Modern Texas Living Issue 14

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WAC O’S PREM IER M A GAZ IN E

Jessie James Decker


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AT HOME

The Broadmoor House

*On the Cover Jessie James Decker, Singer & Designer Photo by John Hillin

Home Tour Steal the Style Anthropologie Inspired Ornaments Tiny Living Big Style

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ON THE ROAD

A Peach of My Heart

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INSIDE BUSINESS

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LIFE & STYLE

White Christmas Margaritas

Standard Hat Works

Pomegranate Maple Glazed Baked Ham

A New Season

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

Holiday Gift Guide

Honey BBQ Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Winter Fashion Trends

Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce Fudgy Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Q&A with Beacon Payment Solutions

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Q&A with Diebolt Construction

What’s Trending: In The Kitchen

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Q&A with Pure Energy

Hot Cocoa Bombs

Your Medical Questions Answered

IN THE KITCHEN

IN GOOD HEALTH


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BROADMOOR HOUSE DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHANIE TRANTHAM @THE_BROADMOOR_HOUSE

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estled among the flat terrain and fields of livestock in rural north Fort Worth, Texas, The Broadmoor House beautifully integrates organic, modern and traditional styles to create a warm and inviting space that ages well with time. Owned and designed by Stephanie and Ben Trantham, this space offers an open concept that makes guests feel welcome to all parts of their home. This four-bed, three-bath house mingles higher-end staple furniture pieces with lower-end decor to create a luxury atmosphere at an affordable price.

On the other side of the front door, guests are greeted by an open entryway with 14-foot ceilings, white walls that are embellished with crown molding and intricate woodwork, and a long hallway that leads to the remainder of the house. Past the hallway is a large open space shared by the kitchen, living room, and dining room. A cozy office nook sits around the corner from the kitchen, and past the dining room is a media room that’s perfect for entertaining Stephanie and Ben’s two boys while keeping them close by.

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A ten-foot dropped ceiling and custom crown molding infuse the kitchen with a cozy, intimate atmosphere. A spacious walk-in pantry and white cabinets that stretch to the ceiling maximize this space. Pops of gold and brass hardware, natural greenery, and lighttoned vinyl core composite floors provide warmth by offsetting the sharp black and white colors. The Tranthams installed multiple statement chandeliers throughout the house to allow for the alteration of room layouts at any point, creating a unique transitional concept.

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All four bedrooms contain rich wooden bed frames and painted wood side tables. Vaulted ceilings in the kids’ and guest bedrooms add height to those spaces and create a custom, high-end look. The primary bedroom features a grayscale lithograph mural of a woodsy landscape that ties in well with the dark, neutral color scheme and adds dimension. The black and gold star printed removable wallpaper in both of the kids’ bedrooms adds color and texture. Stephanie especially loves this removable wallpaper because it doesn’t damage the walls and is easy to switch out with new patterns whenever desired.

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AT HOME

Stephanie and Ben incorporated a lot of black, dark gray, and white into their home for a simple, clean feel. To soften the space a little bit, they brought in various textured fabrics such as velvet upholstered dining room chairs and linen upholstered kitchen and bathroom bar stools.

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The eclectic combination of high and low-end, modern and traditional, as well as dark and light allows the overall style to transition seamlessly with each passing season and every passing year, ensuring that it never goes out of style. Ben and Stephanie's background in design and photography fueled their vision, and brought this uniquely crafted space to life.

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At Black Oak, we are a wholesale production pottery studio that makes custom wholesale pieces for corporations and retailers around the country. Come visit our studio store where we sell an everchanging selection of unique handmade pieces created by our artisans. You can also participate in a free tour or take a lesson with us. Store Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm Free Tours: Thursday & Friday 11am www.BlackOakArt.com

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hands during the initial Covid-19 lockdown. It all happened rather serendipitously with our extended family as our team. We found a trailer on island that we needed and with the years of dreaming of tiny homes, we finalized a design within a few days of purchasing the trailer. We knew that numerous windows were the key to making it not feel so “tiny”—and we have always been obsessed with the magic of natural light and what it does to a space. When working with such a small floor plan, you have to decide how to allot your square footage. Every tiny house owner has different priorities. For us, it was the kitchen and hangout space. We love hosting and cooking, and wanted to come up with a tiny home design where gatherings could be possible. MODERN TEXAS LIVING | 31


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Our Approach Visiting Angels understands how difficult it can be to find in-home care for a loved one. You want in-home care providers you can trust, but you don’t want your family member to live in a nursing home or assisted living facility. By allowing your family member to stay in their home, you’re offering them the comfort and familiar surroundings they’re used to so that they can maintain their independence and freedom. With inhome care from Visiting Angels, we make sure to keep your loved one’s comfort a priority. Our care plans are flexible, working with your loved one rather than the other way around.

Home Care Services Visiting Angels provides in-home care services for every individual in need, including those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, congestive heart failure, cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, and diabetes. Here are some of the other services we offer.

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A Peach of My Heart FOUR SWEET SUITES IN UPTOWN WACO Design by Stephanie Ingram @crownandwillow | Photography by Nate Richey | Mural by @AveryODesign

Imagine a cluster of quaint luxury suites joined together by a charming courtyard. That is just what guests will find at Uptown Peach, a new Airbnb located in the heart of Uptown Waco, Texas. When owners Justin and Stephanie Ingram bought the property, they found a slew of overgrown trees out front. The only one they kept was a native peach tree, which became Uptown Peach’s namesake. According to them, the best time to stay is in the summer when the tree produces a ton of fresh, juicy peaches. Uptown Peach’s convenient location puts it within walking distance to local coffee shops, wine bars, restaurants, art stores, and Waco’s beloved Cameron Park – the perfect spot for a day of hiking or biking. The Magnolia Silos are only 1.6 miles away, and Baylor University is three miles away. The property consists of four white canvas cottages, each with its own distinct pops of color and unique decor. The individual cottages share a courtyard that offers a variety of seating options and a fire pit that is perfect for a night in with family or friends. Guests can rent just one suite at a time or all four suites at once for private celebrations. 36 | moderntexasliving.com


Uptown Peach has everything needed to make guests comfortable. Each bed includes USB outlets and sound machines. Other amenities include free parking on site with two 220 amp EV chargers, a washer and dryer, wifi, TV, and security cameras to ensure guest safety. The refrigerator stays stocked with various beverages, and the pantry is always filled with a plethora of snacks and candy. A Nespresso coffee maker, two bicycles, and an outdoor projector with bluetooth (perfect for streaming games or TV shows) are all available upon request. The bright, cozy atmosphere of Uptown Peach makes guests feel right at home. No place in Waco quite compares to this unique space. Justin and Stephanie will go the extra mile to meet visitors’ wants and needs during every stay. In the end, it’s all about the experience! Visit www.airbnb.com to book your stay at Uptown Peach.

