Homemade Peppermint Ice Cream and Oreo Cake

Candy canes in a glass dish with pretty red ribbon.

I've never had a Christmas without this dessert.  If you've been around the cafe for a while, you can figure out that is a lot of Oreo Peppermint Ice Cream Cakes.  Who knows how long my grandmother (Popa's mother) made this treat before I joined the scene?!? All I know is it wouldn't be Christmas without this sweet tradition. Mia took over the honor of making the cake when Grandma was no longer able.  And we are all grateful she's kept the tradition alive, especially Popa and my brother.  I hope you enjoy this special Christmas cake as much as my family!   Grandma's Peppermint … [Read More...]

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Candy canes in a glass dish with pretty red ribbon.

I’ve never had a Christmas without this dessert.  If you’ve been around the cafe for a while, you can figure out that is a lot of Oreo Peppermint Ice Cream Cakes.  Who knows how long my grandmother (Popa’s mother) made this treat before I joined the scene?!? All I know is it wouldn’t be Christmas […]

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