"Helping the World Discover Adel" Newsletter
Vol. 56 June 2013
Dear Friend of Adel,

I needed to call someone to make a repair on the house last week. I know there's a phone book somewhere in the house, but does anyone really use those anymore?

If you're like me, you do an online search, probably from your phone. I've tried the big guys and get frustrated when I type in Adel and they list a company in Clarion. I like Clarion mind you, but I really wanted someone local.

That's why in 2008 we created the Directory. I went to, searched the Directory, it's right below the calendar on every page, and placed a call within a minute.

This isn't just a plug for the directory, it is the only online search limited to the 50003 area code for the services you need daily, organizations supporting the community, and local tourism and recreational opportunities for the whole family.

Sometimes it is the only place you'll find information about your favorite business! Find contact information, locations, hours of operation, specials, links to newsletter interviews and reviews, and more. Occasionally you'll find businesses you didn't know were in Adel.

It's a free service to the community, so if your listing isn't there, let us know.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Brian Block this month.  Brian is a resident of Adel, owns Ames Adventure Outfitters, and by the way, he's the first Iowan to Climb all Seven Summits.

This month we also cover a New location for 2 businesses, 4 VBS's, a Silent Auction, the Little Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, a Video About Adel hosted by Terry Bradshaw, an Open House, Shopping, and a Hole-in One. Plus a full section of Around Town news, a Recipe From Home and Much More!

So, grab a cup of coffee, get comfortable, it's a great read.

We look forward to seeing you in Adel this month.


As a supporter of Adel you are receiving the DiscoverAdel.Com monthly newsletter.
In This Issue
Brian Block - Adel Resident - 1st Iowan to Climb the Seven Summits
Vacation Bible School in Adel this Month
Penoach - Sunset in the Vineyard Concerts
New Construction to Start at 215 South 6th St.
John D. Gomke Golf Classic Hole-in-One
Adel Quilting - Silent Auction and Little Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show
Adel Farmer's Market Starts June 4th
Active Girl Fitness - Open House June 2nd & Boot Camp
Adel Heath Mart Pharmacy - Specials & More!
Around Town - Upcoming Events
Brian Block - Adel Business Owner
- 1st Iowan to Climb the Seven Summits

Ames Adventure Outfitters, AAO - Adel IA
Brian Block - Ames Adventure Outfitters, AAO - Adel IA
L-R: Yxander, Brian, Vanessa,
and Kai Block
This month is pleased to present an interview with Adel citizen and business owner Brian Block - the first Iowan to climb the Seven Summits!


Mountaineer Brian Block has called Adel, Iowa home for 6 years, though much of his time is spent traveling around the world as an Independent Representative for outdoor brands such as Marmot, Osprey, Scarpa and more. Brian and his wife Vanessa are owners of Ames Adventure Outfitters, AAO, now located in Adel.  


The true family business includes Brian's mom as Office Manager/ Accountant and Brian's dad as IT/Business Development Manager, with 2 remotely located sales representatives.


Brian has been a natural athlete all his life, participating in two or more sports within a season during his high school years, including alternative sports such as mountain biking, Triathlons, and more. It was in college that Brian was first introduced to a weekend top-rope instructor's course, and buying the Mount McKinley Climbers handbook that same weekend, never looked back.


"There are so many aspects to climbing I can be involved in some capacity year round.  I still enjoy so many other activities, and hope that my sons Yxzander and Kai get to participate in organized competitive sports as well as pursue the other new passions that I've developed over the years; but climbing has been a point of focus for the last 20 years and likely will continue to be long into the future."

Brian Block - Ames Adventure Outfitters, AAO - Adel IA
Mt. Elbrus 2012                                Kilimanjaro 2013

The Seven Summits is a mountain climbing challenge consisting of the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. Though there is some debate amongst the climbing community, the "original" Seven Summits (in order of Brian's completion) are Denali/ Mount McKinley in Alaska for North America, Aconcagua in Argentina representing South America, Kosciuszko located on Australia, Mount Everest across China and Nepal in Asia, Elbrus in Russia representing Europe, Vinson Massif on Antarctica, and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.


