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Love Conquers All

et me begin by saying that every day should be a day to celebrate romance. If you’re waiting until February 14 each year to show affection to your soul-mate, you’re probably going to spend a lot of time alone. But, that shouldn’t take anything away from special occasions that have become reminders for those who take love for granted. Our access to potential soulmates via the World Wide Web has made it easier for some to expand their social circles. However, many years ago, long before Al Gore invented the Internet, relationships were not so easy to come by. During the third century there was a priest named Valentine who lived in Rome while it was being ruled by an emperor named Claudius. Known as “Claudius the Cruel,” he did all he could to live up to his name. Rome was in the early stages of its decline and the emperor wanted to keep it from eroding any further. Hence, he began a quest to rebuild his army. He sounded the clarion call for volunteers, only to discover that most men were tired of war and didn’t want to leave their wives and families. Enrollment numbers were very minimal, making Claudius furious. The cruel one came up with an idea; if men were not married, there would be no wives or families to abandon, so they wouldn’t mind joining the army. (Of course, this was during a time in history when people couldn’t even imagine having children out of wedlock.) Therefore, the emperor decreed that marriages would no longer be allowed. With untold numbers of broken hearts stumbling dizzily through a sea of unrequited love, a hero was desperately needed. Father Valentine, coming to the rescue, defied the heartless edict and performed the nuptials in secret. Evidently, some cynical, loveless squealer dropped a dime (or a denarius, as it were) on the priest. As a reward for his noble deed, Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. While awaiting his execution, many young people, their hearts filled with admiration for the courage and chivalry displayed by the priest, threw flowers and notes toward his cell

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window. They wanted him to know that they also believed in love and that they respected him for his sacrifice. In addition, they had his name sewn on the sleeves of their garments and they paraded around the city to demonstrate their affection. It became known as wearing one’s heart on one’s sleeve. Meanwhile, the captive struck up a friendship with the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to talk with Valentine and help him through the difficult days before facing the torture and ultimate death. On the day of his execution, he left the young woman a note thanking her for the friendship and loyalty. He signed it, “Love from your Valentine.” That note, according to the legend, began the tradition of exchanging messages of love. Valentine died for his convictions on February 14, 269 A.D. Of course, all of the foregoing could be riddled with inaccuracies, but in every legend there is some factual foundation. Some historians have said that Valentine was executed and became a martyr because he refused to give up Christianity. In any event, he was granted sainthood by the pope and the story has lasted for about 1800 years. Yes, like most great events in history, Valentine’s Day has become a retailer’s dream. Flowers, heartshaped boxes of chocolates, greeting cards and intimate apparel are high on the list of gifts that help all those Romeos and Juliets to keep the flame of passion alive. And, like most great events, people celebrate because they are pulled along in the magnetic wake of tradition. They either forget, or they never knew about all those courageous souls throughout history who sacrificed everything for their beliefs and helped to pave the way for the civilization we enjoy today. Even in the hustle-bustle world of traffic jams, stress-filled meetings and the ubiquitous cacophony of cell phone symphonies, we must never forget that without love and romance, life would be, as the philosopher Thomas Hobbes said, “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” If you don’t remember to make your special someone feel extra special this Valentine’s Day, your life may well become solitary, if not short.

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- Try to choose strawberries as big as you can find, unless of course you want to make baby shots - Cut the point of the strawberry off so they can stand on their own, the melted chocolate helps form a little base too which makes them even more stable - We recommend hulling out the strawberries using a paring knife and grapefruit spoon, you have to be careful not to make them too thin or they’ll break (nothing a little melted chocolate can’t help mend!). Don’t forget to pat strawberries dry before dipping in chocolate. - Freeze the dipped strawberry cups for maximum sturdiness, and to keep your drink cold. Let them thaw for a few minutes before serving so no one breaks any teeth - Top with whipped cream and sprinkles for an extra special touch. 3

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Savvy Business Tips from Marsha Flower Mound Makes National Headlines Fair Fight 10 Common Design Mistakes The Party People Carol’s Cards and Gifts Your 2014 Resolution: How’s That Working for You? Chamber News Camp Bethesda That’s What I Thought Winning the Fight Family Ties Love Conquers All

