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Recipe of the Day: Mama’s Fresh Apple Cake

 I am seriously considering making this cake this afternoon.  I will have to go get apples…but it would be so worth it.  This might be my very favorite cake of all time…and I do love cake!


4 cups apples chopped 

2 cups sugar

2 eggs separated

3/4 cup cooking oil

1 cup chopped pecans

2 cups flour

2 tsp soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

Pour sugar over apples and let stand.  Beat 2 egg whites until stiff.  Add egg yolks and stir.  Add cooking oil to egg mixture.  Beat well and let stand.  Mix together pecans, flour, soda, salt and cinnamon.  Pour egg mixture over apples.  Add dry ingredients.  Stir with wooden spoon.  Bake at 350 in greased and floured tube pan for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cake tests done.

This cake is better the second or third day after baking!


Big Ol' Birthday Coming Up! Psssss…a giveaway too!

cupcakea.jpgYep…VERY soon I will be 48 years old.  On August 14th at 3:12 pm I will turn 48 years old. WOW-almost grown up!  How many of you know the exact moment you came into this world?  When I was a little girl we never celebrated my birthday until on or after 3:12.  I would bet my mom will call me on my birthday, and tell me happy birthday and then say “well, not until 3:12 this afternoon.”  Now dont ask me why it was/is a big deal.  I have no idea.  My kids always ask me what time they were born – maybe they are just testing me.  With six, it is possible for me to forget.   Anywho…to the news…last give away before Halloween…so get your name it, pass this info around to all your friends, I want to break a record here – most comments ever! On my blog of course…not ever, ever.   Leave me a birthday wish, thought, note…or just to say “Dang! You are getting OLD!”And I will put your name in the trusty mason jar and on my birthday at 3:12 pm (Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.) I will draw a name…and they will be VERY happy to get a VERY special box from me.  Yeah, I know it is customary to GET gifts on your birthday but I think it is better to give than receive – unless you just feel moved to send me something…I wouldn’t send it back…unless it was a dog…or a bill…or the pox.  You know I am kidding.  I do love doing the giveaways…and this one will be the bestest yet! AND a surprise…no hints, no peeking.  Birthday presents are supposed to be a surprise!

Now another interesting announcement: I will be having an ONLINE booksale very soon.  So keep an eye out.  If you havent subscribed to my blog, now would be a good time.  I have more books than some libraries and I need to clean out (remember the picture of our schoolroom?).  There will be all sorts of books, all sorts of subjects for all ages.  I havent exactly decided how I am going to do it, but I am working on that.    So if you are a book fiend like me, stay tuned.  

So, that’s it for today.  I will have several recipes typed up by tomorrow…proofing them this evening.  And I will post them this weekend.  Have a great weekend!


Happy Watermelon Day!

I just LOVE my MaryJanesFarm calendar…so many unusual entries. Who knew there was a Watermelon day? Not me. Until now anyway. So here is a Watermelon Recipe! I cant tell you how yummy it is because I cant eat watermelon. But others say it is DELISH!


2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
1 cup chopped fresh mango
Juice from 4 fresh limes
1 cup trimmed chopped scallions
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste just before serving.

Makes about 4 cups, enough to serve 8 to 12 people.

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