Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Homemaking Tip—Quick and Easy

My grandma always had nut cups at her dinners. The one I remember best was a little ceramic cup filled with jumbo cashews. I liked sitting next to my sister, Janet, at Grandma’s dinners because she hated nuts.

These nut cups aren’t as fancy as Grandma’s were, but they work for a simple Thanksgiving dinner (or roommother treats, just leave out the nuts for all the allergists and fill with Thanksgiving colored candy only).

Cornucopia Nut Cups: Sugar cones filled with fruit colored candy (candy corn, m&m’s, skittles, runts, etc.) and nuts.

And as long as we’re talking easy, here’s the easiest cake on earth to make.

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Cake that tastes like a Pie

1 29 oz can solid pack pumpkin
1 spice cake mix

Mix pumpkin and cake mix well. Pour into greased 9 x 13 inch pan and bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with a dollop of cool whip and sprinkle with cinnamon for garnish if desired. (Only 2 ww points if you’re counting and so very good.)


Cali said...


That is BEAUTIFUL. I loved your memory about your grandma's nut cups. So fun to read.


Jill said...

That cornucopia idea is cute.

melanie said...

I made cookies with a similar recipe. Less pumpkin and added chocolate chips. They were good too. I'll have to try the cake.

The filled sugar cone is so cute. My kids would love it!

lelly said...

i recently made pumpkin spice cookies with these ingredients. and only 2 points?!? maybe i'll eat more :)

Kathy said...

I love the cornicopia cone! My daughter uses that cake recipe to make muffins, and tops them with brown sugar. What a great way to add that super food, pumpkin to our diets!

Becky said...

You beat me to it--I have been meaning to post about my pumpkin-spice cake all week! Abosolutely to-die-for when you make cream cheese frosting for the top (I use the recipe in the Betty Crocker cookbook that goes with their made-from-scratch pumpkin-spice bars).

Thank you for the awesome cornucopia idea! I'm traveling up to Utah next week to my mom's house and I bet all the little ones will love these...

Anonymous said...

I really like the cone idea- it would be fun to let little kids pick what to fill it with and use a Thanksgiving story when doing it. Thanks Jane!

Mindy said...

Thanks for the idea and recipe. I am going to try both of them!

Amy said...

Wow. I had no idea you could make a cake so easily! And my boys would love the Thanksgiving nut cups idea.

Nikki said...

Blurker coming out of hiding... :)

How many 2 point servings does the cake make?
We've done the sugar cone cornicopia before too, but we steam the tip of the cone til it is soft and gently bend it up to mold it into the shape of a cornicopia.

I truly enjoy reading every one of your posts!

michelle said...

Way cute.

I've made the cookies Melanie talked about and they are yummy and low-points! My sister calls them her nemesis because she eats them all up.