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Avery Ranch Connects January 2022 issue

very Ranch Connects is online social news produced exclusively for the residents of Avery Ranch by Ki Connect, LLC. Our mission is to help our very large and diverse neighborhood feel informed and connected as a community. We exist to share uplifting and positive stories about the families, kids, pets, social groups, charities, events, and businesses that make up our wonderful community. This publication is published free of charge each and every month to all residents of Avery Ranch. We are not subsidized by the Avery Ranch Owners Association (AROA) in any way. Instead, our efforts are 100-percent funded by the publisher. If you enjoy reading our stories and feel compelled to help defray the operating costs, you can donate online at averyranchconnects.com or send donations via PayPal to hello@averyranchconnects.com.

very Ranch Connects is online social news produced exclusively for the residents of Avery Ranch by Ki Connect, LLC. Our mission is to help our very large and diverse neighborhood feel informed and connected as a community.

We exist to share uplifting and positive stories about the families, kids, pets, social groups, charities, events, and businesses that make up our wonderful community.

This publication is published free of charge each and every month to all residents of Avery Ranch. We are not subsidized by the Avery Ranch Owners Association (AROA) in any way. Instead, our efforts are 100-percent funded by the publisher. If you enjoy reading our stories and feel compelled to help defray the operating costs, you can donate online at averyranchconnects.com or send donations via PayPal to hello@averyranchconnects.com.

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In this Issue

A Look Back to 2021

Holiday Contest Winners

Restaurant Review

Resident Recipes

and much more ...

J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 2


Avery Ranch, and Happy New

Hello

Year!

we look back at 2021, it has been a

As

of transitions. The magazine has

year

hope that Avery Ranch Connects

We

you feel more plugged into this

helped

and diverse community. We also

large

that it’s helped you feel more

hope

to your neighbors. If you’ve

connected

a new friend because of Avery

made

Connects, we’d love to hear

Ranch

it! Please email me at

about

want to take this opportunity to

We

all the residents that have

thank

content to Avery Ranch

contributed

these past 12 months. We

Connects

have made it this far without

couldn’t

of YOU! Thank you so much!

each

also want to thank my talented and

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team, including my cover

fantastic

Jennifer Rudolph; copy

photographer,

Meg Oliveira; contributing

editor,

Sughandha Jain and Sahana

writers,

and my ever-resourceful

Sankar;

committee members – Beatriz

content

Cecil Cole, Elwin West, Marina

Rey,

Shalini Sahu, and Thuy

Zolotova-Basa,

Le.

we kick off our 2nd year online,

As

team and I are more committed

my

ever to uniting and celebrating

than

wonderful community in the

this

of Avery Ranch Connects. So, if

folds

have a story to share, we want to

you

it for you. All you have to do is

share

your story and photos to us at

email

and

averyranchconnects@gmail.com

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inside access to even more

For

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happening

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But we share a love of Avery

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and all that unites us. We look

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to continuing to share the

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that you care about for years

stories

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a happy and prosperous New

Have

Year!

Publisher's

Note

online, businesses have reopened,

moved

and kids have returned to inperson

learning.

#averyranchconnects.

averyranchconnects@gmail.com.

With all my gratitude,

April Aguren

Publisher

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A V E R Y R A N C H C O N N E C T S

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C O N T E N T S

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Publisher's Note: Happy 1st Year

Anniversary

A Look Back: 2021 Cover Families

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A Look Back: 2021 Resident Businesses

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Local Contest Winners

1 2

HOA Announcement

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About Avery Ranch Connects

Moms Corner

Book Review

Young Athlete

Local Event

Restaurant Review

Troop 371 Scouting Update

Girl Scout Cookies

Resident Recipes

Local Artists

Area Events/Helping Hands

Avery Ranch Food Turcks

Let's Get Social

Homeowners' Guide

If you would like to be featured in an

upcoming issue of Avery Ranch Connects,

submit your story at

averyranchconnects@gmail.com


Meet the Team

April Aguren

Publisher

Morningside Resident

averyranchconnects@gmail.com

Jennifer Rudolph

Cover Photographer

JenniferRudolph.com

Meg Oliveira

Copy Editor

Waters Edge Resident

MegOliveira.com

Sugandha Jain

Contributing Writer

Morningside Resident

sugandha007@yahoo.com

Sahana Sankar

Junior Writer/Editor

Morningside Resident

averyranchconnects@gmail.com

Content Committee Members

Beatriz Rey

Casitas Resident

beatrizrey147@gmail.com

Cecil Cole

The Landing Resident

cfcole@sbcglobal.net

Elwin West

Champions Resident

elwinwest2@gmail.com

Marina Zolotova-Basa

Ingleside Resident

zolotovabasa@gmail.com

About Avery Ranch Connects

our mission

Follow us at:

@averyranchconnects

Tag us at:

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Submit a story:

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To donate: Visit averyranchconnects.com

and click on the donate button on the

bottom of the page.

