Voices of Heritage – Another Christmas Story

on December 20, 2016
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Welcome to The Farmer’s Lamp series, Voices of Heritage. In this third installment, Granny shares another Christmas story with us.


This a resharing of one of your favorite posts in our series. If you’re new to TFL, Enjoy and be sure to read the other installments.


Voices of Heritage - Another Christmas Story

In our previous installments, we’ve shared the beginning of my grandparents’ life together and one of my personal favorites “A Christmas Story“. Sharing the memories of those who have gone before us is a way to keep alive the value of life. It enriches the lives of their descendants who did not have the privilege of experiencing life with them. My children were blessed to know their great-grandparents. They have fond memories and of course these recordings to ensure their presence in their lives. Continue reading

Old-Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie

on December 14, 2016
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coconut cream pie

Old-Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie is a comfort food for us. It was one of the first pies I made for my husband. He says it’s what helped him decide to marry me!

There are mixed ideas about whether it’s best hot or cold. We like it both ways. I have to admit warm is more comforting to me but J prefers it cold. So, we compromise. The first piece we have is warm and the rest of the pie is served chilled.

If you’re a regular reader of The Farmer’s Lamp, then you know all my ingredients are organic, non-GMO. If you don’t follow this way of living, then use the ingredients you’re used to. If you haven’t had organic, non-GMO coconut cream pie, then you won’t notice the difference. Continue reading

Voices of Heritage – A Christmas Story

on December 6, 2016
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Welcome to our continuing series, Voices of Heritage. Sharing the stories of my heritage to encourage and enliven you to consider your own heritage and the heritage you are leaving behind.

This is a resharing of one of your favorite posts. For all those new to the series, enjoy!

Voices of Heritage A Christmas Story

Each life fades into the mists of time. This is the way of all men. The memories and traces of ourselves we leave behind in others is all that remains. These are Voices of Heritage.

I won’t try to recap the first installment in this series, but I will share a little bit for those who did not see it. My maternal grandparents are the most influential people in my development as a person. The lives they lived, the lessons they taught, and the legacy they shared are alive in me and now in my own children. Continue reading

Ma Horton’s Southern Pecan Pie Recipe

on December 2, 2016
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pecan pie recipe

Ma Horton’s Southern pecan pie recipe is a time-honored tradition for the holidays. I use my great-grandmother’s pecan pie recipe given to me by my grandmother.

For some reason, people like to tweak and add ingredients to the basic pecan pie recipe to create new versions. Personally, we prefer the traditional Southern pecan pie recipe, but my husband does like his with a scoop of organic vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

As with all of my recipes, I will say things like “organic, non-GMO” for specific ingredients. I do this for clarity on your part. You see, many years ago I struggled with why my recipes didn’t taste like Granny’s did when I was growing up. One day my husband and I were discussing this and he said, “Maybe it’s because the ingredients are different now.” Continue reading

The History Behind 9 of Your Favorite Christmas Traditions

on November 29, 2016
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Christmas traditions

Christmas traditions keep the ghosts of Christmas’ past alive. We all have memories of a favorite Christmas or Christmas tradition. When a new family begins, each person brings their own favorite traditions to the home and a new set Christmas traditions is formed.

My favorite of our Christmas traditions is hard to pick, but I would say there are two favorites for me. Listening to our vinyl Christmas records while we decorate the tree and then sitting with just the tree lights on while we sip something hot and listen to the records while we talk and enjoy the tree.

Ever since the boys were born, I gave them a new ornament every year to represent something special from the year in their lives. Our tree is covered in  memories. When the boys left to begin their own families, I let them pick as many of their ornaments as they wanted to put on their own trees. J and I do this as a couple each year as well. Continue reading