of cake. 

Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray!  
It's a cupcake birthday.

We have included the printable gift tag and label in this blog post.  To download the whole party and downloads click HERE at 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Mango Lassi

Christopher's Kitchen

This recipe is a great summer refresher.  It is light, easy and a yummy dessert!


2 mangoes, cut into pieces 
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup milk
cardamon (optional)

Place all of the ingredients except the cardamon in a blender and blend on "smoothie" option. The consistency should be like a custard.  Pour into small serving dishes, sprinkle cardamon on top and garnish with strawberries and raspberries. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Quilt Pattern "Best Friends"

Quilt Pattern
Quilt Measures approx. 53"x 68"

This quilt I made for my best friend and daughter Amy.  Amy is truly my best friend and I made her this quilt as a daily reminder.  Yes, I do have five daughters and each of them holds a special place in my heart.  Each daughter came up with their own nickname so if I sound biased by calling one favorite, one beautiful etc. I am really not.  I absolutely love having five daughters.  They have truly been a joy in my life!

This is a simple quilt, but the message is so clear.  I did this quilt in reds, blacks and grays, but bright colors would really make the quilt pop.  You can download this quilt pattern HERE at Parties and Patterns.  

Candy Saying "Search Ponder and Pray"

I created this candy bar pocket with a
candy saying for my visiting teaching sisters for the month of July.  
This hand out would also be great for lessons, youth or a yummy inspirational treat.  To download the whole printable packet click

Monday, July 1, 2013

Spiderman Party Ideas

I dedicate these Spiderman party ideas and birthday theme to my son-in-law who serves in the air force.  He is a super hero in my eyes and I think that he is pretty amazing.  Not only that, but I am a pretty big fan of Spiderman so the two just seemed to go together.  These Spiderman party ideas include party favors, cupcake holder, candy boxes, gift bags, cookie bags, party blower tags, napkin holders and more. If you have a super hero in your life or you want to throw someone a Spiderman party you are welcome to download these free ideas and printables HERE!

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