Front Porch - Nov/Dec 2013
Farm Bureau Matters, Randy Veach; Thinking Out Loud, Rodney Baker; Taste Arkansas, Tara Johnson; Mississippi River State Park; Home for the holidays, P. Allen Smith; DIY, Build a rod case, Rural regional health care; Bacon-wrapped Dates Stuffed with Almonds and Feta.
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Theyâ€™re the ones most likely to come back home to practice. 2013 MENTOR Partners UAMS Regional Centers Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Arkansas Farm Bureau Baptist Health 2013 Platinum Level Contributors ($1001&up) St. Francis County Farm Bureau Ken & Karen Tillman 2013 Gold Level Contributors ($501-$1000) Baxter County Farm Bureau Boone County Farm Bureau Clark County Farm Bureau Cleburne County Farm Bureau Cleveland County Farm Bureau 2 Craighead County Farm Bureau Greene County Farm Bureau Independence County Farm Bureau Jefferson County Farm Bureau Sebastian County Farm Bureau Van Buren County Farm Bureau 2013 Silver Level Contributors ($251-$500) Arkansas County Farm Bureau Chicot County Farm Bureau Clay County Farm Bureau Crittenden County Farm Bureau Desha County Farm Bureau Grant County Farm Bureau Howard County Farm Bureau Lee County Farm Bureau Lonoke County Farm Bureau Marion County Farm Bureau Miller County Farm Bureau Phillips County Farm Bureau Polk County Farm Bureau Prairie County Farm Bureau Pulaski County Farm Bureau Scott County Farm Bureau White County Farm Bureau Woodruff County Farm Bureau 2013 Bronze Level Contributors (up to $250) Ashley County Farm Bureau Carroll County Farm Bureau Columbia County Farm Bureau Conway County Farm Bureau Crawford County Farm Bureau Cross County Farm Bureau Faulkner County Farm Bureau Franklin County Farm Bureau Fulton County Farm Bureau Garland County Farm Bureau Lafayette County Farm Bureau Lawrence County Farm Bureau Lincoln County Farm Bureau Monroe County Farm Bureau North Logan County Farm Bureau Pike County Farm Bureau Poinsett County Farm Bureau Pope County Farm Bureau Saline County Farm Bureau Sevier County Farm Bureau Sharp County Farm Bureau South Logan County Farm Bureau Stone County Farm Bureau Union County Farm Bureau Washington County Farm Bureau Yell County Farm Bureau F r o n t P o r c h I arf b .com ruralhealth.uams.edu/M*A*S*H Front Porch November - December 2013 C o v e r On the Cover — The St. Francis and Mississippi rivers flow together in a landscape of picturesque wetlands on the easternmost edge of Arkansas’ newest state park, Mississippi River State Park. The park was 50 years in the making and was primarily funded through the 1/8 of 1 percent conservation sales tax. Send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org M My parents were around when the meaning electricity had gotten to the changing experience. countryside in the late 1930s. It was a lifeA similar sensation swept in with telephone service to rural Arkansas, mandated in the 1930s by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), available for many. In the early days we party line had a distinctive ring. Act then – and remains today – was to ensure all Americans, regardless of where reasonable rates. A combination of government involvement and entrepreneurial vigor was our state. broadband access in Arkansas. Our state ranks at or near the bottom in national rankings of digital learning and broadband access. TechNet’s 2012 Broadband Index listed Arkansas 50th among all state for broadband access. The rural nature of Arkansas compounds the problem. That does not mean to imply all of rural Arkansas is a broadband wasteland. Telephone offer some of the fastest of Arkansas’ most rural areas. But there are large parts of our state where adequate broadband access is still a vision. I was fortunate to be part of the recent Connecting Arkansas Internet Conference. There, the challenges of delivering highspeed Internet to all Arkansans were debated, along with how local, regional, Front Porch I Farm Bureau Matters by Randy Veach President, Arkansas Farm Bureau and state leaders from both the public and private sectors are working to address those challenges. I also serve on the Fast Access for Students, Teachers and Economic Results (FASTER) Committee, formed by Gov. Mike Beebe because of his strong support for adequate bandwidth. From my view, our state has a lot of work to do to bring equal and adequate broadband services to our schools, businesses and rural communities. Agriculture and our rural communities are codependent. Without access to adequate broadband our rural communities will not succeed. Nor will agriculture. In the 1960s, one farmer averaged feeding 26 people. Today, that one farmer feeds 155 people. We’ve been able to do that because of incredible expansions in livestock and crop yields, driven by research and technology. With the world’s population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, technology innovations, including broadband, will play a vital role in feeding the world. Without access to adequate