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We wanted to add this category as an homage to faith, family and friends. It will be an ongoing page. Every couple of weeks, a recipe, quote, picture or video will be added. Our goal is that it will be a help and encouragement to you. We hope you make some new memories through the content shared. Here's to a full and joyous life shared with others!

My mother was a fantastic cook. I don’t know where she found the following recipe, but I have taken it to multiple friends and it is always a hit. I have edited it some over the years to make it simpler and faster. Enjoy!



  • Onion flakes to taste
  • Garlic, 3 cloves or ¾ teaspoon garlic powder or 1½ teaspoon minced garlic (refrigerate after opening)
  • 2 small cans tomato sauce
  • Chili powder, 1 – 2 Tablespoons
  • 1 can drained niblet corn
  • 1 Lb Velveeta Cheese, cubed
  • 1 medium size package of wide noodles
  • 2 Lbs. ground beef; l like to use 93% lean and 7% fat. 
Combine the hamburger meat, onion flakes and garlic. Brown the meat and then pour off any liquid. Stir in the tomato sauce, chili powder (to taste) and drained corn. While the meat is browning, cook the noodles in salted water until tender. Drain. I usually cook 3/4th of the package of noodles. If you want to cook the entire package, you will have some noodles to use for another purpose. Combine the noodles, hamburger mixture and Velveeta Cheese. Pour in a 9" x 13" pan that has been sprayed with a cooking spray. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. You can divide the mixture and put it in two 8" x 8" pans. Share!
Do you have a requested dessert?  Mine is my mother's Wesson Oil Cake.  If you love chocolate cake, this will be at the top of your list.
Wesson Oil Cake


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Dissolve the cocoa in the boiling water.  Do this first so it can be cooling.  Add and mix the remaining ingredients.  The batter is not thick like regular cake batter.  Pour the batter into a 9" x 13" greased and floured cake pan.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 minutes.  


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Bring ingredients to a boil.  Boil 1 minute while stirring.

Add 1 box of powdered sugar.  Mix until blended.  Frost cooled cake.  I always save some in the pan for my husband to eat.  He's like a little kid again!


Homemade Ice Cream!  Maybe you remember sitting on an ice cream freezer while someone cranked away!  We don't "crank" at our house today, but we still love homemade ice cream. This is my mother's scrumptious vanilla ice cream recipe.  Add any toppings you like or just enjoy as is!

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

*This recipe is for a one-gallon freezer.


  • 3 cans Eagle Brand Milk
  • 3 pints Half & Half
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla
  • Milk

Combine and stir all ingredients.  Pour the mixture into the freezer cylinder and add milk to the "fill line".  Freeze according to your manufacturer's instructions.   


This homemade ice cream recipe shared by my good friend Kelly McElwain totally delivers.  Homemade Cheesecake Ice Cream made with cream cheese!  It is a dream!

Cheesecake Ice Cream

*This recipe is for a one-gallon freezer.


  • 3 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 5 cups of heavy cream  

Mix all ingredients.  Pour the mixture into the freezer cylinder and add milk to the "fill line".  Freeze according to your manufacturer's instructions.

Get a big bowl, not a small one!  Add strawberry topping if you desire.  Enjoy!


If you are in the mood for a delicious cake, try Grandma Pat's Lemon Cake!  It is easy and so moist!  Even the little guys ask for it!

Lemon Cake


  • 1 box of Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake Mix
  • 3/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup juice, nectar or water  (I like to use orange juice.)
  • 4 eggs 

Mix the first four ingredients well.  Add the eggs one at a time and beat after adding each egg. This is an important step.

Pour the mixture into a greased and floured bundt pan.  Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup Real Lemon

Mix.  Pour over the cake when it comes out of the oven.  Turn the cake out.  Cover with foil while it is still hot.  


This is one of my favorite recipes because it is handwritten by my dad. My mother lost her vision so my dad copied it. I'm not sure who the credit goes to for this recipe, but it is so good. I like to make it early so the vanilla wafers have time to soften.  

Banana Pudding


  • I3 cups of milk
  • 1 medium carton of cool whip
  • 1 eight ounce carton of sour cream
  • 1 box of vanilla wafers
  • 4-5 bananas

Make the pudding according to the package, using only 3 cups of milk. Fold in the cool whip and sour cream.  Layer your serving dish with the vanilla wafers, bananas and pudding. You can use any serving dish, but I like to use a trifle bowl. The dessert looks pretty in it! If you desire, crumble a few vanilla wafers and sprinkle them on top. Enjoy!


Need an easy dessert for an occasion?  Try Grandma Pat's Strawberry Cake.  Fast and tasty!

Strawberry Cake


  • 1 can Eagle Brand Milk
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 large cool whip, thawed
  • 2 ten ounce packages of frozen strawberries, thawed
  • Angel Food Cake (I just buy one from the grocery store.)

Combine the Eagle Brand Milk, lemon juice, cool whip, and strawberries together. Stir.  

Cut the angel food cake into serving size pieces and put them in your serving dish.  Spoon the mixture over the cake.  

Cover and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve the dessert.