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THE KIT AGENDA THE HOOSIER STATE IS PACKED FULL OF SUMMER FESTIVALS, CONCERTS AND EVENTS. GET OUT THERE!
WHAT’S ON YOUR AGENDA? Pencil in a few of our favorite ways to make the most of July and August.
Capitol Ball, Capitol Day, & Battle of Corydon Reenactment
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Music at the Mansion, Madison July 8, August 11, September 9; 7-9 p.m.
Historic Corydon is chockful of events in July. First up? The Capitol Ball on July 7. The evening includes period dances and live music, and period dress (1800-1825) is encouraged! Take a step back in time July 8 during Corydon Capitol Day. Enjoy food and entertainment, as well as blacksmithing, pottery, calligraphy, quilting, butter-churning and woodworking demonstrations. Stick around for the Battle of Corydon Reenactment! The event, held at Hayswood Nature Reserve on July 8 and 9, marks the 154th anniversary of the Battle of Corydon. Downtown Corydon & Hayswood Nature Reserve, Corydon, (812) 738-2138. thisisindiana.org
7-15 Three Rivers Festival, Fort Wayne July 7-15
This annual festival attracts nearly half a million visitors from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The nine-day festival features a parade, a fine arts fair, a bed race, an international village, live entertainment, concessions, amusement rides, and one of the largest fireworks shows in Northeast Indiana. Headquarters Park, 333 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne; (260) 426-5556; threeriversfestival.org
‘Tis the season for outdoor concerts. At Lanier Mansion, bands perform on the second Saturday of every month. In July, catch Small Time Napoleon, a jazz-swing hybrid. Paolibased Lick Creek Band will perform in August, and Zercussion has the September spot. Feel free to pack a picnic and BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair). Lanier Mansion, 601 W. First St., Madison; (812) 273-0556; visitmadison.org
Festival of the Arts, Brownsburg July 15, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Feeling crafty? More than 125 painters, woodworkers, photographers, jewelry makers, potters and other artisans set up shop at this Brownsburg festival. There is a children’s tent, too, where kiddos can make their own arts and crafts. Admission fee is $3; children 12 and under get in free. Arbuckle Acres Park, 200 N. Green St., Brownsburg; (317) 8527885; brownsburgfota.com
July 15, 5-10 p.m.
All ages are welcome to attend the ninth annual Art of Wine, a can’t-miss event in the Carmel Arts & Design District. Enjoy live entertainment and wineinspired works from local, national and international artists. Admission is free, but $20 gets the 21-andolder crowd unlimited wine tastings. Carmel Arts & Design District, Carmel; (317) 571-2787; carmelartsanddesign.com
Hendricks County 4-H Fair, Danville July 16-22
Both the young and young-at-heart will enjoy the Hendricks County Fair in Danville. There are 4-H exhibits and livestock shows, as well as a tractor pull, car show, hot dog eating contest, and watermelon eating contest. In the evening, check out the carnival rides and traditional “fair food.” Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main St., Danville; (317) 718-6154, 4hcomplex.org
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Bluegrass on the Square, Corydon
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July 22, August 26
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Hamilton County 4-H Fair! The two-day event features more than 2,000 exhibits by 4-H members, live shows, a homemade ice cream contest, a pet parade, and “armer Olympics.” Admission and parking are free.
This summer, historic Corydon comes alive with the sounds of bluegrass. Aaron Bibelhauser, Relic and Balsam Range perform in July. Katie Penn and Becky Buller perform in August. Food is available for purchase, but bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Admission is free!
Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville; (317) 776-0854; hamiltoncofairgrounds.com
310 N. Elm St., Corydon; (812) 738-2138; thisisindiana.org
Jazz on the Monon, Carmel
July 22, July 29, August 12, September 23
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This family-friendly event focuses on healthy eating and is geared toward children. Along the 10mile route, riders will visit numerous stops, receive a snack and learn how to build a healthy sack lunch. A nutritionist will provide a short presentation at 1 p.m.
All events for this second annaul festival are free. Enjoy performances by The Launch Pad School of Rock, The Children’s Ballet, The Biz Academy of Musical Theatre and Hendricks Civic Theatre. Food trucks, and local wine and craft beer purveyors provide sustenance. Hummel Park Performing Arts Center, Plainfield; (317) 839-3800, plainfield-in.com
This year, the 17-day fair celebrates “The Wonderful World of Food.” Each day highlights a new food, from popcorn to pickles. Don’t forget to grab a Lemon Shake-Up and check out the Subaru Skyride, a brand-new chairlift that carries fair-goers above Main Street for 1,400 feet!
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This free-to-attend concert series features nationally known bands and musicians. In July, catch Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Rhumfest — featuring performers from Rhum Academy — and headliner Visual Signals. Later this summer, listen to Son Volt and ZOSO, the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience.
Play’nfield in the Park Performing Arts Festival
On select Saturdays, enjoy an evening of live jazz music, food and art. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to the event, which lasts from 6 to 9 p.m. Tad Robinson performs on July 22, Emma Hedrick & The Main Street Jazz Band on July 29, and Slammer Jazz on August 5. Monon Depot Museum, Carmel; (317) 571-2787; carmelartsanddesign.com
Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center, Indianapolis; (317) 9277500; indianastatefair.com
Evening on the Farm at O’Bannon Woods State Park, Corydon
August 13, 1:30 p.m.
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Madison Ribberfest: BBQ & Blues August 18-19
This two-day festival includes three BBQ contests — two for adults, and one for children. Delbert McClinton headlines Friday night, with Los Lobos performing on Saturday. The event also features an eating contest, a 5K run and boat rides. Visit Madison, 601 W. First St., Madison; (800) 559-2956; madisonribberfest.com
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August 5, 4-8 p.m.
Hope for good weather and experience a living pioneer farmstead. See the 1850s haypress demonstration at 6 p.m., as well as other presentations. Gate admission is $7 for Indiana residents. O’Bannon Woods State Park, Corydon, (812) 738-8234, in.gov
Winding Creek Bluegrass Festival, Russianville August 17-20
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Founded in 2011 and held in rural Howard County, Winding Creek Bluegrass Festival is a four-day celebration of the best in bluegrass. The wooded performance area provides plenty of shade, and primitive campsites are available at no additional cost. Swing by the vendor booths and attend a fiddle, mandolin, guitar or banjo workshop. Howard County, 100 South 9912 West, Russiaville; (317) 519-9351; windingcreekbluegrass.com
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Late Night on Main, Carmel
August 19, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.
Carmel’s Artomobilia is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a variety of special exhibits. The event showcases upwards of 400 enthusiast and collector cars from more than 26 classes, including Supercar, exotic, classic, sports car, European, domestic, vintage and racer.
More of a night owl? Mark your calendar for Late Night on Main, a 9 p.m. to midnight street party. Shops, galleries and restaurants will be burning the midnight oil, and live music will have you dancing in the streets. Carmel Arts & Design District, Carmel; (317) 571-2787; carmelartsanddesign.com
Taste of the Arts, Fort Wayne August 25-26
August 26, 12-5 p.m.
Carmel Arts & Design District, 200 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel; (317) 313-5200; carmelartomobilia.com
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It’s easy to indulge at this arts and food festival. Located in downtown Fort Wayne, the festival celebrates the arts and cultural experiences of the community. Taste of the Arts is free to attend, and features artists, musicians, dancers and art organizations. There are restaurants to sample, to boot.
August 30-September 4
Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, 300 E. Main St., Fort Wayne; (260) 424-0646; tasteoftheartsfortwayne.org
Lucas Oil Raceway, 10267 East U.S. 136, Indianapolis; (317) 969-8639; nhra.com
Each Labor Day, National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) racers head to Lucas Oil Raceway for the oldest drag race in the world. At this NHRA signature event, your ticket serves as a pit pass! Feel these high-performance machines roar down the strip at 320 miles per hour. Vroom vroom.
