"Helping the World Discover Adel" Newsletter

Vol. 76 February 2015 
Dear Friend of Adel,   

Ah, it's February, the time of Ground Hog's Day (my grandmother Cookie's birthday) the Big Game, Valentine's Day, Mardis Gras and Lent. Not to mention the "longest shortest" month of the year. As I write this the weather forecast keeps shifting but the promise of more winter and lousy driving is on the horizon.

Speaking of dreading driving, it's fitting that this month we talked with Alex James of HIRTA, from of the Homecare Services of Dallas County offices in Adel.

Terry is back with another interesting take on a Holiday. Now I've given up on verifying Terry's "facts", but I always enjoy the unique perspective.

Breaking News! Al Dente Toffee of Adel, took First place Saturday at BaconFest! Congratulations to John and his team! I need to get more samples before they're all gone. You should too, they're very good!

So grab a cup of coffee, there's a lot to cover this month and we look forward to seeing you in Adel.


In This Issue
Alex James - HIRTA
LSB Invites You to Abe's Birthday Party Feb 12
Healthy Living Series at the Adel Library
Help the Adel Good Samaritan Food Pantry
Harvey's to Welcome New Florist Feb. 2nd
Brick Street Barbecue Time in the Snow
ISU Extension and Outreach News & Events
Al Dente's New Bacon Toffee for Baconfest!
Annual Park Place Prom Night Feb. 14th
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
RRVT Annual Banquet Feb. 21st.
Kindergarten Registration Time at ADM
Adult Yoga at the Adel Library
Kids Yoga at the Adel Library
Adel HealthMart
Around Town - Upcoming Events
BAlex James - HIRTA
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Alex James of Hirta

The Friendly Face of Public Transportation: Alex James and HIRTA


This month we offer a profile with Alex James of Homecare Services, Inc. of Dallas County 's public transportation division in Adel.


Lifelong resident of Adel, Alex James is well known around town. You may know him as a part time clerk at the Adel Public Library, or as the son of Dan and Paula James.  


Most days, Alex is known as Customer Service Representative I, or dispatcher, for Homecare Services, Inc. of Dallas County 's Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency, or HIRTA.


Alex has been with HIRTA for 6 years and continues to love his job helping coordinate drivers, buses, and passengers. HIRTA is a hybrid of traditional taxi services and a metropolitan bus line. With 24 hours or more advanced notice, Alex and Customer Service Representative II Cheryl, who acts as scheduler, will help arrange your ride in and around Dallas County and the Des Moines metro.


There are many misconceptions about HIRTA that Alex patiently helps customers understand each day with his genuine care for others.


HomeCare Services Inc of Dallas County First, it is important to note that HIRTA is public transportation, which means anyone can ride the bus! In Dallas County the buses log over 200,000 miles per year. From preschool kids that need a ride to daycare, rides to and from the doctor's office, the days your car is in the shop, to grandparents looking for a day or shopping, HIRTA buses are equip for all.


Next, remember that HIRTA is not a free service, though for qualified passengers, some destinations may be listed at a free will donation level or riders may be approved for government assistance.


Keep in mind that a trip or ride is a one-way ticket; once you get off the bus; you would be charged for any additional stops and the return trip home.  


As a not-for-profit 501c(3) organization, grants are available that Head Coordinator Renee Sherman pursues for further assistance.


There are also discounted rates for youngsters and senior citizens, and scheduled discount days. If you're looking for fun, ride the bus to and from Prairie Meadows for the buffet and gambling. Or take advantage of Des Moines shopping days every other Thursday when the bus will drive you to many destinations and home for a significant savings over a regular trip around the metro.


There are 10 buses shared between Adel and Perry to serve all of Dallas County. Each driver has a CB radio and GPS system with texting capabilities to keep in communication with the base office located in the Homecare Services building in Adel at the corner of Main and 1st streets. Throughout the day Alex coordinates with drivers to facilitate scheduled pick-ups, changes, review procedures, and note maintenance needs.


