Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tuesday Recap-Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe-Trim the Tree Thursday Reminder

Tuesday Recap
I did go to the gym yesterday, but that's about all the extras I got done! I ran into an old friend at walmart, went to the gym (hooray!), and even watched a few show with my hubby. And of course I blogged too!

I did add a few more things to my "Blessing Mix" treat bags for all of our guests. I have to cut the cards describing what each item means. You can see these at There is a pic of these, I have them at my entry way so our guests can take them as they leave.
  • Tuesday
    • clean entire downstairs-this was too easy, I am waiting on the downstairs floors though until Thursday
    • clean dining room table & parlor table-check! There are pictures of these tables. I may change these a the dining room table centerpiece, if I have time.
    • set the tables with linens, chargers, centerpieces, & salt and pepper shakers-check!
    • make tent cards with all menu items. I use place cards for this. Quick Tip-having the name of what is what will ward of alot of questions-leaving you to enjoy the meal with everyone else!-check!
  • Wednesday
    • make apple pie & pumpkin upside down cake-I am working from home today so I got up early and finished both of these, the pumpkin fluff & the ham ball!
    • set out all serving dishes with serving utensils
    • set up dessert area with dessert plates, napkins, and utensils
We are going to see the new Bond movie tonight so hopefully I can finish this mailing I am working on, send all of my emails, return a few phone calls, and be done with work by around 4-then I can get everything finished and have time to go to the movies!

Aunt Janet's Pumpkin Dump Cake
I made this for my husbands birthday last month and it was quite the hit. I will say I think it takes a little longer to bake than the recipe says. I just watch it and when it gets brown and seems to be done in the center, I take it out. This seems to be about 10-15 minutes longer.
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can nonfat evaporated milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, sugar, salt, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Stir in the milk, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Pour pumpkin mixture into the prepared pan.
  3. Sprinkle the yellow cake mix over the pumpkin mixture, then sprinkle on the pecans. Drizzle melted butter over all. Bake in the preheated oven for 55 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned. Allow to cool.
I used walnuts because I accidentally bought them instead. I think both work fine.

Trim the Tree Thursday
If you want to be listed on my blog please let me know before 8pm tonight. Please also let me know on this post. If you have already told me you want to be listed through a post, please re-post. If you told me through email please tell me again! I am away from my main computer and those emails are there. So-if you want to be listed let me know today before 8pm, post the Trim the Tree Thursday pic on your blog, post your favorite holiday decor photos, and post a link to my blog. Thanks!

I think I will be sharing pics of my hallway decor. No tree this week. I still need to pic up some grey ornaments for our Ohio State tree, I will post it next week!


Diane said...

I love dump cakes! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!!! :0} Diane

Melissa Miller said...

Hello Hostess, Ohio State? My husbands a graduate.
Go Bucks!
I am posting for "Trim the Tree Thusday". Thanks again for hosting! It is fun to see all the decor'. Your tables look gorgeous and once again you are amazing with your organizational skills! ~Melissa

Anonymous said...

I want to be listed please! I am so excited to share my daughter's tree with everyone. Thanks!

Terri and Bob said...

Yes, add me to Trim the Tree Thursday!

I love your tables. Fabulous. I think the Blessing Mix is adorable!

Anonymous said...

I already have my Trim the Tree Thursday post scheduled to go on in the morning. I'm looking forward to participating so please sign me up.
The pumpkin cake recipe sounds yummy.
See you tomorow.

ellen b said...

Hi Brett,
I am participating in Trim the Tree this week and hope to for several more. I'm starting out small...
This is my direct link to my post (I'm a posting maniac so I don't want to just give my blog url, people will have to scroll too much.)

I'm ellen b. at The Happy Wonderer
Thanks for hosting this fun meme. I need to come back and read this post and that Recipe but I wanted to get you this url before 8:00

I also posted the direct url with my name for this comment so if you click on my name it will take you directly there.

Kathy said...

Yes, Ma'am - I will be posting this week for TTTT! Thanks Brett...
Kathy - Mimi's Garden

JudyBug said...

How wonderful to find another planner! I love to plan...anything, everything. I like to think it is a blessing and not a curse?


Carrie said...

I did not see this post until now, but I did do another Trim a Tree entry for this week:
Carrie - Oak Rise Cottage

April said...

The dump cake looks fantastic! I also posted a trim the tree post.

Anonymous said...

Oooh! I LOVE those chargers!!

Miss Janice said...

Somehow I missed this post yesterday. I love the "blessing mix." BTW, your snowman collection on the stair landing is soooo cute. I wanted to participate in Trim the Tree, but I'm moving and will be away from the computer for about a week. Hopefully, when I get to my new house, I will be able to join in. Awesome job--girl you are something else!