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Add fun accents, like rubber spiders and wiggly eyes to your loot for trick-or-treaters. Hang glow-in-the-dark skeletons and spiders from ceilings and trees. Write spooky messages on your walkway with chalk or washable paint. Put glow sticks in helium balloons and float them around your home.

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The Wish List

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cover story Authentically amy

Meet the Team

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behind the seams

See and Be Seen

Mad for Plaid

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trés chic Northwest Arkansas’ Newest Beauty Secret

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why not? 30 Days of Giving Back

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trés chic Deck the Halls

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all a twitter NWA’s New Year’s Resolutions

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3w magazine October, November and December Events

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that’s the spirit

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Oktoberfest in Arkansas

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We wrapped up summer in Northwest Arkansas with some exciting annual events and a few inaugural events as well. Starting in July, we played bingo for a good cause at the Beach Bingo Bash for Elizabeth Richardson Center. The following evening, it was off at to the races at Arkansas Support Network’s A Night at the Races. The following weekend, Children’s Safety Center helped attendees Dream Big at their annual event. The ALS Association of Northwest Arkansas welcomed its new director, Susan Neyman, at the ALS Corporate Breakfast on July 25. A couple days later, Arkansas Razorback supporters welcomed Coach Bret Bielema at the Kick-Off with the Coaches at Ferrell’s Lounge in Fayetteville. August got underway at the Kendrick Fincher Hydration Foundation’s Beat the Heat Luncheon—where the organization kicked off

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1 Kendrick Fincher Hydration Foundation A Cool Summer Prom Kate and Bret Desmond, Danielle Many 2 Arkansas Children’s Hospital Color of Hope Gala Trey and MaryLinda Biddy 3 Arkansas Support Network A Night at the Races Rhonda Dulaney and Betina Post 4 Boys and Girls Club of Benton County Beach Party Jeanne and Jason Cashman, Tony and Shelli Engle 5 Arkansas Children’s Hospital Color of Hope VIP Walt and Melanie Gallagher, Fred Scarborough, Richalle and Marshall Ney, Mary Doderer 6 American Cancer Society Children’s Gala Jessica and Mark Hall with kids Charlie and Oliver 6


Heat Stroke Awareness Month. A week later, they celebrated the cause at A Cool Summer Prom. The Boys and Girls Club of Benton County also helped celebrate the summer in a different way at their annual Beach Party. The following weekend, local celebrity NBA player Ronnie Brewer hosted A Night with the Stars for the Ronnie Brewer Foundation. Later in the month, the Single Parent Scholarship Foundation of Benton County recognized the accomplishments of their students at their Annual Benefit, Restore Humanity hosted a Bubbly at Blakemen’s—a happy hour event to support the organization’s work in Kenya, and Liberty Bank of Arkansas hosted its sixth annual Charity Tennis Tournament benefiting Arkansas Community Foundation and Children’s Safety Center. Arkansas Children’s Hospital closed out the month of August with their annual color themed fête—Color of Hope, where the color tangerine reigned supreme. The event was a huge success and raised $862,000 for the hospital. To gear up for event, the Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Rogers hosted a VIP event where the “Hopetini” was unveiled in anticipation of the big day.

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7 ALS Association Corporate Breakfast Marty Esarte, Susan Neyman and Betty Julian 8 Restore Humanity Bubbly at Blakeman’s Ben Blakeman and Sarah Fennel 9 Ronnie Brewer Foundation A Night with the Stars Gala Terrell Owens and Ronnie Brewer 10 Washington Regional Foundation Savor the Flavor James and Patti Kimbrough, Jaclyn Keeter, and Amy and Derek Mason 11 University of Arkansas Kick Off with the Coaches Ebbie Thomas, Jen and Coach Bret Bielema, Doreen Buttery and Jamie Pittman 12 Elizabeth Richardson Center Beach Bingo Bash Bill and Lisa Mayer, Steve and Kristin Litzinger 7


September was full of innovative and different events we look forward to each year, starting with Washington Regional Foundation’s Savor the Flavor—a restaurant crawl on Fayetteville’s Dickson street. A few days later was Life Styles, Inc.’s Polo in the Ozarks—the only Polo match in our area. Youth 13 Bridge hosted Cupcake-A-Palooza, a cupcake bakeoff benefiting the Benton County Emergency Center. Botanical Garden of the Ozarks hosted local chefs at Chefs in the Garden to celebrate harvest season with an evening of cooking, sampling and sipping. The following evening, Seven Hills Homeless Center encouraged supporters to Chill with the Hills at the casual annual event. The American Cancer Society gathered a group of superheroes to help fight cancer at their Second Annual Children’s Gala, where children were encouraged dress as their favorite alter ego.

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The four-day Charity Challenge of Champions benefiting Arkansas Crisis Center celebrated its 22nd year of giving and getting closer to their goal of raising $1 million for a trust to support the work of the Crisis Center for years to come. That same weekend, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation held a fabulous evening of the finest Northwest Arkansas has to offer at Walk this Way with the Finest— a night full of the hottest fashions, fabulous foods and fine wines.

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13 7Hills Homeless Center Chill with the Hills Hillary Klinger and Kyle Bloodworth 14 Arkansas Crisis Center Charity Challenge of Champions Ryan and Mindee Harrington, Scott Tassani 15 Children’s Safety Center Dream Big Theresa and Chris Harrell, Morgan and Dustin Roberts, Jordan and Corie Greer, Matt and Megan Brasel 16 Single Parent Scholarship of Benton County Annual Benefit Melissa Haynal, Sally Conduff, Phil Gehlhausen, Mary Schneider and Jerry Cavness 8


Wrapping up the month, the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter hosted a Tailgate for the Kids before the Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Texas A&M Aggies football game. This family-friendly tailgate benefitted abused and neglected kids at the Shelter. This fun event kicked off what will be a busy fall for us, and we’re looking forward to it! Get in on the action and see what’s happening in Northwest Arkansas at www.3WMagazine.com.

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17 Life Styles, Inc. Polo in the Ozarks Doug Vanderpool, Sue Ann V. Newman and Monte Boulanger 18 Kendrick Fincher Hydration Foundation Beat the Heat Luncheon Ken Hatfield, Rhonda Fincher and Dean Weber 19 NWA Children’s Shelter Tailgate for the Kids Karie and Dahrron Moss with Austin, AJ and Lauryn 20 Liberty Bank Charity Tennis Challenge Kevin Thompson and Clinton Bennett 21 Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Chefs in the Garden Stephanie Heath, Lewel McCutcheon and Chelsea Hermez 22 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Walk this Walk with the Finest Allison Van Matre and Diane Byrum 23 Youth Bridge Cupcake-a-Palooza Scott Linebaugh, Chris Hammer and Shawn Baldwin 9


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Northwest Arkansas’ Newest Beauty Secret For many of us, the blow dry has become a dreaded part of our beauty ritual—something done only because we simply have to and not because we want to. After all, without the excruciating minutes spent under a blow dryer there’s no telling what our hair would look like. So we spend our hurried mornings impatiently brushing out and blow drying our hair, only to throw it up later in the day exasperated that it doesn’t look as neatly coiffed as it did just hours earlier. But what if we had the luxury of having someone else blowing out our hair; an experienced stylist who not only handles the hair dryer with expertise but manages to style our hair in just minutes? Good news Northwest Arkansas. We now have that opportunity. Enter Dead Swanky Blow Dry Bar, the newest beauty secret we’re dying to tell everyone about.

