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"Helping the World Discover Adel" - Vol. 98 December 2016
Both Lori's Grandfather and mine worked at the Sheffield Brick & Tile. One of my earliest memories was visiting my Grandfather as he was tending a brick kiln. The "Brick & Tile" was a significant part of our family and our community. While looking for a place to raise our family, I half joked that we had to move to Adel since it had a "brickyard" so it had to have good people. I've been proven right many times over the last 30 years.

We had the honor to talk with Phil Bazan of United Brick and Tile about the history of the plant and to take a tour. 

Terry is back with memories of a Christmas tradition I remember fondly. But for the record, I would've never asked Santa for a leisure suit...

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

Adel United Brick and Tile

Phil Brazen - United Brick and Tile Company
Phil Bazan - Adel's United Brick and Tile Company
Phil Bazan - Adel's United Brick and Tile Company 

For more than 100 years Adel, Iowa has been well known for its brick. From stately homes to historic streets, brick is what put Adel on the map.

This month we toured the United Brick and Tile company, a division of Sioux City Brick. Plant Manager Phil Bazan shared with us the history and artistry of brick making in Adel.
Dallas County is home to high quality red and blue clay, the key ingredients to brick making. This was true when R.M. Kearns & Company established a brick plant south of Oakdale Cemetery on Butler Creek in 1880. At that time, the plant employed 25 men and turned out 20,000 bricks daily.

Adel United Brick and Tile - 1910
Adel Plant - 1910

Now, the Adel plant employs 100 employees and produces approximately 92 million bricks per year. At the turn of the century, a new plant was built near the railroad tracks on the southwest edge of town where the plant continues to reside today.

Adel United Brick and Tile Adel Iowa
The Adel Plant Today

Adel bricks are known for their consistency in color, size, and quality. During its prosperous beginnings, this was thanks to the innovation and imagination of owner Halvor Rufus (H. R.) Straight who filed 87 patents for brick making equipment and brick and tile design during his lineage. With the aid of good advertising, the Adel plant remained busy when many brick companies suffered for business. The plant was continually modernized and many of H.R. Straight's patents of labor saving machinery were put to work which helped the Adel brick plant stand above the rest.
In 1926, a merger of red brick plants took place consolidating 32 plants in four states into a new company called United Clay Products Company. H. R. Straight sold the Adel plant to the new company for a profit as it was considered to be the most efficient plant in the group. In 1958 Sioux City Brick purchased the Adel plant, creating the United Brick and Tile division.
Sioux City Brick

Sioux City Brick is known for building the first tunnel kiln in Iowa, which greatly increased production. Tunnel kilns, long brick hallways that heat to more than 2000 degrees, produced brick more economically; quality control improved, as did color consistency. This allowed for greater distribution throughout the country.

Phil Bazan joined Adel's United Brick and Tile in 1995. Phil graduated from Iowa State University's Ceramic Engineering program and his passion for bricks is infectious. During the tour, Phil shared the step-by-step process of mining the clay, creating the perfect ratio of red to blue clay, forming and baking the bricks, inspecting the bricks, packaging, and shipping. It is clear that while the processes have been modernized, the human component is a crucial component for success.

"There is a discussion within the industry '[is brick making] more science or art?' Its a lot more science than it used to be, but brick making is still very much an art."
The process begins in the ground. Each summer, clay is mined during a short 6-12 week period and stockpiled for use throughout the year. Red clay alone is too sticky to build bricks; blue clay, or shale, is too sandy. The ideal balance is created each year based on the stockpile's properties.
"The characteristics of the stockpile change each year. When [the clay] fires we want it to be the same color, the same shrinkage, and the same absorption. It's really the clay that everything is based on. We spend a lot of time testing the new stockpiles, and testing the temperatures of the dryer and kiln. The firing recipe for each batch of bricks is saved so we can closely match the bricks you bought 5 years ago."
Approximately 6 tons of clay is used daily; crushed and sifted through screen to make a coarse powder.
Adel United Brick and Tile
"The powder is then conveyed to the Water Closet which is filled with several shower nozzles. The clay drops down and we spray the clay while its in the air. You don't want to add water to the top of the clay because it doesn't mix well.

