Ring in the New Year with Pineapple Strudel!


Hi Everyone!

Hee Hee! It’s Time to Ring In The New Year 2015! My Grandma loved to make this recipe for Christmas and she also did it for New Year’s Day as a complement to her wonderful holiday meals. We would often watch her make it in the afternoon and then enjoy devouring it after dinner in the evenings! It’s very tasty and reminds of all the happy times during the holidays with our family! We here in the barn hope you will try it for that special occasion with your family and friends and enjoy it!


crust: Mix like Pie Dough
4 cups of flour
3/4 cups of white sugar
1 tsp of salt
1 cup of shortening

2 eggs
1 cup of sour cream 1/2 pint
2 tsp of vanilla
2 tsp of baking powder

Knead well and chill for 1/2 hr.


1 and 1/2 cans of crushed pineapple
2 tablespoons of cornstarch (mixed in pineapple juice)
3/4 cups of brown sugar
1/4 of white sugar

Cook on medium heat until thickened and let cool.

Work dough onto well greased cookie sheet.
Spread filling on top of crust and add strips cut from saved dough.
Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
Brush with well beaten egg.

Bake at 350 degrees until lightly brown.


Holiday Fruit Cake – Old fashioned recipe!


Hi Friends!

I hope you’re all getting ready for Christmas! I have been very busy too. One of my most favorite things about the holidays is the yummy desserts. One of our family favorites has been my Grandma’s Fruit cake. This is a avery old recipe from many years ago and perhaps one that is not found today, but that’s what makes it so special and a little unusual too!

So here is my family favorite recipe for Holiday Fruitcake!


1 lb of side Pork (ground)
6 cups flour
4 eggs
4 cups of sugar
1 lb dark raisins
1 lb white raisins
1 lb currants (optional)
1 lb nut meats chopped (save some halves for decoration)
All types of candied fruit
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda


Pour 1 quart boiling water over fresh side pork, add two cups flour and mix well. Add sugar and egg yolks well beaten then add the remainder of the flour and spices. Next, stir and fold this into the well beaten egg whites, fruit is to be added last.

Flour all raisins, nuts and candied fruit so they will not sink to the bottom of the cake, they will then be distributed more evenly through the cake.

Line baking tins with waxed paper greased. Bake at 300 degree for 3 to 4 hours.

IMPORTANT! Start the cakes in a cold oven! After they are baked, let stand in pan until they are cooled.


Cranberry Creole Pudding!


Hi Friends!

My grandmother used to make this favorite pudding recipe for Christmas years ago. We just love it and so I decided now would be a great time to share her secret recipe! It’s an old fashioned type recipe but if you try it we know you will agree that it is delicious! It is easy to make and would be a great addition to your Christmas family dinners!

Cranberry Creole Pudding


2 cups fresh cranberries
2 cups of sugar
2 cups of water
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/3 cup melted butter
1/4 teaspoon of allspice
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk


Mix cranberries, sugar and water, place in a two quart pan. Bring to boiling point on “High”. Meantime mix ingredients of remaining ingredients and pour into syrup. Cover, continue to cook on “High” until steam escapes freely. Turn switch to “Off” and finish on “Free Heat.”

We hope you will enjoy this recipe and make it a part of your special family holiday traditions!!

Walnut Date Cookies!


Hello friends!

We’re getting in the holiday mood and ready to bake our cookies for Christmas! My Grandma’s recipe for Walnut Date cookies are the standard for the holidays in my family! For decades we have enjoyed this old fashioned favorite that is so tasty and good for your out of town visitors and those close to home. We hope you try it and enjoy them!

Walnut and Date Cookies


1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
4 tablespoons of sour cream
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup dates cut into pieces
1/2 cup chopped black walnut meats
1/2 teaspoon salt


Cream shortening, sugar and eggs together. Add spices, vanilla and sour cream. Sift salt and flour together and then mix in the baking powder to sifted mixture. Stir into creamed wet ingredients and after all flour is added and mixed in then add the nuts and dates. Drop by spoonful on a greased cookie sheet. Bake about 15 minutes or a little less in a 375 degree oven. This recipe will make approximately 5 dozen cookies.

Enjoy with family and friends!