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Oreo Cake

I've been in a purging mood this spring and while going through a file of recipes recently I came across the recipe for this Oreo Cake and realized that I hadn't made it for many years. To remedy that situation I've made it twice this month. 🙂 I made it the first time for a church function and then made it again for our dessert on Mother's Day.

It's a very tasty cake and I find it easier to put together than a frosted layer cake. In the past I have made it with a cake mix but when I went to make it a few weeks ago I realized I did not have a chocolate cake mix so I made it using Hershey's Chocolate Cake.

Hershey's Chocolate Cake
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup butter flavored shortening
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 cup cocoa
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
dash salt
1 3/4 cup milk

Grease and flour two 9" round cake pans. Line with waxed paper and grease and flour that as well. Set aside. Cream butter, shortening, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy. Blend in eggs.
Sift together cocoa, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients alternately with the milk. Blend well and then portion into the two pans. Bake 30-35 minutes or until cakes test done. Cool in pans for 10 minutes and then turn out onto racks to cool.

Oreo Cake
2 layers of chocolate cake

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups of cool whip
12 oreos, crushed

Beat cream cheese and sugar until blended. Stir in Cool Whip and the the crushed cookies. Layer cake, filling, cake. Top with glaze.

Dream Glaze
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 Tbsps. butter
1 Tbsp. corn syrup

Melt butter in small saucepan then add chocolate chips and corn syrup and heat while stirring until chips melt completely. Spread gently on top of cake and then chill before serving. Keep refrigerated. This makes a very pretty and tasty cake.

Something different for supper

For some time now I have been eyeing the hard tostada shells when I pass through the Mexican food section at Aldi. I recently decided to purchase a package of them and we had tostados for supper one night this week.

There's not an actual recipe for this, I'll just tell you what I did.
I heated the shells in a 250 degree oven while I was heating a jar of pinto beans seasoned with some Johnny's seasoning. I then mashed the pintos with a potato masher. To eat the tostadas we layered them with pinto beans, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, and diced onions. They were messy to eat, but delicious. I will be making them again. I'm sure you could make this with cooked chicken or a ground beef mixture as well. It made a fairly quick, tasty meal.

Something new for breakfast

Spring is rapidly approaching and I've been trying to use up some of the fruit from the freezer. When I saw this recipe recently I thought it would be a good one to try. I had never eaten Chia seeds before, but have since seen quite a few variations of this recipe which utilize them.

Overnight Oats

1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla
about 1/3 cup all fruit jam (or sweetener of your choice)
1 cup dry oatmeal (I used instant oats)
2 Tbsps. chia seeds (I bought these at Aldi in the baking aisle)
about 1 1/2 cups chopped fruit
nuts, if desired

Combine yogurt, milk, vanilla, jam, oats, and seeds, then stir in fruit. I have made this using blueberries and blueberry fruit spread and strawberries with strawberry fruit spread. Aldi has a variety of these fruit spreads and I'm sure this would also work with regular jams or even maple syrup. Mix gently and then portion into jam jars or other containers of your choice. I usually get four full jars and a partial. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy the next morning.

This recipe is similar to Swiss Musli which was popular years ago. The "new" twist is the yogurt instead of cream and the chia seeds which are an added source of protein. Keep this in mind for a simple but tasty breakfast idea.

An announcement

It has been a great while since I have posted. Life has been busy for us for the last few months. Our daughter, Nora, had a very difficult pregnancy which resulted in home bed rest (briefly), hospital bed rest (for about a week), and then the early delivery of her baby seven weeks early.

Little Oliver James was born on January 27 and has been in the NICU since then. He is a strong little boy and has made significant progress in the two weeks since his birth. He is eating well and is off all tubes, etc. At the moment he has just one monitor. His mother was allowed to begin rooming in with him just yesterday and if he continues to do well he may come home very soon.

We are extremely grateful for answered prayer on his behalf and on behalf of our daughter, Nora. People have been very kind in providing food, gifts, and child care for his big sisters. The girls have not been allowed to meet him yet.

Here are two of my favorite pictures:

The first is to give a bit of perspective. He is next to a 20 oz. soda bottle.

Here he is without any tubes and with his eyes open.

We are praising the Lord for our seventh little grandchild.

Another September birthday

Our second September birthday belonged to little Renny who turned one year old on the 21st. We held the party at our house but Nora did most of the work. Our son in law, Topher has given her the nickname Renbird so Nora decided upon a bird theme.
Here are some pictures documenting the event:

Here she is wearing the little crown Nora made for her:


Here is part of the family at her party:


Here's the rest of the fam:


The food was also bird-themed. We had little individual spaghetti "nests" topped with tomato sauce and meatballs, bread sticks; aka "twigs", broccoli salad with sunflower seeds (little trees and seeds), and applesauce.

Nora made little bluebird cookies, cupcakes with a nest and eggs on top, and a birdcage cake for Renny to smash.


Here Della is anticipating the smackdown:


This is my favorite--Renny lowered her head down into the cake!


We all enjoyed celebrating this special day with her and are thankful for her good progress during this first year of life. She says quite a few words, is an accomplished cat chaser, eats nearly everything, and has ten teeth. She has more than tripled her birthweight and seems to have caught up from her early arrival.

She will not be the baby much longer since the family will be increasing with the advent of a little brother in the spring. We are looking forward to this event and will keep you posted. 🙂