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contents | LIVING MAGAZINE inside this issue NOVEMBER 2019 | r e l a x

on the cover 28 I RESURGENCE WELLNESS IN THE SPOTLIGHT 32 I DONNA SMIEDT LAW FIRM

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AN OPEN B OOK

The joys of giving novels as gifts

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E LF HELP

Santa’s helpers suggest the best

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AT T HE TAB LE TOG ETH E R

Making memories by welcoming guests

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WARM UP

Preparing for cooler weather with warm coats

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EDITOR’S LETTER

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36 WELLNESS

SOCIAL CALENDAR

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BEST BETS

44 AESTHETICS

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TALK OF THE TOWN

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54 HOMESTEAD

COOL OFF

A DAY AWAY

A LITTLE RETREAT

NOT TO WORRY

BERRY BEAUTIFUL

MAKE LIKE A TREE

LIVING PET CLUB

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FRUIT OF THE VINE

64 ADVENTURE SOUL RESET

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LIVING LIKES

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publishing PUBLISHER Misty Daniels

“IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS: FOR THIS IS GOD’S WILL FOR YOU IN CHRIST JESUS.” 1 THESSALONIANS 5:18

ing. I’ve been blessed with five children, five grandchildren, amazing parents and a Godly husband to share my life. I live in God’s country surrounded by friends and family who are precious to me. And I have a career I love with clients and colleagues who make my life better, every day. My cup truly runneth over. As the psalmist wrote, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1) I hope you’ll join me this month—and always—in thanking God for the countless blessings He’s given us.

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But most of all, I love the tradition of using the month of November to reflect on blessings and thanksgiv-

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SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR

I love the winter months. Don’t you? The smells of stew cooking, turkey baking, and hot cocoa beckoning. I especially love trips to the ranch with our grand girls, gigantic fire pits, and making s’mores together.

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DAVID COOK

The City’s website has a whole new look, with a lot of new ways to stay connected to what’s happening and take care of City business online. City staff spent the last year working on the redesign of mansfieldtexas.gov, tapping government website company CivicPlus to assist with the new design and implement more more user friendly features and expand the city’s digital communications effort. There’s a great tool called Notify Me where residents can tailor their online experience and get email, phone or text messages when City calendars are updated, when news stories are posted and when online newsletters are produced. There is also a new emergency alert system offering more efficiency, diversity and user control than the

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previous system. Code Red is no longer active in Mansfield. So you will need to go online to https://www.mansfieldtexas.gov/312/Mansfield-Emergency-Alert-System and register an account on the new system. Once registered then select the group messages you want to receive and how you want to receive them. We believe the new website offers our residents a better online experience. We’re excited for you to try it out.

RON JENSEN

As we gather family and friends for Thanksgiving, may I share what I’m thankful for as Mayor of this great city: 1. I get to be Mayor where I grew up, a city of friendly people with a passion for family, philanthropy and fun. 2. Grand Prairie continues to add retail, restaurant and commercial development, including the recently approved Epic East Retail Center to begin construction in early 2020, with stores opening late 2020. 3. Main Event Entertainment Center opens early 2020 bringing family fun and more reasons to visit Grand Prairie. 4. Our new City Hall will open in December, linking

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JEFF WILLIAMS

Don’t look now, Arlington, but fall is upon us. It’s the time of year to stop and reflect on all our blessings. Here in The American Dream City our cup runneth over. And there’s no doubt one of the main things that make this a place like no other is the people who call Arlington home. Dr. Moody Alexander is one of them. A popular local orthodontist, Dr. Alexander helped found the non-profit, EthiopiaSmile in 2010. Since then, the group has provided free dental care to several hundred Ethiopians each year, primarily orphans, widows, the elderly, and those with dental infections. This in a country of 80 million people with fewer than 100 trained dentists. During that time, Dr. Alexander and his wife, Emily, have adopted three children from Ethiopia, making them parents of seven amazing children who no doubt will follow the example of love and selflessness their parents

GRA ND PRAI RI E the existing City Hall and Development into one unit making it easier for customers to find us and gain access to city services. 5. My Mayor’s Mentors program is matching mentors with kids on the Big Brothers Big Sister wait list, creating dynamic and positive relationships that will benefit our future. 6. Our City Council and management team are among the best in the nation, as evidenced by a host of national awards for Parks, Libraries, Police, Fire and more. Live Life Grand,

A RLINGTON have laid out for them. This year, the American Board of Orthodontics honored Dr. Alexander with their 2019 Humanitarian Award at their Excellence in Orthodontics Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. “The American dream to me is a community of faith, love, and kindness, and a community that wants to better each other and help each other on the journey,” Dr. Alexander said. During this month of Thanksgiving, we want to say thank you, Dr. Alexander, for helping make Arlington, Texas a better place to live, work, play, and serve.


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YOUTH INDOOR SOCCER REGISTRATION A r l i n g t o n P a r ks a n d R e c re a t i o n

Ages 3-6, fee is $75- ages 7-12, fee is $80. Season begins January 4, 2020. Register online today. C O A PA R . S I P L AY. C O M

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DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE 2020 EARLY REGISTRATION A r l i n g t o n P a r ks a n d R e c re a t i o n

Early registration is now open and continues to November 30. Prices for early registration is $22 no limo tour/$27 with limo tour* Prices are per person. *Limo or limo bus. Visit our website to register. N AT U R A L LY F U N . O R G

Anderson immediately after. Bring a blanket or chair to sit for the parade. FREE. 1200 East Broad St. M A N S F I E L DT E X A S . G O V / E V E N T / 8 8 5 1 / V E T E R A N S - D AY- PA R A D E NOVEMBER 9

MOBILE PET ADOPTION Arlington

Adorable adoptable pets looking for new homes will be available at the mobile adoption unit for immediate adoption! Visit with adoptable cats available inside PetSmart! Adoptions will be at the Petsmart® in South Arlington, 203 E. I-20 (Arlington Highlands) 10:30am-3:30pm.

