"Helping the World Discover Adel" Newsletter
Vol. 74 December 2014

Dear Friend of Adel,

Every Thanksgiving I pull out all of the classic Christmas movies. "White Christmas", "The Ref", "Scrooged", "It's a Wonderful Life", and of course "A Christmas Story", to name a few.

I love "A Christmas Story", I relate well to Ralphie, it reminds me of being a kid. The Christmas float, decorated store windows, seeing Santa, carolers, and pressing my face up against the store windows.

That nostalgic time is replayed each year with the Adel Holiday Open House. We take the grandkids uptown, like we did their parents, and relive the past for a few hours while creating new memories with the ones we love.

This month we sat down with Shawn Roling of the ADM Fine Arts Booster Club. They do wonderful work with assisting in part of the trinity of a great school, education, sports, and fine arts. As you know, I believe ADM excels well at all of it.

Terry got a little reflective this month, in Terry's own unique way of course. It does explain the Rat Pack tattoo. Please, don't ask, I wish I hadn't.

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
Shawn Roling - ADM Fine Arts Boosters
Adel Holiday Open House & Map
LSB Christmas Open House Dec. 5th
Holiday Open House - Adel Quilting
Penoach Winery 2014 Holiday Open House
Help with the Adel Food Pantry Grant
2014 Festival of Trees Dec. 5th & 7th
Operation Christmas Child Thank You!
ISU Extension and Outreach News & Events
2015 ADM Alumni Hall of Fame Announced
Christmas Eve Service at Fusion Church
Adel HealthMart
Around Town - Upcoming Events
BShawn Roling - ADM Fine Arts Boosters
ADM Fine Arts Booster Club - Adel Iowa
Shawn Roling - President ADM Fine Arts Booster Club
Shawn Roling - President of ADM Fine Arts Booster Club

The Adel-DeSoto-Minburn School District continues to be a bright star for our community.  


Each year, the school is praised for great academics standards, test scores, and graduation rates. In addition, the school is also successful with regards to the fine arts.  

This success is due to the continued support of community members. This month we spoke with the ADM Fine Arts Booster Club President Shawn Roling to learn more about ADM's tradition of stellar performances.


Studies have shown that involvement in extra curricular activities, especially music, can increase a student's test scores and grade point average.  


ADM Fine Arts Booster Club - Adel IowaLuckily, ADM Schools agree and funds these programs to the best of their abilities. Once those funds are allocated, the ADM Fine Arts Booster Club steps up to subsidies remaining needs.  


The Fine Arts encompass Band, Choir, Art, Speech, Theater, Debate, Mock Trial, and Flag Corps for students age kindergarten through seniors.


The funds generated by the ADM Fine Arts Boosters are used by all grade levels. Each year, teachers submit their budgets for supplies such as sheet music, paint and clay, contest entry fees, travel, or costumes.  


These funds may be used to provide All-State camp scholarships, college scholarships to Fine Art majors, assist with equipment purchases, and more.  


In recent years the Booster Club has been able to purchase large ticket items as well. When purchasing these items, the board considers the need, longevity and accessibility.


ADM Fine Arts Booster Club - Adel IowaADM Schools are lucky to have a history of passionate Fine Arts Board members with an eye for the future. When the Board purchased band uniforms 15 years ago, their successors began setting aside funds to purchase replacements.  


The new uniforms offer different configurations so that they may be worn for marching and concert performances.  


The adjustable band shells are placed behind concert risers to help project sound into the auditorium.  


When more power is needed, or the shells would intrude on the scenery, the new wireless microphones may be used. The baby grand piano is a beautiful instrument, housed at the high school, which may be used by any grade during performances in the main auditorium.  


As new instruments are purchased, the older ones are rotated throughout the district.

ADM Fine Arts Booster Club - Adel Iowa


The funding supplied by the ADM Schools and ADM Fine Arts Booster Club has allowed teachers to innovate, helping our students to soar. In recent years ADM has been proud to send multiple performers to All-State Band and Choir competitions, Individual and Large Group State Speech competitions, and Jazz Band performances.  


As these students are recognized for the highest honors within their fields, the ADM school district grows with pride knowing that their contributions have helped so many to experience a genuine love for the arts.


The ADM Fine Arts Boosters is made up of parents and community members who believe strongly in the role that fine arts plays with regards to education, and realize that the success of our teachers and students comes at a price.  

