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BAYOU BUZZ THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF SWEETGRASS • JANUARY 2022

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IMPORTANT INFO: Lakehouse / HOA Office Phone: 281-239-4455 HOA After-Hours Emergency: 800-274-3165

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Are You Ready for Cold Weather?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Bulletin from the Board. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Picture This. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Once Upon A Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Crossword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Sandy McGee's. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Top 10 Healthy New Year's Resolutions. . . . . 18 Calendar.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2 Healthy New Year's Resolutions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Recipes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Sweetgrass Clubs and Groups. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 CCGA's.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Neighborhood Rep Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

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gallon of drinking water per person daily. Don’t forget drinking water and food for pets!! (and a manual can opener for any canned food) 6. Consider investing in a battery backup for charging your cell phone, and make sure it’s fully charged. Cars can also act as makeshift charging stations (though don’t try this in the garage and risk carbon monoxide poisoning). 7. Ready a first aid kit. Include Gauze, dressings, scissors, adhesive, rolled bandages, plus basic medications (aspirin, antihistamines, etc.) Don’t forget your prescriptions! Stores do sell fully stocked and conveniently sized first aid kits (minus the prescriptions). So if this sounds like a lot to pull together, those are an easy alternative. 8. Plan on warm layers of clothing and lots of blankets. If the power is out, you may not have traditional heat sources. Base layers or thermal/long underwear help the body retain heat (and snuggling with loved ones and pets helps too!!) 9. Stay in contact with neighbors! Have their contact information handy so it’s easy to reach out and check on each other. If you know anyone who has a disability, or is particularly vulnerable, consider inviting them to your home for the duration of the crisis. 10. And the number one thing to stay safe in the event of another “snowpocalypse”? Stay off the roads! Don’t take unnecessary trips or attempt to drive in icy/snowy weather unless it is absolutely necessary. If you must evacuate due to winter weather, let friends or relatives know where you are going and what route you will be taking.

hile the Houston area is not known for winter storms, last February’s freezing weather (Winter Storm Uri) is proof positive that we are not exempt from wintery weather. If you haven’t already, now is the time to prepare for a winter freeze —cold/wet/icy conditions not only make us miserable, but they can put us at risk. Here’s a list of 10 reminders to help you get a jump on potential winter weather. 1. If you have exposed pipes, stop by the home improvement store and grab materials to insulate them. While there, consider getting a crescent wrench and maybe even a water meter key so you can shut off your water and gas if needed. Then, learn more about your utilities—where are they and how do you shut them off? 2. Don’t forget to winterize your irrigation system! Not sure how? Check with your landscaper or refer to the Save Water Texas Coalition website for tips, https://www.savewatertexas.org/2020/11/24/winterizing-irrigation/ 3. Invest in some battery-powered light sources, such as flashlights or a lantern. This way you won’t have to rely on candles, which can start fires. 4. Have your chimney cleaned, and remember to keep firewood on hand if you have a wood burning fireplace. Also, be sure to check that your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working. 5. Prepare an emergency kit. Fill a plastic tub or empty cabinet with batteries, flashlights, a weather radio, and enough water and nonperishable food for three to five days, with a

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Finance Committee presented a budget for 2022 that did not increase the assessment for our homeowners.The 2022 budget has been approved by the Board of Directors and does not include extra funding for the maintenance of the lakes or the husbandry of the fish. Cost control is an important responsibility of the Board and the Finance Committee, and consideration of any expenses must always be for the benefit of the overall community. The lakes are an important part of the Sweetgrass community. Residents and nonresidents can “catch and release” fish from the lakes. The HOA has non-motorized watercraft for residents use on the lake or residents can use their own. Our landscaping company will continue to mow the grass and trim the “mustache “and remove select volunteer willow trees on a regular basis, under their current contract. Any other issues related to the lakes will be addressed on a caseby-case basis and discussed with LID 6.

here was a discussion at the December HOA Board meeting about the care and maintenance of the Lakes here in Sweetgrass. This came about during a discussion of the 2022 budget. As most of us know, the lakes and land around them are owned by LID 6 and are open to the public. HOA Board members have attended LID 6 meetings and recently met with the attorney for LID 6, where the LID and HOA responsibilities were clarified. LID 6 will not pay any costs related to the recreational or aesthetic management of the lakes, such as water quality, fish surveys, fish restocking, or aquatic vegetation control. The lakes are a part of their flood control system, and their interests are limited to water containment.They have an obligation to mow the grass around the lake, and they reimburse the HOA for this cost. Because of careful financial planning and cost control, the