NOVEMBER 8 - 17

EPIC WATERS MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEK G ra n d P ra i r i e

Active military, reserve and military veterans will receive free admission and their family members will receive 25% off regular admission during that same time frame. Guests must present military ID upon ticket purchase, and use the discount code MA19 when purchasing online. On Nov. 16, the park will host “Epic Games” which pits teams of military families in friendly competition against each other in a series of tailgate-style lawn games and other activities. 2970 Epic Place. E P I CWAT E R S G P. C O M NOVEMBER 9

VETERANS DAY PARADE

NOVEMBER 10

2ND ANNUAL RUN FOR WARRIORS M a n sf i e l d

This family friendly event is for anyone who enjoys outdoor activity and fun…whether a competitive runner, jogger or walker. Show your support this Veterans’ Day weekend as we honor our nations’ veterans and raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Participant t-shirt, souvenir flag, chair massages, snacks. 10am. Rose Park, 303 N. Walnut Creek Dr. Any questions call 817-550-1660. B I T. LY / WA R R I O R S 5 K

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Help us salute the brave men and women who fight for our freedom at Mansfield’s Veterans Day Parade and Patriotic Salute outside City Hall, followed by a Patriotic Salute Concert at R. L. Anderson Stadium. The parade begins at 10am with a patriotic salute concert at R. L.

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HOLIDAY IN THE PARK S i x F l a g s O v e r Texa s

Come visit us for the most magical time of the year with enchanting experiences that

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will help create those special family fun outings again and again. The winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. SIXFLAGS.COM NOVEMBER 25 - 29

THANKSGIVING BREAK CAMP A r l i n g t o n P a r ks a n d R e c re a t i o n

Camp will be held at Cliff Nelson, Dottie Lynn, Elzie Odom and Hugh Smith rec centers. For recreation times and days visit our website. N AT U R A L LY F U N . O R G NOVEMBER 28 - DECEMBER 31

PRAIRIE LIGHTS G ra n d P ra i r i e

Visit our ad. Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy. NOVEMBER 29 - DECEMBER 22

TEXAS CHRISTKINDL MARKET Arlington

Inspired by the cherished German tradition is bigger and better than ever! This free, family-friendly market features a unique outdoor shopping and holiday experience. New this year, an ice skating rink! Discover handcrafted gifts and collectibles, with more than 25+ holiday vendors with food, live musical entertainment, and a Christkindl-style warming hut. The Plaza at Texas Live! - 1650 E. Randol Mill Rd. Visit website for hours. T XC H R I ST K I N D L M A R K E T. C O M


Discover A Great Concert Experience!

NOVEMBER 11/1 Michael W. Smith

11/2 Country Giants - A Tribute To Charley Pride & Don Williams 11/2 JD Souther 11/9 Sawyer Brown 11/14 Symphony Arlington 11/15 Arrival From ABBA Tribute 11/16 Don Mclean 11/21 Diamond Rio 11/22 Chonda Pierce 11/23 Kathy Mattea Upcoming

The Guess Who, Wynonna & The Big Noise Rockin' Roots Christmas, AMH Spectacular Christmas, AMH Spectacular Christmas - Matinee, Will Hearn's "Grand Ol' Christmas Show", Silver Bells & Diamonds, Symphony Arlington, The Chris Milyo Big Band - Swinging' Christmas, "Blue Christmas" Starring Al Joslin, Whey Jennings & Cagney Frizzell

Downtown Arlington • Est. 1949

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Friday, November 1st at 7:30 pm Arli n g to n Mu s i c Ha l l

The Grammy- and Tony-nominated singer-songwriter-actress Bareilles, who rose to prominence with popular track “Love Song,” brings her mezzo-soprano vocals to Texas for a tour focused on her unique brand of piano-based pop soul music in support of her most recent album, Amidst the Chaos.

C OMI N G TO THE ATER S

DAVID VICTOR FORMERLY OF BOSTON Friday, November 8th at 8:00 pm Arli n g to n Mu s i c Ha l l 

NOVEMBER 22 // A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

JACK FM RETROPLEX Saturday, November 9th at 7:00 pm T h e T h ea t re a t G ra n d P rairie

TOM HANKS, MATTHEW RHYS DIR. MARIELLE HELLER (CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?)

SARAH TUCKER Thursday, November 14th at 7:30 pm S y m p h ony Arl i ngt on

THE SKETCHBOOK TOUR - FANTASIA Thursday, November 14th at 7:30 pm T h e T h ea t re a t G ra n d P rairie

OLD DOMINION’S 96.3 COUNTRY FEST Saturday, November 16th 7:30 pm T h e T h ea t re a t G ra n d P rairie

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE LIVE! 2019 Sunday, November 17th at 7:30 pm T h e T h ea t re a t G ra n d P rairie

SLEEPING BEAUTY DREAMS Thursday, November 21st at 8:00 pm T h e T h ea t re a t G ra n d P rairie

DIAMOND RIO Thursday, November 21st at 8:00 pm

It ’s hard to imag ine anyone but America’s most likable working actor portraying the broadly loved Fred (Mister) Rogers, and Hanks takes on the role in a film based on once-cynical journalist Tom Junod’s profile of Rogers, originally published in Esquire in 1998. Widely praised upon its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the biopic looks to be a powerful family feature just in time for the holidays.

THIS M ONTH IN M OVIE HISTORY

NOVEMBER 16, 1990 // HOME ALONE MACAULAY CULKIN, JOE PESCI // DIR. CHRIS COLUMBUS (HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE) ’Tis the season to start breaking out the Christmas movies, and you could do worse than such a modern American classic as the venerable and often quoted Home Alone, which was actually so popular upon release that it remained number one in theaters until February of the following year and stayed in the top ten until June of 1991. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal. OUR BOOK P ICK

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NICK JR. LIVE! Friday, November 22nd - Sunday, November 24th (Various Showtimes) T h e T h ea t re a t G ra n d P rairie

CHONDA PIERCE Friday, November 22nd at 7:00 pm Arli n g to n Mu s i c Ha l l

ALTERIUM - THE 1975 Wednesday, November 27th at 6:30 pm T h e T h ea t re a t G ra n d P rairie

NOEL STREET BY RICHARD PAUL EVANS

In this new offering from “the king of Christmas fiction” (The New York Times), #1 bestselling author Richard Paul Evans shares a story of heart, loyalty, and hope as he explores the deeper meaning of the holiday season and asks what it truly means to love and forgive.

