Coffee Cake

My aunt Linda made this tasty dish for my wedding shower as well as for the hospitality suite the weekend of my wedding. It kind of reminds me of a recipe my mom made when I was a kid. I’m not a nut person this recipe can be made with or without them.

I’m making it for my Volunteer Appreciation Celebration this week. I hope they enjoy it as much as I do.

Coffee Cake by Linda Vogel


Photo from Pinterest

1 ½ c. brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. chopped walnuts

1 c. sugar
1 c. butter
2 eggs
3 c. flour
1 c. milk
½ tsp. salt
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla

Sift dry ingredients. Add milk, ½ c. melted butter, vanilla, and eggs. Mix well. Pour half into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle with half of topping. Pour the rest of the batter on top. Sprinkle with remaining topping. Top with ½ c. melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Two Ingredient Lemon Bars

Two ingredients lemon barsOne Fourth of July, my Grandma Fletcher mixed together some ingredients to make lemon bars. All the grandchildren loved them but Grandma could never duplicate her “no recipe” concoction. Although taste a little different, they are the closest thing that I have ever tried to that recipe. What’s even better is that this recipe contains only two ingredients. Enjoy!

Lemon Bars from Pinterest
1 box Angel Food Cake
1 can lemon pie filling

Mix together cake and lemon pie filling. Pour into a greased 13 x 9 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool and top with powdered sugar, if desired.

Low-fat Creamsicle Cake

I loved this simple three ingredient recipe. Each bite better because it is low in fat. It’s good even without the dusting of powdered sugar.

Low-fat CakeLow-fat Creamsicle Cake from Pinterest
1 box white cake mix
1 (6 oz.) non-fat Greek yogurt
1 c. orange juice

Mix all three ingredients in a bowl and pour into a 8 x 8 glass baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-33 minutes. Dust with powder sugar before serving.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (makes 9 servings): 201 calories, 4.4 g. fat, 40 g. carbs, 1.1 g. fiber, and 3.3 g. protein


  • I used sugar free cake and 100% orange juice to decrease sugar intake.

Here’s the story about man and a woman

Today is my Grandma and Grandpa Fletcher’s 60th Wedding Anniversary. In their honor, I thought I would share the story of how they met and married. Both my grandparents’ fathers died when they were children. My Great-Grandma Kingston (Grandma Fletcher’s mother) was pregnant with her youngest child when her husband passed away. As a woman in her late 20s, she was widowed with six children. Her siblings offered to take the younger children but my Grandma Kingston refused to split up her family. And she never remarried. Grandma Kingston worked super hard to support her family in the 1930s when women didn’t really work outside the home. She took in laundry, cleaned homes, and ended up getting a job as the custodian for Wayne State College.

Grandma’s children were also hard workers. Many of them started babysitting and then working at the ice cream shop (pre-Dairy Queen days). I think my Grandma Fletcher was just 14 years old when she started working at the ice cream shop with some of her older siblings.

As I understand it, my Grandma Kingston required her children to take a sibling with them when they went on dates. My Grandpa Fletcher took out Grandma’s older sister Joyce on a date. And because of Grandma Kingston’s rule, my Grandma Fletcher was the chaperone for her older sister’s date roller skating. My Grandpa ended up liking my Grandma better than her older sister so he started dating her. They were just 14 and 16 years old at the time.  Two and a half years later Shirley Ann Kingston and Gene Edward Fletcher would be married on June 30, 1952 at the United Methodist Church in Wayne, NE.

The years that followed were filled with lots of hard work, a few tragedies, and some great successes. Grandpa’s hard work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit lead to the development of Fletcher Farm Service and Fletcher Rentals. They were also blessed with children: Kathy (my mother), William (Chris), Edward (Irene), and Thomas (Annette). They are also the proud grandparents to 10 grandchildren: Jeremy, Stephanie (my sister), Shannon, Amber (me), Rebekah, Daniel, Marilyn, Ashley, Cameron, and Sarah. The current tally on great-grandchildren is 12.

Although my grandparents can be very different, they do share loves for the arts, music, movies, education, volunteering, traveling, and having their family come together. Happy 60th Anniversary Grandma and Grandpa!

Since weddings make me think of cake, I thought I would share a recipe for individual cakes. I got this recipe from my mother’s best friend. It’s a great recipe because it is perfect for individuals or serving individual taste.

3-2-1 by Deb Proett

1 box of angel food cake mix (you must use this cake because the mix has eggs in it)
1 box of cake mix (any flavor)

Mix both cake mixes together in a gallon sized baggie. Spoon 3 tablespoons of cake mix and two tablespoons of water into a custard cup and stir together. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Serve with frosting or fruit if desired.