Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade

Summertime is here and it’s time to cool off with a refreshing drink.

1 cup water
1 1/2 cups sugar
rinds of 2 lemons
1 cup lemon juice
4 cups cold water

In small saucepan, make a syrup by adding 1 cup water, sugar and lemon rinds. Stir on medium low heat until sugar dissolves completely, and boil for 7 minutes. Cool. In a large pitcher, combine syrup, lemon juice and 4 cups of cold water. Stir well and serve immediately over ice.


Bestest Chili-Bacon Beans

Great side dish for a BBQ (like we just had today!).  And of course, anything with bacon captures my heart 🙂  Makes enough for a crowd!  I doubled this recipe recently, and would probably do a little *less* bacon next time (GASP!).  But even with 20 people, I had tons of leftovers for a week. I’ll stick with a single batch next time, and when it’s gone — it’s gone!

1 large can (28oz) Bush baked beans (or 2 regular 16oz cans)
1 small can butter beans
1 small can kidney beans
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tblsp. vinegar
3 Tblsp. hickory smoke flavor (“Liquid Smoke”)
1 lb. bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces and fried
1 lb. ground beef, cooked & drained
1/2 cup onion, diced and browned

  1. Cook bacon on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.  Broil until crisp.  Dry on paper towels (Or fry bacon in a pan and drain grease.  I just find the cookie sheet method less messy and faster).
  2. Cook onion & ground beef together.  Drain grease.
  3. Add all ingredients together and
  4. a) bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes OR

    b) combine all in a crockpot, put on low, and cook for 2-3 hours.

Source: Debbie Van Dusen

Apple Goody (aka Apple Crisp)

A classic apple dessert – similar to apple pie, but with a yummy streusel topping.


6 to 8 tart apples (I find that Granny Smith’s work best, but have used Fuji in the past)
1 cup sugar
3 Tblsp. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon

  1. Slice apples as for pie.
  2. Mix with rest of ingredients.
  3. Place in 9″ x 12″ baking dish.
  4. Cover with following topping:

TOPPING: (which I always double for extra goody-ness)

3/4 cup oatmeal (1 1/2 cups)
3/4 cup flour (1 1/2 cups)
3/4 cup brown sugar (1 1/2 cups)
1/4 tsp. baking soda (1/2 tsp.)
1/4 tsp. baking powder (1/2 tsp.)
1/2 cup melted butter (1 cup or 2 cubes)
1 cup chopped walnuts (I don’t double this)

  1. Mix all together, adding the butter last. Stir until well incorporated.
  2. Spread on top of apple filling.
  3. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 Degrees.
  4. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream

Source: Leta Smith

Gramma Green’s Homemade Ice Cream

A delicious treat for any celebration.  Can have several fruit variations, as well as yummy vanilla.

2 eggs (beat well)
2 1/4 cup sugar
1 pint whipping cream
2 quarts (8 cups) milk  (use whole milk if wanted)
1/2 tsp. salt
*2 Tblsp. vanilla (only if you are having vanilla ice cream)

  1. Beat eggs in large saucepan.
  2. Add sugar, 1 qt (4 cups) milk, cream, and salt.
  3. Cook on stove until lukewarm and sugar is dissolved.
  4. Add rest of milk to fill ice cream freezer


Strawberry, Peach or Apricot

  1. Add an additional 1 cup of sugar and delete the vanilla.
  2. In blender, add 2 cups of fruit and 3/4 cup lemon juice; blend.
  3. Add fruit flavoring to ice cream after it has started to set and gets a little hard to turn.
  4. Mix well, and continue freezing until very hard.


  1. Add an additional 1 cup of sugar and juice of 5 or 6 large lemons.