Hello friends! Can you believe it is July? My head is still stuck in April and I honestly can’t believe May and June have flown by. It was my intention to give you a super new recipe for the 4th of July but I changed my mind yesterday. (For my readers from around the world, you may not be doing any celebrating this weekend, but in the USA we are celebrating Independence Day! Independence Day, or more commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.)
Yesterday I spent a good bit of time in the kitchen. My good friend and neighbor Kathy is moving (boo-hoo) and I wanted to feed lunch to her moving crew. Hearty ham, turkey, and cheese sandwiches were in order for the hungry bunch but I wanted to add a touch of homemade. I did this with a batch of fresh-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip bars (recipe coming) and our favorite Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting!
I didn’t use up all my old bananas with the Banana Bars and so I added two loaves of Brown Sugar Banana Bread to the morning activities! (If you’ve never used this recipe for banana bread – you must! It is wonderful.)
Now you are going to really understand what happens in my kitchen sometimes, when I tell you today was my turn to bring 5 loaves of fresh bread for visitors to our church — and so I had my kitchen work cut out for me!
I have several pastors that I listen to regularly, and so it has long been my habit to play their current online sermons or recordings when working in the kitchen. A friend had told me that Eric Metaxas spoke at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Father’s Day weekend. I generally listen to the sermons from WOC and so I eagerly went searching to see if his recording was there. It was!
Eric Metaxas is an American author, speaker, and radio host. He is best known for two biographies, Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery about William Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. My husband, sous-chef dish-washing mom and I met him when he was in middle Tennessee after writing Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. (Which is excellent, highly recommended reading!)
I tell you all this to say when I listened to his presentation about his recently released book If You Can Keep It – The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty, I couldn’t help to think what a timely and appropriate message for our Independence Day weekend!
Five years ago tomorrow I wrote my first blog post on My Daily Bread Body and Soul. It was my third attempt at creating a blog. Three cameras, 2 computers, 3 different WordPress themes, 686 posts, 2,242 comments and over 1 million views later … here we are!
My first posted featured the recipe for Asian Slaw and it did not include a picture. I have since updated with pictures and an updated recipe file.
As I reflect over the past 5 years I laugh at my original plan to make a recipe for my family, photograph it, edit the photographs, write a blog post and include a scripture … every day! In that first plan, I neglected to make room for “life happens“!
Just recently I took a 49-day sabbatical from blogging and most social media after a post of, Unplugged Solitude, on April 16, 2016. This has been a wonderful time of reflection, but most certainly a time of discernment for the future. I’ve spent time traveling, time with family and friends, and time alone with God. At the end of the day, it seems clear to me that blogging is a part of this season of my life and has become a part of who I am.
As we finished the Community Bible Study year in April I headed to New York City where I participated in the annual spring tea for Hephzibah House and my friend Joan was the guest speaker for the event. I stayed on for another week to become a member of their Board of Trustees. This is a picture of Joan and me on the steps of Hephzibah House in Manhattan.
By this time, it was 20 to 25 days into my blogging sabbatical and it was very clear to me I have to write. I went to bed at night thinking about things I would like to share with you and when I woke in the morning I would once again think of a story, a scripture, an encouragement I wanted to tell you about! Three times during those weeks I wrote an email to a group of friends that really was a blog post disguised as “I just thought you’d like to know” sort of ramblings! 🙂
While I was in Manhattan, my friend Catherine, told me how to make a very “quick and easy, but delicious ice cream cake”. We wanted to make one together but ran out of time.
Just a short time later my Grandson Cole said he wanted an “ice cream cake” for his 8th birthday party. He went with his parents to Dairy Queen to pick out just the right cake. That is when I decided I also wanted an ice cream cake for my 5th Blogiversary! Thank you, Cole, for inspiring this cake, especially the cookie crumb layering between the ice cream!
To make this ice cream cake you need to gather your favorite ice creams. I decided to try five flavors using a loaf bread pan before committing to a LARGE cake! I lined the pan with a small piece of plastic wrap so that I could easily remove the “cake” when it was frozen solid. Then I began scooping ice cream in no particular order. After filling about halfway I covered the ice cream and pressed it down so that it would fill the loaf pan. Then I continued on adding scoop after scoop until I got to the top.
[BAD IDEA – About 1/2 way through filling the loaf pan, I swirled in some chocolate syrup and caramel syrup. This turned out not to be the best idea because the syrup does not actually freeze. So when I was cutting the ice cream cake later there were pockets of syrup that ended up quite messy. My Chief Ice cream lover husband says the syrup is wonderful on each slice. I didn’t like the mess. You can decide.]
After the pan was full of ice cream I patted it down again and then covered with the plastic wrap and froze it overnight. When I gently turned it upside onto a plate the plastic wrap helped to ease it out of the pan. This is what the ice cream cake looked like at this point.
I frosted it with Cool Whip and placed it back into the freezer for a couple of hours before serving. What surprised me most is the oohs and aahs from The Chief and my sous-chef dish-washingmom. They were thrilled with my new creation.
