S: Grams' Goodies
BC: Some of our fondest memories growing up were made in Grams' kitchen. Thanks you for teaching us so much more than just how to bake. In that kitchen we saw an amazing example of how a Godly woman loves her family, makes a marriage work, treats others, and builds a relationship with the Lord. For all of this we will forever be grateful to you, Grams! We love you!
FC: Grams' Goodies
1: To: Grams With love from your grandkids! | Grams | Of all of the recipes you make, these are some of our favorites. We Love You! Debbie, Lori, Leslie, Jaime, Jodie, Kayla, Lynae, Zac, Eddie, Kyle and Jordan
2: Grandma's Butter Cookies 1/2 lb. butter 2 1/2 c. flour 3/4 c. sugar 1 egg yolk Mix by hand, making balls. Press down with fork, top with sprinkles. Bake at 350* for 12-15 minutes. | Cookies & Bars | Cookie Cut Outs 1 c. butter 1 1/2 c. sifted powdered sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla 2 1/2 c. flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cream of tarter 1/4 tsp. salt Mix ingredients, roll out and cut cookies. Decorate and bake at 400* for 6 minutes. **Grams doesn't sift her powdered sugar....instead she adds an extra 1/2 c.
3: Buttered Cookies 1 cube butter 1 cube oleo 1 c. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 2 c. flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda A pinch of salt Mix all ingredients together, spoon onto baking sheet and bake at 350* for 15 minutes. | Finger Cookies 1 cube nucoa 3 Tbsp. powdered sugar 1 c. flour 1 c. finely chopped nuts Mix all ingredients with hand mixer, roll into finger shape. Bake at 350* for 20 minutes. Cool slightly and roll in powdered sugar
4: My favorite memories of Grams are from the days of her babysitting Jaime and I. Jaime and I spent a lot of time in the back baskets of the red bike while Grams pedaled us everywhere. We had coffee and juice with Great-Grandma Mulder and Aunt Tena at Bethany Home. We cheered her on as she played tennis and even went all the way to Coco's with her tennis ladies. At home we played, helped her bake and she made us rusks for a snack. The only time we had to play in the other room was during All My Children. ~Jodie | Chocolate Chip Cookies 1/2 c. shortening 3/4 c sugar (brown & white) 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla 1 1/8 c. flour 1/4 tsp. baking soda 1/2 c. nuts 1 c. chocolate chips Mix everything and bake for 8-10 minutes at 375*.
5: Almond Bars 1 c. margarine (Nucoa) 1 c. almond paste (microwave 1 min.) 2 c. sugar 2 eggs 1/2 Tbs. Salt 2 c. flour 1/2 c chopped nuts Preheat oven to 350*. Grease 9"x13" pan. Mix margarine and almond paste; beat in sugar and eggs. Add flour and salt. Pour in pan and sprinkle with nuts. Bake for 40 minutes. | Almond Tarts 2 c. flour (Pillsbury All Purpose) 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 c. butter, softened 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla Filling: 1 egg 1/4 c. sugar 1/2 tsp. almond extract 1/2 c almond paste (microwave 1 min.) Combine all ingredients except filling. Blend well at low speed. Fill in tart pans with dough. Fill each with 1 tsp. of filling. Bake at 350* for 20 minutes Filling: In small mixing bowl, beat eggs until foamy. GRADUALLY add sugar and almond extract, beating until thick and ivory colored. Blend in almond paste, mix well *If Gram's makes a double batch of dough she triples the filling..don't want to run out!
