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…

A Cup Full of Simply Marvelous!

Click to buy a book. While grocery shopping the other evening with my husband, I had on my list to purchase lard. “Lard?” he asked surprisingly. “Yes.  It is the old fashioned shortening used before Crisco and oil.   My grandma Phillips used it for baking and frying.  My Dad loved her fried potatoes.  Almanzo Wilder’s…

Crazy Cake Fun

Baking a Crazy Cake with Avah Lee! HURRY UP ALREADY, LET’S GET STARTED I asked for  the following  recipe from a dear  friend years ago. She recited it over the phone from memory. I jotted it down in 1991 noted on my recipe card.   We have baked it numerous times over the years and all my…

My Modified Tasha Tudor Celelbration Cake

Raspberry Delight After seeing the cake made at Tasha Tudor and Family  to celebrate Tasha’s 98th birthday, I was craving a slice and hoping  they post the recipe soon so I could make it.  But I am impatient so  I decided, Why not! I am creative so I improvised a bit and made a very…

My Way Modified Blackberry Dumplings

Sometimes in life, we settle for something that isn’t what we really want. And then sometimes we determine what we want, and we go for it. So today is one of those days for me.     I recently shared a Blackberry Dumpling recipe found on Facebook that used a slow cooker to make. I…

Let Me Be The First To Share My Success

I am doing a cucumber trellis this year. Isn’t this cool! Yesterday, on the farm, in my farmhouse kitchen, we had a working day of an old time tradition of changing  cucumbers into pickles. Finally, I had cucumbers to pick  from my garden.  Usually I do  long before now,  but this weather,  this year,  has…

In the Farmhouse Kitchen of My Youth

Have you purchased  your southern peaches from the road side stands yet?   Eli, a  friend of our’s who works with my husband,  sent to me a  bag of Georgia peaches.  I pulled one out, eyeballed it as if it was a gem, then breathed deeply its  fragrance then took a bite.   It was…

Our Journey to Vermont and Tasha Tudor’s Farm

A Tasha Tudor  note card I purchased. Visit their online store at  Tasha Tudor and Family for more wonderful stuff. We just returned from our fabulous, New England vacation, and enjoyed  the Corgi Cottage Tour of  Tasha Tudor’s home  and garden. This was our second visit. The first time we toured only her gardens but…