Sunday, February 28, 2010

Jalapeño Cornbread Whoopie Pies

I have not tried these yet, but they sound great. I got this from the Sing For Your Supper blog. If they are half as good as Jalapeño Brownies, they should be wonderful. Becky and I hope to make them this week.

Jalapeño Cornbread Whoopie Pies
Makes about 10-12 pies

For the Cornbread:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup (packed) brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking  powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
4 tablespoons unsalted butter , at room temperature
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 jalapeño chilies, seeded and finely chopped
Goat cheese filling (recipe follows)

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, cornmeal, brown sugar , baking powder, and salt. In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the buttermilk, butter, and egg on low speed until just combined. Increase the speed to medium and beat until thoroughly combined, about 3 minutes. Add the flour mixture and the chopped jalapeno to the batter and beat on low until just combined.

Using a spoon, drop about 2 tablespoons of batter onto one of the prepared baking sheets and repeat, spacing them at least 2 inches apart. Bake one sheet at a time for about 12 minutes each or until the cakes begin to brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and let the cakes cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.

To assemble: Spread filling onto the flat side of one cake using a knife or spoon. Top it with another cake, flat-side down. Repeat with the rest of the cakes and filling. You can also use a pastry bag with a round tip to pipe the filling onto the cakes, which will give you a smoother, neater presentation.

Goat Cheese, Bacon and Scallion Filling:
6 slices bacon
4 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, at room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon chopped fresh scallions

In a medium skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain and cool. When cool, crumble into small pieces.

In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together goat cheese, cream cheese and milk on low speed until just combined. Increase the speed to medium and beat until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the crumbled bacon and the scallions and beat on low until combined.

-Adapted from the Star Telegram Newspaper

Mesa Public School Positions

There are a number of positions open at Mesa Public Schools. These include custodial work, bus drivers, health assistants, and more. They only accept applications for positions that are currently open and posted.

Positions are posted at their website, on the Job Hotline (480) 472-7200 and at the Human Resources office at 63 East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201-7422.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

City of Mesa Job Openings

New or revised this week:

Utilities Control Center Operator   $38,854 - $52,458
Workers' Compensation Representative   $47,424 - $64,043


To apply for open positions, please visit: www.mesaaz.gov/jobs

Don’t forget that Mesa residents interested in working for the Census should call the LCO at (480) 270-8361 and say they were referred by the City of Mesa. They can also call the main jobline at (866) 861-2010. Here is the link to the jobs webpage: http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/. To be eligible for any of the Census jobs, a person must pass a test and background check and this process takes some time, so we encourage people to apply as soon as possible

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Powdered Milk

Most of us have some type of powdered milk in our food storage. The blog, Everyday Food Storage, has a lot of great information on the use of it. She even has a Powdered Milk Conversion chart.

Check out the milk information directly from this link.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

FREE Grilled Sandwich

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Don’t forget that you can get a free Jack in the Box Grilled Sandwich today with the purchase of a large drink.  Try one of the new Turkey, Bacon & Cheddar or Deli Trio sandwiches.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Smoked Chicken Soup

Some of you missed the Relief Society dinner last Tuesday. I was asked to cook one of the three soups being served. I have had several requests for the recipe so I thought I would share it here as well.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mesa Libraries Closed

When I first saw this I thought of what happened when we were living in California and they just passes Proposition 13. The first thing they did was cut the library hours way back. Well, this is not California, thank goodness.

All Mesa librarys will be closed all day on Wednesday, February 17th, for a system wide computer upgrade.  I have gone through a lot of system wide computer upgrades over the years, and I wish them luck.

Normal hours will resume on Thursday.

Trailing Pizza Sauce

You just have to love smart criminals. Police, in Mesa, followed a trail of pizza sauce and hot wings to the apartment of two men on suspicion of attacking a pizza delivery man.

This is such a heart warming story, I thought I would share. Read the story on AZCentral.

Thanks Becky for the story.

City of Mesa Job Openings

New or revised this week:

Meter Maintenance Worker  $28,746 - $38,854
Police Records Specialist I  $30,306 - $40,830
Senior Civil Engineer (Hydraulic Modeling)  $70,803 - $95,493


To apply for open positions, please visit: 
www.mesaaz.gov/jobs

Don’t forget that Mesa residents interested in working for the Census should call the LCO at (480) 270-8361 and say they were referred by the City of Mesa. They can also call the main jobline at (866) 861-2010. Here is the link to the jobs webpage: http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/. To be eligible for any of the Census jobs, a person must pass a test and background check and this process takes some time, so we encourage people to apply as soon as possible

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Rifle/Muzzleloader Instructor Class

I have been asked by several people when the next NRA Certified Rifle/Muzzleloading Rifle Instructor Course would be held. The classes will be held at the Heard Scout Pueblo, cost is $125, and the non-refundable deposit of $20, must be received by April 3rd.

