Tag Archives: strawberry

Strawberry Ice Cream Casserole

Happy Friday!!  Or should I say, Fri-yay?

The original recipe called this “Frozen Strawberries and Cream Dessert,” but I think Strawberry Ice Cream Casserole is a more appropriate term.  After all, it’s made in a casserole dish.

Strawberry Ice Cream Casserole - Oysters & Pearls

I made this dessert for Easter because 1) it would feed a crowd, and 2) strawberries were in season, and 3) strawberry desserts are my favorite.  The pecan crumble topping absolutely MADE this dish.  I doubled it to serve our Hugh Jass family and added extra pecans strawberries.  Because pecans and strawberries.

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream Casserole
via Pip & Ebby


– 1 cup pecans, toasted
– 8 whole graham crackers, broken into pieces
– 20 tablespoons butter, melted
– 2 cup all-purpose flour
– 2/3 cup brown sugar
– 4 egg whites
– 1 cup sugar
– 2 cup heavy whipping cream
– Juice from 2 lemon
– 8 oz. brick cream cheese, softened
– 5 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat an 9×13-inch square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. In a food processor, combine the pecans and graham cracker pieces. Process until finely ground. Add the crumbs to a large bowl, along with the butter, flour and brown sugar. Mix well. Spread the crumbs evenly on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, stirring once half way.  Remove and let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine egg whites and sugar. Using a hand-held mixer, mix on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add whipping cream and mix on medium speed for an additional 6 minutes. Add lemon juice and cream cheese and mix on low speed until creamy. Gently fold in strawberries with a spoon.
  3. Press half of the crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with strawberry-cream mixture, followed by the remaining crumbs. Cover with foil and freeze for a minimum of 6 hours (preferably overnight) before serving.
  4. To serve, allow to thaw for a few minutes before cutting slices.

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream Dessert - Oysters & Pearls

This dessert earned rave reviews this Easter!  And the better the strawberries, the better the finished product.  We got these local berries from Southern Fresh Market at the Bainbridge Farmers’ Market and they were delish. :) Eat local, y’all!

As a PSA, tomorrow, May 2, 2015, the BFM will have a Touch-A-Truck for da kids.  Kids love trucks!  Get yo self there, get some strawberries, and make this bomb diggety dessert this weekend.  It’s supposed to be gorgeous and sunny all weekend – perfect ice cream weather!

Until Next Time

Carlyle’s & Sloane’s Engagement Party

Happy Monday morning!

I hope everyone had a blessed and wonderful Easter weekend!  We sure did.  We spent Friday and Saturday getting ready for an engagement party we helped host for Wheat’s brother Carlyle and his fiancé Sloane.  They’re getting married next month, and a group of Carlyle’s friends got together and threw a little party for them.  The weather was pretty dicey all weekend, but luckily the rain/mist stopped for the party.  It wasn’t gorgeous weather, but it wasn’t raining and all was well.  Thank goodness!

The happy couple:

Carlyle & Sloane | Oysters & Pearls

We did a simple chalkboard theme (plus Easter candy and springtime pastels) for the party, and naturally I had to DIY some fun things.

Engagement Party Dessert Table | Oysters & Pearls

I spray painted thick kraft paper with chalkboard paint, then cut out the large bunting as well as the cake topper bunting.  I sewed the ribbon onto the paper for the large bunting with my sewing machine with a contrasting off-white thread, and just sewed right through the smaller triangles to make this DIY chalkboard bunting cake topper.  Super easy, but I loved the way they turned out!

I used rubber bands on wooden skewers to keep the bunting in place for the cake topper… Does anyone else have any clever solutions for this?

10 Layer Strawberry Cake with DIY Chalkboard Bunting Cake Topper | Oysters & Pearls

The ampersand is actually a pewter charm that I hand-stamped with their wedding date.

Hand Stamped Pewter Ampersand Necklace with Wedding Date | Oysters & Pearls

Click over to the Shop page for my new little Etsy shop, if you’re interested!  I can always do a custom listing if you like this one.

Speaking of their wedding date, I have an epic blogger fail for you. Crystal had this adorable idea for me to put on the couple’s first date, engagement date, and wedding date on our DIY chalkboard easel for the party. I spent entirely too much time Wednesday night trying to make my 10-year old boy handwriting look nice, and I didn’t even notice my flub until someone pointed it out halfway through the party…

Blogger Chalkboard Sign Epic Fail | Oysters & Pearls

Yup.  That’s supposed to be 2014.  They are not about to celebrate their one year anniversary…. I’m human, y’all.


