THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF SWEETGRASS • MARCH 2023
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RichMOnD, TX 77469 WWW.MysWeeTgRass.neT INSIDE THIS GUIDE: Spring Cleaning Tips ............................... 4 Lakehouse Life ....................................... 6 Crossword ........................................... 12 2023 Lifestyle at a Glance 14 Wildflowers of Texas 16 Calendar ............................................. 24 Fitness Class Schedule ........................... 26 Sleep, Peaceful, Sleep ............................ 27 Recipes................................................ 28 How to Scan a QR Code 32 The Benefits of Smart Irrigation Systems 34 Mix & Mingles are Back! ......................... 35 Clubs and Groups ................................. 36 CCGA Directory .................................... 41 Neighborhood Directories ..................... 43 4 28 16 35 publicationofthe
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Spring Cleaning Tips
by KELLY RILEY SALYERS
Spring is the season of renewal. The flowers are blooming, the trees are budding, and the weather is beginning to turn pleasantly warm. It is the time of year when people often feel inspired to declutter, clean, and freshen up their homes.
And while some people find the prospect of getting organized overwhelming, Spring cleaning is still a ritual for many. Here are some tips that can help anyone master their spring cleaning routine.
• Create a plan. Make a checklist and establish a cleaning plan of attack. Focus on areas that are not regularly cleaned, as they are likely to need the most attention. (deep clean carpets, clean out fridge, clean windows, etc.)
• Assemble your cleaning kit. Spring cleaning can be slowed down considerably if you don’t have all of your equipment at the ready. Be sure to have an all-purpose cleaner, concentrated cleaner, microfiber cloths, paper towels, broom/dustpan, mop, vacuum, dusters, and a squeegee.
• Listen to some jams! Put on your favorite album, or create a playlist with songs that will get you moving and motivated to clean.
• Tackle seasonal chores first. Some tasks need to get done to prepare for the spring and summer season. For example: cleaning the grill, sorting through outdoor furniture, or cleaning out rain gutters. Tackle time-dependent tasks first and then move on to others that are less time-sensitive.
• Work from top to bottom. Work efficiently by cleaning shelves, ceiling fans and other elevated items first, as dust and debris will trickle down. Be careful if using ladders or step stools to reach high spaces.
• Find your cleaning style. Some people like to devote a full weekend to spring cleaning, but that can be overwhelming for others. If you are not ready for a cleaning marathon, spread out the work by breaking down tasks into 15- to 30-minute intervals. Or, try tackling one big task per day. Taking on too much at once can have you giving up on spring cleaning prematurely.
• Don’t get distracted. Who hasn’t started one project only to get distracted by another? This often occurs when people discover something out of place in one space, move that item where it belongs, only to find a new cleaning task in the new space. Inefficiency can make your task harder! Keep a basket or box handy to store errant items until you are ready to move on to the next room.
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Whew, we made it to March another crazy weather month! March is a different kind of crazy because it brings with it a colorful change to the landscape of Texas …wildflowers! As you can see from the picture, Texas has an abundance of wildflowers.
The most famous of Texas’s wildflowers is our state flower, the Bluebonnet or Lupinus texensis. Bluebonnets can be seen in March and April especially late April
In flowerbeds, yards, along highways and in pastures.
My home, before Sweetgrass, had Bluebonnets from the flowerbeds where they were originally planted all the way out to the sidewalk. Each year the wind & birds spread the seeds out a little farther into the yard. It was a beautiful way to welcome spring. Last year my Sweetgrass Bluebonnets were eaten by bunnies & rabbits. They also ate most of my Lavender but that is another story!!
Texas A&M University has “created” Bluebonnets in several colors. Not sure how I feel about them.
Among the fields of Bluebonnets are two other wildflowers Indian Paintbrush and Indian Blankets. Go for a drive or two on Highway 290 towards Austin or I-10 towards Chappell Hill to view Texas wildflowers. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a great overnight drive from Sweetgrass. Happy wildflower trails to all of you.
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March is when spring officially begins and we “spring” our clocks forward for daylight savings time. It also can be a dramatic month with potentially wild and shifting weather. As the season changes from winter to spring, it is the perfect time to reflect on the holidays in the month of March. And while there are no federal holidays are in the month of March, there are other obscure holiday, such as: Respect you cat day, I am in Control Day, Dr Seuss’s birthday, and National Peanut Butter Lovers Day. For this month’s article, I am writing in support of Sleep Awareness Week (March 12-18).
