Friday, July 22, 2016

Old-fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut Topping, a Herne Family Fave... and Christmas in July SALE!

Happy Friday, all!!!

I feel like sharing some holiday fun today.

We've got all of our Christmas Collections on sale at Amazon for .99.

NINETY-NINE CENTS!!! That rocks.... If you love Christmas and a great deal, head on over and grab one... or all four! Four collections for under $4.00

Sweet deal!!!!   And here it is on AMAZON:

Don't you just love, love, love that cover? Sweet, bucolic, pastoral, all the things we love to embrace about homesteaders and pioneers and times gone by....

Those folks worked so hard, so long and in often unforgiving conditions and many of them gave up, called it a day, and went back home, back east, back to some kind of civilization.

Who could blame them? The ones who stayed, who settled in, who toughed it out were either made of grittier stuff (yes!), luckier (most likely!), prideful (uh, huh!!!!) or had a better working knowledge and endurance for making do.

We're a bit spoiled now... And sometimes we take for granted what others did to gain our freedoms, our lands, our growth and our government, but when I jump into a historical like "A Town Called Christmas" (Hope for the Holidays historical collection) or "Prairie Promises" (Homestead Brides) I stand amazed by how stinkin' lazy I am by comparison.

Imagine living in a soddy?

EEE GADS!!!!! And yet 160 acres of FREE LAND?????? Arable land, once you could figure how to get a pitchfork through ten inches of knitted prairie grass roots. Sod potatoes, tiny, measly things. Sod corn, struggling for life to give misshapen ears. No shade, little respite from the sun, few windows, bugs, mice, snakes....

We are so blessed! :)  I love a sacrificial nature, it's like the most amazing gift from God, but heaven help me I whine like a baby when the temps go over 85.... And I'm in deciduous forest land, there are shade trees everywhere, so what am I whining about?

I've learned that success in most anything comes down to this:

Do the best job you can at every job you're given and ...

Don't quit.

Because it's not about the talent or the skill as much as it's about the diligence, perseverance and work ethic. The smartest employees who take regular sick days for every little thing are NOT the most valued....

It's the worker bees!!!! The dawn-to-duskers, the ones who show up, regardless, plant their heels and go. And speaking of worker bees, here's the 2014 "Hope for the Holidays" Historical Collection:

So today we're going to do a fun, old recipe, something I've loved for decades and a favorite in our house.

Boiled Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut Topping (and if I get done and discover this in our list, well... clearly it's worth a second look, but I scanned and didn't see it!)

350° oven (moderate oven)     

30-35 minutes (cake should be golden and dry on top, moist crumbs on toothpick test)  for 13" x 9" pan, greased and floured


Mix together in small saucepan:  

1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup quick oats

Let sit while making cake batter.

Cream: 1/2 cup butter
              1 cup brown sugar
              1 cup sugar
              2 large eggs

Divert invading baby's attention by feeding him peeled apple.
Cream until fluffy and smooth. 

Add in:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour minus 2 tablespoons.... (So then I had to wonder if the original recipe used Softasilk flour because this is the same ratio.... but I've used both and the cake is wonderful!)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix dry mixture and creamed mixture. Blend. Add cooked oatmeal. Blend again. Bake until done, cool at least one half hour. 

Top with coconut frosting and broil.

Broiled Coconut Topping

Melt 9 tablespoons butter in saucepan or bowl.


1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (I forgot this, oops! Faded old recipe!)
1 cup of chopped nuts can be added if desired.

Stir together and then add 1/4-1/2 cup cream or milk until topping is of spreading consistency. Pour onto cake and place a few inches under broiler (it is helpful to turn the broiler ON....) :) and let broil until topping starts to turn golden brown.

One of my favorite cakes in this world, including CHOCOLATE VARIETIES!!!!! I love this old fashioned cake, and if I'm on a cakewalk.... This is where my eye is drawn!

And if you're after contemporary Christmas romance (and who isn't???) here are the contemporary collections on sale now!  A Heart Full of Christmas on Amazon:


  1. Ruthy, this made my mouth water!! Even at breakfast time. :) YUM!

    I'm feeling a little bit cooler here in Georgia while looking at Christmas covers. :)

    1. Christmas covers rock! Isn't that so true? And this cake is a huge favorite, which is a surprise because it's not chocolate... but marvelous, none the less!!!

  2. I just want to jump into that snowy picture and make snow angels. It's sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo hot and humid up here I can't even look at my oven without having heart palpations never mind turning it on. So, when the heat wave is over I'll give this recipe a try. I make something pour the batter into the pan and then mix up coconut, brown sugar, melted butter and a wee bit of milk...and vanilla...then drizzle it over the batter. When it bakes some of the topping sinks into the cake and some stays on top and gets crispy. It's so yummy. But I getting hot just thinking about stirring the batter. I'm such a wuss in the summer.

    1. Kav, I'm a summer wuss, too, but when we get an 80 degree day, I bake and freeze things. Or I buy ice creams at the market. Can't fail with ice cream!!!

  3. Oh my gosh, Ruthy! My grandmother used to bake this, coconut topping and all, and I thought she'd made up the recipe!

    I got the recipe from her years and years ago and -- I just ate the last slice of my most recent oatmeal cake for breakfast yesterday. Hey, if you don't put the frosting on, it's just like eating a muffin for breakfast, right?

    I guess I'll get over my disillusionment that this was a cake my grandmother invented :-)

    Nancy C

    1. Nancy, I got the recipe from an old woman when I was a very young woman! And I don't know where she got it from, because everyone called it hers... So I always knew it at "Grace Pantaleone's Famous Oatmeal Cake"... I bet it was in McCalls or something, back in the 40's... Like my mother's lemon cake, that everyone called Mary's Lemon Cake (because Mary brought it!) was a recipe featured by Jello in magazines in the 50's.

  4. I think I ate this years ago....a friend of my Mom's baked it.
    Missy, where are you in GA now?? It is HOT in my part of GA.

    1. Yup, that would be the right era, Jackie!

      How hot in Georgia? We flirted with 90-92 today... and about the same tomorrow. And the same or hotter yesterday. I'm such a brat in heat. Forgive me when I get snarky, okay?

  5. It averages 98 this week; may see 100's later this weekend! Hot and very dry here! 90 mi. east of Atlanta.

  6. Jackie, we didn't move very far. We're in the Lawrenceville/ Duluth area. And it's been terribly hot! About 95 degrees with a zillion percent humidity. :)