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MONTAGE COMMUNITY SERVICES

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SCHOOLS

Farney Elementary School 281-373-2850

Goodson Middle School 281-373-2350

Cy-Woods High School 281-213-1800

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Poison Control 800-222-1222

Animal Control 713-439-6000/281-999-3191

Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation 713-468-8972

Mosquito Control 713-440-4800

Children’s Protective Svs 713-394-4000

Harris Co. Public Health & Envir 713-439-6000

U. S. Post Office 800-275-8777

Reliant Energy (Repair) 713-207-7777

Electricity - Reliant Energy 281-897-8808

(You can choose your electric provider)

Gas - Centerpoint Energy 713-659-2111

Street Light Repair (give pole #) 713-207-2222

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To report gas leaks 713-659-3552

Street Repair 281-463-6300

US Post Office 281-373-9125

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Metro Park & Ride 713-635-4000

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SYDNEY HARBOUR

YARD OF THE MONTH

Sydney Harbour’s Yard of the Month for

February 2021, is 17814 Harbour Bridge

owned by Elizabeth Rogacion. Please

join the Landscape Committee in saying

“Congratulations” and “Thank You” to Ms.

Rogacion.

APPROVAL PROCESS FOR EXTERIOR IMPROVEMENT/

MODIFICATION APPLICATIONS IN SYDNEY HARBOUR

With the arrival of summer, homeowners interested in spending more

time outdoors will want to make improvements and/or modifications

to their exterior property. The HOA Architectural Control Committee is

responsible for reviewing and approving all applications before these

changes are made.

A quick review of the steps involved in submitting an application is as

follows:

1. Log In to the Sydney Harbour HOA website at http://sydneyharbourhoa.

org/sl_login.php using your “User Name” and Password”.

2. On the “HOME” page, select “Architectural Control” under the “Welcome”

list to read a description of the application approval process.

3. Next select “Governing Documents” under the “Members” list to see a

list of applicable documents.

4. Next select “Architectural Guidelines / Improvement” to read a onepage

instruction letter and a two-page list of instructions for completing

an application.

5. Return to the “Governing Documents” page and select “Architectural

Guidelines Change Form” to find a blank form that can be completed

with appropriate information and submitted along with any other

required information required by the instruction letter and instruction

list. Completed applications are be mailed or emailed to the appropriate

address provided in the instruction letter.

Please note that the “Governing Documents” page has several other

documents to assist in an understanding of and reasons for the

application approval process.

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As we walk or drive through our neighborhood, what to my eyes should

appear? TRASH from overfilled trash cans and cans without lids. So, we’re

asking your help.

1. PLEASE use a bag for extra trash that won’t fit in your cans.

2. PLEASE do not put small items on the curb. Sydney Harbour’s ever

present wind will blow the items away.

3. The street is not the place for cigarette butts. PLEASE put them out and

throw them in the trash.

4. PLEASE pickup trash that has blown onto your property or street in

front of your house.

PLEASE, PLEASE help Sydney Harbour be the best it can be?

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DAYLIGHT SAVING

TIME STARTS:

SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2021

Daylight Saving Time starts on the

second Sunday of March for the United

States. Clocks are turned forward one

hour from 2 AM to 3 AM.

SYDNEY HARBOUR

EMAIL LIST

Please send your email address, along

with your name and home address, to

sydneyharbour2009@yahoo.com and

you will be added to the subdivision

email to receive information about

Sydney Harbour.

SYDNEY HARBOUR REAL ESTATE CORNER

October 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Presented by Kathy Emery, Realtor

STEVE TOUCHY

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Serving Businesses and Families Since 1983

Copperfield/Cypress

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15840 FM 529, Suite 280

Houston, Texas 77095

Located in the Chase Bank Building on FM 529

Home Sales Number of Homes Price Ranges

1 Story

Pending 1 $347,500

Sold 4 $290,000-$401,000

2 Story

Active 2 $$279,000

Pending 4 $330,600-$405,000

Sold 7 $349,000-$448,500

This representation is based on data supplied by the Houston Association

of Realtors. Neither the Association nor its MLS guarantees or is in any

way responsible for its accuracy.

TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS

If you are between 12 and 18 and would like to be added to the

teenage job seeker’s list, please fill out the form on our website (www.

krenekprinting.com, click submissions and choose Jobseekers) with your

name, birthdate (mo. & yr.), phone number, year you will graduate and

the name of your newsletter/subdivision. Check the list of jobs you want

on your form. Please make sure your email is correct, we send emails

in the summer to make sure all the info is still good and that you want

to stay on the list. If we do not hear back from you after 3 tries, we will

remove you from the list until we do. Must have parent(s) permission.

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DISCLAIMER: Neither the subdivision, nor Krenek Printing is responsible

for those listed on the Teenage Job Seeker List. Please ask for and check

out references if you do not personally know those listed. This is just a

list of teenagers from the subdivision who wish to find part time jobs.

Responsibility for any work done by these teenagers is between those

seeking helpers and the teens and their parents.

CODE KEY: B - BABYSITTING, CPR - CPR CERT., FAC - FIRST AID CERT.,

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CLASS OF 2021 GRADUATION DATES

All graduation ceremonies will be held at the Berry Center (8877 Barker

Cypress Road). The graduation schedule is as follows:

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Cy-Fair - 8 PM

Friday, May 28, 2021

Cypress Creek - 8 PM

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Cypress Falls - 8 AM

Cypress Lakes - 8 PM

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Cypress Ranch - 8 PM

Monday, May 31, 2021

Cypress Ridge - 8 AM

Cypress Springs - 8 PM

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Cy-Fair ISD

www.cfisd.org

LEARN AT HOME:

www.cfisd.net/en/parents-students/health/

coronavirus/learning-home

SCHOOL CALENDAR

To download the 2020-2021 school calendar, visit

the CFISD website at www.cfisd.net/en/calendar.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Cypress Woods - 8 PM

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Jersey Village - 8 PM

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Cypress Park - 8 PM

Friday, June 4, 2021

Bridgeland - 8 AM

Langham Creek - 8 PM

COMMUNITY GENEROUSLY SUPPORTS 2021

LIVESTOCK SHOW AND SALE

The 27 th Annual CFISD Livestock Show Association Show and Sale, held

Feb. 1 st -6 th at the CFISD Exhibit Center, saw an incredible amount of

generosity from the CFISD community through the live auction, freezer

sale, monetary donations and the first-ever online sale, despite the

COVID-19 pandemic.

The Premium Sale (live auction) unofficially raised $281,950, which is

$23,250 more than last year. Final amounts from the Freezer Sale (animals

not placing high enough for the live auction), Agriculture Mechanics and

Horticulture silent auction and additional gifts to students are not yet

available. More than 130 projects had pre-sale commitments to purchase

and animals in the Freezer Sale sold out in record time. In addition, one

new record was set for Grand Champion Turkey:

• Texas Travel Plaza & Cana Tire Inc. paid $20,000 for the Grand Champion

Turkey exhibited by Mason Oehlers from Jersey Village High School.

“The support from the community was amazing,” said Denise Kubecka,

director of career and technical education. “The common message

community members shared was that they were there to ensure our

FFA students were rewarded for their hard work and they did not want

the pandemic to take anything away from that. So many wanted to be

a part of this event that the students will remember for a lifetime. The

community’s outpouring of support was heartwarming. This would not

have happened without the parents, community members, countless

CFISD departments and, of course, our ag teachers working together on

the common goal to put our students first. Thank you to all. We did it!”