Unfortunately for Harold, I got his spring/summer hair cut done on Thursday, just before this abnormally frigid and wet spring weather.  He was freezing, so this is what he ended up wearing to the party:

Harold | Oysters & Pearls

Ridiculous, I am well aware.

Harold Blinking in a Sweater | Oysters & Pearls


The cake itself is the strawberry little layer cake that was recently featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  It’s a vanilla cake with strawberry cream cheese swiss meringue buttercream icing.  Say that ten times fast!

10 Layer Strawberry Cake with DIY Chalkboard Bunting Topper | Oysters & Pearls

It was delicious, apparently, because there was not one single piece left.  :)

We had lemonade, sweet tea, and water, as well as a fire pit full of beer.  Little did we know, we would have preferred a fire later on.  It was the coldest and dreariest Easter weekend in my memory!

Lemonade  | Oysters & Pearls

Drink Station | Oysters & Pearls

Carolina Kettle as a Beer Pit | Oysters & Pearls

And lots of delicious food!  Wheat and a few of the guys smoked the boston butts on my dad’s huge smoker we borrowed, and he did SUCH a good job.  The BBQ was so good!  We also had a plethora of spring-time sides made by the other two ladies who helped host and myself.  Deviled eggs, baked beans, broccoli salad, cole slaw, and spicy corn salad.  They all went over well!

BBQ Engagement Party | Oysters & Pearls

The tables were decked out with black table cloths, Refinery candles, and some springtime flowers, including some hot pink knock-out roses from our yard.

Spring Engagement Party Flowers | Oysters & Pearls

Crystal and I aren’t professional flower arrangers, by any means, but we thought they turned out pretty decently!  They were colorful and cheerful in contrast with the dreary day, so they did their job.

Everyone had a great time!  I managed to snap a few pictures in the midst of it all, but of course, not as many as I wish I had.

Lee & Nikki | Oysters & Pearls

Luke, Elizabeth, & Lee's Eye | Oysters & Pearls

Matt &  Brittany | Oysters & Pearls

Sloane and Bridesmaids | Oysters & Pearls

Jim, Hehle, Parks, and Carlyle | Oysters & Pearls

Bert & Richard | Oysters & Pearls

Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom | Oysters & Pearls

Boys at Engagement Party | Oysters & Pearls

Congratulations to the Groom | Oysters & Pearls

Boys at the Engagement Party | Oysters & Pearls

When it came time to cut the cake, we thought we would let them get a little practice round in. ;)

Sloane & Carlyle | Oysters & Pearls

Cake Cutting Practice | Oysters & Pearls

It was trying at times…

Practicing Cutting the Cake | Oysters & Pearls

But they quickly got the hang of it.  I think they’re safe for next month now!

Cake Cutting

Congratulations, Carlyle and Sloane!!

Until Next Time

Oysters & Pearls to be featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In case you missed it last week….

12 Layer Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Swiss Buttercream, Recipe for the AJC | Oysters & Pearls

Oysters & Pearls is currently featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the article by Wendell David Brock will be in the real live paper TODAY!  I can barely contain my excitement!

Fancy 12-Layer Strawberry Cake | Oysters & Pearls

Wendell is a phenomenal writer, baker, and friend, originally from right down Highway 84 in Climax, Georgia!  He writes for the AJC, Saveur Magazine, as well as “Sweet as Sugar, Rude as Hell,” a piece he recently wrote for The Bitter Southerner.

Southern Little Layer Strawberry Cake | Oysters & Pearls

And I’m thrilled, grateful, and honored to be mentioned along with two other impressive and talented bakers: Mississippian pastry chef and Saveur Magazine contributor, Ben Mims, and Charleston chef, cookbook author, and fellow food blogger, Linda Rogers Weiss.

Slice of Natalie's 12 Layer Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Swiss Meringue Buttercream  | Oysters & Pearls

I hope you’ll click over and read the article!  Just click any picture or any of the text links.

And now I will subject you to entirely too many pictures of my new favorite cake.  It’s a 12-layer vanilla cake with strawberry cream cheese swiss buttercream icing.  It is perfect for springtime and perfectly delicious.

Strawberry Cake for AJC | Oysters & Pearls

Southern 12-Layer Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Swiss Buttercream | Oysters & Pearls for the AJC

Slice of 12 Layer Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Swiss Buttercream | Oysters & Pearls

Oh So Southern Strawberry Little Layer Cake | Oysters & Pearls

12 Little Layer Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Swiss Buttercream | Oysters & Pearls

12 Layer Strawberry Cake | Oysters & Pearls

12 Layer Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Swiss Buttercream Icing | Oysters & Pearls

Until Next Time