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Adventures in Singledom

A Look Back on a Year of Dating

Healthy, Happy Puppies Keep Your Pooch Safe this Holiday Season

Winter Wardrobe Must-Haves Stay Warm and Look Great

Mary Roszel DARING DREAMS & COFFEE BEANS


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RECIPES 26 Festive Holiday Desserts 31 Hot Chocolate Biscotti

OUR COVER 22 Adventures in Singledom

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22 Adventures in Dating

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FROMTHEPUBLISHER

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his past year has been a whirlwind. It has gone by so fast that there are moments today that I struggle to remember the activities and changes of the past year. Either it was quicker than usual or I’m getting older and my memory is failing me. Overall it’s been a good year, but it hasn’t been without its complications. I’m sure we can all say that on some level. Each year, I tell myself that the next year I’m going to slow down and appreciate where I am for a while. And, usually it lasts through January or February.

shove, my kids kept some unexpected items that obviously meant something to them and let go of other items that surprised me. It was a test for our family. There were disagreements, stalling and overall frustration, but we are much better for it — I’m sure. Thinking about difficult but rewarding transitions, Mary Roszel comes to mind. She is an amazing person. I’ve gotten to know her a little over the last few years just prior to her retirement from the coffee business. She is definitely passionate about BIGGBY, but I would say she’s even more passionate about relationships and people. Mary introduced me to a young man a year ago that is going to LCC for marketing and is an amazing single dad. Although I think he’s great, I was even more wowed by Mary’s selflessness.

I’ve recently fulfilled a goal I’ve had for many years. My husband and I moved downtown into a condo. I sold my house of 13 years where I raised my kids and made so many memories. It was bittersweet of course, but I was ready for the transition and a new chapter of my life. Making the shift from suburbs to downtown will be interesting. What does everyone do with the items in the garage or the extra boxes of Christmas decorations?

Her willingness to help this young man, who she had just recently met, while he is working his way through school showed me that there are people out there who just glow from the inside. She helped him with the kids, gave him some connections and was a general sounding board. Mary is definitely one of those amazing individuals who connect and give and never ask for anything in return. I hope you enjoy her story.

O.K., so maybe everyone doesn’t have a few hundred extra ornaments in their possession. Downsizing has been a bit challenging. I’m of the opinion that you will fill the size home you have. If you live in a 5,000 square foot house, you will accumulate items to fill it. So, taking my items from 2,400 square feet with a basement and garage to 1,800 square feet with no garage or basement gave me a bit of heartburn. I had to let go of items that didn’t hold sentimental value for me. I made tough choices and truly got in touch with what is important to me.

This holiday season, I encourage you to reach out of your comfort zone and help someone. Be the change you want to see in the world. With so many terrible things happening out there in this sometimes-challenging world, it only takes a small act of kindness to give hope and assure that there is good out there too. Our team is actively helping a family going through a really rough time. I hope that our small act of kindness helps them through this difficult season. They should know that people care.

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THE YMCA OF METROPOLITAN LANSING AWARDED $7,500 GRANT FROM THE PNC FOUNDATION TO FUND LITERACY PROGRAMMING The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing has received a generous $7,500 grant from the PNC Foundation, the fourth of its kind from PNC in the past four years, to help fund financial literacy programming in the Y’s new Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen. The Mobile Kitchen’s bus will launch at the start of the New Year to help feed and educate children and families within the Lansing community about the importance of physical education and nutrition, while combating childhood obesity. The program itself has already served well over 900 meals since June 15, 2015. The PNC Foundation actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The Foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing has six operating units, including Mystic Lake Camp near Clare, and branches downtown, on Lansing’s west side, in the Oak Park area to the south, in East Lansing and DeWitt. For more information, visit ymcaoflansing.org. GILDEN WOODS EARLY CARE AND PRESCHOOL EXPANDS IN THE GREATER LANSING AREA Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool opened in Okemos on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 to meet growing childcare and early education demand in the greater Lansing area. AppleTree Early Care and Preschool East Lansing Owner, Lisa Raths, opened a Gilden Woods school in Haslett on June 29, 2015.

We’d like to hear from you! Do you have a business or personal milestone announcement relevant to women of the Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties? Please submit it to info@cawlm.com by the first of the month prior to the issue you wish it to be printed in. CAWLM reserves the right to edit all submissions for style, grammar and length. We look forward to sharing your good news!

The new state-of-the-art school in Okemos will provide infant and toddler care, full- and half-day preschool, and before and after-school care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The new school, located at 2190 Association Drive in Okemos employs a total of 30-40 teachers and caregivers, and two directors, allowing for the enrollment of up to 168 children. Three Gilden Woods schools opened in 2014-2015 in Portage, Kalamazoo and Haslett. There are a total of 16 Gilden Woods and AppleTree Early Care and Preschools located in the greater Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing areas.

MSUFCU ANNOUNCES NEW BUSINESS LOAN DEVELOPMENT OFFICER MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce the recent addition of Sue Hansen as a business loan development officer in its Business Services department. Hansen’s duties include establishing and enhancing relationships with local community members, partners and businesses.

For more information or to schedule a tour, please call Angela Hoy, program director, at (517) 2953641 or visit our website at gildenwoods.com. Hansen THE CAPITAL AREA SALVATION ARMY ASKS COMMUNITY TO ‘BE A CHRISTMAS ANGEL’

The Capital Area Salvation Army officially kicked off its 2015 Red Kettle Fundraising Campaign with a special holiday event which took place on the steps of the Capitol at noon on Thursday, Nov. 12. WILX-TV anchor Ann Emmerich, the 2015 Red Kettle Campaign honorary chairperson, encouraged the crowd to ‘be a Christmas angel’ this season.   The Red Kettle Fundraising Campaign is the Salvation Army's largest fundraising event of the year. Special presentations were given by Emmerich, State Senator Rick Jones, State Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. and Capital Area Salvation Army Coordinator, Major Alan Hellstrom.   The Red Kettles will run through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Monday through Saturday at local area businesses. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle fundraising campaign goal is $230,000. The overall Christmas fundraising goal is $960,000, which includes money raised through the red kettles along with various mail appeals. The Salvation Army can only reach its goal through the generosity of the community.   Be a Christmas angel by giving a donation online or in a kettle. You can also volunteer by contacting Jim Prichard, volunteer coordinator, at (517) 482-9715, ext. 28, or jim_ prichard@ usc.salvationarmy.org. For bell ringing, call Jeff Prisner, kettle coordinator, at (517) 484-6381. For more information, visit salansing.org.

