My GMom’s Thanksgiving Persimmon Pudding Recipe in a Jar

Hello readers! Happy Thanksgiving week!  Thanksgiving is a time to make many wonderful fall memories and to treat yourself to one of the most comforting foods in the world: turkey.  Oh the memories that can be made around a table loaded with food.   I find it interesting that the first Americans to celebrate Thanksgiving celebrated it with grateful hearts after many days of sitting down to some of the barest tables America has probably ever seen: some dinners of which consisted only of 5 kernels of corn.  (I would have been griping!)  They celebrated friendship, kindness, and love.  And we have so much to be thankful for!!

My blog is not a food blog, but one celebrating the simple and easy comforts of home.  To go along with that theme, I can’t resist sharing this recipe.  One of my fondest memories is my G-Mom’s Persimmon Pudding.  She cooked it in the pan and it was delicious topped with Cool Whip.  The hardest part about the recipe is peeling the persimmons, but even that only took me about 5 minutes.  This is a simple recipe that will seem like it took hours, but really your secret is that you mixed and put it in the oven, and then assembled the layers.  It is delicious served with coffee.

Peel the persimmon.


Separate the seeds.


Mash the persimmons thoroughly.  I used 6 persimmons, or 1 1/2 cups persimmon pulp.


Mix the persimmons with 1 1/3 cups flour.  (You can use gluten-free, the flavor will still taste the same.)




Blend in 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon cloves.


Blend in 4 1/2 cups evaporated milk,1/3 cup sugar (or honey), and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in a little.  warm water.


Your batter should look deliciously frothy around the corners.


Pour it into a 9 by 13 glass pan.


Bake at 250 degrees in oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until brown around the edges and the middle.  The pudding will “jiggle” in the middle  when you pull it out.  That is alright, this is “pudding” after all.

Now assemble the jars. Blend together this incredible cream cheese frosting recipe: Two Sisters Cream Cheese Frosting.

Trust me, after you eat these cream cheese frosting, you will never want to eat any other frosting ever again.  It is simply divine!!


Layer the persimmon pudding, cream cheese frosting, and cool whip in a canning jar.


I topped with mixed nuts, toffee, and sprinkles to add some color.  You can use any toppings you want.  You can also bring more fall color into it with holiday sprinkles.  I’m a fan of using whatever I have on hand, and I happened to have the colored sprinkles, so that’s what I used!!


The best part about making these little desserts in a jar is that they are so easy to make ahead of time.  You can pre-assemble them, and pull them out the next day for an easy dessert while watching the game.  Also, because they are in a jar, all you have to do is pull them out of the fridge.  No plates, serving utensils, or time spent serving.  Simply pull the jars out and hand them out.


Happiness in a jar.







Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?  What is your favorite Thanksgiving food or memoryWhat are you most thankful for this holiday season?

Featured Comments of the Week:

The Eclectic Contrarian says:I could make a pot of coffee and eat myself silly with those lol!! Great post!”

The Unexpected Twist Grilled PBJ Sandwich Recipe would be perfect served with a pot of coffee!

teacherturnedmommyblog writes: “ this sounds like a tasty sandwich

Thank you for a lovely comment!!

The Pink Shoe Girl says:oh my gosh – now I want this for lunch!!”

Thank you for your comment, Pink Shoe Girl!!  You will have to try.

stevescountry says:Great recipe and great tasting even without the cinnamon bread! And coffee with it is a natural, and just a bit of maple syrup. Didn’t actually try the maple syrup but perhaps next time! I like maple syrup with many things, especially at breakfast. Anyway, this is quick and great, thanks for sharing the recipe! Steve

Thanks, Steve, for a great comment.  Great idea on the maple syrup.

Happy Thanksgiving!!






The Unexpected Twist Grilled PBJ Sandwich Recipe

Dear Readers,   I’ll be spending my Thanksgiving day this week out on my parents’ property, their little ranch north of Hub City.P1050135P1040448I always remember waking up with a cozy blanket wrapped around me and breath in deeply to take in the smell of turkey overloading the ranch house.  There will be pie after pie after pie lined up on the counter.  If we get lucky, my dad sometimes spoils guests with a cast iron breakfast over the fire.   His biscuit recipe, borrowed from an old chuck wagon “cookie” (the lead chef on a cattle trail), is absolutely out of this world.  I am hungry just thinking about it!P1040652

Scarecrows will peek from behind haystacks and pumpkins around the fireplace.  (I can blame my mom for my love of home décor.)  If it’s cold enough, there will be a fire crackling in the fireplace.  That’s country life for you!  It’s the backcountry flavor of the smell of leather, texture of boots, and… a good ole grilled sandwich.   IMG_20181106_180706

Speaking of breakfast, here is a perfectly wonderful, protein filled sandwich to wake up to for breakfast in the morning.  Done in simple, country style.  You can pop these on the griddle and viola, they are done!!  They only take 2 minutes to make.  I snack on one sometimes if I get hungry during the day. IMG_20181108_172431 The sandwich is totally delicious and totally unhealthy.  They would make the perfect snack for when your college student comes home to visit this week or on a morning when your house is filled with Thanksgiving guests and you need something easy to prepare for breakfast.  Breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, or for a midnight snack…they fit the bill to perfection.

