Wednesday

If Prom-posals Happened in the 80's. Top 10 Missed Opportunites for the Perfectly 80's Promposal

So I've been hearing and seeing the buzz all around the Internet about Prom and how to ask someone to go to Prom with you.  It's not like it used to be.  It's not just a note you pass in between classes, friends don't hint around, and there is no calling and hanging up on your potential date until you finally build up the courage to ask when someone answers. (thanks caller id and technology!)   Nope - now it's a big ordeal much like proposing marriage!  My friend Jen over at People I Want to Punch in the Throat covered this topic today on her blog and I thought I'd write a complimentary one to talk about the missed Prompportunites to ask someone out in the most clever way when I was in high school - IN. THE. 80's.

So let's countdown the Top 10 Ways that boys could've blown their dates away using a little creativity and pop culture.  How I wish we had this back in the day so someone might have made this happen for me. lol!
Enjoy!

1.  For the Star Wars fans:  The boy could dress up in a Darth Vader costume, head over to the potential prom date's house with red light saber in hand and when the girl opens the door, swing the lightsaber with a corsage attached to the tip and say, "I AM YOUR PROM DATE...."


2.  In this homage to Ferris Bueller, the boy hops on the town's Easter Parade float and hijacks the microphone singing "Danke Shoen" with a money back guarantee she'll say YES.


3.  How about if the potential suitor rents a white tux with black vest and plays Andrew McCarthy's role in Pretty in Pink while playing If You Leave in the background.  He could even present to her a handmade Pink Lace Prom Dress as a gift as he says "If you leave without saying yes, I'll be running the other way..."
4.  I feel like a great way to Prompose in the 80s would've involved Michael Jackson.  The boy could've worn the entire red leather get up and brought his boom box and some friends to her front yard and performed a fully choreographed routine to Thriller Prom Night.  How could you say no to that?
5.  The Outsiders, recreated for Promposal.  Sport as much Dippety Do as possible, wear a sleeveless greaser tshirt and some rolled up flood pants and boom - Greasers will still be Greasers and  Socs will still be Socs. You'll score your own Cherry Valance Prom Date with this one.
6.  Write a short essay on who you think you are asking so and so to Prom.  Make sure your answer, in the simplest terms is...an athlete... ...and a basket case... ...a princess... ...and a criminal... and of course, be sure to play Don't You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds when you give her the note. When she says yes, a victorious fist to the air is a necessity for her to see.

7.  Want to sweep her off her feet when you propose?  Dress  up in  Cobra Kai gear, put your game face on and ask her to prom.  NO MERCY.

8.  I'd be in serious trouble if I didn't suggest the idea that someone wear a Lloyd Dobler trench coat and wait until the potential date goes to bed to blare Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes.  No matter how stalker-ish it seems in this day in age, we've all secretly wished to be Diane Court for five minutes.

9.  Recreating a scene of any kind from Dirty Dancing would have been a dreamy way to get a Prom Date - blaring "Do You Love Me?" while Promposing would've been brilliant.  I mean who doesn't want a date who can Mash Potato and Do the Twist?  Tell me!  Watch me now....and don't forget to promise you won't put her in a corner!
10.  The finale.  The Grand Pooba.  The Cream of the Crop.  The #1 Biggest Fantasy Promposal of the 1980s....of course....16 Candles.  Promposer leases Red Porsche 944 (no big whoop, right?), wears a button down and a vest with jeans and boots and waits outside for her to come out of church, or something similar - then says "yeah you" as potential promposee can barely breathe at the thought of her very own Jake Ryan moment.  This, my friends, would've been the single greatest Promposal in the world.


That's all for my take on these Promposals.  Until next time...
~Cheers, love and 80's quotes,
DG


PS - If you are bored at work, be sure to check out my recipe contest that I'm in...why anyone would invite an underachiever like me to a recipe contest is beyond me, but they did - so click here to check it out - the more pins I get on pinterest, the better...xoxo Thanks loves.

Sunday

7 Layers of Heaven Ice Cream Cake Recipe! #PureIngredients


7 layers of heaven - and so easy! Shhh...no one has to know you didn't spend hours on this!


Ahhh warm weather.  Finally.

It's time to put away that blasted Crock-Pot - shove the casserole pans to the back of the cupboard, uncover the grill and get back to tasty summer food.  I don't know about you but this winter just about did me in.  I hope I don't have to look at another indoor food for a very long time.  I'm ready for burgers and hot dogs, potato salad, corn on the grill and most of all....ICE CREAM!

