Cucumber Sandwiches

  When I got married in 1984, I had about 5 wedding showers. With the exception of one my high school friends had thrown for me (hey, I was 19!) my Grandma Barker attended each and every one.And to every shower, she would bring a plate of her lovely cucumber sandwiches. She took great care

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swedish meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

  No holiday party seemed complete without slipping a crockpot of these lovely little things in the door. As a child, I preferred anything barbecue-flavored over anything in gravy, but as I got older, I grew to appreciate the Swedish meatball heritage a little more. They definitely are popular in the midwest, and while I

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Skylane's Sloppy Joes

Skylane’s Sloppy Joes

  This recipe is from a bowling alley in Minneapolis that was walking distance from our church. We would often gather with friends or a few family members, bowl, then sit up at the counter and enjoy these wonderful sandwiches, served on a paper plate with potato chips and a kosher dill pickle.

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Ring Around the Cookie

Grandma Barker used to love how easy these were, and how pretty they are! I always loved that we could make a log of sugar cookie dough, and slice and bake them as needed. They are very buttery, so taste more like a sliced shortbread than a sugar cookie.

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lemon drop cookies

Lemon Drop Cookies

  Whether it be lemon donuts, lemon bars, lemon cake, Grandma Barker loved lemon anything as much as I did. I always loved trying new recipes,and this one I tried, Christmas 1984, in what turned out to be her last Christmas. I will never forget her tasting them, and saying, “ I never thought I

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