broadband, some of our schools seem as isolated as the one-room schoolhouse of my grandparents’ generation. Today, distance learning capabilities can provide any student, regardless of location, access to the best teachers and subject matter. If the future difference makers for Arkansas are to come from Arkansas, we need to do everything we can to ensure our school systems are delivering what they need. Adequate broadband is central to that goal. We should use the Universal Service Act as a template for broadband coverage and ensure that our citizens, regardless of where they live, can receive quality broadband service at reasonable rates. To do that will, once again, be a life-changing experience. God bless you and your families. God bless our farmers and ranchers. And God bless Arkansas Farm Bureau. “lights came on” in rural Mississippi County, though it was many years before access was shared a “party line,” and each home on that The goal of the FCC’s Universal Services they live, receive quality telephone service at 6 Mississippi River State Park Keith Sutton Farm Bureau Matters Randy Veach Thinking Out Loud Rodney Baker Tara Johnson 3 4 needed to bring those technologies to people who had been without something that was commonplace in the larger communities in We face a similar situation in 2013 with 14 Taste Arkansas 20 22 24 16 Garden Home Design P. Allen Smith Do It Yourself Monte Burch Health & Safety Jennifer Victory In the Kitchen Tayla Tate Boerner Rhonda Whitley at email@example.com Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation Farm Bureau Center P.O. Box 31 • Little Rock, AR 72203-0031 Fax: (501) 228-1557 Please provide membership number. For address changes, contact: Ritter Communications and South Arkansas connectivity speeds in the country in some pcipublishing.com Created by Publishing Concepts, Inc. For Advertising info contact David Brown • 1-800-561-4686 firstname.lastname@example.org b arf b .com 3 Front Porch Arkansas Farm Bureau © 2013 Official membership publication of Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. Front Porch is mailed to more than 200,000 member-families. SUBSCRIPTIONS: Included in membership dues. Thinking Out Loud Arkansas Farm Bureau Officers: President Randy Veach Manila Vice President Rich Hillman Carlisle Secretary/Treasurer Tom Jones Pottsville Executive Vice President Rodney Baker Little Rock Directors: Richard Armstrong, Ozark Troy Buck, Alpine Jon Carroll, Moro Joe Christian, Jonesboro Terry Dabbs, Stuttgart Mike Freeze, England Bruce Jackson, Lockesburg Johnny Loftin, El Dorado Gene Pharr, Lincoln Rusty Smith, Des Arc Allen Stewart, Mena Mike Sullivan, Burdette Leo Sutterfield, Mountain View Ex Officio Sherry Felts, Joiner Brent Lassiter, Newport Janice Marsh, McCrory Brian Walker, Horatio Executive Editor: Steve Eddington Editor: Gregg Patterson Contributing Writers: Ken Moore, Keith Sutton, Chris Wilson Research Assistant: Brenda Gregory T members. helpful to me. out loud. rapidly changing society. expectations. complexity. by RODNEY BAKER Executive Vice President, Arkansas Farm Bureau This issue of Front Porch coincides with practices. There is a growing attitude that public opinion should trump science and property rights, and we must be ready to stand solidly with our family farms on these issues. The recent controversy surrounding the good folks at C&H hog farm in Newton County and court decisions on endangered species are examples of issues that can be skewed by outside forces. To equip ourselves to face these challenges, we must embrace changes in technology that allow us to effectively connect with the public, as well as our own membership. We must also remain acutely aware that our greatest strength is our members, our county Farm Bureau organizations. Many already do a great job. Now, more than ever, it’s essential we all attend and actively participate in our county board meetings, annual meetings, and legislative functions. Our best work is done at the local level. These efforts are critical to the success of our organization. They’re also opportunities to develop and equip local leaders. Additional participation, training and attention to detail will result in stronger, more effective county organizations. I’m optimistic about the future of Arkansas Farm Bureau. The work we do to improve conditions for farmers and ranchers is a part of our DNA and always will be. The ability of the farming and ranching community to feed, clothe and provide shelter to our state, our country and much of the world is one of America’s greatest strengths. It’s noble work and something for which we should all take great pride. Let’s continue the good work of this organization, embrace our challenges and prepare ourselves to meet the future. the beginning of my tenure as executive vice president of Arkansas Farm Bureau. I’m grateful and appreciative for the opportunity to continue serving this organization and its I grew up in a farm family in northeast Arkansas, served as