Celebrate St. Patrick’S At The Double D

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Does anyone know where San Tan Valley is? I found out this past weekend when I was invited to my future granddaughter-in-law’s bridal shower. I could not tell if I was in Apache Junction, Florence or where. I drove down on Saturday, and took the easiest route to get there, Route 87 to U.S. 60 and then to the bride’s mother’s house. The trip took me two-and-a-half hours. It is out in the middle of nowhere with big, ranch-like homes with plenty of horses. The bridal shower was a huge success, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself, meeting other family members and the wedding party. But when it came time for me to leave — early, because I wanted to beat the daylight coming back up the mountain — I made a wrong turn and got lost! Before I realized it, I was 20 miles out of my way. I finally stopped to ask directions to U.S. 60 and got back on track.

Before I started on this trip, I tried to find a map that would show me the area and the streets. No luck! San Tan Valley must be fairly new and the map companies have not been brought up to date. I finally found the right directions on a real estate site from that area. All in all, the trip was quite an adventure.

Since tomorrow will be St. Patrick’s Day, I experimented this past week in making Irish Soda Bread. I found two recipes that looked good; one was a standard recipe that calls for only four basic ingredients and I am told that this bread is the one that most Irish families from the past made every day to go along with an Irish stew. The four ingredients are flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk.

The other is a glorified version that would be served to guests with a cup of tea. The ‘company’ bread has butter, eggs and raisins in it, besides the basic four ingredients.

With both recipes, it is necessary to knead the dough before baking. It has been so long since I made bread, I forgot how satisfying it is. It must be because you get your hands right in there to shape the dough. Anyway, Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of the folks out there who love to make believe that they are Irish or are really Irish, like my hubby — his mom came to the U.S. from Belfast, Ireland in the early 1920s.

Women’s Wellness Forum

I have been going to the Mogollon Health Alliance’s Women’s Wellness Forums for more than 10 years. Every year I look forward to spending a Saturday with at least 100 other women and enjoying the speakers and the various breakout sessions that are new every year. This year, the keynote speaker is Jason Schechterle. The breakout sessions are about ‘Celebrating Your Inner Goddess.’ The day is Saturday, March 24, at Payson High School, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (928) 472-2588. I hope that you decide to check this out. I am positive you will not be disappointed.

Birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

On Sunday, March 18, Royce O’Donnell from Mead Ranch will celebrate his birthday. Paula Plante, formerly of Bear Flat and now a receptionist for Banner Health, will add another candle on the same day.

On March 20, Tonto Village III resident June Milke has a birthday. On March 22, Gail Fitch, also of Tonto Village III, will recognize her special day. Here’s hoping all of you enjoy your special day. Happy Birthday.

March 23 is the anniversary day for Denny and Mary Kindler of Bear Flat. They will celebrate 16 years together. May your lives together continue to be blessed by love and to grow even more through the coming years.

Double D Doings

Last Sunday afternoon was the only pool game in town. There were 12 players vying for the first-place spot. Harvey Poyner took that honor, followed by Grant Njaa and Nate Pidde. Congratulations to you, Harvey, and also to the other two winners.

I mentioned that the Double D would have an announcement soon. Well, here’s it is: there will be a St. Patrick’s party on March 17 featuring karaoke and a free corned beef and cabbage dinner starting at 7 p.m. Even if you are not Irish, you can still enjoy the holiday. Isn’t everyone Irish on St. Patrick’s Day?

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