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Wow!  What a stormy day!!  The power went out and the ground has standing water everywhere.  We have been praying for rain.  He answered our prayers.  Made it for an inside day though.  I got mostly caught up on all the housework.  We went to Sam’s Club, renewed our membership and got supplies for the coming week.  It’s amazing how much food we can go through in a home with eight people. 


I had the opportunity to chat with my brother David online from Iraq.  He says he is doing well, though it is extremely hot over there. Please join us in praying for him and his family, as well as all our soldiers overseas.


I hope all of you have a wonderful week.  God bless!


Today we went to the beach with Abbie and Kiera. It was a very good day.  We collected tons of shells for Abbie to take back to Washington with her.  It was a VERY, VERY hot but relaxing day.  Thank you Jesus for today…it was refreshing.

Family Handshakes


Your family is rather an exclusive club, so why not develop a secret family handshake? Shaking hands is a ritual so why not create your own playful “secret handshake” for family members only. For example, you could do a double shake (standard handshake done twice, quickly); triple snap (snap fingers three times and shake); high five (hand and palm up, clap together); or a double cross (shake opposite hands at the same time).


Play the handshake game: This is a fun game for children and parents.  Everyone adds a movement to the handshake they receive. For example, the first two people touch thumbs. The second two people touch thumbs and slide palms. The next two people touch thumbs, slide palms, and clap. The next two people touch thumbs, slide palms, clap, and clasp little fingers. Keep going around the room until you get thoroughly confused!


You can also play silly shakes: This is a fun game to play with a very young child. How many different body parts can you shake? Everyone knows you can shake hands. Trying shaking a foot, elbow, knee, pinky finger, earlobe, hair, thumb, nose, and so on.





I’ve been talking to several people lately about how having cancer at 38 changed my way of thinking.  I truly began to realize that no one ever has any idea what someone else is going through.  I notice that if you are frustrated with the car in front of you…cut them some slack…they may have just lost a loved one, had a medical procedure, been dealing with autistic children all day, diagnosed with a deadly disease….we have no idea.

Life is just so precious!  Everyone else you come into contact with has a life just as complicated as your own life…maybe even MORE complicated.  Even if you share similarities with others circumstances are always very different.

Don’t be so quick to judge others.  Whether it is how they dress, speak, look, raise their children, handle their finances, maintain their home, yard or vehicle, education, race, employment, anything…  Not only is it not our place it is the Lord’s place but it can have a devastating affect on us as Christians as well.  I strongly believe if we judge someone for something it will most definitely come to be a factor in our own lives.  Have you ever rolled your eyes about how someone has to used change to pay for items at the store only to find yourself needing to do it within only a few weeks?

Matthew 7:1“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Luke 6:37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

The next time you get antsy waiting on someone or in traffic or waiting for that funeral to proceed through the light….stop and say a little prayer for those individuals…you’ll feel much better for it!   Just a thought!

Summer is definitely here! The boys are all at Royal Ranger camp so today is “Girls” day, well Daddy too!  Here are two of the girls having a “picnic” with their fried chicken.  Clever young things  aren’t they?



Enjoying the pool!



Kiera’s favorite place in the world: dirt, mud, anything dirty at all!



Let’s Jump on the trampoline! What Fun! 😉



Here is the newest addition to our family….meet Sam the CRAZEE kitten!  He has successfully destroyed ALL my houseplants (but we still love this playful little guy).

Kiera (Kiki) is definitely two now.  See her saying “no” to posing for a photo?

Abbie finally arrived on Monday. Boy has she ever grown! She is a HUGE young lady. The kids were all so excited to see her. She has fallen back into routine here at home. Loving all of the playmates, attention and activities. I tell you that girl is a FISH, she LOVES to swim!

She forgot how to ride a bike after her first six months in Seattle. We remember all to well how difficult the weather is there. Six years of miserable weather is more than enough! When we arrived home from the airport and got out of the van into the 96 degree heat she said, “Finally! It’s warm!” Anyhow, she is doing very well on her bike again. She just needs a little more confidence.

