Everyone’s Favorite Oatmeal Cookies

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On the recipe card that I’m typing from, is a small square box.

This is the aforementioned square box:

gumbo 1  and I must say, I agree.


  • 1 1/2 cups Butter
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup H2O  (I’m not kidding.  The recipe card actually says H2O)
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 6 cups Oatmeal


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix in order given.
  3. Mix in various goodies.
  4. Makes approx. 10 dozen. (Not nearly enough!)
  5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown and nicely cookie-like.

That’s it!

Let me know what you think!




Bread Pudding

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This is another recipe from Grandma Sharon, transcribed by my mother in the mid-nineties.

Preheat oven to 350.

Ready in 1 hour, 10 minutes.

Serves 8 (or more!)

  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten (or egg substitute, if vegan)
  • 2 cups milk, scalded, or 2 cups soymilk, warmed
  • 2-3 pieces of irish soda bread, torn into cubes
  • 1/2 cup raisins, or other fruit (optional)
  • Optional: Irish Cream Liquid Coffee Creamer, to taste.
  1. Combine first 6 ingredients.
  2. Add scalded milk slowly, stirring all the while.
  3. Add bread cubes and fruit.  Mix thouroughly.
  4. Pour mixture into well greased 8x12x2 baking dish.
  5. Set baking dish in pan of warm water, and bake at 350 for an hour, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool, serve, and enjoy!

(Goes great with whipped cream!)

– Star

Fastest Cake Possible

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This cake is courtesy of Grandma Twilla; my great, great grandmother.

The recipe was transcribed for my mother, sometime in the late eighties/early nineties.

Total time: about  1 hour 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In an ungreased 9×13 cake pan or baking dish, mix

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can pie filling (any flavor) (Side note – Apple is probably best.)
  • If you like, you can add a little bit of cocoa powder and chocolate chips for extra yum!
  • 1/2 cup of nuts (walnuts or pecans are very good here.)
  • 1/2 cup raisins, if desired.
  1. Bake 1 hour at 350.
  2. No frosting necessary!  Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

If you make this, I’d love to know how it turns out!

– Star