On the heels of my culinary success, I took to making a LARGE ice cream cake using an angel food cake pan. I used 8 different ice creams (which I bought on sale, so it wasn’t a bank breaker) and with my friend Maribeth’s help, we quickly scooped ice cream into the pan. One-third the way through I sprinkled in a package of crumbled vanilla Oreo cookies. We continued another layer of ice cream and then added a second layer of crumbled cookies using chocolate Oreo’s this time.
Again, after freezing overnight, I added Cool Whip frosting and then placed it back in the freezer for another hour before serving.
Ice Cream Cake
The Angel food pan served 20 good-sized pieces of ice cream cake. I like this recipe because it is so versatile – any pan, any size, any amount of ice cream, any flavor! You choose to create it just the way your family and friends will like it!
I made this ice cream cake for our Tuesday Night Small Group end-of-the-school-year cook-out and as you can see they gave it a “thumbs up!”
It was especially fun to serve because while I was cutting and they were eating there were lots of “wows” and “I love this” remarks. For this ever-so-humble cook, I will bake for compliments!
Seriously, this ice cream cake is so good (and easy) you really must give it a try this summer!
I will sign off today with one of my favorite scriptures, which I used on June 4, 2011, and my very first blog post.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present not the future nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
Keep cool and God Bless! ~Catherine
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Let your creative juices flow as you choose what kind of ice cream to combine into a lovely and delicious ice cream cake! This dessert will feed a crowd and is very easy to make!
Author: Adapted by Catherine Daugherty
Recipe type: Dessert
A variety of ice creams (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, butter pecan, rocky road, caramel, etc.) totaling somewhere around a gallon, depending on the size of cake pan you choose.
Vanilla or chocolate cookies, crumbled* Optional
12 ounces Cool Whip
Cover the inside bottom of an angel food pan with plastic wrap. This is to keep the ice cream from sticking to the pan once it is frozen.
Scoop ice cream into the cake pan alternating flavors with each scoop. About halfway up the pan pat the ice cream down to get out any air pockets.
Sprinkle a layer of crumbled cookies on the ice cream.
Continue scooping ice cream until the cake pan is filled or until desired amount of ice cream is used.
Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 8 hours, overnight is good.
Remove ice cream cake from freezer and using a thin knife or spatula slide down the sides of the pan to separate the ice cream from side of the cake pan. Invert onto serving platter.
Rather quickly frost the cake with Cool Whip. Return to freezer for at least an hour or until ready to serve. At this point the ice cream cake can stay tightly covered in the freezer for several weeks.
Remove from freezer, slice and serve immediately.
Pan size and shape is optional depending on how many you want to serve. This recipe works great in a loaf pan and will serve about 8. A 9"x13" cake pan will serve 18-20. A bundt pan will work great and serve 12-14 and this angel food cake pan easily served 20.
What a blessing to celebrate my sous chef dishwashing mom’s 85th birthday! Today, February 8 is her birthday, although we have celebrated for several days!
Last week she spent time in Missouri with my brother and sister-in-law and their family. They brought her home on Friday and I surprised her with 15 Bundt cakes that needed frosted for her party yesterday afternoon!
Mom and my sister-in-law Kay were both good sports as I started bringing cakes out of the freezer. I started baking last week and each day baked a few cakes. Fifteen in all. Yikes!
Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, lemon supreme on lemon, fresh strawberry with homemade frosting, chocolate with fudge frosting, red velvet, and white on white. But the hit of the cake parade is my new favorite cake, Butter Pecan with Caramel Frosting!
My neighbor Kathy got in the act by keeping some of the cakes in her freezer. She dropped them off on her way to watch her granddaughter play basketball. About that time, my other neighbor Gaye and her mother-in-law stopped by and quickly began frosting the last of the cakes, which were the three Butter Pecan cakes with Caramel Frosting!
The Butter Pecan recipe was given to me after I ate a piece at a women’s luncheon last spring. The recipe went into my “to-do” pile and surfaced recently. I made one cake a couple of weeks ago for my Chief Cake Lover and my sous chef dishwashing mom. They were both taken by surprised and thrilled with the texture and taste. I was immediately reminded why I asked for the recipe in the first place. This one is a keeper! When you make it I guarantee you rave reviews!
We had a lovely party celebrating “1931 Was A Very Good Year!”
“For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.” Proverbs 9:11
My new very favorite cake and frosting! You will love it too!
Author: Adapted by Catherine Daugherty
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12-16 servings
1 Box Butter Pecan cake mix (I prefer Duncan Hines)
1 can Coconut Pecan icing
¾ cup oil
1 cup water
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
¼ cup Evaporated milk
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners sugar
Prepare cake pan with spray oil. (Use a Bundt pan or a 9" x 13" baking pan) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
For the cake, mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until well mixed. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.
After the cake has baked and is cool, prepare frosting.
Melt butter, add brown sugar and milk. Cook 2 minutes over medium heat. Add in vanilla.
Pour over confectioner's sugar and beat until smooth. Frost cake immediately before frosting cools and sets. If the frosting is a little too thick, thin with milk.
When the Brown Eyed Baker posted this dessert recipe I was totally captivated by her pictures. It was the first of August and I had children and grandchildren arriving in just a few days. I was in meal planning mode.