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It Has A Way

skyCheck out this sky, you guys.  Scott took this picture with a telephoto lens last summer in rural Pennsylvania.  His mom had just moved into a wood cabin out there, and we stopped by to see her on our way from Alabama to Chicago.

When you see something like this in person you’re supposed to say Whoa.  The universe is so big, and I am but a tiny speck.  Your little human brain is supposed to slam up against that kind of majesty and be humbled.  Or, at the very least, you’re supposed to turn to the person next to you and whisper dude, what’s the bright blue one, again? Is it Venus?

But because I had just driven eight hours with a headache and two dogs who were trading farts the way kids traded baseball cards in the ’50s, and because Scott’s mom had ushered me to a chair on the porch and handed me a bowl of vanilla ice cream flecked with shards of chocolate, I looked up at that starry firmament and I said:

YO, THIS ICE CREAM IS AMAZING.

And then I didn’t say anything for a long time because good ice cream has a way of hushing you up and putting everything into perspective.

ice cream pieEspecially when it’s in a pie.

So here’s my favorite summer dessert: ice cream pie.  It’s crunchy and creamy and cold, and it only takes a few minutes to make.

Seriously, you guys.  This recipe is easier than shooting fish in a barrel made of fish.

Ice Cream Pie
by eggton

1. Buy a pre-made chocolate cookie crust and a big tub of your favorite ice cream.

2. Thaw the ice cream until it’s kind of frothy on top.  (If it’s not goopy enough, you’ll break the crust when you try to smooth the ice cream in there.)

3. Spread the ice cream in the pie shell with a spatula.  Top it with crumbled cookies if you want.  Press wax paper on top.  Put it in the freezer.

4.  When the pie is frozen, run a knife under hot water for 10 seconds, then wipe it off.  This will make it easier to cut through the ice cream and the shell for a clean slice.

5.  Serve with whipped cream and store in the freezer covered in plastic wrap.

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 Thunder and her ballIf it were up to Thunder, spring would come with an endless supply of these balls by Chuckit!

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  1. john rosenberg #

    Mythbusters checked out the whole shooting fish in a barrel thing a few years back. It’s not so easy…

    May 15, 2014
    • You know what, come to think of it, it would probably take me about 45 minutes to shoot a fish in a barrel.

      May 30, 2014
  2. Wow, that photo! And also, that pie!

    I have never made or eaten an ice cream pie, but considering the high is 92 degrees today in Santa Barbara, I think now is the time… And mint chocolate chip seems like the obvious best choice!

    May 15, 2014
    • Ahhhh. 92 degrees! I wore a sweatshirt during the day once this week. I’m still waiting for a 92 degree day, even if I’m sick of it by nightfall.

      I didn’t realize you lived in Santa Barbara for some reason. How did I miss that? I love it there. One of my best friends got married at the mission a few years ago, and then a mariachi band followed us to a Mexican restaurant for the reception. We went wine tasting the day before the wedding, too. It was so much fun!

      May 30, 2014
      • Yes, I’m from Madison, WI, but I’ve been in Santa Barbara for seven years so far, for grad school, and I love it here too. (I cannot. get over. the perfectness of the weather!) I actually hope to be able to stay here indefinitely, even though flying between here and the Midwest is a total pain…

        Your friend’s wedding sounds amazing. My wedding later this summer is going to be walking distance from a bunch of wine tasting rooms, so I’m hoping my wedding guests will get to go wine tasting the day *of* the wedding! 🙂

        June 12, 2014
  3. Somehow, I have never made (or even had) ice cream pie, but this seems like an oversight on my part, because as soon as I scrolled down and saw that minty green ice cream, all my brain could think was, “Oooooh, want.” That’s quite an impressive picture of the stars – I can only imagine what it must have been like in person (and how good the ice cream must have been to redirect your focus!)!

    May 15, 2014
    • There used to be an ice cream shop in my town that made frozen yogurt pies that were amazing. So I grew up having those instead of carvel cakes. The first time I made this pie, I put pieces of cake in it, too. But I decided not to tell you guys about that, because it didn’t really add much. The ice cream is the way to go!

      May 15, 2014
  4. You sweet thing! My recommendation, of course, would be to use the Penn State Creamery’s bittersweet mint ice cream (which looks a lot like the ice cream in your wonderful-looking pie) — and as I am at that very cabin at this very moment, I might try it. Particularly because during the kitchen reno, we can’t make food any other way but from the fridge…XOXO

    May 15, 2014
    • Ahhhh, you have no stove at present? That’s unfortunate, because the other thing I remember very well from that trip was the lentil ministrone you made. I always eat so well when you’re around!

      May 15, 2014
  5. Dogs can’t have chocolate but mint has been known to soothe gassy bellies, in people at least. Perhaps a lap or two of mint icecream before the next trip will keep it a little less odoriferous. If you’re wondering if I wrote all that just to use the word “odoriferous” the answer is yes.

    May 15, 2014
    • First you drop these fancy “cream apples” on your blog, and then you come over here slingin’ new terms like “odoriferous.” Damn, girl. Do you have any room in your homeschool classes? Because I could probably stand to take one.

      May 15, 2014
  6. Why have I never had an ice cream pie? It looks and sounds divine. Right up my alley. Come to think of it I’ve never come across one before. Must get out from under my rock more often.

    May 15, 2014
    • Ah, but under a rock is such a nice place to spend time. I basically stay there all winter, but agree that one must move about a bit come springtime.

