Southern holiday recipes


Upon moving south, I learned that the Holidays include a different variety of foods. I love corn bread stuffing, and cranberry fluff, but my favorite is sweet potato pie. I’m a long time pumpkin pie lover, I’ve always requested pumpkin pie for my birthday instead of cake. So pumpkin is near and dear to my heart.

But when I first tasted a sweet potato pie, I’ll have to say it is a close second.




1 (1 pound) sweet potato

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup milk

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust (of course it would be an absolute SIN to use store bought!)

  1. Boil sweet potato whole in skin for 40 to 50 minutes, or until done. Run cold water over the sweet potato, and remove the skin.
  2. Break apart sweet potato in a bowl. Add butter, and mix well with mixer. Stir in sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into an unbaked pie crust.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 55 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a soufflé, and then will sink down as it cools.



2 c. fresh cranberries
3 c. miniature marshmallows
3/4 c. sugar
2 c. apples, unpared
1/2 c. seedless grapes, red or green
1/2 c. walnuts
1/4 tsp. salt
1 (12 oz.) Cool Whip Grind cranberries and combine with marshmallows and sugar; cover and chill overnight. cf

Core and dice apples; add apples, grapes, walnuts, and salt. Fold in Cool Whip and chill at least 3 hours before serving. Can be made 1-2 days ahead. Serves 8-10.+

Now my husbands family has a fondness for fruit cake, I’m going to make Claudia’s recipe from Mr.. Puffy’s knitting blog. Now she calls it a Christmas cake, but I’m going to say it’s a fruit cake, can’t wait to try it out.


Oh, and my husband bought me a new set of bathroom scales. How kind of him, our old one broke. I’m sure it’s just to watch his weight with, right?

So while we are eating our goodies, I’m sure some knitting would burn lots of calories, right?


  1. I wonder if you've ever eaten at Damon's Restaurant - their sweet potato cassarole is WONDERFUL!

    I do hope you enjoy the fruitcake ;) Remember - it's all in the brandy - LOL

  2. Oooo thanks for that! I've been looking for a sweet potato pie recipe :)

  3. a scale--just the perfect gift to go with those holiday recipes!
    (Maybe you should hide it for a while!)
    Thanks for sharing the recipes!

  4. I like pumpkin pie too! And it's a good one to eat, if you want to get another vegetable/fruit in your mealtime! {:-D


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