Ginny B'S

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Mammaw’s Pralines

Mom and I were visiting yesterday and she told me that Aunt Beth learned to make these pralines from Mrs. Finch. I told her that I had found some praline recipes in mammaw’s  old cookbooks that I had saved from years ago, as she went into the nursing  home. I found two recipes and tried the one of Mrs. O H Finch’s. They turned out pretty good. But they are quite a bit of work!! You have to melt 1 cup of sugar to pour into the cream and sugar mixture. I’m making this post to save this recipe for years to come!!

Homemade Biscuits- Joanna Gaines Recipe- Had to try my hand at these!!

Tried Joanna’s Biscuits today!! Found the recipe on Pinterest and since we we able to eat there the other day I was anxious to try to make her homemade biscuits!  They turned out really nice and  delicious!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

This recipe was given to me by a dear church friend. Evelyn Graff, she is an awesome cook.  Everything that she made and brought to Church suppers was always awesome.  She is a dear friend of my mother in law's and they still play cards and enjoy each others friendship weekly. Enjoy this recipe!!

Bread Pudding

2 1/2 soft or dry bread crumbs-cubes
3 eggs
1/2 c. sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
2 cups milk
1 t. vanilla
Put bread in casserole, pour milk mixtue over bread.  Place casserole dish in 1 inch water. Bake at 350 for 50-60 min. Knife comes out clean.
2 T. cornstartch
1/2 c. sugar
2 c. milk
1/4 c. butter
1 1/2 t. vanilla
2 egg yolks beaten 
combine startch and sugar gradually add milk, heat stir to thicken. Simmer 2-3 min. Add butter and vanilla. stir into egg yolks a little at a time. Cook and stir one min. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018


This recipe was given to me by my college roomate.  She would bring this pumpkin bread back to college when she would visit home.  It was absolutely delish. Her mom would bake it in coffee cans, so it was a round loaf.  i have made it every year since. 

Pumpkin Bread (cake)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 c. mazola oil
1 cup flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup can pumpkin
Bake at 350 for about 50 min per loaf, maybe a little longer. 
4 coffee cans, be sure they are metal, which are hard to find now days. The recipe above makes 1 loaf. Doubled makes four coffee cans
This can be doubled and made into a cake:
There is an icing for the cake, delicious cream cheese
1 box pwd. sugar
1/2 stick oleo or butter
4 oz. cream cheese
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. pecans
2 T. orange juice

Thursday, May 3, 2018

These brownies are absolutely the best that I believe I have ever made, and they are super easy!
Many recipes that I find on FB or pinterest are not really that good.  These are great.

1 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
4 tsp. vanilla

Chocolate Frosting
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup milk
1/4 unsweetened cocoa
3 cup powdered sugar, maybe 2 3/4 was enough
Bake in 9X13 pan greased for 20-25 min. at 350 degrees.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Delicious Tomato Soup

One medium white or yellow onion

6 T. butter

two cans diced tomato.

one 46 oz. tomato juice

3- 6 T sugar

1 or 2 T. of chicken base, or 3 chicken bouillion cubes

Freshly gound black pepper

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1/4 c. fresh basil

1/3 cup chp[[ed flat leafed parsley

Chopped onion, cook in butter.  Add big can of diced tomatoes with juice. Add 48 oz. bottle tomato juice. 4-6 T. sugar, 1 1/2 c. heavy cream, 3 chicken bouillon cubes, basil, parsley, and pepper to taste.After is all added I let boil so it will reduce.  

Onion Rings


2- 3 large onions
1 c. sifted flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp. sugar
3/4 c. milk
1 egg
2 T. oil
Peel onions and slice into 1/4 inch seperate into rings. Sift flour
with baking powder, salt and sugar. combine milk, egg and fat; add to dry ingredients. all at once, and beat until smooth.  Dip onion rings in batter and fry until golden brown in deep fat at 375 degrees. Drain on absorbent paper, sprinkle with salt.

More Recipes to save for my future cookbook.

