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Cinnamon, Salt Dough, and Baking Soda Clay: Recipes for Non-edible Ornaments

If you are looking for a project to do with the kids, an easy and cheap solution for decorating the Christmas tree, or you just want to have some creative fun on your own there is plenty to keep you busy with these non-edible ornament recipe. Traditional Salt Dough 4 cups flour 1 cup salt… Continue reading Cinnamon, Salt Dough, and Baking Soda Clay: Recipes for Non-edible Ornaments

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The Best Applesauce You Will Ever Eat (And The Easiest Recipe You Will Ever Make)

I love homemade applesauce. It's a regular dish on our Thanksgiving table and we eat it often throughout the winter. It's simple to make. The hardest part is peeling the apples. Once I tried it I couldn't settle for store-bought cans or jars ever again. 1) Start by peeling the apples. I've tried using Granny… Continue reading The Best Applesauce You Will Ever Eat (And The Easiest Recipe You Will Ever Make)

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Betty’s Butterscotch Pie

For all the years I've been married my husband, John, has talked (raved) about his mother's chocolate and butterscotch pies. They were favorites of his and his siblings and my mother-in-law made them often to feed her hungry family and the farm hands who lived and worked on their Idaho potato farm. Unfortunately, I failed… Continue reading Betty’s Butterscotch Pie

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“Just like Mom’s” potato salad recipe

What is up with store bought potato salad? Small chunks of potatoes drowning in an overly sweet, sloppy sauce. Everybody buys it because it's convenient but nobody really likes it. Why can't they make a potato salad like Mom's? It's 11:59 p.m. on July 4 and I'm raiding the leftover potato salad bowl. My Mom makes the… Continue reading “Just like Mom’s” potato salad recipe

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Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies

These cookies may look rather plain but looks can be deceiving. These puffy, sugar coated rounds are packed with flavor. I bake them throughout the year as a special cookie jar treat. Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies 1/2 cup shortening (part butter or margarine) 1 cup sugar one egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 2/3 cups all-purpose… Continue reading Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies

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Peanut Butter Pie

In the early 90s, I completed part of my college coursework locally, at one of Kent State University's branch campuses. I worked at a local bakery in the morning. In the afternoon I hurried off to classes. Those were fun days filled with friends and a heavy schedule of student activities (I was student body president… Continue reading Peanut Butter Pie

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Baking Pumpkin Pie: the Best Ever Recipe Trick

Pumpkin pie isn't just my husband's favorite pie. It's his favorite food. My dad's too. Both men live for Thanksgiving when they get the first pumpkin pies of the season. The first time I made pumpkin pie for my husband he declared it to be the best pie he'd ever eaten.   When I started… Continue reading Baking Pumpkin Pie: the Best Ever Recipe Trick

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Coconut Washboard Cookies: an Adaptation of an Old-Time Recipe

Coconut Washboards are an old fashioned cookie that has been around since my great grandmother's day. When I came across a few original recipes I was reluctant to try any of them because the reviews weren't very good. But with half a bag of  coconut in my fridge that I wanted to use up I made some adaptations to fix the problems that… Continue reading Coconut Washboard Cookies: an Adaptation of an Old-Time Recipe

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Recipe #12: Fudgie Scotch Ring

Recipe #12 is not a cookie at all. It's a simple and easy retro candy recipe that my mother first made back in the 70's. At the time, the recipe could be found in every "woman's" magazine. It soon became an annual favorite in our family. The special flavor created with a few simple ingredients is hard to… Continue reading Recipe #12: Fudgie Scotch Ring

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Lemon Squares

This flavorful, tart square needs to be handled carefully but once you get it cut and arranged on a tray it's fancy enough for your most elegant party. Crust: 1/2 cup butter 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup confectioners' sugarFilling: 2 large eggs 1 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour… Continue reading Lemon Squares

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Cookie Jar Gingersnaps

  Packed full of holiday spices, there's no mistaking the flavor of this spicy gingerbread treat. These cookies can be rolled and cut into gingerbread men or made into traditional soft and chewy rounds. 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 1 T. ground ginger 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 3/4… Continue reading Cookie Jar Gingersnaps

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Mrs. Germack’s Pecan Delights

At the age of 19, I lived in an apartment building next door to an 80 year-old German woman. During my first holiday season there, she taught me how to bake her favorite Christmas cookie. The recipe for Pecan Delights looks simple. The cookie itself is a small and simple looking pale colored disc with a pecan centered on… Continue reading Mrs. Germack’s Pecan Delights

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Mocha-Chocolate Frosted Drops

I found both this chocolate cookie recipe and the mocha-chocolate frosting recipe in two different sections of the same vintage 1950's cookbook.  They weren't intended to be used together and the frosting recipe is the same one I often use for chocolate cake. The first time I tried frosting the cookie with it, I knew I… Continue reading Mocha-Chocolate Frosted Drops

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Mexican Wedding Cookies

Growing up, Mom was sure to make a batch of these cookies every Christmas. They were Dad's favorites then and still are today. There are many similar recipes with various names: Russian Tea Cakes, Snowball Cookies, etc. Mom's recipe calls for them to be dropped from a spoon onto a cookie sheet. I like to… Continue reading Mexican Wedding Cookies

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Peppermint Twist Kiss Cookies

  I was looking for a peppermint cookie recipe when I came across this gem in a Taste of Home cookie magazine several years ago. The peppermint and chocolate combination is scrumptious. Be sure to use real butter! Peppermint Twist Kiss Cookies  36 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/3 cup sugar 1/4… Continue reading Peppermint Twist Kiss Cookies

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The Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Everyone, it seems, is always trying to find the absolute "best" chocolate chip cookie recipe. I will admit that over the years, I have tried lots of these "new and improved" recipes, but in the end, I always come back to the original old standard that is printed right on the back of the Nestle bag. Why? Because fresh out of the oven, the Nestle recipe still has the best flavor. And if mixed properly they turn out to be as soft and chewy as you could want.

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Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin season is here and in my family fall also begins the holiday cookie season.  Over the years, we have collected so many great cookie recipes that we couldn't begin to bake or eat them all at Christmastime. So sometime in October, I kick off the cookie season when I buy the year's first can of pumpkin… Continue reading Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

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Brownies: Like Those Your Mother Made in the 1960’s

I don't know what happened to brownies. I don't know when Betty Crocker and all of the other makers of brownie mixes decided that brownies had to be loaded with "stuff." I don't want "stuff" in my brownies. Nuts, yeah, okay. I'll go for some nuts. But sweet colored candies, toffee chips, chocolate chunks, and… Continue reading Brownies: Like Those Your Mother Made in the 1960’s

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It’s blueberry pie time! Tips for baking your best pie ever.

My three blueberry bushes are loaded with big, fat berries. Three bushes are plenty to keep an average sized family in pie all season long.  Last year, we lost our entire harvest to birds in a single day. This year, Doc has built a cage of sorts around the plants and netted it to keep out… Continue reading It’s blueberry pie time! Tips for baking your best pie ever.