I love having people over in the warm weather and I've learned to get my prep work done the night before so I don't have to miss any time outside with my guests.  The less I have to do as the hostess, the more fun I can have!  That includes dessert which is why I am thrilled to share with you the most DELICIOUS, sinful, amazing, SUPER EASY ice cream cake that will ensure you are the hit of any summer party you host of or get invited to!


"It'll be a piece of cake, Bren."  ~16 Candles


I was playing around with some ideas and came up with a simple 7 layer cake that is awesome because it has so many variations to suit your needs.  You just need to decide what two complimentary ice creams you want to use and find a Quadratini cookie flavor for one of your layers and your final topping and Voila! Dessert for every summer outing!  Here is what you'll need for my favorite variation which of course, involves Espresso Chip ice cream for a sultry, grown up taste with the giddiness of being a kid with an ice cream cone!  Whatever way you choose to make it - make it your own - and relax and just E N J O Y! Now..on to the recipe!



7 Layers of Heaven Ice Cream Cake
QUADRATINI-MISU version
It's Dolce-de-Licious
Perfectly imperfect, just like me! 

Ingredients: 
1 frozen pound cake slightly thawed
1 1/2 cups Edy's Espresso Chip Ice Cream, softened (not soupy!)
1 cup coarsely chopped  Loacker Quadratini Chocolate Wafer Cookies (use about 3/4 for cookie layer, save remainder for topping when it's ready to serve!) Click here for a coupon for $1 off!
1 1/2 cups Haagen Dazs  Dulce de Leche Caramel Ice Cream, softened 
Whipped Cream in a bottle such as Reddi Wip 

Directions:

Remove pound cake from aluminum pan and cut horizontally into 3 slices. (Try to make these as even as you can!) Line a glass pyrex loaf pan (9" x 5") with plastic wrap, leaving about a 6-inch overhang on both sides so you can wrap the cake up before freezing.) 

Build cake layers in pan in this order (remember, your first layer is going on the plastic wrap-lined Pyrex): 

1. bottom cake slice
2. espresso ice cream
3. middle cake slice 
4. dulce de leche ice cream
5. Quadratini crumbs
6. top cake slice

The hardest part is smoothing the ice cream layer as much as you can without it getting soupy. I used a small spatula to smooth the ice cream layers.  It's totally okay if ice cream or cookie crumbs fall off to the side because once it is all frozen, you can clean up the sides with a knife if you want it to look pretty!

Wrap in plastic and freeze overnight until ready to serve.



When ready to serve, place cake on dessert platter and decorate top layer with whipped cream and then use the leftover Quadratini crumbs to garnish the top and the plate. Prepare to be the hit of the party!

You can sprinkle the leftover crushed Quadratini cookies around your serving dish for a gorgeous finish!


Here are some fun variations to this recipe!

Try lightening it up by replacing the espresso/caramel flavor with lemon/raspberry sherbet.  For the cookie layer, try Quadratini Lemon Wafer Cookies.

Get the kids involved!  Have them choose their two favorite flavors of ice cream such as Cookies and Cream for the bottom layer and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough for the top layer - try Vanilla Quadratini Wafer Cookies as the cookie layer! 

There are so many possibilities!  All of them heavenly!  If you are loving how delicious and easy this recipe is, do me a huge favor and Share and Pin it!  It is part of a recipe contest put on by Loacker, the maker of Quadratini cookies!


E N J O Y! And as always, be sure to eat them with someone you love! 
xo
~DG

If you are kind enough to pin this with the share button below, please use #PureIngredients in your description. Thanks loves!  If I win the contest, I'll give you (what's that? The judges are shaking their heads no - that I cannot buy or award you with anything).  Darn those stupid rules!  Okay if I win, you'll have the prize of knowing you helped a fellow underachiever.  xo

Special Thank You to the very talented Brenna of Suburban Snapshots for beautifying my photos!

Loacker Quadratini Info!:


Using this for Easter dessert this year! (how cute is my stilleto server?)

Friday

The Child's Guide to Mother's Day/Father's Day Gift Giving...





The other day I was talking with my boys at dinner about birthdays.  We are in the middle of birthday season around here as all of our birthdays fall right after the other.  After we did a round of who wants what, a thought struck my five year old.   Mom, what do  YOU want for YOUR birthday?

Good question.

My immediate thought was a weekend in Vegas playing hours of slot machines, spending the rest of my time by a pool with a fruity drink and of course a little spa time as well, HOWEVER, I did not voice that opinion.  Instead, I turned the tables on him and answered him with another question.

What would you want to get me for my birthday? What do you think I need?

As if it was just too easy of an answer, my six year old shouted, "I KNOW, I KNOW!"

"YOU NEED A FUN PAIR OF PAJAMAS!!"