Please note that HIRTA is just one division of Homecare Services, Inc. of Dallas County. If you need assistance with regards to personal care, organization, respite care, or more, contact Deb Anderson, LBSW and Homecare Aide Coordinator.

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Alex and Renee of Homecare Services

Most importantly, keep in mind that of Homecare Services, Inc. of Dallas County and HIRTA are caring organizations.  


If you need a ride with less than 24 hour notice, give Alex a call and he will do all he can.  


If you need a ride but have limited income, talk to Renee to find out about a payment plan.  


Or, if you'd like to plan field trips a few weeks in advance (18 people or less) consider a HIRTA bus and talk to Cheryl.


As long as the ride starts or stops in Dallas County, Alex and the HIRTA team are here to help and will do what they can to secure your ride. This is really a public transportation system for everyone, serviced with great Iowa-style customer service.


Alex James may have many titles, but each demonstrates his genuine love for Adel and Dallas County, making him a shining example of Adel character and spirit. He is happy to say he plans to remain an Adel resident and is proud to call Adel home.


Homecare Services of Dallas County
101 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4531
LSB Invites You to Abe's Birthday Party Feb 12
LSB Finf Abe - Adel Iowa Lincoln Savings Bank and LSB Insurance would like to say

"Thank You! to our customers and Adel for two great years as we look forward to many more."

As a way of showing our appreciation, the community is invited to attend our 2nd Anniversary and Abe's Birthday Open House on February 12th.

The celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as Snacks, Treats and Birthday Cake will be served throughout the day.

We look forward to seeing you there, don't forget to register for prizes.

Lincoln Savings Bank - LSB Financial
805 Main St.
Adel IA 50003
Office: 515-993-5663
Lincoln Savings Bank - Member FDIC
BHealthy Living Series at the Adel Library
Healthy Living Adel Iowa Join us one Saturday a month from 10-noon for this workshop series designed to improve your health and your family's health.

The Series will be at the Adel Public Library and will be four consecutive sessions: February 7th, March 7th, April 4th, and May 2nd.

The theme for each will be as follows: Stress Management 101 (February 7th), What am I Eating and Why (March 7th), Movement and Exercise in our Daily Lives (April 4th), and Making Health a Family Affair (May 2nd).

Individual workshops will be $25/session, or you may pay $100 to attend the whole series. Please email Maggie to register.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Maggie Rooney
Phone: (515) 360-9850

Location - Adel Public Library
310 S 10th St.
Adel, Iowa  50003
Phone: (515) 993-3512
BAdel Good Samaritan Food Pantry Update
Adel Good Samaritan Food Pantry The Good Samaritan Food Pantry routinely purchases food from the Iowa Food Bank.

In recent weeks, the amount and variety of food at the Iowa Food Bank is quite limited. Our own food pantry has had limitations as a result.

If you find you can provide any of the following, it would be greatly appreciated!

Some things we are in need of cereal, toilet paper, cake mixes, pasta, rice, peanut butter, canned meats, sugar, flour peaches and syrup and will always accept other items and cash.

We are so very grateful for all that the churches do for us including food, volunteers and prayers. We have the best pantry in the area and it's because we have so much support from our churches and community.

We can not say "Thank You" enough for thinking of us.

Celia McCollum

Good Samaritan Food Pantry of Adel
United Methodist Church
115 South Tenth Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 423-0753
Facebook: Good-Samaritan-Food-Pantry

The Food Pantry serves the residents of the ADM School District and the town of Van Meter, Iowa.
BHarvey's to Welcome New Florist Feb. 2nd
Harveys and Adel Flowers - Adel Iowa Adel Flowers and Gifts and Harvey's Greenhouse is very excited to welcome our new Florist, Lynda.

Lynda is a very creative, professional, and highly educated designer.

