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Section 1

Coconut Poke Cake

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups  sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup  milk (I used coconut milk)
1/2 cup  coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp coconut extract
2 large eggs
3/4 cup hot water
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup  cream of coconut
2 cups  heavy whipping cream
1 cup  powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp coconut extract
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
Whipped Cream Topping:
2 cups  heavy whipping cream
1 cup  powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp coconut extract
1 1/2 cups toasted coconut
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare a 9×13 inch cake pan with non-stick baking spray.
2. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixer bowl and combine. Set aside.
3. Add the milk, oil, coconut extract and eggs to a medium sized bowl and combine.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat until well combined.
5. Slowly add the hot water to the batter and mix on low speed until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.
6. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
7. Remove the cake from the oven and poke holes all over the top of the cake.
8. Combine the sweetened condensed milk and cream of coconut and pour over the top of the cake, allowing it to soak into the holes. Let cake cool completely.
9. To make the whipped cream topping, place the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and coconut extract into a large mixer bowl. Whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.
10. Spread the whipped cream over the top of the cake and cover with coconut.
11. Refrigerate the cake until ready to serve. Cake is best for 3-4 days.


Section 2, part 2


(2) Mike Andrus: Great stuff!!!





(7) Craig Whitaker:  I’m hoping you can help our small town of Bristol in the Small Business Revolution sponsored by Deluxe Business and Robert Herjavec of Shark Tank.. We learned yesterday that out of 14,000 entries, Bristol has made it to the final 5. If we win, Bristol would receive $500,000 in business services towards our revitalization efforts of our downtown district and be part of a 8 part Hulu TV series. The final winner will be determined strictly by online voting. That’s where I appreciate your help to spread the word and ask for votes. You can learn more about the contest and see the Bristol video by clicking:

The Small Business Revolution

Voting started yesterday and ends Feb.16. Every person can vote every day, on every device. on every browser. Last years winner was Wabash, IN and they received around 100,000 votes. To win, I believe we need a minimum of 200,000 votes. Bristol is the only remaining town in the mid-atlantic region.
(8) Deborah Belcher:  “Chief Encouragement Officer” – LOVE it. You certainly are, Blaine. This time there IS actually something in a name! …  Literally sobbing right now. Just read the Star of David necklace story. Yes. We are *all* winning. Thanks for that!
(9) Roger Clark:  Thanks again for taking the time to put this together each week.  YOU THE MAN !!!
(10) Laresa Griffin: Love your pole routine, Blaine! You are the best!
(11) Lisa Zaglin: Many of you know this place is near and dear to my heart. Please see fundraising campaign for Aark Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center. If you can donate, great. If you cannot, no worries. Thanks!
For more information, as well as to  donate, please click:
(12) John Boyle: Boy, am I late in getting my Meals On Wheels campaign up and running this year. As you know, it’s a great cause, and I’d really appreciate any donation you good folks can make. And remember, you get to punish me by forcing me to jump into a freezing cold pool!
(13)  A Good Westminster Show Dog? It’ll Cost a Lot More Than Some Kibble


Section 12A, NC events


Carolina Jews for Justice/West invites you to participate in a thought-provoking and illuminating hands-on simulation of what it is like to live on a minimum wage in Western N.C, today.  The program will be presented in conjunction with Just Economics and will take place on Sunday, February 19th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at Congregation Beth Israel, 229 Murdock Avenue in Asheville.  The cost is $9 per person and participation is limited to the first 44 registrants.  To register, please pay through the following link, go to “donate,” click on “other,” and enter $9.

“In the Jewish tradition, concern for the poor is more important than building a temple for worship.  Sefer Hasidim (a 12th-century legal text) teaches that ‘if a community lacks a place of worship and a shelter for the poor, it is first obligated to build a shelter for the poor,” said Judy Leavitt, Chair of CJJ/West.

According to Vicki Meath, Director of Just Economics, the “Working Poor Simulation” is an experiential learning tool that exposes participants to the real-life struggles of the working poor in our community.  Participants are assigned identities based on those of real low-income people and must complete the everyday activities of their families – like going to work, paying bills, applying for public benefits, and other community groups.”  There will be an opportunity for reflection following the simulation.

CONTACT:  Ellen Golden /

Marilynne Herbert /

(2) Deep River: 80s & 90s Country, Originals, Eagles and Ronstadt

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(4) THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, directed by John Crawley

Adaptation of Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel. Each performance has the potential to have a different outcome based on the audience’s whims.

At the Asheville School (off Smokey Park Highway). Free!

Feb. 23 & 24, both nights at 7:15 p.m.; Feb. 25, 2:30 p.m.


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Upcoming at Actors’ Net of Bucks County:
Twelfth Night
Comedy by William Shakespeare
Mar. 10 – 26, 2017
In this much-loved comedy, shipwrecked Viola disguises herself as a man, falls in love with the duke she serves, and is wooed by a titled lady. Meanwhile, a gaggle of bawdy retainers torment the pompous butler. Hilarity ensues, of course.
(2) At Kelsey Theatre (Mercer County Community College):


A comedy of manners… without the manners!

Feb. 3, 4, 10, 11 at 8pm,

Feb. 5, 12 at 2pm   

$18 adults, $16 srs, $14 stud/child 


Love is in the air… and coming in for a CRASH landing!

Feb. 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8pm,

Feb. 19, 26 at 2pm     

$18 adults, $16 srs, $14 stud/child

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