I was asked today for my Dump Cake recipe. I’ve seen all kinds of variations, from blackberry to blueberry and even peach, I even have an old friend Maxine’s on the blog, only because she loves rhubarb. Me, I actually prefer the plain old cobbler that every woman from church makes. I’ve eaten it for as long as I can remember; it’s just to easy to make. So here it is, hope you all enjoy it.

1 (20 ounces) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 (21 ounces) can prepared more fruit cherry pie filling
1 (18.25 ounces) box yellow or white cake mix
2 sticks (1 cup or 16 Tablespoons) of butter or margarine, each cut into 12 slices
1/4 cup chopped nuts (I use pecans or walnuts, but you can use your favorite)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (325 for glass baking dish).
Dump undrained pineapple into a 9x13x2 baking dish and spread it out evenly.
Using a spoon, dump globs of cherry pie filling evenly on top of the pineapple.
Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the cherry and pineapple layers.
Cut butter into slices with a butter knife and place slices evenly over cake mix.
Sprinkle nuts on top if you’re using them.
Bake for one hour.
To serve, scoop cake out with a large spoon like a cobbler and add a  scoop of vanilla ice cream. Serve warm or cold.

Yield: about 10 to 12 servings


Many people miss their share of happiness not because they never found it but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.

8 slices bacon
2 ½ slices bread
5 eggs
Salt and Pepper

Pan-broil bacon until half done and remove to a plate. Pour off all drippings except 1 teaspoon. Cut bread in rounds with a biscuit cutter, to fit in the bottoms of rings in a muffin pan. Brown the bread rounds on both sides in the fat, then place in bottom of muffin cups. Line sides of cups neatly with 1½ strips of the bacon. Break an egg into each ring and season with salt and pepper. Pour ¼ teaspoon drippings over the top of each egg. Bake in a moderately slow oven (325° F.) for 20 minutes, covered or uncovered to the desired stage of doneness. Remove carefully with spatula to serve. 5 servings.


1 ½ pounds lamb shoulder cut in pieces for stew
3 tablespoons butter of shortening
2 teaspoons salt
Dash pepper
5 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
5 carrots, scraped
1 small onion
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


Wipe meat with a damp cloth; dredge thoroughly with flour and brown on all sides in a skillet or Dutch oven in which the butter or shortening has been melted. Add 1 cup of water, cover and simmer 45 minutes; then add salt, pepper, diced potatoes, carrots cut crosswise in inch lengths and onion, with 1 ½ cups more boiling water and continue simmering until all are tender, about 30 minutes. Serve piping hot. If desired, a little chopped parsley may be added just before serving. 5 Servings

2 c. or 1 (18 oz) can sweet potatoes, mashed
1 1/4 c. white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 stick butter, melted
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. milk

3/4 c. crushed cornflakes
1/2 c. nuts
1/2 c. brown sugar
3/4 stick butter, melted

Mix the first 7 ingredients (sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, 1/2 stick of butter, nutmeg, cinnamon, and milk) together and pour into a 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees. Bake 10 minutes, remove from oven and sprinkle on the topping. Return dish to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, until done.

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do. ~ Andrew Carnegie

2 quarts (1.9 liters) of ginger ale, chilled
6 scoops of raspberry or orange sherbet
1 unpeeled orange, thinly sliced
10 ice cubes


Pour ginger ale into a large punch bowl.  Add the sherbet.  Break up each spoonful so it will melt.  Put in ice cubes and stir.  Add orange slices for decoration.  Pour punch into cups and serve.

Remember that every day is a Holiday and holiday’s need a little punch. Today, is the Feast of the Epiphany (ih PIHF uh nee). The Gift of the Magi or a visit from the Three Kings or Wisemen. The word Epiphany means ” appearence.” Long ago, the birth of Christ was celebrated on the Feast of the Epiphany. Then Christ’s birth date was fixed as December 25. Among many people, Epiphany is also known as Little Christmas.


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 sleeves of Graham Crackers


  1. In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in confectioners’ sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover, and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  2. Shape chilled cream cheese mixture into a ball. Wrap with plastic, and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Roll the cheese ball in finely chopped pecans before serving.
  4. Serve with Graham Crackers

Brandy brought this to the family Christmas party and everyone loved it and asked for the recipe… (I didn’t try it, sorry Brandy… next time… I promise).

With the pride of the artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists the small trumpet of defiance. ~ Norman Mailer