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trés chic Misty Ozturk opened the original Dead Swanky in 2005. She and her team of trained stylists have been providing Northwest Arkansas with amazing hair cuts and services ever since. With the success of her first salon (located just off Dickson street at 241 N. College in Fayetteville), Misty saw the opportunity to provide the community with an experience that the original Dead Swanky is not able to due to time constraints and her stylists’ Misty Ozturk, constantly be booked solid. owner

“We have no more space at our first location thankfully,” explains Misty. “We don’t have time to just style people’s hair anymore. So we’re gifting the public with something that’s very relaxing and different than the traditional salon experience.” The experience at Dead Swanky Blow Dry Bar is like a day at the spa, condensed into 30 minutes—the perfect amount of time to feel pampered but not overly indulged. The new location off Joyce Boulevard at 1364 Augustine Lane is easily accessible off the bypass and is a serene escape from your daily life. Just what I was looking for on a recent trip to the Dry Bar, a little bit of pampering for my hair without having to change up my look sounded like just what I needed. From start to finish the experience was over the top. The environment of the Dry Bar is a breathe of fresh air as soon as your enter the front door. With the help of a short menu card, you are able to describe what you’d like done to you hair. Chose from a blow out, an updo or an express style (braids, ponys, etc.); describe the texture of your hair; decide how you want your hair styled (straight, smooth, wavy, curly, etc.); and add on any extra treatments or a scalp massage. I chose a blowout for my dry hair with loose curls. Once the menu card was filled out and handed over to my stylist Kayla, the pampering began with a shampoo and conditioner—what a treat it was to get someone else to 12

wash my hair. Back to the stylist’s chair, Kayla got to work on blowing out my thick hair in layers and sections. She worked quickly, yet was able to blow it out to perfection, a luxury that I am rarely afforded in my beauty routine. After my hair was completely dried, Kayla worked her magic with a curling iron to give it body and bounce that only a professional can provide. Before I knew it, my time was up and my hair was fuller and looking healthier than ever—a true miracle after just 30 minutes in her care. Even better, my hair looked great for several days (much longer than normal), and I got compliments on it from friends and strangers alike. For less than the price of a tank of gas, I was able to relax and get my hair styled by a professional with the added bonus of the use of Kerastase products. Dead Swanky is the only salon in our area offering this line of luxury hair care products that will revamp your hair, whether it’s dry, oily or even breaking. If your hair needs extra attention, the Blow Dry Bar offers Kerastase treatments that Misty describes as a “hair cocktail” or a prescription for your mane. Dead Swanky will host your parties on special occasions—birthdays, high school dances, weddings or events. Indulging in a blow dry could be the perfect way to wind down on particularly stressful days or you may even find it’s something you add to your beauty routine regularly. “It’s a treat for yourself, but it’s not extravagant,” says Misty. “You can totally justify sneaking away from your daily life for just 30 minutes.” After sneaking away for my own blow out, I can’t wait to do it again. Next time, I think I’ll grab a group of my girlfriends for a fun night out to show them what they’re missing. Like most great beauty secrets, I have a feeling this one won’t be a secret for too long.


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That’s the spirit

Following the

Fayetteville Ale Trail:

Oktoberfest in Northwest Arkansas Over the past couple of years, craft breweries have boomed in Northwest Arkansas. Taking note of this change, the Fayetteville visitor’s Bureau created the Fayetteville Ale Trail—a self-guided craft beer tour to experience the local breweries and celebrate this burgeoning business in our community. With Oktoberfest right around the corner, we set out on a journey to give each of our local breweries a try. Raise up a glass in honor of this annual festival throughout the month of October, but don’t forget that here in Northwest Arkansas, Oktoberfest can be a year-round celebration.

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Apple Blossom Brewing Company 1550 East Zion Road, Fayetteville Open daily from 11a.m. to 10p.m.

Under the direction of Brewmaster Nathan Traw, Apple Blossom uses traditional German techniques of brewing—meaning smaller batches with more unique and distinct flavors. The newest of the local breweries, Apple Blossom has been serving up a variety of beers including their already popular American Pale Ale since July. The brewery expects to put out Belgium-style brews this fall. In addition to their selections on tap, the brewpub offers a full menu of delicious and fresh food options to satisfy your appetite and their daily specials bring more to the table than just their local brews.

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With a focus on quality and producing beer that he would like to drink, Jesse Core understands the importance of brewing good beer and being innovative with it too. The newly-expanded brewery tests pilot batches of new beers on their customers to decide which brews are worth producing mass quantities of. In their experimentation, Core has created imaginative and successful brews such as their Imperial Chocolate, which used 30 pounds of chocolate in just one batch. In the next few months, the brewery hopes to begin experimenting with a new product—moonshine. Stop by Core to visit Uncle Kitt behind the bar to do a taste test of your own.

Jesse Core, founder of Core Brewing

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Core Brewing & Distilling Co. 2470 Lowell Road, Springdale Open daily from 3 to 9p.m.

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Fossil Cove Brewing Co. 1946 N. Birch Avenue, Fayetteville Open Monday through Thursday 4 to 10p.m.; Friday 4 to 11p.m.; Saturday 2 to 11p.m.; and Sunday 2 to 10p.m.

As a production brewery, Fossil Cove’s brews can be found throughout the state but to get the authentic experience you must stop by the Fayetteville taproom. Known for two flagship brews, the Paleo Ale (an American Pale Ale) and La Brea Brown (a Belgium brown ale) are this brewery’s strongholds. Other brews come in a variety of styles, but it is their fall seasonal that got our attention. Coming this month, the Pumpkin Ale is created with actual grilled pumpkins and sells out each year in record time.

Ben Mills, founder of Fossil Cove

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Saddlebock Brewery 18244 Habberton Road, Springdale Open Monday through Friday 3 to 9p.m.; Saturday noon to 9 p.m.; and Sunday 1 to 8p.m.

This state of the art brewery is found on a farm off the beaten path on the shores of the White River in Springdale. With high-end American equipment, Saddlebock brews European-style beers with care in small batches. Their Farmhouse Ale is the brewery’s most unique offering, made from War Eagle Mill’s grits and rice truly representing the South and Arkansas. This fall, the brewery is brining back the lost art of smoked beer with their Rauch. Before electricity, grains were dried by wood fires giving the beers a smoky character. Saddlebock’s Rauch will be available this month and offer the distinctive smoky flavor of old times.

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Tanglewood Branch Beer Co. 1431 South School Avenue, Fayetteville Open Monday through Saturday at 11a.m. and Sunday at 5p.m.

This South Fayetteville staple brings the English pub vibe to Northwest Arkansas as a neighborhood gathering place. Their beer is good, but gets even better with the daily specials. Monday’s Beer & Bacon Happy Hour has turned the once-slow evening into the one of the pub’s most popular nights, offering free bacon to any beer drinker who stops by. Their Wednesday tradition brings back an older style of beer—the Cask Conditioned Ale which is a naturally carbonated beer. Their cask ale allows Tanglewood to infuse their brews with such things as espresso beans, fresh fruit and even candied ginger.


Two older Fayetteville staples have blazed the way for the newcomers and we would be remiss not to mention them. West Mountain Brewing Co. (21 West Mountain Street) and Hog Haus Brewing Company (430 W. Dickson Street) are still serving up craft brews to a loyal following. Be sure to check them out and pick up your Fayetteville Ale Trail passport at the Visitor’s Center on the Fayetteville Square or at any of the participating breweries to get the full Ale Trail experience.