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Shalini Sahu

Heritage Oaks Resident

shalusonu@yahoo.com

Thuy Le

Morningside Resident

thuy91@yahoo.com

Avery Ranch Connects is online social news produced exclusively for the residents of

Avery Ranch by Ki Connect, LLC. Our mission is to help our very large and diverse

neighborhood feel informed and connected as a community.

We exist to share uplifting and positive stories about the families, kids, pets, social

groups, charities, events, and businesses that make up our wonderful community.

This publication is published free of charge each and every month to all residents of

Avery Ranch. We are not subsidized by the Avery Ranch Owners Association

(AROA) in any way. Instead, our efforts are 100-percent funded by the publisher. If

you enjoy reading our stories and feel compelled to help defray the operating costs,

you can donate online at averyranchconnects.com or send donations via PayPal to

hello@averyranchconnects.com.


Happy

Moms Corner

Story by Elwin West,

Champions resident

We usually start the year off with salutations and screams of “Happy New Year!” We send

cards out to friends and family, wishing them well throughout the coming year. But what

happens around mid-January? We are back to some of the same

New Year

routines.

But now that we have so much changed with variants and technology, we have to keep up.

Not only are we still trying to find a “healthier you,” but we are also still trying to make sense

of whether we will really be going back to normal, or if we have to prepare to continue working

from home and having the kids ride this wave of wondering if they may remain in school or go

back to virtual learning.

It can be overwhelming for the family, so what should we do with all this information? We

must learn through it all and try to keep the family together. After all, that’s what we do, right?

We must still try and have a sense of humor, have a movie night if it’s inside the home or out,

sit out on the patio and talk/dream with our kids or spouse, and play music in the house. We

must let it get a little crazy and make sure we have some dance moves, too. With all the crazy

in the world, we have to make sure our homes are our safe places and our places to have fun.

We need to be sure not to always wear worry on display or seriousness on our faces. Kids

need to see that mom and dad are human, and they can have fun in their element.

So, how about at any given time, be different this year. Yell out, “Happy New Year!” and have

a party. Who says you can’t? It’s your house and you can party when you want to! You can

set the tone of fun! So, no resolutions this year. You will break them by the third week anyway.

Just start the year by being grateful that you made it, and pray that you make it all year

through. So, when you have the party, invite a neighbor, they will be glad you did.

T H E B E S T O F T I M E S

A R E A L W A Y S F O U N D W H E N

& Family friends

A T H E R R O U N D .

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I plan on doing more of that this year. After seeing so much devastation on the news, I want

to make sure I am present for those around me. Suppose you don’t have a group? Create one.

There are also so many on Facebook you can join -- just make sure the group can bring you

joy and it’s something that can make you grow as a person.

So, Happy New Year, and welcome to 2022! May you have a prosperous year and be blessed.

Avery Ranch ConnectsJanuary 2022 p. 5


A look back

2021

Cover Families

Thank you to all our families that have shared their stories with us in our inaugural year. It has been wonderful getting to

know you and meeting our neighbors. We are grateful to all of you for continuing our tradition of connecting our

neighbors through our stories. Click on the images to see the past issue.

Also, a huge shout out to Jennifer Rudolph for being our cover photographer. She really has a talent for bringing out the

best in our families.

January 2021 February 2021

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March 2021 April 2021


May 2021 June 2021 July 2021

August 2021 September 2021 October 2021

If you are interested in

spotlighting your family in a

future issue, please email us at

averyranchconnects@gmail.com.

November 2021 December 2021

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A look back

2021

Resident Businesses

As we make resolutions for the new year, add supporting local businesses to your list. We know that a happy community

is one with thriving small businesses and Avery Ranch Connects loves helping our resident-owned companies flourish!

Here's a list showcasing who has been highlighted this past year - all organized by which issue they appeared in and

possible resolution category, too.

