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Greetings!

Happy May Day! I love May because it brings us some very special holidays. On Sunday, May 12th, we will celebrate our precious mothers and grandmothers. Where would families be without the love of a tender mother’s hand and the warm compassion of a grandmother’s heart?

I have been so blessed because I have known the love and care of such a wonderful mother and grandmother. How well I remember smelling delicious chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven when I arrived home from school. My mom would always be waiting outside for the school bus and usher me into the house with a warm hug and a friendly, “How was school today?” She was always right by my side when I was sick or hurt or just trying to figure out this thing called, “life”. No matter what happens, I know that my mom will always love me-unconditionally! For this, I will be forever grateful and humbled and strive to be the same kind of mother to my dear children. I know my mother was shown this same kind of love and devotion by her own precious mother and my darling grandmother. To this day, I consider my grandmother to be one of my closest friends. I value her wisdom, love, guidance and prayers. What a legacy I have been given! I am sure many of you share my sentiments and will celebrate your legacy this Mother’s Day, too! Speaking of legacy, as a country and as a state, we have been given the legacy of freedom. What a privilege we have to maintain this liberty! I know you will join with me in honoring these men and women on May 27th, CALL Memorial Day. May we daily do our part to keep 406.890.9588 their dreams and sacrifices for freedom alive and well! WRITE

Live, Laugh & Love, dear friends!

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Let’s face it, between work deadlines, shuttling the kids back and forth to school and activities, and household chores, sometimes those to-do lists can be overwhelming. Here are a few quick tips to keep you moving throughout the day.

Quick Ways to Perk Up Your Day

Take time for a snack. A good assortment of snacks can help keep you going between meals. Keep a stash of easy, on-the-go items on hand so you don’t need to hit the vending machine or fast food drive through. Some ideas include whole fruits like bananas, apples, oranges or blueberries; yogurt; whole grain crackers and your favorite peanut butter; veggie sticks and hummus.

Enjoy a cup of coffee. A short coffee break is a great way to help break up the day. Quick and convenient coffees, such as Folgers® Instant Coffee Crystals, in a newly redesigned ergonomic jar with an easy to open flip-top lid, make it even easier for coffee lovers to enjoy the rich, flavorful taste and aroma of Folgers Coffee no matter what the occasion. If you have a little more time during your coffee break, you can also enjoy an Iced Mocha Latte or Triple Berry Café Mocha – these recipes let you make a cool treat in just minutes. Take a breather. Whether you work at an office or are busy at home, plan a 5- or 10-minute break a few times a day. Put down what you’re doing and stretch, or take a stroll around the house or office. You’ll be able to clear your head and reprioritize – which will make it easier for you to conquer the next thing on your list. Iced Mocha Latte Yield: 5 cups

1/2 cup cold water

2 tablespoons Folgers Classic Roast® Instant Coffee Crystals 1 14-ounce can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk, chilled 2 tablespoons Smucker’s® Sundae Syrup™ Chocolate Flavored Syrup, chilled Ice cubes 4

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COMBINE water, coffee crystals, sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate flavored syrup in blender container until crystals are dissolved. Process until smooth. POUR over ice in tall glasses. Serve immediately.

Source: Folgers Coffee

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Making Muffins with the Kids

Kids are more likely to eat what they help cook or bake. So if you’re looking for ways to get your kids to eat more nutritious foods, it’s time to get them into the kitchen. That won’t be hard with a delicious recipe for Peanut Pumpkin Muffins.

Incorporating nutritious ingredients, such as peanut butter, can play a role in maintaining a healthy diet for the whole family. Peanut butter contains protein, fiber and good fats, which can provide long-lasting energy. One serving of smooth-style peanut butter offers a natural, plant-based source of eight grams of protein and more than 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients. From measuring and dumping ingredients, to whisking, pouring and sprinkling, kids of all ages will have fun making these wholesome treats.

Get more nutritious, kid-friendly recipes at www.nationalpeanutboard.org. Peanut Pumpkin Muffins

Makes: 12 muffins 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup whole-grain pastry flour 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar 3 tablespoons unsulfured molasses 3 tablespoons canola oil 2 large eggs, divided 1 cup canned (solid-pack) pumpkin 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk 3/4 cup roasted salted peanuts, chopped, divided Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray, or line it with muffin papers.