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Trick or Treat

Checklist Get your costume ready and verify it fits Check your masks for clear vision Make sure shoes fit well Find your candy bucket Stock up on glow sticks and batteries for flashlights Charge your camera and cell phone Decorate your wagon if you’re bringing it along for the ride Stock up on candy to pass out Carve pumpkins Buy your mums for the front porch Map your route around the neighborhood Brush up on your street safety like looking both ways before crossing the road and staying on the sidewalk Practice saying “trick-or-treat”

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has quite the job description. It’s almost impossible to condense all that she does into one title. She is a selfdescribed r uff le lover, sweet tea drinker, crowd feeder, family cheer leader, Jesus follower, entrepreneur and Souther ner. Amy has made a name for herself as all of the above, but most notably for her successful business ventures and knack for creating beautiful things. On top of all of this, Amy manages to keep a grounded home life with her husband Sam and their three kids— Grace, Luke and Isaac. 27


COVER STORY

Amy is the epitome of a Southern woman. She has an eye for Southern style, impeccable taste and more creativity than most. She’s down to earth, gracious, classy and determined. And she can whip up one heck of a Sunday supper. Her home looks like it’s straight out of a Southern Living magazine, decorated with knickknacks she’s found from flea market adventures and treasures found in her grandmother’s home. Chances are if you stop by on any given day, she’ll serve you a glass of sweet tea in a mason jar and offer you a bite of a to-die-for dessert made with a homemade piecrust. 28


The Mountain Home native has been married for almost 19 years and together, Amy and Sam make a great team. When he was called to leave a stockbrokerage firm for full-time ministry in 1994, it was obvious from the get-go that he was meant to lead people and teach the Bible (which he still does today as a pastor at Fellowship Bible Church). It’s clear that Amy has always been wired to love and feed people, which is just what she does each week for the many people she serves in her home.

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COVER STORY When she and Sam were first starting out with three small children, Amy naturally developed her first business venture to supplement their modest ministry income. In order to give wedding and shower gifts to friends, Amy started creating simple personalized stationery to give as gifts using paper she bought at Hobby Lobby and the family’s printer. Word of mouth quickly spread about her design talent and eventually she had people calling her to make personalized stationery for them. Sincerely Yours Paper was born. In addition to beautiful personalized paper, Amy also began designing wedding invitations and stationery for brides. She created her first wedding invitation for a neighbor who had seen her work, and before she knew it demand had grown. In the years since, Amy Hannon has become known as the stationery and wedding invitation queen of Northwest Arkansas. Additionally, she has earned national recognition for her creativity and design work by notables like Martha Stewart and celebrity event planner Preston Bailey. Amy was able to take something she simply began doing for herself and share it with others, creating a successful business without even realizing it. As her business grew, so did the Internet and social media—allowing her to expand even further. Thirteen years later she is still designing unique, personalized stationery and selling it in her virtual storefront on Etsy, where she ships to customers all over the country each week. Sincerely Yours also includes personalized stamps, notepads and other gift items. She has helped countless brides create award-winning, custom invitations for their big day, and has spent thousands of hours designing gifts that make Southerners swoon. The self-taught graphic designer couldn’t stop there of course. A few years ago, when she was unable to find a Razorback t-shirt that she liked for herself and her daughter Grace, another idea was born. She would simply design one herself—after all, the diehard Razorback fan couldn’t go without. Today, Swanky Sooie is in its fourth year as an officially licensed Razorback product line. 33


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Each fall she launches the line with new designs. The first year, Swanky Sooie consisted of just the one t-shirt she designed for herself, and this year she was able to introduce 10 original t-shirt designs that have flown off the shelves. From just one online retailer her first two years, to four retail stores last year, Swanky Sooie is now being sold in 17 retail stores across the state, including Riffraff locally. Both Sincerely Yours Paper and Swanky Sooie have grown so effortlessly that Amy discovered she has a lot of natural business sense. “I don’t think I ever set out to be a business person. It never crossed my mind,” Amy explains. “Everything that has ever happened for me has happened right in front of me. I’ve always said, ‘just do what you love.’ If I’m in my wheelhouse and doing something I love, and I am fortunate enough to make money on it as well, it’s like a dream. If something is natural and you’re passionate about it, it’s authentic. And you can never go wrong being authentic.” With the growth of Sincerely Yours and Swanky Sooie plus the change in her life’s “season”, she has temporarily stopped designing wedding invitations in order to refocus her energies on her family and figure out her next step. “At the end of the day, I don’t want to work at night,” she says. “I’m going to be in the kitchen, making supper for my family, washing jerseys, and making lunches for the next day. That’s what I do. I’m a stay-at-home mom who works to supplement our income and who finds a lot of joy when I’m creating things.” 35


COVER STORY Making suppers for her family and friends is what she most enjoys and certainly what people have taken note of lately—from the family dinners she whips up on busy weeknights to the elaborate spreads she makes for the crowds of people she hosts each week. If you follow her on Instagram (@AmyNelsonHannon), she has undoubtedly made your mouth water a time or two with her tempting desserts or to-die-for meals. You may have noticed the hashtag #eunamaeinspired which is a nod to her grandmother Euna Mae— the inspiration behind the southern-style, comfort food that Amy is known for. “Social media has changed everything,” Amy adds. “I’ve always cooked. I’ve always enjoyed having a houseful of people. But social media has allowed the outside world to see inside our home...inside my kitchen.” From peeking into her life through Instagram, Amy seems like the next Martha Stewart or Pioneer Woman of Northwest Arkansas. She makes her own vanilla, shares her love of White Lily Flour, and swears by making her own piecrust. She’s as sweet as can be in person and online, and despite what seems like a perfect life, she swears she’s not “fancy.” Amy keeps it real with the honesty of her chaotic life as a minister’s wife and mom of three active kids. As Amy has become increasingly known for her cooking and kitchen knowhow, her fans have created a new demand, requesting a way to get their hands on her recipes and techniques and learn her kitchen-savvy tips. So in response to demand and in keeping with her creative passion, Amy’s newest and most endearing project yet is a venture named “Euna Mae’s” that will begin with a blog where she’ll share her love of cooking with an already-watching audience. Euna Mae’s will also have a booth at the NWA Boutique Show on November 8-9, offering heirloom quality kitchenware for hosting, housewarming, and holidays! “The Lord has been so good and favorable [to me],” Amy shares. “He just keeps providing these neat creative opportunities for me out of my every day life. It has been a little scary but really fun to see Euna Mae’s forming before my eyes. But I’m tickled to see that something is happening.” Whatever happens will be on Amy’s terms and will be true to who she is in her own lifestyle—today, the launch of a food blog . . . and tomorrow, maybe a cookbook or even a storefront. “I think that great things happen around a kitchen table,” Amy declares. “If you think about some of your very favorite memories, there was probably a meal or food involved. Cooking for people and getting them together is almost like you’re creating an atmosphere for neat things to happen.” If what she says is true, neat things are definitely in store for Amy, and we can’t wait to watch it unfold. 36


“If my house were on fire, I’d grab my children and I would go back for my vintage Pyrex.”

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COVER STORY

Amy’s Favorite Things

City: New York City, with Boston being a close second.

Greatest Extravagance:

My collection of Le Creuset cookware.

Piece of Jewelry: I will be buried in Getaway: I love a day on the banks hoops and bangles. The end.

Hostess Gift: Homemade vanilla

extract in collected antique bottles. Neat dish towels. And monogrammed stationery of course!!

Scent: Lemon. Honeysuckle.

Cinnamon rolls. Sautéing onions and garlic. And bacon.

Fabric: Linen

Drink: Sweet tea with fresh mint. Mmmm.

Guilty P leasure: Heavy Whipping Cream

Flower: I’ve been known to drive

off the road because I’m distracted by peony bushes in full bloom. And hydrangeas make my heart race.

Season: Football!

of the White River. I find a shady spot with a stack of food magazines and watch my husband and kids fly fish. Best days ever.

P lace in the state: That one hump on I-540 North where you come over the hill and see Fayetteville! I cheer every time!

Chef: Julia Child. I love her cooking

but I also love her manner. She was somehow sophisticated and inviting without taking herself too seriously. She was fancy without being fussy.

Bible Verse: “Satisfy us with your

unfailing love that we may sing with joy and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:14

Christmas Song: “Have Yourself a

Merry Little Christmas” just warms me from head to toe. Family, friends, food and celebrating Jesus is not just for the holidays, but it’s how we live every day around here. 39


why not?

