Tasty Tuesday – Easy-As-Pie Custard Pie

Welcome to this week’s Tasty Tuesday.  This week’s recipe comes from the cookbook “From the Farm House Kitchen” by Dawn Stoltzfus and Carol Falb and is for a very yummy egg custard pie.  I have now fixed this pie twice – once for part of our Mother’s Day dessert and again last week for my mother-in-law – she absolutely loves egg custard.

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And if you love it as much as she does, here’s the recipe for you to make a pie for yourself to enjoy:

Easy-As-Pie Custard Pie, page 85, “From the Farm House Kitchen”

2 cups milk

4 eggs, well beaten

1 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1 unbaked pie shell

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Bring the milk to a rolling boil and then remove the pan from heat.  Beat the eggs until well-beaten and add the sugar and vanilla.  Add the milk to the egg mixture, beating slightly.  Pour the custard into the unbaked pie shell and bake for 15 minutes.

Serves 8 to 12

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Easy to make and delicious!  Serve it with a little whipped cream, and voila!

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Hope you have a great week!



My Review of Laura Bradford’s “Portrait of a Sister”

Laura Bradford has written her first Amish based women’s fiction novel, “Portrait of a Sister”, which will be available on June 26.  I was lucky enough to receive a copy to read prior to its release, and let me tell you that you will want to pre-order this book now, so you have it in your hands on the 26th of this month.

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Here’s the synopsis of the story:

Katie Beiler was always the follower to her twin sister Hannah’s lead. That is until Hannah left their Amish upbringing for an English life—leaving Katie to find her own footing in a world that no longer looks as it once did . . .

Katie has always imagined her life being just like Mamm’s. It’s why she chose baptism and why she’ll soon marry Abram Zook. But ever since Hannah left, the only thing that truly makes Katie smile is the sketchpad in which she indulges her talent for drawing faces—a sin that, if discovered, could get her shunned by her family, her friends, and even Abram. Yet Katie sees her secret pastime as the only way to quiet a growing restlessness she’d just as soon ignore. That is until their Mamm’s untimely death brings Hannah back home to Pennsylvania, with a new outlook on life, a man she adores, and, soon, an invitation for Katie to visit her in New York City.

Suddenly, Katie is experiencing a freedom she’s never had, in a world she never imagined. She’s also spending time in the company of a fellow dreamer, someone who sees her as strong and brave and makes her laugh. But it’s when Hannah shows Katie’s drawings to a gallery owner that she truly finds herself at a crossroads between the only life she’s ever known and the powerful lure of an unfamiliar future.


And here’s my review of “Portrait of a Sister”:

I have read many of Laura Bradford’s mysteries and was looking forward to reading her first Amish based women’s fiction novel, because her level of writing is superior.  This book does not disappoint, and even kept me up way too long one night finishing it.  I felt like I needed toothpicks to keep my eyelids open the next day at work, and it was so worth it.  This story had me crying, getting mad, feeling the love of family, laughing, and experiencing all that a large family offers in the way of hope, fear, love, and sadness.  And the way Laura Bradford has written this story keeps you guessing until the very end of how it will all turn out for the Beiler family.  Usually, I can guess an ending, but in this case, I really wasn’t sure what would happen with Katie.  The sisterly bond between Katie and Hannah is very strong, and Laura made you feel that relationship in her words.  This is an excellent book.  I enjoyed it from start to finish even if some parts were making me not so happy reading them.  This is a definite read for this summer.  You won’t be disappointed in Laura Bradford’s first Amish women’s fiction novel.

So, hop on over to your favorite book retailer and order yourself a copy of “Portrait of a Sister”.  Then kick back and give yourself time to read it in one sitting, because you are not going to want to put it down once you start reading it.


Tasty Tuesday – Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

Welcome to this week’s Tasty Tuesday recipe!  This week, I’m sharing a recipe for a Cheesy Cauliflower Bake, one of the vegetables I fixed for our Mother’s Day dinner that only me and my momma would eat.  The guys don’t like cauliflower which just meant more for us.


I found the recipe in the cookbook, “Our Favorite Recipes from Masonville Mennonite Church”.  It’s a small cookbook with only 99 pages, but it has some recipes that I haven’t found in other books like this one.

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to make this:

Cheesy Cauliflower Bake, Dianne Souders, page 21, “Our Favorite Recipes from Masonville Mennonite Church”

1 medium head cauliflower, cut up

2 Tbsp. butter

2 Tbsp. milk

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 c. grated cheese

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Dash of pepper

3 Tbsp. bread crumbs

3 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Cook cauliflower until tender.  Drain.  Thoroughly mash and add butter, milk, salt, pepper, and grated cheese, combining well.  Put the cauliflower mixture into a well buttered casserole dish and sprinkle with nutmeg, bread crumbs, and Parmesan.  Bake at 350 degrees until hot and bubbly, about 10 to 15 minutes.


