Dinner Bell: Angela Haskins

Thursday, January 30, 2003

Angela Haskins and her family are newcomers to the Manila area and are enjoying making new friends. They find the people friendly and helpful.

She and her husband, Jeff, and daughter, Emma, moved to Manila from Norfolk, Vir., in May 2001. Coming from a large city, she was not sure what to expect.

She was raised in North Carolina and had worked in Charlotte from the time she was 21 until she married. She was a loan officer for the Bank of America. Mr. Haskins is originally from Oklahoma and was in Charlotte working at a golf course. They moved from North Carolina to Oklahoma for six months before moving to Virginia. When Mr. Haskins was offered the position as general manager superintendent of Thunder Bayou Golf Links in Blytheville, they found their way to Manila.

When relocating to the area, they found a house on Lane's Way in the Farmer Addition of Manila that was just completed. It suited their needs, the neighborhood looked like a nice place for Emma and they settled in.

Mrs. Haskins and two and a half year old Emma have enjoyed watching the tractors at work in the field in front of their home. She said one doesn't see that living in the middle of a city.

She has also enjoyed landscaping her yard.

Mrs. Haskins was thinking about going back to work when they first came to the area, but being in a new community and having to drive to find work, she decided she would rather find something to do at home and be with Emma. She began to research and discovered candle making. She bought a book, got on the Internet and gave it a try.

Her first two candles became gifts for her neighbors and they seemed pleased. From that idea, Glemma's Candles was born. The name came from the thought that candles glimmer and her daughter's name, Emma. She said she works on making candles two days a week and they are sold at three locations in the area, Hair Biz in Manila, Delta Drug, and Syrena's Candles. She also ships candles to her mother and her friends in North Carolina and her mother-in-law in Oklahoma, who is a retired nurse and Mary Kay consultant.

"I did not realize how particular some people are about candles," Haskins said.

Haskins said she had never thought of herself as being a craft person but she does enjoy candle making. She is learning more about it all of the time. She has always enjoyed painting, decorating and redoing furniture, but this is a new venture for her. The best part of the candle making is the fact that she can be at home with Emma.

Haskins also enjoys playing golf. Even though she calls herself an outside person, she does enjoy cooking. She took on the challenge at Christmas to cater the Christmas party at Thunder Bayou Golf Links. She enjoys making banana nutbread in a Mason jar. It is cooked in the jar and will keep for up to a year. She did not share that recipe because that is her special Christmas present recipe that she makes and shares with her friends and family members.

She is sharing some of her other favorite recipes. The sausage ball recipe is her grandmother's and the pineapple casserole is her mother's.

Pineapple Casserole

(good with ham)

2 cans pineapple chunks, drained

2 cups sharp cheese, grated

1 cup sugar

6 tablespoons flour

Ritz cracker crumbs (enough to cover top) mixed with 1 stick margarine, melted.

Combine pineapple and cheese. Mix flour and sugar. Stir together. Put in casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Sausage Balls

1 pound sausage

3 cups Bisquick

1 stick Kraft cheese (sharp 6 oz.)

Dash Tabasco sauce

Dash red pepper

1/3 cup water (add a little more if needed)

Mix together. Make sausage balls. Place on cookie sheet.

Bake 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Coca-Cola Cake

1 cup Coca-Cola

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

1-3/4 cups sugar

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Coca-Cola frosting (see below)

Garnish: 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Combine: Coca-Cola and buttermilk; set aside

Beat: butter at low speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar: beat until blended. Add egg and vanilla; beat at low speed until blended.

Combine: flour, cocoa, and soda. Add to butter mixture alternately with Coca-Cola mixture; begin and end with flour mixture. Beat a low speed just until blended.

Stir in marshmallows. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13x9 inch pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven: Cool 10 minutes. Pour Coca-Cola frosting over warm cake: Garnish, if desired.

Coca-Cola Frosting

(Don't make frosting ahead -- you need to pour it over the cake shortly after baking.)

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1/3 cup Coca-Cola

3 tablespoons cocoa

1 (16-ounch) package powdered sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Bring first three ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Remove from heat; whisk in sugar and vanilla.

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