Friday, October 30, 2009

City of Mesa Jobs

For the week of 10/30/09 - 11/5/09

Court Commissioner $96,000.06
Annually Police Officer – Recruit $47,424 - $64,043
Water Supply Maintenance Superintendent $64,043 - $86,445

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Recycle for Cash

Costco now has a Trade-In Program. You can trade-in your electronics and receive Costco Cash Cards.

They will accept electronic gadgets such as laptops, cell phones, LCD monitors, digital cameras, MP3 players, gaming systems, and more. In return they will give you Costco Cash good for anything in Costco warehouses or at

Just follow these steps:
1. Click here to visit the trade-in website.
2. Find the value of the items you would like to trade-in.
3. Ship the items to Gazelle for free.
4. Once your items are evaluated, receive a Costco Cash Card within 10 days.

Great idea. The downside? You have to be a Costco member, which leaves me out.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Let's Dance

This should be fun, and you are not required to join in on the wine tasting and there is a dance lesson to boot!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

General Conference Broadcast in Jeopardy

In 1999 the Alston and Brooks families sold KASW (Channel 61) to Channel 3. One of the conditions of the sale was a 10 year requirement that all four sessions of General Conference would be broadcast live. This last October’s conference was the last one under this contract.

The decision to continue showing conference will be made in the next two to three weeks. While the local programming manager sees the importance of this service he has to convince those over him of it. It is quite a financial loss to the station to interrupt their normal paid programming to show conference, not to mention upsetting those viewers who normally tune in at that time.

It is crucial for us to let the station know how important this is to the valley and to the state of Arizona.

Please write a note of appreciation for this service to the community, especially those who have viewed conference on Channel 61. Hopefully through this effort the spirit will touch the hearts of the present owners of KASW to further extend this service.

Please send your letters to:

News Channel 3
attn: Director of Programming
5555 No 7th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Free Chicken

KFC has declared Monday, Oct. 26, "UNFry Day" and restaurants across the country will be giving away free samples of Kentucky Grilled Chicken (KGC).

Since KGC was introduced in April, more than 60 million Americans have joined "Grilled Nation" by trying the product at a KFC restaurant. Now, you can join the Nation for free by stopping by KFC on Oct. 26.

While waiting for your free chicken check out This site is dedicated to citizens of Grilled Nation.

Back from Utah

After spending 8 days in Utah it is good to be back in Arizona. They are expecting snow in the valleys on this coming Tuesday. Utah is always a little strange but we did attend a very nice sacrament meeting in Layton with a return senior sister missionary speaking about her recent experiences in New Zealand.

If you are driving to Utah make sure you route your trip through Kanab. Even if you like to go the Colorado City route, take the extra 15 minutes and go to Kanab. While there stop at the Rewind Diner on the main thorughfare, it is across the street from the LDS Church and has a 4 foot statute of Betty Boop next to the door. You cannot miss it.

Even if it is not meal time, stop and get an old-fashion soda. I love, really love, chocolate sodas made with chocolate ice cream. I have had sodas all over the country, from New York to California. I have never had a better one. The one in Las Vegas made with Haagen Daz was close, but not better. Their food is just a good. They have 50's theme for the restaurant and play 50's music, you want to get up and dance but there is not enough room.

Stop in, sit down for awhile and enjoy yourselves. Tell Jennie and Liz (the owner) hi for us. If you are lucky Jennie's teenage son will be there being bored. Great are the same everywhere.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Halloween Safety Expo

Mesa Police Department
Halloween Safety Expo

Wednesday, October 28
6pm - 8pm
Mesa Police Central District
120 North Robson

The Central Community Policing Advisory Board has planned another great free family fun event for October!

Child Identification and fingerprintingwill be available using a new system that will give you an actual ID card with photo, fingerprint, and CD video of your child to take home. Pick up some additional children safety information that you can use throughout the whole year while you're there.

If you live close to the Police Department, ride your bike over, as we will be doing engraving and serial number slips on bicycles!

There will be a lot of fun things and giveaways for the kids too! This is also an opportunity for you to get to know everyone at Central District including our new Commander Steve Stahl.

The Fire Department will be there along with Parks and Recreation with great information, too!

First Place Breakfast Pie

This recipe took first place at the National DOG last week in Oklahoma.

