Wednesday, December 10, 2014

This that life musings - fall adventures - Chocolate-Raspberry Ice "Cream" Birthday cake {#dairyfree}

This fall has been a whirlwind more so than I remember;  well, at least it feels that way.  I truly have felt overwhelmed with too many things on my plate.  Yes,  it is true the perpetual rat race just never seemed to stop leaving me feeling beyond exhausted. You know, when there is not enough time to listen to your family and always being preoccupied with some aspect of work be it volunteer, in my business, or on my blog.  So it was time to reassess things a little bit and take a small step back from blogging.  No,  don't you worry my friends I am not leaving the blogosphere but have decided - at least for the time being - on taking time off on the weekend.  Now that I got this out let me fill you in what has been going on these past several months.  Yes,  it really has been months - true recipes have been posted but adventures took a complete back seat.

Both girls are doing great and it is hard to believe that Alena just turned 11; yes, it seems just like yesterday that she was toddling around and we were learning to adjust our diet.  Let me just tell you that  these parental units have come a long, long way and the journey is incredible…

Alena is in 5th and MiaRose is in 3rd grade and this year both of them joined the Junior Cross Country team.  They ran in three different city wide meets and I think both of them enjoyed it; well, truth be said Alena more so than MiaRose but both and did a great job.

We took a trip to the pumpkin patch in Hood River again this year, and in October Ron treated us to a fun little get away to Timberline Lodge up on Mt. Hood.  We stayed in a bunk bed room - yes,  two bunks total of four beds - the girls swam like fish in the pool, we read by the fire, and just had a wonderful relaxing time.

Halloween came and went with lots of fund as well as plenty of dairy free treats for both girls actually way more than they could eat.

And yes,  Alena turned 11 years old;  she wanted to celebrate at home and we had a little sleep over party for her including the favorite games of Topfschlagen and Musical Chairs.  Oh, and cake of course there was cake - she asked for a chocolate raspberry vanilla ice cream cake.  She asked and I delivered…not to toot my own horn but it really was super yummy and hence zero leftovers…Do you want to hear about the cake?  Yes? Maybe?  Well, let me just tell you.  It's super easy but it does take time.  I usually start about a day before we need it :)

Chocolate Raspberry Ice "Cream" Cake
  •  1 box of dairy free Brownie Truffle Baking Mix {I used Trader Joe's}    
  •  2 Eggs (according to package)
  •  1 stick Earth Balance (Vegan Butter) or Olive Oil
  •  1  pint Raspberry Sorbet
  •  1 - Quart Vanilla Soy ice "cream" 
  •  1 - pack frozen raspberries (for decoration)
  •       Dairy free Chocolate sauce (for decoration)
  1.  Bake brownie crust according to instructions 
  2.  Once the crust has cooled down place a catering, or aluminum foil between the crust and the side of the pan.     
  3.  Place raspberry sorbet into the fridge - or out on counter to soften.
  4. Once the crust has completely cooled down, spread the softened sorbet over the crust.  Cover with aluminum foil and place into the freezer for at least 2 hours; or until firm. 
  5. Soften vanilla ice "cream" and spread it on top of the frozen sorbet.  Cover and return to freezer for at least 2 hours; or until firm. 
  6. Decorate the top of the cake with raspberries and chocolate sauce
  7. Cover and return to freezer for at least one hour or until firm. 
  8. Remove about 30 minutes before serving


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