Easy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin cookies are the ultimate favorite of my husband. This recipe comes close to the one my Grandpa Bender used to make.  ‘Loved them as a child, and love them now. I remember the taste of them on Sunday after our lunch at my grandpa’s house.  He’d been a widower for quite a few years and his grandchildren always clamored for his cookies.  This is a large recipe, so you can freeze a bunch … Read more

Molasses Cookies

This recipe is great year round, but it’s especially inviting in autumn and winter months. When the kitchen is laden with the fragrance of molasses, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, we know that “cozy” is here.  Ask me how I know!  I got this recipe from my friend Cindy Hilty, and I can’t begin to tell you how many years it’s been or how many batches of these cookies I’ve made. Mixing the cookies is easy.  You … Read more

Pumpkin Cheesecake

For any season, this pumpkin cheesecake is a hit. Especially over the holidays, this dessert will add a flair to your table. Fix this a day or two ahead and save time for later when you will be busy in the kitchen. I was introduced to this recipe by my friend Anna, who offered to bring a dessert to our Thanksgiving dinner. We’d invited her family to help fill our table for Thanksgiving because over half … Read more

Best Brownie in a Mug

With cooler evenings approaching,this brownie in a mug is the perfect evening treat or dessert.  This recipe uses real butter and cream cheese – and I’m certain you will think it worth the effort. Place butter and cream cheese into a microwave measuring cup and heat for thirty seconds.  While that is happening, combine the dry ingredients.  Then add milk and vanilla to the butter/cream cheese mixture.  Combine your wet and dry ingredients. Place into … Read more

Pumpkin Cake Roll

Despite the fact that this recipe is inside a plastic protector, the page that I clipped out of a magazine years ago is so yellowed and splattered that it’s hard to read.  Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, this recipe is made and served at events in which our family participates.  I always mix up two and freeze one for later use.  Our oldest thinks it’s not Thanksgiving unless his mama makes this. This recipe makes one … Read more