state FFA president, earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in agriculture. I have been fortunate to live out my passions with the Arkansas Farm Bureau for more than 36 years, most recently leading the lobbying and advocacy efforts. The column title, Thinking Out Loud, is a reflection of how I operate with those I am closest to. I usually arrange thoughts in my mind, while at the same time sharing them with others. It’s a process that has been So indulge me, if you will, while I think My vision of the future of Farm Bureau is an organization that continues to reflect the beliefs and purposes on which it was originally founded, but recognizes and is equipped to meet the challenges of our Farm Bureau exists to represent and serve you. To do this we effectively must be prepared to meet your needs and The challenges we will face are complicated by the shrinking population of farmers and ranchers and successive generations farther removed from the land. Many of our challenges are familiar but will continue to grow in momentum and Public concerns about the environment and food safety are easily manipulated by alarmist groups against modern farming ADVERTISING: Contact David Brown at Publishing Concepts, Inc. for advertising rates. email@example.com (501) 221-9986 Fax (501) 225-3735 Front Porch (USPS 019-879) is published bi-monthly by the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation, 10720 Kanis Rd., Little Rock, AR 72211. Periodicals Postage paid at Little Rock, Ark. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Front Porch, P.O. Box 31, Little Rock, AR 72203. Issue #89. Publisher assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is prohibited. The Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation reserves the right to accept or reject all advertising requests. b 4 Front Porch I arf b .com craft your holIday adventure isten to live performances of acoustic Southern mountain music. Visit with artisans creating handcrafted heirloom treasures. Meander through the beauty of the ever-changing herb gardens. Enjoy the home-style fare at the Skillet Restaurant. Relax in comfort in one of the Cabins at Dry Creek. Experience the adventure and challenge of Loco Ropes. The Craft Village is open through November 30th for your holiday shopping enjoyment. Register now for one of our holiday events. Upcoming Events November 7-9 • Annual Fall Bluegrass Festival 2 8 • Thanksgiving Day Buffet and Gospel Concert with Pam Setser and Joni Bishop 29 • Christmas Concert with December Pam Setser and Joni Bishop M O U N T A I N V I E W, A R K A N S A S 13 • Ozark Christmas Feast and Dinner Theater Cabin Reservations: 800-264-3655 • Information: 870-269-3851 • OzarkFolkCenter.com Front Porch I arf b .com 5 Mississippi River State Park 6 F ro n t P or c h I a r fb.co m Crowley’s Ridge gets a new park Story and photos by Keith Sutton T helped birth. hillsides. Arkansas’ newest state park, Mississippi River State Park, is predominantly on the southern end of Crowley’s Ridge and briefly borders the Mississippi River where the St. Francis River enters the “Father of Waters.” The park takes in some of the unique geological features of Crowley’s Ridge, a special place that the big river The Delta of eastern Arkansas Open for business Opened this spring, the visitor center at Mississippi River State Park provides educational exhibits for guests, who come to study, observe and explore the Arkansas Delta, the Mississippi River and Crowley’s Ridge. looks as flat as a tabletop except for this narrow 200-mile-long band of rolling hills locals call “The Ridge.” It arises north of Missouri’s bootheel and bisects Clay, Greene, Craighead, Poinsett, Cross, St. Francis, Lee and Phillips counties in Arkansas before ending near Helena. No other place in the Natural State is like it. If you visit Crowley’s Ridge, you can see this ancient history exposed in tall, beautiful bluffs sheltering gravel-bottomed creeks. A walk through the woods is like a hike in the Appalachians. Rock maples and tulip poplars grace the hogbacks and hollows. Lady’sslippers, ginseng and bloodroot blossom in spring. The lyrical notes of songbirds enliven the woodlands. Rainbow darters flitter in creek riffles where softshell turtles forage and frogs sing. Deer, raccoons, bobcats and other mammals forage on the forested JAMESON Architects PA and Switch Photo Front Porch I arf b .com 7 establishment, Village Creek SP in voted to partner with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to develop the park within St. Francis NF. This led to a memorandum of understanding between ASP and the USFS signed Nov. 22, 1999, and the two agencies began formulating plans for the new park. Several separate sites in the national forest will comprise Mississippi River SP, including the recreation area on 625-acre Bear Creek Lake near Marianna; the access area at Horner’s Neck Lake, an oxbow on the national forest’s eastern edge; the access area at the confluence of the St. Francis and