I think I will give it a try at our Halloween Breakfast DOG

Breakfast Pie
10" DO

1 deep dish pie crust
1 lb. sausage
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
4 eggs
1 cup half and half
onion powder - optional - season to taste

Brown sausage with onion powder and drain. Mix sausage and cheese together and pour into pie crust. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over sausage/cheese mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Recipe by Kerri Burnside

Adapted by Biscuit T. Sims (The Happy Dutch Oven Cook)
Used Pillsbury Roll Out Pie dough in a 10 inch Dutch Oven.
Season eggs with Tony's Chachere's.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Night at the Museum returns to Arizona Museum of Natural History

The Arizona Museum of Natural History, 53 N. Macdonald in Mesa, is making Night at the Museum an annual event complete with costumes and a showing of the original "Night at the Museum" movie Friday, Oct. 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The movie starts at 6 p.m. with seating for 120 people on a first come-first serve basis. You can come to the museum dressed as Teddy Roosevelt, a mummy, a dinosaur, security guard or other characters from the movie. Or you can come as yourself and enjoy the fun.

Admission to the museum is free for members. Admission for non-members is $7 for adults and $4 for everyone 18 and under.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Census 2010 Job Opportunities

Census 2010 job opportunities.

Click here to view a comprehensive list of Census jobs in the Phoenix area.

Vangent, a local HR contractor, will be hiring employees to support the 2010 Census in the Phoenix area. For hiring information and to apply, click here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Great Southwest Scooter Fiesta

This looks like fun, I wish I could be there. Maybe some of you can go and have fun for me!

The Fiesta runs the 16th through the 18th. The party is at Joes Farm Grill at 3000 E. Ray in Gilbert on Saturday, beginning at 10am to 3pm. That is the northwest corner of Ray and Higley.

They will be judging:
  • Best Vintage
  • Furthest Ridden
  • Sweetest Mods and/or Accessories
  • Most Used and Abused, but still rideable
  • Best of Show

They will have vendor events and discounts, music by Surf Side IV, Scooter Contests, Dog Obedience & Safety demos, and a Scooter Wash

So, if you are just sitting around being bored on Saturday, you can either work in your garden or go check out the cool scooters.

For more information check out their website, click here.

Easy Recipes for Special Dietary Needs

Diets for food allergies, GFCF and gluten free diets, are all hard to follow. This website offers an easy way to find recipes for these special needs. It also included Low Sodium, Low Saturated Fat, and Low Carb diets.

Unfortunately for us it does not cover Eosinophilic Esophagitis diets. But for most folks this seems to be a pretty good site.

Check it out at

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Grow Bananas and Blueberries

Great News!

You can grow bananas and blueberries right in you own garden. The Phoenix Permaculture Guild has partnered wiith the AZ Chapter of the CA Rare Fruit Growers Association to bring us these two new options for sale in this year’s annual Tree Day event. They have actually found a "low chill" variety blueberry that we can grow here.

These and a bunch more will be offered for sale at their Open House on October 24th at the Urban Farm. Details can be found at their website, click here.

To quote their website:

Open House at the Urban Farm
Requested donation: $5 (Cash or check only)

Join us for our annual Buy a Fruit Tree Day and Open House at the Urban Farm. This is not a class - it is an opportunity to see growing trees and learn all that we offer in the fruit tree arena. Whether or not you choose to order some trees during the open house, come on over and see how Urban Farmer Greg Peterson has successfully cultivated more than 50 trees in his 1/3 acre yard. Hope to see you there!

For a map to to the farm, click here, map

Monday, October 12, 2009

A 'boo'k sale

Got this from the Mesa Library today:

Mesa Library is holding a 'boo'k sale on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Main Library, 64 E. First St, lower level. Prices are so low they're scary! Get a used book for as low as 25 cents. There will be something for everyone with books ranging from fiction, romance, history, children's materials, and so much more. This is a cash only sale. Please bring your own bags or boxes. All proceeds will go towards Mesa Libraries.

The 'boo'k sale kicks off National Friends of the Library Week from Oct. 18 - 24. National Friends of the Library was founded in 1986 to support local libraries through fundraising and advocacy. To date they have raised over $1 million with 500 members from across the nation. For more information about Friends of the Library visit
http://www.ala.or or Questions about the book sale please contact Mesa Library Volunteer Coordinator, Kathee Herbstreit at (480) 644-4638.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Free Family Events at Bass Pro

On October 14 & 15 (noon - 4pm), Bass Pro Shop is having free activities for kids:
  • Kids paint and decorate a craft pumpkin
  • Marshmallow painting
  • Sample Dutch Oven Apple cobbler
On October 24th (10am - 4pm) & 25th (noon - 4pm), Bass Pro Shop in conjuction with the Professional Bull Riders Inc., are offering free family event games and activities.