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uring the pandemic, millions of people found themselves with more leisure time than ever before. Many made the most of that newfound free time by exploring new hobbies and interests. Hobbies are beneficial in various ways. According to Psychology Today, hobbies help structure time; promote flow, a sort of meditative state; foster new social connections; and give people interesting traits and things to talk about.A study at San Francisco State University found that employees who had creative outlets outside of the office were better at creative problem-solving on the job as well.Anyone looking to add a new pastime to their lives can consider these tips as they begin their pursuits. CONSIDER COST Consider financial constraints or even the potential to make money when seeking new hobbies. For example a person who likes to fish may want to expand that hobby by buying a boat and selling deep-water fishing trips. Such individuals must consider factors like the cost of the vessel, fuel, licensing fees, and fishing bait/supplies, among others. Learning to play an instrument involves the rental or purchase of an instrument and possibly a tutor. An individual’s hobbies may be limited by what he or she can or cannot afford. EXPLORE GOALS People should investigate what they want to get out of a hobby. Certain hobbies may help individuals get in shape while others may teach them new skills. Some people may simply may want to make friends, which is possible with any joint activity. INVESTMENT OF TIME Individuals should determine how much time they need to pursue a given hobby and then consider if they have the time to do so. Some hobbies can start to feel like second jobs if they consume too much of an individual’s free time. Individuals should carefully consider the overall time commitment they’re willing to make to a hobby. DON’T FORGET INTERESTS No one should do a hobby just for the sake of having something to do. A person should carefully consider any and all interests, then pursue hobbies that align with their interests. A person enamored with animals may want to join a birdwatching club. Someone who is an avid baker may want to push that interest to another level by taking a cake decorating class. Hobbies are worthwhile endeavors that can expand knowledge and build new friendships.

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nce upon a time in a land known as Sweetgrass there lived a man and his wife who loved children and wanted to make them all S.M.I.L.E. One evening in December 2013 he dressed in his red suit with white fur trim and a big black belt. His Mrs. was in a red dress with white fur trim and a scalloped white cap, both topped their attire with huge smiles to welcome the children of the valley of oaks and of the lost pines to this special night. The man was seated under the majestic oak on his throne anxiously waiting for children to appear. Each child was to bring a gift for a child not as fortunate as they were. Luminaries lit the path to his seat the elves of the valley of oaks welcomed one and all with good holiday cheer and sustenance of cookies and hot chocolate. They gathered the gifts the children and adults brought as they welcomed one and all. Box upon box was filled with holiday joy for children not as fortunate as they were and nary a tear was shed for the toys each child carefully placed in the boxes rather, they all had big smiles for the man in the red suit and his wife. They met under the big majestic oak again the next year and vowed to do it again the next year but mayhaps inside for the night had a definite chill. True to their word of gathering toys and sharing cookies and hot chocolate the elves of the valley of the oaks moved the red suited couple to the building known to all as The Lakehouse and again all in Sweetgrass were encouraged to bring children to see the couple.Year after year the elves baked cookies and made hot chocolate.Soon, the singers of Sweetgrass came to visit the children and sang songs of joy for all to sing. Everyone had a merry time with jolly Santa & Mrs. Claus. One year, children from all 18 villages came and sang songs of joy and good tidings which were heard in all corners of Sweetgrass. Santa and Mrs. Claus smiled and played with all the children and Mrs. Claus even passed out candy canes.The red-suited man often held the children on his lap so that photos could be taken of the children with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Cookies baked by the elves of the valley of the oaks were shared and the cool night air was calmed with hot chocolate. The next day, elves of the valley of oaks gathered at the Lakehouse and loaded 2 SUV carriages and one Van carriage with all the toys the children & many adults had brought.The caravan took their cargo to the offices of Project SMILE and was welcomed with holiday joy & cheers.

And so, Santa and Mrs. Claus (Roger and Kay Hardee) and the many elves of the valley of the oaks (bakers, set up crew, greeters, hot chocolate makers, gift bringers, and carriage drivers vowed, one and all, to do it again next year! - The End Kay and Roger Hardee moved to Sweetgrass in 2013 and asked Valley Oaks residents to help them make Christmas brighter for children of families who could not afford to bring a joyous Christmas to their children. Valley Oaks residents answered the call and have each year since. We are honored to make the world a little brighter with the light of smiles on the faces of the children giving the gifts as well as the families receiving the gifts so generously given by Sweetgrass residents and their families. When asked why they brought gifts each year when their grandchildren were not attending Guy LaRose said "we do this every year for the families whose children need our help". Little Ben Terwelp said he loved Santa and his candy cane from Mrs. Claus. His sister Hannah said she "was thrilled to meet Santa's trained helper because he was so nice to all the children". Ben and Hanah are the grandchildren of Sue and Michael Martin. Charlotte Smith smiled her best-wicked smile and said “for the children and the cookie, of course!” Some of the children who saw Santa this year have been coming since they were babies the older ones acted bored so no one would know how happy they were to share the event with their younger siblings.

