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!


Want a chance to win a BEACH BAG that includes a Kindle Fire?  Visit each of these blogs, leave a comment, follow the directions and receive an entry to the giveaway!  

HURRY… you only have 2 days left!!  


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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Tasty Tuesday ~ Meat Loaf Pie


Before I get to this week’s recipe, I need to congratulate Connie Lynch on winning last week’s spring giveaway. Congratulations Connie! Please send me a private message with your address, so I can get your goodies in the mail to you.

This week’s recipe comes from the Tasty Traditions/Huber Family Favorites cookbook. This is a fairly new cookbook that I just purchased recently at Gordonville Book Store in Gordonville, PA (Lancaster County Amish Country). This book has over 900 tasty recipes for homestyle cooking, baking, and canning. The list of the Huber descendants is included in the front of the book as well.

I decided to fix the meat loaf pie recipe on page 139, and I am so glad I did. Oh my word! Delicious is an understatement. My hubby, who wasn’t hungry, had three helpings...

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Tasty Tuesday ~ Spring Giveaway Time


What better way to get into spring fever than to have a spring giveaway. While up in Amish Country this past weekend, I picked up a few things.

wpbc giveaway

The cover of this whoopie pie cookbook just screams spring with the pretty pastel colors. There are lots of neat whoopie pie recipes to try.

The towel topper was made by the Amish, and I picked this up at one of the Amish owned grocery stores I like to frequent. I thought the tulips were just perfect for spring. My tulip bulbs have broken ground and are starting to pop up through the dirt in our garden. The daffodils are about three inches high so far. The tulips need to catch up. My crocuses are blooming, so I’m enjoying the purple out by the mailbox.

The other item in this giveaway is a jar of pickled beets from Intercourse Canning Company...

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Tasty Tuesday ~ It’s Wedding Time


Let’s Talk Weddings

Amish Wedding

One important wedding happened yesterday, and I would like to take this time to congratulate Whoopie Pie Pam and Bruce for tying the knot on February 29, 2016. So happy for you both and wish you many years of love and happiness together and lots of motorcycle rides.

Now onto Amish wedding chatter –

Amish weddings aren’t your typical weddings. They are usually huge in attendance – can range from 300-500 people and held at the bride’s family home. And the bride’s mother usually is in charge of the food with help from the other ladies in the community. Can you imagine fixing food for 500 people? I love to cook, but I think that would do me in.

A typical menu for Lancaster County Amish weddings can include:

“Amish casserole” which is chicken and celery based fillin...

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