Want a good laugh?

Alrighty then, thought so!

So last night Scotty had a baseball game. When it was over, I piled the kids into the van, threw in the purse, the little carry cooler thing, the snack, the chair, the baseball bag and on we went.

I decided to take the kids to McDonalds for ICE CREAM (Thank you very much Trisha) so we are driving and I hear this little noise. Thinking that the noise was from out side, didn’t pay much attention to it. Then we get out of the drive thru and I hear this noise yet again only this time it is getting louder and closer to me. Yes, it was chirping noises. I go over this one lane bridge and can’t take it anymore. I am freaking out at this point. The kids are starting to freak out too because EEEWWWW a cricket in my VAN!!! EEEWWWW!!!!! I drive with my foot barely touching the ground, and the other leg is on my seat. I finally get to a spot where I can pull over and get all the kids out, and then I tell Scotty, “Go grab your baseball bag”, “Gianna get on the front seat”, “Alyssa stop being so jumpy”… We keep hearing the noise, so out comes the baseball bag, we listen, nothing….ok, I don’t want to get back into the van, that’s for sure, what if he hops on me!!! I put the baseball bag in the back of the van now. We all stare at the empty van. Some lady pulls over and asks if we are ok, I said, “Yes, we are just looking for the cricket in the van”, lol…we laugh. – She leaves, but I wanted her to stay and help me, I don’t want to drive home with a CRICKET in my van!!! I even tried to call Steve…as if he would have come to my rescue! NOT!!!

All three of us are staring into the van and Alyssa says, “What’s that?” and points down. I look, say, EWWWW, it’s a CRICKET!!! Hurry, back in the van, hurry, hurry before it hops back in!!!! The kids run to the other side of the van and pile in, I get in on the passengers side, hop over the seats and drive away!!!

It was the FUNNIEST thing that has happened in a very long time. The kids and I just laughed so hard on the way home! Happy to say that Mr. Cricket must have found his way into Scotty’s baseball bag and then found himself probably squished by my tire as I sped away!!!!!!

Ice Cream Pie oh my!

Now obviously you have to love ice cream for this to be a success, but I will tell you this, once you try it, you too will be saying “Oh my”, out of sheer pleasure.

It is a lengthy process but an easy one at that. Please allow yourself at least 4 hours before you stick your fork into this one. This was a recipe that was first given to my mom by her sister and now I have it and I am sharing it with you all!!!! YAY YOU!!!!

Ok, here it goes. You will need to have the following ingredients to make this masterpiece:

1 gallon of any flavor ice cream
1 package of oreo cookies
1 stick of butter
1 regular size tub of cool whip
1-2 jars of your favorite topping (caramel, chocolate, etc…)

Now here is the rest of the story:
First you need to crush all your oreo cookies. I stuck one row at a time into a baggie and rolled it until it was crumbs with my rolling pin. Dumped that into a nice sized bowl and did the next roll. Keep doing that until all the rows in the package are crushed. BTW, it is a good upper body work out by rolling it crushed.

You want to make sure that your butter is pretty soft because you will need to mix it into that oreo mixture. When it is all mixed in and looks moist, then flatten it out onto a 13×9 pan. Cover it with saran wrap and stick it in the freezer for 1 hour.

After your 1 hour has passed, now is the time for the ice cream. I used vanilla, but you can use what ever you prefer. You will need to have your gallon of ice cream softened so you can spread it. what I did was take it out when my hour had 10 minutes left. It was pretty soft then so I used a knife and more or less cut slices of ice cream. Spread the gallon over the oreo crust. Once you have it all covered, then cover the pan again with your saran wrap and freeze for one hour.

Ok, so now it is time for your topping. I used one jar of caramel topping but I think I would have loved it gooier so I will do 2 jars from now on. Pour the topping on top of the ice cream and spread around. The topping gets hard to spread so just do the best you can to cover the ice cream. Cover again with saran wrap and freeze again for 1 hour.

And finally, now is the time for the cool whip. In my attempt to make it less fattening, I used a fat free cool whip. I guess there are other options too to making it a tad bit healthier, but hey, this is ice cream, I can’t skimp that much!

After the topping is frozen, you will need to spread one last layer of cool whip on top. This is best done by defrosting the cool whip prior by keeping it in the fridge instead of the freezer. Simply spread again on top of the pie and cover and freeze again for the final hour!

That is it, you are done!!!! You can now stick your fork into the ice cream pie and savor ever bite! You can decorate the top of it with icings if you wish to make it a bit more decorative, but I can tell you that any ice cream lover will love making this treat. If you do try this, I would love to hear your feedback. I want to see if you all love it at much as my family does.