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December Edition 2009

MAGAZINE

Catching The City in Action

Merry Christmas

Give her what she really wants for Christmas!

Who is Santa Claus?


GET BACK TO BASICS...

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Christmas Office Party

December 2009

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36 30

Who Is Santa Claus?

Give Her What She Really Wants This Christmas

Gossip

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Big Green Egg

Luxury Listings

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Catching the City in Action President & C.E.O. Director of Operations Senior Editor Art Director Technical Support Lead Photographer Editorial Assistant

Dio C. David Collins Christine Engler Sarah Bradfield Tim Nguyen Cheri Cheatam Scott Durnell

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Coming up in the January/February edition:

VALENTINE’S DAY FASHION FORWARD FLOWER GIRL NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FLAT SCREENS MAN CAVES MOVIE REVIEW SAY CHEESE

Bill & Carole Samari McGinnis Alpharetta Police Dept. Dr. MacMaster John Priorie Allen Cooley Debbie Hill of Westminster Prep. Lisa (Lili) Fine Jackie Maness Mark Maness David Mott Dr. Jim Hovey George Gordon Debbie Voboril Katie Reeder Janet Rodgers On the Cover - Photography by Yung Cho

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Alpharetta Children’s Dentistry Putting a smile on your child’s face puts a smile on ours No matter how you say it or celebrate the season... Alpharetta Children’s Dentistry wishes you and yours a Joyous Holiday and a Happy New Year!

Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan (Mandarin) Feliz Navidad (Spanish)

Shub Naya Baras (Hindi)

Chag Samaech (Hebrew)

Merry Christmas (English)

Joyeuz Noel (French)

Kuwa na Krismasi njema (Swahili)

God Jul (Norwegian) Kala Christouyenna (Greek)

Buone Feste Natalizie (Italian)

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The Company Christmas Party

loose at the company Christmas party? Take a close look at these do’s and don’ts: (because you Do want your job and you Don’t want behavior at a Christmas party to jeopardize it.)

Rule #1 (and really the rule that strongly af-

fects all other rules) Don’t Over Drink. Studies show that 38% of company Christmas parties this year will not be serving alcohol during their function, however if your company has enough faith in their employees to ‘keep it together’ then remember to use caution when drinking. It is not a good idea to get drunk at these events. If you plan to drink, make plans to drink conservatively. One to two drinks should provide enough to take the edge off yet keep the clothing on during the party. The guy who stands on the table, takes his jacket off, while howling at the chandelier is definitely having a better time than you, however rest assured that you will be his supervisor one day and never the other way around. If more than one drink alters your judgment, stop at one.

Rule #2 Don’t Abandon Your Date. Have you ever been to a company party where you’ve witnessed your extraverted co-worker dallying with the entire staff and leave his date behind? If you choose to bring a companion to a company party, one thing to remember…it is likely he or she will not know anyone else attending. If you choose to be the life of the party, take him or her with you. There’s nothing worse at a company function than a couple who is obviously not getting along. Make sure ample attention is given to the one brave enough to attend this event avec vous. Rule #3 Don’t Over or Under Dress. No mat-

Company holiday parties stand the test to be one of the most anticipated events of the year. It is likely that this is the time most employers do their best to make a fun-filled atmosphere for the entire company. Many corporations even pass business gifts at the holiday parties to show their gratitude. It is also a time when associates, employees and friends get to hang loose, let their hair down and relax for a few hours out of the day without the hassles of the daily work force. So what happens when we get too

ter how well behaved you are, you still don’t want people talking about you as ‘that girl in that outfit’…see page 36. Before attending the holiday event, know what the dress code is. If this occasion is formal…put on a suit. And no, Dockers and a collared shirt are not formal! A tux may be too over-the-top depending on the nature of the event, but a nice dark suit would do the trick. Make sure that what you wear reflects well on you professionally. This is not the time to show up in your most revealing outfit.

Rule #4 Do attend. Don’t even consider NOT going. The office party

is part of your job. Its purpose is to bring together coworkers and colleagues for a bit of camaraderie and some well-deserved recognition. Office parties are fun and give you a chance to see your fellow coworkers in a different light than you would normally during the week, however obey the simple rules to ensure that you will have an office to go to once the party is over. AM by Linda Rodney

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THE SLOW ROASTED TURKEY

This method is foolproof. Everyone tells me it’s the best turkey they’ve ever tasted. It’s slow roasted over 24 hours and can stay in a 185ºF oven for as long as necessary, so there’s less preparation pressure on the day of your dinner.

Transfer breast to a serving platter and keep warm. (Brown for 5 minutes under a preheated broiler for browned skin.) Let turkey breast stand for 10 minutes before carving.

Ingredients:

* 1 4 to 5 pound boneless turkey breast, with skin, or about 2 1/2 pounds for a 3 1/2-quart crockpot * 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley * 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves * 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind * 2 tart apples, peeled,cored,chopped * 4 medium leeks (white part & 1-inch pale green), rinsed, sliced thinly * 1 cup chicken broth * 1/2 cup dry white wine * 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature * 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Preparation:

Rinse turkey breast and pat dry. Lightly pound breast and, with your fingers, separate skin from breast meat. Combine parsley, thyme, and lemon rind. Rub turkey inside and under the skin with the herb mixture; replace skin and tie in place with kitchen twine. Arrange apples and leeks in bottom of 5-quart or larger slow cooker (for a smaller slow cooker, use a 2 to 2 1/2 pound turkey breast). Top with turkey breast, skin side up. Drizzle lemon juice over turkey breast. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, until tender.

