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By Marc C. Shaffer, CFP®, AIF®, EA Principal at Searcy Financial, a Fee-Only, NAPFA Registered Advisory Firm I’ll admit, I can get caught up in over-working and over-scheduling, so I have to prioritize the things that are important to me or else they might get overlooked. One of my top priorities is discovering the world through international travel, and if you were to look at my financial plan, you would see that priority front and center.

Travel wasn’t always part of my plan. For many years, my mentor would invite me on international trips, but I always had an excuse of not having enough time or money budgeted and promised that I’d make the next one. I began to realize that if I kept saying no and making excuses, I would end up doing nothing and going nowhere. After I gave in and took my first trip, I realized how many experiences I had passed up and I wouldn’t let that happen again. As a financial planner, I know how easy it is for people to spend their life working and not taking time for the things they love. If we don’t prioritize our time, attention and money on the things that matter, we can speed through life hoping that we’ll have time for these important things in the end. I try to help people refocus on their priorities, find out what’s most important to them and understand their goals, and then we build their financial plan in a way that helps them enjoy their entire life rather than hoping to enjoy it “someday.” Because I plan for an international trip every year, I set aside money each month so that I have the cost covered by the time the trip arrives. Both through my experience and research, I know approximately how much I will need each year to make this happen, so I divide that amount into 12 so I know how much to set aside each month. You may not always know the exact cost of the goals you’re planning for, but we can make reasonable assumptions that can factor into your budget. People always ask me what my favorite experiences have been when they hear about my trips. I’m sure you’d expect to hear things like reaching the top of Machu Picchu or the Great Wall of China. While the location specific adventures are ones I’ll never forget, the best experiences have been of a different nature. The friendships I’ve made with my travel mates and people I met in different countries, the things I’ve learned about my physical abilities during long hikes or challenging travel, and seeing how different cultures all value security, friendship and family have been some of the most rewarding experiences from my travels. While I could have spent the money on some expensive item that might now be found in the bottom of a drawer, I instead spent it on experiences and memories that I’ll have forever. Several of my trips have been with Adventure to Serve, a group that plans trips combining adventure travel with service projects. Jared & Stacy Anderson, who own the company shared, “Just because you have a passport and plane ticket doesn't mean you'll come back different in some way. But, if you are open to new experiences, curious about people and new cultures, and willing to get out of your comfort zone, travel can be life changing. It broadens your understanding of the world, promotes empathy for others, often causes you to reflect on your own values and current choices in life--providing you a great opportunity to reevaluate what's important to you, and how you want to spend your time and money. We've also found that travel tends to expand your desire to make a real impact in the world, which again, results in reflecting on where your life is now and where you really want to be.”

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Lifestyle Letter

Letter from the Editor

NOVEMBER 2017

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o many moments happen around a kitchen. It is a gathering place for families and friends to eat, drink and talk about life. For my family, it’s the spot we always seem to congregate in, and food is the central part of almost every get-together.Food was important to both sides of my family growing up, and the gourmet dishes that my Newman grandmother created would, I believe, impress even professional chefs. She had a gift with food, and the presentation was nothing short of an artistic masterpiece.

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My granddad on the other side of my family also liked to cook, but he was more of a “fry some eggs up in some bacon grease” kind of guy. One of my most treasured memories revolves around enjoying food with my granddad. He lived a few blocks away from my childhood home, and we always knew he was good for having a fresh cake sitting on his counter. The cake wasn’t anything special—just a box cake with canned frosting, but that was one of my favorite things to sit and eat with him. I always knew I could walk over to his house, sit at his table and enjoy a huge piece of cake, cold glass of milk and just talk about nothing or everything. My dad stopped by his house every day on his lunch break to have a “sliver” (or two or three) of cake with my grandpa too, and sometimes I would try and time it so I would be there around the same time. It was such a simple thing, but those visits were so meaningful to me. As I got older, my granddad would invite my husband and me over for dinner quite often as he lived alone, and most times he made his famous “old lady pork chops;" they were melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I always knew a piece of his famous box cake and a cup of coffee on the porch would be the grand finale. Still, to this day, I can’t eat a box cake or even walk past the cake mix aisle at the grocery store without thinking of my granddad. When he passed, I got his platter that he served those “old lady pork chops” on, and it is one of my most treasured possessions, cracks and all. It’s funny that even the simplest foods can hold such significance and nostalgia. Sitting around the table and enjoying a meal or traditional family recipe can create such lasting memories. Sometimes the food is the memory but often for me, it was the moments spent while sharing a meal that stuck. For our food issue, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite local chefs. It was our pleasure to get to learn a little more about them and to share with you their passion for food. Enjoy, and I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Lifestyle Calendar

