Happy Birthday Rylan James!!!

My little baby!

My little baby!

Rylan's 2nd Christmas

Rylan’s 2nd Christmas

Rylan and his Pa swimming with the dolphins at Discovery Cove.

Rylan and his Pa swimming with the dolphins at Discovery Cove.

And here's my handsome guy today on his twelfth birthday!

I can’t believe Rylan is twelve years old today!  I love seeing him grow and see how he is becoming his own person, but part of me is sad to see him grow up so fast.  He is such a good boy and he truly knows right from wrong.  Today, as one of his birthday presents, he got a new phone.  He was playing around on all the phones in the store while I was talking to the sale’s associate.  After I was done talking,  a woman in her fifties came up to me and gave me such a nice compliment about my son.  She told me she was asking him questions about how to use a function on a tablet.  She told me he was so polite and looked at her when she was talking to him and was very helpful and friendly towards her. She said it was refreshing to see his kind of communication skills in a pre-teen child.

It’s hard for me to fathom, but in just six years, Rylan will be graduating from high school.  I think about how fast these past six years have flown by and I’m sure the next six will fly by too.  I will have an empty nest at 36 years old and that scares me!  Rylan has changed me so much and truly motivated me to do positive things with my life.  I was only  17 years old and a senior in high school when I became pregnant with him.  Before I was pregnant, my grades weren’t great and I wasn’t putting that much though or effort into choosing a college.  All of that changed when I knew I was going to be a mother.  I graduated 8 months pregnant from high school; took my first college classes when he was 2 weeks old; graduated with a bachelor’s degree in childhood education in four years; and received my master’s degree in special education when I was just 23 years old.  Rylan truly saved me.

Anyway, enough of the sappy stuff.  Usually, Rylan loves when  I make an Ice Cream Sandwich cake for celebrations.  But yesterday, he he told me, he wanted the same type of cake, but with mint chocolate ice cream instead of the ice cream sandwiches.


I took a layer of mint-chocolate chip ice cream and spread it in a 9×13 pan. (You could use any kind of ice cream).

ice cream

Then, I added a layer of hot fudge and spread it on the ice cream layer.  Next, I added Cool Whip and spread it over the hot fudge layer and added crumbled Oreo Cookies.  I repeated the layers and finished off with the cookie crumbles on top.

cool whip

Rylan loved it which is all that matters but I thought it was delicious too!  You could play around with different ice cream flavors, ice cream toppings, cookie crumbles, nuts, chopped up candy bars, etc.

Hot Fudge Sundae Ice Cream Cake



Half-gallon of mint-chocolate chip ice cream

11.75 oz of Smucker’s Hot Fudge Ice Cream Toppings

1 package of original Oreo’s, crushed

16 oz Cool Whip, thawed


Place half of the ice-cream in a 9×13 pan.

Add half of the hot fudge and spread on top of the ice-cream.

Add half of the cool whip and spread on top of the hot fudge layer.

Sprinkle about 1/3 of the Oreo cookie crumbles on top of the Cool Whip.

Repeat layers, ending with layer of crumbled Oreo cookies.

Freeze for at least 6 hours.


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