Rockin on the River, Madison September 2, 10 a.m.
Looking for a Labor Day getaway? Head to Rockin on the River, an annual event primarily benefiting The Salvation Army of Madison. The event opens with the River Run XXI car show, where more than 350 vehicles will be exhibited. The Saturday event is free to attend, and wraps up with an evening of live music. West Vaughn Drive Riverfront, Madison; (812) 265.4133; madisonauto.net/carshow/
North Salem Old Fashion Days September 2-4
Don’t miss the largest festival in Hendricks County! This small-town celebration includes live entertainment, carnival rides, food vendors and one heck of a parade. You’ll want to catch the bed race, for sure, and check out the open mic at the Pioneer Park Shelter. Downtown North Salem, Pearl Street & State Road 75, North Salem; (317) 224-8374; northsalemoldfashiondays.com
Chinese Mooncake Festival, Carmel September 9, 7-9 p.m.
This free, annual event hosted by the CarmelXiangyang Sister City Committee celebrates Chinese culture and the history of mooncakes. The festival includes a parade, music, dancing, and additional performances and presentations. Come try a mooncake! Indiana Design Center, 200 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel; (317) 5907522; carmel-xiangyang.org
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HOSTING AT THE HOMESTEAD I’m a bit of an HGTV junkie. Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Fixer Upper, Good Bones (hello, fellow Hoosiers) ... I love them all. House Hunters always makes me giggle a bit, though. If I were a gambling woman, I’d bet that in every episode at least one of these three things is requested, if not all three: stainless steel appliances, granite or quartz countertops, and — the one that gets the award for Most Requested Must-Have — an open floor plan that is “great for entertaining.” It could be a House Hunters International episode and the couple doesn’t know a single person in their new country, and they’re still worried about having a “great space for entertaining.” It says a lot. Humans were made to communicate. We crave relationships. That’s why we want our kitchens to be lovely gathering spaces and with open-floor concepts to see and interact with all our guests while we’re merrily preparing food and beverages over a good belly laugh. Personally, I could use a little help with my hosting game. It can be crazy-stressful, but only if you let it. To the rescue in this issue, Rachel Rae Hadley shares how to host a great summer dinner party and actually enjoy yourself too (page 42). A few small extras can really add to the ambiance. At a loss for menu ideas? Kate Costello owns the grill, with recipes for brisket, grilled stone fruit shortcakes and a elote-inspired salad (page 48). Summertime is perfect for dusting off your serving platters and sharing the table with the family and friends you haven’t connected with in awhile. No more “we need to get together, it’s been so long!” talk. It’s time to take it outside. While I have much to learn, there are a few tips I’ve picked up that seem to make hosting a little easier. 1. Have a go-to meal that is easy to make in a large quantity and most items can be prepped ahead so you can focus on other things. 2. Stick to white serving dishes. They easily go with any theme or holiday, and you can pick up random pieces here and there to make your spread look cohesive. 3. My guest list these days usually involves families with younger children. A dollar store is usually my first stop. Load up on kids’ entertainment on the cheap (water squirters), and let the kids go wild so you can actually have an adult conversation (with the occasional splash). Most importantly, try to enjoy yourself and be grateful for the relationships you’re building. That’s the main event — the decor, menu and all the ambiance are just an added bonus.
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Stefanie Flora, M.D.
ladies map Gynecological health: such a taboo subject, but why? It’s something every woman deals with — and should do so with knowledge and confidence in her gynecologist. Here, Beki Denman, M.D., and Stefanie Flora, M.D., from St. Vincent Medical Group, help us navigate the roadmap to gynecological health. They explain what signs to look for and milestones we hit that indicate it’s time to make an appointment.
To schedule an appointment or for more information: St. Vincent Carmel Women’s Center 13420 N. Meridian Street Suite 300 Carmel, IN 46032 317-582-9500 218 W. 161st Street Suite B Westfield, IN 46074 317-415-6420 stvincent.org/taketime4u
What do nutrition and exercise have to do with heart health?
Obesity is an important risk factor for heart disease, increasing your risk three-fold. Nutrition and exercise are our best tools for controlling not only this important risk factor but also others like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
What are the benefits of seeing a gynecologist as opposed to a family practitioner?
Gynecologists specialize in women’s health issues. They screen for malignancies specific to women, help plan for and take care of pregnancies, care for diseases specific to the gynecologic system and help foster wellness for women of all ages.
At what life stages should we visit a gynecologist?
Teenagers should see a gynecologist if they have difficulty with their menstrual cycles, have any breast concerns or are contemplating becoming sexually active. Women thinking about getting pregnant should see their OBGYN for preconception counseling. Some women may need screening for genetic disorders or discussion of medical problems during pregnancy. They may just benefit from advice about healthy habits during conception and early pregnancy.
What gynecological screenings should take place at different ages?
Cancer and wellness screenings should start at age 21. Women age 21 to 65 should see their gynecologist yearly. Not all screenings will be done every year, but the patient and doctor can design wellness screenings that fit each individual. Generally pap smears are done every 1-5 years depending on the person’s risks. Mammograms are generally done every year starting at age 40. Colonoscopy or stool testing for colon cancer starts at age 50, and bone density screening starts after menopause.
Why should premenopausal and postmenopausal women see their gynecologist other than for a checkup?
Women in their 40s to 60s may have questions about premenopause and postmenopause. Gynecologists can help with any concerns regarding reproductive health, menstrual irregularities, abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, or other female health issues. It is especially important to attend regular cancer screening appointments and procedures during this time. One in six women 45-55 will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
At what age is OK to stop seeing a gynecologist?
Current guidelines suggest women can quit having pap smears at 65, but each physician will make that decision personally with each patient. Exams for breasts and ovaries should continue until the physician and patient agree. Pelvic exams may be done less frequently in most individuals after 65. One third of postmenopausal women suffer from incontinence, and gynecologists are interested in helping with that.
Anything else you can tell me about gynecological health and women at different
Women should come to a gynecologist visit with any questions they may have about pain, cycle issues, sexual dysfunction, incontinence and wellness. Gynecologists can help address solutions for these and many other problems. Gynecologists can also help plan for major life events. Experiencing weddings, births, graduations and many other life milestones make it a rich and fulfilling profession.
HEALTHY, HAPPY FAMILY By Courtney Leach
olklore is filled with tales of balance â€” this idea that one family can do it all. They can go to softball practice two nights a week and games on Saturdays, sit down to an organic dinner and settle in for eight hours of sleep each night. Of course, we all know this is a fairy tale, told to little girls who eventually grow to be mothers and realize that the notion is truly a sham. Right?
Perhaps part of the struggle is a lack of trusted information. Armed with the right guidelines, the concept of hitting the health high notes becomes a bit easier to follow. With this in mind, we asked two local experts to outline some of the most vital well-being measures. Beth Pretti is a nurse practitioner at Community Health Network, and Jennifer Snyder is a certified physician assistant, professor and program director for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Butler University.
NUTRITION CALORIES COUNT.
Kids’ and adults' recommended caloric intake varies by age and gender. “We think of calories as just things in food,” Snyder says, “but your body sees calories as heat energy that fuels our body the same way gasoline fuels a car.” She suggests eating enough to obtain or maintain a healthy weight. This number will fluctuate based on activity level.
Pretti and Snyder agree a smart meal is high in nutrients, and low in saltand sugar-laden processed foods. Follow these simple guidelines:
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SEDENTARY (not active)
▢▢ Offer children a variety of foods early and regularly. ▢▢ Fill half the plate with fruits and vegetables. Limit juice. ▢▢ Serve high-fiber, whole grain foods, rather than refined grain. Check the ingredients on your cereal and bread packages and make sure “whole grain” is listed first.
▢▢ Adults should consume alcohol only in moderation.
