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Fantabulous Frozen Ice Cream Casserole

So, I have a daughter that does not like cake…I will blame that genetic mishap on my husband’s side. Luckily, her birthday is in June, so ice cream is a good stand in for her birthday celebration. On her actual birthday we did a sundae bar, but she wanted something different for her party with her friends. Fantabulous Frozen Ice Cream Casserole was perfect!

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Imagine layers of cookie, ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and caramel…mmm!

This fantabulous treat is amazingly simple.

Ingredients:
12-15 ice cream sandwiches
1 large tub of whipped topping
Chocolate syrup
Caramel syrup

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Preparation:

Layer the bottom of a casserole dish with ice cream sandwiches. You may need to cut them into pieces to fit the edges and odd spaces.

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Next, spread whipped topping, completely covering the ice cream sandwiches.

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Drizzle the whipped topping with the caramel and chocolate syrup.

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Repeat the steps above, starting with the ice cream sandwiches, then whipped topping, and syrup. Finally, take a knife and drag it across the top in alternating directions to create the pattern on top.

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Freeze for at least an hour before serving.

There are many varieties of ice cream sandwiches. Feel free to be creative. We have used birthday cake flavored sandwiches before. You can also switch out the syrups for other flavors or add chopped nuts, sprinkles, or candy to make it your own!

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Fairy Fun Mix

In honor of my daughter’s 7th birthday we are headed to the Katy Perry movie tonight, in 3D, with seven little girls!!! –Insert little girl screams and squeals here–

In an effort to make this manageable and cost effective, I threw together a Fairy Fun Mix for the girls to snack on during the movie.

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I simply mixed microwave kettle corn, mini marshmallows, iced animal crackers, Coco Puffs, and M&Ms. Toss it in a large bowl. It can be served in the bowl, or packed into individual snack bags.

So wish me luck tonight. I am heading into my closet to find something sparkly!

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Guerilla Gardening and Green Bean Stalking

I absolutely love my house and my neighborhood, but I really wish my yard was bigger. When my husband and I moved here from a more urban setting a few years ago, I thought this yard had plenty of space, but now I have developed a passion for gardening. It started with the existing flower beds which showered me with endless summer flowers and a beautiful backdrop for reading and relaxation. It has now morphed into a vegetable passion, bordering on obsession.

Last Mother’s Day, my husband and children bought me a raised garden, and I put a few standard plants in.

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Wow! I never expected to feel so much excitement. That is where the stalking behavior started. I checked my tomatoes, zucchini, and cucumbers multiple times daily and cheered when new sprouts appeared. My garden was the highlight of my summer (With the exception of the great pickle experiment which yielded some of the most horrifically tasting pickles ever created.)

Now I am no longer a rookie gardener, and I am stepping up my game. My existing garden was quickly filled with Roma tomatoes, basil, zucchini, and peppers, but there was no room for my cucumbers… I asked my husband for another raised bed, but he balked. So out of desperation, I have resorted to “guerilla gardening”. Now my cucumbers are secretly nestled between my crepe myrtles, my gourds and pumpkins are hidden in my flower beds, and I built a teepee for my green beans.

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Now I stalk my green beans and marvel at the lettuce as I lounge on the patio. Let this be a lesson to those of you who don’t think you have the space. A little creativity, and a patient husband can make a gardener out of any of us.

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Serendipitous Sangria

Serendipitous Sangria

A sip by the pool
A mommy time-out
A night with the girls is what it’s about
So sip without guilt
Just rest and de-stress
This punch you’ll soon see…that it is the best!

Ingredients:
• 1 large bottle or Moscato or other white wine
• 1 2L bottle of Fresca
• 4 cups of diced, frozen tropical fruit—(available pre-cut in the frozen foods section)

Preparation:
1. Mix wine & soda, add fruit, and stir.
2. Serve in a glass pitcher or large beverage dispenser.

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Fabulous Cheeseburgers

Submitted by the Fabulous Food Fairy

• 2 lbs. Ground beef
• 1 packet of Lipton Garlic & Herb Soup Mix
• 2 eggs
• 3 Tbsp. Steak Sauce
• ½ C. Italian Bread Crumbs
Place all ingredients into a stand mixer and mix on medium speed until blended (about 30-45 seconds)
Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes.
Form into patties, slightly larger than your palm.
Place on the grill, adding American cheese in the last minute.

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Orange Ginger Chicken Salad with a Black Currant Balsamic Vinegairette

A tropical treasure is what you desire

so light up the grill and turn on the fire

sprinkle with ginger and tart orange zest

then toss for a salad that beats all the rest!

I was inspired today; I wanted to cook something new. A few days ago, a co-worker was telling me about coconut oil, and I was intrigued. so, during my regular grocery store trip, I grabbed some.

I don’t suggest you google it…there are a bunch of angry bloggers who have a lot to say about it!

I also picked up a cute little bottle of Orange Ginger seasoning.

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So, today as I was thinking about dinner, I realized

Coconut Oil + Orange Ginger Rub + Chicken = Pretty Awesome.

Remember, I teach language arts, not math!

I put the coconut oil into a large Ziploc bag and let it float in a sink of warm water as the oil is solid at room temperature.

Then I added the chicken and seasoning, resealed, and let it float for about 20 minutes.

I also flattened the chicken a bit to cut the grilling time…(I just bang it with a heavy wooden spoon until it is about 3/4 inch thick– I know, very professional)

Grill the chicken until cooked thoroughly, then let it rest for 10 minutes.

In the meantime, place mixed greens on a plate and top with raspberries, sliced almonds, and mandarin oranges.

Cut chicken, place on top of the salad, and drizzle with the black currant and balsamic dressing. ( I whisked equal parts black currant balsamic vinegar and olive oil)

Then eat! This was a quick, easy, throw together recipe.

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Orange Ginger Chicken Salad with Black Currant Balsamic Dressing

As for those of you that always ask if my kids really eat it…YES…sort of…just in a different shape 🙂

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Fairy Fatigue

Grr…It’s Monday.

So, today I was teaching a poetry lesson (I teach 6th grade language arts), and we are reading the book Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. After my hurling leap into the blogosphere this weekend, I could totally connect with the main character:

“Sometimes

when you are trying

not to think about something

it keeps popping back

into your head

you can’t help it

you think about it

and

think about it

and

think about it

until your brain

feels like

a squished pea.”

 

Welcome to my day.

Brain is a squished pea.

Need dinner ideas.

Please post what you are having for dinner…

Sincerely,

The Fabulous Fatigued Food Fairy

***Note to self—Make peas with dinner tonight!

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Ready…Set…Jump!

Have you ever had one of those days when you feel like there is something else out there for you? Well, I did. I was sitting in a meeting, and I could not turn my mind off. Little ideas kept popping up, and I realized that it was my time to jump!

I will start with a little background. I am a working mom with three kids. I try to be the best mother, wife, and teacher that I know how to be, but lets face it…Some days are uphill battles. My family is my world and dinner is a sacred ritual. I love to cook, and I feel that time together over dinner is the most valuable way to connect with your husband and children. As life is growing more and more hectic, family dinner is that much more important.

Now, to the jumping part. I am taking a leap to create this community of foodies to inspire, connect, and cook our way through fabulous meals, with the hopes of strengthening families and friendships. Allow me to serve as your Fabulous Food Fairy, granting your recipe wishes! I am excited to have you join me on this delicious journey 🙂

Bibbity, Boppity, FOOD!