1help end hunger 5pay it forward Have some fun and visit the website www.FreeRice.com—expand your vocabulary and help end hunger at the same time.

2clean out your closet and donate

old coats to

with a gift those

6plant a tree

For example, leave a candy cane for clerks at the grocery store.

or donate money to

www.plantabillion.org

local organizations

where $1 plants one tree

3be thankful

Mail hand written notes to friends and family you haven’t seen in a while.

who can use them

Spend time each day writing a list of what you’re thankful for.

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local community

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8be present

with your family

Turn off your phones and go on a technology fast for the weekend.

to clean up a local park

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who serve the

7send a letter

9 gather a group of friends and Neighbors Sign up to volunteer at Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas where you can help health care professionals provide service to patients.

11surprise

Start a trend and pay it forward at Starbucks when you’re in line for your morning coffee.

13hot chocolate for a good cause

Have a hot chocolate stand for a good cause—donate all proceeds to a local organization.

attend the 10deliver a meal 14 jewels of giving gala Sign up to deliver a meal to the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas.

for the NWA Food Bank

Help celebrate 25 years of serving Northwest Arkansas.


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“Big”

food drive

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bell ringer

your time as a

in your office

Support local farmers by shopping at produce stands for Thanksgiving ingredients.

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neighbor to join your

thanksgiving table

salvation army

Sign your family up to be a Big Family for Big Brothers Big Sisters Northwest Arkansas.

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Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or food bank for Thanksgiving prep.

spend the 23SEnd a friend 28 weekend baking “just because” flowers

christmas cookies

for your neighbors 18 start christmas 24leave notes and friends shopping with gifts that give back of encouragement Click here for some fun ideas.

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on your neighbor’s

driveway in chalk

Clean off your bookshelves and donate old books libraries or schools in need.

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with the residents

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at a local

animal shelter

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ingredients for your

thanksgiving dinner that give back

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Christmas is time for decking the halls with boughs of holly and

joyful décor to add cheer to every space—from inside and outside the home. Whether you are an over-the-top decorator or if your philosophy is “less is more,” get in the holiday spirit with these homes and decorating ideas serving as your inspiration for cheer and good tidings. 43


Light It Up

Christmas Décor

has been decking out homes in Northwest Arkansas since 2005. The local franchise was awarded for Best Decorated Residential Home in 2012, and for good reason. They work each holiday season to help local families share cheer and joy through their Christmas decorations. From start to finish, Christmas Décor takes the hassle out of lighting your home during the busy holiday season. With their custom design to fit each home, Christmas Décor crafts each winter wonderland with property-friendly materials and equipment to install strings of lights that are custom made for every home (meaning they can only be used on the home they were made for). After installation, the company is proactive about servicing the lights throughout the holiday season and will then takedown the décor in a timely fashion.

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Because they work closely with their customers to make their homes look their best in the wintertime, Christmas Décor are the experts on how to make your home the envy of all your neighbors. We sat down with them to fill us on in some trends and decorating advice for the upcoming holiday season.


Outlining Options Always look at the lines of your home when considering where to string lights. Outlining the roof and the ground adds dimension to the home and grounds the home when illuminated in the dark. Don’t forget to trim your windows with care! Lining the windows of a home is Christmas Décor’s signature look—with each light placed meticulously by hand.

Consider the Color The great debate of Christmas lights will never be settled—whether colored lights or monochromatic lights are better is a matter of personal opinion.We happen to believe both looks can be done tastefully and if anyone can do it, Christmas Décor can certainly make it happen. In addition to traditional Christmas lights, with the help of Christmas Décor you can easily add illumination to the side of your home with Color Splashes—a new trend to easily add a “splash” of color and take your house up a notch in fun, unique way.

The Bigger, The Better Bigger is always better, or at least that’s what we hear when it comes to Christmas lights. Christmas Décor works with C-9 bulbs on homes, which are bigger than your run of the mill Christmas light bulb and measure two and a half inches tall. These bigger bulbs give homes a classic feel with a crisp, bright look.

Trim your trees Utilizing two different types of lighting methods for outdoor trees and shrubs, Christmas Décor makes sure that the landscaping of your home looks its best as well. When the sun sets, you’ll want to make sure your lawn looks as good as it does in the daytime.

Look Good in Broad Daylight Speaking of the sun, be sure to keep your daytime decoration in mind when decking the halls. Christmas lights add a lot of cheer, but you’ll also need some when the sun is up as well. Christmas Décor can help you add a wreath or garland to the outside of your home to make sure that your house looks great all day long.

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A Winter Wonderland

Tara and Drew Gibson’s

home proves to be an eclectic spin on the traditional when decked out for the holidays. Decorated primarily by Tara herself, this home is proof that a little bit of personal style can go a long way. Tara’s style can be seen first-hand on her fashion blog, Jimmy Choos & Tennis Shoes (and also on Instagram where she’s @themrsgibby). Each day she shows off her knack for pulling outfits and parties together with impeccable taste, which is also on display in her home throughout the year and especially at the holidays. At their Rogers home, Tara creates eye-catching vignettes to add touches everywhere you look. From the bar cart to the bathroom, this home is decked out from top to bottom with personalized touches—and often one-of-a-kind as Tara makes her vision come to life with homemade décor, including the ribbon on her Christmas tree which she made herself. 47


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Upon entering the home, the living room is your first glance at all that is in store. Everywhere you look holds a surprise and delight. At your first focal point, you find the Christmas tree—packed from top to bottom with a rustic and glamorous flair, this statement tree is another clue that Tara’s holiday décor isn’t your typical trimmings but certainly brings spirit to the home during the holiday season. Beyond the tree, your eye finds the fireplace, which lines the back wall of the living room. The mantel’s draped greenery keeps consistent with the room’s rustic themes also found with the wreaths adorning the bookcases, giving the room a luxurious vibe. Though rustic, the room has glamorous touches such as the fur stockings hung with care for a stylish touch. The hearth is certainly the heart of this home.

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In the bathroom, guests are greeted with the same whimsical motif from the kitchen. Although at first glance the peacock décor doesn’t necessarily translate to the holidays, this over the top décor takes traditional up a notch with distinctive flair. Stepping out of the boundaries of traditional holiday colors, the guest bathroom brings cheer and good tidings in a fun unique package. The bathroom and other nooks and crannies found throughout the home are proof that Tara knows how to use her smaller spaces for maximum impact when decking the halls of her home.

In the kitchen and dining room area, the dining table can be found set to the nines—ready for the abundant dinner parties to come if Tara has anything to do with it. The green and purple hues add a fanciful touch to what are not your typical holiday trimmings. Tara pulled out all the stops and it certainly doesn’t stop there . . .

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Throughout the home Mark Roberts Fairies add a whimsical touch to the decor, which are found in various places— hiding out and bring cheer to the bookcase, chandelier and more. Everywhere you look is something to delight in and this holiday home is certainly a chic setting to make memories in—a winter wonderland from top to bottom.

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Timeless Touches

Jim and Carol Ray s

Pinnacle home in Rogers is rich in traditional holiday elegance and décor. The ornate style has a timeless grace and class that exudes especially around the holidays. From the foyer behind the grand front door, the ambiance is immediately obvious to guests visiting the couple’s home. A classically decorated space, this home is grand and lavish in every way. . The grand staircase off the foyer is ornamented with poinsettias and twinkling garland adding to the serene atmosphere—a fine display of the classy touches throughout.

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The over-the-top Christmas tree found in the living room blends well with the traditional everyday look of the home. A winter white tree, this stunner certainly packs an impact tucked in the far corner of the room opposite of the fireplace, adding light and brightness to the room. With tall ceilings throughout the home, the tree towers over the living room giving the space a hearty display needed in this grand room, sparkling and shimmering in its place.

