The world’s best banana bread


The Fire Department is having a bake sale in November. Many fine bakers in the community have offered to bake a variety of goods. My wife is organizing the event and has been using me as a guinea pig for her practice creations. So far, every effort has been a success with her signature banana bread a stunner and my current favourite. So much so that I’m including the recipe she uses for you all to give it a try.

  • 12 cup butter, salted or unsalted – whatever you like
  • 1 cup sugar, regular granulated cane sugar is good
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 ripe bananas, finely mashed – use 4 if you want a moister and more delicious (for some) loaf
  • handful pecans (or walnuts for non-Texans) coarsely chopped
  • 1 12 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Remove odd pots, pans and baking sheets stored in oven.
  2. Preheat oven to 350º.
  3. Cream together butter and sugar.
  4. Add eggs and mashed bananas.
  5. Combine well.
  6. Sift together flour, soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Add vanilla.
  7. Mix just until combined. Do not over mix.
  8. Pour into greased and floured loaf pan.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.
  10. Let cool and tip out of pan.
  11. Cut thick slices and slather with room temperature salted butter.


Enjoy, remember bananas are a health-food.


Gas leak

LogoACVFDLast evening, the Arroyo City Fire Department responded to a gas leak from the cathodic test station across from Chili Willie’s. The residents of Seaview had been suffering the nauseating smell from this leak for four days. Repeated calls to Texas Gas had no effect, apparently Texas Gas does not maintain the lines despite being the gas supplier. It ended up as a classic case of buck-passing. Eventually 911 was called and the Fire Department was dispatched. Firefighters found the leak and shut off the gas supply. Their prompt action avoided what might have been a serious tragedy. Had the wind abated and the gas accumulated, the results could have been devastating. Shame on Texas Gas and their contractors for taking our money and not providing any service. Their inaction is criminal and put peoples’ lives in danger. It seems to us at Arroyo City News that we should be better served by our Utility companies – this is America, not some 3rd world banana republic. Hang your heads Texas Gas, your service is despicable.


For what it’s worth, the following is an extract from Texas Gas website on what to do if you suspect a gas leak. Our advice is to ignore them and simply call 911 – your Fire Department will respond long before Texas Gas.


If you smell natural gas, leave the area immediately and then call Texas Gas Service at 800-959-5325 or 911.

Natural gas piping can be above ground, adjacent to structures, or above buildings. Be alert for sounds, sights, or odors that indicate a possible leak.


In its natural state you cannot smell natural gas, so Texas Gas Service adds a chemical called mercaptan, which has a strong pungent sulfur-like or rotten eggs odor to warn you if a natural gas leak is present.

  • If you smell even the faint odor of mercaptan or hear a hissing noise, leave the area immediately and notify others to do so as well. Notify others in person, not by phone or text.
  • Do not operate appliances, lights, phones (landlines or cell) or electrical equipment if you smell natural gas. Electrical currents from these devices can spark an explosion.
  • After you leave the potentially affected area, call at 800-959-5325, or 911, to report a natural gas leak. Do not use email, our website or social media to report a natural gas emergency.
  • Stay away from the building until an official familiar with the situation tells you it is safe to return.
  • Once your natural gas has been shut off, do not try to turn it back on. For your safety, only a qualified technician may perform this task.


If you are near a natural gas pipeline or meter, these tips can help you recognize a natural gas leak outdoors.

Look. Listen. Smell.

Use Your Eyes (Look)

If you notice any of the following there may be a natural gas leak:

  • Dirt or water blowing into the air;
  • Standing water continuously bubbling;
  • Unexplained dead or discolored vegetation, such as brown patches in your yard, around your meter or along a pipeline; or
  • Dry spots in a moist field.

Use Your Ears (Listen)

If you hear a loud roaring or high-pitched hissing sound, there may be a natural gas leak.

Use Your Nose (Smell)

If you smell an odor that has the distinct scent of sulfur or rotten eggs, there may be a natural gas leak. Do not rely solely on your sense of smell. Use all your senses to determine if natural gas is present.

Take Action

If you detect a natural gas leak outdoors:

  • Leave the area immediately.
  • Abandon any equipment being used in or near the area.
  • Warn others to stay away from the leak.
  • Move in an upwind direction away from the leak and maintain a safe distance.
  • Call Texas Gas Service emergency phone number at 800-959-5325 or 911.

Your local emergency authorities know what to do in this situation. Texas Gas Service will work with local authorities to minimize and eliminate any hazard.


Dormition of the Mother of God

Yesterday, August 15, was the feast day commemorating the Dormition of Mary, the Mother of God (Greek: Κοίμησις Θεοτόκου). This feast is one of the twelve great feasts of the Orthodox Church and is also celebrated as a Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church. Millions of Christians around the world celebrated and venerated Mary, the woman through whom God chose to reveal himself to us as His Son, Jesus Christ who offered Himself as a sacrifice to redeem us.


Apolytikion of Dormition of the TheotokosIn birth, you preserved your virginity; in death, you did not abandon the world, O Theotokos. As mother of life, you departed to the source of life, delivering our souls from death by your intercessions.

Kontakion of Dormition of the TheotokosNeither the grave nor death could contain the Theotokos, the unshakable hope, ever vigilant in intercession and protection. As Mother of life, He who dwelt in the ever-virginal womb transposed her to life.

The Dormition of the Theotokos by Theophanes the Greek – c.1392

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen

Quail Call

OK…so here we are another Wed. evening.  I will soon teach a group of people just like many of you.   They come from (mostly) Arroyo City.  They are people who have worked most of their lives, and again,  most are retired.  I am teaching them about “Spiritual Gifts”… what are they?  Who has one? Why do they exist?,  and how do they get one or more? If you wonder where these are in the Bible you’ll find them in 3 places:  Romans 12; I Corinthians 12; and I Peter 4.  You may not find this list includes every gift you ever heard of, but it will include most of them.  Tonight we will look at some pitfalls in the administration of Gifts…some questions about which are still in use (all or some)…why would a Gift no longer be in use…are some “better” than others…stuff like that.  In 3 weeks I will begin a lengthy study on HEAVEN.  We all have been looking forward to this study, and again I invite you to come.  Here’s my promise:  You will not be singled out, embarrassed, nor asked to give your opinion unless you want to. I will not sit you on the front row…won’t call on you to answer a question…won’t do much more than thank you for coming. It is not our aim to embarrass you, nor to get money from you, nor to trick you into coming to church.  You have a right not to come!  But know that we would like to have you and will keep inviting you.

Bob White

Quail Call

It’s Wednesday evening as I write this…getting ready to teach Bible Study and wanted to let you know what’s coming.  Sometime just after the first Wed. evening of September I am going to begin a study of Heaven.  It has been on my mind for some time now and I’ve been reading up on other people’s opinions of this wonderful topic…and believe me when I say, opinions are out there…and go from one “end to another”.  Will we look like we now do?  Will there be animals in Heaven?  Will there be a “second chance” for those who rejected Christ here on earth? Will we recognize our family and friends?  Man I’ll tell you…there are opinions on things I never thought of!!  It will be a fun time. Will I see you there?

Bob White