May/Jun 2014 Issue of Mansfield MagazineMay 23, 2014 05:33PM ● By Lisa Drake
Summer is back. To many that means baseball, grilling and time spent outside. We’ve got all that covered and more in this issue of Mansfield Magazine .
The boys of summer is a common theme this time of year as bats crack and gloves pop. We thought it would be interesting to find out more about the Miracle League of DFW. It’s an organization that does a fantastic job of setting up a baseball league for physically and mentally challenged kids – all at no cost to the kids or their families. The Miracle League’s executive director is Briana Sundberg, daughter of former Texas Rangers catcher Jim Sundberg. Her heart for these kids is amazing and she, along with a volunteer board, coaches and a host of other supporters, works tirelessly each year to put together two seasons of baseball for these kids.
Over the years, we’ve discovered that our community is filled with all kinds of people who set out to make a difference in the world. People like Gary and Amy Zelder. The couple lives on a two-acre stretch of property on the south Arlington/Grand Prairie border. Since moving in about a year ago, they have cleared the land and are now making it available to local college students who are working on a sustainability project. Read more about them here: Hope Sustains - Meet a Local Family with a Community Spirit - 05/21/2014.
Cooking and eating are great summertime activities. So Carol Ritchie has cooked up some great recipes for tailgating and picnic baskets in this issue’s Cookin’ with Carol. She’s got some great ideas for everything from Zesty Pork Spareribs to Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Balsamic BBQ Sauce. You can’t go wrong with these yummy delights. And, once again local artist and recipe-developer, Heather Buckley, shares with us a vegan recipe for a cool summertime dessert - Coconut Lemon Ice Cream. Let's not forget our furry family members when we're talking about summertime treats. Try these homemade dog treat recipes sure to please your pickiest pup.
Finally, while the idea of lazy summer days may sound refreshing, let's admit, after awhile the kids need something to do. Check out our tips on choosing a summer camp as well as our Local Summer Camp Directory.
As usual, everything else you’ve come to love and expect from us is here in this issue. Have a great summer!