A long time friend is moving to one of my favorite cities… Austin, Texas! So a fitting farewell with just the girls was in order. The lovely Anne Holmes was hosting at her cool condo on the lake. I offered to bring dessert to the buffet, knowing I had a simple yummy recipe from my friend Kim to try out…Key Lime Ice Cream Balls!
To create a fun fitting message, I got out my calligraphy pen and brush and turned to my scrapbook supplies. Here’s the DYI instructions and dessert recipe at the end:
Step 1: Gather Supplies. Any colorful scraps of solid and patterned paper, circular cutting system with templates and blade cartridges ( I used Creative Memories), cutting mat, glue stick, glue gun and toothpicks.
Step 2: Decide on a message. Cut larger 2 1/2″ circles out of pattern or solid paper and smaller 2″ circles out of solid paper. Make sure you have enough to spell the words you need.
Step 3: Attach the smaller paper circles to the larger ones with a glue stick.
Step 4: Letter on circles to create the words needed. I used a pointed calligraphy pen and black ink. You can letter with a black marker in simple handwriting. Attach toothpicks to backs of circles using a glue gun.
For the envelope, I just happen to have a blank card with colored dots in my stationery collection. It came with a see through velum envelope. I lettered the names and ampersand using a round lettering brush and three colors of gouache paint. Again, non-calligraphers, just use markers in different colors.
I also happened to have polka dot wrapping paper that I used to cover a cookie sheet. I used this as the base to set the ice cream balls on.
Before presenting the dessert to Claudia, the ice cream balls were placed on the tray, then the letters placed in the balls to spell out the message “All the best Claudia & Dan…Your FB girls”.
A list of recommended Austin restaurants was included inside the card. As a gift, they will pick out the ones they’d like to try and a gift certificate will be sent to them in the mail.
Here’s a shout out to all the FB girls who attended this lovely send off : Shelley, Teresa, Lori, Anne ( hostess), Carolyn, Sharon and Teri.
And here’s the recipe for the Key Lime Ice Cream Balls:
-Defrost one frozen Key Lime Pie
-Add 1/2 gallon of vanilla ice cream- mix together and freeze in covered bowl
-Scoop balls of mix and dip in finely chopped macadamia nuts and toasted coconut
-Place in aluminum cupcake holders
-Refreeze, then serve.