ADM Fine Arts Booster Club - Adel Iowa


Through grants, and fundraising events like the Annual membership Drive in July, cookie dough, meat, and cheese sales, good will donations, and more, the Boosters are able to continue this tradition of giving. In addition to funding, the ADM Booster Club helps to provide chaperones, organize events, and provide volunteer services as needed for concerts, performances, art exhibits, and more.


ADM Fine Arts Booster Club - Adel Iowa

"We have great teachers in our schools that can do great things with our kids- we focus on helping them anyway we can. It's rewarding to be able to say, "Yes!" when a teacher hands us a budget request. We provide the funds, but it's the teachers who are doing the work."


ADM Fine Arts Booster Club - Adel Iowa Community members are encouraged to join the Fine Arts Boosters or volunteer at upcoming performances.  


Monthly meetings are held at 6:30pm on the second Thursday of every month (except December) in the high school band room. These meetings are open to the public and everyone interested in the welfare of the Fine Arts Department is welcome.


If you would like to support the ADM Fine Arts Boosters, tax-deductible donations may be sent to the address below.


ADM Fine Arts Boosters

P.O. Box 252

Adel, Iowa 50003

Phone: (515) 834-2513


BAdel Holiday Open House & Map Dec. 5th
Santa in Adel Adel Partners will be hosting the 20th Annual Adel Business Holiday Open House on Friday, December 5th.

This year's theme is "Light Up the Holidays." The Open House runs from 5:00-7:00 pm with recipe cards and samples at Chamber businesses, civic organizations, and churches.

Luminaries will be displayed throughout the community to light the way to participating businesses and will replace the parade.

Storefronts throughout Adel will be decorated for the holidays as part of the 10th Annual Storefront Decorating Contest. Bring your spare change and use your coins to vote for your favorite storefront display in the new "People's Choice" category. All money collected will be donated to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry.

The Adel Public Library will be hosting a variety of children's activities during the Open House, including face painting with Mrs. Claus and balloons with Santa's elf.

Santa Claus will be at HomeCare Services during the event-bring your camera and one of our volunteers will take your picture free of charge. Stop by City Hall for the unveiling of a new City logo that acknowledges our community's history while also representing Adel's bright future.

We hope that you will join us to enjoy holiday treat samples at each participating business and collect the recipe cards. Watch for a list and map of participants in Dallas County News the week before the event.

Maps will also be available at participating businesses and the Adel Public Library. You won't want to miss this great annual kick off to the holiday season in Adel.

If Adel Partners Chamber of Commerceyou are interested in participating or volunteering, please contact the Chamber at 993-5472 or

Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 73, 301 S.
10th Street, 2nd Floor
Adel, IA 50003
Email: chamber@AdelPartners.Org
Facebook: AdelPartnersChamberOfCommerce
BLSB Christmas Open House Dec. 5th
LSB - Adel Team Lincoln Savings Bank would like to invite you to our Christmas Open House.
Friday, December 5th from Noon to 7:00 pm.

Appetizers and refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you!

Lincoln Savings Bank - LSB Financial
805 Main Street
Adel IA 50003
Office: 515-993-5663

Lincoln Savings Bank, Member FDIC
BHoliday Open House - Adel Quilting
Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co - Adel Iowa Mark your calendar!

Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co in Adel, will host a Holiday Open House.

December 5th and 6th.

We will demonstrate some cute little projects to make for gifts, offer Christmas panels at 50% off, hand out door prizes and serve fudge.

Do your holiday shopping right here in Adel!

Adel Quilting and Dry Goods
909 Prairie St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-1170
BPenoach Winery 2014 Holiday Open House
Penoach Winery - Adel Iowa Penoach Winery in Adel, will have their Christmas Open House on Saturday and Sunday, December 13th, 12:00 - 5:00 pm and December 14th, 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

Stop by for wine specials, goodies, taste hot mulled Apple and cranberry wine, and shop for Christmas gifts.

Wine and winarita mix make a great gift!

Penoach Winery
26759 N Avenue * Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4374
Facebook: Penoach-Vineyard-Winery
BHelp with the Adel Food Pantry Grant
Adel Food Pantry Not too long ago the Adel Good Samaritan Food Pantry applied for Wal-Mart Corporation's "Food Pantry Holiday Makeover" grant.

We were informed that we have been selected as one of 150 finalist to receive one of the 75, $20000 infrastructure grants. We have a very real chance.

To win we need YOUR help. The final decision is being determined the old fashion way: by popular vote.

So, we need you and all of your friends, families, and acquaintances to vote for our pantry once a day every day for 2 weeks.

