Stephen does not like my bright ideas very much. Actually, he would tell you that my crazy ideas are okay, as long as I give advance notice.
One day, we were sitting at the dinner table and I blurted, "What if we had a dream dessert night, where everyone got to have their absolute dream dessert?!"
The kids, of course, were all for it! Stephen had to recover from his shock for a few minutes before asking how this could even feasibly occur. I came up with a plan, then diplomatically, to the kids' chagrin, suggested we do it two weeks out to give his poor heart time to adjust ;) He was a good sport and agreed with the condition that I had to have a plan to accomplish this ahead of time.
Once I received everyone's orders, I realized that the only way to congregate the desserts in one place without melting any of them was to have them at home. Our house is milk-free and not all of the desserts were, so I was going to have to be extra careful about storage and after-clean-up.
Stephen simply wanted a moist chocolate cake with creamy icing and chocolate chips. I accomplished this with a visit to a local specialty grocery store and sprinkling of chips.
I wanted a coconut cake, but when I visited the local bakery that makes awesomely-moist cakes and pastries, I decided that a cinnamon roll was actually my dream dessert ;)
Lucy wanted homemade brownies (Aunt Dyan's recipe, please) with chocolate icing on top and sprinkles. That was easy-peasy!
I nixed Iris's first request of a mug made entirely of chocolate and filled with root beer. (another day, my sweet) So she happily opted for a strawberry split. After further inquiry, she described this as dish filled with cut strawberries and topped with 1 scoop of chocolate, 1 scoop of vanilla, and 1 scoop of strawberry. Then it's topped with chocolate sauce. Okay! Got it!!
Last, but most certainly not least, was my darling boy. He has what I guess you would call a creative palette. He wanted rainbow sherbet with malt balls mixed in, topped with caramel sauce.
The evening was a glowing success!!! Even my husband may have enjoyed it!