Banana Split Trifle

Banana Split Trifle It took some unexpected company, left-over brownies, milk that needed to be used up and ripening bananas on the counter that lead to this creation.

My daughter and I literally made it up as we went and served it to rave reviews!

We should have made it earlier and let it sit in the fridge longer. But our audience had no complaints and literally licked the bowl cleaned!

Banana Split Trifle

9 x 13 pan of brownies (more or less)
1 large box vanilla pudding
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3 ripe bananas
1 bag frozen raspberries, thawed and drained
1 – 8 oz. tub of whipped topping

Mix the vanilla pudding with 2 cups milk according to the directions on the package. Add vanilla extract and almond extract.  Peel and slice the banana and stir into the pudding. Set aside.

Break the brownies into small bite size pieces and layer in a large glass bowl. Sprinkle with raspberries.

Spoon a layer of whipped topping over the brownies and berries being careful to go all the way to the edge.

Follow this with a layer of banana pudding. repeat the layers until the bowl is full.

Refrigerate for several hours.

Serve cold and enjoy!

Snow Cake

Snow Cake Improvisation in the kitchen once again saved the day!

Every year we celebrate the first snow by making and enjoying a snow cake.

Traditionally we have made my favorite chocolate brownie recipe and then sprinkled powdered sugar on the top to look like new fallen snow.

This year however, the first snow came right after the “big move”. It was a time when my pantry was empty and my day was full.

When I heard the excited cries of “It’s snowing!”, my first thought was “Good!”. We had hoped to be in the new house by the first snowfall.

My second thought was one of panic as I frantically tried to remember if I had the ingredients I needed for snow cake, and more importantly, could I find them?!

Thank goodness for Dagmar! She found a brownie recipe and even made it for us. But when it came time to sprinkle the powdered sugar, we realized we were out.

It was time to improvise!

We had just unpacked all my pretty plates and china dishes to fill Grandma’s China hutch. So I pulled out my beautiful star plates. We put a brownie in each one and covered it with a big dollop of whipped cream (the snow).

Arranged together, the snow cake made a pretty presentation and received rave reviews from my children.

This is one special snow cake, it was an old tradition carried to our new home.

Buddy’s 7th Birthday Cake

My baby turned 7 yesterday. Made me feel a little old, but also more wise and experienced. I sat down and figured out that his birthday cake was the 54th one that I created. I learned a few things along the way, like the more involved the birthday child is, the more they will love their cake. I also learned that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that even if my cake will never grace the cover of Better Homes and Gardens, it will make a child feel special and that’s what’s most important. And above all else, make sure it tastes great! Over the years we’ve designed some very unique cake creations, and this year was no exception. Together, Buddy and I designed an amazing Race Track Cake, complete with a NASCAR race in the chocolate oval with a TV satellite truck, ambulance and wrecker on the side lines! We made a simple chocolate sheet cake brownie, frosted it with Cool Whip (my other birthday secret! It saves time and tastes great!), then outlined the track in M&M’s before filling it with a crushed Hershey bar. The outfield grass was just green sugar sprinkles. All of the cars came from his Matchbox Cars collection. He was so proud of that cake! And it tasted great, too!

Cookie Sheet Chocolate Brownies:

Combine 1 stick margarine, 1 cup water, 1/4 c. cocoa and 1/2 c. cooking oil in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Pour over 2 c. flour, 2 c. sugar, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Add 1/2c. buttermilk, 2 eggs, 1 tsp. soda, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Blend and pour into greased cookie sheet and bake 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees.

Enjoy!

Killer Brownie Alert!

I just got back from 4H a few minutes ago. Tonight was the night of my children’s favorite meeting all year, the Pizza Party and the Installation of New Officers.

Normally we eat quite healthy at 4H meetings, crackers and cheese, fruit, veggies and dip, or sandwiches. But once a year, on the night we install the new officers for the year, the club celebrates with a Pizza Party.

One of the leaders picked up several pizza’s from Casey’s and whipped up a batch of brownies. Now, on the surface, these brownies looked like your regular, run-of-the mill straight from the box brownies.

But inside, they were hiding a secret that transformed them from the normal into Killer Brownies. These delicious chunks of chocolate goodness were filled with Nestle’s Raspberry Swirl Chips.

Each bite provided a chocolate berry taste that would Kill any diet, fast! All she did was sprinkle the chips on the brownie dough before she baked it and wow! did it pack a punch! It might be worth it to start a diet just so I can kill it with a panful of those treats!

I bet those chips would be also be great melted into my Special Sister Chocolate Pie, or added to my favorite hot fudge sauce and poured over ice cream, or mixed into my truffles or fudge at Christmas. I think I have a new staple for my chocolate cupboard. I will definitely be adding this one to my grocery list!