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SASS 8 This Year’s Spring Fashion
By: Kathy Friend
LIFE 12 Spring Cleaning
By: Andrew Skipper
14 Whiskey Business
By: Christina Clark
16 From Dreaming To Doing
By: Meagan Church
18 I Don’t Like Beer
By: Chuck Bergman
By: Rita Miller
26 It’s National Cleaning Week
By: Kimberly Blaker
JET SETTER 22 Day Trip: East Grand Rapids
By: Phyllis Rose
SCENE & BE SEEN 28 Granger Good Shepherd United Methodist Church Hosts “Hearts For The Homeless” To Benefit Hope Ministries 30 The 2017 Sweethearts Ball Celebrates A Rosie Place For Children
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can’t believe it’s March already! Usually when March rolls around, I am so tired of snow and cold weather that I can’t wait for spring. This year it’s so different. Winter hit us hard in early December with heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures. I live on Diamond Lake and the lake froze over the beginning of December, the earliest I have ever seen. We all thought we were in for a terrible winter. And then January warmed up but this January Thaw was like no other. The temperatures got so warm for so long that the ice on the lake went out on January 27th which usually doesn’t happen until mid-March! This year, I have been waiting for winter! We have been suffering from permanently gray skies and a fair amount of rain and drizzle. But when are we going to get hit by the heavy snow, piercing cold, blizzards or even sleet and ice storms that usually typify winter in this area? When can I use my snowshoes and cross country skis? My snowmobiling friends all have long faces as they look at the trail signs in bare, muddy fields. When is winter coming? It finally hit me when we had blue sky and temperatures near 60 degrees on Valentine’s Day that it’s time to anticipate spring not winter. We may still have a storm or two, but the time for the worst of winter is over. For the first time, it seems like global warming is real and affecting our Michiana weather. I haven’t seen any robins yet, although I think I saw a blue jay the other day. I have seen and heard a fair number of Canada Geese lately, but I’m not sure that means anything. I have seen buds on some trees though. Whatever the early signs, I am always glad to get through the winter and into spring. Now that I have changed my outlook, I can’t wait to see the crocus and daffodils that bloom in early spring and begin the parade of color that carries us further into spring and summer. March 20th, after all, marks the official advent of spring with the vernal equinox. In addition March 17th is another rite of spring, St. Patrick’s Day…time to enjoy corned beef and cabbage and green beer. Let me close with an Irish blessing: May the sun shine warm upon your face, And rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. I hope you enjoy our March issue of SASSY and that spring gets here soon! I know you will want to see what the spring fashion trends are as you plan your spring wardrobe.
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Rita Miller is a CPA in public practice, a mom of four, an avid reader and serves on two boards in the community. She has worked with a variety of industries, including medical professional services, real estate development and rental and retail establishments.
Andrew Skipper is an interior decorator and lifestyle expert who believes that life should be celebrated every day. His company, Andrew Skipper Everyday, focuses on helping people elevate the everyday tasks they perform and objects they live with. He is the lifestyle expert for NBC affiliate WNDU TV in South Bend, IN, giving decorating and entertaining tips. He is also the official lifestyle expert for Elkhart County, IN, working with the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Christina L. Clark is brunch lover and puppy snuggler. She studies Communication at IUSB, works as a licensed Esthetician and Makeup Artist, and loves to write whenever given the chance!
is an Image Consultant, speaker and expert stylist. Her StyleU workshops have become a ‘must-attend’ for ladies across the country. She is a contributor to the Fox59 Morning Show out of Indianapolis and the fashion guru for Goodwill of Michiana. She is a busy Mom-on-the go trying to keep up with her daughter Anya.
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St. Patrick’s Day
International Women’s Day
Swing Dancing Classes, 7:00 P.M., The Music Village-South Bend
Sesame Street Live! “Make A New Friend,” 6:30 P.M., The Lerner-Elkhart
Mom/Son Dance, 6:00 P.M., Century CenterSouth Bend
The Great LOGAN Nose-On Luncheon, Noon, The Century Center-South Bend
Meditation Yoga, 5:30 P.M., Elkhart Environmental City
For The Love Of Art, 10:00 A.M., Century Center-South Bend
National Doctor’s Day
First Day Of Spring
Morris Inn Hot Chocolate Bar, 4:00 P.M., Morris InnUniversity Of Notre Dame
Annie, The Musical, 3:00 P.M., Morris Performing Arts Center-South Bend
Daylight Savings Begins: Spring Forward An Hour!
Michiana Monologues, 7:00 P.M., The Natatorium-Civil Rights Heritage Center – South Bend
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International Women’s Day Celebrate women’s equality on March 8th, International Women’s Day! Below are five fun facts about International Women’s Day:
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1. International Women’s Day was born on March 8, 1908 when 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York City to demand shorter hours, better pay and the right to vote. 2. 58% of college graduates are women, and this increased percentage of educated women has been directly tied to the economic growth worldwide.
3. Only 22 of Earth’s 197 countries can say they have women serving as heads of state. 4. A mere 14% of top executive positions in Fortune 500 companies are held by women. Only 24% of those companies have female CEOs. 5. It wasn’t until 2011, President Obama declared the entire month of March “Women’s History Month” in the United States. (Information found at www.bustle.com)
Spring Hair Color Trends
Irish Cream Chocolate
1 ½ Cups Chocolate Cookie Crumbs (Oreo Cookies!)