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Still from A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Movie poster from Home Alone (1990), 20th Century Fox. Book cover from The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (2019), Doubleday, with description excerpts from publisher. All information is presented for non-commercial illustrative purposes.


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HOLIDAY IN THE PARK AT SIX FLAGS

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T’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME of the year and it ’s dow nr ight

mag ical at Six Flags Over Texas’ Holiday in the Park. During select dates between November 23rd and December 31st, the park will come alive with holiday cheer, including millions of t w inkling, colored lights each night. Families will make enchanting holiday memories together enjoying the park’s festive LED light show, a slide down the snow-sledding hill, and warming fire pits for toasting s’mores. Take a stroll together through the Merry Marketplace. Visit Santa’s Outpost and meet the Jolly Old Elf himself—as well as Mrs. Claus and the elves. Cavort with furry friends at Johnson’s Creek Critter Corral, enjoy seasonal performances, family caroling, a 60-foot Christmas tree—plus rides, of course—and interactive activities to help craft holiday memories your family will never forget.

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community | TALK OF THE TOWN PHOTO: STEVE JURVETSON/FLICKR.COM: CC BY 2.0

In my final months, I came to the sad reality that my life really did have a fourth quarter and the clock really would run out on me. I took the time to convey some thoughts that reflect back on my rich and full life. I’ve long recognized the power of effective communication. That’s why in my later years I began to reflect on the many life lessons I learned along the way, and shared them with all who would listen. Fortunately, I found the young have a thirst for this message. Many times over the years, I was fortunate enough to speak at student commencement ceremonies, and that gave me the chance to look out into a sea of the future and share some of these thoughts with young minds. My favor ite of these speeches included my grandchildren in the audience. W h at I wo u l d t e l l t h e m w a s t h i s Depression-er a baby f rom t i ny Holdenville, Oklahoma — that wide expanse where the pavement ends, the West begins, and the Rock Island crosses the Frisco — lived a pretty good life.

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E N E R G Y T Y C O O N T. B O O N E P I C K E N S S H A R E S POSTHUMOUS WISE WORDS

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PON HIS PASSING IN SEPTEMBER, a message from

long-time Dallas resident T. Boone Pickens was posted to his social media pages and website. We’ve decided to let his anecdotes speak for themselves by excerpting a few small parts of his note here. You can read the full message at BoonePickens.com. If you are reading this, I have passed on from this world— not as big a deal for you as it was for me.

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In those speeches, I’d always of fer these future leaders a deal: I would trade them my wealth and success, my 68,000-acre ranch and private jet, in exchange for their seat in the audience. That way, I told them, I’d get the opportunity to start over, experience every opportunity America has to offer. It’s your shot now. Over the years, my staff got used to hearing me in a meeting or on the phone asking, “Whaddya got?” That’s probably what my Maker is asking me about now. Here’s my best answer. I left an undying love for America, and the hope it presents for all. I left a passion for entrepreneurship, and the promise it sustains. I left the belief that future generations can and will do better than my own. Thank you. It’s time we all move on.


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• Two different escape room experiences • Photos with Santa • A Christmas carousel • ...and a whole lot more! Activities and events will include: ICE ! fe a t u r in g A C h a r li e B r o w n Christmas The hotel’s signature holiday attraction is back with a new theme for 2019, featuring two-story ice slides and larger-than-life ice sculptures of Charlie Brown and the gang in a walk-through winter wonderland hand-carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Snow Tubing It’s going to SNOW at Gaylord Texan! Grab a tube and enjoy a thrilling ride down the eight lane tubing hill made with two million pounds of real snow! Ice Skating

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AWAY IF YOU HAD JUST MINUTES TO LIVE, WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD GO WHEN YOU DIED? BY K AR E N WI LLIAMS ON

ooner or later, we are all faced with the reality that we don’t live forever here on Earth. My dad faced it in 2014. My mom is a Christian and took us to church at an early age. My dad—a great man, husband, and father—wasn’t. He was an engineer at NASA who was raised on a family farm in Yukon, Oklahoma. I came to know the Lord at the age of 12 and my dad made a rare appearance at church to come to my baptism. It meant the world to me. My mom told me that as they began singing hymns, he said, “I have no idea what any of this means.” Have you ever felt that way?

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There were many people who touched my dad’s life, some who were good Christians— and others who claimed they were but didn’t act that way and really turned my dad against becoming one. My dad worked hard, saved his money, and could fix just about anything. When my parents moved to Rockwall and my mom began attending church at the First Baptist Church of Rockwall, Pastor Steve Swofford got to know my dad and took an interest in his workshop. Those little connections are so important. My dad respected Pastor Swofford, but still didn’t think that knowing or believing in God would ever be relevant to his own life. In the early months of 2014, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. It was in his kidney, his spine, and pelvis. We watched my dad try to tackle this problem with the same methodical precision as he would anything he needed to fix. But his cancer couldn’t be fixed. When you realize you are at the end of your rope, you will contemplate, if you never have before, what will happen to you when you die, heaven and hell. We will all live in eternity somewhere. My dad asked to meet with Pastor Steve and talk about it. Something in our conscience tells us there must be a Creator. If a tornado ripped through a barn and whirled up all the metal, would we expect after the tornado to see a perfectly made barn and tractor, with all the intricate details allowing the tractor to run and the barn to stand? Many assume that our intricate bodies, our intricate world, came about because of a big bang and so order came from chaos. But there was a designer for Mount Rushmore, a designer for the building you work in, and a designer for your teeth and jaw. I’ve studied as a dentist for 25 years and still can’t believe how amazingly intricate just a single nerve system for a tooth is. Have you ever seen a molar shaped tooth in the front of someone’s mouth? The tooth buds for our permanent teeth are already forming by twenty weeks after conception—the enamel, the dentin, the nerves that allow us to feel ice cold Blue Bell ice cream. And at around age six, that molar emerges in the mouth in

its usual molar spot. Is that not amazing? I can’t study things like that and not believe there is a Creator. So, on a magnificent day in July, my dad told Pastor Steve that he had always tried to live a good life. But he had had some bad thoughts. He had told some little lies. He had sinned— which is enough to keep us from a holy and perfect God who loves us so much He had his own, His one and only Son, given as the sacrifice for our sins so we could be with Him forever. My dad realized that day what sin was in its simplest form. My dad realized that day who God was. My dad realized that day that he owed a debt he couldn’t pay, just as none of us can. We can’t work enough, serve enough, live long enough, pray enough, teach enough, be kind enough to ever cancel that debt to God.