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That’s What I Thought

by Lori Fickling

Resolution Revolution

With the New Year comes a sense of renewed spirit; a commitment to make changes that will hopefully improve our lives in the coming year. After all, who doesn’t want to change something about themselves? Having never been one for these New Year’s Resolutions, this year was a little different for me - maybe because of my age, or maybe just that I’ve slowly become aware of all the “things” cluttering my life. In fact, I have a house full of these “things,” and maybe it’s even that I have the house to “house” these things. Sad, right? A few people I know have made the decision to simplify, and I’ve watched this phenomenon with intrigue. How in the world could they part with their belongings simply for the sake of simplifying? After all, these are treasures, right, and how could you

possibly part with a treasure! (At least I never could, I thought.) What I’ve always known but really came to realize this past holiday season is that the time I spend with family in friends is what makes my life full. It sounds cliché, I know, but hear me out. I’m proclaiming a revolution in my life. I’m making 2014 my year for new and more frequent “experiences” - things I’ve never done before. So while losing weight or saving money or procrastinating less are admiral resolutions, what if we decided to focus less on things and more on new experiences? Think of your bucket list (even if you don’t have an official one) - it’s a great place to start. I would like to spend a long weekend in New York with friends, for example, and my husband is dying to show me the great Northwest. But if travel adventures seem impossible to work into your schedule, you can still make changes just by being open to new experiences around you. The DFW Metroplex is teeming with museums, parks, concerts, musicals, great restaurants, every sporting event you could imagine, and unlimited entertainment options. So go ahead and make 2014 your year to focus your time and money on experiencing new things rather than purchasing more things. You’ll be taking the first step toward simplifying your life while taking another first step toward a fuller life. What a great trade!

Voted Best of Denton County “Lucy’s Grand Cleaners” has been taking care of my clothes since she was located in Grand Prairie, TX in 1988. Ten years ago this year she moved to Flower Mound, TX and I moved to Colleyville, TX - I continue to drive to Flower Mound to Lucy’s Grand Cleaners because she does an exceptional job in taking special care of regular every-day and expensive garments, she also has an exceptional alterations department, and she has never lost or ruined any garment that I have trusted her with. I never go to Lucy’s Grand Cleaners that she herself, her family, or employees don’t greet me with a smile on their face. I can honestly tell you that I highly recommend Lucy’s Grand Cleaners after doing business with her for the past 24-years.” Mary Kay Langford, Colleyville, TX 76034

Huevos Rancheros:

Ingredients: * about 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided * 2 corn tortillas * 1/2 cup black beans (from a can, drained and rinsed) * 1 clove garlic * 1 tsp chili powder * 1 tsp ground cumin * 2 Tbs. salsa (I used hot!) * 2 eggs * 1 Tbs. sour cream * fresh cilantro, for garnish * coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

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Instructions: In a mini food processor, add the beans, garlic, cumin, chili powder, a tsp of oil and a small pinch of salt and pepper. Blitz until you get a puree. Transfer to a small sauce pan and set it on a low heat. Stir (or press around) the mixture until it’s heated through. Remove from heat. Put a small skillet over the heated burner and add the tiniest bit of oil. Lightly fry (it’s almost toasting really) each tortilla until slightly browned and bubbly. Transfer to a plate. Add a tsp of oil (or a little more) to the skillet and crack your first egg in. If you want to use a bigger skillet and just fry both eggs at the same time, gah fer it. (That’s me trying to sound Irish.) Continue to fry the eggs until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny. In the meantime, spread the bean mixture over each tortilla, followed by the salsa. Then top each with an egg. Dollop with a little more salsa, fresh cilantro sprigs and a good grind of black pepper. Serve with lime wedges and sour cream!


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Our Contributors Bob Weir began a writing career about 15

years ago and had his first book published in 1999. He went on to write and publish a total of seven novels. His books are available on and other online booksellers. He’s also a former newspaper editor and a syndicated columnist under the title “Weir Only Human.”

Eren Turner is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Executive Director of Youth and Family Counseling in Lewisville, a non-profit mental health agency serving Denton County.

Marsha Thomas President and Owner of T N T Promotions, LLC. Marsha has over 25 years of experience working in goal oriented environments developing and managing programs in the Human Resources sector. She has managed both client and employee facing initiatives and has a strong focus on brand awareness.

Mike Fickling is a retired firefighter/paramedic and a long-time writer, editor and publisher. He and his wife, Lori, are the owners of Keepsake Biographers, specializing in preserving family histories and writing custom biographies.


ith the month most associated with hearts right around the corner, we want to remind you that February is American Heart Month. It’s a time to be reminded of how important heart health is and how big of a problem heart disease is in our society today. Did you know that 715,000 people have a heart attack each year? And about 600,000 people die from heart disease every year. That’s 1 out of 4 deaths in America every single year. While the situation is alarming, there is good news! Heart disease is preventable and controllable. But while heart attacks can be prevented, there are children every single day born with a condition called congenital heart disease (CHD) With 1 in 100 children born each year with CHD, there are a lot of lives affected by this condition as well. Children who didn’t ask

for the very tough road ahead of them and 50% who won’t live to see adulthood. We at Camp Bethesda work with children with congenital heart disease and know that both heart disease and congenital heart disease need more awareness in our community. This February, we encourage you to take the time to learn more about both conditions. ABOUT CAMP BETHESDA Camp Bethesda ( is a camp for children between the ages of 8 and 18 that have congenital heart disease. We are a Christ-centered organization who believes that camp should be a physical, mental and spiritual experience.