In medium bowl, whisk together the first six ingredients until well mixed.

In large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, molasses, oil and one egg until combined. Add the other egg, pumpkin and vanilla, and whisk again until combined. 6

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Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients, alternating with buttermilk, until just combined, being careful not to over mix. Stir in 1/2 cup peanuts.

Pour batter into prepared muffin pan, filling each one about 3/4 full. Sprinkle top of each muffin with remaining 1/4 cup chopped peanuts.

Bake until puffed and golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

Cool muffins in the pan on a wire rack for 15 to 20 minutes. Slide a knife around edges of muffins to loosen them from pan if no paper was used. Serve warm or cool; store in an airtight container or re-sealable plastic bag for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 4 months.

Source: National Peanut Board

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Brush and Floss Your Way to Overall Health Maintaining healthy teeth and gums can contribute to more than just oral health.

Most people know that in order to live a healthy lifestyle, you must eat a balanced diet, get plenty of exercise, and avoid tobacco products. What many people don’t realize is that tooth brushing and flossing are just as important in helping to maintain overall health. Routine oral care is the best way to prevent periodontal, or gum, disease. And since research has linked gum disease to several other diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, maintaining periodontal health is more important than ever.

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects not only the gums, but also the bone supporting the teeth. “If left untreated, it destroys the supporting bone and tissues that hold the teeth in the mouth,” explained Dr. Todd Cahoon, DDS, a local periodontist and member of the American Academy of Periodontology. “Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.”

There are several major signs that may signal periodontal disease. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to receive an

evaluation from a dental professional:

• Gums that bleed easily during brushing or flossing. • Red, swollen or tender gums. • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth. • Persistent bad breath. • Loose or separating teeth. Research has suggested that periodontal disease is connected to a variety of other systemic diseases, so it is crucial that treatment of gum disease be sought as soon as possible.

While poor oral hygiene is a major cause of periodontal disease, there are a variety of other risk factors that can affect gum health. These include genetics, tobacco use, hormonal changes, stress, certain medications, poor nutrition, and the presence of other inflammatory diseases such as diabetes. Dr. Cahoon recommends comprehensive daily oral care, including regular brushing and flossing, and routine visits to the dentist to avoid gum disease.

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THE MUSEUM AT CENTRAL SCHOOL 406-752-8381 FREE Historic Book Club Event May 9, 6:30 pm “Red Corner” FREE Movie and Popcorn May 28, 7 pm “Vertigo” HOCKADAY MUSEUM OF ART Docent Guided Tour Every Thurs & Sat, 10:30 am Participation included with admission. Learn about the current exhibits from a trained Hockaday docent. 12th Annual Benefit Auction of Miniatures Thru May 18 The twelfth annual Hockaday Benefit Auction of Miniatures will be held Friday May 17, 2013. Proceeds from the auction benefit the Museum’s exhibition and education programs. RSVP by calling 406-755-5268. Cheryl Ferrin: Blackfeet Portraits May 9 thru June 22 Blackfeet Portraits is a traveling exhibition of 15-25 large scale portraits created by Cheryl Dineen Ferrin. These art quilt portraits are of living artists from the Blackfeet Nation and comprise a traveling exhibit of approximately 45 art works.

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Senior Tour & Tea Day May 9 Free admission for Members & Seniors age 60+. Docentled gallery tour at 10:30 am Complimentary coffee, tea & cookies served 10 am – 5 pm Crits & Croissants: A Saturday Morning Artists’ Critique May 11, 10:30 am – 12 pm Enjoy coffee, croissants and a critique by local professional artist Mark Ogle. Conversations with the Artists: May 23 Cheryl Ferrin 4 pm-4:30 pm Terrance Guardipee 4:30 pm-5 pm Admission: Members/Free, Non-members/$10 Opening Reception: Cheryl Ferrin: Blackfeet Portraits & Terrance Guardipee: Honoring the War Horses of the Blackfeet May 23, 5 pm – 7 pm Admission: Free/Open to the Public Terrance Guardipee: Honoring the War Horses of the Blackfeet May 23 thru Aug 17 Terrance Guardipee is a celebrated Blackfeet painter and ledger artist. He is renowned for creating a unique contemporary style of art that incorporates the depiction of traditional Blackfeet images.

