Baking

Bozeman good at baking cookies

By Coleman Eakes

Mary Lou Bozeman is a mental health therapist who loves her dogs, her husband, and all things sweet! She grew up at Palmer Home for Children with 4 other siblings. His brother, James Ingram Jr, loved having Mary Lou bake him no-bake chocolate cookies. He passed away in May 2019, but she still has fond memories of him. “Yeah my brother loved me making these cookies for him so for the holidays and stuff he always wanted me to make them even though he knew how to make them himself he always preferred me to make them if I could ! “

Kevin Bozeman, her husband of 8 years, is also another man in her life who likes her to cook. “Kevin doesn’t like to cook anything, but he loves when I make him Poppyseed Chicken or Uncle Ben’s Rice for a quick meal!”

When she and Kevin have a night to themselves, they like to go to the Porterhouse or Outback steakhouse. “We loved the peanut butter pie they had at Porterhouse. They don’t have it anymore but it was one of our favorite things to get when we went out for a night.”

Mary Lou and Kevin met on dating site Plenty of Fish and have been married since 2014.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in psychology. Kevin has been with Weyerhaeuser for 18 years and is currently a curve saw operator.

They have two fur babies, Darla and Charley, whom they love very much!

1 HOUR CINNAMON ROLLS

Ingredients:

3 ½ cups lukewarm water

¾ cup sugar

½ cup oil

6 tbsp. active dry yeast

1 tbsp. salt

3 large eggs

10 ½-11 cups flour

2 tbsp. oil

2/3 cups white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 tbsp. cinnamon

1 cup butter

8 ounces of cream cheese

2 teaspoons vanilla

4-6 cups powdered sugar

3-4 tbsp. heavy whipped cream

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl with a non-slip bottom, combine warm water, sugar, oil and active dry yeast. Stir a few times, then let sit for a full 15 minutes. At this point, you can preheat the oven to 400 F. Now add the salt, eggs, and flour to the yeast mixture. Start with about 8 cups and gradually mix, adding the last 2 ½ to 3 cups. Once all the flour has been added, mix for 10 minutes. I often make these in my kitchen utensil and it can go up a bit in the blender, so keep an eye on it and lower it if needed. Once mixed for 10 minutes, touch the dough and if it only slightly sticks to your finger, let it sit for another 10 minutes. Once it has doubled in size, pour a little oil on the work surface to spread the dough. Divide it in half and use your hands to press it into a rectangle. Melt the butter in the microwave and pour half of it into the dough that you have already packed into a rectangle. In another bowl, combine the white and brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle with half the melted butter. Roll into a log and cut into 12 equal sizes. Repeat with the rest of the dough and the other half of the melted butter and sugar. Place on a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat and let rise a little more. You can let them rise as short or as long as you want. Bake for 12-15 minutes and while the rolls are baking, mix together all of the cream cheese frosting with a hand mixer. When you take them out of the oven, let them sit for a minute or two and brush the tops with glaze and let it melt into the rolls.

CHOCOLATE

OATMEAL COOKIES

Ingredients:

½ cup of milk

2 cups of sugar

4 tbsp. cocoa

1 oleo stick

½ cup peanut butter

1 tbsp. vanilla

3 cups rolled oats

Directions:

Mix sugar with cocoa; add the milk and bring to a slow boil for 3 minutes. Remove from fire; stir in peanut butter, vanilla and rolled oats. Mix well, then pour onto waxed paper. Make 3 dozen.

EASY APPLE PIE

Bake at 350 for one hour or until you see the pie mix bubbling.

I use a mix of grannie smith and gala apples

My pie crust is Pillsbury Rolled Crust.

You can use a deep pie crust or your favorite pie pan

I peel and cut 4 galas and 4 granny smiths

I put them in a bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon, some spices, half a cup of brown sugar and about 1/3 cup of Splenda. I like the flavor of cinnamon, so I’m generous with it. I just add a little pinch of ginger too. I do about 1 tbsp. cornstarch to thicken the mixture.

I pour the pie dough. I cut the rolled crust with a pizza cutter into strips and make the lattice on top.