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Old Fashioned Holiday Recipes

Candi JohnsHappy Holidays!

Cooking real food from scratch is a dying art. Few activities bring as much joy, satisfaction and delight as preparing a homemade, from-scratch meal.

I don't want to serve my family food that only looks and tastes wonderful. I also want that food to be nourishing, healthy and good for their hearts.

If you enjoy doing things the old fashioned way and would like to make this year's holiday meal like your great grandmother did — I have some fun for you.

These recipes will enable you to serve little more love this year and a little less chemicals.

Here are some of my favorite, tried-and-true, Holiday Recipes. Not only are they delicious, they are made with real ingredients found in real kitchens.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce — Recipe Here


My whole life, I thought cranberry sauce came from a can. I never even considered making my own. Then I met Mamaw. After I tasted Mamaw’s homemade cranberries, I was hooked. I would never go back to the can-shaped stuff again.

Real Mashed Potatoes — Recipe here


I love mashed potatoes. Easy. Yummy. Real food. Great side dish.

Here’s how I make fantastic mashed potatoes with no processed foods, no funny stuff, all real ingredients.

These are made with raw butter, raw milk and raw everything. They are creamy and wonderful and contain nothing processed. Delicious.

Old Fashioned Roasted Turkey — Recipe Here


I roast my turkeys in the oven. I do it the old fashioned way. It’s golden, juicy and perfect every time. It is the easiest turkey you'll ever make.

No brine, no injections, no frying, no basting, no fussing, no kidding. It's as simple as it gets, and it's rockin' good too.

Pumpkin Pie (all real ingredients) — Recipe Here

pumpkin pie

I avoid processed food like the plague.

I avoid all things processed whenever possible. I like food made by people … like me and Mamaw. I don’t like food made by companies … like Keebler and Nestle. If I made it — it is good. If a company made it — no thanks.

My favorite pumpkin pie is not too spicy, not too sweet, not too runny and the pie crust has to be made with REAL butter. This pie fits the bill. It's the only pumpkin pie you will want to eat forever.

Homemade Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Icing — Recipe Here

pumpkin bread

Even if you hate pumpkins — you'll love this (and so will everyone else you serve it to).

This bread is soft, light, moist, flavorful, just sweet enough and so delicious it needs no icing.

But, of course, I add icing because … Pumpkin Bread & Cream Cheese Icing is like … “Boom.”

Ya’ know?

It’s great for dessert. It’s great for afternoon tea.

My favorite way to eat this pumpkin bread is first thing in the morning (after milking the cow) with my coffee.

Hope your Holiday meal is outstanding, your gathering is wonderful and your loved ones are blessed this year.

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Happy Holidays!