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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Betty Sands' Quick Coffee Cake

My mom's mom, Grandma Dunn was known for Easter cakes pucks.

Baking wasn't exactly her strong suite.

Shopping?  Yes.  Time share vacationing?  For sure.  Gambling?  Absolutely.

She even had a personalized slot glove.

And was one of the most generous people I knew.

But it's safe to say that Grandma and the kitchen weren't exactly the best of friends.

Grandmums (my dad's mom), on the other hand, makes a mean lemon meringue.

And the yummiest Snickerdoodles this side of the Rockies.

But honestly, I worry that I'll mess them up.

So I just leave them alone.

And steal recipes from other people's grandmas.

Like my friend Wendy who brought this delicious coffee cake to a Mother's Group a few years ago.

She and her cute family moved to Southern California but I asked her to leave the recipe behind.

It's quick.  And easy.

And incredibly delicious.

I learned from Wendy that Grandma Sands was also a pastor's wife.

She wrote all the church plays, helped her husband with his sermons.  And raised 4 kids.  WITHOUT a Kitchenaid.

She passed away when Wendy was just a year old.

Grandma Sands sounds like she was pretty amazing.  Just like her Coffee Cake.

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  1. Umm...I need a piece of this *right now*.
    Adding raspberries to my shopping list. Thank you. {I think!}

  2. Wow! this looks sooo good! I'm a coffee cake junkie for sure. My hips thank you!

  3. You know what goes really well with coffee cake? Coffee. You are making me want both. Yum! I am totally a Kitchen-Aid-a-holic as well! I HATE having to whisk, whip, beat, or stir anything by hand! PSHA!

  4. That looks SO delicious - and I admit, I would totally succumb to the lure of the mixer myself!