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EVENT CALENDAR

2013

KALISPELL SENIOR CENTER Bingo Pinochle Thursdays Tuesdays 1 pm & Fridays 1:30 pm

HARVEST RIDERS OF FLATHEAD VALLEY Christian Motorcyclists Association 406-885-4746

Line Dance Thursdays 6 pm

Cribbage Mondays 1 pm

Open Paint Wednesdays 12 pm

Art Class Fridays 12:30 pm

Run for the Son May 4 Location: TBA Contact: Jeannie Nelson 406-752-5030

Exercise Class Mon’s, Wed’s, Fri’s 10 am

Computer Tues. & Thurs. 10 am

Square Dance Second & Third Saturday of month 6:30 pm

Square Dance Class Mondays 6:30 pm

General Meeting Last Thursday of each month 5 pm

Contra Dance 1st Sat. of each month 7:30 pm

Swing Dance Fridays 7 pm

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CMA Monthly Chapter Meeting May 18, 9 am Location: Perkins Restaurant Kalispell Contact: Joe Clark - President 406-885-4746 Hope Pregnancy Center Diaper Drive May 18, 11 am to 3 pm Location: Perkins Restaurant Kalispell Mitch Davis-Road Captain 406-270-0933 CARLSON CHIROPRACTIC 410 1st Ave. W, Kalispell 406-212-1909 Health talks are at Carlson Chiropractic Offices & open to the public. Hormone Balance for Women Health Talk May 6 & 13, 7 pm

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Directory Listings ASSISTED LIVING Bee Hive Homes of Columbia Falls 1660 13th St. West, Columbia Falls, 406.407.3253, beehivehomes.com The Springs at Whitefish 1001 River Lakes Pkwy, Whitefish, 406.862.6322 thespringsliving.com Timber Creek Village 375 Meadow Lake Blvd., Columbia Falls, 406.892.3400, timbercreekvillagecommunity.com Wel-Life at Kalispell 156 Three Mile Rd., Kalispell, 406.756.8688, wlkalispell.com AUTOMOTIVE Howie’s Tire & Alignment 6470 Highway 93 South, Whitefish, 406.862.6666, howiestire.com

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Howie’s Tire & Auto Care 33 3rd Ave E.N., Kalispell, 406.755.6662 Montana Auto Center 601 East Idaho, Kalispell, 406.752.5511, montanaautocenter.com The Good Car Company 1212 S Main St., Kalispell, 406.755.7777, thegoodcarcompanyllc.com CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Sarah Klingenberg 410 1st Ave W, Kalispell, MT 59901, 406.212.1909, gonsteaddr@hotmail.com DENTAL Glacier Denture Center 1340 Airport Road, Kalispell, MT 59901, 406.257.5283 Montana Periodontics 115 Commons Way Suite 101, Kalispell, 406.755.4722 Rocky Mountain Dentures 1825 Hwy 93 South, Suite A, Kalispell, 406.752.1003 kalispelldentures.com

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HEALTH FOOD Mountain Valley Foods Organic Grocery 25 Commons Way, Kalispell, 406.756.1422 mvf@mountainvalleyfoods.com HEALTH SERVICES The Sleep Medicine Center 200 Commons Way, Lower Level, Kalispell, 406.752.1729 HOME HEALTH CARE A Plus Health Care 1310 S. Main St, Kalispell, 406.755.4968, aplushc.com Flathead County Home Health Agency 736 S. Main St., Kalispell, 406.751.6800, paradigm99@centurytel.net INSURANCE AGENCIES Best Insurance 175 Hutton Ranch Rd, Suite 113, Kalispell, 406.755.8888 LONG-TERM NURSING CARE Heritage Place 171 Heritage Way, Kalispell, 406.755.0800, heritagekalispell.com

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MASSAGE THERAPY Touch for Life 103 Ponderosa Ln. Kalispell, 406.270.3847, karen.l.rog@gmail.com Paula Rich Massage 20 Four Mile Dr, Suite 4, Kalispell, 406.249.6025, paulastanford@hotmail.com MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT INSURANCE Flathead Insurance 2330 Hwy 2 East, Kalispell, 406.752.7676, northwestinsurer.com