Sleep is a condition of the body and mind in which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes are closed, the postural muscles are relaxed, and consciousness is practically suspended.
Sleep is a time to relax, but it is also a time during which the body is hard at work repairing damage caused by stress, ultraviolet rays, and other harmful exposure. Did you know? Your cells produce more protein while you are sleeping. These protein molecules form the building blocks for cells, which allow them to repair damage.
But as important as it is, for many of us, sleep can be elusive. So, what can you do to get better sleep?
• Stick to a regular sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends.
• Get enough natural light, especially earlier in the day: Try going for a morning or lunchtime walk.
• Get enough physical activity during the day. Try not to exercise within a few hours of your bedtime
• Avoid artificial light, especially within a few hours of bedtime. Use a blue light filter on your computer or smartphone.
• Do not eat or drink within a few hours of bedtime; avoid alcohol and foods high in fat or sugar in particular
• Keep your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet.
• Work with your health care provider to identify obstacles to good sleep, including medical conditions.
Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord my shape to keep.
Please no wrinkles, please no bags
Please lift my butt before it sags.
Please no age spots, please no gray
And as for my belly, please take it away. Please keep me healthy, please keep me young. And thank you dear Lord, for all you have done!
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Corned Beef and Cabbage
Makes 6 to 8 servings
Get into the Irish spirit
St. Patrick’s Day began as an opportunity to honor St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who was credited with bringing Christianity to this island nation. Through the years, St. Patrick’s Day has transformed into a celebration of Irish culture as well as a day for fun and fanfare. Of course, no celebration would be complete without delicious food.
Although corned beef may not be the most authentic representation of Irish cuisine, it certainly has become synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day. During the early influx of Irish immigrants to North America, corned beef was more readily available than some other cuts of meat from the Emerald Isle. When cooking St. Patrick’s Day dinner this year, the process can be made even easier with the use of a slow cooker. Try this recipe for “Corned Beef and Cabbage” from “Crock•Pot® 365 Year-Round Recipes” (Publications International) from the Crock•Pot kitchens.
• 12 new red potatoes, quartered
• 4 carrots, sliced
• 1 corned beef brisket (about 4 pounds)
• 2 onions, sliced
• 3 whole bay leaves
• 8 whole black peppercorns
• 1 head cabbage, cut into wedges
1Place potatoes and carrots in bottom of slow cooker. Add brisket, onions, bay leaves, and peppercorns. Add enough water to cover brisket. Cover; cook on low 4 to 5 hours or on high 2 to 2½ hours.
2Add cabbage. Continue cooking on low 4 to 5 hours longer or on high 2 to 2½ hours longer. Slice brisket against the grain, and serve with vegetables.
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• 1½ pounds russet potatoes
• 2 tablespoons canola oil
• 1 cup chopped onion
• 2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1½ pounds ground lamb
• 1¾ teaspoons kosher salt
• ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 2 teaspoons tomato paste
• 1 cup chicken broth
• 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
• 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
• 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• ¼ cup half-and-half
• 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
• 1 large egg yolk
• ½ cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
• ½ cup English peas, fresh or frozen
Makes 8 servings
1Heat oven to 400 F.
2Peel the potatoes and cut them into ½-inch dice. Put them in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Set said pan over high heat, cover and bring to a boil. Uncover, drop the heat to maintain a simmer, and cook until tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
3Heat the oil in an 11-inch saute pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onion and carrots and saute just until they begin to take on color, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir to combine. Add the meat, salt and pepper, and cook until browned and cooked through, approximately 3 minutes.
4Sprinkle the meat with the flour, toss to coat, and continue to cook for another minute. Add the tomato paste, broth, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, and thyme and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then decrease the heat to low, cover, and simmer slowly until the sauce is
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thickened slightly, 10 to 12 minutes.
5Meanwhile, combine the half-andhalf and butter in a microwave-safe container and nuke until warmed through, about 35 seconds.
6Drain the potatoes and return them to the saucepan. Mash the potatoes (a masher is an excellent tool for this, though a hand mixer will do), then add the hot half-and-half mixture, as well as the salt and pepper. Mash to smoothness, then stir in the egg yolk.
