SOLSC 17/31 2012 Baby Snakes and Cake

I am gearing up for the first cook-out of the season tonight. It’s the earliest I think we have ever had a cookout, because the actual season is winter, but as crazy as it is we are grilling hamburgers and hot dogs tonight. Mother's day is usually our first-not St. Patrick's Day. But sorry there will be no green beer, or eggs.
We will have about ten here- my bestest teacher buddies are coming, my kids are home, my mom will be here (yay pie!), and the sweet new additions to our group- son’s girlfriend and daughter’s boyfriend (even though that one is still a little hard to sayshe’s still my baby).
We will be having hamburgers, hot dogs, B’s potatoes (I hope), baked beans, a BIG garden salad, Hadley’s polka dot salad, and of course mom’s pies. If that doesn’t make you hungry I don’t know what will.
I tried to talk the son into sharing some of the crappie (that’s craw-pee for those of you unfisherman) he caught yesterday, but no such luck. He is saving them for his buddies, (or maybe his uncle).  I raised him well, he loves hosting a good cookout as much as I do.
My friends may be a little disappointed I am NOT making crock pot cake, but I think they will forgive me when they taste moms chocolate pie, but I have news for them the vanilla is all for me!
Right now hubby is out ridding the patio of dead leaves. We don’t have trees near our patio, but our neighbors leaves seem to gather there each year.
As I sit writing he calls from the open window to come out. I’ll bet there are new flowers he wants to show me. WRONG it is a SNAKE! A baby snake-but a SNAKE.
He tells me it is a copperhead (yes they are the poisonous kind), and wants to show me the way it will strike at him, and the shape of its head. He informs me it is on our patio because of the leaves that have gathered there.   
I tell him to kill it. And inform him I will NOT be going out to help him later. I will be heading to the neighbors with an AX.
I am sorry all my slicing/blogging buddies can’t join us for our cookout tonight. The way I cook there will be Plen-ty!
So to appease you I have decided to leave you my recipe for crock pot cake (my friends will be so jealous), and a picture of Mr. Dead Baby Snake (the only good kind of snake).
Keep your fingers crossed there are not any brothers or sisters out there, and that this is not my LAST cookout of the season.  

1 box devil’s food cake mix
8 oz sour cream
1 pkg instant chocolate pudding
1 cup chocolate chips
4 eggs
3/4 cup oil
1 cup water
Mix all ingredients together. Pour into crock pot.
Cook 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream! Yummy!

Do not make cake while looking at the snake!



  1. Thank you so much for the invitation and if I thought you were geographically close enough. I would somehow find my way to enjoy what is sure to be good fun,food and laughs. I am bookmarking the crock pot cake...yum! Snakes have their place but not on your patio I whole heartedly agree. Enjoy as the rain steadily flows where I am.

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I am a new follower of your blog as well now! Love the crock pot chocolate cake recipe - I love love love using my crock pot, especially for those days I know I will be working later. :-)

  3. I have to try that recipe -- I think I could do that!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  4. That recipe sounds so good. I've yet to make dessert in my slower cooker. This sounds wonderful.

    Enjoy your cookout!

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  6. It's been 10 years since I asked you for that recipe! And give it too all your blogging buds! I see how it is! I'll show you! I'll be keeping those yummy (crock pot) potatoes for lunch tomorrow!

    First Grade Delight

  7. We're making pulled pork in the crock pot, Tammy. My son & family are in from Texas, daughter & family are over (they live nearby) & some of their friends. You could mosey over here too. Your dinner does sound delicious, especially your mom's pies. Homemade is really the best! The weather is amazing, isn't it? We've had the doors open all day. I remember when we lived in MO & had to look for copperheads in the yard-not fun. We don't have them in CO but do have rattlesnakes, although more on the prairie. Glad your husband found it.

  8. Thanks for sharing your receipe. Sounds delicious. I liked how you were sharing the preparations for the cook out with such voice. And a snake - ugh, I wouldn't be going out there either. Fun how you added in your thinking during this slice.
    MH at

  9. I am laughing out loud. For real. Because, even though you warned me about the pic, the way my screen revealed your recipe and the tippy top edge of the picture of the snake (which only included the dirt from my vantage point), I thought the pic was of the cake. I was definitely shocked to scroll down and see the snake! Eek!

    Wish I could join you. That sounds like good food and even better company!

  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am now your newest follower. I'm looking forward to coming back for more yummy recipes! thanks, again!