NCSD Class of 1970



Archive Page for 2004

     As you have learned over the years our Thanksgiving came about because the pilgrims wanted to celebrate a bountiful harvest and they invited the Indians to celebrate and be thankful with them.

Many other countries celebrate by having a harvest festival.  Canadians, Greeks, Hebrews and Chinese are just a few of the countries and cultures that have a celebration.  Go to and you will find more information plus recipes.

What are you serving for Thanksgiving Dinner? My family likes turkey, of course, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, pickled beets, “Polish beans” (my specialty) and of course pumpkin pie. Just an old fashion dinner. If you have a special recipe you would like to share you can send it to me.

Want to know how the turkey got its name and other facts about this weird bird?  Go to

                                        I wish all of you a VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!



      November 11th, 1918 is the day the Allies and the
      Germans signed the Armistice ending 4 years of conflict.
      In November 1919 President Wilson issued his
      Proclamation that we will honor all those who died in
      the country’s service.

      On May 24, 1954, by an Act of Congress, the name was
      changed to Veterans Day. In October 1954 President
      Eisenhower called all citizens to observe this day by
      remembering the sacrifices of all those who fought so
      gallantly.  If you go to
      you can get more information on this important  event


Les, Di and I will be at Kim’s for the “Horroween” get together.   I know we will all
have a great time.
I do not have a costume but I really love to see all the kids dressed up as Batman,
Spiderman,  princesses, or what ever they like to be.  Don’t forget that Oktoberfest
is also celebrated this month.  If you remember I did a little research on the history
of Oktoberfest last year.  I like it because I like to fix sauerkraut with kielbasa, or pork,
(I gave the recipe previously).

 Lester has some pictures that were taken at Homecoming. He also took some pictures of the
 school to show the changes that have been made since 1970 and they will soon be posted.


Well, it is football season and tailgating time and I have a problem. I do not tailgate.
I am not a sports fan so I do not attend sports events. I attend NCSD Homecoming
because I get to see family and friends.

Raleigh is not only the capitol of the state but a college town and NC State has their
homecoming the same time as the state fair!  Duh!  The parking lots are filled with fans
who are cooking and partying. You think I am going to fight that crowd? (Been there, done that). Any way, I am looking for recipes that can be grilled at tailgating get togethers or maybe prepared at home and just warmed up.  Please send me,, any recipes that you think we would enjoy.


Wow, Labor Day is almost here!  Check out the home page as Lester put some
info there about this holiday. I guess we still have time for a cookout unless
hurricane Frances decides to join us!

 Here’s a recipe I “borrowed” from the Blue Ridge Country magazine :

                                   FRESH APPLE CAKE

3 cups all-purpose flour                2 ¼ cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 tsps. baking soda                        1 cup butter or margarine
1 tsp. baking powder                     2 eggs
½ tsp. salt                                          1 cup brewed coffee (cold)
1 tsp. cinnamon                               1 cup raisins
½ tsp. nutmeg                                   1 cup chopped walnuts
¼ tsp. cloves                                     1 medium tart apple, peeled, cored,
                                                                     coarsely chopped


¾ cup sugar
¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
¾ cups chopped nuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  In medium bowl combine flour baking soda,
baking powder and the 3 spices.  Set aside. In large bowl combine brown sugar
and butter.  Beat until light and fluffy. Continue beating adding eggs one at a
time until well mixed. Continue beating adding flour mixture alternately with the
coffee until well mixed.  Add raisins, walnuts and apple.  Spread in greased
13” by 9” baking pan.  In medium bowl combine all topping ingredients. 
Sprinkle over batter and gently press into batter.  Bake 40 to 50 minutes,
or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Healthy Recipes from Randy “The Prez”

          (These recipes are from the South Beach Diet)

Minted Tomato, Onion & Glazed Tofu Kebabs
            Serves 4
1 pound extra-firm tofu, drained
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
16 fresh mint leaves
4 plum tomatoes, quartered and seeded
1 onion, peeled, quartered and separated into layers
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce

1. Cut tofu in half horizontally, making two large slices about 1 inch thick. Cover a cutting board
with aluminum foil and place it so that one end extends over the sink. Prop up the other end so the
 board slants slightly toward the sink. Place tofu slices on the board, side by side. Cover tofu with
 a second sheet of foil. Place another cutting board or a baking sheet over the foil and weight it with
 heavy cans or books. Let stand for 15 minutes; remove weights and cut tofu into 1 1/2-inch pieces.
2. Prepare a charcoal fire or preheat a gas grill.
3. In a medium bowl, blend lime juice, soy sauce and ginger. Add tofu and toss to coat. Cover with
 plastic wrap; marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
4. Tuck a mint leaf into each tomato quarter and thread onto 4 or 8 doubled skewers alternately
 with tofu, onion and jalapeños. Discard marinade.
5. Using a long-handled barbecue brush, coat the grill rack lightly with oil. Grill kebabs, turning
occasionally, for 7 minutes. Brush with Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce and grill until vegetables
 are softened and tofu is well glazed, about 3 minutes more. Serve immediately.
200 calories
10 total fat (1.5 g sat)
12 g carbohydrate
19 g protein
3 g fiber
320 mg sodium
Salmon Brunch Bouquets
   Serves 3
6 ounces smoked salmon
1/4 cup light cream cheese
1/2 medium seedless cucumber, sliced thinly lengthwise
6 strips of roasted red pepper
6 red leaf lettuce leaves, washed and blotted dry
Place cream cheese in a small bowl. Microwave for 15 to 20 seconds until softened.
Lay out lettuce leaves and place strips of salmon on top. Spread softened cream cheese
on the salmon, followed by strips of cucumber and one roasted red pepper in the center
of each. Roll each lettuce leaf from one corner to form a short cone. Chill before serving.


           IT’S PICNIC TIME!

       What’s new on the menu?

 Something hot off of the grill!     


GRILLED PORK RUB is an exciting combination of seasonings
 that produces a richly flavored summertime meal.  The rub
 is great on a pork loin roast or baby back ribs.
         3 lbs. pork loin                  3 tblsps. brown sugar
          2 tsps. garlic powder        ½ tsp. salt
          2 tsps. chili powder           ½ tsp. black pepper
          ½ tsp. oregano leaves
1. Combine seasonings.  Coat meat evenly with the rub. 
      Refrigerate 30 minutes or up to 3 hours for stronger flavor.
2. Lightly grease grill rack.  Preheat grill to medium heat. 
      Grill 25-3o minutes, turning occasionally or until pork
      registers 160 degrees F. with meat thermometer.
 3. Remove from grill, cover with foil.  Let stand 5 -10 minutes
      before cutting into thin slices.


ROCKIN’ BEEF RUB  Ole! these spicy blends add a Southwest flair
 to beef using McCormick spices.
          2 lbs beef sirloin or New          2 tblsps. Santa Fe Style
                   York strip steak                    Spice Blends or Chili
          1 tblsp. brown sugar                          Powder
          2 tblsps. Monterey Style
                    Spice Blends
1. Blend brown sugar and spices. Rub evenly over meat.
2. Broil or grill 8-10 minutes per side or until desired

Please note:  The above recipes are from a McCormick
web site: They are very similar to mine
and have measurements. (Y’all know I don’t measure).

Some of my favorite side dishes are:  corn on the cob, “tater salad”
with Mr. Mustard (nice-N- hot), cukes, tomatoes and onions in vinegar
and of course my very favorite, green beans seasoned with onions and bacon.

                HOPE  Y’ALL  HAVE  A  GREAT  SUMMER!!

Well, the 4th of July is over and Lester, Di and I had a great visit with Kim and family.  We arrived Saturday
and I cooked my sauerkraut with kielbasa.  Lester calls it my “double barreled kraut”.  It seemed to be
a big hit with the crowd. On Sunday, the 4th, there was the usual cookout with hamburgers, hot dogs
and the food that the campers brought. When it got dark Kim lit up the sky with a display of fireworks!