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Beyond the lavish tree, subtle touches can be found throughout the space for a less intrusive holiday décor scheme. Figurines special to the couple can be found throughout, tucked into the everyday décor and adding understated cheer. Carol and her decorator, Judi Harrison, have insured that the decorations don’t overpower the home, but certainly bring life to the space for some holiday joy. On the outside patio found tucked onto the side of the home, the holidays are brought outdoors with a more natural look to blend in with the landscape and its surroundings. Like the rest of the home, it is apparent that the holidays are certainly a special time, but don’t need to overpower the existing elegance of the home. The understated elegance of this home is what speaks volumes about the décor and its timeless sophistication.

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Pops of Cheer

Interior designer Casey Roark

has this Fayetteville home holiday-ready in no time with just a few pops of cheer. Casey added small touches to the home for big impact throughout the holidays. This no-fuss holiday dÊcor adds special touches without overdoing it. Starting with a statement Christmas tree allows for more freedom throughout the home. The tree sets the bar for the rest of the house, but can also allow for less work as well. With such a stunner, it’s easy to pull back in other spaces.

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Casey created vignettes of holiday dÊcor in high traffic areas of the home without having to redo the rest of the space. The dining room table is decked out for family gatherings and holiday dinners. The kitchen is sprinkled with small touches for the everyday activities of the family, and the fireplace and mantle are taken up a notch with flair and good tidings as well. Each of these vignettes serve as a focal point throughout the home and pacts in the holiday cheer proving that you don’t have to go overboard for holiday cheer.

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Some of our friends and community leaders from Northwest Arkansas are swapping their family cookie recipes and sharing them with you. Get to baking and enjoy an assortment of goodies from their kitchens to yours throughout the holiday season. 75


Susan Duke’s

Duke Family Buckeye Balls INGRE D IENTS

1 ½ cup creamy peanut butter 1 stick butter, soften 1 pinch of salt 1 teaspoon vanilla

3 ¾ cups of sifted confectioners sugar ¾ bar Gulf Wax 1 large bag semi sweet chocolate chips

D IRECT ION S

Mix peanut butter with softened butter, salt, vanilla and confectioners sugar. Add the sugar a bit at a time. You can use a mixer to mix these ingredients, but I end up using my hands as it gets thicker (no licking your fingers!). Roll peanut butter mixture into balls about the size of a real buckeye. Place formed balls on cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate or freeze for at least an hour. You want the peanut butter balls to be cold and firm before you start dipping them in melted chocolate. Melt gulf wax and chocolate chips in double boiler (water in bottom pan and chocolate chips and wax in top pan). Stir chocolate mixture often. Stick

a toothpick in each peanut butter ball and dip in mellted chocolate. I leave just a bit of the peanut butter showing on top so they really look like buckeyes. Keep the melted chocolate mixture warm (but not boiling) so it doesn’t harden. The warmer it is the easier it will be to dip. Work quickly and put the chocolate covered buckeyes back in the refrigerator to set the chocolate. Once set, we store ours in plastic container with a lid, if the last long enough to be stored. Sometimes I hide some in the back of refrigerator because they disappear quickly in our house!

Chef Chris Hammer’s

Crispy Vanilla Sugar Cookies INGRE D IENTS

1 stick butter, unsalted 3 ¼ cup bread flour 2 egg yolks

1 whole egg 1 2/3 cups powdered sugar

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In a stand mixer, mix butter, vanilla extra and powdered sugar for approximately five minutes, until light. Slowly add egg yolks at low speed. Add bread flour into the mixing bowl all at once and mix on the lowest speed, for 30 seconds, until dough comes together.

Sprinkle flour on counter and divide dough into three logs, about 1-inch thick. Wrap each dough log in parchment paper. Refrigerate logs for at least four hours to firm. (Dough can be frozen for up to 76 a month.)

1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk together one egg and 1 tablespoon of water to prepare egg wash. Unwrap one log from parchment paper. Brush log with egg wash and roll in sugar to evenly coat. Slice log into ½ inch thick rounds. Place slices on sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until light brown. Remove from oven and let cool.


Martha Bergant’s

Great Pumpkin Cookie INGRE D IENTS

2 cups flour 1 cup quick or oldfashioned oats, uncooked 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 1 egg, slightly beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup Libby’s solid pack pumpkin 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Icing: 3 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted 3 cup sifted powdered sugar 3-4 tablespoons milk 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract red, yellow and green food coloring

Toppings: Candy corn, nuts, chocolate covered nuts, red hots, M&M’s, raisons, chocolate covered raisons

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and set aside. Cream butter, add sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, mix well. Alternate additions of dry ingredients and pumpkin, mixing well after each addition. Stir in chocolate morsels. For each cookie, drop dough (probably 3-4 tablespoons) onto lightly greased cookie sheet; spread into a pumpkin shape and add a bit more dough to the edge to form a stem. Bake 2025 minutes, until cookies are firm and lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheet and cool. Icing: Combine butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and 3 tablespoons milk in a small bowl; beat until mixed, add more milk if the frosting is too thick. Put a small amount of the frosting in a small bowl and add one drop green food coloring. This frosting will be used to frost the stem of the cookie, so you don’t need much. The rest of the frosting add three drops red and three drops yellow food coloring mix well, should turn orange. Frost the pumpkin shaped cookie with this. Then decorate with the toppings to make cute pumpkin faces. 77


Linda Phillips’

PRALINE COOKIES i n g r e d ie nts

½ cup butter or margarine ½ cup packed brown sugar ½ cup sugar 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla 1 ½ cups chopped pecans Powdered sugar

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Microwave butter in on high for 40-45 seconds or until butter is melted. Add sugars, egg, flour and vanilla; mix well. Add pecans; mix well. Drop dough 2 inches apart onto cookie sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes. Cool for two minutes; remove to cooling rack. Cool slightly. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Kristin Guyton’s

Fudgy Brownie Cookies

INGRE D IENTS D IRECT ION S

1 package (18 To 21 Oz. Box) Fudge Brownie Mix 1-¼ cup All-purpose Flour ¼ cups Packed Brown Sugar

2 whole Eggs ½ cups Butter, Melted and Cooled 2 Tablespoons Water, Or More As Needed

Whisk together brownie mix, flour, and sugar. Using a heavy spoon, stir in the eggs one at a time, followed by butter and 2 tablespoons water. If the batter appears like there is too much flour, add 1 more tablespoon of water. Batter will be very thick. Fold in chocolate chunks. Cover and refrigerate for two hours.

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1 cup Dark Chocolate Chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough on the cookie sheet. You want pretty thick cookies here to get the brownie feel, about 3 inches apart. Press down slightly. Don’t flatten completely. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool for two minutes on cookie sheet. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Kim Ellis’

S’more Pudding Cookies INGRE D IENTS D IRECT ION S

¾ cup softened butter ¼ cup sugar ¾ cup brown sugar 1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla pudding

2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 3 sheets graham crackers finely crushed 1 teaspoon baking soda

Cream butter and sugars together. Add in dry pudding mix and beat until well incorporated. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well blended. In a small bowl, stir graham cracker crumbs, baking soda and flour until evenly mixed. Add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredients and beat until well incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips and mini marshmallows until evenly mixed in. Add more if desired.

2 cups flour 1 cup mini marshmallows 1 cup chocolate chips

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. You want these cookies to be slightly undercooked. It helps keep them chewy soft.

