Rum Cake


This was a favorite of ours years ago and I decided it was a good time to bring it back.  It’s very easy to make which is a plus!

This is the same Bacardi Rum recipe that was in every magazine in the 70’s and can now be found in almost every community cookbook published.  It’s a winner!

I just filled up the middle with fresh fruit but otherwise made exactly as the recipe states.

A Rum Cake

Rum Cake

1 cup chopped pecans
1 pkg yellow cake mix ~ DO NOT add ingredients on the box
1 small box instant vanilla pudding
4 eggs
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup dark rum ~ I used spiced rum

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark rum ~ I used spiced rum

Grease a 10 inch tube pan or a bundt pan and sprinkle pecans over the bottom of the pan.

Mix together the cake mix, pudding, eggs, water, oil. and rum. Pour over the nuts in the prepared pan.

Bake at 325º for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

Invert onto a serving dish. I did it a bit different. I inverted onto a cookie sheet until it was glazed and then I carefully moved it to my serving plate.

For the glaze: Melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in the water and sugar. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the rum.

Brush glaze over the top and sides of the cake. Allow cake to absorb the glaze. Repeat until glaze is used up.

Makes 10-12 servings.

Happy Cooking!

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Mimosa Punch

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Last weekend my family had a couples shower for my daughter and her fiance at my house.   It was a brunch and one of the things that I personally HAVE to have at a brunch is a mimosa.  Well, I just hate making individual drinks so I found a recipe for a mimosa punch from Paula Deen and it must have been good because it was gone lickety-split.  I had a little taste of the dregs in the bottom of the bowl and it WAS delish.  This is the way I’ll be serving mimosa at brunch parties from now on ~ only I’ll double the recipe, LOL!.

Earlier in the week, I made orange cubes to put in the punch by cutting up an orange in slices, then cutting the slices in half and putting them in a muffin pan.  I added water to fill the cups and froze.  Once frozen, I set the pan on the cupboard for a few minutes until they just loosened up in the pan.  I popped them out and tossed into a ziplock bag and put back in the freezer.  Very easy to do and you can use any fruit you want.

You’ll have to excuse the pictures ~ I was trying to get them while guests were helping themselves to the food and I didn’t want to be pushy.  I don’t think I got pictures of everything but I’ll just have to remake them!


Mimosa Punch

1 (12 ounce) can orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 liter club soda
2 bottle champagne

Pour thawed juice concentrate in a punch bowl. Stir in the club soda. Add 2 bottles champagne and stir lightly to mix.

Makes anywhere from 10 to 20 servings depending on the size glasses you use to serve it in.

Happy Cooking!

Easy Peasey Blueberry Cheese Danish


I am trying to cook my way through the all my food pins on Pinerest and this is one of the recipes on my Breakfast/Brunch board.  The recipe I pinned was for blackberry cheese danish and although I like blackberries, I like blueberries better so I just switched the berries.  In fact, I think almost any berry would work in this recipe.

This recipe came from the blog Lauren’s Latest, which is a really cute blog with some delicious recipes ~ check it out!  She has step-by-step pictures, too.

Easy Peasey Blueberry Cheese Danish


1 tube crescent rolls or 1 tube crescent dough
1 (8-oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsps flour
1/2 pint fresh blueberries, washed and dried

1 cup powdered sugar
4 tbsps heavy cream ~ more may be needed to get the right consistency
1 splash vanilla

Preheat oven to 375º.

In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and vanilla and set aside.

Unroll the dough on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Roll out the dough and place squares in a row lengthwise. Pinch the perforations together to form one sheet of dough.

Spoon the filling down the center of the dough leaving about an inch on both ends of the dough. Sprinkle blueberries over the top of the filling.

Make cuts on each side of the dough so the strips are about 1/2 inch  in size.

Fold an end over the dough and start braiding the dough as you go down. Tuck the other end of the dough under the strips as best you can.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the dough is golden and filling hot.

Let the danish cool.  While cooling, mix the icing and then drizzle the icing over the top. Sprinkle extra blueberries over the top if you have them.

Makes 8 servings.

Happy Cooking!

Creamy Lemonade Pie from Simple Shortcut Recipes


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Wow, is this a fabulous pie!  I love citrus anything so that’s why I chose this recipe and it really delivers that wonderful lemon flavor.

I made my own graham cracker crust because I’m not fond of the purchased ones.  I just followed the recipe on the box of graham crumbs.  Otherwise, I made the recipe as posted using sugar free pudding mix and the less fat cream cheese.

