Your Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without a helping of sweet potato casserole, but this dish is so tasty that you will want to make it more than once per year! I got this recipe from my Mother-in-law down in Louisiana, and it has become a staple for our Thanksgiving dinner. They have big pecan trees great for making yummy foods like pecan pie and sweet potato casserole. It’s always a treat when they send us up a bag of pecans. [Read more…]
Mardi Gras is such a fun tradition and celebration in Louisiana (and other places). No Mardi Gras party is complete without a delicious king cake. My in-laws have their favorite bakeries to get a king cake. However since we are in Utah, they don’t sell them so we make our own. Homemade king cake is so good. King Cake is basically a sweet roll that is cooked in a ring shape. For this king cake, I used my favorite sweet bread recipe – cardamom bread and filled it with gooey goodness. Normally there is a baby, but I already know that I’m making it each year, so I don’t bother. There is a lot of tradition with the king cake that you can check out on wiki. [Read more…]
I had been searching for a great wheat bread recipe for a long time. I tried a lot of recipes, and most were too dry to eat. I came across the Honey Wheat Bread II on allrecipes.com and with a few tweaks, it is by far my favorite wheat bread. This bread has never failed me. I love the density, flavor and texture. I know that you’ll enjoy it too. Note: I’m at about 4,000 ft elevation, if you are at a lower elevation you may require less flour. [Read more…]
Ok I wish I could give you a little taste of these babies through the wifi, they are so good! I mean, just look at that marbled cream cheese goodness. My sister got this layered cream cheese brownies recipe from her mother in law when she got married, and needless to say this is what she’s assigned to bring to every family potluck gathering. Alright, enough with my ramblings, it’s time to get cooking! [Read more…]
Oh man, fresh homemade chili sauce is sooo much better in recipes than store bought. This recipe is a sweet chili sauce, not hot. We absolutely love it on top of our meatloaf and in baked beans, delicious. [Read more…]
When my Grandpa married my step Grandma Norma, she introduced us to some delicious recipes. One of my favorites, is her delicious Peach Raspberry Jam. I planted peach trees and raspberry bushes at my house, for this very jam. Although we enjoy the fruits of both in many other recipes too. I know sometimes people get intimidated by canning, but this jam really is easy and well worth the effort. [Read more…]
I have lots of fond memories of LDS Girls Camp (youth camp for our church) growing up. It’s been about 7 years since my last girls camp (as a leader), and I was excited to be going again this summer. I volunteered to do one of the camp crafts this year and to go along with the Press Forward theme, we decided to make DIY wood arrows. Our girls camp theme was The Wizard of Oz, which was also conveniently our New Beginnings theme. Our wood craft day fell on the day that the cowardly lion gained courage, so our arrows say ‘Press Forward with Courage’! They turned out super cute and it was fun to see the creativity of each girl. [Read more…]
Happy PI Day (3.14)! Nerds Unite.
We have had this homemade pudding recipe in my family for a very long time, it’s called Hintze Pudding (hint-zee). My Mom started making it after she got the recipe from my Dad’s Mom. It makes the best banana cream pie, coconut cream pie and chocolate pie. It is also fantastic in eclairs and everywhere else a vanilla pudding is needed.
The pudding is simple to make in the microwave or on the stove. The only part that is sort of tricky is that you have to temper the eggs or else you end up with scrambled eggs in your pudding. The deliciousness of the pudding makes up for the extra effort.
I may be extremely biased here, but my Mom makes the best pie crust I’ve ever tasted! Her pie crust is always delicious flaky perfection. The recipe is super simple too, only uses 4 ingredients: flour, salt, shortening and water. With such a simple recipe, the key lies in the technique. I don’t feel like I’ve quite reached perfection in my skills, but my younger sister has…so there is hope!
I’m going to include a little dissertation from my Mom.
Pie Crust 101
For our Young Women’s New Beginnings this year, the president chose to do a Wizard of Oz theme. The mutual theme for this year is:
“Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life” (2 Nephi 31:20).
The idea is that we must press forward along the path (yellow brick road) until we reach home (Eternal Life). It turned out really cute. I have a few tutorials for decorations in this post, and my friend Kim at Life’s Journey for Perfection has the program and printables. [Read more…]