Dinner Bell: Tina Birmingham

Wednesday, May 21, 2003
Tina Birmingham and sons, Brock and Zack. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Tina Birmingham of Manila has learned there is not a lot of lace and frills when you live in a house with all males. They have an ample supply of baseballs, soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, golf clubs, baseball bats and trucks.

Mrs. Birmingham and husband Darrell have two sons, Zach, 11, and Brock, 3.

She graduated from Bald Knob High School in 1984 and was attending Williams Baptist College when her family moved to Manila. Her dad, Richard Roberts, came to Manila to serve as pastor at Westside Baptist Church. She has two younger sisters and a brother. She would spend her weekends in Manila.

When her parents came to Manila they had a family of six and when they left Manila in 1993, it was just the two of them. All of the children had married during their stay. The Roberts left Manila and moved to Humphry. They now live in Timbo near Mountain View. The Birminghams enjoy visiting them when they have time.

The Birminghams married in 1989 and made their home in Manila.

Mrs. Birmingham worked at Merchants & Planters Bank for almost 10 years. When her son, Brock, was born she decided she wanted to stay home with him. She beganbabysitting in her home and has enjoyed caring for children over the last few years. She said it is very rewarding.

This will be her first year that a couple of the children she takes care of are old enough for kindergarten.

"It will be like sending my own off to school. I will miss them," she said.

Mr. Birmingham works at Post in Jonesboro on a Saturday, Sunday and Monday shift. That works out well for the family as they are very active in the summer sports.

"Basically, we live from season to season. During the summer months our family time is spent at the baseball field," she said.

Mr. Birmingham serves as vice president of the Manila Youth Association. Mrs. Birmingham serves on the Parks and Recreation Committee.

She likes to cook but admits this time of year they have to eat a lot of hamburgers and hot dogs on the run to keep up with the schedule.

Zach plays baseball, soccer, basketball, and golf.

Mrs. Birmingham said one of these days, when she has time, she plans to take up golf. Right now her hobby time is spent with the boys, and she says that is fine with her.

"I enjoy being with my children and watching Zach's activities," Birmingham said.

The Birminghams are members of Westside Baptist Church. They also enjoy attending Community Methodist Church with the boys' grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is sharing some of her favorite recipes.

Fudge Pie

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 stick of margarine (1/2 cup) melted

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup cocoa

1 tsp. vanilla

1 frozen pie crust

Mix all ingredients and pour into pastry shell. Bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

Apple Dumplings

2 cans crescent rolls

2 Granny Smith apples

1/2 cup sugar

2 sticks butter

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 can Mountain Dew (12 oz.)

Peel apple into 8 slices. Roll apple up in each crescent roll and placed in greased pan. Melt butter, add sugar and cinnamon and pour over apples. Pour Mountain Dew over all and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Broccoli and Cauliflower

(This is one of our favorites)

1 cup mayonnaise (Miracle Whip)

3/4 cup sugar

Garlic powder

Bacon (1/2 to 1 pound, cooked crisp)

Sunflower seeds

Onion (medium)

Raisins (optional)

Mix all ingredients in large bowl and it is ready to serve. (If I prepare the salad ahead of time, I place in refrigerator and add bacon just before serving.)

Au Gratin Potatoes

1 stick melted margarine (reserve 2 Tbsp. for topping)

1 two pound bag of frozen hash browns

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

8 oz. grated cheddar cheese

1 pint sour cream

1 can cream of chicken soup

Mix all ingredients together and place in 13x9 inch pan. Top with 1-1/2 cups crushed corn flakes mixed with two tablespoons melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until potatoes are done. (This is easy and delicious)

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