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Raspberry Icebox Cake

Maybe this should be named Raspberry Chocolate Icebox Cake, instead. 

Or even Raspberry Cheesecake Icebox Cake? But then, that almost qualifies as a tongue twister.

Raspberry

No matter what it’s named, I call it yummy. Probably because it contains some of my favorite ingredients.

Raspberries? Check. Fresh whipped cream? Check. Chocolate? Cream Cheese? Double check.

Combine all of that together and you have the perfect dessert for Mother’s Day. And my mom certainly enjoyed it. 

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 Start off by whipping about a cup of heavy cream in a mixing bowl, until it forms soft peaks. 

Add the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar and combine. 

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 In a small bowl, mash almost all of the raspberries with a fork. Be sure to save a few whole raspberries for decoration on top. 

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 Fold the mashed raspberries into the whipped cream/cream cheese mixture until they’re completely dispersed throughout. 

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 On your cake plate or serving platter of choice, spread a thin layer of the now pink-ish whipped cream concoction. This will help keep the wafers in place, so they’re not moving all over the plate. 

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 Place a layer of wafers on top of that in a circular shape.

This is the fun part. Or maybe not so fun, if you don’t like putting together puzzles. After a little mishap unloading groceries the day before, I only one (One!) cookie that wasn’t broken. No matter, it still turned out really well. 

Spread a layer of the whipped cream mixture on top of the cookies.

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 Repeat the last two steps at least five times or until you run out of cookies, ending with a layer of the whipped cream mixture on top. 

Decorated with the reserved raspberries, and refrigerate overnight before serving.

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Raspberry Icebox Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 packages of Nabisco Chocolate Wafers
  • 1 package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
  • 8 - 10 Tablespoons of powdered sugar, depending on how sweet you want it
  • 1 (6 oz) container of raspberries

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream until it forms soft peaks.
  2. Add the softened cream cheese, and mix in.
  3. Fold in the sugar, until completely incorporated.
  4. In a separate smaller bowl, mash the raspberries with a fork. Be sure to reserve a few whole raspberries for decoration.
  5. Fold the mashed raspberries into the whipped cream/cream cheese mixture.
  6. Using an offset spatula, smear a small amount of the raspberry cream cheese mixture on to a cake plate or serving platter.
  7. Arrange a layer of wafer cookies on the cake plate.
  8. Top with some of the raspberry cream cheese mixture, spreading it out evenly with an offset spatula.
  9. Repeat the last two steps at least five more times, or until you run out of cookies.
  10. Decorate with a few whole raspberries. Refrigerate overnight before serving.
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20150510_173934Hope you had a fantastic Mother’s Day, Mom!

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Surprise.

Two weekends ago, we set out for Georgia for my great uncle’s surprise birthday party.

My grandma and great uncle:

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A few more pictures from that weekend.

Warner Robins Trip

 We had such a fantastic time: lots of great food, fun, and beautiful scenery. 

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Did I mention the beautiful scenery? 

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 I did? But it deserves another mention.

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 I’m seriously thinking, ‘I have a pond, a hill, and I need a stream flowing down said hill into said pond.’

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 With stepping stones. 

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 But back to the fun times.

My grandmother looking at a photo of her parents. They had ten children. Yes, TEN! 

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 And another photo of her father and a few of his many grandchildren. They had numerous grandchildren, even more great grandchildren, and so on. 

My Mom

 One thing that I’ve always been told about the Chappell family. Over and over again. They’re talkers. Almost everyone of them. Even yours truly at times.

And staging an impromptu photo shoot will probably result in a few outtakes.

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 But getting together is always a lot of fun. . . 

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 Hope you had a wonderful birthday Uncle Albert! And thank you for sharing it with us!!

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I’m baaack!

After a week and one day of 404 errors and The Blank Screen of Death, I’m baack!

The culprit of my week of blogdom silence? A malicious little plugin that I thought I just had to have.

The good news from all of this, I’ve learned three very valuable lessons:

1) Backup

2) Backup

3) And when in doubt. . . BACKUP!!!

Expect several new posts in the coming days. And in the meantime, I’ll leave you with a recent picture of Austin (aka one of the two drop-off kitties from last year):

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My favorite thing. . .

. . . about this time of the year? One word.

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Jasmine.

The Jasmine vine that drapes over the fence that runs beside the county road is full of little white blooms and is scenting the air with its perfume.

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I love this stuff so much, that around this time every year, I start thinking about jasmine scented soap. I have’t made one, yet, but one day!

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DIY Business Card Holder

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being a soap seller, it’s that you can never have too many business cards.

Especially when selling at festivals, craft fairs, and even farmer’s markets.

Usually I just toss a stack of business cards on a little tray and call it done with. But this year, I thought I’d change it up. And since we had an upcoming festival to attend (note: the festival was this past weekend), sooner was better than later. 

Enter Pinterest. Which I’m convinced should coming with a warning. Something along the lines of: Beware! Enter here and you may never leave. 

After a little browsing and a raid on my ribbon stash, I think it turned out cute. 

 DIY Business Card HolderHere’s what you need:

Empty Altoids tin

1 inch wide gingham satin ribbon

1/4 inch side stitched satin ribbon

Scrapbook Paper

Scissors

Hot Glue Gun

Printer (optional)

I started by cutting a large piece of patterned scrapbook paper to fit my printer.

Then, using a word processor program, I wrote a little message, “Take One”, in a cute font, and printed it out. This step is totally optional.

The next step was a little trickier. Place the Altoids tin face down on top of the paper with the message as centered as you can get it. Then, trace around the tin and carefully cut it out. 

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Repeat this step again, tracing and cutting out another piece of paper (without a message, of course).

Hot glue the one with the message to the inside top of the tin. 

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Hot glue the other to the outside top of the tin.

Glue the larger ribbon around the sides of the tin, overlapping the ribbon on the top and folding it like wrapping a gift.

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To add a little contrast, glue the smaller side stitched ribbon on the sides,including on the hinges in the back (so that the top will stay sort of propped up and not fall back).

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Add a little bow, and voila!

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And here it is in action. . . . 

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