Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A Recipe For MommaLlama

We had some friends over last weekend who only asked for the following recipe but with a name like "MommaLlama", I couldn't resist a little bit of fun.

(With apologies to Deborah Guarino whose book is so loved in this house, the words roll off my tongue without even having to look at the pretty pages Steven Kellogg drew.)

"Is your mama a llama?" I asked my friend Bobcat.
"No she is not" he said while he sat.
"She makes us cool costumes and paints all my casts.
Do you think a llama could do something like that?"

"Oh," I said. "I understand now.
Your mama's creative. She makes people say WOW!"

"Is your mama a llama?" I asked my friend Bubba.
He shook his head no and ran off for the tub-ah.
(yelling back)"She goes camping and hiking and sleeps in a tent.
A llama won't fit in a tent with no vent."

"Oh" I said. "Now I see.
Your mama's adventurous." (Much more than me!)

"Is your mama a llama?" I asked my friend Snookie.
"No she is not... but she makes a great cookie!
She feeds me good food and plays trains on the floor
She'll even take us to see monster trucks roar."

"Oh," I said. "I see, in the end,
Your mama's no llama, but she is a nice friend!"

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Icebox Eclair

2 boxes (approx.) graham crackers
3 cups milk
2 (3.4 oz.) pkgs. vanilla instant pudding
1 (8 oz.) tub cream cheese
1 (8oz.) tub Cool Whip
1 can milk chocolate frosting

Arrange graham crackers in the bottom of a 13x9 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Combine milk, pudding mix and cream cheese in a bowl on low speed for about a minute or until thick. Fold in whipped topping. Spread half of pudding mixture over graham crackers and top with more graham crackers covering as much of the pudding as you can with a single layer of crackers. Repeat with remaining pudding mixture and top with a final layer of graham crackers.

Put frosting in microwave for 15 seconds to make it a thick glaze consistency. (Not too runny!) Stir. Pour over the top layer of graham crackers and cover dessert (tent with foil). Chill before serving.

I have made this recipe in the original form and the modified form you see here. Husband and I prefer the original version with the homemade glaze and the lower fat content, but the kids like this version best. The original Cooking Light version can be found here.


  1. You're makin' me all teary-eyed :-). That book is actually what brought on that name, it was one of my first favorites reading to the boys when we got them.

    And to everyone else... this dessert is AMAZING!!!!!

  2. The dessert sounds yummy and your poetry is delightful -- Ramona loves that book!

  3. We have dinner guests this weekend~ one of those scary "meet people DH works with" scenarios... I think this will be perfect for dessert!




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