Houston High School graduate Weston Phipps, center, traveled to Los Angeles, Calif., to participate in the Rose Parade with the Honor Band of America. Phipps is pictured with his mother, Wendy Phipps and father, David Phipps.

Wendy, David and Weston Phipps of Houston traveled Dec. 28 to Los Angeles, Calif. Weston was a participant in the Rose Parade with the Honor Band of America. While Weston prepared for the parade, Wendy and David toured Hollywood, the walk of fame, Beverly Hills, the farmer’s market, went to the ocean in Long Beach, La Brea Tar Pits, Disneyland and seen how the floats were created for the parade with billions of flowers and scores of volunteers. The honor band participated in a performance two days after getting together at the Long Beach City College with two other bands, a band fest the next day at Pasadena City College, Disneyland the following day and then the parade Jan. 2. To wrap things up the band and families attended a banquet honoring all the band members. The band got to spend the final day at Disneyland. The family enjoyed the trip, but everyone was glad to return to Missouri – even with the cold and snow!

JOKE OF THE WEEK

You know it is time for a New Year’s Resolution when you step on a talking scale and it says, “one at a time, please.”

RECIPE OF THE WEEK

Quick and Easy White Chili

Ingredients:

• 1 pound ground turkey, browned

• 1 cup medium salsa

• 1 cup frozen corn kernels

• 1 cup water or chicken broth

• 12 ounces pepper jack cheese, cubed

• 2 (14 ounce) cans great Northern beans, rinsed and drained

Directions:

In a large pot or saucepan, combine the browned turkey, salsa, corn, water, beans and cheese.

Stir together and simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes, or until cheese has melted and chili is hot.

To submit “comings and goings” to this feature, call Wendy Phipps at 417-967-4200 or email wphipps@houstonherald.com.

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