Pumpkin Pie

Tracy / November 8, 2010

Most of my family knows what my absolute favorite food in the world is… my Great-Grandmother used to make the BEST pumpkin pie. She always kept them wrapped in the freezer for me and would pop them out at various times of the year. It made me feel so special — I know she did this for other family members…

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Tracy / November 1, 2010

There are probably almost as many sweet potato casserole recipes as people…everyone has their favorite! At our home, we prefer sweet potato casserole with a pecan topping rather than coconut or marshmallows (my Grandmother’s favorite!). This is a simple recipe, and just in time for Thanksgiving preparation! Sweet Potato Casserole 3c Mashed sweet potatoes 1c sugar 1t vanilla 1/2c milk…

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Hot Cocoa

Tracy / October 25, 2010

Courtney comes to me at least once a week and asks if I would like her to make me a little “somethin’ somethin”. I’m not a coffee drinker, so a cup of hot cocoa in the mornings once or twice a week is quite a treat! When I was a little girl, I would spend many summer days with my…

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Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Tracy / October 18, 2010

Something about wild rice makes me think “fall”. This is one of our favorite fall dishes. Our church fellowship meets for lunch each week. This is a recipe that always receives good reviews! (We make this recipe x4.) Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole 1 chopped, cooked chicken breasts 4T butter 1c wild rice 1/2c slivered almonds 2T browned onions 1…

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Tracy / October 11, 2010

Feeling under the weather? Perhaps you just need some good, old-fashioned rest and a comforting bowl of warm soup! My Great-Grandmother always had the best remedies for illness. My Mom often mentions the warm drink she would make when she realized you might be catching a cold. I can’t remember what exactly was in it, but it was warm and…

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Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Tracy / October 4, 2010

Growing up, I guess I always took for granted that my Mom always made mashed potatoes from real (whole!) potatoes. They were so yummy…I always looked forward to them when they were being served. Once, I took a meal to a family at church and the husband pulled me aside later and asked “did you make those from real potatoes?”.…

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DIY- Bookmarks from Greeting Cards

Tracy / September 30, 2010

Each Monday morning, we send correspondence to friends and family. It’s a time I look forward to each week…time to connect with special people in my life. Because we send out so many letters, I usually invest in greeting cards and stationery. It’s become a habit each January…re-stocking the writing supplies. By this point in the year, we always have…

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Citrus Mint Tea

Tracy / September 27, 2010

We haven’t always been big tea drinkers. Five or so years back, I took my girls to a tea house and I have been hooked ever since! I thought I might share a quick recipe, especially good for someone feeling a bit sickly right now (those germs love fall, don’t they?!). Citrus Mint Tea (From Celebrate the Seasons) 3 regular-size…

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1-2-3-4 Birthday Cake/ Mama’s Quicker Frosting

Tracy / September 20, 2010

“Birthday season” is upon us. This is my absolute favorite birthday cake recipe! It’s pretty generic and can be adapted by adding nuts, or changing the flavoring just a bit. I love Paula Deen’s recipes anyway, but this is one of her best! 1-2-3-4 Birthday Cake 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 3…

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September 10, 2010

Tracy / September 13, 2010

It has been a long, long week. Paul was away for a full seven days, home for one and gone for another four. His work is quite busy sometimes, but we’re happy to have work. I know there are many out there without jobs right now. Our little homestead is changing with the seasons, I think. We’re preparing to build…

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Christmas Club- Plastic Balls?

Tracy / September 13, 2010

We are planning early for the holidays! Paul and I want to have all of our holiday purchases done by the end of October (a goal we’ve not reached for a few years now, but we’re trying again, LOL!) I thought it would be nice to host a Friday Christmas Club on the site…please feel free to join along. You…

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The Recipe Box

Tracy / September 13, 2010

I don’t generally like recipes that call for a cake mix…something about making a homemade recipe with a box mix just seems wrong, LOL. These were really good, and *very* easy! They would be great as a “holiday” cookie. Gooey Butter Cookies (From Keeping Good Company) 1/2c butter 1/4t vanilla 1 egg 1 (8oz) pkg. cream cheese 1 (1 lb.…

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