Mont Blanc, located on the Italian/French border, and the Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia, are both unofficially identified with the Seven Summit Challenge as well. Brian will complete his climb of the Carstensz Pyramid in the coming year to complete all "9" of the Seven Summits!


For Brian, being the first Iowan to complete the Seven Summits is similar to being "the first Iowan to jump a pogo stick across the country. Both have their challenges and both would probably leave many Iowans wondering why someone would waste their time pursuing such an endeavor.  In the end, it was more about a personal passion that evolved into an end goal of sorts... It's great to complete things that other goal oriented climbers might aspire to."


To train for his next climb, Brian participates in a multitude of sports including Cross Fit, Ultra-Running, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, biking and swimming. When training in Iowa, he works through oxygen deprivation by utilizing a variety of outside tools and products that simulate the lack of available oxygen at high elevations.


"Big training days often consist of 8-20 hours of activity and can include any of the aforementioned activities and more. A common training day might consist of running 8-20 miles, biking 20-50 miles, Stand Up Paddle Boarding for 2-5 miles, and a cross fit/weight training workout."


While Brian claims that "climbing isn't as easy as it looks, but is rarely as hard as you think", injuries are common. Frostbite, sunburns, broken bones, and altitude-related illnesses such as Acute Mountain Sickness affect climbers of all skill levels.  


In fact, of the thousands of climbers who take to the rocks each year across the globe, only a few hundred are able to reach prospective summits.

Brian Block - Ames Adventure Outfitters, AAO - Adel IA
Everest 2011
Brian Block - Ames Adventure Outfitters, AAO - Adel IA
Mt. Vinson Massif 2012
Brian Block - Ames Adventure Outfitters, AAO - Adel IA
Mt. Kosciuszko 2010

"K2 [the second highest peak in the world located in Pakistan] is the mountaineers' mountain.  One of the most dangerous, most sought, and most run from mountains in the world.  There have only been a little over 300 summits in the history of the mountain. I've spent about 8-10 weeks on the flanks and at the base trying to get to the top over two expeditions.  There is no easy way up this mountain!  Many a skilled climber has rounded the corner of the glacial confluence at Concordia camp after an 8-day approach and abandoned their expedition plans.  There are many other challenging mountains and routes, but in my opinion, nothing as challenging or of the same caliber of K2. 


I broke my ankle in 2 places on the approach to K2 in 2007. Fortunately, or unfortunately, I was too stubborn to quit, as it was the second day of a 9-week trip to Pakistan.  Climbing uphill with a solid boot wasn't so bad, but going downhill, being able to hear and feel the bones grind, not so good! I still deal with that injury to some degree. K2 is known for its lethal ways and I can't say that my wife is a big fan-but I'll go back and finish it in the coming years if at all physically possible."


After traveling the world Brian is excited to return home to his wife and family, plus Casey's Pizza, Iowa grown steaks, Peaches & Cream Sweet Corn and running water.


Brian Block - Ames Adventure Outfitters, AAO - Adel IA "I love the feeling of being above the clouds, seeing the shadows of the mountains extend beyond the horizon and the way it strips everything down from everyday life to the things that are most important.   


Three weeks into an expedition you really get your priorities back in line.  


The thing that I like least would have to be that in many cases the suffering can be extreme, such as missing family and having to "make" water from snow and ice.  


It's sometimes hard to believe just how amazing it can be to grab a glass of water from the tap!"


