Friday, January 15, 2016

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Birthday + Dirt Pudding Trifle Dessert

Happy 3rd Birthday, Buster!

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One of my favorite things is to go all out for our kid's birthdays because it's hard to beat seeing the joy and excitement of little ones on their special day!

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Last year, my husband made an incredible airplane birthday banner, so I put him in charge this year too.  B loves all things planes, trains, and trucks so Jim chose the book (affiliate link) Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel for his birthday theme.

I think it turned out amazingly!  And B absolutely loved it, which is what matters the most.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Birthday Party + Dirt Pudding Trifle Dessert Recipe - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com
That face.  I can't even!

To continue with the theme, we had Dirt Pudding for his birthday "cake".  But the best part?  The kids got to help me make it!

They got out their dump trucks.  I put the Oreos in a big baggie.  They got to crush the Oreo cookies to their hearts content.  It was so fun!

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Birthday Party + Dirt Pudding Trifle Dessert Recipe - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com

I made the Dirt Pudding into a Trifle so we could see all of the layers.  I really love how it turned out!  Here is how I adapted the original recipe for the look I wanted:

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Birthday Party + Dirt Pudding Trifle Dessert Recipe - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com

Dirt Pudding Trifle Dessert
(adapted from Kraft Recipes' Dirt Cups)

Ingredients

1 pkg (3.9 oz) dark chocolate instant pudding
1 pkg (3.9 oz) milk chocolate instant pudding
4 cups cold milk, divided
1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip
1.5 bags (14.3 oz each) Oreos, finely crushed
Gummy worms

Directions

1.  Beat the dark chocolate pudding mix with 2 cups of milk for 2 minutes.  Let stand for at least 5 minutes.

2.  Repeat #1 with the milk chocolate pudding mix.

3.  Gently stir Cool Whip and 1/2 cup of Oreo crumbs in with the dark chocolate pudding.

4.  Divide the remaining Oreo crumbs into three equal parts.

5.  Layer in trifle bowl in this order:  1/2 of the whipped pudding with crumbs, Oreo crumbs, all of the milk chocolate pudding, Oreo crumbs, the remaining whipped pudding with crumbs, and Oreo crumbs.

6.  Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.  Place gummy worms on top right before serving.  (I couldn't resist making the worms into the number 3 for his birthday!)  Serves 16-20.  Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Notes:  This Dirt Pudding Trifle Dessert would be perfect for so many different birthday themes: farm, garden, bugs, camping, construction, dump trucks, flowers, and more.  All you have to do is change up the garnish.  I know this won't be the only time we'll have Dirt Pudding for a Birthday "Cake"!

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Birthday Party + Dirt Pudding Trifle Dessert Recipe - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com

My mom has always loved to go all out for holidays and birthdays to make them extra special for us kids and now grandkids.   She definitely passed that love on to me!  Jim and I had fun putting this Mike Mulligan and Dirt Pudding birthday together for B.  But the best part was definitely watching how much B loved and enjoyed it! 

What do you and your family do to make birthdays extra special?  What have been some of your favorite birthday themes you've done for your kids?  I'm starting to plan for L's 1st Birthday coming up...and I'm up for suggestions!

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