Oct 14, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Dessert Pie

The great pumpkin season is upon us again! Want to shake things up from classic pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice lattes?

Gram's Pumpkin Spice Dessert Pie is HERE and man is it delicious.

You will need:

  • 2 cups cooked mashed pumpkin
  • 1 12oz can evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons pumpkin spice
  • 1 pkg (18 1/4 oz) yellow cake mix
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • vanilla ice cream or whipped cream

In a mixing bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Transfer to a greased 13x9 baking pan. Sprinkle with dry cake mix and drizzle with butter. Top with walnuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until a knife unserted near the center comes out clean. 

Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. Makes 12-16 servings.


Dec 6, 2012

Grams' Snickerdoodles

Nothing says Christmas like a batch of cookies straight from the oven, and nothing goes with hot chocolate and cold weather like Grams' Snickerdoodles. 

It's a Schaefer family tradition to relax by the fireplace with snickerdoodles, as well as leave some out for Santa. 

Whip up some of your own with this recipe and enjoy Christmas in a cookie! 


You will need: 

  • 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2tsp cream of tartar
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2tbsp sugar
  • 2tsp cinnamon

Heat oven to 400 degrees. 

Combine softened butter, shortening, sugar, and eggs and mix thoroughly. Stir flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt in to the mixture. 

Scoop out dough with a spoon and roll into balls. 

Mix cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. One by one, roll dough balls in cinnamon sugar mixture and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. 

Bake 8 to 10 minutes and immediately remove cookies from baking sheet to cool. 

Makes roughly 6 dozen cookies, so half the recipe for smaller batches. 


Pair with a mug of Grams' Hot Chocolate and share with the whole family. 

Happy baking, y'all! 


Nov 13, 2012

Grams' Hot Chocolate Mix

It's a tradition at Lee County Christmas Trees to give out free hot chocolate and candy canes to our guests. 

Every year, Grams whips up a big batch for constant deliciousness on the farm. Come out and get some while you find the perfect tree! 

OR, make it at home, and start a new Christmas tradition. 


You will need: 

  • 1 - 8qt instant non-fat dry milk
  • 1 - 2lb size Nestle's Quik
  • 1 - 16oz size powdered dairy creamer
  • 1 - 16oz powdered sugar


Mix thoroughly and store in a covered container. 

Use 1/3 cup Grams' Hot Chocolate Mix for every 1 cup of water. We usually use 3 - 4 heaping tablespoons in a mug. 

Top it with some delicious whipped cream and holiday sprinkles!  

It tastes EVEN better with some of Grams' Snickerdoodles, the best cookies around.


Don't forget to leave some out for Santa!