» Sedentary means a lifestyle that includes only the physical activity of independent living. » Moderately Active means a lifestyle that includes physical activity equivalent to walking about 1.5 to 3 miles per day at 3 to 4 miles per hour, in addition to the activities of independent living. » Active means a lifestyle that includes physical activity equivalent to walking more than 3 miles per day at 3 to 4 miles per hour, in addition to the activities of independent living. Estimates for females do not include women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. » Chart sourced from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture
▢▢ Incorporate low-fat dairy products. ▢▢ Choose high-quality protein sources: skinless poultry, wildcaught fish, nuts, seeds and eggs. ▢▢ Avoid processed foods, excessive salt and large amounts of sugar. ▢▢ While a diet high in saturated and trans fats can be hazardous, children especially need a good amount of dietary fat for development. Eat fats from sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, such as fish, nuts and nontropical vegetable oils.
MOVE IT. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children should have 60 minutes of moderate activity per day, incorporating vigorous activity three days a week. Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise each week. For maximum benefit, aerobic activity should be performed all at once or at intervals of at least 10 minutes apiece. Everyone needs bone- and muscle-strengthening activities twice a week as well, so try lifting weights or doing push-ups. “Families can increase their physical activity by hiking, bicycling, walking or kayaking together,” Pretti says. “Disconnect from phones, TVs and electronic gadgets,” Snyder adds. “During these warmer months, foster imaginations by going to a city or state park and exploring.”
REST FOR SUCCESS.
THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW.
Adequate sleep has been linked to positive health factors including improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has very clear recommendations for periodic well-child exams. These should be spelled out by your family doctor or pediatrician. This is key for optimal health and prevention for children from infancy through adolescence. When it comes to adults, it gets a little more complicated.
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12 to 16 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
11 to 14 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
10 to 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
9 to 12 hours per 24 hours
8 to 10 hours per 24 hours
7 to 9 hours per night
7 to 9 hours per night
7 to 8 hours per night
» Paruthi S, Brooks LJ, D’Ambrosio C, Hall WA, Kotagal S, Lloyd RM, et al. Recommended amount of sleep for pediatric populations: a consensus statement of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. J Clin Sleep Med 2016;12(6):785–786. » Hirshkowitz M, Whiton K, Albert S, Alessi C, Bruni O, DonCarlos L, et al. National Sleep Foundation’s updated sleep duration recommendations: final report. Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation 2015; 1(4):233 - 243
“In the past, most medical groups advocated for an annual health exam. However, more recently, the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and the Society of General Internal Medicine have moved away from the yearly exam,” Snyder says. “Experts now suggest that 'periodic health assessments' or examinations be performed every five years for adults ages 18 to 40, and every one to three years thereafter. The requirements vary for those taking prescription medications." For most people under the age of 40, health problems show up with specific signs or symptoms that trigger medical attention. The revised recommendations are also partly a result of correcting a tradition of running costly, unnecessary tests. This doesn’t mean there’s no value in routinely checking in with your physician. “Regular exams provide thorough head-to-toe assessment,” Pretti says. “The physician and team will review health maintenance and look at what tests, immunizations or procedures are needed to keep you healthy. Think of an annual exam in terms of its role in prevention. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
SECRETS TO SLEEP. Snyder and Pretti say sweet dreams are just a few simple changes away. Commit and incorporate at least one of these rituals: ▢▢ Stick to a sleep schedule. Keep waking times and bedtimes within 30-minute windows. ▢▢ Pay attention to diet. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine close to bedtime. While alcohol is known to help you fall asleep faster, too much close to bedtime can disrupt sleep in the second half of the night. ▢▢ Create a restful environment by having it cool, dark and quiet. Adjust environmental factors that might impede quality sleep. Minimize LED lights from clocks or other electronic devices. Set room temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees. ▢▢ Napping does not make up for inadequate nighttime sleep. However, a short nap of 20-30 minutes can help to improve mood, alertness and performance. ▢▢ Exercise to promote good quality sleep.
▢▢ Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex. No working, watching TV or using your computer in bed.
SHOPPING CART + DINNER TABLE Health begins with what we eat. It’s that simple. Other things are important, like exercise, sleep, and finding a healthy balance between work and recreation — but nothing is more important than the fuel we put in our bodies. This I believe to be true: As a nation, the single most powerful weapon we have to address our growing health care crisis lies in the food choices we make.
IT STARTS WITH THE CART… Family health begins with healthy food choices. While fads abound, a few simple truths are these: » REAL food is good for you. If it looks real, that’s a good start (i.e., there’s no such thing as a rectangular fish). » Processed foods are bad for you. » If it looks like it flew in the air, swam in the water, walked on the land, or grew out of the ground, it’s probably REAL food. » If it comes in a box, jar, can, bag, or bottle, it’s probably not REAL food. Don’t eat it. » If you can’t read and pronounce the ingredients, it’s probably not REAL food. Don’t eat it. So, first pay attention to what you put in the shopping cart. ALSO: Be very wary, be very skeptical, of the “healthy” food claims made on TV. Most of the time, they’re just not true! That’s right. They’re lying! Ask yourself this simple question: are they more interested in selling you their new, improved box of Super Hero Cereal, or whatever, or are they truly interested in your health? Chances are, you already know the answer. HERE’S A HINT: “Big Food,” the large food corporations stocking our grocery stores, literally spend billions of dollars researching something called the “bliss point” for foods. The “bliss point” is that specific mix of sugar, fat, salt, and chemical additives that make us crave their food products. They want you addicted!
…AND CONTINUES AT THE DINNER TABLE: But it’s not just what we eat that’s important, it’s also how we eat. A few facts to chew on (pun intended): » In families that don’t eat supper together at least twice a week, children are 40% more likely to be overweight. » Children who regularly eat dinner with their parents are far less likely to have problems with drugs, alcohol, and truancy, and far more likely to perform better academically than those who don’t. » Children who eat with their parents report a closer relationship with them.
Stephen P. Elliott, M.D. Living with Intention, INC 11979 Fishers Crossing Drive Fishers, IN 46038 317-863-5888 LivingWithIntention.biz
DINING TOGETHER MATTERS. It matters a lot. And not just sitting down together, but actually talking, too. Doesn’t it make sense that family communication breaks down when families don’t, well,… wait for it…, just communicate. It’s that simple. So, no TV, no phones, no electronics allowed. And that goes for both dining in and dining out. If it’s been a while, it might be awkward at first, but it’ll get easier with time: “How was your day?” “Tell me what happened?” “What was the best part?” “What was the worst?” No yes/no questions allowed. No one-word answers allowed. “Okay,” is not an answer. Follow up with, “Tell me more about that,” or, “What do you think about that?” or, “How did you feel when that happened?” Choose wisely. Eat together. And talk. That’s a start.
Stephen P. Elliott M.D. practices Functional and Integrative Medicine at Living With Intention, Inc. For more information call 317-863-5888 or visit us at www.livingwithintention.biz and www.lwimedtherm.com.
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ecent months have shown the introduction of a number of new fillers, designed to enhance facial features and turn back the hands of time. As we age, both women’s and men’s faces naturally lose fat and allow smile lines and crow’s feet to become more apparent. The facial skin also loses some elasticity, adding to the loss of volume. Factors other than aging can affect facial skin, including sun exposure, lifestyle and heredity. Fillers will help diminish those facial lines and restore volume and fullness to areas of the face. In general fillers can be used to plump thin lips, soften creases and wrinkles, lessen the hollows under the lower eye lids, improve some scars, improve the appearance of some nasal deformities and enhance contour in women and men. Facial fillers are not a substitute for facelifts, brow lifts or eyelid surgery. Filler injections are a quick in-office procedure. However, successful use depends on an injector with specialized training and a thorough understanding of facial anatomy to recommend and inject the appropriate filler. If you are healthy, don’t smoke, have realistic goals and are committed to maintain good skin health, you may be a good candidate for dermal fillers.
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Shoulder ties are cute, and they might just be the little extra assurance you need to try the shoulder-baring trend.