Bread Pudding with Sauce

2 1/2 c. soft or dry bead crumbs- cubes
3 eggs
1/2 . sugar
1/8 t. salt
2 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Put Bread in casserole,and raisins
Place casserole in pan with 1 inch of water
350 degrees for 50-60 min.  Knife in and comes out clean.
2 T. Cornstarch
1/2 c. sugar
2 cup milk
1/4  c. marg.
1/1/2 t. vanilla
2 egg yolks beaten
Combine startch and sugar gradually, add milk heat and stir to thicken simmer 2-3 min. 
Add butter and vanilla, stir. To egg yolks add 1.4 sauce. Cook and stir one min. 

Recipes for Holidays

Filled Coffee Ring

2  pkg. dry yeast
1/3 c. warm water
1 1/2 c. lukewarm milk
1 cup sugar divided
2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/2 c. salad oil
6 1/2 to 71/2 c. all purpose flour
1/4 c. melted butter or marg.
2 T. ground cinamon
3 T. chopped maraschino cherries
3 T. chopped pecans
Cream frosting

Dissolve yeast in warm water, Set aside 5 min.  Combine milk , 1/2 cup sugar and salt, stir in yeast mixture, eggs, and oil.  Add enough flour to make a slightly sticky dough, mix well. Cover and let rise in a warm place free from drafts, until doubled in bulk. About 1 hour. Turn dough out on floured surface and knead until smooth elastic, 5 min.  Return to bowl and let rise again.  Place dough on flour surface.and roll into rectangle.  Spread with melted butter, sugar and cinnamon, cherries, pecans, raisins. Roll up jelly roll fashion. Pinch edges and ends together. place on greased cookie sheet. Using kitchen shears make a cut around the ring at every inch.  Gently pull out and twist.  Cover and let rise til double 30 min.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20- 25 min.  

Creamy Frosting
1 cup shipping cream 1 cup sugar 
1 tsp. almond extract
Microwave on high for 9 min.  Watch carefully, will boil over. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

More Christmas Recipes

Christmas Traditions

Sugar Cookies
This is a sugar cookie recipe that I used when I was the Home Economics Teacher at Hartley, TX. We had a fund raiser and made giant personalized heart shaped cookies at Valentines.   These cookies turn out very good and taste delicious!! I wanted the recipe to be saved somewhere, so thought this blog would be the best place to do this.  
It has been a tradition in our family since my girls were very little to make sugar cookies with their Nanny and  cousins.  So we have carried on the tradition since we moved down here to Central, Texas.
I know that all the cousins are carrying on this tradition, whether it is still with Nanny, or their grandmother's, or with their Aunts!!! Love this special tradition.  Thanks so much Nanny!!
This is the recipe that we use down here in central Texas.
Sugar Cookie Recipe
1 1/3 c. butter
1 1/2 sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
8 T. milk
4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
3 tsp. baking powder
Cream butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs, add milk. Add dry ingredients.
Roll out dough on floured surface, and cut with desired cookie cutters. 
Bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 min.

Powdered sugar, about 1/2 to 1 bag of powdered sugar, probably a whole bag with this amount of cookies.  Add melted butter 1 stick, 1 tsp vanilla, and 4 T. milk.  Adding more milk as necessary to make an icing that you can spead and decorate with. Add desired sprinkles and decorations.  
This is Wes when he was about 4 and now he is 9.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Recipes that I use every year and I want to save HERE!!!!

I'll start with my MIL recipe for Turkey and Dressing..
Starting with the turkey:  She always cooks her turkey in a Turkey Roasting Bag.  She makes sure to thaw the turkey in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days.  It will take a while for a turkey to thaw in the refrigerator. After thawed take to the sink and unwrap.  Take out inside package and neck.  There are items in each end, be sure to remove.  to the cavity of the bird, add 1/2 orange, celery stalks, and onion.on the outside salt, pepper, lightly flour and can lay bacon on top.  Roast according to directions on the turkey package.  low and slow according to the size of the bird.
Delicious and moist. Cook Turkey breast down in a turkey bag

Dressing by Nanny:
Dry bread, 1/4 cornbread, onions, and celery to fill a small bowl. Saute these in 1 stick butter in the microwave. 1 onion, several stalks of celery.  Boil giblets real slow all morning.  Pour 3/4 of juice in bread . Stir in 3 eggs and add milk to fill.  Add salt, pepper and sage enough to taste. Poultry seasoning. Bake at 350 degrees til done. 

