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Grandma’s “Secret” Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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3 Libby's labels from Grandma's Recipe Box

While digging through Grandma’s recipe box I found 5 labels for Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie Recipe, so I guess it’s not hard to figure out  that this was Grandma’s “go to” recipe for pumpkin pie. The Libby’s website says that the Pumpkin Pie Recipe has been on the label since 1950.  In the picture above are 3 different labels from different years that were in Grandma’s box. The style of the can might of changed, but the recipe never did. I think it would be perfect for “My Very Own Pie Crust” recipe from the other day. I’ll be making it for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.

I’ll just leave a link for the Libby’s website, if anyone would like the recipe…or it’s still found on the back of the can 🙂



A Pie Crust Recipe and a Wedding Memory

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Sherman and Lena Howerton

This picture is of my Grandma and Grandad,  Sherman and Lena Howerton, at my wedding 26 years ago last Tuesday. (That was November 15th, 1985) Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s been that long ago. Grandad and Grandma were some of our best friends when me and Bill got married. We were at their house all the time. Grandad and Bill rebuilt the engine in Bill’s old truck (a 1969 GMC). Angie,  my sister, inherited that truck later on and I don’t think she liked it very well 🙂 Grandma and I would go grocery shopping and hang out at Walmart. We were always working on a craft or two, too. I sure miss those days.

Today’s recipe is another one from the C.R. Jones Supply Company cooking school. It’s called “My Own Pie Crust” and it must have been Mrs. Maxine Bolt’s recipe since she was the teacher of the school. I’ll have to try it for Thanksgiving!

My Very Own Pie Crust

1 1/2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour

1/2 Cup Cake Flour

1 teaspoon Sugar

2/3 Cup of shortening

1 1/2 teaspoons of Vinegar–add water to fill 1/3 cup

Sift dry ingredients together, cut in 1/3 cup of shortening until fine as corn meal. Cut in remaining shortening. Sprinkle with liquid and mix together to form a ball. Turn into floured board and roll.

Hope this recipe works out good!

Just in Time for Thanksgiving–Fall Festival Salad

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Cooking School circa 1949

Digging through Grandma’s recipe box, I found an interesting program for a Cooking School compliments of the C.R. Jones Supply Company in Siloam Springs. The school was conducted by Mrs. Maxine Bolt. It has several recipes in it. I tried out the Fall Festival Salad, which was kind of different and pretty tasty!

Before I share the recipe, I’ll have to say this program brought up some questions. What and where was the C.R. Jones Supply Company? Who was Mrs. Maxine Bolt? How old is the little program? I never did figure out who Maxine Bolt was, but the questions of  where and when were answered by a script from a walking tour of Siloam Springs that was on the Arkansas Preservation website. It states that the C.R. Jones Company was located at 201-203 S. Broadway from 1930-1950. This building later became Smith’s Carpet. I’m still not sure what the  C.R. Jones Supply Company supplied. Also because I was bored 🙂 I went to and looked at all the calenders between 1930 and 1950 for Tuesday, November 29 (the date on the program, there wasn’t a year).  November 29th fell on a Tuesday in 1932, 1938 and 1949.  Grandma and Grandad weren’t married in 1932, I think maybe they were still living in Gentry in 1938, sooo….I bet Grandma went to the Cooking School in 1949! Okay…on with the recipe:

Fall Festival Salad

4 Red Apples, Diced, Unpeeled

1/4 cup Diced Celery

1 large Raw Carrot, Grated Fine

1 Cup White or Turkey Grapes

(what’s a Turkey Grape?)

1/4 cup Diced Maraschino Cherries

Toss together with the following dressing:

1 package Philadelphia Cream Cheese (room temperature)

add gradually Maraschino Cherry juice and beat till light and fluffy

2 teaspoons of sugar

I didn’t add the whole package of Cream Cheese, I just used about 1/2 and then added more little by little until it seemed like enough.

Hope you enjoy the recipe! And if anyone knows about Maxine Bolt or what a turkey grape is…please let me know 🙂

Fresh Corn Pudding

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Grandma Lena and my Mom, Barbara Howerton Hall

This recipe is delicious! It’s perfect for this time of year too. If you don’t have fresh corn in your garden, there’s lots of roadside places or Farmer’s  Markets to find fresh corn. I have heard that grilling the corn on the cob before adding it to the mixture is really good.

