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on the cover 16 I LANDRY DESIGNS IN THE SPOTLIGHT 22 I CAKE-AHOLICS 52 I QUICK ROOFING
feature 28 | WEAREVER
EXCITING LOOKS TO FIT ANY PLACE YOU EXPLORE
42 | EGGSTRAORDINARY
THROW AN EASTER PARTY FOR ANYONE
60 | SUMMERTIME MEANS SUMMER CAMP
THE GREAT RITE OF PASSAGE APPROACHES
62 | SOLD!
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME
68 | BREWHAHA
WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT COLD BREW COFFEE?
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24 WELLNESS DISCOVERING PROBIOTICS
TALK OF THE TOWN
THIS YEAR’S TRENDS
FRUIT OF THE VINE
LIVING PET CLUB
THE BEATEN PATH
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publishing PUBLISHER Misty Daniels
“HE IS NOT HERE; HE HAS RISEN, JUST AS HE FORETOLD…” MATTHEW 28:6
life-changing words… “He is not here, for He has risen…” Easter is a time to remember that Jesus’ power could not be contained in a grave. His truth could not be buried or forgotten. His love for us could not be conquered by death. At Easter time—and all year long— Jesus makes all things new and His mercies toward us are new every morning. No matter your past, He longs to be your future. No matter what you’re facing today or what uncertainties you fear for tomorrow, Christ conquered death, rose from the grave, breathed new life into us, and made us free. We have so much to celebrate today and every day, for He has risen indeed. And because He lives, we can face tomorrow. Thanks be to God, for His indescribable gift, at Easter time and all year round.
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Mansﬁeld is a beautiful city. Residents love our landscaped medians. We are a certiﬁed Texas Scenic City and have been named a Tree City USA for 12 consecutive years. But we don’t just care about how our city looks; we care about protecting the environment around it. On April 27 the volunteers of Keep Mansﬁeld Beautiful will join with our Environmental Services and Water Utilities departments for the third annual Earth Day Mansﬁeld celebration. While there will be entertainment, activities for children and lots of great stuﬀ to eat, the primary purpose of the event is to educate residents on how they can help protect the environment, not just in Mansﬁeld
but everywhere. There will be educational booths, information on using rain barrels, tips from Tarrant County Master Gardeners and a butterﬂy release into the demonstration garden at the Chris W. Burkett Service Center. Join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for this fun and educational festival. Help us make every day Earth Day in Mansﬁeld.
At the State of the City Address, I announced some great news for Grand Prairie, which I’m happy to share with you. Living Spaces Furniture, out of California, will be moving into the former Restoration Hardware building and oﬀering a 175,000 square-foot retail store, 700,000 square-foot online fulﬁllment center and a 6,500 square-foot Beck’s Prime Restaurant. Living Spaces will be open early summer. And, the Main Event is opening its 7th location in DFW in Grand Prairie end of this year. This desitnation of bowling, rock climbing, gravity ropes, food and arcade is a great addition to the family friendly fun for which Grand Prairie is known. And more restaurants have announced locating along SH 161 by year end:
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GRA ND PRAI RI E Fuzzy’s Taco Shop; First Watch Daytime Café; Salata Salad Kitchen; Zero Degrees Asian-Hispanic Fusion Café; and Blaze Fast-Fired Scratch Pizza. We are looking forward to all these great restaurant and retail opportunities in Grand Prairie! Live Life Grand,
Springtime in Arlington means many things— bluebonnets everywhere, spring training for our local baseball teams, cool mornings and evenings. It’s the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy The American Dream City. Schedule a round of golf at the new Texas Rangers Golf Club, the ﬁrst MLB-themed golf course! Put in a vegetable garden. Take the family out for a walk at River Legacy Park, enjoy the view from the rooftop garden at the new George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, or try a new dish at one of the new, vibrant restaurants in Downtown Arlington. Visit www.MyArlingtonTX.com, the City’s news site, for more springtime fun ideas. If you’ve lived in this great city for any length of time, you’ve likely encountered Arlington’s ﬁnest. We couldn’t be prouder of the dedicated men and women
A RLINGTON who’ve answered the call to serve as Arlington police oﬃcers; to protect and serve The American Dream City. I’ve had the privilege to work alongside many of them and have developed an incredible respect and appreciation for the leadership, honor, respect, teamwork, and accountability they demonstrate every day. If you encounter one of our oﬃcers, please, take the time to thank them for the sacriﬁces they make to keep us all safe. If you yourself feel the call to serve, applications are being accepted now for Class 57, scheduled to begin on July 29, 2019, a 32-week program of approximately 1,280 hours of instruction to become an Arlington police oﬃcer. You can ﬁnd applications on at www.Arlington-TX.gov/Police/Recruiting.
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The award winning Yappy Hour Dog social is back! The 2019 Yappy Hour Dog Social will be hosted on Saturday, April 6 from 5:30- 8:30 PM at Arlington’s newest dog park, Rush Creek Dog Park, 1900 Valleywood Drive. A great way to enjoy live music, local beer, food trucks and spend time with your pooch. Register early for $10 per person, or $15 cash at the event site. Bring your lawn chair and blankets. Presented by engAGEarlington. N AT U R A L LY F U N . O R G / YA P P Y H O U R
ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL Arlington
Come check out some amazing performances that are scheduled! 224 N. Center St. A R L I N GTO N M U S I C H A L L . N E T APRIL 6
be registered. Save $1 per ticket with your MAC card. Online registration ends April 11. Some activities limited to registrants under 12 years. 2-11 years cost is $11; 12 years and older cost is $7. M A N S F I E L DT E X A S . G O V / E V E N T / 8 3 0 1 / B U N N Y- B R U N C H . APRIL 13
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EGG-CELLENT EASTER PARTY
For runners and walkers. Participate in a fun run while paired up with dogs from our shelter who could use a day out to enjoy the fresh air and exercise. On registration, you choose if you’d like to walk/run with a shelter dog, bring your dog from home or walk solo. All participating shelters will be onsite after the event with discounted adoptions and everyone can enjoy a doggy-centric festival, complete with games, booths, activities and shopping for pups and the people who love them. Cost is $25.