My trick to make these extra mouthwatering is to use Swirled Sugar Cinnamon Bread.  It adds the Wow factor that regular bread does not bring.

Heat up your griddle or cooking pan.  Spread butter onto the bread.  Lots and lots of it.  It will add that extra crunchy brown crust to your sandwich.  Place the buttered bread, butter side down, on the hot surface.


Spread peanut butter.  You can just never have enough peanut butter!IMG_20181108_171049

Lather the top with strawberry jelly.  You can use any flavor of jelly or jam you prefer.


Place the jellied bread, jelly side down, onto the peanut butter side on the griddle. Spread more butter on top.  Did I mention butter?

IMG_20181108_171407Flip the sandwich over.  Look at that buttery, crunchy crust!


I like to serve grilled sandwiches sliced in half.  It just feels special to me cut that way. It may have been because we did that in my childhood.   You just can’t have a grilled sandwich without it being in two slices!  It feels like extra love went into it.


Here’s the icing on the cake.  Or the “icing” on the grilled PB & J.  If you want some extra sweetness, sprinkle powdered sugar and drizzle Hersey’s strawberry flavored syrup over the top.  Who can resist that??



With Thanksgiving coming up, who knows?  Maybe I’ll pop these on the griddle Thanksgiving morning.

Featured Comments of the Week:

Patty Thurlby writes about What Happens When You Transform a Garage Sale Frame into Chic Farmhouse Décor:  “Nice!! I love the saying!!!!!”

Thanks, Patty, for your lovely comment.

stevescountry comments:  “This is a great idea! I know my sister and niece would certainly like this. Unfortunately it is now too cold to use spray paint outdoors and I don’t think it would be a good idea indoors! I like quick and easy projects, I’m working on a couple indoor bird houses right now, plus a couple other ideas. Thanks so much for sharing this one, I hope you will bring out some more ideas since Christmas is on the way! Steve.”

Thanks Steve, for a great comment!  A birdhouse is a great DIY project.

Rachel says:Great pictures! I’m excited to see more of the “home decor on a budget” posts on your blog!”

Thank you Rachel!  Glad you are enjoying the home décor posts.

ordinarilyextraordinarymom says, “Love these. Thanks for putting this together. I love doing Fall DIY projects.”

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What Happens When You Transform a Garage Sale Frame into Chic Farmhouse Décor

Hello friends!  I’ve taken a weeks hiatus to begin scheming and planning towards the upcoming changes to HCG since the announcement of our Nordstrom Fall Giveaway Winner.   One of the topics readers wrote that they really enjoyed reading about were easy ways to make their house beautiful, emphasis on EASY!   I completely agree.  Here are the steps I took to transform a garage sale frame into some chic décor.  It took only a few minutes to take the frame apart and spray it down with chalkboard paint.  This also make a perfect gift for anyone who loves that chic “country” style we are pulling off here.  Wrap it up in a gorgeous red bow and it makes a perfect Christmas gift.   When I finished, I wrote something on there that I’ve been mulling over for a while now.  Don’t live in yesterday, be thankful for today, look forward to tomorrow.













  • Remove the board from the frame.  (I use a putty knife to bend the nails back to get the frame out of there.)
  • Sand the board down and wipe off excess dirt.
  • Spray the board with black chalkboard paint.  Let dry.
  • Sand, stain, and varnish the wooden part of the frame, if necessary  (I skipped this step because the frame was so beautiful!)
  • Put the board back in the frame.
  • Hot glue on any extra metal décor. (You can find metal sayings like mine at Hobby Lobby.)
  • Tie with a pretty bow in the corner.
  • Display!

Thank you to all of my readers for your lovely comments!!  If you comment, I will tag you.



Nordstrom Fall Giveaway Winner

Nordstrom Fall Giveaway

Hello dear Readers!  Thank you for your participation in the Nordstrom gift card giveaway.   Thank you most of all for your honest, lovely feedback with the surveyIt was so FANTASTIC to know what is working for you here at HCG and what can be improved!  Welcome to all of our new readers, I am so happy to have you here!!  I am also looking forward to making some improvements and taking this blog to the next level, especially with photography and with posts, that you, the reader, specifically wrote that you enjoy.  I was blown away by the quality of feedback and amount of detail you provided.   As one reader wrote: “I love to improve my home, learn new recipes and fashions and ways to make my life easier.”  Thank you readers!!   Super stoked about what is coming next.

Now, moving on to the winner…

This giveaway is hosted by Rafflecopter.  They randomly select a winner.

Congratulations, Mami!  You won the giveaway.

I have contacted you with the information.  Please contact me at asap to claim your prize.

There will be many more giveaways to come so even if you didn’t win this time, hang around for what is up and coming.

Love ya’ll readers!




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