Vintage Recipes: 4 recipes from my grandma weisbeck

Just a quick post today. My youngest son is home from college for spring break, so I’ll be spending the week with him. Thus, this will be my one and only post for the week on both of my blogs: Purple Almond Wellness and The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen.

Grandma Weisbeck on her 100th birthday!


My maternal Grandmother’s birthday was this past week. She would have been 103. She passed away in May, 2018 at the age of 101, but her memories live on in her 10 children, and dozens of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great- great grandchildren.

Back in 2018, I published 4 of her recipes, in a series called “In loving memory“. Today, I decided to remember her once more in honor of her birthday, by reposting all 4 recipes here in one article.

Cheese Buttons (Kase Knepfela)

My Grandma came from a large German family, who farmed on the beautiful South Dakota prairie. Born in 1917, she talks about the lack of running water and electricity in their farm house, when she was a girl. Part of their daily chores involved hauling buckets of water to the house each day, and reading by oil lamps in the evening.

Hard work and exercise are the key, she says. The farming and chores they did each day weren’t enough exercise. So they would take walks to the road and back, each night after dinner.

Cheese buttons, an affectionate American name for German Kase Knepfela, were a frequent food at the dinner table. I have fond memories of making these delightful treats, a traditional German cheese dumpling, with my Grandma, Mom and sister. AND, I’d like to share her recipe with you now. ENJOY!


  • DOUGH:
    • 3 cups flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • water (to make a soft dough)
    • 2 cups DRY cottage cheese (MUST be dry!)
    • 2 eggs
    • salt and pepper

Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into 4 inch squares. Place a spoonful of filling on each square and seal. Drop into boiling water to which salt has been added. Boil aout 10 minutes, and drain. Fry with butter and chopped onion.

Summer Sausage

My absolute favorite meal was my grandmother’s fried potatoes, German sausage and her homemade dill pickles. I can still picture her in the kitchen, the smell of onions, potatoes and sausage lingering in the air. When I first posted the articles about my favorite meal, people asked about the recipe for German sausage. The recipe from the small town grocer is a secret family recipe. In the past, they would ship sausage across the country. However, sadly, they no longer make this sausage, which I consider the best I’ve ever tasted.

While researching recipes and sources for German sausage, I came across the recipe above, which is from NDSU German’s From Russia Heritage Collection. The recipe below is for my Grandmother’s personal summer sausage recipe.

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Dill Pickles

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My Grandmother was famous for her dill pickles. Of course the cucumbers and dill were always fresh from her own garden.They were amazing…of course I’m a bit biased. 🙂 My Grandma would give my mom several jars, and my friend Bobbie and I used to sneak some from my mom’s fridge. Bobbie loved these pickles…I think everyone did. Anyway, here is the recipe!

  • 16 cups water
  • 1 cup pickling salt
  • 2 cups vinegar

Bring all 3 ingredients to a boil. Wash cucumbers and pack them in jars. In each jar place the following:

  • Dill
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon pickling spice
  • Jalepeno pepper (if you like heat)

Pour boiling water over mixture in jars and seal. Put in a 200 degree oven for 1 hour.


Good morning sunshine!” This was what greeted me each morning when I stayed with my Grandparents. I would walk down the stairs of the old farmhouse, on the beautiful South Dakota prairie, and into the kitchen, the smell of cut grapefruit and freshly toasted bread in the air.

My Grandpa would be at the kitchen table, to greet me and my sister, eating cereal, grapefruit and toast with my Grandma’s homemade jam on it. These are such precious memories for me, and I’d like to share them with you in the form of two recipes: 1 jam recipe and 1 fruit butter recipe. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have over the years.

Closing thoughts…

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this little vintage recipe trip I’ve taken down memory lane. So often, we get caught up in modern times, modern conveniences and, worst of all, our modern day problems. I find it calming and comforting to take a look back at simpler times, a time of hard work, family, good times and delicious, nutritious food made from scratch. Hopefully, these four recipes from my beautiful Grandmother will inspire you let go of things that complicate life and return to that simplicity.

Until next time… Namaste my friends


I tried it: Keto Vanilla Pound Cake by Hey Keto Mama

My first “I tried it” posted on The I just found a typo. Note the second “baking soda” should actually be “baking powder”.

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Baking has long been a love of mine. I remember as a teenager, baking cookies, which is when my love affair with food began. I didn’t want my continuous efforts to lose weight inhibit my love of baking. So I’m always on the look out for good recipes to use, while I try to lose weight.

I found this recipe, a Keto Vanilla Pound Cake by Hey Keto Mama, as I searched for a quick and easy dessert for dinner last night. The above photo is actually my second attempt. My first attempt was hindered by a rookie mistake. I accidentally put 2 teaspoons of baking soda in the first cake, instead of 2 teaspoons of baking soda. I didn’t realize it until after the “cake” came out of the oven. As you might imagine, the results were quite disastrous. The cake quite literally fell apart as I unmolded…

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Healthy Holiday Recipes: Gluten-Free (& paleo friendly) Pecan Pie

This week, we’re continuing  the quest for healthy holiday recipes. With all the sweets and fattening treats around this time of year, it can’t hurt to have a few healthy recipes on hand.

