New Lights for my New Kentucky Home

I thought you would like to see this post that I made on Blogger…about my new light fixtures. Love them…just wish it had not taken so long for me to put the new ones up. Why did I wait so long? Ha! Anyway…here they are!

I hope you enjoy the post. My electricians even made a cameo appearance.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tropical Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe

Tropical Fruit Cake Recipe

I think you will like this summer cake…though I can eat it in the winter just as easily.

This makes a great picnic or church cake too.

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Tropical Fruit Cake. aka…Pig Cake

The first time I had this cake was when a friend of my mother-in law-brought it to our house…on the passing of my mother-in-law, Maxine. Back then (1983) we called it tropical fruit cake. I have also seen it called pig cake. All I know is that it made a “pig” out of me. I could not keep out of that cake pan. I have made this cake several times…and it always turns out great. Even “pie” people like this cake!

Mandarin Orange Cake                                                     Image Source: Google Images

I have found this cake recipe all over the internet…by different names. I typed in mandarin orange cake….and found the recipes. Whatever you call this cake, this is a great summer cake, as you keep it in the refrigerator until you want a piece.

Just Delicious! And Easy!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes  |  Cook Time: 30 Minutes  |  Difficulty: Easy  |  Servings: 16


1 box (18.25 Oz. Box) Yellow Cake Mix (I have also used a white cake mix)
1 stick Margarine (softened)
1 can (14 Oz. Can) Mandarin Oranges, Drained, 1/2 Cup Juice Reserved
4 whole Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 package (4 Oz. Box) Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
1 can (20 Oz. Can) Crushed Pineapple, Juice Reserved
(optional-for extra sweetness add 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar)
4 ounces, thawed Cool Whip
Garnish with mandarin oranges.

Preparation Instructions                      Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For the cake, combine cake mix, margarine, 1/2 cup juice from the mandarin oranges, eggs, and vanilla. Beat for four minutes on medium-high. Add drained oranges and beat again until pieces are broken up and small. Pour batter intogreased and floured 9 x 13 inch baking pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and set. Remove from oven and cool completely. If desired, turn out cake onto a large platter.

Once  the cake is cool, blend juice from drained pineapples with the vanilla pudding mix. (optional, Add powdered sugar and mix) then mix in whipped topping. Stir in drained pineapple. Spread on cooled cake and refrigerate several hours.

To serve, cut the cake into squares and top each square with a mandarin orange slice.  Refrigerate after serving.



Clay Family Loses Ashland, University of Kentucky Predecessor Moves In

Originally posted on History of a House Museum:

YOU ARE HERE -> 1860s

Although Ashland had survived its first transfer of ownership (from Henry Clay’s widow Lucretia to his son James), remaining in family hands, after the Civil War it would not.  Due to James’s death in 1864, the financial hardship after the war, and complex dealings with settling the Ashland estate, James’s widow Susan was forced to sell Ashland in February of 1866.  The buyer was John Bryan Bowman, founder and regent of Kentucky University.

Bowman possessed a lofty vision for higher education in Kentucky and the new Kentucky University grew quickly in the mid-1860s with the establishment of its (land grant) Agricultural and Mechanical College and a merger with Transylvania University.  Bowman had searched to find a farm in or near Lexington with appropriate buildings to establish a University campus and launch the A & M College.  In February of 1866 Bowman purchased for the Kentucky…

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