Basic Homemade Bread

  I am of the opinion that nothing spells comfort better than a slice of homemade bread fresh out of the oven.  I’m also of the opinion that bread tastes best when it’s baked in an outdoor oven or in a wood cook stove. And, since I’m giving my opinion, let me just tell you this: I also think that, when it comes to baking bread in an outdoor oven, the actual recipe isn’t as … Read more

Orange Julius Drink

Need a cool, refreshing drink for these hot summer days?  This Orange Julius drink will satisfy your palate any time of the day.  You’ll become a fan of young and old alike when you serve this beverage! You only need five ingredients and a blender.  Grab some ice cubes, milk, sugar, frozen orange juice concentrate, and vanilla.  Toss it into the blender and let it do its thing.   This is a refreshing drink that can … Read more

Southern Sweet Tea

  Confessions first.  I was bred and born in the north, very near the Mason-Dixon line.  We grew up drinking water and Kool-aid in the summer and hot chocolate in the winter.  This past year marked thirty years of marriage, which means I’ve now lived more years in the south than in the north.  I do make Sweet Tea, even though it’s taken me a long time to overlook the amount of sugar in each … Read more

Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

I grew up on these and didn’t know there was a recipe for them. Then my mother told me that the recipe she used most often for these sandwiches was in the Mennonite Community Cookbook. It has a different name there: Barbecued Hamburger. As most of us do, I’ve tweaked mine a little at times, and most of the time I just dump in and stir the ingredients.  Once I found a recipe that added cooked rice … Read more

My Favorite Potato Salad

Hands down, this is my favorite potato salad recipe.  I got it from my sisters in Maryland who got it from our niece-in-law Beth in Nebraska, who got it from her Grandma Cross in Indiana. Good recipes are like that.  They travel by taste of mouth and before you know it, you’ve got a recipe that came from someone who got it from someone else who got it from . . . and the trail … Read more