Strawberry Yogurt Pie

That title is kind of loosie-goosie. Its more like cream cheese Cool Whip pie with a bit of strawberry.

It’s like the one I remember grandma making way back in the day, only last time I tried to remake it, I didn’t use any strawberries. I found an old recipe of hers that was just cream cheese pie, with Cool Whip and sour cream.

So I did some research and found recipes using strawberry jello. But I just ended up making my own version. Its’ easy enough and a great cool dessert for hot days in the desert.

Its kind of like what I put in the strawberry cream trifle of excellence.

Only instead of cream cheese pudding mix, I used a brick of cream cheese.

And no pound cake. Mores the pity.

Here ya go…

Yes, that is a store bought graham cracker crust. I was doing this the grandma way.

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Milk Dumpling Soup

This is a reprisal of an old favorite. I treated myself to this soup for breakfast, if you can believe it! I am celebrating the beginning of Christmas break for my kid and hence, me. That means I can spend the whole darn day in front of this computer, blogging…after I make breakfast for hubby who is heading out of town, move the car whose battery is dying, bring in the Christmas tree before it rains (we just bought it and it is outside soaking up water), and taking the kid Christmas shopping and going to a Pampered Chef meeting tonight. Other than that, I’m free as a bird!

Who says soup can’t be for breakfast? Who says you must have something sweet like cereal or pancakes, or eggs and bacon? Milk dumpling soup is good morning noon and night. I texted my sis that I was making this for breakfast and she says she is hopping a jet. Enjoy!

Here is a soup you are not going to find every day.

In fact, this may be the only place on the entire internet or in any cookbook, or on the planet where you will see this recipe. Its one-of-a-kind.

It has been handed down, I think from my grandmothers mother-in-law? To her daughter-in-law, then to my mom and to me. It is much in demand when I visit family as most of them do not bother making it for themselves. It tends to be a love/hate thing. My dad wouldn’t touch it, but my mom loved it. My sister and I loved it, my brother did not. My husband doesn’t even try it, my kids love it. I think its something you just have to grow up with it. Except my brother, I don’t know whats up with that.

Major comfort food

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Grandmas Baked Caramel Corn

I think if you had sugar radar, you would see our house light up like a beacon in the night. Because at this time of year, its what I dish out most. Monkey bread, toffee, cookies of course, brownies. This year the sugar high included, for the first time, caramel corn. I looked for recipes on line and in books, but ended up using my grandma Helen’s recipe, after giving my mother a call. Its light, crunchy and wonderful. I even added pecans, although I would like to try peanuts next time around. I have a bag here on the table waiting to give to my son-in-law, if my family can keep their hands out of it.

Which brings me to another thing. I have joined the ranks those giving of man-food gifts. What do you get a guy you are not sure what to shop for? Why food of course. What has my mom, aunt or sister been getting my husband for years? Food! Sausages, candy, cookies, gift cards to restaurants, etc. And here I go. Giving out various forms of sugar to family and friends, helping diminish their health in the name of Christmas. It may not be all I am giving, although this year especially has been heavy on the home made gifts. Lots of blankets, a couple aprons and… candy!

So in case you want to send your loved ones on a homemade sugar high, by covering healthy popcorn with caramel sauce that will have them sneaking it behind your backs and begging for more, here it is. For health reasons I don’t recommend it. Unless you love real caramel corn. Then you just have to try it. There is no comparison.

This bag was almost full. Sorry Jake.

Baked Caramel Corn

  • popped corn about 16-18 cups (air popped or pan popped, no butter please) Recipe calls for 6 quarts, which is 24 cups. I found that to be too much for the amount of caramel.
  • 1 cup butter (2 cubes)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of corn syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • nuts, optional

Pop the popcorn and pour into 2 large baking pans. Mine were 9 x 13 pans, and keep warm in a 300 degree oven.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the sugar, salt, corn syrup and bring to a boil stirring constantly. Once it is actually boiling, let it boil over medium heat for 5 minutes without stirring.

Remove from heat and add the baking soda and vanilla.  It will bubble up like a witches brew so if you have kids around, make sure they are there to see it. 

If using nuts, I suggest pouring them right into the sauce, since they tend to sink under the popcorn and not get incorporated into the bunch. Pour this over the popcorn, half in one pan, half in the other. Working quickly now, I used 2 wooden spatulas, sprayed with non-stick, and gently tossed the popcorn a bit.

This pan full is all finished baking.

Put the pans in the oven and bake for 1 hour, at 300 degree heat, taking out to stir every 15 minutes.

So really, set the timer for 15 minutes, take out of the oven, stir it up a bit and pop it back in, setting the timer for another 15 minutes. Do this until it has baked for 1 hour. Let it cool and it will get crunchy. You can try to give it as gifts, or give in to the inevitable and share with  the family.

Next time I will try grandma Helens popcorn balls. Aunt Jo Ann says she used to love them best.

Merry Christmas to all and lets all diet after this!

Grannies Homemade Noodles

I remember my grandma teaching me how to make homemade noodles. The only measurements she used was occasionally an eggshell to add a little extra water for dry dough. “just a half an eggshells worth.”

They were a favorite of mine growing up, a favorite of my daughters while she was growing up. Who knows who’s next? You’ll have to pretend you are learning at my elbow, I’ll have to pretend I’m your grandma, and I’ll have to figure out the measurements as I go, except an eggshells worth of water. Continue reading “Grannies Homemade Noodles”

Grannies Buttermilk Pancakes

Hot off the griddle!

 My all time favorite breakfast when I was a sprout, was my grandmas buttermilk pancakes. Even though it was my mom making them most of the time, it was grandmas pancakes! They were usually very thin and tender. I could eat as many as I was allowed and of course, I was a bottomless pit in those days. Like all growing kids.

I have made them for years with have no written recipe. I am going to give it to you here the way I usually do it, by the seat of my pants.(eww) Afterward, I will add measurements from another recipe I found very similar to my grandmas. Continue reading “Grannies Buttermilk Pancakes”

Bread and Butter Pickles

Here is great-grannies pickles as promised. (see ginger pickles) I haven’t any pictures cause I haven’t made these before. If’n you make em, send me a photo please and I will insert it.

1 Cup Vinegar (Distilled)

2 Tablespoons Water

3 Tablespoons Sugar

¼ Teaspoon Salt & Pepper

Bring to boil, remove from heat and cool.

Add thin sliced Cucumbers peel on & Onions in jar and add liquid.

Refrigerate 24 hours and serve.

Will last several months. Onions are optional