Mom and I enjoyed this dish.  It was nice to have a change up to plain cauliflower.  I did bake it a little longer than called for, since it wasn’t quite bubbly and done at 15 minutes.


So, do you enjoy cauliflower like me and my momma, or are you a thumbs down like our guys?

Hope you have a great week!


Tasty Tuesday – Pineapple Cake

Welcome to this week’s Tasty Tuesday post where I’m sharing a recipe for a delicious pineapple cake.  This was one of the desserts I fixed for Mother’s Day, and I don’t know which tasted better – the cake or icing.  Nothing beats homemade icing, that’s for sure.

This week’s recipe comes from “The Cook’s Book”.  If you need to bring along a dessert to an event, I recommend giving this a try.

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Pineapple Cake, Mrs. John D. Miller, New York, page 63, “The Cook’s Book”

2 c. flour

2 c. sugar

2 tsp. baking soda

1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 c. nuts

Mix all ingredients together.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.  Ice with the following icing:


1/2 c. oleo

1 (8 oz.) cream cheese

2 c. powdered sugar



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This cake was nice and moist, and we enjoyed it.  The recipe didn’t say whether to drain the pineapple, so I dumped the juice in as well.  The cake set fine with the juice, and I believe that is why it was so moist.  I didn’t add the nuts to the recipe, since we aren’t big nut people.  Nutty, yes, but nuts in our food, not so much.

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It was yummy and a recipe that I will fix again.  The icing made enough to frost the cake and have some leftover to frost a pan of brownies too.

Hope you have a great week.


GDPR Safety Policy Taking Place

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So, that’s all the business stuff I need to post…now onto more important things like recipes, giveaways, and fun.





Tasty Tuesday – Potato Wedges

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  Today’s recipe, Potato Wedges, is another one I fixed as part of our Mother’s Day dinner.  The recipe comes from the same cookbook as last week, “Blessed Beyond Measure”.  These were easy to fix and complimented the meatloaf very well.


Here’s the recipe for you to try:

Potato Wedges, Dena, page 127, “Blessed Beyond Measure”

6 large potatoes, cut into wedges

4 Tbsp. flour

4 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. seasoned salt

6 Tbsp. butter

Mix flour, Parmesan cheese and seasoned salt.  Coat potato wedges with mixture.  Melt butter on baking sheet.  Add potato wedges.  Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown.


These potatoes were absolutely delicious, and I’ll definitely fix them again.  And they are really easy to make which I liked, because I was busy putting everything else together for our dinner.


We all enjoyed them with our meal, and I’m pretty sure there were not any left.


So, if you need a side dish for an upcoming meal, I recommend fixing these.  You won’t be disappointed.

Have a great week!


Tasty Tuesday – Juicy Meatloaf

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  For Mother’s Day, I took a huge risk and fixed five new-to-me recipes out of Amish cookbooks.  I hoped everything would taste okay, and it sure did.  Not like the one year I fixed two new desserts, and they both were a bomb.  Mom still talks about that “horse” pie.  Ha!  Over the next few weeks, I’ll share those recipes with you.  First up was our main course – Juicy Meatloaf – taken from the Blessed Beyond Measure cookbook.  I have never baked a meatloaf in a 9×13 inch pan.  It’s always been in the shape of a loaf.  But I have had dinner at an Amish home where she baked it this way, and it was perfect.  And with it being in the 9×13 pan instead of a loaf, it bakes faster and more even.  You could bake this shaped as a loaf, but would need to bake it longer than the hour suggested since it’s two pounds of meat.


Here is the recipe if you’d like to try out a new meatloaf recipe:

Juicy Meatloaf, Amy, page 100, “Blessed Beyond Measure”

2 lb. hamburger

3/4 c. tomato juice

3/4 c. oatmeal

1/4 chopped onion

2 eggs, beaten

2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper


4 Tbsp. ketchup

4 Tbsp. mustard

4 Tbsp. brown sugar

Combine all of the ingredients except the sauce ingredients thoroughly.  Pack firmly in a 9×13 inch pan.  Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.  When meatloaf is partially baked, spread sauce on top and bake until done.


This meatloaf was very moist, and we all enjoyed it.  I used ground turkey instead of beef and added about 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese to the mixture.  I also doubled up on the sauce since I had a little over two pounds of ground turkey in the mix.  I baked it for 30 minutes, then added the sauce on top, and then baked for another 30 minutes.


I will definitely be fixing this recipe again.  It was delicious.

Hope you have a super week.