Saturday, November 23, 2019

#Pumpkin Cake #Thanksgiving by @DeniseSwanson

Unlike a lot people my husband and I prefer pumpkin cake to pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Don't get me wrong, we love pumpkin pie, but usually  by the time we've made the rounds to various family dinners, we pied out and ready for our own Thanksgiving which ends with my mom's pumpkin cake.

When my husband and I got married nearly 40 years, (yes, I was a child bride) Mom was working as a police, fire, and emergency dispatcher for our small home town. She worked the 3-11 shift and usually went the whole night without more than one or two calls so she typed up her recipes for me. I have a whole box full of perfectly typed recipes from her and I use them often. But this pumpkin cake is one of my favorites.  

Ingredients for cake
1 (15 ounce) can canned pumpkin puree
2 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a bowl, beat pumpkin, 2 cups white sugar, and oil. Add eggs, and mix well.

In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. 

Add these dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture, and beat until well blended. 

Pour batter into a greased 15 x 10 inch baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cake tests done. Cool.

Ingredients for frosting
3 ounce cream cheese
1/4 cup Crisco (I use butter flavor)
1 stick butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon milk

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, Crisco, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, and mix well. Add milk until frosting reaches desired spreading consistency. 

Frost cake.


A Call to Charms

Chocolate, men, and magic. Who can turn down that inheritance?
     If life had gone as she planned, Lexie Green would have been teaching English at a prestigious university, not persuading spoiled, rich women to buy overpriced clothes they didn’t need and often looked ridiculous wearing. Can you say electric yellow see-through skirts and Torn jeans with unfinished hems?    
     Still, although this isn’t the life Lexie would have chosen, all is going well. At least until Lexie is fired and her deranged ex-boyfriend tries to kidnap her.
     Deciding that it’s better to accept a mysterious inheritance from a great aunt she’s never heard of rather than end up kept in a cage as her ex’s pet poodle, Lexie packs up and heads to Kansas. So, what if she has to go by a new name and live in a town that she can’t find on a map?
     Unfortunately, once she arrives in her new hometown, everyone there seems just a tad off-kilter and Lexie’s cousin insists that the citizens are magical. At least there are a couple of hot guys hanging around for eye candy.
     Even though Lexie doesn’t believe the nonsense about her being the Ravenscraft Shield, she does believe her father was murdered—a father she never knew existed, and she investigates his death.
     Too bad, whoever killed her father, now wants Lexie dead as well.    


There's something fishy just below the surface of Scumble River...

School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd is getting ready to return to work from her maternity leave and hoping for a peaceful year in her job as a school psychologist. But when an elderly woman disappears on her first day back and a disgruntled parent threatens to sue the school, Skye realizes that her return will be anything but quiet.

When the parent suing Skye's school is found dead and with the missing woman's case is still unsolved, Skye suspects the crimes are somehow linked. With her chief of police husband, Wally, at her side, Skye dives into the investigations. But as tensions rise and Skye and Wally's suspect list lengthens, they start to wonder whether a member of their own tight-knit community could be behind it all...

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Marco Thorne was hired by Club Wilde’s owner to open up the newest, most outrageous venue yet. He is absolutely certain that he can handle all the competition Las Vegas has to offer until his overbearing boss contracts with Lions and Tigers and More sanctuary to have live exotic animals present in the jungle-themed club. Still, he has no choice but to go along with his boss’s idiotic scheme, even if he thinks it’s the worst idea he’s ever heard.

Dr. Sage DeSantis’s entire life is devoted to keeping the animals under her care in the sanctuary healthy and happy. After the sanctuary’s owner announces that he’s renting out some of Sage’s babies to Club Wilde, she’s sickened that they will once again be exploited.

When Marco and Sage meet, the chemistry between them nearly knocks them off their feet. Although they both have experiences in their past that make them leery of love, and Sage is determined to guard her heart, Marco is all in. But will Marco be able to convince Sage to give them a chance?

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Publisher’s warning: This book contains sensual consummated love scenes.

Series description:

Second in Denise Swanson’s new Delicious contemporary romance series. All books are complete with no cliffhangers and a guaranteed HEA!

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  1. Can't wait for the new book with Skye the cake sounds delicious

  2. I have been hunting for a Pumpkin cake recipe! This one sounds great. Thanks so much for posting. :)

    1. You are very welcome. It's been the go to for our family for 40+ yrs.

  3. I love the family tradition variations at holidays.
    Why Crisco? Why not all butter (and the cream cheese)?

    1. I have no idea. I just follow the recipe my mom gave me. It's been good for 40+ years.

    2. I thought that might be the case since Crisco doesn't seem like it would usually be on your healthy shopping list.

  4. The cake sounds good but I was wondering if you could substitute applesauce for some or all of the oil. I think I will try it as is anyway.
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