Thursday, September 17, 2009


My dear mother was born on this date in 1923.  She entered the Gates of her Heavenly Home when she was only 64.  We miss her dearly, but are very grateful for the influence and godly example she so freely shared with us while she walked among us.  She loved to sew - and she let me spend time in the kitchen while she was busy at her machine.  Thus, I credit her with my love of being in the kitchen. Thank you Mom! *-*Grandma King I want to honor Mom today by sharing a couple of favorite recipes from her files.


(One that my siblings still request at family gatherings)

3/4 cup sugar
1 T. butter, softened
1/2 cup milk
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 Tb. baking cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking powder

Mix by hand and pour into greased 9" X 9" square baking dish.
Sprinkle over top: 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup chopped nuts
Mix 1/4 cup baking cocoa and 1/2 cup brown sugar together, then sprinkle over top.
Pour 1-1/4 cup boiling water over top and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutess or until center is set.
Serve upside down with whipped cream.

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The following cookie recipe is my favorite crunchy cookie. One of my fondest memories of mom is when she would spend a winter's day in the kitchen baking several varieties of cookies. When we'd get home from school - the kitchen windows would all be fogged up and the kitchen counters and table, would be covered with the 'fruits' of her labors. We'd get to choose one (maybe two) cookies for an after-school snack and the rest would go in the freezer to be used for our school lunches and unexpected company. She made mostly crunchy cookies because my dad always loved dunking cookies in his coffee.

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2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon, optional
1 cup shortening (margarine or Crisco)
2 eggs
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups rolled oats
1 - 12 ozs. pkg. chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.  Combine dry ingredients; beat shortening, eggs, and sugars until smooth.  Blend in dry ingredients - add vanilla and oats - then chocolate chips.  Drop by teaspoonsful on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 12 - 14 minutes.