It is Monday, June 29 as I sit at my computer to write this for the Record.  It is a special day of memories for me because it is my precious daughter’s (Carol Jeannette Farley) 60th birthday.

Carol has been a joy since the day she was born.  She is a caring, loving, fun person and is the light of my (and many others) life.  We have an outstanding mother-daughter relationship and she is always there for me when I, in my old age, need her help.  God has truly blessed me since that day she was born in 1955.

Carol’s husband, Herb, gave her a SURPRISE birthday party Saturday.  Many of her friends and family attended.  Herb barbequed ribs and sausage; friends provided the potato salad, baked beans, all the trimmings and of course the cake with a black icing.  Decorations were all in “black over the hill” theme.  It was a BIG successful surprise for Carol and a fun time for all there.

Carol’s favorite food is shrimp.  Once when she was about 7 years old we were vacationing in Colorado and we had been driving through a rough, deserted terrain.  It had been a long drive with no place to eat.  Everyone was hungry and we finally came to a restaurant.  Now we were from the Texas Coast where seafood is plentiful and what did Carol order?  You guessed it….SHRIMP.

So the dinner I am preparing for her and family this evening is a shrimp casserole of course.  Now Carol is not big on sweets or desserts.  She does like Strawberry Shortcake and anything Orange Dreamsicle flavored so I have opted to prepare this birthday cake for our dessert.  It is a single layered amazingly delicious cake and easy to prepare…a KEEPER recipe for your files.


1 box yellow cake mix

2 pkg. Orange Jell-O

1 pkg. vanilla instant pudding

1 cup 2% milk

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tub. Cool Whip

Bake the cake as directed in a 9 X 13 inch pan.  Let cake cool completely.  Poke holes in cooled cake.  Mix 1 pkg. Orange Jell-O with 1 cup boiling water and 1 cup cold water.  Pour over cake.  Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.  Mix pudding mix with cold milk, the other Orange Jell-O, and vanilla.  Beat by hand with a whisk until thickened.  Fold in the whipped topping,  Frost the cake with the pudding mixture.