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I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for 42 wonderful years. I have been blessed with one daughter who is grown and gone! She and her hubby have blessed us with a precious grandchild, Darbee Rae. She is eight years old and the sunshine in our days. I have always been a stay at home maid, cook, doctor, babysitter, taxi, wife, mother, and grandmother. I enjoy crafting. My interests include primitives, vintage and colonial styles. I love decorating my home. I enjoy traveling with my hubby and friends, reading, and trying different recipes. I am a Christian and enjoy activities within my church. I hope you enjoy reading about my daily adventures in crafting, shopping, and enjoying life thru the eyes of my darling grand daughter.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Reality, Recipes,and Relaxation

Good Saturday evening to all my friends.  Let me say first and most importantly I am joining all you who are sending up prayers for all our blogging friends who may be in Irene's path.  So hoping you all will be safe .  Please let us hear from you as soon as it is safe to do so.

The last few days have been busy ones as I am so close to the craft show actually next weekend.  Mr. P and I will start setting up on Thursday afternoon.  Visiting with Mother and trying to take care of all her affairs this past week has really been mind boggling. Like I didn't have enough on my plate on Thursday I decided to bake a pound cake.  Okay.... let me tell you this was not my first time.  I have made this cake so many , many times.  I know there are oodles of pound cake recipes but this was given to me years ago from a lady at our church. It is my absolute favorite and so easy. 

Don't you just love my mixer.  This was my first Mother's Day gift after I became a Mother.  It is close to 30 years old and never has failed me.  You will need a heavy duty mixer as the batter is thick.

Mixes up really fast and has to be in a tube pan.  Does not work good in a bundt pan.  Don't know why, but that's what I was told.  It goes in the oven and smells wonderful.  I get busy doing other chores and when the timer goes off , out comes my beautiful cake.  I let it cool in the pan, then dump it onto cake plate and this is what I get. 

Okay ladies, don't say "I wouldn't post that ugly cake"  But this is reality!!  No touch up photo could help this cake. This recipe forms a crisp crust usually around the edges and is delicious.  The longer it set , the more it cracked.  But DELICIOUS,,, that crusty top was.  The cake stayed in tack, and was moist and firm.  I immediately called the lady from church, and she had no idea what happened either.  You could have sworn I baked it last week during the earthquake.   I was so glad I had baked it only for Mr. P and myself, not to take anywhere. I slice them up anyway, wrap each slice and put in freezer to pull out at night with our coffee.  I really think it just didin't like all the pictures I was taking of it during the process.  Can I blame it on my camera? Anyway if you would like the recipe, just let me know and I will gladly share.

Today we had our annual  church "Back to School Picnic" at a local park. Altho our schools have been in session almost a month now, this is the end to our summer activities at church.  I made my favorite Cornbread Salad to take as my side item.  I was so proud you don't cook it especially after the cake baking deal.
Sharing the recipe with you today.

Cornbread Salad

1 box Jiffy Cornbread Mix
1 (12oz) package of bacon ( cooked crisp and crumbled)
1/2 cup of sweet pickle relish
1/2 cup sweet pickle juice
3 Large tomatoes, chopped
1 Large green bell pepper, chopped
1 Large sweet onion chopped fine
1 cup of mayo or more to taste

Prepare cornbread according to package directions.  Cool, and crumble into very small pieces.

In a large bowl, layer one half of the cornbread, top with 1/2 of the pickle relish, 1/2 of the pickle juice
1/2 of the chopped tomatoes,peppers, onions, bacon, and 1/2 of the mayo.  Repeat layers one more time reserving a small amout of the bacon to garnish if you wish. Cover and chill until time to serve.

This is always a big hit at a gathering.  My bowl is now empty and I have to share the recipe with several ladies at church tomorrow.

For dessert Mr..P took the ice cream freezer and made ice cream for everyone.  Can you guess who was first in line to get her share?

You guessed it, Darbee Rae wanted to make sure she got her cup full.

After a great lunch and  ice cream on a hot afternoon the ladies got together to play a fun game of bingo.(just for fun, no money pot or prizes, ammmm, it is a church gathering.)

Sorry don't know why this one turned out blurry.   So there you have a recap of my last few days, yep, reality hits us all sometime and this time it did me in good with my cake, a great  " can't flop " recipe to share and a day of fun and relaxation. 

Hoping all of you have had a great weekend so far and will have a blessed Sunday tomorrow.  Until we talk again.


  1. Angela I wish I was there to have a piece if that cake!!!
    Sounds like you had a fun afternoon with friends.

  2. Mmmm. Looks good even with the cracks. Makes me happy when I remember all my imperfections!

  3. Oh Angela, pound cakes are my favorite too. I had a horrible experience with one once. Used self rising flour instead of plain. You can guess the rest of the story!
    Have a great show. Love corn bread salad. Only get it at Kit Kats in Townsend. Will definitely make yours.

  4. Yummy looking cake! I thought for sure you would've shared the recipe : ) Looks like a fun church outing as well. Blessings, Shirlee

  5. Angela ,
    glad that purty lil girl got her some ice cream ! and I think the cake looks wonderful wanted to lick the screen but darn I didnt wanna get shocked . I have never heard of cornbread salad but I will have to give it a whirl ! Enjoy your sunday ! hugs and blessings , lil raggedy angie

  6. Sure will try the salad, have had it before, but not exactly like yours, yours sounds better. I would like the cake recipe. Am thinking the humidity had a bit to do with the cake cracking, either that or your oven baked a bit hotter it normally would, bet it tasted fabulous anyway! Have a great weekend!

  7. I would love to try your pound cake recipe - I've never made one....My friend has given me an awesome recipe for rum cake - she and her girls make it all the time and it always turns out perfect. Yeah right....I've done it 3 times now and it has never come out of the pan right! And I bake a LOT....! I think they sabotaged the recipe! ;o) Corn bread salad, though? Really??? You all eat funny stuff down there....that just sounds plain weird!! Sorry!! Hoping you have Sunday filled with blessings! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin (And, oh - does Mr. P's ice cream look YUMMY!! Now THAT I'd eat no problem!!)

  8. The cake looks yummy..Yep the flash made it swell and crack..smile..Haven't had cornbread salad in years,It's a southern thing and many people up her in PA don't eat it much.It was a staple at our baptist church gatherings in florida when I was growing up though.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  9. Oh I made my pound cake recipe for the shower and it always looks so pretty but it wasn't yesterday. I DO want your recipe!!! And that cornbread recipe sounds great. I have never heard of that. I will have to try that. Well our plans were to leave on Tues. and go on a business trip and then head to the Hilton. I was sure going to try to get to your show but it doesn't look like we will be going anywhere since "Sweet Hunter" is down. Take lots of pics!!!

  10. What I say is YUMMY! If I were there I would help you eat the "not so perfect cake" and love every minute of it. Saw where you stopped by today and wanted to say hi and have a great day!

  11. That cake looks so good!! And the homemade ice cream..! We try and make homemade ice cream during strawberry time:) Have a great week..!

  12. Oh..and PS. Can I have the recipe for that yummo pound cake??!! Thanks....

  13. Looks YUMMY! My brother and I always "help ourselves" to the crusty top on the cake, just can't wait for the cake to be cut...it is so good! I would love a copy of your recipe!!!

  14. Ummmm homemade ice cream. We haven't made any of that for awhile. Cake looks great too. glad you had a great time at your gathering.


  15. Yum! It all looks delish!

    Carmen and the Primcats