Homemade Pumpkin Sheet Cake

My mother-in-law has been making this pumpkin sheet cake for years. It’s a family favorite. I’m so glad she shared the recipe with me so I could share it with you! It’s so simple and honestly the best homemade cake I’ve ever eaten. Put the ingredients on your grocery list NOW. You’ll thank me later! 

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Cake Ingredients: 

1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin

2 cups sugar

1 cup canola oil

4 eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

Frosting Ingredients:

3 ounces cream cheese, softened 

5 tablespoons butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

3 to 4 teaspoons milk

In a large bowl, beat pumpkin, sugar and oil until blended. Beat in eggs. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture, beating until well blended.

Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

For frosting, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar until smooth. Add milk until frosting reaches desired spreading consistency. Frost cake. 

Give this cake a try, you won’t be disappointed!

-Maureen 

This recipe is originally from Taste of Home

 

How to Have a Successful and Profitable Yard Sale

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I love to go to yard sales and hunt for treasures! I don’t always enjoy putting a yard sale together but I have learned through the years what works for a profitable and less stressful experience. (Notice I didn’t say stress free experience)

Getting ready for a yard sale begins the minute you start to clean out your home. I always have a box or container to place clothes that I no longer want. If I put something on and I don’t like it anymore I immediately put that item in my “to go” box. It is a great idea to gather some boxes well ahead of your yard sale so you can keep things organized and your home won’t look like a thrift store! 

I like to put a price on an item as soon as I know it is “going”. As I clean out and re-organize my home I keep masking tape and a Sharpie handy. I usually wear the tape around my wrist like a bracelet and keep the Sharpie in my pocket so I am ready to price!

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As you start to put your yard sale items aside try and keep like items with like items. This will help you as you set up your tables in those early morning hours.

Never keep small items stuffed in box that your customers have to dig through. No one wants to work that hard for a deal. I like to put several small items into a Ziplock bag and put one price on it. You will get rid of more items and people will feel like they are getting a good deal, plus a bag of items is harder to steal than one small item. (Hopefully you won’t have to worry about thieves but always plan ahead)

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I also like to use the easy release blue tape on items that might be damaged by regular masking tape. This works well on paper items and books. I always try to group items into categories on my tables so people can easily find what they might be looking for. At our recent yard sale I had tables for vintage items,craft supplies & office supplies. I kept the clothing together and put a sign with the price per piece on the table. If I am pricing clothing separately I usually will put the price tag near the original clothing tag and staple it to secure. I kept the shoes together and also priced them per pair.

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Before the day of the yard sale make sure you will have enough tables. People really don’t like to have to bend down to look at items (it is too hard to get back up for some of us).

Your items will sell much better if they are displayed nicely on tables. Don’t forget to keep your masking tape handy in case you forgot to price something. And of course make sure you have plenty of one dollar bills and some coins.

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Make sure you put a fair price on your items but leave a little room to negotiate. We usually begin to reduce our prices about an hour and a half before the yard sale ends. It is better to get some money for an item than no money. We always take our leftover items to the Salvation Army. You can arrange to have your items picked up after the sale if you plan that in advance. When donating your items to charity try and make sure most of the proceeds from their sales go to helping people and NOT into their CEO’s pocket.

Now that your yard sale is over all you have left to do is count all that money you made.

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Let’s Recap:

+Price items as you you clean out

+Keep like items with like items

+Place smaller items into bags and give them one price

+Display items on tables for maximum sales

+Arrange to have leftover items picked up by a charity of your choice

+Count that fat stack of cash

 

I hope you found this information helpful and you will make the big bucks at your next yard sale!

Blessings

Kelly

Kelly’s Target Dollar Spot Challenge

How much fun is the Target Dollar Spot? If you like the dollar spot as much as I do I hope you will join our challenge. 

All you have to do is find something at the dollar spot and show us what you did with it. Did you use it around the house, did you make something fabulous? Then post a youtube video or an Instagram picture and make sure you tag glitteringdixie and hashtag dollar spot challenge. 

We are so excited to see what you do!

I created a fun Halloween bunting with my finds.

These are the items I used to create my bunting. I ended up not using the owls for this project.

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The first thing I did was make tassels using the orange twine. Begin the tassel by wrapping the twine around four fingers about thirty times.

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 Next, guide a small piece of twine between your fingers and the wrapped twine.

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Tie a knot at the top near your first finger.

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Next, on the opposite end of the knot, cut the twine.

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Using another small piece of twine, wrap it around all the twine close to the top knot. this will create your tassel.

I made 4 of these.

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You made need to trim your tassel up to make it look fabulous.

The next thing I did was decide what I wanted my bunting to say. I chose “Boo to You” from the Magic Kingdom’s Not So Scary Halloween parade.

I pulled out as many chalkboard tags as I would need and placed the craft paper stickers on them to spell out my phrase.

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When I finished placing the stickers I cut about a yard of the black twine to tie my tags and tassels to.

Working from the center I began to tie on my tags.

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I tied the long tails of twine from the tags into a bow once I had secured all the tags. I then placed the orange tassels to the black twine where I thought they looked the best.

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And here is my finished project.

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This project would be great for you to do with your children. It is so easy and not messy.

This whole project only cost me three dollars! I cut the leg off the Q so I wouldn’t have to open a second set of stickers!

I hope you enjoyed this project and I look forward to seeing what everyone does with this challenge!

Blessings,
Kelly

Maureen’s Dollar Spot Challenge

I’m not the biggest fan of cooking, okay…that’s putting it lightly. I really HATE to cook but I sure do LOVE to bake! I also love sharing the things I bake with family and friends (less calories for me). For my Target Dollar Spot challenge I thought it would be fun to buy items to package up some adorable fall treats I made! I strongly believe that a gift is only as good as its packaging. I’m so happy that I only spent $3 and was able to create cute packaging that I can be proud of!

Here are the items I used for this challenge. One set of paper boxes, one set of kraft labels and one chalkboard marker (not pictured).Target-dollar-spot-challenge

The first thing I did was build my box using the directions on the back of the package. I then added some tissue paper that I already had on hand. Next I added my fall treats!

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All that’s left to do is use the chalkboard marker to write on the labels.

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Add label to box and it’s finished! 

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If you’re interested in learning how to make these cute pretzel pumpkins, make sure to check out my YouTube video that will go live this Wednesday! 

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I did with items from the dollar spot, I can’t wait to see what you all come up with! 

-Maureen

How I Stay Motivated As A Homemaker

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive on my YouTube channel is how I stay motivated. I came across The Homemakers Prayer on Pinterest (of course) and it has really inspired and motivated me to continue trying to be more like the Proverbs 31 woman.

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After reading this I could not help but reflect on it. I realized that I had to stop thinking about housework as a chore and more like a blessing. I’m truly blessed for this roof over my head. I’m thankful that my husband and I are able to eat healthy homemade meals everyday. My family is truly blessed. Each time I start to think of housework as a daunting task, I remember this prayer. It has changed my whole mindset and ultimately has made me a happier homemaker. I hope this prayer touches your heart and helps to inspire you as well. 

-Maureen 

 

 

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