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@google.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

Meet a new block captain family.

Craig and Lynette have not lived in the Robinwood Neighborhood very many months and yet they volunteered to be block captains for their street. Way to Go!! It’s great to have willing workers. Being a block captain doesn’t take a great of time – usually just distributing the newsletter about 4 times a year. However it is important to have block captains for each street. Communication is essential. Thanks Craig and Lynette!

Help designing summer flowerpots is here!

Hot weather is here and the pansies are looking pretty tired. I need help designing pretty summer flowerpots to replace those sad pansies. Maybe you do too? Kevin has agreed to help us all. He will give a demo on arranging summer flowers on Sunday, 6/14, at 4:00 pm on the porch at 4310 Coventry. Bring your lawn chair and face mask. We’ll space ourselves and be safe. Should be fun.

Bonnie and Kevin make working in the dirt fun! Thanks for your expertise.