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hether you are a new golfer or have been playing for decades, we all want the same thing: to be a single digit handicap or better. As an attor-

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Years ago, golf instructors started instruction with chipping and

CHIPPING AND THE BUMP AND RUN

putting and then graduated to the driver. Now, instructors have been

The only mechanical advice I will give is the most important lesson

pressured to start with the driver because we all want to outdrive our

you can learn in the short game. When you miss your approach shot,

friends. Resist that temptation! Get instruction on your short game

you must be able to chip the ball within 8 feet of the hole for a one putt.

and irons first. My best friend regularly outdrives me by 50 yards, but

Try this shot I developed based on principles I learned from Dave Peltz’s

my ball is in the hole first most of the time because of my training and

book. It gets me up and down from 25 yards out to just off the green.

practice on the short game.

1. Position the ball in the back of your stance, just inside your back

3. READ QUALITY GOLF BOOKS FOR A HIGHER GOLF IQ. There

ankle. This will help you hit the ball with a descending blow and as Dave

are thousands of books on how to improve your golf game, and I’ve

Pelz’s book says “hit the little ball (golf ball) before the big ball (the earth).”

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2. Turn your feet 30 degrees toward the target and have 70 percent of your weight on your front foot, which also promotes the descending blow. 3. Use a putting stroke to hit the ball. That’s right, do not use your hands or wrists for power. This will create consistency and clean contact. 4. Don’t take the club back very far (depending on the length of the

• Short game: Dave Pelz’s Short Game Bible

shot) and make sure your follow through is 20 percent farther than

• Mental game: Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by Bob Rotella

your backswing. This will ensure accelerating through the ball.

4. PRACTICE YOUR SHORT GAME EVERY DAY: I live just off a golf

5. Use the right club. I use anything from a 9-iron to sand wedge

course and have a golf simulator in my game room, but I still practice

for this shot. Use a 9-iron when you need the ball to roll farther once

most of my short game in my backyard and living room. You don’t

it hits the green and use a more lofted club for less roll.

even have to spend time away from your family while practicing. I hit pitch shots to my son in his baseball glove and practice putting and chipping on the carpet while watching TV at night with my wife.

If you perfect this shot, you’ll be chipping in and getting up and down much more often. I hope these four steps improve your game as much as they have mine.

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CHEF ROUNDUP (CON TI N U ED)

Debbie Gold

THE AMERICAN

Chef Debbie Gold is the executive chef of The American in Crown Center where culinary artistry is a constant.

management, professional culinary training in

The restaurant is truly a valentine to Kansas City,

France, years spent in the restaurant industry, own-

with its lattice look paying homage to the lace on

ing her own restaurant and receiving national

Hallmark’s Valentine’s cards and its opening day

accolades, Gold calls The American home. She

being held on Valentine’s Day in 1974. Guests cele-

enjoys taking everyday foods and giving them a

brate milestones at The American to put an excla-

wow factor, valuing fresh, seasonal foods prepared

mation point on any special occasion, with countless

with classic techniques. Gold appeared on Bravo's

wedding proposals made at table four.

" Top Chef Masters" and is Kansas City's first James

The American transitioned from a restaurant with

Beard Award winner.

nightly dinner service to a restaurant available for pri-

Enjoy a unique culinary experience with a spectac-

vate dining events in January 2017. Additionally, there

ular view of the Kansas City skyline by hosting your

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A Chicago native with a degree in restaurant

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Mike Foust

FARMHOUSE

Chef Mike Foust is the owner of The Farmhouse, River

The result is ethically responsible and ridiculously

Market's farm-to-table, tip-to-tail restaurant serving classi-

delicious soul-soothing meals, so it's no wonder why

cally creative comfort foods reflecting each season's bounty.

