Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Somebody had a birthday...

And their name is Danny...
Dan and his birthday ice cream sandwich.
My hubby turned 25 on Saturday!  One whole quarter of a century!  We went up to visit his parents for the weekend, and a lot of eating was involved.  Saturday night we went out to dinner at Woodranch Barbeque (I think that's what it was called...regardless it was delicious).  The servings were huge, but we all thought we could handle dessert, fools that we were.  Dan basically wasted his free ice cream sundae, because he was too stuffed to handle another bite.  Don't worry, we took our cheesecake to go.
Dan and his momma

Not the greatest picture of me, but Dan was actually smiling for the camera in this one. =]
Sunday night, Carrie made one of Dan's favorite dinners--chicken enchiladas.  Then we had two desserts (at Dan's request): home made ice cream sandwiches (a Snow family birthday tradition!) and raspberry brownies.

Let me tell you a fun story about those brownies.  When Dan and I were dating, my lovely roommate Lacey made us some delicious brownies, very similar to BYU's brownie recipe.  Half of the brownies had mint frosting, and the other half had cherry.  Dan fell in love with these cherry brownies.  They became the stuff of legend.  My family has a mint brownie recipe that we make all the time, and every time we had it, Dan would say, "These are awesome, but I bet they would be even better with cherry frosting like Lacey's brownies.  Those were incredible."  He's been asking me to make him cherry brownies every year for his birthday since I've known him (that'd be the past three years.)  I finally decided that this year was the year.  I thought it wouldn't be that big of a deal.  Instead of mint extract in the frosting, I'd just add cherry extract.  Simple enough. Except for the part where they don't seem to sell cherry extract in Southern California at any grocery store.  At all.  They sell every other flavor imaginable.  I could have made Dan rum brownies.  But alas, no cherry.  We were starting to worry that maybe cherry extract didn't exist, and somehow Lacey had cherry super powers to make her frosting...but after texting she told us that cherry extract was indeed the secret to the frosting, and that it was really weird that we couldn't find it at the grocery store.  No worries, we used raspberry extract and those brownies were just as delicious.  But we've learned our lesson that apparently cherry extract is one of those items to stock up on while in Grandma Sycamore's bread.
Another Danny favorite.

Happy Birthday to my handsome, intelligent, comedic, sports-obsessed, one-in-a-million husband.  I love you!

Carrie’s Cake Mix Cookies
1 box cake mix, any flavor
2 eggs
1/3 c. oil
Mix ingredients together. Roll mixture into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350˚ for 8 to 9 minutes.
The kids like to add Reeses Pieces to chocolate cake mix or M&Ms to yellow cake mix.

Carrie’s Birthday Ice Cream Sandwiches
1 pack age chocolate cake mix ¾ c. shortening
2 eggs
1 carton ice cream (box shape is better)
Mix together cake mix, eggs, and shortening. It will be very thick. Roll into 28 walnut sized balls and drop onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350˚ for 10 minutes. Let cool. Cut ice cream from carton into 14 pieces (7 times lengthwise, then cut in half). Place ice cream in between two cookies; smooth around the edge. Put in freezer and freeze hard before serving. Makes 14 ice cream sandwiches.

(P.S. I know a few of you have been asking for pictures of my baby bump.  I'll post some as soon as I get one.  It's kind of rough to justify taking a picture of my belly when the first thing anyone says to me when they see me is, "Wow, you don't even LOOK pregnant." I know it's weird, but somehow a fetus the size of an onion really is in there.  However, I think I hit a turning point yesterday, because a few people said I'm finally starting to show.  So pictures should probably be coming within this next week, if I had to guess.)


Lisa said...

Your hair is so pretty!! And shiny!! Happy late birthday to Dan :]

brighton said...

so i found the same is true about creme de menthe (a delicious mint flavoring), except for i learned i need to stock up in iowa. and yay i cannot wait to see pictures of your belly, i still can't believe you are going to be a MOM!!

Renee (and Eric) said...

All that throwing up will do it!!! I lost weight the first tri with Lydia. (Unfortunately, I made up for it later.) You look terrific--even a little different in the face??? The hair is too cute...(Amelie!) Happy Birthday to Dan.

robertandsharon said...

Love your new hair look amazing and Danny boy isn't too bad either. Glad he had a happy birthday - brownies and all. Love you both...

Brady and Jamie Sefcik said...

Happy Birthday to Dan!

7carrs said...

happy birthday to Dan the Man! Love your new 'do!

Lacey said...

You look so cute Lauren!

Lacey said...

and Dan too of course...