Tuesday, April 15, 2014


I have so many cookbooks and I don't really need anymore.  BUT sometimes I see one I just can't resist.  That was the case last week when Friend Janice and I went to an estate sale.  This cute little cookbook is entitled the big fat red juicy Apple Cook Book and is shaped like a big fat juicy red apple.  It was only 50 cents and I saw quite a few recipes that looked interesting.  So you know what happened.....I bought it.

When I needed something for my husband to take to share with the others in the tax office at Fort Leavenworth, I decided to chose a recipe from the cookbook.  (I don't know what I will do when they finish with all the tax work.  I will have to find somewhere else to share my baked goods.)

I let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack and then covered it with the plastic lid.  It was so nice and moist this morning when I cut it.  I cut half of it for my husband to take and I am going to take the other half to Hillcrest Thrift Shop today when I go to "work" my shift.

I am also taking 3 grocery bags full of clothes I am donating to the thrift shop.  Yesterday afternoon I brought down tubs of spring/summer clothes.  (I know winter won't go away, but...) This morning I went through the pants in the tubs and in my closets to see what still fit after losing the 10 lbs this winter.  I just went through the pants. I will tackle the tops another time.

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1         cup sugar
1/2      cup shortening
2         eggs
1-1/2  cups applesauce (no sugar added)
1         cup raisins
1/2     cup chopped nuts
2        cups flour
1/2     teaspoons cloves
1        teaspoon cinnamon
2        teaspoons soda dissolved in 1 tablespoon water

1/4    cup sugar
 1      teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray 9 x 13 - inch pan with cooking spray.

Cream shortening and sugar.

Add eggs and beat until light.

Add applesauce and soda alternately with dry ingredients.

Stir in raisins and nuts.

Pour batter into pan.

Mix sugar and cinnamon for topping and sprinkle evening over the batter.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until done.

Cool in pan on wire rack.


  1. I understand... I went to a Garage Sale Saturday and bought 3 cookbooks I don't need! :)

    1. I couldn't resist another thin cookbook I saw at an estate sale Friday. It only cost 25 cents and was from the early 50s. I plan to make a dessert from it tomorrow. I actually put back two thick cookbooks that were $2/piece. I told my friend Janice I didn't have enough time to look through them. I would have a headache. ha