Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies
3/4 cup margarine or butter
1  3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 cups rolled oats
In a mixing bowl beat maragirne or butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add about half of the flour, the brown sugar, sugar, egg, baking powder, vanilla and baking soda. Beat untill thoroughly combined. Beat in remaining flour. Stir in oats.

For the Holidays:
Add 1/2 cup craisins
and 1/2 cup (or more) white chocolate chips

For anytime:
Add 1/2 cup raisins
and 1/2 cup (or more) semisweet chocolate chips

Add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts to either recipe

Drop by rounded teaspoons, 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 to 12 minues or till edges are golden. Cool cookies on a wire rack.
Makes 48 cookies.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp
4 cups peeled, sliced apples
2 tbsp. granulated sugar

For Filling:
Place apples in an ungreased 2-quart baking dish.
Stir in the granulated sugar.
1/2 cup regular rolled oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 cup margarine
1/4 cup chopped nuts

For Topping:
In a mixing bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, flour, nutmeg & cinnamon. With a pastry blender, cut in the margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in walnuts. Sprinkle topping over filling.

Place in a 375 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until the fruit is tender and topping is golden.
Serve warm with ice cream.

Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Impossible Pumpkin Pie

The Impossible Pumpkin Pie...
...it creates its own crust.
It's like Magic!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
 1 can evaporated milk
1  15 oz. can pumpkin
1 tsp. vanilla
1  1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup bisquick

Measure all ingredients into a blender.
Blend 1 minute or until smooth.
Pour into pie plate.
Bake for 50 to 55 minutes.
Knife in center of pie should come out clean.

This is one of my favorite recipes in the fall.
It's so easy and tastes so good!

Garnish with whipped topping and freshly ground nutmeg.

The Old Farmhouse is full of excitement as their
Winter Holiday Celebration begins tomorrow.
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Drop Spice Doughnuts

Drop Spice Doughnuts
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
3 cups flour
2/3 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 heaping tbsp. baking powder

Combine all ingredients.
Use a spoon to drop batter into hot oil.
After several minutes flip doughnuts and fry on the other side.
Check to be sure they are fried all the way through.
Place on paper towels.
Roll in granulated sugar or shake in powdered sugar.

My high school Basic Foods students loved these.
It's not something you should eat everyday...
but definately an occasional treat!

Recipe submitted by Natalie at Tins and Treasures.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars

2 cups sugar
2 cups white corn syrup

Bring to a boil in a saucepan, stirring frequently.

Remove from the heat and add 2 cups peanut butter.
Stir until smooth.

Pour over 12 cups Rice Krispies.

Fold together until all the cereal is coated.

Turn out into a 9 x 13" cake pan
or a jelly roll pan.

Cover with a sheet of waxed paper and press flat into the pan.

Cut into desired size rectangles for serving.

These are a favorite of my daughters and their friends
and were always requested for snacks at swim meets and cross country gatherings.
Take care,

Monday, August 16, 2010

Zucchini Cake

I think I've made this cake a hundred times and it comes out perfect every time. It is delish!!!

Zucchini Cake
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups oil
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 cups grated zucchini (can also substitute carrots)
1 tsp vanilla extract
  • In a medium bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Set aside.
  • Combine oil and sugar in large mixing bowl. Beat thoroughly with an electric mixer. Add eggs one at a time, beat well after each addition.
  • Add sifted dry ingredients to egg mixture and beat thoroughly. Add remaining ingredients.
  • Spread batter evenly into well greased and floured 9" x 13" pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until cake tests done. Cool in pan for 5-10 minutes. Turn onto cake rack.  Cool completely. Dust with confectioners sugar, if desired. (Actually I just leave mine right in the 9 x 13 and when ready to serve I cut each individual piece and dust with sugar.)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Carrot Cake Jam

This is so good and you don't have to have a garden or go to a farmer's market for the ingredients. If you are a beginning canner, this just may get you hooked!
Carrot Cake Jam

Makes about six 7 - 8 ounce jars

1 ½ cups finely grated peeled carrots
1 ½ chopped, cored and peeled pears
1 ¾ canned pineapple, including juice
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp ground cloves
1 package (1.75 oz) powdered fruit pectin
6 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • Prepare canner, jars, and lids. (See a canning manual for more info if you are new to canning.)
  • In a large, deep stainless steel saucepan, combine carrots, pears, pineapple with juice, lemon juice, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat, cover and boil gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and whisk in pectin, until dissolved. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently. Add sugar all at once and return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Remove from heat and skim off foam.
  • Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving ¼ inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot jam. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip-tight.
  • Place jars in a canner, ensuring they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes. Remove canner lid. Wait 5 minutes, then remove jars, cool and store. Remember to label the jars.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Homemade Pancake Syrup and Pancake Mix

