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    Rum Cake Recipe

    Moist Rich Rum Cake Company is coming! Now there’s a reason to make dessert. A box yellow cake fancied up creates a cake rich in flavor and pretty as a picture! Back in the storage closet I have a Bundt pan that I save for special occasions… or just when I can THINK of some way to use it. This is perfection.Cake serves 12 Cake ingredients: 1 c chopped or walnuts 1 (18 ½ oz.) yellow cake mix 1 (3 ¾ oz.) package Jell-O vanilla instant pudding & pie filling4 eggs ½ c cold water ½ c vegetable oil ½ c rum Glaze ingredients: 1 stick butter ¼ c water…

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    My Definition of Perfection

    Here in northeastern Ohio we have a wonderful park-system called the ‘Metroparks’.  They are small parks scattered throughout the area, run by the local counties.  My favorite park is just 10 minutes north of us and makes for some wonderful walks at all times of the year.  The Autumn season is glorious with the changing of the leaves; vibrant reds, golds, yellows and oranges, my favorite colors!  We took the opportunity this weekend after church to head up as a family to get a picture.  We got three or four good ones but I have to admit this is my favorite: At first I thought, “Wow, what a picture-perfect shot…”, a family of six,…

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    A Simple Gift to Make That Looks Good!

    At thanksgiving time, I like to have something set up for folks to do wile either waiting for the turkey to fill the house with that undeniable, wonderful aroma … or to do while waiting for that undeniable FULL feeling to fade. We have put together simple quilts, sewn up patchwork pillow cases, made Santa faces out of magnolia pods and even painted tree ornaments. All were fun and a bit challenging. I think being artistically challenged allows us not to go for perfection… but allows us to be perfectly content! And after a large meal… being content is a good thing! This year we will be putting together a…

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    To everything there is a season.

    To everything there is a season, and with Lent here, fish – well seasoned is a celebration unto it’s self.While living in Florida we had what we thought was an unending supply of red snapper available to us. This white fish was easy to adapt to all favorite recipes. It broiled, grilled and baked to perfection. And best of all, when we went out on a party boat with a crowd of folk, we brought home a cooler full of this bounty. The results: invitations to the neighbors for back yard feasts! We did love Florida!Cod can easily be a great substitute for snapper. It too is firm and stands…

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    Cocoa and Spice Slow Roasted Pork and Onions

    Fill your house with friends, fun and a planned menu. Sounds good doesn’t it! Here is a slow roasted pork dish that is sure to please the senses: smell – delicious; sight – festive; and taste – perfection! Spice Rub1/2 t whole peppercorns freshly ground… or 1/4 t black pepper2 T plus 3/4 t ground cinnamon2 T kosher salt1 T plus 2 1/4 t unsweetened cocoa powder1 t ground nutmeg1/2 t ground cloves Pork and Onions6T olive oil3 3/4 to 4 lbs onions, thinly sliced1 1/2 t dried sage1 1/2 c water5 pounds pork butt with boneSpice rub Mix all spices together. Set aside. Heat oil in large pot over…

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    S’more Simple Pleasures

    Give a 5 year old, or a 50 year old a stick, a place in front of an outdoor fireplace, unlimited marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers. Ahhhhhhh life, it is good! We live in the country. We clear land, burn wood, cut thin branches and eat s’mores! My daughter lives in suburbia. They buy wood, fire up the deck fire pit, and use coat hangers for the ‘roasting’, and eat s’mores. Simple pleasures. Life long memories. Instant road back to childhood. Instant road to ‘maturity’ – holding something so close to the fire. (With permission!) One roasted marshmallow can cover a square foot of skin in less than it takes…