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Dirt

August 27, 2008

Two 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
2 cups 10X sugar
Two 4-ounce packages of vanilla instant pudding
3 cups milk

24 ounces Cool Whip
2 teaspoons, vanilla
Two 1-pound-2-ounce packages of Oreos
2-quart flowerpot
Wax paper or aluminum foil
Artificial flowers
Plastic wrap

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and 10X sugar until smooth.

In a separate bowl, beat pudding and milk together until it thickens. Then add the Cool Whip and vanilla to the pudding mixture. Fold the pudding and cream cheese mixtures together.

In a food processor, crumble the cookies finely.

Line a clean flower pot with wax paper or aluminum foil.

Layer the crumbled cookies and cream mixture alternately in 1/2-inch layers, starting and ending with the cookies.

Wrap the stem of the flowers with plastic wrap. Plant the artificial flower in the "dirt."

Chill in the refrigerator overnight. Take to the potluck in a cooler packed with ice.

Cook's note: For extra effect, place Gummi worms in the dirt. To make "sand" instead of "dirt," substitute vanilla cookies for the Oreos and use a sand bucket instead of a flower pot. For "kitty litter," use Oreos and follow "dirt" recipe; layer in a clean litter pan and garnish with Tootsie Rolls.

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Serves 15.

- Courtesy of Pam O'Connor, who lives east of Hagerstown

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