¼ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- ¹⁄³ Cup Confectioners’ Sugar
3 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
- ¹⁄³ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
¼ Cup Butter
½ Cup Sour Cream
3 (8 Ounce) Packages Cream Cheese, Softened
¼ Cup Irish Cream Liqueur
1 ¼ Cups White Sugar
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together the cookie crumbs, confectioners’ sugar and 1/3 cup cocoa. Add melted butter and stir until well mixed. Pat into the bottom of a nine inch spring form pan. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes; set aside. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F. 2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, white sugar, ¼ cup cocoa and flour. Beat at medium speed until well blended and smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Bend in the sour cream and Irish cream liqueur; mixing on low speed. Pour filling over baked crust. 3. Bake at 450 degrees F for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees F and continue baking for 60 minutes. 4. With a knife, loosen cake from rim of pan. Let cool, then remove the rim of pan. Chill before serving. If your cake cracks, a helpful tip is to dampen a spatula and smooth the top, then sprinkle with some chocolate wafer crumbs. Recipe found at www.allrecipes.com.
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How To Do The Trends Right! By: Kathy Friend
The Trend One of the big trends of the season is bold stripes. And by ‘bold,’ I mean cabana bright colorful stripes! In the past we’ve heard wearing stripes doesn’t do anyone’s figure any favors, this simply isn’t true. The larger the stripe, the more flattering it can be. Key to doing the trend right: Choose a stripe that is in-line with your stature. If you are petite, be sure the bold stripe is a smaller width. Also remember to keep the attention of the stripe to a flattering zone of your silhouette. If you want to draw attention away from your hips, keep the stripe above the waist. If your goal is to accentuate your waist, look for a monochromatic stripe (like black and white), with an accent stripe at the waist (like bright yellow).
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The Trend – Yes, the classic tan trench coat is HUGE this season. It might be time to dig deep in your coat closet and get your “good-olstandby” dusted off! This trend is something you can invest in because clearly the trench coat will never go out of style! Some of the edgy looks we are seeing this season include the traditional double breasted style done in interesting colors; or a typical tan trench with fashion-forward details like wide belts or patch-cargo style pockets. Key to doing the trend right: The first thing to consider is if khaki is a good color for you! Not everyone can wear this hue; and if that’s you, look for a trend style coat done in a cabana stripe or one of the other fun bright colors of the season. Be mindful of how long the trench is. For petite gals, longer styles can be overwhelming. Be sure the length doesn’t go much past your kneecap.
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The Trend Open (or cold) shoulder styles have been around for several years. The difference with this season’s trends is the overwhelming one-shoulder vibe. Remember the movie Flashdance? Yes…that kind of one-shoulder look. The feeling in this shoulder bearing trend seems to fall on all sides of the spectrum from cold-shoulder to almost falling off the shoulder looks. Of course, this trend is best left to a casual look or evening attire and is best not worn into the office. Key to doing the trend right: If you have great arms and shoulders, this trend is for you! Try it with a bralette and skinny skirt or pant.
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If you aren’t one to show off your arms and shoulders, opt for a cold-shoulder look. Get this look right by keeping your style sophisticated; pair this silhouette with something more tailored and great accessories. SASSY | MARCH 2017
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Kitschy Tees and Sweatshirts
You know the t-shirts that say funny things like “Fries before Guys,” or “…but first, coffee.” Yes, those are the tees I am talking about. Seriously, it is a trend. In this same category are cartoon-ish motifs on tees and sweatshirts. Sounds pretty juvenile? Well, you are right. But, if you embrace a personal style that is a little artistic and kitschy… you might want to give it a try! Key to doing the trend right: Be careful not to wear this trend like your 10 year old would. In other words, skip pairing the tee with jeans and Converse. To wear this style in a grown-up way, pull it back with a cute, feminine full skirt and a blazer jacket, and then finish with your favorite stilettos and pearls!
The Trend – Think of a men’s button up shirt that you are wearing as a dress. That is the shirt dress trend of the season. This is a fun look that is easily dressed up for the office, or dressed down for a day at the ballpark. This ultimate trend in this look is seen in a banker stripe (blue and white). Look for a fashion forward style in your shirtdress; maybe with an asymmetric hem or some other interesting details. Key to doing the trend right: Many shirtdresses are made of a sheer fabric. In other words, it can be seethrough. Be sure to wear a slip underneath! The shirtdress can also be worn over leggings and a tank top as a jacket. Pull on your shirtdress with a basic blazer or with some fun bold floral pumps for a night out. Keep all of your accessories fun and brightly colored to avoid looking frumpy.
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The Trend – Color trends are always big news in fashion, and this season is no exception. Color themes seem to fall into a few slots: all things blue, all things pink and all things khaki. In the blue box you will see Island Paradise (a light blue that reminds me of Tiffany blue), Niagara Blue (denim blue) and Lapis Blue (that great bright blue that everyone looks great in). In the pink category, we see Pale Dogwood (very pale cosmetic/blush pink) and Pink Yarrow (bright tulip pink). And for the khaki theme, Kale (dark army green), Greenery (grass green), Hazelnut (fancy name for khaki) and Primrose Yellow (sunshine yellow…yes, that is considered a neutral this season). To round out this season’s color palate is a hue called Flame (an orange red). Key to doing the trend right: The upside to color trends this season is there is something for everyone. If you have very soft coloring, you’ll love wearing Pale Dogwood and Hazelnut. If your natural coloring is deeper, Pink Yarrow might be your go-to this season. If you have blue or hazel eyes…I am jealous! These blues and greens are going to be stunning on you!
