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love everything about fall in the Midwest. The leaves changing colors, the crisp evenings with a bonfire and the rich fall foods on Thanksgiving are some of my favorite reasons I look forward to this season.

The time spent with family around the Thanksgiving table, and the chaos and joy of a full house of relatives has always been priceless to me. Our Thanksgiving family tradition each year is to go around the room and share or reflect on something from that year that we have either grown from, something that has stretched us or what we are thankful for.  It’s always a bit awkward at first to share, but in the end, it brings a little bit more meaning to our family time on Thanksgiving, and it helps me to appreciate the year and each other. Reflecting on what I am thankful for not only helps me to remember the blessings from that year, but it usually reveals gratitude in times of trials as well, because it is often in those times when true growth occurs and my dependency on my faith is imperative.  Trials and moments of being stretched, although tough, help us grow and become stronger in character, and an appreciation for the little things we would normally take for granted occurs. One of the best ways to show gratitude for what we have is by giving of ourselves to others. Whether it be through our time, treasure or talent, the selflessness of serving strengthens our character and is so rewarding. There is something about giving that feels so much better than receiving, and I believe it’s because we were made to give and to work together. This month is our Giving Back issue. The inspiring stories of perseverance and local people making a difference in our community challenges me to go out and do more. Our city is full of opportunities to serve, with so many people who genuinely show love through the selflessness of giving. Happy Thanksgiving! 

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ake advantage of our local harvest & crisp outdoor workouts. This is a great season to get ahead of your healthy habits, and roll strong into the holidays.  

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1. Workout in the morning!! Book a fitness class. Sign up for a local road race. Get outside & jog with friends...it doesn’t matter what it is, just get a good sweat in.   2. Wear jeans...Don’t get too comfy in leggings.  They have unlimited stretching capacity. 3. Plan your meal with healthy options.  If it is a potluck, bring something that is both delish and healthy.   4. Skip the unnecessary.  Don’t waste your time on store bought food & empty calories.  Choose what you eat wisely, & you will be satisfied quicker. 5. Take your time getting your plate.  If you are one of the last to eat, you will be more likely to skip stuffing in the second portions. 6. When you get your plate, fill up on veggies & turkey.  Take a small spoonful of the traditional “must-haves” but no need to over do it. 7. Help with dishes, or start a game after the meal.  Keep busy & avoid picking at the leftovers...plus, the host will appreciate it. 8. Wager some pushups on the football games.  Pushups are a bet everyone can afford. Even if you lose, you still win with a quickie workout...but give granny a break, and let her modify if she loses. 9. Remember that the holidays are about spending time with family & friends.  The food is just a small part of the day. Engage in as many conversations as possible.  Catching up with relatives will be more rewarding than grazing the table. 14

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L E T S E ME OF A LIFETI

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any fans of music may believe that all guitar players are basically the same. Those who sit in the audience when local musician Lester Estelle Sr. plays, know otherwise. With unorthodox tuning, unconventional technique and undeniable passion, it is evident to even the most casual listener that his style is one-ofa-kind. His ability and talent transcends genre and can not be truly appreciated without hearing and seeing it in person.

emulate what he saw the guitarist doing on T.V. "One

The son of a pastor, Lester has been around music

his favorites include Phil Keaggy, Earl Klugh, Jonathan

all his life. His father played piano,  guitar and sang as

evening, I broke a string and my secret was out.” He remembers, “But Dad allowed me to continue using his guitar, and I still have it to this day." Having taught himself to play watching a mirror image in the TV, he  later realized he was playing backwards. Using  a left-handed guitar, strung right handed is only part of what makes Lester stand out from other guitarist. “I enjoy playing acoustic and archtop guitars in DADGAD tuning instead of standard tuning. I love to tap and slap the guitar and play with a thumb pick like the old school players.” He explains. Music, to Lester, has provided him a way to both relax and challenge himself to grow his gift and technique.  He believes that playing music helps him maintain a disciplined and balanced life. “It takes discipline to learn and transpose music,  especially since I am self taught” he says "Practice makes permanent. So if I want to grow and get better, I must invest in my gift." He learns from watching other musicians, some of Butler and his sons Lester Jr. and Brandon Estelle.