Lepaine Sharp mchenry’s

Chocolate Chip Tea Cakes INGRE D IENTS

1 cup butter, softened ½ cup sifted confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cups finely chopped walnuts or pecans

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

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Beat the butter and confectioners’ sugar in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Beat in the vanilla. Add the four and walnuts gradually, beating constantly until combined. Stir in 1 ½ cups of the chocolate chips. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and arrange the balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until set or golden brown on the edges. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes and then removed to a wire rack to cool completely. Place the remaining ½ cup chocolate chips in a heavy-duty sealable plastic bag. Microwave for 30 seconds and knead the bag. Microwave at additional 20-second intervals, kneading after each interval until smooth. Cut a tiny corner in the bag and drizzle the chocolate over the tea cakes. Chill the tea cakes for 5 minutes or until the chocolate is set. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Congressman Steve Womack’s

Mixed Chip Oatmeal Cookies INGRE D IENTS

1½ cups packed brown sugar 1 cup softened butter 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg 2 cups quick oats

1½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup chocolate chips

½ cup white chocolate chips 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 large bag semi sweet chocolate chips

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the brown sugar and butter in a large bowl. Add vanilla and egg and continue to mix. Stir in oats, flour, baking soda and salt. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts. Spoon 1 tablespoon of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet (place about 2 inches apart). Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

Cindy Maas’

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies INGRE D IENTS

1 cup sugar 1 cup margarine or butter, softened 3 ounce package of cream cheese, softened

½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon almond extract ½ teaspoon vanilla

1 egg yolk (reserve white) 2 cups all purpose flour Colored sugar, if desired

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In large bowl, combine sugar, margarine, cream cheese, salt, almond extract, vanilla and egg yolk; blend well. Stir in flour until well blended. Refrigerate dough for two hours. Heat oven to 375 degrees. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough one-third at a time to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with lightly-floured cookie cutters. Place one inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Leave cookie plain or if desired, brush with slightly beaten egg white and sprinkle with colored sugar. Bake for seven to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely. If desired, frost and decorate plain cookies. 80


Clark ellison’s

Double Peanut Butter Cookies INGRE D IENTS

1 ½ cup of sifted flour ½ cup sugar ½ cup of creamy peanut butter Additional peanut butter needed— see directions

¼ ½ ½ ½

cup light corn syrup cup of shortening teaspoon baking soda teaspoon salt

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Sift together dry ingredients. Cut in shortening and peanut butter until the mixture resembles coarse corn meal. Mix in corn syrup with hand mixer. Shape into two inch round long roll and chill. Slice ¼ inch thick with thin knife. Place half of them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Spread each cookie slice on the cookie sheet with ½ teaspoon of peanut butter. Cover the peanut butter with remaining slices of cookie dough. Crimp edges with a fork. Bake 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Cool for five minutes before removing from cookie sheet.

kelly kemp-mclintock’s

Scotch Oatmeal Cookies INGRE D IENTS

2 cups old fashioned oats 1 cup flour 1 cup brown sugar ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt

¾ cup shortening 1 egg *add a little milk if mixture is too thick

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Mix together all ingredients. Scoop round tablespoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet and flattened. *Optional, place a half pecan in the middle. Bake at 325 degrees for 15-17 minutes. Cookies should be removed from cookie sheet immediately when done baking and placed on cooling rack.

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case dighero’s

The Doublewide Cookie INGRE D IENTS 1 1 1 1 2 1

pound unsalted butter, softened ½ cups sugar ½ cups brown sugar tablespoon kosher salt teaspoons baking powder tablespoon baking soda

1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ½ teaspoon almond extract 4 large eggs 6 ¼ cups all purpose flour ¾ cup butterscotch chips

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Cream the butter and sugars together with the salt, baking powder, soda, nutmeg, almond and vanilla for just a minute. Do not cream until light and fluffy or you will incorporate too much air into the cookies and they will. Without shutting off the mixer, add in the eggs, then keep mixing until the dough is homogenous. Turn the speed down to low and add in the flour all at once, followed by the chocolate. Scrape down bowl and mix well again for 1 minute.

¾ cup semi sweet chocolate chips ¾ cup white chocolate chips Breakfast cereal (such as chocolate puff cereal) and crushed plain potato chips to top cookies

Scoop into 2” balls and flatten slightly. Freeze unbaked for at least 24 hours. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thaw cookies for 15 minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet, top with several pieces of cereal and crushed potato chips and bake for 9-11 minutes.

glenda milam’s

Crispy Snickerdoodle Cookies INGRE D IENTS

¼ cup butter, softened ¼ cup shortening ¾ cup sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoons cream of tartar ½ teaspoon baking soda 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons white sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream together butter, shortening, and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and blend. Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt, and add to butter mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Use your fingers to shape dough into teaspoon-sized balls. In a small bowl, mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon. Roll balls of dough in mixture and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for eight minutes, until set but not hard. Remove from baking sheet within one minute and move cookies to cooling rack.


amy hannon’s

White Chocolate Macadamia Cranberry Chunkies INGRE D IENTS

3 cups all-purpose flour
 ¾ teaspoon baking soda
 ¾ teaspoon salt
 ¾ cup white sugar
 1 cup packed light brown sugar


1 cup real unsalted butter, room temperature 2 large eggs, room temperature
 1 tablespoon good vanilla extract
 1 cup vanilla baking chips


¾ cup chopped macadamia nuts
 1 cup dried cranberries

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Cream together both sugars and butter in a mixer. (Do not substitute with shortening!) Add slightly beaten eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture until just mixed. Then stir in vanilla chips, nuts, and cranberries by hand. Using a tablespoon scoop, place rounded dough balls on an ungreased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat mat. I rotate the dough balls so that there’s a cranberry showing on top of each cookie. Or I add one to the top of any cookies that don’t show the red color on top. Bake for 10 minutes or just until set and barely browning on the edges. Do not bake until golden brown like most cookie recipes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

enjoy! Photographer Miki Duisterhof

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New Year’s Resolutions We asked on Twitter …

It may be a little early, but we’d love to hear what you’re resolving to do in 2014. What are your New Years Resolutions?

Here’s what our followers had to say...

@leladavidson:

Lela Davidson | local author

Snarky retort: Live in the moment. Real answer: Merge all my calendars!

@jenbielema:

Jen Bielema | First Lady of Razorback Football

I’d like to stress less and embrace more. Challenge myself more... maybe even try being vegetarian?

@themrsgibby:

Tara Gibson | local fashionista and blogger

I have a pretty big year ahead so my resolutions are to be the best mom to Olivia Mae I can be, stay active and continue to come out of my shell through my style blog.

@Bxreed:

Brad Reed | Fox 24 Anchor

Eat healthier, work out more, and marry my sweet fiancé Anneliese.

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Expand the “All In- Arkansas” movement (promoting respect and taking a stand against bullying) across the entire state. Personally thank students and community members who are striving to make a positive difference in the lives of our youth. Put Arkansas on the map as one of the leading states in the campaign against bullying.

I’m thinking healthy family, quality family & friend time, traveling, and giving back more. Thanks for asking.

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To win the lottery!

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10.3.13 Pink Ribbon Luncheon Susan G. Komen

This annual luncheon is a celebration of survivorship for all breast cancer survivors in our communities. In celebration of this, attendees will enjoy a featured speaker and silent auction to further our mission in our local community. For more information call 479.750. PINK (7465) or visit www.komenozark.org.

10.3.13 The BIG Event Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWA

This annual fundraiser marks the 13th year of Taste of the Ozarks—an in-home reception, unique wine tasting and one-of-a-kind live and silent auctions. For more information, visit www.bbbsnwa.org or call 479.966.4366.

10.3.13 to 10.5.13 RedBone Fly Fishing Invitational Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The third annual tournament will be at the Spring Valley Rod & Gun Club in Decatur. It is a two-person event featuring celebrity anglers and some of the best-guided fishing in Northwest Arkansas. Visit www.arkansas.cff.org for more information.

10.4.13 10th Annual Bill Fleeman Gentlemen of Distinction

10.5.13 NWA Tour De Cure

American Diabetes Association

Ride, run and walk in the fight to stop Diabetes at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. The event includes a 100-mile, 62.5-mile, 50-mile, 20-mile and family ride plus 5K walk/run followed by a health festival featuring fun, food and entertainment for the whole family. Please visit www.diabetes.org/nwatour for more information.

