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MOM - the best cook ever! It seems most appropriate that my very first blog recipe would be Mom's!

Adelene Bostwick (my Mother). My mother was the oldest daughter in a family of nine children. She learned how to cook and bake as a little girl She seldom used a recipe; she just 'knew' the right mixtures. I'd call to ask her for a recipe and she'd laugh, "Oh honey, I don't know how much of each thing - I just mix it all together until its right!" I'll never forget the advice she gave me when I got married. She told me that if our food budget was tight to always remember to fix potatoes - they have just about everything a person needs. She was right. There were times I fixed (to name a few) potato soup, baked potatoes, fried potatoes and whipped potatoes.

The following recipe she actually gave me with measurements 😊


Mom’s oven was always baking something. I wonder if ever a day went by without that oven baking bread, pies, cakes, cookies or something wonderful. The aroma in her kitchen always met you on the back porch before you even got into the house. There were always family or friends visiting with my folks and those visitors never went away hungry. Mom made these nice crispy cookies that we ate practically before they ever got transferred into the cookie jar.

1 cup white sugar

1 cup shortening

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla 1 TBSP buttermilk*

3 ½ cups flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 cup Post Toasties or Wheaties (Breakfast food)

1 cup rolled oats ½ cup nutmeats

½ cup coconut (optional)

Cream shortening, oil, egg, vanilla, buttermilk & sugar together

Add dry ingredients (sifted together)

Add cereal, rolled oats, nutmeats & coconut

Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheet

Bake in 350° oven 10 – 12 minutes

Invite the neighbors for coffee and cookies!

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