Mississippi rivers, also on the east side; and the recreation area on 425-acre Storm Creek Lake near the national forest’s southern end. Some projects are completed, foremost among them the new 12,208-square-foot information and education facility. Inside, visitors can enjoy interactive exhibits about the area’s wildlife, plants, history and geological features. The facility offers access to the half-mile Trotting Fox Trail, an amphitheater for outdoor programs and Ranger Pond for fishing and aquatic exploration. An adjacent multipurpose building allows groups to meet here and serves as a discovery center for visitors and students. Interpretive programs are offered, too, including guided hikes and kayak tours. Beech Point Campground on Bear Creek Lake has been renovated, and now features 14 campsites with water/electric/sewer hookups, three walk-in tent sites and a bathhouse. Two new courtesy docks here provide easy access to the lake. The adjacent day-use area includes picnic sites, swimming, a boat ramp and the mile-long Bear Creek Lake State parks on Crowley’s Ridge Arkansans realized long ago that Crowley’s Ridge was a place of great natural beauty that should be protected for future generations. Efforts began in 1933 with the establishment of 291-acre Crowley’s Ridge State Park (SP) on the original homesite of Benjamin Crowley, the pioneer homesteader for whom the ridge is named. Today, visitors still use the native stone-and-wood facilities constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the park’s earliest years. Swimmers bathe in waters from a spring once used by Quapaw Indians. Wildflower and birding enthusiasts enjoy hiking on Dancing Rabbit Trail. Anglers try their luck in the park’s 31-acre fishing lake. In 1960, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission built 640-acre Lake Poinsett on Crowley’s Ridge near Harrisburg. Lake Poinsett SP was established on the lake’s northern end in 1963, complete with scenic camping and picnicking facilities on 132 wooded acres. Most visitors come for the superb fishing, casting for Poinsett’s abundant bream, crappie, bass and catfish. Lake Frierson SP in southern Greene County joined the line-up of public lands on Crowley’s Ridge in 1975. The park originally was built for day use only and offered only picnic sites, a boat ramp and restrooms. Facilities have since been expanded to include a visitor’s center, campsites, pavilions and nature trails. The 335-acre lake is home to a variety of sportfish, and the park is renowned for the beauty of its many blooming dogwood trees in spring. A year after Frierson’s Cross and St. Francis counties was opened. This brought into the public trust a much larger tract of Crowley’s Ridge — almost 7,000 acres. In fact, Village Creek is the largest of Arkansas’ 52 state parks, providing extensive opportunities for camping, wildlife watching, fishing, swimming, boating, horseback riding and other activities. Five trails totaling seven miles allow hikers to explore the unique geology, abundant wildlife and unusual plant communities of Crowley’s Ridge. Mississippi River State Park The state parks just mentioned were established following a north to south progression. Perhaps it was to be expected then that the next park on Crowley’s Ridge would be created even farther south, this time in Lee and Phillips counties. Mississippi River SP, first proposed almost 50 years ago, was dedicated on May 16 this year. It eventually will encompass 536 acres within 22,600-acre St. Francis National Forest (NF), including upland tracts on Crowley’s Ridge and wetland areas adjacent the Father of Waters. In 1966, this area was proposed as a state park, but the idea was dropped due to lack of funding. The concept for a park adjacent the Mississippi wasn’t forgotten, however, and in 1973, the state legislature authorized development of Mississippi River SP. It wasn’t until 1996, however, when Arkansas voters passed a 1/8-cent conservation sales tax to help fund park projects, that efforts to find a park site began in earnest. On May 20, 1999, the State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission 8 F ront P orch I arf b .com Crappie catch An osprey feeds on a crappie caught in Bear Creek Lake. Wildlife watchers can observe a varied assortment of creatures that live in Mississippi River State Park and St. Francis National Forest, including common animals such as deer, turkeys, raccoons, squirrels and dozens of bird species. Front Porch I arf b .com 9 Hortus Ltd. Nature Trail. Facilities at Storm Creek Lake soon will be renovated, too, with plans to construct an enclosed pavilion, restrooms, new parking and lake-access facilities, and more. According to State Parks Director Greg Butts, “Arkansas State Parks is experiencing one of the most exciting stages in its history. Mississippi River State Park is an important part of this. The U.S. Forest Service will continue its role in the resource management of the forest, including timber and wildlife