National Christmas Center

In July 2014 we visited the National Christmas Center in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  I really enjoyed that visit and now I am very happy that I was able to get there.  I wanted to return earlier this year and discovered that they closed and were looking for a buyer to keep it going.  I recently … Continue reading National Christmas Center


Pennsylvania Dutch Shoo-Fly Pie

Here in Pennsylvania Dutch Country one of the most popular recipes to the region is the Shoo-Fly Pie.  There are so many versions of this pie available including the Chocolate Shoo-Fly Pie with Peanut Butter icing over the top portion which we receive each Christmas from our Amish neighbors.  That is so delicious! The one … Continue reading Pennsylvania Dutch Shoo-Fly Pie

Salmon soup

This was the recipe which my grandmother made and I love it. I don’t know where it originated from and I haven’t found it yet in any vintage cookbook I own.  Maybe it was a recipe she created or was one her mother made. Debone the salmon and mix everything together in a 5 quart … Continue reading Salmon soup

Lemon Chiffon Pudding

I came across this Grange Book recipe and just had to make it because we really enjoy lemon desserts. I added a bit of Limoncello to the batter to ramp up the lemon flavor.  If you give this a try let me know if you enjoyed it. Happy cooking and baking!  

Holiday cookie baking in full swing

Since Columbus Day cookie baking has been in full swing for me.  I plan to have all cookies done before Thanksgiving as I did last year, when I was able to create a wonderful cookie tray to share on Thanksgiving.  I plan to make this a yearly tradition. When do you begin cookie baking?