Foust looks up to Alice Waters, chef, food activist,

Foust has been working with local Kansas and Missouri

owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant and champion of

farmers and ranchers since day one to guarantee the

local sustainable agriculture.

freshest ingredients. Animals are respected and raised

Gaining inspiration from Mother Nature, Foust's sea-

just for their kitchen by using as much of each animal

soning of choice is none other than the salt of the Earth to

as possible, with butchered cuts not commonly used in

season his dishes. His signature dish is clay pot rabbit, a

modern cooking. Bacon, lardons, chicharrones, broths and

whole rabbit cooked like a stew in a clay pot.

stews are all made in-house from pastured animals grown

Without any form of advertisement, The Farmhouse has

specifically for The Farmhouse. Bartenders make their own

solely relied on word of mouth since 2009 to earn its place

seasonal syrups, purees and shrubs. Crops are picked at

as a Kansas City favorite.

dawn and delivered early in the day so guests can enjoy

At your next visit, enjoy a surprise catered menu pre-

what the region has to offer, with all parts of vegetables

pared by Foust just for you and your guests by reserving

used to make stocks, sauces and ketchup.

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CHEF ROUNDUP (CON TI N U ED)

RYE AND BLUESTEM

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Colby and Megan Garrelts are the husband-and-wife chefs and

and Megan’s variety of decadent American desserts for dinner,

owners of Rye and Bluestem restaurants. Both chefs are proud to

catering and private events, Bluestem has earned both local and

be from the Midwest, with savory and sweet recipes reminiscent

national awards, including the James Beard Foundation semifinalist

of generations around the kitchen table.

for Outstanding Restaurant in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Rye in Leawood celebrates the traditional Midwestern foods

As chefs, they are inspired by the seasons and family. Both

the couple grew up enjoying with a chef’s point of view known

look up to chef Michel Bras and his family in France as well as

for its fried chicken, vegetables just off the stove, Parker House

chef Claudia Flemming—Megan often uses her cookbook The

rolls and seasonal pies, all made with fresh, locally-sourced

Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern. Megan's favorite

ingredients. They even use produce from their family farm in

seasoning is salt in sweet foods to make the flavor pop, and

Parker, Kansas. The alcoholic beverages also have a local focus,

depending on the dish he's cooking, Colby favors a mixture of

with a selection of Missouri and Kansas beers and spirits, classic

salt, sugar and fat. His favorite meal is linguini and clams, and

cocktails and regionally inspired drinks.

she enjoys osso buco with orzo and fall veggies.

Bluestem in Westport just north of the Country Club Plaza

With culinary degrees, numerous awards, features in

marries cuisine and hospitality for a truly memorable experience.

national publications and two published cookbooks, the

Featuring an intimate dining room with various courses and à la

Garrelts combined their talents and professional careers into

carte offerings showcasing Colby’s progressive American cuisine

two exceptional restaurants.

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ARTICLE ADRIANE TAYLOR | PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS andmade caramelized energy. These are the words used to describe the harmonious flavors Cool Guy Foods infuse to create the most unimaginable and distinctively gourmet food, reminiscent of the smorgasbord equivalent of Billy Joel and Elton John. What makes these culinary mechanics stand out is that they truly understand what it means to provide a hands-free, comprehensive complement to an otherwise high-stress event, and they do it all among a pretty amped backdrop. So who are Cool Guy Foods? Picture a couple of guys with a passion for food, a desire to cook and the drive to pull off a great gastronomic experience, and you would unveil Cody Wyatt and Jeff Berges. Wyatt explains that he always had an interest in tactile activities which lead him to explore anything with wheels and a motor. Add to this a natural entrepreneurial curiosity, and by age 10 he was already on course to become a businessman. But it was in the summer of the year he turned 13 that the first seeds to owning his own catering company would be planted.