It’s a children get together with games, activities and a mall egg hunt. Special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Parent should stay and bring a camera. Ages 1-9. $6 per child. 9am-10:30am. Hugh Smith Rec Center, 1815 New York Ave.
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2ND ANNUAL KAYAK BASS CLASSIC
Up to $25,000 in potential prizes. Lake Arlington – Richard Simpson Park. Entry fee is $20 per person. A R L I N GTO N B A S S C L A S S I C . C O M
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For all ages. Enjoy breakfast, crafts, and of course, some one on one time with the Easter Bunny! New this year -- an egg hunt just for our guests! Reservations fill quickly; so sign up soon to make some bunny in your house very happy! Don’t forget your camera for pictures! Must have ticket to enter and everyone must
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10am-12pm. AirHogs Ballpark in Grand Prairie, 1600 Lone Star Parkway. For in-
formation call Parks, Arts and Recreation Department 972-237-8100.
MOM & SON OVERNIGHT AT THE REC
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Moms get the sleeping bags, cot, blow-up mattress and anything else you need to be comfy for a night with your son. The night will be filled with dinner, friendly mom & son(s) competitions, crafts, archery, fishing, a hay ride and movie. Sleepover is optional. 5pm-7am. Cost is $12. Ages 3+. Cliff Nelson Rec Center, 4600 W. Bardin. Call 817-561-2819 for information.
MAIN STREET FEST 2019 G ra n d P ra i r i e
Hosted by The City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department. FREE parking and admission. Have fun with a festive, family atmosphere. Live music featuring Texas country singer-songwriters, award winning super groups accompanied by a variety of regional bands, more than 14 carnival rides, arts and crafts vendors, business expo vendors, 3 entertainment stages, plenty of food and beer gardens, a KIDZONE and plenty of fun for all! 200 block of W. Main St. and surrounding areas. M A I N ST R E E T F E ST. C O M
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CHRIS TOMLIN: HOLY ROAR TOUR Thursday - Friday, April 11th - 12th @ 7PM T h e T h e a t re a t G ra nd P rairie
Likely “the most often sung artist anywhere”, Chris Tomlin is among the most influential artists in Christian music. Honored last fall as the fourth recipient of the SoundExchange Digital Radio Award, recognizing more than 1 billion digital radio plays, Tomlin’s latest album Never Lose Sight and debut children’s book Good Good Father are available now. DONNY EDWARDS - ELVIS TRIBUTE Saturday, April 6th @ 7:30PM Arli n g t on Mu s i c Ha l l
BILLY DEAN LIVE Friday, April 12th @ 8PM Arli n g t on Mu s i c Ha l l
DOUBLE DARE LIVE! Saturday, April 13th @ 7PM T h e T h e a t re a t G ra nd P rairie
JUDY COLLINS Saturday, April 13th @ 7:30PM
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APRIL 12 // MISSING LINK HUGH JACKMAN, ZACH GALIFIANAKIS DIR. CHRIS BUTLER (PARANORMAN)
Stop-motion animation studio Laika (Coraline, Kubo and the Two Strings) brings its unique visual style to this early-1900s flavored look at the Missing Link (Galifianakis as Mr. Link), a good-hearted creature who contacts explorer Sir Lionel Frost (Jackman) to help him find the distant relatives he’s heard of only in stories and legends.
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APRIL 21, 1995 // WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING SANDRA BULLOCK, BILL PULLMAN // DIR. JON TURTELTAUB (NATIONAL TREASURE) Long before Sandra Bullock was a household name, and not long after her appearance in action movies Demolition Man and Speed, she made her first big rom-com splash in a film still fondly remembered for its mistaken-intentions premise, as train station employee Lucy (Bullock) falls in love with the brother (Pullman) of a comatose man whose life she saved.
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BLUE HAT BAND Saturday, April 20th @ 7 PM T h e LO T D ow nt ow n BRAZOS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Saturday, April 27th @ 8PM T h e LO T D ow nt ow n
THE PIANO GUYS Saturday, April 27th @ 8PM T h e T h e a t re a t G ra nd P rairie
APRIL 3 // GIADA’S ITALY MY RECIPES FOR LA DOLCE VITA BY GIADA DE LAURENTIIS With photos shot on location around her native Rome, Giada’s latest book is a lavish explorat ion of her food root s a nd t he lifest yle traditions that define “the good life,” with the contemporar y California twist that has made her America’s most beloved Italian chef.
RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES Sunday, April 28th @ 8PM T h e T h e a t re a t G ra nd P rairie
STILL FROM MISSING LINK (2019), COURTESY LAIKA/ANNAPUNA/UNITED ARTISTS RELEASING. MOVIE POSTER FROM WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING (1995), BUENA VISTA PICTURES. BOOK COVER FROM GIADA’S ITALY BY GIADA DE LAURENTIIS (2019), PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, WITH DESCRIPTION EXCERPTS FROM PUBLISHER. ALL INFORMATION IS PRESENTED FOR NON-COMMERCIAL ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES.
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In appreciation and in honor of David, Rodney and his wife, Isibelle, established The Nicklas Foundation. David’s own sister, Rebecca Nicklas-Kelley, joined the Foundation, in 1996, so it’s now operated by both the recipient and donor families.
TH E GIFT OF LIFE At age 36, Rodney DeBaun needed a life-saving heart transplant. He was given that priceless gift, thanks to the donation of 22-year-old David Nicklas.
