Boiled Raisin Cake

We got this recipe from Mom. We made it from time to time at home when we were growing up.

 (submitted by Jean Barber)


Boil 10 minutes:

2 ½ cups water

1 pkg. raisins

1 ½ cups sugar

½ cup shortening

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

Cool and Add:

2 tsp. soda

4 cups flour

½ tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. cocoa

Nuts (if desired)

BAKE: 325’F in greased 9×13 pan

TIME: 45 minutes

Never Fail Chocolate Cake

This recipe came from mom’s friend. It is called Moist Chocolate Cake, and I received it again called Never Fail Chocolate Cake which is what I call it because it always turns out great!

(Submitted by Jean Barber)


2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup oil

2 eggs

2 ½ cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1 cup buttermilk  (put 1 tsp. vinegar in 1 cup milk)

5 Tbsp. cocoa

1 cup hot water

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla

Put all in at the same time.

Beat until well blended.  Batter will be thin.

Bake  in 9 x 13 pan at 350’F for 25-30 minutes.

Doris Blaser’s Fudge

(submitted by Jean Barber)

Mom’s Fudge

2 cups sugar

2 Tbsp. cocoa

Pinch salt

1 cup milk


Bring to a boil while stirring.  Once boiling, turn it down and cook slowly to soft ball stage without stirring at all!

Don’t stir sides into it. 

Test by dropping a few drops into cold water until it forms a soft ball.

Add 1 Tbsp. butter and ½ tsp. vanilla. Beat with electric mixer and quickly pour into buttered platter.

Mom used her blue and white oval platter for her fudge.

Cheryln and Rich making Grandma’s fudge.   

Grandma Blaser’s Chili

**Please note**

Grandpa Blaser LOVES onions!!  So, just an FYI, 4 onions is a LOT of onions for this recipe!  Please modify to your own taste!  🙂


1 pound dry chili beans

4 big onions

1 teaspoon soda

1 can tomato soup

1 pound hamburger browned and drained

1/2 teaspoon chili powder  or 1 tsp.

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon curry powder

Boil beans, onions and soda for 3 hours.

Add remaining ingredients and serve.

(Hamburger can be substituted with ground turkey or ground chicken if desired)

Note: This one is good!!!