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Kitchen Magic and a Fairy on My Shoulder 
Jul. 4, 2010 8:24 am 
Updated: Jul. 5, 2010 8:59 am
DH and I planned to have our itty bitty 4th of July celebration today around 7 PM and sip a cool brew as we prepare to watch our neighbors fireworks display.  That was the plan.  Famous last words...

Yesterday we had surprise guests.  Kind of a surprise I should say.  My brother, whom I have not seen in 3 years, and his wife are "snowbirds".  They hitch their great big 5th wheel to a big pick up truck she tags along behind in car and they travel across this beautiful land and enjoy what we have  been blessed with, yet few of us seldom get the opportunity to see.  They are on their way from their farm in Ohio to Florida where they'll be for the next few months and left a day earlier than originally planned.  Yep, they were supposed to be here TODAY, not yesterday!  That's okay.  The only thing I didn't have ready was dessert!

My brother and my husband love, love, love pineapple and pineapple cake is right down their alley. With me in a time crunch, I had to make magic and make it quick.  I am so patting myself on the back!!

I had a DH (ummm, that's Duncan Hines) Yellow Cake Mix and a can of pineapple pie filling that I have had for a month or so because I hadn't figured out what I was going to do with it.  The light comes on.  I baked the cake in 3 layers and after it cooled, topped each layer with frosting (6 cups confectioner's sugar, 2 pkgs. (8 ounces) cream cheese and one stick of butter, one teaspoon vanilla) and this makes a boat load of frosting (very rich frosting).  I then topped each frosted layer with the pineapple pie filling and frosted the sides and top with the remaining frosting. 

Thought I'd share the end result.   It was fast.  It was easy.  It was delicious. 
Creamcheese/Butter Frosting
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Yellow Cake with Pineapple Pie Filling
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Jul. 4, 2010 8:31 am
Sounds easy and delicious. Going to try and copy & paste the recipe. I would freak out if company showed up a day early and didn't call to let me know.
Jul. 4, 2010 8:36 am
If it had been anyone other than my brother, I would have had a fit. He's famous for his "surprises" and knows his big sis will forgive him. Hope you'll try the cake. keep in mind that it is very rich but the flavors really go well together. I keep what's left chilled. Caught the hubster wiping out a "wedge" last night. Not a "slice" but a "wedge". Piglet!!
Jul. 4, 2010 9:01 am
Way to go! Something that looks beautiful and I'm sure tastes wonderful just in the nick of time. :D
Jul. 4, 2010 9:47 am
Sometimes it just comes together, other times... we won't go there! ;)
Jul. 5, 2010 8:59 am
Too cool! Thanks for sharing-we all gotta love DH.
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About Me
Like so many other moms, I had to plan wisely for time to take part in my daughter's school activities. I was fortunate that I could take time off work to be there for her. Now that I've retired and can spend time with my grand babies, I never let an opportunity pass by without camera in hand. Guess that's what started my scrapbooking addiction. Family time, big cookouts and teaching the kids about the "unhurried" side of life is what I'm compelled to do.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake. The wonderful aroma of a roast in the oven or something wonderful in the crockpot that wafts throughout the house and welcomes my husband when he comes home from work are my favorite things to cook. Being empty nesters I still find it difficult to cook for just the 2 of us. But then, I love being able to share with a neighbor or with the kids to help them with a meal after they've worked all day. Then there are the desserts; cakes, cookies, and pies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Being an East Coast Tarheel I remember all the times my Gramma let me help in her kitchen from the time I could climb into a chair and onto the table to watch her every move. Those old traditions and downhome recipes are a big part of my life. Comforting soul food from the southland and now and then a crowd pleasing surprise I've cooked up from my collection of church based and women's league cookbooks.
My cooking triumphs
I once had a small catering business I ran out of my home. The menu choices were always popular, well suited to the event and although the work was hard and time consuming, the many compliments and rave reviews always made it worthwhile.
My cooking tragedies
I remember my first attempt at cooking a pot of Navy pea beans which was one of my favorites as a child. I was living several hundred miles away from my mother, the greatest cook in the world, and called and asked her how much milk you put into the beans to make the white sauce. She could never answer me because she was laughing so hard. When she was able to talk, she called back and told me the "milky looking sauce" came from cooking the beans until they were done and the "sauce" would be there. All I had to do was not let the water boil out of the beans! Everytime I cook them I remember that and still can picture my mother's face as she couldn't help but laugh at what I thought was her "miracle bean sauce"!
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