Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Easy Cherry Crunch for George

If it had been your son who chopped down the cherry tree, would you have punished him or would you have let him off the hook because he told the truth about it? What if he was standing there, axe in hand, and then nobly said, "I cannot tell a lie; I chopped down the cherry tree." Good for you, Georgie. Who cares about that cherry tree when you are such a virtuous child? I have a child who is as honest as George. He never, ever tells even a fib. "Yep-I smacked my sister." "Yes, that was me that ate all the Oreos." "Me again-I didn't finish my spelling homework." "I was jealous that Sailor got more ice cream so I switched our bowls." I don't even have to ask. Sometimes I don't even know there is anything to ask, but he volunteers his misdeeds anyway. So the boy hasn't chopped down any fruit trees as of yet, but telling the truth hasn't exactly earned him a get-out-of-jail-free-card either. Or maybe it has. With him, I find myself saying, "Oh....well, just don't do that again." So let's hope he doesn't chop down the ornamental pear trees we just put in the backyard. But if he does, I won't have to stand around trying to figure out who did it. The boy cannot tell a lie. Maybe he's headed for the Oval Office.
Here's our favorite cherry dessert for President's Day. It's easy enough that honest young chaps can make it all by themselves. It's suprisingly good for having a mere three ingredients. If you don't get to it for George's sake, it would be nice with ham on Easter or with barbecue chicken for Fourth of July. Who am I kidding-it's good all the time. Honest.
Cherry Crunch
Estimated Cost: $8.00
Notes: Any fruit pie filling will work here so choose one that you can get for a reasonable price.
2 (21) ounce cans cherry pie filling
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup chopped nuts, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour pie filling into greased 9 by 13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle cake mix over pie filling. Dot with butter and sprinkle with nuts, if using. Bake for 40 minutes, or until browned and bubbly. Serve with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.
Next Up:
Chicken Paprikash with Buttered Noodles


Michal said...

My kids are all crowded around the computer, reading about the integrity of little West.:) And drooling over the cherry crunch. Kimball can't wait to make it (minus the nuts). If West ever runs for office, he's got our vote!

Seth and Julie said...

I love cherry pie, and this looks like the easiest variation ever. I wish I could take a bite right now. My little boy is overly honest too. Do you think it's a boy thing? My girls fibbed from the time they could talk. I am easier on my kids when they are honest, I admit. Anyhow, I loved reading about West. He sounds so lovable, but I doubt he is headed for the oval office. Those guys have learned to lie through the years. I guess their moms forgot to tell them the cherry tree story.

Katie and Mark said...

Oh wow! This looks super, simple and perfectly delicious! This will have to be a dessert staple at our house.

Keep being honest West! We love you-

Bill Bird said...

Sorry to rain on your parade there dahlin, but the nuts are added when?

Prudy said...

Bill-you can rain on my parade anytime. Sprinkle them on top with the butter. Better go fix er up. We're planting this weekend-just spinach and radishes but it is a start!

Catherine said...

That looks delicious. I didn't get around to making one on Monday because we still had sick kids here, but maybe now that everyone is better, I'll get around to making this. Your pictues look so good, I'll have to make this tommorow.

crabigail adams said...

West sounds far too honest for the Oval Office -- you know, if you CAN get elected president, you probably SHOULDN'T be elected president! But if he gets to that point, he's got my vote!

HONESTLY (pun intended), this is my favorite kind of recipe; it's so easy I can't think of a good reason NOT to make it.

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