Ardent content feature 16. Honoring our Veterans
20. Cheese-Apple Autumn Soup Carole Morris
36. lisa & Trevor
22. The Pumpkin Patch is Calling Cindy Della Monica
26. Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes & Turkey Pot Pie Bogle Vineyards
40. Create A Repeat Pattern With a Stencil Red Door Antiques
30. World Spice for the Win! World Spice Merchants 32. 5 Ways to Enjoy Leftovers from Thanksgiving
education 42. What I’ve learned CT Morris
art 44. Book Reviews Sacramento Public Library
home 46. Home Warranty
health 50. try Everything Anna Osborn 54. Berberine Elk Grove Vitamins 56. The Expertise and Evolution of Sports Medicine Kaiser Permanente 58. Motivation Switch Fitness
community 62. Celebrating Diversity
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history 64. Celebrations in Elk Grove Elizabeth Pinkerton
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy No doubt you’ve heard a lot about Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy lately. What is it all about? How does it work? Who needs it? Is it something you could benefit from? Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, also known as BHRT, is exactly what it sounds like. Your declining hormones are replaced with hormones that are structurally identical to the hormones produced by your own body. Why is this important? Hormones that are not structurally identical to your own (for example, Premarin, which comes from horse urine) do not act the same on your body, may contain hormones that your body does not make and has no receptors for these hormones, so you waste energy by giving incomplete messages to cells which then fail to produce a balanced hormonal response. Also, your body cannot effectively metabolize these foreign hormones, which may have long term unknown, potentially, negative effects on your body.
MYTH: Our hormones levels are
declining because we are growing older.
FACT: We are growing older because your hormones are declining. The goal in BHRT is to turn back the hormonal clock to around age 35, or around 20 years younger than your chronological age. Anti-aging medicine is a personalized, metabolic medicine. We now have the science to individually customize your care and we can look at the cause of the problems, instead of just treating symptoms. If you are basically healthy, we can look at how your body breaks down things to help you be healthier and stay healthy. All the patients in my practice have a totally different treatment regime, there are no protocols. It is a very personalized approach.
So is Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy right for you? Do you find yourself wondering……? Why am I so tired? Why am I gaining weight? Why do I have mood swings? Why do I have a low sex drive? Why am I not able to sleep well? Why am I having memory lapses? Why do I have frequent urination and/or incontinence? Why do I have migraine headaches?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, bio-identical hormone therapy may be just what would benefit you.
How does the process work?
After obtaining lab testing of saliva, blood or urine, you meet for a consultation with Dr. Dayle A. Imperato, an American Anti-Aging Academy trained physician for evaluation of your unique bio-identical hormonal needs. You are prescribed the specific hormones that your body needs! We use a quality compounding pharmacy and carry a high pharmaceutical grade of supplements for your use.
Your hormones are a symphony of interactions. All of your hormones are designed to work together and if one is altered, or deficient, it will affect the actions of all of the other hormones in your body. It is an interactive balance and as unique to an individual as a fingerprint. One size does not fit all. Treating even “mild” hormonal deficiencies can dramatically improve quality of life. Longevity medicine is aimed at the early detection, prevention, treatment, and reversal of age related decline. We are not prisoners of our genetic destiny. Chronic inflammation is the cause and the effect of most illnesses and the diseases of aging. Balanced hormone optimization and a balanced life style decreases chronic inflammation. Hormone optimization is the finishing touch of an anti-aging lifestyle of good nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, anti-oxidants and nutraceuticals
Contributor’s Corner Justin Azevedo
Justin has been a Youth Services Librarian for Sacramento Public Library since 2010, and is currently the Youth Materials Selector for the system.
I am Britney, a portrait photographer based in the greater Sacramento area. I am a self-proclaimed chaser of light and LOVE all things bright and airy.
Switch Fitness Owner with a passion for life, family, friends and fitness. She's never met a stranger, loves the movie Elf and is living proof that fitness can be fun.
Aaron Andrew Grove
Serial Entrepreneur and Owner of Purely CBD of Elk Grove
Scott and Dana Halvorson
We are Sacramento photographers, shooting everywhere from Tahoe to San Francisco, and we have a love for travel beyond.
Owner of Two Twenty Photos is a Fun Wedding and Family Photographer.
Dr. Dayle A. Imperato
A Board Certified physician, she has served the Sacramento community for the past 20 years. Owner of Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine in Old Town, Elk Grove.
Is an author and journalist. She is a member City of Elk Grove Committee for the Arts and received the Elk Grove 2011 Mayor’s Award for volunteerism in the Arts.
Switch Fitness Owner and Mom to Braden, Kyla and Lea. Some Moms can juggle a lot, Jamie can literally juggle her three kids; yeah, she’s that strong.
Cindy Della Monica
Cheesemonger and Owner of Cheese Central in Lodi, Ca.
Instructional Specialist, Author and Adjunct Professor. She is married to an outstanding, brilliant man and the mother of two grown awe-inspiring children, and grammie to three flawless grandchildren.
Anna lives in Elk Grove with her husband and school aged twins. She owns Life Unscripted Counseling in Midtown Sacramento.
Teacher and Administrator for 40 years, she is now a historian and author.
Justin is not just another pretty face in Real Estate. He enjoys long walks on the beach and high mountain sunsets.
Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, and Archivist at the Elk Grove Historical Society
Owner of Elk Grove Vitamins for the past six years.
Award Winning Photographer & Videographer. Has produced work for NBC Nightly News and Good Day Sacramento.
Is a librarian and lifelong reader who has a passion for sharing books with pretty much anyone she meets. She currently works as the Adult Materials Selector for the Sacramento Public Library and asks, “What have you read lately?”
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Fall means family gatherings, apples, and pumpkin spice. The weather’s cooling, so we’re slipping on our sweaters and sipping hot drinks. In my mind’s eye, fall is all about nostalgia and cozying up with a book. After this past year of “crazy” and feeling disconnected from people and the calendar—I’m excited to see signs of change. I really am tired of people saying, “the new normal”. I want to reconnect with the “old normal”; you know hugging family and friends. Talking to my students without the barrier of masks and seeing their adorable expressions as they talk. With a mix of nostalgic yearning and renewed optimism, I’m welcoming fall with open arms. Where have you been old friend?
What did we learn after reading this issue? We have exceptional recipes in this issue that will warm your soul. When there is a chill in the air, isn’t it wonderful to smell aromatic food cooking? Your family will love you for both the smell and the taste of the recipes we’ve enclosed in this issue.
Did you know there are approximately 9,000 veterans who reside in Elk Grove? The Elk Grove City Council has approved the creation of a Military Street Banner Program to honor residents who served in the United States Armed Forces and to promote civic pride. We have a heartwarming article about this wonderful program. There is an inspiring article by Anna about “Trying Everything” and how it relates to trying something new in relationships. We all feel out of our depth sometimes, this article gives us new insight.
Honoring our Veterans
Every November 11th, the United States celebrates an extremely honorable holiday called Veterans Day. This special holiday is a day to be thankful for what our United States Armed Forces have done for us and the freedoms they helped preserve. The City of Elk Grove has given the residents of our community an opportunity to honor those who have served, by establishing the Military Street Banner Program. Elk Grove, and its residents, have a longstanding and high regard for those who serve or have served in the military. There are an estimated 9,000 veterans who reside in Elk Grove. The Elk Grove City Council approved the creation of a Military Street Banner Program in December 2015 to honor those residents who served in the United States Armed Forces and to promote civic pride.
Doc Souza, an Elk Grove resident, and the owner of Elk Grove Laguna Forums, suggested the idea to the city in 2015. We asked Doc what gave him the idea to approach the Council to start the Military Street Banner Program… “I was involved in an Elk Grove event called the Walk to Remember. It was an annual event put on by the family of Sgt. Bryan Hall of Elk Grove who gave his life for our country in 2009 when he was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. I became close to the family. My family was on vacation in Huntington Beach in July of 2015. We saw they had military banners on their light poles in the city. I thought that would be great for Elk Grove to do that too. I emailed the city council when I was in Huntington Beach and sent them photos. 16. ardentforlife.net - Autumn 2021
At the next city council meeting, the council directed staff to look into it. I was then asked to be on a committee to look at the designs and provide feedback to the city council. The banner program was approved, and some were installed by Veterans Day in 2016. My family sponsored several banners that first year.
featured} I told the Hall family I would be honored to sponsor a banner for their son. On Veterans Day we met at the location of his banner. It was a very special day. One I will never forget.”
Since this program
Since this program was launched, the city has recognized nearly 100 veterans. Two of these recognized are Lt. Colonel Leon B. Weston, who was nominated by his daughter Jill Weston, and Kevin Spease, who was nominated by his wife, Angela Spease.
was launched, the city has recognized nearly 100 veterans. Two of these recognized are Lt. Colonel Leon B. Weston, who was nominated by his daughter Jill Weston, and Kevin Spease, who
Lt. Colonel Leon B. Weston
was nominated by his
We asked Jill Weston why she chose to honor her father with this special program and to share a memory of her father with us...
wife, Angela Spease.
"I chose to honor my Dad with the Elk Grove Military Street Banner Program because he was so proud to serve in the Air Force and was an active Elk Grove community member. Every year, that he was able, he would either be on the sidelines of the Veterans Day parade or in it. Years after passing away he is still fondly remembered in Elk Grove. Not long ago a friend told me, “Hey, I saw your Dad’s banner! It makes me feel good to see Leon.” The banner honors my Dad’s Air Force service and keeps his legacy vibrant."
Angela Spease honored her husband with the Military Street Banner Program. We asked her why she felt moved to honor him in this way... "I felt moved to honor Kevin because he is all about service above self. He served in the Army National Guard, starting at the age 17, and went active duty in the Air Force two years later. He served our country through the military until age 30. He served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield to name a few deployments. I am in awe of his commitment to serving and protecting." As you see the banners flying high over the streets of Elk Grove it gives us an opportunity to remember, each one is special and unique. Each banner has a story. We should never forget each person honored and the duty they fulfilled to protect the constitution and to keep us free.
Kevin Spease Angela and Kevin Spease
Doc Souza (on the left) with Sgt. Bryan Hall's family.
George S. Patton once said, “The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” Those are strong words that we should all meditate on. Each one of the banners is something we can look up to respectfully, with thankfulness in our hearts. Let us all remember to look up, take time, and remember our brave veterans this Veterans Day.
