This past Saturday my husband and his friend, Wayne, were going trout fishing in a neighboring county. When they fish they always team up to take a nice hot lunch. Sometimes Greg will take the meal, sometimes Wayne will, or like this weekend, they will both contribute to lunch.
On Friday morning I asked Greg who was responsible for dessert. After checking with Wayne, it was decided that Greg would be the dessert guy for this trip. He and I decided that I would make what is easily his favorite pound cake. Do not kid yourself, I am a fan, as well. The old-fashioned Cream Cheese Pound Cake is delicious, easy to make, and can be dressed up or eaten as is, which makes it a perfect dessert for any occasion.
The recipe I have for Cream Cheese Pound Cake has only 6 ingredients in it, most of which I always keep in my fridge because we like this cake so much. So, Friday afternoon found me whipping up the cake. Once it was made, cooled a bit, and ready to taste, Greg and I each cut a piece to enjoy.
Y’all! Sweet mercy, it is like a taste of manna from heaven! The cake can be enjoyed warm or at room temp; plain or with fruit or whipped cream. It is a dense, super-buttery cake that will please most any dessert seeking palate.
Fresh, Warm Cream Cheese Pound Cake
I promptly snapped a picture of the cake and posted it on Facebook along with these words: When there is a fresh, warm Cream Cheese Pound Cake in the house, a knife is your best friend. It is one of our favorite pound cake recipes. Have mercy, it is like manna from heaven.
It did not take very long for the likes, loves, and wows to accumulate and people began asking for the recipe. I created a “NOTE” on my Facebook page so that folks could download the print the recipe. By Saturday evening I had been tagged in at least 6 posts from people who printed the recipe and make the cake on Saturday.
I did not want to leave you, my faithful readers, out of the fun. You may already have this cake recipe, but in case you do not, I am offering it twice here at my blog. In addition to putting it in the body of the blog, I am also making it a downloadable, printable document. I hope you enjoy it!
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Y’all, this recipe has probably appeared in every church cookbook that has ever been produced, so it is super easy to find. Cream Cheese Pound Cake is a favorite at our house because you can eat it plain, dress it with fruit, put whipped cream all over. I hope you enjoy it.
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3 sticks REAL, unwhipped salted BUTTER (NOT margarine) (1 & 1/2 cups), softened on counter for 30 minutes
1 – 8 oz block cream cheese, softened on counter for 30 minutes
3 cups sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a tube or bundt pan and set aside.
Cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar with an electric mixer, beating 5-7 minutes until creamy and fluffy.
Turn mixer to lowest speed and add in all six eggs. Mix at low speed only until incorporated.
Add all-purpose flour and mix only until lumps disappear. Add vanilla and stir in well.
Place batter (or at least most of batter…leave yourself a taste because it is crazy good) in the prepped pan. Bake for 80-90 minutes until cake is golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 20-30 minutes. Turn out on a cake plate, cut yourself a piece and ENJOY!!
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Today I am providing my Amazon affiliate link for you to purchase a tube cake pan for baking this cake. Some people like to use a Bundt pan, which is fluted. I’m not a big Bundt pan fan. (Try saying that fast 5 times!) It is a bit of chore these days to find a tube cake pan. When one searches for such a thing, most search engines return 2-piece Angel food cake pans as the choice. DO NOT use that type of pan for this cake. The batter will run through and you will have hot mess in your oven. Use a one piece tube cake pan.
Recently I was tagged in a Facebook post from a precious young woman who has attended several of my Tasting Grace sessions. Her message about a recipe I had taught the women to make blessed my heart so much. Here it is:
So I made the banana pudding for Thanksgiving lunch at work today. One person told me it was the best he ever had. And another said that it was the star of the meal…the best thing there. Thanks for teaching me!! I plan on making it again next week for family Thanksgiving!