They are offering :
  • Stick Bull Riding Competition
  • Bull Roping Competition
  • Make a Free Leather Craft
  • Casting Contest
  • Color Your Kickers
  • "Flint" the Entertainer Face Painting
You can also meet professional bull riding celebrities, enter for a chance to win a Daisy BB gun, are having a "Lil' Duke" costume contest (John Wayne look-a-like contest) on the 25th.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Government Flu Information

Flu hype, have you heard enough yet?

If you are wondering what the govment is doing about it, check out the CDC website at

They expect the 2009 season to cause illness, hospital stays and deaths this season. Duh.

In any case, they have information on Flu Basics, Prevention, Treatment, and free resources. They also have information for specific groups such as people with diabetes, asthma, etc.

Stay healthy!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

City of Mesa Job Openings

For the week of beginning Friday, October 9, 2009, there are no new or revised openings.

On-going openings can be seen at this City of Mesa Jobs.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Apple Caramel Upside Down Cake

Well, time for another recipe. Denise suggested I modify this for Dutch Ovens and it turned out wonderfully. I have made it serveral times, the last time twice at the Varsity Scout Outdoor Training. I had several comments that included the word "heaven", it is that good!

The basic recipe from Betty Crocker can be found at this link, Betty Crocker Caramel Apple Cake.

The original recipe calls for a 9x13 pan which would equate to a 12" Dutch Oven. After making it the first time, I found that 12" is too big and a 10" works perfectly. You get a thicker cake that is easier to flip out of the DO.

Apple Caramel Upside Down Cake
10" Dutch Oven

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
2 large cooking apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced (about 2 1/3 cups)
1 box yellow cake mix, mixed as directed on box
1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice (or cinnamon and nutmeg)

In Dutch Oven, cook butter, whipping cream and brown sugar over low heat, stirring occasionally, just until butter is melted. Sprinkle with pecans; top with sliced apples.

In large bowl, mix cake as directed on box. Add apple pie spice until moistened. Beat for 2 minutes. Carefully spoon batter over apple mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in DO 10 minutes. Loosen sides of cake. Place heatproof serving platter upside down on cake; carefully turn platter and DO over. Let DO remain over cake about 1 minute so caramel can drizzle over cake. Remove DO bottom.

If you do not have a platter that fits inside your DO, just flip out on the lid. Let stand as directed. Then remove the DO bottom, put a plate on the bottom of the cake, and flip. Instant Upside Down Cake!!

I left off the fancy topping, it didn't sound good to us and is really unnecessary.

Have fun!

Take Your Foods Temperature

It is important that you cook food to the correct temperatures, especially when you are cooking for someone else or a large group. Yes, your family is important, but they will probably not sue you.

I use three different kinds of thermometers.
The basic general thermometer, cost around $3 to $4. I don't really like these much because the get out of calibration pretty easy, at least mine do.

The digital fork thermometer, cost around $15 to $25. I really like mine, similar to the one pictured here, and use it the most. The main problem with it is making sure the handle does not go in the dishwasher. That has happened to mine a couple of times, and it gets cranky every once in a while now.
The wireless thermometer with probe and remote. These can get expensive, $25 to $50. I have always gotten mine as gifts. My first broke and I am not sure why, but they do not take a lot of abuse. I actually have the one pictured and it is very good, just don't lose the belt clip. :(

Here is a chart from the U. S Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service on cooking temperatures.

Two good websites for reference are:

Why use a meat thermometer from Global Gourmet, click here.

Calibrating thermometers and taking temperatures properly from the North Carolina Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services, click here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Citizen Observer

Want to know what is going on in your area? Would you link alerts from the Police Department?

Check out this link to the Citizen Observer for web based community policing tools.

You can sign up for email or text alerts, check out safety events in your area and more.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

2nd Friday on Main Street

Join us downtown on Friday night to help create this record setting Polka Line.

In the past these have been great events and now that the weather has finally cooled down this could be really good.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Free Chocolate

Okay, since you will not leave comments, so I have no idea who is actually reading this stuff, I have been forced to resort to bribes.

Anyone who sees me at church on Sunday and tells me which actor was highlighted in one of the blog entries will get a treat.

Yes, Hattie, it has chocolate.

This offer expires at 2:30pm MST, October 11, 2009

Health Map

Here is an interesting site. It maps disease reports worldwide. The HealthMap - Global Disease Alert Map. You can zoom into your favorite place and see what is going on disease wise.

