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Punkin Bed

24 Jun

That’s how my son says Pumpkin Bread…only he adds a Steven Tyler-esque inflection on the last part of “bread.”  It makes me laugh every time.  When I told him we were making it, it was all he kept saying all evening.  I love seeing his face light up when I tell him he gets to “help mommy cook.”  He pushes his chair up to the counter, but not in front of the stove…”hasst” (hot).  He enjoys using his very own whisk and spatula, both of which have animals on the handles.

He did well mixing the dry ingredients and just a bit spilled over onto the counter.  In fact, I think I would have normally spilled more!

He was too focused to even care about the camera

Festive Pumpkin Bread

  • 1/2 cup veggie oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup mashed & cooked pumpkin (I used canned)
  • 1 & 2/3 cup self-rising flour**
  • 1.25 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg (I don’t like nutmeg and used cloves instead)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • (optional) 1/2 cup chopped candied cherries…uhhh…NO! 😉

Combine wet ingredients in a bowl and set aside.  Combine dry ingredients, except for pecans; add to pumpkin mixture; beat until smooth.  fold in pecans (and cherries).  Spoon into a greased and floured loaf pan (9x5x3).  Bake at 350* for 1-hour or until done.

**Don’t have self-rising flour?  Make some!  for every cup of flour, add 1.25 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt.  Since this recipe called for almost 2 cups of flour, I made two cups of “self-rising” and then measured out what I needed.

Grandma’s Notes: 6/19/93-Anthony & Marcus ate supper with me.  Frank called; talked an hour.  6/24/93- Haley is going to Georgia for a week.  Cut out a quilt block; pieced it.  Bro. Don Jones (W/Mrs. Jones and Angie) came and visited.  THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH ME ON MY TRIP ALONE TO SHREVEPORT TO THE DOCTOR.  HELP ME CONCENTRATE ON BEING MORE LIKE YOU.


6 Mar

This wasn’t supposed to be made for another two days, but tomorrow is my husband’s “Friday,” so I figured I would make it so that he could take the leftovers to the guys.  He didn’t seem too upset about that.


Growing up, my mom would make this occasionally for a regular family dinner dessert.  However it was usually for when extended family came to town (we didn’t complain).

I wasn’t going to share the entire recipe, but it’s too good to not share!

4-Layer Delight

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) margarine
  • 1.5 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-8oz pkg of cream cheese
  • 2 cups cool whip
  • 2 small boxes of instant pudding (any flavor, mom used chocolate, we use on coconut cream and one chocolate)
  • 3 cups milk

1st Layer: Mix flour, margarine, and pecans.  Spread into 13×9 pan & bake 20 minutes at 375*.  2nd Layer: Mix powdered sugar, cream cheese, and 1 cup of cool whip.  Spread onto mostly cooled 1st layer.  3rd Layer: Beat boxes of pudding and 3 cups of milk.  Spread on 2nd layer.  4th Layer: Add cool whip on top, sprinkle a few pecans on top (optional).  Chill and serve.

Oh, and the first piece is really hard to get out smoothly.  Just so you know.

Layer 1: Crust

3rd Layer

You can see all four layers!

Grandma’s Notes: 3/8/96- Went to School; watched Zach & Anthony in a play.  3/10/96- Our birthday girl at church was 2-yr old Robin Perry.  March 5.  May there be many more for this little girl.  It is a great responsibility to teach & train children today.  It calls for wisdom from God to do it properly.  LORD, AS MY LEADER, I TRUST YOU TO LEAD THROUGH THE TWISTS & TURNS OF LIFE.

Top me once, shame on – shame on you. Top me – you can’t get topped again…

5 Feb

OK, so this really has nothing to do with the “fool me once…twice” quote from George Dubya, but the cake does get topped twice…no foolin’!

First off, I do not really like coconut.  I mean this overly sweetened processed stuff found in most recipes and candies.  However, this recipe prompted me to make my first EVER purchase of sweetened coconut flakes…I’m glad I did!

Top Me Twice Cake

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3.5 oz crushed pineapple, undrained (the smallest can to purchase is 8 oz, I used 1/2)

Grease a 12×8 pan. Combine sugar, vanilla, and eggs in a large bowl.  Beat 2 minutes on medium speed.  At low speed add flour, salt, soda, and pineapple.  Mix 1 minute and pour into pan. Sprinkle with topping mixture (see below).  Bake for 40-45 minutes in 350* oven.  In the last 5 minutes, prepare sauce and pour over warm cake (sauce below).

Top for cake

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Mix and add to top of cake before baking.

Sauce for Top me Twice Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light cream (I used light whipping cream)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix all sauce ingredients and pout over cake in last 5-10 minutes of baking while still in oven.


Top Me Twice

My serving


Grandma’s Notes- 2/8/96- Played bridge; picked up cart of fertilizer from pasture; dug around Easter lilies & fertilized them.  2/10/96- Lance called; boys won their game last night. Cheryl called; wants me to come when George’s family comes.  Marcus came.  Took valentines to children.  THANK YOU LORD FOR BEING ABLE TO SPREAD SUNSHINE.  HELP ME WEED OUT UNKIND WORDS.