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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Peach Cobbler from Laura McLeod

Maybe because it is the end of March and feels like the end of January here in the South....
and I am hankering for a little bit warmer weather right now.
Or maybe because we enjoyed cobbler earlier this month
at the Booth Western Art Museum's Dutch Oven Cookoff...
I had to post this recipe for Peach Cobbler!
Or maybe it's just because I love Peach cobbler!
It brings to mind big drippy fresh peaches from Charlie, Texas, 
Don't blink as you go through Charlie.
You may miss both the town and the peaches. 
They are the best peaches I have ever had. 
And I live in the Peach State! 
That should tell you how good Charlie Texas peaches are!
All us kids would pile into the car and Mom would drive us to go pick peaches.
We'd come home full of peaches.
Both our stomachs as well as the paper bags in the back of the station wagon were full!
Mom would make peach preserves...
if the fresh peaches weren't devoured first!
I think I'll make some peach cobbler this weekend !

Monday, March 28, 2011

Good Barbeque BBQ Sauce

I think when this was copied from a friend of June Vissotzky's
that she meant to cook
the venison, ribs, etc in the good BBQ sauce
for 2 hrs slowly...not to cook the BBQ sauce itself for 2 hours.
You'd be left with no sauce to cook with!
And then it couldn't be called Good BBQ Sauce. 
We'd have to call it Burned BBQ Sauce.
And no one would read my blog,
much less want to eat anything with the sauce!
And then everyone would be hungry.
And cranky...
which is NEVER a good thing! 
Best to stick with Good BBQ Sauce and make everybody happy!
Speaking of making everybody happy...
this would be a Good BBQ Sauce to make a batch of, put in a Mason jar
tie a bow on it, stick a wooden spoon on the side of the bow, and give for a gift!
School will be ending soon,
and I bet most teachers would be happy to have
Good BBQ Sauce for an end-of-year appreciation gift!
June Parker Vissotzky and her fellow teachers
at Stephenville High School would have been more than pleased!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Organic Lawn & Garden Fertilizer

Organic Lawn & Garden Fertilizer
1 can beer
1 cup liquid dish soap
1 cup lemon scented ammonia
1 can Coke or Pepsi or soda
1 cup liquid fertilizer (like Miracle gro etc)
1/2 or 1 cup listerine - regular or mint
Put in 2 liter bottle and spray every 3 weeks.
(You can also make a "tea" using chewing tobacco...
great for keeping those bugs at bay! )
I am going to try this again this year -
I used it years ago.
My lawn was happy...
My flowers were happy...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

McCall's How to make basic crepes perfectly

June Parker Vissotzky was a recipe collector extraordinaire!
After she passed away, we found recipes EVERYWHERE!
In books.
In pockets.
In envelopes.
In drawers.
In her car.
In purses.
In her bathroom drawers.
In her closet.
And of course, in her kitchen!
It was really overwhelming!
She loved to make things for her family and friends.
I think she would have liked this blog.
Now go forth and make some perfect crepes! 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hello Dolly! Chocolate Chip Seven Layer Kitchen Sink Bar Cookies

After yesterday's dump cake kind of a day,
I thought these decadent bars would be appropriate. 
Today is another day!
Plus they are SO easy!
Sweeten the rest of your week with these babies!
 Your family, friends, and co-workers will love you for it.
I think this is one of June's recipes. 
She had beautiful hand-writiing!
I would say it is because she was an artist...
but I have an art degree and MY handwriting is
nothing to write home about, especially as I get older :D
June liked to make dessert part of every evening meal.
I imagine this was one that was easy to make in a hurry,
either for dinner or to take to school or church.
We should all take a little more time to sweeten our days!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Dump Cake for a manic Monday

Dump Cake.
That just about says it all. 
Posted on a Monday after a full moon. 
Not just ANY full moon. 
The Perigree Moon!
The brightest and fullest full moon since 1993.
THAT just about says it all right there in a nutshell.
It has been one of THOSE Mondays.  One big humungous dump cake!
I think I could eat an entire dump cake myself! 
Except for one thing...
2 cubes of oleo.
(oops, that is TWO things! Told you it has been one of those days!)
I am assuming June Vissotzky meant 2 TB of margarine -
although I prefer to use butter.
It's more natural!
(or maybe I have just listened to my mother and Mrs. Deen too much!)
Regardless what kind of Monday YOU have had,
this makes an EXCELLENT and EASY cake -
Just whatever you do DON'T STIR IT TOGETHER!
I am not speaking from experience or anything... lol!
I wonder if June ever felt like her day was one big dump cake?
She was an art teacher in Stephenville, TX and
well-loved for her infectious laugh and sense of humor.
May YOUR day end as sweetly as this dump cake!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sentimental Sundays - Orange Mint Drink Wedding Punch

