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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....
 
I have known for a while that our meals are not balanced. I knew it was time to get back to basic with old fashioned meal planning. I started adjusting recipes and spent a lot of time planning only to find I still did not have it right.I went back to my older books and looked through them and still could not find what I was looking for then I found this one book that brought back so many good memories. My husband and I spent a good part of one day reading together, discussing, talking and laughing about our past. We started remembering things that we had forgotten and compared the differences in our meals while we were still at home with our parents.Here are my Grandmothers. The one on the l ......
This has been a very busy week with Gardening, Ironing, cleaning and severe storms I am a bit tired today.It was a two loaf sandwich bread week due to weather and possible power outages.Our power did go out but came back on. Then went out again but then came on again and we were very fortunate we did not have damage as did so many others. A good thing when you have extra bread is grilled cheese sandwiches.Bernadette enjoyed the hallway bed I prepared for the severe weather which is close to the hall closet (not seen in the photo) to quickly get into if needed which we did when the tornado siren blew and is quite unnerving. I did put the oil lamps, water and a few things in the built in laund ......
Spring must be near because the signs are everywhere. The sun is bright, some of the birds that went away for winter are coming back.The citrus trees are putting out buds.The lavender is blooming.The blueberry bushes are budding.Yesterday morning before we went out in the yard to start our yard work we read the 1948 paper and I noticed that this weekend in 1948 at cash drug store at their food counter they were serving this delicious meal for .50 cents.We cleaned up the small victory garden.And then I started potting some vegetable plants. Here I put soil in my container then dig one, two or three holes, however many seedlings I am going to put in the pot. I dig a hole where each seedling wi ......
My husband enjoys these meat buns that I make so I thought I would share with you how I make them.The first thing I do is make a basic bread dough. I have my bread dough recipe and directions posted on this website under cooking from scratch but I will post the recipe here.I make homemade bread, buns and rolls all the time so bread dough is something that I whip up easily. The more we make it the easier it gets. Since last September and I had some serious health issues I lost some upper body strength and with encouragement from my daughter I gave in and started using a bread machine to simply knead the dough for me. This was a bit of a defeat to stop kneading the dough but after I had gone o ......
Here is my homemade Egg Custard Pie RecipeYou will need a 9 inch pie crust. I have a recipe for the pie crust on this website the previous post.Pre-heat the oven to 400 degreesI bake this in a 9 inch pie pan1/4 cup softened butter. (1/4 cup is half a stick or 4 tablespoons)2/3 cup sugar2 eggs3 Tablespoons all purpose flour3/4 cup evaporated milk1/4 cup waterThis will be cooked at 400 degrees for 20 minutes then reduced to 300 degrees for an additional 15 minute baking.Remember when taking a glass pie pan out of the oven to set it on a towel or oven pad so the glass does not break from touching something cool. Then put it on a cooling rack after it has cooled down a bit.Cream the butter, I us ......
Here is my standard pie crust recipe1 & 1/4 cup all purpose flour1 stick cold butterfull 1/4 teaspoon salt ( I usually make it heaping)4 Tablespoon Ice WaterPlace the flour and salt in a bowl, I use a grater to grate the butter through the flour but you don't have to do it this way.I normally dip the stick of butter in the flour and grate. You can also just chip up the butter with a knife. I do it with the grater because it does not warm the butter by handling it with my hands. Also I use the large hole side of the grater.Once it is grated then take your fingers and work the butter into the flour. I also rub it through my hands working quickly so I do not warm the butter.This is wh ......
If you read the soup post before this one you would know that I went out to the garden and picked some vegetables for soup. We were expecting a freeze so I knew I had to pick what was left on the vine. There were not a lot but enough to make soup or a side dish. I had a few left that I did not need in the soup and had no plans to cook right away so what should I do with them?This post is what to do with those vegetables that you don't want to waste but are not enough to do much with. Save them for soup or a side dish.We simply blanch them and freeze them.All my canning, dehydrating and freezing are done by the Ball Blue Book because I get nervous when people do not follow the ......
Our tiny garden can make soupSome people have little room for a garden but even in a small space we can grow enough to make soupHere the turnip roots are formingThese are collards.I started with a half a pound of ground pork but you can use beef or chicken or anything you have. You can also make it vegetarian. I browned the meat and drained the fat.Then I went out to the garden and picked a few things...Strung and snapped the beans then washed them..Added three quarts of water because I needed to make a large pot of soup this day.I went back out and gathered some greens.. Turnip greens, mustard greens and collards. Not a lot, just enough for soup.Washed them in salt water and vinegar rinse a ......
We have had a couple of family emergencies lately and my husband and I have found our resistance is very low due to fatigue. My husband caught a cold.We try to keep fresh ginger root in our refrigerator and we are growing it in a large planter in the back yard.We mostly buy our ginger at the grocery store and when we need some and don't have any store bought we go out and dig some up. We only started growing ginger a few years back so we are letting the root system grow. I started it by using a piece from the grocery store that sprouted. This has been kept in the bottom of the refrigerator wrapped in paper towel then a light produce bag.To make fresh ginger tea decide on how much you ar ......
This recipe is for a small pan of homemade cornbread. Many families are smaller now than they were many years ago but our recipes are still for large servings. If you need a larger serving just double the recipe.I am using a very small loaf pan. It is 8 inches by 4 inches, it holds one quart. This is not your normal size loaf pan, you can use a one quart baking dish such as pyrex or corning or most anything that is one quart. Here is the recipe. Preheat oven to 400 degreesGrease or butter your baking dishYou will need two bowls, one for liquid and one for dry and a very small pot for melting butter.1/2 cup Plain cornmeal (do not use self rising cornmeal)3 ounces of Plain Flour (I use a ......
