Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

January 24, 2014

Neighbors to kick off food drive in Feb.

By Michele Carlsten
The Daily Iowegian

---- — Howdy folks! It’s been a long time since we have done the news due to health problems with the key players who get the information and write the article. We are back and plan on having an article at least twice a month or more if we have a lot of information. Please let us know about any groups meeting, visits or general interest to the community. I have also been sent a few things for the surrounding small towns and I might occasionally throw a little something in for them. You can e-mail it to dmjcarlsten@yahoo.com, drop off a note at the Exline Store or call me at (641) 895-4022.

Well I have to say that this weather has been the worst I have seen since we moved here nine years ago. I grew up in Colorado and was used to the snow but this is a deeper cold and the windchill is just ridiculous. I was told that the windchill lately have set records. Hopefully we can keep away from those temps for a while.

Well instead of a recipe I thought I would talk about some of my recent cooking attempts. All I can say is, needs improvement. I made bread rolls from scratch, no shortcuts and a great recipe that was to take one hour total start to finish. I pride myself on being a good cook so the results of anything I make are heartfelt. The recipe was followed to the letter yet they didn’t come out quite right and they were all different sizes and shapes even though I swear I divided them up right and used the same technique on each of them. The were pale on top and dark on bottom, some were light and airy while others were doughy. I blamed it on the weather of course it was too cold for them to rise correctly. Doug said they were great. He knows better! The next batch should be better. I did also make homemade handcut and rolled noodles for soup. The recipe was straight out of the Exline cookbook and they were absolutely wonderful. I encourage everyone to have a copy of each edition of the books because there are lots of tried and true recipes that have gone down through the generations.

For local citizens, the City Council of Exline has posted the proposed city budget at both the Exline Store and the post office. They will be voting on it at the next council meeting on Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Please take a look at it and attend.

Royal Neighbors is having a food drive starting in February and will be turning it in to the Lords Cupboard by the second Monday of February at their meeting. Please contact Maryann Hurley with any questions.

They will also be doing their annual Valentine’s Day greetings at the Golden Age nursing home when they have their party. Each resident will get their own card. Once again, call Maryann for more details.

The Exline Recreation Committee will be having Spring Smorgasbord on April 6 at either 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. The exact time will be posted soon. As you all know it’s worth the time just to eat and enjoy all of our local friends and families. From now till then they will be working on collecting gifts and filling the Easter eggs and if anyone wants to donate or help just let them know. The annual Easter egg sale will begin the same day. As like all times the eggs are six for $5 or $1 a piece. All eggs are winners and will get a prize worth at least $1. It’s always a fun time.

Rodney Randall is doing much better. You may send cards to him at the Unionville Nursing Home in Unionville, Mo. Jill and Jasmine have moved to Promise City and will be missed. Mike and Jean Leach just got back from Puerto Rico Monday and while we were 21 below zero, they were 85 degrees. If you’re gonna miss it that’s the way to go!