Tasty Tuesday ~ Sloppy Joes


Can you believe that this week’s recipe is not a dessert? Some of you probably fell off your chairs not seeing something sweet in the title. Since I had two pounds of ground turkey thawing, I decided to look for a recipe to use that. I found a recipe for sloppy joes in Tasty Traditions/Huber Family Favorites. My usual way of fixing sloppy joes is to brown the meat and open a can or two of Manwich. I’m all about fixing an easy meal, but that doesn’t always mean it is the healthiest. So I decided to make sloppy joes from scratch and see how they tasted.


As you can see, since I used ground turkey, the meat doesn’t actually get “brown” like beef does. This was 99% ground turkey, so it stays pretty much white. That is why the sloppy joe looks different than most...

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Tasty Tuesday ~ It’s All About The Camels



I know some of you have seen the pictures of the camels that I have taken up at an Amish farm in Lancaster County, because some of you have asked why they have camels. I figured for this week’s blog post, I would answer that question.

For a couple years now, this one Amish farm has had camels. It started with just a couple, and as of Mother’s Day, we saw 13. The baby camels are just too cute.


This Amish farm raises the camels for their milk. Miller’s Organic Farm sells the milk in pints only. Camel milk is used for Autism, Crohn’s disease, tuberculosis, and various other diseases. Camel milk may contain three times more vitamin C than cow’s milk. It can be easily digested by lactose-intolerant individuals as well...

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Tasty Tuesday ~ Monster M&M Cookies


Let’s talk cookies this week – monster cookies to be exact. These cookies have pretty much everything in them except the kitchen sink it seems like. And the recipe makes a monster pile of cookies too. A good cookie to fix at Christmas if you have a cookie exchange to attend. I found this recipe in Tasty Traditions/Huber Family Favorites. There are actually five recipes in this one cookbook for various types of monster cookies. They pretty much have the same ingredients except I noticed one has nuts, coconut, and Rice Krispies as well. So yes, pretty much everything but the kitchen sink seems to fit the bill here.


Here is the recipe if you’d like to bake up a monster batch of monster cookies for yourself...

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Tasty Tuesday ~ It’s Definitely Springtime


It’s definitely springtime around here. I can tell, because of the warmer temperatures and the little ants in my kitchen.


When the weather warms up and we have a little rain, those pesky little ants find their way into my kitchen and drive me crazy. I know a lot of people reach for the over the counter poison sprays or gel when it comes to killing ants. I don’t like to spray that sort of stuff or have the gel in my kitchen with all the utensils and such sitting around, so I found a recipe in one of my many Amish cookbooks, Tasty Traditions/Huber Family Favorites that I am going to try. It is environmentally friendly, so there is no poison in the air or the counters.

tasty traditions

Here is the recipe if you have those pesky buggers invading your space…

Ant Poison, Tasty Traditions, page 339


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Tasty Tuesday ~ Hershey Brownies


Hershey Brownies

I was definitely thinking chocolate after seeing Menopause the Musical over the weekend at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater in Lancaster. Oh my word! It was so funny. I laughed from the beginning to the end and highly recommend the show if it comes to your area. So with chocolate on my mind, I chose the “Hershey’s Brownies” recipe out of the Tasty Traditions/Huber Family Favorites cookbook which includes over 900 tasty recipes for homestyle cooking, baking, and canning. Hershey has always been my chocolate of choice, so when I saw the name, I knew I had to fix these


Here is the recipe if you would like to make a batch of these yummy brownies…

Hershey’s Brownies, Tasty Traditions, page 250

Jenny Huber

3/4 c. butter, melted

1 1/2 c. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

3 eggs

3/4 c...

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Tasty Tuesday ~ Dump Cake


This week’s post is another dessert I made for Easter Sunday. A dump cake is a very easy cake to whip (or I really should say dump) together especially if unexpected company is on the way. The ingredients are items you probably already have on hand. In Cinnamon Rolls and Mixing Bowls, you can find this recipe on page 200. Another one of my favorite cookbooks that sits on my cookbook rack pretty frequently. Since I have quite the collection of Amish cookbooks, hubby put together a small bookcase just for them, so it is nice to keep them together in one place.


Dump Cake, David & Rosie Schwartz, Decatur, IN

Cinnamon Rolls and Mixing Bowls Cookbook, page 200

1 (16 oz.) can crushed pineapple

1 box yellow cake mix

2 Tbsp. butter, thinly sliced

1 can pie filling

1 c. chopped pecans

Dump undrai...

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Tasty Tuesday ~ Carrot Cake


Happy first week of April! Where did the first three months of the year go? They flew by right quick for me.

One of the desserts I made for Easter was carrot cake cupcakes. I used the recipe from the Weavertown School Kitchen Collections cookbook. I seem to reach for this cookbook a lot, because it is full of all sorts of neat recipes. I’ve been keeping it on my cookbook holder in the kitchen, so it is close by.


Carrot Cake, Dorcas Martin

Weavertown School Kitchen Collections, page 152

1 1/2 c. vegetable oil

2 c. sugar

4 eggs

2 c. flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

2 c. shredded carrots

Blend together first 3 ingredients; then gradually add flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well; then add the shredded carrots and mix well again...

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Tasty Tuesday ~ Spring Is In The Air


Spring Birds Collage

Spring is in the air! The birds are chirping quite a bit each morning when I wake up. We have several different bird feeders in our backyard, and I love seeing the different types of birds that visit. Since the birds are busy getting ready to build nests and start families, I thought why not share a couple recipes out of The Esh Family Cookbook for bird food. They need to eat too. I have seen a few pictures on Facebook of hummingbird nests, so I know the hummingbirds would really appreciate you fixing the first recipe for them.

We never seem to have luck with hummingbirds in our garden. We plant all the right flowers, but only see one or two every few years. We will give it a shot again this year and see if our luck improves.


Here is a recipe for hummingbird nectar...

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Tasty Tuesday ~ Easter Story Cookies


Since Easter is just around the corner, I thought this recipe sounded neat and would be a great teaching example to children about what Easter truly means. It’s not about the colored eggs and Easter bunny. It’s all about Jesus.

This week’s recipe comes from The Esh Family Cookbook, one of my favorites. How many recipes do you know that lists the Bible as one of its ingredients???


Easter Story Cookies 

Mrs. Ruth Ann Beall (William) 

The Esh Family Cookbook, page 105

To be made the evening before Easter. You need:

1 t. vinegar

Pinch salt

Zipper baggie

Tape – 3D20


1 c. whole pecans

3 egg whites

1 c. sugar

Wooden spoon

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. (this is important – don’t wait til you’re half done with the recipe).

~Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children b...

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New Beginnings Blog Tour


Today is the last day for my “New Beginnings” Celebration Tour with CelebrateLit. I am so honored to have had such a fantastic tour. The reviews have been amazing!


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For the next two days, for every comment you leave on these reviews, you will receive an entry to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.  I will personally visit each review and put your name in the drawing.  

If you have any questions about New Beginnings, I will happily answer them on the comments of the Reviews!  

To Enter you MUST Click on the photo above to take you to the list of reviews and leave a comment there!

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