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About Kathleen

Novelist, composer, choir director, hobby photographer, mom of four, and budding disability rights activist--why yes, in fact I do have my hands full.

CCL Cooks: Gooey Butter Cake

G00ey butter cake

G00ey butter cake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today we’re sharing a recipe from Lisa Reinkemeyer. The Reinkemeyers are a candidate teaching couple for the diocese of Jefferson City, and this recipe is borderline dangerous, it’s so good!

St Louis Gooey Butter Cake  (an age old recipe of unknown origin, submitted by Lisa Reinkemeyer)

Butter a 9×13 pan, (or prepare with baking spray), and preheat oven to 350.
For the Crust:
Combine dry ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
(or you can just substitute a dry yellow cake mix, with or without pudding mix in it)
To the dry ingredients, add:
2 beaten eggs
1 stick of melted butter (NO Substitute!).
Mix well and pat firmly into the prepared pan to form the buttery cookie crust.
For the Custard:
Beat an 8 oz pkg of cream cheese until smooth
2 cups powdered sugar
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp flour.  (these last 2 are opt.)
Beat again until smooth and creamy.  Pour onto crust, evenly distribute.
Bake for about 40 minutes or until golden brown delicious (GBD as my boys say). ¬†Top with powdered sugar ONLY WHEN COOL. ¬†Note: ¬†a one pound box of powdered sugar fills the needs of this recipe perfectly ūüôā
This makes a wonderful Sunday morning sweet bread. ¬†Now … “the Rest of the Story”…. as Paul Harvey would say! ¬†My mother usually allowed us to bake (or buy) some form of cheese danish, strudel, butter braids with custard, cheese cake or gooey butter cake for Sunday mornings in my German neighborhood of south St Louis. ¬†This was very common in our area. ¬†These, along with a bag of hot soft pretzels (Gus’ Pretzels were sold outside of every Catholic Church right next to the Sunday newspaper) for the walk/drive home, ¬†were to share with the shut-ins along our street. ¬†We would eagerly trade pretzels and sweets and newspapers for the sweet kisses and flowers or little penny crafts that the old ladies generously bestowed in blessing. ¬†We rarely had desserts during the week, only on Sundays and Solemn Feast Days. ¬†We were taught that the sweetness of Sunday as the Day of Resurrection, the New Sabbath Covenant, deserved our best in charity and rest, in food and clothing, in honor of our Risen Lord and King. ¬†The grand Sunday afternoon meal with Grandma and cousins, the news of who needed prayers and who had been blessed, would make your daily penance and ¬†fastings, weekday masses of thanksgiving and petition, even more powerful. ¬†These days we spend Sundays with friends and neighbors ¬†from the Parish instead of our extended families, as everyone becomes more scattered. ¬†A truly Universal Church in unity of heart and intercession! Saturday evening, our CCL group had much that feel to it! ¬†We pray that the group continues to grow with leaps and bounds this year … All Praise Be to Jesus Christ – Now and Forever!

CCL Cooks…Chicken Salad!

If you didn’t come to our potluck this weekend, you missed some yummmmmmmmy recipes. But don’t fear! We’re going to share them this week! If you don’t want to miss anything, look over on the right hand side under the Facebook box. See that little link that says “follow blog via email”? Click there to sign up! We promise to spam you!

Henson's-Easter 2012First up is chicken salad from Maria Henson:

Chicken Salad for Sandwiches
Baked chicken (I do boneless skinless breasts baked with onions, celery, water, bouillion, lemon pepper seas., salt, pepper), shredded

Mayo, to desired consistency

1 Tb lemon juice
Sugar, salt, pepper to taste
Simple and delicious! If you try it, please let us know!

NFP Potluck this weekend!

We’re having a get-together on Saturday evening, Apr. 27th, at Our Lady of Lourdes in Columbia (903 Bernadette Dr.), following Saturday evening Mass. The chapter will provide meat; just bring a side dish or dessert and come enjoy some fellowship! Contact for more information. We’d love to see you!

Meet Kate and Christian Basi, CCL Teaching Couple

Kate and Christian Basi

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…….. now wait a minute, who made THAT mess!

Christian and Kate¬†Basi¬†met in the choir at the Newman Center in Columbia in 1995. He proposed to her in front of God and everyone three years later, after Communion at Sunday Mass–and people still stop them in the store to say “I was there when you got engaged!”¬†

Following a three-year battle with infertility, the kids arrived in quick succession. These days Christian and Kate head up a family of unconventional superheroes: four kids who can reduce people to piles of goo just by batting their big brown eyes, who can yell talk 24/7 without rest and always require a response, who can wrap the hardest-hearted grump around their cute little fingers, and whose imaginations know no bounds. 

In “real life,” Christian works at the university, and Kate is a freelance writer who works from home, surrounded by¬†chaos¬†cute kids. The Basis moonlight as superhero parents by fixing toys no matter how many times they break, finding everything the kids lose (well,¬†almost¬†everything), playing music for weddings, teaching music lessons, leading a church choir, advocating for special needs, and oh yes, by teaching NFP in their oh-so-ample spare time.¬†

Basi Avengers! ASSEMBLE!!!!

(Yes, we are this cheesy in real life. That’s what makes us such fun NFP teachers. ūüôā )

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