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HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS BUSINESS AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? As a child, my dad always told me the key to business is “find a need and fill it.” Being in business myself, I soon found there were needs businesses had too—some of which weren't being well filled! Payment facilitation is a field much neglected, and thus my search to find a way to fight for fellow business owners. Being a “people person,” I get a lot of satisfaction in helping others find success, more expendable funds, and more time with family by bringing expertise to the very heart of any business—getting paid!

IS PAYMENT Q WHAT PROCESSING? When you pay with a debit or credit card, somebody has to get the money from the card issuing bank to the business owner’s bank. That’s what we do! Money needs to get from point A to point C. We are point B. This needed service comes at a cost that is most often altogether too high... Thus, BeaconPay.

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WHAT RATES OR FEES DO YOU CHARGE WHEN I SWIPE CREDIT CARDS, ENTER THEM MANUALLY (KEY-ENTER), OR ACCEPT THEM ONLINE? The “mechanics” of this industry are frustratingly complex for folks. We strive to simplify that delivery. For years now, we have reduced costs by 10 to 50% by bringing our “Wholesale Plus” pricing— something the big chains enjoy—to the one and two location businesses we all know and love. Today, we even have plans that can reduce costs by over 90%! As to various entry mode rates, keyed or “swiped” rates, generally card-not-present is a little more expensive than card-present, but that difference with others is often bigger than it needs to be. We give a free consultation/analysis and offer $1,000.00 if we can’t reduce your rates!

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WHEN I REFUND A TRANSACTION, DO I GET ANY OF THE ORIGINAL FEES REFUNDED TO ME? In a refund, you are moving the money two ways—from the card issuing bank to the merchant’s deposit bank, and then from the merchant’s bank back to the card issuing bank. So, there’s a charge in each direction. Rather than refunding the transaction, (if it’s on the same day), it’s much better to void the transaction and therefore pay no processing fee for either one!

OTHER SERVICES DOES Q WHAT BEACON OFFER? As a FinTech company, BeaconPay offers many financial services: Payroll, POS systems, payment processing, ACH, eChecks, invoicing, inventory management, business loans, LOC, consumer finance, contract funding, invoice factoring, government grant advocacy, and more! We facilitate payments to you and your team!

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Rather than the “Chase and Replace” model, (get as much money as possible until you catch it), we follow the “Gain and Retain” model. We value your trust and work to retain it for many years to come. We don’t believe one size fits all. Rather than trying to fit every business into one shoe size, it’s much better to find a great fit for folks! As registered agents for multiple national providers, we’re able to get on your side of the counter and shop and advocate for you. You get a better deal, better features, better service! We call it “Local Advocacy with National Expertise.” You have access to 24/7 national team expertise, and you have us to back you up if you’re not getting what you need. We are a phone call, text, email or shout away. It sounds kind of funny, but it’s really true: we tell folks to “Stop freakin’. Call Beacon!”

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INSIDE BUSINESS

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DIEBOLT CONSTRUCTION BRANDON & CINDY DIEBOLT

Q ME ABOUT YOUR Q TELL BUSINESS AND ITS HISTORY. We are a general contracting company specializing in commercial and residential roofing, outdoor living areas, interior, and exterior remodeling. I started working in the roofing industry in sales in 2009 for a Dallas-based company. We started Diebolt Construction here in Waco, our hometown, in 2014 with my father, John Diebolt. My father has been in business locally since 1965.

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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SERVICES YOU OFFER YOUR CLIENTS?

We are a full-service construction company specializing in roofing, both residential and commercial. We primarily work with customers who have filed insurance claims; however, we also give cash bids and offer financing options for non-insurance claims and our clients who are paying out of pocket for their new roof or remodeling projects.

Three things to consider when questioning if you might need a new roof: 1.) Your existing roof system is close to or over 10 years old. 2.) Granule loss (shiny shingles or unusual granule loss in gutters of the home. 3.) Anytime there is a recent wind/hail storm, have your roof inspected for potential damages.

DO I DETERMINE WHAT Q HOW KIND OF ROOF I NEED? Most homes in this area have asphalt shingle roof systems. Determining the type of roof you need depends largely on your budget and the structure of your home. Insurance claims pay “like for like” so most of our clients choose to go back with the system they have when their claim was filed. Many options exist if our clients wish to upgrade their system, such as metal roofing, tile, membrane roofing (flat roofs), and built-up roofing systems.

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WHAT IS A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF? One of our favorite projects to date has been the work we did with the local Family Abuse Center after the 2021 winter freeze. We were able to utilize our resources and aid them in mitigating water and mold damages to their facility and help with the rebuild of their facility to get them back up and running while also acting as an advocate with their insurance carrier. This took a huge team effort and utilization of our assembly of carpenters, flooring specialists, plumbers, electricians, and demolition crews.

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HOW DO I KNOW IF IT’S TIME FOR ME TO GET A NEW ROOF FOR MY HOUSE?

WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHER CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES? I would have to say, our ability to serve as an advocate for our clients to help them through the insurance process to the very end and restoration of one of their most prized possessions- their home.


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nine HOLIDAY MOVIES WE LOVE A look into what we watch with our families around the holidays to get us in the right spirits.

ALMOST CHRISTMAS A dysfunctional family gathers together for their first Christmas since their mom died.