We had a request by a family member to post how we cook our sweet potato fries and cubes.There really is not a recipe, just our way of making them. There is nothing fancy here at all because all you need is sweet potatoes and a small amount of oil and a couple of cloves of garlic. We use extra light olive oil. Pre heat the oven to 380 degrees.Peel and slice the sweet potatoes into fries or cubes. Then for the fries pour a bit of the extra light olive oil over the fries in a small bowl.Toss the fries in the oil.... Place on a baking pan with foil over it. We do not use a lot of foil at our house but sweet potato fries will stick to the pan.... Place them in a 380 degree oven and bake for abou ......
We try to eat basic food because it is better for our budget and better for us.The pictures I will be posting are just random shots I just grabbed my camera and took of some of our meals so they are not magazine ready. The photo above is cooked pork, carrots and mashed potatoes. We rarely have steak and when we do we cut it up and stretch it as far as we can. This was lunch for my husband for a day trip. The small jar has sliced leftover steak and the jar to the left of that is lettuce, cucumber and onion. Apple and a banana for a morning and afternoon snack. I packed this nice size bowl so he would have room for the full salad. Oil and vinegar was in the jar sitting in the bowl. ......
I thought this title would get your attention and I am posting a pie recipe but first I wanted to talk about something very important.This is for young and old and I ask you to read it through.Recently a friend passed away and before he passed and was still in the hospital his wife was very worried and said that he always took care of everything, meaning finances, bills and such. She did not know what she was going to do because she did not know where everything was and he kept some things in files on the computer and she did not know how to get into the files. She knew nothing about the bank account and she had reason to be concerned. It was too late to ask. There are many families that one ......
If we are going to eat something sweet it seems to me much better to make it from scratch.These Fried Sweet Buns are a cross between a Honey Bun and a Doughnut so if you like either a honey bun or a doughnut you will surely like these. Many years ago my Aunt Leona sent my mother a recipe for her sweet bread and she used it to make many different types of sweet breads and rolls. Aunt Leona lived during a time when most people made homemade bread. I combined her sweet bread recipe with my dough recipe and finally came up with a honey bun type bun for my daughter. My Grandson has severe food allergies and going to the store to buy store bought sweets in not an option. &nbs ......
This is an excellent stew. Simple, healthy and the favor is wonderful.This stew can be made with ground or cubed Beef or Pork or ChickenThe great flavor comes from the turnip rootsRecipeHere I am using Ground PorkTurnip roots peeled and dicedCarrots Peeled and diced3/4 diced onionSalt and Pepper to tasteI am using 4 turnip roots and 4 carrots adjust for the size of your family. I am making enough for our dinner and then leftover for lunch tomorrow.This is ground pork and I cannot tell you how much because we buy our pork from the butcher and divide it into portions for our cooking.It came out of a zip lock bag that I had in the freezer and thawed. I could guess somewhere 1/2 pound and ......
Homemade egg noodles are delicious and they are not hard to make, there is a first for everything and with practice you can make fresh egg noodles as often as you like.RecipeSmall batch 1/2 cup all purpose flour1 eggpinch of salt1 tablespoon waterIf you want more, double this recipe or triple. It is just however much you need to make. Try a small batch and start from there.Toss the salt in with the flour and then make a well in the center. Add egg and water to the center.slightly beat the egg with a forkWork the dough with a spatula until together. It will be sticky at this point.Place flour on a cleaned counter or a pastry board and put the dough on top and sprinkle m ......
Life takes us down many roads and away from our home. It is important to plan what we will eat when away from home.In the past there were few places to eat so people mostly pulled off the side of the road and ate a packed lunch or meal.I feel that people are too busy and truly need to get back to basics where they have time to make home cooked meals. Stress mixed with fast foods is very unhealthy.My husband is not retired so I pack his meals every morning. I get up at 4:15 AM and start breakfast and lunch. He has to go in very early three days a week so I pack his breakfast and lunch. He is not ready to eat early so I send it with him. The other days of the week he eats breakfast ......
Some of you that have been to my website before may know that I dehydrate foods and preserve food to put in our pantry. To me lemons do not dehydrate well and there other ways to preserve lemons so I am posting how I preserve lemons. We have had good results preserving lemons the way I will describe.One morning my husband and I realized this was the last lemon in the last jar of preserved lemons and we both sighed and knew we better get some more packed up right away because we really enjoy these lemons diced up over our food.When you get as old as I am one thing you will most likely have is a good assortment of reference books and cookbooks. Most of the preserved lemon recipes include ......
In this recipe you will find three made from scratch recipes. Vanilla cookies, Vanilla Pudding and Whip Cream topping.Grandma Donna's style is completely homemade and from scratch. This is my mother's trifle dish and she made many banana puddings in her day. I inherited her dish and so I must keep up the tradition. I am sharing my recipe for homemade banana pudding to fill a trifle bowl.This recipe may be halved for a smaller bowl We start with vanilla cookiesHomemade Vanilla cookies1/3 cup sugar1/2 cup powdered sugar4 Tablespoons real butter1 egg2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1 & ½ cups all purpose flourPinch of salt1 & ½ teaspoons baking powder2 Tablespoons honey2 Tablespoon milkPlace pa ......
This is the only photo I took when I made this pound cake because I was making three other cakes at the time but I wanted to share this recipe that I have used for many years. I have good memories of my mother baking pound cakes and taking them to friends. I have continued that tradition and here is the recipe for you all that visit my website. I will take photos when I make the next one.Grandma Donna's Cream Cheese Pound CakeNotes;This cake will be placed in a cold oven, do not pre-heat the ovenSoften your sticks of butter and cream cheese by setting out to get it room temperature before using. If your kitchen is cold place somewhere warmer.The batter will be slightly on the thick sid ......
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