10.5.13 Brits in the Ozarks Car Show ALS Association of Arkansas

The 12th annual British Car and Cycle Show featuring over 125 British cars and motorcycles from all over the South and Midwest will be located at Agri Park on North Garland Stree in Fayetteville. All proceeds benefit the local chapter of the ALS Association. For more information, please visit www.britishironnwa.org.

10.5.13 to 10.6.13 American Girl Fashion Show Arts Center of the Ozarks

Celebrate being a girl through a colorful presentation of historical and contemporary fashions, and learn how clothing has changed over the years to reflect history, culture and individual styles. For tickets and information, please visit www.artscenteroftheozarks.org.

Hope Cancer Resources

To see the latest men’s fashions, attend this annual fashion and award gala benefiting cancer support and education programs in Northwest Arkansas through Hope Cancer Resources. For more information visit www.hopecancerresources.org.

10.8.13 Are you Smarter than a Haas Hallian Haas Hall

Community leaders will pair together to match wits against Haas Hall scholars in four rounds of lively competition. The event will be a cross between the popular TV shows – “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” and “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” Visit www.haashall.org for more information.

10.10.13 The Elizabeth Richardson Center presents Geri Jewell Help the Elizabeth Richardson Center celebrate 50 years of serving children and adults with disabilities in Northwest Arkansas at a celebration featuring Geri Jewell, disability advocate, author and actress. For more information, visit www.ercinc.org or www.facebook.com/ercnwa.

10.4.13 22nd Annual Tom Pagnozzi Golf Tournament, Ultimate Tailgate & Auction Pagnozzi Charities

Play golf then join your friends at the banquet and sports auction. Pagnozzi Charities opens the door of athletic experience to disadvantaged youth by giving them the same opportunity as their peers and introducing them to positive life experiences. For more information, visit www.pagnozzicharities.org.

Hope Cancer Resources Gentlemen of Distinction Rich and Kristen Kley

10.11.13 Winetopia restore humanity

NWA Children’s Shelter Tailgate for the Kids Didi Frazier with daughter McKenna

A fantastic wine tasting event held at Pratt Place Barn with delicious cuisine from the best restaurants in the area, silent auction, wine toss and live musical entertainment. For tickets and more information, visit www.restorehumanity.org. 93


10.12.13 Cycle to End the Cycle

10.18.13 A Night at the Speakeasy

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Junior Auxiliary of Rogers/Bentonville

Cycle to break the cycle at Havenwood’s second annual event open to families, bicycling enthusiasts and professional cyclists alike, offering something for everyone with a 50, 25 and 6 mile bike rides. All proceeds benefit single parents and their children living at Havenwood. Visit www.nwahavenwood.org for more information.

Join the Junior Auxiliary of Rogers Bentonville for the second annual “A Night at the Speakeasy”, held in downtown Rogers at Serendipity from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. For more information about the mission and projects of JARB, please visit www.jarb.org.

10.12.2013 4th Annual Marlin Memory Mile Circle of Life Hospice

This nonprofit’s mission is to provide compassionate end-of-life care and bereavement support for all of Northwest Arkansas. For more information, please visit www.marlinmemorymile.webs.com or call 479.750.6632.

10.13.2013 31st Annual Children’s Fun Run The New School

This family event features separate races for boys and girls, ages two years through seventh grade. For more information, call 479.521.7037 or visit www.thenewschool.org.

10.17.13 Hall of Honor Ceremony Fayetteville Public Education Foundation

You can help hundreds of students just by attending the 2013 Fayetteville Public Education Foundation’s Hall of Honor event and celebrate the newest inductees. For more information, call Holly Johnson at 479.527.3655. Restore Humanity Winetopia Heather and Tim Marrin

10.19.13 Walk to Cure Diabetes JDRF

The 12th Annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes will take at The University of Arkansas—The Gardens. It will feature a 1.5 mile celebration walk and fun for the entire family. For more information, call 479.443.9190.

10.25.13 to 10.27.13 Aces for Arts Arts Center of the Ozarks

Game, set, match. This weekend tennis tournament, hosted by Fayetteville Athletic Club, will benefit the Arts Center of the Ozarks gallery season and provide scholarships for incoming students. Open to all levels of men and women, singles or doubles teams. For more information, visit www.artscenteroftheozarks.org.

10.26.13 - 11.3.13 Family Foto Fest Family Network

Family Network and Bedford Camera are partnering to provide your family with professional portraits taken amidst the beautiful fall colors of Mt. Sequoyah. Proceeds benefit young first-time moms and their babies. Contact 479.927.3659 or email nwafamilynetwork@gmail.com to schedule your sitting.

10.26.12 to 11.3.12 2013 Partners Card Week Rockefeller Cancer Institute Auxiliary

More than 160 retailers throughout the state offer cardholders 20 percent off merchandise. Cards are $50 each. Please visit www.uams.edu/acrcpartnerscard or call 501.580.8670 for more information.

Susan G. Komen Pink Ribbon Luncheon First Lady Ginger Beebe and Neile Jones

10.26.13 5th Annual Halloween 5K Fun Run & 1K Children’s Walk Rebuilding Together NWA

Dress up in costume for the free Children’s 1K Walk at Lake Bella Vista. Proceeds help benefit Rebuilding Together NWA and its mission of helping low income homeowners. Visit www.rebuildingtogethernwa.org for more information.

10.26.13 Moonlight Masquerade Junior League of Northwest Arkansas

Join the Junior League for a night of food, drinks and dancing at the Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville. Cocktail attire, festive mask or theatrical hair and makeup are strongly encouraged. All proceeds will benefit efforts to end domestic violence in the community. For more information, visit www.juniorleaguenwa.org.

10.26.13 9th Annual Coca-Cola Trick-or-Treat Open The First Tee of NWA

This event is open to the public and admission is free. There will be some awesome miniature golf holes, featuring treats at every hole. Ghost and goblins of all ages are invited to wear their scariest costume, test their putting skills and fill their Halloween trick or treat bag. For more information, visit www.thefirstteenwar.org.

10.29.13 5th Annual Fall Carnival Circle of Friends

10.26.13 Golftoberfest Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas’ original mini-golf tournament. Register your team for flights at either 10a.m. or 12:30p.m. For more information, visit www.spsfnwa.org or call 479.935.4888. 94

Children of all ages can enjoy their favorite carnival games in a safe and kid-friendly environment at the Pauline Whitaker Arena in Fayetteville. The carnival boasts over 30 booths with entertainment ranging from balloon animals, magicians, face painting and bouncy houses. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. For unlimited fun, purchase a wristband for $20. For details, please visit www.giving.archildrens.org/fallcarnival.


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11NOVEMBER2013 11.7.13 Society Party

11.13.2013 National Philanthropy Day

Join the Association of Fundraising Professionals to celebrate and honor those who give back to the Northwest Arkansas community. Please call 479.575.0369 or visit www.afpnwark.afpnet.org for more details.

Fayetteville Public Education Foundation

Social event for members and prospective members of the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation Society to support students, kindergarten through twelfth grade, with educational experiences designed to help them reach their full potential. For more information call 479.527.3655 or visit www.fayedfoundation.org.

11.16.13 Art of Hospice Circle of Life Hospice

This is a not-to-be-missed event benefiting Circle of Life Hospice and its mission to provide compassionate end-of-life care and bereavement support for all of Northwest Arkansas. For more information, contact Tammy Mostyn at 479.872.3396 or visit www.nwacircleoflife.org.

11.7.13 Signature Chefs Auction March of Dimes

Feast on sample size portions of signature dishes from the area’s top local restaurants and chefs. The night is capped off with a fabulous silent auction and an exciting live auction benefiting March of Dimes. For more information, call 479.751.5475.

