Enjoy the Dirt (Cake!) – #ETHANProject

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I’m a little late on this post, but here it comes, nevertheless! Just because I fell a bit behind this week doesn’t mean I can’t catch up! This week’s ETHANProject Challenge is to enjoy the dirt! Just in case you haven’t heard of the ETHANProject before, you can read about it hereEnjoy the Dirt ETHANProjectI was trying to think what we could do with dirt and then it hit me – dirt cake! I have a lot of fond memories of dirt cake from my childhood – like my friends’ who had dirt cake and sand cake at their birthday parties and then their mom would let us eat some for breakfast too. I realized I had never introduced Dominic to this concept, so that was what I decided to do! We used this recipe only with half the whipped cream, because I thought I had more in my freezer than I actually did (oops – does this ever happen to you?) It could definitely use more Oreos though! Maybe they’ve made the packages smaller. Or maybe the spring Oreos that I picked did have less, even though I didn’t think they did. I tried my hand at creativity and spelled dirt with the Oreos, haha! Can you see it? I wanted to add gummy worms, but forgot to pick some up and somehow, I felt gummy fish just would not be the right fit for a dirt cake.

Dirt Cake What ways can you think of to enjoy the dirt? I’m really glad to have been able to introduce Dominic to something that I have such fond memories of in childhood. He really enjoyed it, as evidence by the many times he has since asked me for it! What’s not to love about dirt cake though? Do you have any desserts from childhood that really stick out to you as your favorites? I’ll see you back next week for the next ETHANProject challenge!

ETHANProject Enjoy the Dirt

 

Blueberry Delight Dessert!

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blueberry, dessert, no chocolate dessert

 

Okay, so food photographer I am probably not. And I probably never will be. But I never necessarily claimed to take good picture in the first place, so I guess that’s okay.

Above you see one blueberry delight dessert. This recipe, which sounded easy on paper, was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be. Apparently spreading the graham cracker mixture and the cream cheese part was hard to spread too. It also wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but it was really sweet – like almost overpowering. I couldn’t finish one whole piece. Just really rich and I guess I wasn’t expecting that? And I don’t know if the time in the fridge amplified the sweetness or what it was. I’d probably give it a 3 or a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I’m hoping to take the rest to church tomorrow. Hopefully people will have a sweeter tooth than I do 😉

This recipe came from Favorite Eastern Star Recipes: Olde Family Favorites, Including Menus. This is  an old cookbook; when my great-uncle moved into a nursing home, he let his family go in and take the things that they wanted from his house. I ended up taking various things – including all my great aunt’s old cookbooks. We’ve found some gems in there and we’ve found some flops, but that’s like any cookbook. Anyways, I will leave you with the recipe for this dessert, in case you want to make it or in case you know how to make it less sweet.

Blueberry Dessert Delight
Favorite Eastern Star Recipes: Olde Family Favorites, Including Menus
Rosalee Wade, WM -Royal OES, Chap. No. 98, Clear Lake, WI

1 cup graham cracker crumbs (I found this to be roughly 6 graham crackers)
1 stick butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
8-oz. cream cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
1 can blueberry pie filling
Whipped cream (optional)

Mix crumbs, butter and 1/2 cup sugar; press into a 9×13-inch pan (easier said than done). Combine eggs, remaining sugar and cream cheese; pour over crumbs. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool. Cover with blueberry pie filling mixed with lemon juice; top with whipped cream. Yield: 15 servings.

Hope you enjoy!

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