By Betty Street
Tyler and Bradley Lebeda, grandsons of Herb and Joyce McClellan of Mobridge and sons of Larry and Kym (McClellan) Lebeda of Presho, S.D., are getting ready for their county 4-H Achievement Day with projects they have worked on for the past year.
Tyler will be a freshman and Bradley a sixth-grader in the Lyman school system. Both brothers are in band and chorus.
Tyler has been a three-year participant in the South Dakota All-State Middle School Honor Band and played principal tuba in 2013. He also sang in the South Dakota All-State Middle School Honors Choir in March and threw shot and discus for the middle school track team.
Bradley is into basketball, baseball, and football and any ball of the season.
Both Tyler and Bradley joined 4-H to get into the shooting sports, but found they were required to participate in other activities to have entries for their county achievement day. They became proficient in BB guns and Tyler has also mastered the air rifle. Proficiency tests on the shooting sports are held during the winter, and both boys go hunting with relatives.
At the county level, Tyler has been the top purple ribbon winner in the junior division for the past four years. This is Tyler’s last year to compete in that division—which is a relief to Bradley, who is glad that he won’t be up against his brother anymore.
Lyman County awards cash prizes to 4-H ribbon winners, however, and last year Tyler won $200 while Bradley won $110. Both boys are looking to earn more this year as each has 30 entries in the categories of baking, jewelry, welding, painting, photography, sewing, music performance and hobby/collecting.
At the county level, each entrant must meet with an interview judge to discuss three of his or her entries. In jewelry, for example, the judge particularly looks at a contestant’s crimping technique.
Bradley and Tyler learned jewelry from Grandpa Mc, as they call Herb McClellan. Bradley makes black and gray items while Tyler leans towards turquoise pieces.
The brothers are either trying their hand at food preservation this year or thinking about it. Tyler is making blueberry jam for achievement day. Bradley has taken making strawberry jam under advisement, but he hasn’t made up his mind yet.
In addition, at the state fair, Bradley and Tyler will enter the special foods competition, which focuses heavily on nutrition. (See recipes below.)
Favorite activities for both boys have to do with food. They like to eat dough and the baked products as well. Their least-favorite occupation is the hobby/collecting activity, which for them is scrapbooking. Mother Kym insists they keep track of all their projects and ribbons in scrapbooks. That way both Tyler and Bradley have a year-by-year record of what they accomplished.
As a side note, ever since the boys were eligible for 4-H, they have been baking caramel rolls and sugar cookies. Their only cooking mishap has amounted to a little over-baking.
These guys accomplish what they set out to do.
BRADLEY AND TYLER’S RECIPES
Salisbury Steak Over Noodles
(Tyler’s 2013 Special Foods entry)
½ cup soft bread crumbs
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
½ tsp. pepper
½ tsp. minced garlic
1 lb. ground beef
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 can mushrooms
4 Tbs. flour
2 cups chicken broth
2 Tbs. ketchup
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine egg, bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, pepper and garlic. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 4 patties. Put oil in a large skillet and cook patties until meat thermometer reads 160 degrees and juices run clear. Remove from pan and keep warm. Drain grease and reserve 2 Tbs. of drippings. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in broth, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and mushrooms. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Return patties to the skillet; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 3-4 minutes or until heated through. Serve over egg noodles.
Breakfast Omelet Muffins
(Brad’s 2013 special foods recipe)
3 pre-cooked sausage patties
1 cup broccoli florets
8 large eggs
¼ cup milk
½ Tbsp vegetable oil
½ tsp baking powder
salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese as needed
Preheat oven to 350. Warm sausage patties in microwave. Cut sausage patties into small pieces. Stir in broccoli florets and divide evenly into a lightly sprayed 6-Jumbo muffin tin. Whisk together eggs, milk, oil and baking powder.
Season with salt and pepper. Ladle the egg mixture over sausage and broccoli.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake for 20- 25 minutes.
Cheddar Chicken Spaghetti
(Bradley’s 2013 Special Foods entry)
1 pkg. (7 oz.) spaghetti, broken
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 cup milk
1 Tbs. diced pimientos, optional
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the chicken, 1 cup cheese, soup, milk, pimientos, salt and pepper. Drain spaghetti; add chicken to the mixture and toss to coat. Transfer to a greased 9×13 pan. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until casserole is heated through.
Mandarin Chicken and Rice
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 medium onion, chopped
¾ tsp. poultry seasoning
1 tsp. olive oil
1 cup raw regular rice
1 cup chicken broth
½ cup water
2 cans mandarin oranges, drained
2 Tbsp. sliced almonds
Over medium-high heat, lightly brown chicken on one side. Remove chicken. In the same skillet, sauté onion with poultry seasoning in olive oil. Add rice, chicken broth and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; arrange chicken browned side up on the rice. Cover; cook over low heat 20 insurance until chicken is tender and liquid is absorbed. Remove chicken; keep warm. Add orange segments and almonds and stir; heat briefly. Arrange rice mixture and chicken on a serving platter. Enjoy!
1 8-oz. pkg. manicotti shells
1 26-oz. jar spaghetti sauce
1 lb. hamburger
1½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
14 pieces string cheese
½ cup chopped onion
Preheat oven to 350. Cook manicotti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce. Spread half of the meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Drain manicotti; stuff each shell with a piece of string cheese. Place noodles and cheese over meat sauce; top with remaining meat sauce. Cover and bake for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake uncovered for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.