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My Good Morning Pumpkin Cream Cheese Coffeecake…

My Good Morning Pumpkin Cream Cheese Coffeecake…


Yesterday really was a morning for baking Breakfast Breads!  Our local Grocer, Claiborne Hill, daily sells family packs of bananas at a low price so my choice of treat for our Police Station would be Mama’s Banana Bread, IMHO the very best ever, plus admittedly the easiest ever, so boom there it is…

Mama’s Banana Bread

Cut or mash 2-3 very ripe bananas=about 1 c.

1 1/4 c. Flour

1 c. Sugar

1 tsp. Baking soda

1/2 c. Vegetable oil (I use Canola) sometimes sub applesauce or apple butter 

2 eggs

2 good shakes of ground cinnamon

Since this is such a quick & simple mix I just use my hand mixer, mix well & bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour…I also turn bread for more even baking along during baking time.  Maybe it’s all in my head, but I just think it works better.  You can also add raisins or nuts if you choose.

*I call this Mama’s simply due to the fact she used this to teach me at 9 years of age & I just don’t see any point in changing it.  

I had also decided I want to have some Pumpkin bread….using some frozen pre cooked pumpkin from a few years ago, packaged in 3 c. increments.  I love this particular pumpkin’s meat, Passion Pink Pumpkins, best I’ve ever eaten.  As I made 3 Banana Breads, ahem…and ate one of the bananas as I worked, so not real ripe, but still good to use for bread.  I originally decided to use the ‘exact recipe’ as Banana..but sub pumpkin, but with 3 c. I began my adjustments, so here goes…

My Good Morning Cream Cheese Coffeecake

3 c. Pumpkin, pre cooked but frozen

2 c. Flour

1 c. Sugar

1 tsp. Baking soda

1 T Baking powder

1/2 c. Canola oil

2 eggs

1 tsp. Ground Nutmeg

1 tsp. Allspice

1/2 tsp. Ginger

1 tsp. Cinnamon

(At last minute I decided on the cream cheese, yay, hence the name)

8 oz. Cream cheese

Preheat oven to 375 while mixing batter.  Combine all ingredients except Cream Cheese, mix well, again using hand mixer.  Pour into 15×11 glass baking dish and smooth evenly.  

Cut Cream Cheese into small chunks placing into a 2 c. glass measuring cup for melting in microwave.  My plan was to make it creamy & velvety enough to pour over batter.  Nope!  Didn’t work … Soooooo, I added a few splashes of International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice creamer (sugar & fat free) into soft Cream Cheese, still not quite as smooth as I wanted, so I improvised.  💡moment…Have you ever baked a Marble Cake?  I have!  That’s what I decided to do.  Back to being 9 years old again!  The mixture was smooth enough to sort of pour so I fairly evenly poured back & forth using a long teaspoon as my assistant, then used a regular table knife to swirl for marbling…and yes!  Just what I hoped for.

Bake 35 minutes, turning halfway through.  Oh my!  I outdid myself if I do say so myself.


Back to my ‘Police Station’ comment…May 9, 2015 was a pivotal time in my life as well as so many in our area and the nation as things have continued to devastate our hearts with the attack on the Men and Women in Blue!  May 9, 2015 rings out as Hattiesburg, MS when Officers Liquori Tate & Benjamin Deen answered their last call, both killed in the Line of Duty.  I was then so proud of the love, support and honor given these men, their families and all who were able to observe the services, processions, etc.  What a standout honorable spectacle the world was able to see.  

I have so many friends, acquaintances in Law Enforcement, as well as a Brother In Law who served as a Hattiesburg Police Officer, SWAT, currently retired.  Not only should I pray for them, lift them up in honor in my heart but let them know it.  

This summer I decided it was time to give to them for my heart…my decision was to bake my specialty Lemon Blueberry Cream Cheese Bundt Cake…and take them one from time to time, just to bless them but decided they may like the Banana Bread this time…they did! 

Blueberry cream cheese bundt cake   I found the most simple recipe in Hattiesburg American Newspaper at least 30 years ago, but more probably.  I know, I know, not from scratch but it sure tastes like it…
Blueberry-Lemon Cream Cheese Pound Cake

1 box cake mix (I usually use Lemon, but if I can’t find one I add lemon juice to batter)

3 eggs at room temp.

1/2 c. Oil

8 oz. Cream Cheese

2 c. Blueberries

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray Bundt pan with oil to avoid sticking.

Combine all but berries and mix well about 2 minutes.  In a different bowl add berries & 1 T flour and just coat to allow for full batter coverage throughout baking time.  Then gently fold into batter, don’t want to break the berries.  Even scoop into pan.  Place in center of oven for best results.  Bake 1 hour, turning every 15 minutes.  When I remove the cake, after inserting cake tester to be sure it’s done correctly, I let it sit in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to plate.