Turn setting to high. Whisk broth and wine into the juices in the slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the butter and flour. Whisk into the slow cooker and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened and bubbly, about 15 minutes. Cook and stir for another minute. Pour sauce into a serving dish and spoon over breast slices. AM by Diane Ducio

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Give until it feels good! As I see it, there are two kinds of giving: for the sake of giving and for the sake of getting. Most of us know the benefit of being charitable - it feels good. Is it possible to give and not to feel good? What if you give and you’re not properly rewarded with a warm, tingly response? I have experienced that and observed my reaction as something like, “well, that ungrateful so and so….” Because we are usually rewarded for giving, we get used to the feeling of being a good and loving person. I believe it is difficult to give unconditionally because there is, almost always, a reward. And the reward? Actually, a large body of evidence proves that having a giving attitude is extremely beneficial to our mental, physical, and emotional health. This evidence shows that being loving and giving is genetically congruent to our physiology. Conversely, being fearful, hateful and uncharitable is incongruent to our health, leading to harm. Is it possible that in this world we could do something that is good for the one doing it, good for the one to whom it’s done, good for those observing the act and health-enhancing for all? If so, this could be the best planet-changing concept ever. “But, I don’t have much to give,” you think. Then first give yourself some love and approval just because it feels good. Then give a loving smile, wave, or nod to someone. Write a letter or send a card to someone. Visit someone who needs a little company. I feel good just thinking about it. Give well.

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Studies show that charities rely on businesses for the majority of their support. With that, one hopes that every business will come to a point where they recognize that it is time to give something back to the community for the success they have been able to achieve. For Priority Payment Systems, that time came approximately three years after launching their bank card processing company in Alpharetta. John V. Priore, President and CEO of Priority Payment Systems, established the company in 2005 with several senior executives who have more than 100 years of combined industry experience. The company’s goal was to provide lower costs along with exceptional service to their bank card processing customers. With a record of outstanding performance that currently places Priority Payment Systems in the top 70 of all credit card processors in the country, the company indeed has a lot for which to be thankful. “The Project Give Back Program evolved from the great response we received in the marketplace and the opportunity we saw within our business model,” said John Priore. Project Give Back provides an innovative partnership opportunity for foundations, charities, and other nonprofit organizations to join with Priority to create a totally new way to generate the contributions needed to support their mission. “With Project Give Back, we believe we can provide another avenue for nonprofit organizations to generate funds that does not impact any of their existing channels while also benefiting the businesses that participate by reducing their credit card processing expenses.” adds John.

So, how does Project Give Back work? Almost every business today accepts credit cards as a form of payment for their products/services. Priority provides the services and systems that companies need to process payments from all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover, as well as check payments. John believes that Priority’s wide-range of payment options, advanced point-of-sale solutions, and superior customer service are the primary reasons the company has achieved such remarkable success. Project Give Back offers charitable organizations the opportunity to generate contributions from their business patrons at no cost to their organization. All Priority needs to get started is the organization’s endorsement to offer their payment processing services to their business donors and Priority will do the rest. In turn, the charity will receive a percentage

of Priority’s profits on a monthly, recurring basis for all referred patrons that select Priority’s services—providing a new, ongoing stream of donations in support of the charity’s mission. A partnership with Priority offers considerable benefits to both the foundation and their business patrons. The foundation can establish a new, no-cost channel—and continual donations—for their fundraising efforts while extending the value they provide to their patrons. Participating business patrons can improve their payment processing service levels and reduce operating costs, while also contributing to their favorite foundation at no additional expense. Project Give Back can also deliver positive rewards to a company’s employees. An employee can receive a sense of accomplishment from contributing to a worthy cause while at the same time doing their job. “Priority’s Project Give Back allows me to do my job for the company, and at the same time, benefit charitable organizations that are doing great things within their communities.” says Lori Chittenden, who works in the Underwriting Department. John adds, “I want this program to be a fundamental part of our culture; for everyone to realize all of us can do something to help those in need, and Priority is playing an important part in that process.” So how can your organization get started? Call Priority Payment Systems at (866) 582-8796 and ask for the Project Give Back Team. You can also e-mail an inquiry to projectgiveback@prioritypaymentsystems. com. For more information on Priority Payment Systems, visit

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3. Bring Your Own Indulgence When you’re attending a party at someone’s home, offer to bring a healthful and delectable dessert-something you can dig in to with abandon. You might try combining apples and cranberries in a pie, cobbler, or crisp. Apples provide phenol antioxidants, which help prevent “bad” LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and forming artery-clogging plaque. Eating cranberries or drinking their juice may also aid in lowering your risk of heart disease.

You don’t have to deprive yourself over the holidays to avoid gaining weight. Just follow these simple guidelines to protect your waistline - and your heart - during the seasonal food feast:

1. Don’t Skimp on Breakfast Try to “save” a couple hundred a.m. calories for a p.m. party, and it’s guaranteed that you’ll overindulge later in the day (studies show that breakfast eaters consume less fat and fewer calorie-dense foods all day than breakfast skippers do). Worse, you may actually be compromising your health.

