So for those of you who haven't quite hit 40 yet - let me just prepare you, your body does not take kindly to these types of goodies like it once did. There was NO WAY I was going to eat something called "Candy Bar Pie" (3rd pic), as good as it sounded. A quick consult of the salad section revealed "Tuna-Bacon-Macaroni Bowl" and "Cherry Coke Salad". Really? Every vegetable dish used potatoes or had the word pudding in it. Nothing green to be found.
What's even funnier is that I never knew my mother to make any of this stuff. Believe me, I would have remembered Candy Bar Pie! But she wrote every one of these down in her perfect handwriting and must have, at some point, experimented with these recipes. The meat section does contain a few I will try. Especially the one's with my grandmother's name next to them like, "Betty Bash's Enchiladas". My mom always said Betty was a good cook.
Of course, even though, I won't make 1/2 this stuff, I will treasure the book always. I love to see her handwriting, her notes, who she gave credit to for the recipes - a cookbook is a good as a photo album sometimes with the amount of history it contains. So crack open those family recipes and get cooking!
P.S. if anyone actually wants the full recipe to Candy Bar Pie, just let me know!