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Thankfully, God made it easy. He said, “here is my Son.” Jesus paid our debt. And we all have equal access to Jesus Christ as our savior. He came for all of us. My dad prayed to God that day, asking Him to forgive him for his sin, accepting Jesus as the debt-payer. My dad realized he couldn’t save himself— but God provided his Savior. At the age of 78, after so many people prayed for my dad, he was saved.

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Three weeks later, my dad went to be with His Lord in peace. And what a difference that makes. My dad was one heartbeat away, as we all are, and now for all of eternity he will enjoy being in the presence of the One who made him, the One who made my dad’s engineering brain and his big heart of love for his wife, kids, grandkids—the one who now holds him forever.

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ATTORNEYS DONNA SMIEDT, DESARAY MUMA, AND MICHAEL MUÑOZ BY MEREDITH KNIGHT PHOTOS BY LANDON DAY

When you’re facing a family law challenge, you want to partner with a highlyqualified attorney who specializes in the intricacies of family law. If you live in the Arlington/Mansfield area, you can rest assured the full-service family law firm of Donna J. Smiedt has got you covered. From the smallest, uncontested divorce or will to multimillion- dollar, complex estate division, family law is their specialty—and their passion. Few lawyers in our area possess the litigation experience and family law expertise of Attorneys Donna Smiedt, Desaray Muma, and Michael Muñoz.

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“I’ve had the honor or representing hundreds of families going through all types of divorces—many of which include complex, separate property estates,” Donna said. “These cases require the knowledge and experience of a boardcertified litigation lawyer with 33 years of specialization in the field.” Donna’s tag line, “When your family and finances matter, EXPERIENCE COUNTS” is more than just a slogan. Donna and her team possess the trial experience of litigating and winning and managing high conflict custody cases to ensure the best outcome for their clients, the children, and

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the whole family unit. “As my firm grew and I needed to add attorneys. I carefully hand selected two of the most dynamic and passionate family law attorneys I know,” Donna said. “Desaray Muma joined me four years ago. She’s highly capable lawyer in the courtroom as well as being trained in the collaborative practice of family law. Together we grew the firm so rapidly that we needed to add a third attorney to the practice. We were lucky enough to join forces with, Michael A. Munoz, a senior litigation lawyer with almost 15 years of family law experience. We’ve also have an amazing staff of paralegals, legal assistants,


No matter what your situation, we understand what you are going through and will do everything in our power to ensure a positive outcome for you and your family. office manager and a receptionist, to provide the best possible front and back office service to our clients as Arlington/ Mansfield’s full-service family law firm.” Together they partner with clients who may be struggling with family law issues for the first time. “It’s our passion to share the wealth of experience we’ve adduced at FLFDJS in order to strategize and guide our clients through the family law system in order to maximize a favorable outcome—not only for the client we represent, but the whole family unit,” Donna said. “The ‘wins’ don’t mean much if the family is fractured and the children destroyed by being exposed to the wars fought in family court.” Donna built her beautiful office, located conveniently in South Arlington to host private, collaborative meetings or mediations in a low-stress atmosphere.

The décor is fun and eclectic, filled with an art collection she carefully curated to provide the nicest possible environment to foster the kindest resolution of the ugliest of family law situations. “We even have a ‘divorce therapy’ dog on staff, as it’s a proven fact that animals, especially dogs, lower the heart rate and calm the senses,” Donna said. “Baxter is an integral part of our intentional commitment to the resolution of family law matters in the most therapeutic setting possible at The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt, PLLC.” Donna herself graduated high school at age 15, a year after she moved to the United States from South Africa. By age 19, she had earned her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and went on to be one of the Southern Methodist University School of Law’s youngest graduates in history, finishing her law degree at only 22.

Since then, she’s worked passionately to improve the lives of her clients as they move through troubled times. She credits her passion to the fact that she fully believes in the importance of the work she does and is proud to be able to offer her clients a safe and understanding system of support as well as effective legal solutions. It’s no wonder Donna has been named Family Law Attorney of the Year in Arlington and was voted Top Family Law Attorney in Fort Worth by her peers again this year. “Our family law center exists to provide families with a variety of options, at one of the most difficult times of their lives, when emotions run high,” Donna said. “We are the dispassionate voice of advice, tempered with empathy for their stressful situation, guiding them from the dark to the light in their divorce or custody experience.”

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FEATURE

By Mimi Greenwood Knight

Do Some Sleuthing

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Scrutinize your friends’ bookshelves. Notice what they like to read then search for something new in that genre. Consider topics that pop up in their conversations and see what’s being written on them.

OPEN BOOK

Pay Attention What book last sent them over the moon? What movie did they watch multiple times? That tells you what genre or tone or style they enjoy. My sister, Gail, loves gritty true-life stories, so I’m getting her JELL-O Girls, about the not-so-sweet lives of the Rowbottom family, heir to the JELL-O fortune.

Consult Someone with Similar Interests

Giving books as gifts can let the reader learn something about themselves—and about you.

ne thing I love almost as much as reading (and rereading) the perfect book is gifting the right tome to just the right recipient. I

Is your favorite uncle a World War II buff or a science nerd? Ask someone who reads about those same topics what they’ve read and loved this year. My friend Ron and my brother Duff are both NASA nerds. For Duff’s Christmas book this year, Ron recommended Hidden Figures, about the women who calculated by hand the complex equations that allowed our astronauts to walk on the moon in a pre-computer era.

