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contents contents in this issue... 2 Publisher’s Prattle 4 7 Best Christmas Getaways in Kentucky 5 Essence of...Brandi Duvall 6 Real Haunts on the Hill 8 A Thankful Heart 10 Certified Celebrator: 12 Days of Cheerful Giving 12 For the Birds: Designing a Landscape for our Feathered Friends 14 The Best Christmas Gift I Ever Received 15 Cookin’ with Justin 16 Small Town Girl with Big City Dreams 18 Sassy Celebrity: Miranda Lambert
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SH A R O N SN E L L Sha ron Sn ell is a child of G od , m a rried to m y w on d erful hubby of 20 yea rs, retired , m other of tw o bea utiful d a ughters, gra n d m other of three a w esom e gba bies. L ove cra ftin g of a ll kin d s, but d iscovered tha t I ha ve a kn a ck for pa in tin g. I ha ve been blessed by this opportun ity a n d ha ve m et m a n y n ew a n d bea utiful people a lon g this journ ey. I look forw a rd to pursuin g this a d ven ture, m a kin g n ew frien d s, a n d explorin g w here this m a y ta ke m e.
After lounging in your lakefront vacation rental, head over to Central Park to see the light display that begins in mid-November. Ashland is also home to a holiday parade, complete with elves and Santa. The Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival kicks off with a pageant, karaoke with Santa, and an opening night ceremony that features local carolers.
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If the kids want to experience a train ride to the North Pole, then make Bardstown your vacation destination for the Christmas holiday. The North Pole Express opens mid-December for your kids to ride along with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy a dinner amid the holiday decorations on board the My Old Kentucky Dinner Train to get into the Christmas spirit.
If you are seeking to light up your Christmas holiday, then the tens of thousands of lights in the historic district of Lexington deliver. As one of Kentucky’s largest animated light displays, this festival is complete with a candlelight glow at the city’s historic house. Visit the Kentucky Horse Park for a special treat during the Southern Lights event that includes horses decorated for the holidays and a reindeer petting zoo for the kids.
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5 Newport If you want to get some exercise and see colorful Christmas decorations, wind through Christmas at the Park in Leitchfield. Thousands of lights are spread out through the nature trail at James Bevile Park for you to explore during the month of December each year.
Follow the expansive light display on your holiday vacation when visiting the downtown area of Louisville. This popular vacation destination features a giant Christmas tree during the holiday months. Bundle up the kids and spend the day gliding along the ice rink in the downtown center of Louisville, then join in the caroling at the Lights Under Louisville event hosted by the Megacavern before retreating back to your Louisville vacation rental.
Plan your next Christmas holiday vacation in the Bluegrass State. Kentucky vacation rentals range from riverfront houses and cabins to condos and apartments situated in the center of cities such as Lexington and Louisville. Join in on the Christmas festivities when vacationing in Kentucky with parades, light displays, and home tours. Consider these seven getaway spots in Kentucky this winter.
During the holidays, this riverside city pulls out all the stops with a Water Wonderland festival. The festivities begin in late November with a Light Up the Levee kick-off event, featuring light shows every evening through January. One of the most unique holiday celebrations hosted by the city is the Scuba Diving with Santa festivities. Head over to the Newport Aquarium to take part in the Scuba Santa Breakfast.
Spend the snowy days in December in Carrollton, amid the carolers and Santa at the city’s Winter Wonderfest. Have breakfast with Santa before walking through General Butler State Park for the Festival of Trees, all carefully decorated by local schools, businesses, and organizations.
E s s e n c e o f . . . B randi D u vall
WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION?
Faith, family and the pursuit to be better and stronger today than I was yesterday.
IF YOU WERE GRANTED ONE WISH WHAT WOULD IT BE?
To spend one more day with my brother, who I lost 14 years ago.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY SONG? “Mary Did You Know”
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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO BE ALONE?
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WHAT THREE THINGS DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE WITH YOU? My phone, my purse and my sense of humor.
If you’re not looking for fake thrills, and, instead, are looking for a “real” haunted house, Bowling Green has a property littered with purportedly haunted buildings: Western Kentucky University. WKU is well aware of its entities which share space with its students and within its vast building structures. Instead of sweeping them under the rug, they have ghost sighting archives in their main library and museum and have dedicated http://www.wku.edu/Library/dlsc/GhostStories/index.htm on their website.