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As decadent as it sounds, you can’t spend all summer on the couch with the AC blasting away. Nope — there are farmers’ markets to get to, backyard BBQs to enjoy, day trips to check off the list and weddings to celebrate With these melt-proof outfits, you’ll look cute all the while. Add oomph to your outfits with our favorite accessories for the months ahead.
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Land’s End reversible twist-front bikini top, $45; and reversible low-waist bikini bottoms, $35; both at landsend.com
keep your cool at casual, outdoor weddings this summer. fluttering ruffles and bare shoulders make this dark print perfect for hot days. Worthington pencil skirt, $44 at J.C. Penney (jcpenney.com)
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I want to go on a road trip and discover beautiful places...
recently went on a business trip to Florida. This trip, unlike many of my travels over the years, involved an airplane.
I packed two small bags that complied with a long list of regulations from the Transportation Safety Authority. I wore shoes and a jacket that could be slipped off easily in the security line. I walked to the gate and everyone on our flight was herded through a line to board the airplane. Once I was on the airplane I squeezed into a narrow seat. The two individuals in my row had put on their earphones and were lost in their electronic devices. I pulled out a paperback book, and the three of us didnâ€™t speak a word during the two-hour flight. Behind my row was a family on vacation. I heard the parents trying to keep the children quiet and behaved so as not to disturb the other passengers on the plane. They, too, were lost in their electronic devices. As I sat in the silence of my cramped airplane seat, I started reminiscing about childhood family vacations.
They involved weeks of planning because camping would be involved. There would be eight of us traveling: four adults, four children and the family’s beloved poodle, Pierre. Sometimes the trip included cousins or friends, so additional logistics were in order — two cars following each other across the country. We loaded the family station wagon (yes, it had the infamous rear-facing back seat) and hitched up the pop-up camper. Somehow we found room for coolers, food, a Coleman stove, pots and pans, and various other necessities. From Indiana, we would head west on Route 66 to Flagstaff, Arizona, to see the July Fourth Pow Wow. The trip back would include the majestic sights of Yellowstone National Park. Each day started around the Coleman stove making coffee and breakfast. The kids would run around the picnic table and pretend to be cowboys, bears or something we made up. After a quick breakfast came the ritual of packing the car and camper, and we were off to complete 500 miles of driving before the end of the day. Entertainment in the car? We laughed at each other and made jokes. Sometimes the adults appreciated the childish humor and sometimes they didn’t. The boys seemed to find an endless supply of colorful — and sometimes off-color — jokes on gas station bathroom walls. We counted horses, cows and state license plates. If we were lucky we could pick up a radio station without static. Dr. Pepper had just been introduced on one trip. It became the treat of the vacation. Of course, it came out of a big, red cooler with glass bottles that required a bottle opener.
Along the way were Native American reservations to visit, whitewater rafting to enjoy/survive, and geysers and hot springs that smelled like rotten eggs. We bought ice cones at Yellowstone Lodge and visited Wall Drug Store with its collection of items for sale. After a day on the road, we found a campground and set up camp; well, the adults set up camp. The kids looked for adventure trails. There were creeks to follow and rocks to climb. Fried potatoes and ham still taste better outdoors. After dinner, up went the pop-up camper and out came blankets and pillows. More giggles and songs were heard into the night. Those memories began to fade as the plane rolled to the gate. I watched the family in the row behind me leave the airplane. Travel has changed. Families have changed. Vacations have changed. I don’t know if that’s for the better or for the worse. I do know my family vacation memories are more precious to me than any material processions I own. Oh, I almost forgot about the adventures with Pierre, the family poodle. We often forgot him, locked in the camper alone, only to have to jump out of the car a few miles from the campground, undo the camper and let him join us in the car. I guess some things haven’t changed after all. Even after all these years, I still forgot about the dog. ❋
Story Dawn Olsen | Illustrations by Wil Foster
With summer comes the sizzle of pavement, the flash of fireflies and a longing for adventure. Nostalgia tends to kick in, too, and urges us to get on the road and relive some of our favorite family vacations. This year, pack up the kids, pack up the car, and road trip to one of these Hoosier hot spots.
A family-friendly vacation in Northeast IndianaÂ
1 | Yummi Bunni
Hop on down to Yummi Bunni, an ice cream shop in downtown Fort Wayne. The shop’s rotating flavors include birthday cake (for the kiddos) and bourbon-spiked espresso (for the grown-ups). The pièce de résistance? The “Yummi Bun.” It features ice cream — and choice of topping — served between the halves of a doughnut.
2 | Science Central
Science Central is the place to play. It features 200 permanent, hands-on exhibits and is the most visited museum in Fort Wayne. Located in a former power plant constructed in 1929, Science Central highlights science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Don’t miss this summer’s temporary exhibit, RiverWorks Discovery; it brings America’s rivers to life.
3 | Parkview Field
Factoid: Parkview Field was designed by Populous, the same firm that designed London’s Olympic Stadium and the new Yankee Stadium. It’s home to the Fort Wayne TinCaps, the Midwest League affiliate of the San Diego Padres. With tickets starting at just $5, it’s the perfect place to watch America’s pastime.
, 4 | Fort Wayne Children s Zoo
This 40-acre zoo is a must, with more than 1,000 animals, several rides and beautifully landscaped gardens. Here, kids can pet stingrays, feed giraffes, and come nose-to-nose with an African Lion. Plus, the Sky Safari offers a bird’s eye view of the zoo, which continuously ranks as one of the best in the nation.
5 | The Riverfront
There is plenty to do on the riverfront, thanks to the three rivers that weave through Fort Wayne. Rent bikes from Fort Wayne Outfitters and pedal along the 25-mile Rivergreenway Trail. Or, book a 90-minute tour on a 1840s-era luxury canal boat. During the week, there are concerts at Headwater Park and yoga classes on Wells Street Bridge.
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Need a break from the norm? grab your girlfriends and head north for a girls getaway in Kokomo. 1 | Seiberling Mansion
Start your getaway at the charming Seiberling Mansion, built in 1891 by industrialist Monroe Seiberling and featuring late-Victorian architecture, hand-carved woodwork and multiple exhibits highlighting times gone by. Special holiday tours are offered in late November and December during Christmas at the Seiberling, when hundreds of lights, trees, wreaths and angels adorn the mansion — both inside and out! Tours offered TuesdaySunday, 1-4 p.m.
1200 W. Sycamore St.; howardcountymuseum.org
2 | Kokomo Opalescent Glass
Next, discover Kokomo Opalescent Glass, America’s oldest art glass company, known worldwide for its sheet glass and stunning custom blown-glass creations. Watch up close as hot, molten glass is hand-ladled and rolled from a 2,500-degree furnace and as glass artists create magnificent blown glass pieces in the Hot Glass Studio. Public factory tours are offered Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. After the tour, shop for unique art glass treasures — all completely made with Kokomo glass. 1310 S. Market St.; kog.com
3 | Stain on Main
Take an art class and create your own amazing wood sign décor to hang in your home or to give as a gift with guided instruction in a relaxed environment at Kokomo’s newest art experience, Stain on Main. Small workshops, private parties and classes are available. 502 N. Main St.; stainonmain.com
4 | J. Edwards Gourmet
Indulge your sweet tooth at J. Edwards Gourmet, with handmade regular and sugar-free chocolates, truffles, gourmet cakes and cupcakes. You can even purchase by the piece or slice. The shop also carries homemade jams, dips, salsas and gifts. If you enjoy chocolate, a stop here is a must!
