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Nana’s Red Earth Cake (super moist, super devour-able)

Nana’s Red Earth Cake (super moist, super devour-able)

One of my Nanas many recipes that people ask for is her Red Earth Cake.  I have been meaning to post it for awhile now.  I went home and made it with her about a year ago and took pictures but never set down to type it all up. My cousin Brooke (check her out she writes too) recently called and asked for it and since I text-ed it to her I figured I could take the opportunity to cut and past and add some pictures and finally get it on here. This recipe is precious to me and the time I got to spend with my Nana learning it is even more precious to me.  My Nana is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s and I have been trying to enjoy all the moments while I can along with learning and compiling her recipes.  It is one of the reasons this blog is a huge part of my heart and soul. Please enjoy this as much as our family has over the years.


Red Earth Cake
Cake Ingredients:
½ cup shorting/Crisco
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
3 Tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon red food color
3 tablespoons hot coffee
1 7/8 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Icing Ingredients:
1/2 stick of oleo or butter
16 ounces or a box of powdered sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons hot coffee
1 teaspoon red food color
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cake Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Measure out the buttermilk first and pour it in a larger bowl and then pour in the baking soda and stir. It will increase in volume. Be sure to stir it well so that all baking soda dissolves. Set mixture aside.

Cream Crisco in mixer. Add sugar gradually and cream until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time.

Mix cocoa, food color, and coffee in a small bowl to form a paste. Add to creamed mixture and beat until incorporated.

Add flour and salt mixture and then buttermilk mixture to the batter, beating to incorporate after each addition. Add the vanilla.

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Bake in two 8 inch cake pans, with parchment or waxed paper liners at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until it separates slightly from the sides of the pan. Don’t over bake. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

Icing Directions:
Cream butter with sugar in mixer.

Make paste of coffee, cocoa, food color and vanilla and add to creamed mixture. If necessary, add more coffee until icing is of spreading consistency.

Ice the cake and between the layers… Devour as needed 🙂


…….good luck it’s delicious!


Antique punch bowl – help please if you know anything about these.

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I’m so excited about getting to use this punch bowl for a baby shower I’m throwing for my sister-in-law. It’s was my maw maw Bobbies but I don’t know anything about it. It’s beautiful but has no markings telling me where it was made. I think it’s milk glass but I don’t know a lot about that so I’m not sure. If anyone knows anything about this type of glass or where and when things like this were made please post information. Thanks!


Mexican Cornbread

My moms recipe, simple and delicious!
Ground meat
Cream corn
Ranch style beans
2 packets of corn bread

Brown meat and onions



Drain meat and onions and set aside.
mix corn bread per directions on bag. Use 2 packets.
Preheat oven to 400*

grease your pan

Add jalapeños
Now just start layering.
1st layer is cornbread

2nd layer ground meat and onions

3rd layer ranch style beans

4th layer cream corn

5th layer cheese

6th layer cornbread


Bake per directions on cornbread. Mine says 400* for 22 min.

Take out and cool. Then enjoy!
Did you just hear my drool hit the floor?


Hawaiian Dip – My favorite dip, (other than my boyfriend)

Hawaiian Dip is my all time favorite dip, my Aunt Rhonda Jo gave me the recipe years ago and I have been impressing peoples taste buds with it ever since.  Every time someone tastes it they ask for the recipe, so here you go.


1 thick slice of Ham – (or pre-cut cubes if your feeling lazy that day)

2 Cups Shredded Cheese

6 oz Cream Cheese

1 1\2 Cup Sour Cream

1 Cup diced Ham

1 1\2 Cup chopped green onions

1 – 3oz. can of chopped Green Chilies

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


Butter Mixture:

2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil

1 Tablespoon melted butter

Mix together and drizzle over bread crumbs and bake till brown for dipping.






You may make a mess at this point…. or maybe that’s just me.



Mix mix mix, stir, stir, stir….. la la la….

add to bowl

looks like thisput the top on

cookNow we wait for what seems like forever….

But while we are waiting we can make out dipping pieces from the bread we set aside.

bread crumbs

butter baby





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