Since that time, the foundation has provided free air transpor tation to others awaiting a “gift of life”. In 2000, they built The Landings of Carrier Parkway, an apart• ment complex in TO LEARN MORE Grand Prairie, Texas w ith ten f ully-f urABOUT ORGAN DONOR nished apar tments AWARENESS VISIT ava i lable to donor NICKLASFOUNDATION.ORG families who don’t live near a transplant hospital. Nearly 90 families have utilized the apartments and the foundation is currently opening 12 additional fully-furnished units for transplant patients and their families at Prairie Gate Community. Just this month, Rodney and Co-Pilot Berry Lane helped Souther n Outdoor Dreams f ulf ill the dream of six-year-old cancer patient, Abigail Arias of Angleton, Texas by flying Abigail and her family to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, so the young organ recipient could see snow and elk. The foundation continues to look for ways to impact the lives of transplant patients and others.
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APR 4/4 Ricky Skaggs & The Kentucky Thunder 4/5 In Halen & The Red Rockers 4/6 Donny Edwards - Elvis Tribute Show 4/12 Billy Dean Live 4/13 Judy Collins 4/19 Mark Wills Upcoming John Conlee, Gene Watson, Eddy Raven, Leslie Jordan, Nathan Carter, Generation and Friends Rock-n-Roll Doowop Extravaganza, A Tribute to Conway and Loretta, BlackHawk, Rumors Fleetwood Mac Tribute, Peter Paul and Mary ALIVE Tribute.
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hen someone loves the work they do, it shows. Lisa Landry and her team at Landry Desig ns love not hing more Whether youâ€™re staging than transforming local homes to sell or dreaming and businesses to make them about transforming dramatic, memorable, inviting some of the spaces and comfortable. Since 1998 Lisa's team's design skills have in your home or paid off with 34 international business, the Landry design awards and in their work Te a m o f fe r s m o r e t h a n being published 28 times, all 20 years of satisfied fe at u r i n g lo c a l c u st omer 's customers, along with homes and businesses, most a portfolio of amazing of whom had never worked finIshed projects with a decorator before. Landry and enthusiastic says, "We feel that everyone testimonials at deserves great design. We've LandryDesigns.com and witnessed fi rsthand how it can LandryStaging.com. truly change the lives of those Call (817) 835-3100 or who inhabit their new spaces, visit LandryDesigns.com and that's why we love what we to book your free design do. And since we offer so many consultation. budget ranges and our design services are free, we feel that it's attainable for many who thought that they could never work with an interior designer. That's where we shine. We love working with young families and students right out of college, as well as their parents and grandparents. We say that we're the equal-opportunity designers." FULL-SERVICE, AWA R D - W I N N I N G D ES I G N T E A M
HOME INTERIOR DESIGN When your home needs an update, the Landry Designs team is ready to help. They begin by asking how you want your home to feel and how the spaces will be used. Next, they assess your architecture, work with you on a budget range, and then put their award-winning design skills to work. They collaborate with you on any products you may need, including furniture, window treatments, flooring, area rugs, bedding, wall art and accessories, all with free design services. The Landry Team prides itself on working with each client's budget and style
"A J OY TO W O R K WITH AND TRUE P R O F ES S I O N A L S . E V E RY T H I N G TURNED OUT G R E AT A N D , O N C E AGA I N , E XC E E D E D O U R E X P ECTAT I O N S . " - B I L L A N D M A RY K AY B R A AS
Landry Designs o f fe rs c o m p l e t e i n t e r i o r d e c o ra t i n g services including:
preferences, even incorporating your existing pieces into the new design if you'd like. And there is no minimum purchase required. "Some clients just need new lamps, or a new r ug, and some need all new furniture for a space. We're happy to help with each of those scenarios," Landry says. W hy u s e L a n d r y D e s i g n s t o h e l p decorate your home? •
Free design services with a professional interior designer on all of the products they sell
Saves time and money from shopping at multiple stores on your own, and still not ending up with a pulled-together and professional look that fits the scale of your space
Comfortable, inviting and memorable rooms to enjoy for years to come Fun, easy and convenient process with many budget ranges available
BUSINESS INTERIOR DESIGN Studies show that a well-designed office interior can boost business productivity
by up to 25%, and also make you more de si r a ble a s a n employer. I f you r business interiors have become stagnant or your staff has lost momentum, you might be surprised how refreshing your work environment can reinvigorate your employees—and you. A properly decorated business space can: •
Create a great fi rst impression for potential clients,competitors, and those attending interviews
Help employees to take pride in their work place
Visually represent your brand’s core values and objectives Create an environment that nurtures employees and encourages productivity
HOME STAGING W hen you’re listing your home for sale, you want it to sell as quickly and painlessly as possible. That’s where L a n d r y S t a g i n g c a n g i ve yo u t h e edge. As experienced home stagers,
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t he y u nder s t a nd w h at app e a l s t o potential buyers. Home-sale statistics show that 95% of professionally staged homes sell in an average of 11 days versus 90 days for a home that is not staged. Landry Staging helps you emphasize the best qualities of your home and attract the largest pool of buyers, which may allow you to sell your home faster and for a higher price. In fact, staging a home may increase the sales price by 10-17% over a non-staged home. Nationwide, real estate professionals agree that: •
Staging is a cost-effective way to improve the odds of a quick home sale
Staging a home may increases the sales price of the home
Staging ensures the decor is updated and on trend
Staging helps sellers declutter and depersonalize their home, enabling potential buyers to envision themselves living in the space april 2019
fruit of the vine
“WHERE WAS GOD WHEN... (ENTER CATASTROPHIC EVENT HERE) ?” BY C HAD B AI LEY
