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November Colorado Country Life Magazine Bonus Features

Sweet Potato & Bacon Soup Recipe

with warm Thanksgiving wishes from the Back Bowl Soup & Bistro's Woody and Jodi Johnson

photo of Woody & Jodi Johnson holding bowls of soup


Sweet Potato & Bacon Soup



  • 6 slices of bacon, diced                                               
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried garlic
  • ¼ stick butter
  • 2 large Garnet sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1 large Russet potato, diced
  • Chicken stock
  • Black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Maple syrup (garnish)


  1. In a medium-sized pot, melt butter and crisp bacon
  2. Add onion (cook until clear)
  3. Add pepper & garlic (cook one minute more)
  4. Add potatoes
  5. Cover with chicken stock & boil until soft
  6. Blend completely until very smooth
  7. Season with cayenne & serve with a splash of maple syrup


Q&A with Fraser Valley Metro Rec District's Director of Parks and Recreation Scott Ledin

Scott Ledin standing in front of Fraser Valley Rec Center pool and water slide

What are FVMRD’s future development plans?
One of our immediate goals is to continue fundraising efforts to add a refrigeration system to the IceBox ice rink at the FVSC. Currently the IceBox is at the mercy of Mother Nature. Warm sunny winter/spring days negatively affect the quality of the ice and often force us to completely shut down rink operations. In fact, in 2017 warm weather caused us to close for nine days in February and close the facility for the season on March 9th. There are also safety issues with soft, inconsistent ice due to sun exposure and warmer temperatures. This results in lost revenue at the rink, canceled practices, games and tournaments which bring out-of-town guests to the facility. The addition of a refrigeration system would regulate the ice to an ideal temperature of 26 degrees, allowing us to extend the weeks/months in which the IceBox could remain open. The ultimate goal would be to extend the current ice season by 2-3 months. Youth teams can start practice earlier in the winter rather than having to drive to Summit County or Denver for ice time/practice at other venues. Adult hockey and special programs, including adaptive skating programs like Sled Hockey would also benefit from an extended season.

What’s something FVMRD guests are surprised to learn about your facilities?
Guests are often surprised to learn that the FVMRD owns and operates Pole Creek Golf Club.


MPE's November 4-Page Insert


November Statewide Magazine Features


Community Events


11th  Aviation & Salute to Veterans Open House (FREE)
         2 PM at the Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum.  New Korea & Vietnam WWII displays and a new B-17 exhibit.

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