ELF Raised as an over-sized elf, a human travels from the North Pole to NYC to meet his biological father who doesn't know he exists and is in desperate need of some Christmas spirit.

A CHRISTMAS PRINCE Christmas comes early for an aspiring young journalist when she's sent abroad to get the scoop on a dashing prince who's poised to be king.

THE FAMILY STONE An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their freespirited way of life.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS DROP A by-the-book political aide falls for a bighearted Air Force pilot while looking to shut down his tropical base and its airborne Christmas tradition.

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CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS With their daughter, Blair, away, Luther and Nora Krank decide to skip Christmas all together until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate it at the last minute.

KLAUS A simple act of kindness always sparks another, even in a frozen, faraway place. When Smeerensburg's new postman, Jesper, befriends toymaker Klaus, their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions.

RUDOLPH THE REDNOSED REINDEER

After a divorced New York mother hires a nice old man to play Santa Claus at Macy's, she is startled by his claim to be the genuine article. When his sanity is questioned, a lawyer defends him in court by arguing that he's not mistaken.

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Hi, I’m Heather, the creative force behind Tiny Hearts Imagery! My studio space is situated in historic downtown Waco in a charming old building. As a fine art newborn and maternity photographer my passion is to create art that is uniquely designed for my clients while ensuring a fun and unforgettable experience. We love to pamper our new moms with an experience that is luxurious, from our hair and make up artist to stunning designer gowns and props, we have everything you need to create the session of your dreams.

From the moment you sit down to view your favorite images to designing heirlooms for your home. I am here to help you along the way. As an artist, I love providing my clients with only the best fine art heirloom-quality artwork to hang in your home and bind your portraits in albums to preserve for many generations to come. Outside of the studio, I’m a mom to five incredible sons, and wife to one hard working husband. I enjoy taking family vacations, sippin on some good ole’ iced coffee or southern sweet tea. Looking forward to preserving your family's legacy!

We are excited to offer ultrasound services at the Tiny Hearts Studio. We have custom packages for you to choose from if you want to see your little one more frequently throughout your pregnancy.

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I seem to find beauty in the most organic, natural state of things. Things being someone or even something. Viewing life at such a raw state is captivating, real, and beautiful. With my design skills, I hope to help others see the beauty surrounding their life to help inspire a livable yet design elevated home. I value beauty not only based on aesthetics but on perception of life that starts with a grateful heart, confident vision, and organic state of mind.

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INSIDE BUSINESS

Q&A: PURE ENERGY, RESIDENTIAL SOLAR

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WHAT IS RESIDENTIAL SOLAR AND WHY SHOULD A HOMEOWNER BE INTERESTED? Residential solar is an investment in the home that both adds value to the equity of the home and saves the homeowner tens of thousands of dollars on their electricity costs.

Q We sat down with Brad Showalter, a residential solar consultant with PURE Energy, to explore the interest in residential solar systems in Texas. Throughout the interview we discussed what makes residential solar affordable and how homeowners in Central Texas can learn more about the benefits for their homes. PURE Energy is a fully in-house, Texas-based, residential solar company headquartered in San Antonio with offices and install teams in Lubbock, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Waco, San Antonio, and McAllen. PURE Energy is accredited and highly rated by the Better Business Bureau and has installed over 18,000 residential solar systems since 2014.

To learn more about residential solar or to request a consultation to see solar energy’s potential for your home, email Brad at bradshowalter@pure.solar or call him at 254-300-6192. Make sure to mention Modern Texas Living to get the friends and family rate!

WHY IS THERE SO MUCH HYPE ABOUT RESIDENTIAL SOLAR IN TEXAS RIGHT NOW? Everyone knows the cost of energy is rising and there is an increasing demand on our aging power grid, so the federal government is giving incentives and rebates to homeowners who turn their home into a power-producer with the use of a residential solar system. You’re literally being paid to not rely on a power provider who is raising your rates.

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HOW DO THE INCENTIVES WORK TO HELP HOMEOWNERS SAVE MONEY THROUGH SOLAR ENERGY? The federal government is offering a tax credit of up to 26% off the total cost of your residential solar system. There is no upfront cost for a qualified homeowner, and the first payment for the system doesn’t come until 60 days after the system is installed. This gives the system time to produce the energy needed for the home, and either cut or eliminate the bill from their provider.

DOES SOLAR WORK FOR EVERY HOME? While a residential solar system can produce energy at a rate far cheaper than any provider in Texas will sell it, unfortunately, a residential solar system isn’t for every home. There are a number of factors that make each home unique, but the three easiest to identify and quantify are the family’s annual consumption or electricity needs, the size of the roof, and the direction the roof faces. The only way to know if it works for your home is to sit with a solar consultant and evaluate all components of the home. MODERN TEXAS LIVING | 51


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Nestled in the middle of Waco, Texas lies a quaint, lone building with the name Standard Hat Works. Although they are in a small town in Central Texas, this store has a reach larger than most people realize. Founded in 1909 by a Hungarian immigrant, Standard Hat Works had humble beginnings. In the 1980s, the store found itself as one of the premier hat companies in the nation, designing custom hats for celebrities such as Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Neal McCoy, and Miss Texas. In 2013, Standard Hat Works was bought by its now-owner, Cameron Morris. Get to know Cameron, the hatmaker, and his workmanship skills, commitment, and dedication... and his love for Texas country music.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself and how you got to be the hat maker

for Standard Hat Works. A: I was born and raised in Waco, Texas. I went to Texas Tech University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering. After I graduated, I worked in the construction industry as a project manager and after 10 years I was frustrated with my career and wanted a change. I started looking at other options and I heard this company was about to go out of business. Seeing the potential of the business and the history behind it, I felt called to take a leap of faith and take a risk and try to revive a business I knew nothing about. I bought the business in 2013 and maintained one employee, Catherine who is still our seamstress to this day. I started teaching myself how to make felt hats. Looking back at it now, it took about 5 years to figure out a good "recipe" of trying to overcome our mistakes with good techniques. It was a blessing in disguise because we were able to create our own techniques and processes for making what we would think is one of the best hats on the market, in our humble opinion. MODERN TEXAS LIVING | 53


Q: What keeps you motivated and passionate about your craft? A: I have many motivating factors. It's important to me that as we continue to grow we always operate our business with quality products and exceptional customer service. At Standard Hat Works, we are blessed to have talented musical artists wear and represent our brand and we want to build long-term relationships. I hope our brand continues to span many generations. The custom hat process is a very personal experience and we have the opportunity to create a type of relationship with our customers that results in long-term friendships.