Better Health and Fitness:

Jan 2021 – YogaFun, Shalini Sahu, Heritage Oaks resident

www.facebook.com/YogaFunAustin

Sep 2021 – Invictus Martial Arts, Selynda Garza, Granite Shoals resident

Invictusatx.com

Personal Education:

April 2021 – Sunbeam Learning, Rachel Cruz, Waters Edge resident

Sunbeamlearning.wixsite.com/learn

Sunbeamlearning101@gmail.com

June 2021 – Nili’s Art Studio, Nirali Patel, Morningside resident

Nilisart.com

nilisartstudio@gmail.com

July 2021 – Kumon Math & Reading, Amber Stephens, Brookside resident

www.kumon.com/austin-avery-ranch

Aug 2021 – Usborne Books, Tasha Zander, Morningside resident

Tasha.zander@gmail.com

Personal Development:

Oct 2021 – Vocational Guidance, Sugandha Jain, Morningside resident

vocationalguidance@yahoo.com

Nov 2021 – Healing Words & Banyan Coaching and Healing, Suchitra Balaji,

Brookside resident

Linkedin.com/in/Suchitra-balaji

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2021 – Dog Walkers, Milena Dutton, Waters Edge resident

May

Mdutton18@gmail.com

2021 – Fun Yard Party, Adam Wang, Granite Shoals resident

July

Funyardparty.com

2021 – Arts of Photography, Bia Cardoso, The Highlands resident

Sep

ArtsofPhotographybyBiaCardoso.com

2021 – Passion for Picnic, Nidhi Seth, Pearson Place resident

Nov

Passionforpicnic.com

2021 – Nazia's Indian Collection, Nazia Khader, Granite Shoals residents

Mar

facebook.com/nicllc

2021 – Paintings by Tais, Tais Meller, Glenfield resident

July

facebook.com/Paintings-by-Tais-110126701311095

2021 – Alesia Lynn Designs, Sharonna Banks, The Highlands resident

July

AlesiaLynnDesigns.com

2021 – Usborne Books, Tasha Zander, Morningside resident

Aug

Tasha.zander@gmail.com

2021 – Uptown Tennis, Nickole Ganns, Granite Shoals resident

Sep

Uptowntennisaustin.com

2021 – Scentsy, Sandy Dimayuga, Morningside resident

Dec

Scentssd.scentsy.us

Personal Services:

Better Eating:

Feb 2021 – Miller’s Table, Meagan Cox, Westchester resident

instagram.com/millerstableatx

millerstableatx@gmail.com

Dec 2021 – Mama Betty’s Tex-Mex Cantina, Jason Carrier, Northwoods resident

instagram.com/mama.bettys

meencantamamabettys.com

Retail Therapy:

alesialynndesigns@gmail.com

Scents.sd@gmail.com

If you would like to share a story about a resident business we should know, email it to us at averyranchconnects@gmail.com.

Avery Ranch ConnectsJanuary 2022 p. 9


Book Review

by Thuy Le, Morningside resident

The People We Keep

by Allison Larkin

“I wonder if maybe all you do is meet people and lose them and your smile

fades the further you go because you have to carry the space they leave.

Maybe it all turns to old pictures on a bookshelf, engagement rings, memories

of sticking stars to a ceiling, and maybe the space gets bigger and heavier

every year.” ― Allison Larkin, The People We Keep

What would you do if the parents who were meant to love you, abandoned

you? What would you do if you were sixteen and you needed to survive on

your own? How would you keep a relationship when all you ever knew was to

leave when things got difficult?

The People We Keep, by Allison Larkin, is one story of courage, empathy, and

self-acceptance. The family you are born to is not always the family you are to

keep. The people we keep are those who stand with us when we are

struggling, who encourage us to reach for our goals, however impossible they

might be, who accept our flaws and imperfections and still love us for who we

are. Family is not always blood. It is those who understand our dreams, share

our challenges without judgment, and motivate us to be the best version of

ourselves who can be considered true family.

This book will make you cry, but also will make you smile. Although we might

encounter injustice and absurdities in our lifetimes, true connections with

people we love make them all worthwhile. This book will definitely stay with me

for a very long time.

Help share the news.

Follow us at:

@averyranchconnects

Tag us at:

#averyranchconnects

Avery Ranch Connects exists to connect neighbors to

neighbors. We are 100% solely funded by the publisher. If you

enjoy reading our stories and feel compelled to help defray the

operating costs, consider becoming an ARC Patron today!

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To donate: Visit averyranchconnects.com or buy us a coffee at

ko-fi.com/averyranchconnects.


Atheletes of Avery Ranch

Story by Anastasia Oliveira, Waters Edge resident

I AM A

GYMNAST

I am a gymnast. I am also very strong and

overcoming fear is hard for me. I am only 7 years old,

and I know how to do a back flip! Every end of month

we have a split test and after our split test we can

barely stand up!!!! As a growing up gymnast, I have

been really sore at some points and even though it

hurts, I know I’ve been working

reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally

hard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sometimes gymnastics can be scary AND THAT’S

OK. Things were always scary for me when I was first

starting gymnastics. Even though I was scared, I

would never cry about something being scary.

