Many of my colleagues remarked that THIS was the homecoming they remembered. I had to agree (even if I'm not an alum of the place I work). There was friendly, spirited competition between classes. As always, the seniors came out looking strong. This was especially apparent in the tug-of-war competition. I'm sure you can imagine how large the senior boys were (several of them were starters on the district-winning football team) compared with the freshmen. Thankfully, the freshmen never had to challenge the seniors.
The Student Association should be commended for putting the activities together (the school events for the week), and the entire student body also deserves a huge shout out. While there was indeed the desire to win, the students were generally well behaved. In previous years, there was a lot of boo-ing, but this year, there was hardly any, if at all, boo-ing. Even when one student had a particularly difficult time with the marshmallow cube, nobody jeered. Whew!
I really wasn't expecting to go, but I found myself at the culmination of homecoming, the basketball game against the Pahoa Daggers. Although the Daggers play in a different division (school size), they are a scrappy team and very capable of hitting the shots. They were the first to draw blood and at one point, they had double the points we had. Luckily, we managed to squeak by, winning by less than a half-dozen points. As I've said before, it's always nice to win your homecoming game. Matsu, wish you could've been there.
With the craziness of homecoming, recovering from the Honolulu trip, and dealing with a few disgruntled students, there was hardly any time to cook dinner. Luckily, we have several places in town which make really good chili. . .Don's Grill, Blane's Drive-In, and Zippy's. Since he was in the area, The Help picked up a quart of chili on his way back from a late-afternoon errand. This left me just enough time to make a pan of cornbread. Having cornbread with chili is my idea of a great meal.
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2 blocks butter, melted
2 c milk
4 c Bisquick
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 c sugar
6 tbsp cornmeal
Grease a 9 x 13" pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gently combine all ingredients. Bake 45-50 minutes.
*I'm not sure if I mentioned this before, but in Hawaii, cornbread is usually sweet, almost like a cake.