Here are the specific details.

1. Voting begins Tuesday, Dec 2 and ends Friday, Dec 12 at 11:59 pm ET.
2. GO VIRAL!!! Between now and Dec 2nd, please forward this notice on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, any other social media friends, accounts, and connections.
3. The voting site, open on Dec 2, is
4. Eligible voters must have a US based Facebook account.
5. Follow these steps to cast your vote.
  • Go to
  • Search and select "Adel Good Samaritan Food Pantry" by name or by zip code 50003, city Adel, state Iowa.
  • Click on the "Vote" button.
  • Log in with your Facebook account to complete your vote. Otherwise it won't count.
PLEASE: Vote once every 24 hours. It is allowed and even encouraged.

We are in the business of helping people. This $20,000 grant will allow us to purchase much needed equipment and improve infrastructure. This leaves us with more money to purchase food - our most important goal.

This is simply a huge opportunity. Let's make it happen! Thanks in advance for your support.

Thank You,

Michelle Messer
Good Samaritan Food Pantry
Adel, Iowa 50003

Please do your holiday Amazon shopping by signing into before you shop. Our pantry will receive 0.5% of your purchase. Use our charity-specific link: before you start your shopping.

This Amazon deal is ongoing. Now, of course, will be a great time but anytime people shop thru the year they can support us! Thank you for thinking of us.

The Food Pantry serves the residents of the ADM School District and the town of Van Meter, Iowa.

Good Samaritan Food Pantry of Adel
United Methodist Church
115 South Tenth Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 423-0753
B2014 Festival of Trees Dec. 5th & 7th
The Festival of Trees will be open on Friday night December 5th during the Adel Partners Holiday Open House.

The Church will also host their annual Festival of Trees and Tearoom on Sunday, December 7th.

Enjoy a Bottomless Bowl of Soup, Delectable Tearoom Desserts, or both!

A Quilt Show, featuring Antique quilts, will be held in the sanctuary, decorated with the help of Aubrey Dunbar.

The Quilting group will have items for sale in the sanctuary. Soup will be served 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, desserts 11:30 am to 4:00 pm, Quilt show 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Soup-$6.00. Dessert-$4.00.

Plan to come and relax with family and friends, enjoy our beautiful trees, and pick up some holiday spirit.

We are located at Nile Kinnick Dr North and Rapids St. (218 N. 9th St.) in Adel. Phone 515-993-4514 if questions.

First Christian Church
218 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-1040
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
BOperation Christmas Child Thank You!

Operation Christmas Child Adel Iowa Operation Christmas Child was an incredible success this year!   


Thank you to everyone for your donations and support! Our drop-off sites in Dallas County, Adel United Methodist Church and Grace West Church, received a 50% increase, making our total an astounding 1,537 boxes!   


Way to go Dallas County!!

There were many churches and groups who participated throughout the county.  Adel churches made a tremendous difference in this outreach!  


Those who contributed to the effort include:  Faith Lutheran, First Christian, Fusion, Grace Lutheran, New Hope, and Adel United Methodist. Adel groups and clubs also filled many shoeboxes with gifts for Operation Christmas Child.


AWANA's, CIA (Christians in Action), Adel Girl Scouts, Genesis Development, and the Classy Clever Clovers did an outstanding job this year in producing more gift-filled shoeboxes than ever!  

Operation Christmas Child boxes from our area this year will be going to India, Belize, Trinidad, Tobago, Uganda, or Tanzania.  Many children are soon going to be filled with hope, joy, and excitement because of Dallas County's loving outreach!  

Thank you for participating in Operation Christmas Child!  Your loving donations will make a life-changing impact in the lives of many children.  Thank you for making such a difference!

Operation Christmas Child - Adel UMC Adel Iowa God bless you and Merry Christmas!

Stefanie Wilderdyke, OCC Area Coordinator 


Adel United Methodist Church
115 South Tenth Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3791
BISU Extension and Outreach News & Events
4H Market Beef Weigh In ISU Ext. Office - Market Beef Weigh In Dec. 13th

Any 4-H'er planning to show market beef at the Dallas County Fair, Iowa State Fair, Clay County Fair or AkSarBen in 2015 MUST

have their entries weighed, tagged and identified in 4hOnline.  



The Dallas County weigh-in is Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 8-11 a.m. on the Dallas County Fairgrounds. Each 4-H'er may weigh up to six steers or market heifers plus junior cattle feeder pens for county fair. From 8-9 a.m. county fair only animals will be weighed. All animals will be weighed starting at 9 a.m.  


