Did you miss it?

Don’t worry I did too! I missed National Ice Cream Day! It is always the third Sunday in July. But don’t worry, you can still celebrate National Ice Cream Month; which takes place during the month of July! Ten percent of all milk produced in the United States is used to make ice cream! How awesome is that? National Ice Cream Day and National Ice Cream Month were created in 1984, by President Ronald Reagan, as way to recognize a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by over 90% of the nation.

You can learn more about the history of ice cream, common trends, and tips on storing and handling it at the  International Dairy Foods Association Website

Before you check out the website, you can make this delicious ice cream cake to celebrate! The best part about this cake is it is EASY and can be made to feed a few people or a large crowd!

Homemade Ice Cream Cake

1 Gallon of your favorite ice cream- We used chocolate!

1 package Oreo Cookies

1 package Reese, cut into pieces

1 package mini M&M’s

1 bottle of Magic Shell

Chocolate Syrup, Carmel Syrup, or any other candy toppings you might like.

Now the fun part begins!

  1. Crush up the Oreo cookies and place in the bottom of a glass pan or very deep container with a lid. We use a 9 x 13 glass pan. If you use the entire gallon of ice cream it will fill two 9 x 13 glass pans!
  2. It works best if your ice cream is slightly soft, but not melted! I would let it sit out for maybe 10 minutes depending on how frozen it is. Using a large metal or wooden spoon, scoop out layers of ice cream and place them on top of the Oreo cookies. You want the ice cream layers to fill the 9 x 13 pan about halfway full.
  3. On top of the layer of ice cream, place the cut up Reese’s, some mini M&M’s, Magic Shell, and any other syrups or toppings! You can put as much, or as little of the toppings as you wish!
  4. Then place another layer of ice cream to almost completely fill the pan on top of the layer of toppings you just put down. You want to leave enough room to sprinkle more toppings on top of the cake.
  5. Place another layer of toppings on the top of your most recent ice cream!
  6. Put the cake in the freezer, let it harden, and enjoy

The best part of this recipe is it can be adapted to fit the needs of your family or event! It is up to you!

Enjoy!

-Bethany

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January 27: National Chocolate Cake Day!

Who doesn’t love chocolate, and its even better when it is a moist triple chocolate cake! Today is National Chocolate Cake Day. What better way to celebrate?

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Any cake with pudding in the recipe is always a winner for me! I would love to take credit for this amazing recipe but I got it out of Mom’s cookbook and she printed it off of CooksRecipe.com.

Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake ( From CooksRecipe.com)

1 package Devil’s Food Cake Mix

1 four ounce package instant chocolate pudding

2 cups chocolate chips

1 3/4 cups water

2 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease bundt pan, set aside.
  2. In large mixing bowl combine cake mix, pudding mix, and chocolate chips. In another bowl combine eggs, water, and vanilla. Add eggs to dry mixture and stir. Mix into wet ingredients until well blended. img_7526
  3. Pour into pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes.
  4. Cool 15-20 minutes before removing from pan.

Hint: I take a butter knife and loosen the cake from the pan. Then I flip it over onto a plate to be able to slice and serve.

Enjoy!

-Bethany

 

 

 

Cocoa + Wheat = Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies! 

What better way to celebrate National Chocolate Day last week than to make chocolate chip cookies! And even better than chocolate chip cookies for a whole week is a bag of frozen chocolate chip cookie dough balls ready to be placed in the freezer at any time your taste buds desire! Not only does this all sound amazing but, it was also raining this fine day I made this! When Wes came home he was greeted with fresh baked cookies and an excited wife who tried out a new recipe!

Check out the secret below to making delectable frozen chocolate chip cookies!


I use one of my favorite recipes I found on Pinterest! The secret….. Vanilla pudding! When you search for recipes find any that use vanilla pudding in the recipe.The pudding keeps the cookies moist and not even one cookie becomes a flat pancake for me! If you don’t have time to search for a recipe check out the one below that I altered to fit my cooking needs!

Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies (Altered by Bethany)

2 1/4 cups flour

1 t. baking soda

3/4 cup butter (softened, not melted. It is very important that you set the butter on the counter to soften or place in in the microwave on the soften setting)

3/4 cups packed brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

1 package instant vanilla pudding (3.4 oz)

2 eggs

1 t. vanilla

2 cups chocolate chips (My favorite is mini chocolate chips!)

Preheat the oven to 350. Mix all dry ingredients together. Add in the wet ingredients. The mixture will be very hard to stir but that is perfectly fine! That is exactly the way the mixture should be.

Did you know… Chocolate is my favorite! Especially dark chocolate. Yummy! But enough about me, let’s get back to how those delectable little chocolate morsels are made so they can be added to my recipe!

Chocolate comes from cocoa beans!

Check out the link below from the History Channel to watch a video about Hershey’s Chocolate!

How Chocolate is Made
Now since we know how those wonderful chocolate chips are made we can head back to my cookies. We have mixed all the ingredients together and can add the chocolate chips.

 Most people at this point would be thinking to themselves..”man that is a lot of cookies!” That’s what I thought, however then I had a brilliant idea! Why not try to freeze them! I get asked by my students all the time to buy frozen cookie dough in pre-made balls that just have to be placed on a pan and put in the oven. So why couldn’t I make my own? I could see no logical reason why not. So I did!


I took my cookie sheet and lined it with wax paper and used my cookie scoop to make perfect cookie balls. It doesn’t matter how far apart you place them because this batch is going into the freezer! The next batch pan I made went into the oven!


The best part of this rainy day was the fact that I had a house that smelled like freshly baked cookies, freshly baked cookies on my counter, and a whole bag of frozen chocolate chip cookie dough balls in my freezer! It doesn’t have to be National Chocolate Day or even a rainy day to make this awesome recipe! Enjoy!

-Bethany