Vicki Morris said she has spent most of her life caring for children and cooking. Being the oldest of five children, she said she helped take care of her brothers and sisters when she was at home, raised three children of her own, and is now enjoying watching her grandchildren grow up.
She is a unique person in the fact that she said she does not like to eat out.
"I don't like to shop either and some of my friends find that hard to understand," she said. "I am content to be at home."
Born in Michigan, the daughter of Johnny and Jo Trammel of Batesville, she came to the area for a visit and met Bill Morris. They married in 1974 and she has made her home in Manila since.
They have three children, Anne Burrow, Bobbie Jo Waddell and T.J. Morris. Anne and her husband Tran Burrow, live in Horseshoe, Bobbie Jo and her husband David Waddell live in Manila and T.J. and his wife, the former Diane Carpenter, live in Georgia where he is serving with the U.S. Army. T.J. returned to the states in July after serving a year in Iraq. Mrs. Morris called that year a difficult one for the family.
She has eight grandchildren and one more on the way.
Morris has worked at the Manila Nursing Center for five years. She serves as maintenance supervisor and is also over laundry and housekeeping.
She said she enjoys her work. She helps out where she is need and sometimes assists in transporting residents and with social activities. She is also a licensed certified nursing assistant and can help out there if she is needed. She started her career at Manila Nursing Center in the housekeeping department.
Mr. Morris works in Osceola at Southwire.
She enjoys playing the piano and singing. She plays for the residents at Manila Nursing Center and they enjoy singing along. She attends the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Manila.
She is looking forward to visiting her family for the annual Thanksgiving family reunion that is held each year in Batesville at the home of her parents.
She enjoys baking pies and is sharing a "hand-me-down" recipe, Wild Blackberry Cobbler, passed down from her great-grandmother. The recipe has been used by five generations of the family.
Wild Blackberry Cobbler
3 pints blackberries
1 Tsp. cinnamon
1 cup sugar
2 Tsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup butter
Toss berries with sugar and cornstarch, cinnamon, lemon. Place in large baking casserole dish. Dot with butter.
1/2 cup butter softened
4 Tsp. baking powder
1 cup sugar
1/ 2 Tsp. salt
2 cups flour
1 cup milk
Cream butter with sugar well. Add remaining ingredients just until combined. Drop dough onto tip of berries. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake 40 minutes at 350 degrees or until brown. Serve with whipped cream.
Cheese Cake Log
2 (8 oz.) package Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 can of any choice pie filling
1 tsp. milk
Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk with a mixer. Form into log or ball, then roll in graham cracker crumbs. Place on serving plate and pour pie filling over top. Serve with graham crackers or animal crackers.
1 medium cauliflower
2 bunches green onions chopped (without tops)
1 can ripe olives sliced
1 pound bacon fried and diced
Layer above ingredients.
1 pint Hellman's mayo.
cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Tsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. sugar
Mix and put dressing on salad before serving. It doesn't keep well, but it is delicious.
1 whole chicken, cooked and deboned
1 large skillet cornbread
3 cups chopped celery
1 large onion, chopped
2 sticks margarine, melted
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1-1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
2 tsp. sage
Cut up chicken. Mix broken cornbread, soups, margarine and spices. Saute onion and celery 3 minutes. Add to mix. Put in greased crockpot. Cook 45 minutes on high, then on low five hours.