I really like gymnastics because: 1) it’s FUN!; 2)

watching it is really cool; and 3) it’s interesting (I

think so). But the most important thing IS TO HAVE

FUN.

There are different levels in gymnastics. My gym

goes up to level 10 and level 10 is my goal. My easier

goal is a back tuck on the floor. THE END

Avery Ranch ConnectsJanuary 2022 p. 11


2021

Holiday Decoration Winners

We had 41 homes enter the Avery Ranch Owners Association Holiday Decor Contest this past year. The homes were

divided into 4 groups, with each group having a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner. 1st place winners received a $100 gift

card. 2nd place winners received a $75 gift card. 3rd place winners received a $50 gift card. The homes were judged by

volunteer resident judges. Here are this year's winning houses.

Group 1: 1st Place Winner

15321 Morgan Creek Ct.

Group 1: 2nd Place Winner

15528 Fisher Island Dr.

Group 1: 3rd Place Winner

9800 Valderrama Dr.

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Group 2: 1st Place Winner

10001 Lisi Anne Dr.

Group 2: 2nd Place Winner

16312 Old Baldy Dr.

Group 2: 3rd Place Winner

17304 Ennis Tr.

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Group 3: 1st Place Winner

14505 Wharton Park Tr.

Group 3: 2nd Place Winner

14200 Mowsbury Dr.

Group 3: 3rd Place Winner

10732 N. Canoa Hills Tr.

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Group 4: 1st Place Winner

14625 Staked Plains Loop

Group 4: 2nd Place Winner

14417 Showdown Ln.

Group 4: 3rd Place Winner

14520 Homestead Village Cr.

Add a little bit of body text

Avery Ranch ConnectsJanuary 2022 p. 15


Local Event

Breakfast with Santa

& Holiday Bazaar

It was a typical Texas weather week in December: Friday’s high was 82, while

Saturday barely hit 57 degrees. But the crisp air just added to the winter wonderland

festivities organized by the Avery Ranch Social Committee this past December 11th.

Residents were treated to hot cocoa, coffee, and donuts while they waited for pictures

with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Balloon artists and face painters were another attraction, as

well as two holiday trains and bounce houses.

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We had several residents participate in the Holiday Bazaar. If you

missed seeing them, below is how to contact them.

Tasha Zander, Usborne Books

tasha.zander@gmail.com

512 Cookies and More

www.512cookies.com

Raas Jewelry

www.facebook.com/raas.jewelryUSA

www.instagram.com/raas.jewelry


Avery Ranch ConnectsJanuary 2022 p. 17


Jade Gorgas

Jade.gorgas@hotmail.com

Jadegorgas.scentsy.us


facebook.com/evsweetart

instagram.com/evsweetart


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you live on the east side of Avery Ranch, you may have noticed a new

If

in town. Nestled between Great Oaks Blvd. and Pocono Dr. on

business

Dr., you'd think it was the management office for the new

O'Connor

that were recently built. But from 6:30 am on weekdays and

townhomes

am on the weekends, we have a new place to grab our morning

8:00

beverages.

Creek Café opened five months ago by owners Ryan King and

Brushy

partner Christy Hsieh. The concept started initially as a joke

business

owner Ryan has been 'doing coffee' for 20 years. They had met

since

they were both at Russell's Bakery in Hyde Park. When the builder

when

the Great Oak Townhomes, Robin Reshetar, told them that he

of

having a café in the neighborhood was a great idea instead of a

thought

Creek Café has a simple, clean, and modern approach to its

Brushy

and food. A small outdoor patio looks out over O'Connor Dr., or

design

can sit comfortably inside with the large windows that bring a lot of

you

light into the space.

natural

menu boasts a full coffee selection, both iced and hot, and noncoffee

The

drinks like teas, tea lattes, sodas, and matcha. I had an almond

chai latte that was delicious and creamy, not overpowered by spice

milk

some local baristas tend to do.

as

pastries, there is a full selection of scones, tea breads, croissants, and

For

They do have some gluten-free options available, too! If you

muffins.

something a little sweeter, they have cases of cookies, tiramisu,

want

and mousse cake.

tarts,

is also served at the cafe. Ask what the soup of the day is! When I

Lunch

it was pumpkin bisque, and it was just the right amount of

went,

and the garlic croutons were sublime. I also had their

creaminess,

salad sandwich on sourdough, which didn't knock me out of

chicken

you happen to go on a Monday, you will be treated to some Taiwanese

If

dishes, like their Taiwanese pork buns or breakfast sandwich.

specialty

steamed pork buns that I had on Monday morning were fragrant

The

the meat inside was delicious.

and

see their latest menu or place an order, see

To

brushycreekcafe.square.site/.