Who is qualified to participate in the program? Retired or honorably discharged members of the United States Armed Forces who reside in Elk Grove (or resided in Elk Grove and are now deceased) are eligible for the program. Where are the banners located? Banners adorn 62 light poles located along Elk Grove Boulevard and Civic Center Drive (between Big Horn Boulevard and Laguna Springs Drive) and on Bruceville Road between Civic Center Drive and Elk Grove Boulevard. Applications for the program are accepted year-round, and new banners are installed twice each year. Many of these have been sponsored by local businesses (including many from Doc Souza’s Elk Grove Laguna Forums). A new round of applications will be reviewed for installation before Veterans Day, on November 11th. Additional details about the program are available on the City’s website at www.elkgrovecity.org/banners. 18. ardentforlife.net - Autumn 2021
Soup By Carole Morris
It makes sense that when you have the contrast between “the sweetness of the apple” and “the sharpness and saltiness” of the cheese you have something extraordinary. An example of this perfect blend is apple pie with cheese—if you haven’t tried it; let me just say you’ve missed something idyllic! When I was a wee mite, we always had cheddar cheese with our apple pie. My mom was from Scotland and since the idea appears to have originated in Yorkshire, England (in the 1700’s) it makes sense that she would lovingly place cheddar cheese on each slice of our apple pie. In fact, the slice of pie looked naked without it. There is a phrase that’s said in England, “an apple pie without the cheese is like a kiss without the squeeze”. Let’s segue to our Cheese-Apple Autumn Soup. As summer’s temperatures transition into autumn’s cool nights, this soup will warm your soul with the subtle flavor of this season’s apples.
INGREDIENTS 4 slices thick sliced bacon (for topping) 2 potatoes (peeled and chopped into cubes) 2 apples (peeled and chopped into cubes) 1 onion (chopped) 3 ½ cups chicken broth 1 cup apple juice (unsweetened) 20. ardentforlife.net - Autumn 2021
3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (reserve 4 tbsp. for topping) 4 tbsp. cornstarch (mixed with ¼ cup of water) salt and ground pepper (to taste) Chopped green onions (for topping)
4 teaspoons butter (softened) 4 slices marbled rye bread, toasted
Directions 1. In a large pot, cook bacon (apple wood smoked) until
crisp. Remove bacon, let cool slightly and chop in medium sized pieces. Reserve approximately 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings in pan.
2. Heat pot (with drippings) over medium heat, add potatoes, onion, and apples. Cook, stirring frequently, until the apples are soft (about 10 minutes). Add chicken broth and apple juice. Simmer and cook until the potatoes are soft, about 10 minutes. Stir in cornstarch mixture and all but 4 tablespoons of the cheddar until melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Spread the marbled rye bread with butter and sprinkle with the reserved 4 tablespoons cheese. Broil until the cheese melts, approx. 40 seconds, cut into 1-inch squares. Pour soup into bowls and top with the bacon, green onions, cheese croutons and a sprinkle of pepper.
Pumpkin Patch is Calling By Cindy Della Monica, Cheesemonger
and Owner, Cheese Central
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food} The autumn months of my Bay-area youth were filled with traditional school-kid activities, but my year-round favorite was long horseback rides when school homework was complete. Autumn afternoons were short, however, and Mom would shout at my rapidly retreating back “be home by 6! Don’t be late!!” I’d run past neighboring houses, down the main road and into the stable yard filled with horses and dogs, and my peers--gathering to muck stalls or curry the dusty sides of pintos, bays, palominos, and blacks. Excited chatter hung in air pungent with animal smells. Saddled or bareback, we might race down the long, future freeway bed laid between neighborhoods, stopping long enough to snatch bright orange pumpkins from the wild patches growing there to bring home, or pick luscious fruit in the Mariani orchards all around us. The afternoons were sweet, but too short. Back at the stables, clutching my pumpkin, I’d check my Timex watch. Horrified (a little) that the time had flown so quickly. Surreptitiously pulling the pin and winding back the hands on the tiny watch face, I would “gain” 19 extra minutes (because round numbers wouldn’t corroborate my white lie later). A quick goodbye hug for my favorite horse and I would RUN FAST to get home and receive the tongue-lashing I knew was coming (and so richly deserved) even though Mom could see with her own eyes that my “defective” watch said 6p.m. on the dot…wink, wink. Next came plans for Halloween costumes and spooky parties. Autumn décor was being put out on all the neighbors’ houses. Down the block, Creepy Neighbor House emitted crazy noises, the burp of a smoke machine, and DELICIOUS aromas that floated on the cooling evening air. The Creepy Lady Neighbor made the most amazing treats for giving to trick-or-treaters. Those wonderful, innocent years allowed her to bake with all the warm spices and autumnal vegetables and fruits, making scary-wonderful memories for all the kids. Apple dumplings, sweet potato tarts, nut-filled oatmeal raisin cookies, and plenty of pumpkin treats… if you were brave enough that night to make it to the front door, AND touch the real boa constrictor wrapped around her body! Fast forward to having my own kids. We did enjoy the hayrides, and pumpkin patch visits, picking the perfect pumpkin to carve and one to bake into pie. But we chose other at-home activities, with or without friends, to make this autumn month stand out. Mornings started the fun. I purchased two toast “presses,” one was the embossed image of a jacko-lantern, the other a ghost. When the image is pressed firmly into the soft bread surface and then the bread is toasted, the depressed image stays white, and the rest of the bread is browned by the toaster. October morning breakfast before school was buttered “ghost toast” and my modified recipe for pumpkin pie… with whipped cream! (Think about it… cooked squash, eggs, milk, some sugar, and a bit of crisp crust—better than Frosted MiniWheats or Fruit Loops any day, right?). The kids boasted to their friends that they get “dessert” for
breakfast! I was the coolest mom in town. My grandkids know that the legend lives on. Instead of oatmeal, “Graveyard Stew” was also a good choice. Toasted multi-grain bread gets broken up into a bowl, scattered with dried cranberry or golden raisins, topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar, and drenched in hot milk. How about a cheesy quesadilla with the top tortilla cut into a jack-o-lantern face before cooking, and a side of Applesauce Parfait (homemade applesauce layered in a custard cup with vanilla yogurt). The orange paper napkin was held in white plastic Dracula teeth from the dollar store as a napkin ring to complete our morning ritual. The after-school treat might be a Vampire Float… cranberry juice with a scoop of strawberry sorbet, mmmm.
My granddaughter helped make some new treats last year, Acorn Cookies, that were a nice departure from Halloween ghouls in sugared form. For 24 “acorns,” assemble at the table 24 chocolate kisses, 24 chocolate chips, 24 vanilla wafers and a cup full of chocolate frosting. To make each acorn, we dipped a chocolate chip bottom into the frosting and pressed it centered on the top of a vanilla wafer. Dip one kiss bottom into frosting and center it on the bottom of that same vanilla wafer. Set aside to firm and enjoy. That’s it! Adorable “acorns,” which I used as the sweet accent on my autumn charcuterie and cheese boards. Another favorite autumnal treat is a savory biscotti. See the recipe on page 24, but feel free to change the herbal combinations, the nuts, and the cheese with which you serve it. A delightful appetizer, too, when served with a creamy corn or squash soup in a Jack-Be-Little roasted pumpkin, or next to a disc of chevre on a salad chunky with apples or pears and celery among the greens. Happy Autumn to you all… As always, our staff at CHEESE CENTRAL is ready to help you with samples of our 100+ cheeses at the counter. Visit us at 11 N School St, Lodi, CA 95240 or visit our website at www.cheesecentrallodi.com
Rice Krispy Treats? Well, this crazy Cheese Lady has a tip for you! An adult recipe version of that childhood favorite from www.cypressgrovecheese.com
Ingredients 3 tablespoons butter 1 package (10 oz., about 40) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows — OR — 4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows 6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal (we also experimented with Cocoa Puffs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and both were amazing!) 4 oz Truffle Tremor, rind removed and crumbled, divided in half Instructions 1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and 2 oz Truffle Tremor, and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. 2. Add Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool, then top with remaining 2 oz Truffle Tremor. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.
CHEESE CENTRAL carries Truffle Tremor, a delicious goat and truffle cheese produced by Cypress Grove Creamery in California. They have added this savory element to the sweet recipe, with spectacular results! Stop by the shop and see us for your piece of Truffle Tremor. You will thank me for it!
Herb and Nut Savory Biscotti makes 36 biscotti Ingredients ¼ C butter 2 Tbsp. olive oil 2 C flour ¼ C sugar 2 eggs 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, or oregano 1 Tbsp. dried onion flakes 2 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. ground black pepper ½ C chopped pine nuts, or slivered almonds Instructions Preheat oven to 375*. In large mixing bowl, beat the butter and olive oil with electric mixer. Add 1 C of the flour, sugar, eggs, herbs, baking powder and pepper. Beat until combined. Stir in remaining flour and nuts. Divide dough in half, shaping each into a 6-7” log. Place each log on greased baking sheet, about 4” apart.
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Bake logs for 20 minutes, cooling on baking pan. With a serrated knife, gently cut each log diagonally into 1/3” slices. Place cut side down on baking sheet, bake at 325* for about 10 minutes. Turn slices over gently, and bake again 8-10 minutes, or until dry and crisp. Delicious with a creamy brie, or a good sharp cheddar. What’s your choice of cheese?
Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes
Who says you can’t enjoy a little Bogle wine in the morning? By Bogle Vineyards - www.boglewinery.com
Fall is in the air and in the kitchen! Wouldn't you love to smell spiced pumpkin pancakes cooking on your stove top? Bogle Vineyards is here to help bring that cozy fall atmosphere into your home. Try our perfect October-themed Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes and timely November-themed Turkey Pot Pie. Pair the pancakes with our Chardonnay and the pot pie with our Petite Sirah... you will have a perfect combination! Get ready to enjoy the homey scents of autumn with these tasty fall recipes. 26. ardentforlife.net - Autumn 2021
Ingredients 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 3 T. sugar 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 3/4 tsp. salt 1 1/3 cups milk 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (canned or your own) 4 large eggs 1/2 stick unsalted butter 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Cooking Instructions 1. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, pie spice
and salt in a large bowl, mixing well.
2. Whisk the milk, puree, eggs, butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl.
3. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients, whisking until just smooth. 4. Cook batter on a skillet over medium high heat, turning just once, until both sides are gorgeous and brown. 5. Serve with maple syrup or homemade apple butter and try with the Bogle Chardonnay!
