Cut Cost, Cut Cost.
Ah Boy has been drumming into my head. Phew.. luckily not physically la. Just a mental reminder. Economy is not doing so great. Food costs are escalating. How can one meet or even propose a budget or profit to be met when all food costs have gone up. He is facing that at work. And he also reminded me to be prudent in our costs at home.
So this year, Rae is not going to have a birthday party. I think, basically, is fine. She will be 8 in November. She had a great time last year with a Treehouse BBQ party. Perhaps this year, it should be a family affair. Also, her birthday will fall during the school holidays. I told her we'll bring her out instead. Many of her friends who has their birthday during school term did not celebrate their birthdays with a bash either. I told her we can't have a party every year.
This year, she longs for an ice cream cake. Her classmate had that. So, like all kids, they want what their peers have. Ice cream cakes are not cheap. Swensons' Ice Cream Cake is about $50. So why not try to make one for her. I've been googling for ways to do it. Easy way to do it, actually. Some uses Oreo like the cheesecake crust whereby I even came across some using Ice Cream Sandwich at the bottom layer.
There was one that looked good, using the Italian Biscuits that are used for Tiramisu dessert. But I don't want to go through all that hassle. So I'm gonna do it the easy way using cake and ice cream. I have not yet decided on the finale touch, to use ice cream for the outer layer or to use the whipped cream. If I used ice cream, I need to do it very quickly before it melts away. And I worry that if I use whipped cream, it may frost when it's ready to eat. I think I'll worry about the finishing later.
But at least my trial cake was alright. I tried a small rectangular one few days back. Just to see if it works so that I am fully prepared when I do up the bigger cake.