So M & I have been doing a lot of reading lately. See, our humans have this big festival that they host in the fall and this year M & I are lending a paw. We’re really excited, we’ve invited all our friends…. But we’ve never hosted a big event like this and we want to make our humans proud… so we turned to the Source of All Knowledge, Google, for advice. A quick internet search for: “cats + hot air balloons” returned the book ‘Hot Air Henry’ by Mary Calhoun. Totally pawsome book! You should read it if you haven’t already.
‘Hot Air Henry’ didn’t offer a lot of help on planning our Balloon Festival, but we now know what to do if one of the balloons should escape.
When we ordered Hot Air Henry from Amazon.com we went ahead and took advantage of the Super Shipper Savings and ordered the second book. Cross Country Cat, the sequel to Hot Air Henry, didn’t offer us much insight into planning a Balloon Festival. Oh well, it was a great book anyway and it got me and M hooked on the idea of cross country travel and camping out.
Since we are not allowed outside we’ve been forced to practice our camping skills in the office. M & I have been turning our kitty tower on its side and using it as a tent. The Man has been a real pain in the tail about this… he keeps turning it back upright and returning it to the corner. M suggested that we pretend he is a bear and see how well the bear spray we ordered works.
During our research we discovered that s’mores are a staple of the campers diet. Other than buying us the marshmallows, chocolate bars and graham crackers, the girl has not been very supportive of our camping efforts. She totally flew off the handle when she found us using one of her candles and her scissors to roast the marshmallows. Perhaps it was the defective marshmallows that we left of her desk that was the issue? I’m not eating them if they’re burnt… I’m just not!
Of course, when she discovered that we’d tried to make s’mores in the toaster oven she wasn’t any happier. Frankly, it’s not our fault that the toaster oven doesn’t come with a s’more setting. M just cranked it up to ‘broil’ and we curled up for a nice nap expecting to wake to a batch of delicious s’mores. An hour later the smoke alarm and the girl were both making a ton of racket and M & I had to abandon our nap and the hope of getting any s’mores.
M & I spent the next day pouting and sulking… we were grounded. Totally not fair! I mean, we did get one of the nice firemen to sign up for flying lessons, so it wasn’t a total disaster.
Finally the girl took pity on us (M kept giving her Sad Kitten Eyes) and she found us a kitten/office safe recipe for s’mores.
You will need:
- 1 (18.25-oz.) package Devils Food cake mix
- 1 (3.9-oz.) package vanilla instant pudding mix
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 1/4 cups milk, divided
- 1 (3.4-oz.) package chocolate cook-and-serve pudding mix
- 1/2 cup crushed graham crackers
- 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
Beat cake mix, instant pudding, eggs, sour cream, butter, vanilla and 1 1/4 cups milk at medium speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.
Pour batter into a lightly greased 4-qt. slow cooker.
Cook remaining 2 cups milk in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, just until bubbles appear; remove from heat and add the chocolate cook-and-serve pudding mix.
Pour pudding over the cake batter. Cover and cook on LOW 3 1/2 hours.
Turn off slow cooker. Sprinkle cake with marshmallows, and chocolate morsels. Let stand 15 minutes or until marshmallows are slightly melted. Top with crushed graham crackers just before serving.
So, not exactly the same thing as roasting marshmallows over a campfire…. but we did appreciate the girl’s effort. The office smelled pawsome all day and the scent lured a number of our pilot friends into the office. Hanging out with our friends in the nice air-conditioned office…. M & I realized we really are two very lucky kitties.