RRS Thanksgiving weekend 042
Youngest Son and his Fair Wife came by this morning to say good-bye.  They are on their way back to Cedarville and her job and his school.  When I thought about the fact that Youngest Son had not had a single bite of Graham Streusel Cake all week, I got busy and made one for them.  When they came in, it was almost out of the oven, and Youngest Daughter had made a pot of Caramel Truffle Coffee.

After Christmas Trauma 001a

Jessica had a bad headache when they stopped.  We got her some
Excederin and Lem had some coffee cake and some coffee.  Certain Man stopped
in long enough to say a prayer over them and to eat a little cake and
then they and he were on their way.  I finally got the metal cake pan
cover and shut this cake up.  Every time I went by it, I could hear it
calling my name.  I said to Certain Man, “I am not going to eat one
piece of this cake.  And I need you to hold me accountable.”
  (He isn’t
much help in such situations, as he feels like I should know what I
should eat and he refuses to police such things.)

After Lem and Jess left for Ohio, and Certain Man headed out to his inspections, I got busy on my next project.

After Christmas Trauma 002a

I would have made them earlier, but the only person in this family who likes these besides me doesn’t live here any more (That would be Eldest Daughter).   And the persecution that I endure when I “stink up the house” to make pickled eggs (or red beet eggs, or whatever your neck of the woods calls them) is something to be reckoned with, indeed.
However, I had promised Oldest Daughter that I would make them for the Youth Group Fundraiser that is coming up at our church on New Year’s Eve, so I thought I had better get at it. 
So, now the eggs are pickling, and all I have to do is make a seafood chowder of some sort for that evening, and my part will be done.  Which reminds me.  Everyone is welcome!  If you look at my posting for New Year’s Eve a year ago, you will see that we really do have a great time.  So come on out and have some soup and salad and pickled eggs and whatever else might be available!

And now, it is back to that laundry room and some much needed “end of year” business.

Edit:  Recipe for Pickled (red beet) Eggs
two dozen eggs, hard boiled and peeled
4 (16 oz) cans of small, whole red beets
2 cups brown sugar
1½ cups vinegar (apple cider vinegar)
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. whole cloves
two inch stick cinnamon, crushed
In large saucepan, bring all the ingredients (except eggs) to a full rolling boil. 
Remove from heat, and add eggs.
Put into glass gallon jar with tight-fitting lid.
Refrigerate for a couple of days
(if you can bear to not eat them–I’ve already “tested” one
Serve and enjoy!

If you eat all the eggs and have some beets left, and want to make some more, just reheat the red beets to a boil and add a dab of vinegar and a little brown sugar and put in another batch.

Edit # 2
Graham Streusel Coffee Cake:
¾ Cup margerine, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
¾ Cup brown sugar
¾ cup chopped nuts (I use pecans)
1¼ tsp. Cinnamon
Mix together thoroughly, set aside.

1 yellow cake mix, any kind
¼ cup oil
1 cup water
3 eggs

I mix this batter together as the directions on the cake mix box says (usually for two minutes on medium speed).
Put half of the batter into a greased 9×13 pan.  Spread at least half (I usually spread about
¾ of the crumbs) over the layer of batter.  Spread the rest of the batter on top of the crumbs and then top with the remaining crumbs.  Bake at 350º for at least 40 minutes.  I often find it takes longer.  And I guess you saw that it had an icing on it.  Some people just put a glaze of some kind on it, but I melt a half a stick of margerine, put in at least two cups of powdered sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla, and enough canned milk to make it spreadable.  I often put the icing into the microwave to warm it up so I can pour it over the warm cake.  It is one of my favorite coffee cakes, and my family loves it best warm. 


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12 responses to “

  1. Mmmmmmm picked eggs and Seafood ChowderHappy New years!

  2. Too bad Lem and Jessica couldn’t stay around longer, but it’s good Jessica has a job. . .looking forward to New Year’s eve! L.

  3. I’d love to join you folks on New Year’s Eve………..(and I’d really like a piece of that cake)

  4. I was hoping you had included a recipe for the pickled eggs.  Are they made with real red beet juice or just pickled otherwise?  My granddaughters love them but not made with real  R/B juice and I am looking for that recipe.  Both the cake and the eggs looked delicious.

  5. Hi there. My wife Carrie would love to have the recipe for that cake. Glad you could enjoy your family. I do love pickled eggs.      Pops

  6. Oh, Mary Ann! Those red beet eggs (as we call them in Lancaster County) are calling my name really loudly! I haven’t made any for quite a while, but I think I will have to find an occasion to do so. I know you’ll have a wonderful time New Year’s Eve. But we’re going the other direction – up to State College with Anthony and Lori. They display the most amazing ice sculptures on New Year’s Eve. We had such a good time with them last year, and look forward to it again.

  7. The cake looks wonderful! I’m so glad you included the recipe! But those eggs…well, I’m glad someone in the world enjoys them! Hope your New Year’s Eve time is splendid!

  8. What a good way to begin a new year – new recipes from a good friend. Thanks!

  9. Awe…that cake AND coffee looks inviting.  I t had to smell inviting!!! Is there any cake left?

  10. yummy! I just might make that for New years at the step family’s house. Hugs if I don’t get back on here Have a safe and blessed new year!

  11. Thank you so much for the recipe that you sent us. I see you added it later to your site.  Carrie baked it in a bundt cake pan and it was totally awesome. You can’t put the crums on top with that but she puts it in the middle. Just want to thank you again. Have a very Happy New Year and God bless you and yours  Love   Pops

  12. Pingback: Pickled Eggs and Chocolate Chip Cookies | Stepping Out

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