Tuesday’s Common Meal

Here’s our common meal for this week, Siestas! We’ll do something fun from the “No Other Gods” workbook for our main dish and I’ll give you one of my old stand-by favorites for dessert.

Main dish: Let’s all make the Sicilian Pizza Crust on p.119 then each of us decide on our own toppings. Perhaps ask each of your group members to bring their favorite topping then throw them on and bake them when they arrive. Let us know if you’ve got some really creative ones. If you’ve got a larger group, you might need at least two. One pizza has NEVER served 6 Moores!!

Dessert: This is the recipe I’ve used for years for the best old fashion pound cake you’ve ever tasted in your life. Your house will smell like Heaven. It is in an old church cookbook posted by a dear woman of God named Bea Brock from First Baptist Church of Victoria, Texas. (Might we call her Aunt Bea? Isn’t that perfect for a pound cake baker?) It may not sound exciting but I promise you, it is a crowd pleaser. FYI: these portions always make a little too much for a standard bundt pan so leave some in the mixing bowl as you see it’s getting too full. You can just eat that part with the beater like Jackson and I do.

5 Flavor Pound Cake:
2 Sticks Butter Softened
1/2 Cup Crisco Shortening
3 Cups Sugar
5 Eggs Well Beaten
3 Cups Flour
1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tsp. Salt
1 Cup Milk
1 Tsp. each of vanilla, lemon, almond, coconut and butter flavor extracts.

Combine butter and Crisco. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add eggs; mix flour and baking powder and salt, alternately with milk. Add extracts. Pour into well greased and floured tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 and 1/2 hours. Let cool completely before you turn it out of the pan. That means you’ll need to make it about four hours in advance of class to be on the safe side. You can put a glaze on it but it doesn’t need it. You can also throw some fresh strawberries or blueberries on it with whipped cream. You’ll be back at your great grandmother’s house again with the first bite, tasting one of your sweetest childhood memories.


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  1. 1
    savedbygrace says:

    OMG – this is the recipe handed down to me from my grandmother here in the mountains of Virginia many years ago. It is the best pound cake recipe ever. I have made it so often that it has been committed to my memory. I knew you and I were some how connected – now I know it’s that recipe. Thanks, Beth – and I’m loving the Bible study!!!

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    Shelly says:

    The day I get out of school mode where I can actually have a kitchen is going to be amazing…

    Until then, I’m saving these up 🙂 And working on making a cookbook for students who might fall over from microwaveable meals!

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    Ashton says:

    ok where is this recipe?….”Let’s all make the Sicilian Pizza Crust on p.119″?

    Love you Beth!….Allison
    Look forward to your notes to the study on Tuesday.

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    Shelly says:

    On second thought, does LPM feel the calling for overnight mailings of poundcake! lol

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    Holly says:

    My friend Holly’s Mamma Jean makes this, but add the five flavors to the glaze (I think it’s like 1 c. sugar and 1/2 c. water boiled and add 1 t. of each flavoring to it. Boil it ’til the sugar is melted and pour it on the hot cake in the bundt pan.)). It is really good!

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    Joni says:

    Page 119! Are we allowed to skip? My mel-phleg personality is wigging out here. LOL! This recipe sounds delicious. My grandmother always made us a chocolate pie when we came visiting back in the ’60s. The richest, creamiest chocolate pie. It’s out of this world. She passed away 2 days before my 8th birthday, but I remember her still. I make her pie once a year only because the memory of that richness lasts a long time! God bless our grandmothers who loved us so!

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    Ashton says:

    D’OH! (trying to sound like Homer!) I found the recipe! Allison

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    Kelly says:

    Beth, for whatever reason this works, but put the cake in a cold oven and THEN turn the heat on. Don’t ask me why, it makes the cake moister.

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    Anonymous says:

    Gracious! I had no idea there were so many extracts out there. It’s back to the baking aisle for me!

    Warm in Alaska.

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    Denise says:

    One word to describe this recipe … Heavenly!

    Thank you, Beth, for sharing your passion for Jesus, the One and Only. I am walking on clouds of glory … and going deeper still.

    Love you, sweet Moores!

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    Anonymous says:

    Kay from Ashburn, Va. :
    I have been LOOKING for a good pound cake recipe. I will try it for sure. I have made the homemade pizza crust for years. There is nothing like it! Nothing beats good food and good fellowship. I am praying for all of you NOGS out there!

