Southern Cooking

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I walked to the mailbox the other day and found a package. I was surprised to find inside a Church of the Nazarene, “Seasoned With Love”, southern cooking, cookbook, from Macon, Georgia! Woo! It was an early birthday gift from my co-blogging friend and recently published author, Mandy Farmer.

She has published a very cute book Holly the Holstein: Talks about Milk Cows. You can get this book on Amazon as a Kindle book or a paperback book. Holly even has her own blogging page. You can check Holly out at Fun coloring pages to download and a homeschool curriculum soon to follow!

Southern cooking often conjures up thoughts of pecans, peaches, lemonade, hot temperatures, bar-b-que sauce, and fried chicken. I’m sure in today’s woke world I have just stereotyped southern cooks and should see a fiery rebellion approaching the Minnesota state line shortly.

Seasoned With Love

Who doesn’t love a great recipe that contains pecans!? I just love pecans, especially toasted pecans.

Toasted Pecans- Jim Vissage


  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. sour cream- Ooo! this should be interesting-M
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 5 c. whole pecans


Bring sugar and sour cream to a slow boil. After it starts to boil, let bubble for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add vanilla; and pecans; mix thoroughly, separate and dry on wax paper.

Shut your mouth and go eat some sweet potato pie! Yes, mam! My friend was so kind and flagged all her favorite recipes in the cookbook! Love it!

Sweet Potato Pie- Gail Gleaton

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  • 2 cups sweet potatoes
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 9-inch pie shell


Boil sweet potatoes in clear water until tender; peel while warm. Put in a large bowl, mash well with mixer on low speed. Add butter while the potatoes are warm. Add sugar, egg, milk, and vanilla; pour into unbaked pie shell and bake in a moderate oven until filling is set and begins to brown.

Next up, we have a famous person’s recipe- Barabra Bush.

Barbara Bush’s Batch- Kim Amos

Image by F. Muhammad from Pixabay

Aka- chocolate chip cookies, this is a different recipe. Shake things up!


  • 1 c. plus 2 tablespoons sifted flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 VERY HOT WATER
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1.2 tsp. salt
  • 1.2 c. butter, softened
  • 1.3 c. firmly packed brown sugar


Preheat your oven to 375°. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt onto waxed paper. Beat butter, brown sugar, sugar, and egg in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy- about 3 minutes. Beat in hot water and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture (the recipe had you place it on waxed paper) until blended and smooth. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop dough by well-rounded measuring teaspoonfuls onto a large greased baking sheet. bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes or until golden. Cool on a baking sheet on a wire rack for 1 minute. Remove from the wire rack and cool completely.

Image by Margo Lipa from Pixabay

Fresh Peach Sour Cream Pie- Beth Hendrix


  • 1 unbaked 9 -inch pastry shell
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 5-6 peachers
  • 1/2 pt. sour cream
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar, packed


Preheat the oven to 450°. Line pie shell with peaches. Blend sugar, flour, and sour cream together. Pour cream mixture over peaches. Bake for 10 minutes, and reduce heat to 325°. Bake 25 minutes longer.

That’s it for this week, friends. Tune in next week for some delicious main dish southern cooking. I will also include some of their exotic recipes as well- mustard pickle sandwich anyone?

Till next time. Here is to good friends, good food, and a good life!

About Michele Bruxvoort

Michele Bruxvoort is sure to draw you in with her delightful sense of humor and love for living life.   She enjoys reading, repurposing,  as well as remodeling the family home with her husband. Drawing from her life experience as wife, mom, and follower of Jesus, Michele brings you a very honest and real perspective on life.  When you don't find her writing, you can find her mowing lawns, stocking shelves, taking care of her grandbaby and tackling her latest life adventure. Wisconsin native and empty-nester, she now makes her home with her husband of 27 years in the South West Prairie plains of Minnesota.

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