Monday, September 7, 2009

Cindi's Winning Taco Chili

Here is that famous 2009 award winning chili recipe!

Taco Chili

1 lb lean ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 small onion
1 can tomato soup
4 oz. can whole kernel corn
1 cup water
1 15 oz. can pinto beans in chili sauce undrained
shredded cheddar cheese
torilla or Frito chips
1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes with chilies undrained

Brown beef; drain and rinse with hot water to remove excess fat. Combine all ingredients in large pot, except chips and cheese. Simmer on low about 30 minutes. To serve pour in bowls, crumble chips and sprinkle cheese on top. Makes 4-6 servings.

I usually don't add as much water or all of the corn. I always double the recipe but I don't double the taco seasoning. These are some of my tips that really make it "cin"-fully delicious and a real winner!

Happy cooking!
Cindi Allen

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Kentucky Photos from Indy Buikema

Indy keeps her photos on You'll need to sign up to view them, but it's free.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Kentucky Photos from Jill Nickels

Here's a link to Jill's photos on PicasaWeb.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Kentucky Photos from Wendy Williams

Here's a link to Wendy's photos on PicasaWeb.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Photos of Last Two Reunions from Rich Dragt

Here's a link to Rich's photos from the 2009 Kentucky reunion and to his photos from the 2006 Kentucky Reunion on PicasaWeb.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Kentucky Photos from Neil Wimbush

Here's a link to Neil's photos on PicasaWeb.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Kentucky Photos from Beth & Paul VanderLei

Lots and lots of photos of lots of different folks, not just our immediate family. Have a look at our album and feel free to download any ones you like of your clan.

I saw a lot of cameras at the reunion, so I know lots of you have photos you could share. If you have any online, email the link to Need help or advice? Email me at

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Photos from Amanda Aggen

Amanda Aggen is the first to send a link to her reunion photos. These are also available on the Photos page. You'll need a Facebook account to be able to view them. If you have photos you'd like to share, email a link to your photos to

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Family Tree

Wouldn't it be great if we had a family tree on this website? Please email what you have to, and I'll try and post it for all to see. (Lois, that means YOU!)

Chili Cook-Off

Neil Wimbush suggested we use the website to share some of the award-winning chili recipes. If you are willing to share your recipe, email it to and we'll post it here.

Cindi's winning taco chili


If you have photos from past reunions you'd like to share with the clan, let us know. We don't have space to store them all here. Instead, if you store your photos on Facebook, Flickr, PicasaWeb or elsewhere online, send an email to with a link to your photos. We'll post the link for everyone to see on this page.

Looking for a convenient place to keep your photos online? I recommend PicasaWeb from Google. Click here to get started on PicasaWeb.
  • 1997 (Winter Park)
    photos from Paul & Beth VanderLei
  • 2000 (Branson)
    photos from Paul & Beth VanderLei
  • 2003 (Petoskey)
    photos from Paul & Beth VanderLei
  • 2006 (Kentucky)
    photos from Paul & Beth VanderLei
    photos from Rich Dragt
  • 2009 (Kentucky)
    photos from Amanda Aggen (facebook login required)
    photos from Paul & Beth VanderLei
    photos form Neil Wimbush
    photos from Rich Dragt
    photos from Wendy Williams
    photos from Jill Nickels
    photos form Indy Buikema (walgreens login required)


The Dragt Reunions began way back in 1982. Here's a list of when and where our reunions have been held:

  • 1982 - Gun Lake, MI
  • 1985 - Gun Lake, MI
  • 1988 - Palos Heights, IL
  • 1991 - Winter Park, CO
  • 1994 - Wisconsin Dells, WI
  • 1997 - Winter Park, CO
  • 2000 - Branson, MO
  • 2003 - Petoskey, MI
  • 2006 - Grand Rivers, KY
  • 2009 - Grand Rivers, KY

Next Reunion

Our next reunion is scheduled to take place in 2012. Any thoughts on where? Any volunteers to help organize it?

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While we were in Kentucky for our tenth triennial family reunion, I got to thinking that we could better stay in touch and share information if we had a website. Hopefully this will make organizing the next reunion a bit simpler. It also gives us a place to keep information on past reunions.

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-Paul VanderLei