Friday, August 20, 2010

The Infamous Momou Dirtcake

This is a dessert that make memories. That is when you know that you have a good recipe in your hands. Presenting Momou's infamous Dirt Cake....

This recipe goes back to the 2nd grade for me. I remember Momou and our Aunt Gay picking me and my sisters up from school telling us they had a special surprise waiting for us at home. We arrived home to find a terra cotta flower pot sitting on our kitchen counter with bright silk flowers planted in what LOOKED like dirt. Well Momou and Aunt Gay really spiced things up when they started eating this dirt. My sisters and I thought they had gone mad! Who eats dirt? Or at least eats it and makes yummy noises over it? Well I am not sure how they convinced us but we had a bite too. And from that day on we were hooked on Dirt Cake!

If you have never had Dirt Cake get ready to be a lover of this stuff. It is a cool and creamy chocolate/vanilla dessert that always hits the spot! Half of the fun is how you present this concoction. Get wild...crazy colored flower pots, Gerber Daises, gummy worms and even a garden trowel. Whatever your pretty heart desires. This is always a favorite at any event or party!

I have not yet gone the "flower pot" route but I do add gummy worms for good looks. I haven't yet made this for any kids (only us adults so far:) but when I do I am going all out. Just like Momou and Aunt Gay did.

Dirt Cake

1 bag crushed Oreos
1 (8oz.) block of softened cream cheese
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 1/2 cups milk
2 boxes (3 oz. or closest to 3 oz.)instant vanilla pudding
1 (12 oz.) tub of Cool Whip

1. Crush Oreos, set aside.
2. Cream butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar, set aside.
3. Mix pudding and milk until smooth.
4. Stir together step 2 and 3. Fold in Cool Whip.
5. Layer Oreos, then pudding. Add another layer and end with crushed Oreos on top.
6. Chill for at least 2 hours.
7. Serve with flair and you've got yourself a party!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as me and my family have. I love making this for special occasions and seeing every one's face when I serve it. Did I mention that you can even make this a lower fat version. All you have to do is buy "light" or "fat free" ingredients and it still tastes delicious! I hope your children, your grandchilden or even children in your classroom love this dessert and keep the memory that goes with it. I know I will never forget!

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

No-Bake Nuggets

These past few months have been so busy for us. Literally something planned almost every night. But no complaints at has been all fun. During these busy days I have found myself in a pickle with the need of a QUICK recipe with barely anytime to search for that perfect "one". I should have known that Momou would have the perfect "quick" recipe in her collection.

A few months ago my girlfriends and I decided to start a bunco group. And we have had a ball with our little group let me tell you! The first official bunco night was hosted by moi and of course I planned it on a busy little day. And guess what...I needed a dessert to make and quick! Sure I could have run by Publix and grabbed something for the bakery but honestly I perfer to make something myself. That's just me.

So No-Bake Nuggets? Sounds more like an appetizer to me. But oh it is not. It is ooey gooey deliciousness! The best never even turn on that oven! Second best part...there is a very good chance you will have the ingredients right in your little pantry. So do I have you intersted in how to make these little gems? Well see below!

No-Bake Nuggets
1/4 cup butter of margarine, melted
2 cups quick or old fashioned oats, uncooked
One 15 oz. can condensed milk
3/4 cup Chunky peanut butter
Dash of Salt

Combine butter and oats in a skillet; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly; about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Add condensed milk, peanut butter and salt; mix until well blended. Spread in greased foil lined 8-inch square pan; chill. Cut into squares.

Voila! How is easy this little dessert? And it is so yummy too! Enjoy.

Food for thought: If you don't belong to a bunco group....start one with your girlfriends ASAP! SO MUCH FUN!

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