management, habitat improvement, wildfire suppression and law enforcement. Arkansas State Parks will continue improving facilities, constructing new ones and managing these recreational facilities, including park maintenance, law enforcement and interpretation/education.” Building a connection between phone callers with ease! Dial 7-1-1 and communicate with any caller – 24 hours a day! Arkansas Relay is a free service that provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, and speech-disabled. This service allows TTY (text-telephone) users to communicate with standard telephone users through specially trained relay operators. For more information, contact Jeff Prail, Account Manager 501-221-1285 (Voice) email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Email) visit our website: www.arkansasrelay.com Ozark-St. Francis National Forests Supervisor Judith Henry said, “The partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and Arkansas State Parks should be very evident to the public when visiting Mississippi River State Park. Our staffs will work side-byside here, committed to managing these outstanding natural and Captioned Telephone (CapTel ) Service – Talk, listen and read! ® recreational resources on the St. Francis National Forest and making the collective national forest and state park experience all it can be for visitors. This will be a great benefit to the local communities and area businesses, as well. “It will be an opportunity for neighbors to continue enjoying the recreation opportunities on the St. Francis, while planned state park amenities may encourage new visitors to enjoy exploring this unique part of Arkansas. It is the only national forest that touches the Mississippi River.” If a person with a hearing loss has difficulty hearing on the phone, not anymore! They can hear everything other callers say, just like a traditional call. At the same time, the captioning service transcribes everything they say into captions, which appear on the CapTel display window. For more information, - Visit www.arkansasrelay.com/captel - Contact Arkansas TAP at 800-981-4463 or 501-686-9693 (TTY/Voice) * Offered by the Arkansas Department of Career Education/Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Division. ©2012 Arkansas Relay. All rights reserved. CapTel is a registered trademark of Ultratec, Inc. Other marks are the property of their respective owners. 10 Front Porch I arf b .com Fishin’ in the park Two park lakes — 625-acre Bear Creek Lake near Marianna and 425-acre Storm Creek Lake near West Helena — serve up excellent fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, bluegills, redear sunfish, crappie and catfish. Do YOU know what health insurance options are available for you and your family? Community Health Center Locations Let Community Health Centers serve as your “guide” and assist YOU in enrolling in a qualified health plan in the new Health Insurance Marketplace! Find Us Online: facebook.com/CommunityHealthCentersofAR twitter.com/chc_ar To locate a Community Health Center near you, call 1-877-666-CHCA or visit CHCA website at www.chc-ar.org Front Porch I arf b .com 11 World of wonder I visited Mississippi River SP recently with nothing more than a fishing pole, a camera and binoculars. It was a memorable day. Casting a spinner from the shore of Bear Creek Lake, I caught dozens of fish, including a 4-pound largemouth bass, several jumbo bluegills and redear sunfish, and two whopper crappie that wound up on my dinner plate the next day. Later, I drove several hours along scenic roadways that meander through the park and national forest, including portions of the Great River Road, Crowley’s Ridge Scenic Byway and Audubon’s Great River Birding Trail. Wildlife was everywhere, from wooded ridgetops to the river bottoms. I saw several whitetail does with fawns, a solid-black fox squirrel, a mother raccoon with three babies and a mink hunting the shore of a pond. Every habitat bristled with birds: flycatchers, vireos, warblers, tanagers, egrets, hawks, doves, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, swallows, wrens, chickadees and more — 34 species in all. At Storm Creek Lake, I watched an osprey catch a crappie. Great blue herons were feeding young in nests on Horner’s Neck Lake. Near the sandy shore of the Mississippi River, I photographed a docile yet intimidating canebrake rattlesnake. As I was about to leave the park, an amazing sight stopped me: fields of yellow flowers that had attracted More Bang for Your Bucks RTV1100, RTV1140, RTV900, RTV500 Utility Vehicles thousands of swallowtail butterflies. Never have I seen so many of the gorgeous insects. I spent several more hours in the park photographing them. Together, flitting from flower to flower on wings of black and gold, they created an unforgettable scene. A visit to Mississippi River State Park can be like that. Surprises await around every corner — good surprises that will make you want to return again and again. Getting There To reach