Wednesday, August 12, 2020

A Dog's Day: Dog Days Poetry

The Monthly Poetry Group,
we chose,
Dog Days as the target for
our prose.

So here I go again,
I'm tryin'.
To write a poem doesn't
leave you cryin'.

If it happens I 
don't succeed.
Just read. 
With speed. 
And then recede.

Dog Days, a monthly poetry challenge based on a theme. | Graphic property of | #poetry

 A Dog's Day

"Dog days" is a term we all use,
when it's hotter than hot,
You know the ones I'm talking about,
when Hades would be a cool spot.

Drink lots of fluid and eat fresh fruit,
anything to stay cool.
Lucky are those who get to spend
the day submerged in a pool.

Air conditioning runs on high,
fans all blowing too.
Dog days spent trying not to melt.
(I'd not look good as goo).

Dinner's whatever goes on the grill,
once the day is done.
Have to cook it after dark.
You know, to avoid the sun.

And {{sigh}} no baking taking place,
heating the house is foolish. 
Dessert's in the freezer where it belongs,
So I can serve it . . . cool-ish.

Layered Chocolate Pie is a no bake dessert. Layers of chocolate and white chocolate pudding are assembled with flavored whipped cream. Make ahead and no bake! | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dessert

Layered Chocolate Pie (make ahead, no bake)
Layered Chocolate Pie is a no bake dessert. Layers of chocolate and white chocolate pudding are assembled with flavored whipped cream. Make ahead and no bake! | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dessert

But . . .

A true dog's day, now what is that?
They eat and play and run.
Snooze whenever the feeling strikes,
not just when day is done.

Unconditional love for one and all,
dictates their every move.
I guess we need more true dog days,
our lives would surely improve.

Before you go, click on these links to more poetry from some of my friends:
Diane of On the Border shares DogGONE Dog Days.

Baking In A Tornado signature | | #MyGraphics

Layered Chocolate Pie (make ahead, no bake)

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs
2 TBSP sugar
5 TBSP melted butter
1 box (about 3.5 oz) white chocolate pudding
1 box (about 3.5 oz) chocolate pudding
3 cups milk
2 cups heavy cream
3 TBSP powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

1 TBSP baking cocoa

OPT: shaved semisweet chocolate for garnish

*Lightly grease a 10 inch pie plate.

*Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, chocolate graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press into the bottom and partially up the sides of the pie plate.
*Whisk 1 1/2 cups of milk with the white chocolate pudding mix. Spread about 3/4 cup of the pudding onto the crust and refrigerate. Set remaining pudding aside.

*Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and whip until stiff peaks hold. Whisk about 1 1/3 cups of the whipped cream into the remaining white chocolate pudding and carefully spread on top of the pudding in the pie plate. Freeze for 1/2 hour.
*While pie is setting, cover and refrigerate the remaining whipped cream and, in another bowl, whisk 1 1/2 cups milk with the chocolate pudding. Cover and refrigerate.
*Remove pie from freezer. Spread about 3/4 cup of the chocolate pudding onto the pie. Whisk another 1 1/3 cups of the whipped cream into the remaining chocolate pudding, spread onto the pie and freeze for 1/2 hour. Cover and refrigerate the last 1 1/3 cups of whipped cream.
*Remove the pie from the freezer. Spread 1 cup of the remaining whipped cream onto the pie. Mix 1 TBSP baking cocoa into the final 1/3 cup and pipe onto the pie. Top with shaved semisweet chocolate if desired. Cover and freeze for at least 2 hours. 
*To serve: move to refrigerator for about an hour for easier slicing. Store leftovers, covered, in the freezer.


  1. Ha! I wouldn't look good as goo, either!
    Yep, my dog definitely has THE life!
    Loved your poetry today, Karen! The air is already cooler here. Our 'dog days' are definitely done. +6 C when I went out walking yesterday morning.
    P.S. That pie is AWESOME!!! I don't have white chocolate pudding, so the layers won't be as spectacular. But I know what Husby will say...

    1. I can't believe your dog days are done, we're still right in the middle of it.
      Hope you try that pie. You could try it with vanilla pudding instead of white chocolate if you have that.

  2. I’m not moving, under the fan
    The a/c on 75 in hopes I can
    Afford the groceries to make
    A no Cook chocolate pie.

    I know, it doesn’t rhyme but hey, it’s chocolate!

  3. I'll have to content myself with my blueberry yogurt bars if I ever feel energetic enough to make them. But this is pinned on my dessert board. Alas, the only pudding mix I find that will set with almond milk (I'm not lactose intolerant, it is more a caloric and taste thing) is cooked pudding - which would defeat the whole purpose. But, for a special occasion? Why not? Alana

  4. That was a fun poem, and the recipe looks delicious and probably less complicated that it appears at first reading.

    1. There are layers to the dessert, but it's definitely not difficult.

  5. Thanks for sharing a fun poem AND the recipe for a tempting dessert. Have a beautiful day.

  6. We call it hell here. Every summer we say we're going to move, but not possible. I'll have a pool next summer for sure!


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