Shannon Serwin is a long time professional

Lori Fickling is a writer, political junkie,and social media specialist. She also owns iTrendz Communications, a social media marketing company.

writer and treehugger, enjoying the Flower Mound life since 1993. She would love to hear what our community cares about contact her at:


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Flower Mound for 24 years and is the Vice President of Sales for DFW Alarm and has been actively involved in the business community for eight years. She is very active in the community and is currently the President of Women of Flower Mound.

Opened La Montage Gallery in January 2004. We are dedicated to servicing Professional designers as a single source destination art gallery and showroom in both Residential and Commercial design.

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Women in Business Spotlight

Julie Taylor & The Party People Help You Throw the Perfect Party!

“Enjoy your guests and let us do the rest,” is the philosophy of Julie Taylor, owner of The Party People. How does a woman who started in accounting and finance evolve into this entrepreneurial line of work? Julie’s response brings a smile to my face as she quips, “This job is a lot more fun!” When you meet Julie Taylor your immediate sense is that she enjoys life. A native of California, she and her family relocated to Flower Mound 6 years ago. Julie loves the chance for her family to work together, as her husband and daughter are a part of this family owned business. Julie’s goal is to build her business locally and share her set of talents to serve the community. Julie and her qualified team ensure that all of the details are taken care of smoothly and efficiently, allowing you to relax and spend quality time with your guests. Afterwards, you won’t even have the daunting task of cleaning up because The Party People will have taken care of this work for you.

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The Party People services includes: serving food, drinks and appetizers; bartending beer and wine or a full bar with specialty drinks; set up and tear down; cake cutting, sous chef, and so much more. Some of the party events they specialize in are holiday parties, private dinners, bridal and baby showers, social and business events. All of the staff is TABC certified to make your party a “responsible party”. With affordable prices and a can-do attitude, The Party People take the stress out of throwing a party. Julie says it best, “My business is about making your party the most memorable event you’ve ever had because you get to talk to your guests and enjoy your own party!” So the next time you plan a party and want to actually enjoy your guests, call Julie Taylor with The Party People. 972-200-1859

Season of Hope with Laura Bush


Tips from Marsha Thomas

appy New Year everyone!!! Now that we have left 2013 in the dust we look forward to a new year of continuing relationships with old friends and clients while building relationships with new friends and clients. I have never been able to figure out what is the best way to approach new relationships. I go to lots of networking meetings, sponsor events, try to be active in my community, but I have found the best way to advertise my company is through word of mouth. If you treat your customers well, they will recommend you to everyone they know and voila! You have new friends and maybe even some new customers. The heart of all companies is great customer service. If you don’t have that you will not have a loyal customer base. People know when they come to you they can count on you to have their best interests at heart. Whether it is a client who knows exactly what they want or someone who


needs to lean on you to help them pick those special items out, they know they have come to the right place and you will help them out of their jam. The client forgot and waited until the last minute? That won’t scare you if you have also built solid relationships with your suppliers that will be willing to go the extra step to help you make that ridiculous deadline. The bottom line is to respect the needs of your clients and it will take you a long way to being successful and keep your business thriving in the future. Maybe we should all have the New Year resolution of making at least one new friend and getting one new client each month of this great year ahead of us. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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Dean McCurry - Professional Charity Auctioneer

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Dean with guest Steve Martin

“Dean...You are without a doubt...AWESOME!! I think it is safe to say you far out did yourself. You are so easy to work with, you’re extremely engaging, and totally had the crowd eating out of your hands. Thank you again for helping to make our event so successful and look forward to seeing you at our next event.”

Meet Eagle Scout Matt Tuggle from Meredith Butterfield While brainstorming his Eagle Scout Project, Flower Mound resident Matt Tuggle “wanted to do something longlasting with personal significance” to him. He chose to do a benefit concert and instrument drive because, “Music has influenced me so much that I wanted to provide that joy for other people.” Working with Rob Myers, Director of Instrumental Music for Dallas ISD and former FMHS Band Director, Matt focused his attention on Lincoln High School. At Lincoln, Kevin Smith was actively trying to build the band program. Smith, a Lincoln HS graduate, also played trumpet in the band. A few years ago, he returned to LHS to rebuild the program which, at the time, consisted of only 12 students. In a number of years, the program has grown to approximately 85 students. With additional band participants comes the requirement of additional instruments, and the need for many more school-owned instruments arose.