Interesting Color Combinations for YOUR style personality. As we see all of the fashionable colors of the season, try some new color combinations in your day-to-day look that match your own personal style. • Chic – if your style personality is chic, try mixing a monochromatic palate of Kale and Greenery with black. Or, try Pale Dogwood and Pink Yarrow with black accessories. • Retro Bohemian – if you love the 70’s Coachella feel we’ve seen in fashion the past few years, try monochromatic Kale and Greenery with Pink Yarrow. • Simple Sophisticated – if your style file is a bit simple, you love basic pieces try mixing Hazelnut with Island Paradise and a touch of Primrose Yellow. • Sassy Vibe – if you love to get attention for your outfit choices, and aren’t scared to take chances, try pairing Pale Dogwood with Kale and Flame.
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Spring Cleaning the Hardest Working Parts of the House
By: Andrew Skipper
Spring is the time to open the windows, freshen up the house and give everything a deep clean. While most people have a checklist of things to do during spring cleaning, there are some areas that are often overlooked. Nowadays we have so many wonderful machines and appliances that help us tackle everyday tasks, saving us time and money. This spring, give those hard working machines some love by cleaning and maintaining them, ensuring they’ll last for a long time to come. Here are some tips to get you started:
Refrigerator & Freezer Perhaps one of the hardest working appliances in your home, the refrigerator/freezer combo is working 24/7. Softly humming in the background, this machine makes it possible for you to keep food at safe temperatures, saving you tons of money each month. This month, be sure to take everything out and wipe down the interior as well as the exterior. Throw away any food that is expired or has gone bad.
“If you smell something burning when you turn your oven on, it’s time.”
If you smell something burning when you turn your oven on, it’s time for a deep clean. Even if you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, you can use some elbow grease to get it sparkling. First, chip off loose pieces of food from the stove top as well as inside the oven. Then spritz burnt-on food with ammonia. Sprinkle baking soda and a few drops of white vinegar inside the oven, which will bubble up, then wipe it up with a sponge.
Stove Hood Vents The saying, “Out of sight, out of mind” applies here. When is the last time you leaned over and looked up into the range hood above your stove? Every time you cook, the underside of the range hood is exposed to condensation, oil, and grease. Take the mesh or metal filters off and give them a nice soak in some soapy hot water. 12
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Garbage Disposal If you’re noticing foul odors coming from the garbage disposal, simply run a couple of lemon rinds through it and follow with cold water. It’s an easy and all natural way to get rid of bad smells!
Dishwasher First, you’ll want to take the bottom rack out and remove any bits of food from the bottom of the dishwasher. Then, run a cycle with a specialty cleanser made for your dishwasher. For a really thorough job, remove the filters and give them a good cleaning too. Things like food particles and grease can interfere with how clean your dishwasher gets those dishes.
Washing Machine No one wants to wash their clothes in a machine that isn’t clean. Disinfect the washing machine by combining distilled white vinegar and baking soda to keep it fresh and functioning. Run the machine with hot water, then add cleaning agents (for top-loading machines, three to four cups of vinegar to 1/2 cup of baking soda: for front-loading machines, 1/4 cup vinegar to 4 tablespoons of baking soda), and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Then restart your machine, letting the water drain and finally wipe it dry.
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Clothes Dryer While you should be removing lint from your dryer’s filter after every load, there is an extra step you can take to help prevent build-up which causes fires. Remove the lint trap and use the crevice tool on your vacuum to suck up debris that is deeper inside your machine. If you notice your clothes aren’t drying as fast, it’s time to deep clean the lint trap.
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Whiskey Business Set The Green Beer Down
By: Christina Clark
e are nearing St. Paddy’s Day, and the merchandise proclaiming “Kiss me, I’m Irish!” and green scarves and hats will be out on store shelves in the blink of an eye. It has long been tradition to don green apparel in honor of the Emerald Isle, enjoy some corned beef hash and drink to the health of each other. Well, in some places, the “drinking to our health” has lost a pinch of pride, as beer tinted green with food dye became the holiday beverage of choice. A Guinness stout would be more a more fitting way to toast the patron saint of Ireland, or even better—an Irish whiskey. There is mention of whiskey in Ireland dating back to the early 1400s. The very name “whiskey” comes from the Gaelic phrase “uisce beatha,” which translates to “water of life.” So you see— this is a drink anyone properly toasting an Irish holiday needs to have at least tried. But where to start? Tyler Foley, a bartender at downtown South Bend’s Tapastrie and personal enjoyer of whiskey himself, bestowed some advice for those looking to mix up their personal palate. “Do you enjoy brandy or cognac? Do you like the taste of rum?” Foley starts by asking those inquiring about types of whiskey. “If you like brandy or cognac, I may choose an Irish Whiskey or sweeter Scotch. If you like rum, I would probably steer you towards a bourbon, which tends to capture vanilla and caramel notes similar in rum. The easiest way to approach whiskey, in my opinion, is in cocktails.” Foley suggests trying the classic whiskey cocktails first, such as Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, Horse’s Necks and Mint Juleps. Though, he notes for those ready to be serious purveyors, perhaps “starting out with whiskey on the rocks [whiskey with ice] and gradually making your way to drinking whiskey neat [whiskey alone], as it is intended to be consumed.”