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Do you have a favorite hat or one that is the most memorable to you? What was the story behind it? A: It's hard to narrow it down because every hat has its own unique story behind it. However, I do have to say it is awesome creating a hat for our family of artists and especially when they come back and express their satisfaction by stating, "This is exactly the style/image I was going for." Another memorable hat was one we did for a five-year-old girl named Layla, who ended up passing away with cancer. We were able to shape up some straw hats for her and her twin sister before they got to watch her favorite artist live at our local fair. It was such a joy to see those smiles and it tore me apart when she passed, but it is a memory I will never forget.

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a hat band from an ancestor's boot, added lace from a wedding dress and so many other stories similar to that.

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What do you feel is the most important thing for keeping this trade alive? A: Maintaining quality product and exceptional customer service. End of story.

Q: What do you think differentiates Standard Hat Works

from other custom hat makers/companies? A: Again, I am going to sound redundant, but we take great pride in hand making all of our felt hats and we pay extremely close attention to all details, i.e., the final fit, the finish of the hat, the shaping of the hat, the stitching, etc. to ensure that it is a timeless piece that can be handed down to generations to come. We also try to ensure that anyone who walks in here, whether you are an artist or not, will get the same five-star exceptional custom hat experience.

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the result of the challenges he faced navigating it. Rick was a

It seems like everywhere we turn these days there's

dedicated local newsman for 45 years, but his toughest times

hurt and division. There's been so much death, sickness

came trying to help our community to the other side of this

and fighting on social media and just a sense that our

crisis.

"new normal" is not normal at all. And for the first time, I find peace in admitting that life

has been hard and strange, and, in many ways, I don't like it. For the first time, I find comfort in something I never did before in talking about it. We've all lost a lot. Family members. Friends. Co-workers. Jobs. Peace of mind. Healthcare workers are exhausted. So are dedicated teachers and every kind of leader out there trying to navigate these unprecedented times. As a parent of three elementary school students, I wonder if my kids even know what normal life is supposed to look like anymore.

While we all fought over vaccines and masks, he was working overtime to put out lifesaving information until his heart finally stopped beating at 66. After so much sudden loss, our General Manger suggested we attend counseling. I was hesitant to do it and especially in a group setting but I attended and I'm glad I did. It sounds cliche but it helped me process my feelings and it opened my eyes to the hurt so many others are experiencing right now. It is a tough season for all of us but thank goodness we don't have to shoulder it alone. We can pray and we have

This past year, my news station lost a 32-year-old director of a show I anchor and father of two to COVID-19. And then more recently, the greatest mentor I've ever had, died. While the death of Rick Bradfield, managing editor of KWTX, was not attributed to COVID-19, I do think it was

friends and family that love us, and we can seek counseling. A pandemic could never take those outlets away. Let's look out for one another and cling to the hope that surely better days are ahead. And this next season will be much brighter.

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IN THE KITCHEN

White Christmas Margarita INGREDIENTS • 18 oz. coconut milk (in can) • 6 oz. coconut water • 6 oz. grand marnier • 9 oz. silver tequila • 1/2 cup lime juice • 3 tablespoons agave syrup • Garnish: fresh or frozen cranberries, lime slices and rosemary sprigs INSTRUCTIONS 1. To a large pitcher add full fat coconut milk, coconut water, grand marnier, silver tequila, lime juice and agave syrup. Using a whisk stir everything together until coconut milk no longer separates. 2. Serve over ice. 3. Garnish with fresh cranberries, lime slices and rosemary sprig. MODERN TEXAS LIVING | 67


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IN THE KITCHEN

Pomegranate Maple Glazed Baked Ham INGREDIENTS

• 10 lb. fulled cooked spiral bone-in ham Pomegranate Maple Glaze:

• 1/3 cup pomegranate juice • 1/2 cup maple syrup • 1/3 cup coconut sugar • 1 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 325°F. 2. Tightly wrap the entire ham with tin foil and place on a rack, fat side down, in a roasting pan. Fill roasting pan with 2-3 cups of water. 3. Bake on middle rack of oven for 1 1/2 hours or until internal temperature is 120°F. 4. In the meantime, to a small sauce pan add pomegranate juice, maple syrup, coconut sugar, dijon mustard, ground cinnamon, ground clove and ground allspice. Whisk together and bring to a slow boil, stirring throughout. Once sauce has thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. 5. Remove ham from oven and open the top part of the tin foil so ham is exposed. Liberally apply pomegranate maple glaze to the ham. (I use about half) Return ham the oven, uncovered, and bake for another 30 minutes. 6. Remove ham from oven and let rest for 10 minutes. By Krista Rollins @joyfulhealthyeats 7. Slice and serve with glaze on the side. MODERN TEXAS LIVING | 69


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VITAMINS AND MINERALS Vitamins and minerals work to boost your overall immune system and body functions, preparing it so when your body comes under attack it is better able to fight off a virus. It's important to work with your healthcare provider. For my patients, we look at lab values and determine what they need most. Then work down a list to optimize their levels. We focus on levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, B Vitamins, Glutathione, Magnesium, and Zinc, among others. One of the easiest ways my patients will get the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals is through IV Therapy. Oral supplements are great as a secondary option and it's important to make sure the brand and quality are a physician grade.

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SLEEP Sleep is regenerative in nature. It allows the body to rest and heal. With a lack of sleep, your body cannot recover you are in essence running on empty. When our sleep is disrupted, our body will go into a survival mode, this means that it will be unable to defend itself against possible attacks such as a virus. Don't forget to sleep. Get your body rested and calm 30 minutes before bedtime. I recommend for my patients to get 8 hours nightly of sleep. Find the routine that works best for you, tea and meditation are 2 things highly encouraged for my patients as it relaxes your body and allows you to prepare your body for sleep. If you continue to have difficulty sleeping, consider talking to your healthcare provider to explore other options to get the rest your body deserves.

