Mom’s Sugar Cookies

I didn’t do much this past weekend.  Not for lack of motivation, but because my husband was working on the farm truck.  I believe it was new brakes, calipers, rotors, a new ignition switch, and some other stuff with the steering column.  So, I was too busy with the kiddos to get anything done in the gardens, but they really just need some light weeding.  A quick summary:  The corn and pumpkins are growing good and the vegetable garden is doing its thing.  The flowers are doing great and my favorite iris looks like it will be blooming later this week, so perhaps I’ll have some photos and a little more to talk about then.

However, on Sundays I watch NASCAR and bake things. Read More »

My Blog Celebrates 1 Month (with Baked Beans)

It’s been one month since I officially started my blog!  Yes, I published one post in April, but I didn’t tell anyone about my blog until I published my second post on May 2nd, so I consider that the “official” start of my blog.  I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time out of their day to read my posts.  I truly appreciate the all likes and the comments.  You may not know it, but you guys even pooled together and gave me a birthday present – my most views EVER on that day!  58!  If you all keep reading, I’ll keep writing!

If I had planned ahead, I would have shared some cupcakes with you to celebrate.  But I was busy in the garden and my mother-in-law sent a couple dozen cookies back with us after we helped with the storm cleanup on Sunday (so we don’t need any more baked goods for the time being).  How about a potluck?  Back when I was working there was a potluck for everything!  Birthdays, last days, holidays, babies, weddings… potluck!  I think a one-month blog anniversary qualifies as a good reason for a potluck!  I’ll bring some beans…Read More »

Grandma Mae Jule’s Fruit Salad

I typically only have fruit salad for special occasions.  And quite honestly, if I’m hosting and you ask what you can bring there’s a good chance it’ll be fruit salad.  It’s not that I don’t like it, I just have a hard time using up all the fresh fruit before it goes bad.  This recipe is a little different in that it is a creamy, fluffy fruit salad that uses canned fruit cocktail.

This one is a family recipe of my grandma Mae Jule’s, my mom’s mom.  A huge bowl of this fruit salad was on the table at every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter that I can remember (and likely long before that).  Grandma was such a great cook, and everything on the table was so good!  Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade stuffing, green bean casserole, this fruit salad…. There was only one issue:  How to heap everything on your plate without the gravy invading everything!  Read More »