Lola Turns Three & Strawberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake

My baby turned three this month! Sweet Lola girl wanted a Tinkerbell party and picked out her tablecloth, plates, napkins, cups, and outfit to wear. We looked through the blog for dinner ideas and she chose Hot Beef Sandwiches au Jus, much to her Papa’s delight!

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This is typical Lola, not used to the spotlight while opening gifts.

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Showing off her baking outfit:

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And deciding to blow out her candles with my help this year. Can you believe that sweet little face?! I just love the way she looks at me.

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This little one is our lover. Always up for snuggles, hugs, and kisses. Always willing to share. Loves to do everything “Mine self!” Is talking non-stop and has the most contagious laugh. We love you sweet Lola-girl!!

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I took a page from my Coldstone days and made an ice cream cake that fulfilled Lola’s “Pink with green on top” request. It was perfect on such a warm summer birthday celebration!

Press brownies into the bottom of a springform pan,

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Pour and spread your softened ice cream on top and freeze.

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Pour warm water around the edge of your pan and release.

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Top with whipped cream if desired.

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Enjoy!

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Strawberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake
 
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An easy, fuss-free homemade cake perfect for any party!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 9x9 in. pan Ghirardelli Brownies, prepared
  • 1.5 quart Breyer's Strawberry Ice Cream, softened
  • 1 8 oz. Carton Heavy Whipping Cream (optional)
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar (optional)
  • Food coloring (optional)
Instructions
  1. Bake brownies according to package directions and cool. Press brownies into the bottom of your springform pan.
  2. Scoop and spread the ice cream into the pan, on top of the brownies.
  3. Place the cake in freezer for 4 hours or overnight.
  4. When cake is completely frozen, remove from freezer and run the edges of the pan under warm water until the form can be removed.
  5. Place cake on serving platter and add whipped cream, if using.
  6. Whipped cream:
  7. Beat the whipping cream, powdered sugar, and desired color food coloring in stand mixer until stiff peaks form.

 

Lasagna Roll-ups with Classico Family Favorites Sauce

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I wanted to make a delicious family dinner that the girls could have fun making with me. We decided to do Lasagna Roll-ups & Breadsticks with Classico Family Favorites Sauces.

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Ada found the alfredo sauce at Walmart for dipping our breadsticks in!

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The breadsticks turned out just okay, so I’m not going to share the recipe with you. If I find a better one then I’ll share it. The Lasagna Roll-ups were AMAZING though, so I will share that recipe with you :) Ada is so serious while helping, it’s adorable. Heinz Classico Lasagna Roll ups  karainthekitchen com   1 of 1

They loved helping twist the dough: Heinz Classico Lasagna Roll ups  karainthekitchen com   1 of 1 2

And spreading the cheese mixture on the noodles with their little spatulas: Heinz Classico Lasagna Roll ups  karainthekitchen com   1 of 1 3

So proud of their work!

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Pretty roll-ups all lined up in the pan, ready to be covered with sauce and cheese. Heinz Classico Lasagna Roll ups  karainthekitchen com   1 of 1 6

After being in the oven for only 20 min. they come out cheesy, melted, and ready to be devoured! Heinz Classico Lasagna Roll ups  karainthekitchen com   1 of 1 7

This recipe made enough to fill two pans, so I cooked one up and froze the other. Try making these with your kids! They will have so much fun. I was really impressed with how well my girls did…even if we did have a little meltdown because cheese was coming out of the sides. I told Lola the more cheese the better :)

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Perfect for little hands to help make!
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 18 lasagna noodles
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion, Diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 jar Classico Parmesan & Romano Cheese Family Favorites Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Minced Fresh Basil
  • For the filling:
  • 30 ounces Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cups Grated Asiago (or Parmesan) Cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley, Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Basil, Minced
  • 1 pound Mozzarella, Grated
Instructions
  1. Cook lasagna noodles until al dente. Drain and lay flat on a large sheet of aluminum foil.
  2. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the ground beef and cook until browned throughout. Drain any excess grease, then add Classico Sauce, salt, pepper, and basil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. While the sauce is simmering, make the filling by combining ricotta, eggs, Asiago, salt, pepper, parsley, and basil. Stir to combine.
  4. To assemble, spoon a little sauce into the bottom of a 9x13 in. pan. Spread 2-3 tablespoons ricotta filling on each noodle, then roll them up. Lay in pan, top with remaining sauce, grated mozzarella, and grated Asiago.
  5. If baking immediately, bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until melted and bubbly.
  6. If baking from frozen bake, covered in foil, at 350 for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and continue baking for 15 minutes, or until lasagna is done.

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