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Sizzling Summer - May/Jun Issue of Mansfield Magazine

May 21, 2013 05:17PM ● By Lisa Drake

Here comes the sun…and the heat! The days are getting longer and warmer and all those summertime activities are upon us once again. This is the time of year when we make up for our mild winters. Sunny summer days can provide ample opportunity for activities here in North Texas. I think you’ll find a few good ideas in this issue for things you can do under summer skies.

For example, for many of you these months provide a great opportunity for working in the yard. And as Steve Huddleston points out in this issue’s Lawn & Garden, there are a number of plants that can be used to add living sculpture to your landscape. He shares some great ideas for plants that spread out, cascade and add color to your yard. Don’t miss his suggestions for creating dramatic, living sculpture in your landscape. Bring living sculpture indoors by creating your own tabletop topiary

Summertime means picknicking or grilling for many. Carol Ritchie’s got that covered in this issue’s Cookin’ with Carol. She explains how to plan and pack the perfect picnic. She adds tips for grilling and even provides a fresh twist on her tried and true recipe for grilled chicken pasta salad. Eating, summer style. As an added bonus, Mary Phillips at Forgotten Works Garden Gallery shares her recipe for Balsamic and Onion-Glazed Mustard Greens

If it’s too hot to grill or picnic, you might head over to south Arlington’s newest Indian restaurant, Indian Spice. I got to meet owner Praveen Gupta and sample the intoxicating aromas and tastes of the Indian cuisine a few weeks ago. Order from their diverse menu or sample from their buffet. You can’t go wrong.

Finally, in this issue we got to learn about Kenny’s Best of Friends, an organization recently founded by Mansfield resident Kathy Limas. She has plans for the organization that will eventually offer job opportunities, training, continuing education and lifestyle management assistance for adults with conditions such as Down syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy.  It’s a great story you will not want to miss.

So enjoy this issue and this summer. We welcome your comments and feedback and we’re so glad to see you here. Visit us online and at Facebook. See you next issue!


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