The clay falls into a bin with turning knives that mix the clay and water together to temper the clay's consistency. The clay will then drop into a vacuum chamber to remove the air from the clay so we get a really firm extrusion that won't pull apart. "
Moving down the line, the clay is forced through a machine, simultaneously smoothing the clay, creating evenly spaced core holes, and if desired, can be altered with any number of colors or coatings. Scraps are fed back into productions so that nothing is wasted.
The clay is then lifted through metal wires that slice the column into individual bricks. From here, the blocks move to the Facer, which dusts them with silica sand to prevent the bricks from sticking to one another, and stacks the clay onto rolling cars for firing. One car holds 4500-10,500 bricks depending on residential or commercial sizing.

Adel United Brick and Tile

"The Adel location is a 5-Day operation with 7 days of production. We don't shut down the kiln and dryer because it takes several days to cool down and restart. As a result, we have a holding room that is warm and humid that keeps the clay stable for firing later. We make somewhere around 250,000 bricks a day, or about 10 houses a day."
The cars then move into the Holding Room or the Dryer depending on need. The Dryer starts at 120 degrees. By the time the brick has moved to the end of the dryer, the temperature has reached 450 degrees. The Dryer slowly extracts the moisture so that the bricks do not explode while baking. Bricks then roll down the line to the kiln.
The Kiln starts at 400-600 degrees and will be ramped up to 1900-2040 degrees depending on the project.

During the baking process, gases are sometimes fed into the chamber to promote oxidation, a chemical reaction that changes the color of the bricks.
Adel United Brick Tile
Once the bricks are cooled, employees dust off the silica sand and check for chipping. Any bricks that are damaged during the baking processes are crushed and recycled as Brick Chips.
Brick Chips are available in a variety of consistencies and serve many purposes. The mulch is long lasting and colorfast, creates an appealing contrast to flowers, shrubs, and sidewalks, resistant to harboring insects, and heavy enough to withstand leaf blowing in the fall. Brick Chips are an attractive mix of red and brown colors making them perfect for residential, commercial, and sports related needs. Brick Chips are sold locally at the Adel plant.
From here, the bricks are blended and packaged for shipping around the country. Blending the bricks is important, as each car and each brick, is slightly different from one another. Blending helps to create the iconic mosaic-feel expected of a brick structure.
Adel bricks are shipped internationally and used to create banks, schools, shopping malls, houses, and more. Locally, Adel bricks are proud to circle the downtown square and spread throughout historic neighborhoods. Speaking to their strength and durability, most of the original brick used to pave the streets were salvaged and reused during Adel's historic street renovation.
Phil and the team are proud to be part of Adel's long tradition with brick. If you would like to incorporate these locally sourced and produced Adel bricks in your next home or office project, visit to find a showroom near you.
" Made in America- owned by Americans. There is still a place where integrity, craftsmanship, and quality intersect. That place is Sioux City Brick. We make great brick." 100 Year Anniversary, Sioux City Brick, 2013
United Brick and Tile
Division of Sioux City Brick
Phil Bazan, Plant Manager
1831 Main Street
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4549
LSB Holiday Open House Adel

LSB Adel Ground Breaking
LSB Holiday Open House Dec. 2nd 

Lincoln Savings Bank would like to invite you to our Christmas Open House. Come celebrate with us on Friday, December 2, from Noon - 7 pm. Holiday snacks available throughout the day.
Lincoln Savings Bank and LSB Insurance
805 Main Street * Adel IA 50003
Office: 515- 993-5663

Lincoln Savings Bank, Member FDIC
Adel Auto Parts NAPA Holidays
Holiday Shopping at Adel Auto Parts With NAPA Know-How! 

Use your NAPA Know-How to pick out the perfect gifts for the family this holiday season!

Stop in at Adel Auto Parts to pick out tool sets, car mats, gun cases, and commemorative toy trucks.

Buy gift certificates for the special mechanic in your life that keeps you moving down the road. Pick up a scented tree to give your truck a little holiday cheer.