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    Holly says:

    I wanted to share the toppings that are “almost” like Papa Murphey’s Vegetarian Gourmet Pizza,” if anyone was interested:
    1 small package fresh spinach, chopped
    2 medium fresh zucchini , sliced
    1 sweet red pepper, chopped finely
    1 small package fresh mushrooms, sliced
    6-8 green onions, finely chopped
    1 medium red onion, finely chopped
    2 cloves garlic, finely minced
    1 can artichoke hearts (not marinated), chopped
    2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
    1 small can black olives, sliced
    1 c. ranch (Hidden Valley Ranch dip is my favorite.)
    1 T. olive oil
    2 c. shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
    1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

    Sauté zucchini, red pepper, mushrooms, minced garlic, green and red onion in olive oil.

    Spread 1 c. ranch on first. Top with tomatoes, spinach, artichokes, black olives and then sautéed mixture (spread evenly over crusts).

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    Patty says:

    It’s funny that you chose the pizza because I have wanted to try that recipe. My close friend makes a homemade pizza recipe that her Italian mother-in-law gave her. This sounds yummy and I am excited to make your pound cake.

    Have a great week Siestas!!


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    Kim Safina says:

    The Journey Continues ~


    With “Heaven Bound” blessings,

    PS I finally got my bible study book ~

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    ROBIN says:

    Beth, i hate i didnt get down to atlanta to hear you this weekend. what fun you had with your daughters. thank you for the time you put into this blog, it has been a blessing to me, so encouraging. Thank you for reminding us daily of our need to saturate ourselves in the word. I am praying that the Lord do something really special for you tommorrow. Something to make you laugh 🙂

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    lovin Him says:

    I’m one of those plan ahead types that can’t wait ’til Monday to run to the store for Tuesday’s meal so we’re having Becker’s Pasta but we’ll still be sharing the NOG’s discussion questions & enjoying Italian cuisine with y’all – I’ll try my best not to burn those expensive pine nuts!
    My assignment from our small group that I almost forgot about is to ask where the “Siesta’ name came from for those sharing the joy of this blog? One very young mom in my group is of Mexican heritage and wants to know why we’d be calling each other an afternoon nap! Help?!?

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    Anonymous says:

    Even though I am bummed out that I can’t find the Bible Study book anywhere (I’m new in town and don’t know anyone to ask, and I’ve hit every Bible book store in a 20 mile radius)at least I have this yummy recipe to ease my suffering!
    I’ll just keep reading that first chapter that you so kindly posted online over and over until I can get my hands on the whole book.
    I went into a LifeWay bookstore and asked if they had “No Other Gods” and the salesman smiled and shook his head. “Beth Moore knows how to pick ’em. This must be an awesome study” is what he said.

    Yep, I’d have to agree. Thanks for the recipe, Sister Beth.

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    Melana says:

    Well, if this doesn’t look num-num. BUT, we decided to just go with desserts at our NOG nights. HOWEVER, the husband of NOGS Jennifer is a chef. I’m sure the pound cake is lovely and I’ll probably make it some time….but I can’t wait to see what he whips up!

    Melana in Wyoming

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    Lora says:

    let me just tell you…i made that pound cake last night, put some fresh berries and whipped cream on it…it was ALMOST a sin!!!! it would have been a full-fledged sin had we eaten it all, but there’s enough left for a helping tonight…REDEMPTION.

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    DigiNee says:

    Thanks! Been waiting for this post to see if a grocery run is needed on Monday! Pizza is good for this solo and her man . . . may have to do the pound cake for the church 4th of July celebration!

    This study is incredible . . . lots of ouch – hallelujah’s!

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    Anonymous says:

    Hi thanks for the pound cake recipe, I just went own for my grandson 4 years with me some tiday sorry he took all the palces own the computer ha.I think today or tomorow I get to take Carter B day shopping the frist time for me, they live 4 hrs away.No never heard of the web site at all how do I get own?God bless you all siesta in Christ Victoria Reidsville NC

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    Anna says:

    Wow, I sure wish I could cook. But I make a darn good college student! Totally rockin summer school!! It’s been my main excuse for not joining in the study (is that a lame excuse?) and the main reason I am even posting a comment at 3 in the morning!! Studying… who needs it… Can’t wait for the Fiesta and the end of summer!!!