She will be joining our team on February 2nd, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Deb, our current Florist, will be promoted to our Head Greenhouse Manager. We couldn't be more thrilled to have her years of experience and extensive knowledge heading up our greenhouse team.

Stop in or call Lynda and Deb to place your Valentine's Day orders. They will help you to find the perfect gift for all of your Valentines!

Adel Flowers and Gifts
Located inside Harvey's Greenhouse
611 Nile Kinnick Dr. S.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4884

Harvey's Greenhouse
611 Nile Kinnick Dr. S. * Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3916
Facebook: harveys-greenhouse-and-garden
BBrick Street Barbecue Time in the Snow!
Brick Street Barbecue Adel Iowa With winter upon us it's time for some tasty  smothered Baby Back Ribs from Brick Street Barbecue. Order Today!

Call Merle from Brick Street Barbecue at (515) 250-1687. His technique results in the most tender, flavorful and delicious BBQ dining experience you'll find.

Brick Street Barbecue
29048 Prospect Ave
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3049
BISU Extension and Outreach News & Events
Local Food Growers to Meet Feb. 12th
ISU Ext Food Growers The February Growing Food and Profit group will be Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1204 13th Street, in Dallas Center. (In case of bad weather, the meeting will be moved to February 13.)

Anyone interested in growing or eating locally grown food is welcome to attend! Bring a potluck dish to share and your own table service. Coffee will be provided.

The potluck meal will be followed by a program presented by Liz Kolbe,

Horticultural Coordinator, Practical Farmers of Iowa: and Rick and Stacy Hartmann, Small Potatoes Farm near Minburn.

Kolbe collected financial data from eleven Iowa vegetable farms in 2014. She has grouped and summarized her findings and will share some insight as to the profitability and related characteristics of these farms.

The Hartmanns completed their 10th growing season as a certified organic vegetable farm in 2014. They have been able to create a stable, well-recognized farm allowing them to meet their financial and lifestyle goals. They will share some of the key decisions, changes and challenges they faced during their first ten years that they feel would be helpful in the success of other beginning or seasoned farm businesses.

For more information, please contact Linda Nelson at 515-491-3984 or Iowa State University Extension & Outreach in Dallas County sponsors this group.

Great Beginnings for Families Starting Feb. 3rd
Great-Beginnings-for-Families Trying to communicate or reason with a little one whose language and behavioral skills aren't yet developed can cause stress for both child and parent, presenting a sometimes frustrating yet unique set of challenges.

Caring for young requires an intense learning curve bundled with love and patience, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's Great Beginnings for Families can support parents who wish to build a solid foundation for their child's early development.

A five-week skills building program for parents of infants through preschoolers, Great Beginnings can help mothers and fathers learn how to effectively administer positive discipline and guidance while helping their young cope with anger and conflict. Encouraging learning through play and understanding the key principles of child development is also a core part of this workshop series.

"This class was enlightening and very beneficial to me," shared one father. "Being a good parent is what I have to do for the rest of my life. Quite frankly, no other job or task is more important. This class encouraged me to take a look at myself and evaluate the skills I have and to also learn new skills to help me be the dad I have to be for my kids."

Great Beginnings for Families will take place Tuesdays, Feb. 3 - March 10 (no class on March 3) from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at Waukee's Walnut Hills Elementary School.

Registration is $10 and can be completed through Waukee Community Ed at or (515) 987-2761. For more information on the program, contact Extension Educator Lisa Mickelson at (515) 993-4281 or

See the "Great Begginings for Families" Flyer.



Dallas County ISU Extension Office
28059 Fairground Road
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4281
Fax: (515) 993-1027
BAl Dente's New Bacon Toffee for Baconfest!
Al Dente Breakin Bacon - Adel Iowa Adel's Al Dente Toffee has a new bacon toffee made for this year's Baconfest.

It's a 100% Pure Bacon Toffee called Breaking Bacon. Available in snack sized special bags only while supplies last.