This question says as much as it asks. It suggests that the god who can prevent something awful, will always do so. It is often asked critically to prove God is either incapable or unwilling to prevent evil, calling into question the trustworthiness of such a god. But notice the change in tone when we ask each other the same kind of question about a catastrophic event. “Where were you when JFK was assassinated?” or “Where were you on 9/11?” We do not expect fellow finite beings to have been present on either occasion, much less to have been able to foil the evil-doers’ plans. God is not let off the hook so easily; we tend to expect more of Him. The good news is His power and concern are not so easily disproven. According to Scripture, God is simultaneously transcendent and imminent. That is, He is spiritually over and above all things and yet near; enthroned in heaven (Ps. 2:4) and providentially involved in the minutia of life (Col. 1:17). Few portions of Scripture demonstrate this paradox like the Old Testament book of Ruth, the masterful drama about the gracious provision of God. But before it is a story of blessing and redemption, it is a story of heart-breaking loss. Out of the gate, the patriarch of an Israelite family and his two sons die in a foreign land, survived only by the widow Naomi and her two daughters-in-law. This is where the plot thickens. By the end of scene one, Naomi, in no uncertain terms, assigns full responsibility for her terrible loss to God (Ruth 1:19-22). If you were to ask her where God was when all the men in her life expired, she might have answered, “On His throne, as always.” This isn’t the only appeal to God’s sovereignty in Scripture (Ps. 115:3), not by a long shot. Job, who lost more than
Naomi, never spoke negatively against God, but declared, “The LORD gave, and the LORD took away; blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21-22). Naomi appears to struggle a bit more here than did Job, nevertheless she never doubted God’s existence or His fateful involvement. After being gone for more than a decade, she returned home with a new identity. She left as Naomi, meaning pleasant. She returned insisting she be called Mara, meaning bitter. And her reason for the name- change was the Almighty had dealt bitterly with her (1:20). She was not happy about it, but she was willing to accept the LORD’s righteous discipline, however severe (1:21). How can we learn from Naomi’s ability to reconcile God’s loving-kindness with painful loss? A fascinating clue is found in the names she uses for God. Twice she uses God’s personal, covenant name, Yahweh, which speaks of God’s nearness, His imminence. And twice she uses an older, more generic name for God, Shaddai, which speaks more of His transcendence and power. Naomi sees God as both the God to whom she must submit and the God who may be known and trusted. While God does not stop all evil in this life, His perfect character is not in question. Isaiah 55:8 reminds us that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, and neither are His ways our ways. All of His ways are good, without even the smallest exception. The book of Ruth ends with God’s gracious provision for Naomi on remarkable display. As with Job, God blesses Naomi in ways she could never have guessed. Such is often the case in our lives, however, even if these merciful endings never come, God remains eternally worthy of our worship, obedience, and trust.
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ome people are born artists, gifted with an eye for what can be, and the ability to make it a reality. Some artists work with paint and canvas, others with ceramic or clay. Then there is Matthew Wohlkinger whose medium is buttercream frosting. Y’all gotta see these cakes! A gifted artist, right from birth, Matthew had scholarship offers to pursue his art. But he had another passion too and chose to attend Le Cordon Bleu in Dallas. “I felt that studying baking and patisserie would perfectly suit my skill and interests, “Matthew said. Boy, was he right! Just ask his ever-growing customer base at Cake-aholics Bakery in Arlington. “If you can dream it, we can buttercream it,” Matthew said. “I really want to create an ‘experience’ with each cake. Whether it’s a wedding, birthday, anniversary, whatever, I really want to honor the special moments in people’s lives with a custom creation that celebrates their unique story.” I’m guessing the biggest problem his customers have is cutting into these masterpieces. But when they do, they’re in for another surprise. Matthew’s creations taste as good as they look. Check out the photo gallery at Cake-aholics.com and you’ll see what I mean. “I’m really blessed to be able to combine my two favorite things—my love for food and my love for art, “Matthew said. “Cake decorating is actually very similar to sculpture, except you can eat it. There’s a duality there, because you’re creating something that’s beautiful and memorable and the possibilities are basically limitless.” “The customers have been really great, too,” he said. “Almost every day, someone comes in or calls and says they were referred to us by another customer. Or they were at a shower, wedding, or party with one of our cakes. The word of mouth has been great, right from day one.” It doesn’t hurt that Matthew’s edible works of art have been featured—and lauded—on the Food Network where he took home a victory on “Winner Cake All”. Meet Matthew Wohlkinger “I was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved with my family to the United States when I was 16,” Matthew said. “My mother had completed a foreign exchange program here in high school, and kept in touch with her host family. So, when my family decided it was time for a fresh start, we
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have a confession. The thought of going to the dentist makes tends to make my blood run cold. I don’t know if it’s due to bad childhood experiences or a vivid imagination. But the sights, smells, and sounds of the dentist’s office make me want to hide under my bed. But it’s true that the only thing worse than going to the dentist is not going—since small issues can become big ones if left ignored.
I’m happy to report this dental weenie finally recently found a dentist who explains everything they’re about to do and what I’ll likely be feeling. They ask permission to proceed then stop frequently to check how I’m feeling. They’ve also invested in cutting-edge dental technology that eliminates many of my fear triggers. But my dentist still calls me Margaritaville, because I like my nitrous turned all the way up, thank you very much.
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Here, my fellow dental chickens, are ten ideas I’ve come across for triumphing over dental anxiety.
Look for a dentist who specifically caters to the dentally fearful. Some include that in their advertising. But you can also ask your friends and family what their dentist does to alleviate fear. Because dental anxiety often comes from a feeling of loss of control, look for a dentist who explains things thoroughly, doesn’t act until you give the okay, and makes you an equal partner in your own oral care. Be upfront about your anxiety. It’s not the first time your dentist has heard about dental phobia and you won’t hurt their feelings. Make your dentist aware of the exact things that generate anxiety in you, so they can proceed accordingly.
Discuss things like nitrous oxide or oral sedation that can take the edge off your fear.
Schedule your appointment first thing in the morning, when you and the dental staff are fresh and relaxed (and you’ll probably spend less time waiting around psyching yourself out).
Avoid caffeine and sugary foods before your appointment, which can make you edgier.
Agree beforehand on a gesture you can give to signal the dentist to stop working and give you a break.
Some people find that wearing a weighted blanket during their dental appointment helps them relax. My dental staff allows me to wear the weighted X-ray vest. It actually helps.