5 | Shop Downtown
Downtown Kokomo is a haven for boutique shopping. You’ll find timeless treasures at Studio Black Antiques, and colorful, unusual homewares await you at Jitterbug & Co. Stylish shoppers will love Lux Boutique and P.F. Hendricks. For a retro shopping experience, stop in Kokomo Toys & Collectibles for vintage toys (think Strawberry Shortcake, Star Wars, and My Little Pony). Visit American Dream Hi-Fi next door for vintage vinyl and eclectic art. While you’re downtown, also explore Artist Alley, Artworks Gallery, and Indiana University Kokomo Union Street Gallery — all great venues for experiencing traditional, modern and public art. Find chef-inspired dining at The Wildcat, tasty cocktails and local brews at Tin Man Brewing and The Coterie, and culture-inspired cuisine at Bind Café, recently named the Coolest Coffee Shop in Indiana. Go to www.VisitKokomo.org for more trip ideas!
2106 W. Sycamore St.; jedwardsgourmet.com
Find art and outdoor adventures in Indiana's first state capital 1 | Squire Boone Caverns Zipline Adventures
This family-friendly treetop adventure features multiple canopy zip lines, a swinging suspension bridge, and views of Squire Boone Caverns. For thrill seekers, there’s the three-hour course canopy tour. Not ready to commit? There’s the shorter “Quick Zip,” and a zipline for little ones who weigh less than 60 pounds but are at least three years old.
2 | Corydon Capital State Historic Site 1 2
When it comes to history, Corydon packs a punch. Founded in 1808, the town served as Indiana’s first state capital. Tour the Federalstyle limestone building that served as the state capitol from 1816-1825. Check out the Governor’s Headquarters and Constitution Elm; delegates drafted the first state constitution under its branches.
3 | Best Vineyards Winery & Distillery Southeast of Corydon is Best Vineyards Winery & Distillery, part of the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail. There’s an array of award-winning wines to sample, and the new distillery opened in June. Swing by, sip a beverage, and admire the rolling hills of Southern Indiana. Or suggest a new flavor of cocktail; the owners love to experiment.
4 | Marengo Cave
Ready for an underground adventure? Visit Marengo Cave, a U.S. National Natural Landmark. Since the cave’s discovery in 1883, more than three million visitors have been privy to its formations. Book a 40- or 60-minute walking tour, or let the kids test out their gem-mining skills. Little ones can also try “The Crawl,” a winding maze simulating cave exploration.
5 | Zimmerman Art Glass
For a first-hand demonstration of off-hand glassmaking, visit Zimmerman Art Glass. It’s a family business representing five generations of glass blowers. They make more than 100 different pieces, from paper weights to pencil holders, candy jars to Christmas ornaments. Swing by their studio Tuesday through Saturday. Go to thisisindiana.org for more trip ideas!
Celebrate Summerâ€™s Last Hurrah & Explore Above and Below in Historic Corydon & Harrison County Go to thisisindiana.org to plan your adventure or order a visitor guide.
Discover Kokomo and explore Americaâ€™s oldest art glass company, stunning historic home tours, handmade chocolates and gourmet cakes, and interactive art experiences!
Only a short drive from Indy | Plan your visit at VisitKokomo.org
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Sponsored by the Hamilton County 4-H Council, Inc.
Come and see the exhibits of two thousand 4-H members! There are events open for public participation, commercial vendors, agricultural and educational displays, live entertainment, animals and, of course, fabulous food. Free Parking & Free Admission! | 317-776-0854 | www.extension.purdue.edu/hamilton
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1 | Clifty Falls State Park
There’s something for everyone at this state park. Go for a dip in the swimming pool, or explore the great outdoors on one of 10 trails. The paths range from “easy” to “very rugged,” and highlight the park’s waterfalls. Check out the Nature Center, too, and grab a bite to eat at the Clifty Inn & Restaurant.
2 | Lanier Mansion
Lanier Mansion is considered to be the “Crown Jewel” of Madison’s Historic District. It is one of the best examples of Greek Revival architecture in the country, and is a National Historic Landmark. It’s been painstakingly restored, too — the wallpaper and carpets are reproductions of what was available for purchase in the 1840s.
3 | Main Street & the Riverfront
With its abundance of galleries, antiques, and boutiques, Main Street is perfect for window shopping. There’s also picturesque Broadway Fountain, originally exhibited in Philadelphia in 1876. Fuel up at either Red Roaster Coffee & Eatery or G.H. Coffee Company, and then head to the riverfront for a relaxing stroll.
5 4 | Hinkle's Sandwich Shop
This joint has been serving up hamburgers since 1933. It’s a local favorite and a must for visitors, especially since the menu boasts more than 40 flavors of milkshakes. In the mood for breakfast? No problem. Hinkle’s has that, too. Plus, it’s open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday, if you’re in the mood for latenight food.
5 | Rockin' Thunder Jet Boat Rides
Want to explore the Ohio and Kentucky rivers? Rockin’ Thunder Jet Boat Rides offers five different tours, including a 15mile “Rockin’ Thrill Ride,” a 90-mile Sunday dinner adventure, and a 155-mile Kentucky River adventure. New this year? The Hells Canyon jet boat, the only one of its kind in the Midwest. Go to visitmadison.org for more trip ideas!
Summer Never Felt So Fine
Planning a backyard soiree this summer? Local entertaining expert Rachel Rae Hadley suggests bringing all the luxuries of home outside. “I simply love to be surrounded by a beautiful atmosphere,” Hadley says. “Not lots of expensive things, but the simple things ... string lights, candles, flowers, pretty glassware, small plates with different detailed designs, and the laughter and smiles that light our night.” Typically, our best furniture, floor coverings and accessories are kept and enjoyed only
in rooms. This summer, bring them out into the fresh air. For Kit’s outdoor party, Hadley set the scene with a rustic table, off-white dining chairs and slip-covered end chairs, and then built the setting from there. And don’t forget beautiful food, too! Kit’s go-to cook and recipe contributor Katherine Costello shares a menu that allows you to spend all your time cooking outside. The only exception is the shortcakes, which can be baked the night before then finished on the grill. A white sangria would be great with this menu, she says.
TRY THIS: Rachel Rae Hadley says entertaining doesn’t always have to be about serving others. Take the time to treat yourself! “If I’m dining alone, I light a candle, pour a glass of Cabernet, put on my jazz music, cook a steak and veggie, and reflect on all the wonderful aspects of that day,” she says.
Hadley’s homemade salsa is a favorite among her friends and family. She loves making and sharing it with them because it’s always so well received. With your parting gifts, write personalized notes and attach them to the jars to let guests know their presence was appreciated.
“Just coming out of strawberry season, I wasn’t ready to give up shortcakes!” says Costello, who grills her cakes to crisp the edges. “Brushing the shortcakes with horchata seemed like the perfect match with the grilled stone fruit.”
Cool, crisp and light, white sangria is perfect for hot days and nights. Hadley says the key to the cocktail is in the glassware and presentation. Raise the sophistication bar higher than clear plastic or a red Solo cup by using real glass with real stems.
To complement Costello’s menu, Hadley picked up flavored sparkling waters from an unlikely retailer — you heard it here first. “Big Lots has a ton of specialty foods, organics and international food and beverages,” she says. “When on a budget, you just need to know where to look, as parties can be very expensive!”
SPOT-ON PARTY TUNES
Music can make or break a party’s vibe. Hadley turns up the big band jazz music at her get togethers. It’s always playing in the background. “We talk until we’re a few cocktails in, and then the dancing starts!” she says.
FRESH HEAT & SWEET
Costello’s inspiration for this salad came when she visited a Mexican grocery. It reminded her how much she loves elote (Mexican corn with chili, cotija cheese and mayo), a perfect salad dressing. “The contrast of the warm, grilled romaine with the cold, spicy dressing makes this salad pop,” she says. And the blueberries? Well, Costello just loves corn and blueberries together. (Recipe on page 50.)
AMPED INDIANA CORN
Corn on the grill is a Hoosier staple. Soak the corn in water the night before, and then pop it on the grill while still in the husk. Costello suggests slathering roasted corn with a lime or jalapeno butter to go with her menu. “I like to taste the corn prior to cooking: It should be sweet and tender — the grilling just brings out the sweetness,” she says.
