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MAGAZINE MAGAZINE Q3 2023 Q3 2023 My Alter Ego My Alter Ego Closet Closet What’s Inside? What’s Inside? Business Business Holidays & Holidays & O My Cakes! O My Cakes! TEXAS BOOK TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL FESTIVAL WHAT’S TO WHAT’S TO COME? COME? wPedro&Jerone wPedro&Jerone

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NORMA'S BATH & BODY

The Body Bakery

Norma’s Bath Norma's Bath and Body was established in 2004. Two words to describe the inception of Norma’s Bath and Body: “faith” and “love ” Those two words are most fitting as we were established in February 2004 This year we celebrate Nineteen years of business! it's a lot of work, but yet rewarding!

Norma’s Bath and Body literally started by faith. As cliché as it may sound, I literally stepped out on faith and started the business I was working in retail and after sustaining an accident, I left my job That was a leap of faith in itself I began crafting, doing research and started making soap. There was a gift in my hands that developed into not only making soap but also other products such as creamy lotions, bath salts, and gift baskets

Norma’s Bath and Body is a love story too. At the time, my fiancé, Stanley, who is my husband today, encouraged me to start my business Stanley encouraged me to start selling Norma’s Bath and Body products on eBay! I did and now I am selling online, in person and throughout the United States Try one of our soaps today; they come in all shapes of sizes.

Norma's Bath and Body is the handmade body bakery huge variety of products to choose from

Welcome wholesale accounts as well

Some of Norma's favorite fragrances are Birthday cake, Cotton Candy, Lavender, Blackberry, Cranberry and Lemongrass

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Holiday Holiday Time Time ROASTED HERBTURKEY

Recipes Recipes

INGREDIENTS

3 TABLESPOONS SALTED BUTTER

2 1/2 TABLESPOONS KOSHER SALT

1 TABLESPOON DRIED THYME

2 TEASPOONS DRIED SAGE

2 TEASPOONS BLACK PEPPER

1 TEASPOON DRIED FENNEL SEEDS, LIGHTLY CRUSHED

1 (12-LB ) FRESH WHOLE TURKEY

2 TABLESPOONS CANOLA OIL

4 CUPS COARSELY CHOPPED YELLOW ONIONS (ABOUT 3 ONIONS)

3 CUPS COARSELY CHOPPED CARROTS (ABOUT 7 CARROTS)

2 CUPS COARSELY CHOPPED CELERY (ABOUT 5 STALKS)

2 BAY LEAVES

3 CUPS WATER TURKEY GRAVY

DIRECTIONS

MELT BUTTER IN A SMALL SKILLET OVER MEDIUM ADD SALT, THYME, SAGE, PEPPER, AND FENNEL SEEDS; COOK STIRRING OFTEN UNTIL FRAGRANT ABOUT 1 MINUTE REMOVE FROM PAN, AND COOL COMPLETELY, ABOUT 10 MINUTES RESERVE 1 TABLESPOON OF BUTTER MIXTURE

REMOVE GIBLETS AND NECK FROM TURKEY; RESERVE FOR ANOTHER USE PAT TURKEY DRY, AND REMOVE EXCESS SKIN STARTING FROM NECK, LOOSEN AND LIFT SKIN FROM TURKEY WITHOUT COMPLETELY DETACHING IT SPREAD BUTTER MIXTURE

REMAINING IN BOWL EVENLY UNDER SKIN CAREFULLY REPLACE SKIN DRIZZLE SKIN WITH OIL, AND RUB WITH RESERVED 1 TABLESPOON BUTTER MIXTURE TIE ENDS OF LEGS TOGETHER WITH KITCHEN TWINE; TUCK WINGTIPS UNDER LET STAND AT ROOM TEMPERATURE FOR 1 HOUR OR REFRIGERATE 12 TO 24 HOURS (IF REFRIGERATED LET TURKEY STAND AT ROOM TEMPERATURE 1 HOUR BEFORE COOKING )