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t all started in 1986 from a little house in Rosenberg. Sandy began serving her creamy chicken salad, fruit salad, sandwiches, and soon-to-befamous broccoli cheese soup to a few local residents. As loyal customers started to build their own custom combo plates, Sandy’s menu began to take shape. Favorites from those early days like the Ann’s plate (scoop of chicken salad, fruit salad, and broccoli cheese soup) and the City Secretary (half sandwich, broccoli cheese soup, and fruit salad) still exist on the current menu. Sandy’s late husband, Max, would spend his lunch hour helping serve the evergrowing crowd. Hurrying back to his bank job, Max would grab his own meal on the way out the door. To save time one day, he piled Sandy’s savory spinach salad INTO his turkey sandwich, and the impressive Max Out Sandwich was born. The 6th Street Sandwich - named for the street on which the restaurant resided - was embellished with lettuce, tomato, baby spinach, alfalfa sprouts, cheddar and Swiss cheese, with the guests’ choice of meat. Word about Sandy's emphasis on freshness and presentation spread. Crowds of customers began to form lines down the sidewalk hoping to get a seat in one of the bedroomsturned-dining rooms. Soon, they outgrew the little house, resulting in Sandy McGee's relocating to a larger space. In 1996, the restaurant relocated to the corner of 4th and Morton Street in Historic Downtown Richmond. The 120-year-old building began has a history as storied as the restaurant itself. Built in 1900, 314 Morton Street first housed

the Richmond Motor Car Company amongst the muddy streets of turn-of-the-century Richmond. In 1914, a post office and confectionary moved into the space. The building served as the local drug store to the downtown community. A burger counter was added along the way - ultimately known as The Post Office Pharmacy prior to Sandy McGee’s arrival. Sandy embraced the history upon relocation, adding burgers, malts, and shakes to her menu. Though she remodeled the entire space in 2007, the space still holds a quaint nostalgia honoring old Richmond. Legend has it that an attorney that once officed in the rear of the building still haunts the walls. The restaurant also offers several venues to hold special events such as bridal showers, birthdays and graduation luncheons. The ”Gallery” can be reserved for groups of 15 to 25 and is available for lunch or dinner. The recently redesigned “Library” offers a warm setting for groups of 25 to 40 and is available after 4 pm. Larger groups can reserve both rooms or the entire restaurant, accommodating as many as 120 guests. Sandy McGee’s unveiled a newly-remodeled full-service bar in June of 2020 featuring inventive handmade cocktails, local craft beer on draft, and an impressive selection of fine wines curated by Sandy herself.The bar area emphasizes the building’s rich history with historical photos and commemorative cocktail names. Stay tuned to our social media channels for upcoming Happy Hours and dinner features!

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aking New Year’s resolutions to eat better, exercise, watch your weight, see your healthcare provider regularly, or quit smoking once and for all, can help you get healthier and feel better for many more years to come. The American Geriatrics Society’s Health in Aging Foundation recommends these top 10 healthy New Year’s resolutions for older adults to help achieve your goal of becoming and staying healthy. Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, low-fat dairy and healthy fats In later life, you still need healthy foods, but fewer calories. The USDA’s Choose My Plate program, and your healthcare provider, can help you make good choices. Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Choose a variety with deep colors: dark green, bright yellow, and orange choices like spinach, collard greens, carrots, oranges, and cantaloupe are especially nutritious. Include nuts, beans, and/or legumes in your daily menu. Choose fiber-rich whole grain bread, brown rice, and whole grain pasta. Pick less fatty meats like chicken or turkey. Have hearthealthy fish, like tuna, salmon, or shrimp, twice a week. Include sources of calcium and Vitamin D to help keep your bones strong, Two daily servings of low-fat milk, yogurt, or cheese are a good way to get these nutrients. Use healthier fats, such as olive and canola oils, instead of butter or lard. Use herbs and spices to add flavor when cooking, which reduces the need to add salt or fat. BE ACTIVE Physical activity can be safe and healthy for older adults — even if you have heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis! In fact, many of these conditions get better with mild to moderate physical activity. Exercises such as tai chi, water aerobics, walking, and stretching can also help you control your

