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Archive for October, 2012

No Meal or Education Classes on Halloween

Enjoy trick or treating on Wednesday, October 31st and we’ll see you and your family back in church on Wednesday, November 7th.  



Calvary Carrot Cake Recipe

Who doesn’t love a great carrot cake with cream cheese frosting?  We made this for dinner last week and had lots of requests for the recipe, so here you go.  We made 600 pieces of cake (using 15 cake pans, 12x2x20 inch size), but I pared down the recipe to just one cake with 20 servings if you want to make this at home.  The large quantity recipe is below.  This recipe is definitely the best way I know of to eat your carrots!

Calvary Carrot Cake:  Makes 1 9×13 cake, cut 4×5 for 20 servings

1 1/3 cups flour

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

3 eggs

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

1 1/3 cups grated carrots

½ cup crushed pineapple, drained


Sift together dry ingredients, set aside.

Beat eggs, add the sugar and oil, and beat until combined.

Stir in the flour mixture.  Fold in carrots and pineapple.  Mix well.  Turn into greased pans (flour pan if you want to remove from the pan before frosting).  Bake at 325* for 45 minutes.


Cream cheese frosting

4 oz butter, softened

8 oz cream cheese, softened

2 tsp vanilla

1 pound powdered sugar

Beat together butter, cream cheese and vanilla until smooth.  Add sugar gradually, beating until well mixed.


Recipe for 600 servings of Calvary Carrot Cake:

Make the recipe (5) times for 600 servings in 15 pans, 12x20x2 inch, cut each cake 5 x 8 into 40 pieces.

This recipe makes (3) 20 x 12 x 2 inch cakes.

8 cups flour

8 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsp baking soda

4 tsp salt

8 tsp cinnamon

16 eggs

8 cups sugar

6 cups vegetable oil

8 cups grated carrots

3 cups crushed pineapple, drained (for 4x recipe, use 2 #10 cans)


Sift together dry ingredients. Beat eggs in large mixer, add the sugar and oil and beat until combined.  Stir in flour mixture.  Fold in carrots and pineapple.  Mix well.  Turn into greased  pans.  Bake at 325* for 45 minutes.


 Cream cheese frosting, For 15 cakes:

7 1/2# butter softened

15# cream cheese softened

10 Tbsp vanilla

26 1/4# powdered sugar

Beat together butter, cream cheese and vanilla until smooth.  Add sugar gradually, beating until well mixed.

Menu October 24, 2012

Wednesday Evening Meal

Calvary Lutheran Church

October 24, 2012

4:45 – 6:15 pm

All members and visitors are welcome to join us for dinner.  Suggested donation $4 per person


Spaghetti with Meatsauce

or Vegetarian Spaghetti Sauce

Caesar Salad

Garlic Toast

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ham Dinner, Chocolate Cookie Recipe

Undeterred by the blustery weather, 500 people ventured out to join us for dinner last night.  The Texas Hold ’em group from the Canyon Lake Senior Center was the first to arrive (see photo, above center) and patiently waited for dinner service to begin.

Here’s what we served for dinner:

200 pounds of  Farmland Pit smoked hams with brown sugar, ordered through Sysco, which we sliced ourselves and warmed in roasters

24 pans of broccoli rice casserole

90 pounds of honey roasted carrots

500 Rich’s Petit Pan dinner rolls, ordered through Sysco

70 homemade pumpkin pies (we served 60, and sold the last 10 after dinner)

22 dozen homemade double chocolate cookies

12 dozen homemade chocolate chip cookies


Double Chocolate Cookies, 22 dozen (264) cookies

(This amount will fit in our large commercial mixer in one batch.)

16 1/2 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

4 pounds of  butter

½ cup vanilla

8 cups sugar

8 cups brown sugar

8 eggs

2 2/3 cup cocoa powder

1 cup milk

48 oz chocolate chips

Whisk together flour and baking soda.  Cream butter, vanilla and sugars.  Beat in eggs.  At low speed beat in cocoa, then the milk.  Mix in the flour just until blended.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Drop onto lined sheets.  Bake for 12-13 minutes at 350* convection.  Remove from oven and cool slightly before removing from cookie sheets.


Menu Oct 17, 2012

Wednesday Evening Meal

Calvary Lutheran Church

October 17, 2012

4:45-6:15 pm

Suggested donation $4 per person



Baked Ham

Broccoli Rice Casserole

Roasted Honey Carrot Coins

Dinner Rolls

Pumpkin Pie

Double Chocolate Cookies

Super Kid Friendly Supper

Church was so awesome tonight!  Hot dogs!  Jello!  Macaroni and cheese!  Ice cream with sprinkles and chocolate and caramel and bananas!



At the 6:30 worship service, 38 third graders received their Bibles, as Pastor Dwight led us in a chorus of “The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me”. Thank you third graders for joining us with your families as our special guests at dinner tonight before worship. Blessings to you all as you begin to use and enjoy your new Bibles.



Menu October 10, 2012




October 10, 2012

4:45 – 6:15 pm

All members and visitors are welcome to join us for dinner.

  Suggested Donation $4 per person

Tony Balay (the Lone Star Smoke Ranger) is on the grill this week!)

Third Graders and their families are special guests tonight.

Bratwurst and Sauerkraut


Macaroni and Cheese

Jello Salad with Fruit

Fresh Veggie Trays

Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Meatloaf Dinner and Recipe

This week we served 470 for dinner at Calvary Lutheran.  It was a blustery, cold night and the presidential debate was on tv which possibly kept a few of our regulars home tonight.  The kitchen crew made 70 meatloaves (using 140 pounds of 90% lean ground beef), 12 full size pans of mashed potatoes, 60 pounds of peas, 36 pounds of lettuce for a big tossed salad, 40 dozen chocolate chip cookies, and 12 pans of pumpkin bars (cut into 480 bars).

“Mean and Lean Meatloaf” adapted from the Disney Family Cookbook

Here’s the recipe for 4 to 6 servings:

2# lean ground beef

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cups chopped onions

1/4 cup chopped green pepper

2 Tbsp steak sauce

1/2 cups catsup

1 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp salt

½ tsp basil

½ tsp garlic powder

Whisk together for Sauce: (double this for extra thick sauce on top of your meatloaf)

1/2 cups catsup

3 Tbsp packed brown sugar

1 tsp ground mustard

Mix ingredients well, form into 1 loaf in a 8 1/2 inch loaf pan, or into smaller loaves on a baking sheet.  Bake at 325* convection, or 350* in regular oven, for 1 hour, covered with foil.  Top with sauce and bake an additional 15-30 minutes uncovered, until internal temp reaches 160*.  Let sit for 10 min. before slicing.

Menu 10-3-12

Wednesday Evening Meal

Calvary Lutheran Church

October 3, 2012

4:45 – 6:15 pm

All members and visitors welcome to join us for dinner. 

Suggested Donation $4 per person



Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Buttered Peas

Fresh Vegetable Tossed Salad

Dinner Rolls

Pumpkin Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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