Category: It’s Time to Cook

Banana Tea Bread – A Mennonite Recipe

A cup of tea and something sweet is a perfect combination for a chilly winter night.  When I feel like baking something old fashion, I head straight to my Mennonite Community Cookbook! The history and homestyle cooking are apparent on every page of my favorite cookbook.  I can almost see the Mennonite women busy in their kitchens preparing food for their hardworking families. Growing up in Pennsylvania I learned how to bake and cook many of the recipes found in this book.  The women in my family cooked just like this…tried and true old-fashion recipes from the heart. If...

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Homemade Bakery Fresh Sandwich Rolls

These hearty homemade sandwich rolls are becoming a staple for my family!  We are loving them for any kind of sandwich, but they work the best for homemade sloppy joes and hamburgers.  Homemade Bakery Fresh Sandwich Rolls 2015-11-29 13:51:02 Serves 8 Print Prep Time 2 hr Cook Time 15 min Prep Time 2 hr Cook Time 15 min Ingredients 3 tablespoons warm milk 1 cup warm water 2 teaspoons yeast 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 egg 3 cups bread flour 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 2 1/2 tablespoons soften butter Instructions In a large bowl, combine...

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Meringue Recipe & Easy How to Instructions

I have to admit I have struggled over the years with making the perfect meringue.  Either it was too runny, too grainy or just a big flop!  After my last failure I did some research, called my mother for advice and was determined to overcome my fear of making meringue.   I would consider myself a pretty good cook, so I was determined to find a meringue recipe and instructions that would be fail-proof. Finally, I have mastered making the perfect meringue! What I learned: Only use sparkling clean glass bowls free from grease and oil. If using, farm fresh...

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How to Make Amish Meadow Tea

Growing up in Pennsylvania fresh mint grew everywhere.  In ditches alongside the road, in gardens, in pots and always in the kitchen gardens of the neighboring Amish women.   The smell still has a way of taking me back to the days of riding my bike on our dirt road while jumping off and standing on the side as a buggy or car went by.     Even now, 40 years later, the smell and the taste of Meadow Tea still puts a smile on my face.  It’s all natural, has no caffeine and is the perfect drink any time of...

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Old Fashion Hot Cocoa Recipe

It’s that time of the year where I need to dig out some of my favorite cool weather recipes.  This old fashion hot cocoa recipe is one of my family’s favorites. Prepackaged hot cocoa can’t even compare to the homey sweet taste of homemade hot chocolate. It’s simple and easy and doesn’t take much effort to make it.  The ingredients are readily available in any well-stocked pantry.  Sugar, water, powdered cocoa and real milk is all it takes to provide this tasty treat to your little ones.  Here is the simple Old Fashion Hot Cocoa recipe: 2 teaspoons cocoa...

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Tracy at Our Simple Homestead Hidden away in Central South Carolina is a little farm where we call home. Surrounded by pine trees, chicken farms, and lots of sandy soil we live a very simple lifestyle by the grace of God.

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