I always enjoy the family scrapbooks, and especially the cookbooks full of recipes from all of the different family members. So for some fun, I will share with you some Bruxvoort Family Reunion Recipes from the ’90s. I tried to pick recipes that were unique or recipes I had not heard of before. Enjoy!
Cranberry Tea – Nancy Feole
-I think this recipe would make a great Christmas Tea drink, or for a Christmas party. Enjoy!- Michele
- Boil together 1 cup sugar, 1-quart water, 2 sticks cinnamon, and 5 cloves and remove from heat
- Add 5 tea bags (or 2 family size) to the boiled water and let steep 5 minutes. Remove spices
- Add 1-quart apple juice, 1-quart cranberry juice cocktail
Makes 2 1/2 quarts.
Grape Ginger Fizz- Jan Roelofs
-What a fun summer drink! Maybe you could try this recipe with apple juice as well?- Michele
- 3 cups of milk
- 1-pint vanilla ice cream
- 1 6 oz. can frozen grape juice
- 1 bottle ginger ale
Mix together. Pour into 4 glasses and fill each glass with ginger ale.
Zucchini Squash Bread- Aunt Ane Van Kalsbeek
-It’s getting to be that time of year for zucchini. You can’t have enough recipes for all your zucchini blessings.- Michele
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup cooking oil
- 2 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups zucchini- grated and peeled
- 1 tbsp. vanilla
- 3 cups flour, sifted
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp soda
- 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
- nuts- optional
Beat eggs, continue beating and add oil, sugar, zucchini, and flour. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to the first mixture. This is enough for 3 loaves or 5 No. 2 size round cans. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Very good sliced with a spread of butter and a slice of cheese. Freezes well also.
Turtle Cake- Marlene Bruxvoort
-The recipe baking time was unique since your splitting the cake batter in half and baking at two different degrees.- Michele
Make a regular German chocolate cake as directed. Take 1/2 of the batter and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. While this is baking, melt 35 caramels with the 1 can sweetened condensed milk. Pour this over the baked cake half and put 3/4 cup chocolate chips and 3/4 cup nuts over the caramel. Then pour the other 1/2 of the cake batter and bake for 10 minutes at 250 degrees, then 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Lunch Box Chocolate Chip Tarts- Laurel Bosma
-I thought these looked like fun! Give them a try and I will too.-Michele
- 1 stick of butter melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup half and half
- 20 graham crackers crushed
- 1- package 20 oz. mini chocolate chips
Mix together and then add the 20 whole graham crackers crushed and a 12 oz. package of miniature chocolate chips.
Take a mini muffin tin, spray with non-stick spray and then add the above mixture. Bake at 250 degrees for 15 minutes. Let sit a few minutes before removing it with a spoon.
Breakfast Casserole- Margo Bruxvoort (Brad’s mom)
Grease a 9×13 pan. Line pan with 6 slices of bread, crusts removed. Put on top of bread:
- 1 lb. of diced ham
- 1 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese grated
- 1/4 cup green pepper diced
- 6 oz. can mushroom stem and pieces, drained
- 6 more pieces of bread with crusts removed
These top 5 can be done the night ahead. Right before baking, combine and pour over the top:
- 3 cups of milk
- 6 beaten eggs
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp dry mustard
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour OR bake at 275 degrees for 2 hours. Wonderful for breakfast guests. Serves 12-16.
Waffles- Delores Meendering (Brad’s Aunt from Hull)
I like to find different recipe for waffles. This is a good recipe to try.
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1 3/4 cups milk
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1 cups flour
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
Beat egg yolks, vinegar, and milk. Add oil. Add dry ingredients. Stir till smooth. Beat egg whites till stiff. Fold in. Bake.
Lastly, I have a recipe from Brad’s dad Harvey….
Elephant Stew- Harvey Bruxvoort
-There’s a comedian in every family.- Michele
- 1 elephant
- salt and pepper
- 2 rabbits- optional
Cut elephant into bite-size pieces. This should take you about two months. Add brown gravy to cover. Cook over kerosene fire for four weeks. This serves 3.800 people. If more are expected, rabbits may be added, but only if necessary, as most people dislike finding HARE in their stew! HA!
Oh, man! Till next time friends, here is to good food, good friends and some great family to share life with!
Michele Bruxvoort is sure to draw you in with her delightful sense of humor and love for living life. She enjoys reading, repurposing, as well as remodeling the family home with her husband. Drawing from her life experience as wife, mom, and follower of Jesus, Michele brings you a very honest and real perspective on life. When you don’t find her writing, you can find her mowing lawns, stocking shelves, taking care of her grandbaby and tackling her latest life adventure.
Wisconsin native and empty-nester, she now makes her home with her husband of 27 years in the South West Prairie plains of Minnesota.