When you are short on time….

I’ve always cooked for my family… good wholesome nutritious food, mostly from scratch, and I have a reputation for being an excellent cook. I was the head cook at a Meals on Wheels program for a while, 80 main meals and 80 lunches and another 40 lunches for an adult day care program… five days a week with frozen dinners we made, going out on Fridays for the weekends.

The recipe “book” was a bunch of recipes, heavy on salt, margarine, roux and other not-so-good for you stuff… My first task was to rewrite the recipes, using their amounts as I had never cooked for 80 at a time before, into more nutritious meals for the mostly senior shut-ins, many with medical issues… (“Most y’all ever cooked fer wuz eight… leastwise y’all didn’t be makin’ the cookin’ times multiplied by ten!” Mama joked. “Hush Mama, I may have been born at night, but it wasn’t LAST night. I know how to multiply recipes! Can I finish?”)

So I went from cooking for four (two adults and two children) to cooking for 80 with only a baker to help. She made all the cakes, cookies, biscuits, muffins and pies from scratch, while I did the rest. I created the menus and many of the recipes, ordered the food, stored it when the shoppers brought it and prepared it. Our volunteers delivered it so every client had a hot meal by noon and a sandwich meal for later.

When we moved, I had to go from cooking for masses, back to cooking for four and later for two. But I still kept the same recipes, although pared down, and found ways to vary them. Except for my chocolate cake cravings…

Fast forward to this past year… my life has been a little crazed and I woke up one Sunday, realizing that I had promised a chocolate cake for a church luncheon… I had this new recipe I hadn’t tried yet and I had the ingredients… made it up, put it in to bake while I had breakfast and a shower.. and it was ready to go when I was… totally new recipe, untried… lol.. but it would get a good test!!


1 box cake mix (chocolate fudge)

1 can pie filling (cherry)

3 eggs

Combine the three ingredients well, pour into 9″ X 13″ glass dish and bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes.

Dude, that cake disappeared like Grant took Richmond (historical reference meaning it went FAST!)

No need to frost/ice it but you can if you wish…. you can also do any combination of cake mix and pie filling flavors… e.g. vanilla cake mix and apple pie filling or blueberry pie filling. Nothing can be easier or simpler… (“Unless y’all had stopped at the store and bought one of them ready-made jobs… ” “Hush, Mama, you’re missing the point!”)

The point is you don’t always have to do a lot of extra work if you can find a shortcut! For example, do you want to know how to make the best of your time online without doing the trial and error method? Try the lesson plans at ClickTrackProfit  or learn how to make lists that pay for themselves in a few short weeks at TE ListBuilder. If you still need help, you can get it at the NetMarketingForum free to join with all kinds of help available!! I’ve been around for a few years and I am STILL learning on a daily basis!

So, for now… K.I.S.S… and be good to each other….

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    • Thank you Ms/Mr Anonymous… lol… I was concerned when I first saw the recipe that it wouldn’t rise or bake properly… but it was super moist and tender with small bits of the fruit scattered throughout… Enjoy!!!

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