Just in - Al Dente Toffee won the "Best Sweet Dish" award at Baconfest Saturday, Jan 32st, 2015.

Al Dente Toffee - Romano and Co.
109 N. 9th St. * Adel, Iowa, 50003
Facebook: AlDenteToffee?ref=br_tf
BAnnual Park Place Prom Night Feb. 14th
Adel's Park Place Catering is hosting a Hawaiian-themed Prom Night for adults on Saturday, February 14th.

It's a great way to spend Valentin's Day and shrug off the winter with a mini getaway to the tropics!

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and each $20 ticket includes dinner, a Hawaiian lei, and Free Mai Tais all night.

Contact Brenna at 515-371-1993 to reserve a seat.

Park Place Catering Park Place Catering
1015 Riverside Drive
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 371-1993
BNational Eating Disorders Awareness Week
Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa Courtesy of Michelle Roling:

The Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa will host a series of programs for those struggling AND their friends/family.

Support is offered throughout the day. Please encourage others to attend this amazing event!

NO registration needed, but RSVPs are appreciated! Free will donation!

More information and donation form in flyer.

Schedule of Events:

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week in Central Iowa Calendar for February 19th - 27th, 2015 "I had NO idea..."

Thursday, February 19-
7:00 p.m. Brian Cuban ISU Memorial Union,
Sun Room- Ames, IA
Shattered Image- Author

Saturday, February 21- 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Awareness Day at DMACC Southridge location- Des Moines, IA
Brian Cuban Headline Speaker
Break out seminars
CEU trainings for more information!

Tuesday February 24-
Film: Emi Lovato: Stay Strong- ISU Campus, Carver 101-
7 p.m. Q & A Panel discussion to follow

Wednesday, February 25 -
Rock Your Body Party-ISU Ames, IA 2 p.m.-5 p.m. State gym- ISU campus
Take time out for yourself to honor you and your body.

Thursday, February 26-
"The Athletic Image" Presentation on Campus- Hixson- Room 60 7 p.m. Nutrition and Eating Disorders

Friday, February 27-
Mindful eating activity- Location TBA

Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa
EDCI, PO Box 71308. Clive. IA 50325

The Mission of the Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa is to prevent eating disorders and to serve as a catalyst of hope. acceptance, understanding. and healing for aLL impacted by eating disorders.

The Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa envisions an Iowa without eating disorders. We hope you agree with our passion and will help us spread the word about the important work this coalition is starting.

For general questions. sponsorships opportunities. or to volunteer. please visit our website at

Michelle Roling - Sharing is Healing
1412 HyVue Street
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: 515-231-3918
BRRVT Annual Banquet Feb. 21st. 2015
2015 RRVT Banquet Join the Raccoon River Valley Trail Association Saturday, February 21st for their annual Fundraising Banquet.

West Des Moines Marriott, 1250 Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA. Please submit Your RSVP by February 11, 2015.

Featuring: Dr. Richard Deming, Founder and Chairman of Above and Beyond Cancer.

$50 per person
$500 table of 8 RSVP Today!

Event Schedule:
4:45 - Social Gathering with complimentary beer/cash bar
5:30 - Sit down dinner
7:00 - Dr. Richard Deming
8:15 - Live Auction

This is our only fundraiser. Funds raised at this event fund the marketing, promotion and special projects we do all year for the trail and ALL of its communities. Seating is limited to 280.

Registration Questions? Call: 515-465-3577

Raccoon River Valley Trail Association
14581 K Avenue
Perry, Iowa 50220
Phone: 515-465-3577
BKindergarten Registration Time at ADM
Kindergarten ADM Schools It's Kindergarten round-up time.

The Adel Elementary is holding kindergarten registration time.

If you have a child that will be in kindergarten, please call 515-993-4285.

Thank you!

Adel Elementary
1608 Grove St
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: 515-993-4285
BAdult Yoga at the Adel Library February 2015
Adult Yoga - Adel Iowa Adults Yoga Classes at the Library

Adult Yoga Classes will be offered at the Adel Public Library on Saturday mornings beginning in February.