We all had a great time!


                HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!
                             This is the day that everyone honors the signing of
                                              the Declaration of Independence.


We have truly become “the land of the free and the home of the brave” because of the thousands who
 left their homelands to settle here.

We celebrate this occasion in different ways.  There are parades, picnics, BBQs and reunions of far-flung
 families who want to catch up on the news of current family members and talk about “the good old days”.
 Stories will be told about long gone family members and discussions will be held about who fought in which
 war, which battle and who were the fortunate ones that came home. This is a good time to tape record or
 write down these stories , getting dates, places and names. 20 years from now you will wish you had.

Here are 2 interesting links:

                                  HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY 4TH!


Randy Caines sent this recipe:





                              BY PREZ OF CLASS '70



                                                        June 20, 2004

Father’s day was first observed on June 19th, 1910 in Spokane, Washington.
In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of Father’s Day.
It wasn’t until 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed the 3rd Sunday
of June as Father’s Day.  Step fathers, uncles, grandfathers and adult male friends
who are father figures are all honored on that day.

      Ernest Hemingway --- To be a successful father there
              is one absolute rule: when you have a kid don’t look
              at it for the first 2 years!
       Bill Cosby --- If the new American father feels bewildered
             and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact
             a 50 percent chance of being right
      Gabriel Garcia Marquez --- A man knows when he is growing
             old because he begins to look like his father.

              THINGS A FATHER SAYS
                          No, we are not there yet…
                          When I was your age…
                          My father used to tell me…
                          Go ask your mother!
                          Be home early…
                          Just wait til we get home
                          No, you can’t have the car…
                         Go tell your mother she wants you…
                          I love you…

                         Ride a little horsie up and down
                         Ride a little horsie don’t fall down
                         Hide and seek
                         Jump rope
                         And any other game you ask him to play even
                             when he was tired

              WHAT IS A FATHER?
                         A protector, a playmate, a teacher,
                          a friend and most of all, some one
                          who will always love you.



                           remember June 14th, Flag Day

                                You’re a Grand old Flag
George M. Cohan

                                  You’re a grand old flag,
                                  You’re a high flying flag
                                  And forever in peace may you wave.

                                 You’re the emblem of the land I love,
                                 The home of the free and the brave.

                                 Every heart beats true
                                 For the red, white and blue
                                 Where there’s never a  boast or brag.

                                 But “should auld acquaintance be forgot.”
                                 Keep your eye on the grand old flag.


Please go to our Home Page!!  Lester will lead you to some great sites for Memorial Day
information. I also found one that is great:

When I was a youngster, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day, (also known as
Poppy Day in honor of WW1) a day when we honored the men who died for their country.
We put up a flag,  went to the cemetery,  cleaned up the grave sites and put out fresh
flowers or shrubs for relatives, none of whom were veterans but our loved ones who had
passed away.  We then had a delicious meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy,
home grown green beans seasoned with bacon or ham  (we did not know about fatback or
streak-o-lean) and corn on the cob, deviled eggs  and assorted pies and cakes. Oh, how I
wish I could cook like my grandmother, mother and aunt could cook!!  After a short rest
we went outside and tossed horseshoes, played baseball (which I avoided as I cannot stand
to have something really fast coming toward my face!!). I usually entertained the younger
kids by telling them stories, playing games or teaching them songs. Later we would have a
bonfire and cook hotdogs and marshmallows and have a song fest.  I really miss the good
old days!  Oh my, I forgot to mention the potato salad!  The recipe was very simple, no
special spices, just salt, pepper, chopped sweet pickles, homemade mayonnaise, and hard
boiled eggs.

