Saturday, September 29, 2012


Lizzy is up to her creative little ways again. She is always making new recipes, most often it is for some kind of treat. This time, it is ginger candy. She makes this and sets it out on the table, before long everyone has eaten it up. She always makes very small batches, as you can see in the above photo. 


Friday, September 21, 2012

“Good Morning” Granola Rolls


“Good Morning” Granola Rolls .
 Cinnamon Rolls ~ Quick and Easy recipe
1 ¼ c. Honey Nut Granola
1 c. packed brown sugar
1 T. cinnamon
Combine ingredients and mix ( a food processor works well for this).

Quick White Glaze:
1 c. powdered sugar
2 T. milk
2 T. butter, softened
1 t. almond or vanilla extract

Mix sugar, milk, butter, and vanilla or almond extract until smooth.

Granola Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze

Honey Nut Granola

Honey Nut Granola

Honey Nut Granola
2 ½ c. oats
1/2 c/ packed brown sugar
1/2 c. chopped nuts
1/3 c. honey
1/3 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. wheat germ
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. raisins

Preheat oven to 325 °. Combine all ingredients except raisins; mix well. Bake in lightly greased 9” x 13” pan for 20 – 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in raisins. Spread mixture onto ungreased cookie sheet; cool. Store in a cool dry place. Makes about 6 cup.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Cooking on a Budget ~ 1940s Style

Little End of the Horn (Horn of plenty, that is)

Budgeting, saving, making do, being resourceful, this was the life of the average 1940s housewife.

Can you relate?

 I too have always lived a life of stretching every penny. (I pick up every penny I see on the ground, as a way of appreciating all that God has given me. Growing up, we literally had to count every penny, and now things are not that tight. Thank you, Lord!)

I always appreciated the 1940s simple way of living because that was my own reality. I have come to love this way of living, and I believe that my life is actually richer because I have not always had everything that I want. That makes it easy to get excited about all the happy little pleasures life holds. And when bigger things come around, occasionally, they are that much more appreciated.

In celebrating the 1940s housewife way of life I thought it would be fun to share with you girls a few budget saving recipes for fall from my vintage cookbook: Quick & Easy Meals for two. (Of course, it is easy to make them for more than two.)

Bread-and-Cheese Casserole
Green Salad
Concord Grapes

I have always loved a simple European meal of cheese, fresh fruit, and great bread. Here is an American version of that meal.

Bread-and Cheese Casserole
Mix 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese with 3 well-beaten eggs. Add 1-teaspoon baking powder, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon prepared mustard. Remove crust from 4 slices bread (I personally would not remove the crust.) Cut each slice in 4 pieces. Spread the bread pieces generously with the cheese mixture. Open one 8-oz. can tomato sauce. Alternate layers of cheese-spread bread with tomato sauce in a quart casserole or 2 individual casseroles. Heap any extra cheese mixture on top. Cover with strips of cooked bacon broken into pieces. Bake in a slow oven, 300° F., 20 to 30 minutes. 

Top-of-range adaption: Make sandwiches of bread with cheese filling. Sauté on both sides in bacon drippings. Serve with hot tomato sauce and crisp bacon.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Cinnamon Rolls ~ Quick and Easy

These really are the easiest/best cinnamon rolls. My daughter had asked me to bake cinnamon rolls today, so I finally tried this recipe that I have had around for a long time. They are quick and easy to make.

Cinnamon Rolls
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter

Scald milk. Stir in 1/4 cup sugar and butter. Set aside to cool.

1/2 cup warm water
2 Tablespoons yeast
1/4 cup sugar

Dissolve yeast and 1/4 cup sugar in warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes until bubbly.

2 eggs
1-teaspoon salt
5 to 6 cups flour, divided

Mix milk, yeast mixture, eggs, salt, and 2 cups flour in kitchen aid. Add enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead 5-10 minutes.

Spray counter top with cooking spray. Divide dough into thirds and roll each into a rectangle.

Butter, softened
Brown sugar

Spread with softened butter; sprinkle liberally with brown sugar and cinnamon.

Roll up tightly and cut each roll into eighths. Place in three buttered cake pans.

Let rise in warm place until double.


Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes until light brown. (Servings: 24)
NOTE: My daughter likes them baked 10-12 minutes; my son likes them baked 12-15 minutes.

For the icing:
2 Tablespoons melted butter
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 Tablespoon milk

Mix all ingredients until well blended and of spreading consistency.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Come Make Something With Me

Craft, bake, cook, and share.

My daughter is starting her own blog so that we can blog together. What fun for me!
If you have a daughter, perhaps she would like to visit this new blog.
Make sure to check out these links: Holiday Fun | Recipes