In addition to hosting an instrument drive, Matt scheduled a benefit concert, held at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church in Flower Mound on Saturday, May 18. Matt coordinated all aspects of the concert and instrument drive, and he rallied numerous FMHS Band friends to play for the program. All together, the effort raised just over $3500 and 20 pre-owned instruments were collected. Donated funds allowed for the purchase of six more items, as well as the reconditioning of the donated instruments. Matt happily delivered the donated band instruments to Mr. Smith at Lincoln High School in July, in time for band camp. At this time last year, one-third of the LHS band students had no instrument to play. This project brought them 20 newly refurbished horns and woodwinds to play PLUS and entirely NEW drumline! Matt, a member of Troop 451 in Lewisville, is 16 years old and will be a junior at Flower Mound High School this fall.


here’s always something new at Carol’s! This is the motto of Carol Humphries, owner of Carol’s Cards and Gifts in Flower Mound. Even as a young girl, Carol fondly reminisces playing card shop from her mother’s big box of saved greeting cards, and today she is still just as passionate about greeting cards. Six years ago, Carol made her childhood dream a reality by opening her beautiful card and gift shop. She enjoys offering the special VIP treatment to all her customers and when asked what separates her greeting card store from the chain stores, Carol replies, “Uniqueness, personal service and attention to details.” Carol’s Cards and Gifts has a wonderfully eclectic selection of merchandise ranging from family and friend gift ideas, home and garden décor, cards, stationery and collegiate items, with a blend of sentiment, faith, style, elegance, humor and tradition. Carol’s merchandise is unique, reasonably priced and she really does

have “something for everyone.” They even have a stunning variety of hand-crafted items created by local artisans in our area. By far, my favorite perk is the way they cater to today’s woman on the go. If you need a special gift and are short on time, you can run in, choose a wonderfully unique gift which they will make into a beautiful presentation. You choose and sign your card, and your task is complete with a great gift to go. How fabulous is that? You’re cordially invited to her Customer Appreciation Open House Feb. 8, Saturday, 10-6. So come to Carol’s Cards and Gifts. You’ll be glad you did.

Carol’s store is located at: 5801 Long Prairie Rd in Flower Mound. 972.539.1700

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Found at C9 Boutique Salon and Spa

Photography by Helen Chouinard




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Ray Hernandez, President, Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce Leading Business. Leading Lewisville. 2013 was a year of growth in many ways for the chamber and for the landscape of the business community in the DFW Area. Our board, members, partners and staff took proactive steps to address today’s transitional landscape by developing a new strategic plan for 2014 and 2015. In this plan we address future growth and create a roadmap in the areas of: Connecting Members, Developing Leaders, Effective Organization, Telling Our Story, Voice of Business, Business Development The overall goal of the plan is to ensure that the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce is in a position to address the needs of the business community. The Chamber will stay abreast of key issues, advocate on our members’ behalf, and provide relevance to businesses large or small.

A hot topic of discussion this year that will continue in subsequent years is the I-35E expansion. Several businesses in our community will be or are already affected. This is an opportunity for the Chamber to serve as a conduit for the business community. The Lewisville Area Chamber will continue to partner with The Texas Department of Transportation (TX DOT), Denton County, the city of Lewisville, the city of Highland Village, Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) and others to ensure the transportation needs and concerns of the business community are met and heard. We expect to see continued growth locally and nationally as the economy continues to improve. A key indicator of improvement is the reduction in foreclosures nationwide, which has reached its lowest level since 2005. Locally we will continue to partner with our State Representatives, The Texas Department of Transportation, Denton County, the city of Lewisville, the city of Highland Village, Denton County

Transportation Authority (DCTA) and others to encourage economic and business development. Nationally we will provide an avenue of transparent communication with Congressman Burgess’ office so that the business community and all of our partners are given the opportunity to express their concerns. We will also expand our Women Leading Business Conference & Expo by featuring state and nationally recognized presenters. Libby Spears will remain a constant as the facilitator for the event. We are reorganizing our Senior Service Alliance program and taking a detailed review of every aspect of our work so that we are creating relevant programming to address the needs of our members and the business community. Yes, more changes are on the way so that we continue to provide relevance to the business community. (972) 436-9571

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Flower Mound Chamber Geared Up for 2014!


What an exciting year is ahead for the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, as 2014 promises to be one of its busiest yet! The Chamber is looking forward to the implementation of new programs, while continuing to build on past successes. The Chamber board, under the leadership of 2014 Chairman of the Board David Hodges, just completed its planning retreat and has great plans for the New Year. The year kicks off with a newly revamped Ambassador program. As one of the longstanding and indispensable programs, the Ambassadors serve as the welcoming arm of the Chamber. Ambassadors will continue to represent members at ribbon cuttings, which

is one of the most important services we provide for new businesses in our community. In addition, the new Ambassador program will include mentoring new and current members by walking them through various opportunities for involvement and for growing their business. The Chamber knows that a quality school district is vital to the growth of a community, and we are fortunate to have one of the best in Lewisville ISD. The Flower Mound Chamber Education Committee is partnering with the school district to provide ways for members to effectively share their area of expertise with students. Fostering this relationship helps not just the students, but the future of the business community, as well.