This recipe was passed down from my Great-Greatmother Nora Trammell Whiteside to my Grandmother Lena.


2 cups of fresh corn

2 eggs well beaten

1/4 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of butter

1/2 cup of milk

2 tablespoons of flour

Mix well and bake in moderate oven until set. (I baked mine at 350 for 35 minutes)

Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake

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Grandma and Grandad at the Fair

This cake is so good and so rich! It’s really delicious. Even though the word “lazy” is in the recipe title, there’s nothing lazy about it. Lazy to me is a box of cake mix and a tub of icing 🙂 Here’s the recipe:

Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake


1 ¼ cups boiling water

1 cup oats uncooked

½ cup butter, soft

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

1 ½ cups sifted all purpose flour

1 teaspoon soda

½ teaspoon salt

¾ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg


¼ melted butter

½ cup firmly packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons light cream

½ cup chopped nutmeats

¾ cup coconut

Pour water over oats, cover and let stand 20 minutes. Beat Butter until creamy. Gradually beat in sugars. Blend in vanilla and eggs. Stir in oats mixture. Sift together flour, soda, salt and spices. Add to creamed mixture. Blend well, pour batter into greased and floured 9 inch square baking pan. Bake in preheated moderate oven at 350 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes. Do not remove cake from pan. For frosting combine melted butter, brown sugar, cream, nutmeats and coconuts. Spread over cake. Broil until bubbly. Makes one 9 inch cake.

Now for a few comments on making this cake. Use old fashioned oats, not quick oats. I didn’t have any light cream, so I just used milk and it worked out fine. (Is light cream just milk?) I also used pecans for the nuts. My cake was done in 35 minutes instead of 50 or 55.

Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake


Yard Sale Memories and Cookin’ with Dr. Pepper

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In Grandma’s recipe box there are lots of recipe booklets from all different brands of foods. This is one from Dr. Pepper copyright 1965. I’m not sure how many recipes Grandma used in this booklet, but I found one that looked alot like Sloppy Joes that I might make for supper tonight.


1 pound of ground beef

1 clove garlic, minced

1 medium onion, chopped

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup of Dr. Pepper

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 6 ounce can tomato paste

Few drops of Tobasco

Brown meat in skillet; add garlic, onion, salt; cook 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients  and simmer about 20 minutes, or until thick. Serve on hot toasted buns. Serves 8.

Looks like a pretty good recipe, all I need is the Dr. Pepper and I think I’ll leave out the Tobasco.

Now, what does this have to do with yard sales?

Grandma and Grandad would have a yard sale about every summer. It was always fun for me because I’d haul half of their old stuff home. That’s how I wound up with lots of dishes, old cooking utensils, an electric knife that’s great for cutting homemade bread. Anyway, Grandma would always cook up a huge pot of sloppy joes. No one made them better! She’d also make some of her cole slaw, I wish I could find that recipe, but I think she just had it in her head and never wrote it down. I haven’t had any like that since the last time she made it.

Here’s a picture of Grandma at a yard sale they had with their neighbor:

Lena Howerton


Seeing all of that stuff on the table behind her just makes me want to go dig through it!

Now here is a funny one of Grandad at the same yard sale:

Grandad Sherman Howerton


There was a note on the back that said “The only thing at the yard sale that didn’t sell” 🙂

Soft Molasses Cookies

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Grandma and daughter Barbara

Everyone loved Grandma’s Molasses Cookies, they never lasted very long after she got them out of the oven! Try some today!


1 Cup Molasses

2 Eggs

4 Cups of Flour

1/2 Cup Butter (softened)

1/2 Cup Sour Milk (add 1/2 tsp vinegar to the milk to make it sour)

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1/2 Teaspoon Ginger

2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon of Allspice

1/2 Teaspoon of salt

Mix spices, sugar, molasses, eggs and butter well. Add milk.  Sift together soda and flour. Mix molasses mixture and flour mixture together. Chill for a about an hour. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake a 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Do not over cook, cookies are supposed to be soft. Makes a bunch!