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This Is Wrong!

November 4, 2009

“This is wrong!”  That’s what my husband says. The boys and I are rolling on the floor laughing! Here’s how it begins:         










  And this is how it ends        









I know Halloween is over, and it’s not yet April Fool’s Day, but i couldn’t resist! i know our Boy Scout troop will get a kick out of this tonight! And I can just feel a scrapbook page happening!  Here’s the recipe:


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package German chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (12 ounce) package vanilla sandwich cookies
  • 3 drops green food coloring
  • 1 (12 ounce) package tootsie rolls


  1. Prepare cake mixes and bake according to package directions (any size pan).
  2. Prepare pudding according to package directions and chill until ready to assemble.
  3. Crumble sandwich cookies in small batches in a food processor, scraping often. Set aside all but 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup add a few drops of green food coloring and mix.
  4. When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble them into a large bowl. Toss with 1/2 of the remaining cookie crumbs, and the chilled pudding. You probably won’t need all of the pudding, you want the cake to be just moist, not soggy.
  5. Line kitty litter box with the kitty litter liner. Put cake mixture into box.
  6. Put half of the unwrapped tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until softened. Shape the ends so that they are no longer blunt, and curve the tootsie rolls slightly. Bury tootsie rolls randomly in the cake and sprinkle with half of the remaining cookie crumbs. Sprinkle a small amount of the green colored cookie crumbs lightly over the top.
  7. Heat 3 or 4 of the tootsie rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle lightly with some of the green cookie crumbs. Heat the remaining tootsie rolls until pliable and shape as before. Spread all but one randomly over top of cake mixture. Sprinkle with any remaining cookie crumbs. Hang the remaining tootsie roll over side of litter box and sprinkle with a few green cookie crumbs. Serve with the pooper scooper for a gross Halloween dessert.

And here’s another snack tray my son made to go with it – YUUUKKK!








Mini marshmallows, lollypop sticks and peanut butter

Kitty Litter Cake was a hit!



Grinding wheat and baking bread

October 31, 2009

I’m feeling a little guilty because I’m bailing on my husband tonight to drive 2 hours to see MercyMe in concert! He’s outside right now finishing the concrete around the pool and it wouldn’t be so bad, but it’s really HOT out – and humid! 85 and 65% humidity – which doesn’t sound too bad, but I’m hot and miserable here in the AC, so he must be too! 🙂  Browsing blogs today I see lots of snow out west and it makes me think of soups, stews, cozy fireplaces, and fresh bread baking.  Which made me blow the dust off my bread maker,

 open up a new bucket of wheat,







 break out my grinder, IMG_0764






IMG_0768find my favorite recipe and if worse comes to worse, my husband can enjoy a “Heidi” dinner: fresh bread, butter and delicious goat’s milk.

Here’s my favorite breadmaker recipe, taken from “The Breadman’s Healthy Bread Book” by George Burnett:




makes one  1 1/2 pound load

1 cup plus 2 TBSP water

1 1/2 TBSP flaxseed or canola oil

1/2 tsp liquid lecithin   (what’s that?)

3 cups whole wheat flour – (I use 2 cups ww and 1 cup white flour so it’s a little lighter)

1/2 cup whole flaxseed  (I use a little less to make it go further)

2 TBSP gluten flour

3 TBSP powdered whey  (I substitute milk powder)

1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt

2 tsp active dry yeast

Put all the ingredients in the inner pan in the order listed, or in the reverse order if the manual for your machine specifies dry ingredients first and liquids last.  Select Basic Wheat Cycle, Light setting. Push start.


What's For Dinner?

October 26, 2009

The dreaded question. I almost always answer the children’s question with, “Delicious food.” More often than not I haven’t a clue. So i think it’ll be a good thing to post favorite recipes to remind myself of  delicious things to make. Tonight I made a husband favorite:

King Ranch Casserole

  • 1 onion, chopped
  •  1 bell pepper  
  •  2 cups cooked, cubed chicken
  •  1 can cream of mushroom soup
  •  1 can cream of chicken soup
  •  1 can Rotel (tomatos and green chilis)
  •  10 flour (or corn) tortillas
  •  2 cups chicken broth

Directions:  Tear tortillas into bite sized pieces and dip into chicken broth to moisten. Place half onto the bottom of a greased 13 X 9 casserole dish. Saute pepper and onion, add diced chicken and layer 1/2 on tortillas. Combine soups and Rotel and spread 1/2 of this mixture over chicken. Top with half of grated cheddar cheese. Repeat layers: tortillas, chicken, soups and cheese. Pour leftover chicken broth on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 mins or until cheese is melted and bubbly.