we shared brians birthday weekend with so many family members and friends. it was wonderful! and totally exhausting.
brian and his friend john went ice fishing on friday, but unfortunately, didn't catch anything. so john and his lovely wife jenny bought some fish and brought it over to our house for a fish fry, complete with french fries and coleslaw. delicious! we were then joined by more friends for brians favourite ice cream cake.
here's the recipe. because its so good.
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butter brickle ice cream cake
2 cups of flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup margarine
1 cup chopped pecans
1 jar caramel sauce (i made this caramel sauce.)
1 pint vanilla ice cream
melt margarine. stir in flour, oatmeal, brown sugar and pecans. spread in 9x13 pan and pat thin. bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. be sure not to burn it! crumble with a fork while hot and let cool. half of the crumble stays on the bottom of the pan, take other half out. drizzle with half of caramel sauce. fill the pan with ice cream. (the ice cream should be left out to melt a little; it makes it easier to spread.) top with the rest of the crumble and drizzle with caramel. freeze. and enjoy!
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on saturday morning, my brother jess and his wife jayna and their crew came to edmonton to go to the temple. brian and i babysat the kiddos and gracie helped me bake brians birthday cupcakes, found here. later in the afternoon, brians sister jen and her husband robert and their two little ones came over and we all feasted on roast and mashed potatoes, corn and green salad. our apartment was full of people, mostly little people, and we had such fun celebrating with those that we love.
happy birthday, brian! hope you enjoyed your party weekend!
p.s. i'm not sure why that one candle looks like its about to put the whole plate of cupcakes up in flames. we didn't light anything on fire. i promise.