Baking for the Holidays

15 Dec

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DARQ:  Yo, Catherine, I found the cookie cutter.IMG_4247

CATHERINE:  It’s about time…wow, you’re  dressed up like Santa’s Little Helper!

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DARQ (chuckles): I saw the apron and couldn’t resist.

CATHERINE:  Nice shoes, too.

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DARQ: I had them custom made to go with the apron.

CATHERINE: Really?  For an apron? Why go to all that trouble?

DARQ:  Because my MIB team voted that at this year’s annual Christmas Party’s the dress code was to be Christmassy and no regulation-black. You do realize that they get tired of wearing black suits, right?

CATHERINE: I never thought of that, but it makes sense.  What are the MIBs on your security team going as?

DARQ:  Since they were a team, the eight decided to dress as one of Santa’s Reindeer.  Agent L is going as Dasher. After all, he is rather dashing.

CATHERINE:  Is he that dashingly handsome Adonis  with the muscles that lifted your trunk onto the porch when you arrived this October?

DARQ: No, silly, that’s Agent B.  I meant Agent L is dashing, as in capable of destroying threats before they happen. The man has a sixth sense about–

CATHERINE: Right.  Now, about today’s cookie baking, go into the pantry and get me the flour pail, will you?

DARQ: Ah, Catherine, I don’t think so.


DARQ: I can’t risk getting this outfit soiled. You’re on your own.

CATHERINE:  But we promised the fans and readers who stop at this blog that you’d be making your Fruity Cake.

DARQ pulls out a recipe card from her pants pocket: No, we promised them a copy of the recipe. Here it is–


by Catherine E. McLean @2012, Rev. 2015   

4 eggs
1 stick of butter (softened)
one 14.5 oz can of Delmonte "no sugar added very cherry fruit mix" – not drained
8 oz can pineapple tidbits drained
3/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans preferred)
1 carrot cake mix

     Into a bowl, pour in the cake mix, then add all the other ingredients and beat until well blended. Pour into a greased bundt pan or bundt mold.* Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 45-55 minutes (or until knife comes out clean).
     Serve warm with ice cream or pudding. 
     Options:   May be cooled and coated with confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar) or Cream Cheese Frosting with a fresh fruit topper (mandarin oranges, sliced strawberries, blueberries, etc.)
Note * - may be made in a 9x13" pan

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What will Darq be wearing for Christmas Day?  Stop by and see or Connect with Catherine to be notified of updates to this blog and Darq’s activities.

Note to sewers: 

The design of the Elf Apron came from a photo I found posted on a Pinterest Board and re-posted to my Aprons board. The apron is made of felt.

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