When Brian is at home he connects with Above+Beyond Cancer, a Des Moines based charity, creates blogs and videos documenting his expeditions, and enjoys spending time in Adel with his family. Brian's next challenge is always around the corner. He is currently proceeding with his aspiration to climb all 14 8000M peaks in the world without oxygen, complete the Continental Divide Trail race on bike, and will complete a new website in August,


Congratulations to Brian for completing the Seven Summits challenge, and for representing Adel throughout the world. To learn more about Brian Block's first hand accounts of his travels, please visit the website


Brian Block 
Ames Adventure Outfitters (AAO)
23790 Glenwood Circle
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 451-8015
Facebook: Ames-Adventure-Outfitters


Vacation Bible School in Adel this Month
Vacation Bible School in Adel Iowa The churches of Adel are hosting 4 separate Vacation Bible Schools (VBS) this June.

June 3rd-7th - Panther Creek Church.
"SonWest Roundup: A Rip Roarin Good Time with Jesus"

June 17-21st - ADM Ecumenical Program.
"God's Backyard Bible Camp - Under The Stars"

June 10th-14th - Faith Lutheran Church.
"Kingdom Rock - Where Kids Stand Strong for God"

June 16th-20th - Grace Lutheran Church. "Tell it On the Mountain" "Jesus Christ is Lord" All are welcome to attend.
Penoach - Sunset in the Vineyard Concerts
Penoach Vineyard Winery Nursery Adel Iowa
Penoach Winery will host two concerts in their Sunset in the Vineyard series during June. 

On June 7, Brother Trucker will be in concert and on June 28, Abby Normal will be in concert, both from 7-10 pm

Bring a lawn chair.  Food will be available.

For additional information,, phone 515-993-4374, or email

Penoach Winery
26759 N Avenue
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4374
New Construction to Start at 215 South 6th St.
Next 2 New - AnytimeFitness New Locaation Adel Iowa
Kent YorkNew construction will soon begin at 215 South 6th Street on a new building that will double the space available for two Adel businesses.

Opening in August, both Next To New and Anytime Fitness will have 4000+ square feet at their disposal. Hilsabeck Investments, represented by Kent York, RE/MAX Commercial, will be constructing a new 9600 square foot building.

Next to New Consignment Shop - Adel Shannen Bargman, owner of Next To New and the new building, is excited to offer "a hodgepodge of fun": gently used, like-new consignment clothing, furniture, and both practical and unique up-cycled items focusing on today's trends.

With the additional space Shannen plans to offer new home decor items and hopes to create a retail atmosphere that is warm, inviting, and a fun place to shop.

Anytime Fitness Adel Iowa Anytime Fitness "Hired to Inspire" manager Zachary Clayton has big plans for the increased space. In addition to more cardiovascular equipment and free weights, the location plans to offer fitness classes, personal training sessions, and the possibility of a massage therapist.

The Adel location will be one of the first to install an electronic personal training program that offers yoga, Zumba, kick boxing and spin classes.

The recently added Advocare line of supplements will continue to be available at the club as well.

Stay tuned to's daily website and monthly newsletter to learn more about these two growing Adel businesses!

Next to New
Clothing Consignment Shop
211 South 7th St Suite B
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-1935

Anytime Fitness
817 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3333
BJohn D. Gomke Golf Classic Hole-in-One
John D. Gomke Golf Tornament We are excited to announce that this year at the 4th Annual John D Gomke Charity Classic at Lake Panorama National on June 15th, there will be a chance to win some fabulous hole-in-one prizes on each par 3... including an 8 day, 7 night trip for 2 to Hawaii including airfare!

Join us for our 4th Annual John D Gomke Charity Golf Classic at Lake Panorama National Golf Resort & Conference Center.

Please visit our Golf Registration page to sign up today!

Not a golfer? You can still join us for a fun day on the course and lunch for a Free Will Donation!

John D. Gomke Charity Inc.
P.O. Box 613
DeSoto, IA 50069

Adel Quilting - Silent Auction and  

Annual Little Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show   

Adel Quilting and Dry Goods Co. Adel Quilting and Dry Goods Co, 909 Prairie Street, is sponsoring a Silent Auction of quilted items June 1st. through June 8th. 

This a fund raiser for the Adel Library and a great way to make a contribution. 

Everything from small quilts to quilted purses, totes, pin cushions, pillows, purse organizers and much more will be offered, all locally hand made.