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Eating a low-fat, plant-based diet may help give the immune system a boost. Research shows that oil may impair white blood cell function and that high-fat diets may alter the gut microbiota that aid in immunity. Fuel your body as there is truth in“you are what you eat”. Your body will take the fuel you give it to fight off viruses, so feed it well! I recommend fueling it with veggies, fruits, lean meats and limited fats. Adding red bell peppers, turmeric, broccoli, sunflower seeds and garlic can all supercharge your immune system. A small change of ingredients can have a lasting impact on your immune system.

LOWER YOUR STRESS When your mind is stressed the feeling can carry over to your immune system. Stress is directly linked to your immune system; higher stress levels have a direct link to lower immune system.

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It's also important to speak up. In our world things are scary and ever changing, specifically, in our community we have seen a drastic increase in clinical anxiety and depression. Discussing how you are feeling with your healthcare provider is so important to finding a solution that will work for you. Finding ways to boost your mental health will also boost your physical and immune health. I recommend a nightly 30-minute walk outside to get things rolling. My patients have seen a positive effect for a quick walk. Be ever mindful of your “self-talk.” Focus on what you CAN control. Pay attention to your breathing – short, fast breaths beget anxiety. Instead, breathe deeply from your abdomen.

Having regular scheduled care with your healthcare provider is vital to ensuring your immune system is prepped and ready to go. Your provider can outline a plan of action to optimize your health and get your body prepared for cold and flu season. Further, establishing the care and relationship early is needed should you become ill. Call your healthcare provider today, schedule an appointment to discuss options that are appropriate for you and your medical conditions. I recommend yearly testing for my patients to make sure your body is functioning at the highest level possible. Yearly physicals and preventative screenings are an excellent way to find areas for improvement in your overall health which will then affect your immune health. Every day we can make small impactful changes to give our immune system the boost it needs this fall season. Take care and stay well!


IN THE KITCHEN

Crispy Healthy Air Fryer Zucchini Fries INGREDIENTS • 2 zucchini, quartered lengthwise • 1/4 cup egg white • 1/2 cup almond flour • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese • 1 teaspoon garlic powder • 1 teaspoon basil • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika • salt to season • avocado cooking spray

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Cut zucchini into fries: slice zucchini in half, then slice in half again and then slice into quarters. You should get about 16 fries per zucchini. 2. To a small bowl add egg whites. Scramble and set aside. 3. For the dry dredge, add almond flour, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, smoked paprika and basil to a large flat plate. Stir to combine everything together and set aside. 4. Dredge each zucchini fry in the egg mixture first, then in the almond flour mixture. Be sure both sides are evenly coated and shake off any excess coating. 5. Place prepared zucchini fries on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Generously spray zucchini with avocado cooking spray. 6. Heat air fryer to 400°F for 2 minutes. Spray air fryer rack with cooking spray and gently place zucchini fries in air fryer. Be sure they are not touching or crowding, as this will cause them not to brown. (I was able to fit 8-10 slices per batch) 7. Air fry for 6-8 minutes until breading is slightly browned. 8. Remove zucchini fries from air fryer and immediately season with salt. 9. Place on a serving dish. 10. Optional: serve with sauce By Krista Rollins @joyfulhealthyeats 71


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The Crispiest Honey BBQ Air Fryer Chicken Wings INGREDIENTS Air Fryer Chicken Wings:

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INSTRUCTIONS 1. To a small bowl add garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. 2. Pat chicken wings dry and place in a large bowl. Season with avocado oil and spice rub. Toss to coat. Set aside. 3. Preheat air fryer basket to 400°F for 2 minutes. 4. While air fryer is heating make BBQ Sauce. To a small sauce pan add BBQ sauce, honey, dijon mustard and sriracha. Stir and bring to a low simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. 5. Place chicken wings on air fryer basket, evenly spaced so they aren’t crowded. Cook for 8 minutes. Flip then cook an additional 8 minutes of the other side. (or until chicken wings are crispy and golden) 6. Once chicken wings are done place in a large bowl. Cover with Honey BBQ Sauce and toss to coat. 7. Serve with carrots and celery sticks if desired. By Krista Rollins @joyfulhealthyeats


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The Most Flavorful Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce INGREDIENTS Skirt Steak:

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• 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped • 1/4 cup fresh oregano, chopped • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar • 3/4 tsp. red pepper flakes • juice of 1 lime • 1/2 cup olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Chop up flat leaf parsley, cilantro, oregano, and garlic cloves. 2. Put this in a food processor. Add red wine vinegar, juice of 1 lime, red pepper flakes, and salt & pepper. Pulse a couple of times to roughly chop. 3. Slowly add olive oil and pulse a few more times. 4. Put chimichurri in a bowl and set aside. 5. Next, generously season both sides of skirt steak with salt, & pepper. 6. Place on a medium-high grill and grill each side for 3-4 minutes. {these cook fast so keep an eye on them} 7. Once done, let sit for 5 minutes before cutting. 8. Serve steak with chimichurri sauce. By Krista Rollins @joyfulhealthyeats


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Fudgy Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies INGREDIENTS • 1 cup of dutch processed cocoa powder • 1/2 cup of coconut oil, melted • 4 eggs • 3/4 cup of sugar • 2 cups of 1:1 gluten free baking flour • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract • 2 teaspoons of baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon of salt • 1 cup of mint andes candies pieces • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar

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Jessie James Decker has been turning heads with her talent since she was a young girl growing up in Texas, and now, she's going back to her roots, opening up her first Texas KITTENISH boutique in Dallas. While Jessie has millions of followers online, fame has come at a high price. We got to learn how the star has learned to focus on the positive, put her family first and the advice she has for all women. Words by Jessie James Decker Article by Julie Hays Photos by John Hillin, Diana King, and Images of Grace Photo 78 | moderntexasliving.com


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Jessie, you really are a jack of all trades. You're known best as a singer, reality TV star, and entrepreneur. Which do you think best describes you and why? A: I’m not sure what would best describe me since I think so many people embrace different aspects of my career. If I were to have to choose one, I will always identify myself as a singer first and foremost.