Hansen has 21 years of experience in commercial lending. Prior to working at MSUFCU, she served as a vice president in business banking, specializing in lending to independent healthcare providers. Hansen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Michigan State University.

CAPITAL REGION COMMUNITY FOUNDATION WELCOMES NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER The Capital Region Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Laurie Strauss Baumer as the foundation’s new Chief Operating Officer. Baumer began her work with CRCF on Nov. 2, 2015. Baumer Baumer will be responsible for managing the foundation’s day-to-day administrative operations. In addition, she will provide organizational and systems support for the foundation’s donor relations efforts. Prior to joining the CRCF, Baumer served as the president and CEO of Ele’s Place, a healing center for grieving children. The Capital Region Community Foundation currently has more than $85 million in assets and was created by the community as a vehicle to support the charitable needs and philanthropic interests of people living in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. The Community Foundation receives gifts to establish endowment funds, and the income generated by the more than 400 funds is returned to the community each year in the form of grants. The Community Foundation awards hundreds of grants annually, totaling nearly $3.5 million each year. Learn more online at crcfoundation.org.

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Autism Society of Michigan

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he Autism Society of Michigan has seen its fair share of changes over the last 39 years it’s been around. Founded upon the mission “to assure full participation and self-determination in every aspect of life for each individual,” the Autism Society of Michigan got its start in 1976. For roughly 30 years, Anne Carpenter has been a volunteer with the organization. In 1988, she was diagnosed with autism, and her journey has been anything but easy, but it’s the organization that keeps her busy enjoying life.

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The self-described “small but mighty” staff of three: Anne Carpenter, Cathy Gladstone and Kathy Johnson at the Autism Society of Michigan, under President Penny Bearden, work tirelessly providing advice, resources, books, workshops and conferences for families and those with autism. “The goal is to include people with autism in all aspects of society, to help them achieve their potential and to also respect them for who they are in their own right,” said Carpenter. The nonprofit is funded nationally by the United Way, as well as through corporate and individual donations, which keeps it running year after year. The Autism Society of Michigan is an affiliate of the national organization and does not do therapies or treatments, but provides a comprehensive and evergrowing list of resources across the state. It’s an organization extremely close to Carpenter, as her first job was filing and cataloging with the society, then known as the Michigan Society for Autistic Citizens. While some might take for granted that 20-minute drive to work, Carpenter has a much longer morning commute. First she must take a cab to the transit center in Ann Arbor, then she takes the Michigan Flyer bus to East Lansing and lastly the Spec-Tran into the Okemos office.

It makes for a long day, she says, but certainly worthwhile. After her diagnosis at age 30, she knows firsthand the troubles and problems that often arise from learning of disabilities. As the information and referral specialist and librarian, Carpenter is often the front-lines and the first impression of the organization. It’s a role she’s happy to play, and an inspiring one at that — given her own journey with doctor diagnoses. Often times she’s even asked for by callers who are looking for specific resources in their area, as it’s a subject she knows firsthand. The organization’s main goal is to promote a more positive view of autism, a mindset she and Gladstone urge people to adopt. “I’d like them to see more of what’s below the surface,” Carpenter said. “They’ll tell you that someone’s IQ is like, 55; we don’t want to know that. They’ll tell you that the person will never speak … we need to look below the surface and see what that person is really like. Get them an alternative form of communication, help them explore what they’re really interested in and help them to learn and grow and see what’s really underneath the surface.” Sarah Spohn received her degree in Journalism from Lansing Community College. She’s a concert junkie; living and breathing in both the local and national music scene. She is proud to call Lansing her home, finding a new reason every day to be smitten with the mitten.

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DIYQUICKCRAFTS BY MELISSA DOWRICK

Distressed Furniture WITHOUT THE STRESS

My mother-in-law had an old piece of furniture she picked up from an estate sale that she didn’t have room for, so I took it off her hands and made a little extra storage in my kitchen for odds and ends such as my ridiculous collection of cookbooks and all of my seasonal candles. Not only does it save space and look pretty, it hides my obscene collection from my husband! Naturally he just thinks that I’m a creative cook with a good smelling house. And it is all thanks to this month’s DIY!

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STEP 1: First I cleaned my piece of furniture and removed all of the hardware and then used my favorite off-white paint (Sherwin Williams Swiss Coffee). I painted the entire piece of furniture and let it all dry. STEP 2: After it was dry, I took an electric sander and started to go over areas where I wanted to reveal the wood underneath. (Another option is to paint one color, let it dry, paint over it with another color and let that dry. Then start your sanding process and reveal the color you’d like. In my case, the wood underneath it was just fine to reveal). Keep using the sander to knick the corners and different areas of the furniture to show different “levels” of distress. Have fun with it, slide it across the surface, hit the corners and get creative! The best part about the distress look is that you can always “cover up mistakes” and paint over it and start over again, because it just adds to your distressed look. STEP 3: Dip your finger in the paint, rub it over some of the deep revealed areas and wipe it clean, leaving a little bit of the wood still revealed but creating different depths of distressed wood all over the piece. This gives your distressed piece some different levels and depths to create a look that will make it look like you bought it that way! This is also another way to “correct” any mistakes.

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STEP 4: With white paint, you need to be careful with your seal. Polyurethane can yellow your paint overtime, so I did not seal this piece. It is rustic enough and easy to clean so I left it be. There are many seals out there, just ask your local hardware store what would be best for your project and what you are using the piece for. STEP 5: Add your new hardware and enjoy! I found some new knobs at Hobby Lobby and it helped create a fresh new look!

Melissa Dowrick is a MSU graduate, M3 Group event planner and dog mom of two. She loves fashion, and fall is her favorite season. She embraces all the good things because life is TOO short to be unhappy!


