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January Newsletter

Happy New Year!!

The Resort Staff wishes you a year filled with an abundance of blessings, good health, and prosperity in this new year 2013. We thank you for being a part of our lives and for letting us be a part of yours.
Cheers to an exciting year!

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Make It This Weekend!

Bouillabaisse with Rouille and Garlic Toasts
This pot of Proven├žal mussels is bathed in a bouillabaisse-style broth with saffron, tomato, and herbs. Make the broth hours ahead. Steam the mussels just before guests sit down, and serve with buttery toasted French bread rubbed with garlic.
8 Servings

Ingredients

Bouillabaisse Broth
2 TBS olive oil
2 med onions, finely chopped
1 tsp kosher salt, plus more
Freshly ground black pepper
2 leeks, white and pale green parts only, finely sliced (about 2 cups)
1 large red tomato, peeled, seeded & diced
12 spings thyme, tied in a bundle
6 garlic cloves, sliced
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp crumbled saffron threads
1 cup dry white wine
8 cups fish stock or low-sodium chicken broth

Rouille
1 large jarred roasted red bell pepper, peeled & coarsely chopped
1 cup (packed) crustless 1/2 inch cubed soft white bread
1 large egg yolk
1 large clove garlic, sliced
1/8 tsp cayenne (more if heat desired)
1/2 TBS olive oil
1 TBS fresh lemon juice
Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper

Assembly
2 TBS oilve oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
6 lbs mussels, scrubbed & debearded
1 TBS Pernod or anise-flavored liqueur
3 TBS coarsley chopped flat leaf parsley
Garlic toast

Directions for Bouillabaisse Broth
Heat oil in a large heavy pot over med-high heat. Add onions & season with salt & pepper; cook until soft and light golden brown, about 10 min. Add leeks and next 5 ingredients and 1 tsp of salt, cook for 5 min. Add wine and cook until reduced by half, about 2 min. Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 15 min. Season broth to taste with salt & pepper. Remove from heat and discard thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Can be made 1 day ahead and chilled.
Directions for Rouille
Puree first 4 ingredients and 1/8 tsp canyenne in a food processor until a thick paste forms. With motor running, slowly drizzle in oil until a thick mayonnaise-like emulsion forms. Transfer to medium bowl. Whick in 1 TBS lemon juice; season with salt & pepper and more cayenne and lemon juice if desired. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Can be made up to 3 hours ahead.
Assembly
If chilled, rewarm broth, cover and set aside. Place oil in a pot large enough to hold all mussels; heat over med-high heat. Add garlic and red pepper, stirring constantly, until sizzling but not brown, 10-15 seconds. Add mussels and turn heat to high, stir till evenly coated. Add Pernod; cover pot. Steam mussels, stirring a few times till they open, 7-10 min. Discard any mussels that do not open. Stir in parsley and broth. Ladle mussels and broth into bowls and serve with rouille and garlic toast.

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Now Accepting 2013 & 2014 Resort Reservations

Resort Staff is standing by to take your reservations for 2013 and 2014, so call today to reserve your favorite site..don’t let it get away!

Important dates to keep in mind:
Spring Break March 8-17, 2013 & March 7-16, 2014
Easter March 29-31, 2013 & April 20, 2014
Memorial Day Weekend May 24-27, 2013 & May 23-26, 2014
July 4th Weekend July 4-7, 2013 & July 3-6, 2014
Labor Day Weekend August 30-Sept 2, 2013 & August 29-Sept 1, 2014

Reservation deposit requirements:
RV/tent site non-holiday, one night deposit
RV/tent site holiday weekend, 3-night deposit
Cabin rental, deposit equal to amount of night staying with 3-night
minimum on holiday weekends

Deposit does not guarantee a specific site, we will do our best to honor requests. Cancellations received 7 days or more from arrival will have the deposit refunded minus a cancellation fee or transferred to another date. Cancellations received under 7 days from arrival will have the deposit transferred to another reservation within the same year and will be forfeit if not used, no refunds.

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New Year’s Resolutions – What Do They Really Mean?

“Resolution”: a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit.

This year, instead of the typical obscure goals we normally set for ourselves like, “I’m going to exercise more” and “I’m going to get out of debt” which seem so large, discouraging and almost out-of-reach, why not set small obtainable goals that will help you step successfully to the large yearly goal?

