Preserving the skills, tastes, smells, and sounds of our country heritage

We Put the Turkey in Turkey Day

In America, Thanksgiving is all about the turkey. And, rightfully so. I mean, who doesn’t love a...

History of Thanksgiving

As society so often does, the history behind the first Thanksgiving has been romanticized to the...

Self-Sufficiency: A Thing of the Past?

The term “self-sufficiency” is definitely a thing of the past, at least when it comes to the...

Getting that Razor Sharp Edge on any blade

Today, we wanted to look at a skill that, when mastered, can be both time saving and life-saving...

What was life really like in the 1800s?

We’ve all said it, or at least thought it at some point, that we would have liked to have been...

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Fruit Cake Cookies

This recipe takes a Holiday staple to a whole new level. These cookies are sure to be a family favorite! Ingredients 1/2 Cup of Flour 1 Can Condensed Milk 1 1/3 cups Coconut Pinch of salt 4-8 oz can of Cherries 4-8 oz can of mixed fruit 2 cups Chopped Pecans Directions Preheat over to 250° Pour the mixed fruit, cherries, and flour in a bowl. Mix together. Add...

We Put the Turkey in Turkey Day

In America, Thanksgiving is all about the turkey. And, rightfully so. I mean, who doesn’t love a moist, great tasting turkey. However, there’s no certainty that the turkey being served on Thanksgiving started with the pilgrims. Let’s look at what their meal might have consisted of and where the turkey falls on to the plate. To read the story of the first thanksgiving, click here. What we do know...

History of Thanksgiving

As society so often does, the history behind the first Thanksgiving has been romanticized to the point that it seems more like a Hollywood motion picture than the history of a nation. In truth, there wasn’t anything pretty about it, nor the events which caused it to happen in the first place. With thanksgiving happening this week, I wanted to take a moment and remind us of the true history...

Linda’s Cheese Ball

Another family favorite of ours is my sister's cheese ball. Not that her's was any different than anybody elses but it was always one of the most sought-after parts of our Holiday dinners. With Thanksgiving less than a week away, maybe your family will love it as much as ours did. Ingredients 28 oz -Cream Cheese 1 small can of crushed pineapple (Drain before adding into...

What was life really like in the 1800s?

We’ve all said it, or at least thought it at some point, that we would have liked to have been born in the early years of this country, when life was simple. I know I’ve often thought about life in the 1800s, especially as I walk through an old homestead cabin. So, that got me to wondering, what was life like back then. It’s hard to fathom, for such a civilized society as ours, how people...

Old Style Texas Hash

Here's another family favorite of my. My sister, Linda, was one of the best cooks I knew. She could whip together a meal that would leave your mouth in awe at the pure taste of the food. This Texas Hash was one of her premier dishes. You can see by the picture how much use this old recipe has endured. I hope your family can get as much enjoyment out of it as mine has....

Nannie Odom’s Angel Biscuits

Growing up, some of the best conversations I remember having with my Nannie Odom we over some freshly made, hot from the oven Angel Biscuits. There's just something about the way she would make them that made each one taste better than the last. Since then, it's become on of my family's go-to recipes. Now, it's time to share it and pass it on.   Ingredients 1 package of yeast ½ Cup warm water 2...