Tuesday, December 20, 2022

For a Year: Word Counters

Raspberry Pistachio Cake | recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert


Counting my words again. 

Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. Each month one group member picks  a number between 12 and 50. All participating bloggers are then challenged to write something (or a few somethings, as the case may be) using that exact number of words. Today we all share what we came up with. 

 This month's number is 19
It was chosen by Me!



As I've been doing in these Word Counters posts, I've chosen a theme and am using my word count multiple times in keeping with the theme. Today I'm talking about having all of the family at home together last month, for the first time in a year.


~ I hadn't seen him for a year,
at least his brother remains here,
which is something I hold dear.
~ I hadn't seen him for a year,
he's out west on the great frontier, 
OK, Colorado (which isn't near).
~ I hadn't seen him for a year,
the distance, a punishment severe,
though I applaud him, following his career.
~ I hadn't seen him for a year,
but for Thanksgiving he was here!
Perhaps you actually heard me cheer.
~ I hadn't seen him for a year,
then . . . make his favorite foods? I volunteer.
(Enticing him to remain near)? 

Raspberry Pistachio Cake | recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert

Raspberry Pistachio Cake


~ I hadn't seen him for a year,
dinner chair now held a rear!
You reading that with a sneer?
~ I hadn't seen him for a year,
savoring every moment, a sentiment sincere,
stop him leaving? Tried to interfere.
~ I hadn't seen him for a year,
our family time together was premier,
the wonderful memories, my souvenir.
~ I hadn't seen him for a year,
then good-bye, I dreaded to hear,
hugged him tight, shedding a tear.
~ I hadn't seen him for a year,  
blinked, then watched his car disappear.
When I'll see him next? Unclear.


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Raspberry Pistachio Cake

1 box (15.25 oz) white cake mix
1 1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs
1 box (3.4 oz) pistachio instant pudding mix, divided
1/4 cup pistachios, chopped
1/2 tsp raspberry extract
3 TBSP raspberry jam

1 can (16 oz) cream cheese frosting

OPT: 2 - 4 drops red food coloring and/or 3 - 5 drops green food coloring

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 X 13 baking pan.
*Beat the cake mix, milk, oil, and eggs for 2 minutes. Remove about 1 1/2 cups of the batter to another bowl and set aside.
*To the mixer, add 4 TBSP of the pistachio pudding mix and 3 drops green food coloring (if desired). Beat until just incorporated, then pour evenly into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the chopped pistachios.
*To the reserved batter, add the raspberry extract, raspberry jam, and 2 - 4 drops red food coloring (if desired). Whisk until incorporated. Spread onto the pistachio batter and swirl in slightly.
*Bake for 30 -35 minutes, until the center springs back to the touch. Cool completely.
*Once the cake is cooled, mix the cream cheese frosting with the remaining pistachio pudding mix and 2 drops green food coloring (if desired).
*Reserve 1/4 cup of the frosting for piping, if desired, spread the rest of the frosting onto the cake. Pipe with the reserved frosting, and decorate as desired.


  1. I swear I could smell the cake, when I opened the blog. Mmm. Donna

  2. My heart aches you! A year without your boy! So very glad you had some time with him at last!

    1. I'll be writing about the whole situation in a few weeks.

  3. It's so hard to let them run off to live their life. I'm so glad you got to spend time with him and hope he can come visit soon.

    The cake looks scrumptious!

  4. It's SO hard to have them grow up and move away!

  5. That looks so good. I've had pistachio ice cream and love it but I've never made a pistachio cake.

  6. I honestly don't know what I would do if he moves far away. When he was a teen I wouldn't have minded, lol. I love pistachio. A It's so Christmasy, too, for those who celebrate that holiday


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