January 08, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!!

Homemade Ice Cream Cake!!
The holidays are almost over in our house... we've made it through Christmas, New Year's Eve, my husband's birthday, and tomorrow- my birthday- will mark our brief break from celebrating. Just to make things a little more fun, we've now added our son's baptism to the mix. Today, after the ceremony, we had a big family party to celebrate three birthdays and a baptism.

My mom took care of the food, (sorry I didn't get any pictures to share!!).  We had roasted vegetable meatloaf sliders, two different recipes of Spanish slow roasted chicken, yellow rice, and (my favorite)- Columbia Restaurant's 1905 Salad, which I've talked about before here. All of it was incredible!! It was really wonderful to be able to pass the torch this time, and let someone else plan, cook and even clean!

My mother in law was in charge of dessert. She ordered a special cake for the baptism, and made two different ice cream cakes- customized to what the birthday people liked. My husband and his cousin Sara, (who share a birthday with "a few" years in between), requested cookie-dough and chocolate ice creams with oreos and m&m's mixed in. My cake was coffee and vanilla ice creams with almonds and chocolate and toffee chips... paired with an Oreo crust, they were awesome. I'll be getting the recipe from her, so that I can make and enjoy them again! I will share the recipe and method with you all next time... Tonight, I want to brag!
Since it was a part birthday party, I got to open some presents :-) My mom, who happily supports my cooking habit, really pampered me this year with some Pampered Chef gear (You can view all of the items below). I find cooking and baking enjoyable no matter what, but (like anything), having the proper tools makes it even better!! A couple of years ago, I went to a party and purchased my first Pampered Chef knife- a 5" Color Coated Santoku knife. It is probably the most-used, and most loved tool in my kitchen. Knowing how much I love it, my mom got me the color coated 7" Chef's knife to match! These knives are amazing... She also got me the Pampered Chef Smooth Edge Can Opener (not your average can opener!), and a set of their Easy-Read measuring cups... Awesome. The measuring cups are really great- no more putting the cup on the countertop and then squinting while doing squats to look at the numbers on the side to check and make sure your measurements are correct, then checking, and rechecking to make sure you saw it right. The cups are also designed to make pouring your properly and easily measured ingredients into your mixing bowl much easier and cleaner.

It was a wonderful party and a great afternoon! Best of all, we got to spend a lot of time with our families and celebrate our little boy. 

I hope that everyone has a great week! 

1 comment:

  1. It was a great afternoon,food was very good. The kitchen help was excellent,you should keep their number handy. Your new equipment looks great!