We had a birthday party for our #4 daughter yesterday, and I made one of her favorite desserts–chocolate pie. This is an old family recipe, handed down to me from my mother, and I’m going to share it with you, because I love you.


  • 1 chocolate cookie-crumb crust
  • 1 box chocolate fudge pudding mix
  • 1 3/4 cups chocolate milk
  • non-dairy whipped topping
  • chocolate decorating sprinkles

Mix the milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Pour it in the crust. Top with topping and sprinkle with sprinkles. Okay, it MIGHT take four minutes.

The party was great! All the kids were here with spouses and kids, except for grandson #2 and the granddaughter, who were off somewhere with friends. Daughter #1 brought her wonderful from-scratch cheesecake, which got the honor of the candles and the Birthday Birds.

When daughter #4 was four or five or so, she had a cake with these little plastic birds on it, and she loved it and asked for the birds on the next cake she had. So now EVERYBODY gets the Birthday Birds on their birthday cakes. The first time grandson #2 went to a birthday party at a friend’s house and they brought out the cake, he asked, “Where are the birds?” Thus do we warp our young.

The Birthday Girl got lots of moolah and a little statue of a woman her grandmother bought at Colokial, a new shop in Corydon. Daughter #3 gave her a candle she decorated for daughter #4’s wedding… which was a couple of years ago…. Visiting continued into the early evening and a fine time was had by all.


Writing prompt: What is your bad guy’s favorite birthday tradition?