Adel Auto Parts is the place for all your car's winterizing needs, too. Current Specials

Happy Holidays from John Standley and his crew at Adel Auto Parts!
Adel Auto Parts NAPA
Adel Auto Parts Corporation
809 Main Street * Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: 515-993-3212

Perry Auto Parts
1001 3rd. St. * Perry, Iowa 50220
Phone: 515-465-4615

Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 7:30 am - Noon
Penoach Winery Holiday Open House
Penoach Winery Christmas
Open House December 3rd

Penoach Winery will hold a Christmas Open House on Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd and 4th from 12-5 pm both days.

There will be wine tasting plus hot spiced apple wine, Christmas goodies, wine and wineries specials, and several wine themed gifts under $25.

Come and enjoy a fun time at Penoach!

Penoach Winery
Penoach Winery
26759 N Ave.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4374
Facebook: Penoach-Vineyard-Winery
Adel Festival of Trees
Festival of Trees December 4th

The Adel First Christian Church will host their annual Festival of Trees on Sunday, December 4th.

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

Soup will be served 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Desserts 11:30am to 3:00 pm, Quilt show 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.   

Cost: Soup-$6.00.  Dessert-$4.00.

New this year, Family Ticket-$25.00  (Children 12 and under).

A Quilt Show, featuring heirloom & hand stitched quilts, will be held in the sanctuary.

Proceeds from this event go to support our local outreach activities.

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. View the Tearoom Poster.

First Christian Church of Adel
First Christian Church
218 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-1040
Iowa Author Bill Beaman
Iowa Author Bill Beaman at
Adel Quilting December 2nd & 3rd

Adel Quilting & Dry Goods will host an Open House December 2nd and 3rd.

Serving Merlot Meatballs and Iowa author Bill Beaman will be in the shop that eve for a book signing of his brand new book,

The first public unveiling and the 4th in his sequel of murder mysteries set in Iowa.

Be sure to stop by Adel Quilting & Dry Goods to meet the author. Follow Bill Beaman on Facebook at:

Adel Quilting & Dry Goods - Adel Iowa
Adel Quilting and Dry Goods
909 Prairie St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-1170
Adel Holiday Open House 2016
"Sip and Sample Adel" Open House and Map - December 2nd  

"Sip and Sample Adel" Friday, December 2nd

3:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Santa and Mrs. Claus, Children's Activities at the Adel Library

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Businesses open, handing out food and drink samples along with recipes

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Santa will be on the square in his party bus

View the Sip and Sample Adel Flyer and the Event Map of participating businesses and their recipes. Sponsored by the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce

Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 73, 301 S. * 10th St., 2nd Floor
Adel, IA 50003
Facebook: AdelPartnersChamberOfCommerce
Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce

2016 Adel Womens Club Memorial Tree
Adel Women's Club
2016 Annual Memorial Tree

The Adel Women's Club (AWC) will be lighting the 2nd Annual Memorial Tree on the night of Adel's Holiday Open House December 2nd.

The lights will continue to shine throughout the holiday season.
A one-time, heart filled donation for any amount may be given in memory of a loved one and a single bulb will be placed permanently on the memorial tree.

The names of the loved ones. along with the names of the donors, will be displayed during the holiday season this year. In the years that follow, the names of the loved ones will be permanently displayed. Adel Women's Club received an overwhelming response last year on the is project. 150 bulbs were placed on the tree. AWC is dedicated to giving back to the community and enhancing the lives of others. The total amount of donations last year was $2500. All of those funds were donated back to the community.

2016 Adel Womens Club Memorial Tree
Bulbs for the Memorial Tree will be sold now through December 17th. Any club member will be happy to take your donation or you may contact one of the project committee members listed below.

At Hairs 2 You Salon there will be a table set up to leave donations.

Let's make this a tradition by continuing to add bulbs to shine brightly each year in memory of our loved ones and to help others in the community through the donations.

Adel Women's Club
Project Committee Members:
Bonnie Conover (515) 720-9141
Lana Schrock (515) 238-9781
Judy Burgus (515) 491-8861
Faith Lutheran Parents Day Out
Faith Lutheran's 2016
Parents Day Out December 10th 

Let Faith Lutheran Church watch the kids as you get some Christmas shopping done!

