Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Sharing the Joy - Today is #NationalCakeDay

I'm making this cake for Thanksgiving so I thought I'd share it for National Cake Day. Yes, it's a thing...just like National Pie Day. Read more on the history of National Cake Day here.

Pumpkin Pie Magic Cake

  • 1 (30 oz) can pumpkin pie mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 cup salted butter (2 sticks) melted
  • 1 container white or vanilla frosting (note: I am using cream cheese frosting)
  1. Preheat oven to 350f degrees.
  2. Lightly spray the bottom only of a 9x13" baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a stand mixer, (or large mixing bowl) mix together pumpkin pie mix and eggs.
  4. Then mix in cake mix and melted butter. Mix for a full 2 minutes.
  5. Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake for about 45-55 minutes (center of the cake shouldn't be jiggly.)
  6. Allow cake to cool completely then spread the frosting on top.
  7. Cut into 12 squares and serve!
Image and recipe credit: The Country Cook

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Sharing the Joy 2019 #Christmas

The holidays are upon us once again!

I hope you will join me in celebrating the season. As usual, I will be sharing Weekend Baking, Weekend Lit, Weekend Crafting...maybe even Friday Baking and Movies. Also, book reviews and other bookish posts...and Christmas Around the World posts. Gift ideas. Just all around festive cheer for my favorite time of year!

If anyone would like to contribute a guest review, or guest post about anything Christmas-y, drop me a line via the contact link in the sidebar menu.

If you're looking for some ideas for new Christmas music this year, Ken with The Sounds of Christmas was once again my guest in October and he shared all the new music coming out this year. You can read the post here. Don't forget to stop over and give The Sounds of Christmas a listen. Just click on their logo in the right sidebar.

If you didn't already know, the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge is going on again this year, today through January 6th (Twelfth Night). You can sign up any time, even up until the last week of the challenge. Also, the Christmas Spirit Readathon over at Seasons of Reading started today. It runs through December 8th. You can still sign up for both. Won't you join us?

For those of your already signed up for the challenge, the review page is all ready to go in the sidebar menu, and don't forget about our Pinterest board which you can also access in the menu.

That's it for now. Looking forward to sharing the joy with you again this season!

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

2019 #Christmas Spirit #Reading Challenge - Sign up!

It's almost time again for our yearly festive readathon!

As usual, there are multiple levels for participation, like children's books and watching Christmas movies AND the Christmas Spirit Readathon is back again this year. Keep reading for details!

Details and sign up:
  • challenge will run from Monday, November 25, 2019 through Monday, January 6, 2020 (Twelfth Night or Epiphany).
  • cross over with other challenges is totally permitted AND encouraged! 
  • These must be Christmas novels, books about Christmas lore, a book of Christmas short stories or poems, books about Christmas crafts, and for the first time...a children's Christmas books level! 

--Candy Cane: read 1 book
--Mistletoe: read 2-4 books
--Christmas Tree: read 5 or 6 books (this is the fanatic level...LOL!)

Additional levels:

--Fa La La La Films: watch a bunch or a few Christmas movies...it's up to you!
--Visions of Sugar Plums: read books with your children this season and share what you read

*the additional levels are optional, you still must complete one of the main reading levels above

  • The Christmas Spirit Readathon is back again this year. I'll be hosting once again over at Seasons of Reading also starting Monday, November 25 and running for two weeks through Sunday, December 8! Details and sign-up can be found HERE.
  • the most important rule? Have fun!!! 
  • I will have a review linky posted as a page the day the challenge starts. You will find it at the top of the right sidebar. 
  • Sign up in the linky below (link to your post with your reading list...you can change up your list during the challenge...I just want to be able to stop by to welcome you and see what you plan to read).
Unfortunately, money is tight this year so I will not be able to offer a prize. I hope the joyful reading we will be doing will be reward enough. 🎄🎅⛄

I hope you will join me!

Grab a button...check the right sidebar...there's a grab code. And don't forget to check out the Readathon details at Seasons of Reading!

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