Split Seconds Cookies

I have leftover cranberry filling from the tarts and didn’t want to throw it away.  I had thawed out last year’s leftover cranberries that was still in my freezer.  So I used them all in doubling the filling recipe.  I did that because I didn’t want to have to stop to make more filling while…

Pizzelles

These traditional Italian cookies are delicate and have a light anise flavoring.  Many of us remember them as holiday cookies or cookies that graced the cookie table at a wedding.  I remember spending hours helping to make these with family members using the traditional pizzelles irons.  That was a long time ago and now we…

Cranberry Cream Cheese Shortbread Tarts (Cookies)

Wonderful little bites of cream cheese pastry and sweet and tart filling. Perfect for the holidays and cookie exchange.  I was able to get 80 little mini tarts from the recipe.  Normally I make tassies but one of my grandchildren has a nut allergy.  I saw this wonderful cranberry jam filling here.   I knew this…

French Salad Dressing

Really simple and easy French salad dressing made from ingredients you always have on hand.  It is a basic recipe that is worth adding to your recipe box to have on hand. The salad dressing is bold in flavor and is a cross between bottled French dressing and Catalina dressing. It will turn a simple…

Cranberry Molded Salad

Old fashioned cranberry molded salad recipe that I have been making for many years.  This is from the first half of the 20th century when congealed salads was very popular.  The newspapers always featured these type of salads on a regular basis because readers sent them in to share.  Refrigeration was new as towns became…

Banana Upside Down Cake

I spent time looking for a recipe for this cake that was inexpensive to make and that did require anything out of the ordinary pantry.  I like this one because it is made in a iron skillet.  Actually any skillet would work that have oven safe handle.

Creamy Celery Seed Salad Dressing

Making salad dressing is easy and inexpensive to make.  It is also a way to stretch your food budget.  You control how much sugar and salt goes into the dressing.  This recipe for celery seed dressing is traditionally known as a French dressing.  A French dressing is a mixture of oil, herbs, seasonings and vinegar. …

Banana Drop Cookies with Cinnamon Chips

I watch after holidays for seasonal baking items to buy marked down.  That is when I get my chocolate chips and other baking chips.  I then use them through the year for cookies and other baking recipes.  They will keep for a year nicely.  Last fall I bought a few bags of cinnamon chips on…

Ham Savory Bites

Quick and easy snack or to serve at a party.  You only need ham salad, bought or homemade, and frozen bread dough. This is an ideal for over the holidays when you are pressed for time.  It does take a few minutes to make the bits after the dough is thawed out but still very…

Pumpkin Drop Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

A recipe that makes a traditional soft drop cookie that is like a little cake.  It is one of my family’s favorite cookie.  This recipe has been around for decades.  It is simple and inexpensive to make, just perfect for a tight budget.  The recipe makes at least 4 dozen cookies.  I chill the dough…

Ham and Vegetable Pot Pie

Leftover ham is used for this tasty everyday pie.   The pie is made in a casserole dish and topped with just a pie crust.  It is quick and easy when you use prepared pie dough from the deli case at the grocery store.  Perfect for an evening meal using leftover ham.    

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Easy to make old fashion recipe.  It used up overripe bananas that you have going to waste. It is inexpensive because it calls for margarine.  It is a soft drop cookie like oatmeal raisin cookies. It makes about 3 dozen cookies. I used my holiday cookie pans that I have collected over the years from…