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“I’m extremely organized because I came from a company with a focus on communication and organization,” he said. “That transfers well into rooﬁng. I’ve found that lack of communication and disorganization cost rooﬁng sales reps time and money. And customers can be failed in many ways because of it. I was raised to treat people with kindness. Life can be hard, and you never know what someone’s going through. My parents taught me to do the right thing, when you know what the right thing is. Organization, open-communication, kindness, and integrity are at the core of all we do. It’s a simple but powerful way to relate to our rooﬁng customers.”
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It’s been said that, if you have integrity, 90% of your decisions are already made. Uncompromising integrity is one of the reasons Art Rodriguez was so happy to join forces with Quick Roofing. Since 1984, the roofing experts at Quick Roofing have distinguished themselves by providing full-service roofing, both residential and commercial, new construction and roof replacement, roof repair and maintenance, and hail and storm damage restoration—and doing it all with integrity. Unfortunately, we’ve all heard of someone who was taken for a ride by a fly-by-night roofing company. It’s a crying shame and has made many homeowners and business owners a little gun-shy when undertaking roof work. That’s why family-owned and operated Quick Roofing utilizes only roofers with whom they’ve had a long relationship. They know their work, their principles, and their professionalism. Afterall, their family name goes on every job they do. Art, his wife, Judy, and their kids call Mansfield home. “I’m a husband, a dad, and a man of faith,” he said. “Integrity is important to me. That’s why it was such an honor to join with great people of integrity, to help them offer quality, honest roofing services to my friends, family, and neighbors. I strive to bring a level of excellence to all I do. They do too. I want my community to experience a level of excellence and service that we can all be proud of.” Eager to be his own boss and take his success into his own hands, Art originally set out to build a landscaping business. “Then Judy told me Quick Roofing was hiring sales reps,” he said. “The president of Quick Roofing’s wife is a friend of my wife. Our daughters are friends and have danced at the same studio for years. I’d seen this guy sit through hours and hours of dance recitals and performances for years and I knew him to be a good, solid family man. We’d never been introduced but I’d always admired how engaged and ‘present’ he is with his family. I saw him love on his boys and could see he was genuine and a good person.” So, when Art heard about the opening with Quick Roofing, he decided to introduce himself. “That conversation changed all my plans,” Art said. “I knew I could thrive and grow my success in the roofing industry with his company. I love my job, now, and have so much fun doing it. Every day is a learning experience and the sky’s the limit for me.” What does Quick Roofing get out of this union? A lot. Art brings onboard 25 years of experience in retail management, operations, training, and leadership. “I’m extremely organized because I came from a company with a focus on communication and organization,” he said. “That transfers well into roofing. I’ve found that lack of communication and disorganization cost roofing sales reps time and money. And customers can be failed in many ways because of it. I was raised to treat people with kindness. Life can be hard, and you never know what someone’s going through. My parents taught me to do the right thing, when you know what the right thing is. Organization, open-communication, kindness, and integrity are at the core of all we do. It’s a simple but powerful way to relate to our roofing customers.”
“ I’m a husband, a dad, and a man of faith,” he said. “Integrity is important to me. That’s why it was such an honor to join with great people of integrity, to help them offer quality, honest rooﬁng services to my friends, family, and neighbors. I strive to bring a level of excellence to all I do. They do too. I want my community to experience a level of excellence and service that we can all be proud of.”
The Rodriguezes are active members of Gateway Church. “We enjoy raising our kids and being a part of this loving community of believers.”
Contact Art at 817-657-1755 or find out mo re at Quic kRoofing.c om. april 2019
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this year’s TRENDS
our kitchen is the heartbeat of your home—a place to spend time together, share dreams, learn lessons, and create life-long memories. And the master bath is your personal oasis—a welcomed retreat from a hectic world. Whether you’re planning to remodel or going for a simple refresh, keeping an eye on what’s trending never hurts.
KITCHEN AND BATH IDEAS TO INSPIRE
CABINETRY can make or break the look, feel, and function of your kitchen. Sleek designs and painted versus stained wood cabinetry continue to rule in the kitchen. Shelves and cabinet styles range from replacing upper
cabinets with open shelving made of metal, wood, or glass, to glass-doored cabinets and cleverly concealed cabinets with f lat fronts and no visible hardware. Just press on the cabinet door to open. As for FAUCETS AND HARDWARE in the kitchen and bath, pewter and gunmetal, which add texture and depth, are in style. And brushed brass—rich, warm, and timeless—is making a big comeback. The lowly BACKSPLASH has risen in stature over the years. Today, designers are extending backsplash tile up to the hung cabinets and even all the way up to the ceiling to add texture and visual interest with stunning results. When it comes to APPLIANCE FINISHES, the current mantra is “stainless is dead,” and so are matchy-matchy appliance colors. Admittedly, this may put some folks outside their comfort zone. Why not break the stainless habit with a high-end, brightly colored stove? Upscale, high-performance stoves are a trend that isn’t going to go away any time soon.
MARBLE in the bathroom is the rage with walk-in showers that have no visible drain. A luxurious, sandblasted, no-slip solid marble slab floor surface acts to hide linear drainage lines beneath. TILE continues to up its game with interesting shapes that give you more options than ever before. Look for new and improved hexagon, arabesque, diamond, and Moroccan fish scale shapes, or chevron patterns in new colors and textures. UNDERFLOOR HEATING systems never go out of style, especially in the bathroom. Underfloor heating can be used with a variety of flooring options including tile, concrete, vinyl, and wood, to name a few. TECHNOLOGY is being integrated into master bathrooms to create warming drawers for linens and robes, wireless music systems, TVs, and other implementations of technology. Or how about a master bath with a beverage center and under counter refrigerators near the makeup area, or a vanity for your medicines or organic facial remedies? Oh, the possibilities! april 2019
PATH GA LVESTONâ€™S RI CH H I STORY & STORI ED PAST B Y R I TA C O O K
A fact I didn’t know until my most recent visit with a friend is that that prior to the Flagship Hotel’s opening, there was an original Pleasure Pier in that same location from 1943 until 1961. That piece of real estate was destroyed too— by another hurricane named Carla.
