Thursday, August 30, 2007

Coconut- Pecan Frosting

Mom- Catherine puts this frosting on German Chocolate Cake. I am copying it out of the old Joliet, Illinois Ward Cook Book so it has been around for about 25 years since the cookbook is at least that old. It is a carmely, coconutty, nutty frosting.

1 cup canned milk
1 cup brown sugar
3 egg yolks beaten
1/2 butter
1tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cup coconut
1 cup chopped pecans

Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened, about 12 minutes. Add coconut and pecans cool until thick and spread on cake. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

Submitted by April

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Mashed Potato Casserole

Mom-Catherine made this for dinner since I can remember. Sometimes we make it with smashed potatoes- smashed potatoes are mashed potatoes with the skins left on. It is good topped with some Heinz ketchup.

  • 8-10 medium russet potatoes mashed
  • 2 cans greens beans or about 3 cups freshed cooked green beans chopped
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream(my addition)
  • 1 lb browned ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion minced cook with meat
  • 1 cup medium cheddar or cheese of choice
  • salt & pepper to taste
mix cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, browned meat& onion, green beans & pepper. Pour into a 9x13 pan or casserole dish. Layer mashed potatoes on top of soup mixture, sprinkle cheese on top and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until bubbling and cheese is melted.

Submitted by April

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Grandma Bohman's Chocolate Frosting

I am sure many of you remember eating Grandma's yummy chocolate cake when we were growing up. This is the recipe for her chocolate frosting she would put on it. She would always make extra and make graham cracker sandwiches with the extra frosting for the Grandkids to have as a special treat.

  • about 1 lb powder sugar
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 3 heaping table spoons of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • about 3 table spoons of canned milk-do not substitute with regular milk it does make the frosting taste different!
  • dash of salt
Melt butter- mix in cocoa and vanilla until smooth-mix in powdered sugar and milk add more milk if needed until a smooth spreadable consistency, mix in nuts and spread on cake or graham crackers. Remember Grandma never measured things, she measured to taste so if you want more cocoa or milk or nuts go ahead! Have fun!!

Submitted by April

Friday, August 3, 2007


Alicia introduced us to this great recipe. It is now a family favorite! Thanks Alicia!

  • 2 Large cans (28 oz) or 4 small cans (15 oz) diced tomatoes or equivalent of fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • 12 slices of jalapeƱos fresh or bottled, may put more if wanted hotter.
  • Vinegar or lime juice. About two Tablespoons, (may need more) Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Blend together half of the tomatoes, onion, green peppers & jalapeƱos in blender. Mix in vinegar/lime juice, remaining chopped tomatoes and salt & pepper. Let sit for flavors to blend then serve.

Submitted by April

Tuesday, July 31, 2007


We make this fudge every Christmas. It is easy and rich and creamy. It can be enjoyed any time throughout the year.

  • 1 stick butter(half cup)

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk

  • 1tsp vanilla

  • 2 cups mini-marshmallows

  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Melt butter add sugar & milk- cook in microwave for 3 min. on high-stir- cook another 3 min. on high-stir- cook 2 min. on high -stir- then add vanilla, marshmallows, chocolate chips - mix until melted- pour into a greased 8x8 pan - allow to set-up
-add chopped nuts
-use milk or white chocolate chips in place of semi-sweet chips

Submitted by April

Monday, July 30, 2007

Banana Nut Bread

Mom -Catherine has some great recipes in her recipe box this is one of my favorite. I remember eating a whole loaf of it when I was about 7. It is also good to make if you have some bananas that are getting too ripe. Whip up a loaf and freeze it for another day.You can make it as a loaf or as muffins.
Makes 1 loaf:

  • 3 mashed very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 shortening or butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour- you can do 1 cup wheat flour & 1 cup white flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts(walnuts or pecans)
Cream bananas, shortening/butter, brown sugar- then add eggs salt & baking soda mix in flour and nuts then pour into loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 min then check every 5 min 'til done.

Submitted by April

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Sugar Cookies

Mom's recipe for sugar cookies has been around for a while in our family. She makes them for holidays and often gives a giant sugar cookie for birthdays. They are soft and tasty. Enjoy!

  • 1cup shortening(or butter)

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 4 tbs sour milk (to sour your milk just add a little lemon juice to it)

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 4cups of flour
Cream shorting, sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla. Add baking soda , baking power& salt then mix in flour. Chill for about 4 hours or until very firm. Pre-heat over to 375 degrees. Roll out dough and cut into shapes. Bake for about 7 minutes & check. Cool and frost.

Submitted by April

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Grandma Bohman's Cucumbers and Vinegar

I remember summer days on Grandma and Grandpa's farm. Every evening Grandma would come in the house with a basket or bucket full of fresh vegetables from the garden for dinner. This is one of the things she would often make.

