Butter Rum Cake
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 cups sifted flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon rum extract
Cream butter until light. Gradually beat in sugar, creaming until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Sift together dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternating with milk, beat thoroughly after each addition.
Turn into greased bundt pan. Bake in 350 oven for 70 minutes or until cake springs back when tested. Place cake in pan on rack to cook. Pierce cake with fork. Pour hot sauce over cake. Cool thoroughly before removing cake from pan.
To prepare sauce: Heat sugar, butter and water in pan until butter melts, do not boil. Add rum extract.
Jean’s Beans Chili
I began making this dish for my friends who are vegetarians. However, many of my meat loving guests also enjoy my special chili. It is made with 4 kinds of beans and plenty of spices to make it thick and flavorful.
- 1 large can chili beans
- 1 large can pinto beans
- 1 large can kidney beans
- 1 large can black beans
- 1 cup frozen chopped onions
- 1 cup frozen chopped green pepper
- 1 large can crushed tomatoes
- 1 small can of tomatoes with chilies
- 1 large can of tomato sauce
- 1 box vegetable broth
- garlic salt
- chili powder
- hot sauce
- salt and pepper
Pour chili beans into large crock pot. Drain and rinse other beans. Add to crock pot. Mix. Add onions and green peppers. Add tomatoes and tomato sauce. Season to taste. Top pot with broth, making chili stirrable but not “soupy.” Simmer on low 4-6 hours adding broth as needed.
Orange & Spice Doughnuts
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 2 tablespoons shortening, softened
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons grated orange rind
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 3 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until mixture is light and fluffy. Blend in orange rind, juice and pumpkin.
Sift together dry ingredients. Gradually add to pumpkin mixture, stirring until blended. cover and chill 2 hours.
Roll 1/3 of dough at a time to about 1/3 inch thickness on floured pastry cloth. Cut with floured doughnut cutter. Let stand 15 minutes.
Fry in deep hot fat, 375 degrees, until nicely browned on both sides, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Roll in sugar or frost as desired.
1 loaf party rye bread
1 jar pizza sauce
shredded mozzarella cheese
Pre-heat oven 350 degrees. Place rye bread on ungreased cookie sheet. Bread may be place close together. Drop spoonful of pizza sauce on each slice of bread and spread around bread. Sprinkle top of pizzas with cheese. Place in oven for 5-10 minutes until sauce bubbles and cheese melts. Serve immediately.
My Tuesday evening Bible study had their Christmas party last night. We had a wonderful time! It was a potluck. Now, when I host a potluck, I never assign dishes to anyone, nor do I have anyone sign up to bring something, carefully listing the items they intend to share. I know how life often gets in the way. You sign up to bring one thing & then something comes up suddenly & you don’t have time to make your favorite dish, the one you SWORE you were going to bring! Nope. None of that for MY potlucks. Instead, I just tell everyone to bring whatever they want & if we end up with all desserts, YAY! I have never had an event where we end up with only salads, nor have I had an event where we end up with only desserts (BOO!)
Last night worked out great. We had an excellent mixture of food from casseroles to appetizers to veggies & salads. And we had CAKE! (You knew there was a reason I was telling you this, didn’t you?) Jan brought 2 cakes and they were FABULOUS! One was angel food topped with a frosting made with Cool Whip & pineapple. The second was the one I had. It was yellow cake frosted with a delicious topping made from Cool Whip, pudding & egg nog. Yum! And guess who was lucky enough to bring the rest of the cake home with her! 🙂
Jan shared her easy recipes for both cakes with us last night. Today, I am share cake recipes from Southern Living. Every celebration deserves a cake! Enjoy!
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, as the song says. Christmas also goes by in a blur. Time seems to speed up, leaving us gasping & wondering how we are going to get it ALL done! Betty Crocker to the rescue with a selection of recipes you can make ahead. Being able to prepare dishes ahead of time calms me. I feel a bit more in control of the situation, whether or not I really am. So take a breath & take moment to decide which of these delicious recipes might give you more time to celebrate Christmas! Enjoy!
My cousin, Mary would always prepare this dish for family gatherings. It is simple, filling and may be prepared ahead of time. I am able to expand this recipe as needed, enabling me to make more than one pan of spaghetti at a time.
- 12 oz pasta
- 1 lb ground meat
- 1 small onion, chopped (or ½ cup frozen chopped onions)
- 2 small cans tomato sauce
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 2 cubes beef bouillon
- seasoning as listed
Preheat oven to 350. Brown ground meat. Drain and set aside.
Boil 1 ½ quarts water in a large stock pot. Add bouillon cubes and allow to dissolve. Add 1 tablespoon oil to boiling water. Add pasta. Stir to prevent sticking. Cook pasta until just tender. DO NOT DRAIN.
Add tomato sauce and paste. Season with 1 tablespoon crushed garlic, 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, 1 tablespoon basil and salt and pepper. Blend thoroughly.
Add meat. Mix. Pour mixture into large flat baking dish. It will look sloppy. Top with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
Bake one hour or until firm. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Cut into squares.
Oh, we’ve ALL been there! You suddenly remember the potluck at work the next day. Your kids tell you they need to bring cookies to school. Your spouse want to take a little something to share at work. And of course, you have NO time to deal with this! Not a problem! Country Living has an incredible selection of cookies that… well, the title says it all! So relax & enjoy!
Last Minute Cookies
Almond Eggnog Pound Cake
- 2 tablespoons soft butter
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1 package yellow cake mix
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups eggnog
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 teaspoons rum extract
Generously grease a bundt pan or tube pan with soft butter. Press almonds against the buttered sides and bottom; set pan aside.
Here in SoCal today, it is very rainy & cooler than normal. The thought of sitting by a cozy fire with a Holiday beverage appeals to me! With the weekend just a few hours away, it might be the perfect time for YOU to enjoy one of the tasty treats from Country Living. They may be just the thing to chase away the winter chill!