Mississippi River State Park from Interstate 40, take Exit 239 near Forrest City and follow Ark. Highway 1 south to Marianna. (Alternatively, from Helena, take Ark. 49 west to Walnut Corner, then Ark. 1 north to Pick your options: Diesel or gas, two seats or four. Open air or factory-installed cab. Whichever RTV you choose, you’ll get more bang for your buck… with a utility vehicle that works hard today and holds its value tomorrow. Marianna.) From Marianna, follow Ark. 1B to Ark. 44 (Great River Road/ Crowley’s Ridge Parkway) and go 3 miles southeast to the visitor center, or 6 miles to the Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area. For more information, visit www. arkansasstateparks.com/mississippiriver/ or phone (870) 295-4040. Family Owned b Since 1976 12 Front Porch I arf b .com ConneCt yourself to the Conversation • www.facebook.com/ArkansasFarmBureau • www.youtube.com/user/arkansasfarmbureau • twitter.com/ARFB growing tomorrow. 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With that “lost week,” I know if I don’t keep on top of it, I’ll really get behind. Not getting stuff shipped to me on time is my pet holiday peeve. It always happens with at least one gift. This year, I have a plan to stay organized and make this holiday season easier. Try it, and let me know how it goes, or post your holiday time-saving tips on our Facebook page. (www.facebook.com/ ArkansasFarmBureau) Note all of your holiday parties, dinners and any other events on your smart phone calendar. Also, make reminder notes if you need to buy a hostess gift, a new outfit or bring food. Then, set reminders for those events on your computer or email. There’s always at least one event that sneaks Plan ahead Create a menu for any dinners or parties you might be hosting at least two weeks in advance to give you time to take advantage of any grocery store sales. up making you scramble to get a potluck dish ready in time. Step Two At least two weeks in advance, create a menu for any dinners or parties you might be hosting. This allows time to take advantage of any sales at the grocery store and to check with guests about possible food allergies to take into consideration. Once the menu is finalized, gather Front Porch I arf b .com supplies and make as much ahead of time as possible. Step Three During November, write down names and addresses of those you’re sending cards or gifts. If you’re planning to send gifts, brainstorm ideas during November, so you aren’t trying to find something last minute. When possible, I’ll casually bring up items I think the person would like and gauge their reaction. Another good idea is a homemade gift. Cookies are a favorite in my family, and we often send tins of cookies to family members. Step Four The designer in me loves wrapping paper. I like buying two to three different rolls with some kind of theme. For example, one year I did winter white with three different patterns. Buy wrapping paper early. In December, the selection starts to get picked over. Plus, if you buy wrapping paper early, you can wrap as you buy presents to avoid a marathon wrapping session later. Step Five Have fun decorating your home. Don’t make it a chore. Plan it like an activity with hot cocoa and holiday cookies. Give yourself plenty of time and include the family members. These are memory makers, and this time of year is all about family and close friends, so enjoy it together. Finally, remember to slow down and try to stay stress free. This is the part I have trouble with the most. Sometimes your casserole gets a little crispier than you intended. Sometimes your decorations might break. Other times you might forget to include someone on your card list. These things happen. The holidays aren’t ruined because of it. How to $ave on Thanksgiving dinner Thanksgiving dinner can be expensive, especially if you’re cooking for a crowd. This time of year is special, and I struggle to save money, because I want everything perfect. So, I spent some time thinking about a few ways to cut cost without sacrificing quality. Some friends ask their guests to bring their favorite dish to dinner. This is a great idea. Everyone gets at least one thing they like, and it’s a great conversation starter. In fact, it would be really fun for everyone to bring recipe cards for their dish to pass around. Another way to lower costs of your meal is buy store-brand items instead of brand name. Often, these products are exactly the same with different packaging. I’ll admit there are a few brands I’m fiercely loyal to but not many. My favorite tip is to make the most of leftovers. Use leftover turkey and cranberry sauce for turkey and cranberry sandwiches. Use leftover dinner rolls to make sliders. Have leftover mashed potatoes and gravy as a side with another meal. Don’t just eat the same meal until the leftovers are gone, get creative and make new recipes. who provides the food on our plate. It’s simply so accessible, we take it for granted. Many people don’t have the opportunity to have face-time with a farmer, but it’s farm families like mine who carefully raise turkeys, rice, apples and many other foods we love. Corporations aren’t caring for animals and making decisions about crops, it’s American farm families. Keep them in mind this season and, if you can, thank a farmer. b Tara Johnson is a contributor to Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Taste Arkansas blog. For recipes, videos and farmer profiles visit www.tastearkansas.com today. 