The boys are all headed out tomorrow to a Royal Ranger Camping trip until Saturday afternoon. They should have plenty to tell then.

Hi there, my name is Tammy. I thought I’d introduce you to our family. We live in sunny Florida. I am blessed with a wonderful husband, Kevin and six wonderful children. Our first three children are boys: Josh (15), Garitson (11) and Nathan (9) then came the girls: Miranda (7), Abbie (6) and Kiera (2). I was diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant with Kiera. It was a rough ride but she was born healthy despite everything. Six days after she was induced early I began four months of chemo, them 38 and 3 boosts of radiation, additional surgery and now five years of medication. The Lord has brought us through it well…for that we are grateful. I celebrated my two-year anniversary being cancer free in January. Yippee! Anyhow, it’s been a rough three years…but God has blessed us with six healthy children and they are a blessing.

I love recipes and photography.  I will include a lot of my recipes on this blog.

We love the outdoors and enjoy spending a lot of time outside doing activities.

This photo was taken on Mother’s Day 2008

at the beach!

Josh (15) is an aspiring musician, he plays the trumpet in Band, the guitar and tinkers on the keyboard.  He is a brilliant young man.

Garitson (11) is very into all things military, outdoors and camping.  He hopes to join into special services as a career.  He is a very loyal and faithful worker and son.

Nathaniel (9) is our little scientist, artist and farmer.  It is alway about how things work and experimenting.  His latest obsession is carnivorous plants.  We are getting quite a collection!  Very bright boy!

Miranda (7) is an adveturous girlie-girl.  She is a fantastic sister and very motherly.  She hopes to be a teacher one day and will make an excellent one.

Abigail (6) is our sweet-hearted love bug.  She definitely shows interest in the medical field and is very concerned about all our well being.  A lovely young lady.

Kiera (2) is our miracle baby.  She is a blessing to everyone she comes across and a sweetheart.  A very, very, very active one she is.

1 c. pecans, chopped
1/2 c. Karo light or dark corn syrup
2 tbsp. margarine or butter, softened
2 c. Bisquick baking mix
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 egg
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix pecans, corn syrup and margarine in ungreased round pan, 9 x 1 1/2 inches. Spread to cover bottom of pan. Mix remaining ingredients. Beat 30 seconds. Spread over pecan mixture. Bake until golden brown and wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Run knife around edge of pan to loosen; immediately invert on heatproof serving plate.

3/4 c. sugar
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 c. milk
1 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tbsp. cocoa
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. cocoa
1 1/4 c. boiling water
Cream sugar and butter. Add milk. Sift and add dry ingredients. Pour into 9 inch square greased pan. Sprinkle with nuts. Make sauce and pour over batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. NOTE: This recipe has no eggs and little butter.

3 tbsp. butter
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 to 1 1/2 c. drained, canned apricots
1/2 c. shortening
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. molasses
2 1/2 c. sifted cake flour
2 tsp. soda
2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. sour milk
In skillet: Melt butter, add 1 cup of the brown sugar and stir until melted. Arrange apricots cut side up. Cream shortening. Add 1/2 cup brown sugar and cream until fluffy. Add eggs, molasses and beat. Sift flour, salt, soda, ginger; add alternately with sour milk. Pour over apricots. Bake 325 to 350 degrees, 35 to 50 minutes. Serve with whipped cream.

1 tbsp. margarine
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. flour
1/2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. dates, cut up
1/2 c. nuts
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 tbsp. margarine
1 c. hot water
Cream margarine and sugar. Sift dry ingredients. Add vanilla to creamed mixture, then milk alternately with flour mixture. Stir dates and nuts in last. Place batter in greased dish. Heat sauce ingredients and pour over batter. Bake at 350 degrees 30 minutes.

1 pt. blueberries
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. shortening
1 egg
1 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 c. milk
Pour washed blueberries into buttered casserole (1 1/2 quart size). Sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar. Cream 1/2 cup sugar and 1 egg together. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add this to creamed mixture alternately with 1/2 cup milk. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Spoon out while hot and serve with whipped cream, ice cream, or milk.

