German Chocolate Cake

This cake is the go-to cake in our family for birthdays. The coconut-pecan frosting is amazing, but the cake itself is really moist and delicious. Sometimes I spread chocolate frosting up the sides, but I usually serve this cake naked—without frosting. I think you can taste the cake and the coconut-pecan frosting better without chocolate frosting. But most of my family like it better with...
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Delicious Pina Colada Cake

This is one of my absolute favorite cakes! It takes a little work but isn't hard. The cake is so moist, and if you like pineapple and coconut, you are going to adore this cake! The original recipe is a Utah State Fair winner, and you can find the original recipe here. I use my trusty Kitchenaid for a lot of the mixing that is involved in this cake. Make sure the butter is nice and soft. I got...
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Anna Helmuth’s Best Household Tips

A message from Anna Helmuth, Amish fraa, mater, and mammi and irrepressible matchmaker in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill books. Vie gehts, everybody? As a mater of 13 children, I’ve learned a lot about cooking and cleaning over the years. Here are some tips I’ve picked up. To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. Not that I’ve ever seen a...
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Au Gratin Potatoes: Delicious, Easy, and Fattening!

One of my mom's best side dishes is her au gratin potatoes. Some people call them funeral potatoes because they are a good dish to serve at a funeral. In Home on Huckleberry Hill, I had these potatoes on the menu when Mary Anne makes Jethro a special anniversary dinner. After Jethro goes fishing instead of staying home to celebrate their anniversary, Mary Anne decides that funeral potatoes were a...
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Summer Easy Key Lime Pie

I hope you are having a wonderful summer. I am! With family and friend get-togethers, it seems I'm always trying to think of something delicious to fix. I've shared a similar recipe before, but this one is super, super easy and delicious. The perfect summer dessert! You can find the original recipe here. And yes, we ate half of it before we remembered to take pictures. :)
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Pasta Salad with Sundried Tomatoes and Pinenuts

This is the BEST pasta salad I've ever tasted! Great for summer picnics and Sunday dinners! Here's how to make it: Sprinkle 4 half chicken breasts with Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and grill (or just fry in a frying pan). Shred. Melt 2 T. butter in a pan. Add chicken and sprinkle with an all-purpose Cajun seasoning. Coat with 1/4 to 1/2 cup Heinz 57 sauce. Cool. Cook 2 bags of curly pasta according to...
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