Once upon a time: A 9×13 Love♥ Affair

*GOD*morning all!

Once upon a time…

My mind continues to keep me in the kitchen.  Just like last week when I had a moment reading a name, and I read Helen Keller, but it wasn’t, today I was reading a Bible verse, and when I got to the word “desert”, my mind immediately wandered into the dessert, where it’s oh so warm and delightful. Just like:

Isaiah 35:5
Blind eyes will be opened, deaf ears unstopped, Lame men and women will leap like deer, the voiceless break into song. Springs of water will burst out in the wilderness, streams flow in the desert. Hot sands will become a cool oasis, thirsty ground a splashing fountain. Even lowly jackals will have water to drink, and barren grasslands flourish richly.

Now I hope you can see GOD’s sense of humor here.  He continues not to turn a “blind eye” on us, and His humor, come on, look the verse starts with “blind”.  Coming off my Helen Keller moment last week, I thought that such a GOD-incidental moment.

Therapeutic Monday 101

If it’s Monday, and it’s my day off, it must mean it’s therapy day.  So many have been saying they are loving the fruits of my therapy sessions, and why not, when we are getting to the ♥ of the matters of life, we become all so fruitful.  Today is no exception for me as I wanted to delight the senses of the palate with two offerings, my baking and my Jeannie Simonette Monday renderings.

All to often we live with “Out with the old and in with the new.”  We even see the dangers of keeping all the old, and the hoard that follows.  Sometimes though, it’s really better to do the “Fiddler On the Roof”—“On the other hand…”  Sometimes it’s not so good to throw away all the old and replace it with new.  What has happened is we no longer see the good in the old, and we think that the new, even a newer generation has all the answers.  I watch it daily in my life.  I watch young people, instead of listening to the yes, patient way to walk, go head strong into doing what they want to do, as they get their advice, ill advice sometimes, from someone younger or not as mature.

For instance: For a moment, might I share how all the older generation has so much wisdom within them.  The Bible says so!  However, not until “somebody’s” decide that they have wisdom now a days, is it considered something respectable.  In fact a few weeks back, I remember the older, wiser, seniors being mocked and told to get with the program so to speak.

Let’s take it to a baking level now.  How about that old mixer of your grandmothers or moms?  Those puppies are still cranking and turning like nobody’s business.  Why?  Because quality parts.  They were built for a generation that new work was not a bad four letter word, but something that you labored in, because labor was love.

Maybe I’m thinking like this because of verging into my forty-fourth birthday arena.  But no, I’ve always been like this.  I’ve also considered experience to be the teacher, and not someone who is younger going to some twenty-something year old for oodles of wisdom.  Not unless of course, that twenty-something year old went to someone of wisdom, and gained it, and shared it, and continued on in being the pillar of experience and strength we all need to learn and have before we throw out all that old and replace with some new models.

I find I’ve gotten some of the best advice from those older than me.  Some of it I didn’t want to hear, some of it, hard to swallow.  Still though, the pill to swallow of hearing and heeding GOD-advice, is equal to none other.  Some people think experience the best teacher, but they don’t understand, that experience without GOD-wisdom is going to get you two steps backward and possibly no steps forward.

So if you have an old stand mixer, passed down from your mom, or grandmother and it still works, guess what?  You don’t need a new one!!! Save your money and keep that tank built machine.  It’ll see you through some of the thickest of moments in life.

Yes, all that inspired this sermonette, and today’s baking therapy moment.  So with no further ado, I introduce to you, today’s two recipes.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake (the old standby comfort dessert)


Pineapple Crunch Cake (new)

Both of which keep the basics of using Duncan Hines.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350º.
  • Prepare a 9×13 Baking Dish by spraying with cooking spray.  Set aside.

1 29pz/ cam Pumpkin

4 eggs, beaten

1 cup sugar

1 12oz. can evaporated milk (be sure to shake before adding)

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice

  • Mix all the above together until well blended.  Pour into prepared baking dish.

Top pumpkin mixture with:

1 18.25oz. Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix

3/4 of a cup of chopped pecans

1 stick of butter, sliced into very thin slices

  • Gently scatter the cake mix on top of the pumpkin mixture until evenly dispersed.  Top with slices of butter, followed by scattering the chopped pecans over all.

Bake in a 350º oven for about 50 minutes.

Pineapple Crunch Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350º.
  • Prepare a 9×13 Baking Dish by spraying with cooking spray; set aside.

1 Duncan Hines 18.25oz. Yellow Cake Mix

1 20oz. can of crushed pineapple: drain and reserve syrup

2 eggs

1/3 cup canola oil

  • Place in a medium sized mixing, cake mix, eggs and canola oil.   Mix together just until blended.
  • After draining the pineapple, add to a measuring cup the reserved syrup.  If it does not completely come to a measuring of 1 1/3 cups, add a bit of water until it does.   Add this to the cake mixture, and blend in thoroughly.
  • Fold in drained crushed pineapple.
  • Pour into prepared baking dish.  Set aside.

In a small bowl blend with a spoon:

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped pecans

3/4 cup of flaked coconut

  • Distribute evenly over prepared mixture in baking dish.  Place in oven and bake for approximately 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • NOTE:  If the topping begins to brown to much and the cake still is not finished, place a sheet of aluminum foil on top; DO NOT COVER TIGHTLY, just rest it on the top and continue baking.

And as you can see from the photo below…. They ate happily ever after!

Pumpkin Crunch Cake and Pineapple Crunch Cake

Ready said, “Go!”

“So she lived happily ever after ringing daily in the old and new, Jeannie and her 9×13 baking dish.”

Happy baking,
Jeannie Bee


2 comments on “Once upon a time: A 9×13 Love♥ Affair

  1. You might notice that 1/2 of the Pumpkin Crunch Cake looks a bit sparse in pecans. My son doesn’t care for nuts, so I keep half off. This also explains why there is a bit of pecans left in the container in the picture as well. =)

  2. I’m going to P.S. on the Pineapple Crunch and let you know that a little less brown sugar might be better. Maybe 1/2 instead of 3/4 cup.

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