Not much happening in Arizona, but that is not unusual.

Check out the map at this link: map

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Doors to the Temple

In last April’s Sunday afternoon session of conference Elder Stevenson was teaching us about the importance of keeping the Temple in sight. He told the story of when he and his sons took a long drive into the country with his father. When out in the country his father stopped the car and asked his grandsons if they thought they were lost. The one grandson, looking out over the valley saw the Logan Temple and said “Grandpa, you are never lost when you can see the temple”.

How true this is.

He goes on in the talk to remind of how King Benjamin directed his people to gather with “every man having his tent with the door thereof towards the temple.” He also continues to remind us of the admonition of modern-day prophets that we need to “turn the doors of our homes more fully towards the temple.”

While listening to the talk again the thought came into my mind is that our world is filled with objects that cloud our vision and make it difficult to see beyond what is directly in front of us. It reminded me of the dense fogs of Fresno, fogs so thick you could literally not see your hands in front of you. Our lives get so wrapped up in the things of the world that we often fill like we are walking around in a fog. Unable to see where we are going and bumping into obstacles that keep us from getting to our desired destination.

In addition to keeping the doors of our homes toward the Temple, I would like to suggest that we also need to keep the doors of our minds turned toward the Temple. We need to keep ourselves clearly focused on the eternal blessings offered to us in these Holy edifices. As the fogs of the adversary surround us each day, we can individually keep our mind’s door opening to the Temple. We can do this by staying close to the Lord, by doing those things that will invite his Spirit to always be with us.

We need to keep the Temple, and its blessings, in our minds at all times. By doing so, our mind’s door will always open to the Temple. Then no matter how thick the fog becomes, no matter what the obstacles, we will always be able to open our doors and see and touch the Temple.

You are never lost when you can see the Temple.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

City of Mesa Job Openings

New or Revised this Week
Customer Service Specialist I
Information Technology (IT) Architect I (GIS/CMMS)
Reservation and Registration Support Assistant

Ongoing or Continuous Openings
Aquatics Maintenance Worker I
Aquatics Maintenance Worker II
Controls Engineering Specialist
Information Technology Engineer II - Police
Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities Department Director
Police Chief
Public Safety Dispatcher - Lateral - Part-time
Public Safety Dispatcher Trainee - Part-time

Friday, October 2, 2009

Neighborhood Awareness Seminar in Mesa

A good neighbor is one of the most effective crime prevention tools ever invented. That is the purpose for the City of Mesa hosting a Neighborhood Awareness Seminar Saturday, Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the City of Mesa Utility Building, 640 N. Mesa Drive.

The seminar will include such topics as identifying gangs and graffiti, understanding the 911 system and how to be a good neighbor and a good witness. Mesa Police Commander Steve Stahl will update residents on crime prevention techniques and host a question and answer session. District 2 Councilmember Alex Finter will welcome residents to the seminar. Breakfast snacks have been donated by Fry’s Food Stores.

The primary focus of the seminar is on the current Building Strong Neighborhoods Initiative and surrounding neighborhoods. The current initiative lies within the boundaries of Gilbert Road to Harris Drive, Main Street to University Drive. However, the program is open to all Mesa residents.

For more information, contact Mesa Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator Susan Frabotta at (480) 644-5432 or

Thursday, October 1, 2009

October Landscape Watering Reminder

We have just had our tenth driest monsoon on record. The National Weather Service measured a total of 0.86-inches of rain - our average is 2.77 inches. Between that and the record number of triple-digits, you may have lost some plants this summer. Cooler temperatures are here and fall is a great time to replace lost plants or install a new landscape. For fall planting, plant sales, and seed planting details check out "Fall Planting for the Arizona Desert" at

Recommendations below are for plants that are established in the landscape
(in the ground about 2 years).

Lawn watering:
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 6 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) - 4x per day for 1st 7-10 days to
germinate, then once every 3 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted - once every 21 days
High Water Use - once every 10 days

Tree watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 24 days
High Water Use - once every 12 days

Shrub watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 18 days
High Water Use - once every 9 days

Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 18 days
High Water Use - once every 8 days

Cacti and succulent watering - once every 28 days

Annuals watering - once every 4-5 days

Wildflower watering - once every 1-2 days to germinate, then once every 3-5 days

Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.

Cash For Books

Have a lot of old textbooks laying around? Well, I guess not really old, they did not want my old chemistry book from college. Maybe it was because the newest element on my Periodic Table was Seaborgium

If your text books are newer then mine and you want to sell them check out Cash4Books,