3 Granny Smith or other tart cooking apples
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 c. butter
1 (16 oz.) pkg. golden pound cake mix
2 eggs, for use in cake mix
2 tsp. grated orange peel (optional)
Core apples, cut into slices. Toss with lemon juice and spice. Melt butter in a 10 inch cast iron or oven proof skillet. Remove from heat. Stir in brown sugar. Arrange apple slices in skillet in circular pattern. Pour in any juice remaining in bowl. Mix cake mix according to package directions, using the 2 eggs; add peel if desired. Pour batter over apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool completely in pan before turning onto platter. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

3 med. peaches
6 tbsp. lite brown sugar
1/2 c. blueberries
1 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 stick butter
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. milk
Grease 8 inch round cake pan. Peel and slice peaches then arrange in bottom of pan, coming up sides slightly. Sprinkle brown sugar over peaches. Scatter berries. Toss together flour, baking powder and salt. Cream butter and sugar, then add egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients alternating with milk. Spread over fruit. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Cook on wire rack for 5 minutes. Loosen and turn onto plate.

1 c. raisins
1 1/2 c. flour
1 can (20 oz.) pineapple slices
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. margarine
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. shred carrots
Drain pineapple, reserve 1/2 cup syrup. Melt 1/4 cup margarine in 10 inch oven proof skillet. Blend in brown sugar, arrange pineapples over sugar mixture and top with 1/2 raisins. Beat remaining 1/4 cup margarine with granulated sugar until fluffy. Beat eggs, vanilla and carrots. Combine dry ingredients. Beat 1/3 dry ingredients into creamed mixture. Beat in 1/2 reserved syrup until blended. Repeat ending.

3/4 c. sugar
1 tbsp.butter
1/2 c. milk
1 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tbsp. cocoa
1/2 c. chopped nuts
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. cocoa
1 1/2 c. boiling water
Cream sugar, butter and milk. Sift flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa and add to creamed mixture. Place cake mixture in buttered and floured pan, a 9 x 9 inch pan. Sprinkle with nuts. TOPPING: Combine sugars and cocoa. Sprinkle over batter. Cover with hot water. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

1 c. pecans, chopped
1 c. coconut
1 German chocolate cake mix
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. powdered sugar
Spread pecans and coconut in bottom of greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Mix German chocolate cake according to box directions and pour over pecans and coconut. Cream together cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar and pour over cake. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. When removed it will be wiggly. Let stand for 30 minutes to cool. Turn over on cookie sheet and cut.

1 pkg. yellow or white cake mix
1 (16 oz.) can peaches, drained & sliced
1/8 c. margarine (1/4 stick)
1/2 c. brown sugar
Whipped cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease 9 x 13 inch pan with margarine. Arrange peach slices in pan until evenly covered. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Spoon over peaches, covering well. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Top should spring up when touched in middle. Remove from oven and serve with whipped cream, if desired or cover and refrigerate and serve cold.

1 c. brown sugar
1 yellow cake mix
1 can of crushed pineapple
1 tbsp. butter
Take old iron skillet (deep one), butter the bottom and sides with butter. Pour brown sugar on bottom of skillet. Cover the bottom well. Pour can of crushed pineapple on top of brown sugar. Mix cake mix as box directs. Pour on top of brown sugar and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.


1-1/2 sticks margarine
2 c. light brown sugar, packed
Pineapple & juice
3 eggs
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
Use 9 or 10 inch iron skillet or round pan. Melt margarine over low heat in skillet. Remove from heat, add brown sugar. Mix together 8 slices of pineapple or 2 cups crushed pineapple (drained). Pour evenly over margarine and sugar. Separate eggs in large bowl. Beat yolks until light and smooth. Add sugar with 1/2 cup pineapple juice and vanilla. Beat until sugar is well dissolved. Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Beat egg whites until stiff then fold into the above mixture. Pour onto the margarine, sugar and pineapple mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, put plate over skillet or pan and dump upside down.