I snickered.  What could be wrong with my pajamas? They are plenty fun - for me at least.  Okay so they aren't, airquotes, pajamas - they are old ratty yoga pants and tank tops topped with fleecy- soft sweatshirts. Well, if I'm really being honest they don't yell "HEY, I'M A FUN GAL..."   they yell something more like "DON'T HASSLE ME, I'M TIRED..."

So leave it to my boys to brainstorm together and come up with the idea of getting me some Star Wars Pajamas so that I, too, could have a little fun with my sleepwear.  I'm game.  I'll do anything for a laugh and to make them happy so if they want to get me those for my birthday, then I'll be a good mom and humor them.

This led me to my idea for this blog.  What if kids could pick out - no, reallllly pick out our gifts for Mother's Day and Father's Day?   I think it would be something like this...and some of these would be so much fun to unwrap!


Enjoy...
~DG

1.  Lego Slippers:  Dual Purpose - colorful, fun, comfy slippers - with the added protection for when you actually step on Legos.  Brilliant.  Stop Mom and Dad from yelling profanities with this brilliant gift.  Available in Blue AND Red.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/122e/

2.  If Lego slippers just aren't their type, perhaps, Hobbit feet would be more appropriate? Take warm and fuzzy to a whole new level for the Lord of the Rings fan.

Order hobbit feet now!

3.  Want your mom to be soft and cuddly after a bath?  Nothing says hug me like this Ladies' Wookie Robe!
It just shouts FUN!


4.  Is your Mom/Dad a big Dr. Who fan?  How about wrapping them in style from head to toe in this Tardis footie Union Suit!
Travel all through your dreams with these jammies!
5.  Maybe a long robe is preferred?  Try a Harry Potter house robe for either mom or dad! Perfect!
Add magic to bedtime!
6.  Are you a gamer? Want your mom to be the coolest in her robe? Try a World of Warcraft robe!
Mimic in -game designs with these glamorous robes.
7.  What mom doesn't want an R2D2 dress for summer?
Be cool, look cool, stay cool in this sundress!
8.  Girls - want to get your mom a happy gift! How about some comfy My Little Pony leggings?
Keep mom colorful and bright !
9.  Hey Newborns! Shopping doesn't have to be so hard for you babies! Try these diaper bags for the new mama and papa of yours!  Superman or Batman would give them the superpowers to survive the sleep deprivation!
Changing pad with sound effects too! What!?
No kryptonite in this diaper bag! Click to order!

10.  Game of Thrones fans? How about a cookbook - have some Buttered Beets or Applecakes while watching GoT !
Indulge here...

There are just so many great gifts out there for you kids to buy your parents!  Hope this little gift guide helps!
Oh, and if you realllly want to make your mom happy on Mother's Day - be sure to send her a copy of the book I Just Want to Be Alone.  She'll be in such a good mood from laughing so hard you can ask her for anything and she'll say yes!

Buy it here..go ahead, mommy won't mind.  

Thanks for playing along! 
xo
DG

Tuesday

Peep-Tarts

(Yup, those are bunnies, they are supposed to be chicks! Also, you can make your own pudding - but for convenience-sake, I bought the packs)


Tis the season again for Peep recipes! Remember last year, I did Peepster Sundaes!!  Those were so fun and so delicious!

My wee ones have a family night this Friday at their school called Spring Fling!  I was asked to bring some kind of dessert and what yells spring louder than PEEPS! This is so easy it will only take you a few minutes to get them done - very little clean up, too!  Yay!

Look - you either love them or hate them - but like it or not, you can't deny how adorable they make any dessert look.  I concocted this easy peasy dessert that not only looks great, but tastes great, too.
My boys added skittles to this - so don't mind the photo.  It was so fun for them to decorate their own!


Here's what you'll need...

Peep-Tarts
(makes 6 mini peeps pies)
One package Keebler Ready Crust Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crusts (they come in an adorable little pie tin)
One package of (4) Individual 3.25oz Vanilla Pudding Cups
One package of PEEPS (chicks are fun for this project)
CoolWhip (optional)
Colored Candy Eggs (Pastel Skittles, M&Ms, Cadbury Eggs, etc...anything goes - and these are optional too)

Pour all 4 Pudding Cups in Mixing Bowl.
Take a table spoon and fill mini pie crusts with pudding.
If you are using cool whip or whip cream, add a dollup on top of the pudding.
Stick a Peeps marshmallow on top.
Sprinkle with yellow sanding sugar, any kind of festive pastel candies, etc to finish your Peeptart!
Serve immediately or put in fridge until dessert!

Enjoy!
DG