Class of 1954 a laid-back bunch at fun reunion

Bill's Rockdale High School class of 1954 had a 55thyear reunion this week in conjunction with the Rockdale Homecoming and I think the whole class and spouses and other visitors had a great time.

I think later reunions are so much more fun than the earlier ones where everybody wants to make an impression. Later on, "what you see is what you get" and everybody just appreciates seeing their friends and is much more relaxed and ready to have a good time.

The Rockdale Homecoming Association officers and volunteers did a great job, as usual, and Tom and Lois Fisher did themselves proud with their last catered meal before a welldeserved retirement. The turnout was good and there was lots of visiting going on.

One of the gatherings for Bill's class was a Saturday morning brunch at the beautiful new home of classmate Patricia (Whiteley) and Eugene McKee. Eugene is an architect (retired) and together they built the perfect home. The grounds look like they've lived there for many years instead of just a short while with huge beautiful plantings and even a vegetable garden and also veggies planted among the decorative plants.

They have a beautiful pool out back and Eugene built a pergola with climbing roses about to cover it, complete with Adirondack chairs for a shady place to sit and enjoy it all.

Patricia is a wonderful cook and she had a feast laid out for the gang. She had made homemade bread and jelly, several other breads, two egg casserole dishes, homemade sausage, lots of fresh fruit and sliced tomatoes from the garden and, although we were all stuffed to the gills, a delicious bread pudding. (Recipe follows.)

The class of '54 made a nice donation to the Kay Theater Foundation for the ongoing restoration of the old theater building into a performing arts venue. The class, which has now held 40th, 50th and 55thyear reunions, agreed to have another in two years, instead of waiting five. And we hope that Tommy Kyle has some more adventures before then because he kept us all laughing with his latest ones.

And here's the bread pudding you will definitely want to try. This makes a large casserole or two 8" aluminum pans.

Patricia Whiteley McKee's Bread Pudding

1 loaf stale French bread, cubed
1 quart milk
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups sugar
1 cup raisins (optional)
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon each nutmeg and
4 tablespoons butter

Mix all ingredients lightly and pour into buttered 9x13 casserole. Do not pack down. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees. Serve with the following sauce: 1 stick real butter 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup bourbon, rum or fruit juice

Heat butter and sugar together until sugar is dissolved and liquid is clear. Remove from heat and cool. Add the liquid and beat until well blended and smooth.

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