Grandmama Hall’s Coca Cola Cake

Grandmama Hall's Coca Cola Cake . . . When I was a child, Grandmama Hall would make her Coca Cola Cake for us for our after-school treats. It was such a wonderful surprise to go to her house and find these moist, chocolatey squares wrapped in waxed paper. We, her grandchildren, thought this was the absolutely best treat she would make for us. And, even today, it is one of the best chocolate cakes you will ever eat! So, I decided to make it as a birthday cake for Candace on her birthday last week, March 13th. And, since Trey's birthday was on March 3rd, both of them came over to eat some of the cake! (I sent Jason's piece home with him Thursday, since he wasn't here with the other two.) About Grandmama Hall's Coca Cola Cake . . … [Read more...]

Swedish Meatballs for an easy main dish!

 Swedish Meatballs . . . easy and delicious! Swedish Meatballs was not a dish that anyone in my family ever made. But, as I was looking through a cookbook I bought years ago,  I found a recipe for them. And, since I had some ground beef, it seemed the perfect time to try them! If you have never eaten Swedish Meatballs, you are missing out on a delightful easy main dish. The meatballs are simmered in a tasty sauce, then served over buttered noodles. Yum!!! Now for the recipe! Making Swedish Meatballs . . . The recipe for Swedish Meatballs I actually ended up making was one from the Taste of Home website called, "Mom's Swedish Meatballs". I chose this recipe because most of the others used both ground pork and ground beef, as well as … [Read more...]

Leprechaun Munch for St. Patrick’s Day!

Who's ready for St. Patrick's Day? I love St. Patrick's Day! And, I love everything about St. Patrick's Day . . . especially the food!!! And this year, I made a new snack, Leprechaun Munch, for my kids and grandkids. The original recipe is from a Monster Munch I did for Halloween.  I just substituted a few ingredients and had a new treat! My son, Jason, likes Munch! When I made the Monster Munch, I gave some to my youngest son, Jason. He LOVED it!!! So, when St. Patrick's Day was coming, I wanted to make the munch again and give some, not only to Jason, but to all my children and grandchildren. My three grown children all were born in March, so I try to have them all come for a dinner together. This year, I made them "goodie boxes" … [Read more...]

Easy Strawberry Pie for Pi(e) Day!

Celebrate Pi(e) Day with an Easy Strawberry Pie! Easy Strawberry Pie is a great pie for Pi(e) Day, which is celebrated every year on March 14th. And, bloggers everywhere will be posting their favorite pies for you to try. I decided to post this pie, which is a variation of Mama's Fresh Strawberry Pie, but easier. Because of the mild winter, fresh strawberries are already available here. But, even if they aren't in your area, you can always buy fresh strawberries at your local grocery store. Last week, I decided to adapt Mama's Fresh Strawberry Pie recipe, using a jello filling instead of Mama's cooked filling. This is what you would typically get in a restaurant that serves strawberry pie. I got the filling recipe from my cousin, La Nan, … [Read more...]

Liza Ashley’s Baking Powder Biscuits, a quick bread for dinner!

Baking Powder vs. Buttermilk Biscuits? I have never made baking powder biscuits. I have always made buttermilk biscuits because that's what my Grandmama Hall would make. But, I always wanted to try the biscuits made with baking powder to see if there was much difference. I found a recipe in my Liza Ashley cookbook, "Thirty Years at the Mansion", for baking powder biscuits and decided to try it. She was the main cook for governors in Arkansas for 30 years, maybe longer. She had to be a really good cook to have that position for such a long time, don't you think? Anyway, I made them. The difference . . . The baking powder biscuits were easy to mix up, but they were a little more crumbly than their buttermilk counterpart. And, the … [Read more...]