Thursday, August 30, 2007

The "close to home" vacation, Part 2

Figured I'd better finish what I started for any of you who might have cared. :^)

Wednesday - Day 4
I'd planned this as a rest and regroup day and it sort of worked that way. Brian and the kids hung out at his mom's and went swimming. I spent a good part of the day at the doctors and lab. ( I'd appreciate your prayers that the cause of my discomfort could be identified quickly and without much ado. I rarely have health issues, but I've had this lingering problem off and on for about a year now and it got very uncomfortable over our trip so I felt the need to deal with it. I'll be having bloodwork done and some other tests in a couple of weeks. Right now it's in "off" mode anyway.) I hadn't slept much the night before because I was very uncomfortable and combined with my utter distaste for doctors, I was in a rather bad mood that day. Oh, and instead of taking in the van for repairs as planned, we had to drop off the car instead beacuse it starting having some serious problems. (We just got it back today after trading an arm and two legs). However, the day ended on a high note when I taught my kids how to play UNO. They loved it!

Thursday - Day 5
We had a blast spending the morning at Jump!Zone. It was our first trip there, and if you have one near you, you should sign up for their club and get your 2 for 1 coupon. Rose was free, so we paid only $7 for all of us to play for two hours. And Brian was having a good day - hooray!
I was able to make an ice cream pie that I've been wanting to try for a very long time. It didn't last long!Chocolate Ice Cream Pie
1/2 cup chocolate syrup
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
2 cups cocoa pebbles
1/4 cup sour cream
1 quart chocolate ice cream, softened

1. Butter an 8" pie plate
2. Microwave the syrup and chips on high for about 45 seconds until hot. Stir until smooth. Reserve 1/4 cup.
3. Combine remaining chocolate mixture with the cereal to coat it, then press the mixture over the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.
4. Combine reserved chocolate mixture and the sour cream and mix well. Spread hal the ice cream on the crust, then drizzle half the sour cream mixture. Repeat the layers, then freeze, covered, until firm, about 1 hour.

Friday - Day 6
The Carl Sandburg House - Ethan and Anna Kate earned their junior ranger badges too. Lots of fun - at least until Brian got sick and we had to rush home for me to go to another doctor's appointment.


Rachel said...

Hey, Leash,
that pie looks fabulous good! It wouldn't melt too badly in the mail, would it? =D

Hannah said...

Haha, funny, Rache! You just have to be the "cool" sister to get the recipe like I did. We'll have to make it sometime when I visit you at school :)

And, Leash, what is up with your kids being so photogenic. It's not fair!