Have you a sweet tooth?

We have — sweet teeth, that is.  And my dearest friend Sandy mentioned the other day that she’d just made a Pineapple Cake, and oh, my oh my, that sounded well and truly delicious to me, so I asked her how she made it and it turned out to be so simple, and I happened to have all the ingredients here, that I made one for us and just felt like sharing it with you.  So consider that this recipe does not originate from the annals of Crow Cottage, but rather comes from way out in the midwest part of this country, from a woman I am proud to call the bestest of friends, Sandy F.  (Thanks sweetie!)

Sandy’s (and now my) Pineapple Cake



(click to enlarge)


2 cups white flour

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. baking soda

1 large can crushed pineapple including the juice.

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.  Pour into your pan of choice (I used a non-stick bundt pan which made for a beautiful and easily-cut cake in the end, but Sandy says she uses a 9×13 cake pan).

(Note:  Since there is no oil or fat in this recipe, you might want to spray the pan.  I didn’t, but my bundt pan was fairly new and had all the non-stick coating intact, and I had no problem plopping it out at the end).

Cook at 350 degrees F. for about 40 mins (if using a bundt pan) but maybe a little less time if using a regular cake pan.

Sandy says she sometimes frosts it with cream cheese frosting, but usually not, and I didn’t use any frosting.  It is, indeed, sweet enough all by itself without any frosting, and I have to say, this has become one of my favourite cakes of all time! 

I’ll bet you could even use canned fruit of other varieties in this cake…like how about canned cherry pie filling?  or blueberry pie filling?  I will have to try one of those and I will report back to you how they work. 

For now, we have a rare sweet in the house for afters this week.  We’ve been watching some Ruth Rendell mysteries that I got on DVD and are enjoying those each evening after supper, with our pineapple cake.  It’s really too sinful to be enjoying this kind of luxury every night of the week, but just this once I don’t think will hurt too much.  Besides, it’s January — in New England — and we need some comfort food now and then!






Every journey begins with the first step.


I guess, like a lot of other folks around the world, January the First seems like a good day to “begin again.”  To make a clean slate, a place to write a new course of action – where all the old mistakes can be forgotten or forgiven, and the future looms large. 

As you may have guessed, I have opted to work during this first day of the New Year, but not for the whole day.  And I still have tomorrow to finish up what I don’t get done today, so there’s little pressure.  Which is the best part of a day “off.”  I don’t mind working on my day off, I just don’t like having to finish it all, that’s all.

After I languished in my bed, under my comfy-cosy goosedown duvet (which was probably one of the best purchases I have EVER made), I dragged my still-achy body out of bed, and downstairs for a lazy cup of coffee before deciding what to do with my day off.  I watched a little telly, got caught up on what the rest of the world was doing for New Year’s Eve, and then started in on a little project I’ve been putting off for, oh, two years or more!  Hemming (top and bottom) of my sheer curtains in my dining room.  The ones that hang behind the heavy drapes that I made a few years ago.  Those shears always seemed so hard to sew on with a machine that I’ve been afraid to do that project, so they’ve been pinned up on the pole all this time.  And Kip has frayed the edges down at the bottoms so that I had quite a bit of rehab work to do on them. 


(you can see the sheers behind the dark red curtains in the pic above – click to enlarge)

After that job was over, and I made myself a cuppa clam chowder for lunch, it was off to my office to get some work under my belt for tomorrow.  I didn’t get as much of it done as I’d hoped, due to a few interruptions (pleasant though they were), and now it’s 3:30 almost and I’m ready to quit working and go enjoy the last few hours of my day off.

Tonight I think we’ll have some leftover chicken with veggies for supper, and then settle in to another episode of “McCallum” – a British series that I gave Paul for Christmas.  There are 5 DVDs in the set, and we are on #3, with each DVD containing 2 episodes.  It stars John Hannah, and we’re really liking this series.  There are so many really good British series out there, and the acting is so far superior to what we have here on this side of the pond.  Anyway, that’s how our New Year’s Day is being spent – mine at least.  The dogs have been in and out several times, and we’re getting rain at the moment.  Fine with me.  Better rain than snow at this point. 

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year ahead, and a safe and healthy one.