Becky's Farm Life

The simple life, living off God's land, one day at a time.

Road Ahead – Recipes from Scratch – Part 6

 These are the recipes I use weekly.


Pie crust or pastry( chicken and pastry dinner)

3 cups sifted all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking power

1 cup lard or shortening

1 eggs

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

5 tablespoons ice water

Sift flour with salt, baking powder. Cut lard into flour mixture until crumbs form. Beat egg lightly and add to mixture. Add lemon juice, and water. Stir with a fork until blended. Roll out on a lightly floured space. makes 2 pie crust.

for pastry: roll out very thin, cut into squares or strips, drop into boiling broth and chicken. Cook about 10 more minutes. This is like a chicken and dumplings but the pastry’s taste almost like a noodle. I usually have to double the recipe as they eat it up fast here.


No bake Choc. Oatmeal Cookies

1 3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/3 cup cocoa

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 1/2 cups quick oats

Mix sugar, butter, cocoa, milk in a pan over med. heat, boil 1 minute.

remove from heat, stir in peanut butter, then quickly stir in oatmeal.

then drop by spoon fulls on to wax paper.


Chocolate Cream Pie ( this will disappears very fast)

makes 2- 9″ pies

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 cup all purpose flour


3 eggs, beaten

12 oz. can evaporated milk

1 1/2 cup water


3 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 baked pie shells


Combine sugar, cocoa, flour in a heavy sauce pan, stir to remove lumps.

combine eggs, milk, water in a mixing bowl.

gradually add milk mixture to cocoa mixture, stirring until well blended.

Cook over med. heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.

remove from heat, add butter and vanilla, stir until butter is melted.

pour in to pie shells and chill. then top with whipped cream. ( you had better hide one)


Creamed Cheese Peas (the only way my kids will eat peas)

1/2 stick butter

2-3 tablespoons flour

6 slices of cheese ( or a jelly jar of the canned cheese sauce in the recipe tab)

1 can of peas

In a sauce pan add butter, melt butter over med. heat, stir in flour and add a pinch of salt, stir until it thickens. then add about 6 slices of cheese and stir until the cheese melts, then add a can of strained peas.


Quick Pizza Dough

2 cups flour

2 1/4 teaspoon yeast

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup lukewarm water

Dissolve yeast in water, mix flour and salt together then mix with yeast mixture. let sit covered for 5 minutes. grease pan and sprinkle with flour. form crust and let it rest for about 10 minutes. (to prevent sogginess, coat lightly with oil or non-stick cooking spray).

add toppings. bake at 400* for about 20 minutes.

An even faster pizza: use English muffin halves, and add topping.


Coconut Dream Bars (a heavenly treat)

Bake at 350* , 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown, in a 13 X 9 pan

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

3 eggs

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups coconut

Combine flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, butter until particles are fine, use low speed of mixer. press into the bottom of an ungreased 13 x 9 pan and bake at 350* for 15 minutes. beat 1 1/2 cups brown sugar with eggs , just until blended. mix in remaining ingredients, spread over partially baked crust. bake 20 -25 minutes or until golden brown. cool and cut.



I know this is mostly sweets. But in hard times this is what is cut first from the food bill. And having sweets around always makes hard times a little easier on old and young alike.  


What is your best sweets recipe? Would you share it here with us?

Have a great day,




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October 22, 2008 - Posted by | making do, recipes, Road Ahead, saving money | , , ,


  1. These sound wonderful! Just the recipes I needed! Thanks so much for sharing! I can’t wait to try them! God Bless you!

    Comment by Wendy | October 22, 2008 | Reply

  2. Our family loves this! It’s easy, quick and a comfort food. It’s wonderful just plain warm or with a side of vanilla ice cream

    Apple Crisp

    5 C. pared apple slices
    1/2 C. flour
    2/3 C. sugar
    1/4 C. soft butter

    Fill lightly greased 8 in. square baking dish with apple slices. Sprinkle with the amount of cinnamon that your family likes (ours likes it almost ‘black’ with cinnamon). In mixing bowl, mix flour, sugar and butter. Mix with fork or pastry blender and cut in butter. Spread over apples. Sprinkle more cinnamon on top. Bake at 350 for 35-40 mins. depending on the type of apples. It should be bubbly.

    God has graciously given us a bumper crop of apples around here. This is one great way to enjoy his gift.

    Hopefully, I can post more later. It’s applesauce day here :-)!! Whoo hooo

    Linda J.

    Comment by http://valleyvisions.blogspot | October 22, 2008 | Reply

  3. Here is another recipe…it makes a ton, so if you don’t have time to spend in the kitchen, cut it in half. Be sure to do ‘quality control’…taste test shortly after they come out of the oven…another comfort food.

    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

    4 C. flour
    2 C. quick oats (uncooked)
    2 tsp. baking soda
    2 tsp. cinnamon
    1 tsp. salt
    1 1/2 C. soft butter
    2 C. packed brown sugar
    1 C. white sugar
    1 egg
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1 1/2 C. canned pumpkin
    2 C. or 1 pkg. chocalate chips (can use raisins)

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, oats, soda, cinnamon and salt in large mixing bowl; set aside. Cream butter; add sugars, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Alternate additions of dry ingredients and pumpkin, mixing well after each addition. Stir in chocalte chips. Drop cookie dough by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for about 15 mins.; cool on rack. Store in airtight container.

    Dough may be frozen in airtight container. Thaw in refrigerator. Bake as directed.

    Thanks for sharing all those great recipes, Becky!! I’ll be trying them.

    Comment by http://valleyvisions.blogspot | October 22, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thank you for the no bake cookie recipe! They are so easy and came out perfect!

    Comment by DJ | October 23, 2008 | Reply

  5. DJ,
    Those cookies go very fast here. And I’m glad you like them.
    Thank you for stopping in. Hope you have a great weekend.

    Comment by jordansfarm | October 25, 2008 | Reply

  6. hi becky,

    i just found your site last night and can’t seem to turn it off. lol i love every thing you do and i know you are haveing such a hard time but you show us all it can be done and how strong of a person that you are. God bless you and your family.

    I have a few recipes to share that my grandma use to make all the time. my grandpa loved really loved this first one. i don’t know what it’s called, maybe bread pudding, but here it is.

    save and freeze all your left over biscuits until you get a bread bag full. crumble the thawed out biscuits into a large cake pan. mix about 2 cups of milk and a cup of sugar together and pour over biscuits. i lay a few pats of butter and sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on top. bake at 350 until golden brown.

    grandma use to mix her left over mashed potatoes with a little bit of flour and an egg and fry patties out of them. they sure were delicious also.

    and don’t forget the left over cornbread in a cup of milk with a tsp of sugar in it for a desert or snack.

    Comment by Deborah | June 11, 2010 | Reply

  7. here’s another recipe we used to make when i was a little girl and we still make them.

    peanut butter cookies

    1 cup of peanut butter
    1 cup sugar
    1 egg

    mix all together. roll in small balls. lay balls on ungreased cookie sheet. use fork tines to press the cookies out making little checkered patterns. bake about 350 degrees for about 10 to 12 minutes

    these cookies are delicious hot or cold (if you bake to long they will get real hard after cooled) i like mine soft

    Comment by Deborah | June 11, 2010 | Reply

  8. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the layout of your website?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1
    or 2 images. Maybe you could space it out better?

    Comment by Saroj Goswami | July 23, 2012 | Reply

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