Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Postal Service

 When my children were small there was not often any mail for them. I remembered wishing for mail when I was a child.

As a teenager I wrote letters. I sent them to family members and I had pen pals. Remember pen pals?

Pen pals were people you did not know but had regular correspondence with. Some might be from another country or a different part of your own country.

Letters were regularly sent and received. I loved getting mail from the box and seeing my name on it. I liked feeling important enough to receive mail.

When I had small children of my own I wanted them to feel that way too. By that time junk mail was an everyday thing. I discovered a way for the children to get mail too.

Junk mail was given to whichever child was nearest. If there were enough of the mails each child would have some. They felt special even if they were only being asked to purchase a cemetery plot.

These days most of my correspondence is on the computer. Email is faster than mailing a letter to a loved one. Most of my 'pen pals' are bloggers.

Of course I still receive some bills and notifications in the mail. Most of those are handled online too. 

My son and I share a mail box at the post office. Here in our small town there is no postal delivery. We have to pick it up at the post office.

My son gets most of the mail now. And he gleefully chuckles as he hands me the junk mail from the day.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Kitty Litter Cake

 Halloween is coming soon. It is a favorite time for me.

One year at work we decided to have a special lunch. each person signed to bring a specific dish. I decided to do desert that time.

I had a new recipe I wanted to try. I was for a kitty litter cake. It took a bit of time to prepare but it was so worth it.

Unfortunately it looked so real that no one, not one person, tried it. I took it home and my grandchildren loved it.

Try it.  It is fun. ( The recipe comes from


Here’s a list of what you need:

  • German chocolate cake mix plus ingredients listed on the package
  • White cake mix plus ingredients listed on the package
  • White Sandwich Cookies
  • Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Green food coloring
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • New kitty litter box
  • New kitty litter liner
  • New litter scoop
Ingredients for the Kitty Litter Cake.

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How to Make Kitty Litter Cake

  1. Prepare and bake cake mixes according to package directions.
  2. Cool cakes to room temperature.
  3. Prepare pudding mix and refrigerate until ready to assemble.
  4. Crumble white sandwich cookies in a blender or food processor.
  5. Place ¼ cup of the crumbled cookies in a bowl, add a few drops of green food coloring, and mix using a fork.
  6. Crumble cakes into a large bowl.
  7. Add half of the remaining white cookie crumbs to the cake crumbs.
  8. Add some of the pudding and gently toss to combine. Add more if needed for the mixture to be moist but not soggy.
  9. Line a new, clean kitty litter box.
  10. Put the cake mixture into the litter box.
  11. Decorate the cake with the green cookie crumbles and Tootsie rolls.

Kitty Litter Cake Decorations

Now you can be creative to make the accouterments for the cake:

  • You can color some coconut green to make some green crumbs to represent the deodorizing crystals that are in some kitty litters.
  • Use Tootsie rolls to represent what cats often leave behind when they visit the little box.
Kitty litter box cake with plastic scoop

Again, this recipe is in jest and is not for everyone. It’s a fun cake to bring to a party. A great cake for April Fool’s Day, Halloween, or cat birthday parties.