By Bogle Vineyards www.boglewinery.com
TurkeyPot Pie Ingredients
Makes one 9” pie, serves 6
1/2 cup diced onion 1/2 cup diced celery 1/2 cup diced carrot 3 cups diced, cooked turkey 1/4 cup flour 1 1/2 cup chicken broth 1 1/2 cup white wine 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme, rosemary, sage (all optional) 1/4 cup heavy cream 1 pie crust, homemade or pre-made, your call 1 egg, lightly beaten Olive oil Salt & pepper
Cooking Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. On the stovetop, heat a little olive oil
over medium high heat. Add the onion, celery, and carrot, then sauté until veggies start to sweat. Add in turkey.
3. Add the flour and stir well. Allow to
cook about 2 minutes. Add the wine and broth and mix well.
4. Add the fresh herbs and salt and pep-
per to taste. Cook for another few minutes until all flavors have time to incorporate.
5. Add the cream and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes until the mixture gets nice and thick. Set aside to cool slightly.
6. In an oven safe pie dish, place the bottom crust and press into the pan and up the sides.
7. Pour the turkey mixture into the pie crust. Place the top crust on and crimp to the bottom crust, sealing in the filling. Using a knife, pierce the top crust to make vents.
8. With a pastry or BBQ brush, coat the crust with the egg wash. Put the pie on a cookie sheet and place in the oven. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is deep brown and bubbling through. 9. Serve with leftover green salad and a glass of Bogle Petite Sirah! Enjoy!
RECIPE NOTE: Everyone has a family recipe for cooking that great big bird! We thought we’d share a family favorite for
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what to do with those yummy leftovers after the celebration is over!
World Spice for the Win! Recipes by World Spice Merchants www.worldspice.com Photography by Stephanie Jean Hamilton
Spice up football season with some fresh flavors at the tailgate party this season.
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This crowd-pleasing casserole will have everyone cheering! KC Tailgater’s BBQ Rub adds a fresh layer of flavor.
For the Topping
1 cup smoked cheddar cheese, grated 1 1/2 cups plain kettle potato chips, slightly broken 1/2 cup cooked bacon, crumbled 1 tablespoon KC Tailgater’s BBQ Rub
For the Mac & Cheese
4 tablespoons unsalted butter 12 ounces macaroni 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 quart half and half 1 1/2 cups aged white cheddar cheese, grated 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated 1/2 cup cream cheese at room temperature 1 teaspoon garlic salt 1 teaspoon KC Tailgater’s BBQ Rub
Tailgater's Mac & Cheese
Melt the butter in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour. Whisk and cook for about 1 min., then slowly add the half and half, whisking constantly. Cook until sauce thickens, about 7 min., stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add the cheeses and spices To make the topping, combine the ingredients in to the warm sauce and stir until melted. a medium bowl. Toss to combine and set aside. Pour the sauce over the macaroni and mix To make the mac & cheese, preheat the oven gently until the pasta is coated, then transfer to 350°F. Butter or oil a 2-quart casserole dish. to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle on the Cook the macaroni 2 minutes less than package topping and bake uncovered for 20 minutes directions. Rinse in cold water, drain and set until piping hot. Let mac ‘n’ cheese sit for 3 minutes before serving. Go team! aside in a large bowl.
............................................................................................................. Place the chicken wings in a large bowl, and sprinkle on 1 tablespoon Harissa and the kosher salt. Toss to coat.
Preheat the grill to medium, about 350 degrees, and oil the grate. While the grill is coming to temperature, whisk together the remaining ingredients to make the sauce. Arrange the wings on the center of the grate, in a crowded cluster. This will help them stay moist. Cook for 20 minutes total, turning the wings every 5 minutes.
Harissa Grilled Chicken Wings
Harissa is a fun flavor twist for these grilled wings! Toasted spices and mild smoky heat make a winning combination.
Remove the wings to a clean bowl and increase the heat to medium high. Pour the sauce over the wings and toss to coat. Return the wings to the grill to crisp the skin, cooking 1-2 minutes per side. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and crunchy crudité.
Voodoo Pimento-Cheese Ball
Kick off football season with this festive cheese ball. Our signature Voodoo spice scores points for flavor and the fun shape is easy to make!
8 oz. cream cheese 8 oz. medium cheddar cheese, grated 2 teaspoons minced shallot 1 tablespoon minced pimentos 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 2 teaspoons Voodoo, divided 1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1 cup pecans celery sticks for decoration In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine cheeses, shallots, pimentos, smoked paprika and 1 teaspoon Voodoo. Mix well on low speed, using the paddle attachment. On a plate, form the cheese mixture into a football shape and press firmly on all sides. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
While the cheese ball is firming, make the crust. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the pecans in a small bowl and drizzle with oil and 1 teaspoon Voodoo. Toss to combine. Place the nuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until fragrant. Cool and chop finely. Remove the cheese ball from the refrigerator and unwrap 15 minutes before serving to allow the surface to become sticky. Use celery strips to make the "laces" of the football. Then sprinkle the chopped nuts on the cheese ball and press firmly to make them stick. Serve with veggie sticks and crackers on game day!
3 pounds chicken wings 2 teaspoons kosher salt 2 tablespoons Harissa, divided 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 tablespoon Moroccan Meyer Lemon Paste 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon honey
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5 Ways to Enjoy
Thanksgiving A delicious meal with family and friends is one of the features of the Thanksgiving holiday. Roast turkey with stuffing, mashed or baked potatoes, harvested vegetables, and pumpkin pie are among the most common foods savored over the season. You may have a whole pumpkin or two sitting untouched from the Halloween season or a trip to the local farmer's market. When planning for a large, elaborate meal, you may prepare a lot more than you need to ensure your family has more than enough to enjoy during a feast.
As we experience unexpected changes during unprecedented times, large dinner parties and family gatherings are not the same as in previous years, leaving many leftovers from a modest-sized roast turkey with side dishes and desserts. Whether you live solo or with a household, you can indulge in a lovely homecooked meal, even beyond your appetite, as there are plenty of options for the leftovers.
1. Options for Your Main Feature: Roast Turkey
There will almost always be many leftovers from a large turkey, including a generous portion of stuffing and sides. You'll find a lot of options for enjoying what's left of your bird, from turkey rice soup or bone broth to hot sandwiches and skillet meal. One of the easiest ways to use a turkey is to remove all the leftover meat (this can be used for a second or third meal) and completely strip the bones. Boil the turkey's bones in a large cooking pot and bring to a boil for at least 15 minutes. Add salt, pepper, bay leaves, and poultry seasoning. If you have vegetable scraps and spices, you can add these to the water as well. Once the water is boiled, reduce to medium-low and cook for another hour, then turn off the heat, cover, and set for at least 20-24 hours. The resulting broth is highly nutritious and can be enjoyable on its own for sipping or as a base for a turkey-based or vegetable soup. If you have no immediate plans on using the broth, it can be stored in an air-tight jar or container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Looking for recipe ideas with all the leftover roast turkey meat? Slice the meat into small, bite-sized strips and fry with vegetables to serve with rice. You can enjoy turkey on its own or as part of a sandwich (hot or cold).
2. Creating Snacks with Squash or Pumpkin Seeds
Varieties of pumpkin and squash are popular during the autumn season, though unfortunately, they are often discarded once they are carved for Halloween or used as decorations during fall. Roasting the seeds is one of the best ways to use the seeds, and while it takes some work to separate the flesh from them, you'll be pleasantly surprised with the result. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, heat the skillet and coat the seeds evenly in oil. Toss them with salt and any additional seasoning you prefer, then roast or cook for approximately 15-20 minutes. ardentforlife.net 33
food} The result should be slightly browned but not long enough to burn. Once the seeds are dry, you'll have a tasty snack that can be enjoyed for up to one week, stored in a bag or container at room temperature. For a sweet option, toss the seeds in a bit of sugar and cinnamon or cardamon, and roast in the same way.
3. Potato Patties for Breakfast
Mashed potatoes are not always leftover after a meal, but they can be put to good use as a delicious side for breakfast if you have a few spoons to share. Sweet potatoes or yellow or white potatoes, baked or mashed, can be refried into patties and served with eggs, bacon, avocado, and other favorites for your first meal of the day. You can also serve them alongside a burger or sandwich for lunch the next day. Add in some diced onions, garlic, paprika, and other seasonings to suit your taste.
4. Curried Squash or Pumpkin Soup
If you have a lot of flesh from your baked butternut squash or carved pumpkin, you can store it in the refrigerator for a few days before deciding how to incorporate it into a second meal best. One of the easiest options for these delicious vegetables is soup, paired with homemade turkey broth created from the leftover roast or vegetable bouillon. A few spices, seasoning, and leftover potatoes and carrots can be added as well. For a creamy texture,
add some coconut milk or cream into the cooking pot when stewing the ingredients. From mild to hot curries, chili peppers, and other spices, there are many flavors you can add to enhance the taste of your soup.
5. Skillet Meals
For all the vegetables, turkey breast, and sides that don't get used within the next day or two, consider tossing them into a frying pan or skillet with some seasoning for a light meal. Add an egg or two for breakfast, or serve the turkey and vegetables with pasta or rice. You can experiment with your remaining ingredients by adding one or two new items, such as green beans, sauteed
onions, or fresh herbs from your garden or local market.
Leftovers provide a great opportunity to experiment with various cooking techniques and flavors for your next meal. They are also economical and can provide nearly a week's worth of meals for one person or a couple and a few days of family options. You'll find that the holiday season offers many culinary adventures after the main event is over, providing many options for meals at any time of the day.
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is always supporting your partner and having truthful and open communication. Just being there for each other and enjoying each other’s company.
Who are you? Lisa Hamrick and Trevor Burris
How did you meet? At a horse show on my birthday. He recently moved to work as an assistant horse trainer. He met my horse trainer and my horse trainer wanted us to meet. Trevor came over and wished me happy birthday; at the end of the horse show he asked me for my number. The Proposal? We went to Tahoe for our friend’s birthday. I thought we were going to dinner to celebrate the birthday. We got to the dinner early and took pictures on the beach. Trevor wanted to take one more picture and then he got down on one knee and proposed.
What is love? Lisa: Always being there no matter what. Trevor and I had a very rough first year of marriage. I was diagnosed with breast cancer five months after we
the strongest person, she went through her cancer treatment and not once complained. She took one day at a time and handled it with grace. Not to mention she’s the funniest person, always cracking jokes and laughing.
got married. He stood by me during every single doctor appointment, treatment, and surgeries. Just having him there showed how much he loved me. He sacrificed almost a year of his life to help me get though mine. What is love? Trevor: It is always supporting your partner and having truthful and open communication. Just being there for each other and enjoying each other’s company.
