Tasty Tuesday – Cheddar Meat Loaf

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  We spent a few days away celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary, and it sure was nice to not have an alarm clock wake us up.  Before we went away, since I had some ground turkey thawed, I decided to find a meat loaf recipe to fix for us.  I chose the one out of “The Esh Family Cookbook – The Humps” for Cheddar Meat Loaf.


Cheddar Meat Loaf, Mrs. Ada Mae Lapp (Merv), page 81, “The Esh Family Cookbook – The Humps”

1 egg

3/4 c. milk

1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 c. quick-cooking oats

1/2 c. chopped onion

1 t. salt

dash of pepper

Sauce for top:

2/3 c. ketchup

1/2 c. brown sugar

1 1/2 t. mustard

In a bowl, beat the egg and milk.  Stir in cheese, oats, onion, salt & pepper.  Add beef and mix well.  Put in a baking dish.  Combine ketchup, brown sugar and mustard.  Pour on top and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.


An absolutely delicious meat loaf, especially with the sauce on top.  I doubled the sauce since hubby likes his meat loaf saucy.  Definitely one I’ll fix again.


And another great recipe for leftovers for lunch!

Can you believe it is October already?  What happened to the month of September?  To me, it seemed to zoom by.

Have a great first week of October!





Cookbook Giveaway Winner

In today’s Tasty Tuesday post, I forgot to include the winner from last week’s cookbook giveaway.

If you left a comment on last week’s post, you had the chance to win the “From the Farm House Kitchen” cookbook and the Twixit! clips from Pampered Chef.


Drum roll please…

Congratulations to:

Robin Whitaker

Robin, please contact me via e-mail (stampin_cindy @ verizon . net) (without the spaces of course) or through Messenger on Facebook with your mailing address, so I can send out your goodies.

More fun giveaways will be coming soon…so stay tuned…



Tasty Tuesday – Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  The past couple days have been chillier than we have had, so this casserole was a good one to fix.  I tried the Chicken Tater Tot Casserole out of “The Esh Family Cookbook – The Humps”.    I had cooked up a huge batch of chicken to freeze for casseroles, so this recipe was right on time.

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Chicken Tater Tot Casserole, Mrs. Ruthie Esh (Jerre), page 77, “The Esh Family Cookbook – The Humps”

1 qt. string beans

1 can cream of mushroom soup

season all, salt & pepper

1/2 c. cheddar cheese – optional

1 1/2 c. cooked chicken

2 c. chicken broth

Tator Tots (frozen)


Layer in large casserole in order given.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until heated through.

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This was a yummy casserole and will definitely be fixed again.  We both enjoyed it and had enough leftovers for three lunches.  I love meals like that.

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And with the recipe having green beans and potatoes, there is no need to fix another vegetable.  Easy peasy!

Hope you have a great first week of fall.


Fall Back Friday with Amy Clipston’s “A Gift of Grace”

Instead of Throw Back Thursday, I’m doing a Fall Back Friday since my favorite season, fall, starts tomorrow.  I have read pretty much all of Amy Clipston’s books, and one of my favorite series is the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, and I believe this is the first series I read from Amy.


While reading the first book in the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, “A Gift of Grace”, all I could picture in my head was the Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop, located in Bird-in-Hand, PA, when the bakery was described.  And to imagine the Kauffmans behind the counter made this story really come to life.

Here’s a little bit about “A Gift of Grace”:

Book Description

Rebecca always dreamed of being a mother, and now she was—of two teenage girls. Somehow, it just wasn’t the scenario she had planned for…

Rebecca Kauffman longs to fulfill her quiet Old Order Amish life by giving her husband Daniel a child, but for years she has been unable to conceive. When her older sister, Grace, who left the Amish community for the modern world, dies in an automobile accident, Rebecca is left custody of her two teenage nieces, Jessica and Lindsay. Now Rebecca wonders how she is going to take on this daunting task of being an Amish woman raising two English teenagers.

Rebecca struggles to give the girls the guidance they need as she tries to fulfill her duties as an Amish wife. The strain between Rebecca and Daniel mounts as the girls search for their identity in this new home. Caught between her husband’s disapproval and her nieces’ unhappiness, Rebecca begins to question her place in the Amish community, her marriage, and her faith in God. Will she be able to reconcile differences in her home—or will the clash of cultures tear her world apart?

The Making of A Gift of Grace by Amy Clipston

“When I first started researching the Amish for my Kauffman Amish Bakery series in 2007, I was fascinated by the differences between the Amish way of life, and our English (non-Amish) culture. A “worlds collide” concept came to me, and A Gift of Grace, the first book in the series, was born.”

