Susie Q’s Top 10 Holiday Desserts

top 10 desserts pin.pngAs you all know the holidays are just around the corner and I’ve already been getting requests for my Fudge! I’ve also been getting requests for some of our family’s favorite recipes… some of which will be making it on our table here shortly!

If you don’t see what you are looking for be sure to check out Mama’s Recipe Box under the Keeper of the Home tab! You’ll also notice that there are no Cookie recipes listed as I have another post scheduled that will be dedicated just to the cookies that Santa loves around this time of year.

Some of these recipes are not that difficult and you can let the kids help… and make some great memories as well!

Grab a plate and maybe a big ole can of whipped cream and dig in!

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A Series of Unexpected Events Part 3

You may want to check out PART 1 and PART 2 before reading this one!


I really was trying to be patient and I didn’t call or ask for updates as they had said they would contact us as soon as they had the closing date but I finally messaged them on October 10th to see what was going on and I really wasn’t too happy with the generic reply I received back. I ended up emailing the bank to ask about the holdup and within a day we had a closing date set.

So we were set to close on October 18th which of course happened to be a day that Mr. Awesome had planned to leave for a meeting. We rearranged our schedules and went to the office but guess what? Continue reading “A Series of Unexpected Events Part 3”

Peanut Butter Cookies

These are great cookies to let the kids help with as they love to make the criss-cross pattern with the fork!

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

I believe these are the cookies my little brothers had nicknamed ‘Cowboy Cookies’ but I’m not sure. I do know that they are really good and these can be made into gifts by layering the dry ingredients in a jar and attaching a copy of the recipe to the jar with a little bit of ribbon.

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Watergate Salad

I don’t know why it’s called ‘salad’ but I’m not gonna argue with anyone because I really love this dessert so much but I do and I love that it is so easy to make!

Watergate Salad

Watergate Salad printable recipe


  • 1 pkg instant pistachio pudding
  • 1 12-oz can crushed pineapple, drained well
  • 1 9-oz frozen whipped topping
  • 1 c. mini marshmallows
  • 1 c. chopped nuts


Mix everything together and chill 4-5 hours.

A Series of Unexpected Events Part 2

If you haven’t read Part 1 you can click HERE.


With no equipment to move the mess, we ended up forking out quite a bit more than we had planned as we had to hire another company to do the clean up because at that point our house was set to be delivered shortly. In fact, Ms. O was out here the same day that the crew was doing some of the cleanup to stake the property and get everything ready to pull permits and we were waiting on the appraisal to come back in.


Much Better! Continue reading “A Series of Unexpected Events Part 2”

A Series of Unexpected Events

For the past few months, we have been anxious to share our good news about our new house and we finally did make it public last month but there were a few people who knew about it beforehand. They have been just as excited about our new home as we were and have been anxious for updates.

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About twice a week, every week, we get the same questions… No house yet? I know they are genuinely interested and want to share in our excitement and I’m glad to know they care. While we are excited about what the future holds it is just so hard to keep positive when one delay after another keeps popping up. It feels kind of like when I have been heavily pregnant and everyone you see asks, ‘No baby yet?’… sigh… I’m sure many of you mommas can relate.

BTW, we did get a survey and now we are once again waiting on permits… woo-hoo…

Before I begin with this story I want everyone to know that we are truly THANKFUL for each and every person who played a part in helping us to get our house. Things have been extremely stressful with so many different issues… many of the minor ones have been left out of the story… but we feel so BLESSED to have our HOUSE and we are looking forward to making it our HOME.

This post ended up being VERY long so I’ve divided it up into a few different posts to make it easier to read. The links to the next parts will update soon! Maybe this story can help someone else prevent some of the problems that we’ve had.

NOTE: I have not linked to the dealer that we used as I am not trying to cause them any negative publicity as I know that sometimes we all have our ‘days, weeks, months, or maybe even years’ when things just don’t go right.  I will also clarify that the dealer has never made any specific claim as to how long the whole process would take only general statements such as:

  • We are getting close now.
  • Not too much longer now.

They also verbally gave us a general timeline which has not happened.

As Mr. Awesome works in this industry we did have a timeline of ‘best case’ and ‘worst case’ scenarios planned out in our minds but this journey has surpassed anything that we could have planned for. Just make sure you check the customer reviews carefully before choosing who you want to do business with!


Somewhere near the end of May, we had submitted another application for financing and on June 4th we got the word that we were APPROVED. We had been told that things would move quickly and we should be prepared to close towards the end of the month of the beginning of the next month, if not sooner. To say we were ecstatic would have been an understatement… our dream was finally coming TRUE! Continue reading “A Series of Unexpected Events”

Butters, Jams, & Jellies

Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

Whipped Honey Butter and Cinnamon Butter

Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

I don’t post a lot of ‘canning’ recipes on here because most of what I know about canning is in my head. I just do things the way I saw them done when I was young and I can’t really guarantee the accuracy of all of them.

This recipe here is a good one for canning and giving out as gifts though. It never seems to stick around that long here though because my kids LOVE ‘fruit butters’ and I love that I know exactly what’s in them. The longer you let this cook the thicker it gets… we like it THICK so we always let it cook just a tad bit longer. You can really try making butter ot of almost any fruit puree. I want to give this a try with my canned pumpkin soon!

I haven’t tried using anything other than sugar to sweeten this with but I think it would probably be ok to give it a go. This also freezes well if you don’t want to can it.

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35+ Freezer Meals In One Day!

I had to do my grocery shopping this past weekend and our internet was DOWN! This meant that I needed to physically go into the store and push the buggy down the aisles… pure TORTURE, right? Well, maybe it doesn’t seem that bad but I have been spoiled by the Walmart Grocery Pickup.


I did survive and I posted a picture of my overflowing buggy on my Instagram that evening and had a contest for the person who could most closely guess how much I spent. The winner will be receiving a Walmart eGift card for $10.00! Continue reading “35+ Freezer Meals In One Day!”

Holiday Recipes

Here are links to some of our favorite holiday dishes:


Deviled Eggs

Oven-Fried Mushrooms

Pickled Eggs

Main Dishes:

Brown Sugar & Honey Glazed Ham

Roasted Turkey w/ Giblet Gravy

Side dishes:

Steamed Broccoli with Cheese Sauce

Nanny J’s Carrot Souffle

Nanny J’s Corn Pudding

Simple Cranberry Relish

Momma’s Green Bean Casserole

Grandma’s Mac N Cheese sprinkled with bacon

Mashed Potatoes and/or Super Yummy Caulitaters

Homemade Bread Stuffing

Favorite Sweet Potato Casserole

Black Eyed Peas


Potato Salad (with cauliflower alternative)


30 minute Rolls

Hoe Cakes 

Cinnamon Butter

Honey Butter


Luscious Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake

Blackberry Pig in a Poke

Chocolate Pudding Pie – (This was something I always looked forward too with my Mom-Mom)

German Chocolate Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Mama’s Southern Pecan Pie


Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


Susie’s Sweet Tea

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

No-Bake Cheesecake with Flavor Variations

I love cheesecake and so does my second eldest son… so much that he insists on having cheesecake for his birthday and any other special occasion. I do have a recipe for a traditional cheesecake but I can’t seem to find it at the moment as it may be packed away.

This recipe is simple and tastes great! You can play with the ingredients to make your own flavors as well as trying different variations on the crust until you find your ‘perfect’ combination.

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