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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.

Foster Care Parents Orientation Feb. 2

Foster Care Parents Orientation Feb. 2

REgistration is required to attend an informative orientation to learn about Bethany Christian Services Foster Care Program.

Refugee youth, who have been separated from their families by community violence, war and abuse are desperate to live in a an accepting and loving foster home that helps welcome them to our country and prepares them for future independence.

This orientation takes place Monday, Feb. 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Michigan Refugee Services located at 1050 36th Street, Suite 400 in GRand Rapids.

Dinner will be provided. There is no required commitment to this free orientation.

RSVP at (616)365-50096 or visit www.bethany.org/rfc for more information.

My Town: 'The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs'

My Town: 'The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs'

LOWELL, Mich.-- The community is invited to this hilarious comedy production written by Linda Daugherty.

Daugherty combines three classic fairy tales, “The Three Little Pigs”, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and the “Three Billy Goats Gruff" and includes some surprising twists. A cast of 16 local students and adults from Lowell, Saranac, Grand Rapids and Belding brings this fun production to life.

This comedy takes place Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lowell High School Performing Arts Center, located at 11700 Vergennes.

Admission is $5.00 and tickets are available at the door. The Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at https://threelittlepigsjan24.eventbrite.com.

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.

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

My Town GR West: Christian Sports Card Show returns Jan. 1

My Town GR West: Christian Sports Card Show returns Jan. 1

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- A benefit Sports Card Show will take place at West Side Christian School, located at 955 Westend NW in Grand Rapids.

This is the 23rd year for the event, which will take place on New Year’s Day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and concessions are available.  Browse through 40 tables of sports cards and more. Dave Rozema, pitcher for the 1984 World Champion Detroit Tigers will be in house to sign autographs (first autograph is free) and to talk sports.

For more information, call (616)784-4299 or visit www.experiencegr.com.