The following Livestock Royalty representatives were chosen:

• Show King - Reagon Carter from Bridgeland FFA;

• Show Queen - Evyn Barnes from Bridgeland FFA;

• Mr. Show Teen - Lucas Payan from Bridgeland FFA;

• Miss Show Teen - Emily Fayard from Cypress Woods FFA; and

• Top Hand (Sales) - Kaitlyn Smith from Cypress Woods FFA.

GRAND CHAMPIONS

DIVISION - EXHIBITOR - HIGH SCHOOL

FFA Cookie Basket - CFISD LSA - Cy-Fair Culinary Academy Central

Comm. Buckle - CFISD LSA - N/A

Ag Mechanics - Mikaila Reiland and Weston Coleman - Cy-Fair

Breeding Rabbits - Kendall Harris - Cypress Woods

Broilers - Carson Treichel - Cypress Ranch

Goat - Madison Treichel - Cypress Ranch

Goat Showmanship - Madison Treichel - Cypress Ranch

Heifer - Logan Jones - Cypress Falls

Heifer Showmanship - Kyleigh Emerson - Cy-Fair

Horticulture - Ashley Beavers - Cypress Creek

Lamb - Jessica Donalson - Cy-Fair

Lamb Showmanship - Marisa Dodson - Bridgeland

Rabbit - Caleb Lee - Cy-Fair

Steer - Kalvin Mullinax - Cypress Woods

Steer Showmanship - Travis Moore - Cypress Ridge

Steer Weight Gain - Catherine Labay - Cypress Ranch

Swine - Addison Thorin - Cypress Ranch

Swine Showmanship - Addison Thorin - Cypress Ranch

Turkey - Mason Oehlers - Jersey Village

RESERVE CHAMPIONS

DIVISION - EXHIBITOR - HIGH SCHOOL

Ag Mechanics - Abigail Esparza and Jaimyre Mitchell - Cypress Park

Breeding Rabbits - Marie Antoinette Salazar - Jersey Village

Broilers - Morgan Branch - Cypress Woods

Goat - Maddilyn Kelly - Cypress Ranch

Goat Showmanship - Madison LeBrock - Cypress Ranch

Heifer - Brandon Blackshear - Cypress Ranch

Heifer Showmanship - Alyssa Simpson - Cy-Fair

Horticulture - Victoria Gonzalez - Cypress Ridge

Lamb - Marisa Dodson - Bridgeland

Lamb Showmanship - Amanda Slaback - Cypress Ranch

Rabbit - Rylie Ruisinger - Cypress Ranch

Steer - Brandon Blackshear - Cypress Ranch

Steer Showmanship - Emma Morgan - Cy-Fair

Swine - Laynee Buchanan - Cypress Ranch

Swine Showmanship- Reese McDaniel - Cy-Fair

Turkey - Evyn Barnes – Bridgeland

Visit www.cfisd.net/en/news-media/district/community-generouslysupports-2021-livestock-show-and-sale

for more winner information.

FOUR HIGH SCHOOLS RECEIVE FIRST WAVE OF

SYNTHETIC TURF FIELDS

Four high schools have finished receiving new synthetic turf baseball

and softball fields as part of the community-supported 2019 bond

referendum. Cypress Ridge, Cypress Ranch, Cypress Woods and Cypress

Falls high schools each received the improvements this year, at an

estimated cost of $14.5 million. The project was designed by IBI Architects

and constructed by ICI Construction.

“A three-phase plan is being implemented for the design and

construction of the fields,” said Roy Sprague, CFISD chief operations

officer. “Phase 1 started in 2019, with those four campuses having

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een substantially completed. Phase 2 design work is being completed

and construction is anticipated to start in April 2021 and the Phase 3

campuses design work will start in early 2022.”

Phase 2 is scheduled to include Cypress Creek, Cypress Lakes, Jersey

Village and Langham Creek high schools. Phase 3 is scheduled to include

Cypress Springs, Cypress Park and Bridgeland high schools. The Cy-Fair

High School synthetic turf fields will be constructed as part of the Cy-Fair

Multi-Campus Master Plan Improvements, with design starting in late

2021.

