The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2009-03-29

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Etsy featured seller - Akane

How much fun is I like selling and buying!

I had a fun morning at the bookstore reading magazines and indulging in my never ending quest for the perfect organizer/calender/planner... This morning I checked out Moleskine.

But before that I found a new magazine that I liked so much I bought it - Artful Blogging. Very interesting, very artistic... Its a bit heavier on featuring already artful bloggers than it is on furnishing ideas on how to become one... but I liked it.

And I very much enjoyed my bookstore coffee in the Coffee snuggly that I bought at akane's etsy shop.. Although I think she calls it a java jacket...

(ps - she also made the fab fob strap for my keys.)

Fun morning @ the book store


Bran is the new black....

I'm not going to discuss it. Anything I say would fall under the catagory of TMI


it's really




Thank you.


April Fool's Day Cake

So.... okay.... It's a dessert served in a litter pan...with a scoop.

I've made it a few times. Two birthdays and one April Fools Day Party... Surprisingly the kids look as horrified as the adults but eventually every takes a scoop. Or three....

In case you have an odd sense of humor here is the recipe -- including what I did that was a bit different.

1 spice or German chocolate cake mix
1 white cake mix
1 large pkg vanilla instant pudding mix
1 pkg vanilla sandwich cookies
Green food coloring
12 small Tootsie Rolls
1 new (and definitely unused) kitty litter pan
1 new plastic kitty litter pan liner
1 new Pooper Scooper

Prepare cake mixes and bake according to directions (any size pans).

Prepare pudding mix and chill until ready to assemble.

Crumble white sandwich cookies in small batches in food processor, scraping often. Set aside all but about 1/4 cup.

To the 1/4 cup cookie crumbs, add a few drops green food coloring and mix using a fork or shake in a jar.

When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble into a large bowl. Toss with half the remaining white cookie crumbs and the chilled pudding. (Mix in just enough of the pudding to moisten it. You don't want it soggy. Combine gently).

Line new, clean kitty litter box.

Put mixture into litter box.

Put three unwrapped Tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until soft and pliable.

Shape ends so they are no longer blunt, curving slightly. Repeat with 3 more Tootsie rolls and bury in mixture.

Sprinkle the other half of cookie crumbs over top.

Scatter the green cookie crumbs lightly over the top. (This is supposed to look like the chlorophyll in kitty litter.)

Heat 3 Tootsie Rolls in the microwave until almost melted.

Scrape them on top of the cake; sprinkle with cookie crumbs.

Spread remaining Tootsie Rolls over the top; take one and heat until pliable, hang it over the side of the kitty litter box, sprinkling it lightly with cookie crumbs.

Place the box on a newspaper and sprinkle a few of the cookie crumbs around.

Serve with a new pooper scooper.

In my experience with doing the recipe:

1. I used German chocolate cake mix and while it was YUMMY I found the color and look of the cake too dark. German chocolate cake mixes used to be a lighter color but no more... If I could have found spice cake mix (I couldn't) I might have used that, it would have had a much more 'sandy', litter-ish look. Another option might be a white cake mix and some food coloring -- the professional stuff.

2. Pre- made pudding is easiest and the less pudding the better. I made this cake at home and brought it someplace. Kept everything in baggies and assembled it in the litter box when I got there. It works best if assembled right before eating because the pudding will make it soggy if it sits too long.

3. You can't have too many tootsie rolls. Surprisingly. The recipe doesn't call for nearly enough!

kitty litter cake

Bon Appetite.


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Art - Sympony in the key of M

Symphony in the key of M

I adore this painting and simply can not part with it. I don't know what it is that makes one piece of art pull at my heartstrings so... While another I don't mind selling... It's a mystery.

This beauty is a an acrylic abstract on a 9 inch by 12 inch gallery wrapped canvas and I love her dearly. She hangs in my dining room beside my back door.


I look at her many times a day and smile. I suppose that is the way art should make you feel. Maybe it's the retro vibe? Perhaps its the colors? I really don't know... I only know that I never want to part with it...


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