weight, build your muscles and bones, and improve your balance, posture, and mood. Check with your insurance plan to see if you are eligible for the SilverSneakers program, which can provide access to local fitness centers. SEE YOUR PROVIDER REGULARLY Did you know that cigarette smokers are twice as likely to develop heart disease as non-smokers? It is never too late to quit. You can still reduce your risk of many health problems, breathe easier, have more energy, and sleep better if you quit smoking. You can access the National Cancer Institute’s website SmokeFree60+ (https://60plus.smokefree.gov/) for resources.Additionally, ask your healthcare provider for help. Don’t lose hope if you failed to quit in the past. On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. TOAST WITH A SMALLER GLASS Excessive drinking can make you feel depressed, increase your chances of falling, cause trouble sleeping, interact with your medications, and can contribute to other health problems. One drink = 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or

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1.5 ounces of hard liquor. The recommended limit for older men is no more than 14 drinks per week and for older women, no more than 7 per week. GUARD AGAINST FALLS One in every three older adults falls each year — and falls are a leading cause of injuries and death among older adults. Exercises such as walking or working out with an elastic band can increase your strength, balance, and flexibility and help you avoid falls. Also ask your healthcare provider to check that you’re not taking any pills that can make you more likely to fall. Eliminate items in your home that are easy to trip over, like throw rugs. Insert grab bars in your bathtub or shower, and install night lights so it’s easier to see at night.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP Older adults need less sleep than younger people, right? Wrong! Older people need just as much — at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Avoid daytime naps, which can keep you up in the evening. Visit the National Sleep Foundation’s website (https://www.sleepfoundation.org/) for more tips on how to sleep better. RECONSIDER MULTIVITAMINS Reconsider using vitamins or nutrition supplements. as many older adults do not need them. Consult your healthcare provider if you have any issues or concerns about your nutrition. https://www.healthinaging.org/

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o you make New Year’s resolutions? As one year ends and a new one begins it’s a chance for a fresh start. Many people set goals such as starting new diets and exercise routines, however, they’re often restrictive and unsustainable. This can lead to quitting your resolutions just a few weeks into the New Year. The good news is there are ways to prevent that from happening. And that starts with setting realistic goals that you can follow long term. If you’re ready to start the New Year off healthy and happy then check out these healthy New Year’s resolutions seniors can actually keep! SIT LESS, MOVE MORE Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Unfortunately, by age 75, one in three men and one in two women engage in no physical activity. The goods news is it’s never too late to start. So this year, why not make it a goal to sit less and move more! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that older adults need about 150 minutes of moderateintensity aerobic activity per week. This can be broken up into 30-minute workouts five days a week. STIMULATE YOUR MIND The brain is an important organ that is responsible for everything we do from emotions and motor skills to vision,

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FOCUS ON GRATITUDE Focusing on gratitude instead of focusing on the negative aspects of your life can have positive effects on your health. In fact, a study showed those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic, felt better, had fewer visits to the physician, and exercised more. So this year why don’t you make it a goal to focus on gratitude. An easy way to start doing this is to keep a gratitude journal. Every day spend five to 10 minutes writing down things you are grateful for. A year from now you’ll be able to look at all the positive things that have happened. USE CLEANER PRODUCTS What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. The products you use in your home can impact your health too. That’s why this year you might want to make it a New Year’s resolution to switch to cleaner products. You can start by switching your beauty and personal hygiene products to natural products.These products typically go on your skin and are absorbed into your body which is why you’ll want to make the switch to cleaner options. Next, go through your household cleaners and laundry detergent and look for natural or environmentally friendly products. KEEP UP WITH MEDICAL CHECKUPS This is the year to start taking care of your health! Visiting your doctor regularly is essential to diagnosing potential problems before they become more serious. Make sure you

see your primary care physician at least once a year. Oral health is important too! Make it a resolution to stay on track with brushing and flossing regularly as this is important for preventing oral conditions like gum disease.Also, make sure you don’t skip your dental checkups and see your dentist at least once a year. VOLUNTEER If you don’t volunteer already this might be a good year to start. Volunteering can be great for seniors and offers plenty of health benefits. Research shows that volunteering can help reduce stress and may even lead to lower rates of depression. Further, volunteering also helps you stay physically and mentally active. It can also give you a sense of purpose. Finally, it also helps you stay socially active as you’ll get to meet new people and develop new relationships. TRY A NEW HOBBY It’s common to let go of hobbies especially when life gets busy. But what better way to spend retirement than to pick up a once-loved hobby or to try a new one! In fact, research shows that enjoying hobbies can help you live longer and healthier! This year make it a resolution to set time aside to enjoy a hobby that excites you and brings you happiness. If you’re not sure where to start, check out these healthy hobbies seniors should try! (https://www.activebeat.com/your-health/senior/healthynew-years-resolutions-seniors-can-actually-keep/)