6: 5 Minute Fudge 2/3 c. evaporated milk 1 2/3 c. sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 1 1/2 c. diced marshmallows 1/2 c. chocolate chips 1 tsp. vanilla 1/2 c. chopped nuts | I make the best fudge! (with Grams' help) I won the grand prize at Almond Blossom with it! ~ Eddie | Thumbprint Cookies 1 c. margarine 2/3 c. brown sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 2 egg yolks 1/2 tsp. almond extract 2 c. flour 1/2 tsp. salt 1 c. walnut 2 unbeaten egg whites | Boil the evaporated milk, sugar and salt for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the remaining ingredients. Pour into a buttered 9" pan. | Combine sifted flour and salt. In mixing bowl cream margarine, gradually blending sugar. Add egg yolks and vanilla, mixing well. Add flour and mix thoroughly. Roll dough into balls, dip into egg whites and roll in chopped nuts. Bake at 350* for 5 min. Remove and press thumb into cookies. Fill with jam, jelly or candied fruit. Bake 12-13 min. longer
7: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 1/2 lb. (2 sticks) butter 1 c. brown sugar, packed 1/2 granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 c. flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt 3 c. oats 1 c. chocolate chips Beat butter & sugars. Add eggs & vanilla, beat well. Combine flour baking soda, cinnamon & salt, add in. Stir in oats and chocolate. Bake at 350* for 10-12 minutes. | I cannot even count how many times I have gotten to bake with Grams over the years. Those are memories I will cherish forever. I also loved having Pop & Grams over for coffee, they were always willing to come and usually brought oranges, donuts or something Grams had baked. It has also meant so much to me that Pop & Grams have made the trip out to Texas to visit me and my family. One visit we planned on doing some baking so I had gotten all the ingredients, but Grams still took some of her own ingredients along, in case I hadn't gotten just the right thing. I am so glad that my kids have gotten to bake with her too. Pop & Grams are alway good at calling and keeping in touch. They let all of us know that they love us and pray for us everyday. How blessed we are to have them. ~Leslie
8: Grams | Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies | 1 c. margarine 2 1/2 c. unsifted flour 1 c. peanut butter 1 tsp. baking powder 1 c. sugar 1 tsp. baking soda 1 c. firmly packed brown sugar 1 tsp. salt 2 eggs sugar & chocolate kisses 1 tsp. vanilla Beat first 6 ingredients on medium until fluffy. At low speed mix in the next 3 ingredients. Shape into 1" balls, roll in sugar. Place 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Immediately press kisses into cookies after done baking. | 350* | 12-15 min.
9: 2 c. flour 2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 c. shortening 1 c. white sugar 1 c. brown sugar | I have always looked at Grams as an extremely talented lady. Her and Pop's lifestyle is a vital reason why they can still maintain their home and health and why they are still around to pass on their knowledge and experience to us, the next generation. I want to thank you Grams, and Pops as well, for all the sewing, cooking , baking, projects and wisdom you have bestowed upon me. You both are very special to me. I'd like to think you are more special to me then other grandkids because most kids get 2 sets of Grandparents but I have only one. To me there is only one Grams and one Pops, so to both of you, I love you and cherish you and look forward to many more years with you! ~Zac | Sift dry ingredients. Combine the shortening, sugars, eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Blend in peanut butter. Add dry ingredients, peanuts and chocolate chips. Shape into balls, Flatten with damp cloth over oval shape, dipped in sugar. (Grams usually uses a jar lid) Bake at 350* for 10 minutes. | 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 1 c. peanut butter 1 c. salted peanuts 1 6oz. package of chocolate chips | Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
10: Apple Bread 1/2 c. shortening 1 c. sugar 2 eggs beaten 2 Tbsp. sour milk 2 c. flour 1/4 tsp. soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla 2 c. finely chopped apples | Grams' breads have become synonymous with the lake. After coming in from the last ski ride or the late night cruise, there is no better snack than a slice of Banana, Friendship or Zucchini bread before heading to bed. !! | Mix cream, sugar & shortening until light and fluffy. Add eggs and sour milk. Sift dry ingredients and stir into other mixture. Add apples and vanilla. Mix well and put into well greased loaf pan. Sprinkle with topping. Bake 1 hour at 350*. | Topping: 2 Tbsp. melted butter 1/4 c. sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon 2 Tbsp. flour | BREADS
11: Banana Bread 2 Tbsp. shortening 1 c. sugar 1 egg 2 large bananas (speckled) 1/2 c. sour milk (buttermilk) 1 3/4 c. sifted flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. vanilla 1/2-3/4 c. chopped nuts Mix cream, sugar & shortening thoroughly, add egg and vanilla. Next add sour milk and sifted dry ingredients alternately, starting with flour. Mash bananas thoroughly and add to mixtures. Last, add all of nuts Bake at 350* for 50 minutes | One of my most distinguished memories of Grams goes way back to when I was in middle school, Grams would take Jordan, Eddie and me to the Community Center for tennis,. She handed each of us a racquet and told us to go on the other side of the net. Not knowing what to expect and having never seen Grams play before (even though I knew she played in a ladies league), she started smacking balls left and right. She got around the court and made us boys work hard to keep up. This woman was in her mid 70's! Even today she still follows professionals tennis and cheers for the American ladies. If you stop by for lunch during a Serena Williams match, I promise you will hear "Oh come on Serena!" at least once or twice. Zac
12: A bad day at the lake is still better than a good day at work | Friendship Bread Starter 1 packet active dry yeast 1 c. milk 1 c. flour 1 c. sugar *Follow the 10 day instructions included in the back of this book.
