Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Flash from the Past...Ice Cream Cake Recipe

So my daughter is a Halloween baby.  Yep, born on Halloween.  When the kids were young, I would make an Ice Cream Cake for their birthday cake.  A recipe from family had become our family tradition for birthdays.  Years passed and the birthday tradition slid into the background almost forgotten.  Ahhh, but not this year.  As it is the Birthday girl has requested to have this flash from the past for her birthday and to share with her young family. 
Now where did I put that recipe???
Ice Cream Cake
I package of Keebler Pecan Sandies Shortbread Cookies
1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
Crush cookies and reserve 1/2 to 3/4 cup for top.

Add 1/4 melted butted to crumbs and press into pan.  I get two 9" pie pans from recipe.

Melt chocolate chips with 1/4/ cup butter until smooth.

Beat egg whites and sugar into soft peaks.

Cool chocolate.

Fold into egg whites.

Add on top of cookie crumb crust and freeze.

Add softened vanilla ice cream and top with reserved crumbs.  Put into freezer until time to serve.

"Happy Birthday to you!"
Shout out to Diana, thanks for the original taste of yumminess!
Happy Birthday, Birthday girl!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fall Inspiration and How-To’s with Miracle-Gro and the Gardenieres!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Home Depot and Miracle-Gro are teaming up to bring us inspiration and projects, led by hand-picked green thumbs they call Gardenieres.  You can also check out and "like" the Miracle-Gro Facebook page for more inspiration and talk with fellow gardeners!
(1) Miracle-Gro
Each "Gardeniere" is led by master gardener, William Moss.  Gardenieres are real-life gardening enthusiasts with real world experience when it comes to growing, anything.
I'm inspired to get my container gardening started after watching a Gardeniere video on the subject!
My To Do list has listed "start indoor container herb garden" on it, yep, it's been there for a little too long now.  With the video below, I have the confidence to get it done so we can enjoy fresh herbs all winter long in our steamy soups, chili and warm me from the inside out my toes are frozen comfort food. I am excited to start my container project and have fresh herbs in the middle of a New England blizzard this coming winter!

Using my favorite potting soil I know will bring success to my container garden!
We are getting the fall garden and landscaping in shape this week.  Beautiful fall colors abound here in New England and the Northeast.  Thanks to this helpful page, Find beauty in the Fall, it's easy to find solutions to fall gardening and landscaping questions.
Visit Sponsor's Site

Halloween Scavenger Hunt Printable

Restless and eager to begin the trick or treating the ghosts, goblins, vampires and witches in your house will enjoy a fun outdoor Halloween clue hunt for treats of your choosing. Hand your hunters their first clue to start,  one clue must go last because it leads to your Halloween treat,  otherwise use the clues in any order, use as few or as many as you like.  The kids in the neighborhood love to play this game waiting for the appropriate hour of witching to come so they can start trick or treating!  Adults love not hearing every five minutes,
"Is it time to go trick or treating yet?"
Click, Print and cut your clues from print-out.  Place clues as per instructions.  Stand back and take photos of the goblins and witches hunting for clues : )

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Winds of Change

The winds of change are upon us in New England and
the kaleidoscope of foliage color is at peak in some areas. 

The ducks take flight, headed for warmer climates.
As do, some human "snow birds." 
So after an afternoon leaf peeping, my
thoughts turn to chilly weather
Autumn Harvest family recipes.
Do you have family favorite recipes
for the Fall?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Tonight's Dinner? Thick and Creamy New England Clam Chowder

  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 6 -8 pieces bacon, crisp and chopped small
  • 1/4 cup  onion, chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh basil, thyme and parsley mixed and finely chopped
  • 6 -8 potatoes, cooked and cubed
  • 1 cup chicken broth combined with clam juice from clams to make 1 cup total fluid
  • 2 (5 ounce) cans baby clams, with juice reserved  
  • (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of celery soup
  • cups heavy cream
Melt butter in pan.  Add onion and bacon.  Add basil, thyme, parsley. Cook till onion translucent.
Add potatoes.

Add chicken broth/clam juice fluids.

Chop clams into small pieces.

Add cream of celery and heavy cream.

Cook until potatoes tender and slightly broke down, whisk until smooth/thick consistency you desire.  Approximately 30 minutes.  Do not over cook clams as they become rubbery.

Put bread sticks in oven to serve with steamy soup.

Sprinkle kosher salt and Parmesan cheese mixed together on bread sticks.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Grandma's Soft Gingersnap Cookies

The winds of change have arrived in the neighborhood. 
Fall colors are at peak, the breeze has a bit of a bite to it... 
perfect time to warm the house with
the aroma of Gingersnaps baking in the oven.
1 C. flour
1 C. brown sugar
3/4 C. shortening
1/4 C. molasses
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Mix all the above ingredients, beat until creamy.
1 and 1/4 C. flour
Mix additional flour into batter to finish cookie dough. 
Roll into balls, roll balls in sugar and place
on ungreased baking pan.
Bake @375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Love the crackles and this cookie stays soft!

Yum!  Now if I could just eat one...*sigh