Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sweet Dreams Cake

My husband was watching television last night and gasped that he saw a Valentine's Day ad for a jewelry store.  "I can't believe it", he exclaimed.  "Valentine's Day ads already?", he said in amazement.  I looked at him in shock...I told him that Valentine's ads have been running for over a month now...where have you been?

I have never been a strong component of Valentine's Day.  As a "Grown Up", I believe that you should show your love to those around you all year long...not just make the extra effort one day out of the year.

As a teen in high school, I dreaded Valentine's Day during the school week.  It felt like every other girl was getting a "candy gram", flowers, teddy bears with a heart on its belly, balloon bouquets and the ever popular Russell Stover velvet covered box of chocolates from their boyfriends.  They could barely walk down the hall as their overflowing arms are weighed down with the menagerie of gifts.  (I'm guessing that any therapist would probably tell me this is the reason I am not a fan of the annual love day).

Fast forward and now I have teenage girls in high school.  They have already expressed that they are dreading Valentine's Day this year because of all the couple's gifts exchanges that will soon be taking place in their school's halls...and that breaks my heart, because I know exactly what they are going through.

We will make a conscience effort that my husband and I have stuffed bears with hearts on them and special boxes of chocolates to give the girls this year.  I know it's not the same as a boyfriend giving it to them...but a thoughtful gift of chocolate always helps a girl feel a little better, even if it's from her daddy.

My only advice is, don't worry girls, one day your Prince Charming will walk down those halls, into your life...until then...Sweet Dreams.

Sweet Dreams Cake

Red Velvet Dry Cake Mix 
(eggs, canola oil and water, as per cake mix instructions)
(2) 3.4 oz. packages Jell-O White Chocolate  flavored Instant Pudding 
4 cups cold milk
8 oz. Cool Whip whipped topping
Hershey's mini chocolate coated candies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare cake mix according to the directions on package and bake in a 9" x 13" pan until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cake cool completely. Then using the end of a wooden or plastic spoon, poke several holes all over the cake.

Whisk together the pudding and the milk, then pour over the cake, making sure to fill the holes.

Refrigerate the cake for about 10-15 minutes, until pudding has set.

Spread the whipped topping evenly over the top and then sprinkle with the mini candies.

Store covered in refrigerator.

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