Parents Day Out, Saturday December 10th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Please register your children at

This will be a fun time for for children as you shop!

Parents Day Out

Faith Lutheran Church - Adel Iowa
Faith Lutheran Church & Preschool LCMS
602 S. 14th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3848
Letters From Santa
Notes From The North Pole - Deadline December 2nd   

Have a letter from Santa mailed directly to your child this Christmas.

Fee is $6.00 per child. (Maximum fee per family-$18.00)
Registration Deadline: December 2nd.

Sign up to receive a letter from Santa mailed directly to your child. It will come in an envelope with Santa's name and return address in the corner. A unique idea for all of your nieces, nephews or grandchildren no matter where they live!

All Registration Forms can be placed with Adel Parks & Recreation by December 2nd so the child will be assured to receive it before Christmas. Registration can also be done Online.
Adel Parks & Rec
Adel Parks & Rec.
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
301 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4525
Facebook: Adel-Parks-and-Recreation/1513050525640281
Big Green Egg from Adel & Winterset TV & Appliance
Season's Eating From
Adel Winterset TV & Appliance

Do something different for the holiday's this year.

Get a Big Green Egg from Adel & Winterset TV & Appliance and grill, roast, smoke or bake your holiday meal.

The Big Green Egg is an all in one cooking tool, made for wowing holiday guests. It also makes for a perfect gift for the griller in your family.

Already have an Egg? Stop by and pickup some stocking stuffers. We have the largest selection of Eggcessories in central Iowa including smoking wood, spices, rubs, sauces, tools and more!

Big Green Egg from Adel & Winterset TV & Appliance

Adel Winterset TV Maytag Sale
Adel Winterset TV and Appliance
916 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-5287
Facebook: AdTV4287
Good Samaritan Food Pantry
Adel Good Samaritan Food Pantry Soon to Have New Home

The Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Adel will soon have a new home. Due to the increased services offered at the food pantry, we have outgrown our current space at the United Methodist Church.

Over the past year, we have almost doubled our kid's programs and continue to serve more families on a monthly basis.

Each week, Wal-Mart in Grimes and Fresh Thyme from West Des Moines, are donating fresh produce, bread, eggs and soon to expire items. Last week we had 65 large boxes of food from Wal-Mart alone.   This is a mixed blessing because it is awesome for the clients we serve but a challenge for our volunteers to find space and storage for all this food.

Last summer, the executive board approached Tim Canney of the ADM school board, to see if there was space at the ADM Administration Center (old middle school) to house the pantry. He took it to the school board and after much discussion and legal review; a lease for the old lunchroom space was completed. ADM is willing to partner with us to help support the Feed the Kids programs because it is hard to educate a hungry child.

Improvements to the space will need to be made - additional wiring, painting, appliances, furniture etc. that we hope to have completed within the first quarter of 2017. To cover these expenses, we are in the process of  writing grants and seeking donations from corporations in Dallas County.  

Many people will be needed to help complete the work and the move. Please let us know if you would like to participate with time, talent or donations toward this move.  

To volunteer contact Celia at 515-423-0753.  If you would like to donate to the renovation project please contact Keith Troester at or mail your donation to Good Samaritan Food Pantry 115 S. 10th St. Adel, IA  50003.  Your donation is tax deductible.

Also, please keep us in your prayers.  We need all the help we can get.

ADM High School
Good Samaritan Food Pantry of Adel
United Methodist Church
115 S. 10th St * Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 423-0753
Facebook: Good-Samaritan-Food-Pantry
Adel Public Library
December Events at the Adel Public Library

The annual City of Adel Holiday Open House is Friday December 2nd.

Santa, Mrs. Claus and some Elves will be at the library for pictures with Santa, balloon art, and face painting from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.

Please drop in on Monday, December 5th anytime between 5:00 to 7:00 pm and make Ginger Bread Houses with us.  

December can be a stressful time and the Friends of the Library are here to help.

Staff and Friends will be on hand to gift-wrap your Christmas presents for a free will donation while you look for something good to read.

Gift wrapping is available during normal library hours from Monday, December 12th through Wednesday, December 21st.