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Winning The Fight! Today I’m writing about a topic which saddens me. We have a serious drug problem in America and yes, it is in our own backyard. “Impossible!” is my initial reaction to this news. How can this happen in a community like ours? We aren’t inner city and yet the problem exists. The majority of us moved here because of the charm, beauty and safety, kind of like to our suburban Promise Land. We are active in our schools. We attend church. We give back to our non-profits and actively participate in local politics. In Denton County most of us work hard and live comfortably. It’s a lifestyle which most of the world can’t even imagine or dream possible. By “drug use” are we talking about marijuana which is now legalized in a few states for medicinal purposes? (Colorado is now promoting it for recreational use.) I discovered that both legal and illegal drug use is a growing problem in our country. Sadly, it is in our own backyard. Cheryl Rayl, owner of Watchdog Screening and HR Solutions, a local drug testing service, arranged a lunch so I could meet Winning The Fight founder, Kathy O’Keefe. WTF is a 501c3 dedicated to bringing drug awareness and healing to families who’ve endured the jagged emotional heartache of losing a child to drug abuse. As I sat and listened, occasionally asking questions, my rose colored glasses were shed. I learned that our children

(12 sliders) • 1 1/4 lbs. ground meat • 12 slider buns (or 12 dinner rolls) • 6 leaves romaine or iceberg lettuce • 2 roma tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick • 1 red onion, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick • 1 lemon • For Chipotle mayonnaise • 1 cup mayonnaise • 1 tsp. dijon mustard • 1 tsp. sherry wine vinegar • 1 tsp. minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, seeds removed • 1/4 tsp. sauce from chipotle peppers • 1 clove garlic, minced

are using hard drugs and heroin is often the drug of choice. It is easily accessible and cheap. If that isn’t bad enough, many die of overdose. When this happened to Kathy’s son, she swore to make a difference, to create an awareness so that others wouldn’t have to suffer as her family did; to save the lives of other youths who have so much potential. What can we do to help? If you have teenagers surprise them with a random drug test (which can be discreetly purchased at Watchdog Solutions in Lewisville). You can even buy the test online. Inform your teenagers that you will regularly start drug testing. If they test positive, then follow through with consequences. Keep communication lines open, seek family counseling. Don’t be afraid to share with your closest friends or your pastor. As parents, you need support as well. Stop beating yourself up! Life throws us some pretty big curve balls. Here is Kathy O’Keefe’s contact information. She is knowledgeable and helpful, a woman who is turning personal tragedy into a ray of hope for many people. If it’s in your heart to give, Winning The Fight! is in constant need of volunteers and donations. 972.467.7704

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Directions: 1. For Chipotle mayonnaise – Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. If making ahead, transfer to a covered container and store in the refrigerator. 2. Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees. Wrap buns in foil and place on rack in the oven to heat. 3. Place the onion slices in a medium bowl. Squeeze juice from the lemon over onion slices and sprinkle with salt and toss to combine. Let onions marinate while you finish making the sliders. 4. On a large cutting board, pat out the ground meat. Using a 2 2/2 inch cookie cutter, cut out slider patties from the meat. Reform meat and cut additional patties out until you have 12 patties. 5. Pre heat grill pan or barbeque according to manufacturer’s directions. 6. Season beef patties with salt and pepper. Grill patties until cooked and the internal temperature is 165 degrees. 7. Remove buns from the oven and place bottoms on a serving platter. 8. Top with a grilled meat patty, tomato slice, lettuce leaf and a few pieces of the marinated onion. Spread some of the chipotle mayonnaise on the top bun and place on top of the onions. Use a small skewer to hold slider in place if desired. 9. Serve immediately.

Easy Crescent Veggie Pizza

Ingredients: 2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury® Place ‘n Bake™ refrigerated crescent rounds or Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon dried dill weed 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 cup small fresh broccoli florets Steps: 1/3 cup quartered cucumber slices 1 Heat oven to 375°F. 1 plum (Roma) tomato, seeded, chopped 2 If using crescent rolls: Unroll both cans of dough; separate dough into 4 long rectangles. In 1/4 cup shredded carrot ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan, place dough; press in bottom and up sides to form crust. I

using dough sheets: Unroll both cans of dough. In ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan, place dough; press in bottom and up sides to form crust. 3 Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. 4 In small bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream, dill and garlic powder until smooth. Spread over crust. Top with vegetables. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours before serving. Cut into 8 rows by 4 rows.

