Old Fashioned Peach Butter {Granny's Recipe}

Old Fashioned Peach Butter, fresh peaches slowly cooked with spices and sugar until the liquid has evaporated lending a smooth silky texture like soft butter.   Growing up in the '60s, all I remember was homemade jams and jellies on Mother's breakfast table.   It was a traditional event each summer to make Peach Butter from fresh peaches.  We would wash all the peaches and peeled each one, leaving a little of the peach with the skin, because that is what she would make her Peach Butter from.   Then she would slice up the peaches and put them in a pot on the stove and make peach preserves.   I rarely see them anymore, but she would also make Pickled Peaches that graced our table at Thanksgiving and Christmas.   When it was all said and done, the only thing we threw away was the seed.  

Cream Cheese Biscuits

Cream Cheese Biscuits, fluffy and tender biscuits Southerners love to make.  We love them with honey, syrup, jelly, and even a piece of country ham nestled in for a quick sandwich treat.  Only three ingredients, self-rising flour, butter, and the star of the recipe–– cream cheese! Who would have thought a cookbook solely about biscuits would grab such an interest in me.  Nathalie Depree's Southern Biscuits cookbook did just that.   You can find every biscuit imaginable, from the traditional ones all the way to the outlandish ones.  She goes into great detail on all the ins and outs of making the perfect biscuit.   I have always been a big fan of her in her television days on PBS in the '80s, not to mention all of her many cookbooks.  You could say she is my all time favorite Southern cook. 

Chocolate Malt Cupcakes {Birthday Celebration}

Chocolate Malt Cupcakes, moist malt chocolate cupcakes with malted milk chocolate buttercream frosting.      For those who love malted milkshakes, you will enjoy this delicious cupcake. Celebrating birthdays is one of my favorite things to do with my grandchildren.  I am always listening and looking for the recipes to make for their birthdays.   One day my Grandson, Gabriel was sitting next to me while I was on Pinterest and spotted these Chocolate Malt Cupcakes pinned from  Your Cup of Cake .   He remarked that he wanted these for his birthday and he would come back months later and say "remember those cupcakes we saw, I still want them for my birthday".  Needless to say, he was thrilled when he saw them on the table for his birthday this past week. We celebrated Gabriel's 11th birthday at a State Park in Daingerfield next to where we live.   We cut a watermelon and had these cute cupcakes that were the star attraction.   There are a nice swimming area and

Mrs. Little's Pickled Figs Recipe {A Family Favorite}

These Pickled Figs are an excellent addition to any relish tray, or you can serve them as an appetizer with cheese. You will find that they are rich in flavor and will change all your thoughts about how unappealing figs can be.   They have become one of the recipes we so look forward to making every year.  Jim's Mother has the fig tree, and as soon as the figs are ready to be picked,  we get 3 quarts to go into a big pot.  You cook them with vinegar, sugar, and pickling spice for 10 minutes three consecutive days. My children cannot wait for the third day when we put them in the canning jars.  I have to get them sealed up really fast because when they start eating them, they can't stop, and now the grandchildren are following right in with them!

Red White & Blue Jello Dessert {Fun Dessert To Celebrate July 4th}

July the 4th is just around the corner. I don't know about you all, but this summer is going by so fast for me.   With canning and putting up vegetables from the garden in the freezer, I am loosing track of time. I decided to stop for a little while today and post this fun Red White & Blue Jello Dessert that my grandchildren and I made last year for the 4th of July .  This is one that I never got around to posting.  We had so much fun making it, and with our  100 degree temperatures here in Texas, you could say, it was the coolest dessert to make!  Ha! Ha! There are some really cute and yummy recipes that are made with jello on Pinterest that I have pinned.   We came up with using strawberry jello for the red layer and  blueberry for the blue layer.  The white layer is sour cream sweetened with a little powder sugar.  We decided to layer the jello in a large bowl as you can see and top it off with some sweetened whipped cream.  This is a simple and easy to

Three Different Fruit Crisps {Simple and Quick Desserts}

Fruit Crisp is quick and straightforward to prepare.   You can use almost any fruit to create a scrumptious dessert using relatively few ingredients and even substitute sugars and flours to make them healthier.   Here is an excellent link giving you the differences between Crisp, Cobblers, Crumbles, and other fruit desserts.  For the Raspberry Crisp , I used a gluten-free baking mix and added chopped nuts for additional deliciousness. One of the reasons I made these three Fruit Crisp is I had fresh raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries sitting in the refrigerator that were needing to be eaten.   Actually, that is how fruit crisp came about.  English settlers in American made the dish as a way of using up seasonal fruit. I thought about making smoothies, and then I thought about making a cobbler using all of them together, but I really had my mind on making a crisp.   I had a small package of sliced peaches in the freezer that was too small to make a cobbler w

Grilled Summer Veggies ~ Add Them To Your Summer Menu!

Summer is here and what better time to get out and grill. This past Memorial Day Weekend, that is just what we did.  We Grilled Summer Veggies ~ purple onions, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, red bell pepper, and mushrooms which are not a summer vegetable, but oh so good on the grill! You can't go wrong with grilling most any vegetable.  Just use what you have on hand or what is coming out of your garden is even better.  Soak your wooden skewers in a pan of water and start adding the veggies.  Or you can use a grilling pan to grill them as well.  One thing to remember is to keep the veggies as much the same size as possible so  that they cook evenly. They are a quick and easy summer side dish that you are going to want to make often.  So many recipes out their using grilled vegetables from putting them in salads to adding them to casseroles.  I like to make a lot at one time and then do just that ~ add them to a salad.  This is a great way to get your children or

Gluten Free Strawberry Snack Cake

Gluten Free Strawberry Snack Cake, a deliciously moist cake made with fresh strawberries and the best part with gluten free flour.  Wonderfully easy to make and perfect for any time of the day. Here it is---My first Gluten Free blog post!  I am thrilled that I will be posting gluten free recipes periodically.   There are family members in my family that are gluten intolerant and welcome gluten free recipes.  These recipes will have easy and accessible ingredients that can be easily adapted to gluten free.   I was a little overwhelmed with all the wonderful gluten free ingredients that are out there and found some wonderful resources and incredible recipes on how to convert a recipe to gluten free.  Now to my first recipe post!   Although I may be using a new ingredient concept, I am still continuing to use my old classic baking techniques using my cast iron skillet to bake this snack cake.   This is a moist and delicious Strawberry Snack Cake that is made with my very fav

Grilled & Glazed Carrots

Grilled & Glazed Carrots were part of this last weekend grilling kabobs and vegetables.  My husband is a big fan of Carrots, so I try to cook them as often as I can. Here is a wonderful recipe for Grilled & Glazed Carrots that is easy and quick.  You pre-cook them in the microwave for a couple of minutes and then cook them on the grill for another six or seven minutes, and then take them off and glaze them with a balsamic and honey glaze.  See what I am talking about --easy and quick! 

M&M Patriotic Celebration Cookies {Easy and Fun To Make}

These are some Patriotic Cookies that my grandson, Caleb made last summer when we had our cookie marathon, and I never got it posted.