On Thursday, December 22nd your librarians will be wrapping gifts at the Jordan Creek Barnes & Noble and your donations will help us with special library projects
Our last week of Children's activities ends with a Frozen Saturday Story Time on Saturday, December 10th. Story Times and will return after the New Year in late January! Remember that all library programs are cancelled whenever local schools are closed due to inclement weather.
Critter Cindy will be here for a special winter themed Dallas County Conservation Story Time on Monday, December 12th at 10:30 am.
Our second Annual Art Show begins on Monday January 9th and runs through Saturday January 21st.

This is a great opportunity to feature local artists and we'd love to share YOUR art with our community. If you, or someone you love, would like to have their art featured at the library please contact Paula at or 515-993-3512.
To kick-off the Art Show the Friends Foundation will be hosting our first ever Winter Gala on Monday, January 9th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  
We'll have Penoach Winery here for a wine tasting, music, hors d'oeuvres, door prizes, and even a short awards ceremony to celebrate our fantastic Friends Foundation.

We hope you'll join us as we celebrate our successes from 2016 and look ahead to another great year in 2017!
In the last year, we welcomed 45,592 people to your library, who check out 84,155 items, and we'd like to wish each and every one of you a safe and happy holiday season.

The library will be closed on 12/23, 12/24, 12/25, 12/26 for Christmas and 12/31, 01/01, and 01/02 for New Years.
As always, information about the Adel Public Library and all of our clubs, events, and programs is available on our website at
Adel Public Library 
303 S. 10th St. * Adel, Iowa 50003  
Phone: 515-993-3512 
Library Hours: 
Mondays and Fridays, 10 am to 5 pm 
Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 am to 7 pm 
Saturdays, 10 am to 1:30 pm. 
ADM Bookfair
ADM Academic Decathlon Team Bookfair December 10th  

Know someone who has books on their Christmas list?

Come to Barnes and Noble, 4550 University Avenue, on December 10 to fill their wishes and help out ADM's Academic Decathlon team.

Just mention ADM at checkout, and the team will get a portion of the sale at no extra cost to you.

The team will be at the store from 1 to 5 pm with coloring pages to help you destress during the holiday season, and they will also be working the gift wrap table to save you some time at home (and to keep those gifts safe from any prying eyes).

The fair goes from store opening (9 am) to close (10 pm).

This also applies to any item bought in the cafe, and you can also order a Cheesecake Factory cheesecake ($40) or apple pie ($35) for your holiday gathering.

Each cake is 14 slices and can be frozen for up to nine months. Cakes have to be paid for that day at the store. They only have so many on hand per day. If they run out, they will order one you can pick up at a later date.

If you can't make it to the store that day but still want to contribute, you can order online from December 10-15. Just enter the bookfair ID number (11995057) at checkout.

Have questions? Please email Beth Knipper at
Santas Workshop
Santa's Workshop
- December 3rd, 10th, & 17th  

Need a break? ... or extra shopping time? ...or time to wrap your gifts.

If so drop off your child off at Santa's Workshop for holiday fun!

Located  at 1601 Rapids Street (Rapids Street Baptist Church location), your child will make the following items when they are at Santa's Workshop :
  • Christmas/Holiday Card
  • An ornament
  • Make a 'present' to take home for a friend or family member
  • Enjoy a snack, story time, song time, and a fun holiday game
The following dates are being offered for Santa's Workshop from 1-4:30 pm:
  • Saturday, December 3: Reindeer, Reindeer
  • Saturday, December 10: Oh! Christmas Tree, Oh! Christmas Tree
  • Saturday, December 17: Santa Claus is coming to town!
$35 each session and is available for children ages 3-11. 40 Slots available.

Please contact us at to RSVP or to ask any questions!

Rapid Street Baptist Church
1601 Rapids St
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3914
Facebook: RapidStreetBaptistChurch
Adel Parks and Rec Plan
2016 Comprehensive Parks and Open Spaces Plan December 12th   

You're invited to a Public Meeting Monday December 12th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Adel Public Library Community Room.

The City of Adel is working with Snyder & Associates to develop a city-wide Comprehensive Parks and Open Spaces Plan. This is the second and final public meeting.

A questionnaire will be available to provide comments as the project moves forward into the planning stages.

