Friday, November 10, 2017

Cornbread, Old Faithful (s), and a Gas Station

I've never been a bread maker, although I love love love bread.  (as is evident by my thighs)  I cooked a pot of pinto beans yesterday for my husband and my daddy.  My daddy had made the comment sometime back that he didn't like my cornbread (which was a Jiffy mix) because it crumbles.  My husband has made cornbread in the past, and Daddy suggested I let him make the cornbread.  ha!

By golly, I would not be outdone by my husband!  I went straight to Pinterest and searched for Southern Cornbread.  This picture popped up and it was said to be 'grandma's recipe'.  So I went to the link here and realized I had all the ingredients, except the buttermilk.  I made it using regular milk and let me tell you, this is delicious cornbread!!!  It was crispy on the edges and creamy in the middle..... so so good!

The men loved it and Daddy went back for seconds and thirds! So yes, this is my new 'go to ' cornbread recipe.  Let hubby make it.... pffft!

For dessert, I looked in my pantry and decided to make an old school dessert:  Cherry Dump Cake.

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Sometimes the 'old faithful' recipes are the best!  I didn't have any pineapple, so I dumped two single serving containers of applesauce in the bottom with the cherry pie filling.  I had pecans from my daddy's freezer, some that my mama had picked out by hand, shortly before she died.  I think we all thought the recipe was just a little bit sweeter because Mama's hands had been on the pecans.   (I only use half the cake mix; we like it better this way)

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Speaking of 'old faithful' recipes, do any of you still make sausage balls?  I started making them again last year and sent several batches out as Christmas gifts to my dad's friends.  I took some to the church Christmas party and someone exclaimed "I haven't seen these in  years!"  They were eaten up in no time.  Why do we forget those yummy recipes sometimes?  What are some of your tried and true recipes?

I've mentioned my daughter and her husband's Little Blue Gas Station on my blog before.  Finally, after much persuasion, she has decided to blog a little about it here.   I hope you will enjoy seeing what she and her husband are transforming into a cute little home!  Please leave a comment if you visit her!


Billie Jo said...

I love a good corn bread recipe!!!!
Have a cozy weekend. : )

Out My window said...

I love corn bread I could eat a whole pan by myself!

Janet O. said...

I make cornbread a LOT. It is one gluten free bread that doesn't taste gluten free to my family. Yours looks good!
I have never made sausage balls in my life. Had a bad experience with sausage once in my teens and can rarely bring myself to eat it now--even after all these years. :)
I am definitely going to check out your daughter's blog!

Terra said...

That cornbread sounds delicious and it passed the taste test by your daddy. That cherry dump cake sounds yummy too.

sunny said...

Yumm!! Corn bread. I can't make it either. I'll have to try a new recipe. Actually bought a new mix today, so it will be on the menu soon. I don't think I've ever had sausage balls.

Debbie J said...

Everything sounds so delicious! Way to go showing those menfolk that you can make cornbread!!! LOL

I'll check out your daughter's blog.

Debbie J.

Kate Singh said...

Hi there! I just went to your daughter's blog and I really hope she continues! What a great blog to follow and all the stuff I love...fixing stuff up, remodeling an old house...or gas station...frugal living!

Karen said...

I haven't made cornbread in quite some time and use a mix when I do but I don't remember which one. I used to purchase a jalapeno cornbread mix which we liked very much but have not been able to find it for many years. I like cornbread that does not fall apart when you try to butter it. I bake it in a cast iron skillet. I am not fond of it prepared like individual muffins which is usually what you get at a restaurant.

I popped over to your daughter's blog and read about the beginning of their adventure. We see these old stations out in the country but had not throught of making a home out of one.

Lori said...

Being from Georgia and growing up on cornbread, I have to tell you I'm picky about it. :) One thing I learned about cornmeal from a bread baker is that it needs to soak for about 5 minutes in milk for it to "open up" and become not so gritty. I started soaking mine and it gives the bread such a nice texture.

I love the cute little blue gas station. I hope your daughter continues to blog about their renovation.

Mandy- Read. Write. Mom! said...

I just bought ingredients for sausage balls! With the weather turning cooler, I was craving them! I popped in to the Little Blue gas Station. I'll be following their progress!

Allie-oops Designs said...

ROFL - love that you wouldn't be upstaged by hubby!!! I still have my grandma's old recipes, they really are the best.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Now me thinks it has been to long since I made cornbread!

Evelyn Edgett said...

I use any dairy I have in the fridge when I make cornbread and other quick breads. Milk, buttermilk, sour cream and yogurt, when thinned with a little water both work well. Even cottage cheese, blended to a smooth consistency in the blender, does the trick. Powdered milk mixed into the dry ingredients, then using water also works. As long as you have a milk product, you can make quick breads, cornbread, and biscuits. I once was given 92 cartons of sour cream that was still good, but had never thickened. I froze it, then would thaw it out to make biscuits--they were delicious.

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness that all looks so delicious! I can't wait to read your daughter's bog too! :)

Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

Hello Mrs.Penpen,

Thank you for stopping by my blog, "Her Peculiar Life", and leaving a comment.

It is so very hard to live far away from those grandbabies. Our little granddaughter, G-Bear, lives in Charlotte, NC ... a long, long way from eastern MT. I miss her so.

Your book recommendations sound wonderful and I think I might try to find some copies for myself.

Thank you for sharing about the older gentleman who apparently suffered a stroke. Our Lord has also used some humbling situations to minister to my heart, give me a new perspective and call me to repentance.

I am looking forward to visiting again very soon.


Mr Home Maker said...

That cherry dump cake looks delicious - off to find out more about it.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

You certainly have been busy. They all sound delicious. No I have never made sausage balls.

Deanna said...

May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Wonderful post. looks delicious,

Mrs. Chrissy T said...

My husband loves cornbread. I do make it at times. I need a better recipe. Thanks for sharing. I love those sausage balls.

OA few recipes that we like is the classic cheeseball, bbq meatballs, rotel dip.

Laura Lane said...

I haven't had sausage balls for years. Yum! I have never made them. I'm glad you found a good cornbread recipe. My kids like to use the Quaker cornbread recipe and add extra sugar. I think I could frost it for a cake!
Grasp today for all you can!
God bless us every one!
Laura Lane
Harvest Lane Cottage

Pam Jackson said...

I never use butter milk, I use the plain ole regular milk, cornmeal and egg. Then other times I will add corn and jalapenos to it....oh yummy! I love cherry pineapple dump cake. Never used applesauce in place of pineapple but it was good. And I love sausage balls and like you said, they are not around like they used to be. I could probably make myself sick eating them now a days! Enjoyed the blog.Going to check out your daughters now.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Oh, how I love the old "tried and true" recipes; many are comfort food. I made sausage balls last year for a Christmas Open House and many exclaimed that they hadn't had them for years... they're back on this year's menu! ;)