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    Cindy in HP, NC says:

    You just reminded me to send my homemade pizza recipe to Holly for the cookbook. Ladies I also have a recipe for a DESSERT PIE that takes a pizza crust. You top it with cream cheese and then any fruit you want. It’s wonderful. I’ll send it to Holly as well. Looking forward to the pizza tomorrow night. BETH – Beyond a shadow of a doubt God had Kelly Minter write this book for me. I am so blessed and so loved. CINDY in HIGH POINT, NC

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    Anonymous says:

    My mom does the cold oven thing, too; everyone always loves the cakes.

    FYI- best pizza in the States- no contest- is Moose’s Tooth in Anchorage.


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    Heather says:

    Can I just say it’s not fair to post a recipe like this? I think I gained 10 pounds just reading the ingredients … I’m trying very hard to keep the weight gain down this pregnancy … just about 5 more weeks to go and I’ll be pain free and able to walk again! So excited! Maybe after the baby comes I can make this delish cake! I’m craving it right now!

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    Maria Cristina says:

    Hello Mama Beth! thank you for this!!! Just wanted to let you know that Siesta Nicole from SC and I have “partnered up” via email! it is SUCH a a wonderful idea, one that I’ve never tried before. We get to be accountable and at the same time we get to know each other and our families and so far it’s working beautifully notwithstanding the time zone difference between SC and the UK! What a hoot!!!!

    maria cristina

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    Suzanne Eller (Suzie) says:

    This recipe sounds wonderful. I’m at a point in my life where I want to start cooking again, just for fun! Life is as busy as always, but somehow the thought of the smell of warm poundcake filling my house sounds wonderful. : )

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    Love to 3rd Power says:

    This is my favorite cake though I’ve never made it myself! My grandmother make this cake for all of her grandkids so I’m looking forward to some happy memory smells! Pizza dough and I have issues so “The Lakeway Girls” will be having delivered pizza.


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    Meghan says:

    How did you know that pound cake is my absolute favorite? It is not a dessert to eat standing up. Athough I am a little embarassed to say that I have only tried Sara Lee’s version! I can’t wait to try it actually fresh from the oven. OH my mouth is watering.
    I know what I am doing–uh gotta run to the store. Love you Beth.

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    Tara says:

    Yummy!!!! Nothing like pizza and pound cake- Two dishes that will do a heart good:) And two of our favorites!!!!

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    Sacha says:

    Thank you for the pound cake recipe. It sounds delicious. I can’t wait to try it. My mom always made an Apricot pound cake that was really good and it used several extracts too. I am loving the bible study as well. I am doing a bible study at church called “Lord, Change My Attitude” by James MacDonald. It is about changing attitudes of complaining, covetous, critical, doubting, and rebellious attitudes with thankful, content, loving, faithful,and submissive attitudes. It is amazing to me how it seems to tie in to the No Other Gods study. I am wondering what God is trying to say to me and I am trying to sit still, be quiet and listen to Him. Well, sorry this is so long today, just some thoughts I’ve had! Thanks again for all you Moore’s do. God Bless you all!

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    Tarah says:

    Wow, this is almost exactly the recipe my grandmother handed down to me. Without a really pretty addition though. We always remove 2 cups of the batter and add some red food coloring to make it a pretty pink. Then when putting it in a bundt pan, we sandwich the pink batter btw. 2 layers of plain yellow. Makes a lovely pink swirl in the middle of every slice! And everyone always wants to know, “How did you get the pink in there?”

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    Rachel in Louisiana says:

    Can I just say that the thought of working with yeast really frightens me? I once made homemade cinnamon rolls and had to throw them out and start all over when I realized as they were baking that they hadn’t raised sufficiently. SIX HOURS of making cinnamon rolls….not once, but twice. And messing them both up.

    Maybe a pre-made crust can be disguised as homemade.

    The pound cake is a CAN DO though!

    BTW…my husband saw me reading the recipe suggestions online and he swears I’m involved in some sort of cult that tells me what I have to eat. LOL!

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    Lauren says:

    Wow! Two cups of butter and half a cup of Crisco? It MUST be good. 😉

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    Missy @ It's Almost Naptime says:

    I am sure this is fabu with all that Crisco! Crisco is like poison, seriously…I wonder if something could be substituted.

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    Jackie Sue says:

    I’m still bummed that my group changed things up on me and we are not in the study group after all…but I am SOOOO going to make that pound cake and when I write it on my recipe card I’m gonna say “Aunt Bea’s Poundcake” from BETH MOORE who’d a thunk it??? thanks so much Miss Beth. Can’t wait to lick the bowl with my girls.