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For the beginner, though? “If you want a sweeter, easier drinking whiskey, start out with Irish whiskey or a lowerproofed bourbon. If you want a hotter, spicier whiskey I recommend starting out with a high-proof bourbon or American whiskey, or for a nice spice a Rye whiskey under 100-proof.” (Proof being a distillation term referring to the strength of the spirit.) The drink itself should be a sensual experience. Drinking your whiskey “neat” means that you are enjoying the liquor in its purest state. “The aroma, or bouquet, is more pronounced in a large glass, just like a fine wine,” Foley says. “I love the larger glasses when drinking whiskey. [They] allow it to breathe and you can swirl the whiskey, especially if it is in a large snifter glass. Again, like a fine wine, it is much better to use a large glass, specifically a snifter or a tulip glass if possible.” “Similar to a fine, red wine, you should let your whiskey breathe. I recommend that you let it sit for at least five minutes, giving a swirl here and there to allow oxygen to caress the beautiful spirit. If I am drinking a really nice whiskey by myself or with a friend and want to enjoy it in all its glory, I will order a beer or water, and allow the whiskey to set for 15-20 minutes.”
Of course, not everyone is interested in becoming a purveyor of whiskey, and may simply want to try a drink. To them, Foley recommends his favorite whiskey cocktail—an Old Fashioned. “I am very picky about my Old Fashioned, so I usually ask about the preparation of the cocktail with any bartender I encounter. I like the original recipe, or as close to it as possible: rye whiskey, bitters, sugar, muddled orange peel and stirred for at least 30 seconds.” If you find yourself in bar that is well-stocked with a knowledgeable bartender, there are many drinks that may be recommended to you, as it varies from person to person on how they want to enjoy their drink. “There are some great original drinks I have had in the last couple of years with the newer whiskey movement in mixology,” Foley offers up. Signature drinks can vary from bartender to bartender, and region to region.
“Whiskey” comes from the Gaelic phrase “uisce beatha,” which translates to “water of life.”
So if you’re looking for a new drink to try, to perhaps step away from the green-tinted beer this St. Patrick’s Day and imbibe in something a little more true to the Emerald Isle: try whiskey. “Jameson [an Irish whiskey] is readily available at any bar you go to. If you are looking to sip on a whiskey and get a lot of character out of the glass, I recommend trying the 18-year Jameson or 12year RedBreast. GreenSpot and YellowSpot are also great whiskeys made in the same distillery as Jameson, and both superb.” This writer enjoys an Irish coffee from time to time: Jameson, fresh brewed coffee, topped with heavy cream (it floats). For further questions, grab a curious friend, a Lyft downtown, and find your way into Tapastrie, Fiddler’s Hearth or The Exchange Whiskey Bar to chat with a bartender and start finding a new favorite drink to toast your friends’ health! SASSY | MARCH 2017
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7 Tips For Creating Your Own “Piece Of Heaven”
By: Meagan Church
In 2012, graphic designer M.J. Kocovski already had a day job and three young children. But she felt the urge to create something. So, she began to publish the blog Pars Caeli (pronounced “pars kiley,” which means “piece of heaven”). She worked hard at this endeavor, posting three to five entries each week for the first few years. But again she felt the urge to create something more. She began to ask herself what problem she could solve for her readers and how she could help make the world a better place. With no entrepreneurial experience, she pitched an idea to the creative director at The Land of Nod, a children’s store headquartered in Chicago. She had been illustrating lunchbox jokes on sticky notes and posting the photos to Instagram. People were responding, so she thought maybe parents would appreciate a box of 180 (total school days in the year) jokes. “I wasn’t in the practice of emailing corporate executives, and I knew this is not how products are officially developed, but my gut said try it,” M.J. recalled. Within 15 minutes she had a response, “She said yes! Her willingness to take a chance on me pushed the best kind of snowball effect into motion.” That one product led to the creation of more and her online shop Good in Store. M.J. designs apparel, prints, printables and more with encouraging messages, such as “do good,” “kindness is the new black” and “always be kinder than you feel.” M.J. believes that goodness inspires goodness. And she also believes in following your dreams, which is why she offers this encouragement. In her own words, M.J. shares seven tips for turning your dream into a reality.
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1. Consider what you have to lose! (But don’t overthink this one.) This idea you have for a business/blog/book, how important is it to you? Are you willing to NOT do it? Or are you willing to fight for it, make sacrifices, lose sleep? If the answer is yes, go for it! The initial investment is your time and passion. Why not pursue something that lights you up? 2. Don't wait until you feel qualified. I’m not qualified, nor experienced to take on a small business. On paper, a for-profit entity focused on kindness and doing good probably wouldn’t move any Sharks or make a Forbes list. But in an abstract way, when I thought about my business from a problem-solving approach, I thought how can I help? Silly illustrations with jokes attached won’t bring about world peace, but helping parents feel connected to their children in the middle of the day? That might change a relationship or help shape a small person’s worldview.
“I thought how can I help?”
3. Start where you are and use your talents. In beginning my blog, I knew design and not much else. So I started in my wheelhouse. I made a beautiful website. It didn’t have winning content or products, but it looked really good because that’s what I know how to do. I took online classes, asked a lot of questions, paid close attention to those I admire and the rest of the pieces slowly came together. Don’t let the fact that you don’t know it all stop you. Stay focused and pursue what you need.
4. Follow your gut. Have a strong sense of what you want, even if (and maybe especially if) it’s something different from the norm. When a new opportunity comes your way, make sure it resonates with the path you want to follow.
5. Build advisors into your plan. I have an incredibly supportive and inspiring husband who keeps me accountable to my dreams. Through my years of blogging, I’ve gathered mentors and supporters, and I feel grateful to have my own team of superheroes on a variety of skills and topics. I know what I don’t know (and that has saved me on many occasions). Ask for help and be grateful when you receive it.
6. Plaster all the wins where you can see them. Pursuing your dream can be tough, and you will have setbacks and challenges. Many of those will be self-imposed! Write down or screenshot all of your wins. Keep the compliments, success points, achievements in a folder that you can access during the rough patches. Remind yourself why you do this.