7Add the corn and peas to the meat mixture and spread evenly in a 7-by11-inch glass baking dish. Top with the mashed potatoes, starting around the edges to create a seal to prevent the mixture from bubbling over, and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Place on a half sheet pan lined with parchment paper on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 25 minutes, or just until the potatoes begin to brown. Remove to a cooking rack and let rest for at least 15 minutes before serving.
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Traditional Irish Colcannon
Makes 8 servings
• 2 pounds red potatoes, cut into large chunks
• ¾ cup milk
• ¾ teaspoon salt
• 6 tablespoons
Kerrygold Salted Butter, plus additional melted butter, if desired
• 1 cup chopped onion
• 6 cups finely shredded green cabbage (or one 10-ounce package)
• 1 cup (about 4 ounces)
Dubliner® Cheese or Blarney Castle
• Freshly ground pepper to taste
1Cook potatoes in boiling water about 20 minutes or until very tender; drain well and mash with skins on, adding milk and salt.
2While potatoes are cooking, melt butter in a large skillet.
3Add onion; cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very soft.
4Add cabbage; cook and stir for 5 minutes more or until very soft.
5Stir cabbage mixture and Kerrygold cheese into hot potatoes and season with pepper.
6Mound onto serving plates and make a well in the center of each. Pour a little melted butter into each well, if desired. Garnish to taste.
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Enjoy Irish coffee at home
Makes 8 servings
Weather-related flight delays or cancellations are often the cause of much frustration. However, one timely storm nearly 80 years might just have paved the way for a beloved beverage.
In 1943, Joe Sheridan was working as a chef at the Shannon Airport in Ireland. According to the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum, on one fateful night, a flight bound for Newfoundland was forced to return to the airport in Foynes due to inclement weather. Sheridan was called back to work that night and asked to create a warm beverage for the suddenly stranded passengers. Quick on his feet, Sheridan brewed some coffee but decided to add a little whiskey. Asked if the beverage was Brazilian coffee, Sheridan shook his head before indicating his newly minted creation was “Irish coffee.” And thus a legendary beverage was born.
This recipe, courtesy of the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum, can be great for anyone who wants warm up with their own batch of Irish coffee at home.
Step One Preheat your Foynes Irish coffee glass by filling it with boiling water for 5 seconds, then pour the water out. .
Step Two Add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and a good measure of Irish whiskey into the warmed glass.
Step Three Fill the glass to within 1 centimeter of the brim with hot,
strong black coffee. Stir well to dissolve all the brown sugar.
Step Four Carefully pour lightly whipped cream over the back of a spoon so that it floats on top of the coffee.
Step Five Do not stir after adding the cream; optimal flavor comes from drinking the coffee and Irish whiskey through the cream.
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How to Scan a QR Code on Android and iPhone
There's a QR code scanner pre-installed on both Android and iPhone. Here's how to use it
Have you come across a QR code but you aren’t sure how to scan it? It's actually pretty easy to do, and you don't even need a third party app for it.
Whether you're using an iPhone or an Android device, as long as it isn’t several years old, it has a built-in QR code scanner ready to help you scan your codes. Here we show how to scan a QR code on your phone.
What Is a QR Code?
QR stands for Quick Response and works in the same way as a barcode. The QR code is a square shaped black-and-white grid containing certain information—like web addresses or contact details—that you can access with your compatible device.
A QR code has certain instructions written on it. When you scan this code, your phone displays the information contained in the code. In case the code has an action on it, say it’s the details for a Wi-Fi login, then your phone will follow those instructions and connect you to the specified Wi-Fi network.
What Types of QR Codes Are Out There?
There are many types of QR codes that you can create as well as scan on your smartphone. Each code has a unique action written on it.
Here are some of the popular QR code types that you’ll likely come across:
•Wi-Fi network details
•Your social media accounts
•And much more
Just so you know, a QR code looks the same no matter the type. You’ll only know what type a QR code is when you actually scan it using your device.
How to Scan a QR Code on Android
Most modern Android phones have a built-in QR scanner to scan these codes. Depending on your phone type, your camera will either automatically detect the code or you need to tap an option in the camera app.
Here are the two main ways to scan a QR code on Android.
1. Scan a QR Code Using the Built-In QR Code Scanner
1. Launch the Camera app.
2. Point your camera to the QR code you want to scan.
3. Your phone will recognize the code and display the relevant information.
2. Scan a QR Code Using Google Lens
Some Android phones can’t directly recognize a QR code. Instead, they will show a Google Lens icon you need to tap to get your phone to read the code.