2. Spoil Your Appetite To ensure that you won’t eat everything on the buffet at a holiday fete, satisfy your hunger with a pre-party snack. A little fat or protein would be best. Try an ounce of nuts, a cup of low-fat cottage cheese, or a glass of fat-free milk. You’ll curb your appetite, giving you better control when faced with mountains of great food.

In a recent study at the University of Scranton, men and women with high cholesterol who drank three glasses of cranberry juice every day for a month boosted their levels of “good” HDL cholesterol by 10 percent, which translates roughly into a 40 percent lower risk of developing heart disease.

4. Drink to Your Health Just make sure it’s not with sugary punch. Go for the merlot--or any red wine--and you’ll take in just 74 fat-free calories a glass and a wealth of antioxidants called polyphenols, which help reduce your risk of heart disease. Limit yourself to two alcoholic drinks a day; that’s the optimum amount to benefit your heart. Source: Fitness News Service Fitness News Service, Inc. is a comprehensive provider of health and fitness news. Our goal is to educate and empower the reader. We don’t offer fad diets, back-breaking exercises, or gimmicky approaches. Instead, we provide up-to-date, down-to-earth, easy-toread information on living a healthier, happier lifestyle. Our information contains practical, useful “how-to” tips on eating sensibly, exercising appropriately, coping with stress, and making wise health choices. Our information is reviewed by our medical department for accuracy and clarity before publication.

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NEVER ENOUGH THYME 5354 McGinnis Ferry Rd Alpharetta, GA 30005 phone: (678) 297-1124 fax: 678- 297-1125 Chef Robert Pniewski and his sister-in-law, Michele Doyle, envisioned a great neighborhood gathering place that served freshly prepared delicious meals in a warm friendly environment. In November of 2001, that vision became reality when they opened Never Enough Thyme. Rob and Michele decided upon Alpharetta’s McGinnis Ferry location because

it’s right in their own neighborhood. Both have lived in the area for over 10 years and enjoy being part of and giving back to the community. Chef Rob is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and an award winning chef with close to 30 years of experience. Michele’s experience involves the management side of the catering and restaurant business. Together, they’re the perfect team! Everything at Never Enough Thyme is prepared daily with only the freshest ingredients and there are plenty of dishes to choose from. Try one of their many homemade soups or their award winning sirloin chili. One of their more popular salads is the Blue Cheese Salad with freshly grilled chicken, blue cheese crumbles, dried cherries and walnuts served with homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette. Never Enough Thyme’s Rueben is made with in-house prepared corned beef, sauerkraut and homemade Russian dressing grilled on fresh rye. No “thyme” to cook dinner? Never Enough Thyme always has a large variety of Dinner-To-Go items including their poppy seed chicken, pot roast, meatloaf, basmati rice pilaf, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and fresh green beans. It’s a multi-functional establishment. Their beautiful space is available

for rehearsal dinners, wine tastings, business dinners, etc., however they also have a very successful catering business that offers many varied options for business and personal events. They cater daily to many offices in Alpharetta and surrounding areas. Their catering menu has everything from hot and cold hor’dourves to homemade favorites like lasagna, Cajun bronzed chicken, roasted potatoes and broccoli with walnuts. The very best part of their business for Rob and Michele are the many regular guests that visit Never Enough Thyme daily and the great support they get from their staff which is more like a family to them. Their N.E.T. friends have become an important part of their lives and they enjoy being a part of theirs. Michele has said “it is so great when we cater to a company holiday party and they invite us back for their daughter’s graduation, then a college graduation and then a rehearsal dinner. That’s the very best part…getting to meet so many new friends and sharing in their experiences.” Bring your friends and make new ones while you dine at one of Alpharetta’s finest restaurants located at: 5354 McGinnis Ferry Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30005

(678) 297-1124

Now Open For Breakfast! We were voted “Best Lunch Spot” for the Roswell, Alpharetta, and John’s Creek area! We are open Mon-Fri 7:00am-6:30pm Sat 8:00am-3:00pm Restaurant available for private parties in the evenings and weekends.


CALANDER OF EVENTS - DECEMBER 2009 The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and Welcome Center invite the public to stop by between 2-6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, to explore the organization’s new office space at Park Plaza, 178 South Main Street, Suite 200, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009, meet and greet the staff and learn about the complimentary services provided by the CVB and Welcome Center. Complimentary drinks and desserts will be served. Everyone who stops by will have a chance to win major giveaways from Alpharetta hotels. “We are very excited about our new location in downtown Alpharetta and look forward to continuing to provide exceptional services to market and promote Alpharetta as a premier tourism destination,” says Janet Rodgers, President and CEO of the Alpharetta CVB. Alpharetta, GA – Bells will be ringing this season in Alpharetta, a charming, family-friendly city nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains, and still easily accessible to Atlanta’s many attractions. With festive events like the city of Alpharetta’s 32nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, and the Alpharetta City Band Concert, children will discover the season’s magic around every corner.