What do you love most about him? He is the most easy-going guy I know. People adore him; they look to him for support and advice. He always makes sure everyone is having a good time. I love how people look at him and admire him. What do you love most about her? She’s the strongest person, she went through her cancer treatment and not once complained. She took one day at a time and handled it with
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grace. Not to mention she’s the funniest person, always cracking jokes and laughing.
When did you know you were in love? Lisa: When I realized I didn’t want to be without him. He truly became my partner. When did you know you were in love? Trevor: When all I could think about is being with her and wanting a future with her.
Fun facts We have made the choice not to have children, but we have a three-year-old yellow lab named Douglas. Doug has been the light of our lives. Literally best and cutest kid ever. Our wedding venue was a marina. We rented the entire resort and wake-boarded and surfed all weekend.
Honeymoon plans We didn’t have a real honeymoon we stayed at our venue for a week. Just enjoyed some time together.
is the most easy-going guy I know. People adore him; they look to him for support and advice. He always makes sure everyone is having a good time. I love how people look at him and admire him.
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4. Carefully lift the stencil up corner by corner. Place your stencil down on the surface one motif apart from the previous stencilled tile. Leaving a one tile gap between paintings prevents the first tile motif from being smudged when you come to stencil the second.
How To: Create A Repeat Pattern With a Stencil By Annie Sloan Sponsored by David Hipskind, Red Door Antiques
Instead of buying expensive tiles, you can create a fantastic repeat pattern simply by using a stencil. This is a great technique for giving a piece of furniture a quick update. No need for tile grout or trowels here! All you need is some Chalk Paint®, a sponge roller and a stencil. For this tutorial, we’ve used the Annie Sloan Tile Stencil. You can of course use any stencil of your choice. If you want to see how it repeats, practice on some paper first. This tiling technique could be used on a table top. You could even try it on floors, just make sure you seal in your paintwork afterwards with Chalk Paint® Lacquer. TOP TIP: before starting, give your stencil a coat of water-based varnish. This will make the stencil more rigid and give it extra resilience so it lasts longer.
Step by Step Guide 1. Paint the surface of your
table in Chalk Paint® in the colour of your choice. Ensure the paint is completely dry before stencilling.
2. Pour a small amount of Chalk Paint® in a contrasting colour onto your MixMat. Roll a Large Sponge Roller back and forth to load the roller with an even spread of paint.
6. Once your first set of tile motifs are dry, fill in the gaps. This is a deliberately rustic tile design so don’t worry about lining it up too precisely, it all adds to the charm of the finished piece! 7. When your stencilled tile motifs are completely dry, finish and protect your paint work by applying Clear Chalk Paint® Wax with a Small Chalk Paint® Wax Brush. Remove any excess wax with a lint-free cloth. Creating a tile effect with stencils is a great technique to learn for a quick and simple update to furniture and floors. If a repeated pattern feels too rigid for you, why not try loosely overlapping stencils instead? This approach – an Annie Sloan favourite – frees you up to create your own patterns.
BARCELONA ORANGE This vivacious, dark orange Chalk Paint® colour is based on the modern colour used copiously by the Impressionists, in early advertisements and in 1960’s decoration. Such a brilliant orange was not available until the early 20th century. With Black Chalk Paint® Wax, it becomes burnt orange – the colour of some Chinese lacquer.
My name is Dave Hipskind, owner of Red Door Antiques. As certified “Stockists” for Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, we can help you with any of your paint projects. We have new colors and a new and improved formula that assures you the finest results. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is the “Original” (don’t settle for imitations). There is only ONE Chalk Paint.
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5. Continue stencilling your tile motifs one tile apart until you have covered the area you wish to stencil. Leave to dry for a few hours or speed up the process with a hairdryer.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® was introduced over 30 years ago. I have been painting for more than 50 years. With that kind of experience, we can assist in answering all your questions. We also offer monthly workshops. We offer the Annie Sloan Method. We focus on four techniques for a more rounded approach. Plus, we apply those techniques to repurposed frames that you get to take home when the workshop has concluded. Call the store for more information and to register. (916) 714-0619 - 9056 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove - www.thereddoorelkgrove.com
What I’ve Learned From
History By CT Morris - BS Elementary Ed., MS Ed.
I remember thinking History was one of the most boring subjects in school. Who cares about History the past activities, events, stories, and changes in human behavior? History happened in the past, let’s move on… Now that I am older and somewhat “wiser” I understand what happened in the past affects us today. Many students (and adults) do not realize the importance of historical learning. In our own families we know that family health history affects us in the present. Grandma or grandpa had cancer, there’s a chance I might get the same cancer. If a family member in the past was diabetic, there’s a chance I might become a diabetic. There are alcoholics in my immediate family tree, my children and I need to be aware of the propensity for addiction or addictive behavior in our DNA. We can all agree that it is beneficial to know the health history of our ancestors; because knowing this information can help us have a healthy lifestyle.
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tionality and origin. More importantly, it gives them sense of identity. When they learn who their ancestors were, they can celebrate family traditions and embrace their culture. It’s important for children to understand their uniqueness and their self-worth. Knowing your personal history makes you more resilient. It’s a fact that life is hard today, but honestly back in the day, life was even more so. Most of our past family members have faced terrible tragedies and heartache that seemed almost impossible to overcome; but they persevered and survived the hardship. When we learn about their stories, it gives us the courage necessary to keep going…and makes us more resilient.
Similarly, children need to study the history of our country because it provides information about the good, the bad and the ugly…regarding how we became this great nation. They can’t identity with our country unless they know its history. Additionally, they won’t have world knowledge unless they learn about the many places and cities around the world. History allows us to understand the diversity of
the many cultures around the world… every country has had its traditional cultures for a long time—this provides us a context from which to understand ourselves and others. Also, morals are formed through stories and situations; they help us absorb essential information for becoming a good citizen of our country. When we see the bad things that have happened throughout history, it shows us how we should better ourselves. Additionally, it improves our decision making and our judgment. Moreover, the most important target of learning history is to learn from the past for our better future. It helps us anticipate the future; in fact, history is one of the many factors that is used to predict the future. We must not overlook the history of the United States of America, our children need to know its rich heritage. We can’t forget what made this country great or the mistakes that have been made in the past. Remember the famous quote from George Santayana,” Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat it ”.
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Reviews brought to you by the
Love in Color
By: Bolu Babalola Book Reviews by Brendle Wells In this difficult era, I have found reading problematic at times. There are simply too many heart wrenching stories or searing tales that reflect the pain and disaster all too frequently found in the world. What a pleasure it was then to pick up Love in Color, a glorious debut collection of modern retellings of mythical tales from around the world. In between the beautifully designed book covers you will find versions of romantic tales told for generations in places like West Africa, the Middle East, Greece, Asia and more. All of the stories are full of joy, celebrating love and the original romantic tropes in all their glory. I want to be clear, though. This book is not part of the romance genre proper, but more literary in scope. There are no guaranteed happy endings here--but rest assured, nothing truly heart wrenching. Nonetheless, there is much for a romance reader to appreciate here in these pages. Most especially the fact that so many of the stories are about knowing and accepting your true self and exactly what it means when you encounter someone who truly sees who you are. So, I encourage everyone to put down the devastating epics and agonizing family dramas and bring a little light into your reading world by checking out this delightfully uplifting exaltation of love and life. William Morrow, 2021
The Barbizon: the hotel that set women free
By: Paulina Bren
The history you are taught in school is important, but it all too often leaves out the good stuff. So many interesting stories are never shared, especially when they concern women. The tale of The Barbizon Hotel in New York City is just such a story. A residence hotel that opened in the early 20th century as the rare space set aside especially for women, it soon gained a reputation that made it the only place worth staying for a woman with dreams of making it on her own in the world—provided she had the appropriate references and wardrobe, of course. Aspiring models, actresses and other performers were all in residence alongside Mademoiselle magazine guest editors, Katie Gibbs secretarial school students, nursing students, seamstresses and other women from all walks of life. The list of residents reads like a who’s who from The Unsinkable Molly Brown, to Joan Crawford, Grace Kelly, Liza Minelli, Sylvia Plath, Joan Didion, Barbara Chase-Riboud and beyond. Hearing the stories of past residents not only brings the hotel to life, it vividly illustrates the beginnings of the cultural shift that allowed women the freedom to live the lives they chose. Though the hotel may no longer exist, its legacy lives on. This is a great selection for readers interested in women’s history, sociology, and hidden stories of all kinds. Simon & Schuster, 2021 44. ardentforlife.net - Autumn 2021
Defy the Night
Maya and the Robot
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Author: Eve L. Ewing Illustrator: Christine Almeda
Children's Book Reviews By Justin Azevedo The kingdom of Kandala suffers under the shadow of a deadly plague. The young King Harristan maintains strict control of the moonflower petals that are used to make the cure, and brutally suppresses smuggling and dissent through his fearsome younger brother, Prince Corrick. Tessa Cade, an eighteen-year-old apothecary’s assistant, can no longer stand to watch the suffering of those most in need around her, and thus moonlights as a masked distributor of clandestine moonflower cures with the help of her dashing and mysterious friend, Wes. When tragedy strikes and Wes is captured by the night patrol, Tessa throws caution to the wind and breaks into the palace, where she is quickly apprehended herself by none other than Prince Corrick. What she subsequently learns turns everything she thought she knew on her head: the supposed cruelty of the royal brothers, thrown into their roles young after their parents were assassinated by an advisor. The state of the moonflower supply, and who really controls it. And the depth of her own inner strength, as she goes from the threat of imminent execution to becoming a trusted advisor herself, caught in the throes of a burgeoning revolution. This fantasy hits all of the right notes for fans of the genre: a swashbuckling beginning, high-stakes action, deep political intrigue, and a slow-burning romance. While aimed squarely at older teen readers, the worldbuilding and storycrafting are excellent for readers of all ages. A satisfying series opener, recommended for ages 14 and up.
