Wednesday, December 27, 2017

(Easy) Emergency Ice Cream Cake

So today is my husband's birthday and last night at dinner he says he'd like an ice cream cake.  Duh, every year I get him an ice cream cake from our local Carvel.  Well this year he'd like a custom cake... with cookie dough and cookies and cream layers.  Well, if you know Carvel, you know that requires at least a 24 hour notice and I told him so thinking I was off the hook.


He mentioned it again this morning.  Here's how that conversation went:

"You know I can't get that cake, I'd have to order it in advance."
"Oh, ok." (Sadly).
"Well I can get the ice cream and put a candle in it...."
"No, thats ok...just forget it and get the regular cake."
"So you're saying you don't want me to look on Pinterest and find out how to make an ice cream cake?"
"Well NO I didn't say that!!"

Lol.  So that's what I did.  Here's the original recipe I found it you want to check it out.  I modified it by making some short cuts, but otherwise it's pretty similar.

What you need...

  • 9 or 10 inch Springform pan (Surprisingly, you can get this in the baking aisle of your local Stop and Shop if you don't have one!)
  • 2 Quarts of Ice Cream (kinda soft, like you bought them, stopped at the post office quick and then came home)
  • One container of Cool Whip, thawed
  • Package of Oreos, or Hydrox if you're a monster
  • Ziploc bag
  • Sprinkles!

So here's what I did.  I knew the original post said that the cake had to freeze for at least 8 hours.  I had about that long so I got right to work.  The ice cream was already soft so I dumped the first quart in the pan and spread it out.  Keep in mind that the first layer is actually going to wind up being the top, if that matters to you.  I then took 25 Oreos out of the package and transferred 24 of them into a ziplock and smashed them.  I ate the other one while I sprinkled the smashed Oreos on top and spread them out.  I skipped the fudge because I don't think Carvel cakes have that layer although that might be nice.  With no time to spare, I then dumped the second quart of ice cream on top and pressed it into the Oreos and smoothed the top.  Place the pan in the freezer for as long as possible.  If you have eight hours or overnight, great.  If not, six hours is good enough, no one's going to turn away a homemade ice cream cake because it's a little soft.  About  an hour a half hour before serving, remove the cake from the springform.  You do this by turning it upside down on a serving platter and wrapping it briefly in a hot towel.  Spread the Cool Whip over the top and sides, top with sprinkles and stick back in the freezer to firm up for as long as possible.  Be prepared to impress everyone with your homemade ice cream cake!  My sister has already asked me to make one for her birthday next month!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Shift Your Nutrition with Shift Shop: Free eBook!

I just got back from Coach Summit in New Orleans which is probably a series of blog posts in and of itself, but this one is just about the newest program that I'll be starting next week, Shift Shop.  At summit we got to hear the creator, Chris Downing, talk about what makes this program (available NOW) so unique, including the meal plan.

There are a lot of rumors going around that this nutrition plan is no carb, or ketosis, but that's not quite true. The Simple Shift Plan is straightforward and simple to figure out: You take a quick quiz to find your calorie level, then find the corresponding plan that tells you how much to eat from a series of color-coded food lists.

While the Simple Shift isn’t technically a Portion Fix program, it can work with the Beachbody Portion Control Container System if you already have them. If you don’t, you can get them here, but it's not necessary to follow the program.

WEEK 1: The first week features a fairly standard balance of macronutrients with a moderate amount of starches and legumes (beans and peas).

WEEK 2: The second week cuts back the starches and increases the protein.

WEEK 3: Now it’s time to get serious.You’re eating starch- and legume-free so that all your carbs come from veggies and fruit. Comfort foods are gone.

It’s NOT a Low-Carb Diet

Keep in mind that The SHIFT SHOP nutrition plan is not a low-carb diet. At the start of the program, carbohydrates make up 40 percent of your daily diet, dipping down to 30 percent by Week Three.

It’s also not a ketosis diet, where carbs dip down to 10 percent of your diet. Ketosis diets also feature reduced protein, so as to force your body to utilize fat stores. Given protein is important in helping with muscle growth and recovery, the SHIFT SHOP doesn’t take that route.

If you had to align the Simple Shift with any diet trend, it’s not far off from Paleo eating, thanks to the progressive elimination of grains and legumes. The exception to this is the inclusion of diary, but thanks to the extensive list of choices in the protein food list, those foods can easily be left out.

As someone who has been following the 21 Day Fix style meal plan for a couple of years now, I'm looking forward to trying a new eating plan, and thankfully Beachbody gives me all the tools I need, including a recipe booklet with EIGHTY ONE recipes that I'm going to share with you!  And if you're looking to see results from Shift Shop, click here!  We have a challenge group starting soon with all the accountability you need to see results from this three week program!

Just click below to download!

Who is the SHIFT SHOP for?

Because of Chris’ “ramp-up” method, and because there’s an incredible modifier to follow, anyone can use the SHIFT SHOP to reach his or her next level of fitness:

• Men and women of any age or fitness level
• Beginners looking to start their fitness journey
• Graduates of Beachbody beginner programs, such as 21 Day Fix, and people of intermediate fitness levels who want a bridge toward more extreme workouts
• Those who enjoy athletic activities and want to become leaner, faster, stronger — as well as former high school and collegiate athletes who want to get back to where they were
• Anyone who wants to achieve significant results quickly

I hope you'll join us!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Seven Pinterest Worthy Valentines You Can Make (With Your Kids) in an Hour or Less!

I feel the mamas out there who want to do it all for their kids... I'm one of them.  But making Pinterest level Valentines for all THREE of my boy's classmates (not to mention my own students) is kinda low on the priority list.  And if that's you, then I've rounded up some super easy, but impressive looking Valentine crafts that you can make with your children in less than an hour.  All the supplies are fairly easy to come by and I particularly searched for those that you can get on Amazon Prime or your local Dollar Store.  Just click the photo to be brought to the instructions and free printable, if needed.  Feel free to add more easy ideas in the comments!

Much Love!

And my personal favorite....

These are the Valentines my boys are making.  I ordered these heart shaped glasses from Amazon and I'm sure they'll be a hit.

Oh... and as for my students?  We're currently reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio, so I think these will go over well. Lots of freebies on the site, so check it out!

We're also doing a super fun and creative Valentine box activity.  The students are using their imaginations to create the most unique boxes to catch their Valentines, and I'll be awarding superlatives using this file I created on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Each of the 30+ awards are available in both color and ink-saving black and white.  I like to print them on neon colored paper, the kids love them.  If you have an idea for additional superlatives, be sure to let me know in your feedback.