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I’m currently living in a new city for my engineering internship.  I have my own kitchen, a bathroom all to myself AND plenty of free time to make things.

Things like…food?

It was hella hard taking photos of this stuff.

Four Layer Dessert, or Ghetto Chocolate Cream Pie

  • Layer One:  Le Crust

*1.5 cups of flour

*1/2 cup of butter

Melt ze butter (completely!) and stir in the flour; it’ll be thick and firm, like a dry pie crust dough.  Pat this crumbly mess into an ungreased 9″x13″ pan and bake for 10 minutes at 350F (176C).  This time may vary depending on your oven, so watch closely!  You want the crust to be very light, but slightly firm to the touch.  When it cools it should be slightly crumbly.

Let the crust cool completely.  Do not pass “Go” until this occurs.

  • Layer Two:  The Creamy Goo

*8 oz. room temperature cream cheese

*1 cup of confectioner’s sugar

*an 8 oz. container of Coo’ Whip

Use an electric mixer, preferably handheld and from the 80’s, to whip the cream cheese and sugar together.  Add in about half a container of Coo’ Whip, maybe more if you’re feeling frisky.  Spread this on top of the cooled crust.  Proceed to the next step;  don’t bother washing the equipment, there aren’t any hygienic concerns ’round these here parts.

  • Layer Three:  The proof of the pudding

*2 boxes of instant pudding (I used 1 chocolate and 1 vanilla, but I’d recommend using chocolate for both)

*3 cups of milk (any milk will work, I don’t care what you prefer)

Pour the milk into a large bowl.  Dump the pudding mixes on top of the milk and mix like crazy with the electric mixer.  The pudding will be slightly set, but pourable, after about two minutes.  Dump it on top of the cream cheese business and put it in the fridge, covered, for about six hours (or overnight) to make sure that sucker’s good and set.

Layer Four:  Coo’ Whip

*an 8 oz. container of Coo’ Whip

Spread some creamy goodness all over that pudding.  Spread it nice and thick.  Mmmmm.

I love this ‘recipe’ because you can do what you like to change it.  Don’t like chocolate?  Use butterscotch or cheesecake or banana pudding, or make some old-school homemade-stove-top pudding.  You’d rather use a graham cracka crust?  Be my guest, that sounds friggin delicious.  You like REAL whipped cream instead of Coo’ Whip? Go for it, I’ll try not to judge you.


Twice in one day?

Outrrrrrageous!  Scandalous!  Unprecedented!

The reason for this reappearance is to pull a little something out of my head, so it won’t hang around and bother me.


I saw this lovely photograph in Blue Planet1’s photostream on Flickr as a part of his Tiny Dancer set.  It makes me think of a little girl-almost woman watching herself in the mirror, weighing her talents and foibles in her garceful hands and judging the possiblities of her future based on the size of her waist, the way her hair falls against her neck, and the shape of her eyes. 

My sister is at that age right now.  When I was home from college during the winter break, I overheard her complaining about how fat her thighs are.  She’s in sixth grade, almost five feet in height, around 80 pounds, and she’s already convinced that her worth is proportional to her weight.  It’s frustrating to tell her how lovely she is and to be told that I’m wrong because I’m “stupid” and I “just don’t understand”.  I used to feel that way, and I sometimes have those moments now; they happen to everyone.  I just hope that she realizes, someday, just how beautiful she is.