Best Prune Plum Birthday Cake

Recipe from Elee and Neal Hadley

Our birthdays are 4 days apart.  We have made this cake for about 25 years.  The plums make it moist (like carrot cake).  The crunchy chocolate topping is baked on– so no frosting.  Delicious!

1 cup (or more) dried plums, cut up small with kitchen scissors

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups boiling water (or heat in microwave oven); Combine and soak 5 or more minutes.  Set aside.

3/4 cup shortening (1 1/2 sticks butter or margarine) melted or soft

1 cup sugar

1 egg

Cream together well, until smooth.

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Stir into sugar/egg mixture, alternating with plum mixture.  Stir until smooth and well mixed.  Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan.

1/2 cup each chocolate chips, walnuts or other nuts, and sugar.

Sprinkle chips and nuts evenly over top of cake batter.  Sprinkle sugar over evenly.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, until toothpick inserted in cake center comes out clean and cake is pulling away from the sides of the pan.  No frosting needed!

Party On!

In the month of November, the Grange had 2 work “parties” to fix up the Grange Hall.  Thanks to Carolyn, Ken, Steve, and Jerry, the floor was swept, mopped, and waxed twice!  On another day, Scott, Steve, Nick, Jerry, Allan, Anne, and Dixie worked hard to clean the gutters and windows, power-wash the cement steps, repair doors, pick up scattered items and vacuum/steam clean in the children’s room, and set up the Christmas tree with the beautiful backdrop behind it on the stage.

When you come to the Lookingglass Farm Market on Friday afternoons between 3 and 6pm to do your holiday shopping, be sure to notice how much nicer the Grange Hall looks!

Chili Rellenos Casserole

Are the colder autumn nights giving you a chill?  Replace the chill with chili!.  The following recipe, provided by Pam Mosley of the Lookingglass Farm Market, is sure to heat you up:


  • ½ LB Ground Beef
  • ¼ Onion (chopped)
  • 1 10 oz can whole green chiles
  • 1 ½ cup cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1/8 cup flour
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper


Preheat oven to 375, cook hamburger meat and onion, drain. Add cumin, salt, and pepper. Line the bottom of your pan with whole green chilies. Chop extra green chilies for later. Next layer meat over green chilies, top with cheese and chopped green chilies. Whisk together eggs and milk, add flour and mix well. Pour this mixture over dish. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve right away while everything is hot and cheese is melted.