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All Grown Up

When I turned 16, I was finally allowed to date. For a constantly boy crazy girl, I felt like sixteen would never come and when it did, I took full advantage of it! I dated some pretty nice guys, but one guy, who ended up becoming my boyfriend for a few years, taught me more about the dating lingo than anyone else. I first met Travis at the grocery store, of all places. Remember back in the day when the sackers at the store would carry out your groceries for you? Well, my mom and I went grocery shopping, Travis carried out our groceries, and as I watched him load the groceries into the trunk, I fell in love.

Living in the proximity of two small towns away from each other, it didn’t take long for the two of us to find out about each other. Travis first called me up to ask me out a short while after we met. We chatted for a long while on the phone the first time he called and he ended the call with “I was wondering if you would like to go get a Coke sometime.” Random, but of course I would! Next call to ask me out… “Would you like to go get a Coke?” Even if our date was dinner out, a movie, going over to his parents house to hang out, he would always ask me if I wanted to go get a Coke. Eventually, after we had been dating for awhile, I called him on it. “Why do you always ask me if I want to go get a Coke? Even if we aren’t going some place for a Coke, you ask me if I want to get a Coke?” He explained that it is just what guys say if they want to hang out with you. Ummmm, okay. Travis and I continued to get Cokes for 4 years after that.

Fast forward to life as I know it now. I’m an almost 35 year old mom of 3, living in the burbs, and surrounded by other women living very similar lives. A few years ago, I noticed a shift in things that took me back to my “Wanna get a Coke?” years. I would get calls on a regular basis from other moms asking me if I wanted to go get a coffee. I didn’t really like coffee back then, but the thought of hanging out with other adults during the witching hours with the kids really appealed to me. We would go out, kids in hand, and get “coffee”. Eventually, I realized that getting coffee was similar to getting a coke. It was just a way of one person asking another person if they wanted to get out of the house and get to know each other. Getting coffee, in the life of a suburban mom, is something I now look forward to on a regular basis. A chance to hang out with other women to share frustrations, joys, woes, ideas, etc. More sophisticated than “wanna get a coke”, going for coffee is the same thing, only all grown up.

Speaking of “all grown up”, were you an Oreo cookie fan? I still find myself craving those things dunked in a big glass of cold milk. I now tend to be a closet dunker as it doesn’t seem very acceptable for someone of my age to have a Oreo cookie mustache. If you want to enjoy a kiddo treat but in a grown up acceptable format, give this Cookies ‘n Cream Cake a try. Like your Oreos and milk, only all grown up.

Cookies ‘n Cream Cake from Pampered Chef Delightful Desserts

12 crème-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, coarsely chopped
1 package white cake mix
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sour cream
3 egg whites
2 Tbs vegetable oil

6 crème-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
3 Tbs butter, softened

1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray fluted cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. For cake, coarsely chop cookies, set aside. Combine cake mix, water, sour cream, egg whites and oil; mix according to package directions.
2.  Pour half of the batter into pan. Sprinkle chopped cookies evenly over top of batter but not touching sides of pan. Spoon remaining batter over cookies.
3. Bake 50-55 minutes or until center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Loosen cake from sides and center tube of pan. Invert onto cooling rack; remove pan. Cool completely.
4. For icing, coarsely chop cookies; sest aside. Combine powdered sugar, sour cream and butter; beat until smooth. Ice top of cake allowing some to flow down the sides. Sprinkle top with cookies. Let stand until icing is set. Cut into slices. Store leftover cake, covered in refrigerator
Yields 16 servings.

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  1. My mother makes an ice cream layered dessert in the summertime that has an Oreo cookie base. It is to die for. Everytime I make it someone wants the recipe. And it’s easy! http://tinyurl.com/6n73e9

  2. This cake is SO pretty and light looking. I for some reason really like white cakes…over yellow and chocolate!

    claires last blog post..Chocolate…erm…Raspberry E’Clair(e)

  3. What a faulous looking cake, I bet Travis would love a piece!

    noble pigs last blog post..What’s She Thinking Now?

  4. LOL @ Noble Pig’s comment!

    This looks so good. I don’t think I’m patient enough to wait…when I buy Oreo’s they barely make it in the house!

  5. Okay that’s so funny you should say that about going for “coffee”. I say that all the time and yet I don’t even drink coffee! I even invite friends over for “coffee” when I know they don’t even drink the stuff. So weird isn’t it…lol.

    Org Junkies last blog post..Menu Plan Monday ~ Sept 1st

  6. Your post made me smile! But I would have a bigger smile if I could eat a slice of that cake! I love oreos, I have yet to try putting them in a cake, yummmmmm!

    clumbsycookies last blog post..For the Daring Bakers it doens’t matter if you’re Black or White!

  7. oh, that cake looks delicious! And I think I even have time to make some today, Yay!

    Julias last blog post..Beer Can Chicken

  8. Yum! Beautiful photos! This looks to die for!!

    Tarahs last blog post..Chocolate Éclairs

  9. What an elegant incarnation of a childhood treat; so pretty! Perfect with coffee, I’m sure (or even a Coke).

    taras last blog post..A tantalizing portrait

  10. I always love your stories! that cake looks delicious!!! :)

    Ginnys last blog post..Peach-Blackberry Pie and the Omnivore’s Hundred…

  11. Wow, that looks great! I love Oreos too. While I’m not ashamed to be found dipping Oreos in milk, I also love them in a variety of baked desserts.

    I constantly find myself comparing adult friendships to dating as well. I feel like I use the same break-the-ice techniques when trying to make friends that I used when trying to get the attention of a guy. Weird, huh? :-)

    Stephanies last blog post..Peanut Butter and Banana Gelato

  12. I did not grow up with Oreos, but I loved them once I tried them. This looks amazing.
    You write so well and I really enjoy your posts… food- writing and all.

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  13. There is no such thing as being too old for Oreos. There just isn’t.

    Lauras last blog post..Are You A Lunch Person?

  14. dropping some ec.btw would you care to xchange links with me?i have add you in my blogroll.please check it.thank you

  15. When I was much, much younger, Sunshine cookies made a chocolate cookie similar to Oreos. They were called Hydrox. I loved them because of the smell. I don’t know what they smelled like, but it was delicious. When I worked at Woolworth’s at the candy counter, we had bulk cookies and among the varieties were Sunshine Hydrox. To me, they were much better than Oreos. Mom

  16. this made me smile the second i saw it. oreo cake? what in the world could be better?!

    megans last blog post..list love.

  17. That looks really good!

    Kevins last blog post..Chocolate Eclairs

  18. Nice post! I have been thinking Oreos lately too. They are great fun to bake with and have such a distinctive look. All grown up, I like them better in things than plain but they bring back many a fond memory. Thanks for the happy thoughts!

    Lisas last blog post..The Beauty of Figs

  19. Go for the mustache….no one will care!

    Kates last blog post..Schooltime reflections

  20. I like oreos but they were never an essential part of my childhood because my parents never bought them. I love the idea of this cake though, it looks awesome!

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