I have been really busy this week preparing an Elderberries trip for our senior citizens.

It is always fun to begin each year and know how blessed we are with HIS care and peace as we travel together. This trip is a mystery trip and they don’t have a clue where we are going. I always tell them that a mystery trip is one where they gave me their money and don’t know what I did with it.

It seems I spend a lot of time telling funny stories or whatever. It cuts out the space for your recipes, so for this week at least I will get busy and maybe you will have a few extra recipes for a change.

Hawaiian spuds

4 cups mashed, cooked sweet potatoes

1 cup drained, crushed pineapple

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

3 tablespoons butter

Combine all ingredients and turn the mixture into a 1 1/2 quart casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until bubbly hot. Serves 6. (I recommend you use light brown sugar or brown sugar Splenda. It would be wise to get pineapple that has lite syrup. It would make the sugar rations much healthier.)

Good biscuits

1 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon soda

2 tablespoons oil

1/4 cup buttermilk

Mix just until moistened. Roll out on floured surface and cut or drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Bake in 450 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes.

Fruit pie

1 prepared pie crust

1 can Eagle Brand milk

1 can frozen lemonade

9 ounce carton Cool Whip

1 small can mandarin oranges

Mix milk, lemonade and Cool Whip. Slice a few oranges into mix and place the rest in a design on top of pie. Chill until firm.

Quick and easy glazed doughnuts


2 cans cheap canned biscuits


1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Take each biscuit. Make a hole in the center of biscuit and prod it as big as you can without breaking the edge. Drop it in hot oil and brown on both sides. Take it from oil. Let drain a few seconds. Dip both sides in glaze. Cool on a brown paper bag. It is a great inexpensive dessert for guests.

Well, I promised no stories but the doughnut recipe reminded of one. Sorry! When “Grouchy Bear and I were married about 4 or 5 months I decided to surprise him and have doughnuts. I found this recipe and since I had no fancy doughnut cutter I followed the recipe. I used drinking glasses to cut the doughnut and a pop bottle to make the hole. They were a bit weird looking but tasted good.

I called him to the table and he started laughing. It made me so mad I picked up the entire plate and threw all the doughnuts into the trash can. I informed him that Iwould never make him another doughnut as long as he lived. We were married 56 years and 19 days and as long as he lived he never got another doughnut.

I smile now and kind of wish I had made him some.

See you next week.

Dixie Ryan lives in Odessa and has enjoyed sharing her cooking talents and secrets with readers for many years.