It’s Not Too Hot for Dessert!

I’ve told my oven: “See you in September.” 😉

Seriously Kids, who wants to swelter beside temperatures of 350 degrees and more during a summer heat wave?

Luckily, I’ve found a dessert recipe that requires no cooking at all! In fact, instead of cooking it, you freeze it. 😀

I’ve mentioned that I have a little collection of vintage cookbooks that were printed as fundraisers for various women’s groups. I found the following recipe in one of them. Don’t you just love the name of it? 😉

Thelma’s “Get Your Guy” Pie

½ cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
3 cups of crushed corn flakes
1 cup chopped nuts
½ cup shredded coconut.

Line a 9” pan with 2/3 of the above mixture.

Fill the shell with 1 quart of vanilla ice cream.

Top the ice cream with the remaining mixture.

FREEZE for several hours.

Serve with hot fudge sauce.




Not That Kind of Hermit ;-)

You may remember that I like to collect those little “fundraiser” cookbooks that are published by church groups and other charitable organizations.

It’s fun to help the various charities, but in addition, I love the fact that the recipes are usually the tried and true favorites of the ladies who submitted them. It’s nice to imagine that these meals have been served and enjoyed by families and friends over many, many years.

Sometimes it’s quite interesting to read the detailed instructions that are included in a particular recipe. If you read between the lines, you can just tell that the “cook” truly wants you to have the same luck that she does when you make her special dish.

Alas kids! Summer’s coming and soon the days we feel like standing near a hot stove to bake will be few and far between! In the meantime, though, I have a recipe from a 1980’s cookbook. It’s for “hermits” and if you like spices and raisins – I think you’d enjoy them.

The directions make me smile. The author is very conscientious in her wording, as you’ll see. 😉


3/4 c. butter
1-1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs, beaten in a cup with fork
1/4 c. molasses
2 Tbs. water
3 c. sifted flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. raisins

Cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs minus 1 tablespoon.
Add water and molasses; mix well.
Sift flour, soda, and spices together
Then add to the mixture and stir well.
Mix raisins throughout the batter.
Lay out dough on 2 greased jellyroll pans used lengthwise, each pan having 2 strips of dough, 3 inches wide. Brush dough with remaining beaten egg.
Bake at 350º for exactly 20 minutes.
Cut each strip for exactly 6 Hermits while still warm.
Transfer to rack.
Before entirely cool, place Hermits in a tight, wax paper-lined tin to ensure chewy quality.
Makes 2 dozen.


Hugs and sweet spices!


Friday Favorites – Apple Muffins

bake-pie2Apple season is just about here!

How about a quick and easy recipe to celebrate? 🙂

Apple Muffins

½ c. butter
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1- ½ c. flour
½ tsp salt
1-½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
½ c sweet cider
1 medium apple (Cortland or any good cooking apple)

Cream sugar and butter. Stir in egg and cider. Add flour and rest of dry ingredients. Peel and core apple and cut into thin wedges. Sprinkle wedges with a mixture of some sugar and cinnamon. Stir into muffin mix.
Fill paper muffin cups 2/3 full and Bake 45 minutes @ 375 degrees or until done
Makes 1 dozen

Enjoy your weekend! See everyone Monday with the new questions. 🙂