Creek Café

Brushy

Conservation Dr.

601

Restaurant Review

Brushy Creek Cafe

Morningside resident

Aguren, April by Story

management office for the townhomes, they ran with the idea.

the park. It could have used a little more salt, and the bread was too dry.

A convenient feature of the café is that you can order ahead online.

Austin 78717

Follow them on IG @brushycreekcafe.

I really like the Brushy Creek Café

because it’s really yummy and it has

really nice outdoor seating and I also

really like the people who run it because

the service is good. My favorite drink is

the vanilla chai latte and my favorite

thing to eat is the waffles with fruit and

whipped cream.

~Anastasia,

Waters Edge resident

Avery Ranch ConnectsJanuary 2022 p. 19


371 has been busy welcoming new Eagle Scouts this past fall. We currently have

Troop

25 scouts to the rank of Eagle Scout since our troop was founded.

promoted

to the following scouts for their hard work and dedication to their

Congratulations

and troop.

community

Manikandan – Aug 2021

Jairam

Sharma – Sep 2021

Revant

Vickers – Sep 2021

Aidan

Shah – Oct 2021

Ravi

Gadgil – Oct 2021

Shaunak

Lavery – Dec 2021

Austin

few highlights from 2021 were our recent Winter Camp at Lost Pines in December and

A

recent campout where we invited Arrow of Light Webelos to join and learn how we

the

2022, we are looking forward to participating in Summer Camp at Trevor Rees-Jones in

In

Texas June 12th-19th and High Adventure Camp at Summit Bechtel in West Virginia

East

troop provides a Flag Service as a service to the community and a fundraiser to

Our

our scouts’ endeavors. Subscribers to the program will benefit from having the

support

flag posted on their property on the following five holidays during the calendar year

US

a $50 donation. Our troop scouts will come to your home before the below holiday

for

DAY - February

PRESIDENTS

DAY - May

MEMORIAL

DAY - July

INDEPENDENCE

DAY - September

PATRIOT

can find more information about it and our other activities at

You

https://www.troopwebhost.org/Troop371Austin/Index.htm.

Scouting Corner

Troop 371 Update

Let’s recognize:

camp in the troop.

June 26th-July 2nd.

and install a US Flag and remove it after the holiday.

VETERANS DAY - November

Scouting is open to any student in grades Kindergarten through 12th. It

is not location specific. To find out more about Scouting and Troop 371

and Pack 371, email atxpack371@gmail.com for grades Kinder through

5th. For grades 6th thru 12th, email atxtroop371@gmail.com.

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Scouting Update

Story by Scarlet Oliveira, Waters Edge resident

Hi everyone! Cookie selling time is almost here, and I have a lot to tell you.

Did you know that Girl Scouts have been selling cookies since 1917? It’s true! The

Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma is credited with selling the first Girl Scout

Cookies as a service project. Since then, cookie selling has grown to become

synonymous with Girl Scouts themselves.

Girl Scout Cookie Season is a time that gives Girl Scouts a chance to have fun, all

while they’re learning important entrepreneurship skills, such as money management

and business ethics. Thousands of Girl Scouts join cookie selling each year, earning

their troops a lot of money. Each girl sets a goal, then tries to meet and pass it.

Girl Scouts sell cookies for many things. For example, my troop is trying to earn

money for the Junior Snow or Climbing Adventure badge. We are going to do slope

sliding (skiing and snowboarding) and tree climbing. Both activities are expensive—we

are hoping to travel to Colorado to ski—and we need as much money as we can get.

Other common reasons for earning money are for a Journey, Take Action Project, or

service project. I am finishing a Take Action Project right now which involves placing

and painting trash cans in Heritage Oak Park in Cedar Park. This summer while I was

visiting the park, I realized there weren’t any trash cans. So, I sent a letter to the

Parks and Recreation Department and now we are working together to make sure

some trash cans are delivered. Money from cookie sales can help to buy supplies, like

paint and paintbrushes, for projects like mine.

