Girls Night In

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Summer’s Last Gasp — Sand Pudding

on September 12, 2014

Temps dropped significantly this morning and some trees are already tinted orange and yellow, indicating fall has arrived. Sure, things might warm up here and there over the next month or so but, for all intents and purposes, summer 2014 has come to an end. Since it was slightly cooler than usual and included a week on North Carolina’s Outer Banks with my family and half a month in Colorado Springs with friends, I have fond memories of the last few months.

So, in memory of warmer days, I’ve decided to share this fun recipe for Sand Pudding. I recommend having a cold-weather beach party as on Ode to Summer and serving this. It’s like Dirt Pudding but, like Frank Sinatra, I did it my way.

In the meantime, you might want to keep your eyes open for on-sale beach buckets. I bought mine for a buck-fifty.

Step One:  Crush a package of vanilla wafers and three or four Oreos (for color texture) in a food processor. We didn’t have one so my friend, Denise, used a coffee grinder. It worked out just fine.

Step Two:  In a separate bowl, mix one large package of Oreo Cookies ’n Crème pudding with 2¾ cup milk:

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You’ll want to whisk it until it starts to thicken (about two minutes):

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Step Three:  (This is my favorite part!) Gently fold in a 12-ounce container of Cool Whip:

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(Is it just me or does that look like a bit of heaven on earth?)

Step Four:  Put a layer of “sand” in the bucket:

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Step Five:  Then a layer of pudding:

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Step Six:  And just keep layering, topping it off with sand:

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Step Seven:  Now all you have to do is make it pretty!

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The “official” recipe includes a mixture of cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar but I left that out when I realized I forgot to buy cream cheese. And what we ended up with was light, creamy and very tasty!

You can tell my friends and I enjoyed it by the satisfied smiles on our faces:

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Of course, you can’t have a beach party without a perfect Hawaiian song, like this one by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole:

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