So this week I leave for Austin, Texas for my first blogging conference!
I am SOSOSOSO excited to go! I’ve heard numerous wonderful things about Austin as a city, its culture and restaurants and all that jazz. Plus, I get to meet my bloggy friends for the first time (!!) and we get to start some trouble together 🙂
However, there are certain things about trips that I loooooaaaathe. Like, for one, PACKING. I am one of those insane people who shoves my entire life’s wardrobe into a measly carry-on that begins to burst at the zippers. When I went to New York, I had packed at LEAST six days’ worth of outfits, and I was there for 3 days. Now that I’ll be in Austin for almost a week, I’m pretty sure I’ll be shipping a good three suitcases to the hotel filled with extra clothes and accessories just in case I make some last minute wardrobe changes.
I mean, how awful is it when you get somewhere and realize, dammit, why didn’t I bring that mint-colored sundress? and then your whole day is ruined because you aren’t wearing the mint-colored sundress. And you would have had like, eleventy times more fun had you worn the mint-colored sundress today. Orrrr is that just me?
Oh, oh — and humidity. Usually Sacramento isn’t terrible with humidity so I’m not used to the whole frizzy-hair/dripping-with-sweat thing. All I know is, it sounds so refreshing! #not
So I’m wondering if I should even bother styling my hair/wearing clothes if I’m just going to be a big, drippy mess. But to avoid any charges for indecent exposure or scaring off my friends, I suppose I’ll just go for the drippy mess look. At least there will be plenty of cocktails to drown out our worries about looking gross. Cocktails are such lifesavers, aren’t they?
Yesterday I asked you guys if you preferred me to post a yummy cake recipe or a no-bake recipe today, and almost unanimously y’all requested no-bake! It seems like everywhere in the Union is heating up and the idea of turning on an oven sounds about as appealing as going swimwear shopping after a night of binge eating. (And no worries–the cake will come this week, too!!)
One of the grudges I usually hold against no-bake foods is that they never really taste like the baked things I want. Don’t get me wrong–I love creamsicles and ice cream and froyo as much as the next girl, but sometimes when the temps are reaching inferno, I weirdly want birthday cake. Or a gooey brownie. And the no-bake versions don’t seem to quench that craving as well as I’d like.
Soooo I set out on a sprinkle-filled mission to give me an authentic birthday cake treat without dying of heat stroke. This mission was made like, a billion times easier when I found Breyer’s Birthday Blast ice cream at the grocery store–cake batter flavored ice cream with frosting swirls and cake pieces? Um, get in my mouth. But to up the ante (since I am a bonafide ante-upper), I made sure there was another element of deliciousness to these treats by adding a birthday cake flavored Oreo to the bottom and smothering the tops with tons of sprinkles.
- 1 pkg (1.5 QT) Breyer's Birthday Blast ice cream (or other cake-batter flavored ice cream), softened
- 1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip Free, thawed
- About 18 birthday-cake flavored Oreos
- Line 2 muffin tins with about 18 paper liners. Drop an Oreo cookie in the bottom of each liner and set aside.
- Scoop out the ice cream into a large bowl. Gently fold the Cool Whip into the softened ice cream until blended. Add a handful of sprinkles for extra color + crunch, if you'd like.
- Scoop about 2 Tablespoons of ice cream into each ice cream cup (2 cookie-dough scoops' worth) and gently smear the tops to fill the cups and smooth. Sprinkle liberally with rainbow jimmies, if you'd like.
- Freeze the cups for about 4 hours or overnight, until solid. Peel back the wrappers and eat! Makes about 18.
The awesome thing about this no-bake treat is that it tastes JUST like cake and ice cream but without turning that blasted oven on! And if cake batter isn’t your thing, this recipe is easily adaptable to something you WOULD like. For instance, fans of rocky road? Try using regular Oreos with softened rocky road ice cream and top with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. Love strawberry shortcake? Use the new Strawberries n Cream Oreos or Golden Oreos and top with fresh strawberry ice cream, then whipped cream. The possibilities are endless (and delicious).
Stay tuned, that cake recipe will come soon enough for y’all who don’t mind sweating it out for a slice or for those who are lucky enough to have nice, cool weather!!