Archive for “Resources”

Listening – A Part of Effective Communications

January 7, 2017

Resources

Communicating effectively involves not only speaking well, but listening well, too. Active-listening tools, such as those in the following list, help you hold up your end of a successful conversation or Concentrate on what the speaker has to say Listen for content and emotion to understand the entire message Maintain steady eye contact so speakers know your attention is with them Reflect back with verbal feedback to confirm your understanding of the message Stay patient when people talk to youRead more

Oriental Cole Slaw

May 4, 2016

By Linda Collins

Food
Recipe

1-lb bag coleslaw, pre-shredded bag 1 bunch green onions 2 packages Oriental Ramen Noodle soup 1/3 cup white vinegar 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup oil 4 ounces almond slivers 4 ounces sunflower seeds Layer shredded coleslaw, green onions, slivered almonds, and sunflower seeds. Mix the vinegar, sugar, oil and seasoning packs from the soup mix separately from the salad. Add crunched noodles and dressing to salad just before serving and mix thoroughly. This salad is deliciously different, but it doesn’t keepRead more

Did You Know… Texas

May 1, 2016

Resources
Did You Know...

Texas was the 28th state in the U.S. and was admitted into the Union on December 29, 1845. All other states except Texas entered the United States by territorial annexation. Only Texas entered by treaty.

Recipe of the Month – Catfish Po’ Boys With Pickle Remoulade

April 10, 2016

Food
Recipe

Catfish Po’ Boys With Pickle Remoulade 1 cup cornmeal cup panko crumbs ½ cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 1 tsp salt ½ tsp cayenne pepper ½ tsp garlic powder ½ tsp onion powder ¼ tsp thyme, dried ¼ tsp sage, dried ¼ tsp ginger, ground ¼ tsp cumin, ground large eggs 8 catfish fillets, 5-oz, skinless Vegetable oil, for frying 8 crusty rolls, split Romaine lettuce for serving Making the Po’ Boys: In a pie plate, whisk theRead more

Did you Know? – State Fair

March 14, 2016

Resources
Did You Know...

The State Fair of Texas has been held in Dallas every year since 1886 with five exceptions. In 1918 the fair was cancelled on account of WWI, and between 1942-1945 due to World War II.  

Did You Know… German Chocolate

March 14, 2016

Food and Resources
Did You Know...

German chocolate cake actually has nothing to do with Germany and everything to do with Dallas. The recipe was actually credited to an American named Sam German, and was popularized after the recipe appeared in a 1957 edition of the Dallas Morning Star.  

Affordable Landscaping Ideas for Under $1,000

March 13, 2016

By Gary Collins

Home Improvement
Landscaping

Choose perennial plants $10 to $50 Perennials save you money because they come back every year, whereas annuals have to be replaced every year. Perennials can last for years and sometimes require less maintenance. They come in various colors, shapes, and sizes. You can invest in perennial flowers or shrubs, depending on what you need. Some perennials to choose from include: Catmint, Saffron, Daisies, Sage, Poppy, Lavender Agave. Replace lawn with rocks/pebbles $50 to $100 If you don’t feel excitedRead more

Avoiding Identity Theft

March 12, 2016

By Danny Oberst

Safety

We are confronted with the risk of identity theft every day. From shopping at the local grocery store, buying something online or simply browsing the internet, cyber hackers are trying to steal your financial information. The time, effort and money necessary to resolve this type of theft can be overwhelming. Statistics show that most of us will have to deal with the consequences of identity theft at least once and probably multiple times. The cost for our modern day conveniencesRead more

Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies

March 11, 2016

By Kim Callahan

Food
Recipe

These cookies are great for those cutting back on extra sugar. 1 cup flour 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 cups chopped pecans 1 cup Oats (not instant) 3/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries 1 cup applesauce 2 eggs 1/2 vegetable oil 1 tsp vanilla Preparation: Preheat oven to 375. Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a large bowl. Add dry ingredients to wet in small batches until well blended. Chill dough for atRead more

Safety Alert

February 7, 2016

Safety

In last month’s newsletter, there was a brief message about a gas leak at a home on Pavillion. In the last few weeks there has been another serious leak. This one occurred in the main gas line under the street at Pavillion. This is cause for great concern in our neighborhood. The lines were installed when the development was new in the 1980’s. That’s more than 35 years ago, and we are now confronted with aging pipelines. It is veryRead more

Cajun Black-eyed Peas and Rice

February 7, 2016

By Linda Collins

Food

1 pkg. Picksweet Black-eyed Peas (frozen food) ¼ cup Chopped Onions (frozen food section) ½ cup long-grain rice, uncooked 1 tbsp. butter 1 tsp salt 3 cups water ½ tsp paprika 1 tsp Cajun seasoning ½ tsp sugar [Note – add cooked and drained smoked sausage for a hearty entrée] Pour frozen peas and onions in a saucepan and cover with water. Boil for 3 minutes, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 40 minutes. Drain off most liquid, butRead more

Dallas City Hall 3-1-1 Non-Emergency Service

February 7, 2016

By Danny Oberst, Security Chairperson

City Services
Non-Emergency

The City of Dallas established the 3-1-1 service several years ago to improve non-emergency services for all citizens. Dallas residents can call 3-1-1, connect on the internet or access the service through a smart phone app. All emergency calls should go directly to the 9-1-1 service. With the smart phone app, you can take a picture of the problem to send along with its location and description to better identify your specific concern. The free smart phone app is availableRead more