Chocolate Covered Banana Pops

Chocolate Banana Pops

Ingredients

  • 4 medium ripe but firm bananas
  • 8 wooden craft sticks
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped lightly salted peanuts
  • 6 ounces good quality dark chocolate (60 to 70 percent cocoa solids), chopped

Directions

Peel, then cut each banana in half crosswise and insert a craft stick into each half. Place on a tray, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer until frozen, about 3 hours.

Place the peanuts in a shallow dish or on a plate. Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over slightly simmering water, over the lowest possible heat, stirring frequently. Make sure the water is not touching the bottom of the top pan. Pour the melted chocolate into a tall glass. Dip each frozen banana into the chocolate, turning it to coat, and immediately roll in the peanuts. Place on a tray covered in waxed paper. Serve immediately or wrap individually in plastic wrap or waxed paper and freeze for up to 2 weeks.

 

Brought to you by Ellie Krieger: Healthy Appetite.

 

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23rd Annual Trash Bash Seeks Volunteers

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Keep Irving Beautiful invites the community to attend the 23rd Annual Trash Bash!

Date: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00| Saturday, September 27th

This year’s cleanup will be held at T.W. Richardson Grove Park, 333 E. Interstate Highway 635 (LBJ), at the Northeast corner of Valley View and I-635.

The 2014 Trash Bash will be held on National Public Lands Day as in years past, and will be one of many events occurring across the country that day. The nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands raises awareness on environmental issues like litter, and encourages everyone to lend a hand to make a difference in their community.

Volunteers of all ages are invited to participate. KIB will provide supplies such as litter pickers, trash and recycle bags and gloves. Lunch will be provided after the cleanup, as well as music and prize drawings. Please register by Sept. 17, 2014. For more information call the Keep Irving Beautiful office at (972) 721-2175.

Hope to see you there! For more information and to register click here.

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Alton Brown’s Guacamole

Guac

Ingredients

  • 3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Directions

In a large bowl place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice, toss to coat. Drain, and reserve the lime juice, after all of the avocados have been coated. Using a potato masher add the salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash. Then, fold in the onions, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic. Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved lime juice. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then serve.

 Brought to you by Alton Brown - Good Eats.

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Repurpose Your Shoes

 

Donate shoes to benefit Grace Lutheran.

“Help us Fund our Future! By repurposing your gently worn shoes, you are raising funds for Grace Lutheran and helping children in developing nations!”

A fellow Valley Ranch employee has informed the Valley Ranch Association that the Grace Lutheran church is repurposing shoes for children in developing countries. Well you know we had to join in on this wonderful cause!

The Valley Ranch Association will gather shoes between Friday, August 1st through Friday, August 22nd. Any style, any condition of shoes are accepted. Bring your shoes into our office Monday through Friday between 8-5:00p.m. and we will have them delivered to Grace Lutheran.

If you have any question feel free to contact the Association office at 972-869-1430.

Grace Lutheran Contact information

Phone: 817-370-7427

http://www.gracefw@gracefw.com

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Pet Protection!

Pet Protection2014 has brought several calls to the office regarding pets being attacked by coyotes, bobcats, and large birds. Valley Ranch is bordered on the East and West sides of large open spaces. For many years, these animals have made homes in this space and hunted there as well. As developers begin to disturb the land to the west, the resident animals will make their way to the outer edges of the property and venture into Valley Ranch.Valley Ranch Association cannot reasonably mitigate the affects of this issue. Pet Owners need to take steps to protect their animals.

