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This soup is fairly quick and easy, I had two chicken tighs frozen in the freezer, and wanted to use them. I also had celery, carrots, onion, some fresh ginger.

I cooked the frozen chicken thighs in water to cover in a pan. I added the following herbs and spices, 2 very small bay leaves, a healthy (big) pinch of dried thyme, salt, pepper a thumbnail size piece of fresh peeled and chopped ginger as well as about 1/2 tsp of ground dried ginger (I like ginger)

I cut the neck from a small butternut squash, I would say about 1/2 lb, I cut it in half, then in half again, so into quarters, with peeling or rind still on I put into the steamer basket in a medium size pan added water to bottom of steamer basket and added 2 peeled and sliced medium carrots, 3 ribs of celery cut into 1 inch pcs approximately. put the lid on and steamed for about 30 minutes or until all stuck tender with a fork.

While the vegetables were steaming I added 1/2 of a large onion (if you are familliar with Costco Onions) this mean “big” into small chunks and added to the broth with the chicken, covered and simmered until tender.

When the squash and other vegetable were done steaming I lifted out the chicken thighs and bay leaves, and added the steamed vegetables, then with an immersion or stick blender I puree’d all, once puree’d I added 2 Tablespoons butter and salt to taste, and about 1/3 cup half & half and blended a bit more.

This recipe was prepared in about 1 hour, so it was a quick on the fly meal. This recipe is written much like you find in old Mennonite, Amish, and Brethren cookbooks in paragraph form. I did give tablespoon measurements as in the old cookbooks I would have said , butter the size of a walnut.  I did not get a picture of the finished product but then I did not plan on writing a post about it either, sometime thing just happen. Unplanned.

The soup turned out great so I thought I would share it.

I stole a picture from my own blog as I had made a somewhat different recipe on March 13, 2014.



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I started my blog in 2009, and started adding Mennonite and Amish recipes as well as my grandmothers and mothers recipes around 2011/2012. I thought they would get some views however I never thought they would be viewed as long and as often as they have been. The recipes always spike prior, during and just after most holidays throughout the year. I have been truly amazed!

Today I am posting the 10 most popular recipes which have consistently been viewed. You can be taken to the posts for the recipes by clicking on the name of the recipe.

Some of the recipes with lesser views I have included becuase they are really delicous recipes and really worth trying!




2015 – 4,895 views

2016 – 1,227 views


2015 – 2,839 views

2016 – 491 views


2015 – 1,379 views

2016 – 584 views



I love lemon! and this cake is about as lemony as one can get~

2015 – 1,075 views

2016 – 400 views


A delicious and healthy cake anytime of the year and becomes more moist and flavorful as it ages.

2015 – 773 views

2016 – 229 views


My grandmother, mother and aunt always made this recipe and kept jars in the freezer to use all through the year. Knowing what I know now and the availability of really dark 75-90% dark chocolate (which was not available back then, considering the amount of sugar in the sauce I would use the darker varieties. I have experimented years ago and put Grand Marneir and Chambord liquers in in place of vanilla, both compliment the chococlate very well.

2015 – 356 views

2016 – 121 views


This is a great fruit salad anytime of the year, just with apples and raisins, and is also good with finely chopped celery, and walnuts (english or black)I have also added Craisins.

2015 – 223 views

2016 – 41 views



This shoofly pie is what would be termed “wet bottom” in other recipes, it is a good and moist version of the pie!

2015 – 145 views

2016 – 37 views



This cake makes an excellent cake to serve stawberries, mixed berries over.

2015 – 87 views

2016 – 43 views


Oatmeal cake is a healthy choice for a cake, I have also put grated carrots into it as well as raisins. You will love the icing (if you love coconut)

2015 – 46 views

2016 – 23 views



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IMG_4367Sometimes in the course of life we change, the space around us changes, things just simply in our lives change, and we need to change with it, lest we are contantly fighting the tides of life.