GAME ON — OR NOT
It’s always nice to have a yard game like cornhole, but it’s not necessary. Dinner and drinks may be all the entertainment you need. “We have such busy, runaround lives. When it’s time to relax, just sit and savor the moment!” Hadley says.
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FIVE TIPS FOR HOSTING A GREAT GATHERING Photo by Chris Whonsetler
Kit loves hosting a good party, so we asked local entertaining expert Rachel Rae Hadley to share her top tips on putting together a memorable one.
HAVE A SIGNATURE COCKTAIL. It makes guests feel special and it can really keep costs down.
GO THE EXTRA MILE. I aim to make the presentation as pretty as possible, adding in little labels or signs that interact with your guests.
INDULGE THE SENSES. Present appetizers on beautiful platters, burn a candle, play background music and have flowers or another natural element that puts it all together.
MAKE IT FUN. Use your nice dinnerware – what are you saving it for? – or use a set of themed plasticware. Add little umbrellas to your cocktails and plan a fun game to play.
TELL GUESTS TO RELAX AND ENJOY. Guests shouldn’t have to lift a finger. I want them to relax, enjoy and take in all the elements of a great get-together and leave feeling refreshed and happy they took time to spend their evening with me.
Rachel Rae Hadley finds joy in design and entertaining. She loves to decorate a home or business, design a “she shed” or cottage, and go overboard with holiday décor. Hadley also enjoys helping others find their style that brings them peace and happiness. She’s been married for 21 years, has three teenagers and a dog. Her family has lived in Noblesville over 20 years. Hadley says she always tries to take the time to enjoy the moment, despite the busyness of life.
breezy styles By Brooke Reynolds Photos by Chris Whonsetler
Summer social calendar filling up? Kit has a few suggestions for ways to be summer-party ready. Shop these next pages for cute, casual outfits, perfect for grilling and gabbing. And keep these tips in your back pocket:
Show off your pedi in comfortable wedges or slip-ons. Just avoid heels so they don’t plunge into the grass and get you stuck.
For you women with long locks, braids look sophisticated and keep your hair off the back of your neck in the heat of summer.
Melty makeup looks are no concern when you wear a tinted moisturizer with a substantial sunscreen built in.
Splurge on a knockout pair of sunglasses. You’re worth it.
Bare shoulders are everywhere this season. And good news: The cold-shoulder trend is incredibly flattering for all women of any age or size because everyone’s shoulders look great. Pair a flowy, shoulder-baring top with your favorite denim shorts. Add a statement necklace and some strappy shoes, and you’re on your way! Model Josie Sanders wears Diamond In The Rough top, $48; Out And About Dashboard White Shorts $35; Cool Creek Tassel Necklace, $16; Berry Lace-Up Wedges $34; all from BluePeppermint Boutique in Fishers.
Sleeveless tops and capris are timeless pieces. Feel selfconscious about your arms? Add a cardigan on cool summer evenings, or let big statement jewelry make your arms look small in comparison. Model Allie Baughman wears I Want It All top, $43; Summer Vibes Meto leggings $33; beaded tooth necklace, $34; Mason slip-ons, $35; all from BluePeppermint Boutique in Fishers.
Ripped to Perfection
Ripped jeans are the ultimate nod to summer. Look for a range of washes and levels of “wear.” Go lighter and more ripped if you dare, or opt for a darker jean and fewer tears. Find a pair with a bit of stretch, and you’ll be set. Let these jeans be the focal point of your outfit and keep everything else simple and effortless. Model Lydia Landez wears Downtown Disaster top, $35; Kokomo Chopped White Denim jeans, $42; Mason slip-ons, $35; all from BluePeppermint Boutique in Fishers.
Tired tenderloin, move aside — this outdoor party calls for smoked brisket! You could cook the center-cut beef in the oven, of course, but it’s summer, and we want to spend every minute we can outside. Besides, there’s nothing more mouthwatering than the scent of outdoor cooking in progress. A local Mexican market was chef Katherine Costello’s inspiration for the entire menu, from the dried hibiscus blossoms for the marinade and meat-smoking element, to the horchata-glazed grilled shortcakes with grilled stone fruit, to the elote dressing for the salad. Kit encourages you to delight in the wonders of a Mexican market near your home. It may very well inspire you to add a little sizzle to your next cookout.
GRILLED BRISKET 1| While the meat is still cold, trim the fat cap down to 1/4 inch of fat. (You can leave it on, as fat equals flavor, but I prefer to trim.)
RUB/MARINADE 2 tablespoons coarse salt 2 tablespoons coarse black pepper 1 teaspoon ground white pepper 1 teaspoon grated lime zest or any citrus 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 /2 cup red wine (sweet works well with this) 1 tablespoon sugar 2 tablespoons chopped or crumbled dried Mexican chili peppers (or dried pepper of your choice) 11/2 cups dried hibiscus flowers 1| Blend the salt, black and white pepper and zest together in a small bowl. 2| Let the brisket sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. 3| Place meat in a shallow pan and coat with olive oil; rub the dry ingredients into the meat. Add the wine and sugar, cover and refrigerate overnight (about 12 hours). 4| Let the brisket sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before cooking. 5| Preheat grill to 350 degrees. 6| Make a small well with aluminum foil to place wood chips or Iâ€™ve chosen to use whole dried Mexican peppers, and dried hibiscus; soak for about an hour before placing them on the grill in an aluminum foil pouch placed on an old cookie sheet. 7| Place meat on the grill, cooking for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees, and then lower the temperature to 250 degrees. (For a 3.5-pounder, I recommend at least 3 hours of cook time.) Keep the lid on and check every 45 minutes. It may take longer, but you will be able to tell when the meat fibers have passed the tough phase and tendered up. Remove from the grill and let it sit at least 20 minutes before serving. (I wrap mine in parchment paper.) Slice with a sharp knife, on the bias (against the grain) of the meat.
GRILLED ELOTE ROMAINE SALAD SALAD 3 large heads romaine, cut in half vertically 1 cup grilled corn kernels 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 /2 cup finally chopped red or green onion 1 /2 cup fresh cherry tomatoes 1 /2 cup seeded, diced cucumber
DRESSING 2 /3 cup mayonnaise 2 or 3 tablespoons Mexican creme or heavy cream 2 tablespoons sour cream 2 limes, zested and juiced Fresh cilantro, chopped (optional) 2 tablespoons Mexican chili powder 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 /2 cup grated cotija cheese (reserve a few tablespoons for a final sprinkle) Salt, to taste
1| For the dressing, place the mayo, creams, lime (zest and juice) and cilantro in a bowl or food processor. Mix with an immersion blender or process on low until blended. In a separate bowl, loosely blend the chili powder and pepper into the grated cheese. Season with salt, to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve. 2| While my brisket is resting, I crank the grill up to 450 degrees; place the romaine halves cut side down onto the grill; when the edges are pretty brown, pull them off. (They brown very quickly, so donâ€™t leave the grill.) Arrange the lettuce on a platter, cut side up. Top with the salad ingredients; just before serving, drizzle with the dressing and sprinkle with the remaining cheese mixture.
GRILLED STONE FRUIT & SHORTCAKES SHORTCAKES 8 tablespoons butter, cut into tiny pieces 1 /3 cup sour cream 1 cup very cold heavy cream 1 /4 cup brown sugar 2 cups self-rising flour Horchata (use a mix of honey and lemon as a substitute if necessary) 1| Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 2| Place the butter, sour cream and cream in a small bowl and stir; place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Mix the sugar and flour in a separate bowl, and then add the chilled cream mixture all at once, mixing by hand until just blended. (Add a bit more liquid to make a wetter dough.) Gather the dough together in the bowl, and then place it on your work area between to large sheets of parchment; flatten until the dough is about 1 inch thick. With a cookie cutter (I used a glass), cut out 3-inch circles. Place in the 425-degree oven and bake until they are fully cooked and golden brown (12-15 minutes). Remove from oven and place on a rack to cool.
