Tasty Tuesday – Sweet Potato Casserole

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  This week’s recipe comes from “The Cook’s Book – Miller Family Hospital Fund”.  Sweet potato casserole was another side dish that I fixed on Thanksgiving.  It’s easy to fix and very yummy.

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Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try…

Sweet Potato Casserole, Lucy J. Beachy, page 35, “The Cook’s Book – Miller Family Hospital Fund”

4 large sweet potatoes

1 tsp. salt

1 c. brown sugar (more or less)


Wash and peel sweet potatoes.  Add salt.  Cook unti lsoft; drain.  Add brown sugar and mash.  Put in a casserole and cover top with marshmallows.  Put in oven and brown lightly and serve.

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I baked it at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes without the marshmallows on it, so my potatoes would be warm first.  And then I topped it with the marshmallows and baked until they were brown.

This was a perfect side for our Thanksgiving dinner.  The marshmallows were just crispy enough to blend with the sweet potatoes.  It was delicious and definitely something I’ll fix again.

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Hope you have a great first week of December.



Tasty Tuesday – Candied Carrots

Welcome to this week’s Tasty Tuesday post.  Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and got your fill of yummy food.  I know we sure did.

This week’s recipe is for Candied Carrots out of the “Montezuma Amish Mennonite Cookbook II”.  Very easy to make especially if you use canned or frozen carrots instead of fresh ones.

If you need a quick side for dinner tonight, why not give this a try?


Candied Carrots, Ruth Yoder, page 317, “Montezuma Amish Mennonite Cookbook II”

1 pound carrots

3 T butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

Slice carrots; cook in small amount of salted water until tender.  Drain.  Melt butter and add brown sugar; stir until mixture bubbles.  Add carrots and simmer gently until carrots are coated.  Place into serving dish.  Makes 5-6 servings.

Variation:  Add 1/4 cup orange juice or 1 cup pineapple.


A yummy side dish and the orange popped on the dinner table.  A nice recipe that doesn’t have to be prepared way ahead of time like so many others.

Hope you have a great week.  I can’t believe that December starts on Saturday.  October and November have just zoomed by.





Tasty Tuesday – Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  Today on my blog I’m sharing a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies from “The Cook’s Book – Miller Family Hospital Fund” cookbook.  My office is full of cookie monsters, so I knew making cookies would be a good thing.  And with the holidays coming, it’s nice to have cookies on hand when company pops by too.

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Here’s the recipe if you’d like to whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies for your own cookie monster…

Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mrs. Sam Stutzman, page 84, “The Cook’s Book”

1 c. butter

1/4 c. sugar

3/4 c. white sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. soda

1 tsp. vanilla

12 tsp. salt

1/3 c. instant vanilla pudding

1/8 tsp. maple flavoring (optional)

1 pkg. chocolate chips

1 c. nuts

2 1/4 c. flour

Bake at 350 degrees.

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There were no mixing directions with this recipe, so I made these like I do my Tollhouse version – I mixed the first nine ingredients together until creamed, slowly added in the flour, and stirred in the chocolate chips.  I didn’t add in the nuts or maple flavoring.  I baked them for 9-11 minutes until they were browned.

These were good cookies, and the cookie monsters devoured them as usual.

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Doesn’t this picture make you want to grab a glass of milk and a cookie to enjoy?  Let me know if you give this recipe a try.

Now onto our contest winner from last week…

Using random number generator, our winner is:

Loretta Shumpert

Congratulations Loretta!  I’ll get your prizes mailed out soon.

I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving and enjoy the yummy food and being with family and friends.






Tasty Tuesday – Cookbook Giveaway

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  Sorry I have been remiss in posting my Tasty Tuesday ramblings.  Life has been busy and chaotic over the past couple weeks, and I just haven’t really even cooked/baked anything new to us.  So with that being said, I am going to do a little giveaway for a cookbook and cute towel.


For your chance to win a copy of “From the Farm House Kitchen” cookbook and the Life is Short towel, just leave a comment telling me what type of pie will grace your Thanksgiving dessert table.  I’ll definitely bake a pumpkin pie for us and I’m sure some other type of dessert.  One can never have too many desserts!

I’ll post the winner next week.  Good luck!



Tasty Tuesday – Chocolate Cake

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  Sorry I’ve been missing the past two weeks.  Haven’t had much kitchen time being away for a couple long weekends to whip up anything new.  This past Saturday, we had a Halloween/fall themed shoebox swap, and I signed up for a dessert.  For those non-stampers who read my blog, a shoebox swap is where 20 of us get together and each create a card.  We cut up enough supplies for everyone to make our cards, and then we create wonderful cards all day, have lots of laughs, and eat yummy food.  We each go home with 19 cards made and ready to use.  This is one of my favorite swaps of the year, since I love Halloween and fall so much.

So, since I signed up for a dessert, I decided to make a chocolate cake.  That led me to finding a recipe in one of my Amish cookbooks that had everything I had on hand in the kitchen.  This recipe I found came from the “Natural Delights – Cooking with the Amish from Dover, Delaware” cookbook.


If you like chocolate cake, here’s the recipe for you to try.  It was really good.

Chocolate Cake, Mrs. Lucy Byler, page 73, “Natural Delights – Cooking with the Amish from Dover, Delaware”

1 c. butter, softened

2 1/2 c. sugar

4 eggs

2 1/2 tsp. vanilla, divided

2 3/4 c. flour

1 c. cocoa

2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

2 c. water

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat on high speed until light and fluffy.  Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla.  Combine dry ingredients.  Add to the creamed mixture alternately with water.  Pour into three greased and floured 9-inch round baking pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans.  Frost with your favorite icing.


The only thing I found confusing about this recipe is that it said to use 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla, divided.  The directions said to stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, but never says what to do with the other teaspoon.  Once I realized that, I added in the other teaspoon, and the cake still tasted fine.  So, if you have any ideas of what the extra teaspoon is for, I’m all ears.

Since our swap was Halloween/fall themed, I decided to decorate the cake as a graveyard.  This cake was moist and delicious.

We have a Ladies Night Out at church on Friday night and are supposed to take a dessert.  I might just bake this cake again, since I know it tastes yummy minus the gravestones.  Ha!

Hope you have a great week.


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…