PREHEAT OVEN TO 375°F PLACE ONIONS CARROTS CELERY AND BAY LEAVES IN BOTTOM OF A ROASTING PAN; ADD A ROASTING RACK COAT RACK WITH COOKING SPRAY PLACE TURKEY ON RACK, AND TRANSFER TO OVEN ADD WATER TO PAN BAKE IN PREHEATED OVEN UNTIL A MEAT THERMOMETER INSERTED IN THICKEST PORTION OF THIGH REGISTERS 165°F ABOUT 1 HOUR AND 45 MINUTES ROTATING PAN HALFWAY (ON SAME RACK) AFTER 55 MINUTES REMOVE TURKEY FROM OVEN, AND LET STAND AT LEAST 30 MINUTES

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TEXASBOOKFESTIVAL TEXASBOOKFESTIVAL REVEALSSIXTEENAUTHORS REVEALSSIXTEENAUTHORS FFOR2023FESTIVAL OR2023FESTIVAL

Texas Book Festival is thrilled to announce the first sixteen featured authors joining us for the 28th annual Festival weekend being held November 11–12 in Downtown Austin.

The Festival will feature New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, and political leader Stacey Abrams, PEN/Faulkner award winner Ann Patchett, Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate and Oprah Book Club Pick Abraham Verghese, 2023 National Humanities Medal winner and Time magazine editor Walter Isaacson, and many more award-winning and bestselling writers.

The full sneak peek author list includes:

Stacey Abrams

Ann Patchett

Abraham Verghese

Walter Isaacson

S.A. Cosby

Curtis Sittenfeld

Jacqueline Woodson

Andrew Sean Greer

Angie Thomas

Lawrence Wright

Luis Alberto Urrea

Roger Reeves

Elizabeth Crook

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Rachel Louise Snyder

Vashti Harrison

The full Festival lineup will include more than 250 impressive literary talents for readers of all ages and will be revealed in September.

“We are thrilled to share this sneak peek of some of the many remarkable writers we are bringing to the Texas Book Festival this year,” says Dalia Azim, TBF’s Interim Executive Director. “Every Fall we look forward to connecting hundreds of today’s leading authors with thousands of readers who attend our beloved event, in a celebration of books, ideas, and community. Please mark your calendars and join us for another epic TBF.”

“We have some really exciting programming in store for this year’s Festival,” said TBF Literary Director Hannah Gabel. “This list is just a glance at some of the incredible talents we have joining us in Austin this fall. Stay tuned for our full lineup of literary superstars on September 13th!”

Full author assets including bios, headshots, and book covers are available for download here.

The 2023 Texas Book Festival is presented by H-E-B. Other major sponsors include Brigid Cockrum and Family, Tocker Foundation, Kirkus Reviews, Still Water Foundation, Tejemos Foundation, The Rea Charitable Trust, Amplify Credit Union, Buena Vista Foundation, Tapestry Foundation, Pentagram, Central Market, Texas Monthly, Jordan Foster Construction, and Austin Chronicle. BookPeople is the official Festival bookseller.

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ABOUT TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL

With a vision to inspire Texans of all ages to love reading, Texas Book Festival connects authors and readers through experiences that celebrate the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Founded in 1995 by former First Lady Laura Bush, Mary Margaret Farabee, and a group of volunteers, the nonprofit Texas Book Festival promotes the joys of reading and writing through its annual Festival Weekend, the Reading Rock Stars Title I elementary school program, the Real Reads Title I middle and high school program, grants to Texas libraries, and year-round literary programming. This year’s Texas Book Festival will take place from November 11–12, with events taking place in downtown Austin and at the Texas Capitol, featuring renowned authors, panels, book signings, and activities. Thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and volunteers, the Festival remains free and open to the public. Learn more at www.texasbookfestival.org

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”
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HELLO GORGEOUS!