Course session dates are:

April 30, 2010 – 7:00pm - 9:00pm
May 1, 2010 – 9:00am – 5:00pm
May 7, 2010 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm
May 8, 2010 – 9:00am – 5:00pm

All sessions must be attended and a written test passed to be certified.

For additional information, call:

Jim O’Melia 480-759-2188
Tom Armstrong 480-251-9005
John Kwilosz 602-437-1413
Mike McCabe 480-831-1134

This course is intended for BSA registered leaders, so if you are not registered and want to take the course, contact me and I will assist you with the registration..

Love One Another

Can there be a more appropriate message for Valentine’s Day?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Baden-Powell’s Farewell

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Towards the end of his life, although still in comparatively good health, he prepared a farewell message to his Scouts, for publication after his death. It read:

"Dear Scouts - if you have ever seen the play 'Peter Pan' you will remember how the pirate chief was always making his dying speech because he was afraid that possible, when the time came for him to die, he might not have time to get it off his chest. It is much the same with me, and so, although I am not at this moment dying, I shall be doing so one of these days and I want to send you a parting word of goodbye.

“Remember, it is the last time you will ever hear from me, so think it over.

“I have had a most happy life and I want each one of you to have a happy life too.

“I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness does not come from being rich, nor merely being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so you can enjoy life when you are a man.

“Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one.

“But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. 'Be Prepared' in this way, to live happy and to die happy - stick to your Scout Promise always - even after you have ceased to be a boy - and God help you to do it.

Your friend,
Robert Baden-Powell” 

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Free Valentine E-Card


Sweets for your Sweetheart, what could be better. Well chocolate I suppose, but hey, free donuts are always good. You can get 12 Valentine’s Day Cards when you buy a dozen donuts. There is a coupon on the back of each card for a free donut. Click on picture for offer.
Usually disclaimers apply, while supplies last at participating stores.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Boy Scout Tells Leaders Why He Stayed 25 Years

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This is a heartwarming story told by NPR, see this link for the whole interview.

Why did he stay? "Because everybody needs my help," Derek says. "Because some of them are a little slow and some of them can't read and write."

Isn’t that the reason all Scouts should be together, to help one another? To work together, to raise each other up, to do good in the world?

We can all learn something from Derek.

Monday, February 8, 2010

AZ Arts Collective Gallery

If you have not visited the Az Arts Collective Gallery downtown, you have missed a real treasure. They feature art by people with disabilities and it is wonderful, I am particularly fond of Jenny’s and if you are lucky she will be there.

This past week they have started classes at their gallery:

Wed. Feb. 3, 4:00-6:00P.M. Art in Math, typical and special ed. students
Thurs. Feb. 4, 12:00 noon-2:00 P.M. Memory Bookmaking - adults
Sat. Feb 6, 2:00-4:00P.M. Fine Arts -Drawing to Painting-Typical & disabled
Fri. Feb 12th, Gourd Painting, 2nd Fridays only, 6:00 -8:00P.M.

For more information contact Margaret "Midge" White, 480-844-7520, mmwhite@inficad.com and check out their flyer at this link. Their address is 128 W. Main, Downtown Mesa, parking in back.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Boy Scouts of America Day

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The Governor has proclaimed every February 8th as “Boy Scouts of America Day”. Click on the above poster for more details.

Sweethearts on Main

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Spend some time downtime Mesa on Friday night. Many of the businesses are open with great shopping and dining.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Have I Done Any Good in the World Today?

How often have you intended to help someone, but just didn’t get around to it? 
He has always been there for you, shouldn’t we do the same for our brothers and sisters?


For the full address see this link.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Valentine’s Day Dance Social

For those looking for a great activity on Valentine’s Day with your Sweetheart, here is something that would be really nice.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

How to use a semicolon

This article has some very good examples of using a semicolon; I may even start using them from time to time. Click on the picture to see the article.

How to use a semicolon, the most feared punctuation on earth.

For those of you who went to the local high school, the semicolon looks like “ ; ” (without the parentheses). It is on the keyboard on the same key as the colon “ : ”.

Landscape Watering Reminder for February

Most landscape plants are looking fresh and happy after the mild El Niño conditions provided some much-needed rainfall. Most areas received 2 to 3 inches or more meaning you will not need to water for at least a couple of weeks. Salt River Project (SRP) reservoirs jumped from 73% to 91% capacity from the storm. If you’re interested in viewing the SRP reservoir status, find the daily water report at http://www.srpwater.com/dwr/.

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

Lawn watering:
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 21 days Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – once every 7-9 days If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted - once every 28 days
High Water Use - once every 12 days

Tree watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 36 days
High Water Use - once every 14 days

Shrub watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 21 days
High Water Use - once every 10 days

Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 21 days
High Water Use - once every 10 days

Cacti and succulent watering – once every 28 days Annuals watering - once every 6-9 days Wildflower watering – once every 9-12 days

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