Tuesday, December 30, 2008

All This Celebrating Makes One Sleepy Girl

This is my baby girl, celebrating her birthday on Christmas Day, and her brother, being, well, her brother. I can't believe she's already 14. Seems like just yesterday that we had just finished opening our presents and hubby was in the kitchen making waffles on his new waffle maker and I was watching my new music video when she signaled loud and clear she wanted to join us in the flesh. Two hours later, there she was. I missed turkey dinner that year, but she was the best Christmas gift ever.

The cake of her request, thank God, was an easy one for me to make. Homemade ice cream cake. You want a crowd pleasing, easy peasy cake this is it.


-1 pkg. of 24 ice cream sandwich bars
-1 large tub of cool whip
-1 can chocolate ice cream sundae topping
-1 cup frozen strawberries or mixed berries, thawed and drained (optional)
-1 pkg. skor toffee bits (available in the baking section)

In a 13 x 9 pan layer enough ice cream sandwiches to fill the bottom cutting to fit where needed. They should be snug. If using the berries, gently mix into a little less than half of cool whip. If not then use the cool whip plain. Spread over the bottom layer. Drizzle with chocolate sauce. Add another layer of ice cream sandwiches fitting snuggly. Turn over onto serving tray and remove pan. "Ice" with the remainder of the cool whip. Add a touch more chocolate drizzle on top, sprinkle with some toffee bits. And voila, ice cream cake. Refreeze for at least an hour before serving. Cut with a knife dipped in hot water.

The young lady was thrilled with her cake and her gift, that being a cell phone. Even though we put definite "rules" on it. Now today, today is Mama's birthday. And yes, I am 29, again, thank you for asking. My gift from hubby was wonderful book shelves. Totally what I wanted. Except he didn't just get me one book shelf. He got me three! My very own library. I'm sooooo excited. When we've got it all together I'll post a pic.

Meanwhile, the only other gift I want is this.

But I'll have to wait for the snooze until New Year's Day and I plan on partaking of that fully!


Willow said...

Oh I thought you wanted a polar bear...:)

Happy Birthday to you both!

ellen b. said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your Christmas Girl! That cake sounds fabulous Susanne. Must store that in my head for next year!!

ellen b. said...

Wait! Today is your birthday. How did I miss that. Happy, Happy Birthday to you dear Susanne!!

Jen said...

Sounds wonderful. Happy Birthday to you both and enjoy life.

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday Susanne and Tia!!!And Yes it was my birthday on the 17th ;-) I should've known why We got along so well.

Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

Happy Birthdayt to you both
blessings always

Faith said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And to your daughter!

That cake is one I'm gonna print out if I may and make for my oldest daughter's Sweet 16 party in July....the perfect thing (although she will want chocolate something to replace the strawberries..she doesn't do those berries).LOL
It sure does look good!

Boosalis Bloggle said...

How funny! My daughter's birthday is on Christmas Day, too. She turned 25!! And, my birthday is the day before yours...the 29th! Happy Belated Birthday! What a busy week we have!

Islandsparrow said...

Happy B-day to both of you!

The cake sounds delicious - and easy - thanks Suzanne!

And I thought you wanted the polar bear too - they are cute - but I don't know whether they would make good house pets . . .

Carol said...

Hey, you! I bought you a virtual Lexus for your birthday. Here are the virtual keys. And now, it's time I get my virtual hind end out of here before you give it a virtual kick.

Heh. Happy Birthday!!

(Oh, and yes! Do set cell phone limits. But pick your battles carefully.)

Mountain Mama said...

Your fourteen year old is a beautiful young lady. A happy birthday to her!
Her brother is a cutie too.

Your story of her birth is amazing. A two hour labor is very unusual.

I hope you get caught up on your rest, and I wish you and yours a very happy new year.

Tammy said...

Wow, happy birthday Susanne! And to your little girl, too!
(She really looks alot like you!)

Yep..even though there's no birthdays this month for us, I'm ready to hibernate! :)

Barbara H. said...

Happy Birthday to you and your daughter!!

How exciting to get new bookshelves!

Sherri Watt said...

How sweet. Love the picture! Stumbled onto your site.

God Bless and Happy New Year!

Org Junkie said...

Oh my that cake sounds amazing!! Glad you had a good day :)

Can't wait to see the book shelves!!

annie said...

Happy New Year to you!!!
Hope 2009 brings you many blessings.

Jen said...

Happy Birthday!
Hope your family has a blessed 2009!

Barbie@ Mamaology said...

Happy Happy be-lated birthday my friend. I hope rest is coming soon!

Beck said...

I had that cake at a friend's birthday party and it WAS awesome! Happy birthday to your pretty girl - I hope this year is wonderful for all of you!

Sandy@ Jesus and Dark Chocolate said...

My son turned 14 on Dec. 17th. :)
They do grow up fast! :)
Happy Birthday to both of you fine, YOUNG ladies!

gail@more than a song said...

That looks like a good cake! Hope y'all had fun birthday celebrations...it's hard in December sometimes isn't it. We have maybe 4+ in December and 2 in the first 2 weeks of January.
I love that pic of your family in the post below this one! Cute!