This pie would be just perfect for Easter or for a hot day in the summer.  I know it’ll be on my list to make often.

Creamy Lemonade Pie
Submitted by Kathy Grashoff, Fort Wayne, IN


1 (5 oz) can evaporated milk
1 (3.4 oz) box instant lemon pudding mix
2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 (9 inch) graham cracker pie crust

In a bowl, combine the evaporated milk and the dry pudding mix. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 2 minutes until thickened.

In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Gradually add the lemonade concentrate.

Stir cream cheese mixture into pudding mixture, mixing well.

Pour into a crust.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

Makes 8 servings.

Happy Cooking!

Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast with Blueberry Syrup


As a rule, I am not a fan of French toast but I have really started to like these overnight French toast recipes.  I think I made this one for Christmas breakfast for Mr. Meat Eater and I and we really enjoyed it.

I always use Challah bread for these kinds of recipes ~ it soaks up the liquids nicely and it’s a bit sweet.  King’s Hawaiian bread would work nicely, too.  I used frozen blueberries for both the casserole and the syrup and they worked perfectly.

I found the recipe on a blog called Real Mom Kitchen ~ it’s a very cute blog with some great recipes so check it out when you have a chance.

Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast with Blueberry Syrup


French Toast:

12 slices bread, cut into cubes ~ I used challah but King’s Hawaiian would work
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, cut in cubes
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen) ~ I used frozen and probably about 1 1/2 cups ~ do not defrost
12 eggs
1/3 cup real maple syrup
2 cups milk

Arrange 1/2 of the bread cubes in a greased 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle cream cheese cubes and blueberries evenly over the bread cubes and top with remaining bread cubes.

Mix together the eggs, milk, and syrup. Pour over bread cubes and cover the pan with foil. Refrigerate overnight.

Bake, covered, at 350º for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes or until fluffy and golden.

Top with sauce.

Makes 8 servings.


1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tbsps cornstarch
1 cup blueberries ~ I used frozen but fresh is fine ~ do not defrost
1 tbsp butter

Cook water, sugar, and cornstarch together until thickened. Stir in blueberries and simmer for 10 minutes. Add butter and stir until melted. Serve over the french toast.

Happy Cooking!

Roasted Mushroom Green Beans

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I am just starting to play catch-up with the recipes I made right before my gout attack and this is one of them.

I found this recipe on Pinterest although it was pinned from Kalyns Kitchen and it is WONDERFUL!!  It’s easy to make and would go well with almost any main dish.  I made it as the recipe stated except I went heavy on the Parmesan because I love it.

Roasted Mushroom Green Beans

8 oz. mushrooms, sliced in 1/2 inch slices ~ I used Baby Bellas
1 lb. fresh green beans, thin ones are preferred ~ I used Haricot Verts
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
2 T finely grated Parmesan cheese ~ I used much more

Preheat oven to 450º. Clean mushrooms with a damp cloth and slice. Wash and trim green beans if needed. Cut green beans in half although I did not do this since mine were not long.

Put green beans and mushrooms into a Ziploc bag. Stir together olive oil and balsamic vinegar and pour over, then smoosh the bag or so all the beans and mushrooms are lightly coated with the mixture.

Arrange green beans and mushrooms on a large cookie sheet, spreading them out so the beans and mushrooms are not crowded. Roast for 20-30 minutes and check for doneness after 20 minutes. Cook until beans are tender-crisp, mushrooms are cooked, and all liquid on the pan from mushrooms has evaporated.

Season beans and mushrooms with salt and pepper to taste and then sprinkle grated Parmesan over the top and serve hot.

Makes 6-8 servings.


Happy Cooking!

Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

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I am a huge Pinterest addict and I found this recipe there.  It is wonderful and meets my criteria of being easy to make.  These are going to be on my Thanksgiving table instead of my usual sweet potato casserole. They are even good as leftovers warmed up.

This is a Martha Stewart which I typically don’t like but I knew when I read it, that it would be great.

Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

3 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark, whichever you have)
2 tbsps bourbon
salt and pepper
3 tbsps butter, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350º.

Place potato wedges in a 9×13 pan and add the brown sugar and bourbon and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Bake until potatoes are glazed and tender, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, tossing them every 30 minutes.

Stir in butter before serving.

Makes about 6-8 servings.


Happy Cooking!