Homemade Tapioca

Every once in a while, I get a hankering to have some tapioca.  Maybe it’s because it reminds me of custard without the heaviness of a custard.  Maybe it’s because my mother used to make this and it reminds  me of my childhood.  Maybe it’s just because it’s plain wholesome good. While considered a starch, tapioca has many good qualities. It has a low level of saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.  It is rich in … Read more

Fresh Homemade Apple Pie

  I know that a freshly baked apple pie is the very best – especially when it’s homemade. I  have a recipe for  homemade apple pie filling, and that’s usually my go-to for apple pie.  When you’re out of ingredients for a freshly-baked pie, homemade apple pie filling  is next best.  If you want to can some homemade pie filling, go to that recipe. One day as I was out and about, I got a text … Read more

Thimble Cookies

These thimble cookies are a favorite for kids to help make and to eat!  Actually, adults like them as much as the children do. Ever since I can remember, we’ve been making these cookies.  They’re called “thimble” because you put a dent about the size of a thimble in the middle of a round ball of dough.  To make that dent, you push a thimble into the dough ball or use your finger.  Fill the … Read more

Hickory Nut Cake

It is November 16, 2015.  Today my mama is celebrating her sixth birthday in Heaven. We always had Hickory Nut Cake for Mama’s birthday. We still do. Now we eat it in honor of her – and in memory. Every year since she has been gone, we remember Mama and her love of Hickory Nut Cake. My sisters and I are scattered from Virginia to Maryland to Nebraska to Canada. There are six of us, … Read more

Apple Pie Filling

I’ve had this recipe for a quarter of a century.  I got it from my mother-in-law, Mom Slabach.  I have no idea where she got the recipe.  Every time I make a batch of this, I think of Mom, because the recipe is in her handwriting.   And every time I make a batch of this, I miss her. She’s enjoying better apple pie than we can ever make here on earth.  You can read … Read more