Recipe By Popular Demand

The following recipe comes to you from one of our most avid blog readers: Keith Moore. You demanded it and he’s supplying it. That’s right, folks. Right here on your Living Proof blog. Who in the world would have ever guessed you could get a recipe here on this site with my reputation for failure in the kitchen? Shoot fire. I might even throw my back out and pitch you my Texas Sheetcake recipe later in the week if you keep this up. From Keith’s kitchen to yours, Living Proof Ministries proudly presents (drum roll, please)our first annual Texas holiday favorite, complete with a decorative tortilla turkey on top: King Ranch Chicken!

*1/4 cup butter
*1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
*1 medium onion, chopped
*1 can cream of mushroom soup
*1 can cream of chicken soup
*1 can (10 oz) RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies (This is a staple in every Texas cupboard and critical to this dish but I’m worried that some of you far from the Lone Star State won’t be able to find it. Look for it near the cans of whole tomatoes. If there’s only one RO*TEL on the shelf, God put it there and is equipping you for every good work. Believe it or not, Keith uses two cans instead of one but don’t try that at home. We’re professionals.)
*2 cups cubed cooked chicken. (If you don’t boil your own, please don’t tell Keith. He thinks that’s sacrilegious. You’re supposed to always do your own so that you have fresh broth on hand for whatever recipe you come up with next. Gosh. This is boring me to tears.)
*12 corn tortillas, cut in halves or fourths
*2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese (If you don’t grate your own and, instead, get the kind that’s already prepared in the bag like I do, don’t tell Keith that either.)

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cook pepper and onion in melted butter until tender. (5 or so minutes. Like anyone cares.) Add soups, RO*TEL and chicken, stirring until well blended. In a 13X9X2-inch (that dimension took me ten solid minutes to type. This is more than I can take) baking pan, alternately layer tortillas, soup mixture and cheeses, repeating for three layers. Bake 40 minutes or until hot and bubbling. (Good grief. I can’t believe I just wrote that. Hot and bubbling. How stupid is that? This whole recipe thing is bringing out my insecurities.) Serves 8. Or at my house, 3, because we eat like pigs.

Mine and Colin’s favorite part: If you’re making it for Thanksgiving or Christmas to add a little spice to an otherwise bland meal, take pair of scissors and cut out a turkey, place it on top, sweeping with egg-wash to help it stick together. Make waddle out of little piece of tomato or red pepper. Take picture and impress your friends.

I’m going to bed now. I’m exhausted. And hungry.

Here’s the sheet cake recipe! -Amanda


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  1. 1
    Jackie says:

    Thanks, I may have to try to make that to take to a gathering, I am sure the little tortilla turkey would impress anyone (especially knowing my lack of cooking skils- they may think it looks cute but may be too scared to taste it!) I, like you, have many cute dishes that are never used…I need to start taking them with me to restaurants and asking them to serve me on my dishes, maybe they’d get some use that way!!

    Glad all of you made it home safe, I was praying for a safe return from your trip. I pray that this week is full of good weather and many blesings for you!! I am thnakful for you, your family, and your ministry- it has touched my life in ways you can never imagine!

    Love you dearly!

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    BP says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I enjoyed your Thanksgiving posting and pictures! God bless you and your family.

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    Lori Boyd says:

    Thanks SO MUCH for the recipe!! I can’t wait to try it! I’m not sure my tortilla turkey will turn out as well, but it’s worth a try. Ro-tel is a staple here as well, but in Northwest AR we’re not too far from the Lone Star state. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again for taking the time and energy to post the recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Nicole says:

    Oh how you make me laugh! I am so thankful for you…your wisdom, authenticity and encouragement! I just love you and am grateful to Jesus for making you! We are a blessed generation of young women to sit under your teaching.
    Thank you!!

    PS I have to say I am way impressed with your turkey design!! Too cute ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Britiney says:

    Beth, I’ve always been more of a lurker than anything but I couldn’t pass up a comment on this blog entry. First, let me say that I *finally!!* finished Get out of that PIT! this afternoon on the drive home from our holiday festivities. What a blessing!!

    Just the thought that you’re as close as Wyoming . . . ACK!! I was in Idaho Falls for the weekend with my dad’s family. I could have been there in a few hours! *wink* Your glorious family is so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing! I live in Boise and have already purchased my ticket (several months ago) to see you when you’re here in May!!

