Mini Fruitcakes, Buttermilk Pies, Bread Pudding, and German Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Hello, hello! How are you guys today? Deb and I would like to welcome ya’ll back into…Miz Judi’s Kitchen. Thanks for comin!

We’ve been telling everybody how pretty the weather’s been lately, and shoot…today’s even prettier. High of about 85, a good breeze blowin, and spring’s bearin down upon us! Boy, it’s so nice to be alive and kickin, isn’t it?

Today we’ve hung another set of shelf racks in the greenhouse, planted 20 strawberry plants, and are now mowing a few high areas with the little push mower and bagger. Getting some fresh, green grass clippings to go on the compost pile.

Ole Deb’s been rakin leaves under a big oak tree where she’s fixin her up a flower bed. She feels great and is busy as a dern bee! She’s a mess, I know that much! She’s into something constantly!

We’re taking her leaves and they’re going in the compost pile too. It’s time to get that mutha fired off again, so we’re loadin it down, and fixin to start turning it a couple times a week. The weather is warm enough now to heat that baby up!

Until we started doing this site, I never had used compost. Honestly. We’d use manure or commercial fertilize, and we still do, but commercial is used much less. We kept hearing of the benefit of compost from many of you guys and shoot, next thing I knew, I was getting up some soil, some leaves, hay, paper, manure, grass clippings (went and bought a small push-mower with a bagger?? ) That set me back some guys…thanks! LOL!

Deb started saving our vegetable scraps, egg-shells , banana peels, even the pulp leftover from our morning juice. Which had some tomato seeds in it, by the way. They’d “volunteered up,” so we stuck em in some 5-gal. buckets with compost from the pile, 9 of em. Then, we kept them until we finished the beds in the greenhouse.

We set them a couple weeks back, and this morning we counted 90 plus tomatoes on them. Talking about working hand in hand? So, today we compost. LOL!

Then I kept stoking that thing up” with grass clippins, juice pulp, vegetable scraps, stirring it up, wettin it down…getting it HOTTTT!

Then I didn’t water it for a few days, or stir it…and I burnt up a pasture! Dern thing spontaneously combusted…I’d created…a MONSTER! Not really. I call it kiddin ya’ll…Deb calls it lyin to ya! LOL!

BUT, we do believe in, and use compost anytime we can, plus everything you need is right here. No cost.

Anyway, that’s some of what we’ve been up to. Ya wanna fire off a cookstove? Let’s do it!

Today’s recipes come again from “Bless This Food at the End of the Fork.”

It was a gift from Deb’s “older sister,” Louise, and was put out by members of the church Louise attends. These women, and men, can cook! Louise is a good cook for sure, and I can vouch for that personally!

I keep waitin on her to call one Sunday and say, “Hey Dub, we’re havin dinner on the grounds Sunday…ya wanna come?” So far…no call? I think I worry her.

Mini Fruitcakes

  • ½ lb. candied cherries, chopped
  • ½ lb. candied pineapple, chopped
  • 1 small pack coconut
  • 2-1/2 cups pecans, chopped
  • ½ can self-rising flour
  • 1 can condensed milk

Mix cherries, pineapple coconut, nuts and flour. Add condensed milk and mix. Use mini cup cake pans, fill about ¾ full. Put small pan of water in bottom of oven and bake on 325 for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool before taking out of the pan. Makes 48 mini cakes.

Dean Griffin

Buttermilk Pies

  • 3 cups sugar
  • ½ cup self-rising flour
  • 1 stick butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 pie crusts

Melt butter and mix with sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating until mixed good. Add flour, buttermilk and vanilla. Pour into your two pie crusts and bake on 350 for 45 minutes, or check center for doneness. If you’d like, you can sprinkle cinnamon on top prior to cooking.

Marie Caraway

Bread Pudding

  • 2-1/4 cups milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup raisins

Combine milk and egg and pour over bread crumbs. Stir in remaining ingredients. Place in a shallow pan and bake on 350 for 45 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.

Ruby Young

German Chocolate Upside Down Cake

  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Grease bottom of 9 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle mixture into bottom of the pan.


  • 1 box German Cake mix
  • Ingredients listed on cake box

Prepare by box directions and pour on top of coconut and pecans.


  • 1 (8 oz.) box cream cheese
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 box confectioners sugar

Mix together and put on top of cake in small spoonfuls. Bake on 350 for 45 minutes, or until center is done.

We got this in an e-mail yesterday. Read closely, then sink it in. We did an old post a few months back called “Please Don’t Feed the Bears,” covering this same topic.

Isn’t It Ironic?

The food stamp program, managed by the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing food stamps to more than 46 million people in the USA.

Meanwhile, the Park Service, also managed by the Department of Agriculture, threatens to prosecute those who “Feed Wild Animals,” because the animals may grow dependent upon us and not take care of themselves.

To all of you people out there who haven’t come to grips with the fact our government is going to tank us through these types of entitlement programs, whether they be passed out to their “have-not constituents,” or the public sector pension plans, buy-outs, double and triple-dipping, health care, and more of, “We’re the Power…” read the statement above once more.

It says it all!

You guys have a great day, and God Bless! Deb says be sure to tell you guys to keep a smile on your face, and one in your heart!

Dub and Deb

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2 Responses to Mini Fruitcakes, Buttermilk Pies, Bread Pudding, and German Chocolate Upside Down Cake

  1. In the recipe for mini fruitcakes, I do not understand what is meant by “1/2 can self-rising flour.” We measure flour by 1/2 cup, 1 cup, etc. I would like to try this recipe and need your clarification. Thanks. Corene

    • admin says:

      You’re right! I meant to say 1/2 CUP of self-rising flour, but at the same time Deb was tryin to…”KICK me in the CAN!! LOL!

      We appreciate your reading and thanks again! Deb’s lovin this!Take care!

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