I have no idea how old this recipe is. 
At least as old as Canada Dry Ginger Ale, which according to Wikipedia was created in 1904.
I DO know that this is the same punch recipe that
Bernice Faires Parker used at her daughter's wedding.
(Wilma June Parker to Henry Vissotzky). 
It was also used at her granddaughters weddings.
It may have even been used at Bernice's wedding to
Harvey Kenneth Parker in the 1920s...
which would mean that this recipe really is from Bernice's Mom,
 Birdie Belle Neighbors. 
Although that is somewhat presumptious,
because it could just as well have come from Harvey's mom,
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Andress, for their wedding.
I used it at my son's Boy Scout Eagle Award ceremony. 
Whenever he gets married, it will most likely be HIS wedding punch.
Bernice used to always make it for us when we would go visit her in Texas.
Let me tell you, there is nothing like it on a hot Texas day!
Not even sweet tea.
It's all about tradition!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Nut Apricot Bars from Lavinia Lohrmann, Stephenville, Texas

Yesterday I gave you Hamburger Dip for March Madness games...
today I give you Nut Apricot Bars! 
If you have any room left after pigging out on the the Hamburger dip,
you might want to have these ready! 
I am going to make these soon to send up to my son in college...
I never knew Lavinia Lohrmann, but she must have been quite a character.
She was a good friend of my mother-in-law, and my husband was good friends with a son of hers.
(That was long before I entered the scene!)
If I remember correctly, she served as mayor of
Stephenville, Texas (Erath County),
was a founding member of Faith Lutheran Church in Stephenville,
and owned a ranch, among several other endeavours. 
Stephenville is creating a Memorial Nature Trail in her honor. 
She must have been quite the cook as well,
because she has several recipes in my
Faith Lutheran Church cookbook from Stephenville. 
I just love community cookbooks, don't you?
What is your favorite community cookbook?

Friday, March 18, 2011

March Madness Hamburger Dip for Chips

Because it's the end of what has been a looong week, I am sneaking this one in.
It's not from "the recipe box".
In fact, it's not even old!
But it is so good, I had to share it with you.
It is from a friend from work.  We always asked her to make it for our birthday potlucks.
It is THAT good!
It would be perfect to make and eat while you are having a "March Madness" get together.
A word of caution:  it will be gone before you know it.
The well as March Madness!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pineapple Turnovers Jiffy Dish

Pineapples bring to mind warm tropical breezes while we lived on Oahu in Hawaii. 
Close your eyes.
Can't you feel it?
There, don't you feel better now?
I do! 
All the times I have eaten pineapple, I realized I didn't know much about their nutritional value.
Except that they were good for slowing down inflammation and also aided in digestion.
Here's a link for you:
All you ever needed to know about pineapples!
Thank you Christopher Columbus, for introducing them to us!
And now for those turnovers!  These sound delicious!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Broken Glass Jello & Graham Cracker Dessert from Mrs. Potter in Illinois

Broken Glass Jell-O dessert! 
It is a gray day here in the south...and I need this recipe. 
 When you slice it it looks like broken stained glass...or a cathedral window. 
Which leads me back to the gray day.  I need this recipe because of the name! 
 I can close my eyes and imagine I am in front of a beautiful stained glass cathedral window,
being warmed by the filtered sunlight streaming through. 
It's a long shot, I know, but that is what I think of when I think of stained glass. 
It leads me back to a visit in Germany -
My 8 year old son and I 
stepped into church with the most beautiful cathedral windows. 
Timing is everything,
because it also happened to be the practice time for the organist. 
My young son and I sat down,
with the warm colored light playing down upon us,
and listened to some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard. 
How can one not feel closer to your maker, no matter your religion, when in a setting such as that? 
Which is why I must make this recipe, to remind me of special times! 
Bless Mrs. Potter from Illinois, for bringing it to whatever function
Bernice Parker attended.
I think I will save it for Easter..
stay tuned for added photos to this post! 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dream Whip Icing

Because it's my resident-tomato-hater-hubby's birthday tomorrow,
I thought Dream Whip Icing
would be an appropriate recipe card to pull from the box and post today.
I don't know if this is the same icing that was made green every year for his cake.
But it sounds deliciously light.
And totally dreamy!
Really I am.
It has been a long Monday! 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Fried Navajo Indian Bread from Mrs. Robert Pacheco (like Sopapillas)