1. Make sure to thaw your turkey completely before cooking. 2. The perfect oven temperature for cooking a whole bird is 400 degrees. 3. Skip basting your bird, it can make the skin soggy. 4. Let your bird rest for 20 minutes before cutting into it. Thank a farmer This holiday season, thank a farmer. The hardworking men and women in agriculture use skills handed down for generations, new technology, good old fashioned ingenuity and elbow grease to provide our country with safe, affordable, sustainable and delicious food. One of the wonderful things about living in this country is it’s easy to forget Front Porch I arf b .com 15 Garden Home Design Home for the holidays Five essential holiday homemaking tips 2. Mood music I have a wonderful list of favorite holiday songs I play throughout the season, whether I’m decorating, cooking or entertaining. by P. Allen Smith T your family and friends. • “The Christmas Song” • “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” • “Let It Snow” • “Rockin’ Around the Christmas 1. Holiday greenery Decorating your home with greenery is a great way to usher in the holiday season. Each piece in my Holiday Greenery Collection provides the perfect accent to your holiday décor, and fills your home with the fresh scent of pine. Tree” • “A Holly Jolly Christmas” • “White Christmas” • “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” • “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow” • “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” The holiday season is one of my favorite times of year. I always look forward to filling the Garden Retreat with the sights, sounds, scents and tastes of the holidays. Fill your home with some of my holiday favorites and be ready to share the season with Hortus Ltd. Seasonal greenery Decorating your home with winter greenery helps set the holiday mood. Using spray painted gourds or angelic figures can also add to the festive atmosphere. 16 Front Porch I arf b .com Mark Fonville • “Jingle Bells” • “Do You Hear What I Hear” • “Silent Night” • “O Holy Night” • “The 12 Days of Christmas” • “What Child is This” • “Carol of the Bells” • The entire “Nutcracker Suite” 3. Food What I love most about the holidays is cooking. Preparing meals is my gift to those I love. This time of year, I love to finish a meal by serving Buttermilk Pecan Pie. Ingredients: 1 cup pecan halves ¼ cup firmly packed lightbrown sugar ¼ cup dark corn syrup 1 ½ cups sugar 3 eggs, beaten ¼ cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup buttermilk 1 unbaked pie crust, 9-inch Lower the oven to 325 degrees F. Combine all the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl, and pour the mixture into the unbaked pie crust. Scatter the chopped glazed pecans evenly on top of the pie filling. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until set. Let the pie cool on a wire rack before serving at room temperature. 4. Philanthropy I’m always mindful of my many blessings. This is a great time of year to remember your blessings, and support a charitable organization. Many organizations allow you to make a donation in someone’s name. What a meaningful gift. Season’s greetings and best wishes for a joyous and prosperous New Year. 5. Family and friends While the food, music and decorations provide everything needed for a festive season, what matters most is being able to share it all with my family and friends. I share this time of year with those closest to me. We share laughs, delicious meals and memories of holidays past. Volunteering is also a great way to help organizations get through the holidays while giving back to your community. 8 tablespoons butter, melted Pie to die for Buttermilk pie is a taste and texture sensation that will liven up any holiday season meal. Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a jelly-roll pan with aluminum foil, and lightly grease the foil. Stir the pecan halves, light-brown sugar and dark corn syrup together in a small bowl. Spread the mixture out on the jelly-roll pan and bake, stirring every 4 minutes, for 12 to 15 minutes or until the glaze thickens. Remove the pan from the oven and spread the pecans in a single layer on wax paper. Let the pecans cool completely, separating them with a spoon as they cool. b Front Porch I arf b .com 17 CELEBRATE TOURS NOV 8, 15, 22 DEC 12, 13, 19, 20 $90 per person The Garden Home Retreat at Moss Mountain Farm in Roland is decked out in all of its holiday finery, and youâ€™re sure to find inspiration for your own holiday home! Join us for our annual winter celebration, which includes a tour of the house and gardens, followed by a seasonal plated lunch from Allenâ€™s new cookbook. AT THE GARDEN HOME! Allen in t the ter a Home winr en Ga d Allen at h the gard en ome Space is limited. 