1 lb-13 oz. can pumpkin
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. nutmeg
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
Mix all ingredients together and pour into a buttered 9×13 inch pan. Pour or crumble 1 box yellow cake mix over pumpkin mixture. Top with chopped walnuts or pecans. Melt 1 cup butter and pour over chopped nuts. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees. Serve with whipped cream, if desired. Serves: 12-15.

3 tbsp. of butter (melted and put in round pan)
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 can Cherries in water, drained
1-1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 c. shortening, spry
2/3 c. sugar
1 egg
3/4 tsp. vanilla
2/3 c. milk
Mix spry and sugar; add egg and vanilla. Next, add flour, baking powder and salt; mix together then add milk. Pour cake mix over cherries. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes in 350 degree oven.

1 tbsp. cold water
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. almond extract (optional)
1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling
1 2/3 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. Hershey’s cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. water
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cold water, cornstarch and almond extract, if desired. Stir in cherry pie filling; blend well. Spread evenly on bottom of ungreased 9×9 inch pan. Set aside. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Stir or whisk until batter is smooth and well blended. Pour evenly over cherry mixture. Bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Invert onto serving plate. Serve warm.

1 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 c. oleo or butter, melted
1 lg. can chunked or crushed pineapple, drained
Maraschino cherries
1/2 c. nuts, chopped
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 pkg. Dream Whip
4 eggs
1 c. pineapple juice
Combine sugar and butter in 9 x 13 inch pan. Cover with pineapple. Place cherries amongst pineapple. Sprinkle with nuts and 1/2 cup pineapple juice. Set aside. Combine cake mix, dry package of Dream Whip, eggs and remaining pineapple juice. Blend until moistened and then beat for 4 minutes. Carefully spoon cake mixture over pineapple mixture in bottom of pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes and turn over on a large pan or tray. Serve warm or cold with Cool Whip.

1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. peanut butter
1 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tsp. water
1/2 c. chopped peanuts
1/2 c. whole peanuts
1 c. sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3 eggs
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. water
1 tsp. lemon extract
Make the topping first. Get a heavy 9 to 10 inch skillet; add butter and heat until melted. Stir in brown sugar, peanut butter and water smoothly. I mix in both chopped and whole peanuts. Smooth over bottom skillet evenly. Make batter. Start your oven at 350 degrees. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Beat eggs slightly. Add sugar to eggs gradually and beat vigorously. Use an electric mixer. Beat until mixture is smooth and thick. Stir in flour mixture alternating the water and lemon extract. Pour over peanut topping and bake 30 to 35 minutes or until cake tests done. Loosen from skillet with knife, invert over serving platter.

3 lg. tbsp. butter or Imperial margarine
1 1/2 c. light brown sugar (C&H)
2 (17 oz.) cans apricot halves (Del Monte)
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 egg yolks, beaten
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of salt
3 egg whites, beaten stiff
1/2 c. water
Grease 12-inch cast iron frying pan. Cream together brown sugar and butter and pack in bottom of fry pan. Drain apricots and place upside down on top of sugar mixture. Set aside and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar with 3 beaten egg yolks. Mix 1 1/2 cups flour with 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and salt. Add slowly 1/2 cup water. Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold in to batter gently. Pour over apricots. Bake 50-60 minutes. Invert immediately onto large round serving plate.

1 lg. can evaporated milk
3 lbs. hamburger
2 eggs
2 c. quick oatmeal
2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. onions, chopped
1/2 tsp. garlic salt or powder
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. chili powder
3 c. (32 oz.) catsup
4 tsp. liquid smoke
1 lb. brown sugar (2 1/4 c. packed)
1 c. onions, chopped

Combine first 9 ingredients; form into little meatballs. For sauce, combine catsup, liquid smoke, brown sugar and onions; bring to a boil. Pour over meatballs. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 60 minutes. Makes 50 to 70 meatballs.


1 lb. hamburger meat
2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
1 tsp. spaghetti seasoning
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. Salt

Form hamburger meat into small meatballs. Brown over medium heat. Drain grease. Add tomato sauce and seasonings – simmer approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Serve with tossed salad and garlic bread.