he first question anyone from outside Texas asks me when I take them to Galveston Island is “Where’s that big hurricane-proof hotel?” There are a couple of historic hotels in Galveston, but I instinctively know they’re talking about the Flagship Hotel, also known as the USS Flagship. The hotel was so notorious for being the first one in North America built over the water that tourists flocked there from the 1960s until Hurricane Ike finally did in the old gal in 2008. Even so, the hotel has been famous for so long that it lives on in legend. Most people believe it’s still sitting there on Fifth Street and Seawall Boulevard until they cruise by and see for themselves that the space is now occupied by the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, and has been since 2012. The Pier hangs out into the Gulf of Mexico, hosting midway rides, carnival games, and even a roller coaster called the Iron Shark that flies out over the water.
Galveston’s history is a tormented one. It’s a very old city with a history that speaks of great success and horrible ruin. In fact, some of the most elegant homes built in the United States during the 1800s had a Galveston address, but with the elegance came fire, war, and even pirates. Jean Laffite and his band of rowdy buccaneers were possibly among Galveston Island’s first settlers from across the pond. The hurricane of 1900 did its own damage, killing thousands and becoming the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. If you’re looking for an adventure that will take you on a historical ride as opposed to a carnival one, stop in at a few of the older homes or hotels for a few drinks and a bedtime story— more than 60 locations are on the National Register of Historic Places.
above: pleasure pier, far left: the hotel galvez
The Hotel Galvez is one of them, sitting on the beach and nicknamed the “Queen of the Gulf.” It opened in 1911 and at one time featured a candy factory, soda fountain, barber shop, and even a doctor’s office, doubling as a military barracks for the Coast Guard during World War II. I grab a Ghost Bride cocktail at the bar, named as such due to the ghost stories of legend associated with the place—Audra, the fiancée of a local seaman, is supposedly april 2019
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still looking for her man and occasionally enjoys the amenities in room 501. Bishop’s Palace, another National Historic Landmark, is said to have some ghosts too, like the builder’s wife from the 1800s who supposedly moves postcards around the house from her travels back in the day. Take note of the carvings outside the house of people, plants, animals, and mythical creatures. The Grand 1894 Opera House is especially notable for withstanding the 1900 and 1915 hurricanes along with Carla and Ike (though not without a little damage here and there), and has transitioned from live performing arts to Vaudeville to a movie house and back to a theatre again. At one time this opera house was named the “Official Opera House of Texas,” and actually officially opened on January 3, 1895, with a performance of a play called The Daughters of Eve. I don’t catch a show this time around—there’s plenty more to see. Our next stop is an afternoon at Galveston Island State Park, where we rent a kayak and set to checking out the 2,000 acre park by water. Even if you’re more of a land-lubber, there’s still hiking and plenty of nature where you might see armadillos, rabbits, ducks, or shore birds, and there are places to enjoy cycling, rock climbing, birding, archeological happenings, or even get lucky and catch a historical re-enactment. If all the history and hiking tires you out, just remember you can find plenty of beach time in Galveston too. I was satisfied to spend an entire two days just lounging around the beach. Sea Shell Beach Park is just what the name says, and you can find a selection of shells to take home. My suitcase was packed with shells on my return and I kept my motto—you can’t pick up a shell unless you plan to keep it. Saying goodbye to Galveston again I knew that although the shells were physical things that were coming home with me, I’d take a few more memories of the storied tales of Galveston back too—and would surely return someday to pay continued homage to the history and culture of this magical island.
he words “summer camp” can stir up a mélange of memories—fun, fear, adventure, anxiety. Summer camp might mean homesickness, sunburn, mosquitoes, or dubious cuisine. But it can also mean bonfires, S’mores, pillow fights after lights out, unforgettable camp songs, cool teenage counselors, and maybe even a first kiss. Camp exposes kids to things they don’t usually experience during the school year. There’s hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, rope courses, and archery. And it can introduce them to kids outside their own neighborhood and school system. Summer camp can teach your child volumes about themselves, including lessons in:
Responsibility Making Friends Connecting with Nature Independence Creativity Resilience Teamwork Leadership Self-Worth Communication Fairness Trustworthiness Compassion
SELECTING THE RIGHT CAMP
With thousands of summer camps operating in this country each year, it’s important to the find the one that’s right for your child.
MAKE IT A FAMILY DECISION Give them a list of camps you’re considering, the benefits of each, and include them in deciding which is right for them. D ON’ T WAIT The best camps can fill up as early as September the year before, so don’t wait to make your reservation. CONSIDER THE CAMP ’S PHILOSOPHY Ask for their mission statement and peruse their literature and website to see how the mission and philosophy of the camp harmonizes with your own. KNOW THE SIZE How large is the facility? How many students are enrolled in each session? How are campers divided up? And what’s the camper to staff ratio? ASK AB OUT THE STAFF How long have the directors been at the helm and what are their priorities when selecting staff? Do they conduct background checks? What is the age and experience of the staff? What, in the camp’s opinion, makes for a good staff member? D O SOME READING What are online reviews saying? Why did members choose that camp and what did they feel were its top attributes? Read about the food, the staff, and the overall camp experience. CONSIDER THE COST Higher cost may reflect a well-paid staff, the best camp equipment, high-end facilities, and a lower camperto-staff ratio. But lower-cost camps can sometimes be supported by organizations that subsidize the camp to lower their fees. And some camps offer discounts for financially-strapped families. CONSIDER LO CATION Overnight camps close to home can lessen the experience of going “away to camp.” But day camps too far away can sometimes place a burden on parents.