Goal:
Weight Loss
Focused Goal: At (insert time) everyday, I’m going to exercise for 20 minutes (after a month, increase the time by 10 minutes)
Obscure Goal: I’m going to exercise more

Quit Smoking
Focused Goal: Each week, I’m going to reduce the number of cigarettes I have in half
Obscure Goal: I’m not going to smoke anymore

Finances
Focused Goal: 1. determine exactly what you owe (be honest!)
2. from your monthly income, subtract the necessary expenses to find out your discretionary income in which to pay debts from
3. determine which debts get paying priority, like the high interest ones
4. get rid of temptation – toss out catalogs & stop internet shopping, instead, look for money-saving & coupon sites
Obscure Goal: I’m going to get out of debt

Family Time
Focused Goal: *Designate a day of the week for family game night
*Find local attractions that offer free family events & activities and try one once a month
*Family cooked meal: break out that dusty cookbook or grab a recipe off the net and designate each person a task to complete the meal
Obscure Goal: We’re going to have more family time

Remember, resolutions are more sustainable when shared – peer-support makes a difference in success rate with New Year’s resolution, so mark it on your calendar, stick it on your Facebook page, and put it on your family bulletin board!

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Happenings Around Town

JANUARY 1
BANDERA: Cowgirl Roundup & Show-Deo. Bandera County Cowgirls celebrate their cowgirl history as they gather for a panoramic photo in the arena at HCSNA at noon. Demos of showmanship, dressage, and speed events will follow. Storytellers and singer/songwriters will also perform. Open till 6pm, 830-796-4413.
FREDERICKSBURG: Midnight Volkssport Walk. Meet at St. Joseph’s Halle between midnight and 12:30am to enjoy a 5K or 10K walk, Walkers must finish by 3:30am. 210-496-1402.
FREDERICKSBURG: 7th Annual Black Eyed Pea and Cornbread Cookoff. 10am-6pm at the Torre di Pietra Vineyards. Great Texas food, live music entertainment, dancing, and judging of the black eyed peas & cornbread. 830-644-2829.
GRUENE: Hair of the Dog Day. Free live shows all day at Gruene Hall. 830-629-5077.
JANUARY 1-9
AUSTIN: Red River Free Week. Annual event will allow you to check out a number of local bands not usually seen during this 9-day live music event.
JANUARY 3-6
SAN ANTONIO: South Texas RV Supersale 2013. Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall.
JANUARY 3-31
AUSTIN: Wildflower Center Free Admission Month! Visitors have free access to the Lady Bird Johnson Center. Tree celebration and sale of January 22 from 9am-5pm.
JANUARY 4
FREDERICKSBURG: Real Ale Tasting Room & Tours. Tasting room open between 2pm – 5pm with tours starting at 3pm & 4pm. No reservations necessary but do call ahead if it’s a large group. 830-833-2534.
FREDERICKSBURG: 1st Friday Art Walk. 13 galleries open their doors at 10am with a full day of events and extended hours until 8pm. Each gallery will also serve local wine for tatsting.
JANUARY 5
AUSTIN: Austin Farmers Market. Republic Square. 512-236-0074.
AUSTIN: Sunset Valley Farmers Market. Barton Creek Mall. 512-280-1976
BANDERA: Farmer’s Market. In front of Sid’s BBQ on Main St. 8am-11am.
NEW BRAUNFELS: Canyon Trail Chuckwagon Supper and Cowboy Music Show. An evening of cowboy song and hearty dining awaits. For information, call 830-626-8200, 888-408-7245.
WIMBERLEY: Tours of Jacob’s Well. Hear the stories about famous floods and scuba divers, learn value of native grasses, experience stunning beauty of spring that started this town. 10 am.
JANUARY 6
SAN ANTONIO: Bridal Extravaganza at the Henry B Gonzales Convention Center. Special Guest David Tutera. 12pm – 5pm.
JANUARY 7-9
AUSTIN: Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival. 9th annual celebration of body art, open to all ages. Palmer event Cneter.
JANUARY 10-12
BANDERA: 76th Annual Bandera County Junior Livestock Show. Livestock shown on Thursday and Friday, auction held on Saturday. All events held at the Show Barn at Mansfield Park. 830-796-7755
JANUARY 10-13
SAN MARCOS: 6th Annual Texas Clay Continuum. Rotate through four exciting hands-on workshops in four days. Explore juxtaposition and scale in figurative sculpture with Billy Ray Mangham; Color with fire and alternative glaze and surface techniques with Randy Brodnax; Spirit Jugs and folk art with Carl Block; Teapots both fun and functional with Bridget Hauser. There is something to excite everyone and something new to learn! Eye of the Dog Art Center, 512-754-8171