                                PLEASE REMEMBER OUR FALLEN HEROES


                                                       ARMED FORCES DAY

                       A Tradition of Heroes” 

 Saturday, May 15, 2004                              

Armed Forces Day, a day on which we honor the men and women in the military, is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May.  Armed Forces Week begins on the 2nd Saturday of May and ends on the 3rd Sunday of May, the day after Armed forces Day.  Because of their unique training schedules, the National Guard and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week over any period in May.

When you go to  you will find why President Truman wanted to create this holiday.


No, Hallmark did not start Mother’s Day to sell more cards.  Actually it dates back to the ancient Romans
and worked its way to the United States in the early 1900’s.

 The Greeks had an annual spring festival dedicated to Rhea, the mother of many deities and to the
offerings Romans made to their Great Mother of Gods, Cybele.

Christians celebrated a Mother’s Day of sorts during a festival on the fourth Sunday in Lent in honor of
Mary, mother of Christ.  In England they celebrated Mothering Day.

 Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions of
her community.  She thought the day should be best advocated by mothers and called the day “Mother’s Work Day”.

 When Anna Jarvis died in 1905 her daughter, also named Anna, wanted to memorialize the life work of her
mother.  Anna began to lobby the politicians including Presidents Taft and Roosevelt to support a day to
honor all mothers.

Finally on May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson, designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
This day has become the most popular day of the year for sons and daughters to get in touch with their moms an
express their appreciation.



     irish Blessings

May the Irish Hills caress you,
May her lakes and rivers Bless You
May the Luck of the Irish enfold You.
May the Blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.   
May you be in Heaven a full half
hour afore the devil knows you’re dead.
Life is like a “Cup of Tea”
It’s how you make it.
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sunshine be warm upon your face,
And rain fall soft upon your fields.



             Irish Facts

The reason the Irish are fighting each other is they have no other worthy opponents.
If you are lucky enough to be Irish you are lucky enough.

Irish diplomacy is the ability to tell
 a man to go to hell so that he will look forward to making  the trip.
An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold on to one blade of glass
and not fall off the face of the earth.




3 to 4 pounds corned-beef brisket
1 bottle beer
1 can beef broth
2 onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 bay leaves
6 small to medium potatoes 
   pared and  quartered
6 carrots, pared and sliced
I medium head cabbage
    cut in 6 wedges
 Place corned beef in heavy roaster and barely cover with beer, broth and water; add onion, garlic, bay leaves. Cover and simmer 1 hour per pound of meat or until tender. Remove meat; add potatoes and carrots. Cover and bring to boil and cook 10-15 minutes; add cabbage and cook until vegetables are done. (Remove
bay leaves, they are for seasoning only.)

To carve meat, cut thinly across grain.







Presidents Day comes and goes with little fanfare. George Washington, our first president, was born February 22nd and Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President, was born February 12th. And how do we celebrate? We don’t. Oh, we have an extra day off this weekend and the stores are having huge white sales but I, personally, have not read or seen anything to honor these presidents.

So, I got on the internet and went to: and spent a lot of time just browsing. Not only did I find info about presidents but I even took a tour with Spotty, one of the President’s dogs. I also found info on the wives of the presidents. I will definitely go back to this site often!


OK, I’m really supposed to do recipes so here is a very easy cherry pie:
        First go to the freezer section of your favorite store and buy Mrs. Smith’s Cherry
        Pie. (I told you it was easy). Brush the top of pie with milk, Crush ½ cup any left
        over cereal, ( raisin bran, sugar cornflakes, granola, whatever) spread over pie,
        If you have any nuts, add to topping, a little cinnamon or nutmeg wouldn’t hurt,
        sprinkle over top and spritz a little butter to help it brown, bake according  to
        instructions, serve with ice cream and enjoy!!
        How easy is that!!




      Valentine’s Day has been around for many, many years

      and some people don’t really know how, when and why it

      started. If you would like to know, this is a good place to



      If you are not interested in your waist lines and cholesterol

      go to:  and you will find the most

      fantastic desserts.  I fell in love with the chocolate raspberry