Animals to be shown at the Iowa State Fair will need to have a retinal scan and those electing to go to AkSarBen will need to have hair samples pulled for DNA testing. To show at the State Fair, 4-H'ers must be in grades 5-12. The weigh-in fee for each animal is: County Fair $1.25, State Fair $5, AkSarBen $5.



ISU Ext. Farm Succession: Determining Your Legacy Dec. 10th
ISU Farm Succesion Planning Farm Succession: Determining Your Legacy - Taking on the challenge of land transition.

One of the greatest concerns for a family farm, according to the Iowa State University Extension Beginning Farmer Center, is the transfer of the farm from one generation to the next.

This process can create both opportunities and constraints on the sustainability of the farm business that other non-farm entities rarely experience.

Family farms are unique because the farm is not only the place of business for the family but also the place of residence and tradition-making it hard to give up.

Those who have not yet begun a succession plan could benefit from attending... Continue reading.


ISU Ext. STEM - Multi Project Workshop Dec. 30th
ISU Ext STEM Program A 4-H Multi Project Workshop will be held on December 30 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in the community building on the fairgrounds.

Participating 4-H'ers can attend the workshops they are most interested in.

Clothing - Learn how you can participate in the clothing event and the county fair with the same item.
County Fair - What do you need to do to exhibit at the county fair? What are the judges are looking for? What goals should you set?
Food and Nutrition - Snack making!
Communications - Tips on how to give a presentation to your club or at the Communications Day Event.
STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Oh my!
Animal Science - Did you know, you can do an animal project without owning an animal? Learn how you can take it one step further.
County Council - Be a county youth leader and help plan a county wide activity.

Members and 4-H parents should watch their email for registration information.



ISU Ext. Office - Strengthening Families Program in Adel
 SFP Winter 2015Strengthening Families Program in Adel - Participants say 'best thing' for family.

It's an Iowa value which Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Dallas County believes in-the importance of family. Those who agree may benefit from and are encouraged to participate in Strengthening Families Program (SFP): For Parents and Youth Ages 10-14.

"Sometimes parents do not sign up for this program because they think their family is doing fine," says ISU Extension Educator, Lisa Mickelson. "But truly, every family, no matter what their situation is, can benefit by building upon their skill set, gaining new tools and techniques to enhance their family life and reinforce the bond they already have with their youth--especially during these critical adolescent years."

ISU Ext SFP Fall 2013SFP has proven effective in...
Continue reading.


Dallas County ISU Extension Office
28059 Fairground Road
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4281
Fax: (515) 993-1027
Annual Holiday Open House Studio 10 Dec. 6th
Studio 10 Holiday Open House - Adel Iowa Studio 10 in Adel, will be having our annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 6th from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

We will be offering great discounts on products, gift certificates, and services.

Door prizes will be drawn for those who attend the event, and Pure Privilege participants will receive double points on purchases that weekend.

Pre-orders will begin for Pure Privilege Double Points weekend in November.

Marc Stephens and Friends Adel Iowa Please follow us on Facebook for more details as we get closer to the event

Studio 10
907 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3300
B2015 ADM Alumni Hall of Fame Announced
ADM Alumni Association The selection committee has made the announcement of the 2015 ADM Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees.

Tim Canney, Adel-DeSoto Class of 1986

Erik Davisson, Adel-DeSoto Class of 1990

Judy Lienemann Kennedy, Adel Class of 1974

Nate Wall, Adel-DeSoto Class of 1993

Induction ceremonies will be in conjunction with the ADM Alumni All Class Reunion on Friday, August 7th 2015.

Please make plans now to join us in honoring our latest class of inductees.

ADM Alumni Association
P.O. Box 122
Adel, IA 50003
Email:  ADM Alumni
BChristmas Eve Service at Fusion Church
Fusion Church in Adel will host a Christmas Eve Service, December 24th at 5:00 pm at the church.