Maya Robinson’s school year starts about as terribly as can be for a fifth-grader: for the first time, she is split up from her two best friends in the world. While Jada and MJ are assigned a super cool teacher who plays guitar and is an honestto-goodness scientist (a subject near and dear to Maya’s heart), Maya is stuck in a class with her bully, headed by a teacher so intimidating that Maya doesn’t correct her when she gets Maya’s name wrong on the first day. She agrees to help Mr. Mac at his neighborhood store in a bid to cheer herself up, and when she discovers an unfinished robot in the back room, she is so fascinated with it that Mr. Mac encourages her to finish building it. Maya’s scientific knowledge and determination leads to the creation of a new friend that helps with everyday tasks and does wonders for Maya’s loneliness. But when the robot suddenly goes haywire at the school science fair, Maya begins to understand more about not only robotics, but about her connection to her friends (and enemies) in both her school and her community. The book opens on this climactic incident— a wild, robotically enhanced food-fight sure to give young readers the giggles— before flashing back to examine what led there. Maya is an introspective, plucky protagonist with a fierce interest in science, a theme bolstered by the many points in the story where she is encouraged to ask questions and collaborate with others. The sweet, upbeat story also gently delivers some serious commentary about loss and healing, as Maya learns more about Mr. Mac’s son, the original creator of her new robot friend. By turns funny and heartwarming, this is a story full of wonder and is a great choice for readers ages 8 to 12.
Bloomsbury YA, 2021
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Will A Home Warranty Ease Your Worries?
You know that old phone prank… Someone calls and says, “Is your refrigerator running?”
The person on the other end then says, “Yes. Why?” And then the caller says something like, “You better catch it before it gets too far away!!”
Do you have a list of worries?
For a lot of people, it is hard enough just paying the mortgage and other household bills. It’s not like there’s tons of money sitting around to fix the little worries.
It’s not broken…but maybe you notice that your fridge is making a different sound lately.
So, you probably ignore it for as long as possible. Then the little problem becomes bigger and bigger. And the little problems become more numerous.
There’s a lot of things you probably notice but ignore around your house. Until it’s too late, and it becomes a much bigger problem.
Your garage door isn’t working quite right; it goes halfway down and gets stuck. The bathroom faucet is dripping.
You notice a little leak in your bedroom ceiling.
The joke worked because, for the most part, everyone has a fridge, and it is probably working.
Little worries like these are super common for homeowners.
And that is when you should have a home warranty in place… when your fridge is working, not once it is broken.
What’s the real worry?
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Maybe you have an even longer list of little worries than those that we listed… But worries like those aren’t the real worry.
The real worry is the cost of getting them fixed.
You figure you will deal with it when and if it becomes too big of an issue…which is usually once something is broken, or not working at all. You deal with it once you have to spend the money.
Get a home warranty before it is too late…
If all of that sounds too familiar to you, a home warranty can solve a lot of your worries. But you need to get one before your appliance, your furnace, your air conditioning, or whatever else, is actually broken. They won’t cover your problem if it was a pre-existing condition…
home} Home Warranty Part of the problem might be that you don’t want to spend the money to buy a home warranty. They can cost hundreds of dollars. Maybe even upwards of a thousand or so, depending on the plan and coverages. But in comparison to how much it could cost you if your furnace or water heater stopped working, the cost is really not so bad. And it isn’t like you can go and just buy a $500 home warranty once the furnace goes kaput, call them up, and presto, have them send someone over to install a new one. You can try… but they are going to deny.
Expect some aggravation
As with anything… not all home warranty companies, or plans are reputable or great. Just do a little research online, and you will see tons of complaints about home warranty companies. Enough to scare you away from even buying one. With that said, sometimes it is a matter of having the right understanding, expectations, or following the right protocol. For instance, a home warranty company won’t necessarily get you a new furnace…if the existing one can be fixed. A lot of people complain that they wanted something replaced, but the warranty company merely fixed the problem. They have that right; if it can be fixed, they fix it. If not, they replace it. Sometimes, people misunderstand what to expect, or simply want more than they should expect. Or some people will feel that they should be able to call their own contractor to have a problem fixed or replaced and expect that the warranty company will pay the bill. Most don’t allow that. The warranty company needs to be called first, and they will usually give you a choice of a few contractors that they have relationships with. Not necessarily contractors you know or want to hire.
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A lot of times, people complain just because they presumed that something would be covered, when it really isn’t. You need to know what your policy will cover. (A pool, for instance.) There are usually a few options within each home warranty company. Obviously, the more and better the coverage… the more the cost. And it isn’t uncommon to have to fight a little bit (or a lot) to get something covered. They certainly have their loopholes and language in the policies that allow for them to deny coverage… if they want to. Or even just do things as cheaply as possible.
So, do expect that just buying a home warranty is not a direct ticket to getting everything you want, at least without question or a little fight. It’s aggravating, but the adage about the squeaky wheel gets the oil is probably a good way to approach dealing with your home warranty company. Expect to squeak.
A good, simple trick…
Hey, you may find a great home warranty company that addresses you and your problems thoroughly, quickly, and with little hassle. Without even needing to squeak. If so, that’s great. But probably not… judging by so much of what you read online. It is hard to find one that has a favorable reputation. So, a good trick you might want to consider is this…call your real estate agent.
Ask your real estate agent for their advice. Advice on: 1. Does a home warranty make sense for you, your needs, and your specific concerns?
2. If so, what home warranty companies do they recommend?
Here is the real “trick” to this trick…
Real estate agents often have affiliations with home warranty companies. They are in the business day after day. Home warranty companies do not want to be on their bad side. So, if you are having an issue with a home warranty company, your real estate agent may be helpful in getting the warranty company to get things done. Especially if it is one that they have an affiliation with or recommend. All it might take is a phone call, or an e-mail from your real estate agent, and whatever issue you were having might get resolved more quickly than by you spending hours on the phone, sending e-mails, or writing a scathing complaint online. Too often, some of the in-between-the-lines benefits of a real estate agent get overlooked.
This is one of those benefits. Don’t overlook it.
If you have a little worry around your house…or a long list of them…call your real estate agent. Ask their advice. Most agents will gladly give you advice—for free. Contact Justin Pinnell DRE- 02045095, M&M Real Estate at (916) 812.0576 or www.jpsellscalifornia.com
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y r T Everything By Anna Osborn, LMFT, Relationship Therapist and Coach
I’m coaching U10 soccer this fall. If you know me (and you just laughed out loud) let me repeat this… I’m coaching U10 soccer this year. I signed my daughter up late…really, really late for soccer. The plan was to register her very early on so I could still take advantage of the discounted rate. However, since I kept putting it off, not only did I miss any chance at a discount, I also barely made the cut off to get her in for the 2021 season. Well as you would expect, approximately 24 hours after I registered her (and felt very proud of myself for finally completing that task), I received an email letting me know that I was one of 23 other parents whose players didn’t have a coach and if no parent stepped up, then I’d be receiving a refund and my kid wouldn’t be paying soccer this year. And that is exactly how I became the U10 soccer coach for the Goal Getters. 50. ardentforlife.net - Autumn 2021
I’m all heart and no knowledge. The last time I interacted with soccer in ANY capacity was approximately 37 years ago when I was in kindergarten. So, there you have it. I’m coaching U10 soccer. And because I tend to see the world through relationships (occupational hazard I know) here are the four relationship lessons I’ve learned from trying something new.
First, when you’re really new at something and really nervous AND admit it…people are pretty understanding. I introduced myself via email and in person to all the parents by letting them know that I am a Rookie soccer player. I have coached before and been around sports all my life, but I know zilch about soccer. And you know what…every single one of them have been kind. They haven’t laughed as I’ve ran some questionable drills or when all my incompetence’s were on display at our first scrimmage.
They all supported me because I told them I was trying and could only get better.
And I really believe the same is true in love. When you’re nervous and unsure and trying to learn new ways to communicate or share your feelings, your partner will be much more patient and understanding when you admit that this is new and scary and show that you’re trying. Good things come when you admit you don’t have it all together. Second, don’t underestimate the power of research and asking questions. I cannot even begin to explain how may YouTube videos I’ve watched on soccer drills, practice plans and trying to understand why offsides is even a rule. I’ve reached out to a few friends that have played and coached soccer and I have asked all the questions and listened to all of the advice. Because without that, I’d be just as clueless as when I started in August.
If you’re all work and no play, love will feel more like a chore and no one wants that. Turn on some music, be silly, do whatever you can do to make it fun, and you’ll be willing and able to see the successes along the way.
health} And when it comes to love, it’s just as important to ask questions and do your research. No one expects you to be an expert on what you don’t know, and I don’t want you to be clueless when it comes to love.
If you have questions about how to communicate more effectively…do some research. If you’re overwhelmed with the idea of being able to forgive and heal…ask for help. Read the books, see a therapist, take an online relationship course. Do what you need to do to in order to feel more confident in your relationship. Because little by little I’m feeling more confident in what I’m doing out on the field and I want the same for you in love. Third, practice hard. When you’re new at something you have to put in the reps. And I’m a big believer that the harder you practice, the easier the game is. I let all of my girls know at the start of the season, that practices would be hard. I’m going to push them, I’m going to challenge them, I’m going to encourage them and I’m going to show them how hard work really pays off. And beautifully enough, we’re starting to look like a real team. The girls can run faster, run farther, and are beginning to self-correct on the field. All because we’ve been practicing hard.
The same could not be truer in love. The more you’re practicing good relationship habits, even if it feels new and awkward, the better you are going to fare when things get tense, stressful or hard. The more consistent you are with intentional conversations and regular check in’s, the more you’re going to stay connected and communicative during tough times. Practice hard and you’ll reap the benefits. Last, when all else fails, make it fun. Soccer is hard. There’s running, there’s coordination, there’s kicking a ball while trying not to trip. Especially for those of us that have never played the sport before. And in amongst all the new and different, you can get lost in hard and forget to celebrate along the way. Over the last few months, I’ve worked really hard to make this process fun. For me and the girls. I’m asking a lot of them AND of myself and I don’t want it to all feel like work. I want this to be an experience that they look back on and really want to try it again or at least be brave enough to try something else that is new and different. And this goes for your relationship too. If you’re all work and no play, love will feel more like a chore and no one wants that. Turn on some music, be silly, do whatever you can do to make it fun, and you’ll be willing and able to see the successes along the way. Celebrate your wins… high five—do a little dance. Whatever it is you need in order to stay connected when what you’re up against seems hard. My hope is that the lessons that I’m being reminded of during soccer season reach far beyond just me and my 12 players. My hope is that you’re able to see how it always translates to love! I’m cheering for you and hope that you’re cheering for me too!! ardentforlife.net 51
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Stop Metabolic Syndrome with Berberine Written By Terry Lemerond Sponsored by Dianna Singh, Owner of Elk Grove Vitamins
TERRY'S BOTTOM LINE
It is estimated that 1 in 3 American adults has metabolic syndrome – a combination of conditions that can include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, cholesterol imbalance, and high triglyceride levels. These represent some of the most prevalent – and preventable – disorders in the modern world.