3| Generously brush the rounds with horchata and place directly on a hot grill until it leaves a dark grill mark; carefully flip and do the same to the other side. Take them off the grill and cool.
GRILLED STONE FRUIT Olive oil, as needed 2 pounds ripe stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, plums), pitted and halved 1| Preheat grill to about 440 degrees. Using enough olive oil to coat, toss the fruit with the oil. Place the fruit on the grill, cut side down, cooking just until they have some nice grill marks (only a few minutes); do a 45-degree turn on the fruit for added grill marks. Remove and slice.
TO ASSEMBLE 16 ounces whipping cream 2 tablespoons powdered sugar 1 /4 teaspoon almond extract (optional) 1| Whip the cream; fold in sugar and almond extract. Place shortcake on serving plate; top with fruit and a dollop of whipped cream.
ALLISONVILLE NURSERY GARDEN & HOME:
The Big Green Egg is a Grillmaster’s Dream by Suzanne Huntzinger
It’s not chocolate filled or chocolate covered. You can’t hide it and send your kids off to hunt for it either, but to any hardcore grill master, the Big Green Egg tops anything that goes in an Easter basket. Grilling aficionados know this patio play toy as the only outdoor ceramic kamado-style charcoal grill. Everyone else just knows a great meal is coming up. The Big Green egg is designed to heat in just minutes, and because of its airtight cooking chamber, you’ll have the juiciest and flavorful meats of any grill master around. The Egg’s superior cooking technology makes the grill a better vehicle for your meal than many ovens. The Egg even makes a line of
accessories that help you create a variety of foods far beyond traditional grilled meats. The ceramic metal exterior means your egg is durable and won’t fade in color. The grill comes in seven different sizes, from mini up to XXL, so you can pick one to fit your needs. The Big Green Egg isn’t available every place where grills are sold. Allisonville Nursery, Garden & Home is on the small list of Indianapolis area stores that carry the Big Green Egg. Visit the biggreenegg.com for more details, or give Allisonville Nursery a call at 317-849-4490 to order yours today.
ALLISONVILLE NURSERY GARDEN & HOME 11405 Allisonville Road Fishers, IN 46038 317.849.4490 allisonvillegarden.com
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THE F Divorce.
No matter whether you’re experiencing divorce firsthand or watching a loved one grapple with it, no one seems to want to say the word out loud. But as with most difficult issues, talking about divorce and seeking support are the most beneficial steps a couple can take. Contrary to popular belief — and TV dramas — divorce does not always involve finger-pointing and stressful trials. Read on to learn how to put together a plan that truly supports the best interests of every person involved. If you’re feeling caught in the middle or unsure about how to support someone who is ending their marriage, check out our divorce etiquette tips. Divorce can seem overwhelming, but look to the future. After the loss and grief, there can be hope, freedom and a fresh start.
Illustrations by Wil Foster and Jolene Harbach
COMPREHENSIVE & COMPASSIONATE A THOUGHTFUL DIVORCE PLAN FOR THE FAMILY By Leslie Craig Henderzahs
When wives and husbands decide to divorce, it is emotional, fraught with questions to answer and choices to make. Compounding the stress is the fact that the dissolution of a marriage requires legal action. Entering this formal uncharted territory often leads parties to take an adversarial position — choosing sides and gearing for a fight. For the sake of the entire family, it is key to turn the lawsuit from an contentious family dispute to a more compassionate, problem-solving resolution process so that the family can continue to function even though members are living in separate households. In 1970, California Governor Ronald Reagan signed the first state legislation in the country establishing no-fault divorce. Many states, including Indiana, followed. In Indiana, a dissolution of marriage can be granted merely because one party asserts “the marriage is irretrievably broken.” No wrongdoing or allegation of wrongdoing on the part of either spouse is required. This means the divorce will eventually happen even though someone in the marriage may not want it.
In a dissolution, so long as the parties are forthcoming with information, there are two overarching questions to answer.
HOW ARE THE PARTIES GOING TO DIVIDE THEIR PROPERTY?
This should be simple because Indiana starts with the presumption that the property divided evenly between the parties is just and reasonable. However, there are factors that a court can consider that can result in one spouse receiving more property than the other. Those factors include things like how and when property was acquired and by whom, the economic circumstances of each spouse, the conduct of the parties during the marriage, and the earnings or earning ability of each spouse. Nevertheless, the law-provided protection is that an equal division of the marital property between the parties is presumed just and reasonable.
HOW WILL THE PARTIES SHARE THEIR CHILDREN?
If the couple has children, this is the most important issue to consider in a divorce, comprised of three overarching questions: »» Who will make decisions for the children (aka legal custody)? »» Where will the children primarily reside (aka physical custody)? »» How will the children spend time with both parties (aka the parenting time plan)? Indiana requires these decisions to be made in a manner that promotes the best interests of the children. Sounds simple, right? The complicating factors and those that can rip most parties from the calm of logical thinking and decision-making are the emotional and psychological ups and downs. If women and men are making life-changing choices without guidance and assurance that they are moving forward in the best direction, they struggle and grow more combative.
THE SINGLE GREATEST COMPLICATING FACTOR IN A DIVORCE IS THE FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN. Divorcing wives and husbands should not be expected to have the psychological or financial knowledge to make decisions about property division or the future of the children on their own. Relying on professionals for information and insight can relieve the inevitable anxiety felt during the divorce process. Thus, when a party is able to assemble a supporting team with experience in areas that must be dealt with during a divorce, the emotional and psychological aspects can be managed and actually provide an opportunity for a spouse to learn and gain independence. Cooperating and collaborating with a team of professionals, whether you sign a formal contract or not, promotes control over the process. Having professionals to guide you enables both parties to create agreements to be incorporated into the final resolution for the benefit of the family, as opposed to a mandate from the court, which may not benefit the family.
FOCUS ON DISSOLUTION RESOLUTION. If you or a friend is preparing for a divorce, consider these five tips we recommend them to our clients: ▢▢ Prepare for and expect emotional and psychological reactions and experiences from both you and your spouse. They will happen, so be ready to face them when they arise. ▢▢ Focus on being the best you can be rather than focusing on the shortcomings of your partner. ▢▢ Accept that the divorce will happen and work with professionals to assist you in the areas of emotional health, best interests of children, and financial decision-making. Use your advisors to assist you in the decision-making process. You are not alone. ▢▢ See challenges as opportunities for new experiences, new friends, education and independence. You can grow from this. ▢▢ Take an active part in and control of the process by working with the other party to agree on little things like dates to exchange information, dates to arrange meetings and settlement conferences, and sharing achievements of each of the children. Bright lights, however small, can add up during this stressful time in your life. The decisions made during the divorce process affect families well into the future, so now is not the time to misstep. Instead, it is the time to manage the unknown with professional guidance, be ready for the ups and downs, and do what you know is best.
LESLIE CRAIG HENDERZAHS CHURCH CHURCH HITTLE + ANTRIM Award-winning civil litigation attorney Leslie Craig Henderzahs is the first female partner at Church Church Hittle + Antrim. 10765 Lantern Road Suite 201 Fishers, IN cchalaw.com (317) 776-5818
COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE A SOFTER, MORE CONGENIAL APPROACH By Sarah Mahaffa
Preparing for a major event often involves a team of professionals. A wedding includes photographers, caterers and florists. People often seek advice from financial planners and tax advisors when considering retirement options. We engage these professionals to be part of the process without a second thought. Divorce is another story. Traditionally, each spouse hires his or her own attorney. Attorneys not only serve as legal counsel, but often as a personal counselor, financial specialist and real estate advisor. The traditional divorce process can quickly evolve into a “me-versus-you” mentality where no one wins. If the couple ends up in court, they hand over control of the outcome to a third party. How confident would you be in a judge’s ability to know what’s best for your children?