Make Friends with your Indie Book Seller If there’s anybody who’s excited—and I mean really excited—about books, it’s the owner of your local independent bookstore. Tell them who you’re shopping for and where their interests lie. My walking partner loves romance novels—I don’t. The bookstore owner recommended a beautifully illustrated copy of Breakfast at Tiffany’s that Kathy will love.

keep a notebook in my purse all year long for jotting down book gift ideas as I hear good things. When the holiday season rolls around, I consult my notes—Weird Parenting Wins for Jenn, The Overstory for Wayne, Brain on Fire for April, Educated for Neesy. I take a deep breath and place my biggest book order of the year, mentally crossing my fingers in hopes that each recipient will love the book that brought them to mind. Here are some ideas for finding the perfect book to give each person on your list.

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Explain Your Choice It’s always nice to include a note telling the recipient why this book reminded them of you. Write it on a pretty bookmark or inside a card and insert it inside the book. If it’s a book you’ve read and enjoyed, consider placing sticky notes throughout the pages for them to find when they read your favorite segments.


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It’s the Little Things Let’s face it—as a society, we’re kind of uptight.

Michelle Newman, PhD, director of the Laboratory for Anxiety and Mood Pathology, says people get into a habit of carrying around more tension and anxiety than they should. She emphasizes regular relaxation to keep anxiety under control and encourages a

Tips for getting into the “chill zone” Consider committing just 15 minutes to quiet and solitude each day. Carving out a small chunk of time around mid-day can initiate a powerful and positive change in your life. It may seem difficult at first, and you may find the “chill zone” seems out of reach, but you can get there.

PREPARE A PHYSICAL SPACE. Whether you’re at the office or home, map out a space that

few simple techniques.

T AKE A BREAK FROM SMART DEVICES. Turn off your electronic devices and put them in a drawer for at least an hour a day.

invites calm and relaxation. For example, don’t sit in your cubicle right in front of the stack of paperwork you’ve been putting off for way too long. Turn your seat to face a blank wall

FIND THE HUMOR. Try to find

or a soothing picture, or if you’ve got a lunch break, drive to a local park.

some humorous angle to whatever

BREATHE. Start by taking slow, shallow breaths rather than deep, sharp ones. This rhyth-

comes at you during the day. This

mic breathing will help calm stress and pop-up thoughts that try to steal the inner peace you deserve.

giggle therapy can act as an effective tool for diminishing anxiety.

PREPARE YOUR MENTAL SPACE. When you begin your planned relaxation time, you probably won’t be ready immediately. Unwelcome thoughts and concerns will continue to swirl

MOVE. You’ve heard it before—

around in your mind. After all, you’ve allowed these peace thieves to rule your world for

take the stairs instead of the

a long while. Don’t attempt to push the thoughts down. Simply notice them and gently

elevator, walk to your appoint-

pull yourself out of their grasp. This takes practice. It will get easier.

ments, park further away. Moving

LEARN ABOUT THE MEANING OF SILENCE. During this quiet period, you’ll begin to hear sounds you didn’t notice before—ticking clocks, a car starting, dogs barking in the distance, the hum of an air conditioner. As you move further into the silence, you’ll become more keenly

your body is a good idea and helps to clear your head between scheduled relaxation times.

aware of these and other peripheral sounds. You see, silence isn’t an absence of sound. Rather, it’s an elevated form of listening and it’s quite powerful. These sounds ebb and flow within your awareness. They don’t diminish the silence; they are part of it.

TIME TO STRIKE A POSE. Whether you’re in business attire, or in your comfy jeans at home, yoga can greatly assist with relaxation. Start with a crescent moon pose, move into a standing seal pose or desk upward dog, and on to eagle arms (you can find diagrams of these poses easily online). This will likely wreak havoc on your inner silence at first, but keep practicing and you will become master of the 15 minute chill.

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Let go of the hustle for just a little bit and free your mind.


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WHILE ANXIETY CAN CAUSE YOU TO WORRY YOURSELF SICK, UNDERSTANDING IT IS THE FIRST STEP TO CONFRONTING IT BY DAVI D BUI C E

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orry is a normal part of our lives. And there are times when it can even be helpful. Ideally and up to a point, worrying about things like finances or family relationships can cause us to think seriously about them, and prod us to take appropriate steps to deal with them. It’s possible, however, for our worries to become excessive, irrational, and uncontrollable, stealing much of the joy of our relationships, everyday activities, and accomplishments.

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HOW TO confront anxiety By all means, seek professional medical help if your anxiety is seriously interfering with your work and personal or family relationships, or if it continues for several months.

ATTEMPT COGNITIVE DISTANCING. With anxious thoughts, your mind is trying to protect you by predicting what could happen, but that doesn’t mean it will happen. Ask yourself if anything good could happen instead, and which is more likely based on past experiences and other information you may have.

DECIDE IF A THOUGHT IS HELPFUL. Imagine you’re thinking of applying for a job, but only one person out of 50 applicants will get that position. That’s true, but if you concentrate on

• Experiences. These include a history of significant life changes or traumatic experiences during childhood. • Drugs or alcohol. Misuse and withdrawal can cause or worsen anxiety.

Physical signs and symptoms of GAD include:

MOVE! It’s amazing how much better you can feel after a morning’s 30-minute burst

• Fatigue • Trouble falling or staying asleep • Nervousness or being easily startled • Nausea or irritable bowel syndrome • Sweating, trembling, feeling twitchy

of exercise. Find some form of motion

• Irritability

you enjoy or at least tolerate, do it 3-5

With a little focus, much anxiety can be understood and dealt with. But if you’re having trouble, there’s no need to endure prolonged suffering—seek assistance from a qualified medical professional.

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• Genetics. Anxiety disorders can run in families.

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Suffering from this kind of worry for six months or longer is referred to as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Statistics reported by the National Institute of Mental Health indicate an estimated 5.7 percent of adults experience GAD sometime in their lifetime. It runs higher among females (3.4 percent) than males (1.9 percent), but according to Mayo Clinic specialists, there are particular factors that might increase your risk of developing GAD.

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SET THE TONE If you think spen din g some time at a spa, med spa, or massage studio is unnecessarily self-indulgent, then think again. Discovering the undeniable health benefits associated with setting aside a day for rest and relaxation is more or less essential in our busy world.

