I recently made this cake for a church function and realized I had never posted the recipe here on the blog. I got this recipe many years ago from a woman who is a missionary in France. It takes basic ingredients which nearly everyone keeps in their kitchen, it's easy to make, it serves a crowd, and it is delicious. You can also make it with blueberry or peach pie filling. I know some of my readers routinely have large groups of people in their homes so this recipe is a good one to have on hand.
Cherry Coffee Cake
2 sticks butter
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsps. baking powder
1 can cherry pie filling
Grease and flour a jelly roll pan and set aside. Cream butter and sugar then add eggs and almond extract. Next add baking powder and flour and mix to form a smooth batter. Spread 2/3 of the batter into the prepared pan and then drop spoonfuls of the pie filling on top. Drop the remaining batter by spoonfuls on top of the fruit. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until it tests done and is lightly browned. Drizzle with a glaze made from 1 cup sifted powdered sugar mixed with a bit of cream or milk to make a drizzling consistency. This is easily cut into 20 pieces.
The winners of the Dial bodywash giveaway are Deb G. and Vera K. I will be contacting you individually for mailing information. Thank you to all who entered.
This giveaway is now closed as of 2/28/14.
We are having a much harsher winter than usual here in South Carolina. I don't know about you, but I often have a problem with dry skin during the colder months of the year.
The other day I received a sample of Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash in the mail. The label states that it helps promote healthy, soft skin and that it is lotion infused and moisturizing with Vitamin B complex. The sample I got is kiwi scented and it smells very refreshing. It makes me want to eat a kiwi. I have enjoyed trying this new body wash and have found it to be helpful in moisturizing my dry winter skin.
Last week while grandson Drew was here visiting he agreed (rather reluctantly) to be the model for this giveaway.
I have coupons for two free bottles of Dial Vitamin Boost body wash to give away. If you would be interested in sampling it leave a comment here telling what is your favorite scent of body wash or lotion. You can gain an extra entry by mentioning this giveaway on your blog or on Facebook. (Leave another comment here or tag me on Facebook to let me know.) Comments must be received before midnight on Thursday, February 27th. Please leave your name and email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.
"The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own."
This post may be of interest to my readers who used to get their prescriptions at Barge Pharmacy. Since Barge closed our former pharmacist, Mr. F. is now working at the Rite Aid on Wade Hampton. I stopped by there last week to compare prices and was pleasantly surprised to find that my prescriptions were actually a little less expensive than at the competitor. I'm sure this will not be the case for everyone, but it is worth checking into. Since I transferred my prescriptions I was given a little gift bag of first aid type items. Mr. F. was not on duty during my visit but the ladies who filled my prescriptions were very helpful and friendly. If you haven't ventured in yet you might want to check it out.
We're in the midst of a winter storm here in South Carolina and the news has been reporting that the local stores are out of milk and bread. Fortunately we are pretty well stocked for this emergency since I bought some bread and buns and did quite a bit of baking last week in preparation for the arrival of Megan and Maddie. They flew in on Saturday when the weather was in the 60's.
Here is Maddie relaxing during the snowstorm by reading a book:
One of my favorite things about winter is being able to bake more. Baking helps to heat up the house and fresh breads often pair well with savory winter soups and stews. Since it's just the two of us here most of the time I generally bake a full batch of whatever I'm baking and then freeze most of it for future use. I have discovered that breads and buns stay nice and fresh for quite a while in the freezer if they are wrapped in plastic wrap and then placed in a plastic storage bag. These hot dog buns had been in the freezer for nearly six months and were still soft and fresh tasting when wrapped and stored this way.
This recipe for French Bread makes two loaves. I like to slice one loaf in slices, butter them with garlic butter, and then package them in multiples of two. It's easy to just take out the number of slices needed for a meal and then toast them in the oven to help round out a meal.
I usually slice the second loaf horizontally and then freeze it for future meals of open faced ham sandwiches or French Bread Pizza. It's convenient to have these breads on hand for quick meals.
I tried a new recipe for this Carrot Onion Dill Bread recently and we both really liked it. I'm planning to use it later in the week for Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. We can enjoy those even if our power goes out.
Megan and Maddie have enjoyed meeting little Della.
Jim and Drew are driving down this coming weekend and we are planning a little birthday celebration for Maddie who turns two on Valentine's Day. It will be the first time all five cousins will be together and we hope we can get a picture.
What is your favorite thing to bake when it's cold and snowy outside?