Saturday, June 16, 2012


You Are Needed!

Guess what is just around the Corner?The Fall State Board Meeting!  We are the hosts this year and we are working hard to make it a memorable event.
Your help is needed.  We need people as pages, to work at the registration table, to help at Trash &Treasure table, to donate items for the Silent Auction, to give your excellent discards to the Trash & Treasure table, to provide Door Prizes  and to attend the Meeting.  Rhonda Pollard is looking for Door Prizes.  She needs about 100 Door Prizes.  We are asking each Club to give 3 Door Prizes per 15 members.  Contact Rhonda with any questions, she will be delighted to speak with you and will make arrangements to get your Club's Door Prizes to the Event.

Another area needing your help is the T&T and The Silent Auction.  We are looking for any of your attractive discards in good condition.  So as you go through your closets, preparing for out of town visitors, or simply, trying to make your space in your home, remember we are looking and hoping for your goodies.

Remember, we want to see our Durham Council Club Members at the Fall Board Meeting, September 23- 24,  2012.  Come experience how your State Board works, meet other Garden Club members from across the State and make new friends.  Sunday afternoon you will be able to stroll through the Durham Hilton, visit our vendors with their unique, well priced merchandise; pickup some bargains at the Trash & Treasure table; bid on some great items in the Silent Auction;
be serenaded by the 100 Men in Black ensemble and enjoy  a libation in the newly refurbished bar at the President's cocktail(or non) hour.


I have reached the stage where I no longer prepare long and involved recipes, only to see the food disappear in less time than it took me to make it. My Beef Wellington days are gone. Now I am making items that require minimum preparation and yield maximum pleasure for my guests.  Below are 2 recipes I prepared for Heritage Garden Club's annual picnic held in the garden rooms at member Trish Verne's home.  Club members requested I share the recipes so I thought I would share them with you also. Also included is a newly discovered easy coffee cake recipe.  Its has a healthy factor since yogurt is a main ingredient.  Don't turn up your nose.  Yogurt makes it moist.

Neiman Marcus Bars

1 pkg pound cake mix
1/2 c  butter
3 eggs
1 c. chopped pecans
1 lb. confectioner's sugar
1 8oz pkg cream cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 9x13 inch pan.  I use butter but you can use spray or shortening.

Combine cake mix, butter, 1 egg and pecans in medium bowl  with electric mixer.  Press mixture into prepared pan-bottom only.  No need to spread it up the sides.

In another bowl, combine 2 eggs, sugar & cream cheese using mixer. (note: I sometimes add 1 tsp almond extract).  Beat until smooth.  Spread over cake mixture on pan bottom. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until top is golden brown.  Cool.  Cut into bars.  Makes 16 bars but you can cut it into smaller pieces and get a higher yield.

Asian Noodle Salad

1 pkg broccoli slaw
2 pkg dry ramen noodles, beef flavor
1 c. toasted, shelled sunflower seed
1 bunch spring onions, chopped
1/3 c. apple cider vinegar
2/3 c. oil
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp. minced fresh ginger

Crumble dry ramen noodles.  Set aside flavoring packets.  Put broccoli slaw into large bowl, add crumbled dry ramen noodles.  Scatter sunflower seeds and scallion on top.  Mix.

Put soy sauce, vinegar, oil, minced ginger and 2 seasoning packets into a jar.  Shake.  Pour over salad.  Toss.  Chill at least 1 hour before serving.  6-8 servings.

For color and snap, I sometimes add in 1 c. dried cranberries and 1/3 c. chopped candied ginger.  Sweet, sour and crunchy.  It tastes even better the next day.

Pet Coffee Cake
[once you make it, it will be a go-to recipe for you- a pet]

1 1/2 c.  White Lily all purpose flour                                                       8 oz. yogurt(any kind)
1 c. sugar                                                                                                1/2 c. oil
2 tsp baking powder                                                                                2  eggs         
1/2 tsp. salt                                                                                               Topping
1/2 c chopped nuts( I use pecan pieces)                                                   2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 c. raisins or fresh blueberries                                                              2  tbsp. brown sugar
                                                                                                                  1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 9x9 inch pan.  Mix dry ingredients in large bowl.  Combine yogurt, oil and eggs in small bowl; add to dry ingredients, stir gently but thoroughly. Sprinkle on topping.

Note: when using blueberries, stir together the dry and wet ingredients and then gently fold in the blueberries.  Pour into pan. Sprinkle on topping.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until done.  Remember oven temperatures vary.

Things To Do:

Southern Pines

Do you think gardens when you think of Southern Pines?  Southern Pines is not just golf.  Visit the gardens at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities to experience The Poet's Garden, tropical lotuses and water lilies adrift in pools, the rose garden and two long beds filled with blooms from now until November.  Sensory delights to stir a gardener's heart.  Don't forget the great places to lunch and shop.   Enjoy a quick day trip.  Take your house guests, send them if you want some time to yourself.  Remember the Christmas Open House at the Weymouth Center.

Instant Shakespeare at Littleton

Take people who think Shakespeare is a bore to this rapid paced, witty show and experience 37 plays in 97 minutes.  Three actors perform this laugh-filled show which will keep you entertained. All the long, ponderous wordy parts are cut out. Details at or call 252-586-3124.


The Greensboro Historical Museum is host to a traveling exhibit from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.  The exhibit, "Fighting the Fires of Hate"  runs from June 19 - August 21.

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