Luscious Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake

 Luscious four Layer cake

 

 This is one of my favorite recipes to make in the fall.  It is really easy but it looks like you spent hours on it because of the layers.

Luscious Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
  2. 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin, divided
  3. ½ cup milk
  4. 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  5. 4 large eggs
  6. 1 ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice, divided
  7. 1 pkg. (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  8. 1 cup powdered sugar
  9. 1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed
  10. ¼ cup caramel topping
  11. ½ cup pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour 2 (9 in.) round cake pans. Beat cake mix, 1 cup pumpkin, milk, oil, eggs, and 1 tsp. of the pumpkin spice in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Pour evenly into prepared pans. Bake 20 to 22 min. or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks.
  2. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese in small bowl with electric mixer until creamy. Add powdered sugar, remaining pumpkin, and ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice. Mix well. Stir in whipped topping.
  3. Remove cooled cake layers from pans; cut each layer horizontally in half with a serrated knife. Stack the layers on a serving plate, spread the cream cheese mixture between the layers. Do not frost the top layer. Drizzle with caramel topping and pecans. Store in the refrigerator.
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Summer Chores

This summer I am going to try something a little different.  The kids will still have chores but I am hoping to be a little more strict on getting things done. Each of them will have a chart that looks like the one below. They need to finish these five things before they can play with friends, watch TV or play with electronics. After they have finished each item they will put there initials by them and when it is all done I will check it off my putting my initials by theirs. I got this idea from 71 Toes.

Victoria's ChoresMorning: When they wake up they need to do these things.

Morning Chores

I found this “Morning Sheet” at Thirty Handmade Days. I just added their routine in Photoshop.

Practice: They will need to do 20 minutes of practicing.  For Victoria it will be the piano for Brad typing or math.

Reading: They will need to read fro 20 minutes a day and then record their time and pages read on this reading log:

Summer Reading log

Bedroom: Their bedrooms will need to be picked up each day.

Zone: Each week they will have a list of chores that they will do daily or weekly. One week they will be on Week A and the next week, Week B

Zone WorkThen I also have a detail list of what need to be done for each of the weekly chores.

Cleaning Checklists01

I am hoping that we will have a productive and fun summer. 

Wild Rice Pilaf

We had this Wild Rice Pilaf at our Relief Society dinner last week it was really good.

Wild Rice Pilaf
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Cups Wild Rice Mix
  2. 1 Cup Slivered Almonds
  3. 1 Bunch of green onions chopped
  4. 2 cans mushrooms drained
  5. 1/2 cup butter
  6. 6 cups water with chicken bouillon added or 6 cups of chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Fry all of the ingredients but the water in butter. Then put in a 9x13 pan. Glass works great, but a cake pan is ok. Then add the water.
  2. Cover with foil and bake for 1 1/2 hours on 325 degrees.
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