Q: How would you describe yourself to someone who doesn't know you? A: I would say I’m honest, carefree, down to earth, funny, go with the flow, and always tell it like it is!

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You've got a huge online following in which you're pretty open with your fans. Is there anything about you fans would be surprised to know? A: Maybe how athletic I am? I think because I’m on the smaller side it wouldn’t be an immediate thought, but I’ve always been very athletic and did sports in high school.

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It’s really hard to read awful, horrible untrue things about you and to feel helpless in the matter.

How would you describe your style both in your home and with fashion? A: The first word that comes to mind is comfortable. I hate to be uncomfortable or feel like clothes are pulling at me! I make sure that our pieces are comfortable and easy to wear, and I also would say my style is versatile. Things I can wear walking around the house, and I can easily throw on a pair of heels to dress it up.

To be honest with you, I can’t help but wonder how hurt these people must be who are posting these things and to have a desire to spread that kind of misery—let alone a platform that is able to operate under these premises. For anyone out there who’s going through a similar situation on social media or at school or wherever you are in your life, just remember to stay strong!

Q:People

other people to, as you said, "do better?" A: I took my story public because I was so hurt, and I wanted to maybe share my situation in hopes other people could relate and know they weren’t alone by the constant bullying that happens online. Bullying hurts no matter who you are or what you do. It hurts.

see all the success and joy and beauty you have—but has it always been an easy road getting there? A: It has certainly not been an easy road and I probably have been told "no" more than I’ve ever been told "yes." But for some reason I’m very resilient when it comes to that, and I’m not going anywhere, and I never give up.

Q: What's the hardest part about being in the public eye

that you think people don't realize? Many young girls, for instance, would die to have as many followers as you. Talk about the good part of fame and the not-so-good. A: I would say the hardest part about being in the public eye is sometimes people don’t view you as a real person and they think you are like a robot and don’t have emotions or a heart or feelings and can just say whatever they want and cut you down.

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Speaking of the tough parts, you recently shed tears online talking about a topic most women deal with—weight. You talked openly about how hurtful some comments were and how you were "ripped apart" for your body. How difficult is something like that to deal with in such a public way? A: I do a pretty good job at not paying attention to negativity because I think it takes away from paying attention to the people who are good to you and kind and supportive.

Q: Did you take your story public in hopes of inspiring

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Let's talk about being a wife. Tell us about your relationship with your husband. Any advice you'd pass on to maybe those a few years behind you? How has your relationship evolved after adding three children? A: Eric and I are very much in love just as much as we were in the beginning. We’ve been together for over 10 years, and I fall more in love with him every day. We love parenting together we just love living life together.

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You recently made an emotional post about your daughter going off to second grade. What's it been like for you parenting during a pandemic? A: There are moments where it was a little hard to not have any separation or date nights during the pandemic, but all in all, we loved how much time we got to spend together as a family. We got into gardening, and we involved the kids and did a lot of cooking together and home games. We genuinely loved our alone time with the kids and created some really special memories that we will never forget.

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How do you juggle your uber-successful professional career and being a mom? Does your husband take on additional duties to help? A: It can be hard to juggle everything, but I always tell everyone, put your kids and family first and let everything else follow. When you prioritize one thing, and it should be your family, everything else will balance out the way it supposed to, and you won’t feel any guilt or regret.

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In terms of being an entrepreneur, tell us about your new clothing line and why you decided to start it? A: I’ve had KITTENISH for a few years now and it was something I had wanted to do since I was in middle school. I used to sketch outfits and swimsuits and things I wanted to wear when I probably should’ve been focusing on math class. It’s amazing to see what it has grown to be and I’m so proud of it and its continued success.

Q: What's your favorite part about the clothing line? A: My favorite part of KITTENISH is seeing women in

the

clothes feeling confident and beautiful.

Q: Why did you pick Texas, and particularly Dallas, as one

of your first locations? A: I picked Texas because I love Texas, of course, but also they are trendsetters! The Texas girls care about fashion and trendsetting, and they like to push the envelope a little bit but also still have that southern flair which is what KITTENISH is all about—so I knew it would be the perfect place!

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How did it make you feel to see the turnout for the opening in Texas? A: You never know what the turnout is going to be at concerts or meet and greets or openings, so I never have any sort of expectation, but my expectations are always exceeded every time and it makes me smile. The turnout was absolutely amazing, and we even had a rainstorm right in the middle of it and everyone had such a great attitude about it. They were all great sports! It was a day I will never forget! 80 | moderntexasliving.com

Q: What are some other ties you have to Texas? A: I actually went to elementary school in San Antonio Texas

for a couple of years. We moved away but my parents ended up going back and living in New Braunfels. Texas has always felt like another home to me.

Q:

You have new music hitting country radio. Is this a dream come true? Also tell us more about how this dream started for you? I understand Texan Jessica Simpson was a big influence. A: I’ve been singing since I was nine years old. I got my first record deal right out of high school. This is my fourth record deal. I’ve been at this a really long time, and I’ve been really lucky, blessed and fortunate that other avenues of my career have really taken off, but this one in particular means the most. It feels really great to finally have music out that I’m proud of and be part of such an amazing record label. Yes, Jessica Simpson has always been a huge influence! She’s an incredible singer, performer, and businesswoman. I’ve always admired her and still do today.

Q: Do you have some new music coming out for Christmas

this year? Tell us about that. A: I do have a Christmas song coming out. It was thrown together last minute but it was just the perfect storm. I’m excited for everyone to hear it.

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Finally, with all your successes, how do you hope to inspire others, particularly other women? A: I just hope I inspire women to know that you are important, special and strong. You shouldn't ever let anyone tear you down or tell you no. If you have a dream, go for it! I pride myself on being a solutionist. The answer is never "no." If you want something bad enough, it’s worth fighting for.


