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    Caterpillar Cake


    1 cake mix (any flavor)
    Vanilla icing
    Green food coloring
    Candy to decorate
    Tube of pink, yellow decorating frosting (Betty Crocker)

    • Make cake according to directions on the box in a bundt pan.
    • After cake cools, cut cake in half and put in an s shape.
    • Mix green food coloring in the vanilla frosting. (I used a whole little bottle of food coloring in one can of frosting).
    • Spread frosting on cake.
    • Decorate with candy. I used red licorice for the antennaes and chocolate chips for the eyes.

    [Editor's note: Use red frosting for the head segment to make it look like Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar.]



    Mini oreos
    Vanilla frosting
    Red food coloring
    Tube of Chocolate decorating frosting (Betty Crocker)

    • Mix red food coloring into the vanilla frosting until it is the color desired.
    • Put in microwave for about a minute.
    • Dip the mini oreo in the frosting 3/4's of the cookie. Rock the oreo from side to side until covered.
    • Put a stripe in the middle of the red frosting and two dots on either side with the chocolate decoraters frosting.
    • I put mine in the freezer to let harden.


    from: Kelli Wilson

    Mrs. Ferguson's Snickerdoodles

    (This recipe makes 3-4 dozen cookies.)

    Cookie Ingredients

    2 cups all-purpose
    1 cups sugar
    1 cup real butter
    2 eggs
    2 teaspoons cream of tartar
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    teaspoon salt

    Sugar-Cinnamon Ingredients

    3 TABLESPOONS sugar
    1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    (stir this together in a small bowl)

    Cookie Ingredients Sugar-Cinnamon Ingredients

    Utensils Needed

    1 large mixing bowl
    large spoon for mixing
    1 medium mixing bowl
    measuring spoons
    measuring cups
    ungreased cookie pans
    cooling racks
    kitchen timer

    This is what you do:
    Make sure an adult is around when you bake these!!!
    Wash your hands with soap,
    And if you have long hair, tie it back.

    Preheat oven to 400. In large mixing bowl, cream the butter, then add the sugar and cream again till mixture is nice and smooth. Put the eggs in a little cup and beat with a fork, then add to the creamed stuff in the bowl, then add the vanilla, and cream again. Using a fork, stir the cream of tartar, baking soda and salt together in the medium bowl, then add it to the creamed mixture about one cup at a time, and mix it well.

    Take a hunk of cookie dough, roll it between your palms till it's about the size of a large marble, then roll it in the sugar-cinnamon mixture and put it on the cookie pan. (Place the cookies about 2" apart.)

    Bake at 400 for 8-10 min. till edges of cookies are just lightly browned.

    Let cookies sit on the pan for a few minutes, then remove to cooling racks.

    Try hard not to eat too many before you bake up all the dough.

    Be sure to wash up everything that needs it, and wipe off the counter, too.

    These cookies are GREAT for dunking in a cold glass of milk, or (in the winter) a cup of hot chocolate.



    Dirt pudding

    from Clay Robinson, Ph.D., CPSSc (alias Dr. Dirt)
    Associate Professor of Soils, West Texas A&M University

    Basic Recipe

    3½ cups cold milk
    2 pkgs. (4 serving size) JELL-O® Instant Pudding
    1 tub (12 oz) COOL WHIP® Whipped Topping, thawed
    1 pkg. (16 oz.) Chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed

    HINT: Crush cookies in zipper-style plastic bag with rolling pin or in food processor.

    • MAKE pudding as directed on package using 3½ cups milk; let stand 5 minutes.
    • STIR 3 cups of the whipped topping and ½ of the crushed cookies into the Jello OR alternate layers of crushed cookies and Jello/whipped topping.
    • SPOON into 13" x 9" dish. Sprinkle with remaining crushed cookies. Refrigerate 1 hour.

    Robinson's modifications:

    Use a glass bowl to allow the profile characteristics to show.

    Use a variety of food items to get different colored layers (horizons):

    • crushed vanilla sandwich cookies
    • crushed vanilla wafers,
    • crushed graham crackers
    • Grape-Nuts

    Use coconut mixed with green food coloring for grass.

    Put the pudding mixture in the center and the dry ingredients around the outside. I often make one for eating and one for display. The display versions are drier.

    Use raisins, chocolate chips, etc. for rock outcrops. Gummy worms, frogs, etc. add animal life. Some will put a flower in the top.

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    Gazette Recipes:

    • AUGUST 2003
      Pyramid Kabob
      Pizzas on English Muffins
      Ants on a Log
      Seed Balls
      Fruit Leather
    • JUNE 2003
      Uncooked Chocolate Cookies
    • MAY 2003
      Caterpillar Cake
      Mrs. Ferguson's Snickerdoodles
      Dirt pudding
    • MARCH 2003
      Banana Fritters
      Arachnid (Spider) Cookies
    • FEBRUARY 2003
      Hot Dog Stir-Fry
      Recipes for Bread in a Bag
    • JANUARY 2003
      Tutti Frutti Playdough
      Snowman Soup
      Edible Glacier
      Ice Cube Painting
    • DECEMBER 2002
      Two Cinnamon Applesauce Dough Ornaments
      Gingerbread Playdough
      Rudolph Sandwiches
    • NOVEMBER 2002
      Pumpkin Pancakes
      Pumpkin Pie an a Cup
      Cranberry Salad
      "Mystery" Food
    • OCTOBER 2002
      Bat Wing Stew
      Magic Chalk
      Making Butter
    • SEPTEMBER 2002
      Sidewalk Chalk
      Magical Milk Colors
      Bubble Soap
      Heathly Seed Balls
      Easy Ice Cream Recipes
    • AUGUST 2002
      Piglets in a Blanket
      Coconut Bread From Barbados
      Beach in a Bag Snack
    • JULY 2002
      Ice Cream in a Bag
      No-Cook Play Dough Recipes
      Insect Theme Recipes
      Edible Insects
    • JUNE 2002
      Butterfly Sandwich
    • MAY 2002
      Swimmy Snack
      Edible Bird Nests
      Mother's Tea
    • APRIL 2002
      April Showers Bring...Skittles Rainbows!
      Dental Health Activity and Recipe
    • MARCH 2002
      Green Mashed Potatoes
      Magic Green Powder
    • FEBRUARY 2002
      Graham Cracker Flag
      Pretzel Stick Snow People
      Groundhog's Day Cupcakes
      Cherry Turnovers For President's Day
      Valentine Kisses
    • JANUARY 2002
      Tortilla Snowflakes
      Finger Paint
      Sticky Toffee
    • DECEMBER 2001
      Creative Play Clay
      Sand & Cornstarch Modeling Dough

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