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Family’s enjoyment is frosting on the cake

The recipe I’m sharing with you this week was given to me by my sister, Judy, many years ago and it remains a family favorite to this day.

My three grandsons helped Grandma make this delicious treat for Grandpa Gary’s birthday. The cake is so moist and delicious and the frosting melts in your mouth — a wonderful combination of flavors. It has been served numerous times at our home.

Chocolate Oatmeal Cake with Coconut 

Pecan Frosting:

Serving size: 16     

1 cup rolled oats

1 1/2 cup boiling water

1/2 cup (one stick) margarine

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup flour

1/2 cup powdered baking cocoa

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla


1 cup powdered sugar

2 cups flaked coconut

2 tablespoon margarine

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup pecans

Mix oats and boiling water. Set aside to cool. Cream margarine, sugar and eggs together. Add oat mixture and remaining ingredients, beating until smooth. Bake in a greased 9- by- 13 pan for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Top with icing recipe. Add ingredients to medium saucepan and boil until thick, about six minutes. Pour over cooled cake.

Keebler Cookie Salad

Serving size: 8 

2 cups buttermilk

2 small packages instant vanilla pudding mix

16 ounces Cool Whip light

2 cans mandarin oranges, drained

1/2 cup chunk pineapple, drained

1/2 package fudge stripe cookies, crushed

Mix all together and sprinkle two or three crushed cookies on top.

Salisbury Steak, onion gravy

Serving size: 6

1 can condensed onion soup

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs

1 egg, slightly beaten

1/4 teaspoon salt

dash pepper

1 tablespoon flour

1/4 cup catsup

1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard

In a bowl, combine 1/3 cup soup with beef, crumbs, egg, salt and pepper. Shape into six oval patties. In skillet, brown patties; pour off fat. Gradually blend remaining ingredients; stir to loosen browned bits. Cover. Cook over low heat 20 minutes or until done. Stir occasionally.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Ever notice how a minute contains more than 60 seconds when it’s proceeded by “Just a?”

GARY’S TIP: A soft bristle paint brush works great for dusting the top of books, carved picture frames, or any other hard to clean bric-a-brac.