This year there is a new cookie, called Adventurefuls, which is a brownie-inspired

cookie filled with caramel crème and drizzled with caramel. There are also many old

favorites, including: Thin Mints (a mint cookie covered in chocolate), Caramel deLites

(a caramel cookie with chocolate and coconut), Peanut Butter Patties (a peanut

butter cookie covered in chocolate), Toast Yays (a cinnamon, French Toast-inspired

cookie), Peanut Butter Sandwich (a peanut butter center between oatmeal sandwich

cookies), Shortbread (the traditional shortbread cookie), Lemonades (a shortbread

cookie with lemon icing), and Caramel Chocolate Chip (gluten free). Sometimes

people wonder why the cookies have different names in different places. It’s because

there are two bakers that make Girl Scout cookies and they use different names. For

example, Caramel deLites are called Samoas in some places.

Cookie sales will go from January 19th to February 27th and girls sell at booths,

door-to-door, and online. You can find troops that are selling by using the online

Cookie Finder at https://www.gsctx.org/en/cookies/about-girl-scout-cookies.html.

This year, cookies cost $5 per box (Gluten Free are $6 per box).

I hope my article has encouraged you to support Girl Scouts by buying cookies. Bye!

Avery Ranch ConnectsJanuary 2022 p. 21


Resident Recipe

Hot Chocolate with Almonds and

Marshmallows

Ingredients

4 cups milk

4 tbs. cocoa powder

2 tbs. brown sugar or honey

1 cup Hershey’s chocolate with almonds chopped

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Marshmallows

Recipe by Anu Pandey

Heritage Oaks resident

(Anu's Kitchen Tasty Bites from Home)


Method

1. Chop Hershey’s chocolate with almonds.

2. Boil 4 cups of milk in the pot.

3. After milk boils, add 2 tablespoons of sugar (more or less to your taste).

4. Then add 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder and stir with a whisk.

5. Then add 1 cup chopped dark chocolate and mix until all the chocolate

has melted.

6. Mix well and let it boil.

Making a whipping cream

1. Pour 1 cup heavy whipping cream into a medium bowl.

2. Whip with an electric hand mixer until getting a peek at the top.

3. Put hot chocolate in the mug and on top put whipping cream and

marshmallows.

Enjoy this winter!

To see how to make it at home, watch this video link: youtu.be/Sirz8FO01U8.


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Tortellini Soup with

Italian Sausage and Kale

Resident Recipe

Recipe by Elwin West,

Champions resident

What Goes into Tortellini Soup?

The thing I love so much about tortellini soup is how versatile it is. In our family, we like to stick with a package of

cheese-filled pasta and add the other ingredients to the soup. Buying a meat (or another flavor) filled tortellini wouldn’t

be bad, but cheese creates a nice base flavor, plus it really compliments that creamy tortellini soup vibe.

While you could easily make a vegetarian tortellini soup, most of the recipes out there call for chicken or some version

of sausage. We love the flavor of mild Italian sausage (1 lb.) in our soups, so that’s what we’ve added here.

Other Star Ingredients of Tortellini Soup

A can of crushed tomatoes and a little tomato paste

1 onion and 3-4 garlic cloves (add amazing flavor)

1 1/2 cups chopped kale (gotta have a few veggies, right?)

8 cups chicken stock and 1/2 cup cream

Salt and red pepper flakes to taste

How Do You Make Easy Tortellini Soup?

We know you'll love this super easy tortellini soup because it's one of the easiest and most flavorful dishes we’ve made

in a long time and anyone who's tried it feels the same. All it takes is a few easy steps:

1. Brown the sausage until cooked halfway through.

2. Add onions and garlic.

3. Add chicken stock, a can of crushed tomatoes, and a little tomato paste.

4. Simmer and season with salt.

5. Add kale, cream, and tortellini.

6. Serve!

Truly a one-pot wonder, this creamy tortellini soup is going to win you some serious awards. You’ve got your veggies,

cheesy pasta, and meat all in there together. Our only recommendation is, make a double batch or you'll be sorry.

Tips for Making the Best Tortellini Soup

This dish is a hard one to screw up, but I’m here with a few tips and tricks to make sure your dinner is as successful as

possible.

One of the most important things to remember is to add your cheesy tortellini just a few minutes before serving, as you don’t

want it getting overcooked and falling apart.

In this recipe, we’ve called for the pasta, cream, and kale to be added at the end. Here’s why:

Kale and spinach wilt very quickly. They just need a few minutes in the hot broth to soften enough to be easily

consumed without taking on a soggy texture.

Fresh tortellini take just a few minutes to cook through, so for that perfect al dente toothsome texture, it’s best to add it

a few minutes before serving.

Adding the cream slowly at the end will help keep it from curdling.

This tortellini soup is delish as is, but I can imagine adding zucchini, chicken sausage, spinach tortellini...the possibilities are

endless. When you make this recipe, feel free to have fun with it and mix it up each time!