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A day (or even an hour) at a spa allows you to carve out some me time. It’s like a mini vacation. Afterwards, you can enjoy the benefits of a clear mind, increased productivity, and better sleep.

If you want an instant boost, head to a local med spa that offers body contouring treatments. There are a variety of non-surgical body contouring methods available, which can result in the reduced appearance of cellulite by toning and firming those areas that diet and exercise haven’t helped.

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ON TOP OF THE WORLD Massage releases serotonin and dopamine. with depression, and low dopamine means tion. If you need any more encouragement to book a massage, you should know that studies have linked higher serotonin levels to decreased quarrelsome behavior, and increased dopamine levels to a greater feeling of satisfaction and energy. Some studies have indicated that massage can increase both by as much as 30 percent.

side notes ABOUT MED SPAS If you are regretting a lifetime of unprotected sun exposure, a variety of laser treatments are available to leave you with younger-looking, smoother skin. A med spa is also the perfect place to go if you’re tired of looking tired. A wide array of fillers are available to help with fine lines and wrinkles. You might want to try out a resurfacing facial, which can exfoliate damaged skin cells, protect your skin, and stimulate collagen and elastin production.


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Coming down from the giddiness of pumpkin spice and apple cider doesn’t mean the seasonal food bender has to end. We know fresh fruits and vegetables have great health and beauty benefits, but it doesn’t have to stop in the kitchen. One particular fruit, the lowly cranberry, is a gem hidden in plain sight. Cranberries have long been touted for their health benefits both inside and out. The fruit of evergreen dwarf shrubs which are native to North America, cranberries bear antioxidants and other properties that help keep your skin looking and feeling radiant, smooth, and youthful. Cranberries offer the perfect trifecta of antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, along with enzymes that act as an exfoliant, which can tackle the dry outermost layer of skin and leave it silky smooth. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find that they have many anti-aging properties as well. Rich in antioxidants essential for protecting skin against damaging environmental stressors and free radicals, the cranberry also has a high amount of vitamins A and C, which help stimulate collagen production.

DELICIOUS DIY CRANBERRY BODY SCRUB Your face isn’t the only part of your body that can reap the benefits of some cranberry therapy. For a revitalizing scrub sweet enough to eat, all you’ll need are a few simple ingredients from your kitchen. • 1 cup fresh cranberries • 1/ 8

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cup melted coconut oil • 1 cup raw sugar Simply puree the cranberries to a paste in a blender, add the oil and sugar, and mix well. Voila! You now have a fresh, farm-tobathtub scrub that indulges your skin. Make sure to store it in the refrigerator when not in use to maintain maximum freshness.


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FALL WELCOME SIGN

colorful fall leaves and greenery.

Consider a new replacement for the traditional autumn wreath by painting the inside of an old tray with chalkboard paint. Add autumn branches, colorful leaves, and berries around the tray, write a welcoming message inside, and hang it on the front door to greet guests. (If you’d like to repurpose it, swap out the leaves for evergreen and holly come Christmastime.)

Display them with smaller pumpkins or gourds.

LEAF-STAMPED LINENS Interesting shapes are more important than bright colors for this one. Paint one side of a leaf evenly with craft paint, position it on a cloth napkin or placemat paint side down, cover with a paper towel, and roll it with a

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It doesn’t take Joanna Gaines to appreciate the prettiest and brightest leaves scattered in the center of your dinner table or strung along a railing interspersed with tiny white lights. The result is simply elegant.

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Press your nicest leaves in a f lower press or between the pages of a book. Then either mat and frame them or adhere them to card stock with spray mount from the craft store and arrange several on the wall.

Just because jack-o’-lantern season is over doesn’t mean that pumpkins are no longer excellent fall décor. Try painting varying sizes of pumpkins white, then use Mod Podge to decorate them with

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f ter tracking what I did with the number of hours I spent connected and online for a single week, I found myself shocked at just how much time I’d been wasting on well, nothing much at all. So I promised myself I’d explore the world around me and connect with nature, friends, and family instead of spending so much time behind a computer screen or hunkered over my smart phone. I tried it on while vacationing on a tropical island last year and was pleased to discover my stress level went from full throttle to almost zero. It felt like I had reset my soul—which led me to search for more getaways that I thought might encourage me to unplug. After comparing options, I settled on three destinations, each with its own unique allure.


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FOUR TIPS FOR Unplugging on Vacation TELL FRIENDS, FAMILY, and neighbors that you will have limited connectivity and will only be checking in

LI BRARY

periodically. Give them your hotel information to contact you only in the event of an

The Colorado Ghost Town How could a ghost town be a great vacation destination? As it turns out, this once-forgotten 1800s mining town has been reborn as a rustic luxury resort called Dunton Hot Springs. As soon as I set eyes on the carefully renovated, hand-hewn log cabins nestled together in an alpine valley, tastefully decorated and featuring modern amenities, I felt a sense of peaceful community and blissful serenity wash over me. The resort, a Relais & Chateau property, offers rustic charm effortlessly blended with creature comforts and outdoorsy options. Located just across the mountain from Telluride, the community rests on 200 acres but owns 1,600 surrounding acres which guests can enjoy. During the day, you can participate in extra activities such as horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and fly fishing. In the winter, enjoy snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and sleigh rides. The price includes the room, three freshly prepared hot meals, and a daily cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres. The community boasts a saloon, dance hall, library, and chapel, as

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well as a restored 19th century bath house and two more geothermal pools. Slow down and restore your body with a natural treatment and massage at their spa or refresh your spirit with an hour-long yoga or meditation session. At the end of the day, the threecourse dinner with sommelier-paired wines is a wonderful way to unwind before heading back to your cabin.

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Searching for a laid-back beach getaway without throngs of tourists, I found what I was looking for in the small seaside village of Máncora. Located on Peru’s northern Pacific coast, this strip of sandy beaches lies between a craggy desert and the open ocean. Accessible from Lima, Peru—getting there from Lima is an adventure in itself—Máncora’s year-round sunshine and waves make it a great spot to escape from it all.

coworkers as early as possible. Establish a chain of command in your absence.

