I first had this at a ladies prayer meeting.

We were meeting at Shirley's house and she served this in pretty glass dessert goblets with a dollop of  whipped  cream on top.

It was a cool, rainy night in fall and her house was so warm and cozy and then she brought this out and the evening was complete.

She sent me home with the recipe and I'm hoping you will like it as much as I do.

If you are an experienced baker you will appreciate the ease of this recipe and if you are a beginner you won't be intimidated.

It's the perfect fall dessert.

3 eggs

1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling, just plain pumpkin

1 (12. oz.) can evaporated milk, not condensed, make sure it's  evaporated, there is a difference.

1 cup sugar

1/8 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. cinnimon

1 tsp vanilla

1 box yellow cake mix

2 sticks real butter, melted

1 cup chopped nuts (optional)  I use them

Mix the first 8 ingredients really well.

Pour into an ungreased 9x13 inch baking dish



Lots and lots of recipes call for wine.

Lots and lots of people for different reasons shy away from a recipe calling for any kind of alcohol.

I've received a few questions about substitutes so I wanted to share with you what little bit I know.

I have several recipes that call for some sort of wine and I usually just use what is called for but sometimes I don't.

Don't just see  a recipe calls for alcohol and dismiss it, you will be missing a lot of good dishes.

There are some good easy things you can use in the place of the wine.

What if a recipe calls for red wine and you don't want to use  wine, no problem you can use beef broth.

Just replace the wine with equal amounts of beef broth, yes it will give a slight flavor change but not much and the broth will add a richness.

You can also use red grape juice, the grape juice is a little sweeter than the wine would be so add a splash of vinegar to off set the sweet.

Now for white wine substitutes.

Just like you can use beef…


Here's the barbecue sauce recipe I told you I would share.

I don't even know where I got this recipe.

It was in my cookbook, the one where I write all of our favorites.

I had never even made it before and yet for some reason I wrote it in my cookbook as a favorite.

The thing is after I made it, it is a favorite and it turns out the recipe is exactly where it should be, in my book of favorites.

If you have even been to the American Legion or some place around your town that has chicken barbques you will find this sauce is a lot like the ones they use.

It isn't thick, it doesn't coat heavy like a lot of the store bought sauces do, it's almost like a glaze and you really can't even see it on the meat but oh my can you taste it.

I hope you will like it.

1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup bacon grease
1 tsp. tabasco sauce
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tbsp.  sugar
2 tbsps. worchestire sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder.

Simmer for ten minutes.
Cool and …


Did you ever have get a flat tire?

It usually doesn't take long to know you have a flat.

There's that bumpy, uneven ride you start noticing.

It might even be another driver sees it and tries to let you know by waving and motioning.

Once you know you have a flat, you're pretty much stopped.

You can't continue on until you deal with it.

You are going to have to find a safe place to pull over, you can't just stop anywhere.

Then you are going to have to get out and look and see exactly where its at and how bad it is.

You will have to find the spare if you even have one.

Then you are going to have to find the jack.

At some point you are probably going to have to get down on the ground.

You are probably going to get some road gravel and dirt on you and you very well might break a sweat from getting the lugs loose and tugging on the tire.

Eventually you'll  get it fixed and you'll get back on the road, only this time  the ride will be different

It'll feel smoo…


I've driven a lot of old cars and trucks and vans in my day.

I've been stranded along the road when they broke down and I've been stranded in parking lots when they failed to start.

We had one old truck that had a big hole in the floor board, practically no brakes, windshield wipers that once turned on would not go off and the windows would only roll part way down.

This was the truck the kids and I delivered tomatoes in.

When we got to the end of the road the kids would start saying, "Pump mom" because I had to pump the brakes.

This was the truck we took 4-H projects to the fair in.

Four kids and myself in a truck with windows that wouldn't roll down and we are  in the middle of July, oh and the window wiper switch got hit so they were going back and forth and it was sunny and ninety- five degrees out.

Heidi had her cake she was entering on her lap all the kids and me were in the front seat of the truck, remember we are hot and crowded and in a hurry.

We had…


You know how much I admire Ma Ingalls, Caroline Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie.

It didn't matter what happened, no matter how bad the deal or how stressed out Pa was she held her tongue.

When she saw what happened or after Pa, told her what happened she would  nod her head or she would just sit quiet.

I know that is exactly what she should have done.

Her example is great.

Pa didn't need her telling him how it would be okay, he didn't need her telling him what he did wrong or what he could do different next time.

He needed for her to be still.

She needed to give him time to deal with it within himself.

He needed time to think and to process.

We had a situation like this just last week and it's the very reason I know I'm no Ma Ingalls.

I had been mowing over at Lost River, I was almost done and Mark said he would take over.

He accidently hit a gas line.

He got down and looked at the line.

It scared me to death.

I started saying, "We better call the gas…


You know I love the dinner table.

You know I'm all about cooking and eating.

And you know every time I get the chance I am going to promote that.

But hopefully you also know.... I know where we are today.

I know life if different now, and as nice as the kitchen table and the family all  around's hard to get it done.

Soooo....we find ourselves running through the drive-thru on the way  home from practice or work.

Or we pull a frozen pizza out of the freezer and pop it in the oven.

That's all okay.

You see one way a family is built is around a  meal, not the food.

The two are not the same.

The time is more important than the menu.

If you have to eat in the car...then eat in the car but make sure the radio is off, don't let the kids be watching a movie, don't be on your phone.

Eat and talk.

You can have the dinner table atmosphere in the car.

Don't think that a number one off the fast food menu on a Tuesday or a frozen pizza on the table on Tuesday is…