First, let me start by saying that we are talking about American Indian Fry Bread...not the flatbread variety!
We had Fried Indian Bread when we traveled to the Southwest last summer.
I had had some before that. 
I make some for my resident tomato hater hubby to take along on hunting trips.
But they are NOTHING like the Indian Fry Bread we had last summer! 
 Unfortunately I have no clue what paper this is from, which makes it hard to give any credit, where credit is due.  Maybe the Alberquerque, New Mexico paper?  June Vissotzky and her crew lived there for a short while.  It would make sense!  This clipping is a little hard to read,
so here is the typed recipe. I'll post some pictures later after I make this recipe! 
Mrs. Robert Pacheco, whoever you are, wherever you are, THANK YOU!!!!
 4 cups unsifted flour
1 teasoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 cup lukewarm water
Mix dry ingredients thoroughly. 
Add water and knead throughly. 
Cover and let stand 10 minutes.
Roll dough into balls about 2 inches in diameter and roll out flat with a rolling pin into a circle.
Cut two slashes in the center of the circle and ease it gently in to the hot grease in a frying pan.
Fry the dough until both sides are browned.
Serve with salt
(my note - also delicious with honey, or sugar and cinnamon!  Enter the danger zone at your own risk!!!)
Makes 10-12 servings. 

Calendars, Advertising, Rexall Multivitamins, Alaska, and Robert E. Lee

This gem was on the backside of one of June Vissotzky's recipes.
I couldn't help myself! I HAD to scan it in!
Especially when I read about the Rexall Children's multi-vitamins having
liver concentrate and iron.
You don't hear about those two ingredients anymore in children's vitamins...
much less adult vitamins.
Maybe we need to go back to those ingredients...
You didn't hear about as many ear infections back then, that is for sure! 
This corner of the calendar was from January -
because January 19 is Gen. Robert. E. Lee's birthday.
Now there is a gentleman -
would be fascinating to look up his genealogy and how it was done!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Vissotzky Roasted Peanuts

Why buy the "little peanut man" peanuts when you can roast your own,
and flavor them to your own liking?
I'm just sayin'!
Nothing against little peanut characters, mind you!
I wouldn't want them to rise up against me!
Just be sure to note that you are to leave the peanuts in an UNLIGHTED oven...
maybe they are afraid of the light? 

Meet Mrs. Clyde Stuart and her Pecan Pie from Fayetteville (NC, GA,??)

This sounds ALMOST like my "never going to try another pecan pie recipe in my life" recipe.
Maybe I'll try this one.
But that's just to see if it is as wonderful as my stand-by recipe for pecan pie.
I just wanted you to know that.

Banana Bread

Forgive me while  I drool.
I can't believe I have no bananas in the house! 
I MUST get some.....

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Bernice Faires Neighbors Parker, genealogy

Bernice Faires Neighbors Parker
Shawnee Oklahoma; Canadian, Oklahoma; Dallas, Texas, and points inbetween!
I am guessing this photo was taken around the 1970's? 
A lot of the recipes in heritage recipe Box #1 are from her.
And boy, could she cook!
I don't think her cupboard was ever bare!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Fantasy Fudge

It's a rainy day!
and oh fudge, it's on the weekend. 
sorry - i couldn't resist!!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Shrimp Cocktail  Sauce! 
Fantastic Friday's recipe....with hints of things to come for the big FIVE-O weekend!. 
 Bernice Faires Parker would be happy I am using her recipe. 
I am happy because here's a recipe I can use to control the amount of horseradish!  
My resident tomato hater hubby LOVES horseradish!  
Here we go!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Caramel Nut Popcorn Crunch a la Parker Vissotzky

Perhaps it's because this sounds so good to make for my son and his friends
for their Spring Break road trip...or perhaps because it has just been a totally "nutty" day
 (sorry...couldn't resist!)...
I chose this recipe form the box to feature on today's blog post. 
Who cares about caloric count?
They are college kids, right?
Really, I'll only try a little bit. 
...or maybe a handful.
Or maybe I should just make two batches! 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Vintage Advertisement for Reed's Rembrandt Line - Paper with Pizazz!

This charming advertisement was on the back of one of the recipes. 
I just could not resist including it in my recipe geneaolgy blog!  
I wonder if my mother-in-law found it as charming as I do? 
She was an artist, so I like to think that she smiled at it when she saw it. 
Cute little picnikers! 

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