RNO Spring Cleanup

Saturday, March 27, at 9:00 am is the time for spring cleanup of the Robinwood Neighborhood median. We all want the median to look like last summer. If everyone comes with trimmers, clippers and a few toters, the work will only take a short time. It will be easy to social distance. Wear a mask and be safe. Inclement weather date is Sat., April 10th.

Time to Pay RNO Dues

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Since money does not grow on trees in the Robinwood Neighborhood, it is important that all residents pay the Annual 2021 RNO Membership Dues of only $30.  The annual dues provide benefits and services that we all use.  They reinforce Community, Service, and Value.

Community

We have a strong tradition of active, dues-paying members who recognize that the $30 annual dues contribution facilitates all manner of community-strengthening activities and initiatives, including maintenance of our community medians and streets, support for community activities such as the 4th of July parade, and other community benefits including the planned “free” library to benefit all our community learners and readers

Service

We are supported as well by all the volunteer hours and energy as provided by our block captains, board members, and executive committee members. Any and all RNO members are welcome to participate and contribute their time and their energy in service to making our neighborhood stronger, more friendly, and yes, more community-oriented. Just recently 2 of our board members were instrumental in getting the City of Muncie to salt some of the worst icy streets in the neighborhood.

Value

So beyond the very significant intangibles of Community and Service that your annual dues support, these resources also support the very tangible value to our respective homes and properties that comes with an active, engaged, and dues-paying membership. This is not surprising. Whether it’s our “RNO Yard of Month” program, or RNO Welcome Kits for our new resident families and households, or our creation and maintenance of community covenants, all of these activities strengthen our property values while also strengthening our community and our neighborhood.

It’s easy to be a pay.  Pay electronically by selecting on-line on web home page or send a check.

To pay dues online select, “Pay Now” button on home page

or

Make checks payable to:

Robinwood Neighborhood Organization

c/o James L. Glueck

2409 N. Moors Street

Muncie, IN 47304

RNO Board of Directors Meeting on Jan. 14th

On Thursday, Jan. 14th, the board of directors of the Robinwood Neighborhood Organization will meet.

Your concerns are important. We want to hear from you.

If you have a concern or issue that you would like to bring to the attention of the board, please email it to David Williams, the President, at robinwoodmuncie@gmail.com.We appreciate your input. It helps make the neighborhood better for all. Thanks.

Still Got Cranberries?

Are there still cranberries in your frig?  Wondering what to do with them? Of course, you can always freeze them but REALLY?  Will you use them in July or whenever you finally decide to organize the freezer?  Use them now.  Bake a cranberry cake.  It’s so easy.  I call it a “dump” cake.  No need for a mixer.  Just stir everything together. You can whip it out in a couple of hours.  You probably have everything you need already in your kitchen.  The recipe is even “kid friendly” so get the whole family involve in the fun. Kids love to help with this project and you will have a great dessert for a couple of days. Small family? Freeze cake and cut as needed to enjoy.

Social Insurance

I call this cake “social insurance”.  It’s so versatile.  Not only can it be used for a casual supper or snack, it can be dressed up.  It even works for elegant dining. Set slices in a pool of Grand Marnier crème anglaise or alongside of a scoop of homemade Grand Marnier ice cream.  Then garnish with candied orange peel.  Wow!  What a presentation and so easy.

How to Get Started

Look at the recipe and then match it with the photos.  You will be all set.

Recipe for Cranberry Walnut Cake Recipe

2            cups                                  whole cranberries

2.5        cups                                  flour, all-purpose

1            teaspoon                          baking powder

1            cup                                   sugar, granulated

2            cups                                  walnuts, halves or large pieces

2                                                     eggs

1            cup                                   buttermilk*

¾           cup                                   vegetable oil

2                                                     zest from oranges

½           cup                                   orange juice

½           cup                                   sugar

*buttermilk may be replaced with ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons regular milk and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar

Method

  1. Combine cranberries, flour, baking powder, first amount of sugar, and walnuts in a large bowl.  Set aside
  2. Combine eggs, buttermilk, and oil.  Stir to mix well.  Add to dry ingredients.  Stir to combine.
  3. Remove zest from oranges and add to batter.  Stir.
  4. Line the bottom of baking pans with waxed paper or parchment paper.  Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  5. Fill prepared pans about ¾ full with batter.
  6. Bake in a 350-degree oven until tester come out clean and cakes are golden brown.  Baking time will vary depending on size of pans.  I usually make small cakes (about 5” X 3”).  They need about 35-45 minutes in oven.
  7. While cakes are baking, prepare the orange glaze. Place the 2nd amount of sugar and orange juice in a pan and heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  8. When cakes are finished baking, remove from the oven. Allow to rest for about 5 minutes.  Remove from the pans.  Brush the orange glaze on all sides of the cakes.  Keep brushing until all the glaze has been used.  Sometimes I even dunk the cakes in the glaze.
  9. When cakes are cool, wrap in plastic.  They will keep several days at room temperature, longer in the frig and almost indefinitely in the freezer. 

Next Holiday Season

Cranberry Walnut Cake is the perfect small gift.  Next year bake several small cakes. Wrap and freeze. When you need a small gift, take from the freezer and tie it with a ribbon. Instant gift!

Winners in RNO Holiday Decoration Contest

Judging is Complete. Here are the winners!!

BIG thanks to the volunteers who made the first RNO Holiday Decoration Contest a success. Now is the time for all residents to walk or drive around the neighborhood and enjoy the festive holiday spirit.

Happy Holidays!

RNO Holiday Decoration Competition

DON’T FORGET. Robinwood Neighborhood is having a Holiday Decoration Competition. Since there are nearly 20 award categories, be creative! Anyone can nominate a yard/home even the owner. After getting the owner’s OK, send the home’s address to kathleenmau@msn.com by Friday, Dec. 19, 5:00 pm. Winners will be posted on Facebook and on the RNO website before Christmas.

Judges Needed

Would you be like to be a judge? Use same email address as above.

Award Categories for Competition

  1. Christmas tree in the window
  2. Santa Fantasy Land
  3. Best Santa display
  4. Religious display
  5. Reindeer express
  6. Sparkle display
  7. Serene and simple
  8. Elaborate
  9. Most colorful
  10. Kiddy dreamland
  11. Whimsical
  12. Most colorful
  13. Prettiest in single color
  14. Most blowups
  15. Grinch award
  16. Most decorations
  17. Most motion lights