For 2017

"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Monday, August 06, 2012

Monday

Okay now friends - this is a barn - you can't deny that - drive by or not!  Aren't the little foothills behind it so pretty?





Can you believe Chatty made this.  I asked hubs to get two cans of pineapple rings - he comes home with 1 can of rings and 1 can of bits.  So I thought I'd use the bits too and maybe grandson would eat and not know there was anything healthy in it.  I have to be sneaky with this guy.




Pineapple Upside Down Cake

TOPPING:

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 (20 oz) can pineapple slices
Maraschino cherries

CAKE:

1 pkg. Duncan Hines Signature Pineapple  Supreme Cake Mix
1 (3/4 oz) pkg. vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
4 large eggs
1 cup wataer
1/2 cup oil

PREHEAT OVEN to 350 degrees F

FOR TOPPING:

 Melt butter over low heat in 12 inch cast iron skillet or skillet with ovenproof handle
Remover from heat
Stir in brown sugar
Spread to cover bottom of the pan
Arrange pineapple slices and cherries in skillet and set aside.

FOR CAKE:

Combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs. water and oil in large mixing bowl
Beat at medium speed with electric mixer for 2 minutes
Pour batter evenly over fruit in skillet

BAKE at 350 degrees in oven for 1 hour or until tooth pick comes out clean
Using oven mitts to handle pan
invert plate immediately after removing the cake from the oven.


Well grandson loved it - all except for the top no matter where or what was on it - so he ate the bottom of a lot of it - oh well - I did try.



THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:




I know from past experience that it is truly okay to fall apart.  Seriously.  Because it is when you hit rock bottom that you HAVE to make THE decision - to better yourself or to stay down.  If you use it as an opportunity to rebuild yourself - you will be stronger and wonder why you didn't do it sooner!



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PS - My daughter went back to school this week - she's a teacher.  And I have my grandson full time. So if I get behind in answering your comments please understand.  Thanks.

64 comments:

Shelly said...

The cake looks delish- you did really well in adapting. I hope your daughter's school year is terrific!

Parsley said...

Barns have a lot of charm.

Now I'm hungry hahaha

Godsgalnj said...

The cake looks so super yummy! :) Glad you made do with the bits, haha. Hope you have tons of fun with your grandson!

The Jones Family said...

Thanks for the recipe! Ah, back to school time! What grade does your daughter teach? Thanks for your quote about "falling apart." It is so true. Love you ever-interesting blog! Enjoy your week!

LL Cool Joe said...

This quote is very interesting and totally appropriate for me at the moment. I had a mini break down yesterday, and I think it was what I needed. I'm now in the process of pulling myself together again. Thanks.

Debbie said...

Yum. The Pineapple cake looks good!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Your cake turned out just beautifully!

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

The cake looks yummy.You did well in making it.

Love your break down quote.

Have a blessed day Sandie!

Miss Debbie said...

MY mom use to make pineapple upside down cakes all the time...I have never made one...although I think they are so good! Glad the boy lied some of it, anyway! Hope it is a blessed year at school for your daughter. I appreciate teachers so much!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oooh, love the barn! Great looking cake too!

Sandra said...

when does GS start school? it starts here on the 20th.
my mother made pineapple upside down cake the easy way and i learned it from her. take a black iron skillet, put brown sugar and pineapple in the bottom and start it sizzling, pour in pancake mix and lower the heat placing a lid on it, it is delish and easy peasy

Jill said...

Wonderful barn set in the foothills!

Your cake looks delicious!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I haven't had a pineapple upside down cake in ages! Now, thanks to you providing the recipe, I think that will be on today's menu! ;-)

Granny Annie said...

Just love barns...you know that:) I am interested in Sandra's recipe for Pineapple upside down cake. Surely she means pineapple, brown sugar AND BUTTER in the skillet. Also, after reducing the heat, approximately how long should it be cooked? I really want to make this. Cook a log in my iron skillets.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

My children have always loved pineapple upside down cake, maybe it was the dollop of cool whip on top that did it, but I know that my grandchildren are a lot pickier than my own ever were. I haven't made one in ages, because I don't want to eat one all by myself here, but there will be some family occasions coming up. I'll have to make one then. Hope your Monday is a great one and that you have a wonderful week with your grandson.

