Kathy Seira and her husband John live in Princeton. Kathy has five children – sons Curt Jesse and Gene and daughters Tracy and Jenny – plus 11 grandchildren. Kathy spent her earliest years northwest of Milaca until her ninth grade and then she moved to Indiana. She has been in Princeton since age 30. John is a native of Brainerd.
Much of Kathy’s work outside of the home has been managing businesses in Princeton, but the memory she cherishes most is doing day care for her 11 grandchildren over a period of 11 years. Cameron, 7, in photo with Kathy, is the youngest.
Kathy said she learned a lot from the grandchildren, with perhaps the biggest lesson being that children learn most from the behavior of the those taking care of them.
Kathy says she played a lot of old-fashioned games with the grandchildren and did crafts with them. Among the activities were making kites, doing jump rope, hula hooping, making can stilts and can walkie talkies, and cooking. One recipe called Octopus soup, starts with making cooked macaroni and cheese and placing it on a plate. Next, cut a hot dog halfway up from the bottom so it has four legs and then spread the legs out over the macaroni. Use mustard to make the eyes and mouth for the octopus.
Kathy enjoys reading to children and reading for herself, photography, cooking, gardening, flowers, history and being around people.
One of her most memorable moments was three to four years ago when she and five grandchildren were hiking in Princeton’s Pioneer Park. They spotted a fresh bear track and then heard what she figures was a bear in the woods nearby. She says she gathered the grandchildren together and told them not to scream or run but to walk with her in the opposite direction of the bear sounds. While in deep thought about the bear, she said, she got lost in the park. To soothe the children, she told them that God would protect them. After 20 minutes, they found the park exit. Two weeks later there was a story in the newspaper about a bear down there, Kathy said.
Kathy says she likes Princeton but if she could change anything it would be to have something for teens like a bicycle riding facility.
SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN WINGS
20-25 chicken wings
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup pineapple juice
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup salad oil or olive oil
1 tsp. ground ginger
Cut each wing in half and discard the tips. Combine rest of ingredients and pour over the wings in a shallow baking pan. Refrigerate at least one hour, with overnight being best. Remove wings from sauce and place on baking sheet.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until brown and tender.