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FASHION BY MELISSA DOWRICK | PHOTOS BY MIKE FR ANCE

DRIFTINGwinter INTO MOVE ASIDE SUMMER AND FALL CLOTHING, IT’S TIME TO REPLACE EVERYTHING WITH FABULOUS WINTER ATTIRE! JUST BECAUSE WE NEED TO COVER UP AND BRING ON THE LAYERS DOESN’T MEAN WE CAN’T LOOK STYLISH AT THE SAME TIME! THE WOMEN AT

BASIC BLACK If you don’t have time to shop or you need to find something basic that can be worn in many styles, try going for black pieces. Put together black pants, a black and white top, and a black jacket. Make it chic and with a patterned scarf or sassy with animal print. Dress it up however you want! Pair the outfit with flats, dark heels or boots. These basic blacks will be able to transfer with many other looks from your wardrobe. Top by Real Clothes, $16.99; Pants by Ruby Red, $14.99; Jacket by Doncaster, $69.99; Herringbone scarf $8.99; Shoes by Prada, $59.99; Wristlet by Coach, $65.99; Purse by Kate Spade, $139.99; Bracelet, $6.99; Necklace $9.99 all available at Kellie's Consignments.

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lexa Boyce started her career by focusing on her own fitness and health. When asking about a spin class, she was encouraged to start her own class and become a spin instructor. As she was helping people further themselves in spin class, she received a lot of requests for personal training. At that time, Boyce was uncertified, so she went back to school to get her certification as a personal trainer. She has continued to work in the health and fitness field and has spent three years at Total Health Chiropractic. She loves to inspire and motivate her clients to live healthier lives and help them make the best choices for themselves. “In my approach, I believe in bio individuality, meaning that there is no one answer that fits every body. Every person is different, and I work with them to find a solution that works for them,” Boyce said. In addition to her training, Boyce oversees a weight loss program called Ideal Protein, teaching people to eat correctly in order to lose weight. She has also started a 30-day challenge called the Stark Naked Challenge. It strips down a client’s food to the bare essentials, and instead of focusing on weight loss, it focuses on cutting out foods or ingredients that are causing problems. Boyce has two sons at home, 14 and 5 years old, and loves to be active along with them. When she has down time, she doesn’t like to lounge around, instead opting to run marathons. She ran her 7th marathon in Las Vegas this November. BY KYLE DOWLING

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currency prior to leaving. If you’re not in a major city, though, it could also be difficult to find an ATM and withdraw money. In that case, make sure you research alternative payment options such as traveler’s checks, credit cards or ordering local currency prior to departure.

MAKE ONLINE BANKING YOUR BEST FRIEND While traveling, you won’t be able to easily visit your familiar credit union branch to conduct necessary transactions. Depending upon where you are traveling, you might not even be able to call. Online banking will be a lifesaver for you if you need to make a quick transfer from savings to checking or order a replacement debit card. Start using it now to familiarize yourself with the system before you leave.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT THOSE BILLS When you are gearing up for the big family holiday dinner and party, your Netflix subscription is probably not your primary focus. Give yourself one less thing to remember and schedule your payments, including subscriptions, credit cards and utilities, in advance. PLAN FOR EMERGENCIES As you might have experienced in the past, things don’t always go as planned. Prepare for the unexpected as much as you possibly can. Keeping an additional debit or credit card in a safe place and only carrying a small amount of cash are both ways to help you have a back up plan should your wallet or purse be lost or stolen.

LET YOUR CREDIT UNION KNOW YOU’RE TRAVELING To help protect you from fraudulent purchases on your debit and credit cards, your credit union tracks your spending activity. If your credit union thinks that you are in Michigan and a purchase from Ireland appears in your account, they might place a temporary block on your cards to prevent any further fraud from occurring. If you actually were in Ireland, a block on your card would be inconvenient and cause undue stress. Before you leave, place a travel notice on your account to avoid any mishaps of this sort. A travel notice should be placed on your account for any type of travel: international, across the country, or even within your home state.

Of course, we hope that you will have a safe, enjoyable and mishap-free holiday season. But just in case, take these action steps now and spend the holiday season worry free. Deidre Davis is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at MSU Federal Credit Union. MSUFCU’s headquarters are at 3777 West Road East Lansing, MI 48823. Contact Deidre at deidre.davis@msufcu.org or (517) 664-7877.

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A R T F U L Living

CAREERSFORCONSIDERATION BY SARAH SPOHN

BARB WHITNEY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE LANSING ART GALLERY

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eWitt native Barb Whitney is no stranger to art. After attending Kalamazoo College and receiving a bachelor’s degree in art and art administration, Whitney was hired right out of college in her dream field — you guessed it — art.

when I knew that I wanted to pursue the visual arts as a career in one way or another.”

Currently serving as the Executive Director for the Lansing Art Gallery, Whitney has had quite the colorful palate of art experiences in the past, which led to her current career.

Her favorite part about this job was when she was able to work with students, serving as a teaching artist in grant programs in the Detroit Public Schools.

Whitney traveled the country with a performing arts group doing musical theater through college, but it was an art class that really changed her life.

Whitney first started at the Lansing Art Gallery in 2004, and worked there until 2012, when she left to work with the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. In 2014, bringing with her years of experience with nonprofit culture and grant writing, Whitney returned to the Lansing Art Gallery as the executive director, and no day has been the same since.

“I developed a really sincere and deep love for the visual arts when I was in college. I’ve been performing my whole life, so I had a performing arts background,” said Whitney. “But when I took a basic drawing class, it changed my life. That was

After college, Whitney was hired in the arts field, serving as an arts administrator at a pottery place. She worked in the gallery, giving tours and facilitating educational workshops.

Her daily duties include public relations, marketing, fund development, oversight of staff and programs and that’s just the beginning. Regularly scheduled leadership lunches also allow for collaboration, networking and sharing of feedback between local organizations. “I also interface with our board of directors and am responsible for leading the strategic vision of this organization,” she said. One day’s agenda could include grant writing, a ribbon cutting ceremony, press release writing, paperwork and of course, interacting with the many Lansing Art Gallery visitors. Since the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday and the first Sunday of the month, interaction with the public is just as much a part of her job as is the paperwork. “There’s some work that can be done at home or after hours, and a great deal of that is done that

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“BUT WHEN I TOOK A BASIC DRAWING CLASS, IT CHANGED MY LIFE. THAT WAS WHEN I KNEW THAT I WANTED TO PURSUE THE VISUAL ARTS AS A CAREER IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.” way just because we are open and accessible to the public; so it’s important that our staff is also accessible to visitors, businesses and residents of the area,” Whitney said. While there are plenty of back-to-back meetings for this very busy career woman, she’s managed to juggle crammed schedules surprisingly well. On top of the nontraditional hours she works (nights, weekends, lunch breaks, etc.), Whitney also attends U of M Flint for her master’s degree in arts administration. Lansing has a very fruitful and supportive relationship amongst its arts and cultural organizations, providing the ability to network and share feedback — something that makes the area that much more special, according to Whitney. While this passionate, driven leader works diligently for the Lansing Art Gallery, she will be the last to brag or boast. Priding her staff on their dedication to the gallery is what keeps her coming back to work early and prepared to stay late.

“We have an incredible staff and incredible board. Both of those things are very near and dear to my heart,” Whitney said. “They’re the people that I interact with day in and day out, so it makes my job a joy when I feel those closest to the heart of the organization are dependable and considerate and dedicated to this organization in the same way I feel I am. That trust for me is really important.” Putting trust in the surrounding community is also vital for the Lansing Art Gallery. While the organization is 50 years old, they’re constantly changing and drafting up new art exhibits, interactive displays, workshops and programs. Aimed at getting even more people exposed to the wonderful world of art, the Lansing Art Gallery has even more projects in the works. “We have a few pending projects of which I can’t divulge details, but if they come to pass, I think we’ll be really dynamic and engaging next summer involving business, residents and visitors in a way they’ve not been involved with the arts in the past,” Whitney said. If the past year is any indication of how Whitney will successfully lead an organization full of art lovers, here’s a cheers to the next 50 years with the Lansing Art Gallery.

Sarah Spohn received her degree in Journalism from Lansing Community College. She’s a concert junkie; living and breathing in both the local and national music scene. She is proud to call Lansing her home, finding a new reason every day to be smitten with the mitten.

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Q: I have had people ask me if it is O.K. to give their dog “human” medication. A: You should always follow the general rule that if it wasn’t prescribed for you don’t take it. All of these “human” rules apply to your dog too. Please be aware that many human medications can be toxic to your dog. Not only is it important that you don’t give human medications to your dog without your veterinarian’s advice, but you shouldn’t leave them out where your dog (or any pet) may be able to get to them. Remember that golden rule of managing the environment: If you don’t want your dog to get to it, put it away. Your veterinarian is the only person who can prescribe medication for your dog — the proper type and dose. Q: Why does my dog shed so much? A: There can be many reasons, but it is completely natural for your dog to shed. Generally in the winter the coat thickens, and the coat sheds in the spring. There are numerous breeds that have double-coats and you may have heard of “blowing coat” — this is a way to describe the shedding of the undercoat. There are a number of environmental and physical reasons that factor into shedding. When the shedding seems to be excessive, watch for some of the following signs: bald spots, red areas with bumps or scabs, open sores or constant licking. These can be signs of a more serious condition. There are so many different issues that can cause excessive shedding, including but not limited to allergies, infections or parasites. As always, it is important to see a veterinarian so that they can determine what tests need to be done for your dog in order to treat him/her properly.

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I wanted to be sure to remind everyone that at this time of year when decorations are going up and family is celebrating, your animals will be a big part of the festivities too! Don’t forget that many things that are part of our holiday celebrations are toxic to dogs: chocolate, poinsettia, mistletoe, holly, potpourri … the list goes on. Be sure to keep wires and ornaments out of your pet’s reach. Follow the general rule that if it isn’t your dogs’ food or treats, they should not have it. Have a safe and happy holiday season!

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ince I’m still a little new to Michigan, I am always looking for something new to explore in our lovely state, and this year I discovered Christmas, Mich. Have you been? Located in the Upper Peninsula, Christmas, Mich. is a vacationer’s year-round dream town filled with explorations. From wintertime Arctic ATV’s and snowmobile rentals for the trails that are located in the Hiawatha National Forest, to summertime canoes and kayaks for paddling on AuTrain Lake and the AuTrain River, there’s something for everyone in Christmas.

How about a dogsled ride at Triple Creek Kennels? One fun package could include either a two-hour, one or two-day guided dogsled trip tailored to groups from two to six people. Packages can include the dogsled trip, lodging, meal and an ultimate wilderness experience. For the really outdoorsy types, there’s also ice fishing, fish house rentals and guided ice fishing trips on Lake Superior at Margo’s Cove. Guided ice fishing trips include all equipment, bait and guide service. Rentals of portable and permanent fish houses will include propane heater, auger and chairs. Want to vacation like a celebrity this winter? Some of these locales have legendary stories about their

guests, but more importantly, they offer the luxury lifestyle qualities enjoyed by the rich and famous. Here are a few options to consider:

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Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Los Cabos, Mexico Wintertime Guests: Jennifer Lopez, Fergie, Harrison Ford, Jessica Simpson, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kevin Costner.

Round Hill Hotels and Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica Wintertime Guests: Emma Thompson, Gabrielle Union, Ewan McGregor, Lance Armstrong, Michelle Williams, Nicole Miller, Mena Suvari, Patrick Dempsey, Shaggy, Russell Simmons and Sigourney Weaver. In fact, every Christmas when he was married to Linda, Sir Paul McCartney booked the master villa, which has a maid, gardener and cook included.

The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta, Canada Wintertime Guests: Alec Baldwin, Catherine ZetaJones and Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Marcia Gay Harden, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, and Alicia Silverstone.

Another Hollywood secret: in the movie “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” starring Angela Bassett, Stella found her mojo at Round Hill. Celebrities have been known to call it “the place” for love. Imagine picturesque villas with horizon pools, Mahogany beds, vaulted ceilings, wicker furnishings and alfresco living rooms with sweeping ocean views. Hollywood gossip tells me the owners include Ralph Lauren, Jamaican track star Merlene Ottey and designer Betsey Johnson.

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Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler, BC Wintertime Guests: Heidi Klum and Seal, Justin Timberlake and Queen Latifah.

InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Ariz. Wintertime Guests: Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Barry Bonds.

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Mary ROSZEL

DARING DREAMS & COFFEE BEANS

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ROM A ONE -ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE TO FOUNDER OF ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING COFFEE FRANCHISES IN THE COUNTRY, MARY ROSZEL’S WARM PERSONALITY AND OUTGOING SPIRIT ARE THE FOUNDATION OF HER SUCCESS. Growing up in a small rural community and attending school in a one-room schoolhouse gave Roszel a unique perspective on the importance of education and finding every opportunity to learn something new. “I grew up out in the country in a German farming community. I attended school in a one-room country schoolhouse,” Roszel said. “It was a great way to learn and gave me a good background. There were eight different grades all together, so you took every opportunity to learn a lot.” After moving to Ann Arbor with her family in high school, she went from having only five boys in her class to graduating with a class of nearly 800. The transition helped Roszel find her voice and her passion for learning, which led her to attend Eastern Michigan University to pursue a degree in education. Roszel then married and moved into a new role as a wife and mother. She worked to support her family as her husband attended school for dentistry. But her life then took another path. Roszel had her second child the day before her husband was sent to war in Vietnam. Upon his return, the couple struggled and Roszel had to make the difficult decision to leave. She found strength in herself and motivation to provide for her family. “After the divorce I would work during the day and go to school at night. Its what I had to do, so I went to Lansing Community College to become a paralegal. My daughter was in kindergarten and my son was in second grade, and I had wonderful help to watch the kids when I would go to class,” Roszel said. In a twist of fate, while waiting for the bus to school one day Roszel was offered a position at the court, where she stayed for 13 years while her children were in school. As she worked to support her family, she felt a desire for her next adventure.

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“When I retired from the court I decided I would go back to school for law. Only when I got there I realized that maybe law wasn’t really ‘me,’” Roszel said. “For some reason I took interest in hospitality business and went to Michigan State University to finish my degree. So I sold my house and quit my job and moved on campus. The funny part is my son was there at the same time.”

From there, Roszel and Fish broke ground in the coffee industry and created something truly special in Biggby Coffee.

“We always encourage our franchises to get involved locally in their communities. Sponsorship is very important. These communities give us so much, we believe we need to give back,” Roszel said.

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Fate came into play again as Roszel’s “practical experience” requirement for school led her to find her future career at Flapjacks Restaurant.

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Roszel has since retired from the day-to-day operations at Biggby, but is still closely involved with the organization. Roszel now spends her time practicing what she preaches by giving back to her community and sharing her wisdom with young entrepreneurs.

“Back then, when you were in the hospitality business you had a practical experience requirement. I started at a little place called Chadwick’s but I left because I wasn’t really getting a chance to be involved or learn. So I applied for a hostess job at Flapjacks. They interviewed me and hired me, and that is where I met Bob Fish. He was a manager there and in the same program as me at MSU,” Roszel said.

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Her role at Flapjacks grew from hostess to so much more; Roszel learned the ins and outs of the business. She has earned so much respect at the restaurant that when the owners were looking to build a second location, they asked Roszel and Fish to run it together. The pair became an unbeatable team and found ways to push and encourage each other to do more. Eventually their curiosity to start their own business led them to pursue a new adventure. “We wanted to open a coffee shop and investigated all the opportunities. We wanted to do it right. We traveled to Washington and Chicago to see what others were doing. Everywhere we went we tried to figure out what we could do different or better to set us apart,” Roszel said.

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TO MOVE FORWARD.”

“I always tell young people to get involved in the community. When you become involved and give back you will see new opportunities,” Roszel said. “Recognition of opportunities is important too. They may not always come from where you think they should. Learn to try new things but if it’s not working cut your losses and move on; don’t give up, just find a new way to move forward.”

“We wanted it to be better. We found ways to do things differently and we set standards to make sure our customers felt welcome,” Roszel said. “We wanted to greet our customers within three steps and engage with them in conversation, we wanted them to feel like we were there for them.”

Roszel’s story is an inspiration to women and showcases what dedication and hard work can do. Her impact in the community has been tremendous, and her innovation in business has allowed hundreds of families to realize their own dreams of owning a business. But with all that said, Roszel’s final comment for success is finding time to take care of yourself and your family first.

Roszel and Fish accomplished just that; quickly growing from their first store on Grand River Ave. in East Lansing to having hundreds of franchise locations across the country. But Roszel says it’s not just the coffee that makes Biggby so different, it’s their investment in every community they serve.

“Make sure you take care of yourself and your family so you can enjoy life. It’s really important I think,” Roszel said. “What’s the point of any of this if you never stop to take care of yourself and you get to a time in your life where you could do anything but you can’t. You have to take time for yourself so that you can make time for others.”

THINGS BUT IF IT’S NOT WORKING CUT YOUR LOSSES AND MOVE ON; DON’T GIVE UP, JUST FIND A NEW WAY

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ADVENTURESINDATING BY CATRICE LANE

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THE WHAT HAVE I LEARNED? It’s been one year since I started sharing my dating adventure in CAWLM. As I look back over my previous articles, I’m reminded of all the life lessons I’ve learned while waiting for Mr. Right. I’m optimistic that my dating situation will eventually work itself out, but if it never does, that’s fine too. To be clear, I’m finally at a point in my life that I know how to rock being in a relationship. By “rock” I mean that it can be fantastic, but it can also be rocky: uncertain and unsettling. Still, I plan to continue to take my time, choose wisely and enjoy being single. As for this holiday season, I especially plan on taking advantage of the “enjoy being single” part.

Let’s be honest, human nature is to want what someone else has versus appreciating what’s right in front of you, for example, “If I only had him, I would be happy.” My feelings are simple — I’m currently single and loving it! I’m not saying if Mr. Right rolled up that I wouldn’t ride off happily into the sunset with him. It just means that while he is still on his journey to find me I will focus my time on taking advantage of all the single pleasures that life has to offer.

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MY FAVORITE GIFTS Let me take a moment to review some of the reasons that being single brings me happiness. In the spirit of the holiday season, I’ll refer to these reasons as “gifts.” Let’s unwrap my first gift right now: GIFT # 1 (BEING THE REAL ME) I hope this year my articles have demonstrated my willingness to reach out, humble myself and put forth the real me. Like I’ve said in the past, it’s not easy being vulnerable and trusting someone with my most valuable possession — all of me. But the gift to myself and others is the steps I take to remove my inhibitions and bare my soul. Some may view this as a refreshing approach, but I simply call it a relief. GIFT # 2 (SPACE) When I’m by myself, I’m confronted head-on with selfdoubt and fears. If I were to be totally honest, it’s in the moments when I’m alone that I reflect on the current state of my life. By now you’re asking, “So what’s the gift part, Catrice?” Disengaging from distractions and spending quality time with myself has been the spark for some of my greatest decisions. Meaning, space plus alone time can equal good judgment. GIFT # 3 (EXECUTIVE SCHEDULE) This is my absolute FAVORITE gift, and the most desirable one for all of my attached and married friends. The executive schedule can be defined as doing whatever you want to do, whenever you see fit. This gift allows me to focus totally on selfish activities that make ME very happy. I can spend hours on my makeup and hair (looking really good) without feeling the death stare from a mate who thinks we have to be on some stupid schedule. Part of the fun is to remove worry, when possible. KEEP AWAY FROM MY ZEN, fools! Also, I regularly indulge in spa days, shopping trips, parties, getaways, overnights, brunch dates, movies, theatre dates, concerts and the list goes on and on. I’m literally exhausted from the endless outings, all approved by yours truly. To be fair, not having children helps to free up my schedule, but no matter the reason, it’s really nice to set my schedule as I see fit.

WHILE THERE ARE OTHER COUNTLESS GIFTS THAT FUEL MY GRATITUDE, THE OUTCOME OF 2015 IS SIMPLE FOR ME: BE OPEN TO BEING IN LOVE AND BEING SINGLE.

ROCK THAT RELATIONSHIP STATUS While there are other countless gifts that fuel my gratitude, the outcome of 2015 is simple for me: be open to being in love and being single. Surprisingly, these two concepts aren’t mutually exclusive. I’m not advocating a specific relationship status, rather I’m sharing my appreciation for the most valuable part of any relationship status: enjoying life. Learn how to rock the thing in your life that may otherwise prevent you from enjoying yourself and others. Intimate, meaningful relationships can come in all kinds of forms. Try and find the one that works best for you. Just don’t forget to unwrap your gifts while on your journey. It’s been a wonderful 2015, my CAWLM family; let’s look ahead to a loving and prosperous New Year. As always, thank you for following my dating adventure. I'd love to hear about your year of dating — feel free to email me at catchat359@gmail.com. Happy Holidays!

Catrice is fun, sassy but serious when necessary. A Project Manager by trade and a loving, devoted friend by choice. Finding the person(s), place(s) and thing(s) that are destined for her life has always been her number one passion.

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ADD A CHRISTMAS TREE (OR THREE) The most obvious way to bring the season into your home is by adding a Christmas tree. Whether you like a classic Douglas fir or a white tree with colorful lights, it’s the number one way to make your house ready for the holiday season. 

and green wreath by adding ornaments and other items, or you can simply hang a plain pine needle wreath with a ribbon to give off the holiday vibe. Wreaths are a fun and easy way to bring the outdoor yuletide spirit inside. LIGHT SOME CANDLES.  Lighting sets the mood for warm and cozy winter days. Lighting a candle or a group of candles in some holiday decor brings your seasonal decorations to the next level. Candles look great as centerpieces on tables, vignettes on furniture in your home, and as a bonus, the holiday ones smell great and set the mood with scents such as cinnamon and baked goods.  BRING OUT THROWS AND HOLIDAY PILLOWS. 

HANG UP A WREATH. A holiday wreath hanging on your front door will welcome your guests into your home. Simple wreaths look great inside, too. You can DIY a spiffy red

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Adding cozy blankets and holiday pillows with pops of gold, green, red, or any other fun holiday color is a great way to add warmth to your everyday home decor. Plaids, Christmas patterns, holiday colors, and even making


your own Christmas themed pillow is the perfect way to keep the décor comfortable. WRAP THOSE GIFTS EARLY.  Adding Christmas gifts and placing them under the tree adds a little thrill to your holiday decor. There are a million ways you can wrap gifts. You can even wrap faux boxes to look like Christmas gifts and place them under your tree for added decoration prior to finishing your shopping (and leaving room for Santa). Add cute ribbon, ornaments, and even chalkboard gift tags and you have some lovely holiday decor for under your tree.  Happy holiday decorating! Have fun making your homes into the seasonal retreat that you can cuddle up in, enjoy a mug of hot cocoa and enjoy the view. 

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FESTIVE HOLIDAY DESSERTS by Jen Foley

GINGERBREAD SPICED CREAM PUFFS For the dough: 1 1/2cups water 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cubed 1 teaspoon sugar

CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY TART

1/2 teaspoon salt

Makes one 9-inch tart

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

For crust:

8 large eggs

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

6 egg yolks

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 tablespoon flour

For filling:

1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch

1 1/4 cups heavy cream

2 2/3 cups whole milk

9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1 1/3 cups heavy cream

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon allspice

1/2 cup raspberry preserves

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Fresh raspberries, for garnish

1/2 teaspoon cloves

Confectioners sugar, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large saucepan, combine the water, butter, sugar and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the flour all at once and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until a tight dough forms and pulls away from the side of the pan, approximately 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. In a bowl, beat 7 eggs and add to the dough in four batches, stirring vigorously between additions until the eggs are completely incorporated and the pastry batter is smooth and fall in ribbons. If this consistency has not been reached, add the final egg. Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip. Pipe 1 1/2-inch mounds onto the baking sheets, leaving 1 inch between them. Spray the mounds with nonstick cooking spray. Bake the choux for about 35 minutes, until browned and puffed, shifting the sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through. Let cool completely. To make filling, whisk the yolks, sugar, flour, cornstarch, and spices together. In a saucepan, heat the milk and cream together until just simmering. Add a full ladle of the heated cream mixture to the eggs and whisk. Repeat this step another two times to slowly warm up the egg mixture without scrambling the eggs. Add the egg mixture into the saucepan with the remaining milk mixture and cook over medium heat, whisking frequently, until thickened enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.

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Pour the mixture into another bowl and cool completely before using. Add the cooled pastry cream to a piping back with a small, plain tip. Using the pastry tip, gently pierce a hole into the bottom of each puff and fill with the cream.

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Preheat the oven to 350 F. Mix together all ingredients for the crust and press into the bottom and 3/4 inch up the side of a 9-inch tart pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes and allow the crust to cool completely. To make filling, bring the cream to a boil in a saucepan. Add the chocolate to a heatproof bowl and pour the cream in. Stir the chocolate until melted. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, salt and raspberry preserves and stir the mixture in with the chocolate until smooth. Pour the filling into the tart shell and bake for 20-25 minutes until the center is still slightly wet. Cool the tart completely and garnish with fresh berries and dusted confectioners sugar.

Chocolate Raspberry Tart

DULCE DE LECHE PEAR TRIFLE Makes 6-8 servings 3 pears, diced into small pieces 8 ounces dulce de leche, homemade or storebought 2 cups crumbled angelfood cake 3 cups whipped cream, homemade or storebought 1 chocolate-toffee candy bar, crumbled In a small bowl, mix the pears and caramel together. In a trifle bowl or 6-8 individual glasses, layer the cream, pears, and cake until you reach the top of the dish, finishing with whipped cream. Top the trifle with the crumbled up toffee pieces.

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DECEMBER 4 — 44th Annual Night Lights Christmas Parade, Grand Ledge. Visit downtown Grand Ledge for their Night Lights Christmas Parade. Enjoy lights, music, Mr. and Mrs. Claus and a free showing of Shrek The Halls. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. Attend this fun family event and kick off your holiday season. For more information, call (517) 627-2383. DECEMBER 5 — Downtown DeWitt Christmas Market, DeWitt. Visit downtown DeWitt and join in the fun at the Downtown DeWitt Christmas Market. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, an outdoor fire pit and s’mores, a light parade, a charity race of the Santa’s, music, crafts, a visit to the Whooville Hair Station and more. This free family friendly event will be held in downtown DeWitt from 2-6:30 p.m. For more information, call (517) 624-0285. DECEMBER 5 — 19th Annual Holiday Light Parade, Williamston. Experience the lighted floats and vehicles, marching band, animals and more at the 19th Annual Holiday Light Parade. Immediately following the parade, watch as Mr. and Mrs. Claus help light the tree. Many businesses will be open with extended shopping hours and some offering popcorn, hot chocolate,

hot cider and more. Join the fun in downtown Williamston, beginning at 6 p.m., and jumpstart your holiday season as you get in the spirit and start your shopping. For more information, call (517) 655-1549.

Kellie’s Consignments, located at 4800 Okemos Rd., from noon to 7 p.m. for this fun event. For more information, call (517) 574-4523 or visit kelliesconsignments.com.

DECEMBER 5 — 13th Annual Christmas Bazaar, Eaton Rapids. Join vendors at the First Congregational Church, located at 300 South Main, and next door at Red Ribbon Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for their 13th Annual Christmas Bazaar. Lunch will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This sale is in conjunction with the Eaton Rapids Hometown Christmas festivities. Spend time with friends as you view and shop for holiday crafts. For more information, call (517) 331-3819.

DECEMBER 17 — ATHENA Awards Luncheon, East Lansing. Join the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce for the 2015 ATHENA Awards Luncheon. Celebrate as they honor this year’s 2015 ATHENA Award Recipient, Sarah Jennings, from Maner Costerisan. This event will take place at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, located at 219 S. Harrison Rd., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information and to register, please call (517) 853-6463, email trichardson@lansingchamber.org or visit lansingchamber.org.

DECEMBER 17 — Beer & Brats Day, Okemos. Join Kellie’s Consignments for their first annual men’s shopping event, Beer & Brats Day. You will enjoy complimentary brats, beer and giftwrapping. Bring the man in your life to enjoy some beer and brats while you do some shopping. Visit

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DECEMBER 13 — LSO: Holiday Pops, East Lansing. The holidays aren’t the same without the Lansing Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concert. Experience this mid-Michigan community tradition, where families and friends come together for a fun-filled afternoon of carols and festive tunes. This year, Soprano Mara Bonde and the Arts Chorale of Greater Lansing join the Symphony. This performance will be held at the Wharton Center, located on the campus of MSU. For more information, call (517) 353-1982 or visit whartoncenter.com. DECEMBER 17-19 — Cirque Dreams Holidaze, East Lansing. Enjoy a family friendly holiday extravaganza — Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Watch as director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holidays with more than 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 different countries. Visit the Wharton Center, located on the campus of MSU, to experience this breathtaking performance. Tickets start at $38/person or $25/MSU students. For more information, call (517) 884-3130 or visit whartoncenter.com.

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DECEMBER 5 & 6 — MSU Arts & Crafts Holiday Show, East Lansing. Visit the MSU Union, located on Abbot and Grand River, for the 52nd annual MSU Arts & Crafts Holiday Show. Patrons can browse four floors of vendors’ holiday crafts. Visit the show on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show is free to attend. For more information, call (517) 355-3354.

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DECEMBER 5 — Three Men and a Tenor: Ha-Ha Holiday Extravaganza, Grand Ledge. Experience a family friendly holiday program as Three Men and a Tenor perform their HaHa Holiday Extravaganza without using any instruments. Laugh and sing along with them during this entertaining musical performance. Three Men and a Tenor: Ha-Ha Holiday Extravaganza will be held at the Grand Ledge Performing Arts Center, located at 820 Spring St., beginning at 7 p.m. The cost to attend is $15/ person in advance or $20/person at the door. For more information, call (517) 410-6409.

be held at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, located at 378 State St., beginning at 3 p.m. The cost to attend is $12/adults and $5/students. For more information, visit charlotteperformingarts center.com.

