My mom celebrated her birthday on Monday, so we had her over for some cake and showered her with birthday gifts!
Here she is with her gift from Henry. I helped him pick it out. ;o) He looks very pleased with my decision though!
Great-Grandma and Jack watched from the chair:
Here's mom with the bottoms to the jammies that hubby and I bought her. My mom lives in jammies when she's home, and it's hilarious, because she is so particular about them. They have to be two pieces, and those two pieces have to coordinate. She would not be caught in a red top with purple bottoms. Me? I wear whatever I grab first. Her? Not so much! You can see the coordinating tank top over her knee there. She loved them!
Here is the (combined) recipe I used:
1 (20 ounce) package chocolate sandwich cookies
1/2 cup butter
Crush cookies into bite size pieces. Reserve 1 cup for top. Melt butter and mix with rest of cookies. Press into 9x13 pan.
8 oz. Cream Cheese, at room temp
1 cup Powdered Sugar
Beat these together in a bowl.
3 cups Heavy Cream
3/4 cup Sugar
Whip these together until it forms stiff peaks.
2 - 3.4 oz packages Chocolate Fudge Instant Pudding Mix
3 cups Milk
Prepare pudding according to package directions using the 3 cups of milk. Fold 1 cup of whipped cream into cream cheese mix and spread over crust. Spread the pudding over that layer, and cover the whole thing with the rest of the whipped cream. Sprinkle the top with the reserved crushed Oreos. Chill overnight.
I have to tell you, it is NOT like me to go through this much effort for a recipe. I am the kind of person who will usually only try recipes if they include 3 or less ingredients and 2 steps. I found the Cool Whip variation of this recipe on allrecipes.com, and there was a day when I would have just made that.... but now I know why people go through the extra effort. If my mother's words ever came back to me, it was while tasting this recipe because it's totally true: you get out of it, what you put into it. Although I'm sure it's much easier, I'd lay money on the fact that the Cool Whip version doesn't taste nearly as good as this does!
If you decide to try it, leave a comment here and let me know how you liked it!