Belinda Johnson helped her mother at home
Belinda Johnson said she remembers doing a lot of cooking, cleaning and folding a lot of clothes growing up.

Her mother worked and depended on Belinda to help out at home.

Belinda had four brothers -- two older and two younger.

“I was a small mama,” Belinda said. “The youngest wouldn’t let Mama bathe him or wash his hair, he was so used to me doing it. When I got married, Mama had to buy a dish washer. She said as long as I was at home she didn’t need one.”

Belinda said she knew her mother appreciated her stepping in to help and that made her all the more eager to do a good job. It also made the transition to married life easier when she and her husband Stephen married 27 years ago. Belinda and Stephen grew up together in the Roy Webb community and lived less than a quarter of a mile apart. Stephen works at Honda.

Belinda’s parents are Joe and Mary Glass. Her brothers are Bryce, who lives in Piedmont, and Barry, Brett and Bryan who live in Jacksonville.

Their daughter Holly is on a full faculty scholarship to Jacksonville State University. She wants to be a pharmacist and is working on a double major in chemistry and biology.

For a few years Belinda worked at State Farm Insurance and in the insurance department of Northeast Orthopedics in Gadsden. For the past four years she has been receptionist at the community center.

Belinda said the community center is always bustling but summers are especially busy. “I love my job and I love getting to see and meet so many people,” she said. “I’m a people person anyway.”

Belinda, who enjoys Alabama football and reading, said she was recently nominated by her supervisor, community center director Janis Burns, for a regional award and was surprised -- and happy -- to have won it. It was the 2012 Bo Batey Outstanding Youth Professional Award, given by the Alabama Professional Recreation Association.

Belinda said she finds it’s easier to do most of her cooking on weekends rather than trying to make large meals through the week.

She, Stephen and Holly enjoy Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Chicken Ball and Chocolate Chip Pound Cake.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Medium bag frozen Italian meatballs
2 jars sweet and sour sauce
1 large can chunk pineapple (20 oz., do not drain)
Red, green and yellow pepper, chopped
Chopped pecans

Cook in crock pot about four hours.

Chicken Ball

1 Hidden Valley Dry Party Dip Ranch
1 8 oz. cream cheese
1 can white chicken (drained)

Mix together and roll into ball. Roll in chopped pecans. Refrigerate prior to serving. Serve with crackers.

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

1 box yellow cake mix with pudding
1 small pkg. instant chocolate pudding
½ c. sugar
¾ c. vegetable oil
¾ cup water
4 eggs
1 8 oz. sour cream
1 c. milk chocolate chips

Mix cake mix, instant chocolate pudding and sugar, getting all lumps out. Add vegetable oil, water, eggs and sour cream. Mix well. Add chocolate chips. Pour into greased and floured bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Take out of pan right away.
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