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School News

Story by Stephanie Ludlow, Art Teacher,

Pearson Ranch Middle School

Mrs. Ludlow teaches Art I to eighth-graders at Pearson Ranch. This high school credit

class is full of high rigor and amazing work by talented students. These pieces reflect her

students' work with Prismacolor and their own reflections about their artwork.

This piece was created

by Kerry Vo.

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This piece was created

by William Jones.

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This piece was created

by Emma Snider.


SOON

COMING

TENNIS

RESIDENT

Avery Ranch HOA News

PROGRAM

I am excited to announce a pending agreement between your Avery Ranch Owner’s

Association and Rippner Tennis to offer group lessons and clinics for children and

adults at our tennis center.

Rippner Tennis was founded in early 2007 by Brie Rippner after retiring from her

professional tennis career where she reached the ranks of #57 in Women’s Singles

and #92 in Women’s Doubles. Brie started Rippner Tennis with the mission to make

tennis accessible, inclusive, and affordable for people of all backgrounds and levels.

RippnerTennis manages the South Austin Tennis Center and the Williamson County

Tennis Center. These locations are available to the public and provide over 300

classes a week at an affordable price. Their elite coaching staff teaches players who

have never picked up a racquet to experienced athletes of every age over five.

At our tennis courts, Rippner will offer beginner and intermediate level, age group

classes for 4 - 8 students under 18 and for adults. Six-week sessions will meet once

per week at times to be determined by the preference of our residents. Clinics for 2 –

4 players of similar skill level (2.0, 3.5, etc.) will meet for one hour for gameplay with

a coach on hand to work on specific skills. Rippner will also sponsor occasional

special events at no charge.

More information will follow to announce start dates and registration information. In

the interim, as your board member responsible for tennis activities, I encourage

comments or suggestions from fellow tennis players in the neighborhood.

See you at the courts.

Cecil Cole

HOA Board member and

The Landing resident

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J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 2

Scouting Update

01, 08, 15

22, 29

Texas Farmers Market at Lakeline

9:00 am – 1:00 pm, rain or shine across from Dillards at Lakeline Mall

A R E A E V E N T S

01

01

Polar Bear Plunge

1:00 pm, Morningside Pool. Contact events@averyranchredfish.com for more information.

Polar Bear Plunge – cold splash

10:00am -10:30 am, Creekside Pool, $20 non-resident,

www.bcmud.org/content/13130/13302/16160.aspx.

01

Polar Bear Plunge – heated splash

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm, Highland Horizon Pool, $20 non-resident,

www.bcmud.org/content/13130/13302/16160.aspx.

14

15

30

Teen Movie Night at Cat Hollow Park, Sunset, for ages 13-18 years old.

www.bcmud.org/content/13130/13296/19691.aspx.

MLK Walk and Celebration

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Centennial Plaza, 301 West Bagdad, Round Rock.

BBQ Cookoff

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Brushy Creek Community Center Meeting Rooms

www.bcmud.org/content/13130/13302/16167.aspx.

ongoing

Avery Ranch Food Trucks

See schedule of events at www.facebook.com/groups/448402236578758.

A V E R Y R A N C H H E L P I N G H A N D S

SUPPORT THE YOUTH OF AVERY RANCH

If you know an enterprising young person who lives in Avery Ranch and would like to be included on our list of “Avery

Ranch Helping Hands,” please email his/her name and details to averyranchconnects@gmail.com. We'll need his/her

phone number, email address, age, CPR certification (if applicable), and the services provided. Thank you! We are very

excited to see this list grow each month!


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AVERY RANCH

FOOD TRUCK

SCHEDULE

Support our local businesses! Keep up to date on

which local food truck will be coming to the

neighborhood at

www.facebook.com/groups/448402236578758.

Order and pick-up instructions listed under each

event.

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LET'S GET SOCIAL

Official Website:

AveryRanchConnects.com

Official Facebook:

Facebook.com/averyranchconnects

Official Instagram:

Instagram.com/averyranchconnects

School Groups

Elsa England:

Facebook.com/RRISD.England

ElsaEngland PTA:

Facebook.com/ElsaEnglandElementaryPTA

Elsa England Moms:

Facebook.com/groups/173205146198921

Patsy Sommer Elementary:

Facebook.com/RRISD.Sommer

Patsy Sommer Moms:

Facebook.com/groups/424007760327

Patsy Sommer PTA:

Facebook.com/SommerPTA

Rutledge PTA:

Facebook.com/RutledgePTA

Rutledge Rancher Mommas:

