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Well, we said goodbye to our son this morning for 2-1/2 weeks. Though it was early, I couldn’t sleep, and spent the early morning hours praying for him and each member of our family. He flew out headed for Colorado this morning to be on staff at Summit Ministries for what I believe is their last session this summer. As he’s never been to Summit before, it will be a new adventure for him. Have I said we will miss him?
After getting up at 3:45 a.m. to see him off, and only 4 hours of sleep, I’m already feeling ready for a nap this morning! It’s not only when they’re babies that you miss out on sleep!
As a mother of a grown son, I realize that he is a man, and I am so proud of him and trust him completely, and love him more than he knows, and I know that God has a really big plan for him, but I also know that he will always be my little boy, no matter how old he gets to be. Silly as it is, I still can see and hear him as a 3-year-old and my heart just melts. Ok, I admit it, I am a sentimental slob.
So, because he loves caramel and ice cream, this past week I made a dessert, totally with him in mind.
Recipe for Caramel Ice Cream Dessert
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup crushed walnuts
- 1 cup butter or margarine (I always use real butter)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup quick oatmeal
- 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream (softened slightly)
- 1 jar caramel topping
- Mix first 5 ingredients together. I did not use a mixer, but it might work better if you did.
- Pat into an 11×15-inch cookie sheet.
- Bake 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
- Crumble while hot and put half of the cookie mixture in the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan.
- Spread 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream over crumbs.
- Dribble a jar of caramel topping over ice cream. (Some of us agreed that a little more ice cream and a little less caramel topping would taste better, but if you really like rich and sweet, leave it as is. My son loved it as is!)
- Spread remaining crumbs over the top.
- Freeze overnight, or at least 6-8 hours. It can be kept in the freezer for a couple of weeks, at least.
- Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving.
Variations: Use butterscotch or chocolate topping. Also, you can mix the bottom crumbs with some of the caramel sauce for the first layer, (and you can put it in a Tupperware container, instead of a 9×13 pan, too) before spreading the ice cream over and then drizzle the rest of the caramel over the top, as the recipe says.
Though I have been staying away from sweets, I still recommend this recipe, especially for when you’re having guests over, because you can make it ahead, it goes a long way, your family can have some “sweets/desserts” for a special occasion, and you don’t have to have the sweets around the house very long:) and, especially for serving families with boys, they’ll love it!
You’ve heard the saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”? Do you think that’s true? or just an old saying. Do you have special dishes that you make for any of your kids?