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DIY

RESIN AGATE

COASTERS By Kate Riley @centsationalstyle

1

Supplies

Apply gold glitter paint to edges of silicone mold.

2

(Purchase from Amazon, Michaels or Hobby Lobby)

• 16 oz. art resin • Coaster silicone molds • Stir sticks • Mini plastic cups • Medium size plastic bucket for mixing resin • Paint stir stick • Acrylic paint or resin tints • Tube of gold paint • Latex gloves

Blend 8 oz. resin and 8 oz. hardener in medium size bucket (following resin preparation directions) mix together with paint stir stick.

3

Pour 2 oz. of resin into mini plastic cups, keeping one separate cup of clear resin for layering on top in the end. Mix ½ teaspoon of acrylic paint for every 2 oz. resin and blend paint colors into resin with stir stick. Colors used: dark navy, mid tone marine blue, lighter slate blue, and turquoise.

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Pour circles of resin in preferred colors working toward the middle until the molds are full. Using a clean stir stick, gently mix the colors together in a circular or swaying motion.

5

Allow the mixed colors to set for about 15 minutes, then use the remainder of the clear resin to pour on top to thicken the coasters.

Remove coasters from molds after 16 hours but allow 24 hours for resin to fully cure.

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ASK THE EXPERTS

Healthcare

1 What about dry winter air causes people's sinuses to act up? In the winter, we tend to spend more time indoors where the allergens can be more concentrated, especially pet allergies, wood burning fireplaces, plants, etc. For some people, the dryness (lack of humidity) in the air can cause some irritation and nose bleeding.

3

What is the difference between the new Delta Variant of Covid and the original Covid we dealt with earlier this year? The Delta variant is reported to be far more contagious than the original strain from 2020. The delta variant has also shown to have a more severe disease progression and overall severity. The alpha variant (last year) tended to affect those middle aged and up, sparing the younger generations. The Delta variant is causing significant disease in the younger populations.

DR. JASON BRYANT, Medical Director Premier ER and Urgent Care We know if you are in need of our services, you’re likely not having a great day. Our goal is to deliver exceptional care while attempting to make your day a little better. We truly value the communities we serve and the trust our patients have when they choose Premier for their healthcare needs.

2

I have a toddler and I always hear about colds and RSV in the winter. What is RSV and what symptoms do I need to be looking for? RSV is a common viral illness that anyone can get. It is very contagious and tends to be seen in younger children. Because it is so contagious, it can quickly make its way through daycares and schools. Some good news is once you have had RSV, you are not likely to get it again. Usually, RSV affects the upper airways, like a viral URI (upper respiratory infection) or cold. However, in young children (less than 1 year old, and especially under 6 months old), the disease can affect the lower airways and cause significant shortness of breath and respiratory difficulty. This is called bronchiolitis when it affects the lower airways/lungs. Main symptoms, other than common URI symptoms, are shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, breathing faster than usual, and lots of clear, thick, and sticky runny nose.

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4

My arthritis hurts more during the winter season. What can I do to prepare now to prevent some of the pain? Depends on the type of arthritis that you have. Best thing you can do is to limit inflammation in your body. You do this by eating healthy, fresh food with less processed foods, fast food, and focusing on a balanced diet. Stay hydrated by drinking more water and less of everything else. Regular exercise can also help to reduce inflammation in your body. When arthritis flares up, use anti-inflammatory medications, ice the areas, and allow the joints to rest. Check with your primary care physician if you have patterns to the flareups, or if they do not resolve with ordinary over-the-counter measures.

5

My child has recently been diagnosed with asthma. My mother-in-law says it will be worse during the winter months. Is this true and what should we be doing in our home to help with this? Your mother-in-law is correct. Asthma tends to be worse in the winter months. Asthma tends to follow the allergy cycles. When allergies are high, asthma will be high as well. Asthma will likely be worse when we spend more time indoors, with drier air, heaters, and are exposed to more allergens. Indoor filters are helpful along with allergy medications. Washing sheets and pillows regularly is helpful at reducing allergens. Be proactive. Watch for signs that the asthma is flaring up. Catching it early will help prevent more significant symptoms.

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To seal the top halves of the molds onto the bottom halves, melt the rims of the top halves a bit. To do this, place the half seam side down on heated pot or pan. This will melt the rims just enough to act as a seal. Cover the filled halves of the chocolate molds with the top halves.

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INGREDIENTS: • Silicon Chocolate sphere molds • Nestles chocolate chips for melting • Cocoa powder • Mini marshmallows • Sprinkles for decorating

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Fill your mold with melted chocolate. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Remove chocolate molds and fill one half with cocoa powder and marshmallows.

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3

If you are decorating the hot chocolate bombs, just drizzle some of your remaining melted chocolate and immediately cover it with sprinkles.

4

Now for the fun part, although you just made these it always feels like a fun surprise! Drop your chocolate bomb into a holiday mug. Slowly pour about 1 1/2 cups of hot milk over the bomb. The chocolate will instantly melt and the hot chocolate mix and marshmallows will be set free! Stir + Enjoy your magically delicious cup of cocoa!


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If you are looking for the simplest winter tablescape you will ever set, look no further! Find inspiration from Shannon and Jenna of The Busy Bee and learn how they made this beautiful tablescape. They found everything they needed from Social Studies, a company designed to help you host with ease and confidence by delivering fully-styled looks right to your door. You simply pick your look, order as many place settings as you need, and it all comes perfectly packaged right to your doorstep!