She came to my fall Tasting Grace session where I taught the ladies to make two desserts: banana pudding and pumpkin bread. I can’t help it, y’all. I love to bake, but I also just love to cook. Equally important is that I love to eat. You too? Which one or all three…bake, cook, eat?
Do you know about my Tasting Grace events? Oooooo, let me tell you about them, then I am going to share the recipe for the Banana Pudding.
A few years ago the Lord turned on a lightbulb in my brain after seeing my friend and co-author, Jan, post on Facebook about something she was doing in her home church. Once a quarter she brought women, old and young, into their church kitchen and taught them how to make homemade dishes from tried and true recipes. In the post that brought about my epiphany the group had made homemade biscuits.
I thought, well shoot, I can make homemade biscuits and I bet there are a few women in my area who might like to learn how to make them. So, I tossed out an invite on Facebook and lo, and behold, I had a handful of women who wanted to learn how to make biscuits. It was a tasty success and the rest is history. I try to host Tasting Grace once a month, but it doesn’t always happen.
I charge a small fee for each class…just enough to cover the costs of ingredients. I begin each session with a short devotion time, then we wash our hands, don our aprons, and begin cooking. We laugh and share life while we cook, then we taste our creations. Each woman goes home with a copy of the recipe we made so she can reproduce it in her own kitchen.
I really believe this is what Paul had in mind when he instructed Titus to have the older women teach the younger women. So many young women (and some older ones) did not have stay-at-home moms. Consequently, they never had the opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with their mom while she cooked. They likely never learned how to make many of the homemade dishes that are staples in the southern diet.
The Tasting Grace sessions have been such a blessing to me as I share my knowledge of cooking and baking, as well as a bit of Jesus and general life knowledge.
Even though my Tasting Grace Bible study published two years ago, I have not said much about it recently. So, I thought now might be a good time. The Tasting Grace Bible study is a 4 week study focusing on mentoring. It also tells how you can start your own Tasting Grace ministry in your church or home. We included lots of devotions, recipes, and instructions for starting Tasting Grace. Try pouring into the lives of the women in your circle by teaching them something you know….it might be cooking or it might be a craft. See if you don’t find so much satisfaction in touching those lives.
So, now for the Banana Pudding Recipe. This is made from scratch…no boxed pudding in this recipe. I must preface this by saying my family does not like meringue, or as my Daddy called it, “calf-slobber”. Because of that I make a homemade whipped cream for the topping on the pudding. The recipe for this is included below. There is also a download that will let you print the recipe. Mmmmm, mmmmm. This dessert is so good you will make it over and over.
Leah’s Banana Pudding Recipe
1 ½ cups sugar
⅓ cup cornstarch
4 cups half and half
8 egg yolks
6 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vanilla flavoring
4-6 bananas, sliced
1 box vanilla wafers
Whipped Cream Topping:
2 cups heavy whipping cream
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla flavoring
To make pudding: In medium saucepan mix sugar and cornstarch. Add half and half and egg yolks and whisk until well combined. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 30 seconds and remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla.
Place ½ of pudding in bottom of 9 x 13 baking dish. Cover with layers of vanilla wafers and bananas. Repeat using remainder of pudding, bananas and wafers.
Topping: In a mixing bowl beat whipping cream at high speed. Gradually add sugar and vanilla. Beat until stiff peaks form. Spread over pudding. Serve warm or chilled.
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Hello Friday! Glad you stopped in!
How are you friends? I hope you have had a great week. Our Sharing Life series is focused on women mentoring women, and the words we offer here are centered around one of three themes: Faith, Friendship, or Food. There have been some wonderful posts in this series and I hope you have had a chance to read them all. Today, I want to lighten things up a bit and give you a glimpse into one way that I take mentoring very seriously.
If you have explored my website at all, you know there is a link to my Tasting Grace events. In case you are not familiar with Tasting Grace, may I tell you about it?