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Sugar Free Blueberry Coffee Cake —RECIPE BY IBSERVICE— Total: 55 min

Prep: 15 min

Cook: 40 min

Yield: 12 servings in a 9x13 inch pan

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fabulous blueberry coffee cake with a crumb topping. This recipe is one from a local B&B that I replaced all the sugar with substitutes because I have diabetes. I have received all praise and 'I can't believe it is sugar free.' The sugar can be put back in if you want. Either way it is wonderful.

INGREDIENTS • ¾ cup butter, melted and cooled • 1 cup milk • 3 eggs • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1 ½ cups granular sucrolose sweetener (such as Splenda®) • 2 teaspoons baking powder • 3 cups all-purpose flour • 1 ¾ cups fresh or frozen blueberries • 1 ½ cups malitol brown sugar substitute • ¾ cup flour • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon • ½ cup butter, softened DIRECTIONS

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter, milk, eggs, vanilla and 1 1/2 cups sugar substitute. Combine 3 cups of flour and baking powder; stir into the wet ingredients until just blended. Fold in the blue-

berries. Spread evenly in the prepared pan. In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar substitute, 3/4 cup of flour, and cinnamon. Stir in the softened butter with a fork until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over the top of the cake. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. This cake is best served warm.

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NUTRITION FACTS Per Serving: 363 calories; protein 6.7g; carbohydrates 36.7g; fat 21.3g; cholesterol 99mg; sodium 258.6mg. https://www.allrecipes.com/ recipe/74837/sugar-freeblueberry-coffee-cake/

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Roman-Style Chicken —RECIPE COURTESY OF GIADA DE LAURENTIIS— Level: Easy

Total: 1 hr

Prep: 20 min

Cook: 40 min

Yield: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS • 4 skinless chicken breast halves, with ribs • 2 skinless chicken thighs, with bones • ½ teaspoon salt, plus 1 teaspoon • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus 1 teaspoon • ¼ cup olive oil • 1 red bell pepper, sliced • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced • 3 ounces prosciutto, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, chopped • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes • ½ cup white wine • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves • ½ cup chicken stock • 2 tablespoons capers • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

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Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. In a heavy, large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.When the oil is hot, cook the chicken until browned on both sides. Remove from the pan and set aside. Keeping the same pan over medium heat, add the peppers and prosciutto and cook until the peppers have browned and the prosciutto is crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, wine, and herbs. Using a wooden spoon, scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Return the chicken to the pan, add the stock, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the chicken is cooked through, about 20 to 30 minutes. If serving immediately, add the capers and the parsley. Stir to combine and serve. If making ahead of time, transfer the chicken and sauce to a storage container, cool, and refrigerate.The next day, reheat the chicken to a simmer over medium heat. Stir in the capers and the parsley and serve.

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The Happy New Year Cocktail Total: 3 min

Prep: 3 min

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ake a Champagne cocktail, forget the sugar, and add some ruby port and orange juice and you have a "Happy New Year." It really is the name of this fantastic drink and it is an ideal way to ring in the New Year. As Champagne cocktails go, this one has a little more depth than most and that is what makes it interesting. The port and orange juice bring in fantastic fruit notes that play wonderfully off the brandy and sparkling wine. This is an outstanding New Year's Eve cocktail. It's also perfect for any of those extra special occasions when you really want to impress guests. INGREDIENTS • 1 ½ ounces brandy • ¾ ounce ruby port

• ¾ ounce orange juice • 4 ounces Champagne

STEPS TO MAKE IT 1. Gather the ingredients. 2. Pour the brandy, port, and orange juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. 3. Shake well. 4. Strain into a Champagne flute. 5.Top with Champagne. 6. Serve and enjoy.