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COOL GUY FOODS (CON TI N U ED)

"I was able to come to KC where my father was a chef for Deb Reves Catering," Wyatt says. "I got to wash dishes backstage at concerts, and it was the coolest job ever—seeing concerts for free, being backstage and making a ton of cash. I was hooked." While his love for mechanical engineering never went away, another craving was brewing, and he determined he wanted to make room in his life for both. In a rather haphazard fashion, Wyatt decided to enter a culinary program in Colorado where naturally, he thrived. Once he returned to Kansas City he became the executive chef for Deb Reves Catering and opened restaurants during the offseasons of the concerts. Then, in 2012, he was given the opportunity to buy the catering company and needed a partner in the endeavor. Jeff Berges was an exceptional choice, and Cool Guy Foods was born.

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Roasted Cauliflower & Caramelized Carrots

Many of the most critical components of a successful show are the happenings behind the scenes, and having sustainable sustenance before, during and after any high-energy performance is critical. Cool Guy Foods seamlessly master these tasks in almost an ethereal fashion, maintaining professionalism from beginning to end. From the moment the tour trucks pull up, coffee is freshly brewed and plans are already in place for a client-centered feast tailored to meet their needs. Their primary clientele is in the music and film industries, and while some clients are local, they also cater to national and international artists as well. While it would be easy to get caught up in infatuation, these cooking enthusiasts always uphold their standard of distinction. 

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COOL GUY FOODS (CON TI N U ED)

"They’re not going to walk into a bunch of starstruck servers with us. You have to leave that at home. They get enough of that on stage," Wyatt says. "Backstage is their home life, where they’re able to be normal and not have to sign an autograph on their way to the buffet table. Sometimes it’s hard. I mean, everyone has that one rock star or that one actor who it’s tough not to stare at, and you want to run up to and be like, 'OMG I’m your biggest fan!' But, being professional and not being a fan is very important." It would be remiss to discuss a catering business and not mention the food, and for Cool Guy, the most important ingredient is love. They have taken their enthusiasm for food and permeated it into each dish they prepare, and while they have put a remarkable spin on traditional dishes such as succulent chili rubbed rib-eye with braised bok choy and crimini mushrooms, and mouthwatering jerked pork tenderloin with cilantro and date relish, they also have a reputation for the eclectic tastes with the spicy five bean curr. Their raw chocolate avocado mousse pie is said to blow minds. They do it all, and they do it without error. Clients have the option to taste from an extensive menu including warm goat cheese and tea-smoked duck canapé; flavorful pecan encrusted salmon with brandy maple glaze; fresh field greens with bleu cheese and spiced pecans in tomato vinaigrette; and hearty oxtail soup, just to name a few. "(Because) Most of our clients live on the road we make them feel at home for the day," Wyatt says of Cool Guy Foods' ultimate goal. "We work to keep them relaxed and happy. Our clients work hard and have to perform. We give them the energy and nutrition to make it all happen." And exactly how did the name Cool Guy Foods come to be? It was a term of endearment that seemed to suit their vision and was derived from their family of chefs. Simply put, it is used after they witness something that is out of this world or an amazement. One look at how they have mastered the art of creating a remarkable spread, and the name, indeed, is perfectly fitting.

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enthusiastic spectators each year, but you might not know that giving back is the focus of the golf tournament held each year in July at the Nicklaus Golf Club at Lionsgate in Overland Park. The Digital Ally Open is part of the Web.com Tour which is the devel-

opmental tour for the PGA. These golfers are professionals attempting to reach the PGA Tour, and the Web.com golfers who are in the top 25 of the money list at the end of the year are given their PGA Tour memberships for the next season. Therefore, the Digital Ally Open is potentially hosting the next big name in golf.

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Initially, the tournament was called the

on area businesses; the tournament has added

Midwest Classic, but it became the Digital Ally

more than $6.2 million each year and helped

Open in 2015 when Stanton Ross, president/CEO

charities raise more than $900,000.

of Digital Ally Inc. came on as the title sponsor.

