Monday, February 11, 2013

Easy Eclair Dessert

Something very important happened while I was recovering from surgery.

My friends went from amazing, to all caps, double exclamation point AMAZING!!

They brought me flowers, cards and food. Oh so much food! I didn't have to cook for weeks. They were scared to make me desserts though... hmm... I wonder why? Because I couldn't eat them? Was I allergic to sweets? Was I gaining weight?! 

No, no and no, well maybe that last one.
They didn't want to make sweets for the one who always makes them sweets. Silliness I tell you.

However, a teacher from my son's school decided to brave a dessert. My family raved about it for days. It is so simple so I thought I would share it with you.

Not the best of pictures, we ate it too fast!

Eclair Cake
2 (3.4 oz) or 1 Large packages vanilla instant pudding mix (dry)
1 tsp vanilla
3-1/2 cups whole milk
12 oz. cool whip
1 box of graham crackers

1 container of chocolate frosting and a bit of milk

Oh yeah, it's that easy. Next time I will try everything homemade, but for now, enjoy the easy.

Blend milk and vanilla pudding mix for about 2 minutes.
Fold in cool whip.
In a 9x13 inch pan, layer graham crackers to cover entire bottom of pan. 

Pour half of the pudding mixture on top of graham crackers and level.
Put another layer of graham crackers on top of mixture to cover entire surface.
Put the second half of pudding mixture on top and level.

Put the final layer of graham crackers on top to cover entire surface. Next time I will probably put the bumpy side down. I did get a little insane about covering this layer tightly. I knew I would be spreading frosting on top.

Put your frosting in a seperate bowl and mix a few tsp of milk in to smooth it. Mix with a spoon, adding milk until it reaches the consistency you need to spread it on top of the last layer of graham crackers.

There, all nice and frosted. Place in the refridgerater overnight or for at least 4+ hours to set.

I told you... super easy.

Thanks friends for all the love you sent me during my recovery.
One of the best moments ever was when my husband brought me handmade cards from my son's Kindergarten class.

Sipping hospital coffee, reading the Kindergarten cards... so sweet.

Baking from my heart to your kitchen,

Friday, February 1, 2013

Candy Cakes

Where have I been?! 
I mean seriously! How long has it been since I blogged last?
I don't even know.

My excuse? Birthdays... Christmas... Parties... New Years.... Surgery.
Yes, surgery is my latest excuse. 

I took a break for a while to spend time with my family during the busy holiday season and then the surgery put me down for a few weeks.

I did manage to photograph a few things before I went MIA.

Candy Cakes! Yes! Cakes with candy in them, on them, around them.
Takes cake to a whole new level.

This one I did for New Years.
Super Yummy.

It all started with this cake for my son's birthday.
I didn't get a great picture, but it was so delicious I had to make it again.
My son's birthday was on Christmas by the way.
Fun, fun!

In case you were wondering it takes 5 king size Kit Kat bars to surround the whole cake.

The inside was yellow cake with fudge frosting.
It went SO well with the Kit Kats. 
I want a slice of this cake now.

Just make sure you watch your M&M's when making this cake.

One last cake with candy.
Chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting.
With Reese's cups in the middle and on top.
One word, Yum.

I will try not to stay away too long again. I know how much you missed me.
At least in my world you missed me greatly, there may have even been tears.

You all are so great!

Baking from my heart to your kitchen,