My parents taught me at a young age, one of the greatest qualities that I have. They taught me the importance of a home cooked meal. We rarely ate out, because in our family of 5, everyone took one night a week to make dinner. We would tell Mom a week in advance what we planned on making, and she would do all the grocery shopping for us all. But it took a load off her to not have to be the one making dinner each and every night.
I’m so grateful for my parents teaching me how to cook because it has become one of my greatest loves. I now get the opportunity to cook for my husband and kids while enjoying the family time that we have around the dinner table.
I think I was 10 when my parents gave me my very own “cook book”. It was just a little notebook where I could write down all of my favorite recipes I found over the years. I still have this book, and use it at least 5 times a week!
At the top of each recipe, my Mom made me put the name of who I got the recipe from. You see, I grew up on “old family recipes”. Whether from my Dad’s family in Alaska, neighbor and ward friends, or recipes my parents/family came up with themselves. So some of the things we ate might have been weird, but they sure were yummy!
Each time I made a recipe from my book, I was supposed to call, write a letter to, or visit the person who I received the recipe from!
This really was a great “have to” that my mom made me do. Still to this day I try to contact whoever my recipes are from.; whether it be commenting on someones blog because I made their fabulous new dessert, calling my dad because I made his sourdough pancakes, or emailing my grandma because I made her chip dip. It has become a fabulous way to keep in touch with people from my past, present, and people I’ve never even met!
On Sunday I was in charge of making dessert for our weekly family dinner. I knew that with the warm weather we’ve been having, I wanted to make something light and refreshing. So I went for my all time favorite
As you can see from above, this is a family recipe from my Gram! Thanks Gram
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Mix above ingredients together. It will be kinda a dry consistency but then place it into a 9×13 cake pan and press firmly into the bottom. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
1 cup cool whip
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
Mix above ingredients and spread onto the crust once it is completely cooled.
1 package of chocolate instant pudding
3 cups milk
Mix above ingredients and spread on top of the cream cheese spread
Top the pudding with the cool whip and finish off by sprinkling the walnuts on top.
Make sure to keep this in the refrigerator. But I promise you, it will become on of your all time favorite desserts!