well. He grew up watching artists like Chet Atkins and

Lester has been afforded many different avenues to share

Roy Clark on The Grand Old Opry. While his father was

his love and knowledge of music. He presently serves as the

working the night shift, Lester would take his guitar and

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Church in Olathe, KS where he has the pleasure

more about music in other countries, continue

sweetheart, Pat, have been married for 38

of mentoring and developing young musicians

to record, produce and share my music while

years. They have three children and 11 grand-

and worship leaders. He has traveled exten-

mentoring young musicians as I have my own

children. In 2011 he retired from the City of

sively through the United States and other

sons." He adds, “On my bucket list, I would love

Olathe following 32 years of service and began

countries, including Norway, Sweden, Canada,

to perform with Phil Keaggy.”

working at WaterOne shortly there after. Lester

Barbados and Mexico playing music. He says,”

Outside of music, Lester lives an equally

now also serves as Section Chair on the

I would love to do more of theses venues, learn

interesting life. He and his high school

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TheThe costs associated with raising a child with special needs areare costs associated with raising a child with special needs endless andand often underestimated. From legleg braces thatthat maymay costcost endless often underestimated. From braces $2,400 andand cancan be be outgrown each year to to housing needs andand $2,400 outgrown each year housing needs therapy needs, thethe costs could reach millions over an an individuals’ therapy needs, costs could reach millions over individuals’ lifetime. By By planning early andand taking advantage of of all all available lifetime. planning early taking advantage available resources, families cancan navigate thethe impact thatthat special needs carecare resources, families navigate impact special needs willwill have on on their financial security. have their financial security. WeWe spoke with a physical therapist for for a Missouri school district, for for a glimpse intointo what she’s seeing at the spoke with a physical therapist a Missouri school district, a glimpse what she’s seeing at the school level. SheShe hashas spent 20+20+ years in her district helping special needs students withwith various activities from school level. spent years in her district helping special needs students various activities from positioning them in ainclassroom andand teaching them to walk through a school, if that’s a possibility, to helping positioning them a classroom teaching them to walk through a school, if that’s a possibility, to helping them move their joints when they getget tight or making sure they don’t sit sit tootoo long andand produce pressure them move their joints when they tight or making sure they don’t long produce pressure areas. SheShe works with all age levels andand abilities andand understands how valuable school andand other programs areas. works with all age levels abilities understands how valuable school other programs cancan be. be. “For“For parents of younger children justjust starting outout in our programs, I see a lot of hope. As the children parents of younger children starting in our programs, I see a lot of hope. As the children getget older andand there is aismore informed view of their child’s future abilities andand needs, thethe parents’ emotions older there a more informed view of their child’s future abilities needs, parents’ emotions turnturn to fear,” sheshe said. to fear,” said. OneOne of the biggest fears sheshe sees is parents notnot knowing what willwill happen when their kidskids graduate from thethe of the biggest fears sees is parents knowing what happen when their graduate from school programs butbut stillstill need help. WeWe work with families to help ease thethe fearfear regarding their financial school programs need help. work with families to help ease regarding their financial future, help getget them moving in the right direction for for success for for their whole family, andand encourage them to to future, help them moving in the right direction success their whole family, encourage them useuse every resource available to them at different ages andand stages of their journey, including: every resource available to them at different ages stages of their journey, including: 1. Find outout about anyany state resources youyou have available for for your child at aatyoung age.age. Even if you think 1. Find about state resources have available your child a young Even if you think youyou have the money to care for them, get on waitlists early so you have a resource for help if you need it. it. have the money to care for them, get on waitlists early so you have a resource for help if you need a school district that cancan meet your needs. NotNot all districts offer thethe same programs andand levels of of 2. Find a school district that meet your needs. all districts offer same programs levels 2. Find care, so getting in with a district that meets your specific needs is important. care, so getting in with a district that meets your specific needs is important. advantage of of transition coordinators. If you’re notnot sure where to find resources, some school 3. Take advantage transition coordinators. If you’re sure where to find resources, some school 3. Take districts provide transition coordinators whose job is to help parents find information. While the parents districts provide transition coordinators whose job is to help parents find information. While the parents stillstill have to do thethe work, taking advantage of someone who knows andand understands thethe resources cancan be be have to do work, taking advantage of someone who knows understands resources an important step in finding help. an important step in finding help. 4. Prepare forfor school services to to end. Families areare usually protected when they’re in the school system, butbut 4. Prepare school services end. Families usually protected when they’re in the school system, a special needs child may need somewhere a special needs child may need somewhere to to go go when they're outout of school or or maymay when they're of school stillstill need therapy thatthat isn’tisn’t covered or or need therapy covered provided provided by by another another organization. organization. Knowing what resources youyou willwill need andand Knowing what resources need who willwill cover them (Medicaid, etc.)etc.) before who cover them (Medicaid, before youyou loselose them cancan help reduce some stress them help reduce some stress for for caregivers. caregivers. WeWe recently spent thethe evening at Blue Valley recently spent evening at Blue Valley Special Olympics’ annual fundraiser at TopGolf Special Olympics’ annual fundraiser at TopGolf (pictured right), a fundraiser we we have hadhad thethe (pictured right), a fundraiser have opportunity to sponsor for for several years. NotNot opportunity to sponsor several years. only areare thethe financial needs great for for special only financial needs great special needs families, butbut thethe physical andand emotional needs for for each member of the family areare great needs families, physical emotional needs each member of the family great as well. 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Lifetime of Gramercy Darol Rodrock ARTICLE ADRIANE TAYLOR | PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS AND PROVIDED

