I can sum up summer (like how I did that?) in two words…Ice. Cream.
Aaaaaaabsolutely addicted to it this summer in any form, including- but not limited to -gelato, Italian Ice, Sweet Cici's yogurt, or just a huge carton of one of Blue Bell's "limited edition" flavors…
Dave and I went to the movies last night, and on the way home, I had to stop at the grocery store and get some deodorant…and some Raspberry Chocolate Chip gelato.
At 10pm. Nice.
I wanted to share with you guys a great recipe out of our cookbook that is SO easy, but a GREAT dessert that your company will love.
Or you will love. By yourself. With a huge fork.
Elaine's Ice Cream Pie
1 stick butter, melted
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Half gallon of your favorite ice cream (this crust truly goes with just about anything…well,maybe not a sherbet)
3/4 jar of caramel ice cream topping
1.Preheat over to 400.
2.Mix sugar and flour and add nuts.
3.Pour melted butter over this.
4.Spread and press thin on a cookie sheet with fingers.
5.Bake 8-10 minutes until light brown. Don't overbake.
6.Remove from oven and crumble up crust into a bowl. (it will be semi-soft still, but you can crumble it)
7.Reserve 3/4 cup of the crumbs for top of pie.
8.Press the rest into a buttered pie plate. (It will press together and somewhat "connect".)
9.Drizzle 1/4 jar caramel sauce carefully over crust. This works like the "cement".
10.Freeze the crust at least 45 minutes by itself.
11.Soften ice cream so it will spread easily.
12.Remove crust from freezer and fill the pie shell as high as you wish with your favorite ice cream. (I used Blue Bell's Chocolate Covered Strawberry in the photo)
13.Sprinkle reserved crumbs on top of pie and drizzle another 1/2 cup of caramel sauce over the top of pie.
14.Freeze 1-2 hours longer.
15.Remove from freezer before serving.
16.Write me and Elaine a thank you note.
Have a great day everyone-
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Be sure to take a listen as the girls get patriotic on this week's Graceful Living show.
Yaw, we were having one last ice-cream stop at the famous Painter's ice cream shop in Surfside/Myrtle Beach, S.C. before our vacation was officially over... this is some of the BEST homemade ice cream I have ever had. I wouldn't allow myself to try any other flavor than Butter Pecan... soooooooo many pecans and VERY creamy. While we were standing in line we looked up and with a red hat on and a gorgeous white beard - It was SANTA CLAUS!!!! Even his belt was engraved "Santa Claus".
Darby and Leila were in complete amazement (heck, I was too)... Santa was enjoying his time of vacation in Surfside and like us, wanted to get a taste of the famous Painter's ice cream. Even Santa needs a vacation and some sunny weather... Santa said he needed some time at the beach to warm up since the North Pole was so cold. Isn't that fantastic?
Once the shock wore off, Darby leaned over to me and whispered, "Mom can I go ask Santa a question before we leave?" I said, "Sure." Darby politely asked Santa, "Santa, what snack would you like me to leave you and the reindeer, healthy or sweet?" Santa generously responded, "How about one of each... the reindeer LOVE carrots and cookies and so do I." Santa was so blessed by her kindness... I was pretty proud. So all the way back to our beach house the girls sang Christmas songs at the top of their lungs.
Here is a picture of two VERY happy little girls!!!
Merry VACATION!!! leigh