Grandma’s Country Kitchen

GRANNY’S POTATO SALAD

4 cups cooked diced potatoes

3 hard boiled eggs, diced

1 small onion diced fine (sprinkle with a little sugar. Set aside.)

1/2 cup diced celery

1/2 cup salad dressing

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon prepared mustard

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar

Dab of milk

Combine potatoes, eggs, and celery. Mix together salad dressing, salt, mustard, sugar,onions, vinegar and enough milk to make a smooth dressing. Pour over potato mixture and mix thoroughly.

This particular recipe is one of my favorites! Grandma always made it for BBQ’s and for any other occasion she felt like 🙂

May your day be filled with blessings!

Laurie Jackson

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Grandma’s Country Kitchen

BASIC SWEET DOUGH

2 Fleischmann Dry Yeast

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 Cup warm water

1 Cup milk, scalded

6 Tablespoons shortening, butter, or margarine

1/2 Cup sugar

1 Teaspoon salt

7 Cups flour

3 Eggs, beaten

Dissolve yeast and one tablespoon sugar in warm water. Add shortening, sugar, and salt to hot milk. Cool. Add two cups flour to make batter. Add yeast and eggs. Beat well. Add remaining flour to make soft dough; knead. Place in greased bowl. Cover, set in warm place. Let rise until double, about two hours. Punch down and shape as desired.

This dough can be used for a tea ring, or buns or coffee cake.

Tea Ring 350 degrees for 30 minutes

Buns/Dinner Rolls 425 degrees for 20 minutes

Coffee Cake 375 degrees for 40 minutes

I am disappointed that I do not have Grandma’s homemade butter recipe. A slice of her butter on warm rolls were always so delicious.

Hope your day is full of blessings!

Laurie Jackson

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Weather Wisdom

I found this amongst Grandma’s recipes. I found it to be an interesting read. I do not know if these are true. Enjoy!

Rolling thunder in the fall means a hard winter.

When snowdrifts face the north, Spring will arrive early.

When the hay in the fields leans to the northeast, Summer will be long and hot.

The first frost will occur six months after the first thunder of Spring.

When chickens stay out in the rain, it will last all day.

Crickets singing in the house tell of a long, cold Winter.

These may just be Old Wives Tales.

May your day be filled with laughter!

Laurie Jackson

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Candy Cookie

This recipe was one of Grandpa’s favorite candies. He wanted it on a daily basis.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

1 1/3 cups flour

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2/3 cup margarine

1 cup sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1 cup (6oz. pkg.) chocolate chips

1 1/4 cups (12 oz. jar) peanut butter

3 cups Rice Krispies Cereal or Corn Flakes

Combine flour, brown sugar, and margarine in mixer bowl. Mix at low speed until blended. (Mixture may be crumbly.) Press into bottom of ungreased 13×9 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

Combine sugar and corn syrup in large saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to boil. Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips and peanut butter. Stir until melted. Stir in Rice Krispies. Spread over base. Cool and cut into bars.

This cookie/candy becomes addicting after one piece. The candy can be made without the crust. When I make it, I usually use a small cookie scoop and make balls. You can use your hands to make balls but be careful because the candy will be warm.

Enjoy!

May your day be filled with laughter and sunshine!

Laurie Jackson

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From Grandma’s Country Kitchen

Cabbage Slaw

My grandma made the best cabbage slaw EVER!!! I’ve tried over the years to make her cabbage slaw. It just never turned out like hers. Guess I just didn’t add the right amount of love to the slaw like she did.

4 cups cabbage shredded (heaping)

2 stalks of celery

1 small jar pimentos

1/2 medium pepper chopped

Carrots if you wish

Soak cabbage, peppers and pimentos for 1 hour in brine made of 11/2 tablespoons salt to 11/2 cups of water (enough to cover). After you soak the cabbage, drain and wash with clear water. Add celery to the sauce.

Sauce:

1/2 cup vinegar

1/2 cup water

1 cup sugar

Boil to rolling. Remove from heat and cool. (Add celery)

Pour over cabbage. Let stand 24 hours before using. Will keep for months in refrigerator.

Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Laurie Jackson

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Grandma’s Recipes

My grandmother has been gone for 16 years. I think about her each day. I still miss her. When me and my siblings divided her things, I was blessed to get her recipes. I always enjoyed cooking and baking with her.

I loved watching her measure the ingredients. She always used a coffee cup as a one cup measure instead of the actual measuring cup itself. Making sure the flour was always level, was of the utmost importance to her. Too little flour or too much and the recipe was ruined! She rarely measured the salt. Just a pinch or a dash will do just fine. Umm, Grandma, I don’t know what those are. Now, I’m not sure about any of you reading this, but I need the actual measurements. She had tiny hands and fingers. So, I’m pretty sure her pinches and dashes were not the same as mine were.

Grandma would not buy the cheap flour. When it came to her baking/cooking, that flour had to be Gold Medal. The cheap granulated sugar was fine, though, for baking. In her opinion, sugar was sugar.

What I hope to do with Grandma’s recipes is share them with you.

May your day be filled with sunshine!

Laurie Jackson

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Through the Window

As I look through my office window, I see so much! Besides the obvious, like green grass, tall trees with some branches with leaves and some branches that are dead. The tree directly in front of my window has vines growing up the side. The leaves from here look like poison ivy. There is also an electric pole standing straight up into the sky next to the tree. The fluffy white/gray clouds are playing peek a boo with the sun. Looks like there is a gentle breeze.

What else do I see? I see the future! It looks like a wonderful journey. My daughter is three months pregnant. I am so excited to be Grandma again!!! I see my life with my fun loving husband and that there will never be a dull moment. I can see myself getting older and living life to the fullest. Doesn’t hurt anyone to be a little crazy once in awhile!

May your day be filled with laughter!

Laurie Jackson

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Settling In

We are finally in our new home! It has been a long time coming. I am not kidding! Alex and I spent seven weeks with Mom. I enjoyed it tremendously! To be honest, I cried a bit when it was time to leave her home. When all this moving started, the salesman that sold us the mobile home said that we were top priority. It wouldn’t take that long. (Famous last words!)

Then, the delays started. There was one excuse after the other. More paperwork to sign. We had to wait on the bank. They were taking forever to send the necessary papers to the salesman. We were told there was yet another piece of paper for us to sign. (Now, there is one thing I forgot to mention. Alex and I were staying at Mom’s who lives in Augusta. The papers we had to sign was in Columbia—almost three hours away.) There was also the lack of communication from the salesman. Three weeks went by before he told us that the man who delivered the mobile homes had died. The salesman knew when we walked into the office and put a down payment on the mobile home we wanted that the man that died had been sick for a long time.

Alex and I kept hearing, “You’re the first ones to get your home moved. You are on top of the list.” We were also told over and over that this particular business had to contract out the work. Seven weeks passed before we were finally able to move in. I told Alex that the only way I am moving again is if we win the lottery. Guess we have to play in order to win. I always promised myself that I would never live in a mobile home park, but guess what! That’s where we are. Alex and I are getting older and we just want to enjoy life.

I loved being able to have spent so much time with Mom. I feel that her and I have gotten so much closer. Thank you, Mom, for all that you have done for me and Alex!

Thank you for stopping by!

May your day be full of laughter and sunshine!

Laurie Jackson

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