If you are not able to attend, we still want your input! Project information and a comments sheet will be posted on-line for response and available from December 14th - December 21st.

If you have any questions about the project or process, please contact Nick Schenck, Parks and Recreation Director, office phone: (515) 993-4525 or Don Marner, Snyder & Associates, Inc., office phone (515) 964-2020.

Make plans to attend and view the concept boards that Synder and Associates have drawn up. This is a time to make comments!
Adel Iowa logo
Adel Parks & Rec.
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
301 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4525
Facebook: Adel-Parks-and-Recreation/1513050525640281
Adel Faith Lutheran 2016 Christmas Services     

Join Faith Lutheran Church as they celebrate the coming of Christ this Christmas Season.

"And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

We look forward to seeing you this Christmas Season.

Adel Faith Lutheran's Christmas Services:

Advent Worship Services
December 7th and 14th
Dinner at 6:00 pm
Service at 7:00 pm
Christmas Eve Services
December 24th, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

Christmas Day Service
December 25th, 9:00 am.

Faith Lutheran Church - Adel Iowa
Faith Lutheran Church & Preschool LCMS
602 S. 14th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3848
Quit Smoking

Quit Smoking
Sumpter Pharmacy to Host a Quit Smoking Dinner December 6th

In Iowa, 80% of people who smoke say they want to quit.

Are you a smoker thinking about quitting?

Attend the FREE "Quit Smoking" dinner program on Tuesday, December 6th from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm at the Adel Public Library community room.

The American Lung Association and Sumpter Pharmacy are hosting this event for people who smoke and their loved ones.

FREE Dinner will be served and there will be giveaways and door prizes! This will be a supportive environment to learn about what has been proven to help tobacco users quit.

It will also benefit non-smokers to learn how they can support their loved ones in quitting. This program will help people create a quit plan and everyone will leave with their very own "quit kit".

Quit Smoking
There will be a chance to "ask the expert" and discuss with other tobacco users tips and tools for getting through cravings.

Registration is required so please call Sumpter Pharmacy to register: 515-993-1119.

If you have any questions please call Toni at Sumpter Pharmacy and she will be happy to answer them.

View the Quit Smoking Program Flyer for the upcoming event.

Tobacco Free Partnership:

Sumpter Pharmacy and Wellness:

Sumpter Pharmacy
Sumpter Pharmacy and Wellness
628 Nile Kinnick Drive S.
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: 515-993-1119
Facebook: SumpterPharmacy
Recipes From Home
Recipe of the Month -
Peanut Butter Snowballs    

As you can imagine, for a family of cooks, the holidays are lots of fun. Now that my daughters are out on their own, everyone spends time baking goodies to share all season long.

But some of my favorite memories are from years ago when the girls spent all weekend baking together.

Lori would spend a week laying out the supply list and calculating the most efficient way to make more than a dozen different recipes in two days. The kitchen would be spotless and ready for war as the four of them began slowly by drinking strong cups of coffee.

Once the caffeine kicked in, there was an order to the madness; each daughter had their assignments and tasks to complete. At times that meant running to the store for even more butter, at other times it meant a round of good-natured ribbing followed by hearty laughter.

I usually sat in the other room, listening to them ebb and flow between focused drive and occasional bouts of exhaustion-fueled silliness. When I dared enter the kitchen I was greeted by smiling faces covered in flour, and often shooed off before I could disrupt the assembly line.

At the end of the weekend the kitchen was once again spotless, all the treats neatly stored away in colorful tins, ready to be shared. The girls would be tired and sore, and proud of themselves for all they accomplished.

In honor of those good times, I share with you a recipe for one of our favorites, Peanut Butter Snowballs.

Peanut Butter Snowballs
1 C. Confectioners' Sugar
1/2 C. Creamy Peanut Butter
3 TBS. Butter, softened
1 Lb. White Almond Bark, coarsely chopped

1. In a bowl, combine the Confectioners' Sugar, Peanut Butter, and Butter.

2. Shape into 1-in. balls and place on waxed paper-lined baking sheet.
3. Chill for 30 minutes or until firm.

4. Meanwhile, slowly melt the Almond Bark in a microwave-safe bowl in 30 second intervals at medium temperature.

5. Dip balls and place on waxed paper to harden. Best if slightly chilled.

Yield: 2 dozen.

