Add crunch to Halloween
DEAR MELBA: We couldn't have Halloween without pumpkins, so let's share a recipe similar to one I obtained from Chrisann Wedlich of Sugar Land, Texas. This cake will make a special Halloween treat.
PUMPKIN CRUNCH CAKE
1 can (16 ounces) pumpkin
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
11/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon salt
1 box (15 ounces) yellow cake mix
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
• Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
• In large bowl, beat pumpkin, milk, sugar, spice, salt and eggs until well mixed.
• Spread in prepared baking dish. Sprinkle dry cake mix over mixture. Sprinkle pecans evenly over cake mix. Thinly slice butter and place on top of pecans. Do not stir. Bake 50 minutes until golden brown on top.
Dave Farrington, Midwest City
DEAR READERS: Don't decide not to carve your jack-o'-lantern this year because it decayed last year. Several things can cause decay, but it won't be as bad if you prepare before you start carving. Make a mixture of 1 tablespoon bleach per quart of water. Put in a spray bottle and spray the outside of the pumpkin. Wipe with a damp cloth.
After carving, spray the pumpkin inside, being sure to spray the cut areas well. Let stand at least 20 minutes to dry. Rub the carved areas with petroleum jelly.
DEAR MELBA: Please spread the word about the Craft Fair and Gift Boutique that will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Quail Springs United Methodist Church, 14617 N Pennsylvania Ave. Lunch will be available.
Susan Wind, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: St. Mark Lutheran Church, 7501 E Reno, Midwest City, will hold its annual bazaar-rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Shirley Cutler, Midwest City
DEAR MELBA: Please tell readers about the “Angels Unlimited” craft sale and bazaar planned by the Goodrich Memorial United Methodist Church, 200 W Hayes, Norman, that will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Besides a variety of handicrafts, etc. our not-to-be-missed Chicken Salad Sandwich Plate and other food choices will be available.
Janell O'Neal, Norman
DEAR READERS: Please add the bazaar at New Hope United Methodist Church, 11600 N Council Road, to your list of things to do from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call it your early Christmas shopping.
DEAR MELBA: Do you remember this hint? It comes from a 1939 church cookbook that provided a wealth of wisdom. I have no idea who shared it.
If your lemon has been on your counter so long that you need to reconstitute it, simply drop it in a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes. Voila, fresh lemon juice!
Mike Turner, Holdenville
DEAR MELBA: This is something you will have fun with. It does work! It's one of the strangest things I have ever encountered.
While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. Now, while doing this, draw the number “6” in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction and there's nothing you can do about it.
Carol, of N.C.
DEAR MELBA: I saw this sign on a church in Wilburton: A family altar can alter a family.
Mary Lee Colwell, Red Oak
DEAR MELBA: One of my favorite Bible quotes is: Every day above ground is a good one.
Kathyrn Olds, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: A sign in the front yard of a funeral home: Drive carefully. We'll wait.
Karen Bishop, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: Try to walk arm in arm with your loved ones, even if you don't see eye to eye.
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