About gDonna
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 ....
 

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Meal Ideas Photo Page
My daughter and I both cook all our meals at home. We live in different states but with a click of the mouse we have been taking pictures sending each other meal ideas. I wanted to share our meal photos because sometimes it helps just to see a meal put together. And for those that are allergic to peanuts, these meals are peanut free because my Grandson is allergic to peanuts and several other foods. I have found through cooking peanut free that we have eliminated many foods that we use to buy due to peanut being in that food and it has actually helped us to eat healthier. It also saves at the grocery store so we can spend the saved money on more organic food ......
Pate Chinois
This is the first layer of Pate First is gather together your ingredients Ground beef or ground pork 1 lb onion 1/2 can of cream style corn 6 potatoes seasoning butter optional, leave out if allergic to dairy milk optional, leave out if allergic to dairy Peel and cut up potatoes and then boil them to make mashed potatoes Drain the potatoes, add butter and milk and mash or use mixer to make fresh mashed potatoes. If allergic to dairy then save the water when draining the cooked potatoes and use that potato water to mash the potatoes. You can also drizzle a little light olive oil in the potatoes when mashing if you are not using butter. Dice half an onion Place Grou ......
Food Budget
Food that is simple and warm and made with your own hands can nourish your family in more ways than you can imagine. This page is dedicated to the visitors on my website asking about food budgets. Many people are struggling to buy food. After much consideration and thought I came to the conclusion that there is no way I can tell you what food to buy for a budget because food prices change and seasons change and everyone has a different pallet and many have food allergies. I will try and do a page just to address the allergies but for now I need to stay on track with a typical food budget and hope that something that I say will help. I could easily do a pag ......
How to clean and cook collards
Collards are inexpensive and a very healthy food This bag of two heads of collards was $1.77 plus 10% So lets get started by scrubbing the sink really good. It takes me about half hour to prepare the collards for cooking. Real food takes time to prepare and many people take the easy way out these days and buy packaged processed food but my husband and I try to eat fresh and do the work ourselves. Fresh greens are often sandy so I wash them good or there will be grit in the greens. I place the collards in the sink and pop off the leaves one at a time. There is a thick stem that runs all the way through the leaf and to me it tastes bitter wh ......
How to make Sourdough Biscuits
Sourdough Starter is all you need to make these biscuits rise I have noticed on the internet that many people are looking for a recipe for sourdough biscuits. But the recipes that I have seen so far use baking soda and baking powder to rise the biscuit. In my opinion this only makes the biscuit rise faster and I would not want my biscuits to rise fast because the flour would not have time to ferment properly. To make a true sourdough biscuit you must expect it to taste different because it is Sourdough”. If you have a sourdough starter you do not need baking soda or baking powder and you surely do not need sugar to make your biscuits. What you n ......
Grandma Donna Oatmeal with Tart Cherry Butter Sauce
It all depends if you like Tart GrandChip says This oatmeal doesn't lay down, it reaches up and slaps you. Well I don't know about that and you can make it less tart if you don't mind adding sugar. So here is this easy recipe for Grandmas Tart Cherry butter sauce. One can of Tart Cherries ( I use Cherries packed in water) Nothing else is added One Tablespoon maple syrup One Tablespoon Molasses Two Tablespooons Butter Place the cherries with water in a sauce pan and add the maple syrup and molasses. You can reserve some of the water from the can if you want to make this thicker. Bring the cherries, maple syrup and molassses to a boil, turn ......
Grandma Donnas Homemade Chicken Stock
Homemade Chicken Stock/Broth These containers are BPA Free Freezer Safe and what I use to freeze our stock. Use good quality meats and vegetables in your stock, we buy organic if we can find it and afford it. I would recommend using wings, necks, backs and such to make chicken stock but our grocer did not have these parts when I went shopping for stock supplies. So I purchased a whole Chicken. Time involved about 4 and 1/2 hours Equipment Large stock Pot Large bowl or another large pot Large Colander Cheese Cloth Ladle or measuring cup small bowl for skimming fat off skimmer Freezer safe containers To make this broth you will need about 4 ......
Dehydrating Sweet Potatoes
I am making Ground dehydrated sweet potatoes First start off with good healthy sweet potatoes and wash them then put them whole into a large boiler. This is a large pot. Boil the potatoes until you can push a fork through them. You will need to take the smaller ones out first and keep testing them. Sweet potatoes do not take long to cook. Remove the sweet potatoes to a cooking rack These are the larger sweet potatoes still boiling. They only needed about three more minutes. Peel the potatoes Spread the potatoes thinly on the dehydrator fruit roll up trays Now this is where it gets a bit fiddly. After 4 hours ......
Dehydrating Apples
I just love apple season This is how I dehydrate apples I wash the apples I dry them and polish them up a bit I set up the peeling area and put lemon juice in a spray bottle They still make apple peelers like this one. This will peel, core and slice the apple. If you don't have a apple peeler like this one you can use a knife and still do the job, it will take longer. The apple will slide right off the core Slice the apple one time for half rings This is how the slices look After dipping the slices in lemon juice or spraying the slices in a plate with lemon juice I then placed them on one of the dehydrator trays. My trays h ......
Dehydrating Bananas
How we keep extra bananas in our pantry I dehydrate them I have purchased the proper tools to dehydrate food. I have read my handbooks that came with my dehydrator. I have read other books so I can be more knowledgeable about food safety. I would advise anyone preserving food to do the same. I have food dehydrator books as well as Ball canning books. This is where you first start when preserving food. People have their own reasons for storing food. My goal is to have enough for my family to get us through tough times, food shortages due to drought or weather disasters. We recently went through ......