    Thanks for all you do to bless us. Every time I read your words that you love us to pieces I really know that you do and wish I could just hug your neck! I also have to tell you that I have a precious 2.5 yr old and Jackson reminds me so much of him. He has the bluest blue blue eyes and dark eyelashes and eyebrows and blonde hair. He is the most beautiful thing on the planet and people stop me on the street to tell me so. Although I adore his two big brothers (ages 5 & 7), this baby melts my heart. I KNOW that he’s a precious gift from God whose purpose is to bring pure joy into our lives. My mom adores Jordan as much as you adore Jackson and I love reading about your amazing relationship. Anyway, enough rambling. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your life and your precious family with us.

    I count you among the things for which I’m thankful this year. I’m so thankful to be a siesta! God bless you!

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    Judy says:

    I was just thinking tonight that I wish I had a new casserole recipe that I could use the leftover chicken that I have in! (and YES I boiled it myself — I made homemade chicken noodle soup for my son who was home from college) So thank you, Beth for ALL THE EFFORT you put into typing out this recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to the Texas Sheet Cake recipe. I’m always looking for new dessert ideas for our Bible study group.

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    Elaine says:

    Love you Beth. Thanks for sharing.

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    Rebecca says:

    Too funny Beth! i might have to try this out soon! now im hungry too! guess what! i just got tickets to see you in Colorado springs in may! im so looking forward to it! your amazing!

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    Tonya Roberts says:

    OH YUMMY! That dish sounds like it is absolutely DRIPPING with cholesterol…a no no since my hubby’s last physical. It sounds so good though…I just can’t wait till he has to go out of town on business again so I can whip it up for myself! I can’t wait to trade my tofu for the King Ranch!!! YUMMY Thanks for sharing Beth! I’m gonna go dream about it now tonight!

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    Amy says:

    I just sent out a plea for a couple of new recipes to my favorite Titus 2 friend … because my guys are tired of my line up! And what did I happen upon as I was signing off … a LPM blog post WITH A RECIPE … and I even have a can or six of Rotel right in my cabinet! My own AJ will be lovin’ this tomorrow night! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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    Abby says:

    Mama B…
    ok. LOVING this!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ i can just see him sitting there quietly smiling at the thought of all these silly siestas wanting to get their hands on his MASTERPIECE (well, ok…that was for mr. keith ๐Ÿ˜‰ …)

    BUT there are at least four 20-somethings in nashville that WOULD LOVE that sheet-cake recipe if you feel like throwin’ out your back for some youngin’ siestas ๐Ÿ™‚

    love you a lot

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    Mauimom1 says:

    OK, I am not quite sure which is more time consuming…either making the casserole, including boiling your own chicken OR creating that precious turkey you all created out of the tortilla! I think that little turkey guy might take me hours to recreate! That Colin sounds pretty precious! I think Texas Sheetcake sounds like a great recipe-will you please post it?

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    Healed By His Grace says:

    Sweet Beth,
    Please thank Keith for sharing. Yes, we can find Rotel tomatoes even in SC, ’cause I use them in this great dip mix I make. Thank you for a great laugh as you wrote the recipe! Sounds divine and I can’t wait to try it. Have a lovely week! God bless, siestas!

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    Diane says:

    Beth, I’m so glad to see someone else has cooking A.D.D.! I was cracking up at your little comments in between the recipe ingredients and steps (they put me to sleep too!).
    Blessings to you and your dearly loved ones!

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    smanning says:

    Do you think Keith would be upset that I sometimes use frozen chopped green pepper and onion?! It is a big time saver and as a mom of four, I look for all the help I can get. I also chop up a rotisserie chicken instead of boiling one now. And grate my own cheese, oh my no! I’m not a native Texan but I do know about King Ranch Chicken and yours sounds yummy. Thanks Keith! The turkey embellishment was adorable!

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    Anonymous says:

    The Journey Continues~

    I thought my man was the only ultimate guy out there but Beth I am giving your honey a second place after mine!!!
    I look forward to making his grub dish and giving out a real “Home Improvement” grunt after trying it! My man, Dave makes a mean bbq tri tip, fish and a pesto sauce that any woman would love. He makes awesome veggies too. They won’t make you gag!
    Have a Blessed Christmas Season and I look forward to your next blog with photos please!
    We want to see your home decorated with the Christmas wreath at front door. ๐Ÿ™‚ My man just strung popcorn and cranberries with my mother while I decorated the tree because my sons are back at university after Thanksgiving.
    This is my first year with NO help from my babies.
    How did you cope without Amanda and Melissa around during those years of empty nesting?
    With “Heaven Bound” blessings,
    Kim Safina ~ Cayucos

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    Anonymous says:


    With your great recipe for chicken and dumplings you gave out earlier in the year, I had no idea you were not a fabulous cook.

