Snow, Superbowl and Buffalo Chicken Chili!

Well the snowstorm is predicted to hit Saturday night and last through Monday morning – and they’re saying 4″ – 9″ of snow!  Throw in a Superbowl Sunday night and we’ve got ourselves a busy weekend!  Here’s the perfect recipe to help warm you up when you come inside from shoveling, plowing and salting, and its also perfect for your Superbowl tailgate!

  • Cooking oil spray

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    Buffalo Chicken Chili

  • 6 carrots, peeled and sliced into half-moons
  • 6 stalks celery, sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 15 oz cans northern white beans,        1 15 oz can kidney beans – drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups vegetable or tomato juice *
  • ¼ cup hot sauce *
  • Plain yogurt or sour cream (optional)
  • Chopped scallions (optional)
  • Crumbled bleu cheese (optional)

Coat deep skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium high. Add carrots and celery and sauté, stirring occasionally, until tender (about 10 minutes). Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Dump these three ingredients into a warming crockpot.

Add ground chicken to skillet and thoroughly cook, stirring and breaking apart chicken into small pieces. Drain fat. Dump chicken into crockpot.

Sprinkle chili powder and flour into crockpot and stir all ingredients together.

Add beans, vegetable juice and hot sauce and stir.  Simmer in crockpot.

Serve as is or with optional toppings

* Can use spicy tomato juice and/or more hot sauce to kick up the heat

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Help Westfield Chick-fil-A help the community

What’s better than a Chick-fil-A sandwich, waffle fries (dipped in ranch!) and an icy lemonade?  Giving that meal to someone that is hungry and doesn’t know when their next meal will be!  Image

This week, January 26th – January 31st, 2015, you have the opportunity to help the Westfield Chick-fil-A help the community.  Tell any cashier this week that you’d like to buy a $6 meal to donate to the hungry.

Next week, the Chick-fil-A Westfield team will be delivering the donated meals to Third Phase in Noblesville.  And depending on the number of meals sold, perhaps to another local shelter, too!

And if you would like to help with the meal delivery, email westfieldumd@gmail.com

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Northview Church opens charter in Westfield

Originating in Carmel in the 1980’s and later adding a second campus in West Lafayette (2007), and a third campus in Fishers (2013), Northview Church is again launching a new campus – right here in Westfield!  Image

Sunday, February 1, 2015 , otherwise known as Superbowl Sunday, Northview Church will hold its Grand Opening service at Maple Glen Elementary located at 17171 Ditch Road  Westfield IN 46074.  Service times are 9 am and 11 am and all are welcome!!

Northview is an independent, nondenominational church with a weekly average of about 6,000 people at the three locations combined.

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Westfield Football Stadium – Rendering to Reality

When the Westfield City Council unanimously approved an economic development partnership with Westfield Washington Schools in May of 2014, part of the plan included building a new community stadium behind Westfield High School.

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Artist Rendering – Proposed Westfield High School Football Stadium

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Aerial view of Westfield High School Football Stadium

Eight months later…..                                                                               1st Lt Justin Clevenger, a search and rescue pilot, was flying into Indianapolis Executive Airport and took this aerial view of the work in progress.  Westfield High School Football Stadium is expected to be completed late April, 2015 and will have 4,500 home seat bleachers, 1,500 visitor seats, a two-story press box, five ticket booths and concrete all around!

GO ROCKS!!

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Hamilton County Home Show this weekend!

This weekend you and your family can check out the latest trends with anythingfront-yard-landscaping-designs-free and everything related to homes at the fourth annual Hamilton County Home Show!  Stop in and see the newest ideas, products and services for interior and exterior, ranging from gutters, windows, garage doors, kitchens and baths, closets, granite, painting, security systems, landscaping,   and more!

And new this year is an interactive section with designers, at specific times throughout the show, designing an area of the home featuring the latest industry trends and accessories.  #samespace Design Challenge

Stop in to have some fun, get some new great ideas for projects YOU want to start, and maybe even win the $100 sponsor gift card!  One will be given away at the end of each day!

The Hamilton County Home Show will take place this weekend at the Main Exhibition building of the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant Street, Noblesville.      Saturday, Jan 17th 9am-5pm and Sunday Jan 18th 10am-4pm.  Admission is $5 for ages 13 and older.

Visit Facebook/HamiltonCountyHomeShow for more info and a list of vendors.

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Snow Day = Snow Fun

Trying to think of something fun to do on this snow day?  Westfield has three sledding hills around town, all open from dawn til dusk.  So get out your snow pants, snow boots,  jackets, gloves, hats, scarves, hand warmers, thermos of hot cocoa…lets see…what else?  oh yeah… sleds….and head out for some sledding fun!

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Simon Moon Park  2710 East 171st Street  connects to the Midland Trace Trail, which will eventually extend to Noblesville, Grand Junction and the Monon Trail.

Centennial sledding hill located in the center of Centennial subdivision   just south of 151st off Springmill Rd.  Turn into subdivision and drive straight back (past church).

Cool Creek Park and Nature Center   2000 East 151st street   (located just east of Westfield Fire Station)   Cool Creek has a great sledding hill, trails, and a Nature Center open from 10 am to 5 pm.  Nature Center is great for kids… full of exhibits, games, scavenger hunts, and a free craft every day!  And most importantly…restrooms!

Have a great (snow) day!!

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Westfield Named #2 City in Indiana to Raise a Family

For the second year in a row, The Consumer Advocacy site, NerdWallet,  conducted a study analyzing the best cities to raise a family.  Analyzing 109 cities in Indiana with 5,000 plus residents,  four major factors were considered when crunching the data:

  • Home affordability
  • Prosperity and Growth
  • Quality of education
  • Family friendliness

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The study revealed Westfield has the highest percentage of families with children in the state, and revealed these trends about Indiana:

  • Capital communities – seven of the ten top cities in Indiana were around Indianapolis.
  • Home values are high – In Indiana the high quality of life offsets higher housing prices.
  • Larger cities dominate – Often in Midwest communities, smaller cities are best for young families.  But in Indiana, the average population for the top 10 is 32,000.
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