Recipe- Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Happy Fall, everyone.

This morning I am reposting my picture of the Sweet Potato Pie I made. My, Has it been that long??

Today is October 8, 2015.

Wishing good cheer to the lady from Arkansas  whom I spoke with last night on the Telephone who was baking a sweet potato pie. After the telephone survey, she share with me her baking secrets for this pie, a little different than my posted recipe. 

To the pleasant  Arkansas gal, ” I’m sure that piece of pie tasted good this morning with your first cuppa, cup of coffee!!!


2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes

1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 eggs, separated

1/4 cup ( =5 oz) can evaporated milk

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp slat

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1 unbaked 10 -inch pastry pie shell

whipped topping (optional)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine mashed sweet potatoes, brown sugar, butter, egg yolk, salt, and spices in a large bowl.  Beat with electric mixer until   light and fluffy.   Add evaporated milk. Mix just enough to combine.


Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until foamy.  Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff.   Fold into the large bowl.  Bake for 10 minutes.

Reduce heat to 350 degrees F. and bake an additional 45 to 50 minutes or until set.  Cool.  Top with whipped topping, if desired.


First peel the sweet potatoes, cut into quarters, and boil in pot filled with water until soft, 15 to 20 minutes. ; take care to drain all of the water out of the pot, and then mash.  I used a food mill since I have an antique one that my grandmother had purchased.  You can also use a ricer if you have one; this separates the strings from the sweet potato which is a little fibrous being a root vegetable.

Recipe from several sources:



Mississippi Sweet Potato Pie

Recipe- baking bread

Speedy No-Knead Bread

Baking your own bread,read the entire recipe first and   before venturing to try this recipe be sure that you have a 6 to 8 quart covered pot that is cast iron, enamel, pyrex or ceramic.   Sounds like it’s about time that I use the  Rachael Ray orange  Casserole pot that my hubby won in a contest.

From The New York Times:

3 cups bread flour

1 packet ( 1/4 ounce) instant yeast

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Oil as needed

1. Combine flour, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Add 1 1/2 cups water and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest about 4 hours at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.

2. Lightly oil a work surface and place dough on it; fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest 30 minutes more.

3. At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 6-to-8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under dough and put it into pot, seam side up. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes.

4. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.

Yield: 1 big loaf.

This recipe is from the New York Times.

During the years of The Great Depression, my great grandmother and grandmother always baked their own bread and prepared everything from scratch using a coal stove.

Here is an e-mail message from my cousin Joanne that I’m just now reading a few months after Thanksgiving.

Good morning ,

With only a couple of days left until the feasts and gatherings for Thanksgiving 2010,  I thought I would share an idea for fellowship and kinship.

Since I will not be with you on Thursday I thought if you each recite these on  with your family and friends that share your table we will be together in spirit and friendship.

The First Thanksgiving
When the Pilgrims
first gathered together to share
with their Indian friends
in the mild autumn air,
they lifted the voices
in jubilant praise
for the bread on the table,
the berries and maize,
for field and for forest,
for turkey and deer,
for the bountiful crops
they were blessed with that year.
They were thankful for these
as they feasted away,
and as they were thankful
we’re thankful today

We Give Thanks

Our Father in Heaven,
We give thanks for the pleasure
Of gathering together for this occasion.
We give thanks for this food
Prepared by loving hands.
We give thanks for life,
The freedom to enjoy it all
And all other blessings.
As we partake of this food,
We pray for health and strength
To carry on and try to live as You would have us.
This we ask in the name of Christ,
Our Heavenly Father.

–Harry Jewell

Crockpot Macaronic and Cheese

Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Here is a very popular mac n’ cheese recipe  and the best thing is you use the crock pot. Enjoy!

Crock-pot Mac & Cheese

2 cups  Cooked macaroni
3 cups . pkg. Shredded cheese
8 oz. Sm. Block Velveeta
5 oz  Can evaporated milk
½ stick melted butter
1 ¾ cp. reg. Milk
1 egg
Salt & pepper

Grease crock-pot w/butter. Mix all ingredients together except paprika & 1/3 of the shredded cheese.

Mix well & pour into crock-pot. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top of macaroni then paprika on top of that.

Cook 3 hours & 15 on med or 4 hours on low.

Today is Armistice day,Veterans Day-Lest We Forget

” That is one thing that we have to take care of more than ourselves”. quoted from my Great Uncle Kenneth.

On Veterans Day, today, I’d like to remember my Great Uncle who served in the WW II during the 40’s in the 42nd Airborne division of the Army. They were shooting at the German planes.   These Military photos from the 1940’s portray what is was really like in those times.

Some of them have his handwriting on the back. There are photos of my Great Uncle’s  friends whose relatives I may never know,forever  preserved in their youth ,wearing in military gear.

My father was in the military, the navy on a PT boats  in the South Pacific.

my Great Uncle's hand writing home to his mother.

Great Uncle Kayo and his soldier buddies

“Just a few of us who had to crawl in deep mud under machine gun fire and dynamite blowing up around us .  My rifle was clean compared to others. ” That is one thing that we have to take care of more than ourselves.”

My uncles soldier buddies taking a break, ticking pillows & cot mattresses airing.

My Great Uncle K fought in Europe, in Germany with the 42nd Division Airborne, Rhineland (Rainbow).

My Great Uncle Butch fought in the South Pacific in the 1940″s.  On the converse, my  Great Uncle Tom completed his Basic Training at  Fort  Indian Gap, Pennsylvania and then traveled out west to work in the Copper mines; the Copper mines needed workers,as quoted by my mom, ” it was a choice, work in the mines or military.”

What is Veterans Day?
United States President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919 by saying, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

Veteran’s Day began as Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. That war, known at the time as the Great War, sparked an outpouring of still-remembered poems.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ” ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Ruby Tuesday

As a fan of Disney World, Do you remember the Disney stars and Motor Cars parade?

Mickie and Minnie were riding in a real 1929 Cadillac car.

Mulan's car and Chinese umbrella

I’m sharing my photos of Red on  this weekly meme hosted by Mary at Work of the Poet.

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