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INCLUDED IN THIS TABLESCAPE • Stoneware Dinner Plates • Stoneware Salad Plates • Two-Toned Flatware • Colored Glassware • Linen Table Runner • Gauze Table Runner • Linen Dinner Napkin • Wooden Candle Holders • Black Taper Candles • Decorative Brass Bowl • Wooden Coasters • Wooden Salt & Pepper Mill Tray • Votive Candles • Coordinating Menus • Coordinating Place Cards

ORDER THIS TABLESCAPE 1. Head to social-studies.com 2. Click Rent a Look 3. Choose Dark Nordic 4. Specify the number of guests you will need place settings for and select the date of your gathering 5. Select fresh florals, if desired 6. Add additional decorations, games, and more, if needed 8. Social Studies will deliver your tablescape 1-2 days prior to your gathering 9. Set your tablescape using the provided easy-to-follow guide 12. After your gathering, Social Studies will pick everything up the day after your gathering For more styling tips and menu ideas, visit thebusybee.co. 88 | moderntexasliving.com


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The Waco Center for Functional Medicine offers complimentary blood work analysis and IV therapy.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE MEDICINE AS IT SHOULD BE. Sarah Campbell is a Physician Assistant at our new location. She is trained in Functional Medicine and specializes in treating adults who are searching for answers as to why they always feel tired, have chronic gut problems or feel older than their actual age. She also specializes in treating children with special needs using a Biomedical approach. To find out more about her practice and programs, visit www.wacofunctionalmed.com Amy Nold recently joined our team in October and is currently taking new patients. She has been a practicing PA since 2012 with a background in Women's Health. She is trained in functional medicine, and we are thrilled to have her on board.

Complimentary blood analysis and IV therapy recommendation based on goals & health concerns.

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WACO REALTORS® GIVE BACK The members of the Waco Association of REALTORS® (WAOR) hold community involvement high on their standards list. Members spend countless hours volunteering their time to work local events, raise countless dollars, and hold a variety of collection drives, all to support the various organizations that are needed here in the communities. This year has been no different; from making hundreds of goodie bags to hand out to our essential workers during the covid shut down, to packing hundreds of food bags for children of the local schools, donating thousands of dollars to aid the citizens of different communities in the area, and making sure GW Carver Middle School (Waco ISD) received a large donation after the tragic loss of their school to a fire. WAOR & its members also found great joy in feeding the National Guard as they worked the vaccine clinic at the Waco Convention Center, as well as continuing their involvement to support Veterans and cancer patients in various ways. WAOR holds a drawing twice a year for free electricity for two lucky individuals. The winners have their electric bill paid for that month, just another way the members of Waco Association of REALTORS® give back. Providing for the needs of others is a very important part of who WAOR & its members are and will continue to be. The Waco Association of REALTORS® works hard to meet real estate needs as well as make a lasting difference in their communities. Some of the organizations that benefited from the involvement of WAOR include:

The Cove Shepherd’s Heart Foster Village Waco Humane Society

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DIRECTORY

OUR FAVORITE

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RESTAURANTS LOLITA'S RESTAURANTE

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Type of Food: Mexican Address: 1911 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76701 Phone: 254-755-8008 Our Favorite to order: The large breakfast burritos; bacon, egg, potato, and cheese with red salsa

Type of Food: Steaks - Fine Dining Address: 1201 Hewitt Dr #110, Waco, TX 76712 Phone: 254-666-3100 Our Favorite to order: The Filet, Shrimp + Scallops

SCHMALTZ'S SANDWICH SHOPPE

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Type of Food: Sandwich + Soups Address: 105 S 5th St #2102, Waco, TX 76701 Phone: 254-753-2332 Our Favorite to order: The original sandwich and Wisconsin cheddar soup

Type of Food: Mexican Address: 3815 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76710 Phone: 254-756-4701 Our Favorite to order: Chicken Enchiladas, Chicken Quesadillas, Fajitas and Nachos

GEORGE’S RESTAURANT & BAR

BARIS

Type of Food: Everything - Great Burgers & Chicken Address: 1925 Speight Ave, Waco, TX 76706 Phone: 254-753-1421 Our Favorite to order: Bear Bites, Chicken Fried Chicken, Cheeseburgers, Big O’s

Type of Food: Italian Address: 904 N Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX 76710 Phone: 254-755-8008 Our Favorite to order: “Pink Sauce” + rolls, Manicotti, Lasagna, Fried Cheese Ravioli

VITEK'S BBQ

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Type of Food: BBQ Address: 1600 Speight Ave, Waco, TX 76706 Phone: 254-752-7591 Our Favorite to order: The Gut Pak - Its a local favorite on their menu! It includes Fritos, beans, chopped brisket, sausage, cheese, and bread! Just trust us!

Type of Food: Old school hamburgers Address: 1424 Speight Ave, Waco, TX 76706 Phone: 254-753-9364 Our Favorite to order: Cheeseburger + french fries. Seriously, best in town!

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Type of Food: Sandwich, Soups & Desserts Address: 1509 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701 Phone: 254-754-7467 Our Favorite to order: The Sironia Trio, Vermicelli Salad, Tuna Salad on a Croissant, their signature muffins, every dessert!

Type of Food: Custard (Ice Cream) Address: 602 S Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX 76711 Phone: 254-754-5899 Our Favorite to order: Butter pecan cone, chocolate or vanilla cone, Brownie Sundae

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Type of Food: Scratch Kitchen Address: 608 Dry Creek Rd, Waco, TX 76705 Phone: 254-754-9604 Our Favorite to Order: Pancakes

Type of Food: Mama’s Home Cooking Address: 9110 Jordan Ln, Woodway, TX 76712 Phone: 254-235-1251 Our Favorite to Order: Cobb Salad and Chicken Salad Sandwich

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Relationships. Financial Times and Forbes distinctions reflect experience, dependability There’s no substitute for experience. That’s especially true when it comes to guidance for your financial future. Joe Calao’s ranking as a Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Plan Adviser for 2020 reflects his two decades of experience in wealth management. Joe has also been named a Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisor in Texas for 2020, highlighting his conviction that the best financial plan is one built on an exhaustive knowledge of a person’s individual goals. While being honored by Forbes and the Financial Times is a major achievement, Joe is most honored by the confidence that is placed in him every day, and he looks forward to continuing to serve his clients with distinction.

Joseph B. “Joe” Calao, CIMA®, CRPC®, CRPS®, CEPA® Senior Vice President–Wealth Management 254-751-5050 joe.calao@ubs.com Calao Wealth Management Group UBS Financial Services Inc. Waco and Austin 200 West Highway 6, Suite 400 Waco, TX 76712

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