• Add a smile to your
invitees’ faces and set
a spirited tone by
enclosing small plastic
ants with your invitation
to the reunion picnic.
• It’s best to plan a
reunion near the family
enclave so that tours
can be included to sites
such as houses where
living relatives grew up,
places where family
members worked and
cemeteries where they
• Remember to provide
activities for children.
This might be the perfect
time to introduce them
to sack and three-legged
races, pass the orange
and watermelon-seed-spitting contests. If
prizes are given, make
sure that by the end of
the reunion every child is
a winner, even if it means
inventing rewards for
extraordinary helper or
FROM THE MEMBER’S KITCHEN
Jody Wilson’s Almond Joy Cake
We promise joy in Mudville with this Lake Arrowhead,
California, member’s decadent cake.
1 package devil’s food cake mix
1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
21/2 cups sugar
25 large marshmallows
14 ounces flaked coconut
1/2 cup butter
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 ounces slivered almonds, toasted
1. Prepare cake mix as directed for 9-by-13-inch pan.
2. In a saucepan, combine 1/2 can milk and 11/2 cups sugar.
Bring mixture to rapid boil. Quickly remove from heat. Add
marshmallows and stir until melted. Stir in coconut. Pour
mixture over top of warm cake.
3. In a saucepan, combine remaining sugar and milk. Bring
to a boil. Remove from heat. Add butter and chocolate chips.
Stir until melted. Pour mixture over coconut-topped cake.
Sprinkle with almonds.
4. Chill cake at least 2 hours before serving. Cake tastes best
if baked the day before. Makes 12-14 servings.
Bee Sweet Citrus Orange Cheesecake
11 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
4 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
11 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons Bee Sweet fresh orange juice
(Bee Sweet lemons or limes may be substituted)*
3 teaspoons grated orange peel
Preheat oven to 325°F (300°F for dark nonstick pan). Mix
graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and butter; press in
bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake 10 minutes. Mix
cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla with electric mixer on
medium speed until blended. Blend in orange juice and
grated peel. Add eggs, beating thoroughly. Pour over crust.
Bake 1 hour, or until center is almost set. Run knife around
rim of pan to loosen cake. Cool before removing rim.
Refrigerate 4 hours. Makes 12 servings.
*Brands may vary by region; substitute a similar product.