Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

From Julie L.

We grew up eating these delicious oatmeal cookies!  Now I prefer to skip the shortening and use beans instead –it makes me feel like I’m eating health food! I usually double the batch and freeze the extras for cookies on demand. It makes the texture less crunchy and more chewy. So good! –Mellyn

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Maple Doughnuts

The bakery in my hometown makes the most delicious maple bars! So of course I had to figure out how to make them myself. After several tries, I opted for doughnuts over bars simply because it was hard to get the insides of the bars cooked without burning the outsides. We also opted for a little healthier, half-wheat version of the dough that is light enough my kids weren’t sure it had wheat in it! The maple glaze was the tricky part. Several pounds of powdered sugar later I was finally satisfied. Now I can have a bit of heaven no matter where we live! –Mellyn

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Syrup

From Julie L.

Growing up, my mom made all of our syrup. As a result, I’ve never developed a taste for store-bought syrup with a corn syrup base. In fact, I think it’s kind of yucky. To me, this tastes a lot more like real maple syrup. And since the recipe uses basic ingredients, it’s easy to use in our food storage plan, too. –Mellyn

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Sweet Potato Salad

Potato salad is one of my favorites (especially with baked beans!). I had some cooked lentils on hand when I was making this and decided to experiment. The result was great! And lentils are so good for you — they have the 3rd highest protein content of any legume or nut and are also high in iron, folate, fiber and Vitamin B1. In addition, they store well and cook fast compared to other legumes. Go lentils! –Mellyn

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Grandma’s Applesauce Cake

From the recipes of Grandma L.

Grandpa loved applesauce cake, and I remember Grandma serving it for all of his birthday dinners. I was trying to remember why this is such a vivid memory, and then it dawned on me — I don’t think I ever ate applesauce cake on Grandpa’s birthday because I hate raisins! At my house, it’ll be served raisinless…or maybe with nuts and chocolate chips?! –Mellyn

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Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

I love making muffins on a cold morning. These warm up my kitchen and little tummies nicely. But getting out of bed extra early to prep them when my bed is so warm is not easy. I make them the night before instead. I follow all directions, pour the batter in the paper liners and everything. BUT I DO NOT BAKE! Instead I cover my metal baking pan with press and seal wrap and place it in the freezer. In the morning I pull out the muffins and set them on top of my oven while I preheat it. Then I bake! They taste fresh and warm. Occasionally a recipe needs an extra 2 minutes or so, but just test for doneness before removing from the oven. Continue reading

Parmesan Cheese Rolls or Bowls

Our family loves soup, and one of our favorite ways to eat it is in bread bowls. No rocket science here — I just took our favorite white bread and added Parmesan cheese. (Robin gave me that idea since she makes yummy bread bowls with Parmesan in them!) It makes more than a traditional single-loaf recipe, which is perfect for my family who loves to use them as bowls, rolls, buns or whatever else they can think of. –Mellyn

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