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Coconut Pound Cake


coconut pound cake






Are you looking for a favorite pound cake recipe? Try this one.

This one is a great one from my mother (Margaret Bennett)

Coconut Pound Cake


2 cups sugar                                    1/2 t. salt

1 cup crisco                                     1/2 t. baking soda

5 large eggs                                     1/2 t. baking powder

1 cup buttermilk                               1/2 can angel flake coconut

3 cups plain flour                             3 t. coconut flavoring

1 t. rum flavoring


Cream sugar & crisco together, add eggs one at a time

Add milk with dry ingredients which have been sifted together

Add coconut and rum flavoring

Bake in well greased bundt pan 1 1/2 hours at 325

Make holes in top of cake with toothpick.

Sauce for cake

2 cups of sugar (may use 1)

1 cup of water (use 1/2  cup if use 1 cup of sugar)

2 T. white karo syrup

1 t. coconut flavoring

3 T butter

Mix all ingredients together. Cook 5 minutes

Pour over hot cake

Let stand until cold; Turn Out



10 Things We Say We Don’t Mean by Dave Foster









Have you ever noticed that we say an awful lot of things that we don’t mean?


We think it’s harmless but after a while you begin to talk yourself into acting out the things you say but you really don’t mean. You say them because you’re tired, upset, or angry. What you say is really important because it exposes the content of your heart. Here are ten things I hear people say all the time that I know they really don’t mean. And since we don’t mean them, we need to drop them from our vocabulary.

1. I don’t care. The truth of it is, we usually say this when we are hurt, upset, tired, or frustrated. We really do care but we don’t know how to respond. Saying it often enough leads people to believe that we really don’t care.

2. It doesn’t bother me. Usually the opposite is true. It does bother us. That is why we are saying it. We’re hurt and have feelings in need of expression.

3. I can’t take this anymore. This creates a false dilemma in our thinking and ultimately in our lives. We can take a lot more than we think we can. If we talk ourselves into giving up and quitting on our dreams, our jobs, our families, our marriages too soon, we’ll always be starting and stopping and never completing and knowing the joy of victory.

4. I wish I were dead. More and more when I hear people say this I perk up. People used to say this and not mean it, but these days you have to take people very seriously because suicide is growing among every age group. Be careful what you say about your physical well-being.


11 Fall Festivals Across the U.S. the Grandkids Will Love by Alina Dizik

Fun for Everyone

A delightful and unforgettable way to spend a fall weekend with the kids is to take them to a festival. And most annual festivals offer fun for adults and children — unlike a tedious two-hour cartoon movie. Plus, the festivals usually have many free activities, making them a cost-effective way to spend time with the family.

Here, our favorite picks from across the country:

The Great Pumpkin Festival

Dallas, Texas September 21 – November 27

The Dallas Arboretum’s “Autumn at the Arboretum” festival is an annual family tradition. The highlight is the sprawling 66-acre garden filled with more than 150,000 flowers — all in radiant fall colors — and more than 50,000 decorated pumpkins and gourds. This autumnal festival has storybook-themed pumpkin houses and a pumpkin patch, and more fun family events, including face-painting, arts and crafts, music, and food.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque, New Mexico October 5-13

The hundreds of hot air balloons in the New Mexico desert might remind  the kids of their favorite scene in The Wizard of Oz. But just because you’re there, doesn’t mean you have to hop on for a ride; there are plenty of amazing activities to see on the ground, including a nightly balloon “glow” show, fireworks, and concerts by local bands. You won’t find many photo opportunities better than this.

Scarecrow Festival

St. Charles, Illinois October 11-13

Visit this Chicago suburb for a festival that even the youngest grandkids find entertaining. The annual event takes place on the banks of the Fox River where you can enjoy local bands, a scarecrow display, and carnival rides. Or plan ahead and get together with the family to create a scarecrow and enter it in the scarecrow contest.

Five Flavor Pound Cake


Five Flavor Pound Cake






This is a favorite cake that my mother (Margaret Bennett) makes and takes

to church, homes, reunions and more.


3 cups of flour                                             3 cups of Sugar

1 cup of milk                                               1/2 cup Crisco

2 sticks of margarine                                  1/2 t. baking powder

5 eggs

1 t. of Vanilla, Rum, Butter, Coconut, Lemon flavoring

Cream shortening and sugar

Add one egg at a time

Add the rest of the ingredients and alternate with milk

Bake for 1 1/2 at 325




10 Issues That Should Worry Parents and Grandparents by Barbara Graham

. Today’s parents must cope with challenges we never dreamed of when our kids were growing up. (And let’s face it, we weren’t exactly perfect parents ourselves.) Still, we’re grandparents now. We fret and worry. We see things that our adult children, caught up in the hectic rush of day-to-day parenting, may overlook—or simply not know how to deal with.
Here are the 10 concerns that are uppermost on our minds:

1. Too much technology

We are living in an ADD world, in which practically everybody is plugged in at all times. Three-year-olds obsessed with Dad’s iPhone? Kids with their own cell phones gaming, texting, or, scariest of all, sexting? High-tech gadgets may be de rigueur, but no one knows yet what impact all this technology is having on developing bodies and minds.

2. Sexualization of children

Speaking of sexting, the early sexualization of children today, especially girls, is pretty scary, too. The majority of today’s grandparents came of age in the free-lovin’ 1960s, and we aren’t prudes. Still, the constant bombardment of sexually charged images in the media has been shown to have a clear, unhealthy trickle-down effect on children as young as age five. Parents must work harder than ever to monitor media exposure for young children.

3. Kids scheduled to the nano-second

Soccer, violin, gymnastics, chess, drama, tae kwon do? Do kids really need to excel at all of these things, plus go to school and keep up with homework? Note to parents: Please add time to the weekly schedule for your little overachiever to lay on the grass and stare up at passing clouds.

4. Diet

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, child and adolescent obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, putting young people at risk for serious physical, social, and emotional problems. Potato chips in the lunchbox and fast food for dinner may be easy options for busy parents in the short run, but the kids will pay the price later on.

Strawberry Pink Lemonade Punch by Paula Dean

Strawberry Pink Lemonade Punch





Strawberry Pink Lemonade Punch

  1. 8 cups water
  2. 1 (12-ounce) jar strawberry syrup
  3. 1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  4. 3/4 cup pink-lemonade-flavored drink mix
  5. 1 (2-liter) bottle cold lemon-lime- flavored carbonated beverage
  6. 1 quart strawberries, frozen
  7. Garnish: fresh strawberries
  1. In a large pitcher, combine water, syrup, lemonade concentrate, and drink mix, whisking to combine. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Just before serving, pour lemonade mixture into a large punch bowl. Add carbonated beverage and frozen strawberries; stir well. Garnish glasses with fresh strawberries, if desired.
  2. Note: The punch can be made one day ahead and chilled in the refrigerator. Do not add the lemon-lime carbonated beverage or frozen strawberries until party time. The carbonated beverage will make the punch fizzy and frothy, and the strawberries will keep the punch cold.
Makes 1 gallon (approximately)