goodbyes suck.

in the coming days and months i have quite a number of friends who are moving away- some for temporary placements, others for permanent changes of scenery.  i always knew ottawa was a pretty transient city with people moving here and there for work or school, i just never foresaw that i’d be the one staying put in O town while a bunch of my friends would be leaving.  the irony isn’t lost on me.

but even in the midst of bittersweet goodbyes i’m realizing how much of a blessing it is to have the opportunity, whether it’s for a season of time or for the season of a lifetime, to love and be loved wholeheartedly.  that the heartache of goodbye is a good thing because it means you gave enough of your heart away to leave a hole to remember the joys and the good times by.

you see this lady?

she is one of the awesomest possums i know.  and let me tell you- i’ve met a lot of awesome possums in my lifetime.  i’m not going to go into sappy detail about how much i’m going to miss her when she heads out to the fair westcoast, she already knows how i feel ;) but in honour of this sweet and ridiculously over-the-top awesome friend, i will share the dessert i made for her farewell party (which also happens to be sweet and ridiculously over-the-top awesome).

BAM.  i present to you: The Twix Trifle.

layers of fudgy chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, whipped cream, caramel sauce and chopped up twix bars… it doesn’t get better than this people.  unless you’re insane like me and you gave up chocolate for lent, in which case… it probably couldn’t get worse.  i’m sorry.  you have to believe me when i tell you making this cake was a test of will-power harder than training for my 10k and i had to literally remind myself out loud not to lick the beaters/bowls/spatulas.  who says you have to be 90 years old and batty to talk to yourself?  i’m setting a trend.

where was i?

o right. this trifle. now i wouldn’t be able to tell you if it tasted as good as it looked, but really, when you combine all those ingredients together there is no freakin way it could be bad.  and a lot of it is make-ahead do-able and then at the last minute you just layer everything all purdy-like in a bowl (you can be healthy like me and put it in a salad bowl) and bam you’ve got a tasty and impressive looking dessert.  win-win.

Twix Trifle
Recipe adapted from K’s recollection of her mom-made birthday dessert
Serves 10-15 people

1 box chocolate fudge cake mix and the ingredients to make it
3 cups of heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup sugar
~1 cup caramel sundae sauce plus more for drizzle
2 packages of chocolate pudding mix and ingredients to make it
4 twix bars, chopped

1. Make chocolate cake according to directions.  Let cool and cut into 1 or 2 inch cubes.
2. Whip cream with sugar until stiff peaks form.
3. Make chocolate pudding according to directions.
4. When ready to assemble: layer pudding, cake, caramel sauce, whipped cream, chopped twix bars (repeat) and end with the whipped cream and chopped twix bars, drizzle more caramel sauce on top and refrigerate until ready to serve.

the best thing my salad bowl will ever hold

nakupenda rafiki yangu.  i’ll see you, friend :)