7. Do what you feel called to do. Ultimately, I feel like this is where God’s calling me. A friend recently wrote me this after receiving one of my store products, “I’m so happy to support you in your life’s vocation.” I don’t know if Good in Store or Pars Caeli will lead to a long-term family business or something else entirely, but adding more beauty and kindness into the world, while I figure that out seems like a great way to spend my life’s energy.
Take a look at M.J.’s blog and store at ParsCaeli.com. Some of her apparel can also be found at Ali on the Boulevard in South Bend. SASSY | MARCH 2017
I Donâ€™t Like Beer Finding The Right Craft Beer For You
By: Chuck Bergman, homebrewer and beer enthusiast
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I’m always curious when I meet someone and they say they don’t like beer. Has the person tried all the craft and commercial beer options available or did they have Bud Light on tap at a college party and that ruined beer for them? When I probe a little deeper, the answer is usually somewhere in between. Most people are familiar with the major commercial beers, which they often don’t like, and have only tried a few styles of craft beer. With the broad spectrum of beer flavors and styles available, I can see how this can be a confusing undertaking. How do you find the right craft beer for your personal taste?
ales, red ales, English milds, brown ales and Oktoberfests fall into this category. They usually feature some light hoppiness, but the malt backboneis where the true flavor comes through. When you hear a beer described as malty, bready or biscuity, it usually means the malt flavor is the focus of that beer. These are excellent brews for watching sports and go great with a burger and fries or a plate of hot wings.
I have assembled an easy to follow instruction guide for this challenge. The following are just a few helpful hints to get you started on your beer tasting adventure.
Light and Crisp Most commercial beers in the U.S. are basically American pilsners. This is a light, crisp style of beer that is generally smooth and easy to drink. Other similar styles include blond ales, cream ales, pale lagers, German or Czech pilsners and saisons. Although each of these styles offer different taste profiles, they all share the qualities of low hop bitterness, light mouthfeel, crisp carbonation and a refreshing finish. These are great “beginner beers” when you’re not sure where to start.
Dark and Bold I usually suggest holding off on these styles until you’ve explored other options, but some people like to jump right to the dark side. Dark lagers, porters, and stouts are probably the most well known darker beers. Many think of Guiness when dark beers are mentioned, but there are many excellent dark beers that are flavorful and complex. These styles are obviously dark in color, and are usually full bodied with a thick mouthfeel and may feature robust flavors that hint at chocolate, coffee or toffee.
Middle of the Road There are many great tasting beer styles that are just simple, basic beers. Not too light, not too dark, not too hoppy … just a nice middle of the road beer that is a pleasure to drink. Amber
Hoppy beers are for the truly adventurous and not for the faint at heart. I usually suggest easing into these styles of beer as the strong hop flavor and sometimes high bitterness can be a little overwhelming. Pale ales and IPAs are the most well known styles of hoppy beers, but keep your eye out for any beer advertising “American style.” This term has become synonymous with the hoppy version of that style of beer. Don’t be afraid of these beers. Hops provide an amazing sensory experience with complex aromas and flavors that range from citrus, grapefruit, and mango to pine, stonefruit and lemongrass.
High Octane Although technically not a specific style, beers that are high in alcohol content offer a wide range of flavor profiles and intensity. Generally any beer above 8% ABV falls into this category. Imperial Stouts, Double IPAs, barleywines and Belgian quads all feature complex flavors combined with a wonderful alcohol warmth in every sip. These are great beers to enjoy on a cold winter day sitting by a roaring fire. I hope these tips are helpful in your beer tasting journey. Remember to start simple so you don’t get overwhelmed with intense, unexpected flavors. Many local brewpubs feature flights of beer. A flight usually features five to six oz. of several different beers. That way you get to try a variety of styles. And don’t forget, you can always ask for small pour samples before ordering a full pint. CHEERS!
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Inspiration… Perspiration? By: Rita Miller
y radio station quote of the day for Thursday was “motivation, inspiration and perspiration lead to success.” I immediately agreed with motivation and inspiration as hallmarks of success in everything you do, but what about perspiration? Does that apply to financial folks who sit behind a computer all day? Does it apply to students in AP English class? Would it apply to doctors and nurses? I thought about those questions all day and came to the conclusion that perspiration can take the form of hard work and exercise, or it can come in the form of good anxiety. In my personal life, I’m familiar with anxiety but it’s not always good anxiety. Anxiety can lead you to panic and desperation or it can lead you to healthy success. The choice lies in our own response to anxiety. Barry McDonagh, a prominent anxiety self-help author, believes that anxiety is rooted in our “fight or flight” response. This response is helpful in many situations but when allowed to go unchecked, it can result in sheer panic. People who suffer from panic attacks often think they are dying. Their heart rate increases, palms start to sweat, they feel nauseous. Controlling the “fight or flight” response can allow you to channel this energy into successful work life or personal life. How can you take a panicked moment and change it into a helpful moment?
Experts offer several ways: • Control your breathing. Breathe in through the nose for a count of five
and breathe out for a count of five. This slows down rapid breathing that can lead to hyperventilation. • Get up and change your scenery. Move outside, go to another room and
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Remember you are not dying or going crazy. Panic attacks don’t kill; they
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Eat well, get adequate sleep and
exercise often. There is a study that I read stating they found that the majority of people have anxiety by the time they are 30. I don’t think this is new information but I believe more people are talking about anxiety and other mental health issues. Finally, these issues are being brought into the spotlight and destigmatized in society. In London, the Duke of Cambridge, heir to the British throne, has started a new initiative to start mental health treatment early in life. He and his wife, Catherine Middleton, believe that mental health treatment is just as important as physical health treatment. Their support is immense in this field. In the United States, celebrities are starting to talk about mental health. Hopefully, this support will remind us that nervous “perspiration” can be channeled and managed. It never hurts to remind yourself that you are unique and special. Make the most of your motivation, inspiration, and perspiration each day and remember to celebrate your successes!