To learn more about Amy and her writings, hop on over to her website.


And if you haven’t read Amy’s Kauffman Amish Bakery series, pick up a copy now.  You won’t be disappointed, and you’ll crave homemade baked goods too.

Have a wonderful first day of fall tomorrow.



Tasty Tuesday – Cookbook Giveaway

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  Figured it was time for a cookbook giveaway, and I’m including one of my favorite Pampered Chef items too.


I’ve used the “From the Farm House Kitchen” cookbook a few times on my blog, and I love the recipes that are included in it.  I also love the fact that this cookbook is spiral bound which makes it so much easier keeping the page open to your recipe.  And the Twixit! clips from Pampered Chef are one of my favorite kitchen accessories.  They work great to keep all sorts of items closed up, from keeping something fresh to keeping stuff from spilling on the floor.

So, for your chance to win this prize pack, all you need to do is tell me what one recipe would have to be in your family cookbook if you created one.  Mine would be my Nan-Nan’s baked macaroni and cheese.  It’s the bomb, and I’ll fix it for dinner when she comes to mind (which is a lot) or if I need to take a dish to a shut-in at church – it’s perfect for that.  What about you?  What recipe must be in your cookbook?

I’ll post the winner on next week’s Tasty Tuesday blog post.  Good luck!


Tasty Tuesday – Zucchini Bread

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  Today, I am sharing the last zucchini bread recipe that I tried recently.  I still have one more zucchini to shred, but if I decide to make bread, I’ll definitely use my tried and true recipe with the crushed pineapple.  It seems to be everyone’s favorite.  This recipe was good…the bread just wasn’t as moist as we enjoy with the crushed pineapple, and it was missing the hint of cinnamon.  This reminded me of the zucchini bread I sometimes buy at our favorite Amish bake stand.

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Here’s the recipe if you’d like to bake up a batch if you have an abundance of zucchini from your garden…

Zucchini Bread, page 99, “From the Farm House Kitchen”

3 eggs

2 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

3 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

2 1/2 cups flour

2 cups zucchini, grated

Beat the eggs and then add the sugar and oil and beat for an additional 5 minutes (to make your bread lighter).  Add the rest of ingredients until well mixed.  Pour into greased loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees for one hour.  Makes 3 medium-sized loaves and freezes well.

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I had a little bit of white chips leftover from cookie baking, so I added them into the mix instead of chocolate chips like I sometimes do.

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The bread was good warmed up with some butter spread on it as well.  My hubby sometimes warms it up and adds a wee bit of whipped cream too to make it more of a dessert.

Hope you all have a great week.  The kids are back in school here today, and our weather is still very summer like.  We enjoyed our last camping trip of the year (most likely) this past holiday weekend up in Amish Country.  And I was so excited, because I saw some pumpkins in the fields.  Soon I’ll be loading up our SUV with pumpkins to bring home to decorate our front porch.  I can’t wait for that.

Enjoy your day!





Tasty Tuesday – Peach Cobbler

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  Peaches are definitely in season around here, and since I had some that we had not eaten yet, I decided to find a recipe for a cobbler or cake.  This recipe won out, since I had everything I needed on hand.

This peach cobbler recipe comes from “Montezuma Amish Mennonite Cookbook II” that I picked up at an Amish yard sale last month.  A great deal for 50 cents!


If you have some fresh peaches just itching to be eaten, why not try this cobbler recipe?

Peach Cobbler, Jo Ann Inhulsen, page 174, “Montezuma Amish Mennonite Cookbook II”

4 cups sliced peaches

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 stick butter or margarine

3/4 cup flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

Pinch of salt

3/4 cup milk

Prepare peaches and mix with 1 cup sugar.  Set oven temperature to 350 degrees.  Put butter or margarine in small loaf pan and set in oven to melt.

Stir up batter of 1/2 cup sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and milk.  Pour over melted butter.  Do not stir.  Put the sweetened peaches on top and again do not stir.  Bake 1 hour or until golden brown.


I didn’t use a full cup of sugar (closer to 2/3’s I’d say) to mix with the sliced peaches, since our peaches were sweet to start with.  I added a pinch of cinnamon to the batter as well and baked it in an 8×8 pan instead of a loaf pan.  This cobbler was very good, and we enjoyed it with a dollop of cool whip on top.


Let me know if you give this recipe a try.