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Drop Ginger Cookies April 14, 2010

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The latest installment of my Grandma’s recipes.

Drop Ginger Cookies

5 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup lard or other shortening

3 eggs

1 t ginger

1 cup molasses

1 cup hot water

1 t [baking] soda

Drop on cookie sheet, bake in a quick oven.


Cinnamon Cookies April 7, 2010

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The latest installment in Grandma’s recipes

Cinnamon Cookies

2 cups dark brown sugar

1 cup lard

1 cup boiling water

1 T cinnamon

1 t nutmeg

1 t [baking] soda

Flour sufficient to make a soft dough

Place sugar and lard in a mixing bowl and pour over it boiling water  in which the soda has been dissolved.  Add spices and then flour.  Roll out. cut and bake in a quick oven 10-12 minutes.

Spanish Pickles March 31, 2010

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Here is another recipe from Grandma’s cookbook.  The parenthetical notes read that this recipe comes from Grandma Theobald originally.

Spanish Pickles

1/2 qt peeled and sliced cucumbers

1 1/2 cups gran[ulated] sugar

1 cup vinegar

1 T mustard seed

1 t salt

2 small onions diced

Cook together short time and can

Makes 1 qt

Indian Relish March 3, 2010

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Another installment of Grandma’s recipes.

Indian Relish


3 qts green tomatoes after sliced

1 pint sliced onions

6 large peppers

Then add

3 T salt

3/4 lb sugar

3 T ground mustard

2 T mustard seed

2 1/2 C. vinegar

1 T tumeric

Boil together 25 min, seal while hot.

Tomato Pickles February 24, 2010

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The nest installment in Grandma’s recipes

Tomato Pickles

1 cup coarse salt over 1 gal sliced tomatoes

Let stand overnight.  Drain.

To one gal tomatoes add 1/2 gal vinegar, 3 pints sugar, cinnamon, whole spice (all spice?), cloves to suit taste.  Let boil 5 min.  can and seal.

Buckeyes February 17, 2010

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The latest installment in my Grandmother’s recipes:


3 lbs powered sugar

2 lbs peanut butter

1 lb margarine

Mix [above ingredients], form into balls size of buckeyes – chill.

Melt 12 oz package of semi-sweet chocolate chips with 1/2 block paraffin.

Insert toothpick into ball.

Dip into melted chocolate almost to top – leave area to resemble the buckeye.

Place on wax paper.

Remove toothpick and smooth over the hole it leaves.

Corn Meal Mush February 10, 2010

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The next installment in my Grandma’s recipes:

Corn Meal Mush

Boil 2 1/2 cups  water and 1 teaspoon slat.  Mix 1 1/4 cup cornmeal with 1 cup cold water.  Add to boiling water stir constantly – cook about 5 minutes.

Grandma’s Grape Wine February 3, 2010

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In my great cleaning adventures (chronicled on Tackle it Tuesdays) I found a collection of my grandmother’s recipes.  They are handwritten in her own hand.  I am putting these on the blog for anyone who might have an interest.  Some have a little history included which I will replicate.

Grape Wine

20 lbs of grapes or other fruit mash in stone jar

Add 5 qts boiling water

Cover jar and let stand 3 days

Strain juice through a cheesecloth bag

Return juice to jar, add 10 cups surgar

Cover jar and let stand until fermentation ceases.

Remove scum, strain wine, bottle and seal.

Birthday Haul January 25, 2010

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I had a fabulous birthday yesterday.  It certainly beats last year, but hey it takes a really bad experience to make just the regular kind look pretty darn good.  My best gift was from my children.  I asked for happy, obedient children and for the most part they delivered.  I also had a fabulous lunch at Benihanas with my family and later dirt (in lieu of cake) and ice cream.

Beside the great feeling and company I got some stuff too…




and one experience I am so excited about:

Jerky January 11, 2010

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Recently, we stumbled upon a little hole in the wall store the sold jerky, just jerky, but all kinds of jerky, and hot sauce.  It appeared that the proprietor smoked his jerky in the parking lot in front of the store, but as it was dark at the time I can’t say for certain.  So we bought a few different flavors of beef jerky and Jerky by A.D. Livingston.

After pouring over this book my husband decided that it would be fun, and cost efficient to make our own jerky.  So we invested in a dehydrator with a little money that we had from Christmas, bought a  big chunk of meat, and he commenced buying all sorts of spices and concoctions in which to marinade the beef.  Apparently smoke comes in liquid form and you can put it on food – who knew.

The first batch marinated simply in salt and garlic.  It reminded me of a cole slaw I made once where I put in 1/2 cup of salt instead of a 1/2 tablespoon.

The second batch with teriyaki sauce tasted amazing.

I am looking forward to what  might come out of the dehydrator next.