1 lb. hamburger meat
1 pkg. taco mix
1 (16 oz.) can whole tomatoes
1 can Nacho cheese soup
1/2 c. milk
1 lg. pkg. yellow rice

Brown hamburger meat and drain. Add taco mix and tomatoes. Heat soup and 1/2 cup milk. Cook yellow rice by directions on package. Layer rice, meat and cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Can be served with Nacho chips, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream, if desired


1 lb. hamburger
1 (16 oz.) can Mexican chili beans
1 (16 oz.) can tomatoes
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. chili powder (or to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 sm. onion, chopped

Brown hamburger and onion. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add beans, tomatoes, brown sugar and chili powder. Let simmer slowly for about 15 minutes.


1 qt. water
2 lbs. lean hamburger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cumin seed or ground cumin
2 lg. onions, chopped
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 toe garlic, crushed
2 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. red pepper or chili pepper
1 tbsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1 (16 oz.) can tomato paste
1 1/2 tbsp. cider vinegar
3 lg. whole bay leaves
Crumble raw (do not brown) hamburger into water. Add all ingredients. Bring to boil, then simmer for 3 hours. Remove garlic toe and bay leaves.


2 lb. hamburger
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 c. water
1 (7 oz.) can green chilies
1 pkg. ranch style dressing mix
1 can hominy, drained
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 can Rotel tomatoes
2 cans pinto beans
1 can jalapeno pinto beans
Brown hamburger; add all other ingredients and simmer 25 – 30 minutes. Top with grated cheese if desired.


1 lb. hamburger
1 med. onion, chopped, about 1/2 c.
1/4 c. chopped green pepper
1 pkg. Hamburger-Helper for chili tomatoes
6 c. water
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. salt
1 (16 oz.) can whole tomatoes
1 (8 oz.) can whole kernel corn
1 can pitted ripe olives
Cook and stir hamburger, onion and green pepper in large pot until beef is brown. Drain, stir in sauce — mix from hamburger helper, water, chili powder, garlic salt, salt, tomatoes with liquid; break tomatoes up with fork. Heat to boiling, stirring often. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in macaroni and corn with liquid and olives. Cover and cook 10 more minutes.


1 lb. hamburger
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped bell pepper
1 c. chopped celery
1 clove minced garlic
1 tsp. Italian herb seasoning
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 lg. can tomato sauce
1 lg. can water
1 pkg. spaghetti sauce seasoning
Brown hamburger with onion, bell pepper and garlic. Drain well and put into crock pot with all other ingredients. Have crock pot on high until sauce comes to a boil and then turn it to low and simmer for 6 hours. Serve hot over favorite noodles (our family likes egg noodles) and goes well with the garlic bread, and a fresh salad. Chopped bell pepper and celery can be kept in the freezer until ready to use. Be sure to rinse well before adding to any recipe to remove freezer taste.


1 lb. hamburger
1 lg. can tomato juice
1 c. chopped onion
1 c. chopped celery
1 c. noodles or rice
Season with salt and pepper as desired
Tear hamburger in small pieces, place in bottom of crock pot. Add tomato juice, and turn crock pot to low; simmer. One hour later, add vegetables and let simmer 4-6 hours. Before serving, add rice or noodles, Turn crock pot, setting to high and cook additional 1/2 hour. Reduce heat and eat.


2 cans pork ‘n beans
1 can lima beans, drained
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 lb. hamburger meat
3/4 lb. bacon, chopped into pieces
1 onion, chopped
1 c. catsup
1/4 c. brown sugar
3 tbsp. white vinegar
3 tbsp. liquid smoke
1/2 tsp. each of salt & pepper

Brown together and drain hamburger, bacon and onion. Mix all and cook low 4 to 6 hours in crock pot



 1 (18 1/4 or 18 1/2 oz.) pkg. Yellow cake mix
1/4 c. vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/2 c. nuts, chopped
1 (16 oz.) can Comstock solid pack pumpkin
1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Reserve 1/2 cup dry cake mix. In large bowl, combine remaining cake mix, oil and 1 egg; beat until crumbly. Stir in nuts. Press firmly on bottom of 13 x 9 inch baking pan. In same bowl, combine remaining ingredients; mix well. Pour over prepared crust. Bake 50 minutes or until set, cool. Cut into bars. Garnish with nuts or as desired.