When I started this blog many years ago now, it was all about basket weaving and chair caning/seat weaving. Then during a slower period in those things I needed to post something so I started posting about Mennonite and Amish recipes, cooking and canning etc. Things which I grew up with in life and thought readers might enjoy those things as well. They did and they are still some of the most read posts on the blog.

IMG_4375Blogs/websites tend to require a good bit of photography, something of which I have always been interested in and never had a real reason for perusing it, until the blog came along. I have never been one during film days to take pictures just for the sake of takiing pictures, so this gave me a real reason to persue photography. In all aspects of the blog photography is sort of a requirement to illustrate what you are trying to convey in words.

IMG_4398Unfortunately life gets in the way yet again. I love to cook and to do home canning etc. Well unfortunately I have a long history of blood sugar problems in my family and no matter what or how we try to get around it genetics seems to rear its ugly head and keep us from doing things we love to do. Since with all recipes I would make them and photograph and post them, (and of course eat what you have made)! By now you may have guessed this is hard to do when you have sugar problems. I have made things and fattened my neighbors up by giving what I make away. That cannot go on forever though.

IMG_4405I am also the minority that does not like sugar substitutes and do not use nor consume them, so when you cut out “Wheat” , Sugar and Sugar Substitutes from you diet this does not really leave much room for cooking or experimentation or recipe developement to write about. Over the last year since cutting 99.99% of all wheat products from my diet, my blood sugars are starting to return to normal levels.

IMG_4497The Chair Caning/Seat Weaving was given up this past year due to cervical spine issues and was a sad time in my life indeed. However basket weaving is still ongoing, even though you could not tell that in baskets over the past 5 years. Space constraints have made it hard to persue, but I always hold out hopes and do not give up on this.

When one has to deal with space constraints you tend to find yourself reaching back into your past history, and drawing on things you have done in the past and bringing them to the present once again! Enter watercolor and oil painiting, and photography. There again photography is a needed and requirement for the blog. I cannot say that the painting is as good as basket weaving, however it does fill the creative void in my life, and we can only practice until we get good at it. If not for anything else, I do it for the sheer enjoyment of doing it!

IMG_4488In the coming months you will see more photography on this blog, of people, places and things, as well as a sister blog to this one that deals with my journey of photography itself. I will soon be posting pictures that I have taken and processed in Lightroom, this week I will be able to put them on and external hard drive and get on with learning to do things in Lightroom and Photoshop, The pictures posted today are jpegs taken at the same time I was shooting in RAW. All of my past pictues used in posting to the blog are still on the old laptop, which  I need to try and get transferred over, if not I will just take new ones, good practice. hopefully!



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IMG_4405Good Morning Everyon! I am setting at my computer right now because I got about 2 miles into my 5 mile morning walk, and of course it started to rain! So if the weather man is right (imagine that one) it should be sunny this afternoon and I will take it then.

IMG_4398Over the past several weeks I have started learning to shoot my pictures in RAW/Manual and am loving it. I just cannot figure out why I did not listen to everyone before and do it earlier. I am also learning to post process the RAW files in Adobe Lightroom, which I am loving also. The only problem I have right now is figuring out how to get them from Lightroom back to the folders so that I can include the processed images in my blog post from Windows Live Writer. I believe I am about there, as through a Lightroom tutorial I learned this is what the export button does. However when I look in the folder there are all the unprocessed images, not corrected. So it will just take a little more time to figure it all out.

IMG_4340So today I will include the jpeg images that have not been processed that I can post with this blog post. It is a good thing I shot my pictures in RAW +1 jpeg. Otherwise I would not have these to post. I will need to learn to process the RAW images and convert the them to jpegs to post in the blog. So for now I will keep on shooting in RAW + 1 jpeg. I am sure it is easy, I just not seeing how to accomplish it yet.

There will be many more posts to come, especially after I get through the learning curve.

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