    Keith’s recipe sounds great. I live in Houston now but previously lived in California. They do have Ro-Tel there by the way. We just called this recipe Chicken Tortilla Casserole. A variation of the recipe is salsa instead of Rotel. It works well also and you can adjust the heat to your liking whether you use mild, medium, or hot. Mine also calls for an 8 oz container of sour cream and who can resist that. Keith would absolutely hate that I no longer layer mine. Hey, I have four kids ok. I found it was much simpler to cut the tortillas in 1 inch squares, then just mix all the ingredients except the cheese and dump it into the casserole dish. Top with cheddar cheese and bake. Extremely delicious!

    I think I need to make this with the last of my leftover Thanksgiving turkey. If I am feeling extremely ambitious, I will try making the “tortilla turkey” for the top. God Bless you and Yours. You guys are a hoot!

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    DigiNee says:

    Dear Beth I am laughing hysterically at 11:30 pm Sunday night!

    Sorry you were so bored, but maybe they were cleansing tears (more LOL!) . . . most grateful for the recipe as Texans, I have found, just really do not want to give up a real good King Ranch recipe – seems that Christian sharing thing does not apply to the perfect Ranch recipe (I am one of them of course. A Texas Christian!)

    I actually have a large and three small cans of Ro-tel in the pantry at this moment (I know, getting low on supplies . . .) and some chicken cubes, already frozen (don’t tell Keith please!) and this sounds like a plan for this week, sans turkey topping – way too much for me – all that artsy stuff – maybe you could open a new aspect at LPM – mail order turkey toppings for King Ranch Chicken – hum, that sounds like a million dollar God idea —–

    So funny —– can not wait for the sheet cake recipe! Sleep well –

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    Anonymous says:

    I dont know how long ago you wrote this its 12:35 hear am,thanks for the recipe I hope to do it for my family get together Dec 30th own my mom side.I hope you get a good night sleep & have agreat week. God bless love sister in Christ Victoria Were getting rain PTL we need so much more.I love to hear the rain at night.God be with you.

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    boomama says:

    See? I thought I was sick of food, but then I read this recipe and now I want to eat again.

    However, I am standing firm, determined that the King Ranch Chicken will not be a stumbling block in my life. But it is not at all easy because, well, CHEESE. HOT, BUBBLY CHEESE.


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    Tiffany Atwood says:

    You all are darling! I can’t wait to meet you all one day (if not on earth, then in Heaven!!!). Beth, I am in week 9 of Daniel and God is rocking my world! This makes Bible Study #6 with you. The first bible study I ever did was “Learning to Pray God’s Word”. I had been struggling with infertility for 5 years and then in the middle of that 6 week study, I got pregnant! That little miracle is about to turn 4 next month. Then while doing “The Patriarchs” with you, I got pregnant with my second boy (he’s 19 months old and yes, we watch Noggin!). I make jokes all the time that if we decide to go for #3, I better be doing a bible study with you!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ In all seriousness, though, God has used you to inspire me, to encourage me, to teach me, and most importantly, to be an example of what an authentic relationship with Jesus can look like. What has grown out of my bible study time with you and my Lord is a fiery passion for Him and His Word. Praise Jesus! Thank you for who you are and your willingness to be real with us. I thank God for you – you are a blessing to so many women!!!

    P.S. I love Texas Sheet Cake – my mom made it for Thanksgiving! Delish!

  22. 22
    Bev Brandon says:

    We had King Ranch Chicken on Friday from Super Suppers—Your post is hilarious—you are something else! Will have to try Keith’s—I bet it is better than Super Suppers. Still thinking about your comment about letting people off the hook and laughing things off cause we are not dependent on their responses. He is Enough! Such a word for me surrounded by several over the holidays. The blog means much to me.

  23. 23
    Shawna says:

    Ask and you shall receive! Thanks Amanda!

  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    Beth, you’re such a delight! I cracked up reading this post.

    I’m still laughing!

    Thanks for the recipe. Praise the Lord, we do have Ro-Tel here in Michigan, however, I’ll probably use a rotisserie chicken from Sam’s Club and Kraft Shredded cheese, because I’m lazy like that. I won’t tell if you won’t ….