Real Haunts on the Hill
Potter Hall was the home of “Casperella,” supposedly the spirit of a woman who hung herself in the late ‘70s in the building’s basement. Using the trusty Ouija board, Casperella would chat with students. She would say she was an unhappy spirit who occasionally entertained herself by pestering the residents. She would lock and unlock doors, make strange noises in the halls, and rattle desk drawers.
One of the lesser-known ghost stories at WKU is the ghost of Pearce-Ford Tower. Details are unclear, but the story goes something like this: there was a male resident who never showered on his floor, opting to go several floors up (or down, depending on the source). As the legend goes, one day the towelclad student emerged from the bathroom and walked to the elevators. He pushed the button, waited for the doors to open, stepped in, and plummeted 20 stories to his death. The elevator had malfunctioned. They say every year on the day of this death, his wet footprints inexplicably reappear and make their ghostly trek to the elevators.
(Stories excerpted from Chris Hutchins’ article “Thrill on the Hill: Ghosts, Spooks Haunt Western,” College Heights Herald, October 30, 1997.)
Mattie McLean is said to haunt McLean Hall as a protective lady in gray.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon House
Legend goes, the former Sigma Alpha Epsilon house on College Street was once a Civil War hospital. Fraternity brothers have said that one young soldier--who has called himself Kevin, via Ouija board--died in the hospital and is trapped in the house. He was reportedly seen standing on the house’s dance floor.
Van Meter Hall
Probably the oldest story at Western is the tale of the ghost in Van Meter Hall. While the current home of the University Relations was being built from 1909 to 1910, something terrible happened. A construction worker fell to his death from some scaffolding. Some say the man’s demise was caused by a distraction; most say it was the thrill of seeing an airplane in the sky. As the legend goes, he fell onto the floor of Van Meter’s 2,000-seat auditorium. Now, the spirit of the man’s wife and daughter roam Van Meter, singing and talking in voices no one can understand.
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a young married woman, I loved to entertain. I loved to host holidays. I famously hosted two Thanksgiving dinners in one day at our home four hours apart. Some would call me crazy; some might even say insane; my kids, they would call me “extra.” I have been married 13 years to my high school sweetheart; we desired to grow our family about 7 years ago. After two long, hard years of trying and doctor visits, we came to a crossroads. Where do we go from here? We began to both pray and ask God what He would have for us. We began to cry out for direction, peace, and boldness. At the same time, my husband began to feel a tug at his heart to do more. We had heard about a ministry called Curbside. I won’t get into our entire story, but — By Blair Hanes from this ministry we met and fell in love with four siblings. They were 6, 10, 11, and 13 at the time. God led us to fostering and then ultimately adopting these four children. When our family grew from two to six overnight, we lived in a 1700 square foot home. We began building in July, and I kept telling our builder that I was hosting Thanksgiving. He would laugh and say, “Maybe Christmas.” I am here to tell you we moved in the Friday before Thanksgiving. The painters were staining my door as I hung curtains and unpacked my dishes. Everyone thought I was crazy, but five days later we had our first Thanksgiving in our home; well, we hosted two actually! I can remember as everyone came through the door excited to see our new place. I was so excited to open our home again, to smell the delicious foods that had been lovingly prepared, to show off all of our hard work, to make new memories for our kids in a home we had built together. Oh, what a joyous time in our lives: yet another opportunity to open up our home and shower our family with love and hospitality. I realize not everyone enjoys entertaining; it is stressful, can be expensive and a lot of work. I realize that gathering family together can be emotional, awkward, and even ugly at times. For me, I see it as a chance to spoil my family, make them feel special. It isn’t about showing off or being “extra;” it is about pouring yourself into the details to express your gratitude for who they are in your life. It is about welcoming them into your home so that they feel loved and cared about, creating special touches and an environment where they feel honored. For generations families have gathered around turkeys, hams, or other amazing dishes to share in a time of Thanksgiving. I am sure some years are peaceful and joyous, while others have been difficult and overwhelming. Why not make this year a year of true Thanksgiving: a year where your family enters in and feels the labor of love you have invested into your home? Shower them with a Blair Hanes, along with her business partner Kasey spectacular tablescape that Hanes, of KB Events and Design is available to warms their heart and creates assist you in all of your “extra” holiday cheer: from memories of a lifetime. designing and creating a beautiful table, to decking the halls before Santa arrives. Allow us to It’s ok to be “extra,” as long as it create a space that is welcoming and inviting to is extra loving, extra caring, and all of your holiday guests. extra thankful.