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DECEMBER 5 & 6 — 41st Annual Holiday Traditions Tour, Grand Ledge. Visit Grand Ledge for the 41st annual Holiday Traditions Tour: Homes & Historic Buildings, Tables & Trees. Enjoy beautifully decorated homes, Watson Country School, The Museum, The Opera House, and First Congregational United Church of Christ. Tickets are $8/person in advance or $10/person at the door. Children ages 12 and under are $3. Don’t

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DECEMBER 8 — Lansing Chapter of 100 Women Who Care Meeting, Lansing. 100 Women Who Care is a group of more than 100 women who get together four times a year to help local charities, nonprofits and worthy causes serving the greater Lansing area. Because of difficult economic times, many of these local charities’ resources are being depleted or greatly stressed due to the growing number of requests. 100 Women Who Care brings together women who want to make a difference now in their community. To date, they have given over $300,000 to local charities since starting in March 2010. If you are interested in becoming a member or learning more about the group, please join them at the next meeting at the U Club, located at 3435 Forest Rd., beginning at 5 p.m. For more

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DECEMBER 5 — Old Town Scrooge Scramble, Old Town. Join the Old Town Commercial Association for their 9th annual Scrooge Scramble 5K Run/Walk on the Lansing River Trail. The cost to enter is $20/OTCA members by Nov. 28, $25/ non-members by Nov. 28, and $30/person Nov. 28 through Dec. 5. Race time is 10 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Old Town Commercial Association.


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INGREDIENTS 3 cups white flour

2/3 cups white sugar

2 tablespoons milk

½ cup hot cocoa mix

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

3 teaspoons baking powder

4 large eggs (slightly beaten)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease two cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine flour, hot cocoa mix, baking powder and baking soda; set aside. In a large bowl, combine sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla extract and milk. Beat by hand or with mixer until creamy.

place cut sides down. Bake for another 20 to 30 minutes or until the biscotti gets brown and crispy. Remove from oven and cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes. Place biscotti on wire rack to finish cooling. Makes 24 cookies.

Gradually add the flour mixture and mix with a large spoon until combined. Add semi-sweet chocolate chips if desired. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill dough in the fridge at least one hour. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a 12-inch long log. Flatten slightly (about 2-3 inches across). Place each log onto the greased cookie sheets. Bake for 25 minutes. Pull the cookie sheets out and let cool for 5 minutes. Cut each log into 12 equal slices and

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The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing hosted the 5th annual In Her Cups: Bras for a Cause art auction on Friday, Nov. 8 at The Creole. Guests bid on bras created by artists throughout the community to raise money for the Women’s Center.

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PROFESSIONAL GUIDE

RENEE STEVENS, D.O. One of the newest members of the Alliance team, Dr. Stevens completed her Doctor of Osteopathy from Michigan State University in 2011. She enjoys spending time with her patients in the office and strongly believes in minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Stevens is looking forward to getting to know her patients and what is important to them. She is currently accepting appointments. (517) 484-3000 Alliance, 1560 Turf Lane, East Lansing, MI 48823

STEPHEN L. HICKS, JD, MBA, MS, CPA CO-OWNER/WEALTH ADVISOR Stephen L. Hicks is a fee-only fiduciary investment advisor serving individuals and medium to large-sized businesses. Steve is a regular contributor for the Michigan Business Networks’ program Business Beat, as well as, a regular contributor to the Greater Lansing Business Monthly. Stephen holds a Doctor of Law degree (JD), is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), an MBA, and a Master’s degree in Financial Services (MS). (517) 627-1412 steve@sienainvestor.com

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Another Look Hair Institute started in the 1960s with Laurie’s Grandpa Pete, followed by her Dad Rick, and specialized in hair replacement. When Laurie started in 1991, the industry had changed and women were much more in need of hair growth and thinning options. The connection with cancer patients hit her heart personally, and she wanted to create a calming atmosphere where these patients felt special and treated like queens. To that end, Laurie has recently developed Image Day Spa, a relaxation healing spa that offers hair systems, hair stimulation growth treatments, massage, reflexology, reiki, facials, and skin and hair care. The spa was developed to create the warm, holistic, and calming approach necessary to help these patients through their healing journey. Another Look Hair Institute (517) 484-5062 | laurie@anotherlookonline.com

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ELINORE MORIN Elinore Morin joined the Lansing Symphony Orchestra (LSO) as a contracted violist in 1990 and won the Assistant Principal position several years later. Elinore has been active on the orchestra committee, serving as Chair, as well as the musician representative to the Symphony Board numerous times! Apart from her enthusiastic involvement with the LSO, Elinore operates a private Alexander Technique practice in East Lansing and was a founding member of the Musician’s Wellness Team at MSU’s College of Music.

Jackson is responsible for helping to monitor and review activity in the Credit Union’s Call Center, which takes over 500,000 calls each year. Her role involves evaluating and developing the Call Center’s processes and procedures to increase efficiency and improve member experience. MSUFCU has an asset size of over $2.9 billion, 205,000 members worldwide, and more than 640 employees.

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BELINDA CARTER DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, THE WILLOWS Belinda Carter is the Director of Environmental Services for the Willows at East Lansing. She has been with us since we opened our doors in East Lansing. Her responsibilities include: Organizing, evaluating and directing the Housekeeping department. (517) 203-4042 Belinda.carter@willowsateastlansing.com

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CHRISTINA CAMPBELL Christina plans, directs and coordinates operations at AL!VE, Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital’s experience-based health park in Charlotte, Mich. She is responsible for maintaining and improving the performance, productivity, efficiency and profitability of AL!VE’s operations through the establishment of effective methods and strategies. Christina is a vital member of the AL!VE team leading event coordination (from seminars to cooking classes), supporting community programming and lending marketing expertise to promotional and social media efforts, while simultaneously cultivating relationships with staff and guests. Find more information at myalive.com or contact Christina at (517) 541-5812 or ccampbell@hgbhealth.com.


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Adventures in Singledom A Look Back on a Year of Dating Healthy, Happy Puppies Keep Your Pooch Safe this Holiday Season Winter Wardrobe Must...