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arol Rodrock is a great autobiography in the making. In hearing his story, one would experience all the sentiments expected from an extraordinarily written, emotionally charged novel doused with deep feelings of love and compassion. It would speak of a troubled past and moments of disappointment, but it would also illustrate remarkable people and rewarding capstones. But Darol Rodrock is so much more than his story. He is a man who’s dedicated his life to building communities of families, promoting agape love, and inspiring others to live out their passions. Not many people have mastered the art of turning disenchantment into a lifetime of charity and diligence, and Darol Rodrock’s beginnings were less than humble. It was riddled with abuse, family imprisonment, and moments of despondency. As Rodrock speaks with intensity about the events in his life that have inspired him, he doodles pages of triangles, boxes, and intricate lines. Sprinkled within these doodles are meaningful numbers; 12 to represent the age in which he was paired with an influential foster family, 73 the percentage of foster males end up with a police record, or 40 the percentage of recent foster child increase in the state of Kansas. It is a physical testament of how Rodrock’s mind is a combination of intelligent complexity and life-defining experiences. He credits his love of people from a variety of sources: a flamboyant reverend who told him at the age of 10 that Jesus loved him, a fourth grade teacher who showed him through her actions and the words of the Bible that this was true, and his last foster family who, despite his past, believed in him and encouraged him to be even greater than even he could have imagined. Rodrock has made a conscious effort to become the person he feels he was destined to be, and this meant he had to inspire himself not to fall into the traps of life that make success an ongoing, uphill mêlée. He challenges others to be like a “pogo stick” and to look at failures as “short-term interruptions” and get back on their desired path and keep going. He’s most certainly lived by this mantra. Only 2% of children in foster care make it to college, and only 1% of those graduate. Yet Rodrock defied the odds by not only graduating college but also earning a Master’s degree, as well. Upon graduation, he became a teacher and a coach, wanting to inspire students and instill within them a sense of worth and purpose. He did so through positive modeling, helping them understand the gifts they’ve been given, and encouraging them to share their gifts with others. CONTINUED >

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Yet developing self esteem in young lives was not the only handiwork Rodrock was undertaking. During his summers, he built homes as a way to better provide for his growing family. His eye for detail and demand for a job well done helped his side business flourish, and in 1977 he left education to pursue this career fulltime. But Rodrock’s big plans quickly stretched beyond just constructing houses. He discovered a passion for cultivating a sense of true community through carefully planned neighborhoods. Taking cues from his childhood search for a loving home, he began fashioning entire developments with an emphasis on family-friendly elements. Rodrock recognized he was building memories for families, and that resonates in every step of planning—including pools, walking trails, playground areas, and the Rodrock Moms’ Council. This committee successfully fosters the ideals of family with planned neighborhood events and activities for all to partake. Today Rodrock has 84 thriving communities, and within each and every one his vision is evident. At the age of 70, Rodrock decided it was time to make one of his life’s dreams a tangible mission, and The Darol Rodrock Foundation was formed. It is his reverie to develop housing for young people who age out of the foster-care system once they turn 18. Unfortunately, at this time these young kids are no longer eligible to receive assistance from the state, which means funds afforded to foster families ends. Prematurely forced out into the world, many find themselves without the skills needed to survive, without anyone to turn to. Sadly, many end up on the streets. To date, the Darol Rodrock Foundation has supplied college funds, given monetary gifts, and provided educational opportunities as well as rich experiences for hundreds of foster children. Rodrock hopes to raise $5 million dollars to build housing that will help provide foster children with life skills and discipline needed to experience triumph within a system that often deals out failure. He hopes that by raising awareness, children in foster care will have increased odds of success. Darol Rodrock is a man that truly believes we can change the world through love. He trusts that if people continue to inspire others, a thriving community is inevitable. By taking an “I can, and I will” approach to life, children in foster care can prosper beyond their wildest dreams. He believes it takes ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and Rodrock challenges all of us to be the one to do the extraordinary things in their life. Be inspired, share the love, and give unconditionally. It’s as simple as that. 28