While golf and other activities are a part of the

Digital Ally is a local company who makes body

tournament, Digital Alley is extremely proud to

cameras, in-car video systems and cloud-based

support their first responder organizations such as

and local server software for law enforcement

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Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City. Other

in a weeklong event that gets national attention

beneficiaries include organizations such as Ronal

because of the tournament’s ties with the PGA.

McDonald House and Braden’s Hope. All of the

This Digital Ally tournament is the brain-

proceeds from daily and weekly grounds passes

child of KC Crusaders, a group of Kansas City

benefit charities through the Tickets FORE Charity

business leaders, led by Tony Adams, a former

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Giving Back (CON TI N U ED)

2018 Schedule of Events (as of now; schedule could change) 7 A.M. SATURDAY, JULY 28: 2018 Digital Ally Open-5K Fun Run SATURDAY, JULY 28: 2018 Digital Ally Open concert 11 A.M. MONDAY, JULY 30: Pro-Am golf Tournament with Web.Com profes-

sionals and amateurs (Spectators are welcome to walk the course.) 4 P.M. TO 7 P.M. MONDAY, JULY 30: Family night, featuring free Junior Golf

Clinic with PGA professionals, first responder Tturs, face painting and trick shot show from golf professionals 6:30 P.M. TUESDAY, JULY 31: VIP pro-am pairings party and charity auction

at the Ritz Charles WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1: Official Web.com Tour Pro-Am Golf Tournament   THURSDAY, AUGUST 2-3: First and second rounds of the

2018 Digital Ally Open begin THURSDAY, AUGUST 2: Young professionals party, networking event for

professionals 30 and under FRIDAY, AUGUST 3: Multi-city chamber of commerce after-hours party SATURDAY, AUGUST 4: Third round for the PGA/Web.com professionals SATURDAY, AUGUST 4: Party on the Green, hosted by KC Crusaders and OE

Ellis, benefiting Ronald McDonald House SUNDAY, AUGUST 5: Final Round of the 2018 Digital Ally Open. First Re-

sponder and Military Day! Free admission for first responders, military and their immediate family members. Trophy presentation to 2018 Digital Ally Open winner For more information about this premier golf event, visit DigitalAllyOpen.org.  

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Lifestyle Calendar

November NOVEMBER 2-19

NOVEMBER 5 STAND UP FOR SYNERGY ARGOSY CASINO HOTEL & SPA Kathleen Madigan, one of the most respected comedians of her generation, headlines the 11th Annual Stand Up for Synergy. She

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family violence throughout our community. SynergyServices.org

"happily ever after" and beyond. Performance times vary. For more information, visit MuusicalTheaterHeritage.com

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NOVEMBER 7-30 A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS THE COTERIE THEATRE

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

Join Charlie Brown on a memorable journey as he tries to direct

OLATHE CIVIC THEATRE

the school Christmas pageant. In their letters to Santa, everyone

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seems to be acting materialistic, so Charlie Brown tries to restore

ley, who forges a new life when she is mistakenly sent to a mid-

holiday spirit with a ragged little fir tree. A live jazz trio will play

dle-aged brother and sister who’d sought to adopt a boy for help

the original Vince Guaraldi arrangements! Check TheCoterie.org 

on their farm. Relive all your favorite moments from Anne of Green

for varied showtimes.

Gables when this children's classic is brought to life on stage. For more details, visit OlatheTheatre.org.

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NOVEMBER 9-12 HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE OVERLAND PARK CONVENTION CENTER

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Come for an informative talk featuring live owls and an evening hike

jewelry, children's items, gourmet foods for the holiday season and

through the park. You’ll never know whooo you might spot! Come

much more. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

dressed for the weather and warm up with a cup of hot cider after the hike. This event is sure to be a “hoot." $8 per person, $9 for nonresidents. Register today by going to JCPRD.com.