  • 4-6 cucumbers
  • 1 onion
  • enough white vinegar to cover cucumbers
  • sugar to taste

Peel and slice cucumbers and onions put into large bowl cover with vinegar and add sugar to taste.

Submitted by April

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Grammy’s Pizza Dough

The kids love it when Grammy(Catherine) makes home made pizza! One of Sawyer's goals for the year is to learn to make it.

  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 Tbsp. Dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • 1tsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp. Melted butter or olive oil
  • 3-4 cups whole wheat flour
Pour water into large bowl. Sprinkle yeast in water. Add honey. Stir. Let sit til yeast begins to grow. Add salt and melted butter/ olive oil. Mix well. Add 2 cups flour with mixer. Add another cup of flour and mix. Scrape dough into a ball to one side of the bowl. Put about ½ cup of flour into the bowl put the dough ball on the flour. Hand knead flour into the dough ball until shiny. Take dough out of bowl and scrape all flour out of the bowl then oil the bowl and place dough back into bowl. Cover bowl and let rise for 20 min. Divide ball into two balls them spread dough into greased pan. Top with sauce cheese and other toppings of choice. Bake at 375 until cheese is melted and crust is golden.

Submitted By April

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Grandma Bohman's Stuffing

When Grandma makes something the brands are important. She is very picky about this when she cooks. Technique is also important to the texture and flavors.
  • 12 slices of dried Home Pride Split Top Wheat Bread (yellow bag)
  • Handful of cornmeal
  • 1 eggs
  • 3 stocks of celery and their leaves chopped
  • 1/2 stick of melted butter
  • salt, pepper, and dried sage (home grown is best) to taste

Wet the bread with warm water and gently pull apart the bread, but not too much, keep the pieces big. Gently mix in the remaining ingredients. Stuff in turkey or chicken cavities. If you do not stuff moisten the bread with chicken broth for flavor and bake in a pan at 350 degrees until done but still moist.

Submitted by April

Texas Sheet Cake

This is Mom-Catherine's recipe, yummy yum! It is a very good chocolate cake.

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 4 tbsp heaping of cocoa
  • 1cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp real vanilla
  • 1/2 sour cream
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • dash salt
Combine butter, cocoa, vanilla, and water bring to a boil. Mix in separate bowl eggs, vanilla, and sour cream. Mix remaining dry ingredients with sour cream mixture then pour water mixture with the rest and mix . Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.


  • 1 stick butter
  • 5 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp cocoa
mix ingredients and heat until warm then add and mix
  • 1 pound powder sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
spread over warm cake.

Submitted by April

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Carrot Cake

This is truly the best carrot cake ever! If you know someone who says they don't like carrot cake they need to try this one.

  • ¾ Cup cooking oil
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups finely grated carrots
  • 1 cup drained crushed pineapple
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray 9”x13” cake pan with cooking spray.

Mix together oil, brown sugar, and eggs well. Add grated carrots,

crushed pineapple, vanilla, coconut, and nuts, mix well. Add flour,

cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Before mixing in, add plumped raisins**

on top of flour if raisins are desired. Then mix in dry ingredients well.

Pour into cake pan and bake about 30 to 40 minutes until toothpick comes

out clean. Cool and them frost with cream cheese frosting.

**Plump raisins by putting in hot water, drain before using.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 pkg. (16 oz.) powdered sugar (about 4 cups), sifted

BEAT cream cheese, butter and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.
ADD sugar gradually, beating until well blended after each addition.

Submitted by Mom- Catherine

Chicken Cheese Bake

This one is a dinner we all love but I think Robert loves it the most :)

  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup

  • 1/2 soup can of milk

  • pepper

  • 1 -8 oz cream cheese

  • 24 oz carton cottage cheese

  • 1/2 grated onion

  • 1 green pepper grated

  • 3 cups cooked diced chicken (can use leftover turkey)

  • 12 ounce package egg noodles

Cook noodles according to package directions, drain and toss with butter. Put into bottom of 9x13 inch pan, sprayed with cooking spray.

Mix together softened cream cheese, cottage cheese, grated onion and grated green pepper. Spread on top of noodles. Spread chicken on top of cheese. Mix together soup and milk, pour over chicken layer. Sprinkle fresh bread crumbs on top. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees, until bubbly.

Submitted by Mom -Catherine

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Blonde Brownies

I love these brownies! They are always a hit at family gatherings.

  • 1 stick of Butter (1/2cup)

  • 2 cups brown sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 3tsp real vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 cups flour(can use half wheat and half white flours)

  • 1 cup chocolate chips- for variations you can use white chocolate chips etc.

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Pre-heat oven 350 degrees
Melt butter add eggs brown sugar vanilla, baking soda, salt, nuts and stir by hand then mix in flour pour into 9x13 greased pan sprinkle chocolate chip on top bake for about 20 minutes

Submitted by April