Grandma’s Witches Brew Punch -
Into a LARGE pot or punch bowl mix 2 packets of grape Koolaid according to the package directions, then add:
2 large 64 oz bottles of Welch’s Grape Juice
1 large bottle (48 oz +) of Donald Duck Orange Juice (This is NOT what you get in the dairy center. It’s the canned orange juice you will find on the juice aisle).
1 large bottle (48 oz +) of pineapple juice.
Mix well and pour into gallon-sized milk containers or large pitchers to chill and store. You can drink this right away, but it is slightly better after the flavors have blended. I would give it at least six hours.
NOTE: Some of your guests will believe that they have gotten drunk on this non-alcoholic punch. Limit quantities given to small children, who have a tendency to guzzle large quantities on a hot day. Too much juice can cause undesirable side affects.
Annie’s Raisin Cake -
2 c. raisins
1 c. dark brown sugar
1 c. water
1/2 c. corn or canola oil
1 teas. cinnamon
1 teas. nutmeg
1 1/2 c. flour
1 teas. baking soda
1/2 teas. salt
In a 3 qt. pot, combine raisins, sugar, water, oil, and spices. Heat to boiling, lower heat, and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from burner to cool slightly.
In a 2 cup measuring cup, measure flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir to mix.
Stir the dry ingredients into the raisin mixture, mixing thoroughly to moisten all dry ingredients.
Pour batter into a 8″ x 8″ or 9″ x 9″ glass baking dish that has been sprayed with Pam.
Bake in a slow 300° oven for 50-60 minutes until cake tests done. Cool in pan and then sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar or remove from pan and glaze with confectioner’s sugar mixed with milk.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream the first day. IF there are leftovers, this can be offered to a child with a picky appetite as a breakfast item with a glass of milk. 2 cups of raisins in a small cake pan can’t be all bad.
Be prepared for your whole house to smell wonderful! WARNING! Any men lounging within a two block area will be drawn to your kitchen while this is baking!
Grandma Patrick’s Chili -
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1-2 onions, preferably Vidalias
4 cans chili beans
2-3 cans diced tomatoes
2 Tbls. chili powder
In a dutch oven, brown ground beef and onion, until meet is cooked. Add water and elbow macaroni, bring to a boil until macaroni is al dente. Add chili beans, diced tomatoes, and chili powder to taste. Simmer until flavors blend.
This chili will be soupy. Saltine crackers should be crushed in one’s hands and added to one’s bowl at the table before eating.
If you think this recipe is lacking in detail, you should see the one for my great grandmother’s sugar cookies!
Ground turkey can be substituted for the ground beef, but Grandma would never have done so.
NOTE: This chili makes a big batch – perfect for when family is arriving from a distant place or the gang is coming over to watch football. It also freezes well, which allows smaller families to enjoy it as well.
Donut Treats -
My sons used to fight over plates of canned biscuits (not the buttermilk kind) that had been divided into two, fried until they puffed into little balls and browned, and then rolled in cinnamon sugar while they were still quite warm.
Simple and easy, these were delicious served alongside scrambled eggs with a big glass of orange juice.
Spread a stale glazed with some butter, microwave it 15 seconds until warmed through, and you have a real treat in store for you.