For more information: Barry McDonagh’s Website dareresponse.com SASSY | MARCH 2017
By: Phyllis Rose
East Grand Rapids Photos Provided By: Phyllis Rose
The deck at the East Grand Rapids Library overlooks a frozen Reeds Lake in the winter.
During the Reeds Lake Artist Festival, artists booths line Wealthy Street just past the entrance to Gaslight Village, the town’s shopping area.
or history, boutique shopping, “sweetilicious” sweets, an art fair, and fabulous food, go east, fellow day trippers, go east! That’s as in East Grand Rapids on Reeds Lake. Local history buffs, Dave and I delved into the city’s colorful past in the history room of the East Grand Rapids Library, 746 Lakeside Drive. Many of the artifacts centered around Ramona Park and the steamboats which sailed on Reeds Lake.
Ramona Park, an amusement park with vaudeville shows, roller coasters, a picnic area and other fun activities, existed in East Grand Rapids between 1897 and 1955. You’ll see such things as the roller skates worn by Stella “Blondie” Zandstra, a featured skater and ticket taker at the park. Other area amusements started even earlier, such as the steamboats which began taking tourists on pleasure rides around the lake in 1882. In the history room, you can see the steering wheel from the “Ramona,” a steamboat which plied the lake until 1956. Interestingly, the Ramona sailed 401,184 miles but was never more than a mile from the dock. The city has more recent claims to fame seen in the sign which once graced the entrance to the city saying, “Welcome to East Grand Rapids, Home of the 38th President, Gerald R. Ford.” If you want to sit and savor more history, comfortable chairs are provided near a table filled with area history books.
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Remembered,” done by E. Lynne O’Rourke. Her husband’s great grandfather, Captain John Poisson, started the steamboat excursions on the lake. The colorful artwork highlighted the fun people had at the amusement park and on the steamboats. If you want to sit and contemplate the city’s past or just read a good book, the library has several seating areas with large panoramic windows overlooking the lake. Outside, there’s a deck, too. Imagine taking your book out there on a summer’s day to enjoy reading and the cool lake breezes. When we were there, it was winter so we watched people ice fishing, walking, or playing hockey on the frozen lake. With our history lesson completed, it was time for a different type of fun - shopping in Gaslight Village, the town’s shopping area. First, we went to Lole, 2213 Wealthy St. SE, a women’s clothing store, where we chatted with clerk Andrea Dudley about the store and about East Grand Rapids. Lole stands for “Live Out Loud Every Day,” Andrea told us, noting that the store features activewear. From there, we went to Papers Plus, 2213 Wealthy St., where we swooned over gorgeous home decor items, stationery, and cards. Among my favorites were the red and white plates by Juliska, featuring holiday scenes. Many other things tempted us, including food items such as gourmet peanuts by Feridies. We succumbed and bought small packages of honey roasted and chocolate covered peanuts. Yummy! We bought cards featuring artistic scenes of some of our favorite cities - London for me, Chicago for Dave. They are so cute we won’t be sending them but framing them instead. Next, we cruised through Coastal Cruisin’ Threads, 2249 Wealthy St. SE, to see what they were all about which is West Coast inspired clothing, paddleboards and all the accessories. Those loving the lake
cranberry turkey sandwich with smoked peppercorn turkey, cranberry jam, grainy mustard mayo, aged sharp white cheddar, organic greens, on a ciabatta bun. It was just as delicious - and just as messy - as the first time.
The East Grand Rapids shopping area on Wealthy Street.
lifestyle will find a lot to love here. By this time, we needed a break, when what should we see but Sweetie-licious, 2226 Wealthy St. SE. Their slogan is “Eat Pie, Love Life!” Founded by Michigander Linda Hundt, whom we’d met several years ago at her store in the Downtown Market Grand Rapids, Sweetie-licious features all kinds of delicious sweets besides pies. We drooled over their bakery items trying to decide what to take with us. We didn’t want to eat dessert yet because we hadn’t had lunch. I chose a “Snappy Snickerdoodle” and Dave picked a blueberry banana bran muffin. Both later proved to be scrumptious! With our treats stored in the car, we headed to Rose’s Restaurant, 550 Lakeside Drive SE, where we’d eaten on our first day trip to East Grand Rapids in 2009. We had fond memories of the wonderful meal we’d had there and wondered if it would be just as good. It was!
It came with a pasta salad and especially delicious and unusual root chips, made in house from russet potatoes, beets and sweet potatoes. Dave devoured his turkey burger topped with applewood smoked bacon, smoked gouda, onions, oven roasted tomatoes and basil mayo. It was so huge, he decided it would be easier to eat with a knife and fork. Dessert was ice cream with caramel sauce. Our day in East Grand Rapids had come to an end, but what an enjoyable day it was. We had such a great time, we went back in June for the The Reeds Lake Art Festival which takes place on Wealthy Street right in the center of the business district. After browsing the artists’ booths which included paintings, woodcrafts, pottery and photography, we enjoyed lunch at Derby Station, 2237 Wealthy St. SE, and an ice cream treat at Jersey Junction, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor at 652 Croswell Ave. SE. Once again, we discovered you can’t miss when you go east to East Grand Rapids!
