LS: Your Town Column December 14, 2008

I’ve had a hankering for waffles the past few weeks, and although the convenience of the pop-in-the-toaster variety is fine, it’s just not the same as golden brown waffles fresh from the ol’ fashioned waffle iron.

Our very old, ol’ fashioned waffle iron hadn’t been used for probably 10 years. This past summer when we unpacked boxes at the new house, I found a place in a kitchen cupboard in the hopes that I’d use it again ... some day?

And then the hankering hit. I decided to make an awesome waffle extravaganza for breakfast before heading to church last Sunday. Days before, I couldn’t shake the vision of warm waffles smothered in butter and syrup. I crawled in bed Saturday night hardly able to sleep with such expectations keeping me awake. Finally, the day dawned and I was giddy as I plugged the iron in to preheat. I mixed the ingredients and poured the thick batter onto the steaming waffle iron and closed the lid.

Then, I peeked.

Yikes! The waffle ripped in half and was stuck on both hot surfaces — I’d forgot to coat it with non-stick spray.

After church when the iron finally cooled, I spent 20 minutes scraping waffle crumbs into the sink. My breakfast was devoured by the garbage disposer.

Failed expectations can hit you upside the head like a brick — or a frozen stick of butter.

I preheated the iron again several hours later — after using the nonstick spray — and decided that waffles are even better for lunch.

You can’t go wrong with the gift of food.

• Delta County 4-H will have its 59th roast baron of beef dinner in early March and is selling tickets to the event now.
Did someone say stocking stuffer?
The dinner will be from noon to 3 p.m. March 8, at two locations — the Delta Middle School cafeteria in Delta and Hotchkiss High School cafeteria in Hotchkiss. Carry out will also be available.
For $8, adults will dine on the beef dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, corn, ice cream and cake. Ages under 12 are $4.
Proceeds help to support Delta County 4-H programs.
Call the Delta Extension office at 874-2195 for information.

•  The annual memorial service to celebrate the lives of Grand Valley homeless who have died this past year will take place Dec. 21 in Hawthorn Park, at Fourth Street and Gunnison Avenue.
A tree was planted several years ago in memory of those without homes who have passed away. The brief, interdenominational service will be at 4 p.m., near the tree.
Call Grand Valley Peace and Justice at 243-0136 for information.


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