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    Margaret says:

    Happy end of the weekend! Thanks so much for the Texas Sheet Cake recipe. I had a friend who made it years ago and gave it to me and I had somehow lost it! Now wonders never cease, and here it is again!! I wonder how many million Weight Watchers points it is?? Perhaps I will use my bonus points for a year and make one for the holidays!
    Blessings to all of you girls as you start your work week.
    Siesta’s till the FIESTA in the sky,

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    darla says:

    Thank you, I am making this for my main meal today! I am on the east coast, and thos cans of tomatoes with diced chilis can be bought at Walmart! Hubs would love two cans..but with young’ins…mmmm maybe 1 and a 1/2. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for making us feel like we actually know you and your family, I have struggled with the whole idea that one can know someone they not actually met…but I am resolved..Oh LORD thou knowest! HE knows everyone. LOL

  27. 27
    Mary Watkins says:

    Thank you for sharing the King Ranch casserole recipe . It sounds yummy and pretty easy. I will give it a try.

    I am so glad you posted the Texas sheet cake recipe. I have tasted this cake but did not have the recipe.
    Have a great week abiding in Christ.

    Love to all,

  28. 28
    Princess Casey says:

    It is hysterical reading this recipe description. Who would have thought that a recipe could have humor embedded. Thank you for sharing your T day festivities. I would loved to have hiked with you!

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    Patty says:

    Oh my goodness that looks yummy. I was going to ask for the recipe today and when I came on here this morning, there it was. Okay, I am going to boil my own chicken(but it would be quicker to buy grilled chicken and cube it) and I grate my cheese because I think it taste better. Beth, will you come over and help me make my turkey decoration to put on top? :o)

    I have made your Texas Sheet cake and let me just say it is ministry!! I could eat your cake for breakfast!!!
    I made my annual Chocolate Reese cake for Thanksgiving complete with homemade icing and I only got one piece.
    Oh, praise God, we have Rotel at our grocery and I make a cheese dip with Rotel that is so yummy. I think I may be a professional like you Texans, I would use two cans of Rotel, too.!!
    Thank you Keith and Beth for your recipes!!
    Have a blessed Monday.

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    Fran says:

    I can hardly stand it!!! When are y’all gonna put a cookbook together? Even for us non-cooks, I can so handle this! Thank you Keith Moore. It looks yummy!

    Blessings all~

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    Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to try it! Now all I need is the template for that turkey.

    Wanda in Georgia

  32. 32
    Beth Simpson says:

    Thank you Keith my family will love this and I have been trying to find new recipes to liven up my dinner routine.
    Thank you Beth for mustering the strength to type all that out.

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    kathy says:

    If you ever get to Norhtern Arkansas feel free to stop in and cook in my kithcen, especially since there is just of me and the ktichen gets very litte ues.

    I have a very hard time cooking for one….even freezing…recipes are just too big.

    Glad you had a Happy Thanksging and thanks for sharing.

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    Melinda says:

    I’m excited that you’ve shared the wonders of King Ranch Chicken with Greater Siestadom…it’s a Texas gem that should be shared with the world (and will be shared with my husband tonight…man, is he going to be happy)!

    Also, while I’ve enjoyed my fair share of Texas sheet cake over the years, I’ve never made it myself. I’m going to give it a go over the holidays as a gift to my choco-crazed daughters!

  35. 35
    Jackie Sue says:

    Sounds delicious! I especially love all the comments, Beth. Please thank your hubby for me and tell him I will not serve this with anything other than bean dip and chips…or something manly, definitely NOT with rice pilaf or quiche or anything like that!

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    annie says:

    I, too, was worried about non-natives and expatriates being able to find Ro*Tel tomatoes after posting a recipe using them. So, I found Ro*Tel’s website. Under product, put in RoTel tomatoes and your zip, and violla–you should have stores nearby that carry them. Now I will say, in a PINCH (*and I do mean if you don’t want authentic) KRC, Hunts makes tomatoes with green chiles, but they are not nearly as spicy and truly do the recipe an injustice. Happy cooking.

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    valerie says:

    Thank you Beth for taking time to write all that out! You’re so funny! Keith, thank you for sharing the wonderful recipe with us. I can’t wait to try it. I know what Keith means about cooking a fresh chicken. It just tastes different and so much better. I make chicken and noodles and keep a jar of leftover broth and put it in the freezer for another time. Also, I do use the bagged cheese most of the time, but he’s right about that too. The colby jack block is so much better grated than that in a bag.
    I also agree about the Ro-Tel. I always have that on hand.
    Here’s a recipe I make that is so easy and so good. It reminds me of this a little. (Keith, I don’t think you’ll like this :)…. canned chicken, and not cooked in the oven)
    In microwavable bowl add the following:
    1 large can of chicken
    1 can of cream of mushroom soup
    1 can of Ro-tel
    (heat these ing. in the microwave)
    Next, crush tortilla chips (not too thick of a layer or it will be too dry) and make one layer in a smaller casserole dish??? maybe 9×6??
    Pour the soup mixture over the chips and add grated colby jack cheese and put back in the microwave until cheese is bubbly.
    It’s really good and SO easy.
    Thanks again for taking the time to give us the recipe.