13: Grams' Zucchini Breads | 3 eggs 2 c. sugar 1 c. vegetable oil 1 Tbsp. vanilla 2 c. grated zucchini (coarsely, loosely packed) 3 c. flour 1 Tbsp. cinnamon 2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. baking powder 1 c. chopped nuts In bowl, beat eggs until frothy, beat in sugar, vegetable oil & vanilla. Beat until thick and lemon colored. Stir in zucchini and flour, sifted with cinnamon, baking soda, salt & baking powder. Fold in nuts. Pour into 2 oiled and floured loaf pans, 8x4 1/2x3 inches. Bake for 1 hour at 350*. Let set 10-15 min. then cool on rack. | with Pineapple.... 3 eggs 1 c. oil 2 c. sugar 2 tsp. vanilla 2 c. shredded zucchini 1 can pineapple (well drained) 3 c. flour 2 tsp. soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 3/4 tsp nutmeg 1 c. walnuts 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1 c. raisins (optional) Beat eggs, oil, sugar & vanilla until thick. Stir in zucchini and pineapple and rest of ingredients. Makes 2 loaves. Bake at 350* for 1 hour.
14: Banana Cream Pie 1/3 c. flour 2/3 c. sugar 1/4 tsp. salt 2 c. milk, scalded 3 slightly beaten egg yolks 3 Tbsp. butter 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1 9-inch pie crust 3 stiff beaten egg whites 6 Tbsp. sugar Bananas Layer banana slices on top of crust. Mix flour, sugar, salt; gradually add milk. Cook in double boiler until thick, stirring constantly. Slowly add small amount of hot mixture to egg yolks; stir in remaining hot mixture. Cook 2 min. Cool; add butter and vanilla. Pour into cooled baked shell and spread with meringue made of egg whites and 6 Tbsp. sugar. Bake at 350* for 12-15 minutes. | Tis the Season
15: Fresh Peach Pie Graham cracker crust 18 marshmallows 1/4 c. milk 1 small carton whipping cream 3 c. sliced peaches Melt marshmallows and milk in double boiler. Let cool Mix mash mixture and whipping cream. Stir in peaches and place in crust. Refrigerate overnight.
16: Nothing says Holidays like Grams' apple pie! The crust should be made from scratch and the apples peeled, just the way Grams does it. And if you want a true taste test to see if yours stacks up, just ask Zac...but be ready to hear "Grams did NOT make this!" | Apple Pie Crust: 2 c. flour 1 tsp. salt 3/4 c. shortening (margarine & Crisco) 1/4 c. water Filling: Granny smith apples 1 1/2 c. sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 3/4 tsp. cinnamon (a little more if desired) Coat apples, dot with margarine on crust Bake at 450* for 10 min. then 350* for 45-50 min.
17: I always loved in the summer time when Grams would have us ride our bikes on the front porch past the "drive through" window for on ice cream cone! We loved to pick out the names that could be on our cones ~Jodie | Homemade Ice Cream 6 eggs 2 1/2 c. sugar 1 qt. half & half 3 Tbsp. vanilla 1 c. whipping cream Beat eggs very well, add sugar and beat until creamy yellow. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and pour into container and place in freezer. Fill to line with milk
18: Pumpkin Pie 9" Pie Crust 2 eggs 1 1/2 c. pumpkin 3/4 c. sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp ginger 1/4 tsp. cloves 1 2/3 c. evaporated milk Mix together and place in pie crust. Bake at 425* for 15 minutes then lower temp to 350* and bake for about 45 minutes. Grams says to cut into the middle with a knife, if it come out clear its ready! | Almond Brittle 1 c. blanched slivered almonds 1/2 c. butter 1/2 c. sugar 1 Tbsp. light corn syrup Combine all ingredients in a skillet. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until mixture turns golden brown (about 5-6 minutes) Pour into a greased foil pie tin. Let cool completely so that mixture hardens.