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MEMORY CARE Edgewood Vista Assisted Living + Daycare Services 141 Interstate Lane, Kalispell, 406.755.3240, edgewoodvista.com Expressions Memory Care Home 240 Hidden Meadow Lane, Columbia Falls, 406.897.1017, expressionssmch.com The Springs at Whitefish 1001 River Lakes Pkwy, Whitefish, 406.862.6322 thespringsliving.com

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PHARMACIES Evergreen Compounding Pharmacy 2141 U.S. Hwy 2 East #300, Kalispell, 406.257.2083 evergreencompoundingpharmacy.com PHYSICAL THERAPY Professional Therapy Associates 1234 Whitefish Stage Road, Kalispell, 406.756.7878, ptflathead.com REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS NoDoubt Land Company 1103 S. Main St., Kalispell, 406.257.6638, theresnodoubt.com West Venture Properties, LLC 17 1st Ave East, Kalispell, 406.751.5600, westventureproperties.com RESTAURANTS Café Max Soup Company 20 Commons Way, Kalispell, 406.257.7687, cafemaxsoupmt.com Café Max Soup Company 6475 Hwy 93 S, Whitefish, 406.270.9840, cafemaxsoupmt.com

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Cislo’s Family Restaurant 2046 Hwy 2 East, Kalispell, 406.756.7330 RETAIL Gold Rush Pawn Company 1353 Hwy 2 East, Kalispell, 406.257.7296 (PAWN), goldrushpawn.com The Shops at Station 8 38 Hwy 2 East, Columbia Falls, 406.892.1123, station8antiques.com

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When the weather is nice, many people get the urge to entertain just a little more frequently. Interior design expert and TV personality Genevieve Gorder says the best approach to warm-weather entertaining is to make your space shine with a comfortable, approachable style. Genevieve has partnered with Mirassou Winery® to help brighten up entertaining spaces for sharing good times and making good memories. Try one of her easy entertaining ideas to make your home feel warm and welcoming – putting your guests at ease as they raise a glass to your hosting skills:

Bright Ideas for Entertaining

• Create a home bar on any surface of your home. Arrange beautiful wine bottles on a vintage silver or brass tray, add wine glasses and two taper candle holders. With a bit of mood lighting, glassware and beverages, a bar is just that simple and guests know they can pour their own wine. • Put every surface to use when entertaining large groups, such as stacking coasters on the mantle to expand your typical entertaining space. Add a pop of color, such as the bright yellow sun on a bottle of Mirassou wine, so guests know they can use the mantle as a gathering place. • The next time you have guests over for wine and cheese, create a buffet table that works your guests along the line visually. Start at the highest point with flatware and rolled linen napkins in tall vessels, then use cake tiers for flatbreads and crackers, followed by cutting boards for cheeses and accompaniments at the lowest point in the middle. Move the eye line back up again at the finish with vases of nuts and bottles of wine. • Don’t be afraid to mix elements on your dining table to make your presentation really shine. Think about mixing metals like brass and silver with white glass to create a powerful triad. Then use mismatched plates and chairs to bring a homey and casual feeling to a gathering. • A fun activity is hosting an at-home wine tasting. Ask guests to bring a bottle of wine from the same region – such as California – and then spend the evening trying different wines and learning which you like best. Source: Mirassou Winery

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For those who enjoy preparing home-cooked, nutrient-rich meals, but are often pressed for time, canned foods are essential cooking tools. A well-stocked pantry, or “Cantry,” ensures you always have healthful fruits and vegetables on hand - no matter the time of year. “Cans’ ironclad seal locks in freshness, flavor and nutrients, so you can rely on canned foods to create wholesome and delicious meals for your family,” said Elizabeth Fassberg, MPH, RD, CDN, owner of EAT FOOD, a food and nutrition consultancy in New York City. “Cooking with canned food means you know what you’re serving your family and helps cut down on eating out.”

