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Gatherings Gal grills ... Patsy Nesteby from Minnesota

By Gatherings Gal May 31, 2012



The basics:

My name is: Patsy Nesteby.
My job is: Modern Woodmen financial representative.
I am from: Red Wing, Minn.

The “important” questions:


Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate.
I like my steak cooked (rare/medium/well): Medium.
White or wheat bread? Wheat.

Get to know me:

On a Saturday afternoon, you’ll probably find me: Fishing or camping.
My favorite memory of a family gathering is: Our annual family campout. We’ve been doing this for about nine years now. Over 50 people come from all over the country, and it’s held at a different campground (in a different state) each year. Some stay in campers, others in tents. We play a lot of games, including a bean bag toss, and we go swimming and golfing. And, of course, there’s a lot of laughing, storytelling and eating. We have a big dinner bell we use to summon everyone for meals. It’s a lot of fun.
The next gathering I’m planning is: Again, our annual family campout. It will be held the second week in July. This year, we’re in Iowa.
My favorite volunteer activities are: Good Neighbors projects (hands-on community improvement projects) with my Modern Woodmen chapters. I also enjoy the fundraisers we put together and doing volunteer projects to support the Humane Society.
My party planning style is: Casual.
My favorite recipes are: Campfire stew and banana bread


Campfire stew

Serves 25 people
·  5 pounds ground beef
·  4 cans vegetable soup
·  3 cans chicken gumbo soup
·  3 cups Minute Rice
·  1 small onion
·  1 large can V8 juice
·  1 small can V8 juice
1.  Brown the hamburger and onions together.
2.  Pour in the rest of the ingredients.
3.  Cook over a campfire or stove.

Good banana bread

·  3/4 cup melted butter (real)
·  1 cup white sugar
·  ½ cup brown sugar (light)
·  1½ cups mushed ripe bananas (I use a mixer.)
·  3 eggs
·  ½ cup sour cream
·  2 cups flour
·  1 teaspoon soda
·  1 teaspoon baking powder
·  1 teaspoon salt
·   Nuts (I use crushed almond slivers.)
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes. Note: This recipe won first place at the fair. If you want to use apple or pumpkin pie filling instead of bananas, you can.

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Patriotic Gatherings with Purpose Ideas

Gatherings with Purpose
By Gatherings Gal May 29, 2012

Yesterday was Memorial Day and we at Gatherings hope you had a wonderful and relaxing time with family and friends. If you are anything like me, you spent it in lawn chairs with a cold beverage, great food and wonderful company.

But let's not forget why we celebrate Memorial Day - it's all about patriotism. As the summer approaches, we have a lot of patriotic holidays coming up (including Flag Day, Fourth of July and more). 

These are ways we can reflect and honor those who serve our country selflessly, on Memorial Day and throughout the year. And with the warm weather, we'll be gathering anyway. Why not add a little patriotic purpose to your next get-together?

Try one of these ideas at your next get-together:

  • Provide some blank thank-you cards (or construction paper and markers for kids) and ask guests to write brief greetings to be sent to someone in the armed forces.
  • Build and donate care packages for soldiers abroad or their family members at home. Ask each guest to bring an item to include in the package.
  • Ask guests to bring CDs, DVDs, video games and/or game systems for servicemen and women abroad or their family members at home.

At Modern Woodmen, our local chapters and youth service clubs throughout the country support our military. Learn more about our fraternal programs on our website. (Reminder: Modern Woodmen created the Gatherings website to help you make your family gatherings fun, simple and meaningful.)

Sound off: How do you thank our military?

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