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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 19 May 2011 14:55

By Nola Straub

Aren’t graduations fun?

It is a milestone for our children or grandchildren and this year also for a daughter-in-law Amy with four boys who got her Associate Degree from McCook last Friday and grandson Shawn from high school in Wyoming this week. I never used to think much about graduations but it is a milestone for both the parents and grandparents, as well. This child you have cared for and helped to mold finally makes it. We have had two granddaughters graduate in Kaycee, Wyo., and are now on to college. We are almost half way through our grandchildren. Our son at Palisade still has the four. When his wife Amy was handed her Associate Degree at McCook College Friday, the boys stood up and yelled “Go Mom!” They were thrilled she had made it and had the gusto that we show them when they do something well at school. They attended their mother’s graduation with our son Robert (Bob). It is different to observe your grandsons’ pride in their mother’s accomplishment! . . . Almost like ownership in her accomplishments.


Honey Walnut Brand


My collection

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 c. low fat milk

1/4 tsp. salt

1 egg

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

6 tbsp. honey

4 tbsp. butter, melted

1 1/2 c. bran cereal

1 1/2 c. yogurt

1/3 c. chopped walnuts

12 paper muffin-cup liners

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, egg, and salt. In medium bowl, whisk egg lightly and stir in vanilla, milk, honey, and butter. In small bowl, combine cereal and yogurt; let stand 3 min. Stir yogurt mixture into egg mixture. Add flour mixture and stir just until combined, batter will be a little lumpy. Line a 12 cup pan with muffin cup liners. Spoon batter into cups and sprinkle on the walnuts. Bake 18-20 min. or until tops are lightly browned and toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Cool muffins in pan 5 min. Remove muffins from cups onto wire rack. Cool 10 min. and serve warm.


Cowboy Caviar

Wyoming Collection

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 1/2 tsp. Tabasco hot sauce

1 1/2 tsp. low fat cooking oil

1/8 tsp. pepper

1 clove minced fine garlic

Mix together in a jar. Can be made ahead and stored in refrigerator until ready to mix with the veggies.

1 can drained black beans.

1 can corn or fresh or frozen will work

2/3 c. chopped green gnions and tender tops

2/3 c. chopped cilantro

1/2 lb. chopped Roma tomatoes

1 chopped avacado

Mix together, add dressing and marinate for at least 2 hours, more is o.k. Makes 5 servings.


Crabby Molded Spread

for Crackers

Wyoming collection

6 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 c. cream of mushroom soup

1 c. mayonnaise

1 c. chopped fine celery

1 green onion, chopped fine

1 pkg. Knox gelatin in 3 tbsp. of water

2 (6 oz.) cans of drained Crab

Warm cream of mushroom soup and add the Knox gelatin in water mixture to it. Mix all the remaining ingredients and place in a mold in the refrigerator until set. Serve with your favorite crackers.


Chee-Z-y Beans

Wyoming collection

2 cans green beans, lightly drained

8 oz. Velveeta cheese, cubed

Crumbled bacon, fried (optional)

Put the green beans with a little of their water in a sauce pan. When they are hot, add the cheese cubes and stir over medium heat until the cheese melts and add the crumbled bacon stir and serve.


Cowboy Mushroom Rice


Wyoming collection

1 1/2 c. water

1 c. instant rice (or regular in more water and drained)

1 10-oz. can onion soup

6 tbsp. butter

1 4-oz. can mushrooms

Salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in 3 qt. buttered casserole. Cover and microwave on high 10-15 min. Serves about 4. Double for a family.


Margene Hayes, daughter and grandsons stopped by with present in the afternoon. We had turkey and ham. Amy’s parents and sister Heather and daughter Abigail were here in the evening and we were glad to have Pat and Berniece Redden and Raymond and Kris Miller to help Amy celebrate the milestone as well.

Graduations are fun! We go to Wyoming next week for the grandson’s. He is off to Casper two years and then to the University of Wyoming to finish. Brianna and Kelsey are in college now - maybe more graduations in the future! Amy may take a break but is well on her way to the 4 year teachers degree she has been working toward.


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