Apple Pie Filling

All-American I’ve had this recipe for apple pie filling for a quarter of a century. My mother-in-law, Mom Slabach, gave it to me. 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 her apple pie filling, I miss her. She’s enjoying better apple pie than we can ever … Read more

Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings

Apple dumplings – what a treat! Apple dumplings rank high in my family’s list of favorites. Summer is here, and 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 apple dumpling recipe, but my mother didn’t use red … Read more

Quick Cobbler


Quick Cobbler. This cobbler is one of my favorite desserts. It’s also easy. And simple. And good. I’m re-posting this from two years ago because it’s such a popular recipe. Plus, it’s blackberry season at my  house, and when Dave came in from picking blackberries, he mentioned blackberry cobbler quite a few times! I came across this recipe thirty-five years ago when I was searching frantically for a simple, easy dessert for out-of-town guests. I … Read more

Homemade Peach Pie

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Fresh peaches = peach pie. It’s peach time! There are many choices of what to do with peaches. For starters, there’s nothing like a fresh peach – peeling and all! Sliced peaches with cookies or cake are also great. Peach cobbler is another possibility. If, however, you’d like to make a pie with fresh peaches, here is my sister’s recipe for homemade peach pie. Loretta lives in Nebraska and has been selling food at the … Read more

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Strawberry pie (a re-post). 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. Substitute … Read more