Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mud Pie and Groucho Marx

Tuesday, and the homeschool co-op dominates my thoughts.

Mississippi Mud Pie (as the recipe should go)

2 graham cracker crusts

8 oz cream cheese, at room temp
3/4 c sugar
8 oz whipped topping (use the rest of the tub for garnish)

1 pkg. chocolate instant pudding mix
1 pkg. butterscotch instant pudding mix
3 c milk

Mix the cream cheese, sugar, and whipped topping, spread in the crusts.

Mix the milk and puddings, let them thicken a moment, spread on top of the cream cheese mix.

Garnish with the whipped topping that is left over and serve.

As the recipe will go:

Quent will yank the mixer from Logan, trying to compare Logan's hair color (light blond) to the cream cheese, meanwhile, Faith and Hannah will hand mix the cream cheese with the sugar.

I will try to get them to mix the puddings at this time so it will thicken a bit while we spread the cream cheese mix. No one will be able to find the measuring cup I pulled from the cabinet because Jason hid it.

We will get the pudding made, and they will fight over spreaders. More will end up on their fingers than in the pies.

I will give up and only let the girls spread the puddings, showing them how to make the tops look pretty.

We will try to garnish the pies, only to find the boys went ahead and snacked on the rest of the whipped topping.

They will eat it all anyway, in about 30 seconds, and leave me to wash the spoons.

It's not on the level of Groucho Marx (see today in history), but it is slapstick, right in the church kitchen.

Today is:

American Beer Day

Angam Day, Nauru

Big Bang Day

Crack-nut Night

Cranky Co-Worker's Day

Dias de los Muertos begin, Mexico

Day of Peace

Good Bear Day

Independence Day, Turkmenistan, St. Vincent

Naming Day, Zaire

National Day, The Grenadines

National Potato Day

National Tell A Story Day, Scotland and UK

Navy Day

St. Frumentius' Day (patron of Ethiopia)

Swamp Buggy Race Day

Sylvia Plath Day

Tunch Pudding Festival -- Fairy Calendar

Birthdays Today:

Jayne Kennedy, 1951
Carrie Snodgrass, 1946
John Cleese, 1939
Ruby Dee, 1924
Roy Lichtenstein, 1923
Nanette Babray, 1920
Dylan Thomas, 1914
Emily Post, 1872
Theodore Roosevelt, 1858
Niccolo Paganini, 1782
Captain James Cook, 1728
Erasmus, 1466

Today in History:

Constantine the Great is said to have received his Vision of the Cross, 312
Founding of the city of Amsterdam, 1275
Founding of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1682
US Navy forms, 1775
Federalist Papers begin to appear in NY newspapers, 1787
R.H. Macy & Co. opens its first store, on 6th Ave. in NYC, 1858
Boss Tweed is arrested, 1871
The first published reference to "jazz" appears, in Variety, 1916
Chuhei Numbu of Japan sets the long jump record at 26'2 1/2", 1931
"You Bet Your Life," with Groucho Marx, premiers on ABC radio, 1947 (Ultimate result of this a few years later is, of course, the funniest line ever on tv, when a man with 8 kids admitted to Mr. Marx that he did indeed love his wife, and Groucho countered with, "I love my cigar, too, but I take it out of my mouth sometimes!")


  1. Love your take on the mud pie.
    Now, I must find a way to properly commemmorate Potato Day.

  2. It doesn't sound like you would want a film crew in your kitchen for that undertaking!!!


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