Lazy Daisy Cake

Some time back, my sister gave me a collection of my great grandmother’s recipes. My Great Grandma Dorathe was known for her kitchen magic, and at one time even ran a restaurant in Southern Iowa. I have been trying some of her recipes, especially the hand written or beaten up ones where it’s clear she used them many times. Some of the recipes are even her mother, Lena’s, which makes them that much more special. I will have to back post some of the ones I’ve already tried here. I have them posted on WikiTree on a special page, but for whatever reason hadn’t thought of blogging them….but now I have!

Today, I decided to (finally) try her Lazy Daisy Cake recipe. Like so many of her recipes (and so many of mine) the instructions are lacking. She just knew some things like what size pan she needed and what temperature to bake at. I don’t do too badly in the kitchen, so I can generally figure that information out on my own.

This recipe looks to be for an 8 or 9 inch cake pan. I used my pretty red pie plate because it’s pretty. I also used the microwave for much of the heating of ingredients because my sauce pans were all in the dishwasher šŸ™‚

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The kids and I thought it was delicious-and kind of nice that it made a small cake. Perfect for weekday snack time. It looks like it was a favorite in a lot of families many years ago.

Lazy Daisy Cake

makes one-nine inch cake Cake:

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

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Beat your eggs and sugar together. Technically you should sift together your flour, baking powder, and salt, but I rarely do. I just kind of mix and fluff them on top of the wet ingredients before I mix them in. So, go ahead and mix them in.

Bring the milk and butter up to a boil on the stove, then beat them into the rest of your batter along with the 1 teaspoon of vanilla if you’re using it (I did).

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Pour everything into a greased pan and place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. As soon as the cake is done (check this by inserted a toothpick in the center to check if it comes out clean), spread the topping on and broil briefly (about 5 minutes on high in my oven) in the oven to caramelize the topping.


  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cream (I was out, but did have half and half so used it instead)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (if you’re allergic to nuts, leave these out. Nothing you won’t know you’re missing. Or try roasted soy nuts, which I am allergic to, and let me know how it goes.)

Mix all the ingredients together and heat over low heat until melted together. Let it sit until the cake is finished, then spread on. Cut. Plate. Eat. Enjoy.

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Pella Tulip Time

I attended my first Tulip Time with a friend we lived around the corner from in Colfax when DJ was a baby. I quickly found I wasn’t a fan of the crowds at all. I think I went during actual Tulip Time maybe two times after that, once with my mom and once with Andrew. Since then, I take the family ahead of the event when the tulips are in full bloom but there aren’t many people around. It’s so beautiful and opens doors to talk to the kids about their heritage. I’m very Dutch, and Andrew has some of that heritage, too, so we can talk to them about their ancestors, some of whom actually lived in Pella a hundred and fifty years ago. One of these days, I need to search out their actual residence and burial places. For now, we’ll just revel in the beauty of Tulip Time.

We started on the square, where the grandest displays of tulips are, as well as the test beds.

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You know, it’s funny how we live pretty close to Pella, but we don’t really take in what a neat town it is often enough. The square is a bit like a walk back in history with all the buildings that are carefully preserved, the historical village, and the historical homes around town.

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It was a nearly perfect day to visit. We had mid-seventies and sun with intermittent clouds the whole time. It sprinkled at home right as we left, but we didn’t see any more of that the rest of the day. We couldn’t have picked a nicer day.

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It’s hard not to take pictures of *all* the tulips.

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20170425 Tulip Time 027 I never paid attention to the fact that this is the presumed boyhood home of Wyatt Earp. My dad and I were big fans of his, watching movies, reading books, and I wonder if he ever stopped by. 20170425 Tulip Time 023 boyhood home of Wyatt Earp

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Mandatory with each Pella visit is to stop at Ulrich Meat Market for beef sticks and jerky, then on to Jaarsma’s Bakery for all sorts of delicious stuff, not the least of which are Dutch Letters.

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Goodies in hand, we headed to West Market Park, a great place to play and picnic. It has a huge wooden playground the kids love. We laid down a blanket and ate our lunch as well as the goodies we picked up on the square. The kids also brought their scooters to ride, something they try to take advantage of whenever we have paved avenues.

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IE is a big mess maker when it comes to picnicking. Luckily, it’s easy to pick up the blanket and shake it off in the trash.


We ended the day by stopping by Thiesens for chicks, and we drove around the Sunken Gardens, which feature a wooden clog shaped pond, working windmill, and more tulips. We were ready to head home so we didn’t get out but just cruised by. It all made a nice day, as it usually does!

Red Haw State Park

Last week was the peak of the red bud tree bloom in southern Iowa, so I loaded up the kids and we spent most of the day at Red Haw State Park near Chariton.

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We hadn’t been before, but all agreeĀ that we’ll definitely be back. The red buds were beautiful and everywhere.

