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“The night before your picnic, puree 6 cups chopped seedless watermelon in a blender until smooth, pour into a shallow airtight container and freeze. Bring the frozen watermelon on your picnic (it’ll double as an extra ice pack) and let thaw slightly, then mash with a fork and spoon into cups.”
Total Time: 10 min
Prep: 10 min
Yield: 4 servings
Attention Hillside Villas Residents!
If you are interested in keeping our neighborhood safe, please consider joining the neighborhood crime watch program.
All you have to do is email your name and address along with your contact information to email@example.com.
Your information will be shared with the other participants to help facilitate communication within our community.
In addition, you will receive crime alerts and a monthly newsletter with crime tips and other helpful information.
Hark! Who lives there? If you are interested in creating some neighborhood camaraderie while enhancing your safety awareness, register your block for a National Night Out social!
Each registered neighborhood’s assigned block captain will receive $200 to support their block party treats and/or snacks. The Association will contact the Irving Police department for a representative.
Please register your block and captain by Friday, August 15th.
Please contact our office for any questions.
- 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed
- 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
- 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 12-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.
Toss the oatmeal, almonds, and coconut together on a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the wheat germ.
Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
Place the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the dates, apricots, and cranberries and stir well.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature.
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Lane Closure Advisory
MacArthur Blvd at Belt Line Road (Coppell)
Please be advised that the City of Coppell will be reconstructing the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and Belt Line Road in their city. However, this major intersection is very close to the north city limits of Irving so it is expected that there will be traffic impact extending into the City of Irving and many Irving residents, businesses, and visitors will be affected as well as the thousands of motorists who travel MacArthur Blvd. and Belt Line Road to and from outside of Irving.
According to the City of Coppell, lane closures will start at approximately 12:00 noon on Monday, July 14, 2014. The project is expected to be complete within fifteen (15) working days, although the contractor has been given a maximum of 30 days to reopen the roadways.
Belt Line Road will be completely closed either side of the MacArthur Blvd. intersection allowing no through traffic on Belt Line Road.
MacArthur Blvd., however, will maintain one lane of through traffic in both directions during the course of the construction. The reduction from three lanes to one lane in each direction will be somewhat mitigated by there being no stopping for Belt Line Road, however, delays especially during peak traffic periods can be expected.
Detour information and updates on the project are being maintained by the City of Coppell on their website at:
The Valley Ranch Association is ramping up the donations for the USO DFW by hosting a “Drive Thru” Donation blitz: Donations & Donuts.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 8830 N. MacArthur Blvd. Valley Ranch Association Office Park (map)
Supporters of this donation drive will enjoy curb-side donation assistance, donuts, juice and/or coffee. Drive thru for this worthy cause supporting USA Troops and their families. Please see the list of needs here.
We’ll have a donut waiting for you!
Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals and groups. Please contact us!