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Change. I've learned to embrace it, ride it out til the end. Sometimes I'm kicking and screaming, other times weeping with my eyes clinched tight. Once in awhile I ride like a dog in a car, head out the window snorting what life has to offer. Mother to young adult children, a marriage of thirty years, and a desert to mountain to valley waltz with God have shaped me into someone I never imagined I'd be. Life is short and I want to live it. Tears, sighs, laughter and change. Every morsel granted to me. Scrambled, shaken or stirred.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Scraps and Snippets ~ Yes, Virginia, You Can Have Your Cake and Eat it Too...


Vegan Ice "Cream" Cake (Plan ahead, needs at least overnight in freezer to really set up, 24 hours would be better.)

The Cherry Pie (Vegan, of course) made a delicious ice "cream" cake for her a costume party last weekend. Ms. Cherry Pie, formerly known as 24, now, because her grandma thinks this unpronounceable symbol (^) doesn't say enough about her pretty sweet awesomeness is going to now be known as &. She poses with Leslie and Tom from Parks and Rec. But, I digress.

Non-Dairy Ice Cream Cake

2 Large Containers (or 4 small) Non-Dairy ice cream. She used Trader Joe's Soy Cherry Chocolate Chunk (YUM!)
1 Box of Vegan sandwich cookies. (16-20 oz)
1 Cup Veg Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup Non-Dairy Milk 
Fingers and a Tombstone and a Raven. (Note. If you have dogs like ours, put the Raven and the fingers in a place that the dogs cannot reach. The Raven lost his legs and a few feathers, and the fingers, well, let's just say they looked a little more horrible after being chewed (and scrubbed, of course.)
A Spring Form Pan.

Let ice cream sit out until soft. Not soupy, but soft. Sitting out at room temp for 10 minutes or so unless really, really frozen.

Grease Spring Form Pan.

Crush cookies.

Melt chocolate chips in double boiler (or microwave), add non-dairy milk and stir til mixed.

Spread 1/3 of the cookies crumbs on the pan base. Scoop 1 container of ice cream onto crumbs and press down with a spatula or spread with knife. Place 1/3 of crumbs over the ice cream and drizzle 1/2 of the ganache (chocolate chips/ non-dairy milk mixture)over the crumbs. (At this point if things are getting soupy, place in the freezer and let it firm up for an hour or so.

Add the remaining ice cream, spread as smooth as you can. Pour rest of ganache over this layer and cover with the remaining cookie crumbs. Stick fingers into the top layer. (No Silly, not your fingers, the chewed on plastic ones from the dollar store that appear to be severed and horrifying.)

Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze overnight. Carefully remove the side of the spring form pan. You may have to run a warm knife around the sides to loosen the ice cream. Recover in plastic, take to your party. At the party, put the base of the spring form pan on a bigger platter, and secure the tombstone and/or raven to the platter. Ms. Cherry Pie aka & used a folded piece of cardboard and good old fashioned duct tape. 

Slice. Serve and enjoy.