Thursday, February 26, 2015

OH yum! Lemon Bars

We're on the letter "O", but I can't find an "O" recipe.  Since I missed "L" I'm going to cheat a little and go back.  I'm going with lemon bars.  Not something I usually make, but I have all the ingredients and I think they sound good.  I just hope I'm not the only one in the family that likes them or I WILL eat them all!

LEMON BARS - A recipe from grandma's collection

I wasn't so sure about these at first.  The crust seemed VERY dry.

It ended up working out, so I poured the 2nd layer over.

Then came the glaze.

I think they were best the next day.

The bottom layer ended up tasting a bit like short bread.  I think I'll be making these again!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Never Fail Cupcakes

I can't believe I haven't shared a "recipe" since the letter "E"!  I finally got around to making one of grandma's recipes again yesterday.

NEVER FAIL CUPCAKES - A recipe from grandma's collection

I don't know that I'd call them "never fail".  But they weren't bad.  Oh, and I was out of shortening, so I used coconut oil!

I couldn't have plain cupcakes, so I frosted them.  I just used canned chocolate frosting since I didn't feel like making my own.

These cupcakes would be great with chocolate chips!  Hey, the more chocolate, the better!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015


It's been almost two months since I last posted!

We had college kids home for Christmas and there was a lot of this.

{Cookie Decorating}

{Christmas Card Making}

{House Building}
{Family Time}

My parents came out for a visit and there was a lot of this.

{More Family Time}

We decided to quit homeschooling and put the kids back in school and I thought I'd have all the time in the world.

Then THIS started.

{First Storm of the Year.  AKA - The Blizzard of 2015}

{So Pretty}

And it just hasn't stopped.   

{February 2 - Storm #2}

{February 7-9.  Storm #3}

I'm hoping to make time to blog once or twice a week.  We'll see how it goes!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Elephant Stew

Here's yet another from grandma's collection.  I'm pretty sure I've shared this "recipe" before, but it's worth sharing again.

ELEPHANT STEW - a recipe from Grandma's collection.


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Date Cake

What perfect timing!  Taylor will be home for Christmas break tomorrow and she loves dates!  Too bad she's not here to help me make it.  I would have made her pit and chop the dates.  ;)

DATE CAKE - A recipe from grandma's collection

I pitted and chopped the dates (about 16) and had them soaking in water while I mixed the other ingredients.

I added the date/water mixture.

Threw in some chopped pecans.

Grandma didn't say what kind of pan to use, so I used a bundt pan.

Looks like maybe it wasn't quite ready to come out of the oven??  My cakes always do that...but it looked so brown on the outside!  I'm not sure the oven temperature is ever right.

It looked pretty when I flipped it over though!  Grandma's recipe didn't call for powdered sugar, but I thought it would look nice.

I didn't have any whipped cream, but I had some Cool Whip, so I just used that.

This is a keeper!  It is good.  WAY better than SPAM!  ;)

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Crusty spambake

I know.  SPAM.  Eww!  But come on!  I HAD to try it!

CRUSTY SPAMBAKE - a recipe from grandma's collection

First of all.  I LOVE that grandma refers to the SPAM as "meat"!

In NO way does SPAM look like meat.  I tried to hurry to get it out of the can before the kids came in and saw it!

I hurried with the whole recipe because I thought it would send the kids right out the door if they saw what I was doing.

We cooked a couple little steaks a long with this in case it was absolutely horrible.  The kids thought it was horrible from the moment I said, "SPAM", so they had steak.

I must say, it actually wasn't THAT bad!  It was fun to experiment with another of grandma's recipes.  In case anyone out there is crazy enough wanting to try this - I was talking to someone when I wrote the recipe down and did it wrong.  I mixed the sugar and cloves with the mustard and spread that on.  I wonder what it would have been like if I'd put the sugar and cloves in with the corn flakes?  I think we might have missed out on some of that sweetness.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Beef Porcupines

Because, how could I not include a recipe with a name like this?!

BEEF PORCUPINES - A recipe from grandma's collection

Gather the ingredients in a large bowl and mix.

Form into small meat balls and place in hot oil.

Brown the meat balls, turning frequently.

Add the sauce and water and mix well.

This is what the looked like when they were finished.

They tasted great!  I actually found this recipe all over the internet (many different takes on the sauce) and many people served them with mashed potatoes.  I cooked up a few roasted potatoes, but they are totally not necessary with all that rice.  I would have taken a picture of my plate, but they looked better in the pan!


1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup rice (I did NOT use instant)
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
2 T oil
2 (8oz) cans tomato sauce (I used a 13oz box of chopped tomatoes with basil - that's all I had)
1 cup water

Mix beef, rice, onions and seasonings.  Form into small meatballs.  Brown in hot oil, turning frequently.  Add tomato sauce and water.  Mix well.  Cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

Grandma's recipe says it serves four.  I used just over one pound of ground beef and five of us had it for dinner and there were leftovers.

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