The synthetic turf, supplied by FieldTurf USA, allows for almost immediate

playability after rainfall; as well as less groundskeeping and maintenance,

year-round availability and increased safety.

“We are excited for the start of our upcoming softball and baseball

seasons and the recent addition of our four baseball and four softball

turfed fields,” said Ray Zepeda, CFISD director of athletics. “The entire

project will allow us to have a facility that is much more useful and

functional for our programs, athletes and coaches.”

In addition to the surface improvements, the project also increased the

seating capacity at the Cypress Ridge and Cypress Ranch softball fields

and the Cypress Woods and Cypress Falls baseball facilities.

“We are hopeful that this will allow us to host more playoff contests within

our school district,” Zepeda said. “The quality of the materials and the scope

of the entire project reflects our communities’ commitment to having firstclass

facilities for our athletes. We sincerely appreciate the support of our

community and will certainly take great pride in our new facilities.”

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ANNUAL ELDRIDGE PARK SPRING COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

It’s time for our annual Eldridge Park Spring Community Garage Sale,

Saturday, March 20 th , 7 AM till everything is gone. Come find furniture,

household goods, tools, children’s clothing/toys and those special items

you’ve been looking for. We are located at the intersection of N. Eldridge

Parkway and W. Little York (behind the Toshiba facility). See you there!

COPPERBROOK GARAGE SALE

First Saturday in April, April 3 rd from 7 AM-2 PM, rain date will be the

following Saturday, April 10 th .

Located West Rd - east of Hwy 6

COPPER VILLAGE SPRING GARAGE SALE

The Copper Village Spring Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, April 3 rd

from 7 AM to 12 Noon. Located West Road - between Hwy 6 & Queenston

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EASTON COMMONS SPRING GARAGE SALE

The Easton Commons Spring Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, April

10 th from 7 AM until 3 PM.

SOUTHDOWN SPRING GARAGE SALE

The Spring Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, April 10 th from 7 AM

until 3 PM. Located in Copperfield off of Longenbaugh near Hwy. 6

WESTCREEK VILLAGE SPRING GARAGE SALE

The Spring Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, April 10 th from 7 AM

until 3 PM. Located off of Queenston between FM529 & Longenbaugh.

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ABERDEEN GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD WIDE GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2021

Located near Telge and West as well as Tuckerton and Telge.

VILLAGES AT LAKEPOINTE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2021, 8 AM TO NOON

Located off of Eldridge, north of Little York.

YORKTOWN COLONY COMMUNITY YARD SALE

APRIL 23 RD AND 24 TH

West Little York between Eldridge and Hwy 6

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

14 TH ANNUAL CY-FAIR HOME & OUTDOOR LIVING SHOW

MARCH 27 TH , 9 AM-6 PM & MARCH 28 TH , 10 AM-5 PM

Barry Center - 8877 Barker-Cypress Road, Cypress, Texas 77433

Adults $5, 12 and under free. Spend Time with Cy-Fair Home & Garden

Show’s Home Improvement Experts and More Time ENJOYING Your

Home! Transform your house into a dream home with the latest products

and fresh ideas. Parking is free. Show Attendees are directed to come into

Entrance Two off of Barker-Cypress Rd. just south of the intersection at

West Rd. When coming into Entrance Two attendees will see parking and

the show entrance straight ahead.