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Fair Fighting By Eren Turner


ll relationships -be they marital, family, or friend- will involve conflict at sometime or another. The goal of a healthy relationship is not to avoid disagreements, but rather to argue fairly. Effective communication is not a skill often taught, but without it, it can lead to heated, ugly arguments and bitter or ruined relationships. Some basis skills for fair fighting and healthy communication include the following: 1. Stay on Topic –Discuss one issue at a time. Do not use the current disagreement to bring up past issues. If previous concerns still weigh on you, find another time to calmly discuss them. 2. Use “I” Statements –“I” statements are a way to tell the other person how you are feeling and are effective in getting a point across. “You” statements come across as blaming and can put the other person on the defensive. Learn to rephrase a statement such as “You didn’t clean up like you said you would!” into “I feel overwhelmed and hurt when I come home and the house is still a mess. I need your help keeping it clean.” 3. Pay Attention to Non-Verbals –Up to 90% of our communication is not in the words we speak. Pay attention to your body language, tone of voice, and how you are interacting with the other person. Speak calmly, relax your posture, and make eye-contact during interactions to help keep arguments from escalating. 4. Take a Time-Out– If an argument begins to heat up, it may be wise to take a time-out. Tell the other person that you need to take a break to cool down and think. It is imperative though that you do later return to the conversation; taking a time-out does not mean the issue goes unresolved. These tips can help relationships run more smoothly, but they take practice and consistency. If you desire additional help with this or other relationship issues, contact Youth and Family Counseling at (972)724-2005 or

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Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Topping Ingredients • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets • 2 tablespoons fat (lard, tallow, ghee, coconut oil, etc) • 1 small onion, diced • 2 celery ribs, diced • 2 carrots, diced • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 pound ground beef or lamb • ¼-1/2 cup homemade beef broth • 1 tablespoon homemade ketchup or tomato paste • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley • salt and pepper to taste • 2 tablespoons fat (lard, tallow, ghee, etc) • ½ cup shredded GAPS-legal cheese (omit for Paleo) Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 2-3 quart casserole dish and set aside. 2. In a large pot, steam or boil cauliflower until tender. 3. Heat 2 tablespoons of fat in a large skillet or saucepan over medium high heat. Add the onion, celery, carrots and garlic and cook until beginning to soften, around 5 minutes. 4. Add the ground meat to the pan and cook until browned. Add beef broth as necessary to keep the mixture wet. Add the ketchup or tomato paste (if using), parsley and season with salt and pepper. Let simmer while you prepare the cauliflower topping. 5. To make the topping, drain the cooked cauliflower. Mash or puree with a stick blender until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons of fat and season with salt and pepper. 6. To assemble, spread the meat mixture on the bottom of the dish. Top with the cauliflower mixture and smooth with a spoon. Cover with shredded cheese, if using. 7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is brown and bubbly. Serve warm.

Ten common design mistakes…and how to avoid them by Gaylynn McBrayer


t’s the New Year and a perfect time to make changes to your home or work space. Here are a few tips to make sure you avoid costly unwanted mistakes before starting your new design project: 1. Not asking for help: Don’t be afraid to ask for help, with color, scale or placement of furniture. Even if you are comfortable with your own design sense, you may want to consult with an interior designer to make sure you avoid costly purchases that may not be the best fit. Many designers work on an hourly rate, are approachable and can save you time and money in the long run. 2. No project plan: Never go shopping without a goal or plan of the completed project. Knowing your layout is the key to a successful outcome. Many people make impulse buys because they love a piece of furniture or a particular fabric but it may not fit the design flow for the room. 3. Lack of cohesive direction: Always select a cohesive element to tie your project together. Find a color, pattern or design element that flows throughout the space to create comfort and sense of wellbeing. 4. No design budget: Setting a budget for your project is crucial. You need a realistic idea of what it takes to create a beautiful space especially if you are hiring a design professional. It is important to educate yourself about costs and the internet makes it easy. 5. No Focal Point: Every well decorated space whether its home or office should work around a focal point. You want your eye to focus on one main thing when you enter the room; Example: artwork or a beautiful rug. 6. Too matchy: Too carefully coordinating a room leaves it flat and uninteresting. Adding a few unique/unexpected things to a room evokes interest and makes the space alive. A good example of this is to mix traditional artwork with a modern abstract paintings or adding a unique antique furniture piece to a modern room.