Seated on the all-season veranda next to the fireplace, we had a wonderful view of the snowcovered lake, marveling at the people having fun on the ice, apparently not concerned with the ice breaking in the warmer-than-normal winter we had last year. Our attention soon turned to our meal. I started with butternut squash soup, creamy and sweet with a crunchy cluster of nuts on top. For my entree, I chose the same thing I had seven years ago - the
The deck in the summertime is a great place to relax.
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A Little Thing Called Life By Linda Thompson Reviewed By: Rita Miller
uly 6, 1972 was a day that changed the life of Miss Tennessee Universe, Linda Thompson, forever. On that day, she met Elvis Presley for the first time. It was a chance meeting, but a meeting that would lead to five years of a passionate relationship with a man 13 years older. Elvis was older, but in many ways, Linda was the wiser of the two. Elvis pursued Linda despite the fact that he was still married to Priscilla and had a daughter, Lisa Marie. In 1972, there wasn’t a woman alive who wouldn’t drop everything, do anything, to be at the side of Elvis Presley. Linda eventually moved in with Elvis. From that day forward, they were rarely separated. If Elvis was in the shower, Linda sat outside the shower stall. If Elvis stayed up all night, Linda stayed up all night. She was at his beck and call. He depended on her for everything and she was compliant in the relationship. Unfortunately, his affairs and drug use led to an epiphany for her. After a series of panic attacks, she diagnosed herself as needing to “take back control of (her) life” after neglecting her needs for so many years. She returned to Memphis. 24
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Linda then met Bruce Jenner. Bruce was again, the ideal man for every woman in America. He was an Olympic decathlon winner, a man’s man and a caring individual. Even Elvis remarked “Damn, if that guy is not handsome!” Linda joked “I’m going to marry that guy someday!” On January 5, 1981, Linda married Bruce and had two children with him. Bruce was a dedicated father and their life was blissful, until Bruce confessed that he “identified as a woman.” The day Linda saw him in full makeup and female clothing, she collapsed to the floor. The relationship ended and Linda moved on to working as an actress. She was a complete success in both acting and voice overs but her biggest success, in her words, was to be a mother to her two sons. Linda then met David Foster, a 16 time Grammy award winner. David left his wife after meeting Linda. They married and became an award winning songwriting duo. Linda was a lyricist, winning an Emmy in 2003. Her professional career was successful and satisfying, but her personal life was controlled and stressful. David was obsessed with a certain chair
in the kitchen and refused to let anyone sit in the chair but himself. Eventually, the family made a “King David” sign to place on the chair! David was also prone to disappearing for days. Linda made excuses for him until she finally realized she couldn’t stop the odd behavior. The final straw was the day Linda was in a serious car accident. She called David and he refused to pick her up at the hospital, sending an assistant in his place. The marriage ended. Linda continued to raise her sons, enjoy friends and family, and work diligently at acting and songwriting. She reveled in being able to wake up when she wanted, have her dogs in the house or enjoy other simple pleasures of a less controlled life. As she writes “What a beautiful gift we have been given-a little thing called life.” This book is a beautiful gift for anyone remembering Elvis or for anyone struggling with controlling relationships. She gives hope to all that the twists and turns of life are indeed precious.
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It's National Cleaning Week: Room-by-Room Guidance for Conquering the Task By: Kimberly Blaker
The emergence of spring has long been associated with deep cleaning our homes. Although its origin is presumed of Iranian or Jewish culture, it has long been a popular custom in America and is gaining popularity in other parts of the world. For most it signifies a fresh home, or fresh start, to compliment the blossoming of spring. March 6th though the 12th marks this year's National Cleaning Week. So join the ranks of spring cleaners by using this guide to complete the task. To keep the job from feeling overwhelming, schedule a block of time each day, or even each week, for your annual cleaning. Work on one room at a time and reward yourself for each room until the job is done.
The basics – for every room in your home
Time Saving Tips
• Gather cleaning tools and supplies before you get started. Have plenty of rags, an old toothbrush, q-tips, toothpicks, cleaning solutions, spray bottle, step stool or small ladder, and vacuum and attachments. • Work room-by-room for efficiency and to avoid duplicating or missing tasks. • Work around the room from top to bottom. • Play music as you clean. It may not save time, but will make time pass more quickly.
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• Dust wall and ceiling light fixtures, then remove globes, and wash them out. • Dust ceiling fan blades. • Remove cobwebs with a vacuum and brush attachment or a clean rag attached to the head of a broom. • Remove and wash window coverings, and dust the top of curtain rods and window trim. • Remove wall hangings, knick-knacks, and other décor, then rinse in warm soapy water. • Wash doors and knobs and the dust that collects on top of doors and entryway trim. • Wash walls with an all-purpose cleaning solution. Touch up mars and chips with paint. • Wipe off switch plates. • Empty cabinets and drawers then wash them inside and out. Wash out and arrange drawer organizers, as well.
• Wash windows and sills, and don’t forget the unsightly tracks. • Clean unupholstered furniture from top to bottom with an appropriate cleaner. • Vacuum upholstered furniture from top to bottom and under cushions, paying special attention to creases and crevices where dust and grunge build up. • Vacuum lampshades with a soft bristle attachment. • Unplug electrical cords and run through a damp rag to remove built-up dust. • Wash baseboards, then vacuum carpet edges with a narrow attachment. • Vacuum and/or mop under furniture and other stationary items.
Bedroom–odds ’n ends • Remove items from under the bed, dust off storage containers, and dispose of clutter. • Vacuum under beds using attachments. • Eliminate unwanted articles from drawers.
