Monday, June 30, 2014

Icebox Cake - A Salute To Summer

What yells summer more than a cool summer dessert? Particularly one that requires no baking. Icebox cakes seem to be popping up lately. Dating back to the 1920's and 30's, the cake consists of graham crackers, vanilla or chocolate wafers, and whipped cream or pudding. Left overnight in the refrigerator, the cookies absorb the moisture from the pudding and turns into a tasty summer treat.

Banana Split Cake (adapted from Taste of Home)
16 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
 1 cup sour cream
1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
24 to 30 graham crackers
 4 bananas, sliced
chocolate syrup, sliced strawberries

1. Mix whipped topping, sour cream, and pudding until blended. Fold in pineapple.
2. Arrange 4 to 5 graham crackers in the bottom of 9X13 pan. Spread 1/3 pudding mixture on top of crackers. Top with 1/3 of sliced bananas. Repeat the layer two more times. Cover and refrigerate.
3.  Before serving, top with syrup and strawberries.

Speaking of summer...A fellow teacher asked me to make a teeny, tiny little mermaid outfit for a photo shoot. It was so tiny, I wasn't sure a newborn would fit in it. Well, I was wrong. My first attempt to crochet something for a newborn photo shoot went from this

 to this...

Isn't it precious? (Photo by Snap! Photography)


Sunday, June 29, 2014

And So It Begins

After 37 years of this....

I can officially say that I am done. Hello, retirement. So happy to meet you!