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June 8, 2011

Exline School and Community Reunion a success

EXLINE —   I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend. The big rows of flags along Main Street and along the town cemetery, looked really pretty, as they furled in the breeze over the holiday weekend. With the unofficial beginning of summer, the temperature soared to summer like heights, with even some days being up near 90.

Recently, I had one of this column’s readers, tell me they made the Double Decker Brownie Cookie Bar recipe that was in the newspaper last week. That was the one that was  like brownies and chocolate chip cookies all in one. They said it was really good.

The recipe for this week is from one of my cousin’s wives, Barb McAnelly. Their family enjoys this dish when the they get together for holidays. The recipe the way it is, will feed upwards of 20 people. You may cut the recipe in half for a smaller group. It is called:

 

Cornbread Salad

 

Ingredients

2 boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin mix

2-16 oz. cans Pinto beans, drained and rinsed

3 large tomatoes, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped into pieces     (you may use half of a green pepper and half of a red pepper, if desired)

1 c. red or white onion, chopped

8 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese

1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled into pieces

2 cans whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed

1 large bottle of Ranch salad dressing

 

Bake both packages of corn bread, as per package instructions, and cool. Then, crumble into pieces.

In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, peppers and onion.

In a large, good size bowl, place half of the prepared cornbread, crumbled into pieces.

Top the cornbread with the can of Pinto beans, followed by half of the tomato, pepper and onion mixture. Sprinkle half of the cheese over the top, followed by half of the crumbled bacon and spread the can of corn over everything already in the bowl. Then, pour half of the bottle of ranch dressing over the top.

Then, repeat with a second layer;  add the rest of the crumbled corn bread, tomatoes, peppers and onion mixture, followed by the rest of the cheese. Then, sprinkle the bacon pieces evenly over the top. Pour the remaining Ranch dressing over the entire mixture. Chill for two to three hours and then serve.

 

Volunteers are still being sought, for help during the upcoming, 4th of July celebration in Exline. They have a variety of different things that they will need help with that day. If you would be interested in participating, you may contact Penny at (641) 658-2399.

There was a nice turn out last Saturday, for the Exline School and Community Reunion, that was held at the community center. There were over 75 people in attendance.

To kick off the noon time dinner, June Gallo rang the old, Exline School bell that sits on a roofed pedestal, in front of city hall. The windows on the east side of the community center were opened up so everyone could hear the bell being rung.

The peel of the old school bell brought back memories to those that attended school in town, years ago. After hearing the bell, I heard someone recall that the janitor let them ring the bell one time, which was quite a thrill.

The bell originally was up in a high bell tower, atop the big, two story school house. So originally, a long rope was needed, to go from the bell, in the high tower above, down to the ground, so it could be rung, to call the students to class.

The bell had not been heard for years but recently Bob Traxler and his grandson Matt Casteel, restored the bell. They placed it on an old bell hanger, so it would move back and forth, when pulling the rope that was attached to it, like in days gone by. After hearing the peel of the bell, everyone was allowed to get in line, for the buffet dinner.

The Recreation Committee served a really good meal of pulled pork and deliciously prepared chicken, along with all of the trimmings. It was like an old fashioned Sunday dinner, followed by your choice of homemade pies for dessert that were very good. Everyone had a nice time visiting and got to see different ones that they had not seen in a while.

On Wednesday morning of this week, the monthly birthday celebration was held at the Exline Old Country Store and Community Center. A nice group of people gathered there, for the event, as they enjoyed really good, locally made cakes, and coffee, along with ice cream that was supplied by the store to everyone.

Those having birthdays this month include:   Chrissy Gardner and Cora Lee Widmar on June 1, Michelle Carlston on June 12, Dorothy Haines on June 13 and Freda Sargent on June 21.

Couples that are celebrating anniversaries this month include Charles and Marge Conger on June 10. They are celebrating their 60th anniversary. Also, Rodney and Lelah Randall are celebrating their 21st anniversary on June 21 of this month.

Remember, Vacation Bible School will be held, at the Exline Church of Christ. It will begin Monday, June 6 and run every day, until Friday, June 10 from 1-3 p.m. Children three years and up, may attend.

The Vacation Bible School program, will be held during church, on Sunday, June 12, beginning at 10 a.m.

Do not forget to mark your calendar, for Monday, June 13. That is when the Exline Royal Neighbors, Camp 3000, will host their annual “Coffee Break.” It will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. This event is open to the public and is a time for everyone to get together and enjoy a pleasant visit over coffee and homemade baked goods at the community center.

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