1 pkg. yellow pudding cake mix
1/3 c. margarine, softened
1 c. ground or finely chopped almonds
1 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
4 egg whites
1/2 c. chopped almonds
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 x 9 inch pan. In large bowl, combine cake mix and margarine at low speed until crumbly. Reserve 1/2 cup crumbs for topping. Press remaining crumbs in bottom of prepared pan. In same large bowl, beat ground almonds, powdered sugar, almond extract and egg whites on highest speed for 4 minutes. Pour evenly over crumbs. Combine 1/2 cup reserved crumbs and chopped almonds; sprinkle over egg white mixture. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool. Cut into bars.


1 pkg. Super Moist carrot cake mix
1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple
1 can (8 1/4 oz.) sliced carrots or
grated carrots, drained
1/4 c. vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in ungreased 13 x 9 inch pan. Stir vigorously for 1 minute. Bake cake for 35 to 40 minutes, cool and frost with Cream Cheese Raisin Frosting.

1 pkg. Betty Crocker cream cheese frosting
Mix as directed and add 1/2 cup raisins, if desired.



1 pkg. Duncan Hines spice cake mix
2 1/2 c. uncooked rolled oats
2 eggs
3/4 c. cooking oil
1/2 c. milk
1 c. raisins
1 c. chopped nuts
1/4 c. dark brown sugar
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Drop from a teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.


1 pkg. lemon pudding recipe cake mix
1 (1 lb. 5 oz.) can peach pie filling
3 eggs
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. margarine
1/2 c. nuts
Mix cake mix, pie filling, and eggs. Beat until peaches are in small pieces. Spread in greased and floured 9 x 13 inch pan. Mix Topping ingredients and sprinkle on top of batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes until center springs back when touched lightly.


1  Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix
1/2 c. oil
4 eggs
1 1/3 c. water
1 sm. pkg. lemon jello
1/4 c. lemon juice
Powdered sugar
Add ingredients to dry cake mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Frost right out of the oven by mixing lemon juice with enough powdered sugar to make a smooth consistency. Cool.


1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 pkg. vanilla instant pudding
3/4 c. Wesson oil
3/4 c. water
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix together at high speed for 8 minutes. Grease bundt pan well with pastry brush. Sprinkle 1 cup nuts in pan; spread around. Nuts will cling to grease! Place 1/3 of batter in pan; sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Place another 1/3 of mixture in pan; sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Place remaining 1/3 of batter in pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or more.


1 box yellow cake mix
2/3 c. salad oil
4 whole eggs
1 pkg. lemon Jello
1/2 c. warm water
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and dust lightly with flour 1 (10″) tube cake pan. Dissolve Jello in warm water. Empty cake mix into mixing bowl. Add salad oil and beat two minutes. Add eggs, one at a time beating after each addition. Stir in Jello. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until straw comes out dry. Cool in pan. Dribble topping slowly over top and sides of cake.  TOPPING: Combine two cups sifted confectioners’ sugar with the juice of one orange.


1 pkg. yellow cake mix, reserve 2/3 c. for filling
1/2 c. butter or margarine, melted
1 egg
1 c. chopped pecans
2/3 c. cake mix
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 c. dark corn syrup
3 eggs
Combine dry cake mix in large mixing bowl with melted butter and 1 egg. Mix until crumbly. Press mixture into generously greased (bottom and sides) 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes until light golden brown. Meanwhile, prepare filling. Combine all filling ingredients in large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes. When the cake has baked for 15-20 minutes, remove from oven and pour filling over partially baked crust. Sprinkle with pecans. Return pan to oven. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes longer until filling is set. Cut into 36 bars when cake is almost cool.


1 yellow cake mix
1 (4 oz.) pkg. instant lemon flavor pudding mix
1 c. sour cream
1/3 c. oil
4 eggs
Combine all ingredients in a large mixer bowl. Blend at medium speed for 4 minutes. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes.