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The Holiday Issue

November-December 2013/

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FASHION Fashionably Festive 18 Holiday Gift Ideas 20 Winter Wonderful 24

LIFE & STYLE A Taste of Spanish Wines 28 Cookies for Santa 30 Jingle all the Way 34 Holiday Greetings from Hawaii 36 Guy Talk: Holiday Survival 38 A Mother’s Tale: Positively Thankful 40 Musically Inclined 42




NOVEMBER DECEMBER HOME & GARDEN Deck the Halls 46 November/December Plants 48 Peaceful Projects 52 Merry Mosaic 54

MEDICAL Beating the Holiday Blues 56 Bleeding Gums...Normal or Not? 58 The Gift of Fitness 60 Holiday Nutrition 62 All About Occupational Therapy 64 The Holiday Burn 66



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eDiToR’S noTe Well here we are again, entering into the holiday season. many of you are likely scratching your head wondering where the last year went. i know i am! Don’t get me wrong, i am super excited for holiday tunes, cooler weather and lots of family time, but could we slow things down just a bit?? To start the season off right, we bring you the annual Holiday issue, full of festive fun! in these pages you will find delicious cookie recipes for Santa - we tested all of them in what Diane Johnson collard called a “cookie parade.” Trust us (and our slightly snugger pants), they’re delicious. You’ll also find tips for staying healthy during the holidays, great gift ideas and so much more! i really enjoyed researching popular christmas music over the years - be sure and check that article out. You may just find your new favorite holiday album! Up next we have the Home of the Year issue, coming out in January. We’ve already got some great articles under way and have found a beautiful house we can’t wait to show you! Until then, enjoy the holidays and cherish every special moment, delicious bite and sweet hug. and as always, be sure and email me at kathryn@ with any comments, ideas or questions.

lord’S acre Sale

NOVEMBER 2, 9 A.M. First United methodist church, Waxahachie Stop by for a silent and live auction featuring an array of unique items, live music, homemade casseroles, baked goodies and crafts for sale!

waxahachie veteranS daY celeBration & wwii reenactment

NOVEMBER 8 & 9 Downtown Waxahachie Honor vets and their past and continuing sacrifices with a 1940s/ WWii atmosphere and two full days of military vehicles and static displays! The event includes 200 living history participants in 1940s military and civilian attire, over 60 antique military vehicles, static displays, american and german historical camps, rare equipment, uniforms, weapons, a “chowline,” a “Blackmarket” vendor area, reenactment battle for the train depot and bridge, and much more. visit to learn more.

rugged maniac mud run

NOVEMBER 9 Texas motorplex, ennis in ellis county for the first time, the Rugged maniac 5k obstacle Race promises “over 20 obstacles designed to push you to your limits!” visit to learn more and to register.

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NOVEMBER 9, 9 A.M. - 4 P.M. SPJST Hall, ennis Stop by for vendors, food, pictures with Santa and maybe take home a new best friend via a Tails of Hope adoption!

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NOVEMBER 16, 11 A.M. - 11 P.M. KJT auditorium, 1216 S.Paris Street, ennis live polka music by czechaholics, Dujka Brothers, Jodie mikula orchestra, czech & Then Some and Brave combo, and a BBQ meal, too! Tickets are $10 and the BBQ meal is $10. Be sure and place your bids at the silent auction, all to raise money for the victims of the april explosion in West. visit for more.

enniS chriStmaS Parade of lightS

DECEMBER 5, 7 - 8 P.M. Downtown ennis The annual christmas Parade of lights will be in downtown ennis at 7 p.m. enjoy the lighting of the historic downtown!

Southern Star chriStmaS celeBration DECEMBER 7, 12 – 7 P.M. Heritage Park, 234 n. 8th St., midlothian annual christmas celebration with vendor booths, live performances, pictures with Santa and the Holiday light-up Parade.

waxahachie Junior Service league chriStmaS market and Preview ShoPPing PartY

DECEMBER 7, 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. PREVIEW SHOPPING PARTY DECEMBER 6, 6 TO 9 P.M. The market will feature over 100 vendors selling unique gifts, clothes, jewelry, baby gifts, gourmet food and mixes, home décor and christmas decorations. Shoppers can also enjoy pictures with Santa and drawings for door prizes! Photos with Santa by marie Q for a $10 donation to the Rainbow Room. The Preview Shopping Party features exclusive shopping plus hors d’oeuvres, drinks & live entertainment PlUS entry to Saturday’s market. Tickets are $5 for the market only, $15 for preview shopping party anD market. To purchase, visit or contact lecia morris at

For updates and chances to win free stuff, be sure to “like” us on Facebook and visit our blog at Do you have an event you want everyone to know about? Send an e-mail to: EDITOR@LIVING-MAGAZINE.COM

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check it out Decorating for the holidays is something michele Hampton can do for you! as the creative force behind check it out, she and her staff can design, transform and decorate your home from top to bottom. 212 S. Rogers Street 972.938.2403

crooked creek farmS “Waxahachie’s Unique antique experience” come junk with us! Store Hours: Fri/Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. & Sun 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. 510 W. main Street, Waxahachie 214.463.5169


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2013 candlelight home tour December 7 & 8 • December 14 & 15 • 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Brighten your holiday spirits by strolling the glimmering streets of Waxahachie - one of the most charming, historic cities in Texas! Six unique homes, spanning from the victorian era to the 21st century, will don their holiday finery for two weekends. each dazzling weekend will showcase three bedecked properties. Plan early for a heartwarming weekend filled with wonderful touring, dining and shopping. Stay the night in our Bed & Breakfast inn or one of our other great accommodations.

ticket locationS: Waxahachie chamber of commerce, 102 Ymca Dr. • 972.938.9617 ellis county museum, 201 S. college St. • 972.937.0681 Select Downtown merchants Tickets are $15 per weekend; Pre-Sale $12 per weekend until november 22. children under 12 free.

Bethlehem Revisited DECEMBER 6-8 & DECEMBER 13-15

6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Step back in time, over 2000 years ago, and walk the streets of ancient Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph did on the night of Christ’s birth. On your journey to the site of the Nativity, you will meet innkeepers, merchants, craftsmen, tradesmen, clergy, and many other citizens as they portray daily life in the city of Bethlehem, complete with sheep, camels and donkeys. You can also visit Herod’s Court and watch the nightly parade of the three kings bringing their treasures to Bethlehem’s newest citizen.

402 n. college Street (behind central Presbyterian church)



free admission, donations welcomed Bethlehem revisited is funded by donations. Your generous support makes this production possible each year.

SuPPorted BY: kBec, monolithic constructors, inc., Scarborough faire, waxahachie arts council, waxahachie chamber of commerce, waxahachie convention and visitors Bureau, city of waxahachie, waxahachie daily light, waxahachie downtown merchants association and waxahachie foundation inc.



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Warm & Cozy SWEATER, Chic Boutique $50.95 • SHIRT, Briarpatch $49 • PANTS, Briarpatch $88 • BOOTS, Plain Jane $168.99 • PURSE, Plain Jane $89.99 • BRACELET, The Doves Nest $24.95

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DRESS, Briarpatch $56 • JACKET, Briarpatch $55 • BOOTS, Chic Boutique $69.95 • SCARF, The Doves Nest $14.99 • PURSE, Chic Boutique $70 • EARRINGS, The Doves Nest $4.95




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PRODUCTS Salon Friends is a Moroccanoil flagship store, with the largest selection of Moroccanoil products in the area. We invite you to experience our customized services crafted with the finest hair and body products from Moroccanoil, as well as color and styling products from Davines.

NOW A FULL-SERVICE SPA 106 W. Main . Historic Downtown Waxahachie

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Les Hill A master stylist and colorist, Les is a leader in the industry with 30+ years of experience working with hair. Les has an uncanny ability to assess a client and determine the most flattering cut and style for both their features and personality. Les is constantly upgrading his repertoire by continuing education with global masters. Charlotte McGraw Charlotte began her career at Shelton’s

Salon and Spa in Bedford, Texas. After 16 years of working and training with top designers from around the world, she moved to Waxahachie. She began working with Les in 2010 and continues to use her artistic ability and passion to create a look designed for each individual.

beverly franklin With 28 years’ experience working with

hair, Beverly has been Aveda-trained for six years. She is constantly inspired through education in her field. Beverly has a passion for creativity in color and hair design. She enjoys giving 100 percent to each client and possesses a true love for the industry.

Located on the square in downtown Waxahachie, Salon Friends is owned by Les Hill and Glen Land. Enjoy our open, spacious salon while you pamper yourself with the finest salon and spa services at Salon Friends. 

MIchael green Michael is a strong colorist and stylist and has joined our team after relocating from Houston. He has been in the industry for 24 years and trained under Salon Friends’ own Les Hill when he graduated from cosmetology school. We’re excited for him to be a part of our team! Brittney haRper Brittney was “created to create,” and for the

last eight years that passion has shown through in her cutting, styling and coloring techniques. She specializes in bridal and prom styles and has been used multiple times for high fashion runway shows and professional photo shoots. Her goal is to never cease growth as a person and a stylist.

STEPHANIE JONES Stephanie is a haircut specialist with more than 10 years’ experience. She was trained by and worked with Aveda for seven years. Her passion is creating haircuts customized to reflect your individual style. Desi Munoz Trained by Aveda, Desi has created looks

for individuals for six years. Highly educated in the art of color application and cutting hair, she excels at achieving a completed look of beauty by design. Desi has worked with Les off and on for six years and joined him most recently in 2010.

JACLYN NESS Jaclyn completed the requirements for a cosmetology license in 2004. For the next few years, she continued her education and honed her skills at Worx, an Aveda Salon in Cedar Hill, where she first met and worked with Les. Since then, Jaclyn has worked locally, pursuing her passion of creating great looks through her haircutting skills. MELISA RODRIGUEZ Melisa has a passion for hair that

began in her childhood. She followed her dreams and eventually graduated from the Aveda institute of Dallas. She now calls Salon Friends her home. Melisa uses her skills as a cosmetologist, along with client input, to realize her vision for your perfect look. For a full list of services and pricing, visit our website! Hours of Operation: Tues-fri 10am-6pm Saturday 9am-3pm

MELANIE RUIZ Melanie is a graduate of Aveda Institute of Dallas and has a life-long passion for doing hair. She says she loves every minute of it! Melanie specializes in coloring and cutting for both men and women, and is constantly taking new classes to keep up on all of the new trends. Charlotte Lomax Charlotte has been assisting Les for 18 years. She goes above and beyond to make clients feel relaxed and cared for. She is Les’ right-hand assistant. Her smile lights up the salon and clients can’t help but feel their spirits uplifted. Her nurturing touch is an invaluable part of the “friends” at Salon Friends. Sharon Leach Sharon has been practicing massage therapy in Ellis County for the past eight years. Professionally trained, Sharon takes a holistic approach in her treatments. She specializes in, but is not limited to, Swedish massage, aromatherapy, myofascia release and pre-natal massage. Her healing touch speaks for itself.



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1. Your starting point: lay a pencil vertically on your face, point facing down so it rests on your right nostril. The spot where the pencil meets your brow is where that brow should start. Use angled tweezers (Tweezerman Slant Tweezers, $22, to pluck hairs growing to the left of that point. Repeat on your left brow (plucking hairs to the right of the pencil). 2. Your ending point: lay a pencil on an angle against your face so it touches the edge of your right nostril and the outer corner of your right eye. The spot where the pencil passes your brow is where it should end; pluck hairs growing to the right of that point. Repeat on your left brow, plucking to the left. 3. Refine the brow line: Using a nude flesh-toned eye pencil (nYX Wonder Pencil, $4.50,, draw a line along the bottom edge of your brow that mirrors the top edge of your brow (whether that’s an angle, a slight curve or even a straight line). The line should be above stray hairs but below the fullest part of your brow. Step back from the mirror and look at the line. if there are too many hairs beneath it (like more than 20), wash off and redraw your white line. Remember, the goal is not to over pluck! 4. Pluck: Use tweezers to pluck the hairs below the nude lines, pulling quickly in the direction the hair grows. 5. Trim (iF neceSSaRY): Using a brow brush (try elF Brow comb & Brush, $1, Target), brush your brow hairs straight up. Use small scissors to trim between 1/16 and 1/8 of an inch off of the ends. 6. groom: Using your finger, smooth over the flesh-toned color, then brush your brows toward your temples. // NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013


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This Holiday Season

Beauty Picks of the season

Fruits and veggies of each season are nature’s wonderful gift to mankind. Packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and many phytonutrients (plant-derived micronutrients), they pack an absolute feast to our sight, not just because of their color and flavor, but also for their unique nutrition profile. They help our skin and keep the human body healthy and free of disease! When shopping for the latest beauty finds, opt for one that consists of this season’s featured produce.


The distinctive bright orange color of pumpkin clearly indicates that it’s an excellent source of that allimportant antioxidant beta-carotene, which aids in fighting off certain cancers. Pumpkin seed oil is used in aromatherapy massage not only for its pleasing scent, but also for its skin rejuvenating qualities. With high levels of essential fatty acids, it is easily absorbed by the skin, plus it has an assortment of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and plant sterols, which aid in balancing cholesterol in the body. as an added bonus, pumpkin seeds also contain anti-inflammatory properties that may slow the progression of arthritis.



cranberries have vitamin c and fiber and only 45 calories per cup. in disease-fighting antioxidants, cranberries outrank nearly every fruit or vegetable - including strawberries, spinach, broccoli, red grapes, apples, raspberries and cherries. Research has also shown that skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema can all be healed with the use of cranberries. cranberry can also be taken in supplement form.


Packed with antioxidants equal to those in green tea and red wine, and especially loaded with vitamin c and potassium, pomegranates are believed to help lower risk of heart disease, cancer (especially prostate and breast) and help control weight. With its incredible antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, and the ability to encourage radiant skin, pomegranate has been incorporated into skin care; especially anti-aging and sun care products. it can help with a number of skin care issues that women face, including dry skin, age spots, hyperpigmentation, acne flareups and acne scars. // novemBeR-DecemBeR 2013


for the Mistletoe?”

if there is any season that’s more welcoming to a healthy set of red lips, it’s the holiday season. maybe you’re feeling more festive or maybe you have more formal events to dress for. either way, picking the right kind of red for your style and skin tone can be tricky.

Things to consider: are you cool or warm toned?

Before you even think about heading to the mall, you must do this first. if you’ve ever tried a brilliant, scarlet lip product and thought it was the worst thing ever to come out of a tube, it might just be that it wasn’t the right kind of red. Take a good look at your skin in natural light. most of us have either cool or warm undertones in our skin. Hold some different pieces of construction paper up to your face and see which colors seem to fit more naturally with your own skin.

iCy blues, greens, silvers And grAys? You’Re cool.

yellows, orAnges, reds And golds? You’Re WaRm.

Here’s the trick:

Some colors may look great on you because of the contrast, so be wary of that. Plenty of warm-toned copper redheads look lovely in green, but that’s because opposites complement each other. Try to tune in to what shades coordinate with your skin naturally, not just what makes your eyes or hair pop. Those with cool-toned skin may find that blue-based reds are easiest to wear. look for cherry, raspberry red or wine red. on the flipside, those with warm-toned skin may find that yellow-based reds are easiest to wear. look for burnt orange, coral red or vermillion.

reds for cool tones:

reds for warm tones:

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behind the hair and makeup company Prettibloom Artistry. As a licensed cosmetologist, and with over 10 years’ experience in the beauty industry, her work and clientele has been seen both locally and nationwide. Contact her at // NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013



A tAste of sPAin

wines from bodegAs frAnCo-esPAÑolAs Sometimes you just get lucky. an invitation to a tasting for Bodegas Franco-españolas wines arrived at Wino central, and attending it was one of the best decisions ever. The name of the winery, founded in 1890, means “FrenchSpanish Winery,” and resulted from French winemakers moving to the Rioja region of Spain after the devastating phylloxera epidemic wiped out vines in France in the 1860s; it is one of the three oldest wineries in Rioja. The tasting was led by John Perry, export director for the winery. He is passionate about the traditional and painstaking methods used to produce the wines, which were excellent and well worth a page in living magazine. We began with a 2012 Diamante, a semisweet white wine, no oak aging, fresh and fruity easy drinking. Following the Diamante was the “2012 Royal White,” cold fermented from 100 percent viura grapes. This wine has a bright texture, citrus, mineral and herbal notes, and is priced at $10 per bottle. nice. We moved on to the reds. all the Bodegas red wines tasted are 80 percent Tempranillo (except the Barbaro, which is 100 percent), and fermented at a higher temperature to enhance the grapes’ natural spiciness. Riojas are considered to be fruit-friendly (“fruit” referring to acidity), with medium body, low to medium

tannins and an elegant style. exclusively using american oak adds “sweet tannins” - nuances of vanilla, whiskey, coconut and cinnamon. Rioja wines are food-friendly, easy to enjoy with a meal without feeling too heavy. First was the barbaro, a young wine with a great festive-looking label, which was well received by the tasters. it would be excellent to keep on hand for that spontaneous urge for a glass, casual company or with lunch/light dinner. Following the Barbero was another $10 wine, the 2010 Royal Red, aged six months in oak and six months in the bottle, another great choice for everyday with an interesting flavor that comes from leaving the stems in for initial fermentation. The Tempranillo is paired with 20 percent garnacha (grenache) grapes. Both of these would be fine party wines. John pointed out how the winery exceeds minimum aging standards and embraces traditional methods. The winery ages the wines in oak, then in the bottle; thus they are ready to drink as soon as they are released. The next red wine tasted was the 2009 Rioja bordon Crianza, also 20 percent garnacha, aged 15 months in both oak and bottle. This versatile wine exhibits a nice balance between fruit (acidity, not sweetness) and oak. it


retails for $13 a bottle, an absolute bargain and terrific by the glass or with a meal. Delicious. next up was the 2007 Rioja bordon Reserva, a different blend using a reduced amount of garnacha at 15 percent, with 5 percent mazuelo. The mazuelo grape is high in acidity, necessary because this wine is aged two years both in oak and bottle and would lose its fruit/acidity without it. The wine is more tannic, has more body, and is described as, “a bit more serious,” which may sound funny, but when you taste get that serious look, furrowed brow, thoughtful stroking of the chin, nodding in approval. The wine has what John described as balsamic aromas (fennel, anise, eucalyptus), and would be “the wine you would take to a dinner party.” a superb bargain at $15 for the bottle. no question, buy it by the case. The pride of the winery is the Rioja bordon Gran Reserva. We tasted the 2004, presented in an elegant Bordeaux-style bottle, reflecting the heritage of the winery. The Tempranillo joins 10 percent garnacha, 5 percent mazuelo and 5 percent graciano, a thick-skinned grape giving the wine more body. as only a true aficionado could express, John said, “This wine is an excuse for a conversation….we don’t have to talk about anything else. every five minutes it will tell you something new … oak ... dried cherries ... tobacco leaf … mushrooms ... hay. it’s so complex, like a walk in the woods in the fall with all the aromas.” aged three years in oak and bottle, it’s six years old at release and only made in excellent vintages. it was simply everything it promised to be and was thoroughly enjoyed. This top quality vintage is only $25 a bottle…unbelievable! a super buy for a special occasion. The wines are available in Dallas at Pogo’s, PK’s, monticello liquors and Brian’s Wine. larger wine merchants like Spec’s or Total Wine may be willing to order it for you by the case. i have been a big fan of Spanish red wines for years and Bodegas Franco espanola wines will be on hand after my next trip to Dallas!



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Cookies for sAntA ReciPeS SuBmiTTeD BY Diane JoHnSon collaRD

Here at the magazine, we receive delicious treats at least once a week from the lovely Diane Johnson collard, who just happens to have an office in the same building and just happens to have an ability to create cookies and cakes that drive us to distraction. This holiday season, we thought we’d share some of her favorite recipes with you. Whether you be entertaining guests, looking for a great gift from the heart, needing a yummy treat for the man with the bag, or just want something delicious for you and your family to enjoy, these morsels are sure to please!

Frosty Date Balls 1 cup soft butter 2/3 cup powdered sugar 2 tablespoons water 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped dates 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Heat oven to 300 F. cream butter, sugar, water, vanilla and salt together until smooth and well blended. add flour 1 cup at a time until dough is moist. add dates and nuts and mix well. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls on sprayed cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 20 minutes. Roll slightly warm cookies in powdered sugar. Store cooled cookies in tin or sealed container. Separate layers with wax paper. cookies keep very well. These cookies freeze well, too. Reroll in powdered sugar before serving if needed.

Peanut Butter Fudge Cookies 2 large eggs 2 cups brown sugar 1 teaspoon soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil 1/2 cup powdered cocoa 2 cups flour 1 bag peanut butter chips Heat oven to 350 F. combine first 7 ingredients and whip with a whisk until smooth. add 1 cup flour and mix well. add remaining flour and chips. mix until well blended. use ice cream scoop to mold cookies, leveling the dough off even with the top. Spray cookie sheet with Pam. Place 8 cookies per large cookie sheet spacing equally and about 2-3 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes. Place on cloth or rack to cool.

Chocolate Frosting: 2 tablespoons melted butter 1/4 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1/4 cup powdered cocoa

Whisk together all ingredients until well blended. microwave for 15-20 seconds. Brush warm frosting over top of cookies. let dry completely before stacking. Separate layers with wax paper. cookies are best if eaten within 4 days. if desired, make cookies in advance and freeze unfrosted cookies for several weeks and glaze with frosting before serving.

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for sAntA Cont. Oatmeal Craisin Jumbles 1 cup canola oil 2 large eggs 2 cups brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon soda 1 cup oats 2 cups flour 1 cup craisins 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Jam Thumbprints

Heat oven to 350 F. mix first 7 ingredients until well blended and sugar is smooth. add flour 1 cup at a time and blend well. add craisins and nuts. mix well. Drop by tablespoon or small ice cream scoop onto greased cookie sheet, placing cookies 3 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes. cool on rack or cloth. glaze cooled cookies with vanilla glaze.

Vanilla Glaze: 2 tablespoons melted butter 1/4 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

mix all ingredients until smooth and creamy. microwave for 15 minutes. Brush glaze on cooled cookies. Sprinkle with clear sugar crystals for a little holiday bling. allow to dry completely before storing. These cookies are best if eaten within 3 to 4 days. You can make these cookies in advance and freeze unfrosted cookies for weeks. glaze before serving.

Pecan Tassies Two 3-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened 1 cup soft butter 2 cups all purpose flour mix all ingredients together until well blended. Roll into 1-inch balls. Place balls in ungreased mini muffin pan. Press dough evenly against bottom and sides of each.


1 1/3 cups soft butter 2/3 cup sugar 4 egg yolks (reserve whites) 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 350 F. cream together butter, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla and salt until smooth and creamy. add flour 1 cup at a time mixing between each cup until completely blended. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in egg whites and then in pecans. Place on cookie sheet 1 inch apart. gently press thumb into the center of each cookie creating a cavity. add 1/4 teaspoon jam into each cookie center. Bake 15 to 17 minutes. Store completely cooled cookies in metal or plastic container that seals well. Place wax paper between layers. cookies keep very well. They freeze well, too.

Filling: 2 eggs 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 2 tablespoons melted butter 2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped pecans pecan halves

Heat oven to 325 F. Beat together eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla and salt until smooth and creamy. Sprinkle pecans into each muffin tin. Spoon egg mixture over nuts. Place pecan half on top of each cookie. Bake for 25 minutes. cool slightly before removing from tins. cookies store well in sealed container. // novemBeR-DecemBeR 2013

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LIFE & STYLE { MusiC }

Jingle all the way “MErrY CHrISTMAS” bY bINg CrOSbY Topping the best-seller list from 19451950, this album ranks number two on the list of all-time best-selling christmas/ Holiday albums in the united States. Throughout its reign, some tracks were added and some taken away, but nothing could take the magic out of the sound of crosby dreaming of White christmas. “ELvIS’ CHrISTMAS ALbuM” bY ELvIS PrESLEY Released in 1957, the King’s holiday album still holds the status of all-time bestselling christmas/Holiday album in the united States. When you pop this one in, it’ll be hard to have a Blue christmas. “THE ANdY WILLIAMS CHrISTMAS ALbuM” bY ANdY WILLIAMS Taking the lead in 1963 and 1964, Williams’ christmas album introduced the holiday classic, “it’s the most Wonderful Time of the Year,” though his cover of “White christmas” was the single chosen for release. “THE JACkSON 5 CHrISTMAS ALbuM” bY THE JACkSON 5 Topping the charts in 1970 and 1972 was easy as 1,2,3 for The Jackson 5, who brought motown soul to classic christmas tunes. The 2009 release includes Season’s greetings from michael, Jermaine, Jackie and Tito.


“ONCE uPON A CHrISTMAS” bY kENNY rOgErS & dOLLY PArTON (EDITOR’S PICK) While this one, released in 1984, remains among the best-selling christmas albums, in my opinion it should be number one always and forever. Two of the most brilliant voices come together to bring you springtime feelings in the middle of December. Truly a christmas to Remember. “bECAuSE IT’S CHrISTMAS” bY bArrY MANILOW Taking the cake in 1990 was Barry manilow with his, “Because it’s christmas,” made up of covers of christmas classics. With true manilow style, this one may even get lola dancing again. “MIrACLES: THE HOLIdAY ALbuM” bY kENNY g in both 1994 and 1996, Kenny g’s perfect head of curls wasn’t the only thing he was mastering. His collection of smooth contemporary jazz instrumentals of classic christmas melodies was also topping the charts, and we can see why.

“A PArTrIdgE FAMILY CHrISTMAS CArd” bY THE PArTrIdgE FAMILY in 1971, the much-loved television family took first place with “my christmas card to You,” sung by Keith Partridge (David cassidy) himself, bringin’ a whole lotta lovin’. check it out. c’mon. get happy.

“HArrY FOr THE HOLIdAYS” bY HArrY CONNICk Jr. Ten years after he swept the 90s with his christmas album, “When my Heart Finds christmas,” connick topped the charts again in 2003 with, “Harry for the Holidays.” Both albums mix tradition with new holiday tunes by connick, but that unmistakably charming voice will put the whipped cream atop your hot chocolate this December.

“CHrISTMAS IN THE STArS: STAr WArS CHrISTMAS ALbuM” bY C-3PO Popular in the year 1980, this one may not feature the most exquisite musical moments, but oh my is it worth listening to. What could be bad about a robot narrating and singing an entire christmas album? may the Force be with you.

“CHrISTMAS” bY MICHAEL bubLé if you haven’t met this one yet, you should consider adding it to the mix. With his usual unique style, Bublé covers old songs, introduces new ones and creates that warm christmas feeling you’ve been waiting for. it’s not hard to see why he took 2011. // novemBeR-DecemBeR 2013

there are many important things to consider as you ready yourself for the holiday season. decorations and lights must be placed just right, favorite recipes must be hunted down, the right outfit for the occasion must be chosen. but perhaps the most important thing of all is making sure the music is just right. here are some top sellers from years past to make sure you have on hand. BY KaTHRYn KemP // NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013




Hawaiian Holiday BY BRiana TReaDaWaY

You always hear about the families who want to get away from the chaotic holiday environment, but i never thought my family would actually take a trip over the christmas break. one day, out of the blue, my parents had a jaw-dropping idea to enjoy the break with our family in Hawaii, where my parents had traveled for their honeymoon 25 years before. christmas in Hawaii was an experience of a lifetime! my family spent about two weeks in Hawaii. During the holiday, Hawaii was an oasis to relax and enjoy the marvelous weather. The trip began with a flight into Honolulu to board a seven-day, sixnight cruise around the islands. This was the best way to see the islands of Hawaii because we were able enjoy the outdoor land excursions during the day. While traveling to the various islands at night, we could enjoy the cruise entertainment. While the excursions are optional, there are plenty of other activities to do on a cruise ship as well as on the island. one day, we were able to take

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a smaller boat trip to three different reef locations. We snorkeled with colorful sea creatures that included turtles, stingrays, and of course finding nemo! The coral was gorgeous, gracefully flowing back and forth with the ocean’s currents. on the island, there are shopping areas where you can pick your own oyster. You open the oyster to find a pearl (or pearls!) inside to keep as jewelry. it is a surprise whether you open a white, pink or even black pearl. You may then decide what type of jewelry you would like to complement the pearl you picked. This was a christmas present for us girls that we will remember for many years. on the cruise, you can attend free classes to make free leis (Hawaiian flower necklaces), kukui nut necklaces and other traditional Hawaiian crafts. another essential excursion in Hawaii is surf lessons. (Who from Texas can say they know how to surf??) after a quick 20-minute on-land session on how to surf, the instructors take you out into the ocean to hang ten. Don’t be fooled, the surfboards are very long and pretty heavy. Depending on athletic ability it can take a few tries before you actually stand up and ride out a wave, and the instructors are determined to make sure everyone in the class does.

The moment you finally learn how to ride a wave, you will want to do it over and over again. Surfing sculpts just about every muscle in your body - believe me, you will feel it the next day. Taking a trip to the active Kilauea volcano on the Big island was one of my favorite adventures during our trip. The tour guide explained that the volcano is currently active and can erupt without any warning signs, which made the excursion seem a bit dangerous. We travelled through a small village that was covered in black volcanic ash where the road and houses remain covered. We were able to walk on the land with the black cracks and pebbles all the way down to the beach. “Black sand,” which is actually the volcanic rock crushed into small pieces of black volcanic glass, covered the beach. i have never seen anything quite like a black sand beach; there are very few in the world. at night, when the cruise ship travels by the island, it is neat to see bright orange lights flowing down the land, actually hot lava from the volcano. Riding horses around the island and beach is a fantastic way to take in the scenery and also have the opportunity to see the ship from the Pirates of the caribbean movie sitting in a cove in the ocean. While trav

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eling on the cruise ship, whale watching is exciting and relaxing for every age group. The whales usually travel in packs, so you are able to see a couple of the whales come up for air and slam their bodies against the water. if you are really paying attention, dolphins are also quite enjoyable to watch as they jump and flip around the cruise ship. as far as sports go in Hawaii, golfing and biking are ways to enjoy the outdoors. a couple of us took a bike trip down maui’s Haleakala mountain. The tour guide drove up the mountain and we biked down the winding paths. The view changed with every curve as we made the trip to the bottom of the island. if you prefer water sports, paddle surfing or kayaking are other ways to soak up the sun in Hawaii. Paddle surfing is quite a new sport where you stand (or sit) on a surfboard and use a paddle to move through the water. While paddle surfing, it is very common to see turtles and various fish. This is a pleasurable way spend time alone and reflect out in the middle of the ocean. on christmas eve, there were various religious services to attend aboard the ship.

We sang carols and read a few scriptures just like we would have done at home. Don’t worry about the christmas eve feast… cruises are known to have the best food. The food on the cruise was delicious, with formal and casual dining options. Before dinner, Santa was available by the christmas tree for pictures and he even gave away a present to each and every boy and girl (no matter the age). The combination of Hawaiian shirts and christmas trees were definitely a unique sight to see! after the cruise, we stayed at a hotel in Honolulu for two days. on christmas Day the town was basically shut down, but there was one big event to attend. my alma mater, Baylor university, was playing in the Diamond Head classic Basketball Tournament. When will you ever be able to travel to Hawaii to see your favorite college team? it was such a great way to spend christmas. That night, my parents renewed their vows in the hotel’s luscious gardens, then we attended a Polynesian luau at our hotel. The luau included traditional recipes like the Kalua pig, haupia (coconut flavored dessert), tropical drinks and banana bread.

Dinner concluded with singing performances, hula dancers and fire dancers. This trip was a unique way for my parents to show their children how much they love each other and care for their family after 25 years. We concluded our vacation with a visit to the site of the Pearl Harbor attacks. This experience taught us about our nation’s history and made us proud to be americans. You may think, ”What about christmas eve? What about Santa? What about christmas trees, decorations and presents? Did you miss any of it?” all in all, was it worth “skipping” christmas? i would say moST definitely! although it wasn’t the typical christmas celebration, it was only for one christmas and it was a christmas i’ll never forget. The holiday season is about spending quality time with those you love. our family vacation was an incredible way to spend family time by creating memories in Hawaii and celebrating a treasured anniversary. Plus, the weather and landscape views were not too shabby… mele Kalikimaka! // novemBeR-DecemBeR 2013




Holiday Survival


BY JuDD mccuTcHen

The holiday season is right around the corner, and with it comes a bit of stress and anxiety. From planning the Thanksgiving meal to picking out the perfect Christmas gift, or just the everyday hustle and bustle that seems to go along with this time of year, sometimes it feels like you can’t catch your breath. So I thought back on past holidays and the things that make them memorable…and tolerable. These are just a few simple suggestions to follow that will hopefully see you standing when the dust settles.

Be FeStive.

Why go to a dance if you are going to stand against the wall? The same applies with the holidays. get into the spirit and out of your comfort zone to truly enjoy what can be a stressful time. Buy a tacky christmas sweater and wear it in public. Tune in to Kvil the day after Halloween when they start playing christmas music, no matter how annoying that is. or give clark griswold a run for his money with your christmas decorations. The possibilities are endless, just use your imagination and have fun with it.

enjoy traditionS.

This time of year, you will hear a lot about traditions. it is one of my favorite things about the holidays. Thanksgiving night we always watch christmas vacation. For some reason it seems to get funnier every year. When we got married seven years ago, my wife was adamant about starting a new tradition for our family. She wanted to have a standard breakfast that we would eat every christmas morning. To this day, she still hasn’t found a dish worthy of an annual christmas breakfast, so it’s something new each year. But in a funny way that’s our tradition. and it was an accident that it started. So no matter how quirky it is, enjoy your family’s little traditions and be open to starting some new ones.

avoid SHopping MallS.

i know what you are thinking. going to the mall is part of the holidays. There’s Black Friday, sales in every store and all the new stuff is available. But don’t laugh at this one; i’m dead

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serious. You can be happier than a camel on hump day, or go to northpark mall the last Saturday before christmas to “finish up,” as the wife calls it. last year it took us two hours to park and a half a tank of gas…and we only shopped for 45 minutes. Talk about being HoT! i made a vow right there, never again would i do that. Shop early, buy online or just stay at home…anything to avoid the mall madness.

give Back

one of my closest friends told me a really neat story a couple of years ago. His daughter had reached the age of 4 or 5 and she fully understood what it meant to go toy shopping. He took her to the store and let her pick out anything she wanted. of course she picked out all the best stuff. after checking out, she got a surprise; he told her this stuff wasn’t for her. They were going to take it to someone less fortunate. He said the look on her face was priceless, but she got it. What a unique way to teach your child about generosity. no matter what it is - toys, food, time or money - make it a point to help someone else this year by giving back. in my opinion, the holiday season is the best time of year. People’s spirits are up, the kids are excited, you get to enjoy time with family and friends, and generosity is at its peak. But it can get stressful, and if it does then maybe some of these simple ideas can help. So if you see me rolling down Ferris avenue in november with the windows down, blaring Kvil and wearing a Santa hat, you’ll know i’ve had a long day. But i’m doing my best to make it better. Happy Holidays! // NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013



a moTHeR’S Tale

Positively Thankful My day as a momma of four typically looks like this:

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12 meals prepared 10 diapers changed 2 loads of laundry 1 load of dishes 1 school drop off & pick up 1 soccer practice or game 1,257 messes cleaned up 19 lost toys or shoes found approximately 16 car seat clicks minimum 2 midnight wake-ups at least 25 fights broken up lots and lots of drinks and snacks doled out » 4 sets of teeth brushed x 2 » 4 baths (plus my own if i’m lucky) » 3,618 questions answered

“THe DaYS aRe long BuT THe YeaRS aRe SHoRT.”

Sounds like a lot, right? Trust me, it is. and as i go through the day doing what i call my “groundhog Day” chores (you know, the same things over and – gReTcHen RuBin over…and over), i have to keep my attitude in check. i think it is easy for all mommas to feel a little used; a little servant-like. Sometimes i can feel myself getting resentful or irritated at the things that are required of me. That resentment and irritation can come from feeling underprepared, unqualified, from feeling like i’m failing or from being pulled in a million different directions. But let’s be honest, most of the time those feelings come from being TiReD. i operate on zombie

mode a lot of days!

When i’m in that place of resentment and irritation, it’s not pretty. Those feelings mean business and can quickly wreck a momma’s best intentions. i start to feel all “poor pitiful me.” i wonder if i am really cut out for this big job. There may be tears involved sometimes. Thankfully, i’ve found a solution. it’s easy, cheap and i don’t need anyone or anything else to make it work. it’s me. it’s my perspective. it’s my negative, cyclical thought process of, “i have to do the laundry again,” “i have to load everyone up again,” “i have to sit at soccer practice again,” “i have to feed the kids again.” if i change one little word, even when i’m feeling tired or unqualified, my negative, ugly thoughts turn to grateful, positive thoughts. “i get to do the laundry again,” “i get to load everyone up again,” “i get to sit at soccer practice again,” “i get to feed the kids again.” Resentment, irritation, anger, frustration be gone. Hello to thankfulness, gratefulness and peace. i know laundry, running kids here and there, cooking, etc., are tiresome tasks, but i can choose to be thankful for the means to do them instead of resentful that those things are expected of me. choosing to be thankful for a working washing machine, a running car, a child that can run and enjoy a sport, food to feed my children….those thoughts

drastically change my attitude. Thinking negatively—i have vs. i get—puts me in a downward spiral mood-wise. That is definitely not a good trait to teach my children. There is so much ugly waiting out there in the world and i do not want my children to find ugly in their home. So much they will be exposed to i cannot control, but i can control my thoughts and how i view things. i can’t lie—it’s not always an easy change because i am human. and remember, i’m really tired. But with a little effort, that small change on my part can make a big impact. in my family’s personal history, a little trip down memory lane is a good dose of perspective. Household chores and responsibilities on repeat are not problems…sometimes i need to be reminded of that and that’s ok. often if i find myself with those negative feelings, i will purposely look at pictures of my bald 2-year-old. all of a sudden, my ordinary day at home filled with laundry, messes and cooking looks pretty good. During this season of Thanksgiving, let your thankfulness abound in all things big and small!

lindsay, a Waxahachie native, is a mother of four and writes her articles during morning nap time. visit her blog at to read more about her family.

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BY linDSaY maRKeRT

sudoku is a logic-based number placement puzzle where the objective is to fill the 9x9 grid. do you have to use arithmetic? no! nothing has to add up to anything else. instead, you solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic. each column, each row and each of the nine 3x3 boxes should contain the digits from 1 to 9, only one time each (that is, exclusively). Find the answers at and click on the Sudoku link. // novemBeR-DecemBeR 2013


LIFE & STYLE { MusiC }


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BY Tim gRanT

Debate has raged forever about which extracurricular activity is best suited for children. if your experience is anything like my family’s, you quickly find that there is a gambit of options to choose from. When our 7-year-old expressed interest in, “doing something fun,” we found ourselves digging into everything from scouting programs to touring every karate dojo in a 15-mile radius. needless to say, it was quite an adventure to try and find something that worked well for our family’s schedule and budget. a few weeks into our quest, i had the pleasure of speaking with a recently retired band director and i will never forget what he shared. He told me of one of his fondest memories of being a music educator. He had been working with his students one morning on a musical piece they had been practicing for weeks. He looked down and noticed a few students on the front row with tears starting to stream down their cheeks and smiles on their faces. He said, “That doesn’t happen in math class.” Raised around music all my life, i take for granted the power that music has. my son shares my passion for music, and that has always been there. it wasn’t until i heard what the band instructor said that it dawned on me that parents deal with the same family decision we did everyday. While parents have a million choices of extracurricular activities to choose from, music education should not be overlooked. music is not bound by age. in my work at a local music center, i’ve met the cutest 5-yearold little girl learning to play the guitar and the sweetest 85-year-old woman who loves to play her harmonica.

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Studies show that music education has helped to improve cognitive skills for students. in a report written by Dr. michael Posner (a Professor emeritus with the institute of neuroscience at the university of oregon), several studies are cited that show the positive effects of music for children. one of the studies was published by glenn Schellenberg of the university of Toronto, where iQ scores of 72 children were analyzed after a select group was exposed to music and drama education. in the study, the students exposed to music education had significantly increased their iQ scores as compared to those students in the study that did not receive any arts education. music education is available. nearly every major school district in the north Texas area has a school band program. These programs are tailored specifically for children and fit well into schedules, as music education typically occurs on campus. also available for busy families are private lessons. Private lessons are often available through your local music center or through private individuals. Some might be surprised at the variety and availability of lessons. lessons can be found for instruments ranging from guitar and piano, to drums and horns. if you’re a busy mom or dad looking for that perfect fit for your children, give music a look. Whether you join the band or take private lessons, music education is an investment that will not only entertain your children, but help them grow. and from 5 to 85, the education they receive will continue to help to improve their lives. Tim “l.T.” grant has returned to his family’s business, ellis county music center in Waxahachie, after a 13-year career in the audiovisual rental & staging industry.

tim (pictured here with father, tim) has been involved with the family business since it opened in 1994 as guitar focus. // NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013


Local Shopping


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{ interior design }

deck the halls BY Diane JoHnSon collaRD

There has always been a dilemma about using artificial trees, garland and flowers for holiday decorations, versus the real thing. if i am helping to decorate tables for a banquet or party, this question always comes up. my answer is always about time and availability. How long do you need these to last and do you have easy access to real plants? centerpieces for banquets are always best done with real plants, if possible. They get pitched after the event and stay perfect throughout the night. christmas is a perfect time to trim cedar and evergreen trees and bushes. These branches and leafy remnants are perfect fillers for any arrangement. last year, i used large branches on my mantels and garlands and they were lovely‌for a while. needles started falling and the sheen was soon gone, but they made it through the early part of the month for parties and gatherings. Toward the end they looked a little faint, so i was glad that close family was the last to come by.

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There is nothing more beautiful for holiday decorating than magnolia leaves and clusters of real red berries. of course, the leaves only last a couple of weeks before they start looking curled and brittle. if you have easy access to a tree, you can change them out where needed at least once during the month to keep them fresh. Red berries, such as holly berries, do quite well as decorations. They hold their own through most of the holiday without looking too tired. if you put them in wreaths and garlands used outdoors they seem to last a little longer. last year in December, while going back and forth to a house to work, i passed the most gorgeous tree with enormous clusters of red berries. i wanted so badly to stop and snip a few, but i resisted. i really needed those berries. Start staking out your neighborhood right away so you will know where to get them when the time comes. i have boxes and boxes of artificial greenery and flowers for the holiday. i must confess that i use about 80 percent artificial to 20 percent real in my home. it is so easy to get those boxes out and straighten the branches a little and slap them up. Well, that process might be slightly understated. at any rate, mixing just a few real greenery branches into the artificial ones looks especially nice and is much easier to maintain. i find that works for me. clean up is a lot easier too. Things can be a real mess with all of those dead needles and sticks. cranberries are another decorating item that do well for the long stay. i generally have a bowl of cranberries in water with floating candles somewhere in the house. i usually replace the cranberries and water once during the month to freshen the bowl up. This idea looks especially nice in a

crystal pedestal bowl sitting in a wreath of greenery. The water and berries glow in the light of the candles and make quite a nice statement. if you use a large bowl, add a few floating flowers for an extra spark of color. The biggest issue with a real tree is that so many people are allergic to them. i stopped having real trees years ago when my daughter got married. Her husband would have red, dripping, swollen eyes after just a few minutes of being in the house. even if your family is not allergic, your guests may be. if you don’t have a lot of parties and outside guests, you are probably good to stay with the tradition of going out to select a real christmas tree. That is a great family event and fresh trees do smell wonderful. However, if you have a lot of guests during the season, you are taking a chance on someone having a negative reaction. We have all experienced the darn lights going out on the tree. i wish i had a magic answer for that one. That is definitely a downside to pre-lit artificial trees. not having to deal with getting lights on all of those branches seems like a great idea in theory, but what about when the lights don’t work? i will give some serious thought to this issue and get back to you next year. until next time,

Have a blessed and happy holiday! dIANE JOHNSON COLLArd Diane has been decorating ellis county for more than 20 years. contact Diane Johnson interiors at 972.935.8899 or // novemBeR-DecemBeR 2013



» Gardening BY melinDa Kocian, elliS counTY maSTeR gaRDeneRS

PlAntinG » This is the ideal time to plant trees and shrubs. They will use less water to establish before spring and summer weather arrives. consider the size of the plant (especially trees) at maturity. allow plenty of distance from property lines and structures. » Dig a hole two to four times the diameter and one inch shallower than the root ball. make sure the root ball and the hole are thoroughly wet before planting. Back fill with the existing soil only and water well. FeRtiliZinG AnD PRuninG » Feed and water vegetables that you are growing now. » Feed winter annuals growing in the ground and containers with a water-soluble plant food. » Remove the tops of herbaceous perennials after they have died back. GARDen WAtCH » caterpillars like to feast on some cool-season annuals. if they are a problem, pick them off by hand and move them to another location. a spray containing Bt (Bacillis thuringiensis) can be used but it kills all caterpillars. » check potted plants growing outside for insects; spray if needed before bringing them indoors. » look out for scale on castiron and other plants. use horticultural oil to control.


eARtH-KinD® CoMPostinG leAves » Fall is a special time of year in Texas. cooler temperatures seem to reinvigorate landscape gardeners and stimulate a variety of new projects. leaves present less of a challenge in both collection and composting than do other organic yard wastes. in most cases compost is built from a variety of landscape trimmings and rakings. Starting with leaves and grass clippings and adding some brush or wood chips for aeration is an excellent mix to begin the composting process. To learn more about earthKind composting leaves, click on the Resource tab at and click on earth-Kind Publications. tiPs: coarse materials, such as straw, nutshells, corncobs and stalks, also take longer to break down. Do not discount the use of coarse particles in the compost pile. These materials typically break down more slowly and provide increased aeration for the pile. coarse materials are very important in establishing the optimum particle size distribution for the composting process. // novemBeR-DecemBeR 2013

FeRtiliZinG AnD PRuninG » Do not top crape myrtles or the central leader of any shade tree. » cut back to the ground dead foliage of asparagus and add some compost. » apply a root stimulator such as liquid seaweed or a mild solution of watersoluble fertilizer to newly planted trees and shrubs. GARDen WAtCH » Protect tender vegetation from the cold with a lightweight freeze cloth that is available at most nurseries and garden centers. » continue to water lawns and newly planted trees, shrubs and perennials if rainfall is insufficient. » Remove hoses from faucets to avoid freeze damage inside your house. eARtH-KinD® nAtuRAl PlAnt nutRients » To help reduce the potential contamination of surface and groundwater resources, many landscape gardeners are now utilizing

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“natural” nutrient sources for landscape/garden plant materials. These include animal manure(s), plant compost, mulch, etc. The use of these nutrient “alternatives” has several benefits, including: Promotes soil microorganisms lowers soil pH and increases nutrient availability Slows release of nutrients improves soil aeration/ drainage/water-holding capacity

To learn more about earthKind natural Plant nutrients, click on the Resource tab at and click on earth-Kind Publications. tiPs: There are numerous sources of natural plant nutrients available for landscape/ garden use: animal manure and sewage sludge, composts, organic mulches and naturally-occurring sources of plant nutrients.

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PlAntinG » Plant pre-chilled tulip and hyacinth bulbs promptly after removing from the refrigerator. Plant berryproducing trees and shrubs to attract birds to your landscape and for winter color. Some good choices are possumhaw holly, yaupon holly, carolina buckthorn, rusty blackhaw viburnum and american beautyberry. Select plants from the nursery with the berries on them to know what you are buying. » Plant fruit and pecan trees. // NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013


HOME & gArdEN { nonPRoFit }


Care BY KaTHRYn KemP

When mattie Borders saw a problem in her community, she set out to fix it, opening a small community food pantry in Waxahachie in 1982. last year, as she celebrated her 100th birthday, her little food pantry celebrated 30 years of helping to feed the hungry. While the location has changed and a new name, Waxahachie care, has been adopted, the idea remains the same. Waxahachie care feeds over 8,000 people a year, averaging over 700 people a month (often more in the summer months with children not receiving free lunches at school). apart from food items, care provides people with things like toiletries, diapers, adult diapers and even bicycles. The organization also helps people pay their energy bills, but in order to receive this type of assistance, executive Director linda naizer requires clients to attend a

Waxahachie Care can always use volunteers to help with office work, rotate foods in the pantry, and do any other task necessary to the function of the organization. to help, call 972.923.2273 or stop by at 1208 Ferris Ave. in Waxahachie. visit to learn more.

class to learn about money management. She has been leading these “Frugal money management” classes for three years now, teaching clients how to use their money wisely and save what they can. She discusses things like how to raise your credit score, putting away money each month and passing on things like expensive cell phone plans or the most extravagant gifts at christmas. eventually, she’d like to start holding other classes on things like nutrition, cooking and other life skills, and is working on finding volunteers willing to teach such things. Waxahachie care is a “client choice food pantry,” meaning individuals are allowed to pick out their items within certain guidelines. it looks and acts much like a grocery store, with stocked shelves, freezers and shopping carts (all donated). each visit is meant to feed a family for about two weeks. To qualify for assistance, clients must meet the Texas commodity assistance Program (TeXcaP) guidelines, currently set at 185 percent of the federal poverty limit. This means a family of four must earn a combined income of $3,631 per month or less to qualify. most patrons visit the pantry once a month, and at each visit workers at care get an update on the client’s current financial situation – whether they’ve obtained a new job and no longer qualify, whether they are working to secure work for themselves, any changes to their home life, etc. about one third of the clients are elderly, meaning they’ll generally qualify every month. With low monthly income to begin with, bills, prescriptions and rising costs of health coverage leave older clients with very little extra to spend on food. “When somebody comes and tells you, ‘You know, if it wasn’t for y’all, i’d have to

choose between my food and my medicine,’ that makes you feel like what you’re doing is worthwhile,” naizer said. Waxahachie care receives donations from members of the community, united Way, and through food drives conducted by local schools, churches and businesses, but much of the food comes from the north Texas Food Bank via Wal-mart. as a partner of the north Texas Food Bank, Waxahachie care receives goods at much lower prices, a good thing considering the organization brought in over 400,000 pounds of food last year, including foods donated from other groups. With the price cut care receives through the Food Bank, though, naizer said monetary donations go the furthest. as for the utility bills, TXu and Reliant energy donate monies to be used for qualifying individuals. While monetary donations are always a major need, the organization would not be able to run without the help of volunteers. With just two paid employees, naizer said she could usually use 10-15 extra hands each day. many volunteer hours come from people in the community, but clients also provide a lot of manpower. Though clients don’t pay for the goods they receive, the organization encourages volunteerism instead. aside from volunteering, naizer said she sometimes sees that clients are giving back in other ways, like when she notices an item given away by the pantry coming back in through a food drive. “my theory is if people want to do something good, let them do it. i believe in going that extra step,” naizer said. “if you’re willing to go 300 percent beyond what you have to do, i just think god blesses you so much.” care is currently signing people up to receive Thanksgiving food baskets, with plans to provide 350 families with turkey, dressing and all the fixin’s this year. // NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013


hOME & GArDEn { DIY }

l u f e c a e p s t c e j o r p Looking for a DIY gift for someone? Want a fun project to do with your kids over the holidays? Here are some ideas to brighten your home this holiday season. BY KATHRYN KEMP

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Christmas Trees

This simple project results in some adorably festive trees! Required materials include foam cones, sheets of felt or pom poms and dressmaker pins (straight pins with a small metal head). For the pictured trees, three different application methods were used:

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1. Strips of felt were wrapped around horizontally and pinned to a cone. 2. Felt strips were looped and pinned to a cone. 3. Small pom poms were pinned to a cone. you can get creative and apply the felt or pom poms however you like. (note: Don’t use hot glue to adhere the materials to the cone because it will melt the foam!) // novemBeR-DecemBeR 2013

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Washer Ornaments

This quick and easy ornament idea requires only metal washers, super glue and ribbon. glue the metal washers together in the outline of a holiday shape, such as a wreath, christmas tree, bell, star or snowflake. Use small drops of glue and press the washers together firmly, holding for a few seconds before gluing the next. lay on a flat non-stick surface like wax paper and allow 24 hours for the ornaments to set and dry. lace ribbon through the ornament as desired, creating a loop from which to hang the ornament on your tree. These make great handmade gifts for family, friends and coworkers!

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This idea and picture comes from courtney, author of the blog a Diamond in the Stuff (adiamondinthestuff. com). grab some small pumpkins, paint them white and either paint the letters on or paste cut-outs. courtney used burlap and twine to make the pendant “give” banner, an old bundle of wheat with a brown ribbon and some frames she had sitting around the house. What would you put with yours? get creative!

grab a white tablecloth and some paint pens and have everyone write what they are thankful for on the tablecloth, then add on each year. kids could even make “hand turkeys” to show how they grow each year.

PUMP UP THE VASE if you’re looking for a simple way to get festive, hollow out a pumpkin and put a plastic or glass container of about the same size inside. Fill with a bunch of flowers and put it in the middle of your table for a pop of fall. // NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013



merry mosaic { DIY }




Spread a thin, even layer of adhesive over a small portion of the base using the craft stick.

Wait 24 hours for the adhesive to dry. Next comes grouting!

Using a craft stick, spread the grout, filling in the spaces between the glass.




Press glass pieces into the adhesive, leaving a small space between each piece.

We are using a black sanded grout to make the bright colors “pop.” Slowly add water to the powdered grout and mix to desired consistency (it will look like thick peanut butter).

Let the grout sit for about 10 minutes. Then, using a dry paper towel begin wiping off the excess grout to reveal the pretty glass underneath.

STEP 3: Continue adhering the pieces into place until the whole surface is covered with the beautiful glass.

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A wood cross as our base Mosaic tile adhesive Craft sticks Various colors of tumbled stained glass, glass gems and a ceramic heart Wheeled glass nippers Black sanded grout Water Paper towels



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STEP 8: Continue buffing the glass with a dry paper towel until it is all clean. Use craft paint to paint the sides and back of the project to complete it.

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STEP 9: Enjoy the new mosaic masterpiece that YOU created!


– from Certified Professional Organizer Ashley Easley of MasterPeace Solutions, // NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013


By DR. kaTHeRine DonalDSon


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HolIday Blues Dear Dr. Donaldson,

I always get blue around the holidays. I am determined to make this year different. What do I need to do? The media creates lots of unrealistic expectations for the holidays. When our own experiences do not live up to the hype, we may feel disappointed and sad. although the holidays are a time for celebration, our joy is often short circuited by stressors that occur with the demands of the season. many people create stress by making unreasonable demands on themselves, spending more money than they can afford, wearing themselves out with shopping, planning gatherings and parties and hosting house guests. on top of that, people often overeat, drink excessively and don’t get enough sleep. These behaviors, accompanied by the additional stress of the holiday preparations, can result in the “holiday blues.”


let’s look at common causes for holiday depression.

1. Unrealistic expectations. Some people believe that everything has to be just perfect. Television shows, specials, movies and even commercials only heighten our expectations as they depict the perfect gatherings, ideal reunions and gala parties. 2. excessive spending. Some people make the mistake of spending more on gifts than they can afford. increased credit card debt only adds to stress. 3. expecting relationships to be perfect. Relationships that are strained during the rest of the year are not going to magically improve during the holidays. gifts should not be expected to repair hurts. a gift given that doesn’t produce the hoped-for reaction can cause

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disappointment for the gift giver.

4. grief issues. if you have had a break up or

lost a loved one during the year, the holidays can be a painful time as you face the season without him or her. 5. Painful memories of previous holidays. in families where there are drinking problems or substance abuse issues, holidays can be painful. if there were difficult or chaotic times during past holidays, even if things are better now, these hurts can be hard to forget. 6. Seasonal affective Disorder (SaD). During the winter months, we experience fewer hours of sunlight. For some people, this results in a type of depression known as Seasonal affective Disorder.

there are several ways to cope with the holiday blues, or at least reduce the stress:

1. Remember that the holiday blues are temporary and things will get better. 2. avoid overeating and drinking too much alcohol. although you may feel better temporarily, in the long run the weight gain and hangovers are added stressors. 3. Don’t force yourself to pretend to be happy if you are grieving a loss. Be honest with yourself and accept your feelings. let others know what you need. 4. Be realistic. give up on your belief that things have to be perfect. enjoy the time with family and friends and let go of unrealistic expectations. 5. Don’t overspend. Decide how much you want to spend and don’t spend any more than that. many activities are free, such as caroling, window shopping and volunteering. lots of people love getting homemade gifts or “coupons” for free babysitting, breakfast in bed or house cleaning. you can let people know you love them without spending lots of money. 6. Take care of yourself. Pamper yourself with a treat you would enjoy, whether it be a bubble bath, nap, walk in the park or good book.

7. Join a support group. many therapists offer groups, workshops or classes to help people cope with stressful times, including the holidays. 8. Be careful about not filling your calendar with too many activities. consider your priorities. 9. consider what is most important to you and your family. you don’t have to attend every event to which you are invited. Talk to your family members about what each of them have most enjoyed about past holidays and try to include those activities in your festivities and decline those you are less enthusiastic about. We are often worried we will hurt someone’s feelings if we do not attend an event to which they have invited us, but most people understand the holidays are a busy time and that we cannot do everything. create a to-do list to make sure your priorities are accomplished. 10. volunteer your time. Depression has been linked to low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Studies have shown that when we extend a kindness, observe a kindness being done or are the recipient of a kindness, serotonin levels increase. volunteering gives us the opportunity to help others and feel better about ourselves in the process. 11. exercise. Serotonin levels increase when we exercise, and feel good endorphins are also released into the bloodstream. 12. consider what the holidays mean for you and your family. Do you have religious activities and traditions that are meaningful for you? make those a priority. if you continue to feel depressed for more than a few weeks, it may be more than the holiday blues and you may want to consult with a therapist.

DR. DonalDSon is a clinical psychologist practicing in Waxahachie. She can be contacted at or by visiting

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BleedIng gums…

noRmal oR noT? By SeTH aTkinS, D.D.S.

i am often asked, “is it normal for my gums to bleed?” Whether the cause is brushing, flossing or simply chewing, the answer is, “no!” Bleeding gums indicate inflammation and potentially the presence of infection. gingivitis, gum disease, periodontal disease and periodontitis are just some of the terms used to describe inflammation and infection around teeth. more specifically, those terms refer to inflammation, and in some cases infection, in the soft tissues and bone that surround and support teeth.

Why is this something I should worry about? The cause for concern with periodontal disease is that it undermines the stability of the teeth. it can be restricted to a few teeth or can affect all the teeth simultaneously. if a tooth isn’t stable, it can become loose and no longer function in the way it was intended. in fact, according to the american academy of Periodontology, periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in people over the age of 35, regardless of gender or ethnicity.

How does it happen? To begin, lets talk about why we brush our teeth in the first place. a biofilm we refer to as “plaque” builds on the teeth throughout the day. if we don’t

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remove the plaque in a timely fashion, it provides a perfect place for bacteria to hide. The plaque serves as a protective barrier to shield bacteria from your body’s normal defense mechanisms. The goal in brushing and flossing daily is to disrupt plaque formation. But no matter how well we brush and floss, everyone misses a spot from time to time. if we leave the plaque on the tooth long enough, it will eventually calcify and leave a deposit on the teeth that can no longer be effectively removed with brushing and flossing alone. These deposits are sometimes referred to as tartar or calculus. even though the tartar effectively protects the bacteria from your immune system, it doesn’t stop your body from trying to get rid of bad bacteria around the teeth. When your immune system tries to do this, some of the bone surrounding the teeth is destroyed. if this process continues long enough, it can actually remove all of the bone that holds a tooth in place!

How do we stop it? Treatment for gum disease centers around keeping good bacteria around the teeth and harmful bacteria (the ones that live in biofilms) out. if plaque has been present long enough that it has hardened, you will need to see your

dentist and/or dental hygienist to remove it effectively. once the “hideouts” for the bad bacteria are removed, your body is able to keep them from causing problems in the future. many people are surprised that there is no correlation between the amount of bleeding from the gums and the severity of periodontal disease. Some patients have very advanced bone loss with very little bleeding. if you see bleeding, the safe bet is to schedule a checkup with your dentist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. atkins earned a bachelor’s at Texas Tech and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas Health Science center School of Dentistry. He and his family moved in march to Waxahachie, where he currently practices at ellis county Family Dentistry. // NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013



The Gift of Fitness


The holiday season is upon us. With all the busy preparations and long to-do lists, our fitness program can sometimes take the back burner. This time of the year, it’s especially important to make exercise a priority. The average person consumes 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving Day. The number of calories you must burn to lose one pound of fat is 3,500 calories. Although these figures are staggering, do not be discouraged. There are easy ways to incorporate exercise into your schedule to fight off those unwanted pounds while still enjoying the holidays. Recent research indicates that exercise broken up into 10-minute increments is just as effective as a 30-minute continuous session. Spending time outdoors, whether doing normal daily activities such as raking leaves or more formal exercise, has been proven to improve mood and give us much-needed energy!

Layer up and Take it Outside During the winter months, our bodies naturally produce less serotonin, a hormone in our brains that affects our mood and appetite. When the serotonin levels are low, people often crave and consume more simple carbohydrates (cookies and other treats) in order to increase levels and feel better. These extra treats can result in weight gain by adding up to 800 calories per day to our caloric intake. Exercise and spending time outdoors in the sunlight (with proper sunscreen protection) are two excellent ways to improve serotonin levels instead of eating more. *It is important to wear layers and gradually warm up the body. Always obtain a physician’s clearance before beginning an exercise program.





10 Minutes to Tone Here is a list of some everyday activities and great exercises that can be done in 10 minutes to boost metabolism, burn fat and get fit! ExErcisE CALoRIES BURNED IN 10 MINUTES

raking lEavEs 52 CALoRIES

cycling (at a moderate pace) 91 CALoRIES

Walking (at a brisk pace) 54 CALoRIES


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Whichever method you choose, exercise will help keep your weight in check this holiday season by lowering the cravings of sweets and in turn reducing caloric consumption. A simple fitness program and spending time outdoors (in a safe manner) will also boost your overall mood and energy level. Fortunately, these benefits are accomplished even in short bursts of physical activity, so we can more easily fit it into our busy holiday schedule and enjoy the gift of fitness!


Camp Gladiator™: Connecting Contenders of all Walks of Life Camp Gladiator™ is a dynamic outdoor fitness program that offers challenging, effective exercises while promoting an uplifting, family-like atmosphere. The program’s mission statement is, “to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible.” Although the participants’ physical results are outstanding, Shane Wigley, Camp Gladiator trainer in Ennis and other South Dallas locations, believes that the social benefits are even more remarkable. “With Camp Gladiator, the participants (also known as Contenders) team up and work together to achieve a common goal. No matter your age, size or fitness level, everyone works together. It really connects the community,” Wigley said, recalling a particularly heartwarming story of a high school athlete paired up with a successful businessman. “At first, the young athlete motivated the businessman and pushed him harder during the workouts. By the end of camp, the businessman asked the athlete about what he wanted to do for a living and then helped to mentor him professionally.” *For more information on Camp Gladiator™, check out or contact Shane directly at 903.641.8460. The first workout is free!


Angela graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and fitness and a master’s in health education and promotion. A stay-at-home mom in Ennis, she is certified in numerous exercise programs and includes her children in her fitness regimen. // NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013


MEDICAL { HealTH & WellneSS }

Eating Well and the Holidays


When trying to adhere to a healthy diet and maintain or lose weight, the holidays bring a sense of dread to some people. It truly does not have to be this way! There are multiple ways you can enjoy your holiday entrees and parties and still maintain a sense of control. Here are some ways to modify your habits: 1. eating something small before a holiday party truly does help to curb your appetite. Think about it, when you are ravenous, you tend to overeat, right? Try eating a small meal or snack before a party or gathering to ward off overeating. 2. When “building” your plate, go ahead and partake in the wonderful holiday foods. The key to this is portion control. make sure to get lots of vegetables and lean meats, and then add on smaller portions of carbohydrate-rich foods (breads, rice, pasta, desserts, stuffing, potatoes, corn, etc.). most people are satisfied after having even a small amount of something. 3. Take your time while eating and try not to rush your meal. your stomach is equipped with stretch receptors. along with digestive hormones, these receptors help to trigger the brain when you become full. When


rushing your meal, your brain often doesn’t have the time to get the signal before it is too full. Have you ever felt miserably full or bloated after a meal? This may be because your brain got the message too late, after you had already exceeded your receptors. 4. Beverages are often culprits of excessive calories. Drinking tea, coffee and sugar-free beverages will also cut back on your calories, if sweetened with an alternative sweetener. When drinking alcoholic beverages, try to dilute them in club soda or water. Staying away from sugary, high-calorie juices or drink mixes will help lower your overall caloric intake. Drinking in moderation and making sure to add in several glasses of water will also keep you well hydrated during your gatherings and parties. 5. Focus your energy on enjoying your family and friends, not simply the aspect of eating. Taking your time to enjoy the company and conversation will often help you eat slower and enjoy the holiday to its fullest. 6. making time to play games, take a walk or enjoy some family outdoor adventures are another good way to take the pure focus off of food. This will help you burn some calories as well as experience fun and laughter with your family and friends. Some family activities will help you feel better overall and bring a richer experience. // novemBeR-DecemBeR 2013

Another difficult aspect of holiday gatherings is that of the spread of colds, flu and other unwanted illnesses. groups of family and friends, crowded

shopping areas and often poor eating and sleeping habits can also put someone at risk for unwanted illnesses. However, there are some “power foods” that can help boost the body’s immune system and possibly help keep you healthy. Some of these “power foods” include: 1. yellow, red and orange vegetables. The more color, the better! These contain chemicals called flavonoids, which are extremely beneficial in warding off many types of bacterial and viral illnesses. 2. yogurt contains a variety of probiotics. various brands contain different strains that can protect and boost your gastrointestinal system and help fight off other illnesses. 3. garlic contains a chemical called allicin. There are multiple studies showing that garlic can help protect the body from certain infections and bacteria. 4. Black and green teas contain a chemical called l-Theonine, which assists the body in fighting off viral particles. Teas are also generally high in antioxidants, which help the body fight off unwanted particles. 5. Foods containing plenty of vitamin a, like sweet potatoes, carrots and pumpkin, are also good immunity boosters. vitamin a is critical in boosting the health and connectivity of your skin, your first line of defense in fighting off illness. So bring on the pumpkin pie this holiday season! the holiday season is a great time to reconnect spiritually, mentally and socially with the people you love and care about. It is not meant to be dreaded, but enjoyed to the fullest! Trista is a registered and licensed dietitian in ovilla providing personal and group nutrition counseling. She earned a bachelor’s of science in biomedical sciences from Texas a&m University and a bachelor’s of science in clinical nutrition and dietetics from The University of Texas Southwestern medical center in Dallas. // NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013




Therapy: What does it mean, and how can it help you? By caSey PenningTon, oTR

“I don’t know why my doctor sent me to occupational therapy for my carpal tunnel syndrome. I am retired, so why do I need occupational therapy?”

to perform at home. We will address the tingling and numbness in your fingers with sensory re-education. Sensory re-education is used to decrease hypersensitivity or to increase sensation, so when you touch something with your hands it feels like it normally should.

occupational therapy is not just about work. The term “occupational” refers to all of the daily activities that occupy your time. These activities include selfcare, such as dressing, bathing and self-feeding. other “occupations” for an adult typically include work, caring for children or pets, and hobbies. even sleeping is considered an occupation.

