Friday, June 29, 2012


Today's post is dedicated to the Class of 1982. We graduated from Madisonville North-Hopkins High School thirty long years ago this spring. Our reunion is scheduled for this summer, and someone had the great idea of starting a Facebook page to spread the word about the reunion. One thing led to another, and the reunion began online. We've had a lot of fun and shared a lot of memories. Sometimes, it seems as though we've already talked so much that we couldn't possibly have anything left to say. But when you share that much history with someone, sometimes you don't need organized topics. When we finally get together, the actual reunion will be bittersweet. There are those who are no longer with us; there are those who are unable to be there, and we have all had thirty years worth of life lessons behind us. But it will be nice to see one another one more time.

We've enjoyed catching up with one another, and taking trips down Memory Lane. As a matter of fact, we went all the way back to Elementary School. I didn't have the privilege of attending school with them at that point, but it's fun hearing their stories. One of my friends, Trixie Lamb Kinniard (Hi, Trixie!) had the recipe for the cookies they served at Grapevine Elementary back then. Her mother got it from one of the lunchroom ladies. Obviously, I don't have pictures of the Grapevine lunchroom ladies, but oddly enough, my grandmother (Nanny) was a lunchroom lady at West Broadway Elementary in the same county. So, I'll use a picture of their lunchroom ladies. For all I know, they may have served the same cookies.

So, here's to you, Class of '82. Kick your shoes off, pour yourself a glass of milk, and have a cookie. Because life's too short not to have a cookie now and then.

Madisonville Haystacks

¼ cup butter
2 cups sugar
¼ cup milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup peanut butter (generic brands haven’t been successful)
3 cups oats
1 cup coconut

Mix milk, sugar and butter in sauce pan. Bring to a boil 3 ½ minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and peanut butter. Mix well. Add oats and coconut. Drop small spoon size amounts onto cookie sheet. Tip: they may be thick, so may need to add more milk: just a few drops at a time until mixture get less thick.

(Thank you, Trixie for allowing me to repost this recipe! )

music to cook by

Best Town on Earth

Until next time, Happy Cooking!  : )

Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated. - Erma Bombeck


Dianna Hohimer said...

Hi Friend :) Just wanted to let you know that we all had those same cookies no matter what grade level or school. They were yummy weren't they!

Trixie Kinniard said...

Tammy, thanks for the memories. I think of the amount of those cookies that I ate from grade school to high school and I shutter... Lol... They are quick, easy and good. Thanks for sharing with your readers. Trixie

The Self-Taught Cook said...

Thanks for the comments. These cookies are addictive, aren't they? See you at the reunion! : )

Elizabeth Bisceglia said...

Tammy, Thanks so much for the special dedication! These cookies carry memories for all of us.

I didn't know your grandmother was a "lunch lady" at West Broadway. I went to grade school there. ....hmmmm, I bet she served me "wonder rocks" ;-)


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