Trees Around Community Brighten Season

The Village


Tonto Village has just a bit of snow still on the ground from our last storm, so it won’t be a white Christmas, but there are plenty of homes that are all dressed up for this holiday season.

The Tonto Village Chapel, headed by Pastor Mark Pratt and his wife Marie, has made the community a bit brighter with a tree lighting ceremony this past Saturday evening, complete with a chili dinner, hot chocolate and carolers riding around the community in the bed of his pickup. There is a decorated Christmas tree in the entryway of the chapel in addition to the tree decorated by everyone Saturday evening.

Even the spruce tree that is by Johnson Boulevard was decorated. This tree is special because it was planted by members of the church and residents of the Village in memory of Connie Weldon, a member of the congregation. Dara Sutton and I decorated that tree in Connie’s memory. Also, there is a mysterious decorator out there somewhere who annually dresses up one of the pine trees that line the Control Road.


On Jan. 1, Mikey Marazza will have a birthday; she is a former resident of Christopher Creek and was the columnist for the Village for many years. Yours truly will also be adding another candle to her birthday cake (under protest!). On Jan. 2 Stu Stewart of Tonto Village I has his big day. On Jan. 4, Hellsgate firefighter Bobby Mollere from Station 23 in Mead Ranch will celebrate his birthday. Another Hellsgate firefighter, John Lacey of Station 21 in Star Valley has his big day on Jan. 5.

Happy birthday to each and everyone!

Quickie recipe

I have a recipe this week that is not in the “Fireflies Can Cook” cookbook, but the recipe may be a last-minute gift for any occasion. The recipe is called “Five Minute Chocolate Mug Cake” and I found it on the Internet a few years ago.


1 coffee mug

4 tablespoons all purpose flour

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons baking cocoa

2 egg whites

3 tablespoons skim milk

3 tablespoons applesauce (instead of 3 tablespoons oil)

splash of pure vanilla


Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well. Add the egg whites and mix thoroughly.

Pour in the milk and applesauce and mix well.

Add the vanilla and mix again.

Put mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes on high. The cake will rise over the top of the mug.

Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired (this can serve two if you want to share).

Chocolate chips or anything else you want can be added, but will change the calorie count.

Since this is the last column for 2013, it completes 13 years of writing this column. I have enjoyed every column that I have written as I hope my readers have been given a few chuckles along with the happenings of the Village. I look forward to the next year of writing this column, since there are changes that have begun this month that will be exciting changes for the residents of this tiny community.

I wish for my readers 365 chances to love, laugh and live your best year yet in 2014. May the new year find you happy and surrounded by the love of family and friends. Happy New Year!


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