7. Avoid White Walls: Steer clear of plain white walls. Using a mid-tone, soft neutral or bold paint color unifies the room. The only time white works is if it is a conscious design decision with a limited palate, utilizing lots of texture and contrast. Don’t be afraid of paint color, it is the least expensive way to change a room and add interest. 8. No height variance: Your room or design space should be a city scape. You never want everything to be the same level. You can easily accomplish this by creating different heights in your furnishings, art placement and window treatments. 9. Investing in trends: Avoid fads in your design project. If you want to punch in a trendy new color apply it to your accessories such as pillows or vases that can easily and affordably be replaced. By keeping your main investment pieces neutral, you can easily change the feel of the room down the road by changing out a few key accessories. 10. Improper installation: Never hang your artwork too high or too low. Your artwork or painting can be perfect for the space but improper installation can negatively impact the entire room. Consult with a design or installation specialist if you are not sure about placement.

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hy is it that we find so much strength in our family ties? They know us better than anyone. Together we laugh and cry. They encourage us to lofty levels while helping us stay painfully grounded in reality. Oddly, they need us as much as we need them. It’s crazy because we don’t even choose our family members. We choose our friends who may become extended family to us, but that’s different. Blended families exist in nearly every circumference. Some of us are adopted or “rescued” because our original situation isn’t ideal. When we marry, we obtain a whole new set of family. If we’re fortunate we will blend well with our in-laws. As I’ve learned, marriage to your spouse comes as a package. It’s a merging of customs and tra-

Family Ties ditions, sharing the holidays and other special events. Our family helps us define who we are and why we make many of our life choices. Over the years, I’ve come to not only accept my “family package” but to appreciate the strength I receive from the time I spend with them. They may tease me mercilessly for a crazy stunt or two, perhaps dating back to my childhood, and most definitely high school and college. But at the end of the day they are the ones who strengthen me with their unconditional love and acceptance of who I am, yesterday and today.

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t’s always so sad after the Christmas tree is gone and the twinkling lights are stored. That’s when the doldrums and winter blues come crashing down. Well, our wonderful readers, let me share with you some fun events for the upcoming months. Valentine’s Day does not have to be about romantic love…..take some candy hearts to a senior citizens center, or a red fuzzy Teddy bear to an abused children’s home, or do something as simple as sending a Valentine to a soldier. Women of Flower Mound (WOFM) has some great activities for the spring!! On February 11th at our regular meeting (which is always the 2nd Tuesday of the month) we will be decorating cupcakes for fun and for our February sponsored charity is CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Every month WOFM picks a local charity and the members graciously donate items for the charity’s particular needs. On Saturday night, February 22, we are having a Wine Tasting Party to raise funds for our scholarship program. Guests will enjoy blind tasting with wine, food, prizes and a fun-filled evening with husbands being encouraged to attend!! On March 11th, our regular meeting will feature a mini fashion show, a prelude to our fabulous fashion show in April. Our location this year is Royal Affairs Ballroom. It’s an event you don’t want to miss, so stay tuned for a date and further details. In April our regular meeting (April 8th) will not have a planned program. Instead, we are having an informal get-to-

gether to socialize with our BFFs and meet some new friends. AND, for those of you who prefer a lunch get-together we are now having quarterly luncheons. Our next luncheon will be April 11th at The Egg & I at noon. It’s a brand New Year with lots of fun-filled events and volunteering opportunities. WOFM is a wonderful organization for ladies NOT just in Flower Mound but also in the surrounding areas. Get involved. Help others. Make new friends. “Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything at all” – Muhammad Ali.

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Your 2014 Resolution: How’s That Working for You? by Shannon Serwin


s I unloaded the grocery sacks full of fruits and veggies on the first day of January I declared, “This year we’re all going to eat healthier!” “Mom, you say that every year,” taunted my teenager. “Yeah, well, we just have to keep trying and some day we’ll succeed.” (sigh) So, that is the sad state of my New Year’s resolution. How about yours? If you’re like most people, some or all of the promises that you earnestly made to yourself on January 1st may have already faded away. New Year’s resolutions are just that, though – formal expressions. Acts of perseverance. They mean you’ve set a goal and decided to do something; but unless you shed your inhibitions and look whatever it is that’s holding you back, 2014 won’t be any different than any other year. A great piece of wisdom I learned recently from a writer named Jeff Giesea is to focus on process goals instead of outcome goals. What’s

the difference? Outcome goals have a desired outcome, like losing 15 pounds, completing a marathon, or increasing your sales by 50 percent. Process goals, on the other hand, are specific actions that create a routine such as walking three times a week, writing in your journal every morning, or reaching out to a new and different business contact each day. While outsome goals certainly have their purpose, sometimes we’re easily discouraged because the actual achievement of these types of goals seems so far into the future (right?). When you’re stuck or off track, though, process goals give you momentum and structure, even if you’re not completely sure where they will lead you. As an example of becoming unstuck, I’ve learned to set daily process goals for my work (write 1,000 words a day) instead of looking toward the ominous outcome goal at the end of the month (produce a large e-book for a client). The days that I reach my process goal are great, empowering days for sure. It sounds simple, doesn’t it? That’s because it is. You’ve probably already heard that goals should be “realistic, attainable, and measureable,” so setting them should also be simple – if we let it! The key is to set and reach a goal that brings satisfaction and self-confidence from the achievement. You deserve that. We all do.