Here’s how you do that:
1. Open the Camera app
2. Tap the lens icon to open Google Lens.
3. Point your camera towards the QR code and your phone will display the code content.
If you've got an older phone that doesn't support either of these, you can install a free app like QR code reader & QR code Scanner to scan various types of code.
How to Scan a QR Code on an iPhone
Like Android phones, the iPhone lets you scan QR codes right from the camera app. It's simple to use the built-in iPhone QR code scanner:
1. Open the Camera app.
2. Point your camera towards the QR code.
3. Your iPhone will recognize the code.
You can actually enable and disable the QR code recognition option on your iPhone. If your iPhone won’t scan these codes, or if you simply want to disable the QR code scanning feature, you can head into Settings > Camera on your iPhone to do that.
Using the iPhone and Android QR Scanner
If you see a QR code somewhere and you’re curious what it’s for, simply pull out your phone from your pocket and point to the code to scan it. Your phone then displays all the content within that code.
Even some of the popular social platforms like Instagram are now offering QR codes to let people follow your profile. You can grab a custom QR code for yourself and share it with the people that want to follow you but without the hassle to type your name or find you online.
If the default QR code scanner doesn’t work on your iPhone, or if you have an older device, use a free app like QR Code Reader for iPhone app to scan codes.
You find these QR codes pretty much everywhere: bars, gyms, grocery stores, cinema halls, etc.
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The world has a water problem. Though the planet is 70 percent water, according to the World Bank, estimates indicate that with current population growth and water-management practices, the world will face a 40 percent shortfall between forecast demand and available supply of water by 2030.
Conservation is one of the ways the world can confront its water problem head-on, potentially preventing billions of people from facing a water scarcity in the years to come. One of the ways people in the developed world can help to conserve water is by employing smart irrigation systems in their homes.
Smart irrigation systems employ a similar type of smart technology many homeowners already rely on inside their homes. By employing such technology in their lawns and gardens, homeowners can reap many of the same rewards they enjoy by using smart home systems inside their homes, all while benefitting the planet.
• Some smart irrigation systems can recognize the local weather. Many smart irrigation systems connect to the internet via homeowners’ Wi-Fi. This allows the systems to take current weather into account before watering lawns and gardens. For example, a smart irrigation system can identify if it recently rained and cancel a scheduled watering. This helps homeowners avoid watering lawns and gardens when nature has already done the watering for them.
• Smart irrigation systems can save homeowners money. While smart irrigation systems can cost several thousand dollars, those costs can be recouped over time. Smart irrigations systems can detect when cooler weather has arrived, turning down water output as a result. That conserves water and saves homeowners money. When coupled with the savings they’ll realize because their irrigation systems aren’t water during rainy periods, homeowners will soon be on track to recouping their smart irrigation investments.
• Smart irrigation systems conserve water. People in the developed world are accustomed to having water at the ready. But many people across the globe enjoy no such luxury. For example, the organization Save the WaterTM notes that the average American uses 2,000 gallons of water everyday, while the average African family uses just five gallons of water each day. Much of that disparity can be traced to a lack of access and scarcity of supply in the undeveloped world. By utilizing technology like
smart irrigation systems, homeowners can help ensure there is sufficient water for everyone, regardless of where they live, in the coming decades.
Smart irrigation systems are sound investments that can help conserve water and benefit future generations.
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Mix & Mingles are Back!
Sweetgrass is excited to bring back the popular Mix and Mingles! Once a quarter we will host a Mix and Mingle event, so that you can mingle with new residents and with neighbors that you may not have had the opportunity to meet. This is a free event, but residents are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert to share. Our sponsor, Lucas Wealth & Retirement, will provide beer and wine.
Our first Mix and Mingle will be Friday, March 10, 6 - 830PM. Space is limited, so RSVPs will be required through Activenet or at the Lakehouse Front Desk. Watch for more information in upcoming communications! Refreshments are provided while they last. We urge you to use disposable serving bowls/plates/serving utensils for your dish.
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Sweetgrass Social Canasta is played every Monday and Thursday at 12 noon in the Lakehouse Ballroom. Check in time begins at 11:30am. Come as a foursome, couple or single and we will help make the table of 4 needed to play.