This event coincides with the annual free Little Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, held at the same location on Saturday June 8th (rain date Sunday, June 9).

Adel Quilting and Dry Goods
909 Prairie St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-1170

Adel Farmer's Market Starts June 4th.  

Farmers Market Adel Iowa The Harvey's Greenhouse & Garden Center is hosting the Adel Farmer's Market this summer.

The Market is held every Tuesday, rain or shine, June 4th - September 20th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Stop out and find locally grown produce, organic produce, farm fresh eggs, entertainment, crafts, baked goods, and more.

Enjoy the evening!

Harvey Floral Company
611 Nile Kinnick Dr S
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3916
BActive Girl Fitness - Open House June 2nd & Boot Camp
Active Girl Fitness Adel Iowa Dawn Hinton - Active Girl Fitness Join Us for a Free Open House on Sunday June 2nd:

5:00-6:00 p.m.- Active Girl Fitness Circuit Training

6:00-7:00 p.m.- Zumba Fitness Adel

Upcoming Boot Camp Sessions
Hosted on Monday and Wednesday's in May 2013:

Week 1 - 6/3 & 6/5, 5:00-5:45 a.m.
Week 2 - 6/10 & 6/12, 5:00-5:45 a.m.
Week 3 - 6/17 & 6/19, 5:00-5:45 a.m.
Week 4 - 6/24 & 6/26, 5:00-5:45 a.m.

See you at 907 1/2 Main St. (Above Studio 10's Salon).

$7 per class OR Prepay the month in advance for $49 (One Class FREE) Cash or Check accepted*

*Please register in advance at, Click on Calendar to join.*

Check out the Active Girl Flyer for more information.

Active Girl Fitness
P.O. Box 141
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515) 208-5711
Adel Heath Mart Pharmacy - Specials & More!
Adel HealthMart - Adel Iowa Stop by Adel HealthMart today to see our new line of Dr. Comfort Sandals and new styles of diabetic footwear.

Dr. Comfort has expanded their line to also include 2 new styles designed specifically for those suffering with knee pain associated with osteoarthritis.

The new line of sandals are great for anyone and include many styles to choose from for women or men.

We are getting excited to Celebrate our 5 Year Anniversary on July 1st. Thank you to the community of Adel and surrounding communities for your continued support of our local business. We appreciate it very much and look forward to many years ahead.

Watch our Facebook page at for the upcoming celebration.

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
Adel Museum Adel Historical Museum Open for 2013

The Adel Historical Museum is open on Saturdays through September from noon to 4:00 p.m. Eight rooms are filled with history of Adel and ....  Continue Reading

Yoga Adel 2013 Adel Yoga Class Schedule

Over the years, our yoga group has developed into a close group of friends that get together once a week for gentle exercise We invite you to...   Continue reading
Adel Aquatic Center Adel Iowa 2013 Aquatic Center Status Update - Pool Open June 1st.

The current City Pool will open on June 1st for swimming and Red Cross Swimming Lessons until the aquatic center opens later this summer...  Continue reading
The Animal Hospital of Adel - Adel Iowa
Free Office Visit with Heartworm Testing June 1st.

Spring into Summer with Savings at The Animal Hospital of Adel! Heartworm Clinic Saturday, June 1st, 8 a.m - Noon. Free Office Visit with Heartworm testing....  Continue reading

Free Kids Closet - Adel, Iowa Free Kids Clothes Closet

Kids Clothes Closet is here to help with free clothing! Stop by the Kids Clothes Closet in Adel on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9-11am... Continue reading

Fusion Church - Adel Iowa
Fusion - Garage and Bake Sale May 31st-June 1st.