Classes will be from 9:00 - 9:45 am, and the cost will be $50/month.

Students will need a yoga mat for the class, and will want to wear comfortable clothing that doesn't restrict movement.

Spaces will fill quickly, so please email Maggie at for payment information and to reserve your spot.

Maggie Rooney
Phone: (515) 360-9850

Location - Adel Public Library
310 S 10th St.
Adel, Iowa  50003
Phone: (515) 993-3512
BKids Yoga at the Adel Library
Kids Yoga - Adel Iowa Kids Yoga at the Library!

Classes are Mondaysfrom 4:00 - 4:45 pm at the Adel Public Library.

Cost is $45/month, and space will be limited to 8 kids, so please email Maggie at for payment information and to reserve your spot.

Kids will need either a yoga mat or beach towel for the class and will want to wear comfortable clothing. Please email Maggie for any other additional classes.

Maggie Rooney
Phone: (515) 360-9850

Location - Adel Public Library
310 S 10th St.
Adel, Iowa  50003
Phone: (515) 993-3512
Adel HealthMart - Your Local First Stop!
Adel HealthMart Ad Our Adel HealthMart pharmacy specializes in serving our community with fast, friendly, professional service and the highest-quality health products.

You'll always work with somebody at our pharmacy who greets you by name, and our pharmacists take the time to counsel you and answer your questions.

Visit us for all your healthcare needs!

Check out our facebook page and while you are there be sure to "like" us!

Adel HealthMart - Adel IowaHours:
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

  Adel Health Mart
Phone: 515-993-3644
Fax :515-993-4714
After hours Emergency: 515-333-2959
Around Town
DCCB Owl Prowl DCCB Owl Prowl Under a Full Moon Feb. 3rd

Kuehn Conservation Area, 32828 Houston Trail, Earlham. Enjoy hot chocolate around a bonfire before taking a hike as we try our luck in calling in native...   Continue reading
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2015 Yoga in Adel - Wednesdays

A new series of yoga classes begins on Wednesday, January 7 at the Raccoon Valley Bank Community House, 11th and Main Street, 5:45 to 6:45 pm...  Continue reading
DCCB Maple Syruping Program Feb.14th

Location: Kuehn Conservation Area, 32828 Houston Trail, Earlham. Enjoy a short hike as we drill small holes in select maple trees, install taps and...  Continue reading
Captains Quarters and CQ Brewing - Adel Iowa
Dave's 50th at Captain's Quarters Feb. 21st

Come out to Captain's Quarters in Adel, to help Dave celebrate turning 50! The party is Saturday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m.
We look forward to...  Continue reading
Adel Masons  Breakfast Adel Masons 2nd Sunday Breakfast

The Adel Masons Breakfast is held on the Second Sunday of the month from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. They feature omelets to order, biscuits and...  Continue reading
First Christian Church First Christian Church C.I.A. Youth Program Wednesdays

The Adel First Christian Church is hosting a new youth program called, C.I.A. (Christians In Action). Join us every Wednesday from...  Continue reading
Free Kids Closet - Adel, Iowa Free Kids Clothes Closet

Stop by the Kids Clothes Closet in Adel on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9-11:00 a.m. Find clothes for infants to...  Continue reading
Fusion Youth Misitry 2 New Youth Ministries at Fusion Church

Fusion Church in Adel, is introducing 2 new Youth Ministries.
Kids Connection - Connecting Kids to Christ is for grades 1 -5.
Spark Youth Ministry is for...  Continue reading
ADM Schools 2014 ADM Sports Schedule Posted

The Adel DeSoto Minburn (ADM) School's 2014 Sports Schedule of Events has been posted at Adel DeSoto Minburn CSD...   Continue reading 
Adel Quilting & Dry Gods Co. Adel Iowa Open Sew Friday at the Adel Public Library