11.16.13 Rock the Bridge Circle of Life Hospice

The after-party for Circle of Life’s Art of Hospice will include desserts, drinks, dancing and casino style gambling. Tickets are $50. Visit www.nwacircleoflife.org.

11.7.13 11th annual 5x5 Soiree Arts Center of the Ozarks

Artists create one-of-a-kind miniature works in all sorts of exciting mediums— all are 5” x 5.” The art will be up for auction during this event, complete with a wine tasting and jazz music. For more information, please call 479.751.5441 or visit www.artscenteroftheozarks.org.

11.8.13 Fuse WorkMatters

A WorkMatters event series focused on fusing your work, faith and life. One speaker with national faith at work experience and expertise. Join business leaders across Northwest Arkansas for the Fuse event. Find out more at www.workmatters.org.

11.8.13 to 11.9.13 NWA Boutique Show Shop over 150 merchants featuring thousands of one-of-a-kind and custom items at the NWA Boutique Show, held at the NWA Convention Center in Springdale. Find out more at www.nwaboutiqueshow.com.

Washington Regional Medical Center Foundation Autumn Brunch James Kimbrough, Amy Mason and Bill Rogers

11.9.13 Big Night at The Jones Center Enjoy an exclusive evening of fabulous foods, cool cocktails and decadent music. Attendees will be among the first to view both personal and corporate memorabilia once belonging to two of Northwest Arkansas’ foremost entrepreneurial and philanthropic couples, founders of The Jones Center. For more information, contact Kelly Kemp-McLintock at 479.756.8090 ext. 2119 or kkemp@jonesnet.org.

11.16.13 Northwest Arkansas Annual Celebrity Waiter Scholarship Event Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Tea Rose Foundation

The 15th Annual Scholarship Event is the principal fundraiser for the organizations’ high school and college scholarship programs. Guests can count on great food, fun and entertainment at this after five event. For more information, please contact Cora B. Davis at davisbcora@cox.net. Benton County Sunshine School A Very Special Art Show Susan and Michael Sevart

11.11.13 Alzheimer’s Education Conference Alzheimer’s Association

This Alzheimer’s Education program is for professionals and caregivers of those with dementia and Alzheimer’s and features speaker, Teepa Snow, nationally renowned dementia educator. Please visit www.alz.org for more information.

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11.16.13 8th Annual Ryan Murphy Casino Night Cancer Support Home

This eighth annual night of 80s fun and games includes a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live entertainment. For more information, call 479.271.2257.

11.21.13 Light of Hope CASA of Northwest Arkansas

The 6th Annual Light of Hope will support CASA of Northwest Arkansas’ efforts in continuing to advocate for the abused and neglected children in Northwest Arkansas. The day will include a breakfast at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers and a lunch at the Springdale Convention Center. For more information, contact Julie Lolley at 479.725.2213 or visit www.nwacasa.org.

Circle of Life Hospice Voyage for Hospice Gala Dennis and Cynthia Smiley with Debbie and Mike Luttrell

11.21.13 A Very Special Art Show Benton County Sunshine School

This event will be held at Benton County Sunshine School in Rogers from 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. Featured artwork by local artists, as well as handcrafted Christmas ornaments and cards made by students and clients from the school will be available. Music will be performed by harpist Beth Stockdell. For more information, call Summer Backstrom at 479.636.3190 or visit www.nwabcss.org.

11.21.13 Fresh StART Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter

Kick off your holiday shopping at the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter’s Fresh StART art auction fundraising event. Works by local professional artists make unique gifts for your loved ones, while your purchase gives the gift of peace to victims of domestic violence in our community. For more information, call 479.246.9999 or visit www.nwaws.org.

11.22.13 Jewels of Giving Gala NWA Food Bank

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Lance Stokes and Lauren Wilkins

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11.23.13 Northwest Arkansas St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

A family-friendly 5K walk that takes place in over 90 cities nationwide the Saturday before Thanksgiving every year to benefit the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases. For more information, please visit www.givethankswalk.org.

11.23.13 to 12.31.13 Lights of the Ozarks During the holiday season, the downtown Fayetteville square is turned into a sparkling wonderland. The community gathers to celebrate and enjoys a parade, carolers and street vendors. For more information, please visit www.thelightsoftheozarks.com.

11.25.13 Bentonville Garden Club Annual Holiday Auction and Luncheon Bentonville Garden Club

The local food bank was established in 1988 by a group of concerned citizens who saw the need for hunger assistance in Northwest Arkansas. The NWA Food Bank serves citizens of Benton, Washington, Madison and Carroll counties. For more information, visit www.nwafoodbank.org or call 479.872.8774.

The Bentonville Garden Club’s main fundraiser, this event includes a luncheon and silent auction at the Embassy Suites with lots of goodies for everyone. Proceeds from this event go to endowed scholarships for Horticulture students. Contact Janet Hendren at janet_hendren@yahoo.com for more details.

11.23.13 Girls on the Run® 5k Run/Walk and 10K

11.2013 (TBD) Holiday Extravaganza

Take a great cause and run with it at the 9th annual Girls on the Run® 5k Run/Walk and 10k event on the Bentonville Square. Women, men, girls and boys of all ages are encouraged to participate. For more information, visit www.girlsontherunofnwa.org or please call 479.621.1692.

Women in Networking of Northwest Arkansas

Each November, the Holiday Extravaganza luncheon features a silent auction, speaker and great networking to begin the holidays. Money raised throughout the year will be donated to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County. For more information, please contact Rhonda Porter at 31rhonda@gmail.com.


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12DECEMBER2013 12.7.13 7th Annual Breakfast with Santa

Arts Center of the Ozarks

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by touring homes in Northwest Arkansas beautifully decorated for the season? Visit www.juniorleaguenwa.org to learn more.

12.7.13 O’ Night Divine Charity Ball

The Peel Compton Foundation

The 20th annual Mercy Charity Ball will be the premier black tie event in Northwest Arkansas. More than 1,200 guests will enjoy a top notch entertainer and an over-the-top after party. Proceeds from the Charity Ball will enhance health care services in Northwest Arkansas. For information, call 479.338.2990 or visit www.mercy.net/northwestar/giving.

12.7.13 Children’s Christmas Train Arkansas Missouri Railroad

Spend the afternoon with Santa Claus and take a ride on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad. Proceeds benefit Northwest Arkansas children’s charities. Rides begin at the train station on Emma Street in Springdale. For more information, call 479.872.6183.

12.5.13 6th annual It’s A Wonderful Life Gala Youth Bridge, Inc.

This can’t-miss event toasts area do-gooders for their impact in making a difference with youth in Northwest Arkansas. For more information, visit www.youthbridge.com.

12.5.13 Jingle Mingle Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA

The Jingle Mingle is an annual gathering, which offers scholarship recipients and supporters a chance to usher in the holiday season from 6p.m. to 9p.m. Please visit www.spsfnwa.org or call 479.750.4888 for more information.

Junior League of Northwest Arkansas

Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town. They want you and your family to start the holidays off right by sharing a special breakfast with them at the ACO. For more information, call 479.751.5441 or please visit www.artscenteroftheozarks.org.

Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas

Arts Center of the Ozarks Breakfast with Santa Jennifer Simmons and Erin West

12.8.13 Winter Dreams Tour of Homes

Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkans as O’Night Divine Charity Ball Diane and Wayne Callahan with Christine and Scott Street

12.14.13 December Gala The Peel Compton Foundation kicks off the holiday season with its annual unveiling of the Peel Mansion completed by a gourmet meal in the Carriage House. The mansion is decorated by the Bentonville Garden Club. For more information visit www.peelcompton.org.

12.31.13 Tinsel & Tails Alzheimer’s Association

The New Year’s Eve gala includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing, a champagne toast and a midnight balloon drop at the Phoenix Expo Center in Fort Smith. For more information, call 479.783.2022 or visit www.alz.org.


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