Sorry Mrs. Ellis, I Never Did!

Sherry’s Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies Dear Reader,As always, you’ll need a cup of coffee or tea and a mindful moment to accompany you as you read my weekly letter.  mind-ful-ness: a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment.  Here at the farm, this past week, we hosted our farmhouse Appreciation Dinner…

A Must Make Farmhouse Favorite

My daughter, Christi, made this just last night and sent me a  picture. Of course I drooled. Of course I drooled when I saw this photo! Remembering she leaves the walnuts in big chunky pieces! I love her bread pan.  Stop!  Don’t throw those overripe bananas away. Instead make a killer loaf of banana bread!…

Sherry’s Farmhouse Cheesecake

Farmhouse CheesecakeI love this plain and simple recipe.  But I do love a chocolate crust, too!  This past week I was surprised when I heard our granddaughter, Avah, soon to be eight years old, asking for cheesecake with strawberries for her birthday cake.   I’m surprised, but maybe I shouldn’t be. The family has gone to…

My Cast Iron Cooking

I just love cast iron cookware.  On January 1st, I don’t know what you were doing but I know what I was doing. Every new year,  I feel a sense of new found vigor. I can put the past year to bed. In my journal, I write my life’s history–the good the bad and sometimes…

Yummy Cranberry Salad by Cincinnati Star

This is one of the best, easy to make twist on a Cranberry Salad. It’s crunchy and delightful. Enough said. Give it a try this year. Its sure to be a hit. My  Mother modified it by leaving out the cherries. You try it either way. It is crunchy and tantalizing to the taste buds. 

From Tasha Tudor’s Cookbook

I am so excited to be baking my late Father’s favorite for our early Thanksgiving celebration tomorrow. Pineapple Upside Down Cake using Tasha’s cookbook.  I love the syrupy mixture for the pineapples. I love using Tasha’s cookbook too.  As you can see, I’m making a double batch; gonna have 33 people.  Using my wooden spoon…

Grandma Fender’s Blackberry Jam Cake Recipe

This week on the farm………Grab a cup of coffee or tea and relax with me for a moment.  While mowing the horse pastures this week on the farm, I noticed many blackberry patches around the field.  They’re red now and prolific and plump from all the rain we have had here in Ohio.  It won’t…

I Made the Best Banana Bread Ever!

  My Way Banana Bread I found this wonderful recipe in the cookbook my mother gave me at my wedding shower 4 decades ago. I modified it slightly. Here it is. It is moist and light in color because of a key ingredient.  2 1/2 Cups Flour1 Cup Sugar3 1/2 Teaspoons baking powder1 Teaspoon salt3 Tablespoons…

Have You a Spontaneous Moment Gene?

Hello from the farm! Today, became another one of those ordinary moments that turned out extraordinary just because I was in search of a homemade noodle recipe.     I was making a roast  in the crock pot. Here’s a tip. Don’t use much water. It will create its own juices.  Just salt and pepper….

How in the World Did We Survive?

“How in the world did we survive?” We both laughed, then  sipped our coffee, as the  memories came flooding back to us…………. It has been cold here in Ohio.  Subzero temperatures last week,  more snow this week, and on top of this an ice storm. We all feared the horrible return of the ice storm…