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    Sooz says:

    Wow that recipe looks fantastic. My mom makes one very similar. Thanks for sharing!
    Oh and I make a homemade pizza with grilled chicken and sun-dried tomatoes with fresh mozzarella. SO GOOD!

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    Leah says:

    I have made this cake for years and it always, without fail, every time, draws rave reviews. However, the glaze makes it so much better. I also add in rum flavoring to the cake and the glaze which my recipe calls for. Six flavors in the cake and six in the glaze.

    I make about 15 of these each Christmas and give them away. People wait all year for them. Yummm!! I may just have to go stir one up!


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    Ann says:

    These recipes are sooooo heavenly!!
    My only suggestion is that our next study include a weight loss program to rid my hips of the poundage I’ve put on.
    Nah, just kidding!
    We Southern girls just have to add a tad of sour cream, cream cheese, and butter and then deep fat fry it for good measure.
    Now that’s living right!
    Amen, sister!

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    VanderbiltWife says:

    Make sure you make the pizza crust with 1 TSP and not 1 CUP of sugar like I did when I was testing the recipe for No Other Gods!! LOL. It was actually still good. Also, this weekend I made the pizza crust in the bread machine on the white dough setting and it worked fine. Needed a little extra flour worked in to be spread out but to me it’s easier than recipe mixing and waiting for things to rise on a timed schedule.

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    VanderbiltWife says:

    PS Anything with two sticks of butter sounds good to this momma-to-be. Will be making it soon! Maybe to take to a new momma tomorrow night. 🙂 thanks for the recipe!

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    Cinde says:

    Since my group isn’t able to meet for an evening meal, I am going to attempt the pound cake recipe in small foil loaf pans. Then I will give one to each of my study buddies! Hope it turns out because the recipe sound heavenly!

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    Anonymous says:

    Sound great….we meet in the a.m. and I’m not sure I will have time for tomorrow…but one of these days for sure. We always have a “snack” of some kind. Muffins, cheese and crackers, lots of different fruits, danish’s, the other bunnies actually look forward to it. Some don’t eat breakfast til they get here. So won’t they be surprised when I make the pound cake. Thanks Beth,
    although my hips are already dreading it….
    Blessings from the Bible Bunny in MI.

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    Worshipping One says:

    My question to you Miss Bethie is….how do you stay so skinny???? Every food you recommend sounds sooooo yummy but soooo fattening! You must have a very high metabolism and very good genes! Good for you! I’m envious a little bit! In a good way if there is such a thing! I’m loving “No Other Gods” very convicting! Blessings on ya!

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    Anonymous says:

    I make a pound cake like that with all the “flavors” I call it Tootie Frootie, so good!

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    Anonymous says:

    I too would like to know where the siesta name came from.

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    Michelle Bentham says:

    Sounds delicious! Can’t wait until tomorrow! Blessings

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    Rebecca says:


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    Bonnie/Momof3 says:

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe, as our 21 year old son used to love my now deceased grandmother’s pound cake. I’ll be making this for the fourth of July.

    By the way, I was so sorry not to make the Deeper Still conference as I live in Atlanta. However, I know our city was blessed by the praise of so many. I believe large cities especially ought to lift praise as sin can be so prevalent in such populated areas. Our family has enjoyed some good times/dinners in the rotating restaurant atop the Westin hotel. I can never tell we were moving except for watching the skyline change. So, Melissa you are much more “atuned” than I. So sorry you had motion sickness … although it sounds as if a few unnamed family members had a good laugh.

    Can’t wait til tomorrow to do our Bible session together. Even doing this solo, I’ve been ‘nogged’ by the lessons.

    By the way Melissa, did you happen to see the most incredible golden sunset in Atlanta last night … around 8:45ish? When the soft, warm glow came through our windows, I went to our front piano room thinking my husband had installed new golden outdoor lighting. The ambience and feel of the color was both silencing and awe-striking. It was God’s gift of heavenly beauty across the horizon. My husband and I stepped outside in awe and couldn’t help but pray to our creator.

    Love from ATL (Peachtree Corners to be exact).

    Bonnie/Mom of 3

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    Jill_in_AL says:

    Thanks so much for the pound cake! Since I’m flying solo this will be our family’s 4th of July dessert with fresh blueberries.

    A friend and I took our boys–her 3 and my 2–to pick blueberries last week. It was such fun and we have been looking for every excuse to eat them ever sense.

    Happy week and happy 4th to all my siestas! Jill

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