Susannah said...

Good Morning Miss Chatty! Hope your week is starting off right! My granddaughter (13) and I make pineapple upside down cake a couple of times a year....her Dad loves it! Yours looks so good.

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

You have your grandson with you? Hope you had your Wheaties lol.

andy said...

The barn is awesome! !!! I love the cake it looks so yummy

Stacy said...

Yum! Pineapple upside-down cake is my favorite and I'm thinking it would be even better with "bits"....pineapple in EVERY bite. :)

Back to school already?? Oh my...I have about three more weeks before I have to go. It's going too quickly.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I think the cake looks super yummy! Enjoy your week with GS!! Back to school soon! Hugs, Linda

TexWisGirl said...

that is one big ol' barn! like it!

Beth said...

Pineapple upside down cake is my favorite. Thank you for the recipe!

lailani said...

Love barns, the cake looks delishhhh but oh my the quote...so true so true!!

The Boston Lady said...

I would have eaten the top and not the bottom! I love that last quote Sandie, it is so true and one that I truly hope a certain person in my family would take to heart. It's never too late to start completely over again. Change is not for the weak of heart, yet remaining stagnant is so easy that it is hard to take that first step. Ann

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Did you make it in a cast iron skillet? That was always one of my favorite desserts when I could eat sugar! YUMMY! Enjoy your week!

Mary said...

oh...back to school so soon...happy new year of school.

EM Illustrator said...

Mmmmm nice cake :-) can I have some?

The Café Sucré Farine said...

Yummy Sandie, I love pineapple upside down cake - that was very creative rather than sending your husband back to the store!

SweetMarie said...

The cake looks so delicious! Save me a piece! :)
I really like your thought for the day...so true! It's going on my inspiration wall. :)

Karen Lange said...

Thank you for the recipe. The creative improvising was excellent! Thanks also for the quote and inspiration. :)

Have a good week,
Karen

Jim said...

Hi Sandie :) ~~ That is a wonderful looking pineapple upside down cake. Yummmm!!!

I am sure that your daughter is thinking like I always did, the best part of teaching is SUMMER.

You are fine on answering the comments. Just now and then please or I might stop off someplace else. XD
..
Oh yes, the 'barn.' It is an equipment shed. And the little foot hill is one bank on the down hill side of a dried up stock pond. (Please don't shoot me!!!)
..

Belle said...

I remember making my first pineapple-upside-down cake. I was so young and learning how to cook. I made it for my first hubby. Yummy!

Love Of Quilts said...

Great looking cake! I WILL USE YOUR RECIPE. Thanks

jack69 said...

The cake sounds and looks good.

I like the falling apart thing. I have a family member that needs to do that, and he is headed there fast. Just hoping he has the GUTS to rebuild himself.

Like the read,
Love from NY....

HOOTIN ANNI said...

It's been eons since I've had pineapple upside down cake!!! Yum.

And love the drive by shooting [the barn AND the foothills---so green]

barbara l. hale said...

That's a nice barn find! I have an aunt who always used to make pineapple upsidedown cake. I haven't had it for years. Yours looks pretty darn good.

A Quiet Corner said...

That's an awfully nice drive-by picture, but THAT cake looks great!...:)JP

Renae said...

Just breathe (regarding the grandson - full time)

and I loved that drive by barn pic this week, too. I think it is hilarious that your family didn't stop to let you take those pics. that is too funny!

I love pineapple!!!!! yes to upside down cake, it rocks. Now, just to get my hubby to make it...????

Pondside said...

It's a holiday weekend up here, so I'm cooking a Sunday-sort-of dinner on Monday - and now I wish I'd made a cake!

Nancy Claeys said...

Why, yes, I think that is a barn, Sandie! A nice one too.

And if you have to go and get yourself a life outside of blogging, I guess that would be okay too. :)

Have a great week!

TARYTERRE said...

