Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake by @JoanReeves #mgtab

Love, Christmas, a USA Today BestsellerI guarantee this Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake is effortless–and delicious! You’ve probably heard of “dump cakes,” a concoction where everything is dumped together and baked.

When I wrote Last Christmas, part of the fabulous Love, Christmas Romance Collection, I wrote long. Way too wordy. So I ended up cutting a lot of those words in every way I could.

One thing I deleted was the recipe for Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake that one of the characters makes. (Since I love to cook and bake–my daughter and her friends call me MacGyver in the kitchen–I often put recipes in my books.)

After I finished that novella, I dived into another project that was dear to my heart: a collection of family recipes from my grandmother, my mom, other far-flung friends and family, and me that I’ve titled Friday Is Cake Day.

The title comes from the fact that my mom always made a cake on Friday so she’d have something delicious to serve family and friends for the weekend and beyond. The cake was always gone by Thursday. It would have been gone a lot sooner, but we were allowed only a slice for dessert after our evening meal.

Deleted Words Always UsefulFriday Is Cake Day by Joan Reeves

I added the cake recipe, deleted from Last Christmas, to my “bake book.” Today, I’m sharing that with you.

If you’ve not made or eaten a dump cake, then you’ve missed out. There is nothing easier than a dump cake, and, believe it or not, it tastes delicious served warm or cold!

Excerpt from Friday Is Cake Day: Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake


1 large can crushed pineapple in juice
1 can cherry pie filling
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 stick butter
1 cup chopped pecans or other nut of your choice


• Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (I’m American so I have no idea what that is in Celsius.)
• Prepare rectangular glass baking dish or metal pan (13″ long type) by spraying with Baker’s Joy or Pam.
• Pour pineapple and juice evenly into pan. Spread it around so it’s evenly distributed.
• Spoon the pie filling evenly over the pineapple.
• Crumble the cake mix evenly over the fruit layer.
• Slice the butter into slender pats and place evenly over the layers.
• Sprinkle with nuts.
• Bake for one hour or until golden brown.

Add Friday Is Cake Day to your library. You’ll find it at: Amazon * Nook * Smashwords.

last-christmas_joan-reevesLast Christmas she gave him her heart…this Christmas he’s going to pay for breaking it!

I hope you enjoy reading this rollicking romance set in the Texas panhandle. It’s funny, poignant, and suspenseful according to reviewers.

If you haven’t grabbed a copy of Love, Christmas yet, you should. It’s been the bestselling holiday collection this year!

Joan Reeves writes sexy Contemporary Romance Novels–available at most ebook sellers. (Audio editions available at Audible, and iTunes.) All of Joan’s books have the same underlying premise: “It’s never too late to live Happily Ever After.” Joan lives her Happily Ever After with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. Readers, sign up for Joan’s Mailing List/Free NL. Connect Online with Joan: Blog * Facebook * Google+  * Twitter * YouTube.

Happy Baking and Happy Holiday!


Grown-Up Christmas List / LOVE, CHRISTMAS Bundle by @DonnaFaz #mgtab

Grown-Up Christmas ListOne of my very favorite holiday traditions is to turn on Christmas tunes and do my holiday baking. My family loves cookies, so I make many batches each year. I give most of them away, but I keep several different kinds so that family and friends can enjoy them through Christmas and New Year’s Day.

One of my favorite holiday songs to listen to while baking is Grown-Up Christmas List by Amy Grant. Yes, it’s years old, but I still love listening to it. Every time I hear it, I think of all the smells that permeate my kitchen—warm vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, molasses—and I’m filled with happiness.

I’d like to share one of my favorite cookie recipes.

These cookies are rich, buttery, and flavorful. Cinnamon and ginger team up with molasses to make these delectable bites the perfect accompaniment to hot tea, coffee, or cider.

Marvelous Molasses Cookies

1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
Granulated white sugar (for dipping)

Heat oven to 375º.

Cream the brown sugar and butter. Add molasses and egg, and beat to incorporate. Stir in the flour, soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt until thoroughly combined. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls. Dip tops in granulated white sugar. Place balls, sugar side up, onto lightly greased cookie sheets and bake until just set, between 10-12 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen mouth-watering cookies.

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A quick and easy Christmas treat!

Frosted Sugar Cookie BarsDo you like sugar cookies at Christmastime? Well, here is a great variation of the classic frosted treat: the sugar cookie bar. This recipe is easy to mix, makes a lot and only takes eleven minutes to bake. Frost it, cut it into squares and you have a hit for parties. (Photo courtesy of Betty Crocker)

Cookie Bar:
¾ cup sugar
⅔ cup butter, softened
1 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt

Heat oven to 375°F. Combine sugar, butter, milk, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking powder and salt; mix well. Spread mixture into ungreased 15x10x1 inch jelly roll pan with long spatula. Bake for 11 minutes or until set. Cool completely.

4 cups powdered sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 tsp almond extract
3-4 Tbsp half & half (or milk)
Any sugar sprinkles (optional)

Combine powdered sugar, butter and almond extract in medium bowl. Beat at medium speed, gradually adding enough half & half for desired spreading consistency. Spread over cooled bars with spatula and garnish with sprinkles or decorate with a can of icing. Cut into 48 bars.

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