“Yes, now that my fingers are numb, I drop things a lot.”

“I can understand about sleep. Ever since I developed carpal tunnel syndrome, I wake up throughout the night with tingling in my fingers. So what do you do in occupational therapy?” at this facility, occupational therapy mainly focuses on the upper extremity - from the fingers to the shoulder and everything between. We perform manual therapy, which may include softtissue massage, joint mobilization and stretching, to decrease pain and improve movement. We also perform exercises in the clinic to improve strength and issue an exercise program for patients

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We will also be working on dexterity by performing activities in the clinic to improve your fine motor skills. This is important for activities such as buttoning buttons or picking up pills to take your medication.

My doctor says I show symptoms of Lymphedema. Can you help? lymphedema is a persistent swelling, most often occurring in one extremity, which does not resolve on its own. lymphedema can develop after a mastectomy, lumpectomy or removal of lymph nodes. Traumatic injuries or infections can also result in the development of lymphedema. Symptoms include swelling that does not resolve, a feeling of heaviness in the affected body part and possible changes in the texture of the skin. There is no cure for lymphedema, but the symptoms can be managed with therapy.

That is not all occupational therapists do; they work in many different settings. For example, occupational therapists work with children in the school system. children have different occupations than adults; important children’s occupations include self-care, school and play. occupational therapists often work with children on social interactions, classroom participation and handwriting. occupational therapists also work in mental health facilities, performing cognitive and psychological treatments. other places you will find occupational therapists are in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and long-term care facilities. occupational therapists work with people in these settings to enable them to be as independent as possible at their current level of functioning.

“Wow, I had no idea that occupational therapy involved so many different aspects!” For more information on occupational therapy and how it can help you or a loved one, visit the american occupation Therapy association at

casey is a registered occupational therapist at Baylor institute for Rehabilitation outpatient Rehabilitation Services in Waxahachie and midlothian. // NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013




BURN By JUlie maRTin oF BayloR WaXaHacHie While the most wonderful time of year may rapidly be approaching, for many people the holiday season is also the time of year when they’re most likely to experience painful burning in their stomach and chest. you may even be one of them. However, the culprit behind your heartburn might not simply be that extra slice of pumpkin pie or that mount everestsized serving of dressing - or because your in-laws decided to stay the entire weekend. it could be gastroesophageal reflux disease, more commonly known as geRD. geRD is a condition where the muscle located at the junction of the stomach and esophagus doesn’t function properly. consequently, stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, leading to painful heartburn as well as other symptoms such as coughing, regurgitation and even breathing problems. “Heartburn is something that occurs occasionally or only with certain types of food or under certain circumstances, as opposed to geRD, which is more of a recurrent phenomenon that happens because of uncontrolled stomach acid,” explains katrina emmett, mD, general surgeon on staff at Baylor medical center at Waxahachie medical staff. Though geRD may be different from the occasional bout of heartburn, many of the triggers are similar. Unfortunately, one of the most common triggers is also

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one of americans’ favorite holiday pastimes: overeating. That may explain why national geRD awareness Week is nov. 24-30. “geRD seems to be one of those diseases that is somewhat seasonal,” Dr. emmett said. “During the holidays, people not only tend to eat too much, but also eat more of the unhealthy foods they might not eat during the rest of the year and put on a little extra weight – both of which are risk factors for geRD.” Food and beverage triggers include chocolate, citrus fruits, foods that are spicy or high in fat, as well as caffeine, alcohol, smoking and some common medications like aspirin and ibuprofen. Beyond the immediate physical pain caused by geRD, the disease can make meal time a source of stress. left untreated, it also can lead to more serious conditions, such as difficulty swallowing, Barrett’s esophagus and even esophageal cancer. Dr. emmett says the good news, though, is that there are now more treatment options than ever. extInguIsHIng tHe Flame one of the simplest yet most effective approaches to finding relief from geRD is lifestyle modification, like making better food choices. avoid tomato-based foods, citrus, foods high in fat and anything else that brings on the burn. For people who are overweight, losing even

10-15 pounds can also make a difference. “Don’t eat right before going to bed or lying down,” Dr. emmett advised. “Remaining upright – sitting or standing – for at least two hours after eating can help prevent a geRD episode.” Besides lifestyle changes, there are different types of medications. antacids have long been a staple for immediate, temporary relief from the burn. But a newer class of drugs called H-2 blockers, many of which are available now without a prescription, can be taken before eating and effectively shut off acid production in the stomach. “H-2 blockers generally work well in providing relief,” Dr. emmett said. “The drawback is that they often have to be taken every day, and some of the long-term consequences of shutting down acid production are still unknown.” Despite being a surgeon, Dr. emmett views surgery as a last resort for people suffering from geRD. The most common surgical procedure is called a “wrap,” which secures the stomach and esophagus in the abdominal cavity and creates a new valve between the two to keep acid from leaking out of the stomach into the esophagus. The procedure is minimally invasive and usually involves an overnight stay in the hospital and a liquid diet for a week or two following the procedure. // NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013


Cindy BurCh


Rant So you think you make an awesome risotto and all your friends say you should open a restaurant? my advice is usually run fast, run far. i think owning a restaurant is more of a calling than a job. even those who think they are called to it are often completely unprepared for the amount of work and stress that comes with operating a restaurant. i think my calling came in 1969 when i set up my first lemonade stand in our north Dallas neighborhood selling out my homemade brew in just one hour. if only it were that easy today. according to a study by cornell University and michigan State, a quarter of all new restaurants in the United States will flop in the first year. That rises to 50 percent after three years, and 70 percent after 10 years. almost two decades in the business has taught me many things about myself and people in general. my mother paved the way when she opened marilyn’s art & Tea Room on Waxahachie’s town square in 1986, and i am proud of what my husband, andrew, and i have built since then. The Doves nest is a social gathering spot, and that sense of community is very rewarding. as a local business owner, i get to meet a lot of people and my days are filled with customers who love our food and appreciate our presence in Waxahachie’s historic downtown. most days i love what i do. However, when a customer sends you a hand written letter complaining that she only counted one apricot in her serving of chicken apricot salad, you feel frustrated with your job. When you are trying to show a customer to their seat and a woman at

table six stops you to say her daughter just peed in her chair, you think about other careers you could’ve chosen. and when you try to lend a sympathetic ear to a lady who is complaining her tomato basil soup is too “tomato-y,” you begin to question your calling. When people tell me how fun they think owning a restaurant must be, i just smile thinking fun is obviously a relative term. it can be fun and having good food any time you want is great, but long, hard hours, working weekends and juggling the stress of being in the service industry can take its toll on you. You must be fluent in the menu and the food, calm in the face of chaos, patient in the presence of rudeness, available when diners want you, invisible when they don’t. Unless you have numerous resources and a lot of money, you will also need to be a chef, plumber, human resources manager, accountant, marketer, graphic designer, interior decorator, visionary, spokesperson and mentor all rolled into one. over the years it has been fun to watch customers raise their kids and then see them graduate, cater their weddings and watch them bring their own kids in to eat with us. it has been rewarding to prepare food for so many ellis county events, and cater for people like mrs. laura Bush, governor Rick Perry, State Representative Jim Pitts, Brooks & Dunn and many others. i’ll never forget the time we catered a wed-

ding for a new York producer at aBc. When i arrived at the reception site the tables were already set up, so i didn’t think to make sure the legs were securely locked in position. We loaded the champagne table with more than one hundred crystal flutes and right as the bride and groom were making their first toast, the table collapsed with glasses crashing to the ground. Fortunately, the quick-witted bride yelled “mazel tov!” and turned a disaster into a round of laughter amongst the guests. She even sent us a thank you note and two crystal goblets from Tiffany’s a few days later. So there it is…the pros and cons of owning your own restaurant. chef Thierry Rautureau of the famous Rover’s Restaurant in Seattle was asked his advice. He replied in a heavy French accent, “only if your compulsion is so great, so irresistible, so frankly neurotic that nothing else will satisfy, only then should you actually start a restaurant. That way you will either prevail or the physical and economic punishment of the restaurant business will eventually eliminate the bug.” Thankfully, The Doves nest has prevailed. if you think your calling is to open a restaurant it’s up to you to decide, but i won’t blame you if you choose to just have your friends over for dinner more often.

cindy Burch and her husband, andrew, own and operate The Doves nest in historic downtown Waxahachie. cindy is also a freelance writer, caterer and consultant. Her award-winning cookbook, “The Doves nest Restaurant: new american Recipes From a Historic Texas Town,” is in its fifth printing.

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November 2013 Ellis County Living Magazine  

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November 2013 Ellis County Living Magazine  

Ellis County's Premier Magazine