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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cranberry Cherry Salad

I found this recipe from my friend Mildred's blog.  If you haven't visited her, you ought too.
I love her blog.  This was so good that I wanted to put it in this cookbook journal for my children and grands! Thank you Mildred! 

Cranberry Cherry Salad

1 large Cherry Jello
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1-16 oz. can of Jellied Cranberry Sauce
1 large can of crushed pineapple including juice
1 6 oz. package of Sunmaid dried tart cherries
Add boiling water to jello and stir until dissolved.
Add cranberry sauce and mix until smooth.
Add Pineapple and cherries. Chill until firm.

Easy & delicious!


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Fried Cornbread

This is a great way to make cornbread that is easy and quick.
When I make pan cornbread I don't use an egg but when I fry cornbread I do.

1 cup of self rising cornmeal.
1 egg
Milk or buttermilk
Mix until a thick consistency that you can spoon out.

I have my pan with a little oil hot and ready.

These are so good and crunchy.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Homemade Biscuits

We are at the Sparta Hilton and I was cooking on breakfast on the fire.
I decided that I would show how I make home made biscuits so my daughters would have a record of how I do it.
I learned from my Mother and all of my grandmothers including my "Sweet Hunter's" Granny.  I am using my Granny's all purpose bowl to make them in.  She used this pan for everything and so do I.

So here are your ingredients:
2 cups of Self Rising Flour
1/2 cup of shortening or butter
3/4 cup of buttermilk

Start with your flour in a bowl.
Hint: keep your bag of flour out so you can use it to roll or cut your biscuits.

Then add your shortning or butter.  Cut with pastry cutter
or your hands until shortening is cut in like small peas.
Hint: Don't overwork it.

Make a well (hole) in flour and add buttermilk and stir up.
Hint: Don't over stir.

Then lightly grease your pan and roll or cut your biscuits out.
Hint: This is where you will need extra flour to keep dough from sticking on your hands.
Preheat oven to 450 or 500 degrees depending on your oven.
Cook until brown. Approx. 15 minutes.

Yummy!  Homemade Biscuits!
Add butter and homemade apple butter and you can't beat it!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dixie Stampede's Cream Of Vegetable Soup

1 qt. chicken broth

1/2 C. frozen peas

1/2 C. whole kernel sweet corn

1/2 C. canned green beans

1/2 C. carrots pealed & grated

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1 1/2 C. heavy whipping cream

Fully cook all vegetables individually and then grind into small pieces. Bring broth, seasonings and vegetables to a boil and then add the whipping cream. Add salt and pepper to taste. I also added a little shredded cheese on top and red pepper flakes!  Yummy.
Maranda sent me this copycat recipe of this soup.  It is so good!!  Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Maranda's Hashbrown Casserole


• 1 (big bag) package frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed

• 1/2 cup melted butter

• 1 can cream of chicken soup

• 1 can of cream of mushroom soup

• ¾ of a big container of sour cream

• 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

• 2 cups crushed plain potato chips or crushed cornflakes cereal

• 1/4 cup melted butter


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. In a large bowl, combine hash browns, 1/2 cup melted butter, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, Cheddar cheese, salt and pepper. Place mixture in a 3 quart casserole dish.

3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, saute cornflakes in 1/4 cup melted butter, and sprinkle the mixture over the top of the casserole.

4. Bake covered in preheated oven for 40 minutes

We have a small town restaurant here in town and Maranda (Big Sis), our daughter was determined to try to figure out this recipe.  I think she did it!  This is delicious.
 Thank you Maranda!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Cracker Barrel Double Fudge Coca Cola Cake

Cracker Barrel Double Fudge Coca Cola Cake

1 C. Coca-cola
1/2 C. oil
1 stick Margarine
3 Tbsp. cocoa
2 C. sugar
2 C. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/2 C. buttermilk
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

In a sauce Pan, Bring Coca-Cola, Oil, Margarine, and cocoa to a boil, mix the sugar, flour and salt, Pour in the boiling liquid and beat well. Add the eggs, Buttermilk, soda, and vanilla and beat well. Pour into a greased and floured sheet cake pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.


1/4 lb. Margarine
3 Tbsp. cocoa
6 Tbsp. cream or milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 to 1 C. pecans chopped
1 lb. confectioners sugar

In a saucepan, combine the butter cocoa, and milk and heat until the butter melts, Beat in the remaining ingredients, and Spread on the hot cake.  Cool and cut.



Thursday, June 3, 2010

Maranda's Mud Slides

Our daughter Maranda made these for Mothers Day. She made me a coconut cake but because her daddy doesn't like coconut she made him these. He flipped over them! She made chocolate chip cookies and put vanilla ice cream in between 2 cookies and then covered with chocolate syrup. Oh my goodness! Yummy & Easy!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Mexican Cornbread

Mexican Cornbread

1 1/2 c. corn meal
1 can cream corn
2 sm. onions, (diced)
2 eggs
1 c. buttermilk
1/2 bell pepper (diced)
1 jalapeno pepper (diced) remove seed
1/2 c. corn oil
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. soda
1 c. grated cheese

Combine all dry ingredients then add all but cheese. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put 1 1/2 tablespoon of oil in skillet and heat in oven. Pour half of mixture in heated skillet then put grated cheese on top. Pour rest of mixture over top of cheese. Bake in oven for 1 hour.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Homemade Bisquick Mix

Homemade Bisquick Mix

8 cups flour
1/4 cup baking powder
1 1/2 cups powdered milk
1 Tbs salt
1 1/2 cups or shortening or butter

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender cut in shortening until it’s well mixed. Store in covered container. You can use this in any bisquick mix recipe. I found this online but cannot remember where. I just thought I would share with you.
* I store mine in smaller containers because there are just 2 of us here now and this mix last a long time. I keep one out and the others in the refrigerator until I need them. I will be sharing bisquick recipes soon that you can use with this homemade mix. I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I'm Back With A Red Velvet Cake!

Easy Red Velvet Cake
1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
1 Tsp. Vinegar
1/3 C. Crisco Oil
1 1/3 C. Milk
2 Tbsp. Cocoa
2 Oz. Red Food Coloring
3 Eggs
Mix together and cook 3 layers @ 350 degrees for approx 30 min. or until done.
Cool before icing.
Cream Cheese Icing
1 Box Confectioners Sugar
1 Stick Margarine (softened)
8 Oz. Cream Cheese (softened)
1 Cup Nuts (optional)
1 Tbsp. Vanilla Flavoring.
Mix together in mixer and spread between layers and on cake.
Enjoy!! My "Sweet Hunter" sure is!!!!
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