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Máncora is about simple pleasures—sun and sand, warm water and waves, food and drink. It’s the kind of place where, after soaking up some sun and being lulled by the surf, you can shake off your sandals and head downtown to the strip of open air restaurants and bars to

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eat ocean-fresh fish and seafood to your heart’s content before waking up your palate with Pisco Sour—a foamy Peruvian cocktail made from pisco (brandy), lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white. It’s prepared in a chilled cocktail shaker and topped with a dash of bitters. Try it. Seriously. You’ll be hooked. Lodging ranges from upscale to basic. I stayed at Arennas Máncora, perched on the ocean just outside of town. Peaceful and quiet, it offers a tranquil, modern style and a beautiful private beach. With a day spa, a restaurant serving Peruvian inspired dishes, and a bar pouring to-die-for passionfruit mojitos, it’s easy to spend time just kicking back at the hotel. Your only decisions will be whether to experience a ceviche class taught by their executive chef, lounge by a lovely palm-shaded pool, relax with a spa treatment, or take a romantic walk along the beach at sunset.

Off the Grid in Belize

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An adventurer at heart, I couldn’t resist Ian Anderson’s Cave Branch Adventure Company and Jungle Lodge. With tree house suites available and situated in the heart of Belize in a pristine rainforest, the Lodge offers luxury accommodations furnished with locally sourced marble and hardwood furniture, “elegantly integrated into the surrounding nature.” My tree house room was as incredible as I imaged it would be, replete with stunning natural views and jungle sounds, including those of nearby howler monkeys. I enjoyed the modern comforts of air conditioning and hot and cold running water up in my awesome tree house.

Beach Destination - Máncora, Peru, Inside of the Dunton store, antique cash register

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Although Caves Branch Adventure Company and Jungle Lodge specializes in fun and exciting adventure expeditions, which do they warn are strenuous, guests are always catered to. Relax in the pool and hot tub and enjoy cheese tastings held in the botanical gardens. A soothing aromatherapy massage after cave tubing is a must!

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THE POWER OF HOSTING OTHERS FOR DINNER

AT THE TABLE

together PEOPLE OFTEN ASK ME, “HOW AND WHY DO YOU DO IT?” I TELL THEM I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE OTHERS FEEL WELCOMED, JUST AS OTHERS HAVE DONE FOR ME. THEY ARE REFERRING TO MY TENDENCY TO ROUTINELY WELCOME UPWARDS OF 20 PEOPLE FOR DINNER. THANKFULLY, I DON’T DO IT ALONE—AND EVERYONE DOES THEIR PART.

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OUR FAMILY PROVIDES THE MAIN DISH, a couple of vegetable sides, and a few drinks. Everyone else is invited to bring an appetizer, a dessert, a side, or drinks. There is no rhythm to the flow. People arrive and set their contribution on the large kitchen island. Ahead of time, I set out napkins, disposable plates, cups, and cutlery. I make sure the bathrooms and main areas are relatively clean and inviting. We briefly say a thankful prayer before the meal, being mindful that not everyone may be of the same faith. Everyone casually helps themselves and we all have meaningful conversations while the children play outdoors. That’s a typical day of gathering at the Chavez Household. I grew up in a family of seven plus an occasional dog. At the age of five, my father bought a home in Texas while he struggled with his professional life as a teacher. My mother, a stay-at-home mom, always made sure there were parties at our house even when finances were not looking good. However, the best events were at my grandparents’ home. Once school was let out for the holidays or vacations, we would drive up from El Paso to Colorado, where my mom’s side of the family had immigrated in the 60s. With an extended family of over 65, those celebrations became a learning opportunity. I saw people interacting and being there for each other. Traditions and customs of Mexican heritage were passed down at these gatherings. My grandparents passed away a few years ago in their early 90s, but even in their late years, they still enjoyed having people visit and made ordinary days into celebrations. I am so thankful that their fondness for congregation was passed down to me. Gathering with people over a meal has been the most meaningful and rewarding skill I have mastered as a citizen of this earth. Are you feeling disconnected? I encourage you to try it. Graciously welcome people to join you in this life. Who knows? One day we might end up at the same table sharing a meal.

My f ive s i m ple r ules of hosting

Be personal and share your life with others of different backgrounds

Don’t have any expectations

Be casual more often than formal

Solicit help ahead of time if needed

Allow the children to entertain themselves without excessive supervision

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A Q U I C K G I F T G U I DE

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From Santa’s Workshop

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hough in a sense all of us are special and unique snowflakes, many of the people in our lives happen to fall into categories that are a little more universal than we might think. Instead of relying solely on Santa’s little helpers to whip up the perfect presents as we head into the gift-giving season, we’ve rounded up a few ideas that are sure to delight—and save you some shopping time.

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3. FO R TH E Devoted Digerati Remember the Wii Sports craze of the mid-2000s? Nintendo is encouraging passive video game fans and non-players alike to get off the couch again with their video-game-meets-yoga offering Ring Fit Adventure, which comes with a flexible yoga ring that you use to strike poses, attack monsters, and explore the countryside in an all-ages active adventure for their Switch gaming system that is likely to be a big holiday hit. $79, Nintendo.com

2. FO R T H E Leisurely Listener The most famous band in the world (?) continues their yearly series of in-depth anniversary edition reissues, this time packaging a brand new remix of their last recorded album, the now 50-year-old Abbey Road, with 33 tracks of previously unheard studio demos and outtakes—and you can get it either on newfangled CD or classic heavyweight vinyl (the kind you play on one of those turntable doohickeys). $89/3 LP, $109/3 CD+Blu-ray, TheBeatles.com

4. FO R TH E Reluctant Riser The cacaphony of horrifying built-in ringtones emitting shrilly from the bedside smartphone is so passé—your loved one deserves a Philips SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light, which uses light therapy, sensors, and breathing exercises along with gradual sunset and sunrise simulations that cycle through myriad brightnesses, colors, and intensities to help people get to sleep easily and wake up naturally. $219, Philips.com

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5. FOR T HE Coffee Connoisseur We’ve talked about our love of cold brew coffee in the pages of this very magazine before, but there’s one particular brewer that seems to stand above the others, and it’s the 1.6 liter carafe from Penguin. Featuring a super-fine mesh that keeps grounds out of your coffee along with a rubber gasket and easyto-use immersible filter, this might be the best way to brew that delightfully concentrated beverage to maximum strength and chilly perfection. $32, Penguin.coffee


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SAFE SIDE If you’re one of the many who travels elsewhere for Thanksgiving, don’t risk bringing an extra bird—do your part by whipping up some take-along sides that’ll be sure to fly off the table, and delight your host too BY M E L I S S A TAT E

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TIPS AND TRICKS: For a “semi-naked” cake, run the flat side of a butter knife or cake scraper around the outside of your frosted cake, removing excess frosting. Don’t worry about it being perfect, naked cakes are meant to be rustic!

