Dump It Cake… Yummmmmm

Okay.. this is one of those things that I found in an old magazine and we tried it and it’s pretty darn good. Simple too.

It’s call a Dump It Cake. Basically because it’s really just dump some stuff in a pan and bake it and eat it. Great for beginning cooks or kids at college or moms that don’t have the time to make anything too fancy.

Basically, it’s like three ingredients.

A yellow cake mix, 2 stick of butter and a can of crushed pineapple.

You can add some walnuts to the mix if you want, but my kids don’t like them, so we never do.


Open and dump can of pineapple in to a pan.   I used a small pan, but to be honest, it works a little better if you use a 9 x 12 pan.    Much better.

Juice and all.


Kinda smooth it out evenish.   You can just shake the pan.  Remember, this is supposed to be QUICK and EASY.


Dump the cake mix over the top.


Kinda make sure it covers all the pineapple.

Not like rocket science here, and if you HAVE to, you can use a knife or spoon or something, if you feel this is bothering you that it’s so simple.


Melt the two sticks of butter in the microwave for a few moment, until it’s liquid.  Don’t burn it, or make it brown, or anything fancy.   Just enough to pour it all over the cake mix.


Simple is the key here….

Don’t mix it or anything like that.  Just pour, all over, kinda dribble and have fun.


Set oven for 350 degrees and pop this bad boy into the oven and let it cook about 30-40 minutes.  Keep you eye on it…  it should get nice and kinda brown looking…  lumpy is good.


Perfect!  Well, maybe just a little done well… but it still works good.   Like I said, this is really a no brainer desert.


You can serve it with vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream or maybe Coolwhip…. yeah….  or just eat it warm and yummy and crumbly…

I imagine you could use other smushed fruit topping.   I wonder what cherry fruit and a chocolate cake mix would be like.  ooooooh….. Trailer Park Black Forest Cake!   hahahahaha….

Yeah.   That’s fancy eatin.

Save that for your in-laws.

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Dixie Kitty Protests

Dixie Chicky is protesting the first kitty post that I put up here.

She says, that Luna is not the only kitty at the homestead here with beautiful green eyes….

And she’s right.


Our other kitty… Dixie, she has pretty green eyes too and with her nice Reese’s cup coloring… (not sure how else to describe it…  ) emerald eyes go just nicely with her complexion…. or is that coat?


She thanks you for a moment of your time to correct this grave oversite.

Dixie Chicky believes in fair use of the internet for pet pictures.


Gypsy on the otherhand…  she just doesn’t like to be so well, public.   She’s camera shy.   She’s a Belgian Shepdog and well, they are supposed to be aloof and quiet.

Yeah right.

Hahaha….  only when there is a camera around.

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Clip Art Bonaza!


I’ve been getting into using Illustrator a lot more and learning how to make nice vector graphic logos and such for my clients.

However, I am finding that recreating the wheel… or say a rose…. is very time consuming.  I’ve found some stuff online, but still, it does take a long time to search out the proper rose bud or toaster or car or whatever….  to use in a compiliation for a logo or whatever task I need.

SO I went to my favorite shopping store…. Ebay… and I bought up two HUGE clip art collections for next to nuthing!

The first one I was a little disappointed in….  it seems to imply that the DVD had like bazillion clipart pieces on it..   Yippeee!   And it only cost me like $15.


Problem is… they are all online!    You actually got a one year subscription for their website and it’s a pretty nice place and they have all sorts of things from photos to vector art to type fonts and sounds, web animations and all that stuff… pretty cool.  And another year subscription is only like $23.   I figure that is one hour of my time a year.   I think that’s not a bad deal.   If I can save one hour of having to recreate something simple, with their membership…  not a bad deal.

The second set though, was a little more cooler….  it’s actually like 28 cds worth of stuff… not online, no membership club, just a ton of cds and all.


It’s a Master Clips Art Explosion collection and it’s really pretty good.   Only drawback is that it’s Windows based… and I am a Mac gal.   We do have a token Sony Vaio in the house, so I’ll just have to use it when I need to go clip art shopping!   Actually I think that the CDs might work on the Mac, I just won’t be able to use their interactive catalog system them…   of course, I haven’t tried that yet, but I will!

Again, got all these on Ebay for $20.

So my graphic arts tip of the day is to remember that saving time makes more time for you to bill for your talents…  Remember to occasionally look into time saving tools and software that will help to build your business.  And remember to look to places like Ebay for gently used goodies….  sure is a good deal!

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