December 13, 2009

COUNTDOWN:Day 10 - Marian's Holiday Treat...A Trifle



Marian's trifle recipe must really be delicious:)  How would we know you ask??  Well, look at the expression on Sir Guy's face after indulging his sweet tooth.  Woo!! His eyes seem to be devouring her with the same relish he enjoyed her Christmas treat.

Marian’s Strawberry Trifle
Ingredients:

1 pkg yellow or white cake mix
1 pkg (16oz) frozen strawberries, or use fresh sliced & sweetened
1 box (5oz) instant vanilla pudding mix, prepared with milk as directed
1 package whipped topping, or whip 1 pint fresh light cream
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Preparation:   Bake cake in oblong 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan as directed on package. Cool. Cut cake crosswise in half. Reserve half for another dessert; can be frozen. Cut remaining cake into 8 pieces. Split each piece horizontally. Arrange half the pieces in a 2-quart glass serving bowl, cutting the pieces to fit curves of the bowl. Pour half the strawberries with syrup over cake. Spread with 1 cup pudding. Repeat with remaining cake pieces, strawberries, and pudding. Spread whipped topping over top and sprinkle with slivered almonds. Chill thoroughly . (Lovely served in a footed glass bowl or individual wine glasses) Can also use prepared vanilla pudding instead of instant. Serves 8 to 10.




14 comments:

Ragtag said...

I really like the sound of this recipe. I've never heard of instant vanilla pudding mix until now.

RiCrAr said...

ragtag, if you don't mind telling us, which country do you call home? I prefer to use the already prepared vanilla pudding but many people already have the box of instant pudding on their pantry shelf. Peaches or other berries can be substituted in place of the strawberries...making myself hungry with this topic:) Yummy!

RiCrAr

bZirk said...

Yum! and I'm not even a big sweet fan.

BTW, I make a trifle almost like this one, but I soak the cake in raspberry sauce instead.

RiCrAr said...

hmmmm, raspberry sauce sounds delicious, and for those who want to add a little extra holiday cheer, if the cake will be served to adults only it can first be drizzled with an almond or hazlenut liquer before adding the other ingredients. oooooh...my tastebuds are really getting impatient for Christmas to get here. Need to finish the most boring part of all the preparations - cleaning the halls...much prefer decking them:)

RiCrAr

bZirk said...

Oh yeah, and maybe a smidge of rum and chocolate. :D

Ragtag said...

I'm an Aussie! Xmas here is a summer event. : )

RiCrAr said...

Head getting dizzy just thinking of our final recipe soaked in almond liquer and rum with drizzle of melted chocolate....we are keeping the calorie count low, aren't we? LOL

The image of Christmas as a summer event makes my imagination wander. What's the traditional meal? Is it roasted shrimp on the barbie dipped in cranberry sauce:) with Yorkshire pudding made with kangaroo pan drippings(instead of beef) for dessert. Knowing your great sense of humor you'll probably appreciate this snow country Christmas menu combined with a few of our impressions of AUS.

Another impression---all AU men are as handsome as Hugh Jackman & all the Aussie women are as beautiful as Nicole Kidman:) Did we get that one right?

Ragtag said...

Hehe, I don't know about singling out a particular meal here, but there's usually something barbecued! Because it's hot and sunny in Dec it's an alfresco lunch and sultry cooler dinner.
Boy i'd love it if all the men looked like Hugh Jackman around here! I could sit back and pretend they were RA. Most ppl here get as leathery as the late crocodile hunter steve irwin.

bZirk said...

ricrar,

Calories?!! It's a sacrilege to think about that during Christmastime. LOL!

Anonymous said...

LOL..that's what New Year resolutions are for, right? Convenient it comes exactly when we need it the most.

Does this happen to anyone else during the last few days before Christmas? Decided to clean the bedroom carpets late this afternoon and realized the vacuum was in the basement. Proceeded down to ground level and then to the basement, but along the way noticed window candles and tree decorations before reaching the vacuum. Next thing I knew I was back on the bdroom floor, having taken care of about 3 chores along the way, BUT without the vacuum:) Same type of thing happens every Christmas without fail. Ah, the joys of the season:)

RiCrAr

Ragtag said...

The LAST few days before Christmas? It happens every day!

RiCrAr said...

LOL...is candy made by the famous Hershey Chocolate Co available down under? They've been making the equally famous 'York Peppermint Pattie' for over a century. It's one of the last candies made with real peppermint oil, which is supposed to have beneficial effects for enhancing memory. Anything made with authentic peppermint oil would have the same positive effect...IF it's scientifically true. Can never be sure if it was simply an expert ad man's idea to merchandize a product:)

Ragtag said...

anything to enhance the memory can't be bad.

BTW i'm watching one of the videos on your page that compares hugh jackman and richard. There is a nice resemblance but my emotional attachment to RA is way too strong. Plus Hugh has a pointier chin and is way too comfortable in his own skin to compare to our RA's bundle of insecurities.

Anonymous said...

Ooooh, comparison of Richard with Hugh Jackman...now you're talking!! How sweet it is!!

1. Their appearances...in certain photos there is a strong resemblance but their physical stature - tall w/broad shoulders - seems to me to be the strongest similarity.

2. Personalities...find both men to be utterly charming in slightly different ways. Their senses of humor are deliciously funny - both have sharp, devilish minds but RA seems more bookish & intellectually curious...which has always been a strong magnet for me. Agree Hugh appears to be more comfortable in his own skin...the latter by the way would be even more captivating if the waxman cometh to a strategic area:)

I understand Hugh is in a long-time married relationship as a responsible, involved father...makes me really melt. Nothing sexier than a mature man ready to shoulder his responsibilities, unless.....

...it's one with RA's(possibly former?) vulnerabilities which seem to trigger the feminine instincts to nurture, inspire, love---always had a soft spot for a shy, not-totally-sure-of-himself male with the potential for great things once the right female pushes all the necessary buttons:)

Once heard a comedian say about a sexy female..."break off a piece of that for me":) Both these hunks bring out that feeling in me, with a strong craving for a larger piece of RA - probably because he seems to be a more complicated, nuanced human being.

Thx for the inspirational break to focus on these two gifts to womanhood:) Now back to regularly scheduled programming......LOL

RiCrAr