It may surprise you that berberine, a natural compound, can effectively address all of them – and more: • Stop the dysfunction of metabolic syndrome • Reduce triglycerides • Balance cholesterol • Fight hypertension • Normalize blood sugar • Assist in weight loss • Protect the liver • Reduce DNA damage and stop tumors • Inhibit inflammation and oxidative stress 54. ardentforlife.net - Autumn 2021
You may have heard about berberine, but wondered exactly what it is. Berberine is not a plant, but a botanical compound available from many sources, just as vitamin C is not a plant, but many plants contain vitamin C. This particular compound – and the plants in which it is found – have been a part of Ayurvedic and Chinese medical practice for thousands of years. Research is just starting to catch up, showing that berberine fights tumors, fatty liver disease, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, Alzheimer’s, and more. But one of the reasons I like berberine is that it can address the combined disorders that contribute to metabolic syndrome. Stop Metabolic Syndrome with Berberine
Metabolic syndrome is a clustering of disease factors: high blood pressure, imbalanced cholesterol levels, elevated triglycerides, high blood sugar, and excessive weight. All of these conditions are related to inflammation and oxidation. The extra weight so prevalent in metabolic syndrome is influenced, in part, by our blood sugar levels and stress hormones – and of course, these conditions also cause inflammation and are influenced by inflammation. Berberine addresses each of these disease problems.
doesn’t cause inflammation and spikes in blood sugar. Make sure it is rich in wholesome (not processed) animal proteins and fats, seafoods, fruits, berries and vegetables, and seeds and nuts.
At Risk for Metabolic Syndrome?
It’s important for your waist measurement to be 50% of your height measurement in inches.
1. Extra Weight Around the Middle
For example, for a man or woman who is 5 foot 8 inches tall (or 68 inches), you would divide that by 2, so you should have a waist measurement of 34 inches.
Check the list below – if three or more of the factors apply, you may be at risk for metabolic syndrome. In addition to a sensible diet and exercise, berberine can help you get back on track. A good diet is not just a matter of “calories in and calories out.” It’s what’s in those calories that count. I recommend a moderate-protein and high-fat diet like a ketogenic diet that
In clinical research, berberine helped lower weight, blood sugar, and triglyceride levels. It also cut the levels of enzymes associated with fatty liver disease almost in half !
Berberine is well known to natural practitioners and certainly to those who have appreciated the way it keeps them feeling healthy over the years. But it may be new to you. Berberine is a powerful, natural medicine that can be one of your best choices for dealing with metabolic syndrome or any of its associated diseases. Berberine can help people with muscle and bone disorders, including both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, because it moderates immune responses that would otherwise damage joints. If conditions like that keep you from being active, I strongly encourage you to try berberine along with anti-inflammatories like clinically studied curcumin and boswellia.
effects on calcium channel pathways. In people with type 2 diabetes, berberine lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels more effectively than lifestyle changes alone. If your numbers are in the “high-normal” range, you’ll want to add berberine to your daily regimen.
2. Type 2 Diabetes/Insulin Resistance/ High Blood Sugar
If you have elevated fasting glucose – a high amount of sugar in your bloodstream even when you haven’t been eating – you could be on the track to getting type 2 diabetes and by extension, metabolic syndrome. A high blood sugar reading is a fasting blood glucose level consistently in the 100-125 mg/ dL range. That’s pre-diabetes. Higher than that, and you have diabetes. But berberine can help. In a clinical trial, berberine lowered fasting and postprandial glucose right from the very beginning of the study through its entire three months. It also lowered A1C levels from 8.1 percent to 7.3 percent, reduced fasting plasma insulin by 28 percent, and insulin resistance by 44 percent. The results were similar to the group treated with metformin, a commonly-used drug for type 2 diabetes that can cause unwanted side effects. Berberine works in multiple ways to normalize blood sugar levels. First, it stimulates glycolysis, the process of releasing the energy from sugars so they are used up by the mitochondria as fuel rather than overloading the bloodstream or being converted into triglycerides which are stored as fat. Berberine also inhibits alpha-glucosidase, an enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates in the intestines. That slows sugar absorption, and reduces spikes in the bloodstream.
3. High Blood Pressure
4. Poor Cholesterol Balance
Our bodies and minds need cholesterol in order to function at their best. I don’t think cholesterol is a problem, but I do believe boosting HDL levels can provide powerful benefits for cardiovascular health. In clinical studies, berberine was found to help raise levels of HDL cholesterol and can easily be used in conjunction with conventional treatment.
5. High Triglyceride Levels
Although triglyceride levels tend to get lumped in with cholesterol levels, they really are different. Triglycerides are stored fats from carbohydrates, not from animal fat. And they are one of the primary causes of heart disease. In one clinical study, berberine reduced triglyceride numbers in just three months by 35 percent, and in another, berberine dropped the triglyceride levels by an average of 50 mg/ dL in the same amount of time.
Triglycerides: 300 HDL: 30 = a ratio of 10 – heart disease is in progress.
For those with high blood pressure, berberine combined with changes to diet and exercise lowered blood pressure more effectively than lifestyle interventions alone or placebo.
Better Berberine Absorption:
Scientific research shows that berberine acts as a vasodilator, opening up blood vessels due to its
Berberine Can Help!
Berberine is well known to natural practitioners and certainly to those who have appreciated the way it keeps them feeling healthy over the years. But it may be new to you. Berberine is a powerful, natural medicine that can be one of your best choices for dealing with metabolic syndrome or any of its associated diseases. To support Metabolic Syndrome, I recommend using Berberine from Indian Barberry (Berberis aristata), Bark and Root Extract. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
When it comes to heart health you want a ratio of low triglyceride levels and high HDL levels. Here’s what that means:
Healthy blood pressure for a resting adult is 120/80. Higher than 140/90 is considered high blood pressure, and the range of 121- 139/8090 is what is known as pre-hypertension – not elevated enough to classify as high blood pressure, but it can still damage arteries and shouldn’t be ignored.
Researchers believe that berberine is a better choice for patients because it is effective and does not have the problematic side effects of blood pressure drugs.
This system is both fat and water soluble and forms a natural cup, which surrounds the compound to ease its transit across the intestines. Using this system can mean that lower doses of berberine (250 mg) can be used while still providing powerful results.
A better, healthier ratio like this: Triglycerides: 150, HDL: 50 = a ratio of 3 – a reduced risk of heart disease. Berberine can be difficult for the body to fully absorb. In fact, as little as five percent of every dose may actually get into the bloodstream. That’s why practitioners have recommended 500 mg, three times a day so that an effective amount of berberine is absorbed. However, there is a new plant-based system called gammacyclodextrin that has been clinically studied to boost the absorption of herbs and other nutriceuticals by 8 times or more.
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The Expertise and Evolution of Sports Medicine Submitted by Kaiser Permanente
Susan Joy, MD, co-director of the Kaiser Permanente Sports Medicine Center, talks about this specialty, the differences in how athletic injuries are treated and how this exciting field is evolving. Whether you play on a field, run on a track, play sports recreationally, or have big league dreams, there’s a team of physicians who are well trained to keep you healthy or help you recover from an injury. They are sports medicine physicians. This field has evolved over the last several decades, from the treatments, to the technology to the overall care provided. Something else also has changed. When Susan Joy, MD, co-director of the Kaiser Permanente Sports Medicine Center, joined Kaiser Permanente five years ago, the 56. ardentforlife.net - Autumn 2021
team of physicians was comprised primarily of men, something common in the field of sports medicine. But Kaiser Permanente has been working hard to change this. Today, Kaiser Permanente Northern California has a female sports medicine physician in a majority of its hospitals, with more than 20 female physicians across Northern California, making up about 25% of its clinicians and orthopedic surgeons. We talked with Dr. Joy about the field of sports medicine, how it’s evolving, and her advice for athletes when it comes to safer training and injury prevention.
Q: What drew you to the field of sports medicine?
A: I enjoyed playing sports growing up and I also had a natural interest in science. An injury in high school that required physical therapy started to solidify my path toward sports medicine. At the time, it was still a relatively new and growing field. I thought I would pursue orthopedic surgery but then toward the end of medical school, I met a primary-care sports medicine physician working at the University of Connecticut. He allowed me to work with a team studying female athlete nutrition, taught me about cardiac screening of athletes and even helped with an independent project looking at aggression in athletes. That experience changed everything.
health} I completed medical school at the University of Connecticut (UCONN). I did my residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland and a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, where I later joined the staff. I had the opportunity to join Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento in 2016 as the new, innovative Sports Medicine Center was being developed downtown in the Golden 1 Center Arena. This multi-disciplinary center is dedicated to expanding the care of injuries and treats the athlete as a whole using Kaiser Permanente’s integrated care delivery system, which was a big draw for me.
Q: What are the differences in treating male and female athletes and how does that affect your practice?
A: The physiology of the body in males and females has differences down to the cellular level. True, we are all different down to our DNA, but exploring how those differences can affect an individual’s risk of injury or response to treatment can really help to optimize care and even prevention. Many studies have focused on male athletes since they historically outnumbered female athletes for so long. But one thing about science is that when you apply the results of a study to a population, you want that population to look like the one in the study as much as possible. As it turned out, in some cases, there were big differences in trying to treat female athletes based on what was understood about male athletes. That sparked the changes to improve knowledge about female athletes and thereby improve patient care.
Q: In your experience, do some female athletes prefer to have a female physician? Why?
A: At times it may seem easier to talk to someone with whom you identify, particularly on more sensitive matters. What seems most important for female athletes is to have a sports medicine physician and care team well versed in the unique needs of female athletes and how to factor any differences into their care, whether or not they happen to be a female.
Q: How has sports medicine evolved?
A: The field really grew through the 1980s when surgeons taking care of athletes realized that smaller incisions helped them get back on the field sooner. With that newer technology of arthroscopy, the surgeons performing it needed advanced training. Strategies to rehab athletes progressed along with that in mind and led to more interest in the developing field of sports medicine. Fast forward to where we are now. In addition to more sophisticated injury evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation, those caring for athletes also need to understand and manage concussions, recognize cardiac issues as well as explore the effects of stress, mental health, sleep, and nutritionally fueling the body. It is now truly a team effort. Often times, sports medicine physicians work at games or races to provide care for the ill or injured. Being “on the sidelines” provides a very different perspective than being in the office setting as it lets you see the athlete in his/her own element.