Facebook.com/groups/214716281928694

Neighborhood Facebook Pages

Official Avery Ranch HOA

Facebook.com/groups/390337004859955

Avery Ranch HOA Neighborhood (unofficial)

Facebook.com/groups/AveryRanchHOA

Brookside:

Facebook.com/groups/avery.brookside

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Casitas:

Facebook.com/groups/casitasaveryranch

Champions:

Facebook.com/groups/831921353530388

Commons:

Unknown

Creekside:

Facebook.com/groups/827281654052365

Glenfield:

Facebook.com/groups/981047905300421

Granite Shoals:

Facebook.com/groups/933940666676936

Greens:

Facebook.com/groups/215604218916409

Heritage Oaks:

Facebook.com/groups/heritageoakshoa

Ingleside:

Facebook.com/groups/1574374709504270

Morningside:

Facebook.com/groups/409228782600073

Northwoods:

Facebook.com/groups/320019131527685

Parkside:

Facebook.com/groups/201781760161240

Pearson Place:

Facebook.com/groups/pearsonplaceowners

The Enclave:

Facebook.com/groups/AveryRanchEnclave

The Highlands:

Facebook.com/groups/139290606419958

The Landing:

Facebook.com/groups/234736196724371

The Overlook:

Unknown

The Reserve:

Facebook.com/groups/284246868749957

Waters Edge:

Facebook.com/groups/1537577566509216

Westchester:

Unknown

Neighborhood Groups

Cub Scout Pack 371:

Austin371.MyPack.us

Boy Scout Troop 371:

Troop371.org

Cub Scout Pack 150:

Facebook.com/Groups/ScoutPack150

Night Watch:

Facebook.com/ARNWatch

Avery Ranch Moms:

Facebook.com/groups/AveryRanchMoms

Avery Ranch Gardners:

Facebook.com/groups/AveryRanchGardeners

Avery Ranch Cyclists:

Facebook.com/groups/1579737848726347

Rutledge Rancher Buy, Sell, Search, or Give

Facebook.com/groups/1632290310415466

Buy Nothing Avery Ranch

Facebook.com/groups/608653999577984

Business-to-Business Networking:

Facebook.com/groups/cedarparkconnects

Foundry:

Facebook.com/groups/AveryRanchEntrepreneurs

Foundry


HOMEOWNERS' GUIDE

HOMEOWNERS' GUIDE

Emergency

911 Police/Fire/Ambulance

(512) 260-2732 Cedar Park Emergency Center

(512) 528-7000 Cedar Park Medical Center

(512) 341-1000 St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center

(512) 733-9400 Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch

(512) 943-1300 Sheriff (Non-Emergency)

Schools

(512) 704-1200 Elsa England Elementary

(512) 704-0600 Patsy Sommer Elementary

(512) 570-6500 Rutledge Elementary

(512) 704-1500 Pearson Ranch Middle School

(512) 570-0000 Stiles Middle School

(512) 464-6300 McNeil High School

(512) 570-1800 Vista Ridge High School

Utilities

(512) 494-9400 City of Austin Waste and Water

(512) 219-2602 Pedernales Electric

(800) 700-2443 Texas Gas Service

(800) 464-7928 AT&T

(512) 220-4600 Grande Communications

(855) 707-7328 Spectrum

Avery Ranch Connects

www.averyranchconnects.com

averyranchconnects@gmail.com

Community HOA's

Avery Ranch Owners' Association

Managed by Grand Manors: (855) 947-2636

Greens HOA (West Condos)

Managed by Pioneer: (512) 447-4499

Heritage Oaks HOA:

Managed by Associa: (512) 347-2888

Ingleside Condos HOA

Managed by Associa: (512) 328-6100

Northwoods at Avery Ranch HOA:

Managed by Spectrum Assoc. Mgt: (512) 834-3900

Overlook HOA (Plaza Townhomes)

Managed by Goodwin: (512) 502-7541

Pearson Place at Avery Ranch HOA:

Managed by CMA: (512) 339-6962

The Commons at Avery Ranch HOA:

Managed by Beck and Co: (512) 474-1551

Turnberry Townhomes at Avery Ranch HOA

Managed by RealManage: (866) 473-2573

Avery Ranch Connects:

Avery Ranch Connects is an online social platform for the residents of Avery Ranch. The Avery Ranch Owners’ Association (AROA) does

not contribute financially to this platform in any way. It is completely funded by the sponsors you see advertising here. Please reach out to

these folks and thank them for bringing this wonderful amenity to our community free of charge each and every month. Thank you.

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