Another Year Older!

It’s true, I’m another year older as of Sunday and had a wonderful day! As a family we celebrated Saturday night, nothing grand just kept it simple. I think in six years I’m going to have an epic party, you only turn 40 once 😉 Might as well go all out! 

The highlight of the evening was of course the time spent with the family, but what’s family time without…you guessed it…FOOD!! Yeah, I made my bday dinner and dessert, no worries though I thoroughly enjoyed doing it. We kicked dinner off with stuffed shells…

  

And ended with a red velvet cake ice cream. 

  

No joke, the BEST ice cream ever! Crazy easy, the base of the ice cream is just three ingredients…yep, the same one I’ve used before 😁 You can use this basic ice cream to make any flavor you want, just add your favorite fruit, cake, colors, nuts, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce. Even pie! Oh yes, coconut cream pie is on our list to try! Remember when Blue Bell used to make it?! I miss that flavor and the little chunks of pie dough. So what made me make the red velvet cake ice cream? Because I wanted it! Lol!  Well, long story short, I didn’t know what I wanted to do for my birthday and it was a last minute decision…and yes, I wanted it hehe!! We no longer buy ice cream from the store, not when it’s so easy to make. Plus, there’s no churning involved! 

Ingredients for Ice Cream Base

2 cups heavy cream

1–14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

Begin with a chilled metal bowl and beaters. You can set it in the freezer for a few hours or overnight. Add heavy cream and start whipping. I like to over whip it a little bit, just avoid making butter. 

Pour sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract over the whipped cream, fold in gently. Set aside.

Now, you can freeze this as is and just enjoy vanilla ice cream once it has sat overnight in the freezer. 

Red Velvet Ice Cream

2 cups baked red velvet cake(homemade or boxed mix), chopped 

Cream cheese frosting(homemade or canned)

1 recipe for ice cream base

In a regular loaf pan spoon in half of the vanilla ice cream base, smooth out. Sprinkle one cup of chopped red velvet cake over the ice cream and add dollops of cream cheese frosting over it evenly. With a knife, gently swirl this layer around a bit(this step is optional). Repeat with the remaining vanilla ice cream base, red velvet cake, and cream cheese frosting. Swirl again if desired, cover with plastic wrap making sure to gently press it into the top layer of the ice cream. Try to avoid air bubbles as much as possible, otherwise you’ll get frosty crystals. Freeze overnight and enjoy! 

You will have extra cake and frosting leftover, just frost the cake and store in the fridge until ready to serve! 

General consensus:: Amazing! It’s definitely a keeper and I’m making more this week for a Galentine’s Day get together that I’m hosting this Saturday. 

The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to the 3–Ingredient ice cream. Check out Amazon to see the various flavors of cake mixes, blue raspberry and key lime sound awesome! Would be a lot of fun for this summer, even funfetti would be great for your child’s birthday party! Let your imagination soar and let memknow what you think about this ice cream recipe! 

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Have a blessed day!!

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Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Brownies

Yes, you read that right 😉 My parent’s 43rd wedding anniversary  was this past Wednesday and with my birthday coming up this Sunday I decided to kill two birds with one stone…celebrate on Saturday! So at my dad’s request I made these really fudgy and according to G–Man they are the BEST brownies I have made yet! High praises!! 😉

I found the recipe over at Sweet As A Cookie blog, super easy recipe! I used Ghiradelli’s Double Chocolate hot cocoa mix, but you can use any hot cocoa you have on hand.

 

G-Man’s favorite hot cocoa

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

1/2 tbs. vanilla extract

2 large eggs, room temperature

1 3/4 cup hot chocolate mix

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350 F.

Grease and line an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with parchment; set aside. (not necessary, but it helps brownies easily remove from pan.)

In a microwave safe bowl heat your butter until melted.

Once your butter is melted stir in the vanilla and two eggs; set aside.

In another bowl whisk together hot cocoa mix, flour, salt and baking powder.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until combined.

Mix in the chocolate chips and pour into prepared pan.

Bake for approximately 35 minutes (don’t worry if it still looks raw).

Allow to cool. 

This recipe is definitely a keeper, hope you give it a try and share the recipe with your friends! I’m absolutely sure your Valentine is going to love these!!

  

Ha, yeah there’s a bit of the corner missing. That’s where G–Man dug in 😉 

Enjoy!!