THEATER/ARTS

THEATRE SUBURBIA

4106 Way Out West Dr. Houston, Texas 77092, 713-682-3525

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 PM, Sunday matinees at 3 PM

Reservations are strongly encouraged. Tickets: $18 Adults, $15 Students

& Seniors and $16 Sunday Matinees. Cash, Check and all Major Credit

Cards are accepted in payment. For reservations, call 713-682-3525 or

reserve seats online at www.theatresuburbia.org. Theatre Suburbia is

Northwest Houston’s longest running all volunteer playhouse. We are

currently celebrating our 58 th season and have now produced nearly 400

shows. Throughout the years, we have endeavored to provide quality,

live theatre to the Houston area. Theatre Suburbia is funded in part by

the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

A.D PLAYERS AT THE GEORGE THEATER

5420 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056

Box Office: 713-526-2721

Hours: 10 AM-6 PM, Monday-Friday

We have done everything we can to try and reopen our doors, including

becoming the first theater in the country to install hospital grade UV lights

in our air filtration system. We even offered a safe and distanced indoor

concert as well as an indoor offering from our educational touring unit

this past fall. And when those projects proved financially challenging and

COVID numbers spiked again, we created “Light Up the Lot” and moved

all our programming outdoors. We’ve never given up. We never will give

up. But due to circumstances beyond our control, we find ourselves

needing to pivot once more. Which brings us to the announcement of

our virtual season. Go to www.adplayers.org for all the information.

STAGEWORKS THEATRE

10760 Grant Road, Houston, TX 77070

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sunday matinees at 3 PM

Website: www.stageworkshouston.org.

CYPRESS CREEK FACE

Box Office: 281-440-4850, 6450 Louetta Rd, Suite 200, Spring, TX 77379

www.CypressCreekFACE.org

SPORTS OPPORTUNITIES

GET READY FOR THE 2021

YOUTH TRACK AND FIELD SEASON!

If you have a child that is interested in track and field, the Northwest Flyers

Track Club offers a full range of track and field events for boys and girls

ages 6-18 and is sanctioned by USA Track & Field. The Northwest Flyers,

which is celebrating its 34 th anniversary season this year, was founded

by Olympic gold medalist Fred Newhouse to foster the development of

youth track & field in the northwest Harris County area.

Practices will start on March 1 st at Cypress Creek High School track, 9815

Grant Rd., Houston and the first track meet will be held on April 10 th .

For more information, visit www.northwestflyers.org and follow the team

on Facebook and Twitter. Contact linette.roach@sbcglobal.net or call

Coach Troy Spencer at 609-792-9479.

TRACK HOUSTON YOUTH TRACK CLUB

Track Houston Youth Track Club has one of the largest and successful

youth track and field club training programs in the nation. Our program

has developed national champions in AAU, USATF, New Balance and

Adidas. Our Track and Field athletes have been selected for and competed

on youth international teams - Team USA and Team Trinidad. We have

multiple practice sites in the Greater Houston area including Katy and

Cypress. Visit www.trackhouston.com for Track and Field in January. Track

Houston is a registered 501 (c) (3) organization.

LADIES GOLF

A new ladies golf group is now forming at Cypress Lakes Golf Club. No

handicaps required. This will be a casual ladies golf outing to improve

your game and make some new friends. Play will be on Thursday

mornings at 9. For information please email ladiesgolf4fun@gmail.com

or call Cypress Lakes Golf Club at 281-304-8515.

NETBALL CLUBS

Houston Shooting Stars welcomes ladies, men and youth to join in, play

and learn netball, Tuesday nights at The British School of Houston. We

are also looking for interested players, adults and youth to play in a new

Katy Netball club. No experience necessary. For more information, go

to our facebook page, Houston Shooting Stars Netball Club or www.

netballamerica.com or contact houstonnetball@netballamerica.com for

further information.

CY-FAIR SPORTS ASSOCIATION

Cy-Fair Sports Association is having registration for baseball, football,

cheerleading and soccer. Please see our website for more information

www.cy-fairsports.org.

WESTSIDE GOLF LEAGUE

Westside Golf League is actively encouraging new members. We invite

you to join us every Tuesday morning at Cinco Ranch Golf Club. Our

purpose is to allow ladies of all levels to meet new friends and have

fun while improving golfing skills. For more information, contact Sue

Crookson at 281-392-4913 scrookson@houston.rr.com or Yana Dommert

at 281-394-2481 yana@entouch.net.