Q: How does Kaiser Permanente differentiate itself in the field of sports medicine?
A: We approach athletes, not just injuries. There is a whole person attached to that injury. We strive to recognize how medical issues, mental health, stress, sleep, nutrition, etc., influence how a body responds to injury, how it heals and how it may perform.
Q: What advice or guidance do you have for athletes when it comes to better and safer training and injury prevention?
A: Sometimes I compare an athlete-in-training to a sports car. If you want that car to perform well, you keep it tuned up, you watch the miles on it, you use the best kind of gas you can and you take care of it. Now consider an athlete. If you don’t do routine maintenance (dynamic warm-ups, proper preseason preparation, etc.) the performance may suffer. Skipping routine wellness checks with your doctor is like skipping oil changes. If you eat a lousy diet, you might as well water down the gas in the car, too. The car can’t run on all cylinders at all times much like athletes need time to recover and recharge. Just changing a tire won’t help the car run well over time.
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Motivation Written by D’Lee Daleo & Jamie McCalman, Switch Fitness
Motivation is a funny thing. Some days we feel motivated to take on the world and other days finding the motivation to get out of bed can be a challenge. The reality is that we will not be motivated all the time. Motivation is a feeling and feelings, and emotions are constantly changing. We have all had the experience of deciding to make a change or try something new. When we first start, our motivation is at its highest. We are excited to stop smoking, declutter the house, start a new exercise routine, write a book, look for a new job, etc. With our motivation at its peak, we are excited and ready to make the change and put in the necessary work to get there. But, as time continues many find that their motivation starts to fade. The thing that we were so excited to do or start now seems like more work than it's worth and we begin to put in less and less effort. As more time goes by that thing we couldn’t wait to do, now becomes something we almost dread. What happened? Why does this happen and is there anything we can do to stay motivated? While there is no special formula or failsafe way to stay motivated, there are things we can do to set ourselves up for greater success. 58. ardentforlife.net - Autumn 2021
First things first, we must accept that no one is ALWAYS motivated. While it helps to be motivated, we all have to accept that there is no such thing as being motivated 100% of the time. Motivation can help you get started but it will take work to keep going. Knowing that motivation comes and goes can help when we are feeling less motivated or not motivated at all. Losing motivation will happen. However, finding it again can also happen! So before taking on your next project or beginning a new routine or life change, go into it expecting your motivation to change over time. With that mindset it can make it a little easier to keep going when motivation is lacking. If we wait to feel motivated, very little in life would actually get done. Being realistic with your expectations before you even begin can set the tone and set you up for greater success. So, you have accepted that motivation will ebb and flow. While that is true, it is much more enjoyable to put in work when you are feeling motivated. So how can you stay motivated more often than not? Let’s look at some things that can sabotage your motivation. One of the biggest motivation killers is perfection. Take the goal of quitting smoking. You know you should quit and have finally decided to do it. You want to be healthier, set a good ex-
ample for your kids, and want to start running again so your motivation is through the roof. You make it through the first week and a half. It’s not easy but you have managed. Then you have an extremely stressful day at work. You tell yourself one cigarette is ok; you have had a rough day and need a little help to calm down. Then your friends who smoke invite you over for a BBQ that weekend. You tell yourself you won’t smoke, but seeing other people having a cigarette is too much and you cave. Monday morning comes around and your cravings are really bad. Since you smoked last week you tell yourself you might as well have one more. By Wednesday you are back to smoking as much as before and decide it is too hard to quit. Instead of accepting that new habits or lifestyle changes come with some failures and setbacks, many times we use one small failure to completely derail us. Most of us have likely experienced this with smoking, a change to our diet, working out, waking up earlier. One or two setbacks soon become a reason to give up completely. There is no such thing as perfection. Failures and missteps teach us things we need to learn to be successful. Embrace imperfection and do not let it be an excuse to derail you. You will stay more motivated knowing that some days will be hard but that does not mean the answer is to quit.
Unrealistic goals are a great way to sabotage your motivation. Maybe your goal is to lose weight. You have a vacation coming up in two months and really want to lose 30 pounds before then. While the idea of being on the beach in a couple months is motivating, this goal is very unrealistic and by the end of week one when you’ve only lost two pounds (which is a huge success and much more realistic than the four pounds you wanted to lose) that motivation quickly starts to fade. Losing 30 pounds is very doable but much more realistic, healthy, and likely to stay off if you give yourself more like six months to get there. Another unrealistic goal when it comes to weight loss is using only a scale to measure success. As you make changes to diet and exercise the number may go down, stay the same, or even increase for many different reasons. It doesn’t mean you haven't made changes and been successful but if you are only set on reaching a certain number goal on scale, you may find it challenging to stay motivated as the number on the scale fluctuates. Dreaming big is a wonderful thing, but big doesn’t mean throwing reality out of the window. Get comfortable being uncomfortable, or face losing motivation. Change of any kind is uncomfortable, but also can be motivating. When we are in our comfort zone there is no reason to do something different. It’s easy to stay comfortable. Motivation can encourage you out of that space, but the comfort can draw you back in if
Q&A with Switch Fitness featured member, Kat Ju What’s one of your biggest accomplishments? Losing just over 100 pounds. It took about five years to get there, but I know I did it the healthy way. There’s no quick fix or magical elixir to maintain a true healthy lifestyle. What motivated you to start? My now husband proposed. After the excitement wore off, panic struck. I had to find a dress (size 16/18 at that time) and had to get in front of everyone I loved. All eyes on me! I was so uncomfortable in my own skin that the thought of it terrified me. I joined a gym and started to really care about the foods I consumed. I lost 45 pounds in that year leading up to my wedding day. How do you stay motivated? My kids and my husband. They need the best version of me. Both physically and mentally. Being physically active ties directly into my mental well-being and that’s just as important as physical health. I love that I can run with my kids, play with them, have energy that I never had when I was significantly heavier. Any advice for people who feel like they are lacking motivation? Be kind to yourself. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else or measure your success to someone else’s ruler. What works for someone else may not work for you and that’s okay! Stay consistent and don’t stop showing up for yourself.
Change doesn’t happen in your comfort zone and the more time you spend out of that safe space, the easier it gets to stay there. Know that if you feel uncomfortable it's likely a sign you are doing something great and worthwhile.
you’re not careful. Pushing yourself, trying new things, finding new levels of success can keep the motivation alive and help push you to keep going. This happens often when working out is your goal. For many people starting a gym or trying a new workout can be very intimidating. You have enough motivation initially to push you out of your comfort zone and head to the gym. The first visit feels very uncomfortable. The next few visits are still uncomfortable, but likely less so. A few more days in and the call of your comfort zone starts to get a little louder. You could go to the gym, or you could go home and get cozy. Sticking with the new gym routine longer could have created a new level of motivation as your confidence increases and you start to see results, but often the safety of the comfort calls us back. Change doesn’t happen in your comfort zone and the more time you spend out of that safe space, the easier it gets to stay there. Know that if you feel uncomfortable it's likely a sign you are doing something great and worthwhile. A little discomfort now is worth the change on the other side.
So, you know some common ways motivation is negatively impacted. Now what can you do to stay motivated more often? A few ways to keep motivation alive regardless of what goal you are working towards are below. One strategy may work for you. Maybe you’ll need more than one to keep the fire lit. The only way to know is to try. If that doesn’t work, try something else. And if that doesn’t work, keep trying!
1. Clearly identify your purpose. The more clearly
you outline and define what it is you want, the more likely you are to stay on track. Having a broad, generic goal like, “I want to lose weight” is not as motivating as saying, “I want to lose 10 pound in two months”. The second goal gives you something you can track and a timeframe. It's much easier to measure your success. “I want to lose weight” doesn’t give you much to work with. It’s hard to stay motivated when you don’t really know what you are working for or towards.
2. Make your goals reasonable and achievable.
Big goals may seem great, but it is almost impossible to stay motivated when your goal is unrealistic. If you are someone who never runs, signing up for a half marathon that is happening next week is probably not going to end well. It will likely be a very unpleasant experience and you are not very likely to want to run again anytime soon. Wanting to run a half marathon in six months and committing to a training program is a more likely way to enjoy the half marathon and keep your motivation intact.
3. Action drives motivation. Doing something is
always better than doing nothing. That little bit of action can be the kick start your motivation needed. It’s not uncommon for us to set a goal and initially be really excited out. When it comes time to actually start the process, there could be far less motivation. Especially if the task or goal feels overwhelming. Doing something to get one step closer is a step in the right direction. Doing that one little thing could help you feel a bit more motivated to keep going. Spending time thinking about what you should be doing is a great way to lose motivation to actually do the thing. Commit to some sort of action and just get it done. It can be surprising how that one little accomplishment can change your feelings. 4. Talk to someone. It can be so easy to get so caught up in our feelings that we can’t see the forest through the trees. Talking to someone else can give you a chance to vent, they may have another perspective to share, they may have experience to draw from, they can offer support, and/ or they can help keep you accountable. Sometimes getting out of your own head can be what you need. Having someone to help keep you accountable forces you to stay motivated even if you’re not feeling that way. 5. Look outside of yourself. Often the biggest motivators are other people or things. Staying healthy may not always be easy or fun but is important to your quality of life. While that may not always be enough to keep you motivated, knowing you’re setting a good example for your kids, partner or other loved ones can be the motivation you need. You may not want to walk everyday but if you have an active dog, they can help you find the motivation to do it. Sometimes we need inspiration that is bigger than ourselves. In a perfect world we would all feel motivated all the time. However, we must find a way to create our own motivation and/or continue to work towards our goals even when there is little to no motivation.
To truly appreciate any feeling, including motivation, we must also experience the opposite. We wouldn’t really understand happiness if there was no sadness. The same thing with motivation. It’s important to use it to our advantage when we have it, but it’s not realistic to only be successful or to put in work when the motivation is there. Just like any other feeling though we do have some level of control. Putting in a little work to stay motivated or finding new ways to motivate yourself are within your power.