Thank you for stopping by My Alter Ego Closet This closet is about style and making a statement without breaking the bank Not only are we women who wear various hats, we are boss babes who can let our hair down and not afraid find our ALTER EGO via fashion We offer a vision of a style with up to date trends at affordable prices

My Alter Ego Closet is owned by the beautiful women to your right. And my name is Tatiana, but everyone calls me Tati. I have always been into fashion and I love being extra. I have also previously owned a popular shoe store in my city called Nu~Nu's. So I have been into fashion for a while. I started My Alter Ego Closet in 2020 behind the lost of my 18yr daughter (Nu~Nu) who passed away in a car accident right before her high school graduation. This closet was my outlet, my happy place, a place where there was no time negative thoughts Now that you are in my happy place, I hope to gain your business and continue to have you as a customer My Alter Ego Closet is constantly trying to grow, to improve, and to offer you more of that - sexy, trendy, "Who’s that girl” eye catching trends Fashion is truly my passion here at My Alter Ego Closet so I thrive on only selling great quality items

Customer satisfaction is my priority and I appreciate all of our “Sadity Babes”

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O My Cakes O My Cakes

& More! & More!

O My Cakes and More is a small bakery that specializes in creating delicious and simple desserts. Our menu includes a variety of baked goods such as: cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies, cake jars, we also have gluten free options and will be introducing sugar free options soon. We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients to create our desserts, ensuring that each bite is packed with flavor and you’re “Amazed with Every Bite.”

A few of the things that sets us apart is our, "O My Flavors of the week". Each week we showcase a different flavor that is unique and exciting. Our guests love trying our new flavors and we always receive great feedback. Having a bakery owned by 2 men, amazes our guests.

At O My Cakes and More, we believe that desserts should not only taste great, but also look beautiful. That's why we take extra care in decorating our baked goods to ensure that they look just as good as they taste. Whether you're looking for a simple cake to celebrate a special occasion or just want to satisfy your sweet tooth, O My Cakes and More has something for everyone. Come visit us and indulge in our delicious desserts!

The Background

Pedro and Jerone were two structural steel welders at Central Texas Iron Works (CTIW), who did not get along when they first started working together. They had very different personalities and work styles, and openly clashed over small things. Jerone was a perfectionist, who liked to take his time with projects,while Pedro was more of a go-getter who preferred to get things done quickly and efficiently.

Despite their differences, we were forced to work together on many projects over the years. As we went on, we began to develop a grudging respect for each other's skills and talents. We started to appreciate each other's strengths and learned to work together more effectively.

After working together for seven years, we eventually became close friends. One day, we realized that we shared a love for baking and decided to start our own business together. Jerone’s niece, Britney, helped us come up with the name "O My Cakes and More." We worked hard to get our business off the ground, putting in long hours and pouring all our energy into creating delicious baked goods. We used our individual strengths to create a unique brand that our guests loved.

Despite our rocky start, Jerone and Pedro were able to overcome their differences and built a successful business together. Our journey from rivals to friends to business partners serves as a reminder that even the most unlikely partnerships can thrive with hard work, dedication, and a willingness to compromise with each other.

We asked when they began to get into the baking industry and when did it begin?

“Being primarily raised by my grandma and mom, they would embrace the festivities of the holiday seasons in baking desserts. That sparked an interest, pursuing my goal to share a memorable joyful feeling throughout the year with others,” shared Pedro. We went on to ask if it was a long process to open their own storefront? How did it feel? They shared that in the process of doing pop-up events within a 6 month period, they were offered a location inside the Richland Mall. After they took into consideration what steps needed to be taken to open, they agreed on pursuing their goals, with faith and trust in God. “It made me feel happy and anxious! I actually had low expectations at first. I don’t think the feeling really hits you unless you're in there and things are starting to move,” shared Jerone.

Advice for an aspiring entrepreneur?

“I would say to believe in yourself and be comfortable with being uncomfortable

Staying consistent, knowing that a lot of sacrifices must be made to pursue your goals ”

“I’ll tell them to be ready, put your trust in God and just know that you’re covered Go 100% until you get to where you want, quiet the outside noise because very few will see your dream.

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Lick You Silly Products was created because Barbara saw a need in the market. Her small dogs would get sick from store-bought treats made with processed ingredients, so she began to make her own with all-natural ingredients used in her family's foods. She quickly realized that wasn't sustainable with her busy schedule as an Activewear design consultant so she spent a year doing research on the industry and decided to keep it simple. She wanted a single-ingredient product that was premium, wholesome, and allnatural. She began testing freeze-dried Beef Liver and Chicken Liver and found a supply partner who met her standards.

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