Birthday Fun & Layered Ice Cream Cake

   I told you on Friday, that sweet Tylan has been waiting 6 WHOLE MONTHS, for his turn at a birthday!  All 3 of his siblings were born in the summer, AND he had to endure the girls’ two half birthday celebrations at school yet, too. 

FINALLY, his turn came!

  The rule at our house for the Birthday kiddo, is you don’t have to do ANY of your normal chores, the other kids have to do them.  They get to pick the food we eat, and the cake they want for dessert that night.  They get 3 gifts, just like at Christmas, that are opened before dinner.  Oh my, was he ever on cloud 9!

  He received a wooden marble works set, a stomp rocket and a bike from us.  {Someone gave us this bike for free. What a blessing!} 

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  From other family members he received $6, Target gift card and new roller blades, which he insisted on wearing to dinner.

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  Speaking of dinner:

Tylan LOVES Mac & Cheese.


Not Mom’s homemade, nope, the boxed stuff.  Bleh.

  Ok, buddy, good thing its your birthday, cause this is a special treat!


  I told him we needed to make his dinner selection a bit more filling, since Great Grandpa Beckler got to come home from the nursing home, and others would be joining us.

So we turned 2 boxes into Mac & Cheese Lasagna, click picture below for recipe.  With served this with regular Mac & Cheese on the side.  Now that is a high quality meal right there, folks.  OH, and a big tossed salad so we had SOMETHING healthy!!!!!!  🙂


He got to pick 2 desserts, one for his school party, and one for home.

For school he picked Dirt & Worm Cake, which I will share the recipe for in Post 2 for today.  I loved hearing him whisper to everyone, “Don’t worry, it’s not REAL dirt.”

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For home, he picked a childhood favorite of mine.  Ice Cream Cake!!! 


It’s very simple actually:

Bake an Angel Food Cake, cool then divide in 3rds if its round, 4ths if you do 2 loaf pans like I did.  {discarding or consuming the extra layer}

Have your birthday boy or girl select TWO kinds of ice cream, allow them to soften just a bit for easier moldablity.  {ice cream combo ideas listed on recipe}

Fill as pictured above, trying to keep cake level.  I used over half of both ice creams.  Then cover the whole thing in Extra Creamy Cool Whip.  Freeze until serving.


  Soooo simple, but soooo good!  Printable recipe here.

Time to sing and EAT!

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  Our Florida family even got to sing Happy Birthday with us, via Facetime!

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  Ty says it was the best day EVER!


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Birthday Fun

  Yesterday was Tylan’s 5th birthday!   We do big family parties for 1st and 2nd birthday’s, but after that we choose not to do large parties.  Too many gifts, too much hoopla.  Growing up, we got to pick what we wanted for supper, maybe have a friend over, and we didn’t have to do chores all day long.  This is a tradition we have decided to pass on to our kiddos!!!!  SO, this means Tylan didn’t have to make his bed, or clear his breakfast dishes or unload the dishwasher.  He had  a lot of fun watching the girls do his chores, and they had a great attitude about it.  🙂

  They also get to pick what birthday treat they want to make for their school friends/evening party.

  He wanted Lego Cookies this year:


  I found this recipe via Karenpie, and this is her photo above.  It seemed simple enough, but as of 11 pm last night (on Valentines Night of all things) Dale and I finally scrapped the whole thing and switched gears.  Let’s just say simple wasn’t as simple as I first thought, and icing and flooding……not my thing!

  So we took the rectangle cookies and turned them into these:


That’s still fun, right?!  🙂


With the leftover dough, we made stars for the evening part of Ty’s birthday.

Note to self: mini stars are cute and fun, UNTIL its time to frost them.  Holy cow, I think I frosted cookies right up until it was time to head to dinner!  This platter isn’t even half of them!!!!!


Here are the pictures from the rest of our evening:


BBQ Chicken Jalapeno is one of my FAVORITES!!!!


So is the Greek Pizza!


After dinner, we headed over to Great Grandpa & Grandma’s house for Star cookies and presents:


Our birthday kids get 3 gifts from us, just like Christmas.  I had fun shopping at an old fashioned toy section of a local specialty grocery store.




Sweet Great Grandma provided us with 5 candles since we didn’t have a cake to poke any in.


Thanks everyone for a great evening!


Tylan was THRILLED to have you join in his special day!