We got a little bit of snow over the weekend. Not much by even my estimation but it WAS snow! We are expecting some more over the next couple of days. The fun part of it is that it has melted pretty quickly and hasn't been affecting traffic or travel. Yet.
It is supposed to be below freezing all week but I'm hoping for more sunny days than cloudy one. In the morning we are supposed to wake up to 9 degrees. That, my friends, is cold! Even by most of your standards! Not that I've gotten out and gone anywhere but hey...ya never know.
Mrs M and Bud have been babysitting their "grand=dogs" for the past week. Thank goodness they are well behaved. So for a few days there we had 3 large and 1 small dog(s) in the house. Interesting and at times pretty entertaining. The fur-babies almost outnumbered the people around here for awhile. They are back home now and things are pretty much back to normal. Holly did teach BB how to knock on the door while she was here visiting. So now when the "ex-con" wants back in the house after breaking parole (yet again) she just knocks before entering! She has been jumping the fence again and I'm pretty sure from the size of her tummy that she has found a new "people" friend. Dang if that dog is not getting FAT!
Last week Mrs M was asking Mars what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday. He mumbled something which sounded kind of like he was saying that it didn't really matter. Well, since he was mumbling and might have said he didn't care,I put my interpretation skills to work . What it sounded like to me just might have been chocolate cake. OK so as far as anyone could tell he wanted chocolate. The more chocolate the better. Oozing chocolaty gooey cake. Well, it just so happens that Mrs M remembered she had an old recipe that would work great. So out came the books and the search was on for the chocolate cake that wonderful dreams are made of. She finally found what she was looking for online at About.com under a heading of Southern Food. LOL we southerners sure do know our chocolate!! And since there wasn't any of it left by lunchtime the next day, I am pleased to say we found what can certainly be called A WINNER!!!
CHOCOLATE PUDDING CAKE
1 cup flour
3/4 cup granulated Sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 3/4 cups boiling water
Heat oven to 350 degrees.In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, 3 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder and salt. With a fork, mix in milk, oil and vanilla. Spread the batter evenly in a lightly b uttered 9" square baking pan. Combine brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa; sprinkle over the batter. Slowly pour boiling hot water over the batter and brown sugar-cocoa mixture. Bake chocolate pudding cake for 40 minutes. Let chocolate pudding cake stand for 5 minutes. Spoon into dessert dishes or cut into squares. Top chocolate pudding with ice cream or whipped topping.
The last sentence is VERY important!! Of course that is just my opinion, but if you are going to have some of this decadent chocolaty goodness you really don't want to forget the ice cream!
~~~ Hey ... I'm Just Sayin' ... ~~~