Saturday, January 31, 2009

How to make the ice cream cake...by me

A couple of my friends have asked how to do the cake, so here goes...

  • I use a spring form pan per my Mom. It works great to hold it all in and then you remove the sides when you are ready to serve it. I always put the sides back on before putting the rest of it back in the freezer for later.
  • Ingredients: I chose 2 of Ivey's favorite ice cream flavors, chocolate and birthday cake, but I guess you can use one as well.
    Cool whip, crushed oreos ( use the cheap store brand), chocolate sprinkles - or whatever you want....crushed candy bars, M&Ms would work...
  • let the ice cream and cool whip get soft enough to scoop out and spread. It is usually like this by the time I get home from the store.
  1. layer crushed oreos on bottom of pan (thin layer)
  2. one flavor of icecream
  3. thicker layer of oreos
  4. cool whip layer
  5. other flavor of ice cream
  6. layer of cool whip
  7. sprinkles or candy of choice on top
  8. place in freezer until ready to serve.

You should be as quick as possible to limit the mess of melted ice cream. I did this in less that 30 minutes. It really is easy, quick and alot cheaper...and DElicious!

Friday, January 30, 2009

So, what's new?



1. Ivey celebrated her 14th birthday! She wanted an ice cream cake - and since they cost a fortune, I attempted my first homemade icecream cake. I used a springform pan, 2 flavors of icecream, crushed oreos and whipped cream. It turned out delicious and did not last long! The best part was that it cost under $10 to make because the ice cream was on sale for $1.98!! I called around for prices on cakes and they started at $15.99 for an 8". My Mom made my cakes when I was little and so she told me her secrets to make a great cake. Thanks, Mom!

Keith brought home a beautiful bouquet of roses for Ivey - peach ones. This was after about 5 days when they had opened up. He bought them downtown at a place that sells them for $9.99 a dozen wrapped up with a pretty bow. (of course, on Feb 14th, they will be 5 times that!)

2. Robby got his braces put on Wednesday. He chose orange and white bands for Texas Longhorns. He has been hurting pretty badly ever since and not able to eat much.


3. Here is a pic of Daddy enjoying homemade chocolate cake on Ivey's birthday. I also made it using a new recipe for chocolate icing, which was soooo simple and incredibly delicious!
Daddy will have a procedure done Feb. 2nd ( his birthday) in Atlanta to implant chemo seeds into his liver to slow down the growth of some of the tumors there. He has been told they will not be able to get rid of the cancer cells in his liver, they can only slow the growth. He also has tumors in his lungs, but they are the least of concern at this point.
I just love his new hair texture that has come in since he lost his hair from chemo. It is really wavy and reminds me of Papa Ivey's hair.
These are some of the violas in one of my planters on the front porch. This is the ONLY thing about winter that I enjoy... I can't tell you how much I love the winter flowers! It's like a little sunshine in the midst of alot of grey days.
Happy Friday!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


We are praying for a sweet baby girl, Sara Kate, who is very sick with RSV and pneumonia. She is in ICU at this time, but is making some progress. She is a part of our New City family. She is just 2 months old!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I borrowed this post from Keith ,who borrowed it from Patrick, who works with Grace Giving International. www.burningvapor.com is his website. You can also see their family of 9, three of which are adopted from Ethiopia. This is heartbreaking...

Monday, January 19, 2009

A plug for a new sermon series at New City called "Stop Going To Church"
to hear by stream, download or podcast go here:
http://www.newcitydowntown.org/media.html
You won't be sorry!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bleh, Bleh, Bleh!!!

So, I am in the car coming home from Kohl's with Keith...he lost his coat, so we had to go buy one since it is going to be like 17 degrees in the morning. I was all excited because he found one marked down from $90 to $27!!! What a great buy on a really nice coat!

Anyway, so we are on the way home and he starts like this..."well, your Mom called today"...(and my heart dropped) he always gets the bad calls and has to be the bearer of bad news. Bless his heart, he does a good job at sharing the news, if that is possible.
Anyway, the bad news is that Daddy had a scan and the results are 5 tumors in the liver, 2 in the lung. The liver ones are fairly large...and that is about all I know for now. Dad's surgeon will submit all of the findings before a special board to see what course they suggest for Dad now. Needless to say the chemo he has been taking doesn't seem to be working. Bummer...BIG bummer!

Please pray for my parents...I know this is not the news they were expecting.

Friday, January 9, 2009

I have been listening to sermons lately from Keith, Mark Driscoll and Matt Chandler on my ipod, praying and really seeking God on some big and small issues...just really seeking the Lord. It is not my New Yrs. resolution, but a heartfelt desire to pursue the Lord as I never have before. I am tired of wasting precious time! As Matt Chandler says..."It's time to get out of the kiddie pool and take off the floaties!"....so......
Just thought I would share these verses for praying for our kiddos!

Texts to Pray for Our Children

By: Jon Bloom

  • That Jesus will call them and no one will hinder them from coming.
    Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away. (Matthew 19:13-15)

  • That they will respond in faith to Jesus’ faithful, persistent call.
    The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

  • That they will experience sanctification through the transforming work of the Holy Spirit and will increasingly desire to fulfill the greatest commandments.
    And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39)

  • That they will not be unequally yoked in intimate relationships, especially marriage.
    Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)

  • That their thoughts will be pure.
    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)

  • That their hearts will be stirred to give generously to the Lord's work.
    All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord. (Exodus 35:29)

  • That when the time is right, they will GO!
    And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Swords are for Killing

Keisha, you will definitely appreciate this since you have a son who loves swords; I have two who enjoy them. Here is a great commentary by John Piper.....

In New Testament times swords were not for digging, shaving, or whittling. They were for killing. The only reason Peter cut off Malchus’s ear was that he missed (John 18:10).

But Herod didn’t miss: “He killed James the brother of John with the sword” (Acts 12:2).
Many saints have felt the full force of the sword: “They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword” (Hebrews 11:37). So it was and will be: “If anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain” (Revelation 13:10).

That’s what swords are for. So when Paul calls the word of God the “sword of the Spirit” in Ephesians 6:17, he is serious—something must be put to death. And it is not people. Christians don’t kill people to spread our faith; we die to spread our faith.

The link in Paul’s mind is given in Romans 8:13.
If by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

The word of God is the sword of the Spirit. The Sword is for putting to death. And by the Spirit we put to death our sinful deeds. So I conclude that the way we kill our sins is with the Spirit’s sword, the word of God.

All temptations to sin have power by lying. The are “deceitful desires” (Ephesians 4:22). They tell us that the pleasure of the sin is worth it. The killing blow against these lies is the power of God’s truth. Hence the sword of the Spirit, God’s word, is the weapon to use.

As John Owen said, “Be killing sin, or it will be killing you.” That is what swords are for, especially the Bible.

Monday, January 5, 2009

STOP GOING TO CHURCH

Keith will begin a new series this coming Sunday at our worship gathering entitled: "Stop Going to Church". Tyler Versteeg, our worship dude, put together this clip yesterday:


Great job Tyler!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

I hope to get back into blogging next week, haven't felt like doing that much over the holidays. I may/may not post pics too.

I am not making any new yrs. resolutions! Why? Because I will not keep them, and then I will feel terrible.

Kinda like I feel terrible for eating all of these sweets during the holidays. Thanks Km for sharing the White Trash recipe. Now I have more than enough to share, and I have already shared it! It sits on my counter and the pecan halves call my name. They are the best! And the raisins are better than chocolate covered raisins cause they are chocolate covered with powdered sugar on top! Mmm! What to do with the rest?? My Mom says she is throwing her goodies out, but I just can't do that!