I glaze with Confectioners Sugar, water, lemon juice. You can make it thick or thin.  For glaze I just use 1/2 c. Powdered Sugar in glass cup with a drop or so of lemon juice & a tsp. or so of water, stir well & heat in microwave 20 seconds, stir.  If it’s the way you like it place on warm cake , make adjustments if you like.  

And please share….others will love your gifts from the heart!  



Cobb Salad Recipe – The Un-Salad

Cobb Salad Recipe – The Un-Salad

Oh, doesn’t this post make you want to eat this delectable dish everyday?


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I love American foods, especially when the origins of a tasty meal can’t be verified, usually due to more than one version of the truth. It’s like a food urban legend. The version I like states that in the 1930’s, Cobb Salad was the signature dish at the Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant, named after the restaurants owner, Robert Cobb. Legend has it he was so hungry as he had not eaten until almost midnight, so he threw together leftovers found in the kitchen with some bacon and salad dressing, creating the dish we all love to eat.  Blue Cheese makes an appearance in Cobb Salad, which you will either love or hate. I’m not a huge fan of Roquefort Blue Cheese by itself, but I fell in love with my easy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing Recipe, which allows me to control how strong the cheese flavour is in the…

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–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–shredded carrots (packaged, fresh)

–onion (one-half, fresh, medium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–green salad (packaged)

–avocado (1, fresh, chopped)

–tomato (fresh, large, 2 slices, chopped)

–zucchini (1, fresh, sliced)

–ginger – sesame dressing (Paul Newman)

1 – Pour one-half cup of chicken broth in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave for 45 seconds.  Place 1 heaping teaspoon of flour in a second cup.  Slowly add the heated chicken broth to the flour, stirring vigorously.  Set aside. 

2 – Place 2 handfuls of shredded carrots in a covered baking dish.  Chop one-half onion and add to the baking dish.  Then pour the chicken broth/flour into the baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the chicken amid the carrots and onion.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set…

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Butternut Squash Soup


For lunch…


1 4-5 lb. Butternut squash cut into chunks

1 yellow onion julienne sliced

3 celery stalks thinly sliced

1/2 bell pepper chopped

Fresh Chives, several sprigs cut with kitchen shears

Few sprigs of Italian Oregano

Original blend Mrs. Dash, Black pepper, No Salt to taste

2 Chicken bouillon cubes dissolved into 2 cups water

2 cups water

Blend all together, cook down, and I thought about purée, but decided against it, just used a hand held vegetable masher.  Oh my is it ever good.  Just right!  Made it up as I went along.
And for dessert.. Blueberry Lemon Cream Cheese pound cake..


1 BC Lemon Cake Mix

3 eggs, room temp

8 oz. cream cheese

1/2 c. Canola oil

Using mixer blend till smooth, about 2 minutes.

2 c. Fresh Blueberries rolled around in flour to evenly distribute fruit

Bake @ 350 degrees for 1 hour.  I turn 180 degree turn every 15 minutes of cooking.

This recipe was in the local newspaper from my childhood/early adult life and I grabbed it, used ever since.  I bake it for Cake Auctions for Youth Fundraisers.  Until last year $28.00 was the top price raised,  another record $55.00!  The hometown I earlier referred to is Hattiesburg, MS and in the past couple years  I learned that a friend there does the same thing with this very cake.  She must’ve gotten the same paper..JS
Make it!  Enjoy!  Raise funds for your Youth Group! See folks saved for eternity!

My Favorite Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


When I was in Home Ec my Mom gave me this awesome cookbook, my first one ever, now pretty ragged as I continue to revert to it often.  Besides the cookie recipe the pancake recipe in this is the best ever, as well.  Now, I had to go on ‘a cookbook hunt’ in hubby’s office to find this since he loves pancakes/waffles and he must think this belongs to him.  Or he just wants it close.  Not sure which.

I read a great post on blog a bit ago that her sister had given her a great Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe and I immediately zipped back in time.  I want to share mine with you, and her, too!


An aside story!  

A few years ago 2 of my Grandsons decided they were into cooking so eBay became my friend as I was able to find a very well taken care of copy of this same cookbook.  It, along with several other cookbooks, was an added Treasure to their gift!  

Their Dad, my eldest son, lit up when he saw it and began sharing a variety of stories with them about his childhood using this cookbook with me during all his growing up years.  I had no idea it was that special to him!

After the gifts and meal the children including 3 grandsons, my teen soon & a friend , baked ‘Cookies on a Stick’ from Paula Deen’s Children’s Cookbbok.  It was so fun for them; chocolate chip cookie dough, Popsicle or Sucker sticks, mini m&ms … Assembly Line style they balled up dough & wrapped around stick, rolled in m&ms, arranged on cookie sheet and baked according to cookie dough package directions! Now, mind you, they should wait till cookies cooled and the kids all did well with that, but the Dads, now that was a different story.  😉 their cookies fell apart simply because they didn’t wait. 

Now, bake cookies!  Enjoy life!