Food Friday: Recipe for Lemon Sheet Cake and My 32-year-old GE Handmixer Is Still Going Strong!

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 Today I just want to basically rave about my General Electric hand mixer which has faithfully gone through my married life with me!  32 years old!  I received it as a shower gift!!  You know the old saying, “They don’t make ’em like they used to.”  Well, that’s so true.  They don’t make things to last anymore!  I really love my hand mixer, and use it often.  Many times when I am going to bake something, I don’t want to dirty my big Bosch mixer, and I choose to use my hand mixer instead.  When I’m finished, I put the bowl in the sink, fill it with soapy water, and drop the beaters, mixing cup(s) and spatulas into it to soak. Sometimes I need a bigger bowl to hold the measuring cups, but basically it’s, “No muss, no fuss.” Easy!

Last Thursday, my lovely hand mixer helped me make three sheet cakes, including frosting, for a baby shower I was co-hosting, and I couldn’t help musing on all the years that it has faithfully served me!  Through the new bride “flops” (not its fault:) and the busy days of cupcakes and specially decorated birthday cakes for my small children, into the season of much hospitality serving many desserts to grateful guests, and finally into a season of potlucks, showers and luncheons, it has served me very well!  I could always count on it.  I always washed it off after using it, and carefully stored it in its original box (which looks a little worse for wear), and my husband did have to mend the cord once, but basically, it has not asked for anything, but just faithfully did everything I asked of it!  By the way, no one’s paying me to say this!  I have just been thinking about how important faithful service is, and how rare it is these days!!  It makes me think of the character quality of servanthood, and how I need to work on this character quality more, and be ever grateful for it in others.  It’s such an important character quality, that Jesus was willing to be called a Servant.  And to call us to serve one another in love.  I hope I never stop seeing lessons in the little things. So, today I’m grateful for the faithful service of a small appliance, which has reminded me to pray that I might be a better server, and a more faithful one, and stand the test of time, like my little GE Hand mixer.

Lemon Sheet Cake
Serves:  30-35 servings
Ingredients:
1 pkg lemon cake mix
4 eggs
1 can (15-3/4 ounces) lemon pie filling
1 pkg (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:
  • In a large bowl, beat the cake mix and eggs until well blended.  Fold in pie filling.
  • Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and confectioners’ sugar until smoothe.  Stir in vanilla.  Spread over cake.  Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 171 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 145 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.
Enjoy! 
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8 Replies to “Food Friday: Recipe for Lemon Sheet Cake and My 32-year-old GE Handmixer Is Still Going Strong!”

  1. I know, Angie, I wish that things lasted longer! And I know what you mean about serving being a chore sometimes. When I find myself in that attitude of “serving begrudgingly” I really have to do some soul-searching, because when I look at Jesus' example, He never was bitter about what people expected of Him. I cannot believe how selflessly Christ served! It didn't seem to bother Him that people took advantage of Him. If you are completely willing to give, CAN anyone take advantage of you? Perhaps that is the key. Nothing can be taken from me, if I give it willingly! The attitude of love, and serving Christ rather than people, an attitude possible only by the Holy Spirit's power, is what will transform it from chore into joy.
    Wendy

  2. Wendy
    We all need reminders to serve. It is so easy to want to be served. To sit back and allow others to serve you, but for some serving is a chore(yes I am talking about myself) I guess I need to make this my prayer as well..

    Your hand mixer sounds great! It is sad they do not make them that way anymore. I have been through- Many handmixers in my short 18 years of marriage.. now I just do it by hand, use one of those old crank ones, or put it in my Kitchenaide.. depends on the task!

    Angie
    http://helpmeettosam.com

  3. Hi Barb! Nice to meet you! Thank you so much for the follow. I will come over and visit. I love giving gifts and start thinking about Christmas (or try to) and getting gifts early. I don't have Facebook (or Twitter) so won't be able to do that–sorry! Thanks again for following!
    Blessings,
    Wendy

  4. Hi..I’m Barb….I am from FF. I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @ santasgiftshoppe.blogspot.com & get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. I also would love for you to be a new Fan of my Facebook page too & click “LIKE” in the upper right hand corner of my blog & you’ve done it..Thanks so much! I am just starting at Facebook. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

  5. Hi Katie!
    Thanks for following! I'll come over right away–I was cleaning all day, so just checking in now:) I love lemon cake, too. People asked me if this was homemade, because it tasted so good! A “keeper” recipe, for sure.
    Thanks for the comment!
    Wendy

    Hi Just Married…
    You have a very cute profile photo! And I love the “we.” Just as it should be. (Do you blog together?) I guess I will come over, visit, and find out! Thanks for following!
    Wendy

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