We invite you to bring your family and guests as we celebrate Christ's birthday.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Fusion Church - Adel Iowa Fusion Church
29147 Prospect Circle
Hwy. 6 (just east of Adel)
Phone: 515.993.5438
Facebook: Connectwithfusion
Adel HealthMart - Your Local First Stop!
Adel HealthMart Holidays - Adel Iowa 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
Adel Basketball Leagues Adel Boys Youth Basketball Grades 1 & 2 Sign-up

Boys Youth Basketball. Games played on four Saturday mornings in January and February Ages: 1st and 2nd Grade...   Continue reading
Captains Quarters and CQ Brewing - Adel Iowa Threesome! at Captain's Quarters Dec. 13th

Captain's Quarters in Adel will be hosting a public tasting threesome event at the CQ on Saturday, December 13th at 4:00 pm...  Continue reading
Faith Lutheran Parents Day Out Faith Lutheran's 2014 Parent's Day Out Dec. 7th

Let Faith Lutheran Church watch the kids as you get some Christmas shopping done! Sunday December 7th, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m...  Continue reading
Adel Rotary Adel Rotary Raising Funds for Operation Warm

The Adel Rotary Club is raising funds for Operation Warm that will provide winter coats to school children in the Dallas County area...  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 
Single Moms Christmas Dinner Invitation - 2014 Single Moms Christmas Dinner Dec 13th

Join Us For a Special Evening. Each year before Christmas, Single Parent Provision hosts a special evening of food, fellowship and fun!...    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 year is quickly coming to a close, but there is still so much to celebrate.

The library is a fun and magical place around the holidays, and we're excited to share some exciting December events with you.


Friday, December 5th will be a treat for all of you Christmas lovers.

We will be participating in the City of Adel's Holiday Open House from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Elves will be face-painting and Mrs. Claus will be making balloon creations, so be sure to stop by the library!


We have the perfect family holiday event to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Come to our Family Gingerbread House Event at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, December 9th and build gingerbread houses as a family.

This event is free and all supplies will be provided.


Our early-out day will be extra sweet this month!

On Wednesday, December 3rd at 2:00 pm we are having an Early Out Holiday Party.

We will be showing Merry Madagascar and completing a craft.

There will also be plenty of food, so make sure to stop by after school.


The first week in December will be the last week of our regular story time programs until January.

We will have our Preschool Story Time on December 1st, our Toddler Story Time on the 2nd, and our Music Time on the 4th.

All programs begin at 10:30 am. We will however have a special story time on Monday, December 8th at 10:30 am.

The Dallas County Conservation will be here to talk about owls.


We will hold our Evening Book Club on Thursday, December 4th at 7:00 pm.

They will be discussing the book Milo Powell, PI by Adel author, T.W. Person.

Our other Book Club will meet at noon on Thursday, December 11th to discuss The Christmas Train by David Baldacci.


There will be a Friends of the Adel Public Library Foundation Gift Wrapping Fundraiser from December 8th through December 22nd.

We will be accepting free-will donations.


We will hold a Classic Movie Monday at 2:00 pm on Monday, December 8th.

We will be showing A Christmas Story.

There will also be a Teen Volunteer Service Morning for teens to earn volunteer hours. 

There will be meeting on Monday, December 29th from 10:00 am to noon.

Also, just a reminder - the silent auction ends on Friday, December 12th at 5:00 pm.


We have some special hours throughout the month of December due to the holidays.

We will close at noon on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th.

We will be closed on Christmas and the day after, Thursday, December 25th and Friday, December 26th.

We will also close at noon on Wednesday, December 31 for New Year Eve.



December 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.

~ Brittany

Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
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Recipe of the Month
DDiscover Chef
Caramel-Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

I've always loved that the holiday season grants me the opportunity to cook large meals for a crowd.

It might mean a long night of prepping ingredients, and multiple trips to multiple grocery stores, but all that hustle really puts me in the holiday spirit. Plus, part of the gift is the journey(s).

And each time I visit a grocery store during the holidays I see colorful displays of "Limited Edition - Just For The Holidays - Get Them While They Last" baking items and I'll admit, I'm drawn to them.

I'm pulled from one to another around the store thinking, "Did that say caramel-filled chocolate chips?

I've never seen Pomegranate Jell-O before. Who would ever buy...oh, it's 2 for $3.00, well that's a steal..." as I put them in my cart.  

I know what you're thinking, I'm a sucker. Yes, that's true.

Did you know that Iowa is considered the best test market for grocery items like this? And it has been for decades?

What can I say, I come by it honestly, it's in the Iowan DNA.

So a few days ago, I found 2 deluxe cream cheese flavors on sale and decided to give them a try.

