As a Dallas electricity company, Cirro has its finger on the pulse of what’s happening in its home city. Now that summer is here, Cirro has put together a list of all the ins and outs of family summer fun! From swimming holes to educational opportunities, this Dallas electricity company has you covered with the inside scoop on things to do in Dallas this summer.
- If you like great zoos, there are plenty in the area! Visit the Dallas Zoo or the Fort Worth Zoo, or take in a different kind of animal exhibit at the Butterfly House at Texas Discovery Gardens, a year-round organic urban oasis that delights visitors of all ages or try the Heard Natural Science Museum in McKinney for a look at Texas wildlife.
- Free fun is some of the best fun! Many museums offer free admission, including the African American Museum. The only museum in the Southwestern United States committed to preserving and displaying African American artistic, cultural and historical materials, it features permanent collections that include African art, African American fine art, magazine, historical, political and community archives. Another free museum is the Amon Carter Museum, which has a stunning array of American art. This museum also offers story times and Family Fundays. Another great free family activity is attending Concerts Under the Stars, which are offered throughout the Metroplex, in Allen, Bedford, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Frisco, Keller, and Lewisville. Want to hold a piece of space in your hands instead of just sitting under the stars? You can do that for free, too, at the Monnig Meteorite Gallery.
- Planes and trains always delight the kids. Check out the Frontiers of Flight Museum, a 100,000 square foot airplane hangar and educational center showcasing more than 25 full sized aircrafts and featuring a play area for younger kids. You can also see planes coming in while you picnic at the Founders Plaza at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. If trains are more your speed, don’t miss the Forest Park Miniature Railroad, founded in 1959, which offers a five mile round trip crossing six bridges across the Clear Fork of the Trinity River along the way. Or you can check out the U.S.’s largest permanent model train display, in the lobby of Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
- Is your child really into the arts? The Dallas Museum of Art offers free admission and special family activities on the first Tuesday of every month. Young music lovers might enjoy one of the several free community concerts around the DFW area, offered by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra or Open Classical at Klyde Warren Park. If drama’s what they crave, expose them to the summer camps or free programs offered by Junior Players, the oldest children’s theater in Dallas.
- Do you have a budding scientist on your hands? The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History features a myriad of educational opportunities, including hands on exhibits, the Noble Planetarium, IMAX films, and more. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park is well worth a visit, too, with exhibits suitable for all ages, and the Moody Family Children’s Museum for the younger family members. Sci-Tech Discovery Center is great for kids, too, with educational activities that allow for the exploration of math, science, and technology.
Dallas is a great place to live, and as a Dallas electricity company, Cirro Energy is well aware of opportunities for families. Cirro is great for families too, offering convenient, money saving plans that fit your lifestyle and your budget. For more family fun and electricity savings tips from this Dallas electricity company, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Cirro Energy is a Dallas electricity company with deep roots in the community. As many in the community prepare for Spring, we encourage takingadvantage of seasonal, local produce and meats for healthy, fresh meals. Here are some recipes gathered by our Dallas electricity company to help get started!
- Spring is a great time to incorporate fresh scallops into your meals, perhaps using this Scallops Cocktail from KraftRecipes.com as an appetizer. To make it, sauté one pound of scallops in ½ cup of Italian dressing, until the scallops are just opaque. Cool completely, then chop four plum tomatoes, a large mango, 1¼ cup jicama, two Serrano chilies, and four green onions, and toss them with the scallops, the juice of a large orange, ¼ cup ketchup, two tablespoons of hot sauce, and two minced cloves of garlic. Serve with crackers.
- Spring Onion and Pea Soup is a great first course for a Spring meal, and this recipe from Mario Batali is simpler than you might expect. Finely chop two medium shallots and the white parts of two bunches of spring onions, and sauté them in two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil until the onions are translucent, or about three minutes. To the onions and oil, add two cups of vegetable stock, the finely chopped green parts of the onions, two cups of fresh shelled peas, and salt and pepper to taste. Increasing the heat to medium, bring the mixture to a boil, but reduce it immediately to simmer; cook it until the peas are tender, which will take approximately six minutes. Puree the soup in a food processor or blender, in batches, straining through a fine mesh sieve before you divide it between four bowls, garnishing with mint leaves.