2nd Annual Fusion Church Garage and Bake Sale. Friday, May 31st at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, June 1st 8:00 - 1:00 p.m. Rain or shine at...   Continue reading 
Racoon River Valley Trail Association
Raccoon River Valley Trail North Loop Grand Opening

Raccoon River Valley Trail North Loop Grand Opening Ceremony, Saturday June 1st, 2013 at Noon. Schedule of Events
(All events at Perry Trailhead... Continue reading
Adel Brick Street Car Show 1
5th Annual Special Olympics All-Wheel Show June 1st.

The 5th Annual Dallas County Sheriff's Special Olympics All-Wheel Show will be held on the Adel Courthouse Square, June 1st, 2013... Continue reading
MudBog Races Dallas County Fairgrounds Adel Iowa
2013 Mudbog Races at Dallas County Fairgrounds

The Adel Mudbog Races are returning to the Dallas County Fairgrounds. Saturday June 1st. Races Start at 4:00 p.m. Registration for event from... Continue reading
ReJOYce with First Christian Church Adel Iowa
ReJOYce with First Christian Church this Summer

Come and reJOYce on Saturday May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 3 at the Stage and Pavilion, 10th and Main Street, Adel. We will be serving free hot dogs... Continue reading
Adel Tumbling & Dance Club
Adel Tumbling & Dance Club 2013 Recital June 1st-2nd.

Adel Tumbling & Dance Club's 2103 two day Dance Recital to be held in the ADM High School Auditorium This year's theme is "Wonderful World of Dance"... Continue reading
United Methodist Church
Wednesday Night Suppers at United Methodist Church

Each Wednesday we offer a balanced meal to members of the church and to people in our community. We welcome everyone in the community to enjoy a meal and... Continue reading
ISIA Annual Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival
ISIA Annual Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival June 8-9th

The Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival is Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9th, at the Dallas County Fairgrounds. Activities include sheep shearing, spinning, weaving, and... Continue reading 
Berry Fresh Farms Adel Iowa
Berry Fresh Farms Open for Summer 2013 June 14th.

Berry Fresh Farms opens June 14th. Bring the family out and pick fresh strawberries. While you're there, enjoy a fun time at the farm and see the animals... Continue reading
Annual All Iowa Wine Festival - Adel Iowa
2013 All Iowa Wine Festival June 15th.

Celebrating the wares of local wineries and music by Fat Tuesday. This event offers a relaxed atmosphere, local wine samples, food vendors, and music... Continue reading
Iowa Cubs Trip Adel Parks & Rec
2013 Iowa Cubs Day Trip - June 17th.

Join us for a trip to watch the Iowa Cubs vs. Omaha on Monday, June 17th. We will leave Adel City Hall at 10:30am and return around 3:30pm... Continue reading
Zumba Fitness Adel Iowa
Fusion - Zumba Fundraiser - June 9th.

Fusion Church in Adel is hosting a Zumba fundraiser to send kids to youth camp. Class will be held June 9th at Zumba Adel's new location (let's dance) 907... Continue reading
Essential Financial Lessons Adel iowa
Free Educational Workshop June 20th.

Do you want Security or Risk?  Join me for a Free educational workshop that will discuss the ways you can Save & Retire without receiving... Continue reading
Adel Parks & Rec.
Registration Deadline Girls Summer Volleyball Camp

Clinics will be on Wednesdays and Fridays in July and August and includes a t-shirt.Clinics will be led by ADM Varsity Volleyball players.... Continue Reading
Adel Partners
2013 Adel Partners Free Event Schedule

Friday June 28 - Free Concert by Roulette playing rock cover - Sponsored by Adel Lions Club...  Continue Reading 

Check out the full list of events on the Calendar.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Well, that wraps it up for the DiscoverAdel.Com newsletter this month!
We hope that you've enjoyed this issue and will share it with your friends.