I don't think they work well on bagels, but they inspired a new dessert that is a keeper.
Caramel-Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake



1 Tub Philadelphia Pumpkin and Cinnamon Cream Cheese*
1 Tub Philadelphia Caramel Cream Cheese*
1 Can Pumpkin
2 Eggs
2 T. Sugar
1 T. Cinnamon

2 Pkgs Lotus Speculoos Cookies OR 1 box Ginger Snaps
1 Stick Salted Butter, melted
2 T. Sugar


Crush the Cookies or pulse in a food processor into crumbs.  


Combine in a bowl with Sugar and Butter until evenly dispersed.  


Press into the bottom of a 9x13" pan. Set Aside.

Let Cream Cheese soften at room temperature while you prepare the crust.  


Once soft, combine with Pumpkin, Eggs, Sugar, and Cinnamon.

Pour Filing into the Crust and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.  


Check with toothpick for doneness, or internal temp of 160 degrees.  


Once cool, frost top with Cool Whip, sprinkle with light dash of Cinnamon.

*This recipe is so good I had to design a contingency plan should the flavored cream cheese be a passing fad.  


So, if needed, substitute 2 blocks of plain cream cheese, add 1 TBSP Vanilla, double the Cinnamon and Sugar, and combine with 1/4 cup Caramel Ice Cream Topping. Equally delicious. 


Terry Traveller - Reflects on Holidays
Terry Traveller - Adel Iowa

Dear fellow traveler~

The other day, I was thinking of holidays past in the time of my world travels.

I once spent the day in silence aside monks, another day in loud, friendly round-table talks, I have sat by a fire and roasted camel, and rang the bells of the Weeba Beast.

I have had great inspirations at the peaks of mountains, and humbling defeats at the the base of small hills.

I have sat on a coach in flannel pajamas for 18 hours straight drinking cocoa, eating, and watching the extended Director's Cut of the Lord of The Ring Trilogy, and lived to tell the tale.

I was thinking of these times because work has been stressful lately; being the world's most obscure traveler has it's boring administrative duties during 4th quarter, too.

And Thanksgiving decisions seemed to be financially based as opposed to celebratory.

I sat and sighed, thinking of holiday gifts and budgets, making compromises to great gift ideas, shaving a few dollars here and there, with my head in my hand when my sister called.

She was in the same place and I felt I had an answer for us both as those world travels sprang to the forefront.

In these great memories I remember eating good food. I remember joy and laughter.

I remember smiling faces, bright colors, and a spirit that traveled from person to person, room to room, and beyond.

And yes, sometimes the gifts. So why was this year different? Why were thoughts of the impending holiday saturated with gloom?

Because something was missing...

I thought of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation which I watch every year, in the Congo or in the hospital, every single year but it wasn't the story line I was remembering, it was the ukulele music and the theme song.

I suggested to my sister that she play her Christmas CDs and I  flipped through my collection of LPs to find the Best of Holiday Classics with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin.

With each song I remembered good times with friends and family and my home seemed to grow warmer, and the desire to decorate found me setting up my wooden shoes and spinning deer by the mantle.

My sister found the want to put up her Christmas tree early. And then greater gift ideas sprang to my mind, along with ways to do them all, within my budget.

So if you're just not in the mood for the holidays, put on your favorite songs and get into the holiday spirit then enjoy your traditions, whatever they may be!

~Happy Holidays from Terry

Terry Traveller
Become a Friend of the Raccoon River Valley Trail
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Friends of the Trail
Courtesy of RRVT Association:

It's that time of year when you are probably thinking about holiday gifts and year-end charitable giving.

That makes this the perfect time to become a Friend of the Raccoon River Valley Trail!

Your donation helps the RRVTA in its mission of promoting and marketing the trail and the trail communities.

You will receive 1 annual trail pass for each $25 donation you make. (passes issued by Dallas, Guthrie & Greene County Conservation Boards)

Making a donation is easy! Simply go to the link listed below.

 Become a Friend

You can read up more about the Raccoon River Valley Trail Association at:

Raccoon River Valley Trail Association
402 Main St.
Cooper, Iowa 50059
Phone: (515) 386-5488
Adel's New Brand to Debut During Open House Dec. 5th
Adel Iowa

The City of Adel is set to debut its new brand at Adel City Hall during the Holiday Open House event on Friday, December 5th.

The new brand features a new logo, a new tagline, and a new narrative that the City's Branding Committee has been developing with Webspec Design since the summer.

In addition to the new brand, City Hall will have samples of a delicious holiday treat and a recipe card.

Please stop by City Hall on Friday, Dec. 5 during the Holiday Open House event to check out the City's new brand!

City of Adel
301 S. 10th Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4525
Fax: (515) 993-4527
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