Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  My best friend, Audrey Lawson from Bridge City, sent me this week’s recipe that would be an excellent and different addition to Thanksgiving dinner.  Although I have not tried it yet, I am sure it is a KEEPER because Audrey is my favorite all time country cook.  Her recipes are always tops.  Audrey and I still keep in touch by telephone and “snail mail.”  We often exchange recipes and she keeps me up to date on all the Bridge City news.

As expected, time changes circumstances.  Many of our friends have passed away and some have health issues.  Although Audrey now uses a walker to get about, she continues to think and do for others.  She still volunteers at the hospital located in the nearby Port Arthur and is active in church based activities.  Audrey always thinks of others.   She often provides transportation to those that no longer drive and prepares meals for many homebound friends.  Her life portrays that of a true Christian.

Precious memories flood back to our times together.  Audrey and our friends often did things together.  We would frequently go out to eat, attend movies together, call ourselves shopping and occasionally took unforgettable trips.  At least once a week we would gather in each other’s homes to play a domino game called “Mexican Train.”  Four of us would take turns carpooling to volunteer at the Port Arthur Hospital once a week.  We always saw the New Year in together with a “slumber party.”  I have captured and treasure those times for the remainder of my lifetime.

I wish everyone had a friend like Audrey in his or her life.

PUMPKIN CRUNCH CAKE

1 (15 oz.) can 100% pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

8 oz. (3/4 of a can) of a 12 oz. can of evaporated milk

1 ½ cup sugar

3 eggs

1 ½ tsp. cinnamon

Combine above ingredients and place in a 9 X 13 inch greased pan.

TOPPING:

1 box of yellow cake mix

1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

1 cup melted butter (Not margarine)

Combine cake mix and chopped pecans.  Sprinkle over pumpkin mixture.  Top by pouring melted butter over all.  Bake at 350○ for 1 hour and 10 minutes.