Sunday, August 15, 2010

BUTTERFLIES IN MY TUMMY


My baby turns seven this week. She is the most amazing little human I've ever known: compassionate, helpful, caring, kind, conscientious, loyal, devoted, loving, smart, talented, beautiful, friendly, approachable, and loved by all. She has no foes, rivals, or enemies. She is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.

She is a joy to parent. She has thrown one tantrum in her entire life. She's had to be scolded fewer times than I have fingers. She genuinely cares about everyone she meets, and always looks for ways to help. She has super self-esteem but is never boastful of herself. I am so honored to call her my daughter.

And she turns seven years old this week.

Birthdays are a bittersweet marking of time with my Little One. She professes that she's never moving out -- she always wants to stay with her parents. We struck a deal and offered to build a house on the back side of our property when we are ready to retire from the Army. She likes this idea. Such a sweet daughter.

Anyway, I'm daydreaming. On with this post.

Birthdays -- yes, they're bittersweet. Before I can blink my eyes, she'll be sixteen and asking for the keys to Daddy's car. And I'll be welling up with tears just as real as I am this week, as my sweet daughter, who has four wiggly teeth and has recently discovered modesty, turns seven years old.

There will be much celebration to mark this event. Aside from our intimate family acknowledgement of her actual birthday, there's her class party and a birthday party with friends to look forward to. We had a small party with Grandma Kathy yesterday. She was in town and we wanted to celebrate together, so I threw together this simply ice cream cake. It's not wholesome and pure. But it's a hit with all who taste it, so I'm going off the beaten path and sharing this simple recipe with you. Pull it out of your hat for your next cookout, church potluck, or friendly get-together.

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
makes a 10" square cake

What You Need:
  • 18 or so ice cream sandwiches, unwrapped
  • 1 to 2 cups whipped topping
  • hot fudge sauce (or caramel, or whatever you prefer)
  • sprinkles, nuts, crushed cookies, or candy
How it's Done:
  1. Lay the ice cream sandwiches side-by-side in one layer of a 10" square baking dish. You'll have to cut one or two of them up to fit in the remaining spots.
  2. Cover with a thin layer of whipped cream.
  3. Repeat another layer of ice cream sandwiches, and over with whipped cream again.
  4. Drizzle sauce over whipped cream. Sprinkle with desired toppings.
  5. Return to the freezer and let it freeze two hours. Remove from freezer and let the cake stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.

8 comments:

April said...

Happy Birthday to your baby girl!

What an easy and yummy looking ice cream cake, I can't wait to try making it myself.

Yenta Mary said...

Sometimes you just need to feed your soul on a hot day, and what better occasion to do so??? Sending wishes for a fabulous birthday ... :)

Cindy said...

Thanks for posting the recipe. How simple, I love it!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAT!

StephenC said...

Not to make a pun, but, what a sweet story. Happy Birthday to your baby.

a soldiers wife said...

Happy Birthday to your youngest daughter! My daughter just turned 16 last week, and it was a very bittersweet moment. I just look at my children and marvel at the time that has gone by and the wonderful people that they are :)

Jenn said...

Ice cream cakes are the best!! Happy birthday to your little picky eater! And by the way, she is the wonderful human being that she is thanks to the parents that she has :)

Samara Link said...

Awww, such a sweet tribute to your little girl! She sounds amazing. Clearly, you and your husband did a few things right with parenting. :)

Julia said...

Happy Birthday to her!! That cake looks yummy!

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