 Baskets by Rose
Pancake Syrup
12 cups berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc)  Use one kind or mix them up.
5 to 7 cups sugar
Wash all fruit, place in a pan, mash well (potato masher works well).
On low heat start to cook down, when the juices start to flow start adding the sugar. After you add the 5 cups check to see how sweet it is, if you use the full 7 cups it will also be a little more thicker.
Cook to it starts to boil, and the sugar dissolves.
Remove from heat and let cool.
Place in a blender, or run though a food mill.  A food mill will leave you with juice, the blender will give you some pieces of fruit.  I like a little fruit in mine, but this is up to you.
While the syrup is cooling down, get your jars and lids ready.
Return the blended juice to your pot and heat to boiling again.
Fill each jar to about a 1/2" from the top.
Water bath 1/2 pints 10 minutes, pints 15 minutes.  Remove from canner, and listen to your lids pop.
There are great web site with basic canning directions if this is new to you.

Pancake Mix

12 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
4 cups powder milk
2 tablespoons salt
3/4 cup baking powder
Mix together, and place in a tightly sealed container.

To make pancakes use
1 1/2 cups of the above mix
1 egg beaten
1 cup water
2 tablespoon salad oil

Mix well, cook on a hot grill, serve hot with butter, and your homemade syrup.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Strawberry Shortcake


4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
Vegetable cooking spray
1/4 cup margarine, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg, separated
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup skim milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg white
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 cups thawed, reduced-calorie frozen whipped topping
Garnish: Strawberry fan

  • Combine strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar; cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Coat a 9-inch round cakepan with vegetable cooking spray; dust with flour, and set prepared pan aside.
  • Beat margarine at medium speed with an electric mixer until soft, gradually add 1/3 cup sugar, beating well. Add egg yolk, beating just until blended. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl; add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
  • Beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add  2 tablespoons sugar, one at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Stir about 1/2 cup beaten egg whites into batter; fold in remaining egg whites. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a wood pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan; let cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Slice shortcake in half horizontally. Place bottom half, cut side up, on a serving plate. Drain strawberries, reserving juice, and drizzle half of juice over bottom layer. Set aside 1 tablespoon whipped topping, spread 3/4 cup whipped topping over cake layer, and arrange half of strawberries over topping. Top with remaining cake layer, cut side down, and repeat procedure. Dollop with reserved 1 tablespoon whipped topping; garnish with strawberry fan.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Company Corned Beef

Company Corned Beef from
Farm Journal's Country Cookbook

4 to 5 lbs corned beef
5 bay leaves
4 peppersorns
2 sprigs parsley
1 branch celery, cut in chunks
1 small onion, sliced
Whole cloves
2 tblsp. butter or margarine
1 tblsp. prepared mustard
1/3 c.brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 cup ketchup
3 tablsp. vinegar
3 tablsp. water

Wash corned beef thoroughly to remove brine.  Place in a large kettle and cover with cold water.  Add bay leaves, peppercorns, parsley, celery, and onion.  Cover and simmer 3 to 3 3/4 hours, or until tender.
Remove hot beef to shallow baking dish.  Insert whole cloves in it to decorate and season.

Melt butter, add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Cook over medium heat until ingredients are well blended.

Pour sauce over corned beef and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.  Serve with homemade bread, and boiled cabbage, potatoes, and carrots.  Enjoy!

Submitted by: Rose Clawson of Baskets by Rose

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Perfect Cream Scones


3 cups flour **(I use naturally white whole wheat)
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups heavy whipping cream
pinch of cinnamon


  • Sift flour, sugar, baking powder & salt together in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour and slowly add the cream stirring by hand just until the batter is evenly moistened.
  • Place dough on a cookie sheet and pat out into a circle. Cut into 6-8 triangular pieces.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Variation: Add Dried Cherries or Cranberries

~ Recipe by Heidi Dunbar of Heidi's Designs 2

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Onion Patties

3/4 Cup Flour                               
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Tablespoon Cornmeal           
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
2 Teaspoons Salt  (or less)      
3/4 Cup Milk
2 1/2 Cups finely Chopped Onion

Mix dry ingredients together, then add milk.  Batter should be fairly thick. Add onions and mix thoroughly. 

Drop by tablespoonful into 1/2" of oil in skillet. (I personally use a tad less than the directions state.) Flatten slightly as you turn them.  Brown on both sides. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.

My husband loves these Onion Patties.  They are great to serve as a side with any meat etc.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cheddar Muffins

Yield: 24 mini-muffins
2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1 TBS baking powder
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 large egg
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 tsp fresh chives

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease mini-muffin pans or line with paper muffin liners.

In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.

In small bowl, with wire whisk, combine milk, butter and egg.

Stir milk mixture into flour mixture just until flour is moistened. (Batter will be lumpy.) Fold in cheese and chives. Using small spoon, divide batter among muffin cups.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until centers spring back when lightly pressed with fingertip. Cool muffins on wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and serve warm.

Submitted by: Lucy Galgano of The Farmer's Attic