Life is like a wild horse--Unless you ride it, it will ride you! (from the movie: "Princess of Thieves.")
Saturday, June 20, 2009
At Easter my sister-in-law brought a dessert that was a huge success. It was so good that one of my health-conscious friends exclaimed, "You can NEVER bring this again!"
Yesterday two of my friends came over for dinner and an evening of conversation on the porch. We budget-splurged on steaks, which is a treat but simple enough, and had some tasty appetizers out of the usual (you know, to fuel conversation). To end this simple meal, I had dreams of making some gourmet dessert.
But, reality hit. My house was a wreck after a long week of work. It became apparent that my energies had be spent on making it presentable--not necessarily clean, mind you, but presentable. This reality dawned on me Friday afternoon as the day was ending, the weekend approaching and I took stock of all I had to do to get ready. Plans switched. I called my sister-in-law for the "recipe," such as it is.
So, yesterday morning early, I got up and threw this together for the evening meal. It has NO (let me repeat: NO) redeeming nutritional value (well, maybe calcium??), and the ingredients are simple, simple. But you cannot believe how incredibly good this tastes on a hot summer day. Here's the process (bringing yet another dimension to the term "processed food"):
ICE CREAM SANDWICH PIE
Ingredients list: However many ice cream sandwiches you need for your container (this used about 8); Cool Whip; Oreo cookies.
Smash the Oreos up in a freezer bag.
Cut up your ice cream sandwiches as necessary to cover the bottom of the dish.
Smooth over some Cool Whip. Sprinkle with smashed Oreos.
Then start over with the ice cream sandwiches.
And Voila! You have it! Pop it into the freezer to await dinner time, taking it out early to thaw a bit.
Oh, my. Something happens in that freezer--the Oreos morph into something other than crunch, and you really can't tell it is made of ice cream sandwiches--it is just divine! It was a hit, with hot gourmet coffee. Today at lunch my son went rummaging in the freezer to dig out the leftovers. As he scooped it out with an ice cream scoop, he intoned the familiar sentiment, "Mom, you can never make this again--it is too, too good!"
So, when you are feeling really reckless (or, if you have kids or menfolk-- repetitive, I realize), throw this baby together. It'd be great at Fourth of July celebration!
Try it and see (and just don't think about calories...) - C
Mid-sized city, Somewhere in the South!, United States
We are "C" and "V," two baby-boomers who have been through thick and thin--50+ years of best-friend togetherness.
C is a divorce attorney, separated from her husband of 40(!) years--at age 59 he ran off with a thirty-year-old-never-married-mother-of-two and has now fathered another--and we're not even divorced! A very hard time for C.
C has one grown son--no daughter-in-law or grandchildren yet! (Drat!)
V works in a community based instruction program in a public school, helping special-needs students learn life skills. Mother of three, grandmother of five!
For 50+ years we've laughed together, cried together, and we've learned a lot! We love, love, love writing and want to share with you! Please come share, too!
Check out our posts under the label "Stickhorses" for more, but suffice it to say that these cowgirls started their lives together riding stick horses. Stick horses have come to symbolize the power of dreams and imagination for C and V--besides, we love cowgirl spirit!
You and the mother of the man who done you wrong are going to raise chickens together? I love it. I hope you become international stars in the chicken-raising world, and when you (and his mother and your chickens) are famous, I hope he comes crawling back, pleading with you to take back his poor miserable, not-famous self. You go, girl!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! On to International Chicken Stardom!! C
YET ANOTHER STUPENDOUS COMMENT!
SimplyJoolz (see our blogroll for link) said these kind words about the travails of C:
I love this story -its like a well written novel. I can't wait until the part where C kicks the useless husband between his hanky and his small change pocket! Lol!
It's coming, Joolz! C
PS - thank you all for your comments. They so give me a lift--often just when I need it!
C's SINGLE AGAIN POWER
Below is a list of things I'm learning to do--wish I'd started years earlier! It feels so good to list my "Power Accomplishments" for you, and I'd love to hear about yours!
Replacing the back fireplace refractory panel. Who knew?
Jacking up the front porch with my new, red, hydraulic jack!!
Learning to shoot and getting my Conceal-and-Carry license! (Power rush!!)
Purchasing tires...all by myself!
Buying and installing (!) the lawn tractor battery! Again, not rocket science...
Putting a new end on a ruined looooong extension cord. One prong was missing, and we replaced the plug-in. (Who knew you could do this??) I feel so, well, powerful!
Cleaning Tractor Air Filter
Dealing with fire ants--boy, are those suckers tuff!
Gettin' that utility pole installed.
Ordering gravel (SB 2!)
Replacing hydraulic hoses
Learning about the lawn mower (engine stabilizer!).