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20 WAYS TO ENJOY MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Building a healthy plate is easy when you make half your plate fruits

and vegetables. It’s also a great way to add color, flavor and texture plus

vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 1⁄2 cups of

vegetables your daily goal. Try the following tips to enjoy more fruits and

vegetables every day.

1. Variety abounds when using vegetables as pizza topping. Try broccoli,

spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini.

2. Mix up a breakfast smoothie made with low-fat milk, frozen strawberries

and a banana.

3. Make a veggie wrap with roasted vegetables and low-fat cheese rolled

in a whole-wheat tortilla.

4. Try crunchy vegetables instead of chips with your favorite low-fat salad

dressing for dipping.

5. Grill colorful vegetable kabobs packed with tomatoes, green and red

peppers, mushrooms and onions.

6. Add color to salads with baby carrots, grape tomatoes, spinach leaves

or mandarin oranges.*

7. Keep cut vegetables handy for mid-afternoon snacks, side dishes,

lunch box additions or

a quick nibble while waiting for dinner. Ready-to-eat favorites: red, green

or yellow peppers, broccoli or cauliflower florets, carrots, celery sticks,

cucumbers, snap peas or whole radishes.

8. Place colorful fruit where everyone can easily grab something for a

snack-on-the- run. Keep a bowl of fresh, just ripe whole fruit in the center

of your kitchen or dining table.

9. Get saucy with fruit. Puree apples, berries, peaches or pears in a blender

for a thick, sweet sauce on grilled or broiled seafood or poultry, or on

pancakes, French toast or waffles.

10. Stuff an omelet with vegetables. Turn any omelet into a hearty meal

with broccoli, squash, carrots, peppers, tomatoes or onions with low-fat

sharp cheddar cheese.

11. “Sandwich” in fruits and vegetables. Add pizzazz to sandwiches with

sliced pineapple, apple, peppers, cucumber and tomato as fillings.

12. Wake up to fruit. Make a habit of adding fruit to your morning oatmeal,

ready-to-eat cereal, yogurt or toaster waffle.

13. Top a baked potato with beans and salsa or broccoli and low-fat

cheese.

14. Microwave a cup of vegetable soup as a snack or with a sandwich for

lunch.

15. Add grated, shredded or chopped vegetables such as zucchini,

spinach and carrots to lasagna, meat loaf, mashed potatoes, pasta sauce

and rice dishes.

16. Make fruit your dessert: Slice a banana lengthwise and top with a

scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of chopped

nuts.

17. Stock your freezer with frozen vegetables to steam or stir-fry for a

quick side dish.

18. Make your main dish a salad of dark, leafy greens and other colorful

vegetables. Add chickpeas or edamame (fresh soybeans). Top with lowfat

dressing.*

19. Fruit on the grill: Make kabobs with pineapple, peaches and banana.

Grill on low heat until fruit is hot and slightly golden.

20. Dip: Whole wheat pita wedges in hummus, baked tortilla chips in

salsa, strawberries or apple slices in low-fat yogurt, or graham crackers

in applesauce.

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Easy Banana Cream Pie

You could make this on National Banana Cream Pie Day March 2nd!

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups heavy cream

1/2 cup crushed ice

1 (3.5 ounce) package instant banana pudding mix

1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix

3 bananas, sliced

1 (9 inch) pie shell, baked

1 cup heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:

Using an electric mixer, whip 3 cups heavy cream on low speed until

it starts to thicken. Add crushed ice and continue to whip another 4

minutes. Increase speed and add vanilla and banana pudding mixes,

whipping until pudding mixes are blended fully with the cream and the

mixture thickens. Increase speed to high and beat until mixture is stiff.

Line the bottom and half way up the sides of pie crust with banana

slices. Cover bananas with half of the banana cream mixture and top

completely with banana slices. Top with the remaining banana cream

mixture. In a small bowl, whip 1 cup cream until stiff peaks form. Using a

pastry bag, pipe cream onto top of pie, covering completely. Refrigerate

1 hour before serving.