Homemade Southern Biscuits
You will need 1 spoon, 1 cup measuring cup, 1 medium size bowl and 1 small bowl and one tablespoon measuring spoon if using crisco. 1 Cup self rising flour Buttermilk About 1/2 cup Plain flour (not self rising) in anoter small bowl 2 Tablespoons butter or crisco Dash salt (If you don't have buttermilk put 1 Tablespoon vineger or lemon juice into a cup of regular milk, stir and let sit a few minutes to sour.) Preheat oven to 495 degrees Add salt to self rising flour. Work or cut butter into flour until crumbly. Add buttermilk to flour mixture until it looks like thick cottage cheese. If it is too dry add more butte ......
Homemade Bread and dough for rolls, pizza and more
Making bread or dough at home is not difficult. After making a few loaves of bread or a few pizzas you will start feeling more confident. The house will smell wonderful and knowing what is in your food is a good thing. One thing that would be helpful to buy is a kitchen thermometer because you will have better results if the water is around 105 degrees to 110 degrees. Some people can just feel that temperature with their hands but I have always used a thermometer. If you don't have the money for it don't worry, just warm the water until it feels warm, not hot. This is my basic bread dough for all, you can make bread, dinner rol ......
Old Fashioned Pear Pie
Double Crust Pear Pie First start with a basic double butter crust 2 and ½ cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1 cup cold butter cut into pieces 1/4 to 1/2 cup Ice water (you have to judge the amount of water, I don't usually need all the water) Pie Crust DirectionsIn a large size bowl put in flour, salt and sugar. Add cut up pieces of butter and work with your fingers until crumbly or use a pastry cutter. Some small chunks is ok.Work in the cold water a small amount at a time using a rubber spatula, spoon or your hands. You only need to use just enough water until the dough holds together without being stic ......
Grandma Donna's Sourdough Pancakes
I Ummm some more good sourdough pancakes! First let me explain what I mean when I say Fed Sourdough Starter then the recipe and pictures will follow. I like to keep my starter out on the counter at room temperature but when it is hot weather I keep it in the refrigerator because it eats too much food and too often if it is too warm. Every week or so I take it out, let it get to room temperature and feed it. I normally will feed it twice and maybe three times before I put it back in the refrigerator just to keep it built up and not weak. When sourdough is fed it will rise and double it's size or more then deflate back down. Then it is time to feed ......
My Journey From Sourdough Starter to Sourdough Bread
For those that have been on this page before I have re-done this page to try and make it more simple. Paying attention to what we eat is becoming so important now for so many reasons. I have less trust in the food we buy now and feel that the more food we make from scratch the safer the food. Many years ago my Mother gave me a sourdough starter. I did not bake as much then as I do now and somewhere along the years I tossed out the starter. I did not realize that starting a new starter would be a challenge but once I figured it out I had a nice bubbly starter that I named Pascal. So to make what I call old fashioned True Sourdough bread ......
Easy Dried Black Beans and Rice
Black Beans and Rice is very affordable to cook and good for you. 2 cups dried black beans Enough water to cover the beans 1/2 medium size onion (optional) 2 cloves garlic (optional) 2 strips bacon salt is optional Place the black beans in a flat pan and look through them to see if there is any trash or stones. Wash the beans in a strainer. Beans contain complex sugars that do not digest well, thus cause gas issues. It has been told for many years that soaking the beans before cooking and pouring off the water after soaking helps to avoid these digestion issues. First look through the beans for any trash. Then put the beans in a pan and cove ......
Cooking up some good dried Beans
Dried Beans Dried beans are so easy to cook just think ahead so you can soak the beans before cooking to make them easier to digest. Beans are good for you and low in fat, high in fiber, high in protein and they contain vitamins and minerals. First prepare the beans by pouring the beans into a flat pan and look through them for trash. Then rinse the beans, put the beans in a pot and cover them with water. Bring to a boil for about two minutes and strain off the water. Put them back in the pot or a container and cover with water plus about two inches more. Put them in the refrigerator for a soaking overnight or for 24 hours. This should he ......
Dairy Free Biscuits
Homemade Dairy Free Biscuits Recipe for small batch, about five biscuits (we ate one in the batch pictured) One cup Self Rising Flour 2 Tablespoons Dairy free Margarine, (we use Earth Balance Soy Free Natural Buttery Spread because it is Non GMO) Rice Milk (We use the Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink) About a half cup Plain (All purpose) flour in a small separate bowl. The next few pictures were taken on a day when we made a large batch of Homemade southern biscuits but the method is exactly the same. When we made the Dairy Free Biscuits pictured above I did not think to take pictures while making them, only after we put them on a plate. In a meduim size bowl work th ......
Homemade Chicken Stew
This is a good stew, easy to make and nourishing Depending on your family size simply buy the amount of ingredients that you need. Make sure your ingredients are fresh and nothing added. Simple bagged carrots, potatoes and fresh chicken. If you like a lot of carrots, add a lot of carrots, if you like potatoes, add the amount you lke. The amount of the ingredients are just how many you are cooking for. Pure fresh Chicken thighs or breast whichever you like *Note make sure the chicken has no added products. In this stew pictured below I used boneless, skinless chicken breast and thighs Carrots Potatoes Olive oil Water Seasoned salt Garlic powder &nb ......
Eat good meals during hard times
First off here, let me be clear. You are in control of what your child eats. These little people have no money and no ability to go out and buy their food. What goes in their tummy is dependant on you. Parents should be feeding their family nourishing food, the same food an adult eats. There is no excuse for junk food. If you can afford the price of junk you can afford the price of nourshing food. If you have limited funds for food then every bit should be spent on real food cooked in your home. Not fast or processed food with empty calories and you can stretch the food dollar easier by cooking at home. I am a Grandmother and one of the most ......
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