Apply now to serve on Snoqualmie Human Services Committee

September 29, 2014

The deadline to apply for an open position on the City of Snoqualmie Human Services committee is 5 p.m. Sept. 30.

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Residents receive greetings from King County Assessor’s Office

September 27, 2014

Snoqualmie and North Bend residential property owners received a postcard greeting this month from King County Assessor Lloyd Hara’s office: the 2014 property valuations.

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Metro reductions affect Snoqualmie Valley bus serivce

September 26, 2014

The King County Council’s approved reduction of Metro bus service due to funding problems affects routes in Snoqualmie Valley.

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Children’s backpacks should not tower over the wearer

September 25, 2014

School children throughout the Snoqualmie Valley all seem to have them — backpacks full of schoolbooks and supplies.

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Clean out the medicine cabinet for Drug Take Back Day

September 25, 2014

The Snoqualmie Police Department wants your unused drugs.

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Clues still sought in Baby Kimball case

September 25, 2014

By Sherry Grindeland A wooden cross, installed by unknown community members, stands near the site on North Bend Way where a newborn baby's body was found in February.

By Sherry Grindeland
A wooden cross, installed by unknown community members, stands near the site on North Bend Way where a newborn baby’s body was found in February.

Teddy bears and other stuffed toys decorate and surround the cross that stands beside North Bend Way, west of downtown North Bend.

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Let’s eat cake: easy pound cake recipes taste delicious

September 25, 2014

By Sherry Grindeland A homemade pound cake pleases palates and looks lovely.

By Sherry Grindeland
A homemade pound cake pleases palates and looks lovely.

A great homemade pound cake works like a great black dress for women or a high-quality dark suit for men. It’s your go-to outfit.

Dress it up with an outstanding necklace, a pair of high heels or for a man with that expensive tie, and you can go anywhere from the opera to a black-tie affair.

I consider the Major’s Wife’s Pound Cake the black dress of my dessert recipes.

Serve it plain and it is delicious. Dress it up with a scoop of ice cream, fresh fruit, whipped cream or other fancy topping. Use it to end a formal dinner on a sweet note — paired with some port or liqueur.

It travels well if you’re taking it to someone else’s house or mailing it to a college dorm. The Major’s Wife’s Pound Cake keeps practically forever (if it lasts that long — it doesn’t around my house) and best of all, is simple.

This recipe came from a major’s wife when my husband was a young officer in the U.S. Army.

The hardest part of the whole recipe is greasing and flouring the Bundt cake pans. Don’t have a Bundt cake pan? Use a 9-by-13 pan, an angel food cake pan or a couple of round cake pans. You will still need to grease and flour whatever you use to get the cake out whole.

When I first tasted it, the major’s wife served it as a marble cake. She reserved one-third of the mix, stirred in a quarter-cup of cocoa and then gently swirled the chocolate batter in with the vanilla batter to give it a marbleized effect.

I’ve developed a chocolate version as well as the yummy basic vanilla cake.

My husband likes both versions and when I baked the two cakes for the photograph accompanying this article, he kept telling me to hurry because he wanted some cake NOW. If I want them to look like I’ve gone to a lot of trouble, I sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar on top of the cake. We cut it into thin slices, because all that butter and sugar makes a rich cake.

My husband is eating a piece of both kinds as I write this and just commented that they’re both delicious.

I hope you like the Major’s Wife’s cake as much as my family does.

Enjoy!

 

The Major’s Wife’s Pound Cake

3 sticks of butter (1 ½ cups), room temperature

2 cups granulated sugar

2 ½ cups cake flour (use regular flour if you don’t have cake flour in the pantry)

5 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

 

Cream butter and sugar together until smooth.

Alternately add a half-cup flour and 1 egg, and beat well after each addition. When well mixed, stir in the vanilla extract.

Bake in a Bundt cake pan for about one hour at 325 degrees. Cake should be firm to the touch when done and a deep golden brown.

Allow to cool before removing from pan.

 

The Major’s Wife’s Chocolate Pound Cake

4 sticks of butter (2 cups), room temperature

2 ½ cups granulated sugar

3 cups cake flour

6 eggs

½ cup powdered (unsweetened) cocoa

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

 

Follow the directions for the vanilla version, adding the cocoa and then the flour by the same method — alternating eggs and flour and mixing well.

The chocolate version usually bakes about 10 minutes longer.

 

Sherry Grindeland can be reached at editor@snovalleystar.com or 392-6434, ext. 246.

 

Auction and wine-tasting party support Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter

September 25, 2014

The second annual Auction and Wine Tasting to benefit the Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter will be held from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend.

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Reserve your table now for Si View annual holiday bazaar

September 25, 2014

Apply now before space runs out at the popular Si View Metro Parks Annual Holiday Bazaar. It will be held at the Si View Community Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 6 at 400 S.E. Orchard, North Bend.

All items must be handcrafted by the vendor who rents the booth.

Entertainment is part of the package — there will be youth dancers, local choirs and carolers performing throughout the day.

Vendor applications are available online at www.siviewpark.org/holiday.phtml or from the park district office. Include photos of your work with your application.

Because vendor space is limited, all applications will be juried. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Oct. 15.

Booth spaces vary from 6-by-6 feet to 10-by-10 feet. The fee is $30. Tables may be rented for an additional $10.

Learn more by calling, 831-1900 or email mrudd@siviewpark.org.

Mount Si girls soccer team warms up with a 5-1 record

September 25, 2014

The Mount Si Wildcat’s girls soccer team started the season with a five-game winning streak that only recently was broken in the Sept. 18 match against the Skyline Spartans.

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