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Ice cream sandwiches made easy

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For Jack’s birthday weekend I cooked up a storm of good grub, including an experimental vegan version of pecan pie. My man is from Oklahoma where pecan pies are a food staple, like milk, butter and bread. He knows and loves his pecan pie. I should have known starting out that my vegan version would be a disaster.

Don’t get me wrong, it tasted good, but it didn’t taste like the “traditional” pecan pie that folks from the South know and love. Jack took one bite and lifted an eyebrow at me, “This is a lot of things, but it is NOT pecan pie.” And then a 5-minute lecture ensued about what “pecan pie” is supposed to taste like.

Sigh. Okay.

Birthday pie (actually, it was more of a tart) was a no-go. It just sat on the counter looking lonely and dissed. I felt so bad for it and berated myself for calling it “pecan pie”, a loaded term if ever there was one. Augh! I should have called it something else, like “loony pie” and it would have at least been enjoyed for the delish freakishness that it was.

Fine. On to Plan B.

Well, after all that cooking (and subsequent rejection) I was not about to spend a minute more on birthday dessert than I had to. I was feeling a little deflated.

I opened the freezer door and stared inside it for a full minute hoping a coconut cake would magically appear. Not for Jack, but for me!

It didn’t.

Instead, I pulled out these frozen muffin top things that I had recently bought thinking we might try them out for an easy semi-healthy weeknight dessert. And then I pulled out a pint of vegan ice cream. (If you haven’t had Coconut Bliss’s Dark Chocolate, it’s awesome!)

Easy ice cream sandwiches would save the day. Jack jumped on it. Yay.

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While I toasted up the muffin tops, Jack took the pint of ice cream and started sawing at it with a bread knife.

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What the …?? Oh, my gosh! What are you doing, you crazy dude?

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Whoa. Uh …

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… that’s kind of … snort … brilliant.

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Instant ice cream sandwich. No mess, no fuss.

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So easy. So satisfying.

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And the birthday was saved.

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Happy Birthday dude!

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These are my three nephews, left to right, oldest to youngest. Are they not adorable?

That middle kid—it’s his birthday.

He’s in college right now at U.T. Austin, and I’m sure he’s having a good ol’ time. He’s a sociable kid, that one. He’s got a gregarious nature.

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Dear Christian,

You’re a good friend to your brother, cousins and buds. You’re an amazing cook with a gourmet’s palate. You’ve got an awesome and relenting initiative and enviable passion for all things Japanese or surfing related. You’re a fantastic choral singer and music aficionado, happily sharing you iPod and all your latest finds. You make us laugh. And you’re always up for an adventure—you even tried the impossible, to teach me how to fish. You’ve got the most generous heart.

I’m so happy to know you, kiddo. You’re an inspiration.

Lots of love,
your auntie Mic

Happy Birthday Rudolph!

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Every January my dear friend, Rudolph, from the Netherlands, visits the Bay area for a conference. I always look forward to his arrival in January. It means that good times are near.

I have known Ruud and his wife Annemieke for going on seventeen years now. (Yeesh, has it been so long?) At the very least I can count on spending time with Rudolph once a year while he’s here for the conference. If I’m lucky I get to see both of them as was the case this past year when Annemieke came out on her own to visit for a week.

As usual with their visits, they are WAY too short.

But we did get a chance to celebrate Rudolph’s 50th birthday while he was here. (Annemieke: you and the kids were here with us in spirit!)

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Happy Birthday, my friend! May the next 50 be better than the last.

As always, you’re an inspiration!