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How many people out there LOVE to mow their yard? That is exactly the word Barb Adams used when she shared with me some of her activities and hobbies. She said, “I LOVE to mow my yard.” She also does her son’s yard out in the country. She loves being in the quiet of nature, she told me.
Barb Adams started her life in Emerson NE, and graduated from Emerson-Hubbard High School. She met her late husband, John, while working at the Nebraska State Bank in South Sioux City, NE. She was the only single girl working there at the time when this new single guy was hired to also work at the same bank. All the employees kept trying to get them together but Barb says, “I ignored him for a couple of years!” After a couple of years they did start dating and ended up getting married June 1, 1969. Barb’s mother is Helen Oetken of Madison, SD. Her father is deceased.
John was raised in Humboldt and graduated from the Humboldt High School. He earned his business education at NDT School in Sioux City. His parents were Lloyd and Mary Adams. When John’s dad was retiring from farming John and Barb moved back to Humboldt and farmed on the family farm that their son, Doug, now farms. Barb said she didn’t really want to come to Iowa to live on a farm, but after a couple of years she gave in. Eventually John was employed and retired from Bank Iowa here in Humboldt. Barb worked as a Program Technician for Farm Service Agency for 22 years before she retired from there. After her children were a little bigger, she attended Iowa Central in Fort Dodge for a year.
Barb has two children and six grandchildren. Her daughter, Julie, lives in Georgia and works at BB and T, which is a bank. She works as an Investment Counselor. Her son Doug farms the family farm and also works for NRCS. Doug’s wife, Kim, is a Microbiologist working at the Fort Dodge Labs in Quality Control.
Barb’s six grandchildren are Austin Saathoff, who just graduated this spring and will be going to Northwestern in Orange City. John Felix will be in the sixth grade when school resumes this fall. Doug and Kim’s children are Elena, 9; Dalia, 6; Tyler, 4; and Tommy, 3.
Barb belongs to Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt and is active in several other organizations. She is in Chapter BV of PEO; on the Mission Committee at her church; adult Sunday school class; United Methodist Women and Rebecca Circle. Barb added, “I guess I’ve gone to Sunday school all of my life.” She is also in a prayer group and has helped organize and gone on many mission trips. Her hobbies include reading, tending to her many flowers and loves her lawn mowing as I stated earlier.
When eating alone, she enjoys just eating a salad. Her grandchildren’s favorite meal would be a ham dinner, including mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and a salad. Scotcharoo’s are a favorite of her grandchildren, also. Barb shared some good sounding recipes, two of which are easy to prepare ahead and store easily so are used on their mission trips.

Elegant Potatoes
Makes a lot and stores well for mission trips.
9 large potatoes
1 cup sour cream
(2) 3 ounce packages cream
2 teaspoons garlic salt
salt and pepper
4 tablespoons butter to put on
Boil potatoes drain, mash them up with a mixer. Add other ingredients and mix until fluffy. Put in buttered baking dish (she uses a 9 x 13 inch pan). Top with butter. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. Can refrigerate uncooked potatoes for up to 2 weeks.

Three Bean Casserole
Another dish used on the mission trips.
Brown together:
1 pound bacon
1 onion
1 pound hamburger
Drain fat and combine with:
2 cans pork and beans
2 cans butter beans
2 cans drained red kidney beans
1/2 cup catsup
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
salt and pepper
Cook in crockpot on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Popcorn Salad
1 cup celery, diced
1 can water chestnuts, drained
and chopped
1/2 pound bacon, fried, drained
and crumbled
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 cup cheese, shredded
1-1/2 cups Miracle Whip
Bag of microwave popcorn or 6
cups of popped popcorn
Mix all ingredients together (except popcorn) and let set overnight in refrigerator. Make a bag of microwave popcorn or use 6 cups or more of popped popcorn and add just before serving. Can add shredded carrots, if desired.

Spinach and Strawberry Salad
2 bunches spinach, cleaned and
torn up
1 cup cashews, salted is
2 baskets of strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1-1/2 teaspoons chives, snipped
if fresh (she uses dried chives)
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
Combine spinach, strawberries and cashews; mix the dressing well and pour over salad just before serving.

Tasty Reuben Soup
(4) 14-1/2 ounce cans chicken
4 cups shredded cabbage
2 cups uncooked medium egg
1 pound fully cooked Kielbasa
or Polish sausage, halved and
cut into 1-inch slices
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss
In a large saucepan, combine the first seven ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until cabbage and noodles are tender. Garnish with cheese.

Rhubarb Salad
2 cups rhubarb
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
Cook the above and then add 1 package of red Jell-O and 1 cup of boiling water. Add chopped celery and nuts.

Yummy Rhubarb Pie
2 cups cut up rhubarb
2/3 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups water
3 ounce package raspberry
8 ounces Cool Whip
2 graham cracker crusts
Cook rhubarb, sugar and water. Add Jell-O and stir until dissolved. Chill until syrupy, then stir in Cool Whip and pour into crusts. Chill. Makes 2 pies.

If you are reading this, then you probably enjoy new recipes. If you would like to share some of your recipes with the community YOU could be Cook of the Week. Please contact me, Sally Cuthbertson, if you would like to be in this column some week. I can be reached on my cell phone at 515-368-350, if you wish to be contacted by me or you may email me at sacuthbe@msn.com.
I will be happy to email or send you my short questionnaire and set up a time to come and visit you at your convenience. I’m always looking for NEW Cook’s of the Week. Also, if you are new in town, this is a good way to introduce yourself to the Humboldt community and surrounding communities. I look forward to visiting with you.
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