JANUARY 12
AUSTIN: Austin Farmers Market. Republic Square. 512-236-0074.
AUSTIN: Sunset Valley Farmers Market. Barton Creek Mall. 512-280-1976
AUSTIN: Sculpture Tales. Children’s event at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. Ages 3-5 welcome for storytelling in the garden and an art session. 10:30am.
BANDERA: Farmer’s Market. On Main Street, 8am – 11am
NEW BRAUNFELS: Canyon Trail Chuck Wagon Supper and Cowboy Music Show. An evening of cowboy song and hearty dining awaits. For information, call 830-626-8200, 888-408-7245.
SAN ANTONIO: Bud Light Riverfest Battle of the Bands. Competition showcasing local talent in a national venue to determine the 2013 Official Band of the San Antonio River Walk. Arneson River Theatre.
SAN MARCOS: Hays County Horse Show. Hays County Civic Center, 512-353-0498.
WIMBERLEY: Tours of Jacob’s Well. Hear the stories about famous floods and scuba divers, learn value of native grasses, experience stunning beauty of spring that started this town. 10 am.
JANUARY 12-13
SAN ANTONIO: Mid-Winter Antiques Show. Antique and vintage collectibles from the 19th and 20th centuries. Knights of Columbus Hall.
JANUARY 14-16
AUSTIN: Austin Home and Garden Show. If home improvement is among your New Year’s resolutions, visit the 13th annual show for ideas! Austin Convention Center.
JANUARY 16
BOERNE: Wild West Chuck Wagon Dinner Show. Held at Enchanted Springs Ranch, 830-249-8222
JANUARY 18
SAN ANTONIO: 50th Annual Western & Heritage Art Show. Held at the Pearl Brewery. Tickets required, http://www.kiwanisartshow.com. An evening of food, music, and exhibits and sale of original artwork from dozens of top artists. 210-226-4651.
SAN ANTONIO: Zombies Overnighter. Laser Quest is hosting an overnighter with a Zombie theme! Specialty games will be featured along with prizes, snacks, and refreshments. Costumes welcome! 210-499-4400.
JANUARY 18-20
FREDERICKSBURG: Trade Days. 9am – 6pm, held at Sunday Farms. 830-990-4900
JANUARY 19
AUSTIN: Austin Farmers Market. Republic Square. 512-236-0074.
AUSTIN: Sunset Valley Farmers Market. Barton Creek Mall. 512-280-1976
BANDERA: Texas Street Customs Car Show. 2pm – 5pm, bring in your car, truck or bike, or come to enjoy the show.
NEW BRAUNFELS: Canyon Trail Chuck Wagon Supper and Cowboy Music Show. An evening of cowboy song and hearty dining awaits. For information, call 830-626-8200, 888-408-7245.
SAN MARCOS: Campfire USA: Ignite Change. Toddlers and preschoolers with their adult companions will enjoy nature activities at the San Marcos Nature Center. 10am-11am.
SAN MARCOS: Dick’s Classic Garage Car Museum Cruise-In. Americans fell in love in and with the car industry, and Dick’s Classic Garage Car Museum salutes that love affair! Bring in your classic, unique or custom car or bike or just come for the show. Dick’s Classic Garage Car Museum, 512-878-2406.
WIMBERLEY: Tours of Jacob’s Well. Hear the stories about famous floods and scuba divers, learn value of native grasses, experience stunning beauty of spring that started this town. 10 am.
JANUARY 20
SAN MARCOS: UCA Cheer Competition. Strahan Coliseum.
JANUARY 22
AUSTIN: Austin Gorilla Run. Break out your gorilla costume for the 5K run benefiting the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund. Race begins at 9am at Fado Irish Pub.
JANUARY 23-26
SAN MARCOS: Hays County Livestock Show. Animal judging, agricultural mechanics exhibits and judging, food exhibits, and auction. Hays County Civic Center, 512-353-0498.
JANUARY 25-26
LOCKHART: The Red Velvet Cake War at the Gaslight-Baker Theatre. A southern fried Texas hootenanny ensues in Sweetgum, TX when the Verdeen family comes together in this hilarious comedy. 8pm-10pm. 512-376-5653.
JANUARY 26
AUSTIN: Austin Farmers Market. Republic Square. 512-236-0074.
AUSTIN: Sunset Valley Farmers Market. Barton Creek Mall. 512-280-1976
BANDERA: Farmer’s Market. On Main Street, 8am – 11am
NEW BRAUNFELS: Canyon Trail Chuck Wagon Supper and Cowboy Music Show. An evening of cowboy song and hearty dining awaits. For information, call 830-626-8200, 888-408-7245.
WIMBERLEY: Tours of Jacob’s Well. Hear the stories about famous floods and scuba divers, learn value of native grasses, and experience stunning beauty of spring that started this town. 10 am.
JANUARY 30
BOERNE: Wild West Chuck Wagon Dinner Show. Held at Enchanted Springs Ranch, 830-249-8222

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