A VILLAGE APPROACH Fortunately, there are multiple avenues to divorce. One option, collaborative law, has been picking up momentum in Indiana over the last several years. With collaborative divorce, both spouses agree to find a customized solution that addresses the present and future interests of all family members. They also pledge not to litigate. The emphasis is on planning rather than finger-pointing. You’ve heard the expression, “It takes a village?” With collaborative divorce, both parties have their own attorney, but they share a mental health professional, child specialist and financial specialist. To ensure objectivity, all team members, except the attorneys, are neutral parties, with no prior relationship with the family. The goal of the interdisciplinary team is to create a positive outcome that’s mutually acceptable to everyone involved. When choosing an attorney, be aware that collaborative law is a specialty practice. Not all attorneys practice collaborative law or are trained in this area. To pursue a collaborative divorce, both attorneys should be trained in the collaborative process. You can find a list of Indiana collaborative law practitioners on the Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals website.
COLLABORATIVE LAW VS. MEDIATION Mediation and collaborative divorce are both nonadversarial approaches that focus on reaching a solution that considers the interests of all parties involved. The difference lies in how they reach the outcome. Mediation is a tool that is typically used after divorce proceedings are well underway, while the collaborative process is used from the onset. In mediation, a neutral third party assists the spouses in negotiations, but does not provide legal advice. In fact, mediation does not actually require the spouses to be represented by an attorney. Often the parties are in different rooms, and the mediator shuttles back and forth. Meetings may take several hours and can become mentally exhausting. Resolution is heavily reliant on the skills of the mediator. Compromises may be impacted by the fear of a trial, and it is not uncommon for one or both parties to have “buyer’s remorse.”
The collaborative process takes place over a series of meetings and is truly a group effort to find solutions that satisfy everyone’s interests and needs. The open flow of communication among the team members leads to more creative, individualized resolutions that will help everyone move forward postdivorce. The fact that both spouses have a voice in the terms of the agreement, as well as the insight of multiple professionals, often reduces the need for couples to make amendments to the terms in the future.
ADVANTAGES OF COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE Emotionally, the collaborative process can often be a kinder, gentler process than both mediation and litigation. Ending a marriage is emotional enough. Avoiding the fear, surprise and likely increased conflict associated with a court case may make the transition more peaceful for everyone.
From a financial perspective, collaborative divorces can also be more cost-effective. Meetings tend to be more productive and efficient. Whereas attorneys would likely have to conduct research in areas outside their expertise, financial specialists can provide immediate guidance, which allows attorneys to focus exclusively on family law. The process can also move along more quickly than a traditional divorce. That’s because the involved parties — not the caseload of the court system — determine the timeline, although some statutes may impact the timeline. Even if you choose to pursue mediation, your attorney still may need to complete filings with the court system that will impact your ability to make progress in a timely fashion. Streamlining the process should also result in lower fees.
If you find yourself considering a divorce, but can’t envision what a post-divorce life might look like, you should start by speaking with a professional. Depending on where your uncertainty lies, that professional could be an attorney, financial advisor, or counselor. Regardless of whether the collaborative divorce process is the option you pursue, there is still tremendous value in engaging with a financial advisor and child specialist to partner with your attorney. Their expertise combined with your attorney’s guidance could make the difference in a settlement you can live with. The cost of the divorce and the division of the marital estate can be one of the most devastating financial events in a couple’s life together. As with all major life events, it’s important to know your options before taking action. If you are considering a divorce, it’s worth learning more about collaborative divorce. The process isn’t right for everyone, however, so it’s important to discuss all options with your attorney.
By Linda B. Elliott
When interacting with someone going through a divorce, the key for all parties involved is to keep your focus on exercising and maintaining healthy boundaries. Specifically, here are some things to consider:
Do not assume that you know or understand the circumstances surrounding the divorce. Every marriage is unique, and in most marriages, the “public face” of the marriage is only a part of the story. Assume that there are aspects of the relationship of which you are not aware, nor should you be.
Be supportive, but don’t ask intrusive questions. While you may want to know more about what happened, or is happening, divorce is a very private matter that has to be lived out in the public eye. Respect privacy.
Remember that support does not mean agreement, enabling, taking sides, or getting involved in trying to “fix” it. Individuals going through a divorce often benefit from professional counseling, but this is not the role of friends and family.
Divorce is a loss. In order to process it in a healthy way, that loss must be grieved. Even if the individual has made the decision to divorce and knows without a doubt that it is the right thing for them, it is a loss. And like any other loss, it is very individual. Refrain from thinking or speaking in “shoulds.” Again, professional counseling can be very helpful in this process.
Reach out and invite the person to socialize. Individuals going through the divorce may likely worry about being a “fifth wheel” or a “downer,” and so may be hesitant to reach out. And if they decline your invitation, don’t take it personally. Give it time and ask again.
And when you do socialize, try to keep the focus on other aspects of your relationship. Help the divorcing individual establish their individual identity, separate from their identity as part of a “couple.”
A word about listening. A good listener reflects back what the speaker says, as a signal that the speaker has been heard and understood. If the speaker expresses feelings such as anger or sadness, ask open-ended questions to follow-up and understand more fully. Do not ask “Why” they feel sad, for instance, or tell them what they should feel, as that will typically elicit defensiveness and shut down the conversation.
WHAT IF COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE DOESN’T WORK? Nothing is fail-safe. What happens if, despite all good intentions, the spouses can’t come to a consensus and one spouse decides to go to court? At that point, all professionals involved, including attorneys, must withdraw from the case. The spouses will need to start over from scratch with new attorneys. And that means more time and additional expenses.
In most cases, blood is thicker than water. It is natural and common for families to take sides. One of the common “losses” in divorce is that of relationships. Please don’t take this personally.
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Especially when kids are involved, family members have to set their own feelings aside — don’t speak negatively about the other parent — especially in the presence of the children. And certainly don’t pump the children for information regarding their parents. This is a time of great upheaval and adjustment for kids (at any age), and they need as much support as possible.
And, lastly, if you’re struggling with your role and how to be most helpful and supportive, ask. Ask the divorcing individual what they need, or ask a professional. Wisdom is, indeed, knowing when to ask for help.
Linda B. Elliott is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) at Living With Intention Inc. in Fishers. For more information, call (317) 863-5888 or visit livingwithintention.biz
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As I shared in the March/April 2017 issue, my husband and I were blessed to welcome a baby boy in January after years of infertility. Pregnancy for me was a dream come true, and every pound gained was well worth it. However, after giving birth I was ready to focus on getting back to a healthier place.
As a result of undergoing fertility treatment, I gained 10 pounds before ever getting pregnant. Then, of course, I gained additional weight during pregnancy. In the end, it was a lot for my petite frame to rebound from. Immediately after giving birth, I dropped 19 pounds fairly quickly, but then plateaued. I needed a path forward, but I wanted my “body after baby” journey to be about more than just shedding pounds. I wanted to gain strength, energy and knowledge on how to create healthier habits to achieve long-term success. The Riverview Health Body Knowledge program was an ideal fit. This program uses a BOD POD machine, which is revered as a gold-standard for tracking body composition (see sidebar at right). The BOD POD measures how much fat is in your body and provides a recommendation for how many calories you need in a day, based on an individual’s total body composition. At five weeks postpartum, I had my first appointment with Riverview Health registered dietitian Brittany Nelson. One week later, I went for my body composition assessment. Brittany and I mapped out a plan. It included using MyFitnessPal, an online food journal, and weekly sessions to review
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One of my favorite moments of enlightenment is when Brittany shared the findings of her master’s thesis. The qualitative study examined the eating habits of freshman students on campus. The study revealed that students chose foods for various reasons, which could cause increased or decreased risk for weight gain such as the “freshman 15.” Among the various reasons, the one thing every student said influenced their food choices was their mother. This greatly challenged me to start thinking about what kind of example I want to set for my son, Brody.
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