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

Graham Cracker Pudding

Graham Cracker Pudding takes me back to my childhood when picnics and church potluck dinners had every imaginable dessert – including this dish – from which to choose. Dave and I had only one prenuptial agreement, and that was about graham crackers. You see, I grew up on Honey Maid graham crackers, and it’s the only brand I eat – if I can help it. A few months before we were married, we were in a … Read more

Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings

Apple dumplings – what a treat! Summer is here produce is bountiful.  There are so many choices of fruits and vegetables.   Canning season is in progress and before we know it, autumn will be here. This is the recipe that my mother used, and it comes from The Mennonite Community Cookbook. I grew up with this recipe, but my mother didn’t use red hot candies in the sauce.  I married a man whose mother did  … Read more

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Strawberry season is here.   That means summer is just around the corner.  It’s time to make that strawberry pie! We picked up some freshly-picked strawberries last evening.   The pie is ready to be served tonight. The recipe I use comes from Mennonite Country-Style Recipes & Kitchen Secrets, compiled by Esther H. Shank and published by Herald Press, Scottdale, Pennsylvania.  You can use this recipe for any kind of fresh fruit pie. Strawberries, sugar, jello … Read more