The bathroom—scour and disinfect • Remove and launder shower curtain and liner, bath mat, toilet cover and rugs. • Scour tub and shower from top to bottom, inside and out. Use a toothbrush to remove mold, mildew, and soap scum accumulation around the drain, faucet, knobs and showerhead. • Clean glass shower doors inside and out including the track. • Spray exterior of toilets with a sanitizing solution and wipe down. • If you have young boys, remove the toilet seat and clean bolts where odors linger. Use a deodorizing solution on the baseboard and wall behind the toilet. • Wash toilet brush container and wastebasket. • Scrub sink and counter top including grooves around the drain, faucet and knobs. • Dust the top edge of mirrors, towel racks and other accessories.
Outdoors—dirt, dirt everywhere
• Dust the top of kitchen cabinets. • Remove grease and grime from small kitchen appliances • Clean stove, oven, refrigerator and dishwasher inside and out. • Wipe built up grunge in the top of the garbage disposal with a rag, then add ice and lemon slices and run the disposal to clean and freshen the blades. • Scrub countertops with a mild abrasive or degreaser. • Wash table and chairs from top to bottom, and don’t forget the cracks where table leaves meet.
• Hose down siding and windows. • Wash screens with soapy water then rinse with a hose, and wash window exteriors. • Scrub doormats with an all-purpose cleaner and a brush, then rinse. • Spray off patio furniture then wipe clean. • Clean light fixtures. • Remove lint from dryer vent and nests and hives that have formed on or near the house.
Basement, attic, and garage —clutter havens
• Install racks, shelving and hooks then organize and eliminate clutter. • Dust shelving and stored items. • Store odds and ends in same-size boxes or containers for easy stacking. • Remove oil, paint, and other stains from concrete with trisodium phosphate. Be sure to follow directions carefully and protect skin and eyes. • Dispose of unwanted items.
Closets—the always forgotten • Dust shelving, brackets and rods. • Organize shelves and eliminate unneeded items. • Remove clothing that hasn’t been worn in two years. • Dust shoe racks and rarely worn shoes. SASSY | MARCH 2017
Scene Be Scene
Please send us some of your favorite photos from your organization’s or charity’s best events and fundraisers. They just may make the next issue of SASSY Magazine! We prefer snapshots of people that are full of life and enjoying the moment, so please send them our way: Jessy@MichianaFamilyMagazine.com.
Granger Good Shepherd United Methodist Church Hosts “Hearts For The Homeless” To Benefit Hope Ministries
embers of Granger Good Shepherd United Methodist Church develop a better perspective and greater empathy for the homeless each year as they host “Hearts for the Homeless” to benefit Hope Ministries. The event was held on Saturday, February 11th and included an opportunity to sleep in home-made shelters for those who wished to participate. Members of the congregation and guests enjoyed an evening of games, wonderful food and lots of fun. It all started 7 years ago, when church member Judy Krueger found herself thinking about the homeless one evening while comfortably resting in bed under an electric blanket. She thought about those who
don’t have blankets, or not enough heat in the house. And what about those who don’t even have a house? She shared these thoughts with the congregation and they were excited to take action. "Hearts for the Homeless is an event that helps all of us identify with some of the plight of the homeless here in the Michiana area. We are reminded of their struggles with weather, proper clothing, and their own health. And in being reminded of this, we can give back to support organizations like Hope Ministries," comments Reverend Kathy Barba Pierce. Judy was joined by church members Mary and John Monnin and some of the older youth who wanted to share in the experience and brave the weather in homemade cardboard “houses.” A bake and craft sale was held to raise funds; and donations of gently used clothing, outerwear and blankets were collected all month long. These items as well as monetary donations will be presented to Hope Ministries. “Hearts for the Homeless” takes place each year during the month of February and everyone in the community is welcome to participate. Granger Good Shepherd United Methodist Church is a small, active congregation that gathers for worship on Sundays at 10:30 am. For more information, visit GrangerGoodShepherd. org or call (574) 273-2246.
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Scene Be Scene
Photos Provided By: Peter Ringenberg
The 2017 Sweethearts Ball
Celebrates A Rosie Place For Children The 5th Annual Sweethearts Ball was an enormous success for medically complex children, families, and partners of A Rosie Place. The popular event was held on Saturday, February 11th. Guests filled the Hilton Garden Inn to raise funds to support the growing organization. A Rosie Place is a specialty hospital designed to serve children who require medical intervention for everyday living and is located right here in our Michiana community. The event began by dedicating the evening to commemorate the lives of Dr. Femi Okanlami and Christine Haas, RN, for their amazing contribution to children throughout our community. Both dedicated their professional lives to the health and prosperity of children and families. Their passion and character left lasting impressions on the thousands of lives they touched across Michiana and beyond. Their impact was evident as guests flew in to attend the Sweetheart’s Ball from states as far as California and Texas, just for the occasion. Mr. Louis Nanni, Vice President for University Relations at the University of Notre Dame recently visited the children’s hospital and gave his reflection stating, “An act of love requires hard work and patience, and for some is a whole way of life.” He went on to articulate that “A Rosie Place is a sacred space where we can come together and find the best of humanity through its most difficult moments.”
Dr. Bunmi Okanlami, President of the Board of Directors, proudly spoke on the mission and reported that A Rosie Place is in its 7th year of serving children and empowering the families who care for them. A Rosie Place invites you to visit and see for yourself this amazing asset for children and families in our community. To learn more visit the website at www.arosieplace.org or call Tieal Bishop directly at 574-315-6283. ď §
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