My Mother’s French Coconut Pie

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


half-baked pie shell (half-bake before using to prevent it from being soggy)

1/4 cup buttermilk

1 cup sugar

3 eggs, well beaten

1 stick butter or margarine, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cup shredded coconut

Mix well the buttermilk, sugar, eggs, butter or margarine, and vanilla. Stir in coconut. Pour into a half-baked pie shell. Bake at 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until brown and firm.

My Aunt Beatrice’s Pecan Pie

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

unbaked pie shell

1 cup corn syrup (light)

1 cup dark brown sugar

4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

3 eggs, well beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups pecans, chopped (can use whole ones)

Add together the first 5 ingredients and mix well; add the chopped pecans, stir.  Pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for close to 1 hour. When done, center should be slightly less set than sides.

Grandpa’s Coconut Rum Balls

(Grandpa is Paul, my wonderful father-in-law, who is also a great cook!)


4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs

1 1/3 cup coconut flakes

1 cup finely chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

1 can condensed milk

1/4 to 1/2 cup rum

Process the vanilla wafers in a food processor for the finest crumbs (but you can do it by hand, if need be). Place in bowl, add the coconut flakes, finely chopped nuts,  the can of condensed milk and the rum. Mix well. Form into small balls (about an inch in diameter). Roll in powered sugar, coco powder, sprinkles or  finely chopped nuts. Store in fridge. Delicious the first day but the longer you keep them, the better they get.

Anna’s  Holiday Eggnog

(I’ve tried many homemade eggnog recipes and this is the best that I have found. It is delicious!)

2 eggs, well beaten (or an equivalent amount of egg beaters)

1 can condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 quart whole milk

1/2 pint heavy cream, whipped


Combine well beaten eggs, condensed milk, vanilla and salt. Mix very, very well. Gradually beat in milk, gently fold in whipped cream. Place in punch bowl or pour into glasses. Top with a sprinkle of nutmeg.


Until next time,

God grant you good food,

God be with you and yours,

See ya’ll!


Soli Deo gloria!