I haven't had a pineapple upside down cake in years. Looks scrumptious. Love the quote about falling apart. There is life on the other side of it. Take care.

Ann said...

I'm way behind myself so I understand perfectly. That pineapple upside down cake looks great and that's some view behind that barn

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

It is certainly good to see some green in the grass down there. It is getting plumb desperate up here, with us being over 11 inches below normal rainfall now.

Dee said...

That is my Franks favorite cake...maybe I will use your recipe and make him one. It is nice to be able to help your daughter as she works and to spend time with your grandson...they grow up to fast.

Maple Lane said...

That cake makes me hungry! I love the barn with the foothills in the distance.
Have fun with your gs - when will he begin his new year?

Mevely317 said...

That cake looks amazing, Sandie!
Can you believe the Summer is finally winding down?

Susan said...

Hey Sandie. That cake? yum yum yum yum yum Hope GS liked it. If not, send it on over here. hee hee Like your profile picture. Pretty!

Sorry I creeped you out with snakey today. I do NOT like snakes. hee hee Susan

Catherine said...

Mmmm... any cake left? I am thinking not. Very yummy looking!
xo Catherine

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is my husband's favorite cake!! I make it for him every year for his birthday and every year it's a little bit different!!
Have a WONDERFUL week with your grandson!! Heee Hawww! He's lucky to have a Grandma like you!! You'll spoil him rotten :-}}

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

PS- don't worry about not answering my comment!! You've got more important things to do!! Have FUN!!

Sweet Tea said...

Can't remember the last time I ate Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Yours looks so yummy! Good golly that sounds delicious!

Lois Christensen said...

Don't worry, I'm a little behind also with visiting blogs! Your cake looks really good!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I would love a bite of that cake!
And the barn is beautiful!
love
tweedles

Blondee said...

I can remember bring a little girl and watching my Mom make pineapple upside down cake for my Dad. She told me it was his favorite and the first cake she learned to make after they married. I've never tried to make one, but yours looks so good I think I just might have to try! :)

Enjoy grandson!

Angela said...

Your cake turned out so pretty Sandie! I'm sure it was good! My kids like pineapples so I wouldn't have to worry about them not eating it. Not sure about the cherries though. They don't eat the cherries on their ice cream. I get to eat them!

Nice barn! That one is big.

silverthoughts2 said...

My Dad's favorite cake is Pineapple Upside Down, so I've had my fair share of them over the years. My Mom's perfected the recipe. I suspect though that Dad's favorite part is drinking the left over pineapple juice!

Cranberry Morning said...

I haven't made a pineapple upside down cake in years! and I love that stuff!! Have fun with your grandson. I don't know how you do it all. Your photo at the beginning says it all. I miss my grandkids and wish they were closer!

Terra said...

The cake photo shows it to be pretty as well as surely delicious. I like the quote about falling apart being an opportunity to rebuild.

Paula said...

Your grandson reminds me of John with the picky attitude. My roast cooked in DR. Pepper, garlic, and black pepper was sooo good and since he found out what that flavor was I have had to eat all the leftovers.

SquirrelQueen said...

I really like the barn and those pretty hills.

The cake looks delicious! I take it your grandson doesn't like pineapple. I love it. Have fun with the little guy!

Alice Arthigton said...

that looks like a wonderful cake just makes me remember we cant bake anymore. also looks supper yummy. i love the barn drive by pictures you do. you are right the shot is gorgus.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

First, that barn shot is FABULOUS!! So very beautiful.

Second, you are seriously endangering my diet!! LOL! That looks delicious!

Third, the quote is another perfect one!! Amen, sister. Amen. I'm building AGAIN! LOL!

Fourth, saying a prayer for some energy for you! hee hee. ;) Those GSs can run a grandmother ragged. blessings ~ tanna

Debbie said...

Looks delicious to me! I don't have a cast iron skillet. Can you believe that? I generally just let my mom make pineapple upside down cake and snarf up the fruit of her labor. Hers is soooo good!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love the barn and the cake looks delicious!!! I'll have to try it someday.