Tuesday, March 9, 2010

My Life Revolves Around Food

I did not take many pictures of the big baptism weekend because I was mostly making and eating food. But here are the two main characters. They did well and were all smiles and handsomeness (that is until we realized the door had locked behind us while taking photos and it was a mad scramble to get back inside the church in time).

Oh bother...why do they have to grow up so darn quickly?

For lunch after the baptism we had Tortilla Soup, Clam Chowder, and Potato Bacon Cheese Soup with rolls and a fancy salad. For dessert we thoroughly enjoyed Fried Ice Cream (recipe at the end).

Some of the other meals included soft tacos and a baked potato bar with real bacon bits, onion, cheese, broccoli, butter, and sour cream (I haven't had a baked potato bar in years...and it was pretty good and really easy with all those people). There was also shrimp dip, hummus and pita, breakfast burritos, bagels and cream cheese, cereal, fruit, and we even made a turkey but never got to it. We had pizza instead while we watched The Lightning Thief at the Drive In. We got rained on, but it was super fun snuggling up with blankets, popcorn and loved ones.

It's funny how much our lives revolve around food. Or at least mine does. It seems all I do is buy food, cook it, eat it, then clean it up. I love the eating part, but not so much the other parts.

Anyway, here are the few snaps I took in between and during mealtimes.

Miss Squishy Cheeks was loved and adored by all of us. Here she is with Grandma.

We all spent a lot of time chasing this one.

And Mr. C got a kick out of blowing out his birthday candles, which were festively placed into his favorite food item...a corn dog.

Other than eating, we watched a little Nacho Libre to brush up on our quotes, took turns riding Sasha the Schwinn, enjoyed the fabulous weather, chatted, visited and generally had a jolly good time. I love my in-laws as much as my own family and I am so glad they all get along so swimmingly.

As promised:

Fried Ice Cream

Melt 1/2 c. butter in a pan and add:

1 c. brown sugar
7 oz. shredded coconut
1 3/4 oz. almonds
2 cups crushed Chex cereal (rice or corn)

Mix on stove top over medium heat until browned being very careful not to burn. Cool on cookie sheet. Scoop and form vanilla ice cream into balls, roll in cooled mixture and freeze in containers.

Serve with honey, caramel, whipped cream, cinnamon, chocolate, etc.
This amount will cover about one gallon's worth of ice cream.

*Because we were crazy busy, we just tripled the batch of topping and put it in a container for people to scoop onto their own bowls of ice cream. It was quick, easy and just as yummy.


  1. Man - Congratulations on surviving! I know it must not seem like a big deal to throw together a birthday party, a baptism and all the attendant accouterments, but it takes a lot out of ya! I bet you'll want to sleep for a week. Luckily, 8 yr olds can make their own corn dogs in the microwave....

  2. Next time I am in charge of all sorts of meals for a big event, remind me to check out your ideas. They sounded so kid and adult friendly...do post your fav. hummus recipe b/c I am wanting one!

    Mr. C is such a handsome boy, all grown up now.

  3. Congrats on the baptism - they do grow up way too fast. Bryant will be doing that this summer! I can't believe it - it seems like they were just babies together!

  4. Oh, Lou, that looks like a dream! Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you guys! Mr. C is growing up fast for sure, but he's a handsome lad and a well behaved one at that. I LOVE the corn dog cake. LOL Too cute! :)

    Let's get together - you, me and my mom. I love to cook, we all love to eat and she doesn't mind the cleanup as long as she doesn't have to cook! What a treat!

    I envy you so much with all of your talents. You are seriously the most amazing, wonderful woman I have ever met. Lucky, lucky L.

  5. Everything sounds perfect. Sorry we missed the baptism...and all the yummy food! Happy Anniversary!

  6. Hmmm I love food, apparently a bit too much and now I will have my mouth watering for fried ice cream all weekend. Thanks so stinkin' much.

  7. What a fun time! I can't beleive tha C is 8! And happy twelve years indeed! Thanks for the recipe post- I will have to try that one.


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