Southern Birthday!



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Today, is my wonderful Grandpa’s 94th birthday! I wrote this post last year for his birthday. What a wonderful blessing to have such a wonderful man in my life! Grandpa has lived quite a life. Sadly, he has seen the loss of his oldest son, my father and two of his grandsons, my brother and my cousin. But, he is a very resilient man who loves his family and always has a wonderful positive attitude.

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.





12 responses to “Southern Birthday!”

  1. Ivory Spring Avatar

    Happy Birthday to your grandpa. I am going to have to try that chocolate cake recipe.

  2. Cathy Avatar

    Your Grandpa does look very sweet. Happy Birthday to him!

  3. Lily Avatar

    Thank you for sharing! That is a wonderful tribute to your grandpa, grandparents are so important =)


  4. Charlotte Avatar

    What a wonderful tribute to your grandpa. I hope he is around many more years to provide more happiness and inspiration for you and your family.

  5. Lynn Guinn Avatar

    I hope you have written all of his stories down! He sounds wonderful!

  6. Denise Avatar

    Happy Birthday to your dear grandpa.

  7. Ginger Avatar

    You are very lucky to have your grandfather. I hope he has a wonderful birthday. My grandfather lived to be 103, he was a very strong Christian man.
    Blessings to you and your family,

  8. bp Avatar

    Awww, that’s so sweet! I enjoyed reading about him. Happy 94th to him! You are blessed!

  9. Lori E Avatar

    How lucky you are to know your grandfather. I wish he could teach more people today what a good work ethic is. We are in a sad state in the workplace.

  10. Chari Avatar

    Hello sweet lady…

    Ahhh…sending my very best birthday wishes to your Grandpa! Wow…94 years young! Your Grandpa sounds like a very interesting man! I remember reading this post the first time around, my friend! I remember because it caused me to think upon my dear, sweet Grandpa! He would have been 97 on Jan. 1st of this year! He loved the Lord and just spoiled me rotten! Hehe! Thank you for sharing this sweet post with us today for Sunday Favorites, Christi! What a great way to honor your Grandpa!!!

    Have a super Sunday!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  11. Dayle Avatar

    Happy Birthday to your grandfather. I still miss mine. The chocolate mayonnaise cake recipe brings back memories, as my sweet mother-in-law used to make those. I still miss her, too.

  12. debbie Avatar

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your grandpa!! WOW…94. He sounds like an amazing man. What a blessing for you to have had him in your life. The chocolate cake and frosting sounds soo yummy by the way. Such a chocolate freak. Have a great day. Blessings to you, Debbie

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