Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What's Left: Shopping, Cooking, Baking, oh my

Update: The item I wanted--canceled. Note to online sellers: if an item isn't in stock, don't sell it on your website. Duh. Their consolation: we didn't charge your credit card.

Normally, I'm not running around at the last minute buying stuff. I don't like shopping and so I try to dispense with it as quickly as possible. But this year, thanks to the online shopping experience from hell, I'm running around trying to replace the gift that will not arrive in time for Christmas (still has not shipped!). I went to three different stores yesterday, including the brick and mortar version of the store where said gift is supposed to ship. And, they were out of everything. The traffic was horrible. Everything took longer than I thought. Bleh. So I came up with an alternative and am going to pick it up today.

On the plus side, we made our first batch of cookies yesterday. After school today (yes, the kids still have school), Geeky Girl and I are going to make Grasshopper Pie and fudge. Tonight we'll watch Christmas Vacation, and I can finally relax (at least until it's time to whip up dinner tomorrow night). It's all part of the season.


Grasshopper Pie Recipe

1 C. chocolate wafer crumbs
1/4 C. sugar
3 T melted butter
1 C heavy whipping cream
2 T milk
3 1/4 C. miniature marshmallows
2 T white creme de cacao
1/4 C. green creme de menthe
1 pt. vanilla ice cream, softened

Combine crumbs, sugar, and butter. Press along sides and bottom of 9 in. pie plate. Chill.

Whip whipping cream. Chill. Melt marshmallows and milk in pan. Cool. Add creme de menthe and creme de cacao to marshmallows. Fold this into whipped cream. Spread layer of ice cream on crumbs. Then spread marshmallow mix on top. Chill in freezer. Set out of freezer about 20 minutes before serving.