Homemade Granola Bar’s

HomeMade Granola BarsIngredients

  • 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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Pizza Wraps

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  • 1 stick light string cheese
  • 1 medium-large high-fiber flour tortilla with about 110 calories
  • 2 tablespoons pizza sauce
  • Dash Italian seasoning
  • Dash garlic powder
  • Dash onion powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup canned stewed tomatoes, roughly chopped, patted dry
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
  • 6 pieces turkey pepperoni, chopped


Set toaster oven to highest setting.

Break string cheese into thirds and put in a blender or food processor-blend at high speed until cheese takes on a shredded or grated consistency. (Or just tear string cheese into pieces and roughly chop.) Set aside.

Place tortilla on a microwave-safe plate and microwave for 10 seconds, or until just warm. Evenly spread sauce onto the center of the tortilla, and sprinkle with a dash of each of the spices. Top with spinach, stewed tomatoes, Parm-style topping, chopped turkey pepperoni, and shredded/grated string cheese.

Wrap tortilla up like a burrito, folding the sides in first, and then rolling it up from the bottom. Place wrap on a microwave-safe plate, seam side down, and warm in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Transfer wraps to the toaster oven and cook until hot on the inside and slightly crisp on the outside, about 3 minutes. Dig in!

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 234 calories, 7.5g fat, 1,083mg sodium, 32g carbs, 7.5g fiber, 5.5g sugars, 16.5g protein


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Expect Traffic Delays

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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:



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Donations & Donuts

Donations and Donuts Revised Wed Jul 14

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!

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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Summer Fun Photo Contest

Who’s ready for another awesome photo contest? We are! The Valley Ranch Association is conducting a summer FACEBOOK photo contest of “Oh the Places You’ll go!” This is a chance for you to share your summer escapes with everyone and win some prizes too!

The Four Categories are:
1. Exotic Places
2. The Great Outdoors
3. Water Works
4. Open Road

Contestants may enter ONE photo into each category. There will be 1 winner for each category. Each of the 4 winners will receive a $50 Visa gift card. After the contest, some of these photos may be displayed in the Valley Ranch office, used on our website, marketing materials, in our social media, and in our newsletters.

Contest Timeline

Entry Period: June 30th – July 30th at 5:00 P.M.
Public Voting: August 1st – August 8th at 5:00 P.M.
Winners will be determined by the number of “likes” on Facebook. Votes will be tallied on August 8th after 5:00 P.M. The winners will be contacted on Monday, August 11th by telephone and/or email and subsequently announced through our social media platforms.


1. You must be at least 18 years old to enter into the contest.
2. Employees of Valley Ranch and other companies associated with promotion of the Contest, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and advertising and promotion agencies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible.
3. The contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

How to Enter
To enter the contest, email our Lifestyle team at lifestyle@valleyranch.org with your photo and the following information: Full Name, Telephone, Email, Category Submission, and Location of photo.  A caption/brief paragraph about your photo is optional.

Photo Guidelines

1. Photos must be of high quality resolution.
2. Photos must be submitted between June 30th – July 30th by 5:00 P.M.
3. Contestants may only submit ONE photo per category.
4. Only emailed photos to the Valley Ranch Lifestyle team will be qualified for the contest.
5. No print or film submissions will be accepted.
6. Photographs must be in a .jpeg, or .jpg format.
7. Photos uploaded to the Photo Contest will be reviewed before they are made public. All approved photos will be considered for entry.
8. All entries become the property of Valley Ranch and will not be acknowledged or returned.
9. The photos and its entirety must be of original material taken by the contestant. By entering the contest, entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, right of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph.
10. The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the sponsor, contain obscene, provocative defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.

Please contact the Association office with any questions, 972-869-1430.

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Treats For Troops

Spot Logo_DFW USOThe Valley Ranch Association is teaming up with USO Dallas/Fort Worth to collect Treats for Troops. USO DFW serves anywhere from 300 – 500 service members and their families daily with complimentary services and amenities located at DFW Airport in terminals B15 and D22. While each lounge offers varying accommodations, they both need the same thing, donations.

Starting Monday, June 30th – July 31st, the association office will collect: Single-serving sized Snack and Drink items, Miscellaneous items (batteries – all sizes, diapers – all sizes, new or like new DVDs), Travel-sized drug store items and toiletries and Paper Goods. See a complete list of items at Treats for Troops.

The USO is a private, non-profit, non-governmental organization that relies on the generosity of volunteers and donors. USO Dallas/Fort Worth lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families at USO Centers at DFW Airport and Dallas MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station)  that serve nearly 170,000 troops and their families annually, as well as through morale-boosting and family strengthening programs targeting the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen and their families stationed in DFW.

The USO is a registered 501(c)3 charity. All donations are tax-deductible.

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Good Things Come to Those Who Bait!

The 5th Annual Fishing with Dad event, held on June 14th at The Hollows Pond, was filled with giggles, squirmy wormies, and nice breezes. All signed-in guests were treated with complimentary snacks, snow cones, hot dogs, and well-stocked ponds!

The smiles were contagious! Everyone from the ‘little worm courier’ to the experienced fisherman enjoyed a relaxing time fishing with their favorite guy, Dad!

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This feel-good event drew record attendance! See you next year!

Thanks to our vendors: Coach Slim Snowcones, Lake Management Services and Metheny Commercial Lawn Maintenance.


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