Nutritious Meals Made Easy

To get the most nutritionally from your canned foods, here are Elizabeth’s tips: • • •

Select fruits that are packed in their own juice, water or 100-percent fruit juice. When possible, opt for canned vegetables or soups with no sodium added or low sodium products. If these options are not available, rinse the vegetables before you use them. Refrigerate leftover canned goods in a glass or plastic container.

Ten Minute-Stroni 1 1 2 1 1/2 1/4 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1

Prep time: 5 minutes; Cook time: 10 minutes; Serves: 8

tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil large onion, diced cloves garlic, minced teaspoon Italian seasoning teaspoon dried savory teaspoon ground sage quart canned, low-sodium chicken broth cup 100% vegetable juice teaspoons red wine vinegar cup canned, diced tomatoes (no-salt added) cup canned navy beans or chickpeas, drained and rinsed can (8 1/4 ounces) sliced carrots, drained can (8 1/4 ounces) cut green beans, drained can (4 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained Parmesan cheese (optional)

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until transparent, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, Italian seasoning, savory and sage, and cook 10 seconds. Add broth, vegetable juice and vinegar, and bring to a boil. Add tomatoes, navy beans, carrots, green beans, and mushrooms; simmer 4 to 5 minutes. Serve in bowls garnished with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Source: Can Manufacturers Institute

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Make Your Yard Picture Perfect Trimming and Edging the Lawn

It takes more than just mowing the lawn to get a great looking yard. In addition to making sure you have healthy, well-cut grass, there are some finishing touches you should add so that your yard goes from so-so to something you can be proud of.

The lawn mower can’t reach every place that grass grows. So after mowing, you’re often left with long grass sticking up around trees and flower beds, as well as along sidewalks, patios and driveways. When you trim, you leave your lawn neat and tidy. Trimming is cutting the edges of your lawn horizontally. It levels un-mowed grass so it’s even with the rest of the lawn. String trimmers are effective tools for this job. A battery powered trimmer, such as the 36 volt Lithium High Performance String Trimmer with Power Command® controls from Black & Decker, is a lightweight option for many homeowners. Its battery holds a charge 5 times longer while idle compared to HPB18 NiCad battery packs, and it requires no gas to operate. To trim properly, keep a few things in mind: • Make sure the area you’re going to trim is free of debris. • Slowly move the trimmer from side to side, letting the tip of the line do the cutting. • Keep the head two to three inches off the ground so you don’t scalp the lawn. • Cut thick or tall grass in smaller sections so you don’t clog the trimmer. • Don’t let the line cut into trees and shrubs. This can damage them and make them more vulnerable to disease or hurt their growth. • When you’re finished, remove clippings and debris from the trimmer. When you edge a lawn, you’re making vertical cuts to remove grass growing over sidewalks or patio edges. Some trimmers require a separate attachment for edging or will not convert to an edger, while many can simply be rotated to operate vertically. Trimming Hedges

Properly pruned hedges not only improve the look of the plants, but their health, too. Using a hedge trimmer such as the 36 volt 24-inch Lithium Hedge Trimmer from Black & Decker can make this task easy. The lithium-ion battery holds a charge up to 18 months. The 24-inch dual-action blade cuts branches quickly and has less vibration compared to a single action blade. Here are a few tips for trimming a formal hedge: • Sloping the hedge so that the base is broader than the top lets sunlight reach lower leaves. • To help you trim hedges evenly, use string to set up guidelines for height and width. • Cut slowly, and use a smooth, up and down sweeping motion. If you apply too much pressure, the blades can tear branches instead of cutting them neatly. • Cut the sides of a hedge first. • Use a ladder to reach the tops of tall hedges. • Keep trimmer blades sharp and clean. Source: Black & Decker

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Bringing healthier foods to the table can be easier – and more delicious – than you might think. When you add high-quality proteins such as soyfoods to the menu, you open up the door to a wide variety of tasty and nutritious meals. The plant-based proteins of soy are packed with benefits for your body. • They have all the essential amino acids needed for growth. • May help reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol and increasing the flexibility of blood vessels. • Are equivalent to animal sources of protein but have no cholesterol and little saturated fat.