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BRITTANY YOUNG You know I LOOOOVE giving gifts. I am fueled by finding ways to let my loved ones know how special they are, and adore showing them I love and appreciate them. Jesus is the driving force behind the giving and I hope my people see Him through me. Sometimes, though, I have to remember that I also need to be showing other people my Jesus, not just my close family and friends… So let’s show everyone our Reason for the Season by engaging in 12 Days of Cheerful Giving! Don’t you think Jesus would love nothing more for His birthday than to see all of His people loving on each other and celebrating in His spirit!?
CHECK OUT THE LIST WE CAME UP WITH, OR CREATE YOUR OWN UNIQUE ACTS OF KINDNESS! 12-13. . Let someone get in line ahead of of you 12-14. .Write a friendly message with chalk on a sidewalk 12-15. .Thank your sanitation workers with a fun yard sign 12-16. .Leave a popcorn surprise at a DVD rental place 12-17. .Pay for a stranger’s coffee 12-18. .Leave kindness stones around your town 12-19. .Make Christmas cards for your mail carriers 12-20. .Hand out single red carnations at a Nursing Home 12-21. .Leave laundry detergent at a laundry mat 12-22. .Pass out candy canes at your favorite shopping store 12-23. .Give hand-warmers to teachers working the car rider line 12-24. .Smile at EVERYONE you see today
Cheers to celebrating every day — Your Certified Celebrator! About Brittany...I’m a Jesus loving, craft making, aDOORably painting, home-making, toddler mom. I’m a certified celebrator who looks for any reason to decorate, throw a party, and make every day special. I’m slightly obsessed with all things monogrammed, anything pink, and glitter by the can! Visit my website for decorating and celebrating tutorials —www.certifiedcelebrator.com. 10 • Flair • 2018 • October/November/December
Front porches are my jam. I’m passionate about creating front porch FLAIR for every home. Adding an aDOORable door hanger to a brightly colored front door, colorful blooming flowers, and some coordinating pillows is the perfect way to ensure that you have the happiest home on the block! I LOVE LOVE LOVE teaching women how to turn a house into a home. A place that brings joy, celebrations, and forms strong family memories. You may see me on TV as I’m a regular guest on Nashville’s Talk of the Town, WBKO MidDay Live, Louisville’s Great Day Live, and Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family Show. All of this allows me to come into your home and show you ways that I decorate, eat, and live. I’m no artist just a little crafty! I love using this gift to bring women together to celebrate the goodness of life. In a nutshell, I’m married to THE BEST husby on the planet, have one precious little boy, one curly headed Goldendoodle, and I’m making my way through life celebrating every day!
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FOR THE BIRDS
Designing a Landscape for Our Feathered Friends –— Yvonne McQuitty, The Plant Lady
There is no better way to wake up in the morning than to the sounds of songbirds in the garden. Wherever you live, you might be surprised at the number and variety of songbirds you can attract to your backyard by offering the basic necessities – water, shelter, nesting spots, and food. All of these elements are part of any residential landscape. When designing a landscape for the birds, we are going to focus on plants that produce seeds, fruit, and the necessary needs for birds to live in your backyard all year long. For the birds that need seeds and nectar, perennials are the best at that. My favorite family of perennials is the Sages or Salvias. These plants bloom from spring to first frost of fall. Their flowers are filled with nectar for the hummingbirds, and the seeds attract all the small bird varieties. Shrubs and trees that flower in the spring have some type of berry or seed pod and are perfect for all the colorful songbirds of winter. Now, most plants that have seeds first have flowers, so lots of sunshine is key for good flower production. If you have shade, no problem. Plant a Dogwood, a few Viburnums as a backdrop, and under plant the tree with a large group of Columbines, and you will provide flowers, seeds, and berries for the birds from fall through winter. Some shrubs and trees, especially evergreens, are the best for shelter and nesting for the birds. All birds need a place to hide in the daytime and sleep and or nest at night. They definitely need protection from the cold winds of winter. A dense evergreen hedge, like a Arborvitae, is the best for our feathered friends. Even designing an open area of mulch or low growing groundcover gives those ground feeding birds a place to forage for insects. A log in the bark mulch and leaves on the ground give a home for beetles and ants, which are a wonderful food source, too. The Dove, Thrush, and the Rufus Tohee will be a treat to see in the backyard garden. Water is where most of the songbirds flock to in the fall and winter. From a bird-bath to a natural water feature, design with the idea that the birds need a shallow water source that they can bath in, and plant protection nearby for a quick getaway from predators. Below are a few of my favorites. Let’s create a backyard landscape that both we and the birds can enjoy!