We always appreciate any comments or article suggestions. Please email us at


Chris Brocka
G.Rafics Inc. is proudly produced by G.Rafics Inc.
~ Go Beyond the Ordinary ~
Featured Article
Brian Block - Ames Adventure Outfitters, AAO - Adel IA
This month we showcase Brian Block of
Ames Adventure Outfitters, AAO
in Adel.
Our Sponsors
Adel Auto Parts Corporation

Adel Insurance - Reich & Loynachan Agency
Adel Insurance

Adel HealthMart Ad
Adel HealthMart

Ames Adventure Outfitters, AAO - Adel IA
Reich Law Firm Adel Iowa
Reich Law Firm

Lincoln Savings Bank Adel Iowa
Lincoln Savings Bank

Brick Street Barbecue - Adel, IA
Brick Street BBQ

Racoon River Valley Trail Association
Raccoon River Valley Trail Association

Studio 10 Adel Iowa
Studio 10
(formerly Marc Stephens)

Fusion Church - Adel Iowa
Fusion Church

Advertise on

Your Ad Here

  G.Rafics Inc.Web Design and Promotional Printing 
G.Rafics Inc.  
Please Support
Adel Public Library
Adel Public Library

John D. Gomke Ad
John D. Gomke 

Adel Lions
Adel Lions

ADM Alumni Association, Adel IA
ADM Alumni Association

Adel Public Library
Adel Public Library
Courtesy of Adel Library

Summer is finally here, and our Dig Into Reading Summer Reading programs are sure to be tons of fun!   


Information about the Adel Public Library and all of our clubs, events, and programs is always available on our website at, or you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.    


Our next Garage Sale of the summer is June 28th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and June 29th 10:00 am to Noon.  


All proceeds from the Garage Sales are used by the Friends of the Adel Public Library for special projects and programs at the library.  

This summer the library has two monthly adult book clubs that are open to everyone.

Brown Bag Book Club - June 13th at Noon to discuss the book "Destiny of the Republic" by Candice Millard.

Evening Book Club -
June 27th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the controversial novel "The Reader" by Bernhard Schlink.  


We are busily preparing for the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale which always happens during Adel's Sweet Corn Festival in August.  


We are eagerly sorting and organizing books, and will happily take any book donations.


Join our Exercise Group three mornings each week and get your morning started in a fit and healthy way.    


The exercise group meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. every week.    


Complete schedules are available at the information desk.    


Our Dig into Reading Summer Reading Program starts in June and the library is excited to host Jester Puppets for their Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Summer Reading Program at our Kick off on June 5th at 11:00 a.m.     


"Iowa Jones and his amazing team of archeologists will take your children on an interactive adventure, from finding mummies to running from dinosaurs to being kidnapped by pirates. With this group, the fun never ends."   

Each week, beginning June 10th, we'll have several opportunities for fun at your library.

Story Time - ages 3-5
will meet on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Time - ages 3 and under will be held on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Drop-in Craft Hour
for kids of all ages will happen each Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 am.
Music Time for all preschoolers will meet on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Friday Films
for all school-aged kids will be shown on our big screen each Friday at 10:00 am.

Calling all Superhero's!
The library is having a gathering of all school-aged local super heroes on Friday, June 7th at 2:00 pm.

Come wearing your best crime fighting costumes for an afternoon of super fun!

It's Pigeon's birthday
and we're going to party!

Come join the fun as we have a birthday party for author Mo Willems Pigeon on Monday, June 10th at 2:00 pm.

We'll have a special Lego Story Time on Thursday, June 14th at 4:00 pm.

Ms. Laura will have a fun Lego challenge and share some crazy Lego stories.

Dallas County Conservation
will be here for Story Time on Wednesday, June 19th at 2:00 pm.

"Many scientists conduct digs to learn more about the geology, animal life, and previous civilizations of an area. A Dallas County naturalist will bring these digs to life with the use of stories, pictures, artifacts and activities at your library!"

Iowa Jones and the Raiders of the Summer Reading Program will be back for a second puppet show on Wednesday, June 26th at 2:00 pm.

"Join Iowa Jones, along with Dr. Rasech, Sara Croft, and the always mischievous Shock the Monkey for a high energy, creative and educational performance that will have your children on the edge of their seats!" 