PUMPKIN SPICE CAKE

WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING MAKES: 1 CAKE | TIME: ABOUT 1 HOUR FOR THE CAKE: 1 box spice cake mix | 15 oz. can pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie mix | 3 eggs | 1 tsp. cinnamon | 1 tsp. vanilla DIRECTIONS: PREHEAT oven to 350˚F. Spray a bundt pan, sheet pan, or two 8-inch round pans with nonstick spray. IN A LARGE mixing bowl, beat cake mix, pumpkin puree, eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla. POUR into prepared pan(s). Cooking times will vary—follow box instructions. BAKE until toothpick comes out clean. Allow cake to cool slightly then invert on cooling rack to cool completely. PREPARE frosting while cake cools. FOR THE FROSTING: ½ cup butter, room temperature | 8 oz. block of cream cheese, room temperature | 4 cups powdered sugar | 1 tsp. vanilla | 1 Tbsp. milk DIRECTIONS: BEAT butter and cream cheese together. Mix in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until combined into frosting. BEAT in vanilla and milk. Add in more milk, a teaspoon at a time, if frosting is too thick. ADD in more powdered sugar, ¼ cup at a time, if frosting is too thin. FROST cake generously with cream cheese icing and serve. (For a two-layer cake, double the frosting recipe.)

TIPS AND TRICKS: For a “semi-naked” cake, run the flat side of a butter knife or cake scraper around the outside of your frosted cake, removing excess frosting. Don’t worry about it being perfect, naked cakes are meant to be rustic!

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CRANBERRY SAUCE MAKES: 8-12 SERVINGS | TIME: 20 MIN + COOL INGREDIENTS: 1 cup sugar | ½ cup water | 12 oz. frozen cranberries | ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon | ½ tsp. vanilla DIRECTIONS: COMBINE sugar and water in medium saucepan and bring to boil. ADD cranberries and cinnamon and return to boil. REDUCE heat to low then simmer 10 to 12 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken, stirring occasionally. REMOVE from heat once the sauce has reached ideal consistency. Stir in vanilla and let cool. SERVE cold or at room temperature.

TIPS AND TRICKS: Provide small ramekins for your guests so they can keep the cranberry sauce on the side as desired. OR Garnish with grated orange peel or fresh mint leaves to

give your sauce a fresh look and spicy flavor.

STOVETOP

MACARONI & CHEESE MAKES: ABOUT 6 SERVINGS | TIME: 30 MINUTES INGREDIENTS: 12 oz. large elbow noodles | 1½ cups whole milk | 2 Tbsp. flour | 2 cups freshly grated extra sharp cheddar | 2 cups freshly grated medium sharp cheddar | 1 cup freshly grated Gruyere | 1 tsp. pepper | ¾ tsp. salt BRING 4 quarts of salted water to a DIRECTIONS: boil in a large pot. Add pasta and cook according to package. Drain, rinse with cool water, return to pot and set aside. PLACE 1 cup of milk in a medium saucepan and warm over medium heat. While milk is warming, combine ½ cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of flour in a small bowl, making sure there are no lumps. ONCE MILK BEGINS TO STEAM, ADD in mixture from small bowl. Whisk continuously until the mixture thickens, about 2 minutes. Turn heat to low and begin to add in cheese one cup at a time, letting cheese melt into sauce before adding more. Once all cheese is combined, add salt and pepper. Adjust to taste. Pour cheese sauce over cooked noodles and combine.

TIPS AND TRICKS: This macaroni and cheese can easily be finished under the broiler as well. Turn broiler on high, spray any size baking pan with cooking spray, transfer desired amount of finished macaroni into baking pan, and cover with grated cheese of your choice. Broil for 2 to 4 minutes, checking continuously. november 2019

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CLEAN MUGGIN’ If you’ve ever taken a sip of your morning joe and thought “I wish I was in there,” boy does FinchBerry have the thing for you—their Artisanal Coffee Soap is made from and smells like freshly ground Brazilian coffee that provides light exfoliation while caffeine purports to stimulate blood flow. It even looks like beans! $7/ROUND BAR, FINCHBERRY.COM

SPIRIT OF THE SEASON Grocery store chain ALDI will bring back their wildly popular “Advent calendars” for the second year, offering buyers a new bottle of wine, wedge of cheese, or bottle of beer for each day in December up until Christmas. They’re super popular, so mark your (regular) calendar if you want in on the action! $70/WINE, $50/BEER, $13/ CHEESE, ALDI STORES STARTING NOVEMBER 6

FIRE, AWAY

SUPER SOFT It ’s November! You need a w a r m b l a n ke t . E nt e r t h e wonderful Chappy Wrap, the “heirloom-quality” blanket featuring a jacquard weave and cotton blend that is oh-socomfy whether lugged along to a football game or fought over in the living room. $135/ORIGINAL SIZE, PATTERNS VARY, CHAPPYWRAP.COM

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november 2019

A WHOLE NEW WORLD

Though the onset of the season might stir deep within us the urge to throw a few logs in the fireplace, Texas heat does not always permit such behavior. Enter the diminuitive Eden ventless tabletop fireplace, which runs on bio-ethanol fuel, throws an 8- to 12-inch flame, and can be easily placed indoors or outdoors for the lively ambiance you so justly desire (and deserve)!

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