Monday, April 30, 2012

Mimi's Strawberry cake

By Christy

When Sarah and I were little we had a Saturday tradition. Back then Mom worked Saturdays and Dad farmed, so Sarah and I would hop on the 4 wheeler and drive down to my grandparents house for the day. We played dress up, played with the video camera, tea parties, watched tv, played on the computer, walked around in the pastures, used our easy bake oven… we got into anything and everything back then but one thing we never missed was lunch with my grandparents every Saturday when my dad and Grandpa Frank came in from the field for a break.

Mimi and Grandpa Frank
Everything Mimi cooked was (and still is) amazing. Mom was always watching her weight when we were little so it was always a treat to eat at Mimi's because everything tasted sooo good. (As Mimi says, "It's not what you eat, it's how much". lol) She always bought Sarah and me old fashioned cokes in the glass bottles to drink with lunch and she would make us our favorite foods. It was like a feast every Saturday. She served vegetables of every color, salad, sweet pickles, onions, baked apples, several different meats…. Sarah and I thought Mimi was a cooking genius because she could make even the most boring vegetables taste great.  We loved it so much we named our Saturday feasts. We called it "Grandma's Greasy Kitchen".  We would make Grandma's Greasy Kitchen signs and hang them up outside the house so my dad and grandfather would see them as they came in for lunch. LOL We really did think we were so clever back then. 

Me and Sarah when we were little
My favorite meal Mimi cooks is country fried chicken and gravy with baked apples and cream corn. I have watched her make that meal a hundred times but unfortunately I have never written it down or attempted to make it. But there is one recipe that was always something my sister and I could never get enough of (shocking that we've always had a sweet tooth lol) that I have made several times as an adult. My Mimi's Strawberry Cake. She makes it in a huge sheet cake pan and then puts the icing on top of it while it is still kinda warm and the icing sorta melts into the cake. And she ALWAYS serves her desserts with ice-cream. It is perfection! I am so happy to be blessing each and everyone of you with such a delicious and easy family recipe. 

Do you have any fun family traditions involving food too?

1 box vanilla cake mix
1 - 3 ounce package of strawberry jello
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 cup thawed frozen strawberries

1 lb confectioners sugar
1 stick of softened butter
1/2 to 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries

Preheat the oven to 350. Mix together the cake mix, jello, and water. Add eggs one at a time beating after each addition. Add oil and strawberries (including juices). Beat the batter for 2 minute. Bake at 350.

To make the icing, whip together the powdered sugar and butter. It will be a dry clumpy mixture but then add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of fresh sliced strawberries. Beat until the natural juices from the berries make the icing creamy.

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