The piano and voice students of the NFMTA, North Fulton Music Teachers Association, will present Celebrate With Music at the North Point Mall. Over 400 students will perform over the weekend on Center Stage and in front of Dillard’s.

Polar Express Storytime and Party! December 04, 7:00 PM Barnes and Noble 7660 Northpoint Parkway Alpharetta, GA 770-993-8340

Mark your calendars and save the date for this fun and festive holiday storytime! Join us along with Mrs. Claus for a reading of The Polar Express.

The Downtown Alpharetta Holiday Market December 5, 12-5:00 PM Milton Avenue & Hwy. 9 Next to Milton Square City Park Alpharetta, GA 404-402-5389

Our famous Downtown Alpharetta Farmer’s Market has added a “Holiday Market” for the 3rd year! The event features additional vendors with Holiday themed crafts along with the regular “awesome” vendors. The market will be alive with carolers and Chef demos.

32nd Annual Tree Lighting Celebration December 6, 5:00 PM Historic Downtown Alpharetta Milton Square City Park/Main St. Alpharetta, GA 678-297-6078

All the magic of Christmas glistens at the annual lighting of the 45’ live spruce tree with 10,000 white lights! Live music, children’s music & dance performances & reading of a Christmas classic with Mayor Arthur Letchas & wife Sally. Santa & Mrs.Claus arrive on a firetruck for FREE visits & photos in the gazebo.

For additional information please visit: www.awesomealpharetta.com

Alpharetta First UMC Chancel Choir and Orchestra Christmas Concert December 13, 5:00 PM Alpharetta First UMC 69 N Main Street Alpharetta, GA 770-475-5576

This festive celebration will be presented by the Chancel Choir, other adult ensembles and AFUMC Orchestra and include our children and soloists.

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Celebrate With Music by the North Fulton Music Teachers Association December 4 - December 6, Fri. 5-7PM, Sat. 10-7PM Sun. 126PM (Times may vary) North Point Mall 1000 North Point Circle Alpharetta, GA 770-521-1226

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre of Alpharetta PresentsThe Nutcracker December 18 - December 20, Times Vary, see website Blessed Trinity 11340 Woodstock Road Alpharetta, GA 678-297-2800 Metropolitan Ballet Theater of Alpharetta presents their annual Tchaikovsky ballet.

Alpharetta Dance Theatre presents the 13th Annual Production of “The Nutcracker” December 19 @ 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM, December 20 @ 1:00 PM & 6:00 PM Milton High School 13025 Birmingham Hwy. Milton, GA 770-664-4797 Don’t miss the magical performance of this years’ “Nutcracker” by our own Alpharetta Dance Theatre!

The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and Welcome Center has moved to a new location at Park Plaza, 178 South Main Street, Suite 200, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009. For additional information please visit: www.awesomealpharetta.com


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Luxury Listings This Home Says WELCOME! Masterful application of light and space combine with comfort to capture the essence of luxury living. Southern hospitality starts on the Verandah for rocking chair afternoons. The interior is a fusion of casual and formal rooms, enhanced by hardwood floors, extensive millwork, soaring ceilings and window walls. A culinary kitchen, the hub of the house, offers an abundance of cabinets and granite counterspace and integrates captivating entertaining with ease and features a breakfast bar, island and complemented with easy exit to the large viewing deck. Many amenities beginning with a two story foyer with stairs ascending to the second level balcony; fireside Greatroom: large Dining Room that will seat twelve plus! Master Retreat, located on the main level with “pamper yourself bath” and oversized closet. Three additional bedrooms can be found on the second level with each bedroom having its own bath. Full daylight basement is stubbed for a bath and is waiting for your finishing touch. Wooded backyard with a stream meandering through the property. Three car garage and three sides brick with an accent of Hardi-plank board on the rear. Sited near the neighborhood park with a gazebo. The community has a feel of country life, but is close enough and convenient to schools, shopping, places of worship, recreation and the interstate. Welcome, to a fantastic home located in a wonderful comunity. $485,000

With the sale of this home, Seller’s are giving a membership to the Freedom Boat Club located at Holiday Marina on Lake Lanier. Grand is not the adjective to describe this home. A rare jewel in a golden crown is the better. A featured home for the Buford/Lanier Women’s Club Tour of Homes. This residence features restrained elegance and is peerlessly designed to reflect timeless architecture blending both elegant and casual rooms with a complete terrace level facility to include a home theatre. Open the door to a grand foyer that welcomes you to a home that is warm and inviting. The finished terrace level with recreation, full bar and home theatre is also designed for separate living with bedroom, bath, half bath, living area and kitchen...a rocking chair Verandah and a large viewing deck on the rear overlooking Lake Lanier, you find a home that is something to talk about. INCLUDED with the sale of the home, the Seller’s will give you a membership to the Freedom Boat Club located at Holiday Marina. A membership where you always have a boat available to you...all you do is furnish the gas...and this club is located across the USA. So, wherever you go, if you need a boat, and there is a lake with a boat club...you have access to one. $675,000

