Pinch Cake

pistachio cake

Pinch Cake

1 (18.25 oz.) pkg. yellow cake mix

1 (3.4 oz.) pkg. instant pistachio pudding mix

4 eggs

1 ½ cups water

¼ cup vegetable oil

½ tsp almond extract

7 drops green food coloring


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 Bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl mix together cake mix and pudding mix. Make a well in the center and pour in eggs, water, oil, almond extract and green food coloring. Blend ingredients, then beat for 2 minutes at medium speed.
  3. Pour into prepared 10 inch Bundt pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly pressed. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

Kathy’s Jalapeno Jelly

I get asked for this recipe everytime I take it anywhere.  Hope you like it…..and it’s GREEN for St. Patty’s Day

Makes 6½ pints

10        jalapeno chilies, stems removed

2          large green bell peppers

1½       cups distilled vinegar

6          cups sugar

1/3       cup lemon juice

4          ounces liquid pectin

10        drops green food coloring

Place chilies and peppers in a blender and puree until finely chopped.  Combine the puree and vinegar, bring to a boil over high heat, and boil rapidly for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat and stir in sugar and lemon juice.  Return pan to heat, bring to a boil again, stir in the pectin and food coloring and boil again, stirring constantly for 1 minute.  Skim off foam and bottle in sterilized jars. Additional notes: Use gloves when handling the chilies. Don’t overcook.  It will harden as it cools.  About the hotness: it was nicely hot when made, and mellows over time.  You could add 1 or 2 green habaneros to the ingredients if you want it hotter.

Suggested uses: serve the jelly over cream cheese, with crackers or use as a marinade for meat, and chicken, or grilled vegetables.

St. Patty’s Day Door Hanger

This is a fun St. Patty’s Day door hanger idea.  Maybe for next year though since St. Patty’s Day is on Saturday.

Things you will need:

* Three different sizes of clovers with holes for hanging together with wire.

* Stain or Paint

* St. Patty’s Day Paper

* Raffia or Ribbon

* Wire

* Mod Podge

* Distressing Ink

Paint or stain wood.  Trace wood on pattern paper.  Cut out paper and Mod Podge to wood.  Distress wood and paper with distressing ink.  String clovers together with wire.  Make a wire hanger at the top.  Tie raffia or ribbon in a bow and add to the top of the wire.