Southern Sunday Favorite

Submitted by Christi



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This post is from January 23rd of 2009. A loving tribute to my 93 year old grandpa!

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He,
I am He who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Isaiah 46:4


My Grandpa will be 93 tomorrow. I wish everybody could have a Grandpa like mine. Grandpa has always lived his life with a passion. Whenever I think about Grandpa, I think of him with a smile on his face. He has the best stories of anyone I’ve ever known and his life would make a great movie.

From Grandpa, I learned a great work ethic. When I was in high school, I worked for him in one of his businesses and I remember being 7 minutes late one morning. He told me if I was ever late again he would fire me. I learned at a young age the value of being on time.

Grandpa has always been so full of life. He always worked hard and played hard. He loves fishing. He used to go fishing in Canada and Mexico a lot and has wonderful stories from those times.

He always has the most beautiful lawn around and he is an expert on growing green lush grass. He used get the Wall Street Journal. I remember, he would give his old copies to me. He told me three columns to read so that I could carry on an interesting conversation with anyone.

Happy Birthday Grandpa! I love you.

Today’s Lagniappe: Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

This is one of Grandpa’s favorites. It was also a favorite of my Daddy’s. Grandmother Dicus and Mama used Miracle Whip instead of mayonnaise for this recipe but you could use either one.

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

1 cup sugar
1 cup miracle whip or mayonnaise
2 cups flour
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoon soda
4 teaspoon cocoa (Mama used a little less)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix together sugar and miracle whip. Add soda and cocoa to warm water and then to stir it into the sugar mixture with vanilla.

Bake 325 for 20 to 30 minutes in a 9 x 13 pan. Let cake cool then spread with chocolate fudge frosting. Place pecan halves all over the top of the cake.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

3/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups powdered sugar (Mama uses regular sugar)
1/2 cup hot milk
2 tsps. vanilla

In small saucepan over low heat, melt butter; add cocoa, stirring constantly until smooth and slightly thickened. Remove from heat, set aside to cool slightly.

In large mixer bowl combine sugar and milk, beat until smooth. Add chocolate mixture and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until smooth and slightly thickened, 5 to 10 minutes. Cool at room temperature to spreading consistency, about 1/2 hour.

13 Responses to “Southern Sunday Favorite”

  1. Eileen Says:

    Happy Birthday to your Grandpa!
    What a lovely tribute to a man who taught you well!
    Thanks for the recipes too!
    All the best,

  2. Lori E Says:

    How lucky you are to have him. All my grandparents were gone by the time I was 3 or 4 years old.
    Happy Birthday to Him.

  3. Myrna Says:

    How blessed you are to have such a Grandpa in your life. ;~)Please wish him a “Happy Birthday ” for me. The cake sounds delish, I’ve never tried a mayonaise cake, I think I will try yours.

  4. Crafty Gardener Says:

    a lovely tribute to your grandpa

  5. Chari Says:

    Hi Christi…

    Awww…this is such a sweet post and a lovely tribute to your Grandpa! Sending my very best birthday wishes and blessings his way today, my friend! Your post about your Grandpa brought back so many wonderful memories of my Grandpa…he went to be with the Lord about 14 yrs. ago…and I miss him terribly! I know that I was the “apple of his eye”…as he was mine!!! God truly blessed us, Christi…with such loving Grandpa’s!!! Thank you for sharing this post with us today for Sunday Favorites…so sweet!!!

    Have a super Sunday, Sweetie!
    PS…l have made a chocolate mayonaise cake before…it’s sooo yummy! Thanks for including your recipe for it!!!

  6. Clif Says:

    Great post. I love the tribute to your Grandpa. When you wrote about his work ethic and him threatening to fire you for being late, I thought that sounded a lot like me. And then I got to the part about the beautiful lawn and I thought again! The cake sounds wonderful! Have a great week.

  7. Charlotte Says:

    I love this tribute to your grandfather. You were and are so blessed to have him in your life. Thank you for sharing him with us. I hope he has a wonderfully Happy Birthday.

  8. dotsie Says:

    I love the Wall Street Journal comment. Your grandfather was a smart man!

  9. Sue Says:

    Hi Christi,
    Please wish your grandpa a very Happy 93rd Birthday, and what a beautiful tribute you have given him. May you continue to enjoy many blessed days with him and may you continue to glean from his wealth of knowledge. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Denise Says:

    Such a nice post. Happy Birthday to your dear grandpa, sweet blessings to him.

  11. Ginger Says:

    What a blessing to be so close to your grandpa. My grandpa lived to be 103 but he lived in Nebraska and I was not able to build that relationship with him.
    Thank-you for sharing this story and all of your yummy recipes.

  12. denisemarie Says:

    A man of integrity, truly hard to find. You were blessed to learn from him.

  13. Sally Says:

    I wish your grandfather a Happy Day. Thank you for sharing. Have a good Sunday.

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