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Page 6C HF.IGHBOIm Hays Free Press February 17, 2010 PHOTO BY MARY LOB BAILEY Pack 218 receives honors in church Ft. Keith TurbevUle and St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Buda honored Cub Scouts and their leaders from Pack 218 during Sunday services on Scout Sunday, February 7. St. Elizabeth's is the sponsor of Pack 218. PHOTO BY CARLA WOODWORTH Scouts visit commemorative campus Last month, local Boy Scout Pack 218's Apache den attended Adventure Base 100, a travel- ing 10,000 square foot.campus commemorating the Boy Scouts of America's 100-year an- niversary. Making the visit were den leader Christine Farrell, scouts Thomas Farrell, Robbie Woodworth, James Wallace, Matthew Mikulenka, and den chief Scan Farrell. Award-winning writer to visit Kyle fter the election cam- aign frenzy of the past ouple of weeks, it looks like things are going to be kind of quiet downtown. Congratu- lations to our new mayor, Lucy Johnson, and to councilmen; elect ]aime Sanchez and Russ Huebner. I look forward to seeing your plans and ideas put into action as you begin to lead our city. OOO And, word on the street is that long-time Kyle resident GeorgiaVivian graced our town this past weekend. Ms. Vivian, a fixture at the Central Appraisal District for years and years, was paying a visit to ailing friend Blanche Richmond who is recovering nicely, Ms. Vivian reported. Welcome back. On a cerebral note, the Katherine Anne Porter House on Center Street will be host- ing Francine Prose, a New York-born writer and National Book Award finalist, whose work has been adapted to the theatre and motion pictures. Writer-in-residence Michael Noll says, "readings at the Porter House are relaxed, comfortable affairs" attended by a cross-section of univer- sity students and local literary supporters. The intimate set- ting allows direct interaction with the author as well as an opportunity for book signing. The free event is Friday night, at 7:30 p.m. and Noll recom- mends that you arrive early to assure a good seat. Valentines doesn't have to be .over f you're into celebrating Valentine's Day all month long (and you're on nei- ther a high fiber nor a heart- healthy diet), you might enjoy preparing Red Velvet Pancakes for your sweetie this month. Nancy Waddell passed it along saying, "This is well worth the effort." It could be filed away for not quite a year. Or, maybe try Green Velvet Pancakes for St. Patrick's Day. The recipe is attributed to Chef Iulie Ann Rhodes' blog "Jewels from the Roving Stove." RED VELVET PANCAKES For the Whipped Cream Cheese Topping: 1/4 pound cream cheese, at room temperature 1/3 cup sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup heavy whipping cream For the pancakes or waffles: 1 1/4 cup flour 3/4 cup sugar 1 scant teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 egg 4 tablespoons canola oil plus 1-2 tablespoons extra for mak- ing pancakes 1 cup buttermilk 1 ounce red food color 1 teaspoon cocoa 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar 1) Use an electric mixer on medium-high speed to MT. CITY whip the cream cheese until smooth. Reduce the speed and stir in the sugar, salt, and vanilla extract, and beat until the mixture is smooth and well blended. With the mixer on low speed, add half of the cream. Use a rubber spatula to remove any unmixed cream cheese from the bottom of the bowl. When the mixture is smooth, gradually add the rest of the whipping cream. Increase the speed to high and whip until soft peaks form. Should be the consistency of a dense whipped cream topping. Set aside. 2) Stir flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder together in a large mixing bowl. MIX in egg, oil, and buttermilk. Mix until smooth. 3) Mix red food color and cocoa in a small bowl, then stir into batter. Add vanilla, baking soda, and vinegar (in that order), and beat until everything is well incorpo- rated, about 2 minutes. 4) Heat 1-2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil starts to form ridges, drop a large spoonful of batter into the hot oil. Repeat 3 more times, keeping ample space between pancakes to keep them from running together. When the batter begins to bubble, carefully flip the pancake to brown on the other side, about 2 minutes per side. 5) Serve hot with whipped cream cheese topping, and any additional topping you desire. IIIIII For longtime readers who follow the saga: Yes, on Sunday morning RonTom brought to me the same old Valentine in the more-worn- than ever torn and tattered plain brown envelope. A big "X" marked out "2009." 2010 bright and fresh contrasted against the 30-something year oM ink with "To my .Valentine..." Half of Ron's blood flows from Chinese ancestors, so I also got a pink envelope with a NewYear's card ... and, a fresh Valentine. ooo One year from this past weekend will be the annual Backyard Bird Count. ooo Word comes from me to you that I need tidbits, please. Call 512-268-5678 or email Thanks! Love, Pauline Tap into your natural beauty. Call today for an appointment. Located in the 800 Gotorth Complex (near Fox's Pizza and The Kid Ranch) 211 Elmhurst, Suite C Kyle, TX 78640 (512) 268-5282 ext 107 N E STA19. Hays High queen goes national STAFF REPORTS Hays High School homecoming queen Elizabeth Macias, 18, has been selected as one of 10 final- ists in Texas' 30 th annual Home- coming Queen Selection. The compe- tition will be held in April in Irving. Texas' 2010 Home- coming Queen will receive a MACIAS cash scholar- ship plus an expense paid trip to the National Finals to compete with queens from the other states for America's Homecoming Queen. Macias is the daughter of Alicia and Reynaldo Macias of Buda. Following graduation this year, she hopes to attend Texas State University and go into the health care field. Burn and Learn this Saturday BY JEN BIUNDO at the Texas Fit Body Fitness enthusiasts have several chances this weekend to meet stars of the hit reality TV show "The Biggest Loser." Eight former contes- tants will take part in "Burn & Learn," a day of workouts, nutritional counseling and moti- vational sessions, this Saturday at Hays High School Participants include Tracy Yukich, Liz Young and Dina Mercado from season 8, cousins Filipe and Simone Fa from season 7, David Griffin from season 4, and Pete Thomas and Ryan Kelly from season 2. "The Biggest Losers" will also be attend- ing and working out Bootcamp location at the Plum Creek Golf Course Clubhouse on Friday morning, Febru- ary 19, from 5:30 - 6:20 a.m. The event costs $5 and proceeds benefit "Hope & Love for Kids." Register online at www. or call 512-850,8453 to reserve your spot. Also on Feb. 19, the Kyle HEB Plus is hosting a meet-and-greet for all the "Biggest Losers" from 3 - 3:30 p.m. Come meet and take pictures with your favorite con- testants. "The Biggest Losers" will also be crashing lunch at several Hays CISD middle and high school campuses to encourage the stu- dents and staff to make healthier choices and eat lunch with them. HERE