Whenever I ask the question, what would you like me to make for dessert? The answer from nearly everyone in my home is DIRT CAKE!

Five of my six children are still young enough that they can bring in a birthday snack to school. My one son always requests dirt cake to be brought in on his special day. Being that I love to cook and bake and make a big deal about birthdays, I oblige.

To me, making a big deal about birthdays isn’t about lots of gifts. Rather, it’s about making your child feel special. Counting down to their special day, making their favorite dinner on their birthday, getting up extra early and making a special breakfast, leaving a small gift by their bed to be found when the wake up, etc…  It’s the time you spend with your kids and the rituals you create and do over and over again that they remember.

Think back to when you were a kid, do you remember every gift?  Or do you remember how your birthday was celebrated?

 … Back to the recipe. Here it is. Try it. You’ll love it!!!

 1 package of Oreos (Use double stuff if you like the cream better than the cookie)

8 oz of cream cheese (sub ff – tastes the same mixed up)

2 small pkgs of vanilla instant pudding

2 8 oz cartons of Cool Whip (thawed)

1 cup powdered sugar

3 cups of milk

Crush the Oreos (I put them in my Cuisinart. You can also put them in a sturdy Ziploc and crush with your rolling pin).  Set aside.

Mix Cool Whip, cream cheese and powdered sugar in a bowl.  Mix pudding and 3 cups milk in another bowl.  Stir till pudding mix is dissolved and thickening up. Pour pudding mixture in cool whip mixture and mix together well.

Stir 2/3 of crushed Oreos into the mixture. Put remaining  1/3 on top. Best to let stand in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. You can decorate with gummy worms or artificial flowers. Makes a great dessert centerpiece when served in a real (clean) flower pot and served with a small shovel. Great at wedding and baby showers and outdoor picnics.

Also, a great blended family recipe. Just like blended families, these ingredients are all blended together but many of them retain their original flavor. It’s lumpy but tastes delicious.

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