Join Jacque Johnson, owner of Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co., the 2nd Friday of each month at the Adel Public Library for Open Sew Friday! Participants may join...    Continue reading

Alzheimers Support Group Alzheimer's Support Group - 2nd. Thursdays

Join The Village at Legacy Pointe of Waukee for an Alzheimer's Support Group for family members and loved ones of those battling Alzheimer's and other ...   Continue reading 

Wednesday Night Suppers Adel UMC Wednesday Night Community Suppers

The Adel United Methodist Church welcomes everyone in the community to enjoy a meal and Christian fellowship each Wednesday from ... Continue reading
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Courtesy of Your Adel Public Library:
The Adel Public Library wants to spread a very special story of hope this month as we welcome speaker and author Hannah Trebec.

Hannah will share the unbelievable story of her life, growing up on the East German side of the Berlin Wall.

After the wall was torn down in 1989, she took away a very hopeful story and a piece of the Berlin Wall with her as well.

Hannah then moved to Iowa in 1995. She will share her experiences, sign books, and discuss her book, Double Cover Up.

We are honored that she is coming to share her brave story with us on Saturday, February 7th at 11:00 a.m.

Ms. Paula and Ms. Laura love hosting the Preschool Story Time on Mondays, Toddler Time on Tuesdays, and Music Time on Thursdays, and will continue to do so throughout the month of February.

On Tuesday, February 17th, the Dallas County Conservation will be here for a very special story time on "Toes & Tracks"!

 All of these programs begin at 10:30 a.m.

We always welcome new joiners to our programs, so don't be shy!

We like to get silly, read wonderful stories, sing songs, and do a craft or two!

Our Family Reading Program kicked off in January, and we will be coming to a close on Thursday, February 19th at 10:30 a.m. with a very exciting finale!

Last month we showed How to Train Your Dragon at our Early Out Movie, and this month we are following it up with the new release of How to Train Your Dragon 2. Please join us on Wednesday, February 4th at 2:00 p.m. And yes, we will have popcorn!

We will also have an Early Out Drop-In Craft from 2:00 pm to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25th, so be sure and mark your calendar. All supplies will be provided.

Our Brown Bag Book Club will be held on Thursday, February 2th at 12:00 p.m.

Our Evening Book Club will be held on Thursday, February 26th at 7:00 p.m., and they will be discussing the book.

Just a friendly reminder, the library will closed on Monday, February 16th in observance of President's Day.

As always, our Exercise Group meets every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 9:00 a.m., and we are always looking for joiners!

There is also a Library Board Meeting on Monday, February 2nd at 5:00 p.m.

February at the Adel Public Library is packed full of fun and we are excited for each and every day of it!


To keep up-to-date on all of the events, news, and programs, please check our website,,

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Library Hours:
Mon and Fri 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tues - Thurs 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Adel Public Library

303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
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Recipe of the Month
DDiscover Chef
Red Recipe

With Valentine's Day around the corner, I am reminded of all the red recipes my family has made over the years.  


My sister-in-law used to make red velvet cake from scratch.  


She had a 1-gallon jug of red food dye that lasted her the better part of a decade.  


This was before its recent resurgence in popularity.  


At that time red velvet cake was a delicacy few made, and fewer made well, that we looked forward to.


There was the play dough we made for the girls using Kool-Aid, flour, and salt.  


Their pale palms along with the kitchen table would turn a bright pink for several days.  


The sweet smell of artificial cherry has never been the same.


My favorite recipe was for a brick red loaf of bread that I've always called "Fireman Bread".  


To this day, no one has the original recipe and I have never been able to find a reasonable proximity. I have a cloudy memory of eating the bread several times, though no one remembers baking it either.


It's been 30 years since I've had it, but I remember it as a dense multi grain bread with a redish orange coloring similar to pumpkin bread.  


The flavor is a mix of grains, seasoning, with a hint of black pepper. 


