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Oak Park Trails February 2018

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Krenek Printing NEIGHBORHOOD NEWSLETTERS 281-463-8649 RESIDENTS: Please support the businesses within this newsletter. It is because of their support that you receive this paper at no charge to you or your HOA. Share your community news with us. Non-profit, scouts, school, dated events, etc. send to ADVERTISERS: Want your ad to be placed in this newsletter and mailed to the homeowners every month? For more information, pricing or to view newsletters online please visit or email BUSINESS FINDER: Search for businesses in your local area and find great deals on the goods and services you are looking for! LLC February Is Creative Romance Month February is being Creative Romance Month and many of you may feel like that is a lot of pressure! Don’t worry though because we’ve put together a list of romantic, yet creative ideas to make the month of February full of romance. Go On A Surprise Trip. What better way to spend time together than by going on a surprise trip? Instead of just telling your partner that you planned a getaway, make them work to figure out what their Valentine’s present is. Write the name of the destination on a piece of paper and cut it up into pieces that they have to put together. If you want to really build up the anticipation, you can always give them one piece of the puzzle a day leading up to Valentine’s Day. Kidnap Them For A Day. If your partner is into fun gags, put a blindfold on him or her and drive them to your chosen destination before you take the blindfold off. It can be something as simple as a romantic dinner to their favorite restaurant or a visit to their favorite museum. Tell them little clues along the way to see if they can actually guess where they are going. Act Like A Tourist. Just because you have lived in a city for a while it doesn’t mean that you’ve visited everywhere there is to go. For Valentine’s Day, do a little bit of research about restaurants or attractions that you and your partner have never been to before. Then on Valentine’s Day, act like tourists at the place you end up going too. Don’t just rush through the experience. Really soak it all in, spend a lot of time there and just have a good time overall. Can’t Get Away For A Few Days? Book A Hotel Room. If you and your partner want to go on a vacation, but don’t have the time, consider booking a really nice hotel room for 1-2 nights. Even though you won’t actually be leaving your city, it might feel like it if you choose the right hotel. Not only should the hotel you choose have plenty of activities and amenities, but it should be in a location that will allow you to easily enjoy restaurants and shops within walking distance. Share The Romance. If you and your partner are the kind of couple that likes to outdo one another, consider trading off. On even days you could plan romantic activities and on odd days it’s your partner’s turn. This can last for only a few days, a week or the entire month of February! If you really want to wow them consider going on a day cruise on your day or going camping for the night. Source: NEWSLETTERS: View your newsletter online! You can read your community news on our website or download it to take with you and print. Archived issues are also available. MOBILE: You now have access to our full website optimized for your mobile device, making it even easier to find the things you need on the go! MORE: Find information about advertising opportunities, article submissions, our company, and frequently asked questions. NOW OFFERING FULL COLOR PRINTING SERVICES! Call today for a quote! 18 February 2018 | The Trails

Air Conditioning Contractors of America RECIPES Lighter Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo Ingredients: 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 4 cloves garlic, minced ground black pepper to taste 2 cups heavy cream 2 egg yolks salt to taste 1 pound fettuccine 1 sprig chopped fresh parsley 2 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided Directions: Combine chicken breasts and chicken broth in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low; simmer for 5 minutes. Turn breasts, cover and simmer another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit with the cover on for 15 minutes. Remove chicken breasts from the broth and set aside to cool, reserving the broth in the saucepan. Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, cut into bite-size slices. Return the chicken broth to medium heat and cook until reduced to 1 cup. Stir garlic, black pepper and heavy cream into the reduced broth; bring to a simmer and remove from heat. Be Safe! Service Heater Protect Home 281-394-0028 Free estimate or 2 nd opinion $25 off any repair License TACLB 24777E and Insured Expires 2/28/18 FREE Wi-fi thermostat w/ equipment purchase • Annual Maintenance Programs • All repairs guaranteed • Serving area since 1994 0% Interest financing available Expires 2/28/18 WAC Expires 2/28/18 Whisk egg yolks in a bowl until smooth. Beat 1 tablespoon of the warm cream mixture into the eggs until thoroughly incorporated; repeat until about 1/2 cup of the warm cream mixture is used. Whisk the warm cream and egg mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining cream mixture. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture almost comes to a simmer and thickens, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook fettuccine in boiling water, stirring occasionally, until nearly cooked through, about 7 minutes. Drain. Stir parsley, 1 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano and cream mixture into the pasta. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for a few minutes until thick. Fold chicken and 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano into the pasta mixture to serve. Source: Cream Cheese Brownies Ingredients: 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips 5 tablespoons shortening 1 cup white sugar 3 eggs 3 tablespoons cream cheese 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 cup chopped almonds Cream Cheese frosting - optional Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 9 inch square baking pan. In top of a double boiler, melt chocolate chips and shortening, stirring frequently until smooth. Pour into a large bowl and mix in sugar, cream cheese and eggs. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Gradually mix in flour, baking powder and salt. Fold in almonds and pour the batter into pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan before cutting into bars. Add Cream Cheese frosting if desired. Source: ADVANCED HOME EXTERIORS WE DON’T TRY TO DO IT ALL... WE ONLY DO WHAT WE DO BEST! SIDING, WINDOWS & ROOFING HardiePlank Siding & Exterior Painting $500 OFF * HardiePlank and Window Replacement *Minimum purchase required Hardie ColorPlus from Advanced Home Exteriors is recommended by Tom Tynan, HomeShow Radio Financing Available Call Today for Your Free Estimate! 832-363-3772 The Trails | February 2018 19