Today we have GLUTEN FREE (& PALEO FRIENDLY) PECAN PIE from: Kayla Chandler

NOTE: This will be the last morning post until the new year. Look for my next morning post on Monday, January 7, 2019.

Gluten-Free (& paleo friendly) Pecan Pie

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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A healthier take on this classic and delicious pie!


For the Crust
  • 2 C. Blanched Almond Flour not almond meal
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Unrefined Coconut Oil melted
  • 1 Pastured-Raised Egg
For the Filling
  • 1 C. Organic Unrefined Coconut Sugar (see link in article above)
  • 3/4 C. Organic Grade A Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tbsp Grass-fed Butter can also use Ghee or Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 3 Pasture-Raised Eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
  • 2 C. Pecan Halves
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon optional


For the Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and make sure rack is in the middle section
  2. Combine the almond flour and salt until combined. Add egg and coconut oil and mix until a ball forms. (A food processor can be used for this step)
  3.  Press dough, including any stray crumbles from the bowl, evenly onto a 9-inch pie dish (see video above). Chill in the refrigerator.
For the Filling
  1. While dough chills, combine all filling ingredients, except pecans, in a bowl. Whisk until fully combined. Add pecans and stir until well coated. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove pie crust from refrigerator and slowly pour the Filling into the pie crust.
For Baking
  1. Place pie dish onto a large baking sheet to catch any spill-overs. Place in oven on the middle rack and cook for 20 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F. and cook for another 30-40 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving (takes a few hours to cool).

The Wellness Potion’s Favourite Vegan​-Gluten Free – Refined Sugar-Free​ Christmas Cookies

This is a wonderful article…filled with healthy alternatives to traditional holiday cookie favorites, including biscotti, shortbread and gingerbread, among a few others. Head over and check it out! YUM! I”m definitely making some of these this year!

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It’s here!  December along with all it’s Christmas cheer is finally upon us.  I absolutely love Christmas, I relish in the glory of creating memories with my little ones.  A time for gathering with loved ones, sipping mushroom- cacao elixirs by the warmth of cozy fires,  as the aroma of gingerbread cookies baking in the oven fill our home with the most wonderful warm grounding scents. This year I’m gifting you the recipes for six of my favorite gluten-free, refined sugar-free and vegan cookies  They’re the perfect treat to share with your family and loved ones this holiday season.


Gingerbread Cookies

These gingerbread cookies are so delicious that the boys beg me to make them all year round!  I keep the decorating to a minimum, just a sprinkle of powdered sugar (sugar-free) as it makes me feel better about the boys and I eating copious amount of Christmas cookies during the festive…

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Got leftovers? Turkey Jambalaya

I don’t know about you, but I still have some turkey left from Thanksgiving. This week, I’m going to focus on recipes to use up that turkey!

This recipe will really jazz up your leftover turkey! Using leftover turkey in jambalaya is a wonderful idea, by giving your leftover turkey a whole new twist.



Until next time… Namaste my friends







Got leftovers? MAKE PHO!

I don’t know about you, but I still have some turkey left from Thanksgiving. This week, I’m going to focus on recipes to use up that turkey!

I absolutely LOVE pho! If you’ve never had it, pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup, with a beautiful and tasty clear broth, jam packed with flavor. It’s DELICIOUS!


Until next time… Namaste my friends







Got leftovers? Leftover Turkey Pan-Fried Soy Sauce Noodles

I don’t know about you, but I still have some turkey left from Thanksgiving. This week, I’m going to focus on recipes to use up that turkey!

This delightful recipe would also work with Asian style rice noodles.



Until next time… Namaste my friends







Got leftovers? Ree’s Leftover Turkey Tetrazzini.

I don’t know about you, but I still have some turkey left from Thanksgiving. This week, I’m going to focus on recipes to use up that turkey!

Ree,  The Pioneer Woman from The Food Network brings us an AMAZING turkey tetrazzini recipe!



Until next time… Namaste my friends







Got leftovers? 5 ways to upgrade your leftover turkey.

I don’t know about you, but I still have some turkey left from Thanksgiving. This week, I’m going to focus on recipes to use up that turkey!

From, we have 5 delightful recipes for your turkey!



Until next time… Namaste my friends







Vintage Recipes: 100 year old – Waldorf Salad Recipe From Waldorf Astoria Hotel

This week I’ve decided to continue highlighting my love of vintage cooking. Last week, I highlighted 18th century cooking. This week, I’m widening the scope, and focusing on the 19th and 20th century. Since it’s apple season, I’m going to focus on apple recipes.

Today’s recipe is from the Youtube Channel: PopSugarLiving, found HERE.  We’ve all heard of the famous Waldorf Salad, right?  Well, this video features the original, delightful apple and walnut salad, which was first created in the late 1800s at New York’s legendary Waldorf Astoria Hotel and continues to be the most requested item on the menu.


Until next time… Namaste my friends