Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, or Erin Go Braugh.
Today is a huge day to celebrate for my husband since he is first generation Irish. His mother, bless her soul, was born in Belfast, Ireland around the turn of the century. St. Patrick happens to also be my husband Bill's patron saint.
There has never been any doubt over the 50 years that I have known him that Bill is an Irishman first, and everything else second.
I have cooked more corned beef and cabbage dinners than I can remember, but I did come across a recipe on the Food Network from Paula Deen that is so easy and delicious for two to four people or more.
The ingredients are:
Four slices of bacon
Four tablespoons butter
One head of green cabbage, coarsely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
One can of corned beef
Cook the bacon in a large pot over medium heat until it is almost crisp. Remove from pot and set aside. Melt butter in pot with bacon grease. Add the cabbage, stirring well to coat the cabbage. Add about 1/3 cup of water, salt and pepper. Cover pot with a lid and cook over medium heat for about 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, chop the bacon into small pieces.
Remove the lid from the pot and scatter chunks of corned beef and chopped bacon over the top of the cabbage. Cover and cook until desired doneness.
Tip: Cabbage is one of those vegetables that naturally contains water in its leaves. Begin by adding just a small amount of water. As cabbage cooks, if it needs more liquid, then add more water.
I add one half of a chopped onion after the butter is melted. I like the flavor, but it can be omitted. I have used this recipe both ways.
The other big news is the amount of snow that Tonto Village received. Unofficially, the snowfall was over 36 inches. It was a beautiful sight, but the snow is now melting at a rapid rate due to rising temperatures. At one point this past week, the temperature dipped to 10 degrees.
None of the residents minded either the temperature or the amount of snow. Our trees were extremely thirsty.
My beagle was a bit frustrated though. She couldn't find a spot to do her business, because the snow was over her head.
There have been many vehicles along the side of the highway and on the Control Road, with many kids playing in the snow and making snowmen. It is spring break time from school so there are many kids outside enjoying the snow. Drivers need to be extra careful for kids on sleds or inner tubes. I saw quite a sight on Tuesday as I was leaving Walgreens. A teenager was attempting to fit a huge inner tube into her compact car. I wonder how she managed to take it to the snow. It wouldn't fit in her vehicle.
A "snowed-in" party was held at Kent and Gail Mortenson's lovely home in Tonto Village III on Friday evening. The party served two purposes -- one was because there was no way to get out of the Village, and the other was to celebrate Kent's birthday
on March 12 along with Bill Snyder on March 9 and Gary Martin on March 16. The candles on the birthday cake were equally blown out by the three of them.
A giant pot of chili, along with some very delicious side dishes, was served. Thank you to Kent and Gail for hosting the first "snowed-in" party in the village.
Tonto Village Fire District
Chief Alliger reported that his crew was called out this weekend along with our EMTs, Lorraine Mathews and Trina Houdek. A little girl suffered a concussion when she fell off a sled using a makeshift ramp. She was air lifted to St. Joseph's Hospital. No further reports were available.
Alliger stresses "safety first" when using the roadway for sledding.
Several warnings were issued to owners of vehicles that blocked the passage of the snowplow to clear the streets for emergency vehicles. One citation was issued to a person who refused to remove their vehicle. There are signs all over the village stating the ordinance that prohibits vehicles in the street from Nov. 1 to April 30. Please abide by this for your own safety and for the consideration of the Fire Department and your neighbors.
The regular monthly Fire Board meeting will be on Saturday, March 18 at the fire station. Everyone within the fire district is urged to attend.
The Tonto Village Fireflies Auxiliary held their monthly meeting on March 7 at the Tonto Village Chapel. There are many activities that are being planned for the coming year, and President Linda Stailey urges all the wives of the volunteer firemen to participate. Any kind of help would be appreciated.
For more information, call Linda at (928) 478-4641 or Grace Daniels at (928) 478-4137.
Get Well, etc.
Linda Stailey spent the day in Flagstaff on Tuesday at the hospital. Linda has suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome for many years and finally had the surgery to correct it. We all wish you a speedy recovery.
June Milke of Tonto Village III is the only birthday girl this week. She will add another candle to her birthday cake on March 20.
There was too much snow on Sunday for anyone to get through to the Double D for the eight-ball tournament, but the Double D gals hosted the Christopher Creek gals on Tuesday evening for the nine-ball tournament. Margaret Stasney, Payge Ferriera and Suzanne Shill were the top winners. Congratulations to the winners.
Dinner at the "D"
Ethel Cain has announced that a corned beef and cabbage dinner will be available on Friday at the Double D Restaurant from noon until the food is gone. The food is always top notch so if you would prefer to stay in the village that day, travel on into the "D" for a delicious home-cooked-style meal.