The sound of Sunday morning around my childhood home was filing-metal sound of Mom's spoon in the saucepan, stirring the jello until the ice cubes melted.
By dinner time, a meatloaf showed up on the table, paired with some Rice-A-Roni, some peas, and that jello, and she considered her duty fulfilled.
But Sundays require dessert, no?
Mama didn't trouble herself with a lot of cooking experiments when it came to family meals. (Which doesn't meant she wasn't adventurous. There was her cake-decorating phase, her wedding-mint phase, her sugar-Easter-eggs phase, her goose-eggs-with-birds-and-bunnies-tableau-inside phase.) But sometimes, you don't need much to keep your sweet tooth sweet. A little of this:
In my case, make it Cool Whip. Unlike my mom, I don't have cows and a steady supply of cream just begging to be eaten up.
You can put your whipped creamy stuff on:
Or, put it on:
JELL-O CHOCOLATE PUDDING CAKE
1 pkg. (4-serving size) jello chocolate instant pudding and pie filling mix
1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
1 cup water
1/4 cup oil
Blend all ingredients in large mixer bowl; then beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Bake in greased and floured 10-inch tube pan at 350' for 55 to 60 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly pressed. Cool in pan 15 minutes; remove from pan. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar (1 TB). Makes 16 servings at 225 calories each. Not counting what you put on top of it all.
You don't suppose there's some unwitting theme here between Cool Whip and the book I'm about to hawk to you, a book about finding oil? According to OrganicAuthority, "You don't even want to know what's in Cool Whip!" Eat enough of its ingredients, they say, and you could end up with autism, prostate cancer (if you have a prostate), and lab rat tumors.
Their solution? "The real stuff: Homemade Vegan Whipped Cream."
Now, that's something I don't want to know about.
But yes, I'm reading Bryan Burrough's Big Rich and loving the tales of the four Texas men who struck oil bigtime.
There was the Sunday that the future tycoon felt sure his well would come in, so he, the wife and the little kids trooped out to the salt dome, still in their church clothes. The drillers drilled. They struck. And they all danced as the black goo gushed toward the sky and rained back down on them. What the heck? We're rich! We'll buy more Sunday clothes!
Then there are the boom towns, where maybe 5,000 people scratch at the earth to grow a little cotton. Then somebody finds the oil and the population swells up to 50,000, with prospectors, gamblers, prostitutes (Burrough always mentions the prostitutes) tripping all over each other. Naturally, there are not enough houses to put them in. There are not enough hotel rooms. There are not enough tents. Some people end up renting barber chairs for the night.
I haven't gotten far in Big Rich, but if the rest of the book is as good as these first chapters, floors just might not get mopped this week. Dinners might not get cooked. Towels may not get folded. Bills may not get paid.
Oh, wait, I'd better not skip the bills. Just because I'm reading about people with no money cares doesn't mean I'm one of them.