Recipes I ♥

I think every family has that one person who is the 'cook'. The one who always is talked into bringing something to a family gathering or event. Everything they make is good. And they don't even need to use recipes or measure exactly. In my family, that was my grandma. She had a great love for cooking and enjoyed making food that made people happy. I wish I had paid more attention when she was in the kitchen. Maybe then the next time you turn on the TV I'd be the one behind the stove showing you all my skills, lol.

Since that won't be happening anytime soon {or in my lifetime} I'd like to share some of my favorite recipes with you. They're a bunch of my favorites thrown together. If you have any rccipes you'd like to share with me, contact me at We love trying new things! Hope you enjoy!

Homemade Pie Crust
{My grandma was the kind of cook who wouldn't dream of buying a pie for Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas. Those were the only times of the year that we really ate pie. She'd make this recipe and we'd have a big variety of pies to choose from. My favorite always has been and always will be pumpkin pie.}

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 T. vinegar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Directions: In a bowl, combine the flour and cut in the shortening.{She did this by mixing it in with her hands, but you can use whatever utensil works for you}. Add the water and vinegar; mix. Roll out with a rolling pin, sprinkling flour so it doesn't stick. Place into pie pan and press down so it fits well. You can then trim the edges and mold them how you'd like. For a non-baked pie you can bake the crust at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown. If making for a baked pie, place the filling inside and bake according to directions.
*This recipe makes 2 crusts. You can refrigerate or freeze to use later.

Party Punch
{This punch was made for any special occasion. It's good for any event that there will be children because it's yummy and non-alcoholic- unless you decide to add your own. It's my favorite and I make it from time to time just to have in the fridge.}

  • 1 packet cherry Kool-Aid
  • 1 packet strawberry Kool-Aid
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 (6 oz.) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 (6 oz.) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 quart ginger ale

Directions: In a large bowl mix together the 2 Kool-Aid packets and sugar. Add the lemonade and orange juice concentrate. {Do not add water to the concentrate}. Mix well and then add the water. Add the ginger ale and stir before serving.
*If desired, you can also add fruit slices to the punch for extra flavor.

Dill Dip
{This dip is 'supposed' to be made and served with assorted raw veggies. That didn't go over big with my family and we substituted the veggies with plain potato chips. I think the salt works well with it. So, it's up to you what you serve with the dip, either is fine. I lovelovelove this dip, and make it any chance I get.}

  • 2 cups mayo
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 tsp. dill weed
  • 2 tsp. garlic salt

Directions: Very simple! Just mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Cover and chill at least 1 hour before serving.
*My experience is that people go crazy for this dip so you might want to double the recipe.