If any of our readers know a recipe for this phantom red bread, please send me an email to or complete the contact us form. Your help would be greatly appreciated!


And now for a red recipe that is completely different, my wife's favorite dish, a vibrant red in honor of Valentine's Day.


Empress Chicken



1 1/2 C. Chicken Broth
3/4 C. Sugar
1/4-1/2 C. Cornstarch
1/2 C. Soy Sauce
1/2 C. White Vinegar
3-4 Garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tsp. fresh Ginger, chopped
3 lbs boneless skinless Chicken Breasts, cubed
1/4 C. Soy Sauce or Tamari
1 large Egg, beaten
1/2 C. Cornstarch
1 bunch Green Onions, minced
8 red, hot peppers, diced
2-6 quarts Peanut oil, or variation for frying
Prepared Rice


1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Store in fridge until ready.

2. Mix chicken with 1/4 C. Soy Sauce. Stir in egg.

3. Add cornstarch and mix chicken until coated.

4. Deep fry chicken in hot oil until golden brown.

5. Drain on paper towels.

6. Place a small amount of oil in wok or Dutch oven and heat to very hot.

7. Add Onions and Peppers and stir-fry 30 seconds.

8. Option: Add additional vegetables like broccoli or carrots.

9. Shake Sauce Mixture then stir in into wok.

10. Cook until thick. If it gets too thick, add some water until desired consistency.

11. Add chicken and cook until hot and bubbly.

12. Serve over hot rice.

Ash Wednesday Worship Service - Lent Begins  Feb. 18th
Ash Wednesday 2015

Join the Adel United Methodist Church as the Lenten season begins.

Lent may not be the longest season in the church year but it is one of the most important seasons of the year.

It is a time for spiritual preparation through repentance and growth in faith for Easter.

It is the time of the church year when the passion and death of the Savior come into focus.

It begins with repentance and reflection on Ash Wednesday, and ends in the depth of sorrow and tragedy on Good Friday.

The name of the season, Lent, means the lengthening of the days as spring appears.

Ash Wednesday is February 18th and our service will be on that Wed. at 7:00 p.m.

It will include the Imposition of Ashes on forehead or hand. Wednesday meal will not happen as usual.

We look forward to seeing you.

Pastor John

Adel United Methodist Church
115 South Tenth Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3791

Terry Traveller - Groundhog's Day!
Groundhog Day

Dear fellow traveler ~

February is home to my 7th favorite holiday, Groundhog's Day, and is amongst the best of my handwritten and Xeroxed manuscript, "The Lost Tales of American Tradition".


As many of you will find in my book, I presuppose t'was the mayor in 1887 who devised the festival as a promotional gimmick to increase tourism to make Punxsutawney, Philadelphia as popular as Aspen, Colorado and soon became the best promotional gimmick since uniform bread pans.


So the story goes, it was late one night when the mayor heard a scratching at the door. Thinking he had forgotten the pet cat on the porch, the ole mayor opened the backdoor and scooped up what he believed to be his notoriously large and significantly furry cat.


T'was not indeed.


In that instance the groundhog froze. The mayor froze. Their eyes met and both gave a frightful screech!  


Dropping the groundhog to the floor, it ran out of the house leaving behind a very bewildered public official. And thus the phrase "keep the porch light on" was born.


The nature behind the reasoning of a groundhog and its shadow as a verified meteorological devise has been lost to the sands in the hourglass and the constructs of the "interweb".


The tradition is simple- roust a Groundhog from its home and see its shadow it does, we have 6 more weeks of winter upon us.


If he doesn't, we still have 6 weeks left of winter according to the calendar but the weather could be a balmy 48 degrees!  


In Iowa, that's cause enough for my Birkenstocks, black socks, and short shorts.


So this February 2nd, as you listen to traditional Groundhog's Day Polka music, watch the beloved movie again and again, and sip on some mulled wine in the hot tub, remember fondly the reason for the celebration, and give your cat a hug.


Terry Traveller
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