Flexibility Leads to Mom of the Year

We have a little tradition in our home. Sunday afternoons we all delight in a special treat of ice cream. With 9 ice cream loving folks in the house, we can put a serious dent in the ice cream supply. Rising grocery prices have caused ice cream to become a Sunday only treat.  It works out really well because we enjoy it all the more!

This past Sunday I realized that there hadn’t been a fabulous sale to stock up on ice cream and that we didn’t have enough ice cream for everyone to have  bowl. Oh. No. I informed the Tribe of the lack of ice cream stash and there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth. The children quickly helped Daddy calm down and recover from the shock.  (Just kidding.)

I quickly thought of a back up plan. I’ll make chocolate chip cookies! Yum! Yippie! All was right in the Sunday afternoon dessert world. Until I got in to the kitchen. And this is when devastation hit me. We were out of chocolate chips. My two cooks did not inform me of the shortage. Of course, I already had the cookie dough mixed. I had two eager little ones ready to lick the spoon. I was at a crucial moment of decision.

Then I spotted the bag of butterscotch chips that NaNa had given the kiddos.  A little kitchen improv and we had butterscotch chip cookies. Now, I’ll be honest. I wasn’t excited. I’m a creature of habit. I like living in a rut. Thank you very much. But I knew my kiddos would go with the flow. They take after their father.

As I pulled a batch from the oven, I had a light bulb moment. While I didn’t have enough ice cream for everyone to have  a bowl, I thought I had enough to make some homemade ice cream sandwiches! I grabbed the ice cream, a spoon and the cookies. Slapped some ice cream between two cookies and tossed those babies in the freezer.

Dessert time arrived and I pulled out the pan of ice cream sandwiches. Did you hear the shouts of joy? No? That is because it was more of a mumble of joy as they shoved the sandwiches in their mouths. Giggle. A huge hit! They loved them. I can see us definitely doing this again. With chocolate chip cookies. Because my girls know to put it on the list. Right, girls?

**I did manage to find in the top of the cabinet about 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. Pitiful, I tell ya. Pitiful.

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