      May 30, 2014
  7. Awesome photo!! Its just leaves you kind of speechless when you see it in real, under the “right conditions”…love the pie…will try it over the weekend! 🙂

    May 15, 2014
    • Yeah, I tried to watch the meteor shower that was expected last week, but it was too overcast here to see much . (Or, I guess it was probably light pollution from Chicago that was in the way.) I’m looking forward to going back to Virginia in July, because there are loads of starts there (and nighttime crickets! My favorite.)

      May 30, 2014
  8. Super photo! Wow!

    May 15, 2014
    • Thanks, my friend! I’ll tell you what: photographing ice cream pie is A LOT easier than photographing melty scoops of ice cream as far as I’m concerned.

      May 30, 2014
  9. jenny_o #

    That is a great photo. Well, two great photos. The sky and the pie 🙂

    May 15, 2014
    • Thanks, Jenny! I ate so much ice cream pie while photographing. It was super fun. 🙂

      May 30, 2014
  10. Photo of universe, ice cream pie AND Thunder in the same post? I think the interwebs just exploded. Quick question: what’s up with Thunder and the ice?

    May 16, 2014
    • Well, here’s what’s up with the ice. We were having people over for Easter. Like, 4 people. Which makes a total of 6 people. I asked Scott to get some ice from the store in case anyone wanted it in their drinnks (we only have one ice cream tray from like 1973). So naturally, he got two or three gigantic bags of ice, which started melting all over the place, so I put them on the porch. I feel like Scott needs a subtitle. Something like “Scott: Adding value wherever he goes.”

      May 30, 2014
  11. C.e. #

    The photo is amazing…reminds me of camping out in the pasture back home in Kansas where we could see satellites orbiting ~ that was how expanse the sky was and away from city lights. Love frozen yogurt pie, and your ice cream pie looks delicious ~

    May 16, 2014
    • Oh wow, what a lovely memory! I remember the first time I saw a sky like this. I was a camp counselor when I was a senior in high school, and there was a night when the kids were asleep and we counselors spread towels down on the dock of a lake and watched the sky for a long time. I don’t remember anything else from that summer, so it must have made quite an impression.

      May 30, 2014
  12. It’s hard to focus on anything else when ice cream is involved. That starry sky is gorgeous and Thunder is adorable with that ball. So much cuteness.

    May 16, 2014
    • Well said–ice cream tends to steal whatever show it’s in!

      May 30, 2014
  13. I do love some ice cream but that photo really did get me to Whoa. Nice job Scott!! Also, how the heck are you with the wedding planning? Thinking of you!

    May 16, 2014
    • Hi!! More like how are YOU?!? Wedding planning is going well. We’ve got the place, the dress, the band, the food, the buses. . . and the invites went out yesterday! So we are plugging along nicely. It’s in 8 weeks. Whoot! And then we’re going to Costa Rica for our honeymoon. I want to play with monkeys! Scott says I will probably get ebola but that it’ll be fun in the meantime.

      May 30, 2014
  14. Right now I would take a glimpse of that magnificent sky over a piece of pie, even a fantabulous one like yours! No offence!

    And by the way, your “Last Word” from Edna St. Vincent Millay just caught my eye – love it!

    May 16, 2014
    • Yeah, your approach is probably the better one, Marlene. You can make ice cream pie any day, but skies like that can be hard to find!
      I love that Edna St. Vincent Millay bit, too. And doesn’t she just have the best name??

      May 30, 2014
  15. This must be the July picture for Thunder’s pin-up Calendar.

    May 16, 2014
    • Duly noted. I’ll add it to the bunch. 🙂

      May 30, 2014
  16. Not gonna lie – saw the first photo and said a small “Wow.” Saw the second photo and said a much larger “WOW.” Lesson: ice cream rules. And the universe is beautiful & breath-taking. That ice cream pie, tho.

    May 16, 2014
    • “Ice cream rules” would make a nice bumper sticker (or just a good rule of thumb.)

      May 30, 2014
  17. Love this! A local ice cream place near me has a pumpkin ice cream that makes the best pies. Great dessert!

    May 16, 2014
    • Yum! I had pumpkin ice cream for the first time last fall at a little ice cream place near me, too! I didn’t think to put it in a pie but man, if I got one of those graham cracker or granola crusts? With whipped cream? Mmmm..

      May 30, 2014
  18. Ice cream solves all of the problems of the world for me. We see beautiful skies like this in Florida all of the time. I don’t think that I was aware of the sky when I grew up in NYC. We lived outside of JFK airport and there was a plane in the sky every second it seemed.

    May 17, 2014
    • Ah, planes in the sky is another kind of awesome. I didn’t really appreciate them until I met Scott. He loooooves airplanes. I guess I look at them differently now. In Huntsville we saw a lot of fancy helicopters–Chinooks, mainly, because there’s a military base there.

      May 30, 2014
  19. Fantastic. A great way of combining one of my favourite things – pie – with one of my husband’s – ice cream!

    May 27, 2014
    • That sounds like the best kind of compromise, Corina. Everybody wins!

      May 30, 2014
  20. Amy #

    Wow, I love that sky picture…it’s so peaceful. I can’t blame you for focusing on the ice cream tho. And an easy ice cream pie is the perfect summer dessert!

    May 30, 2014
    • Yeah, and I just LOVE goopy ice cream, so thawing the ice cream for this recipe is fun because there’s all sorts of extra goopy ice cream that needs to be eaten. . .

      May 30, 2014

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