Tasting Grace is a mentoring in the kitchen event. So many women did not have the experience of standing beside their mothers or grandmothers in the kitchen learning how to prepare home-cooked meals. Because of this many women either do not have cooking skills or are intimidated by the idea of preparing meals from ‘scratch’. It is into this setting that God has called me to help women learn about preparing home-cooked, delicious meals for their family.
Once a month I invite 5-6 women into my kitchen for a short devotion and a couple of hours of standing shoulder to shoulder in order to learn to make a few homemade dishes that they can replicate at home for their families.
Our time in the kitchen has brought forth some tasty dishes like pound cake, chicken and dumplings, chicken and cornbread dressing, chicken noodle soup (um, chicken seems to be a theme here), fruit cobblers, cheese rings, salads, canned strawberry jam, and so much more. While we chop and mix and sauté we share life, marriage, children, joys, and heartaches. We have laughed and cried together. We have prayed and eaten together. We have made new friendships and renewed old ones. We have tasted the good grace that God showers on women as they do life with other women.
Not only do I host Tasting Grace sessions in my home, I take it on the road to other homes and churches. I love sharing the fun that is Tasting Grace.
Last year all this fun turned into a book by the same name. Tasting Grace: A Mentoring in the Kitchen Bible Study offers ladies the opportunity to host a Tasting Grace session in their own homes and churches. The book is a combination 4 week Bible study focused on the topic of mentoring AND a how-to guide for hosting your own Tasting Grace event. The picture of the book below is my affiliate link to the Amazon page for the Bible study in case you would like to pick up a copy for yourself.
Now, I would love to share a few photos from previous Tasting Grace sessions so you can see what kind of fun we have. I hope you enjoy them AND I hope you catch the fever for mentoring in the kitchen.
Ready to make homemade biscuits
Measuring and sifting flour.
Chicken and Dumplings!
It is always an honor to be asked to share at other blogger’s blogs, and today I have the privilege of being featured at my friend, Melanie Redd’s, blog. She interviewed me about my new Bible study, Tasting Grace: A Mentoring in the Kitchen Bible Study. Melanie is a woman with a heart for Jesus and other women, so I am blessed to sharing at her blog.
Melanie is also hosting a giveaway of ONE COPY OF TASTING GRACE, so be sure and stop by Melanie’s blog, read the interview, and enter the giveaway.
Here is a bit of the interview to whet your appetite.
Melanie – What do you hope women will do with this book? How would you love to see them use it?
Leah – Our hope is that Tasting Grace will become the catalyst and tool that women need and use to begin developing face-to-face relationships with other women, speaking into their lives and hearts and teaching Biblical truths to them. Our social media-driven world has made those face-to-face and shoulder-to-shoulder relationships increasingly rare in our day. Our mothers and grandmothers knew and experienced the value of them, but women today are, by and large, missing out on them.
Jan and I would love to see Tasting Grace used in several ways:
- As a Bible study to teach women about biblical mentoring; either individually or in a group setting,
- As an event planning guide for women to host Tasting Grace cooking sessions in their homes and churches,
- As a method of outreach to those who have yet to meet Jesus,
- As a way to encourage women to prepare homemade dishes for their families.
To read the rest of the interview, please click THIS LINK.
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Thank you for coming to my corner of the WWW today. I’m pretty excited about what I have to share with you on this first Friday in August. For the vast majority of the life of my blog, Fridays have been a day for either posting with a link-up or just a general post about random things. Fridays have been easy and good, and I want it to remain so.
However, I am feeling led to establish a theme for Fridays. Given the direction that my ministry has taken over the past year or so, it was not difficult for me to determine what that theme would be. God has taken me from a larger, stage-centered ministry to a smaller, more individual-focused ministry in the past year. While I still adore speaking and teaching publicly, God has made it clear that this season is about sharing life with others. The crowning jewel of this season is Tasting Grace ~~ both the event and the book.