                                                 Pecan Pie
3 eggs lightly beaten 
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 t. vanilla
3 T. butter, melted
1 cup roughly chopped pecans.
Bake in 400 degree oven for 10 min. Reduce to 350 degrees and bake 1 hour. Just bake 30-40 min. more. Filling will be moist

Pumpkin Pie:
2 eggs slightly beaten 
1 can libby's pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. cloves
1 can evaporated milk
1 9 inch deep dish frozen pie shell
Preheat oven to 425. Combine filling ingredients in order given. pour into pie shell Bake 15 min.  Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bak an additional 45 min. or until knife inserted near center of pie comes out clean. Cool, Garnish with whipped topping. 

by Nanny:
Dry bread, 1/4 cornbread, onions, and celery to fill a small bowl. Saute these in 1 stick butter in the microwave. 1 onion, several stalks of celery.  Boil giblets real slow all morning.  Pour 3/4 of juice in bread . Stir in 3 eggs and addd milk to fill.  Add salt, pepper and sage enough to taste. Poultry seasoning. Bake at 350 degrees til done. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Meet Lou!!

Meet Lou, she is a mini Nubian, she was born on June 25, 2017.  I was so excited to find her and I am hoping to be able to get her bred and have her produce goat milk, so that I can learn to milk her, make soap and lotion and maybe even learn to make cheese.  I met the sweetest lady who owned her, and currently has her mother. She milks her mother and makes the items that I want to learn to make.  I hope that we can get together when she is producing milk and I can learn some things from her.  Of course, I have been looking on pinterest to learn all I can before it comes time to really be able to milk her and use her milk.  I have thoroughly enjoyed finally just having the time to  be able to do some of the things that I enjoy doing around my home. Thanks for stopping by and seeing my latest project.  Gin

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Garden Harvest

Dill Pickles
We've had an abundance of beautiful vegetables out of our garden this year, so I've been making pickles, chow chow, relish. Roasting tomatoes, making hot sauce, jellies, and any other goodies that I can think of. 

Hope I can share many of these goodies that I"ve been making with family and friends.  Happy Summer Everyone!!  and with a side note I have made a change to the recipe. I decided the 4 cups of water to the 4 cups of vinegar should be the right amount.  It seems like the pickles get a little stronger as they sit.  

Many New Things Happen'n at the Lazy B

I haven't posted in about 3 years.  I was busy with grand baby number 2 when I last posted, and since then we have welcomed grand baby number 3 to the family.  We treasure all the time that we get to spend with all 3 grands, and our daughters and their husbands.  

We Love These precious grands!!!

In the last two and 1/2 years I have been busy.  I took the activity director position at a nursing home and did this for 2 years. I loved so many of the people, but it was a lot like teaching and I was having to drive every day and so I decided to retire again from that occupation. I am now staying home and really staying busy.  We have a garden this summer, so I have been canning and making pickles. Mustang grape jelly and  many homemade goodies.  We purchased some baby pygmy goats and just bought a mini nubian goat.  I hope to be able to milk her and then make some cheese, lotion, and soap. When she is old enough.   Oh yes, and we do have chickens.  I'm going to be sharing some pics of all these precious animals on our Lazy B soon.  

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I got to baby sit today!!!

I got to babysit this little cutie yesterday, so his mommy could go to the grocery store.  With all the flu going around, it is not a good idea to take this darling baby into a large store where there are many possible germs.
We had a very good time and he was so very good.  I changed several diapers and changed his clothes. I was able to give him a bottle of some breast milk and he took it very well.
I thoroughly enjoyed the time that I got to spend with this little darling.