Sister St. Aloysius' time on the back deck contemplating the Blogger's Choice Awards has paid off. Not only has she become serene on this, the last day of voting, she already has a plan to celebrate. We've very grateful that so many people have voted for us, that we have such wonderful readers, for our fun discussions that go on in the comment section, all the questions and answers and the people that save us time with their wonderful answers, and that we actually somehow managed to make the top three. Every once in a while we were number one! How did that happen?
We'd also like to thank everyone who braved the high traffic and slow loading over there at the Blogger's Choice Awards to try and vote for us. Some people had to be quite tenacious! Good for you!
So to celebrate, Sister St. Aloysius is baking a cake. It's a really ugly looking cake. If you made it and brought it to a bake sale, it would just sit there. Which is exactly what you would want to happen, because then you could take it home and eat it yourself. But then you would be racked with guilt because the whole reason for the bake sale was to raise money to send the school kids on a religious retreat and you secretly hoping your cake wouldn't sell because it's so nasty looking was very wrong of you. You should have made two cakes and just kept one at home in the first place. But then if you made two cakes you should have tried to sell them both, hideous piles that they were.
Catholic guilt. You can't win.
The reason I mention the cake is because this is our little gift to you, this horrible looking cake. Make this cake. You won't be sorry. You may recall that I've mentioned Sister St. Aloysius' kitchen gifts. Her brownie recipe was so thrown together and made up as she went along that she never felt comfortable trying to tell someone else how to make it.
But this awful looking cake is a breeze to make. It is the most delicious cake in the world.
Our little gift to you, Sister St. Aloysius:
Hello everyone! Here's my cake!
REALLY REALLY UGLY LOOKING CAKE
1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix
1 box chocolate instant pudding
1/4 cup oil
1 1/4 cup water
1 cup choc chips
Oven to 350
Pour oil in the bottom of a 13X9 pan and tilt it around to cover. Dump in cake mix and pudding. Make a well in the center and put in eggs and water. Mix mix mix with a spoon and scrape down the sides. Stir in choc chips. Bake 35 minutes.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do NOT frost it. It ruins it, I promise you. It's PERFECT the way it is - especially when warm and melty.
Perhaps now that you have the ugly cake recipe, you'll feel compelled to go vote if you haven't already. I am not above inflicting a little Catholic guilt, although I usually wield my guilt stick more appropriately.
To make up for that little sin, here is today's nun:
Sr. Mary Martha - here are photos of my aunt Sr. Eve Gillcrist, O.P. She was editor of the Spanish edition of the Brooklyn Tablet for so many years, and another of her after her retirement. She celebrated her a few years ago. I wanted to send some photos of our local nuns as well (SSND and a few other orders) but I couldn't find any photos online. :( Monica