Cranberry Fruit Salad!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi Friends!

Hee Hee! Thanksgiving is nearly here and our feast at the barn will include lots and lots of fresh fruit! My Grandma made this luscious cranberry fruit salad for Thanksgiving for many years and it was and continues to be a family favorite! I know that all my barn pals are just going to love it and I hope you’ll get a chance to try it and maybe start a new tradition for your Thanksgiving celebrations for years to come!


2 cups cranberries
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup sugar
1 package of lemon jello
1 1/2 cups hot water
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup teaspoon salt
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
1/2 cups pecans – optional
1 1/2 cup seedless grapes

Grind cranberries, then add all the other ingredients in order to the jello and mold.



Orange Drop Cookies with Frosting!

Buttons and her yoke!
Buttons and her yoke!

Hi Friends!

Hello, and ready for cooking up some cookies for the holidays that is me! Jordan noticed I was getting out of the barnyard a bit too often so she put a yoke on me so I’d stay put. So now that I am where I am supposed to be I am getting ready for the holidays in a big way. Big pies, cakes and cookies! Yum Yum! Pudge and all the barn pals are looking forward to Thanksgiving here on the farm. I think you’ll enjoy this recipe too!

Easy, tasty and oh so divine! Old fashioned Orange Drops from my Grandma. A family favorite anytime!

Orange Drop Cookies


1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour milk
1/2 cup orange juice
4 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Blend shortening, sugar and eggs together. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with the liquid. Drop by spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet. Bake in 375 degree oven for 10 minutes. Ice when cool. Makes about five dozen cookies.


Combine one 1 lb box powdered sugar, the grated rind and juice of one orange.

These cookies will be a great favorite with the children!

Pecan Pie! A holiday treat!

Let's Make a Pecan Pie Cruella!
Let’s Make a Pecan Pie Cruella!

Hi ya friends!

As some of you may know, my trusty assistant Cruella and I like to get into trouble on the farm! But when that happens that means no pie! Boo! So we decided to join forces and put our talents together in our Tack Room Kitchen. We love pie and all things like holiday desserts and my Grandma gave me so many wonderful and yummy recipes. So from her kitchen to mine and yours here is a great recipe for Pecan Pie! A tradition in Southern cuisine and a welcome addition to any holiday table! We hope you enjoy it!

Pecan Pie


Pie crust:
1 1/2 Cups Flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup cold water


Sift dry ingredients together. Flake shortening in. Mix with water and chill. Take one-half of dough and roll and put in pie pan. Fill with this filling:

Pecan Filling:

3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup pecan nut meats, broken


Beat sugar and butter together. Add beaten egg, syrup, salt and nut meats. Bake in oven 420 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees for approximately 30 minutes more.

The pie crust recipe above makes enough crust for 2 single crust pies or one double crust pie.

Coffee Cake!

Buttons in the barn
Buttons in the barn

Hi Friends!

Working hard in the barn everyday makes me get really hungry. So what I like to do is whip up a little coffee cake to start the day! My Grandma handed down this great recipe for a yummy breakfast or dessert coffee cake! Be like me and make one for very special breakfast treat. You’ll have a smile on your face all day! hee hee!

Coffee Cake


1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons shortening
1 egg
1/2 cup milk


Mix together dry ingredients, cut in the shortening. Add beaten egg to milk and all dry ingredients, mix well. When ingredients are put in pan mix together:

1 teaspoon flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 Tablespoons sugar
3 Tablespoons butter

Spread the mixture on top of the cake batter in the pan and bake in moderate oven until done.