19: Cream Puff Dessert 1 c. water 1 cube butter or margarine Boil Then add 1 cup flour and stir till balls. Remove from heat. Add 4 eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each one. Bake at 375* for 30 minutes in an ungreased jelly roll pan. | Grams loves to play practical jokes especially for Halloween or April Fools Day. One day after school I walked into their house and could smell the yummy cream puffs Grams had just finished baking. She gave me one and said I could be her taste tester. I popped the whole thing in my mouth and Grams started laughing. Not wanting to hurt her feelings when she asked how they were, I told her they were good...even though they were NOT! Grams started laughing even harder and told me to spit it out...they were filled with shaving cream!! April Fools. ~Lynae | 1-8oz. cream cheese (room temperature) 2-5.1oz. French vanilla instant pudding 4 1/2 c. milk Mix together and spread over cooled crust. Then spread 12oz. cool whip on top. Drizzle with chocolate.
20: Gram's | Anything and Everything | From Grams' potatoes to pomegranate jelly to the famous Mulder salsa, Grams has a little bit of everything up her sleeve. And although many try, no one can make it taste quite like Grams!
21: Grams' Mashed Potatoes 12 potatoes, boiled & drained 8 oz. cream cheese 8 oz. sour cream 1 tsp. onion powder Boil and mash potatoes. Mix well with other ingredients. Place in 9x13 pan. Just before baking cover with 1/4 cup melted butter or margarine and sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350* for 1 hour. Freezes well so can be made ahead of time. | Salsa 5 lbs. of tomatoes 1 lb. yellow onions 1/2 lb. jalapeño peppers (add more if you like spice) 3/4 c. vinegar 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1 Tbsp. salt Boil water, place in ice chest with tomatoes and let sit for at least 10 min. Peel skins off tomatoes and put through food processor. Mix in pot with chopped onions, chopped peppers, vinegar, salt & pepper. Cook down to desired thickness. Place in pint/quart jars and place each jar in water for 10 min to seal jars.
22: Pomegranate Jelly 3 1/2 c. juice 5 c. sugar 1 package MCP (pectin) *Follow direction on the pectin package | Applesauce Peal & boil apples and put through ricer. It's that easy! | Sloppy Joes 1 can chicken gumbo for 1 lb. hamburger meat Ketchup & mustard to taste
23: Family Recipes | Macaroni Salad Mayonnaise, mustard & Sugar Mix in cooked macaroni, add sweet pickle relish and diced black olives | Potato Salad Dressing: Mayonnaise, mustard & a little sugar Dill pickles, eggs, celery, onions diced olives & potatoes Boil potatoes and cut into small pieces. Chop all other ingredients and mix. Slice additional eggs for top and sprinkle with paprika
24: Ever forget to bring your lunch to school? Don't worry Grams won't let you go hungry! Give her a call and when that lunch bell rings you will have a brown bag full of goodies waiting for you in the office. It usually included warm Spam and cheese buns, homemade cookies, fruit, a candy from Pop and sometimes a little saw dust to top it off. And our parents wondered why we never called them... | Spam and Cheese 1 can of Spam 1/4 block Velveeta Cheese Onion Sweet pickle relish Mayonnaise Cut Spam and Cheese into 3 block and run through the meat grinder along with a chunk of onion into a bowl. Add relish and mayonnaise to taste.
25: Banket 1 lb butter 1 lb flour (about 4 cups) 1 c. water Mix butter, flour & water. Store in refrigerator overnight. Filling: 1 lb almond paste 2 c. sugar 3 eggs 1 tsp. almond extract (optional) Mix filling and let stand (unrefrigerated) overnight When ready to bake divide into 8 parts. Roll out each piece & put in filling. Punch holes in top every 2 inches with a fork. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 400* for 30 minutes. Watch carefully that it doesn't get too brown. This can be frozen baked or unbaked.
26: New Years day, time to place your bids, count the money, fill up on oli ballen and celebrate the beginning of another blessed year with the people you love the most. | Oli Ballen 1/2 c. sugar 2 eggs 4 c. flour 4 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 c. raisins (optional) 4 c. diced apples 2 c. milk 1 tsp. vanilla Mix sugar and eggs. Add raisins and apples to sifted dry ingredients and add alternately with milk to sugar mixture to make batter. Add vanilla. Drop into hot oil.
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28: "A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all" Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned and let her works bring her praise at the city gate." Proverbs 31:10-31
29: Every year we would gather at Grams' house in the middle of February and bake for the annual Almond Blossom Baking contest. Even though we entered them, Grams' usually had the recipes ready to go and did a lot of the work. We were the official stirrers! And we were GREAT at it! ~-Kayla