- Ina Garten’s Garlic Sautéed Spinach is a delicious and easy to prepare. Rinse 1½ pounds of baby spinach leaves, spinning them dry. Then, chop six cloves of garlic and heat them with two tablespoons of olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat for about a minute. Adding the spinach, toss the oil and greens with two teaspoons of kosher salt and ¾ teaspoon of black pepper, and then cover the pot, cooking for two minutes more. Transfer the spinach to a serving dish using a slotted spoon, and then top it with a squeeze of lemon, a tablespoon of unsalted butter, and an optional sprinkle of sea or kosher salt.
- Lamb is a delectable, traditional Spring dish, especially when Slow Cooked with Mint, Rosemary, and Garlic with the help of Julie Van Rosendaal. Pat the lamb dry with paper towels, then rub it with a paste made of a small bunch of chopped fresh mint (stems discarded), a few sprigs of chopped fresh rosemary, a few cloves of garlic, and enough olive oil to give the paste the right consistency. Sprinkle it with salt and, if time allows, refrigerate it for a while: anywhere from a few hours to overnight will work. Drizzle olive oil into a large, heavy, ovenproof pan, heat it over medium-high heat, and use it to brown the lamb on all sides. Add two cups of chicken or beef stock, cover tightly, and roast for three hours at 300°. Carve or pull the meat, and serve with mint sauce.
- Finish your meal with this simple and scrumptious Rhubarb Pie from MarthaStewart.com, made even easier when using a prepared piecrust. Just trim six cups of rhubarb, cutting it crosswise into ¾ inch pieces, and toss it with a cup of sugar, two tablespoons of cornstarch, and a dash of salt. After adding this mixture into the piecrust, sprinkle it with a crumble topping of ¾ cup flour, ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar, three tablespoons granulated sugar, a pinch of salt, and six tablespoons cold, unsalted butter. Preheat the oven to 400°, and then lower the heat to 375° as soon as you place the pie inside. Bake until the topping and crust is lightly browned, about an hour and a half, shielding the crust with tinfoil if it seems to be getting too brown. Let the pie cool completely before serving.
Using seasonal, locally sourced produce and meat is a simple way to provide healthy meals for your friends and family. Choosing a Dallas electricity company with convenient plans and low rates is a great way to simplify your life. Cirro Energy offers a wide range of plans to meet your needs and has convenient online and mobile account and payment options. For more about this Dallas electric company, visit CirroEnergy.com. For more lifestyle and energy tips, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!
Cirro Energy is a Dallas electricity company deeply connected to the community, and we know how hard people strive to have a well organized home. We also understand how hard it is to carry this organization all the way through to the garage! Most of us use our garage as a storage unit rather than their intended purpose: sheltering our vehicles from the elements and unpredictable Texas weather. With spring and summer comes the potential for stormy weather, so now is the time to get your garage in shape using these tips from your friendly neighborhood Dallas electricity company.
- Start by becoming prepared. Allocate plenty of time for the project, preferably a couple of days in succession, and don’t try to do it all by yourself. Make it a family project, enlist the help of friends or hire a professional. You’ll find the process will go much more smoothly with many hands to do the work. Have cardboard boxes on hand for temporary storage, and wait to purchase your permanent storage until you have a clear idea of what will remain in the garage.
- The first step of organization is cutting down your clutter. Look at everything you’re storing in your garage with a critical eye and the intention to reduce it. Separate out all the things you want to keep, donate to charity or put into a garage sale pile all the things you no longer want but are still usable, and discard or recycle the rest.
- Store what you decide to keep in clear plastic bins. This will allow you to see exactly what’s in each container. Label them, too, either writing on labels or using erasable marker, so that you can change the labeling as it becomes necessary.
- Use wire shelves for storage. Wire shelves are easy to move around and adjust. This makes it convenient to store a variety of things on one set of shelves. A pegboard is also a valuable tool in the garage because it allows you to hang tools, add additional shelving as needed, and even mount spice jars to hold small things like screws and nails.
- Organize your garage into zones. Placing all your camping gear in one area, tools in another area, and sporting goods in another will help you find the things you need quickly and efficiently. Store the things you use most frequently in areas that are more easily accessible.
- Plan to organize on a regular basis. By setting up a schedule and planning to work on the garage every few months or so, you’ll be able to keep your garage neat and well organized, so that it never becomes an overwhelming job again!
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