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Friday, April 21, 2017

Dirt Pudding for Earth Day or Any Day


     Tomorrow is Earth Day! Hooray!  I have worked in the environmental industry in one way or another for almost a dozen years. (Uff! How did that happen?!)  So I feel like I have a little bit to say on the matter.  But I tend to shy away from political matters here on the blog.  To be honest, I am not sure how taking care of the one earth that we have is political.  But then I suppose everything is anymore.  So I will tread lightly and stick to the basics.


     So we'll skim over what we all learned in grade school. If nothing else I think we can all use to consume a little less.  We can bring a fabric bag to the store rather than get a plastic one.  We can use reusable water bottles.  Our brown bag lunches can be in reusable bags instead with reusable containers.  We can all recycle.  There is no need to be putting items in the landfill that can have a new life as something else.


   Of course that is all low hanging fruit, but I figured telling you not to hose dry cleaning chemicals down the floor drain wouldn't apply to most of you. ;-) Besides if we all take just a few small steps in the right direction we can make a big change for the earth as a whole.

   Do you do anything to celebrate Earth Day?  I think we will spend the day getting our garden ready for planting.  I have also seen some really cute crafts on Pinterest.  Maybe little dude and I will have to try to do one of those.  What we should definitely do is celebrate with some dirt pudding!


   It is funny, because it had been years since we had dirt pudding last.  Then my sister requested it for her birthday this year.  Then we made single serve jars of dirt pudding for her wedding along with all sorts of other treats.  Then I just couldn't help but to make it again for our Easter party.  I thought it would be fun studded with carrots.  I actually made a double batch.  One batch went into a trifle bowl and the other went into jars.  That way some were easy grab and go treats, so everyone could get back out to the egg hunt.  But if people wanted just a little scoop (I don't get it either!), they were able to take as much or as little as they wanted.  We didn't have much left.  I think it is because it has such fond childhood memories for so many.  Of course you could go full retro on it and add the gummy worms, but chocolate carrots were a fun change of pace!

Dirt Pudding

Ingredients:

2 packages instant vanilla pudding
3 cups milk
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
8 oz whipped topping
1 package Oreos, crushed

  1. Mix together pudding mix and cold milk.  Chill while preparing the rest.
  2. Cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth.  Add the powdered sugar and mix until combined.  Stir in the pudding mixture and then the whipped topping.
  3. Layer 1/3 of the crushed Oreos in a trifle dish, 9x13 pan or a bunch of single serve containers. Top with 1/2 of the pudding mixture.  Layer with more Oreos, pudding and then the rest of the Oreos. 
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve. 
Shared at Meal Plan Monday

8 comments:

  1. I LOVE Dirt Pudding and the individuals are so so cute in the mason jars. One time when I made it, I used small garden tools to scoop it. What a sweet Springtime treat by the sweetest darling lady!!! Happy weekend love!

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    1. That would be so fun, Andrea! We hadn't had dirt pudding in quite some time and now we've had it 3 or 4 times in the past 6 months. I think it's making a comeback!

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  2. Hi Carlee, I have missed reading your blog! It doesn't take much for us all to do our bit for the planet, lots of littles make a lot!

    I do love the sound of dirt pudding and it's certainly not something I have ever come across before! I'd have to put gummy worms in, just to see the look on peoples faces when they pull one out.

    xx

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    1. I've missed you too! It really doesn't take much, if we all just make a few small changes it really could make a big difference. We grew up with the gummy worms as decoration which was always fun. My mom used to make something similar with vanilla cookies and served it in a clean sand bucket with a sand shovel too. I need to do that sometime!

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  3. These are so cute! Perfect for the kiddos. I agree with you about the Earth- how is it political? If there's no place for us to live, no food for us to eat, then all the other issues are completely mute. It's been years for me too since I've had dirt pudding, but I think I'm having a craving now :-)

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    1. I agree completely, hopefully one of these days we'll get it straight! I hadn't had it in a while either, but now I'm hooked again!

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  4. I have to make this the next time my nephew is back in the states! He would have fun with it!
    Working for a waste/recycling company, we could really get into a discussion about producing less waste! And, it's sooo easy to do once you become aware of what you are bringing home from the stores! And reuse what you can! Like those egg cartons... give them to someone you know who raises chickens :) Easy place to start!

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    1. Ha! I'm sure between the two of us we'd have plenty of stories. And we always save those egg cartons in hopes they come back full again ;-)

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