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Rapid Engineering 9th Annual Cook Off

Rapid Engineering 9th Annual Cook Off

It’s my pleasure to write about a company that has been in business more than 50 years and prides itself on using products within the USA.

And, a good time was had by all!

This is definitely the description of the time we had at the Hungry Heifer Chili Cook Off at Rapid Engineering of Comstock Park, MI on Thursday, February 26th. Mike Johnson arranged with Catherine Behrendt to get some judges, so Jennifer Pascua, Nick Lafave and I were honored to be asked as judges for this 9th Annual Event.

My Town: Grand Rapids honors Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year

My Town: Grand Rapids honors Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year

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The Grand Rapids Police Department is pleased to announce its Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year for 2014. Officer Joshua Mollan and Cynthia Vanderberg were selected from nominations submitted to the Department’s Board of Awards by Service Area, Division, and Unit Commanders.

POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Officer Joshua Mollan

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”

There is an upside to this Fridgid Weather

There is an upside to this Fridgid Weather

I took advantage of this fridgid weather to defrost & clean my freezer. I turned it off last evening, left the door open after unscrewing the light bulb and packed everything into some plastic tubs and put them out in my garage. This morning the freezer was completely clear of any frost so it was just a matter of getting a pan of  water with white vinegar and wiping it down, inside and out.

I figure the total time I spent on this chore, my part was 30 minutes, was time well spent. I sorted and put items back in the freezer, screwed the bulb back in, closed the door and my job was all done for another year. A feeling of satisfaction:)

Two teen golfers selected for The First Tee – Champions Tour Challenge in Florida

Two teen golfers selected for The First Tee – Champions Tour Challenge in Florida

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Two local teens are getting away from the winter cold and bringing their golf clubs to compete in The Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge in Naples, Florida. 

Elias Aouad, a senior at East Grand Rapids High School and Andrew DeYoung, a junior at Kenowa Hills High School are being sent by the local non-profit The First Tee of West Michigan. The First Tee teaches students values and life skills through the game of golf and has had Aouad and DeYoung as participants since 2011.  

In conjunction with the ACE Group Classic, a Champions Tour event, six affiliates of The First Tee from across the country have been invited to participate.  The Challenge will be hosted at The TwinEagles Club in Naples, Florida on February 9 and 10.

Time to Inventory your Freezer & make some Soup

Time to Inventory your Freezer & make some Soup

Just recently, while looking for something in my freezer, I realized it was time to really go through everything to make certain I was not losing food because of freezer burn. Winter is the perfect time to clean freezers. I decided to eat from my freezer for a week and see what happened.

I found good things that I had labeled and forgotten about. When the week was over, I had a much more organized freezer and at the same time, saved myself a trip or two to the store.

Just a Cooking Tip when making Pastry Cream/Pudding

Just a Cooking Tip when making Pastry Cream/Pudding

Not too long ago, I posted a recipe for Pastry Cream, a real versatile dessert item. In most cook books and even on food TV shows, when making this or any kind of pudding, they will instruct you to cover the pastry cream or pudding with plastic wrap right on the surface of it, to avoid a skin forming while cooling.

I personally never liked doing that for two reasons; one, you actually lose quite a bit of the cooked product when you take the plastic off, and two, I didn’t like the idea of plastic wrap on the pastry cream or pudding itself. I decided to try something different and it worked just fine.

After cooking to the proper stage, I put a piece of paper towel over the pan and then placed the cover over this on the pan. I then put it in the fridge to cool completely. When I was ready to use it, I found the paper towel stuck just a little in a couple places on the pan, but the pastry cream was perfect.