Luxury Listings Celebrate living in this home with spacious, formal and casual rooms, front and rear stairs. The culinary kitchen suite, the hub of the house, integrates captivating entertaining and preparation of meals with ease. Kitchen features include an abundance of cabinets and counter space, a breakfast room, island with breakfast bar, office and fireside great room with rear stairs, all complemented by a sunroom with window walls. Large viewing deck overlooks the wooded rear yard, flower garden and velvety lawn. The setting is surpassed only by the residence itself. The flowing design is enhanced by hardwood floors, extensive millwork and window walls. The two-story foyer with curved stairs ascending to the balcony above is flanked by a guest suite or office/ study...your choice... and formal living room which is adjacent to the banquet-sized dining room. The second level offers the master retreat, one guest suite and two additional bedrooms. Located in a golf course community with swim/tennis, park, playground and more. Convenient to interstate highways, shopping, schools, medical, places of worship and recessional parks. $485,000

Crooked Creek Subdivision, Alpharetta, GA 30004 Vacation in this home everyday, where fun is never out of season! Country Club membership can be given with this home. Perfectly positioned on the lot to offer magnificent golf course and lake views, this home reflects an extraordinary blend of timeless architectural and style with both formal and casual rooms. The open footprint includes endless special touches from the front veranda until you reach the deck on the rear. Additional features: A fireside two-story great room; dining room that will seat twelve plus; guest suite on the main level; private master retreat with a sitting area and pamper yourself bathroom; Finished terrace level with a full bar, billiard room, home theatre and fireside sitting area help make this home one you will be glad to come home to! Located in a golf course community with many amenities including clubhouse, two pools, a tennis center with eleven tennis courts, playground and lake. Crooked Creek is a place where you just pick up your golf clubs, walk out the door, and you are at your favorite pastime, where homes are in touch with the needs of their owners, where amenities are in touch with their natural environment, and where neighbors are in touch with each other. That in fact, just may be the best definition of what a community really is. $585,000

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Get Her What She Really Wants This Christmas

Something electronicGuys are not the only gadget minded consumers anymore. Girls love the latest electronic devices just as much as the next guy. Upgrading your wife’s cell phone is a great Christmas gift. A power tool that you will use more than she will is not. They’re always coming out with a new phone so it’s a safe bet that she will appreciate the functions that her new Christmas phone will have. Maybe a new iPod that will hold more of her pictures and videos. A new electronic device is always a good gift to give. Something to wear- This is a no brainer. Women love clothes! You can take the gift card route for clothes, but instead show her that you’ve been paying attention to her style and taste even if it’s just a new scarf in her favorite color. Shoes are always the gift that keeps on giving; however this is a tough buy unless you were there when she tried them on. Do not attempt to purchase shoes for your wife on your own. We want to see what they look like on our feet, and then from this angle, then that angle, and then with this pair of jeans…see what I mean. If you’re going to do a gift card at all this season, now is the time. A gift card to her favorite shoe store is a winner.

My wife wanted a new watch but I told her the stove has a clock on it. Christmas is a time for happiness and for giving presents to the people close to our hearts. It is through this holiday period that we like giving and receiving presents to and from our nearest and dearest. So guys, get her what she really wants this Christmas. Here are 6 rules to abide by this Christmas and you can thank me later: Something electronic, something to wear, something that sparkles, something to share, something from the heart…and then something from Nordstroms. This is the perfect guideline to ensure that you cover all of your bases this Christmas and that she gets what she wants. Nordstrom, you can thank me later too. Let’s review: ALPHARETTA MAGAZINE

Something that sparklesDiamonds are still a girl’s best friend, but this is a recession. If you can no longer afford to upgrade her center stone from a 3 to a 4K, there are still plenty of ways to give her something that sparkles. You could choose a silver-plated compact mirror. Compact mir-

rors are always a perfect present as it is something that women will use every day. My husband had mine engraved and I thought it was a nice touch. Having one that is not only decorated with the finest crystals but that is engraved with a message that reads ‘Merry Christmas, Love fill in your name,’ is a wonderful women’s Christmas gift. If its jewelry that you are after for that special woman’s Christmas gift then how about a nice pair of earrings. Sales and discounts are plentiful in the jewelry department this time of year so finding a nice sparkling pair of earrings will not hurt your wallet. Make sure you know how much you’re going to spend before you walk in and stick to that budget. Something to share- Fulfilling this category is going to rely on you really knowing the recipient. If they’re into photos, something to share could be a new photo album or frame. Maybe she could share a day at the spa with her best friend or tickets to her favorite concert. This gift requires thought but is usually the most rewarding since she will get a chance to share it with someone close to her. Something from the heartNo one knows your wife better than you do, so something from the heart needs to be just that. Restoring her favorite old picture from her childhood could work. Perhaps, a teddy bear or a dozen of her favorite flowers. This gift should make her feel loved and cherished and only you know how to do that. Something from Nordstrom’s- You know your wife’s favorite store. If she won a shopping spree to any store in town where would she go? My husband knows I would go straight to Nordstrom’s. However, your wife may go to a different department store or perhaps her favorite boutique. The point is, get her something from her favorite store and she’ll know that you were paying attention. A gift certificate, gift card, or a well selected item from her favorite store will keep a smile on her face. Well, at least until the 26th. No matter who you are or how much you spend, everyone will get it wrong at some point. Because people tend to purchase a huge amount of gifts at Christmas time, the gift itself sometimes gets put second to just getting the Christmas shopping done. Some men may tend to rush through the process in an effort to avoid standing in the middle of a mall deliberating on what to get. Buying women’s Christmas gifts does not have to be such a difficult and exhausting task. Just have a plan before you start, keep her style in mind, and allow the hints that she has been dropping from January to November guide your way. Here’s to never having to wait in the Returns line!! Merry Christmas AM by Amber Morale