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Birds Attracted: Cardinals and Hummingbirds Plant Appeal: Flowers and berries
Birds Attracted: All seed eating birds Plant Appeal: Abundant flowering perennial that produces lots of seeds
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Thirty-one years ago, I dreaded the arrival of the holiday season. By the time Christmas arrived, I would turn into Scrooge. The holidays seemed to be nothing but a month-long mania that reached a frenetic climax on Christmas day and then collapsed into depression when the credit card bill arrived. My wifeâ€™s attitude towards the holidays was the opposite. She loved it and devoted herself to making it as joyful as possible, especially for the children. Her mother had died when she was only six years old, and sheâ€™d â€” By Don Joseph Goewey experienced a number of bleak Christmases growing up. She was resolved that our childrenâ€™s Christmas was going to be spectacular, and she succeeded. Then one year, a week before Thanksgiving, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was benign but would kill me if it wasnâ€™t removed. My doctor referred me to the best neurosurgeon in the area, who couldnâ€™t schedule me until after the New Year. This meant the tumor and I would have to face the holidays together. Sitting around ruminating on how disabled I might become was terrifying. I would wake up every night at 3 oâ€™clock in the morning and stare out the window worrying that Iâ€™d be too disabled to support my family. Then one night a week or so after Thanksgiving, I reached the point where I couldnâ€™t take it anymore. I asked myself, which was worse: the neurological problems that might happen to me in a few weeks or the intense fear that was happening in me every day? The answer was clear: fear was worse. I made the decision to work at letting go of fear and to strengthen my willingness to be at peace as I faced whatever I had to face. Choosing peace wasnâ€™t as hard as I thought. Stress and fear were hard. Peace actually made the day easier. The next day, as I was driving to work, I saw a bumper sticker that said, â€œPeace is the Reason for the Season.â€? I began to think about peace and the qualities it instills, such as not condemning people or events. I realized that Iâ€™d spent nearly every holiday judging everyone and everything, and I decided to stop. Instead, Iâ€™d practice counting my blessings and let my friends and family know how grateful I was for their love. Initially, I felt guilty over how much strain Iâ€™d caused everyone during previous Christmases, which got me in touch with another attribute of peace: forgiveness. I had to forgive myself for being a jerk during those times, and this opened my heart to forgiving grievances Iâ€™d been carrying about other people. It was a glorious Christmas, and thatâ€™s not all. The surgery was a complete success, sparing me a life of disability. Medical science attributes this outcome to the way I shifted my mental state from fear to peace. Itâ€™s called â€œthe mind-body connection.â€?
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(Serves 3-4) • 2.5 – 3 lbs. Bone-In Beef Short Ribs • 3 cups of Beef Broth • 1 medium Red Onion • 3-4 Tbsp. Stuarto’s Garlic EVOO • 4-5 stalks of Celery • 3-4 medium/large Carrots • 1 large Vidalia or Sweet Onion • 1/2 cup Cabernet or Red Wine of choice • 6 cloves of Garlic, peeled & halved • 1 Tbsp. Stuarto’s Olive Oil’s Best Friend Herb Seasoning Massage the dry rub into the short ribs being certain to coat the entirety of the short ribs. Allow the seasoned short ribs to rest in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours, however, overnight is best. Preheat oven to 365˚F. Wash and prepare all vegetables, cutting vegetables into medium to large size pieces. Using a Dutch oven on the stovetop, add Garlic EVOO and heat to medium to high heat. Sear all sides of short ribs for approximately 2-3 minutes on each side and remove from Dutch oven. Add vegetables and Stuarto’s Olive Oil’s Best Friend Seasoning to the Dutch oven (and more EVOO, if needed) tossing and slightly sautéing the vegetables, for approximately 6-8 minutes. Add red wine and deglaze the Dutch oven by scraping the burnt bits from the bottom, followed by adding in the beef broth. Place short ribs on top of the vegetables, cover with lid. Place Dutch oven into the oven, cooking for 2-2 1/2 hours or until the short ribs are fork tender. Serve short ribs over Lemon & Truffle Mashed Potatoes and the remaining cooked vegetables as a side. This makes for a great holiday meal!