20170417 Red Haw 004 red buds There is access to the lake from plentifulĀ picnicking areas. We took the kids’ bikes and scooters and they zipped around the section where we had lunch. 20170417 Red Haw 005 red buds

After we wore out that spot, we moved along to find a geocache and hike a bit of the trails. We found the cache and some ramps, which the kids thought was pretty cool. We work to fit in foraging/survival knowledge wherever we can. And ramps are delicious.

20170417 Red Haw 016 ramps They sampled one and we moved along again. The playground that is in the campground area was roped off-it looked like they were doing a lot of updating around that area, so we went off to find the swimming beach. 20170417 Red Haw 017 blue heron

It wasn’t anything too fancy, but a nice size with sand. I don’t know if they open the restrooms for warmer weather or if they’re permanently closed, but the kids were able to change in the entrances inside the building after they got wet.

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It was around 76-78 degrees out which they decided was plenty warm enough to swim and build sand castles.

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IĀ changed them into dry clothes to get home, and ended up stopping in Melcher for ice cream cones at DnS Ice Cream. We will probably try back there, too. They have a typical Iowa mom and pop ice cream shop food menu-sandwiches and such-as well as breakfast buffets on the weekends. We had a lot of fun and plan on going back to swim at the park this summer! We may have to bring Dad with us next time to fish and kayak, too.

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Jam Crumb Bars

I found this recipe years ago, and haven’t made it since DJ was a baby. I actually lost it-which is why I hadn’t made it. New computers mean going through a slew of backups and various folders in my cloud, and lo and behold, there was the recipe I had been looking for for so many years. These are super easy and so delicious. Regular jam or a fast, corn starch thickenedĀ fruit preserve will work. I especially like raspberry or cherry for these, but anything goes.

Jammy Crumb Bars

Makes one jelly roll pan… 10X14 maybe?

  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. softened butter or butter/coconut oil/lard combination
  • 2 t. vanilla (if making a cherry bar, I would use 1 t. vanilla and 1 t. almond extract)
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 2 eggs

Mix all together. Spread about 3/4 of the mix into the bottom of the greased jelly roll pan.

  • 12 ounces of jam or fruit preserves

Spread all over the cookie dough. Drop the remaining dough in clumps and crumbles all over the top of the jam. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.


I had every intention of getting back in the rhythm of blogging regularly, but winter got in the way. January left us sick, with colds and nasty stomach bugs, then February had Rootstech and influenza A, and recovering from the flu. Then we hit March and we were all catching up and kind of in the drearies as we hoped for warmer weather. We really enjoyed Rootstech and Salt Lake City again this year. I’ll post about that separately. I’ve fallen behind on some of my goals-family history has been stalled as I have been busy with work, exercise is still on track though I’ve switched to doing it on my own in the AM and letting the kids do theirs whenever. The devotional time has also stalled, mainly because we’ve not recovered from the ridiculous daylight savings time change, and so we’re all getting up at very different times. We’ll get back on track somewhere. For now, I’m glad we’re keeping up with some of it. I am still adding to my family pages on WikiTree, but not getting things printed off as readily. I guess really, I’ve switched gears and have been doing a lot of photo archival stuff, making sure things are sorted, and soon scanning things in again. I have boxes in my office waiting to be scanned and added to family pages.

I also think I am going to start blogging some of the pictures in retrospect before I forget what happened. IĀ have days where I forget what I had to eat the day before.

Oh! And I am re–categorizing and updating the fun things we have been doing lately under the tag Glannventures. We love doing things as a family, and have had friends and family ask more often about what we did when we visited here and there. I think I’ll add a tab and divide things up by region.

DJ’s First Piano Recital

DJ started her musical career many years ago on the violin. After taking lessons with her wonderful music teacher, Mrs. Amy, for a couple years, she decided violin wasn’t for her. She took a couple years off, and a year ago started back with Mrs. Amy on the piano. She loves playing, and really enjoys her lesson time. She doesn’t like performing all that much, though, so her recital had her pretty stressed out. She did wonderfully. We don’t dress up for things often, so it gave her and me a reason to go do some thrift shopping on our own, leaving the rest of the kids with Dad, and she enjoyed picking out an entire outfit, down to socks and shoes.

After the recital, we headed to see Grandpa Dick after she was finished since he lives just down the street from where we were.

I made some cherry bars to go with supper. Grandma Gail and Grandpa Tom joined us, too, and we all visited for awhile. The middles got pretty rowdy after awhile, which stressed Dad out, so even though we’d ordered Felix and Oscar’s in for supper, we took it to go.

We had read on our local food reviews page that F&Os had good pizza, so being on that side of town gave it a go. The pizza wasn’t bad, but I don’t know that I’d get it again. The crust was not thin and crispy, as described. I think they may be known for their deep dish, so we might give them one more try and get that next time. We also got the nasty fries, which were delicious, but probably even better fresh (we had a 45 minute drive home before we got to eat them), and the fried pickle chips which were also good. If nothing else, ordering a bunch of appetizers will be a nice thing to be aware of when we’re hanging out with Grandpa and not in the mood for frozen pizza (which he always keeps on hand.)