Nothing says Holiday to me more than my mom's famous cake. Every year she filled our home with the beautiful aroma of baking. Great restraint was displayed while we waited for the cake to come out of the oven. Time never moved so slow. This year I'd like to share a little of our family tradition with you.
MOM’S ORANGE CAKE
1 cup raisins
⅓ cup walnuts, chopped well
2 cups four
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
½ cup shortening (Crisco)
¾ plus ¼ cup whole milk
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Grease a rectangular cake pan (aprox. 11 x 15 inches).
Peel orange, but save the skin. Juice orange in a small bowl. Seed and quarter the orange.
Combine orange, skin, raisins, walnuts in a blender or food processor. Blend only enough to break up the skin.
Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Blend in shortening and ¾ cup milk. Add eggs and remaining milk. Mix well.
Fold in the orange raisin mixture.
Spread mixture evenly into prepared pan.
Bake 40-50 minutes.
Remove cake from oven and while still hot drizzle with reserved orange juice.
⅓ cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
Mix three ingredients together. Sprinkle mixture over the warm cake.
You know every cook should taste their masterpiece before they serve it. Therefore, pour your favorite beverage and then slice off a piece of cake. Sit back and enjoy while you take a peek at my romantic holiday story.
Samantha is determined to reach her grandparent's cabin for Christmas. She'll soon be off to veterinary school and this holiday is special. Hampered by driving snow, Sam ditches her SUV avoiding an injured moose. Mike discovers her aiding the wounded animal, and they get the ungainly patient to shelter, but as Sam doctors the moose the blizzard traps them.
As the storm rages outside, alone inside attraction sizzles between Sam and Mike. Outside danger escalates. Sam insists all will be fine by Christmas. Mike isn't so sure. Will the storm end and bring a Christmas miracle? Or will Mike's news ruin the holiday and their chance for a future together?
Nancy Kay resides near Lake Erie in Western Pennsylvania with her husband, a former member of the Marines and the Pennsylvania State Police Department who provides valuable insight for her stories. Nancy is a long time member of Romance Writers of America. Her stories are set in small towns and inland communities scattered along the shores of the Great Lakes. They focus on romance, intertwined with the love of hearth, home, and family. Yet, they are sprinkled with suspense, danger, and intrigue. Learn more about Nancy on her website and blog.
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