Kevin’s Story: Mince Pies

Kevin ‘s Story: Kevin is from the U.K. Every year Kevin makes mince pies to share with friends. 🙂

What are mince pies?

“Mince pies are a traditional dessert a sweet pie of British origin, filled with a mixture of dried fruits and spices called “mincemeat”, that is traditionally served during the Christmas season in the English-speaking world. Its ingredients are traceable to the 13th century, when returning European crusaders brought with them Middle Eastern recipes containing meats, fruits and spices.” (Wikipedia)

Mince pies are traditionally eaten with brandy butter — a mixture of brandy, butter, and sugar. We eat them with whipped cream, or plain.

mincepie 5Kevin’s Recipe:
Ingredients: Mince meat; Ready made pie crusts

Materials: Rolling pin; Flour; Cookie Cutters; Muffin Tins, Fork

mincepie 3How To:
1. Cut out tops and bottoms of the individual pies
2. Place the bottoms in the muffin tin.
3. Fill the bottom with mincemeat.
4. Put the top over the mincemeat.
5. Seal the mincepie by pressing the tines of a fork along the edges of the top.
6. Use the fork to poke holes into the tops, to allow steam to escape while baking.
7. Gather remaining pie crust into a ball.
8. Sprinkle the work space with flour to prevent the pie crust from sticking to your work space.
9. Roll out the pie crust.mincepie 2
10. Return to step 1 above.
11. Bake the mince pies in a 375 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes.
12. Store mincepies in an airtight container.

Sourcing Your Ingredients:
– Mincemeat available at World Market;
– Pie crusts available in the refrigerated section of local grocery stores.

Summer Meal Programs Reinstated

“As Councilwoman, going to work would mean advocating for, and ensuring City Programs to be implemented the way they were intended to work for you.”


KIDCO is a fantastic program.  The summer program is one of the most affordable programs in town, and the staff is energetic and involved with the kids.

Over the summer, the KIDCO Summer Meal Program was cut.  After contacting KIDCO and Tucson Unified School District Food Services (who was contracted by ADE to provide the meals), I was informed that the program had been cut by ADE, due to sites not meeting the required minimum number of participants.

Realizing that many of the sites would not be able to meet the minimum number requirement, and this requirement was standing in the way of the intent of the program, I reached out to ADE, hoping to inquire about an alternative participant count option — having sites grouped together for the count — but when my phone calls were not returned, I reached out to Tucson News Now.

With Angelica’s help, the meal program was re-instated.  Through persistence, having conversations, and thinking outside the box, we were able to provide healthy meals to participants, and assist families through providing breakfast and lunch to their children.

The story doesn’t end there.  I hoped that my son would be able to attend the KIDCO after school program.  Unfortunately, there is no transportation from his school to the program site.  I began communicating with Parks and Rec, and SunVan, who was interested in starting a pilot program, but was unable to continue with the process due to having to return to work.

As Councilwoman, going to work would mean advocating for, and ensuring City Programs to be implemented the way they were intended to work for you.

When the time comes to vote, know that a vote for Chew is a vote for you!

#EachOfUs #AllOfUs #OurTucson #ChewForWard3Council #ChewForTucson


#Presentation and Perception

This is a story that was shared with me, modified by me to make it entertaining to me.  The message?  Presentation.

Imagine someone has baked a plate of delicious chocolate chip cookies.  They bring it to you, and you breathe in the inviting warmth, already tasting the gooey chocolate melting in your mouth.  All of a sudden, that someone takes the cookie tray and throws it in your face!  What is going on?  The cookies have lost their appeal, and you have lost all respect for that someone.  You turn on your heel and huff out of the room, disgusted and disappointed.  On your way out, you encounter me, looking at you with disgust, and rushing toward the someone.  You think to yourself:  “Wow, really?  After what that someone did to me,  you rush by me, and go to that someone?”

Now, take a step back, rewind the scene, and and let’s take another look at the scene from an outsider’s perspective.  You see you, standing there, smiling as someone approaches you with a tray of cookies. You see yourself smile as the cookie tray approaches you.  But then you also see a bee buzzing behind that someone.  And the bee stings the someone!  Shocked, the someone throws the cookies in your face!  And you realize as an outsider that the someone is severely allergic to bees.  But the scene continues, and you see yourself turn on your heel and huff out of the room, disgusted and disappointed, leaving the someone there in the room, fallen, and looking around hopelessly for help.

Now, do you understand?


Your perception of the cookies changed based on the presentation of the cookies to you.  And your perception of you changed after you took a step back.

As Councilwoman, I will always take a step back, and look at the situation, not just the presentation.  I will share what I discover, and work for a solution that you understand, even if you do not agree wholeheartedly.with it.  My door will always be open for discussion.  Because really, that tray of cookies didn’t have to be thrown.  Preventive safety steps could have been taken

Let me find those answers.  When the time comes to vote, remember Chew’s the right candidate.

#EachOfUs #AllOfUs #OurTucson #ChewForTucson #ChewForWard3Council



On August 29, 2017, 1700 voters cast a “Yes” vote for me, Felicia Chew, for Ward 3 Councilwoman.

1700 votes for programs that connect working families, and each of us, with local government; for stronger public services, especially​ improved public ​transit;

1700 votes for​ a more economically and environmentally sustainable Tucson;

1700 votes for a community that is healthy and strong for each of us, for all of us, and our future generations;

Those 1700 voices are not going unheard. Felicia Chew Community Projects was founded on November 22, 2017 to continue the work.

If the 1700 voters are joined with others who were ineligible to vote in the election, and each individual contributes $2/month or $20/year to Felicia Chew Community Projects, we will be able to continue the work I spoke of, for our community.

We will increase the number of voters from 8000 who are likely to vote.

We will raise our median income.

We will reduce our rate of domestic violence.

We will connect more residents, and their loved ones, who face challenges with addictions and mental health, with resources that really help.

Thank you for your support during the campaign.  Thank you for your support now!

❤ Felicia

December 1, 2017 – First Fridays with Felicia

Thanks for coming out tonight to join me at First Fridays with Felicia. Thank you for sharing stories — accomplishments, challenges, hopes, and resources.

Highlights included a visit from Santa, enjoying homemade hummus, and sharing streudal and wine.

Celebrations include, a birthday, a 501(c)4, being connected with one another.

Our stories demonstrated the desire to bridge the gaps that exist in #OurTucson —
1. The need for policies for all people.
2. The desire for our children to have stories that grow them into good people.
3. The need for U of A students to vote (in Tucson).
4. The need for for tweens and teens to have something to do in Tucson.
5. The need for transportation system that is equitable for people, regardless of physical and mental capabilities.
6. The need for more responsive and attentive local government.
7. The hope for a teen center in Tucson.
8. The hope for more gun sense in America.
9. The hope for a more sustainable Tucson.
10. The need for more conversations and mindfulness.

I look forward to next month’s First Fridays with Felicia.

I say “Viva!” You say “La revolucion!”

❤ Felicia