 

  • Keep your pets leashed when walking the community (Irving requires pets to be leashed).
  • Avoid retractable leashes as they allow animals to get far away from your side.
  • Do not chain dogs in the back yard and should never be left unattended.
  • Cats should not be let outside (this is also a big complaint by many neighbors).
  • Do not put pet food on the back porch.
  • Do not set your garbage out the night before pick up.
  • Secure your doggy doors.
  • Bird feeders attract rats which attract predators.
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Ranchview High School Band Activities

Ranchview High Band

Band Booster Garage Sale | Saturday August 16th from 7am – 1pm

The Band Boosters would like to ask everyone in the Valley Ranch community that if they have any furniture, appliances, toys, games, and other “garage sale” type items that they would like to donate to the band to sell, we would greatly appreciate your support! Check your garages, closets, attics – everywhere – and if you have any items that you’d like to donate, we will gladly take them. Any items not sold during the Garage Sale will then be donated to a local DFW charity.

All items can be dropped off at the school during the band’s Summer Band Camp hours starting August 4th – each day (except weekends) from 8am – 4pm or an after-hours drop off can be arranged. Additionally, if you have a large item that you wish to donate but are unable to transport it to Ranchview High School, please contact us and we’d be happy to arrange to pick it up for you.

CLOTHING NOTE! If you wish to donate clothing, we will gladly accept that as well however we will not be selling clothing at the garage sale. Our Band Leadership Team (BLT) will be doing a Clothing Drive in the Fall for the CFBISD “Clothing Closet” Charity and we will use those donations for that effort!

For questions or for after-hours drop/pick up arrangement, please contact Luke Erlenbusch with Ranchview Band Boosters – (682)667-2539 or lerlenbusch@yahoo.com

Ranchview High School

8401 E Valley Ranch Pkwy


Ranchview Band Power Card Sales | Card sales begin on August 7th through August 21st

One of the other ways that we help the students to raise funds for their own accounts is through the Ranchview Band Power Card sales. The Power Cards are supplied through ES Fundraising and afford the purchaser to discounts at 17 different restaurants and businesses throughout the Las Colinas/Valley Ranch area as well as a national membership in Three Winners.com with 25,000 locations nationwide. The cards are $20 each and are good for one year from the date of purchase.

List of the restaurants and businesses where you could receive a discount with card purchase!

JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS

$1 OFF ANY REG SIZE SUB

CAVALLI PIZZA NAPOLETANA

10% OFF A PUR OF $20 OR MORE OR FREE LG DRK W/MEAL PUR

I LUV PHO

10% OFF TOTAL PUR.

MIDAS

$5 OFF AN OIL CHANGE

PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA

FREE PIZZA OF E.O.L.V. W/PUR OF A LG @ REG MENU PRICE *CARRYOUT ONLY*

FISH CITY GRILL

$5 OFF A PUR OF $20 OR MORE

FIREHOUSE SUBS

FREE CHIPS W/PUR OF A SANDWICH & MED DRK

KEBABS TO GO

$2 OFF ANY VEGGIE KEBAB

WENDY’S

FREE JR FROSTY W/COMBO PUR

POPEYE’S CHICKEN & BISCUITS

FREE 2PC DINNER W/PUR OF 2PC DINNER @ REG PRICE

QUAKER STEAK & LUBE

10% OFF TOTAL PUR.

MAACS GRILL

15% OFF TOTAL FOOD PUR

CHILI’S GRILL & BAR

FREE CHIPS & SALSA W/PUR OF AN ENTRÉE

BOSTON’S GOURMET PIZZAS

10% OFF TOTAL PUR.

DICKEY’S BARBECUE PIT

FREE ENTRÉE OF E.O.L.V. W/PUR OF AN ENTRÉE & 2 LG DRINKS @ REG PRICE

YOGURT ZONE

15% OFF TOTAL PUR.

APPLEBEE’S

15% OFF TOTAL PUR. *EXCL ALC*

Card sales will begin on August 7th and will continue through August 21st – if you are interested in purchasing a Power Card, please contact Luke Erlenbusch with the Ranchview Band Boosters – (682)667-2539 or lerlenbusch@yahoo.com

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Frozen Watermelon Slushies

Frozen Watermelon Slushies


Brought to you by Food Network.

“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

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