Recipes and Life of Lily Bell Hurst

Lily Bell Hurst was born in Marion County in Flippin, Arkansas. She grew up on a farm with her typical, hard-working family during a time when there weren't any of the technological luxuries we enjoy today.

Lily is affectionately known as "Aunt Bell" to all her family and friends. She is a woman of great morality and high Christian standards. Lily has attended Lighthouse Assembly of God Church since before it was relocated, rebuilt, and expanded. In fact, if Lily isn't in church or at a religious function, she is usually being a wonderful hostess and preparing food for her family and other guests who frequently drop by.

Lily is very sociable and tells stories of her past and the changing practices and times within our society. For instance, Lily told me of her disappointment in today's value system, "We didn't have it bad then . . . we had good homes, lovin' families, food; we never went hungry; and ‘most everyone respected the law." She reminisced about the changes in farming equipment as well.

For example, no cars or tractors were available, so large animals such as horses were used to pull the farm equipment. This machinery was very "primitive" in comparison to our tillers and harvesting machines of today, but they were effective nonetheless. When Lily was growing up, there wasn't any electricity on her farm, so entertainment was slightly different, "My brother had a bicycle. But I never rode it . . . looked (like) too much for me." There wasn't any radio or television, so books, like the Bible, were the best source of entertainment.

Sugar and molasses were never lost, no matter how different the times were. Lily's family had a cane field where sugarcane was harvested to make sugar and molasses. Also, Lily's family harvested grain for making flour. This was done by taking the wheat grain to the mill, which was in town, where it could be ground into flour for cooking. This flour was often used to make bread, but when bread began to be sold in large amounts, Lily's father would go to the store in town and by a huge bag of bread. This bread would be used until it went bad or ran out, then more was bought.

This is the general information about Lily that pertains to her life in Marion County as she was growing up. But to further display some of the aspects of her daily life, here are some recipes that were commonly used by Lily and her family.

Lilly's Recipes

CanningBreads and Other Baked Goods
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Breads and Other Baked Goods

Mix last six ingredients. Put mixture over apples. Bake at 350 degrees until apples are tender, about 1 hour.

Mix ingredients thoroughly. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. This recipe makes one loaf.

Mix ingredients well. Spread in an 11x17-inch pan. Save 1 c. mixture for top. Save 1 c. mixture for top. Spread cherry pie filling over. Add rest of dough by 1/2 tsp. on top of pie filling. Bake at 300 deg. For 45 min to 1 hour.

Mix together cake mix and flour. Dissolve water and yeast together. Mix with above ingredients. Let rise double in size. Roll out and spread with oleo. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixed together. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixed together. Slice halfway through, and let rise and bake at 375 degrees until brown.

Beat butter until creamy. Add chocolate and vanilla. Beat in well the sugar. Add eggs, two at a time, beating 3 min after each addition. Pour into pie shell, and Chill for 3 hours.

Melt butter in loaf pan. Mix together flour and sugar. Add milk and sugar-flour/mixture to the melted butter. Mix well. Add drained peaches. Stir lightly. Bake for one hour at 350 deg. Serve hot.

Mix all ingredients together until well blended throughout. Pour into an unbaked pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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