The median in the Robinwood Neighborhood has a new fresh look thanks to 15 volunteers who worked hard to make it possible. Gone are the dried flowers and foliage from last year. As the weather warms this year’s flowers will be able to grow and bloom.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Make checks payable to:
Robinwood Neighborhood Organization
c/o James L. Glueck
2409 N. Moors Street
Muncie, IN 47304
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.We appreciate your input. It helps make the neighborhood better for all. Thanks.
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.
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
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
- Combine cranberries, flour, baking powder, first amount of sugar, and walnuts in a large bowl. Set aside
- Combine eggs, buttermilk, and oil. Stir to mix well. Add to dry ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Remove zest from oranges and add to batter. Stir.
- Line the bottom of baking pans with waxed paper or parchment paper. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Fill prepared pans about ¾ full with batter.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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.
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 email@example.com by Friday, Dec. 19, 5:00 pm. Winners will be posted on Facebook and on the RNO website before Christmas.
Would you be like to be a judge? Use same email address as above.
Award Categories for Competition
- Christmas tree in the window
- Santa Fantasy Land
- Best Santa display
- Religious display
- Reindeer express
- Sparkle display
- Serene and simple
- Most colorful
- Kiddy dreamland
- Most colorful
- Prettiest in single color
- Most blowups
- Grinch award
- Most decorations
- Most motion lights
Congratulations to all of the Robinwood Neighborhood Halloween Costume Winners for 2020.
Meet the new neighbors, Cade, Zach, Trennor, and Aaron (not in above photo) who live on Kensington. They are members of the Ball State University Baseball Team. Hopefully by spring baseball season, we can all go and support the team. We are glad to have you with us. Welcome!
Congratulations to Andy and Kim Atkins at 4304 W. Friar Dr. for having the Yard of the Month for August, 2020 .