Fast Food for Slow Sundays: Nana’s Famous Chocolate Pound Cake


Growing up, this cake was the one at family gatherings. Doesn’t that speak the loudest about a dessert? It’s a pound cake. A chocolate pound cake. The icing makes it a showcase (and it’s what us children wanted to sneak a bite of as we ran by –  because it tastes just like fudge!) : […]

Fast Food for Slow Sundays: Beef Burgundy

Slow Cooker Beef Burgundy

From the red-and-white-checked cookbook Nana gave me… This is good served over noodles, rice or whipped potatoes. ~ Nana : Beef Burgundy stew beef, 2 1/2 to 3 pounds 1 package dry onion soup mix 2 cans cream of mushroom soup 1 can ginger ale or cream soda (all I had was a Diet Dr. […]

New Recipe Index and the Hodgepodge Family Cookbook


“Memories…the food of our childhood; food that meant love.” ~ Susan Branch I’d like to think that I grew up grateful for what I had. Grandmothers and a mama who loved to make wonderful food to fill our tummies. Special dishes made for holidays. If I didn’t show my gratitude then, I sure hope it […]

How to Make Nana’s Apple Pie and See the World

How to Make Nana's Apple Pie and See the World

There are plenty of different apple pie versions out there but this is my mama’s recipe. The one that she wrote in the red and white checked I’m Writing My Own Cookbook. A store-bought pie crust or mix-it-in-the-pan crust make this as easy as Fudge Pie. But, if you make an apple pie… …it just […]

Mamaw’s Cheese Salmon Loaf


I remember having salmon loaf growing up. I don’t think I realized then that it was my grandmother’s recipe. I surely didn’t know just how frugal the recipe is. And it wasn’t until I served it to my own family that I found out what a hit it would be. I expected them to make […]

Biscuits and Gravy: Simple Supper + Southern Red-Eyed Gravy Recipe


Short and sweet. Biscuits and gravy. Simply filling and positively frugal. (Shown above with turkey bacon, fresh peaches and a little cup full of homemade slow cooker strawberry yogurt). The options and variety for this simple supper are endless. Biscuits and gravy are on our breakfast for supper rotation. Plus, if a child is beside […]

Cookies & Cream at $5 Dinners

cookies and cream

No bake. Three ingredients. Guaranteed hit. Plus, it is so much fun for children to make! All I have to do is get the ingredients out and instantly there appear volunteers from the audience. Dressed the part even! Chef hat and all. The children are cooking up some frugal fun over at $5 Dinners today […]

Spinach and Fruit Salad: Arthritis Friendly Living


This salad is so simple. Just get your favorite bag of spinach. Top with any or all of the following: shredded mozzarella chopped fruit (apple, strawberry, mandarin oranges) nuts (we use sunflower seeds to keep allergic children safe), avocado, your favorites! Dressing (we use Italian) I made this real quick for lunch after church. I […]

Coconut Cake

Nana's Coconut Cake Recipe at Hodgepodge

One of the treats we enjoyed after Easter lunch. Nana’s recipe. Great for Easter, Mother’s Day, Christmas or any celebration. “This is the best recipe I’ve ever had. It needs to sit at least a day to meld together the flavors (in refrigerator). Read recipe carefully.” ~Nana Coconut Cake Recipe 1 Duncan Hines white cake […]

Meal Plan: Slow, Southern and Sunny

crock pot lasagna

Slow because I love my slow cooker. Southern because I am and that’s the finest kind of frugal, comfort food. Sunny, simply because it’s spring time! I’ve been browsing my Southern Living magazines and their site for a fresh, two weeks worth of meal ideas. With a few Hodgepodge favorites thrown in for good measure. […]

Ode to Banana Pudding


From Nana, the original author of I’m Writing My Own Cookbook. On Saturday, I was lured by the shiny red tape that surrounded the half-priced bananas at the local grocery and decided to embark on a cooking adventure with my two youngest granddaughters.  Banana Pudding was on the menu, and I was determined to share […]

Brittney’s Biscuits

3 Ingredient Biscuits

The most highly requested, melt-in-your-mouth, makes you want to eat half a dozen, sour cream biscuits. My sister-in-law, Brittney, blesses us with these. Let’s hear it for three ingredients! MMMM Brittney’s Butter Biscuits 2 cups Bisquick 1 stick butter (melted) 1 cup room temp sour cream Mix together. Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray. Bake […]