Dessert - Pineapple Upside Down Cake

This is an EASY recipe from that starts with a yellow cake mix.

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1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1 (8 ounce) can sliced pineapple, drained with juice reserved
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained with juice reserved
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat the bottoms and sides of each 9 inch round cake pan with 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Sprinkle the bottom of each pan with 1/4 cup of brown sugar.

2. In one of the pans, sprinkle coconut over the brown sugar. Lay pineapple rings in a single layer on top of coconut. Place a cherry in the center of each ring. In the other pan, spread the drained crushed pineapple.

3. Mix the cake as directed on package, but substitute reserved pineapple juice in place of water. Divide batter between the 2 pans. Remember which pan has the pineapple rings in it.

4. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Cool in pans for 20 minutes.

5. While the bottoms of the cake pans are still warm to the touch, invert the layer with the crushed pineapple out onto a serving dish, then gently invert the layer with the pineapple rings on top of it for a dazzling two layer pineapple upside down cake.

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April Euchre Party Theme

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Since Easter is usually around April, a good Euchre party theme for April is Easter! To go along with our “April” theme I included a “yellow” theme because here in Michigan by April we are ready for Spring and something bright and cheery!?! LOL 

One of our members brought an Easter basket with candy eggs. To go along with the themes, I added yellow peeps. Some really yummy desserts of Lemon Bars and Pineapple Upside Down Cake were perfect. Everyone enjoyed them very much!! Check out this EASY recipe for Pineapple Upside Down Cake that starts with a packaged yellow cake mix. 

Since our group is all women, a “Euchre Chick” decoration was a fun addition!! Speaking of “Euchre Chicks” … women’s groups are FUN!! Mine specifically gets together for Euchre, but there is a large variety of other activities that women can do together.

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If you are in a social group for women and would like some ideas for your group or are thinking about starting a group, check out for LOTS of fun ideas for activities such as book clubs, pot lucks, lunch & movies and great helpful tips for friendships!

How to Run a Euchre Tournament

Here is a supply list and steps to run a Euchre Tournament for 8, 12, 16, 20, etc players or any number of players between 8 and 48. For this method, each player plays for themselves and players will have a different partner for each game.

Supply List: 
**Euchre Rotation Charts for up to 20 players
    Options for more than 20 players
**Main Euchre Score Board – print and cut & tape (helpful to tape to posterboard backing)
**Euchre Player Score Cards – one per player
Name Tags – helpful if players don’t know each other

For each table:
     One deck of cards – use 9’s thru Ace’s of each suit, which are 24 cards
     **Euchre Table Score Card – one per table
      Table # marker

If playing for money:
     **Euchre Payout Table
     Prize Envelopes – labeled 1st Prize, 2nd Prize,  etc
     Extra money for change
     Quarter containers for tables

For Tournament:
  • Print all forms needed from EuchreFun-Euchre Printables tab for your Euchre Tournament. (those labeled above with **)  
  • Place items needed on each table. 
  •  Have a table at entrance to check in players. Each player will write their name on a separate line on the Main Euchre Score Board. This will be their number. They will get their own Euchre Player Score Card. Collect $ if playing for money. I find it helpful to have an envelope with extra 5’s and 10’s to make change.
  • If playing for money, use Euchre Payout Table to determine how much to put in 1st – 4th place prize envelopes based on number of players. I think it’s fun to have a last place prize for the player with the lowest score. They receive a complimentary $5 prize. If you are collecting a quarter each time a team gets Euchred, you need a small container on each table to put these quarters in. You can also use this container to note the table number.
  • For each game, use the Euchre Rotation Chart to determine which table each player will play at and who will be their partner.
  • For each game, there will be 8 hands dealt. The deal will go around the table twice, with each player getting two chances to deal. One player at each table will record the score for each team after each hand on the Euchre Table Score Card. The person to the left of the scorekeeper deals first, so the 4th and 8th deals will be the person keeping score. To keep things moving along, it is helpful to play "stick the dealer" and force the dealer to call trump if it is not called by any of the other players. After the game is complete, the players will record their score on their own Euchre Player Score Card and the Main Euchre Score Board.  On the Main Score Board, the score for each game is recorded on the “Game” line and a cumulative total is recorded on the “Total” line. Having the scores written down is helpful when questions arise.
  • If the number of players is not a multiple of 8, the players who sit out will receive a certain number of points for the game they sit out. These players can receive 7 or 8 points per game.
  • For a Euchre Tournament, usually with regular-timed play, it takes about 2-3 hours to play 6 games with 8 hands dealt for each game.
  • After all games are complete, the players with the highest total scores are the winners.  They receive the prize envelopes. If collecting quarters for Euchres, those players who did not win a prize envelope would be eligible to win the quarters. You could use the Player Score Cards to select winners for the quarters.


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