Grandma’s Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe, Gluten Free Option

      This recipe is for a very special sweet potato casserole, one that was served to us by my husband’s late step-grandmother; our beloved Grandma Fountain! It was made and served with love! Although originally not gluten free until I altered it, this casserole is amazing both ways; so creamy and delicious, and a must on our holiday dinner table whether it is Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter. The whole family looks forward to this luscious side dish to go with our turkey or ham, and other sides such as green bean casserole! Two new versions of green bean casserole, served for the first time this past Thanksgiving, are likely to become standard dishes for our holiday family dinners from now on, as we really enjoyed them. Here are the links to my posts on those: Creamy Green Bean Casserole and Cheesy Green Bean Casserole, and also the fabulous Gluten Free Crisp French Fried Onion topping! Both casseroles were made gluten free, as this sweet potato casserole easily can be as well by simply substituting the flour for gluten free flour. We tried it and did not notice any difference. Even though my immediate family does not need to be gluten free, we have other family members who do. You can also make this casserole low fat or low sugar. If you do try this recipe, I would really appreciate a quick comment with a star rating (option found immediately under each recipe). It helps […] Read more »

Butter-Crunch Caramel Corn Recipe; Quick, Easy Crowd Pleaser

Crunchy Caramel Corn Recipe, Naturally Gluten Free

  Butter-Crunch Caramel Corn Recipe; Quick, Easy Crowd Pleaser Crunchy, golden caramel corn, made with real butter, is so easy to make at home! This recipe is truly delicious, and a snap to make! I’ve always loved Cracker Jack’s, but this recipe beats Cracker Jacks any day! And it’s naturally gluten free, too! I had never even considered that caramel corn could be made at home, until my friend Shari Fletcher impressed me greatly by serving a big bowl of it to a crowd of kids and adults. When she shared the recipe with me and explained how quick and easy it was to do, I was truly amazed! Shari is a wonderful cook with so many awesome ideas, and “quick & easy” along with “flavorful” seems to be her specialty. I love getting recipes from her! Thank you, Shari!! If you do try this recipe, I would really appreciate a quick comment with a star rating (option found immediately under each recipe). It helps me out tremendously! Thanks in advance!   How to Make Crunchy Caramel Corn at Home You start out by popping popcorn; you’ll need approximately 4 – 5 quarts popped. Spray the inside of a large paper bag (a shopping bag is perfect) liberally with cooking spray, then pour the popped popcorn into the bag. You make the caramel by combining real butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, salt, and vanilla in a heavy sauce pan. Bring […] Read more »

Decorating for Christmas, Family Fun

Decorating for Christmas

  This year for Christmas, I had decided to do something new regarding our tree. I thought our tree, the way we used to decorate, looked too random and not stylish enough. (See my older post, Simple, Fun Christmas Decorating.) So I decided to get rid of a lot of the old ornaments and replace with new ones. I went to Hobby Lobby and picked out a bunch of red, white, and silver ornaments, some frosted and some shiny. In addition, I thought I’d add snowflakes and icicles. Then, much to my surprise, and dismay at the time, my husband came home with a string of colored lights, which clearly wouldn’t work with my new theme. At the same time, I had also struggled with the fact that a theme like this would restrict us to certain colors and shapes, and make us feel like we couldn’t add other decorations that may be fun, adorable, or much loved, because it wouldn’t fit with the theme. Even though colored lights are not that high up on my list, I decided to ditch my bright idea of a new theme, and let this be the family tree that it’s always been, which allows everyone to put something on it that they feel is special. So, with renewed excitement in my heart, I took my kids to the store and purchased some new Christmas ornaments that we found cute and special, to replace […] Read more »

Making Homemade Soft, Spreadable Butter. Recipe

  For several years we have made our own soft spreadable butter to use on our sandwiches in place for margarine. Even though we keep it in our refrigerator, it stays soft, unlike regular hard butter. It is ready for use at any time. This homemade “margarine” is very convenient to use, and has also saved us money by stretching our butter to last twice as long. If you do try this recipe, I would really appreciate a quick comment with a star rating (option found immediately under each recipe). It helps me out tremendously! Thanks in advance! I grew up using margarine to spread on my sandwiches. It was nice and convenient to be able to grab the tub of soft spread right from the fridge and use it without crumbling my slice of bread. It was also believed that margarine was better for us than real butter. After I grew up, I have come to believe that it’s the opposite way, butter being the healthier alternative as it is a natural product, unlike the heavily processed margarine. That doesn’t mean every natural product is good for you, but being that margarine ingredients after processing are altered, and in my opinion not natural in any way, I can’t see how margarine can possibly be better for the body than butter, or equal to it. When we first started using butter for our sandwiches in place for margarine, we would […] Read more »

Gluten Free Cheesy Green Bean Casserole Recipe

    This green bean casserole, which can be made with regular all purpose flour or gluten free flour, is a cheesy and creamy side dish that can pass for comfort food any day.  When I made it for the first time for Thanksgiving this year, using gluten free bread mix in place for wheat flour, my husband’s family absolutely loved it! Even one of my brothers-in-law, who considers himself extremely picky, raved about this green bean casserole! I will definitely be making it again, this recipe is a keeper! If you do try this recipe, I would really appreciate a quick comment with a star rating (option found immediately under each recipe). It helps me out tremendously! Thanks in advance! As this side dish is different from Campbell’s green bean casserole, you really need to keep that in mind when trying it, and not expect it to taste like Campbell’s. The only thing it has in common with the ol’ cream of mushroom casserole, is that both of them contain green beans. I found the original version of this recipe on Pinterest via, but I made a lot of changes to reflect reviewers’ likes and dislikes. It was my impression from the original recipe that people either loved it or hated it, but with the changes added, everyone at our Thanksgiving table raved about this casserole! In addition to this Cheesy Green Bean Casserole, I also tried a […] Read more »