Yvonne, right, and her granddaughter, Jaiden Moore, 18 take a break from work at Muffler Mansion on Beacon Street.
Yvonne, right, and her granddaughter, Jaiden Moore, 18 take a break from work at Muffler Mansion on Beacon Street.
Windshield repair, auto sales and muffler surgery have all held a place in line at Muffler Mansion on Beacon Street in downtown Philadelphia. Yvonne Lofton, has been on sight in some form or fashion since they opened the specialty auto service center in 1977. 

Over the years, the couple has sold the muffler shop and most recently the auto sales division, but remained opened as Muffler Mansion, where they repair windshields. 

“I have been repairing the windshields on cars for so long, and I really enjoyed doing it, so we decided to keep that part of the store open,” Lofton said. “We remain steady with business in that regard. We sold the auto sales division and lot earlier this year but are still here repairing windshields.”

Freeman (husband) and Yvonne now spend lots of time with their children (2) and grandchildren (5). Freeman stays home and works the farm most of his days since the auto sales business sold earlier this year. 

An amateur musician and member of North Bend Pentecostal, Yvonne sings when prompted and can play the piano as well as other stringed instruments. There are a few recipes that Yvonne has as her go to selection and she agreed to share them with us this week:



Chicken-n-Dumplings

Dough 

2 – Cups of water, very cold

½ Cup of Oil 

5 Cups Plain Flour 



In large bowl mix together. Dough should be real stiff. Flour First – make large hole in middle of flour, add oil and water. Knead dough. Pinch off about 1/3 of dough, place on floured paper, sprinkle a little flour in dough and roll out with rolling pin until very thin. Cut into strips then into small pieces with pizza cutter. Ready to Cook. Add to broth of boiled and deboned chicken. Do not stir, just shake pot. 

Chicken

1 – Whole Fryer Chicken 

1 – Stick of Butter 

Boil and debone chicken. Bring broth to a rolling boil. Drop pieces of dough slowly. Reduce heat to low when all dough pieces are added. Should be plenty of broth and it will thicken as it sits for a few minutes. 





Sausage and Veggie Soup

2 lbs. Sausage 

5 Potatoes

1 Cup Seasoning Blend

1 Can Rotel Tomatoes 

1 Can Diced Tomatoes 

1 Can Whole Kernel

Cook Sasuage, scramble in skillet (drain). Peel and dice potatoes, then cover with water. Add seasoning blend and boil on medium until tender (add salt and pepper to taste). Add Rotel tomatoes, diced tomatoes and sausage. 

Turn heat to low and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with crackers or cornbread. 



Sugar Free Banana Pudding

Graham Crackers 

Six Bananas

1 Cup Sour Cream 

2 small sugar free vanilla pudding

1 large container of Cool Whip

2 Cups of Milk

Mix Milk, Pudding Mix and ½ of Cool Whip. Layer Graham Crackers, Bananas and Pudding Mix. Put remaining cool whip on top.