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Celebrating Diversity Photos by Dave Soto Productions
The month of August was officially proclaimed Diversity Month by the Elk Grove City Council and the City’s Diversity and Inclusion Commission. They held events throughout the month in celebration. Visitors to District56, weekly NeighborGood Markets, and the August Food Truck Mania event at the Old Town Plaza were able to participate in a lumpia-making class, kids cultural art workshops, dance and enjoy live cultural entertainment, experience an art show, and the opportunity to sign the Diversity Pledge at the City’s booth at these events. Kaiser Permanente joined the celebration as the Presenting Sponsor. Learn more about the City’s efforts to celebrate local diversity at elkgrovecity.org/acitywelcometoall.
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Celebrations in Elk Grove
We have had many celebrations in Elk Grove over the years. Here are some of them. By Elizabeth Pinkerton Photos courtesy of Louis Silveira, Elk Grove Historical Society
The Grange Picnic -
Long ago, it was common for Elk Grove area families to gather under the shady oaks in what is now Elk Grove Park; from the late 1860s until well after. Elk Grove Park was created in 1904, the Elk Grove Grange held its huge picnics in the wonderful grove of trees responsible for our name of Elk Grove. Families came from all over Sacramento County with horses and buggies, and later by train. It was the biggest event of the year. It was a fabulous family picnic with dancing, baseball, listening to politicians with their dramatic oratory, and being with friends.
Western Festival -
Our Western Festival celebration began in 1957 and has always been on the first weekend in May. We had cakes, horses, booths, beards, bicycles, kings and queens, softball, races, a parade, and dressing western.
The Elk Grove Grammar School Mothers' Club decided to have a fund raiser which could also be a family activity. They called their big weekend the Western Festival. The main reason that this date was selected, according to the founding Mothers, was because the first of the month was 64. ardentforlife.net - Autumn 2021
The Grange Picnic
payday and everyone would have money jingling in their pockets to make the Festival a success. May was probably selected also because school was still in session and families were connected to the school which they might not be during the summer months. Also May was cooler and a more pleasant time in terms of weather, unless it surprised everyone by bringing rain which it has for a few festivals. Sue Mikles (Morse) was president of the Mothers' Club of Elk Grove Grammar School in 195657. It was her idea to have a school festival that could also be a community event. Mothers' Clubs were common school organizations in the 1950s. They were designed for a time when Moms were home during the day and could take part in daytime school activities. Moms helped out with immunizations, the library, field trips and fund raising, just like they do today, and in Elk Grove, they had this great idea to have a Festival. Assisting President Morse with Festival planning and duties were: Chairman Ada Merritt, (they didn't say chairperson in those days);CoChairman Shirley Foster; Jane Morse, Make-up Booth; June Halverson, Booth; Beth Worcester, Cake Walk; Minnie Guttridge, Auction Sale; and Bess Cupps, Publicity. The theme the mothers selected for the 1957 Western Festival was: "Working together for our children, our school, our home, and our commu-
nity". It's still a good theme many years later - in fact, perhaps even more important now than ever. Ask anyone who was a kid in Elk Grove during the 1960s and 1970s about cakes and they will tell you about the famous Western Festival cake-walks. You paid a dime and you got to walk around numbered markers, placed in a circle on the grass. Lively music led the way, and suddenly the music would stop. Everyone hustled to get on a marker as a huge wheel was spun. Whoever was standing on the number that matched where the arrow on the wheel pointed, was the winner of.... a cake - A whole cake! The mothers donated hundreds of cakes, all tucked into fancy pink bakery boxes with windows cut into their tops so you could see what kind of cake was inside. Imagine being ten years old and winning your very own angel food cake with chocolate frosting! Then, eating it with your friends and going back and winning another one!
Television - The Elk Grove Mothers were pretty smart in 1957. They went on television, that brand new, wondrous method of communication that was soon to dominate everyone's life. That's how they advertised the first Western Festival. Beards - Would you believe that most of the men grew beards for early day Western Festivals. They started in January and by May, the great beard contest was held. Of course, this event was dropped in the mid-1960s when beards became fashionable, and they weren't a big deal any more. In addition to beards, the Dads cooked a great Campfire Supper and served it to the Festival goers. A group of eleven men called themselves the Chuckwagon Boys. They worked hard and had
There was a GREAT parade at Western Festival! Truly, it was the Mother of All Parades! There were 34 floats led by the famous Sheriff's Posse of Sacramento County. The kids decorated their bicycles and joined for the parade. An Elk Grove Citizen article of the time stated, "All children wishing to decorate bicycles and ride in the parade must bring notes from their parents giving permission". a lot of fun doing it. At the first Campfire Supper, the Dads served spaghetti along with green salad, French rolls, butter, cake or pie, and coffee or milk. The price was 75 cents. Dress Western - The 1950s were the early days of television. Western stories were popular themes, so that might have influenced the Elk Grove mothers. The western focus provided opportunities for children to dress up and have fun, all in keeping with the rural and ranch-like environment of south Sacramento County. For many years, everyone in Elk Grove dressed western for the first weekend in May. Kings and Queens - Early Festivals had royalty. In the beginning two older elementary students were crowned as king and queen, and a prince and princess were selected from the younger children. The first royal children were King Don Crabbe, Queen Janet Lairsen, Prince Ronnie Lay and Princess Lena Van Santen. Parades and Sheriffs and Bicycles - There was a GREAT parade at Western Festival! Truly, it was the Mother of All Parades! There were 34 floats led by the famous Sheriff 's Posse of Sacramento County. The kids decorated their bicycles and joined for the parade. An Elk Grove Citizen article of the time stated, "All children wishing to decorate bicycles and ride in the parade must bring notes from their parents giving permission". Other parade units included the American Legion, a horseless carriage with the Elk Grove Ministerial Association, a group of grandmothers riding in old cars, the high school and elementary school bands, Elk Grove's new and old fire engines, and the
floats - children's, adult, and commercial. There was a total of 60 entries.
According to the Citizen there were 5,000 people viewing the parade. That seems like an incredible amount of people, but it was probably due to the drawing power of television. You have to remember that there were less than 5,000 students in the entire area which is now known as the Elk Grove Unified School District, so 5,000 people coming to see a parade made up quite a bunch.
Grammar School, schoolkids, and Raymond Case - The Elk Grove Grammar
School was a K-8 school which covered the whole area now served by Florence Markofer, Ellen Feickert, James McKee, Isabelle Jackson, Anna Kirchgater, Elitha Donner, Foulks Ranch, Elk Grove Elementary, and parts of Arthur Butler. The school district was not unified, so the elementary school was its own separate district, governed by its own trustees. Unification didn't happen for two more years.
The principal and superintendent of the Elk Grove district was Raymond Case. He is the person who planted the wonderful camellias which still grace the front of the old brick
building that is still there on Elk Grove4 Blvd., Cosumnes Community Services District.
The Western Festival became too successful, and it got so big in three years that the Mothers' Club could not handle it. In 1960, the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce took over the Western Festival. They added adult royalty with Melody Trott as the first Miss Western Festival. This eventually became an elaborate pageant, and led to the Miss Elk Grove contest that existed from 1965 to the late 1980s.
Races, games, softball and horses - Al-
though there have been many changes at Western Festival, some things never changed. There were great games, races, booths, and rides. The wonderful park setting, family picnics and seeing old friends continued. There were softball games, craft exhibits, art, and other items, and the big parade which grew bigger and bigger through the years. What does Western Festival have to do with former President Ronald Reagan? Well, in 1966, Reagan was Elk Grove's Western Festival Parade Marshall! Ronald Reagan, the famous movie and television actor, was running for governor of California in 1966. He rode his white horse down Main Street, and we all cheered and whistled. See what great things are destined for you when you take part in Elk Grove's Western Festival! Unfortunately, Western Festival is taking a break due to COVID, but we look forward to its return SOON! ardentforlife.net 65
The Elk Grove Strauss Festival –
Iris Zimbelman created the idea of the Strauss Festival after traveling to Austria and succumbing to the Old World charm of waltz performances in Vienna. She organized Elk Grove’s inaugural festival in 1987 and served as producer for 10 years, never missing a rehearsal. Her creative genius, attention to detail, and collaborative abilities resulted in a labor of love shared by hundreds of volunteers, including her husband, Arnie, a retired history professor who built many elaborate props for the stage.
Iris’s irrepressible spirit, dedication, and accomplishments were recognized when she was named Elk Grove Citizen of the Year in 1989. After she retired from the Strauss Festival board of directors (after the 1998 production) Iris remained a loyal and gracious supporter of the festival, cheering the efforts of those carrying on the tradition. We have wonderful memories of Johann Strauss and the Beautiful Blue Danube in Elk Grove! We look forward to the return of the Strauss Festival!
The Elk Grove Dickens Faire -
This celebration has been with us for several years and has been held the week before Thanksgiving. It has been a full day of wonderful activities and a chance to spend a great day in our historic Old Town Elk Grove!
The website of the Elk Grove Old Town Foundation has this – “Call it Main Street, call it Old Town, or call it our treasury of history. Whatever name you give it, this special place is the heart of our great City of Elk Grove.” 66. ardentforlife.net - Autumn 2021
I wrote that many years ago, and they still use it to describe our famous Old Town. The Old Town Elk Grove Dickens Street Faire is the start of the holiday season with entertainers and merchants appearing in mid-19th century costumes. Shops and businesses are all open, and there are craft and vendor booths. Santa Claus is rescued by the fire department, and there are always many activities for children. Everyone can stroll through Old Town and explore the variety of local shops and enjoy holiday music. There are many vendor booths and lots of delicious holiday foods. Christmas characters all over and everyone can visit with friends and meet new ones. There are more than 100 arts and craft vendors, commercial vendors and community groups on Elk Grove Boulevard from 2nd Avenue all the way to School Street.
ELIZABETH PINKERTON The Dickens Faire Parade of Lights ends with Santa leaves his sleigh in time to help lead the History Happened Here, crowd in singing Christmas carols and then he Book 1 – River, Oaks, Gold flips the switch to light the great Christmas tree at Walnut Street. Book 2 – Fields, Farms, Schools We the People, a Story of Internment in America The Pumpkin Festival – This celebration has been with us since 1995, sponsored by the Cosumnes Community Services District, and it will take place again now in 2021. Everything connected to pumpkins will be there including the giant pumpkins, many contests and much entertainment.
Two recent celebrations sponsored by the City of Elk Grove are the Salute to the Red white and Blue that takes place on the 4th of July and the August Multicultural Festival. We all look forward to all the celebrations continuing when our lives return to NORMAL!
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