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HEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SELL YOUR HOME? THERE’S NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT! ACCORDING TO ZILLOW’S NATIONAL DATA, SPRING IS THE IDEAL TIME TO SELL A HOUSE. HOMES LISTED IN MAY SELL ON AVERAGE OF NEARLY TWO WEEKS FASTER. THE ICING ON THE CAKE IS THAT HOMES LISTED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF MAY SELL FOR AN EXTRA $2,500! THAT’S SOME PRETTY GREAT ICING—AND YOU’VE STILL GOT TIME TO BAKE THE CAKE IF YOU GET STARTED NOW.
SALE AWAY WHY NOW’S THE TIME TO DEAL YOUR HOME IF APRIL S H OW E R S BR I NG MAY F L OW E R S ...
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With summer on the horizon, people are looking to make a change and are ready to commit to buying a home. The main reason to sell your home this time of year is that families of school-age children are wanting to move and be settled before the next school year starts. It normally takes 30 to 60 days between signing a contract and the closing date.
April showers bring May flowers and May flowers can bring out the home buyers! By listing your home in the spring, the weather tends to be on your side. It’s that glorious window of time when we come out of our burrows like Punxsutawney Phil, but the mercury has yet to hit the triple digits. Spring is the perfect time to boost your home’s curb appeal with blooming flowers and green grass. Great weather also means it’s easier to take care of those tasks, such as painting, trimming trees, washing windows, and doing basic outdoor repairs.
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If a spring listing doesn’t meet with your personal timeline, don’t despair. Hope is not lost! The reality is that there are always people looking for new homes. Job transfers and other life changes happen year round. Business and the economy are booming in Texas, making it very desirable to people moving from out of state. Families with very young children are not constrained by the school year. By listing when there are fewer homes on the market, you might be able to get top dollar from a motivated buyer. You don’t need a lot of foot traffic to sell a home—all it takes one buyer.
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BUYING AND SELLING AT THE SAME TIME BUYING AND SELLING A HOME SIMULTANEOUSLY DOESN’T HAVE TO FEEL LIKE SPINNING PLATES WHILE PEDALING A UNICYCLE. TO AVOID BECOMING A CIRCUS ACT, ARM YOURSELF WITH A HIGHLY EXPERIENCED REAL ESTATE AGENT. WITH THE HELP OF AN EXPERT, THE PROCESS WILL BE A STRATEGIC VENTURE RATHER THAN A SIDESHOW.
T H IS IS N ’T MO N O PO LY
MU S ICAL H O U S ES , AN YO NE?
This is your life—not a game of Monopoly. Unless you have impeccable credit and a tidy sum of money in the bank, it is usually advantageous to close on the home you are selling before purchasing your new home. That doesn’t mean you need to wait around before looking for a new home. If you find your dream house before selling, you can make an offer on contingency. This works by offering to buy the new home only if you can successfully sell your existing home. Contingencies work best in a buyer’s market, when there are more homes available than people looking to buy.
Selling your home at least slightly before purchasing a new one takes the guesswork out of the amount you will have to spend. It may be necessary to find temporary, short-term housing before closing on your new home. This requires an additional move, and you will probably need to store your excess belongings until you close on your new home.
If a contingency offer is not in the cards for you, it is possible to request an extended closing on your new home. That may give you enough time to close on your existing home and use the equity toward your purchase. A short-term bridge loan is another option.
If the buyers of your home are not crunched for time, you can also ask them to rent the property back to you for a short time after closing. This will allow you a little buffer to close on your home purchase while not requiring an additional move. It is even possible to have both homes close on the same day. While this requires some flexibility on the part of all concerned, it can end up being to the benefit of all.
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CLEAN YO U R RO O M!
S ET T H E STAGE
When selling your home, one of the most important things you can do is to pretend you are seeing it for the first time. If you were a buyer, what would you think? Most people are unable to do this on their own, so ask a brutally honest friend to help. Your real estate agent will also make suggestions. Listen to them! This is not personal.
You were probably taught to clean your room when company was coming. You’re about to have a lot of company—and they are all interested in buying a home!
Renovating a dated kitchen or bathroom can be tough to do on a short schedule. Here are some simple suggestions to make things seem shiny and new:
P U T YO U R TOYS AWAY!
WHERE WE CAN GO AS WE ARE
You may love your collection of troll dolls, but a prospective buyer will likely be less than charmed. Here is a simple three-part process for dealing with clutter: • Get rid of clutter.
AND NOT BE
• Get rid of some more clutter.
• Get rid of any prized possessions which may be perceived as clutter. Put your treasures in storage until after your house sells. Even the Smithsonian rotates its collections!
M AYA AN G E LO U
Here’s a list to of tasks to get you started: • Wash the windows. • Wash everything else! • Air out the house. • Have the carpets cleaned. • Repaint or touch up any scuffs and nicks. • Replace burned out lightbulbs. Better yet, install bulbs of higher wattage. • Patch or mud any small cracks or imperfections. If your house smells like your adorable cat, you need to know that. Address any hint that your home has a weird odor.
• Invest in new drawer pulls and cabinet knobs. • Replace towels and shower curtains. • Install new toilet seats. • Update faucets and hardware.
PLAY O U TS ID E
The importance of curb appeal cannot be overstated. Most potential buyers will rule out houses they find unappealing within the first minute of seeing them. Here’s a simple checklist to keep them looking: • Replace any dead plants and add some additional flowers. • Add fresh mulch. • Buy a new door mat. • Power wash walkways and patios. • Paint the front door, if needed.
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SOME BELIEVE THAT HUMANS HAVE BEEN DRINKING COFFEE SINCE THE 15TH CENTURY. OTHERS SAY THE 16TH. APOCRYPHAL STORIES CLAIM WE STARTED IN THE 9TH CENTURY. STILL MORE PURPORT THAT THE LATE 500S A.D. GAVE BIRTH TO COFFEE. IT’S BEEN HISTORICALLY BOTH CONSUMED AND FORBIDDEN ON RELIGIOUS GROUNDS, AND—AS SOME MIGHT BE ASHAMED TO ADMIT—IS PROBABLY AS CLOSE TO A MODERN RELIGIOUS PRACTICE AS MILLIONS OF PEOPLE GET EACH AND EVERY MORNING IN KITCHENS, BREAK ROOMS, AND COFFEE SHOPS ALL OVER THE WORLD.
