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Posted December 24, 2014 in Community Featured, Pleasant Hill


Pleasant Hill homeowner Betty Warrick provides the magic of Christmas for family and friends

Once upon a time where this house sits now used to be someone’s back yard. Before that – a field. Now – a home. 5930 Martin Drive is a lovely 2002 brick ranch. Homeowner Betty Warrick has been there for the entire twelve years.

Betty Warrick’s home is just the right size to hold visiting family and friends. Photos by Rainey Cook.

Betty Warrick’s home is just the right size to hold
visiting family and friends. Photos by Rainey Cook.

“It’s small and that’s why I like it,” Warrick says. “It’s just perfect for me.”

She has a computer room and a spare bedroom. She has family who live in California and Utah who stay here when in Iowa. During a span of time, an old classmate used to spend time at her house. Her granddaughter, her husband and Warrick’s only great grandson drive from Cedar Falls once a month to spend the weekend.

For Warrick’s family, common is the path to the cookie jar. Her home is comfortable, warm and homey. It’s grandma’s house.

Still cooking homemade Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, Warrick will have Christmas Eve at her house. Her two children, five grandchildren and one great grandson will all go to church that night and back to her house for oyster stew, chili and all her homemade goodies.

It’s not surprising to even have a grandson’s friend drive from Minnesota to spend Christmas Eve with their family. Loving a home cooked meal, he’ll even get a stocking stuffed with treats.

And so the magic of Christmas will happen again.

Betty Warrick

Betty Warrick

Warrick starts baking mid-December. It’s not uncommon for her to give several trays of home baked Christmas cookies each year. Her favorites include sugar cookies, spritz, pumpkin bread, peanut clusters, chocolate hay stacks, peanut brittle and even Dutch letters.

Christmas day dinner is a smaller group. Maybe five or six family members come back for turkey, noodles and dressing. All prepared by Warrick.

It’s a wonderful time of year at Warrick’s home. Although, the season of appreciation doesn’t stop in December. Her neighbors snow blow her driveway for her, another neighbor will get his weed eater out for his house, then hers. Her grandchildren mow for her in the summer.

“Pleasant Hill is such a nice small community,” Warrick says. “Sometimes I think I should probably downsize, then I think ‘do I really want to leave all this?’”

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