• Adventures

    Camp Cooking

    Camp cooking is definitely different than how we do it at home, but that’s part of the fun of camping. I especially like it because in our family any outdoor cooking seems to have evolved into Lyle’s job! I’m not sure why that is, but I’m not complaining. In addition to cooking, managing food storage can be a challenge when…

  • Pecan Pie

    Uncle Lawton’s Pecan Pie

    My dad has an unusual hobby. If it’s a good year for pecans, he likes to buy a 50-pound bag or two of them in the shell, and then he sits and shells them by the hour. You might wonder what he does with all the pecans he shells. Why, he gives them to his kids, of course! Seriously. How…

  • cookies

    Glazed Apple Cookies

    A favorite cookie recipe for fall… 1/2 cup shortening 1 1/3 cups brown sugar 1 egg 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 cup apple juice 1 cup chopped raw apples Beat sugar, shortening and egg, cream well. Add half dry ingredients and apples. Blend in juice. Add remaining flour…

  • Heritage

    A Louisiana Story + My Gumbo Recipe

    Today kicks off the Write 31 Days blog challenge which runs through the month of October. You may remember that I participated last year without a set topic. I planned ahead a little better this year, and decided to share Stories of 31 States as a “virtual road trip.” I hope you’ll come along! My series begins in Louisiana, because…

  • Blackberry Cobbler

    Blackberry Cobbler

    I remember going out into the woods to pick blackberries when I was growing up in the south. Summers were hot and humid then. I guess they still are down there, but I don’t live there any more, so I really can’t say for sure. The blackberry bushes were covered in briars–“stickers” we called them–so we would inevitably get scratched…

  • Huckleberry Muffins

    Where to Find Huckleberries

    When we moved to the Idaho panhandle in the summer of 1998, I heard people talking about huckleberries. I had never tasted a huckleberry, but I love berries of all kinds, so I was intrigued. “You say they grow wild? I’d love to pick some. Where can I find them?” “Oh, they grow all over. Just go up in the…

  • Lifestyle

    Summer Salad

    In the summertime we eat a lot of salads, don’t you? That, and grilled meat. In the winter I fix more soups and casseroles. This is a salad I came up with a few weeks ago that we have been enjoying this summer. I made it when my parents were here, and when they got home my Dad asked my…

  • vintage birthday

    Grandmother’s Brown Sugar Icing

    For today’s post I gathered all the pictures we have of my childhood birthday cakes. We always had a birthday cake, but we rarely had a party, and we didn’t have a camera for a lot of years… which is why there aren’t very many pictures. I am told we had two “parties” for my first birthday. One with a…

  • Lifestyle

    Coffee Cake Recipe

    Today I’m sharing a recipe that I’ve been making almost my entire married life. It was in an Amish cookbook that my sister-in-law gave me the first Christmas I was married. That was in 1985. This recipe is quick and easy and calls for just a few basic ingredients that I almost always have in my cupboard. It has been…

  • Lifestyle

    Parmesan Crisps

    Two weeks ago, on our trip to the coast, we stopped at Whole Foods on our way through Portland. There’s not a Whole Foods store in Spokane (our local “big city”), so I wanted to see what they might have in the way of crackers or snacks that fit in with the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle.  My favorite find was…