Healthier Dishes for Your Table

In fact, both the national 2010 Dietary Guidelines and the MyPlate nutrition guidance recommend soy foods such as soy milk, veggie burgers, soy nutrition bars, soy sausages, tofu, soy yogurt, soy protein shakes and edamame. You can easily enjoy soy proteins in a lot of different ways. Meat and poultry lovers can enjoy soy, too, by incorporating soy crumbles and other soy products into their favorite dishes. This recipe for a Veggie Taco Salad makes a satisfying, nutritious entrée for the whole family.

Veggie Taco Salad Makes 4 servings 2 cups soy crumbles (you can find these in your grocer’s freezer section or refrigerated meat section) 3/4 cup salsa 5 cups shredded lettuce 1 cup corn kernels 1 cup black beans Topping Options: 1/4 cup sliced green onions 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese 2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives 2 tablespoons fat free sour cream In large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook crumbles and salsa over medium heat about 5 minutes or until heated through, stirring frequently. In large bowl toss together lettuce, corn and black beans. Arrange on 4 serving plates. Top with crumbles mixture. Sprinkle with toppings. Source: Soyfoods Association of North America

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Stir up Some Party Fun

No matter what the reason for the party, you can stir up some fun with easy-to-make appetizers that are sure to please the whole crowd.

One such recipe is a breeze to make and has one simple secret ingredient – Musselman’s Apple Butter. Below is a delicious idea for creating a great party appetizer. Caramel Apple Dip: Set a dish of this warm dip on a pretty tray and surround it with freshly sliced apples or pears, and simple gingersnap cookies. For a family fun dessert, dip marshmallows and then roll them in chopped nuts. Caramel Apple Dip 1

cup Musselman’s Apple Butter

Makes: 6 to 8 servings

1/2 cup caramel sauce Mix ingredients.

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Seventeen million Americans bring home a new pet each year, according to the American Humane Association – and a lot of those pets are adorable puppies. “It’s exciting to bring home a new puppy, but there are several things you need to think about before you do,” said Dr. Simon Starkey, PetSmart veterinarian. “To get your new puppy off to a great start, it’s important to make sure you and your home are prepared for your new family member.”

Tips for Bringing Home a Puppy

Here are Dr. Starkey’s helpful tips:

• Puppy Proofing Your Home: Take a moment to crawl on the ground to see the world through your puppy’s eyes. Make a list of all the potential dangers you notice and remove them from your puppy’s curious reach. Be sure to remove poisons like laundry detergent or chemical cleaners and even some house plants; and be sure to puppy-proof your plugs, hot spots and other potential hazards such as space heaters or tubs and pools.

• Food and Nutrition: A healthy feeding routine starts with premium puppy food and also includes: proper storage to make sure food is fresh, finding a food and water bowl that are the right size, feeding the right amount, sticking to a schedule, and avoiding people food.

• Fight Stains and Odor: Puppy accidents come with the territory. To minimize those accidents, be consistent with potty training and try Nature’s Miracle Stain and Odor cleaning products to help discourage a puppy from marking the same spot again. • Training: Potty training tips, introducing a new puppy to any other dogs, and beginner commands can make the

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transition to a new home easier for your puppy. Visit your local PetSmart store for information on in-store training and home reinforcement products like Sentry Stop That pheromone noise spray to help teach your dog right from wrong.

• Grooming: At-home grooming begins with nail trimmings, brushing and baths. You can also visit a PetSmart stylist to groom or bathe your puppy.

“As soon as you can, schedule your puppy’s first vet appointment to confirm your puppy’s vaccination schedule and discuss preventative health care such as proper teeth care,” said Dr. Starkey. “Like people, puppies have temporary teeth, and permanent teeth begin to emerge by about four months so it is important to establish a good oral health routine right away.”

To help pet parents take the guesswork out of caring for their new puppy, purchase the PetSmart Puppy Starter Kit. The kit includes vouchers for a bag of specialty puppy food, a one-hour puppy orientation seminar, a puppy bath, two Doggie Day Camp visits, and a veterinary consultation at Banfield Pet Hospital located inside stores. The kit also includes coupons for savings on necessities such as flea and tick medication, collars or leashes, ID tags and more.

Source: PetSmart

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Northwest Montana Senior's Scoop  

May 2013 Issue

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