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Flower Mound Mayor makes National Headlines of Biblical Proportions Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden is an unassuming man who usually goes about the business of the town quietly and without much fanfare – especially around the Christmas holiday, when there is precious little business being conducted. How, then, did the mayor ignite a firestorm of media attention that seemingly spread to every television station, newspaper, and Facebook page in the nation? He mentioned the Bible during a town council meeting, that’s how. To be more specific, Mayor Hayden announced a proclamation to encourage citizens to read through the Bible in 2014. “Throughout the history of the United States, of the most important influences that has shaped our country into a distinctive nation, none may have been more profound or enduring than the Bible,” said Hayden during the December 16 meeting. He therefore declared 2014 to be the “Year of the Bible.” “So much of the morality that helped build our country is based on the values that are found in the Bible,” said Hayden. “And as we look at problems, maybe we’re getting away from those values. And in my little small way, I want to encourage people to get back into those values.” It must have been a slow news day, as they say – this two-week period between Christmas and New Year’s – but when a local Fox News affiliate picked up the innocuous proclamation on January 2, it created an all-out race to see who could produce the most outrageous headlines in the least amount of time. Some declared the proclamation “shocking,” “outrageous,” and “ridiculous,” and it became obvious that Mayor Hayden hit a nerve, at least with the national audience. Locally, the reaction was far more supportive and understanding, as you might expect from this conservative Christian population with the infamous Texan attitude. Most of us think of the Town of Flower Mound as a typical Texas bedroom community, just far enough from Dallas to have its own identity without sacrificing all the conveniences a large city has to offer. It has been one of the fastest growing communities in the nation for over a decade for good reason: great schools, moderate climate, low crime, friendly neighbors, and a sound economy for starters. Flower Mound seems content to be anonymous from the national spotlight when it comes to the media, and somewhat naïve when it comes to promoting its cultural differences. Who would have imagined that two weeks after the mayor’s mention of the Bible, Flower Mound would garner national attention? The chamber of commerce should be taking notes on how to promote this little piece of Texas without paying a nickel to do so. The mayor said his purpose was to “encourage all residents, in their own way, to examine the principles and teachings found in the Bible.” He didn’t mandate the idea to the population, nor did he seek to exclude a particular group or offend a single individual. In fact, he presented it much the way he recently honored a citizen turning 100 years old, or a Boy Scout upon completion of his Eagle project, or


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any of dozens of other local causes or achievements. Hayden’s initiative isn’t the first time a politician has pushed for a “Year of the Bible.” President Ronald Reagan proclaimed 1983 as the “Year of the Bible” in the United States and encouraged “all citizens, each in his or her own way, to reexamine and rediscover its priceless and timeless message.” The mayor readily admits to plagiarizing the Reagan proclamation, citing his inability to improve on the original version. The most salient point made by the mayor was the fact that the single most distinguishing characteristic of the Declaration of Independence, as stated by Thomas Jefferson, is the idea that Americans have been “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The Bill of Rights does not infer that rights are granted by a King, Monarch, President, or any individual – as it is in most other countries, and thus, subject to constant changes based on the whim of an election – but rather by their Creator. It is this ideology that sets us apart from the rest of the world and secures our liberties and freedom. That is a big deal, to say the least, and worthy of our consideration, as Mayor Hayden points out. Many of our greatest national leaders, including Presidents Washington, Jackson, Lincoln, and Wilson, have recognized the influence of the Bible on our country’s development in numerous speeches and inaugural addresses. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, considered the father of modern American liberalism, led the American people in prayer in a nationwide radio address after the landing at Normandy Beach. He then used the occasion to request of the American people a rededication of their faith, each in his own way. Solemn religious tributes can be found throughout our nation’s capital, including a bronze statue of Moses holding the Ten Commandments in the main reading room of the Library of Congress, together with a painting of a young Jewish woman praying and two passages of scripture: Micah 6:8 and Psalm 19:1. The east side of the capstone of the Washington Memorial is inscribed Laus Deo, meaning “Praise be to God.” Panel two of the Jefferson Memorial states, in part: “Almighty God hath created the mind free,” and “…all men shall be free to profess and be argument to maintain their opinions in matters of religion.” Inscribed into the wall of the Lincoln Memorial you can find the 703-word second inaugural address, which includes fourteen references to God and two Bible verses. Finally, George Washington, with his right hand on the Bible, recited his first oath of office and added “so help me God” as he then bent forward and kissed the Bible to conclude the ceremony.

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