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    Melana says:

    Well, I don’t know how you do it! You even make reading a recipe a fun experience. I’m afraid I would not pass muster with Keith. I “usually” boil my own chicken, but I can’t tell you the last time I grated my own cheese. I’m with you, I buy the bag. And honestly, unless they make one of those tortilla turkey’s in the freezer or bakery section…that ain’t gonna be happening either! What a great recipe! Thank-you Amanda and Keith for sharing you recipe, your life, your mom and wife, with us. (Hey, I made a rhyme!)

    Melana in Wyoming (Come back soon!)

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    life through my lens... says:

    Thanks a bunch!!! Sounds yummy. Off to the store…

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    Cindy says:

    Funniest, best-written recipe I ever did read. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    ruthi says:

    Beth – you are a hoot and always make me laugh! I am fairly new to this blog, but have done 7 of your bible studies. I think of you as a friend. I have never posted, and even though this has been said many times, I want you to know how you brighten and encourage my day. Your light shines bright in a dark world. I especially appreciate what you said in your Thanksgiving Day blog about showing God how grateful we are with our joy. Thanks – I needed that! blessings from Florida (and yes, we have Rotel tomatoes in FL)

  42. 42
    Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) says:

    You don’t know how nice it is to hear that another siesta has a husband who is more at home in the kitchen than she is!!! I cook because I have to feed the offspring, my man cooks because he loves too!!

    This sounds delicious and I’m thinking that all these ingredients are in my pantry so guess what’s for dinner!!!

    Love to you all

  43. 43
    Joanne (The Simple Wife) says:

    Thank you, Mr. Moore!

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    ncmama says:

    Beth and Amanda,

    Thanks so much for the recipes. Beth, you are just too funny! It’s good to remember that we all have our own strengths and weaknesses. Please forgive me as I confess here – I couldn’t help but feel a smidge of pride when I realized that I’m a better cook than Beth Moore. How awful is that!? (My pride, not your cooking!) God is indeed sifting me during this battle with anxiety I’m going through. He’s exposing so much pride, control issues, and lack of faith that I have been blinded to for so long. I have been humbled and praise the Lord that He is using this situation to refine me for His purpose. It’s not an easy process, but I will trust Him. Thanks for your encouragement!

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    Michelle V says:


    Bless your sweet heart for the way you share with us! It sounds like the Moore mountain Thanksgiving was a wonderful time. Thank you for the way that you bless us!

    Waco, TX

  46. 46
    Anonymous says:

    Beth, you are too funny. Thanks for sharing. I love the beautifully manicured thumb nail. The whole presentation looks great.

    Amanda from SC

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    Marla Taviano says:

    I’m making that for Christmas for sure! Sounds scrumpsh. And the funniest recipe I’ve ever read. What should I make to embellish it instead of a turkey?

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    Becky says:

    The Sheet Cake is out of this world. I stumbled across the recipe in an old blog dated a few years back on the LPM blog and decided to make it about a month ago. Since then I’ve made it 3 times! (Thus, the reason we’ve gained 5 pounds in my household recently). ha ha

    Several have asked for “my” recipe to which, I say, Oh, it isn’t mine! It is Beth Moore’s recipe! (I need to repent for the pride I feel when I say that! ha ha).

    We have also named it “Bible Study Teacha’s Cake” (my husband cracks up at this one…it is said with such a southern accent!)

    Beth, Betty Crocker ain’t got nothing on you girl!!

    Not matter what you call the is OUTSTANDING! Thanks Beth! We love you and pray for you often. Merry CHRISTmas!

  49. 49
    CindyLouWho says:

    I am new to posting but have been reading the blog for a while. Beth I cannot tell you how much your teaching has changed the way I look at the word! How you present it its ALIVE!! I have taken two of your classes and my family watches you every Wed. my girls (McKayla & Grace) think your family!
    Thank you for your time and LOVE!
    Cindy Lou

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    Anonymous says:

    Thank you for taking the time to give us the recipe…Does Keith have other recipes??
    We do so much appreciate your sharing and you are one blessed family…Keep up the good work!!


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