One of my dearest friends from Ken’s Stanford Business School class, Katie, is someone I have always looked up to. Not only is she brilliant (obviously), fun (best dancer ever), smiley, honest, and real, but she also has the best homemaker skills of anyone I know. Yes – totally sounds sexist, but when I met her when I was 25 years old, I didn’t know anyone who sewed their own curtains, made their own scalloped potatoes for dinner parties, and hosted lavish, extravagant sit down dinners with all homemade dishes. So I am thrilled to have Katie guest blog today on “Ice Cream Flower Pots.” Thanks so much, Katie. Love you dearly.
My mom first made these “ice cream flower pots” for my 10th birthday party which was a joint party with my dear friend Carrie who had a birthday the same week as mine. We themed the party “Pink and Purple” so all our friends wore everything pink and purple, as did our moms and my older sister who was the “helper”. The party was afternoon backyard games and a BBQ at Carrie’s house, and then a slumber party at my house. The ten or so girls in attendance are still some of my closest friends, and to this day, everyone remembers the “ice cream flower pots” that thrilled us all when they were revealed as dessert. They embody the creative and festive flair that my mom was known for bringing to everything she did. She passed away 6 years ago and I miss her every day, but making treats like this on a lovely summer day for the ones I love makes her feel close in my heart again.
* Gerber daisies
* small flower pots
* thick straws (like for smoothies or shakes)
* small biscuit cutter
* ice cream scoop
* bread knife
* your favorite ice cream(s), well softened
* pound cake
* chocolate wafers (you can find them in the cookie or baking goods aisle; Nabisco makes the best ones designed for baking and projects like this – they come in a yellow box)
These are as fun at an adult dinner part as they are to serve to little kids…ages 6 and under will really think it is dirt and they FREAK OUT when you scoop out a big spoonful out dirt and put it right into your mouth. Then they realize with delight they get to do it too and the pots get devoured in minutes.
Thanks so much, Katie. I love your enthusiasm, creativity, projects, taste, and most of all your friendship. My goal is to try to make this recipe this summer…better get going on it now!