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David Pittman:

An adoption story of Love and Promise ARTICLE GREGG HALL | PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS

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t’s ironic to think that young David Pittman, while growing up in extreme poverty in Uganda, Africa, had so little in his life to look up to, that he often found himself searching the skies for any sight or sound of an airplane. As a boy, the dream of flying in a plane wasn’t big enough for David. His dream was to one day be the pilot. You see, as the pilot, when you have the knowledge and skills to control the stick and rudder, you have the power to go wherever your dreams will take you.  But for most of his childhood, those dreams seemed further than those commercial jets he would sometimes see far, far away above the clouds.  Growing up in rural Uganda isn’t easy.  Many children don’t get to live in a home with both mom and dad.  For those that don’t, they only see their dad a handful of times over the course of their life.  Add to that the lack of opportunity for economic growth, which makes continuing education that much more of a challenge for every child, and you have a recipe for the continuous cycle of poverty and brokenness.  Even David would tell you that at that time of his life, the most realistic dream he had for success was to one day become a taxi or bus driver in the city.  That was his best opportunity to escape the meager life of farming in his home town.  Things were so simple in fact, most kids collected plastic sacks to wad up and make into a soccer ball so they could play the same game kids all over the world are playing with a real ball.  There wasn’t a real ball to be found anywhere in his entire village.  The fact that David grew up with so

little, makes it more amazing he is now a young man who desires to give back as much as he can. Things began to change for David around the age of ten. It was at that time in his life when the signs that God was intervening began to be more evident.  When David was 10 years old, he was offered help by an organization called Christ Aid.  They took a picture of this handsome little boy, and half way around the world, in Colorado, the Pittman’s, a family from Johnson County, Kansas, were on vacation.  Instead of hiking more trails, they decided to visit a church, where for the first time they saw that very picture of the young boy in Uganda.  As they learned about the opportunity to help provide books for school, and consistent meals, the very things every child in the world should have, they knew they wanted to help.  So they began sponsoring David through Christ Aid, and they wrote him letters, the beginnings of what would become a life changing relationship. Three years later, when David was thirteen, he was able to come visit the Pittman’s, his sponsors, for the very first time and stayed for a full month.  Though it was one of the greatest months of his life, David knew he had to go back to his home in Uganda and face the every day hardships he had grown up with.  In some ways, his month with the Pittman’s helped prepare him for it.  A little more than a year later David was able to return to Kansas City and see his sponsor family for Christmas.  It was at this time the Pittman’s brought CONTINUED > the possibility of adoption up for the first time November 2016 | Johnson County Lifestyle

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with David. His father was no longer in his life, and his mother was so ill she couldn’t take care of David.  Though the road would be long and laborious, David was excited about the possibility of being  part of a brand new family.  As David describes in his own words, “the grace of God opened the door and made a way for my adoption.  Time was short, and just before the deadlines for my adoption to be legal, all the paperwork was completed and approved.  Just like that, I became David Pittman and God began a new chapter in my life.” David said that having a family and not having to worry about whether or not he was going to have food for dinner opened doors into his heart to begin dreaming his God shaped dreams.  He was now dreaming of airplanes again, having flown in them several times to and from Kansas City.  After graduation, David moved to Washington to pursue his dream of achieving his private pilot’s license.  Once completed, he set his sights on his mechanics license, and then his instruments rating, so he moved back to Kansas and kept working hard.  He stopped by the airport where he previously worked, and they welcomed him with open arms.  As a full-time employee, he also kept flying and working toward his goals.  David now has his commercial license as well as his multi-engine license. The only thing left for the fulfillment of David’s dream is to begin flying for a missionary agency around the world.  He dreams of bringing the good news of Jesus to remote parts of the world, and to children just like him who live in rural areas like his village in Uganda.  He hopes his life will inspire others to hope in God, to dream big, to work hard to achieve those dreams, and whether you are in a real plane or not, let your dreams soar higher than the clouds. 34

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Alex Talb ott’s Showing Gratitude through Donation ARTICLE ADRIANE TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED AND VINSON IMAGES

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popular question asked to young college graduates is, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” For Alex Talbott this question seemed simple enough: happily married, studying dentistry, and a continued life of physical health and wellness, and for the most part all of these aspirations rang true. But along the way a pretty significant obstruction halted Talbott and his ambitions and forced him to redefine what it means to have patience, resilience, and determination. He also had to be steadfast in faith that there are people in the world willing to donate bone marrow and that one of these people would be the perfect match. Alex Talbott grew up in Missouri and led a pretty normal life rich with personal successes. He was athletic by nature, and filled his life with many sports including basketball and golf. Being part of an organized team gave him life, and his love for sports followed him to Pittsburg State where he played both football and ran track and would meet his future wife, Jamie. Together they would begin to build their lives, and eventually they moved to the Kansas City area where Talbott could continue to pursue his career in dentistry.   Then in January of 2015 Alex Talbott began to feel uncharacteristically fatigued, and his symptoms lingered for a couple of weeks. Alex and his wife decided an appointment was necessary, since they had indication he may have contracted mononucleosis. A trip to urgent care determined that was not the case, also ruling out influenza. The nurse practitioner ordered a comprehensive, complete blood count be done to ensure them that anemia was not the culprit. Within 48 hours, Talbott was referred to an oncologist, and that realization alone left the couple shocked and  sent their minds reeling. The diagnosis would follow just days later: Leukemia. He was 27 at the time.  They instantly knew they were about to embark on the most challenging journey together as they prepared to take on a very aggressive form CONTINUED > of cancer with a chance of survival a grim 40%. Vinson Images November 2016 | Johnson County Lifestyle

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Talbott’s treatment was immediate, and he initially received a number of different types of chemotherapy in efforts to battle the cancer. He was forced to take a leave of absence from dental school and gave his best efforts to remain physically and mentally strong. But with a form of Leukemia so combative, a bone marrow transplant was imminent. A donor match from Europe gave the Talbotts what they had hoped, and his transplant was scheduled. To prepare his body for the transplant, Talbott had to receive obliterative conditioning and extremely high doses of additional chemotherapy. May 20, 2015 became Alex Talbott’s day of rebirth. He remained in the hospital for one-month post-transplant and traveled to the Cancer Center daily for weeks following the surgery. It took months for him to reach a moment of reprieve, but thanks to the perfect bone marrow match, Talbott is currently in remission. There is no denying the emotional toll that cancer can have on any family, and Alex and Jamie Talbott are no exception. Optimism may seem an intangible dream some days while others positivity is plentiful. Jamie had to learn to balance working full-time as well as being Alex’s primary caregiver. But there was an enormous amount of support from their families. Add to this, simple gestures like a daily phone call from the Talbots’ niece, Elle, made the gray moments not seem so insurmountable. It was through these conversations that Alex was able to always find promise, even during times when his recovery was bleak.  Elle, in some ways, was the permission he needed to feel joy.  Another seemingly unrelated source of enjoyment was witnessing the Kansas City Royals conquer their own battles in every game that they played in 2015. The couple watched faithfully that year, and with each win the Royals accomplished, it made Alex’s victory not seem so farfetched. But there is a grander movement that stands out as being a necessary component for Alex’s healing. Bone marrow donations are one of the most charitable forms of assistance one could give, and being a volunteer donor may give someone a fighting chance. That is all Alex and Jamie Talbott were hoping. It is because of this gift, they are continuing their unpredictable, yet rewarding, days together. 38

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But there is a grander movement that stands out as being a necessary component for Alex’s healing.