Library Hours:

Mon. and Fri. 10am-5pm
Tues. -Thurs. 10am-7pm
Sat. 10am-1:30pm

Trever Jayne
Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003

Adel Public Library
Recipe of the Month
DDiscover Chef
Real Beans

I love to BBQ - to say I am a perfectionist is an understatement.

Now, there is nothing like a tall rack of ribs smothered in homemade sauce, but unless you have a great batch of baked beans even the best BBQ seems lackluster.

I'm what you might call a "Bean Connoisseur."

The kids won't let me live down the time I drove to Kansas City to pick up baked beans for Christmas, before driving another 2 hours up north to share them with the extended family.

They were a success and their Uncles request them every year.

Unfortunately that restaurant changed hands and has never been the same since, leaving me bean-less.

Luckily my daughter is just as picky as I am and recently came up with a knock-out recipe for beans that is Dad approved - and just in time for Father's Day.

Be prepared-this recipe takes 2 days to make.

Trust us, "low and slow" is the way to go!

Real Baked Beans


Stage One Prep:
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 6-12 Hours
1 Ham Hock/ Ham Bone
1 t. Cayenne Pepper
1 t. Garlic Power
1 t. Onion Power
1 t. Paprika
1 small Onion, minced
1 clove Garlic, minced
2 T. Worcestershire Sauce

Suggestion: Start the morning before. We recommend using a Crock Pot for Stage One.

Place all ingredients into a Crock Pot.

Add enough water to submerge the Ham Hock.
Cover and allow to cook for 6 hours or until pork registers 145 degrees.

Best if allowed to cook for 12 hours.

Cool. Retain stock and meat!

Discard bones and any large chunks of fat/ skin.

If finished the night before, place ham and stock in the fridge.

Stage Two Prep:
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 2-4 hours
Ham and Stock from Stage One
1 Bottle BBQ Sauce
2 32oz. cans prepared Baked Beans
1 small Onion, Minced
1/2 Jalapeno, seeds removed, minced
1 t. Cayenne Pepper
1 t. Garlic Power
1 t. Onion Power
1 t. Paprika
1 T. Brown Sugar
1 T. Worcestershire Sauce

Suggestions: This recipe feeds 6-8 hungry adults but doesn't allow for much in the way of leftovers.

If you double the recipe, use two baking pans. Disposable roasting pans are great for this!

Add all ingredients to a tall, 9x13 baking pan, stir to combine.

Cover pan with foil, bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

Carefully remove foil and stir. Return uncover

Adel Video
Viewpoints with Terry Bradshaw - Adel IA

ViewPoints w/Terry Bradshaw highlights the history and growth of Adel, Iowa in this short video titled "Welcome to Adel Iowa".

The video was posted  on Youtube┬« and Facebook by Adel City Councilman, John McAvoy.
Holiday Flags
Flag Day Adel IA

The Adel Lions will place a flag on your property for these holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Veteran's Day.

The cost for this great service is only $20 per year.

Adel Lions Flags - Adel Iowa

The Lions and the Adel Boy Scouts make the journey early in the morning setting up the flags and later in the evening they gather them.

The proceeds go to the good causes that the Lions Club do in Adel.

Alumni 2013 Class Reunion News Posted
ADM Alumni Association
The 2013 Class Reunions are starting to post plans on the ADM Alumni Association web site under Reunion News.

This year's All Alumni Reunion is August 9th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Find out who's doing what and how you can participate!

Once a Tiger,
Always a Tiger!

ADM Alumni Association
P.O. Box 122
Adel, Iowa 50003
What is Front Page is a destination website.

Our goal is to inform everyone of the benefits of Adel. Not just those who live in Adel, but also our friends from around the world.

From unique shopping to award winning events to outstanding services, you will find it all in Adel, Iowa!

to check out new businesses, upcoming events, local stories and daily news.
Help the World
Discover Adel!
Powered By:
G.Rafics Inc.Web Design and Promotional Printing
Visit Our Sponsor
Join Our Mailing List