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Sweetgrass Clubs and Groups Alzheimer/ Dementia Support Group This month, we are meeting on Thursday January 13 from 2:00 -3:30 PM in the Creativity Room. Please join us to help and support individuals and families dealing with Dementia/ Alzheimer's/Parkinson's disease in this community. You don't need to have a personal connection to join us, but we'd appreciate your support!

desserts, catered by Lasagna House and organized by club Activities Director Theresa Brandt. Following the luncheon, club members elected these officers to serve for 2022: President – Gail Chapline Vice-President – Peggy Childress Secretary – Janet Jones Treasurer – Linda Price

Card Crafters The greeting cards sale held in November in the Lakehouse Lobby was such a success that it enabled the Card Crafters Club to donate to five local charities: Young Lives Fort Bend Co., Pregnancy Resource Medical Center of Fort Bend Co., GiGi's Playhouse Sugar Land, Rosenberg Animal Services, and Richmond Fire Station #2 (HEB gift cards to each of the three shifts).The members of our club donated their resources, talent and time to this project.We appreciate the support of our Sweetgrass neighbors!

Sweetgrass Golf Association The annual Sweetgrass Cup Tournament was held November 18, 2021 at the River Point Golf Club. Lunch and presentation of awards took place The Flying Cow restaurant in Booth,TX. Congratulations to Bill Johnson who was the Medalist and whose name will be added to the Sweetgrass Golf Association trophy displayed in the Lakehouse. Four other participants with lowest scores were Buzz Roye, Mel DeGeeter, Ron Ellis and George Keller. The event was under the direction of the tournament committee comprised of Eddie Allsup, Mel DeGeeter and Dave Fore. The Sweetgrass Golf Association is a charter club for Sweetgrass residents, male and female, that are interested in golf. Club membership is encouraged and free: but members are asked to pay the club an annual fee which is paid the U.S. Golf Association that entitles them to services provided by the U.S. Golf Association including maintaining handicap records.These records are used when game formats are selected for play dates. Members are free to play at area courses and are encouraged to play on days during the week that are published on myscorecard.com website. Club meetings are held each month at which presentations, golf related videos, club-related news and member interaction take place.

Social Canasta "The Sweet Spirit of the Holidays” was the theme for the Sweetgrass Social Canasta Club’s December 1st general meeting, lunch, and tournament. We were treated to a delicious luncheon of lasagna, salad, garlic bread, a glass of wine, and assorted

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Congratulations to all these ladies, and thank you for agreeing to serve our club. We look forward to your leadership as we move into 2022 and beyond. In addition, club members recognized our outgoing president Carol Schone for her dedication, commitment, and leadership throughout the past three years, especially during the challenges of the Pandemic. January 1st we will begin accepting payment for our annual membership dues of $15.00 (payable via check to Sweetgrass Social Canasta). Dues are being collected at this time from ALL current club members, and any new members who wish to join the club. Current members are asked to pay your dues prior to February 1, 2022.This money goes towards replacement of cards, trays and other supplies, in addition to funding some club activities. All Sweetgrass residents are invited to learn the game and join the club. If you are interested in joining our Social Canasta Club, send us an email at SweetgrassSocialCanasta@gmail.com and provide your name, email, and phone number. Our Training Coordinator will contact you to schedule up to 3 FREE LESSONS. Lessons are scheduled in advance, so please contact us if interested. We offer these lessons so that everyone can learn to play Canasta the “Sweetgrass Way” and join in weekly play days and special events. No previous card playing expertise is required.We welcome all residents, new and old! For more information, contact us via email at SweetgrassSocialCanasta@gmail.com

Sweetgrass Quilters The Sweetgrass Quilters are happy to begin 2022 by meeting twice a month at the Lakehouse with Beverly Middleton is president, Marden Laubacher as vice president, and Ginger Johnson as secretary.We’re looking forward to continuing our numerous activities such as charity projects, field trips, the Marti and Me Club,The Airing of the Quilts, Make ‘n’Take projects, and other group projects we’re planning to do this year. We were thrilled to have so many new members join us once we were able to return to meeting at the Lakehouse last year. If you have an interest in quilting, please join us. Quilters at all levels (from “I want to learn to quilt.” to “I’ve been quilting all of my life!”) are always welcome at Sweetgrass Quilters meetings. Our tagline is, “We don’t collect dues because we spend our money on fabric!”

Dialogue & Learning The next meeting of the Dialog and Learning Group will be on Thursday January 20 at 6:30 in the Learning Center. The subject will be “Powerless – what series of events and failures caused us to lose power during the freeze of February 15-16”.

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