Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The 44 Year Old Recipe Book

Do you tear recipes out of magazines?  Or save the magazine that has a great sounding recipe in it?  Or have 50 cookbooks loading down your cabinet?  I do all of these things and have for all of my 44 years of married life.  And with today’s technology, I am always searching for recipes on the web.

Wooden Recipe Box But, I especially treasure the little recipe box that I received at my church bridal tea in 1966.  It is filled to overflowing with “keepers”; many in the handwriting of that special friend who shared her favorite at a bring-a-dish pot luck event throughout the years.  The first index card in the box read:

“May you fill this little box with many favorites throughout the years.  One of my favorites is the “recipe for happiness” found in 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13.”

So I dedicate this first blog post to the wonderful ladies at Pleasant Plains Baptist Church in 1966.  The memories of those days and these sweet ladies are priceless.

And now, from one of those magazines I have saved- Southern Living, January 1999 included the recipe for Hummingbird Cake, and it remains the most requested recipe in Southern Living history.  And it is also the cake that my family requests the most.  One slice and you know why. 

Southern Living’s Hummingbird Cake

Yield: 16 servings

IngredientsBaby ATC May 09 048
  • 3  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 2  cups  sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 3  large eggs, beaten
  • 1  cup  vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  vanilla extract
  • 1  (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1  cup  chopped pecans
  • 2  cups  chopped ripened bananas
  • Cream Cheese Frosting (see below)
  • 1/2  cup  chopped pecans


Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not beat.) Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup pecans, and bananas.

Pour batter into three greased and floured 9-inch round cakepans. (Diane’s tip:  I use parchment paper in my cake pans.) Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake; sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pecans on top. Store in refrigerator.

Nutritional Information - Calories: 642; Fat: 34.2g; Cholesterol: 71mg; Sodium: 312mg

Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 3 cups

  • 1  (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2  cup  butter or margarine, softened
  • 1  (16-ounce) package powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract

Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla.

Nutritional Information - Calories: 71; Fat: 3.6g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium 34mg

I would love to hear your comments if you take time to make this delicious cake.  I’ll bet your family and friends will sing your praises for days after that first piece!

Until next time…..



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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Three Little Words………

Busy, busy, busy!  We went to Franklin last week to visit our son and daughter-in-law and help a little bit with baby things.  Isabella will arrive around December 1st and there is so much to do and I am so thankful that they are welcoming our help.  Can’t wait to hold the little darlin’- our very first grandchild.

While were in Franklin I made a day trip to Columbia to visit with my wonderful friends Cleo, Leisa and Lisa.  I am so blessed to have friends like them.  They don’t come along often enough in life.   You can read all about my visit, plus the SURPRISE BABY SHOWER (with pictures) in my next post.  I am still smiling.

I was honored this week by my sweet young friend Amy who asked if I could come help her a little bit with her beautiful little month old daughter.  I spent part of three days with this sweet family and loved it so much.  Thank you Amy- hope to post pictures later.

I absolutely LOVE this card!  I borrowed the design from a fellow stamper on Stampin’ Up!’s demo community.  The colors are awesome together and I got to use my new embossing folder, Elegant Lines.  I have so many new stamp sets- and love playing with them every day.  I am getting ready for a workshop on Saturday- wouldn’t this be a great card to demonstrate?  The Ways to Use It challenge on Splitcoast today is to use Versamark.  Versamark is a sticky watermark element and the challenge was no problem for me- I probably use it every day.  I love the texture and finish it gives a solid or colored image.  And combined with the bird image from Punch Potpourri, a Level 1 Hostess set, it really makes this card “pop.” 

I also really like this cute set- Three Little Words.  The inside of this card reads – Thinking of You.  My friend Lisa said it should read – Send More Stamps!!!

I sure hope you are having as great a week as I am. 



All supplies can be purchased on my Stampin’ Up! website

Stamps:  Three Little Words, Punch Potpourri;    Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Basic Gray;           Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray;   Accessories:  Two Step Bird Punch, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Stampin’ dimensionals, Gray Satin Ribbon, Versamark


Monday, August 2, 2010

Tax Free in Tennessee!

This coming weekend, the State of Tennessee is having a “back to school” tax free holiday on many items and over 30 Stampin’ Up! items qualify for this tax-free purchase.  I always stock up on glue sticks/pens, tape runners (SNAIL) and refills and other consumables that I know I will be using throughout the year.  Tax FreeThis year I am going to treat myself and buy a set of Watercolor Crayons and save almost 10%!  Here’s the complete list, with item numbers.  Maybe you will want to save too!  It would be the perfect time to get those Many Marvelous Markers that have been on your wish list.
Item # Description Price
100425 2-Way Glue Pen $3.50
104332 SNAIL Adhesive (tape runner) $6.95
104331 SNAIL Adhesive Refill $4.50
103305 Dotto $12.95
100902 Dotto Refill $6.50
104045 Anywhere Glue Stick $3.95
104294 Sticky Strip $6.95
104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals $3.95
103683 Mini Glue Dots $4.95
103579 Paper Snips (My favorite!) $9.95
103179 Craft & Rubber Scissors $29.95
101879 Watercolor Pencils $19.95
105021 White Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen $3.95
102945 Blender Pens $9.95
Various Stampin’ Write Markers $3.50
120948 Many Marvelous Markers New Color Kit $35.95
119801 Many Marvelous Markers In Color $14.95
119700 Many Marvelous Markers Subtles $28.95
119701 Many Marvelous Markers Regals $28.95
119702 Many Marvelous Markers Brights $28.95
119703 Many Marvelous Markers Neutrals $28.95
120949 Watercolor Wonder Crayons New Color Kit $39.95
119802 Watercolor Wonder Crayons Subtles $16.95
119803 Watercolor Wonder Crayons Regals $16.95
119804 Watercolor Wonder Crayons Brights $16.95
119805 Watercolor Wonder Crayons Neutrals $16.95
105394 Basic Black Stampin’ Write Journaler $3.50
110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue $3.95
120962 Stampin’ Pastels $24.95
120963 Stampin’ Pastels New Color Kit $14.95
Stay tuned for information on my new monthly promotion.  I think you’re gonna love it!




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