How Can We Help? Bone Marrow Transplantation has saved many lives. This treatment is very different than the traditional chemotherapy, radiation, and surgical therapies we may think of as cancer care. The rationale for treatment of cancer in marrow transplantation is to bring the donor’s immune system into the patient to hunt down the cancer as if it were an infection. The immune system of the donor is what we rely on to kill the cancer. It is, essentially, immunotherapy. There is a shortage of bone marrow donors in the United States, and there are times we cannot find donors who genetically match our patients. It is especially difficult for ethnic minorities to find a donor, as they underrepresented in the registry. When we have more volunteers in the registry, we are more likely capable of offering the best possible source of cells to a patient.

Joining the bone marrow registry is quite easy. The first step is to visit the website, bethematch.org . After signing up online, a kit will be sent to your address which comes with instructions on how to swab your cheek and return the sample for testing. Joining comes with a responsibility, however. It is important to join only if you intend to donate if you are found to match a potential patient. Bone Marrow Donation  Information provided by Dr. Doug Myers/Children’s Mercy Cancer Center

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Soup is

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SOUL

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his is definitely the easiest and best way to make rich-tasting butternut squash soup, without having to peel and dice a large,

awkwardly shaped vegetable. You start by cutting the squash in half lengthwise and roasting it in a hot oven. Scrape the roasted flesh from the skin, and simmer it with sautéed yellow onion, fresh sage, and a tart Granny Smith apple. When everything’s soft and the flavors have melded, purée it all in the blender. Finally, enrich the soup with a bit of heavy cream.

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1. Heat the oven to 425°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the squash pieces cut-side up on the baking sheet. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and brush all of it over the tops and insides of the squash halves (alternatively, you can rub it on evenly with your fingers). Season generously with salt and pepper. Roast until knife tender, 50 minutes to 1 hour. 2. Meanwhile, peel, core, and cut the apple into medium dice. Cut the onion into medium dice. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the apple, onion, and sage, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened,

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup • 4 pounds whole butternut squash (about 2 medium),

3. When the squash is ready, set the baking sheet on a wire rack until the squash is cool enough to handle. Using a large spoon, scoop the flesh into the saucepan with the sautéed apples and onions; discard the skins. 4. Add the broth, water, and measured salt and pepper, stir to combine, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

halved lengthwise and seeds removed

Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occa-

• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick)

sionally and breaking up any large pieces of squash, until

• 1 medium Granny Smith apple (about 8 ounces)

the flavors meld, about 15 minutes. Remove the pan from

• 1/2 medium yellow onion

the heat and stir in the cream.

• 8 fresh sage leaves

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about 7 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.

5. Using a blender, purée the soup in batches until

• 2 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth

smooth, removing the small cap (the pour lid) from the

• 2 1/2 cups water

blender lid and covering the space with a kitchen towel

• 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed

(this allows steam to escape and prevents the blender lid

• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed

from popping off ). Alternatively, use an immersion blender.

• 1/3 cup heavy cream

Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve

• 1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds, for garnish (optional)

garnished with the pumpkin seeds, if using.

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NOVEMBER 26 HOLIDAY LUMINARY WALK ARBORETUM The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens will be transformed into a wonderland of candles and lights, music and merriment from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings: Nov 25 and 26, Dec. 2 and 3, and Dec. 9 and 10. artsandrec-op.org

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Parting Thoughts

The Benefits of Honey WORDS SIDNEY LEO

Honey has been around for thousands of years and has been used in almost every culture around the world. Many people use it to sweeten food and beverages, but did you know honey is one of the top superfoods used to treat countless health conditions and boost overall health?  Honey contains 18 amino acids, and it has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that help fend off harmful pathogens.  It can also be used to treat a wide-range of aliments such as healing wounds and burns, athlete’s foot, sore throats and even a hangover.  Local honey taken for two months before allergy season can actually lessen allergies, by helping your body grow accustomed to the pollen and immunizing your body against them. 

Honey is great for your skin Did you know that raw organic honey is great for your skin too? Honey has natural antibacterial properties, so it is an effective acne treatment option, and it is loaded with antioxidants and enzymes, so it helps boost your skin’s immunity and fights free radicals to help slow down aging. Honey is also very moisturizing and helps eliminate dead skin cells. Try a honey mask with yogurt or fresh aloe for additional skin benefits. 58

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