Terry Traveler - This Day
Terry Traveler's Holiday Wishes          
Terry Traveler here, wishing everyone a very merry whatever you prefer to call the holidays because if there is one thing you think of when you think "Terry Traveler", I want it to be "politically correct".

Perhaps its simply Thursday and by all means, a very merry Thursday to you.

For me, its Christmastime, and I'm excited about it. Yes, I have donned my stockings with care, I have watched the obligatory holiday specials, I have purchased gifts during the assumed best buy days, and now I am ready for eggnog, carolers, and an intimate evening with old copies of the Sears & Roebucks Wish Book.

Younger readers may be confused, so I will explain. Back in my day, oh so many years ago, each house was delivered a catalog filled with everything you could ever need: farm equipment, household goods, clothing, and pages upon pages of colorful toys. Don't be alarmed, a catalog is paper with pictures of things you can buy and farm equipment is used to grow that 100% cruelty-free carrot juice you love so much.

You see, it is my holiday tradition to remind myself that I am but a child at heart. I look through those old catalogs, what with their earmarked pages covered in circles, arrows, and handwritten notes, and realize I still think go karts are cool. I still find myself thinking a 10 piece beige leisure suit makes fiscal sense and those big lapels are snazzy. And I still wish Santa would bring me a lava lamp, because boy howdy, them are pretty neat.

So whatever your traditions this December, remember to have some fun and hey, put in a good word with Santa because I'm serious about that lava lamp.

Happy Holidays!

Terry Traveler
Facebook: DiscoverAdel.Terry
Modville Holiday Food Drive
Modville Holiday Food Drive November and December

Modville & Skylabs want to give Thanks this holiday season for all the support that the Adel Community has given us by moving our business to Adel.

We are having a Holiday Food Drive during the months of November and December for the Adel Food Pantry!

Bring in your non-perishable food donations to Modville and let us Thank you by giving you a coupon to use in the shop. Just our way to help make the holidays fabulously vintage & retro!

We will also have extended hours on Friday nights until 7:00 pm starting November 25th - December 23rd!  Come Lounge With Us!

Modville-Prch Junkies Adel Iowa
Modville - Home of The Porch Junkies
1802 Greene St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 868-4141
Facebook: ModvilleThePorchJunkies
Van Van Buren Realtor
Van Van Buren
Real Estate Agent - Iowa Realty

"Van" VanBuren is a retired business executive from IBM, where he had a very successful 30 year career, including assignments in Systems Engineering, Marketing, Consulting and Management, helping companies in the US, Canada and Europe.

 A Dallas County native, Van and his wife live near Adel, Iowa, where he is on the Library Board, is a Township Trustee/Treasurer and involved in various other civic activities.

He is a Northwest Missouri State graduate and attended Math graduate school at Florida State University.

As your agent, Van will apply his experience in sales, marketing, management, support, consulting and civic activities to your real estate buying/selling situations. Due to building five homes during his corporate career and selling 4, he has been on the "other" side of the agent's desk.

Providing responsive, confidential service and HELP, with respect for the individual is his motto!

Van Buren Realtor
Van Van Buren
Real Estate Agent - Iowa Realty
26759 N Ave.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 777-0707
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Studio Q 360 Celebrates One Year
in Adel

Join Studio Q 360 on Friday, December 2nd during the Adel Holiday Open House to help celebrate one year in Adel!

Stop by between 4pm-7pm to try a cup of warm chai tea and pick up a recipe card to take home.

Then, sign up for the Studio Q 360 newsletter and enter to win a Holiday Gift Basket.

The Holiday Gift Basket includes a 30 minute massage, 8 oz. jar of Body Scrub, and box of Russell Stover chocolates.

Studio Q 360 wishes to thank everyone who helped make this a special year. We are honored to call Adel home and look forward to helping people reduce stress, tension, and pain for the year to come.

Happy Holidays from Studio Q 360!
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Katrina Brocka, LMT
Studio Q 360
917 Main Street
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515) 689-4754
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