Source: allrecipes.com

Blueberry Popovers

You could make this on National Blueberry Popover Day March 10th!

INGREDIENTS:

3 tablespoons butter, cut into 6 equal-sized pieces

1 cup whole milk

3 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1 tablespoon white sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, or to taste

1 lemon, halved

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Put a piece of butter

into each of 6 large muffin cups. Put muffin tin in preheated oven until butter melts,

about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Beat milk, eggs, 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla together in a large bowl. Whisk flour into

the milk mixture until you have a batter. Divide batter between muffin cups. Drop

even amounts of blueberries into each batter portion. Stir 1 tablespoon sugar and

cinnamon together in a small bowl, sprinkle evenly over the batter portions.

Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees

C) and continue baking until popovers are no longer moist in the center, about 25

minutes. Dust tops of popovers with confectioners’ sugar. Squeeze lemon juice over

popovers. Serve warm.

Source: allrecipes.com

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cantaloupe, okra (if the soil has warmed sufficiently - 70 degrees F. or

higher), southern peas, pumpkin, squash, peanuts and watermelon.

LAWN: Re-sod or replant as needed with turfgrasses adapted to this

part of Texas and suited to the planting location (shade or sun). • When

resodding semi-shaded areas with St. Augustine, use ONLY the variety

Floratam for best pest resistance. See www.plantanswers.com/grass.htm.

TREES AND SHRUBS: Plant container-grown trees and shrubs as soon as

possible. In shady areas, where grass is difficult to grow, consider planting a

dependable groundcover such as English ivy, Asian jasmine, vinca or one of

the prostrate junipers. • Prune spring flowering and evergreen shrubs during

early March. However, be sure to prune spring flowering shrubs after they have

bloomed. • Fertilize with a pre-plant application of a slow-release fertilizer

analysis such as 19 - 5 - 9 at the rate of 3 pounds per 100 square feet of garden

planting area. Early March is the ideal time to fertilize landscape plants because

you give them food just before the spring growing season starts.

NATIONAL PLANT A FLOWER DAY - MARCH 12TH

Spring is just around the corner and March 12 th is the day to participate

in National Plant a Flower Day. Each year this day is dedicated to the

planting of flowers and looking forward to the spring season. Flower

gardening has become a hobby for many, young and old and National

Plant a Flower Day is a start to the new season each year.

Marigolds and Daffodils are the flowers of this month. It’s good to know

the zone you live in to determine which flowers grow as perennials (those

that grow back every year) in your area and which are considered annuals

(those that require planting every year). To find out more check out the

USDA site for Hardiness Zones.

Seeds can be started inside and set in a sunny window. When the weather

is nicer, move those plants outside. Keep the soil moist, but not wet and

follow the instructions on the seed package for proper germination of

the seedling. For those who can’t wait, get out those seed catalogs and

start planning your next flower garden.

Are you in a warmer climate? Then it’s time to get out the trowel and

the garden gloves and start turning over some new soil. Sow some new

seeds, bulbs or plants and nurture those blossoms into a brilliant blaze

for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.

Tips for Starting a Flower Garden: Start with a potted garden. If you aren’t

ready to tear up a patch of lawn, this is a good way to go. They do require

more watering, but less care overall. • Select plants that grow well in

your spot. Some plants grow well in the shade and others prefer the sun.

Others love both! • Did you know gardeners who prefer perennial gardens

have to thin their flower beds every couple of years? They also like to

share the extra bulbs and seeds with those who are new to gardening,

so if you know someone with a green thumb, get to know them better.

You might get some free plants, advice and a budding friendship! • Local

greenhouses stock plants that grow well in your area. Don’t be afraid to

ask them questions and shop there frequently. • Let’s all work together

by planting a flower and helping make the world a more beautiful place.

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