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Eggin’ with Andy Christmas Prime Rib Roast You will need:

- 6-8 lbs Rib Roast (Bone-in or Boneless) - Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Dizzy Pig Raising the Steaks - Rosemary (optional) - Horseradish Sauce (we recommend Weber’s Sandwich Pal Horseradish Sauce available at Kroger) - Plate Setter - V-Rack - Digital Thermometer (we recommend remote digital thermometer for your convenience)

Before you start cooking:

- Start the Egg and bring it up to 650F. - Rub the Rib Roast with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Apply Dizzy Pig Raising the Steaks liberally on all sides of the rib roast. If your Rib Roast comes with the netting, keep it on; you can use it later when adding rosemary.

Careful!

When the Egg is at such a high temperature you need to remember to ‘burp’ the Egg otherwise opening the dome suddenly may cause the fire to come right at you and burn your eyelashes, etc. Burping the Egg is a process when you open the dome very slowly and in stages. Start with 1-2” crack and hold it for a couple of seconds, then add another few inches and hold, and so on, until you get it fully open.

to get down to 400F. Now it would be good time to add rosemary to the netting. Slowly open the Egg, remove the grid and put the Plate Setter feet up. The Plate Setter will add a thermo shock to the BGE dropping the temperature down to 350F. Put the grid on the top of the PSL put the roast in the V-rack and close the dome. Barely open the bottom draft door and the dual function metal top on the BGE (approx. 1/8”) and cook the roast indirect until the internal temperature reaches 125F in the deepest part of the meat. Pull the roast off the Big Green Egg, set it in the kitchen on the counter and tent it with aluminum Picture is not the exact representation of the offer. foil letting it rest for 15-20 minutes. It will allow the roast to cook further without overdoing the meat. To add a little spice to the experience you can choose to serve your perfect medium rare prime rib with horseradish sauce.

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Without the Plate Setter in sear all sides of the Roast for 2 min each side. When finished, pull the rib roast off the egg and shut the egg down by closing the top and the bottom vent. Allow the egg

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SHOE CHAT Painless Shopping It is hard to believe that 2009 is nearly over and Christmas is knocking on our door. It’s shopping time again and even though this year may be a little different we will still look for the best deals. In the process we may end up burning a few extra gallons of gas and calories but at least we make sure we get the best deals. You probably think that by the time you are done you will hurt from the tip of our toes to the top of our head but the truth is you can change it. Your feet and the rest of your body always hurt for a reason. It is like sending you a signal that something is not quite right. So, instead of running the red light and risking that you get a ticket you can just use a break. There are a few simple ways to make the aftermath of shopping less painful: 1. Always carry a pair of comfy shoes in your car. That way whether you are on your way back from work, a meeting, etc. and want to do some shopping, you can do it in shoes that will not cause you blisters

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There are different brands available over the counter like ¾ length Birkenstock inserts that can be moved from one pair to another. 4. Turn your shopping experience into workout. It is easy with MBT’s and they will help you with shock absorption while toning your buttocks, hamstrings and calves. At the same time you will be strengthening and stretching bottoms of your feet which will have a great preventative result. By the end of December, you will have probably added a couple of dozens of extra miles to our feet. Let’s make it as painless and rewarding an experience as possible. Good Luck to all of you, shoppers and make the best out of that Holiday Season! Magda Denning is the owner of Blue Mountain Shoes and helps people with their feet comfort needs. You will find her at 405 Peachtree Pkwy, Ste.110 in Cumming. You can also call her at 678-513-0450 or email her if you have any questions or concerns at bluemountainshoe@bellsouth.net.

or feet fatigue. Make sure they have a wide enough toe box so that you can wiggle your toes comfortably. 2. Save soft and squishy for kicking around the house rather than shopping. Doctors, nurses, chefs, etc choose footwear that will help them support their bodies throughout the day so their feet do not have to do all that weightlifting by themselves. That can have a huge impact on lowering foot fatigue and cramping. 3. Orthotics are not only by prescription. Inserts are sure to make a difference for those who have arches as well as those who don’t. It is important that they are fitted properly but it does not mean they have to be custom made. In other words you do not have to have health insurance or pay a few hundreds of dollars for a pair of inserts. ALPHARETTA MAGAZINE

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The Wine Corner

Make Wine Shopping Fun “I am not really a big wine connoisseur.” Go into any wine store and you will usually hear someone blurt this out. The fear of embarrassment drives many wine lovers to the relative anonymity of the grocery store wine aisle. If you are not having as much fun buying wine as you are drinking wine, you should consider shopping somewhere else. Once upon a time, a barrel of grape juice went unnoticed until it fermented and the sugar turned to alcohol. When the fermented brew was tasted, people were delighted at how much fun it was to drink. Wine is supposed to be fun. If you already know what you like, ask for something similar that you haven’t tried before. If you find something new, ask the staff if they have tried it. It’s not required that you know Bordeaux from Burgundy to shop for wine. As a consumer, it’s your right to ask questions before you buy. Listen carefully to the answers and decide for yourself if you want to try something new. Do not tolerate salespeople who act “snobbish” or disrespect your taste in wine. In addition to being matched with your own personal taste in wines, you have a right to pay a reasonable amount. Got a smart phone?