I sense that God is encouraging women of all decades to return to the biblical practice of mentoring. In our social media driven world, we are starved for authentic, soul-nurturing, God-honoring relationships. A text message will never fill that need. Nor, may I say, will a blog post. But, I believe God is calling me to be more intentional with my Friday posts.
To that end, I will set my heart on offering posts on Friday that encourage us toward SHARING LIFE. My Sharing Life posts will center around three areas:
Friendship and Mentoring
Food and Cooking
My desire is to offer something that encourages you in one of these areas. One Friday post might be a recipe that I love or that I want to try. Another Friday might be a life lesson that God prompts me to share with you as your friend and mentor. Yet another Friday post could be a challenge from Scripture, a Bible study recommendation, or a testimony (mine or that of a friend). Sharing Life on Fridays will be all about encouraging each other on this journey that we are taking.
I hope you will eagerly anticipate Fridays and find something here that blesses you.
For our first Sharing Life post, I would like to offer you a recipe that has been passed down for a few generations in my family. It is for Baked Squash. My family has never been big on deep-fat fried foods, so this recipe for Baked Squash gives us the comfort food feeling without all the deep fat calories. I not only use this recipe for squash, but I also use it for okra or green tomatoes.
So, for a family recipe like this one, the measured amounts are a guest-imate. When you make the coating for the veggies you make it thick enough to stick, but thin enough to easily coat them. Make sense???
For a downloadable version of this recipe, scroll to the bottom of the post.
8-10 inch cast iron skillet
7-8 medium yellow squash (may use okra)
1 large onion, sliced
¼ – ⅓ cup canola oil
⅓ – ½ cup self rising corn meal
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.
Wash and slice squash. Peel and slice onion.
In skillet mix oil and cornmeal, as well as pepper and salt. Turn heat to medium-high and cook, stirring regularly. Cook until mixture begins to brown, then turn off heat.
Mix in squash and onion and coat vegetables with cornmeal mix.
Bake in oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Stirring with metal spoon or spatula every 15 minutes. Bake until squash coating is golden brown.
If you came to my little corner of the world today looking for a Revelation post, please come back tomorrow. I have something else to share with you today.
For months and months, my sweet friend, Jan Morton and I have looked ahead to this day. We have worked, written, cooked, planned, prayed, and hoped for today. Our hearts are so full over what happens today, because our hearts are completely taken with Tasting Grace.
Today, our book, Tasting Grace, is born, launched, put out there for all the world to see and purchase. We are excited and nervous to see how you like it. We have never been more certain of anything in this world as we are that God ordained Tasting Grace for such a time as this.
Women need other women as never before. How many real-life, face-to-face, heart-to-heart conversations do you have in a day? Our guess is that most of us have less than a handful. On the flip side, many of us converse via email and text messaging as often as we have face-to-face conversations. Maybe more often. Friends, this is not how it should be.
We were made for conversation, for intimacy, for sharing, for relationship. This is why Jan and I are so excited about Tasting Grace. This book is a beautiful tool from God to encourage women to do life, face-to-face, with other women. It is exactly what Paul wrote about in Titus when he encouraged the older women to mentor the younger women. Y’all, this book will help you be obedient to the call of God to speak into the lives of younger and younger-in-the-faith women.
It is chock full of Bible study, recipes, devotions, and tips that will help you in your mentoring journey. Perhaps you are a younger woman who desires a mentor. Wonderful! Ask an older women to work through it with you and give you some of her wisdom for life.
Jan and I are eager to hear from you. We want to know what you think about Tasting Grace. We want to hear how you plan to use it in your own sphere of influence. Today is the day you can purchase Tasting Grace. It is also the day you can tell us what you think. Here are some links to help you do both.
Tell Us What You Think
Amazon Tasting Grace Page ~ Leave a review
Thank you for supporting and loving us as we seek to be obedient to the call of God on our lives. We are grateful to each and every one who purchases Tasting Grace.
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