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Then carefully sand all cut edges Plastic pipe can cut, so you might want to wear leather gloves while sanding. Using PVC glue, fasten one end cap in place. Sand the inside of the second cap so it will slide on and off the pipe easily. If you want a nonsecure transport case, simply use a pair of eye hooks and a small bungee cord to hold the end cap in place. Or use a threaded end cap with a matching threaded joint glued to the PVC pipe to b Materials Plastic PVC plumbing pipe — length and diameter to suit Matching PVC end caps (2 required) or one smooth end cap and one threaded end cap with matching threaded joint PVC glue Hasp (1 optional) Screen door handle (1 optional) Small bolts & lock nuts to fit hasp & screen door handle Foam or felt (2 small pieces required) Front Porch I arf b .com We believe your sense of security is more important than your sense of humor. It seems insurance ads have just become a way to have a few laughs. 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On the agenda for Day One — a food challenge demanding quick, sharp skills not unlike today’s Food Network reality cooking shows. Seven teams received boxes of The winner is ... Bacon-wrapped Dates Stuffed with Almonds and Feta cheese dipped in a miso-soy sweet orange marmalade sauce was the winning recipe at the 2013 Arkansas Women Bloggers conference. The winning team was (from left to right) Kellee Mayfield, Talya Boerner, Ashley Mayo, Ceri Wilkin and Lenora Riedel. According to the impressive slate of important part of the food equation. The appetizer our team created was inspired by one of my favorite Southern Living party recipes, Bacon-wrapped Almond-Stuffed Apricots. Our first stumbling block — the pantry had no apricots. Instead, we substituted dates then put our heads together to produce the winning dish using Arkansas Petit Jean bacon and other ingredients. (I can’t disclose specifics, but a bit of bartering was necessary to secure the feta cheese from another team.) foodie judges from Memphis and Little Rock, our dipping sauce made with orange marmalade and miso soy would make plywood taste great! It’s that good. The saltiness of Petit Jean bacon and crumbly feta paired with sweet dates and sweet orange marmalade proved to be a delicious combination and possibly even better than the original apricot recipe that inspired it. This appetizer will be a crowd pleaser at your next holiday gathering. identical ingredients along with a pantry stocked with basics. To add a twist to the event, each team could use one secret ingredient. With only 45 minutes to create an appetizer dish, competition was intense. I was part of the winning team led by Kellee Mayfield of Lake Village. Kellee came prepared for cooking battle, arriving with a box of tricks including our team’s secret ingredient, miso soy, along with decorative napkins and serving platters. Every southern girl knows presentation is an Bacon-wrapped Dates Stuffed with Almonds and Feta Ingredients • • • • • • • 12 slices bacon, cut into halves 24 dates 24 whole raw almonds, unsalted feta cheese crumbles 3-4 green onions, chopped 1 cup orange marmalade miso soy paste to make ½ cup (or ½ cup of soy sauce) Place on wire rack in an aluminum foil-lined cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, turning once to brown each side. While the dates bake, mix miso soy paste with water (according to package instructions) to make ½ cup. Add to marmalade and heat in a small, microwave-safe bowl 1 minute or until blended. Arrange appetizers on a serving platter. Drizzle with dipping sauce and top with chopped green onions. You can add a sprinkle of extra feta, too. Serve warm with extra sauce for dipping. Makes 24 pieces. Enjoy! Talya Tate Boerner writes about southern life on her blog “Grace, Grits and Gardening.” She grew up on a cotton farm in Mississippi County her family still operates. She lives in Dallas. Follow her at gracegritsgarden.com. Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice a pocket into each date and stuff with one almond and a crumble of feta cheese. Squeeze the stuffed date back together and wrap with a bacon slice. Secure with wooden toothpick. b 24 Front Porch I arf b .com Gregg Patterson Front Porch I arf b .com 25 Health&Safety Strike Out Stroke Health pitch SAVES lives B H by Jennifer Victory Health Care Reform raises a lot of questions. We’ve got AGENTS with answers. Health insurance is complicated. And with Health Care Reform on the way, it’s not getting any simpler. But don’t worry – your local agent can walk you through the changes and offer you the right health care plan with the right bene ts for you. 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