Search for the wine by vintage, winery and grape. For example search “2004 Two Hands, Shiraz.” It would be unfair to expect to pay winery prices in a local store but you should not have to pay double. Believe it or not, prices may be negotiable. You are the consumer, and therefore you call the shots. You don’t have to tolerate snobbery. Go out and find what you were looking for all along: A little bottle of fun. David Mott is the Owner of Tinder Box/ Vino 100 in Alpharetta. 770-343-8010 131 S Main Street

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During his productive days, St. Nicholas used to ride from town to town on a donkey, converting people to Christianity, and helping the poor, especially the children. On December 6th, his Christian feast day, he’d leave gifts beside the hearth: fruit, nuts, candies, and wood and clay figurines. During the time of great change in the Christian Church known as the Protestant Reformation, which occurred in the 1500s, the famous Martin Luther declared that all good Christians should stop celebrating saints. For the devout followers of Luther, that meant also stopping the celebration of Saint Nick, no matter how fun the gift giving had become. Not all Christians stopped celebrating Saint Nick, not even all of the Protestants. Instead of stopping the celebration, they crafted a plan to enjoy the Saint Nick holiday in secret. This is when Saint Nick became known in England as “Father Christmas”. In Germany, people referred to Santa as “Christmas Man”, and the Dutch created the name “Sinterklass.” About this time, a large majority of Dutch settlers moved to New Amsterdam in America—what would later become New York—and brought their celebration of Sinterklass with them. Americans caught on to the idea, and tried to pronounce his name Sinterklass, which sounded a lot like Santa Claus.

However, Santa Claus did not hit the big time until the author of “Sleepy Hollow,” Washington Irving, got wind of Santa Claus and promoted him via the American press. This happened in the early 1800s, when Washington Irving wrote a story called “A History of New York,” in which he went into great detail about a man called “Sinterklass.” This Saint Nick was chubby and short, wore a funny costume, and would travel around on the Eve of Saint Nicholas on a horse.

Besides the North Pole, where does Santa Claus Come From? We all know Santa’s story by now. He was originally a bishop several years ago, and after he died he became known as Saint Nicholas, or Saint Nick for short. St. Nicholas died on December 6, 342, but his name lived on. He was named the patron saint of Sicily, Greece and Russia, as well as the patron saint of all children. ALPHARETTA MAGAZINE

The idea of a jolly gift-giving man caught on in the American press. Another writer, the poet Clement Clark Moore, wrote a poem called “A Visit from St. Nicolas,” which is better known as, “The Night Before Christmas.” It was Moore who made Saint Nick a jolly old elf who flies around the night in a magical sleigh powered by eight flying reindeer. Americans would get their best images of Santa Claus in the magazines of the late 1800s, when the cartoonist Thomas Nast put out his own visions of Saint Nick in Harper’s Weekly. For Nast, Santa was a bigger man with a big fat belly, who wore a red suit lined with fur and a big leather belt. Nast also started drawing images of Santa’s workshop in the North Pole, and Santa using a list to keep track of his kids who were naughty and nice. So whether you know him as Saint Nick, Sinterklass, or just Santa, he’s an image of the holidays that has withstood the test of time. AM by Raymond Strickland

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Brew Depot has an incredible selection of complete beer and wine kits. They’ve selected some of the most popular styles of beer and wine that you can create from these ingredient kits. Everything you need is here, including the bottle caps for the beer or labels and shrink caps for 30 bottles of wine. The dollar savings associated with home brewing along with the ability to produce award winning wines and beer are just two factors that appeal to the home brewing enthusiast. This is a spacious, well-stocked location for beer or wine connoisseurs or those just interested in home-brewing. The staff is friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Ask the award winning owner Bob Carlton how to take part in one of his upcoming brew classes that are taught 2 doors down from the Brew Depot location in their specially designed instructional facility. Brew Depot also carries the hard to find parts for home & commercial keg systems and provides refilling of CO2 tanks. Brew Depot Christmas Specials: Complete Beer Making Starter Kit for $90. Everything you need to make over 2 cases of Craft Beer. Complete Wine Making Starter Kit for $140. Everything you need to make 30 bottles of your favorite wine. We also offer Wine and Beer making classes, You can make your beverage of choice at our specially designed facility with our equipment while being instructed by our experienced Staff. Bring a friend and Sign up now! Cheers! AM Editorial by Scott Durnell & Dio C. Store Hours: Monday thru Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, Closed on Sunday Call Brew Depot at

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Does Everyone Gossip?

