This weekend on the blog we are celebrating my husband’s birthday with his favorite recipes. He is deployed right now so we didn’t get to have a blowout bash like last year’s It’s A Bomb.com Party. So I wanted to share the cake I made for him last year that was such a hit! I found the recipe here and I thought making a Ice Cream Sandwich Cake was a fun and unique idea. Also since it was mostly 20 something guys at the party I figured it would be a crowd pleaser! I was right and Ashton especially enjoyed it because it was layered with his favorite: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!
Check out the easy recipe below and then read about the gifts I found for Ashton this year. Everyone who knows me knows I love finding unique, one of a kind gifts, usually handmade or from a small business. This year I found quite a few fun presents for my sweet hubby and I am sure he will love them. I wrapped up pictures of each item and mailed it to him in a birthday themed care package so he could still be surprised but all items were safe at home until he gets back!
Peanut Butter and Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
- 24 ice cream sandwiches
- 16 ounce container of Cool Whip
- 1 jar caramel sundae topping
- 1 large bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups coarsely chopped
- Lay half of the ice cream sandwiches (whole) in the bottom of a 9 x13-inch pan, trimming the last couple to get complete coverage.
- Top with half of the cool whip, half of the caramel sundae topping and half of the candy.
- Lay down another layer of ice cream sandwiches.
- Top with remaining cool whip and spread out evenly with a knife, making a lip around the edge so the sundae topping won't run out and over the edges.
- Top with remaining candy, cover and freeze for several hours (or overnight) before serving.
Optional: let thaw for 10-15 min for easier slicing.
Recipe from: Thy Hand Hath Provided
Recipe from: Thy Hand Hath Provided
Be sure to prepare this in advance and freeze overnight.
You can also prepare the cake on top of a sheet of aluminum foil for easy lifting out
of the baking dish or cookie sheet.
View the original party post : here
I found the letters and candles at Wal-Mart. The You’re the Bomb Printables were here
Ashton’s Birthday/St Patty’s Care Package
I took pictures of each gift, printed them out, wrote a description on each, then wrapped in birthday wrapping paper. This way he can still “open his presents” but they are safe back at home.
Gift #1 :
Ancestry.com DNA kit.
I saw a commercial for this and knew right away it would be perfect for Ashton.
He has a lot of questions about his heritage and not much family around to ask, so this kit was perfect for him. You just send in a saliva sample and they send you back a detailed report on “Your Story”, any distant relatives you may have on the site, and you also get a one year membership to ancestry.com!
Handcrafted Leather EOD Wallet
Ashton has been using the same raggedy Velcro wallet since we dated so he is overdue for a replacement. This wallet, from J 10 Customs, is hand tooled, hand stitched, and hand-some! Haha! Really this wallet was worth the money. Absolutely beautiful and great craftsmanship and quality! I chose to have the EOD Basic Badge on the front and Ashton wanted our last name and his EOD graduation date inside.
Bomb Etched Glass Set
I have done giveaway with Sharon from UnCorkdArt before and I love her etched glass items on Etsy. This EOD pint and shot glass set was perfect for Ashton, who not only loves beer but collects unique bottles and beer glasses!
I swear this man can never have too many hoodies!
He probably has more than he has shirts! He found this hoodie online at Teespring.
Cake in a Jar
Watch my Cake in a Jar tutorial here.
Bonus Gift for St Patty’s Day!
A Personalized Beer Stein
from our favorite restaurant back home, McGuire’s Irish Pub
One of our many visit to McGuire’s. We always “kiss the moose!”
Going Away Gift:
Picture Dog Tags.
We ordered ours from Studio 121, where we had our pictures taken. But I have seen these available at Wal-Mart Photo too!
Welcome Home Presents:
Military Family Decal
The online store: Her Hero has fantastic military themed clothes and gifts.
I bought this EOD Family Car Decal for My car and one for Ashton’s car.
Jack Daniels Gift Set
(Tip: purchase gift sets like these after Christmas for major discounts! This was less than $15 at Wal-Mart!)
Gift for child:
Add his picture and a phrase to a Daddy Doll. You can even add a recorded voice! Ava loves hers 🙂
Happy Birthday Handsome! Come home soon!