Refrigerator Potatoes (Mashed)

Planning ahead for mashed refrigerator potatoes The cool thing about this mashed potato recipe is that it can be made several days ahead and kept in the refrigerator. You can make an extra amount of mashed potatoes earlier in the week, keep some separate from your finished product for your meal, and then use them to assemble this dish.  Or, if you happen to have more potatoes left-over than you’d planned, this recipe works well. … Read more

Fresh Garden Mint Tea

mint tea

Garden Mint Tea Mint tea is a refreshing beverage, whether it’s served hot or cold. In summertime, ice cold garden mint tea adds refreshment. Making mint tea is not difficult – as long as you have some mint! You can make a concentrate if you have plenty of tea. To get started, gather your mint. Beg or borrow from a friend, buy some at a Farmer’s Market, or grow your own in flower beds or … Read more

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad. This cucumber salad is a great way to dress up garden cucumbers! There’s nothing like a cucumber fresh from the garden, washed, peeled and salted for summer flavor. This is cucumber season, so it’s time for this recipe again. I first posted it three years ago, so it’s about time to bring it around again, don’t you think? If you want to spruce it up a little and add some variety to … 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