“If you haven’t got anything good to say about anyone come and sit by me.” Alice Roosevelt Longworth By the time a rumor has made it from the lips of gossipers to the water cooler, it has manifested into office news. The talk of the day. What is it about gossip that has intrigued us for so long and made good fortunes for those who print it in tabloids? Let’s look deeper to see what puts this massive wheel in motion. First, consider the person who is the gossip spreader. Why is this person presenting the information? Can any good come from it? In my opinion gossip is born and raised at the workplace. Probably due to boredom. Such “news,” whether accurate or not, provides a momentary feeling of superiority and control that the one who gossips probably lacks otherwise. If this person’s work performance isn’t sufficient cause for recognition, then the next best option is to stake a claim as the one with the latest inside dirt. Unfortunately, a gossip isn’t satisfied just possessing the information. After all, knowledge that isn’t shared is wasted, right? This is where others get implicated without necessarily being willing participants. Even the “innocent” are drawn into the gossip’s web by merely listening. For a few fleeting moments, this person has everyone’s undivided attention, and this is “reward” enough. Of course, the one who suffers most is the subject under discussion. Even if the rumor proves to be just that, the damage has been done. Those who have heard the gossip will be unable to completely erase it from their minds. The letter A has been pinned on my coat and now this is how the people will view me.

Celebrity gossip is a huge business. A few displaced rumors about the latest “it” person and they are no longer what you thought they were. Celebrity photographers can earn literally thousands of dollars just for taking a picture of a celebrity. These pictures are the oil that keeps the gossip wheel turning. If they take a picture of Kevin Federline in Vegas than he is a partying animal with not a care in the world. Take a picture of him a day later pushing a stroller and now he’s a dedicated father filled with love and compassion. It’s just gossip. Entertaining…but still just gossip. I guess we all gossip occasionally because it’s interesting to step out of our lives and poke our head into others, however when we gossip we’re sharing that information with others which is where the line is crossed. If someone is willing to confide in you, keep it in the “vault”. Show yourself as trustworthy and above the gossip and rumor mills. Just remember, it’s a lot better to be interesting enough to be talked about than to be the interested party who’s doing the talking. AM By Jenny Caine & Brandon Freeman

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THE BIRTH OF JESUS to pay their taxes. Mary was very tired and needed a place to stay. At each inn, the story was the same. There was no room for them. Eventually, one kind innkeeper said he had a stable where he kept his animals. They were welcome to stay there. And so it was that a few hours later, Mary gave birth to her son in that stable. She wrapped Jesus in strips of cloth and laid Him in a manger full of hay. At the same time, on a hillside overlooking Bethlehem, some shepherds were watching over their sheep. A bright light appeared in the sky. They were very afraid. It was an angel sent by God. The angel told them not to be afraid, because he had some good news. He said the Son of God had been born and they would find Him in Bethlehem. The shepherds wanted to go and see the baby. When they arrived at the stable, they were filled with joy at seeing Jesus lying in the manger. They knelt down and worshipped Him. They told Mary and Joseph how the angel had appeared in the sky and told them that Jesus was to be the Savior of the world. Happy Birthday, Jesus! Sponsored by Victory Baptist Church

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Cinnamon Rolls

This Christmas, treat your family to the delight of waking up to the scent of fresh-baked cinnamon rolls. You could make a fresh batch of different and delicious cinnamon rolls every day, from diced apple and walnut buns, to cinnamon-sugar and raisin-filled rolls frosted with cream cheese icing, to classic pecan sticky buns. Here’s my method: PREP TIME 2 Hours COOK TIME 20 Minutes

INGREDIENTS * 1-1/2 packages (about 3-1/4 teaspoons) dry yeast * 1/4 cup warm water * 1/2 cup shortening * 1/3 cup sugar * 1-1/2 teaspoon salt * 1 cup milk * 1 egg * 4 to 5 cups sifted flour * melted butter * brown sugar * cinnamon * raisins (optional) * Vanilla Frosting * 2 cups powdered sugar * 1 tablespoon butter, melted * 1 teaspoon vanilla * milk or cream (2 to 4 tablespoons)

PREPARATION Add the warm water to the yeast and soak 10 minutes.

Scald milk; pour over the shortening. Add sugar and salt and cool to tepid. Add the dissolved yeast and beaten egg. Add 4 cups flour adding one at a time beating after each addition. Dough should be soft yet firm enough to handle. Knead on floured board until elastic and smooth. Avoid too much flour. Turn dough into well oiled bowl. Let rise for 1-1/2 hours. Press dough down and divide into workable size. Roll dough out into a rectangle. Cover with melted butter. Layer with a generous thick layer* of brown sugar. Sprinkle on cinnamon* as desired. If you like raisins, layer on a layer of raisins. Roll up jellyroll fashion. Using scissors or a piece of string, cut off slices about 1 to 1-1/2 inches thick. Place slices in an 8 or 9 inch round greased cake pan. Place one slice in the middle and other slices around it. Press rolls down to even out and fill pan. Let rise until rolls fill the pan generously...about another hour. Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 15 - 20 minutes. If rolls get too brown, cover with a piece of tine foil until the end of baking. Do not over bake rolls. Remove immediately from pan by inverting onto a plate and then tip over onto another plate to right the rolls.

FOR THE FROSTING:

In a medium bowl, place sugar, butter and vanilla. Then stir in enough milk or cream to reach a thick, hardly-able to stir consistency. Spread over warm rolls as soon as they are placed on a plate to let the frosting melt and run into the rolls. * I was pretty generous with both the brown sugar and cinnamon. I ended up with about a 1/2 inch layer of brown sugar completely covered with cinnamon. Enjoy! AM by Susan Durant

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