Monday, March 12, 2018

Tomato gravy, and going through recipes

I've embarked on a rather adventurous project - that of going through my index card boxes of recipes and putting them into my computer. I've decided to sort through them, keep the ones I want, and discard the rest; thus freeing the index card boxes up for other uses. 

My first step is to google the recipe title and check if I can find it online. If I can, through the chrome browser, I can choose to print it and save it as a pdf. If not, then I am typing it in as a word file. 

This will not be a simple project as I have about 3 boxes full of cards to go through. But so far, I'm enjoying it. And here's one of the first ones I typed in, a recipe for tomato gravy. 

Tomato gravy

2 T. butter or margarine
2 T. minced shallots
1 - 14-1/2 ounce can of diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 t. chicken bouillon granules
1/2 t. sugar
1/4 t. pepper

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add shallots, and sauté until tender. Stir in tomatoes; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring constantly, 2-3 minutes. Stir in whipping cream and remaining ingredients; simmer, stirring often, 3 minutes or until thickened. Serve with pasta, potatoes, or veal. Yield: 2 cups. Prep: 5 minutes. Cook: 5 minutes.

Monday, November 13, 2017

A holiday classic - Mama's pecan pie

Mama, Daddy, and me,
high school graduation
One thing that was a holiday classic for me growing up, was Mama's pecan pies. She always made 2, because one would have never been enough.

You know how a cook will have some signature dishes? Well, my mama had hers, and her pecan pies were one of them.

During this holiday season, here in the blog, I'd like to share some of my holiday favorite recipes with you all; and I thought that there was no better place to start than my mama's pecan pie.

So, without further adieu, on to the recipe:

Freda's Pecan Pie

3 eggs
1/2 c. brown sugar
4 T. melted margarine
1 c. dark corn syrup
1 t. vanilla
1/8 t. salt
1 c. pecans, chopped
1 - 9 inch pie shell, unbaked

Beat eggs and add sugar gradually.  Mix in remaining ingredients.  Pour into pie shell and bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Review - Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Tip to Toe Wash

Today I'm reviewing
Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Tip to Toe Wash
Website link -

This product gets -
5 big fat glowing stars,
and deserves every one.

Well, if you read my first product review that I did for this blog, under it's new expanded range, you are acquainted with my search for a new liquid hand soap that is fragrance free.

Let me tell you, finding fragrance free products to use isn't always so easy, and sometimes you have to get quite creative. In the hand soap department, my local walmart didn't carry any fragrance free hand soap; and the dial type soaps didn't work for me either, I tried them. So, I got the idea to check in the baby section of the store. Believe me, it was a last ditch desperate idea. But it proved to be my best idea yet!

In the baby section of my store, I found the above product, Dove Baby tip to toe wash, and it was totally FRAGRANCE FREE! Yay! So I got myself a bottle. It costs about $6 something for a bottle at our local walmart, but it is a generous sized bottle. And it works so well too! Lathers up nicely, doesn't dry your hands out, doesn't take a lot; and totally fragrance free too.

Summing it up - I highly recommend this soap product for anyone who has sensitive skin and needs a good fragrance free liquid soap. It could be used in the shower or at the sink as hand soap, and it comes in a nice pump bottle. Plus, it is a good value for the price too.

Review - Clearly Natural Unscented Liquid Hand Soap

This is the first of a new addition to this blog.
Product  reviews.

Clearly Natural Unscented Liquid Hand soap
$14.99 for a pack of 3, plus s&h

This product gets - 3 stars

I have very sensitive skin, and have been fragrance free for many years now. For a long time, I used the Ivory liquid hand soap; for while it had a fragrance according to the ingredients, it was one I could tolerate. But one day they quit making the Ivory hand soap, so then begin my search for a replacement before I ran out of the other.

This was the first of my attempts to find something. And it is unscented. I ordered it from Amazon, as I couldn't find anything in the stores around where I live that fit my needs. Some reviews had commented about the condition of the product when they received it, but mine were just fine, in excellent condition.

My complaint against this product is that it is glycerine liquid soap, and it doesn't lather worth patootie. I'm still using it up, mixed it with what was left of my Ivory soap.

In conclusion - not a product I would recommend.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Recipe - Granny's butter pie

I was just scrolling through my posts for this blog and realized that I'd never shared with you my Grandmother's recipe for butter pie. We all called her Granny, and here she is:

She was a wonderful woman who I have extremely fond memories of. She knew I loved this pie, and we spent every Sunday evening after church at her house. We'd go to church at New Harmony Baptist Church with my grandmother and a lot of my family. Then we'd go to her house for lunch. We'd take clothes to change into, and spend the afternoon there. Her house was awesome:

It was a wonderful place to spend a Sunday afternoon. And she almost always made a butter pie because she knew I loved them so. 

For a good long while, there wasn't a written recipe for the butter pie; then my aunt's homemaker group put out a cookbook, and wanted her pie recipe in it. So, one of my cousins went down there one day and measured as she made one of her butter pies; and so we had a recipe. Now, I share it with you. Note that if you don't cook the filling part just right, sometimes it won't want to set up. Even my grandmother had that happen to her. But don't let it phase you, it still tastes good. Also, you will need a double boiler for this recipe.

Now, on to the recipe.

Granny's Butter Pie

1 to 1-1/2 cups water
1/2 to 1 stick margarine
1 cup sugar
1 t. vanilla
3 heaping T. flour
1 baked pie shell

In a double boiler, add the water and margarine; and cook, stirring frequently, until margarine is melted. Then add sugar, and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Then add the vanilla, and stir. Next add the flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring well. Continue to cook, while stirring frequently, until mixture is thickened. Pour into baked pie shell and cool.  Serve and enjoy.