YOU JUST PUT THE GROUNDS IN A JAR, POUR IN THE WATER, WAIT A WHILE, THEN REMOVE THE GROUNDS
egardless of its history, the most important coffee related factoid in my estimation is that I’ve been drinking cold brew just about every morning for a couple of weeks now, and find little hope that the ways of heated coffee will be making an expeditious return to my routine any time soon (sorry, little single-serve coffee pod things). For all the buzz about this served-cold stimulant, the facts are surprisingly simple. Cold brew coffee is made by immersing coffee grounds in cold (or room temperature) water instead of hot water, and then waiting. Waiting quite a while— between 12 and 24 hours—in fact. See, while the boiling water that we use to prepare that famous hot cup of joe in the morning is a particularly effective tool when it comes to leaching all that flavor out of the grounds super quickly, cold water takes quite a bit longer. The advantage of
course to this is that you don’t need any special technology to actually make the stuff. You just put the grounds in a jar, pour in the water, wait a while, then remove the grounds (by pouring it through a filter, for example). The result is a more consistent, easy to make drink that takes on a fruity, citrusy flavor and has less bitterness and acidity than hot coffee. You can also keep it safely refrigerated for weeks! If you’re a caffeine hound, you can even pump the coffee content way up relative to the amount of water you use to make an extra strong drink you can use as concentrate or just drink straight for a particularly punchy experience. Mix it with cream, sweeten it with simple syrup or sweetened condensed milk, and enjoy. Whatever your preference, it beats waiting for the kettle to boil as you try to drag yourself outta the house—and with hot summer mornings just around the corner, the rest might be history.
LEEK, PARSNIP, AND BACON
M A K E S : 1 TA R T | T I M E : 7 0 M I N U T E S ingredients: 4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and chopped 2½ cups peeled and cubed parsnips (½ to ¾ inch)
½ tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil
¼ teaspoon + a pinch of salt ¼ teaspoon + a pinch of black pepper 1 cup roughly chopped leeks
RECIPES AND PHOTOS BY MEGHAN YAGER
1 large clove garlic, minced 1½ cups ricotta cheese, strained if watery 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed according to package directions
This month, take the time to explore surprising flavor combinations that you may not turn to very often. A mixture of new and familiar foods can take your next dinner or sweet moment to a new level! Which one will you make first?
directions: Preheat oven to 400ºF. Add cubed parsnip, ½ tablespoon olive oil, and ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper to a large ziptop bag. Shake to combine and scatter on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through, until tender april 2019
and starting to brown. Remove from oven and set aside. Keep oven on. In a small skillet, add 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat. Add leeks and garlic, cooking until softened, 1 or 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. In a small bowl, stir together ricotta, pinches of salt and pepper, and thyme for the tart. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set puff pastry on the baking sheet and roll out to about ¼-inch thickness. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until light golden brown and puffy. Remove from oven and carefully use the back of a spoon to press down the center of the pastry a little bit. Be sure to leave a border around the edge. Spread ricotta in an even layer over the center of the puff pastry. Top with cooked leeks and garlic. Add roasted parsnips. Bake for an additional 7 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with bacon, then slice and serve.
LEMON RISOTTO WITH ROASTED PARSNIP
MAKES: 6 SERVINGS | TIME: 45 MINUTES ingredients:
8 cups vegetable broth
Add broth to a medium saucepan over
5 tablespoons butter, divided
medium heat. Bring to a simmer, re-
1½ cups chopped onion
duce heat to low, cover, and keep
2 cups peeled and cubed parsnips (¼ inch)
1½ teaspoons chopped fresh oregano, divided
skillet with high walls, melt 4 table-
3 cups Arborio rice ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest Salt and pepper to taste
In a large heavy saucepan or large spoons butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in parsnips and oregano. Cook until parsnips begin to brown, about 8 minutes. Stir in rice and cook for about 2 minutes to toast. Add enough broth to cover the rice mixture, bring to a simmer, and cook until all the broth is
TIPS & TRICKS If you want to add more protein to the parsnip risotto, you can top it with sliced chicken, sliced steak, or shrimp.
absorbed, about 5 minutes. Add additional broth, 1 cup at a time, cooking until absorbed between each addition. Make sure to stir constantly. Once the rice is cooked, remove from heat. Stir in Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper to taste. april 2019
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CHEESECAKE BITES MAKES: 10 BITES | TIME: 30 MIN. + 2 HR., 30 MIN. COOL for the crust: ¾ cup graham cracker crumbs 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
for the cheesecake: 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature ¼ cup granulated sugar ¼ cup sour cream, room temperature ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 large egg, room temperature 2 teaspoons lemon zest ¼ cup fresh raspberries, roughly chopped
for the topping: 1 cup raspberries 1 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon water
TIPS & TRICKS To press down the crusts into the liners, an easy trick is to use a shot glass instead of your fingers! Less messy and highly effective.
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with 9 to 10 liners. Add raspberries, sugar, and water for the topping
to a small saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until smooth and thick. Once cooked down (about 5 minutes), remove from heat and let cool completely. Add crust ingredients to a medium bowl. Stir to combine and add 1 tablespoon of the mixture to each liner. Press down to firmly pack in the crust. Bake for 5 minutes and set aside to cool. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in sour cream, vanilla extract, and lemon juice until combined. Beat in egg, raspberries, and lemon zest until just combined. Divide batter evenly between liners. Bake until edges are set, about 18 to 20 minutes. The centers should only slightly jiggle. Remove from oven to cool at room temp for about 30 minutes. Place in refrigerator and chill for 1 hour. Add raspberry topping to each cheesecake and chill for another 1 hour before serving.
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