NOVEMBER 4 & 5 GREAT PUMPKIN SMASH AT THE ZOO KANSAS CITY ZOO Post-Halloween enrichment for the animals! Watch them crush, kick, bounce and play with big orange pumpkins at scheduled events throughout the weekend. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER 4 FESTIVAL OF SOUTH AFRICAN DANCE CARLSEN CENTER AT JOHNSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE Experience this showcase of two distinct South African dance tra-

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ditions, born from the perseverance of the human spirit. The two

VETERANS COMMUNITY PROJECT SWING GALA

deeply rhythmic ensembles, Real Actions Pantsula and Stimela “The

HISTORIC FIRESTONE BUILDING

Gumboot” Musical, uplift, unite and tell a story as they entertain

VCP is building the first tiny house veterans village/community cen-

and spread  awareness of socio-economic and political challenges.

ter in KC. Enjoy an evening of music by KC's jazz favorite, Grand

These communicative dances have become important parts of re-

Marquis, dinner, cocktails and auction. Visit VCPGala.com for tick-

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Realty Report

Johnson County Realty Report

Neighborhood

List Price

Sold Price

%Sold/List

DOM

Beds

Baths

MISSION HILLS

$2,495,000

$2,400,000

96%

16

5

5.2

INDIAN HILLS

$1,750,000

$1,745,000

99%

85

5

5.2

INDIAN HILLS

$1,495,000

$1,350,000

90%

180

3

4.2

INDIAN HILLS

$1,249,000

$1,215,000

97%

3

4

3.2

HALLBROOK

$1,050,000

$1,005,000

95%

79

5

4.1

MISSION HILLS

$995,000

$1,000,000

100%

89

3

2.1

CHARTWELL WEST

$969,000

$962,500

99%

12

4

4.1

LEAWOOD LANES

$1,000,000

$942,000

94%

92

4

3.2

SAGAMORE HILLS

$975,000

$937,500

96%

32

4

3.3

CEDAR CREEK-SHADOW HIGHLANDS

$845,000

$837,500

99%

68

4

3

SAGAMORE HILLS

$949,000

$836,140

88%

4

3

4.1

HALLBROOK

$889,000

$835,000

93%

387

4

4.2

Information compiled is from Heartland Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and includes properties listed and sold in the area from multiple brokers. Statistics from 9/1/2017 TO 9/30/17. DOM=Days on Market

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Lifestyle Calendar

(CON TI N UED)

NOVEMBER 18 TELLEBRATION 2017 ERNIE MILLER NATURE CENTER Want to hear a good story? Come celebrate the International Day of Storytelling at the Ernie Miller Nature Center. Hear nature stories with live animals. These stories will combine themes of environmental awareness and ancient myths. They will delight audiences of all ages. This enriching event is just $3 per person, including adults. Reservations preferred but not required. For more information, call 913.764.7759.

NOVEMBER 23 WARD PARKWAY THANKSGIVING DAY RUN/WALK WARD PARKWAY CENTER, EAST SIDE Kick off your Thanksgiving Day celebration with a great morning run with friends and family. All participants receive a long-sleeved thermal race shirt and a 6-inch pumpkin pie! WaardParkwayThanksgivingDayRun.com

NOVEMBER 24-25 LUMINARY WALK OVERLAND PARK ARBORETUM & BOTANICAL GARDENS The annual Holiday Luminary Walk at the Arboretum includes over 2 miles of candlelit paths, light displays, special music, wagon rides and Santa at the Train Depot. For more information, visit ArtsAndRec-OPp.org/Arboretum

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Parting Thoughts

Warm

Brussels Sprout Salad& Cranberries

with Hazelnuts

Instructions

1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered 2 tablespoons olive oil salt and ground black pepper to taste 1 cup chopped hazelnuts 3 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 1 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup grated Pecorino-Romano cheese

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). 2. Toss Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper together in a bowl until coated. Transfer coated sprouts to a baking sheet. 3. Bake in the preheated oven until sprouts are tender, about 15 minutes. 4. Cook and stir hazelnuts in a skillet over medium-low heat until lightly toasted and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Transfer hazelnuts to a bowl. 5. Cook and stir bacon in the same skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Add maple syrup and rosemary; cook, stirring often, until the bacon drippings and maple syrup begin to thicken and stick to the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes. 6. Combine cooked Brussels sprouts and bacon mixture together in a large bowl; toss until sprouts are coated with maple syrup sauce. Sprinkle in hazelnuts, cranberries, and PecorinoRomano cheese; toss well. This dish is best served warm.

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