Lemon & Truffle Mashed Potatoes
(Serves 3-4) • 3-4 large Russet Potatoes, skin on (Optional) • 1/4 cup Milk • 3 Tbsp. Stuarto’s Lemon EVOO • 2 Tbsp. Stuarto’s White Truffle EVOO • 1 Tbsp. Colonel De’s Garlic Goodness seasoning • 2 tsp. Stuarto’s Kosher Sea Salt • 2 tsp. Applewood Smoked Pepper Wash potatoes. I prefer to leave the skin on my potatoes for extra texture and nutrition; however, this is optional. Cut potatoes into 1-2 inch cubes. Place cut potatoes into boiling water, add Kosher salt and boil for 15-20 minutes or until soft. Strain water from the potatoes and add Lemon EVOO, White Truffle EVOO, milk, Garlic Goodness, and pepper. Use a hand mixer or potato masher to mash potatoes to your desired texture. Serve under short ribs or as a side to your favorite meal. Enjoy!
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Bowling Green folks and neighbors, visit Stuarto’s in Buckhead Square 760 Campbell Lane (270-904-5948) - Tuesday thru Sunday, and let the staff help you with what you need for these recipes!
Coffee & Pecan Hemptini
(Serves 1) • 2 oz. Rivulet Artisan Pecan Liqueur • 2 oz. Vanilla Hemp Milk • 1 1/2 oz. Black Coffee • 2 tsp. Stuarto’s Vanilla Bean Cane Sugar • Sprig of fresh Mint for garnish To rim glass, run the edge of a martini glass in hemp milk and dip into Vanilla Bean Cane Sugar, coating the entire rim of the glass. Fill a cocktail shaker 3/4 full of ice. Pour in Rivulet Pecan Liqueur, Hemp Milk, and coffee. Shake well and strain into the martini glass. Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint and serve. It’s really yummy! Flair • 2018 • October/November/December • 15
BIG CITY DREAMS . 1
â€” By Ellen Danford
My fondest memories of Thanksgiving each year arenâ€™t from around the table, but rather they are from watching the Macyâ€™s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It wasnâ€™t a proper Thanksgiving without gathering to watch the marching bands, floats, and other acts that walked the streets of New York City. Being with my family and watching the magic of showmanship, balloons, and engineering that is a parade made the holiday so much more special. When I was a sophomore in high school, my marching band from Kentucky was chosen to march in that very parade, and I got to fulfill a dream by participating. As I marched down the streets of New York City with my band mates and friends at my side, I heard so much joy. We played My Old Kentucky Home and Sleigh Ride throughout the whole parade route and listened to the cheering of the crowd. People from all walks of life, from everywhere imaginable, called out encouragement and despite the freezing temperatures were merry and excited. Even though we werenâ€™t supposed to react to the crowd, we grinned the entire route as we made music and memories with the people lining the streets and the skyline of the city. As we marched, snow fell around us: fat flakes landing on our faces and our instruments. I remember seeing celebrities passing in golf carts and boarding floats, seeing other marching bands like us, and seeing various performers getting in line, but my favorite memory is coming down the street and seeing our band parents on a corner. They yelled our names and took a million pictures, showing support for our little Kentucky band. Our smiles in that moment rivaled the size M Macyâ€™s a c y â€™ s TThanksgiving hanksgiving D Day ay P Parade arade of the balloons flying above us, and our hearts New Y New York ork C City ity swelled large enough to encompass the whole city. Each Thanksgiving, I get to relive this precious memory, and parades are still my favorite part of the holidays, so I always look forwards to the opportunity to go to a parade in Bowling Green. The streets of downtown are perfect, lined with beautiful homes, which lead to Fountain Square Park, beautifully illuminated for the holiday months. The Christmas parade is a great opportunity to gather with friends and family and enjoy the beauty and celebration Bowling Green has to offer. Pictured above & below - Bowling Green Christmas Parade The magic of parades isnâ€™t in the procession itself, but rather it is in the joy and celebration shared between the participants and onlookers on the streets of our beautiful city.
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