September 22, 2013

Fall Time Pumpkin Cake

We have been making this recipe since 2006! I think it was originally from Kraft Food & Family Magazine, but you know how that goes. We have a few recipes that have been written down on so many cards. There's a reason they are called family favorites! After describing this dessert to our guests, they usually give us a questionable look. It's always a good sign when they end up taking seconds. ;)

1 (18.25 oz.) Betty Crocker yellow cake mix
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 (15 oz.) can of pumpkin
1/4 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
4 large eggs or 1 cup liquid egg substitute
1 Cool Whip for topping (optional)
  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • Lightly grease the bottom of a 9x13" glass pan. A standard size Bundt pan, or two 9-inch cake pans could also be used.
  • In a large bowl mix together the yellow cake mix, sugar, oil, pumpkin, water, cinnamon, and eggs. Beat until well blended.
  • Transfer to the baking dish or cake pans.
  • Bake at 350° F for 45 minutes, cool on wire rack.
  • Serve and top with Cool Whip. 

Wishing a happy Autumn to all of my followers. Let me know if you try the cake!

September 19, 2013

Retro Metro Bag Review & Updates

Hey guys! How was your Summer? Mine flew by! (it happens every time) I can hardly believe that it is already September. Temps in the 60s, and you know what that meaaans. #cozyclothes

1| It's officially been one month since I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed. I am so relieved that it's over. I never have to go through that again! One of the holes inside my mouth took it's sweet time closing. Good news! It is almost healed 100%. I'm looking forward to eating on both sides of my mouth. Woot!

2| My Thirty-One gifts Metro Retro Bag. This goes along with my surgery. At the time there was a fundraiser going on, and I felt it was necessary to buy myself a reward for facing my fears. I chose to have a special saying embroidered on the front. It's a reminder to stay positive. Even when life knocks you down, it is possible to never lose your smile! A little babycakes taught me that. This tote ended up being larger than I pictured, but it has quickly become my "go to bag" as I run out the door. Take a peek inside - there is a pocket for my phone, a spot for my lens cap, and a very handy clip for keys. I'm giving it two thumbs up!

3| A new book. I picked up a copy of Grace for the Good Girl back in December. I had plans to read it after I graduated. It's interesting that I always put reading off when it's nice outside. Now that it's getting colder outside, I just want to curl up with a good book. I started reading the first chapter today, and I can already tell that this is going to be a convicting read. There's nothing wrong with that! In order to change, you have to know what's wrong in the first place.