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Wacky Wednesday

Wow, its Wednesday.  Hump day.

On a roll. Downhill slide.

Busy schedules and the rush of the holidays have you running short on time?

Kids want dessert?

Many moons ago, my mother was a cook at our school cafeteria, and they made this simple cake often.

Everyone loved Wacky Cake! Thankfully she taught me how to make it, too… ’cause I love chocolate and sometimes I don’t have eggs!

This is such an inexpensive dessert,  and the kids can even mix it up. (No mixer needed, just stir until the lumps are gone.)

Here it is, a delicious, easy to make dessert for this Wacky Wednesday.

Did I mention it’s chocolate?

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I made these to give as gifts!

Wacky Cake

6 tablespoons cocoa
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift or mix all dry ingredients together in a big bowl (or even in the  9 x13 inch cake pan you are going to bake it in). Add liquids and stir until smooth.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Or… bake the batter in wide mouth pint jars filled about half full of batter. (Check after 35 minutes.)

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Sterilize lids in water while baking cake.

When cakes are done (toothpick test), put lids and rings on jars, finger tighten, and wait for the ping.

Now you have gifts ready to tag! These makes wonderful troop gifts for care packages, or for when someone shows up unexpectedly. Makes nice individual mini loaf  size pans for inexpensive gifts for co workers, teachers, and friends.

Frosting

1 cup sugar

4 tablespoons cocoa

1/3 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup butter

Mix together and boil for 2 minutes. Stir until cool, pour over cooled cake.

Or… sift powdered sugar over cooled cake… or don’t frosted… or make a powdered sugar glaze, pour over warm cake!

The following is my favorite icing for this Wacky cake, although most times I don’t even add icing.

Powdered Sugar Glaze
2 cups powdered sugar
3  tablespoons  liquid (milk – water – fruit juice, etc.)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional
Combine ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour over warm cake.
*Glaze is good on cookies, cakes and breads.
WACKY? Well, yeah!

Sorry for the double spacing on the one recipe. This computer is wacky, too!

You Ready For Some Football?

More of God's Artwork!

Summer is winding down, and fall is just around the corner!

In less than one month autumn will be here. Cooler days will arrive, with football games, too. It’s almost time for wiener roasts, s’mores and sweatshirts!

Looking forward to drinking hot chocolate around a bonfire! I enjoy the fellowship with my family and friends, singing songs and just relaxing, while the guys keep the fire burning.

We just are making memories!

Thinking back to my youth, I remember every year going to a wiener roast at my cousins’ home. The young kids from our church would all show up and we would sit around  eating hot dogs and s’mores and sing gospel songs until late in the evening. Those were great times and precious friends!

It’s almost harvest time!

Sadly this year hasn’t been very good for gardens around here, and I am wondering what the harvest will be. Our local farmers’ market hasn’t had much in the way of produce.

The jalapeño jelly I made won’t last very long, I am afraid! There weren’t enough tomatoes for salsa, and I do like my salsa, but I guess I will just have to do with store-bought this year! 😦

What is your favorite harvest preserve? Do you have a great recipe for jellies, jams, preserves, or relishes? If so, please share with us! Share your tips with us, too, please!

I have looked through my books for old recipes of my mom’s, aunts, and grandmas’! I think I will make some old-fashioned chow-chow and bring back a few more memories!

Make sure this year to take the time to enjoy the cool weather and fellowship with your friends. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring!

While you’re at it, you could bring me a jar of that jelly!

Are you ready for some football? And guess what else… it’s only 121 days until Christmas! I know, I didn’t have to say that, did I?

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