There are two ways to play Canasta at the Lakehouse. Traditional and rotational. Traditional play is where everyone keeps the same partner throughout the six hands. You and your partner will have the same score. Rotational play is where you change partners after every 2 hands and therefore keep score as an individual. Both ways of playing are offered. Both ways are a lot of fun!
Annual dues of $15 are still being collected on Monday and Thursday at check-in. Please pay by check made out to Sweetgrass Social Canasta.
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw
See you at Canasta! Bring a sweater, the room can get chilly.
February’s weather was typical for Houston, hot one day and cold the next. It made for interesting Pickleball play. We had an introduction to Pickleball clinic on February 11th that was well attended. We also had our Mardi Gras tournament on February 25th. It was lots of fun. We have started a Facebook page for our group called Pickleball DSWG. You need to be a paid member of the club in order to be accepted into the group. If you would like to join the cost is $15 which goes to the purchase of the balls that everyone uses. If you have any interest in playing come on out. Checks can be given to any board member .
Howdy Day Trippers! We are getting ready for our trip to the Rodeo on March 18th. We are very excited to see Brad Paisley perform. Last month our trip was to the Painted Churches. Three buses got to enjoy and learn about 4 different churches. Next month 2 buses will be heading to New Orleans to enjoy the music festival. If you are not a member and would like to join the cost is $10 per person and checks can be dropped off at 3410 Satin Leaf. (Please indicate what the check is for on the memo line). Our next quarterly meeting will be April 11th. We will be announcing more trips.
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Open to all Residents!
Tuesday 1:00 – 4:00 PM in the Creativity Room with a $3.00 PIE (purse is empty) using the current National Mah Jongg League card. Please have basic knowledge of the game and some playing experience.
Wednesday 5:30 – 8:00 PM in the Activity Room is free play for all levels of experience. Please have your own National Mah Jongg League card or one can be purchased.
There are currently no dues. Just show up, sign in, and play. Mah Jongg provides a great opportunity to socialize and make friends. We welcome new members and will assist those who need a refresher or want to learn how to play.
How many gardeners have been to the big home and garden stores looking for a specific product that can be used to promote healthy plants, lawns and shrubs? On February 7th, Danny Lenderman owner of Enchanted Forest, showed us both natural and synthetic products which can be used as fertilizers, herbicides and fungicides. Danny explained how these tools can be used to solve your specific gardening needs and promote beautiful landscapes. Sweetgrass Garden Club members can use their Enchanted discount card on all purchases. Danny also suggested that now is the time to cut back the dead-looking bottle brush. On most shrubs green growth will sprout from the roots. All you need is patience.
Our upcoming Meeting Dates:
Tuesday, March 7, 10am-Rob Hoefer from Wild Birds Unlimited in Katy will speak on Hummingbirds.
Tue, April 4, 10am -John Panzarella from Caney Creek Farms will speak on growing citrus trees in both pots and your yards.
Tue, May 2, 11:30am-Riverbend Country Club Luncheon & Officer Installation, 1214 Dulles Ave, SugarLand. $40. Tickets on sale at March & April meetings
Friends of the Library
Our lending library is stacked! Have you checked out the free lending library located in the Lakehouse? Thinking about buying a new book? Be sure to check out our selection first. The library has been loaded with some real gems. It is spilling over with many popular titles that are yours for the borrowing. Stop by and pick up something you have always wanted to read, for FREE! Just remember to bring it back when you are finished.
Dialogue & Learning
The March Meeting of the Dialogue and Learning club will be on March 23 at 6:30 in the Learning Center. The Subject will be "How Cryptocurrency ACTUALLY works.”
The Sweetgrass Quilters Club meets in the Learning Center at the Lakehouse on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 1 to 4 pm. For the first Tuesday meeting, members may come as early as 12:30 to socialize before the business meeting begins at 1. The third Tuesday meetings are Sew-In meetings at which members bring their machines and are free to work on individual projects as well as group projects. In addition to our meetings, this month we plan to carpool to quilt shops participating in the 2023 Greater Houston Shop Hop. There are nine shops participating this year so our quilters may be heading out on more than one day.
If you are new to Del Webb Sweetgrass, please consider joining us at any of our meetings. 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 Club meetings. Our tagline is, “We don’t collect dues because we spend our money on fabric!”
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