Saturday, October 11, 2014


 It's fall in the Big Woods.
 That means, it is time for the dogwood trees to show out with their beautiful red berries.
The leaves on the soybeans are beginning to turn yellow.
And, the persimmon trees are loaded, and the persimmons are beginning to ripen.
Winter is not far behind.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Cherry Fluff

This is a very simple and delicious dessert recipe.
It is a dessert that I have made often.
The recipe originally came from my Sewing Sister, and she often makes it using sugar free filling and fat free ingredients.
You will need:
1 large box vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
3 cups cold milk
12 ounces cool whip
graham crackers
cherry pie filling
Cover the bottom of a decorative bowl with graham crackers.  Don't worry about how they look...just completely cover the bottom.

Mix the box of pudding and pie filling with the 3 cups milk according to the package directions.
Stir the cool whip into the pie filling mixture.

 Cover the graham crackers with 1/3 of the mixture.
Cover with graham crackers.
Then continue layering with mixture, crackers, mixture.
Now open the pie filling.
(This is a very difficult recipe.)
Carefully spoon the pie filling onto the top of the pudding mixture.



I have also made this dessert with peach pie filling or blueberry pie filling.
Be sure to refrigerate!!!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Apple Dessert

When my husband and I were dating,
(more than 30 years ago)
there was always someone stopping by his house to visit with his parents.
I remember that as soon as a visitor came in the door, my husband's mother would disappear in the kitchen.  The next thing you know, the visitors would be sitting at the table eating this wonderfully hot dessert and drinking coffee. 
I later learned how simple it is to make, so she always kept the ingredients on hand just in case.
 You will need:
1 can apple pie filling
1 stick margarine melted
1/2 box yellow cake mix
optional:  cinnamon
optional:  pecans
 Spray a casserole dish with Pam.
A square cake pan is recommended, but I like to use this speckled enamel pan.
Spread the pie filling over the bottom of the pan.
Sprinkle the half box of cake mix over the pie filling.
Then pour the melted stick of butter over the top.

I decided to add some cinnamon.
Next time, I will add the cinnamon to the pie filling.
Can you smell it???

I also decided to add some chopped pecans to the top of the dessert.
Pecans are completely optional.

Bake at 350 degrees until brown.
I baked this one for about 35 minutes.
If you want your dessert to be pretty, be sure all the cake mix is covered with butter before baking.
This dessert is easy to make and can be served any time of year.  It can even be served with breakfast foods.  I have also made it with cherry pie filling.
Try it warm with ice cream!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


 I love Shasta Daisies!
I use to grow them in my garden, but since we have been living in the Big Woods, there is no sun for growing daisies.
My Practical Sister had these growing in her garden, so I begged for a few to brighten my screen porch.
 Precious Kitty immediately was curious.
 She spent some time just checking them out.
She stayed just long enough for me to snap these pictures and then scurried away. 
I guess she does not share my love of the daisy.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


 It is summertime!!!
Every summer, my Sewing Sister makes a trip to visit her children who live in another state.
In exchange for watering her flowers while she is gone, I get to pick her gladiolas.

They are just beautiful and last for several days.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies and Bacon Wrapped Hamburger Steaks

 Looking for something different to cook for the 4th of July holiday...
try these two great recipes.
The link below will lead you to my no bake chocolate oatmeal cookie recipe. 
All you need to do to make the peanut butter version is leave out the chocolate.
My son really likes these cookies.

Another great recipe if you are grilling on the 4th of July is bacon wrapped hamburger steaks.
This is one of my family's favorite things.
They are super easy to make, super good, and something a little different from the usual grilled hamburgers.

 You can follow the link below to find this recipe:

Just be sure to watch for the toothpicks when you are eating these.
Happy 4th!!!


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