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Old Fashion Coconut Cream Pie

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Old Fashion Coconut Cream Pie

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1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
3 cups half-and-half
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 (9 inch) pie shell, baked 1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Spread the coconut on a baking sheet and bake it, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
3. In a medium saucepan, combine the half-and-half, eggs, sugar, flour and salt and mix well. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in 3/4 cup of the toasted coconut and the vanilla extract. Reserve the remaining coconut to top the pie.
4. Pour the filling into the pie shell and chill until firm, about 4 hours.
5. Top with whipped topping and with the reserved coconut.


Sears Catalog

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Sears Catalog

1945 Sears Wishbook Catalog

Do you ever wonder what the old catalogs looked like from the yesteryears? What was popular and on the Christmas must have lists? Now you can see for youmself what was available. The link above in red is to view the 1945 Sears Wishbook catalog. Take a look and see if anything looks familiar. Just looking at this reminds me of much simpler times.

How to make old fashioned candles

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Before electric lighting, people used candles to light the way. For most people, the type of candle used was made from tallow, or animal fat. For the elite and the church, beeswax was the material of choice. Today, beeswax is readily available at any hobby shop and you can easily make your own old-fashioned taper candles using the traditional method of dipping. Taper candles were the most used type of candle as they fit neatly into almost any candle holder.


Wash and clean a tall, empty vegetable can. An old asparagus can works well as it will allow you to make longer taper candles.

Place a small trivet in a medium-size saucepan. If you don’t have a trivet, invert a custard cup or small shallow bowl in the saucepan.

Place the vegetable can on the trivet and fill the saucepan 3/4 full of water. This creates a double boiler for melting the wax.

Use a sharp knife and slice thin slices of the beeswax from the block. Fill the vegetable can with the slices.

Heat the saucepan over medium-low heat until the wax is melted.

Cut candle wicks 2 inches longer than the can is in height. For example, if the can is 5 inches tall, you would cut the wicks 7 inches long.

Dip the wick quickly into the melted beeswax and pull it out in an upward motion, keeping the wick over the wax. Allow it to air dry for approximately 30 seconds.

Continue dipping the wick into the wax until the desired size taper is achieved. For a 1-inch taper candle, you may need to dip the wick 30 to 50 times for enough wax to accumulate on the candle.

NOTE: You can also use paraffin wax instead of beeswax.

* Add color if you desire

* Scents: you can use fragrance oil or concentrated chips available at craft shops. The oil you use must be pure oil and have no water or alcohol base.

County Fair Southern Apple Fritters

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Vegetable oil 3 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup light brown sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 large egg 1 cup milk 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 2 cups finely chopped Golden Delicious apples 1/4 cup orange juice 2 teaspoons grated orange zest 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Powdered sugar


1. Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches into a large Dutch oven or large heavy skillet.

2. Place over medium-high heat and bring oil to a temperature of 350°F.

3. Meanwile, in a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

4. Make a well in the center of the mixture.

5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and butter. Stir in the apples, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla extract.

6. Add this mixture to the well in the flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

7. Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls into hot oil.

8. Fry 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain fritters well on paper towels, and cool slightly.

9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm.

Puppies 1st day born

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Peanut and babies

Taken the day they were born.