December 7: Family Recipes for the Holidays.


“The four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup.” -Buddy The Elf

I wanted to share a dessert recipe with you that makes me think about the holidays. However, when I sat down to choose the scrumptiousness that I was going to bestow upon you, I couldn’t make a decision. When you come from a family like mine where we never have a family “gatherin'” without food it is near impossible to pick just one family recipe. My Aunt Ima and I had a running joke for many years, that I never saw her without food in her hand (usually some form of bread or dessert) 🙂 I come from a family of women that cook, and when I say cook I mean they love to cook and they do it with gusto. My great-grandma worked as the head kitchen cook for a small Texas town for many, many years and she NEVER cooked anything that wasn’t homemade! <3 She cooked with her heart and her door was always open to feed a hungry soul.

So I am going to share 3 recipes with you that make me think about the holidays and family. <3

**Sadly I don't have pictures for 2 of the following recipes. 🙁 However, I will update this post and include a picture if I cook either of these desserts over the Holidays (which I plan to.) This is just a good reminder to take pictures, my friends. Two of these ladies, aren't here with me anymore and I would love to have had a picture of them cooking these recipes with me. <3 Never take memories for granted.

pumpkin piMy Granny’s Deluxe Pecan Pie

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. dark corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 c. brandy or “equivalent of brandy flavoring”
  • 1 c. pecan halves or lots more
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1/2 c. whipping cream


Heat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare pastry for a 9-inch one-crust pie. In small mixer bowl, beat eggs, sugar, salt, butter, syrup, and cream. Stir in vanilla, brandy, and pecans. Pour into pastry-lined pie pan. Bake 40-50 minutes or until filling is set and pastry is golden brown. Cool.

FudgeMy MaMaw Shirley’s Fudge Oatmeal Bars

  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 8 oz. pkg. chocolate chips
  • 14 oz. can Eagle Brand Milk
  • 1/2 c. oleo
  • 1 c. melted oleo or butter
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 3 c. minute oatmeal
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 c. chopped nuts

Cream sugars, butter, and eggs. Add flour, soda, and oatmeal. Mix all these ingredients together well. They will be stiff and sticky. Press 2/3 of this mixture into greased sheet cake pan, saving 1/3 of the mixture until later. Combine chocolate chips, Eagle Brand milk, oleo, and the vanilla and melt over low heat. Add nuts and mix. Pour over the layer of oatmeal mixture. Drop half teaspoonfuls of oatmeal mixture over the chocolate mixture until all of the remaining oatmeal mixture is used. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes, checking frequently, until oatmeal mixture starts to brown.

red applesMaMaw Nina’s Apple Crisp

  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Enough oatmeal to make it thick, but spreadable
  • Apple Slices to cover the bottom of a dish or apple filling

Melt margarine in a bowl. Add your brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and enough oatmeal to make it thick, but spreadable. Spread over your sliced apples or pie filling. Bake in oven at 350 degrees until oatmeal mixture is brown.



I would love to hear about some of your favorite holiday recipes? What recipes remind you of Christmas and family?


Giving Light

“For unto us a child is born, unto us, a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6


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