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Winn Morton gave the Rose Queen’s Coronation razzle dazzle

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n Winn Morto’s colorful world, there’s no such thing as being too over-the-top. Bigger, brighter, splashier always has been his motto when it comes to designing the costumes featured in the Texas Rose Festival’s Queen’s Coronation ceremony. Each year, he somehow comes up with designs that are more creative, colorful and outrageous than ever before. Those who go to the Cowan Center in Tyler to see the elaborate presentation of the Rose Festival queen and her court can’t wait to see what he comes up with. They are never disappointed. “I’m going all out this year,” Morton promised me during an interview this summer at his 100-year-old Lancaster farmhouse. “I have to. It’s my swan song.,” After this year, Morton is retiring. It’s not that he’s running out of ideas. Quite the contrary. But at age 90, it is all becoming a bit too much for him to handle. A few years ago he suffered a serious fall and injured his knees. It is painful for him stand for long periods of time. And he tires more easily. That’s understandable. He is 90. As a teenager Morton grew up in Dallas and studied to be a painter. That was too boring. He needed more excitement. He was drawn to the razzle dazzle of the circus and eventually landed a job designing the costumes of the big top performers of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Stints as a designer for a television variety show, Broadway productions and ice shows followed. He eventually made his way back to Dallas and was the creative genius behind a successful business that designed backdrops and centerpieces for some of the fanciest fundraisers in the Metroplex. A friend told him that the Rose Festival in Tyler was looking for a designer for its popular coronation show. “I couldn’t pass it up,” says Morton, when he was offered the gig of working on the ceremony held each October.

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That was in 1982. He has been designing the sets and costumes, including the the elaborate queen’s gown and its long flowing train, ever since. He doesn’t know for sure how many Rose Festival costumes he has designed. It surely must be several hundred — maybe even more than 1,000. Over the years he dropped all of his clients except the Texas Rose Festival. He says designing the costumes was too much fun to stop. He told me he is still drawn to the spectacle of the circus. He speaks fondly of the days when he designed the flashy suit of the ringmaster and the sparkling costumes of the acrobats in the spotlight. In 2014, the theme of the Rose Festival was “Cirque de la Rose.” He loved it. He designed one costume with a headpiece that looked like a towering circus tent. He made one costume look like a ferocious performing lion and another represented the side show fire breather. “Did you see ‘The Greatest Showman?’” he asked me during the interview. "The costumes were beautiful. They were perfect,” he said of the 2017 movie inspired by the story of P. T. Barnum’s creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. “You know all the circuses are going away now,” he continued with a hint of sadness creeping into his voice. “Nothing’s like it used to be.” Morton says he will be sad when the curtain closes on the coronation this year. He knows nothing will be quite like it used to be.

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10 GOOD LIFE 10 DECORATING

Even your home’s smallest spaces can have a huge impact.

24 SOUTHERN SPIRIT

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about bourbon.

38 TRAVEL WISELY

Is an all-inclusive resort right for you? Here’s what to consider.

ADVENTURE 44 FINDING FRISCO

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58 COLORADO IN THE FALL

Breathtaking foliage and even a ghost town are part of the adventure.

BALANCE 66 ME TIME

Ladies, it’s hard to find time to exercise, but you’ll love yourself for doing it.

68 BROWN-BAGGING IT FOR LUNCH

Replace the boring sandwich with healthy and tasty meals.

24 78 BACK TO BUSY

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CULTURE 80 CHARCUTERIE

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96 CULTURE CALENDAR

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SPACES With careful planning, even the smallest spaces can have a big impact STORIES BY PATRICIA WILSON AND MEREDITH HERON INTERIOR DESIGN BY MEREDITH HERON PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASA WEINSTEIN

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iny homes are exquisite architectural gems that stylishly provide the necessities of daily living in the smallest of footprints. When designed well, these small spaces offer endless possibilities for living large. Luxury yachts and private jets are great examples of interiors where every inch of space is used wisely and the design looks amazing. Great designs for small spaces begin with identifying the very specific purpose of the space then carefully planning everything down to the smallest detail. Architects and interior designers are expects in the art of balance, harmony, proportion, scale, light and flow for even the smallest of spaces. Sometimes less really is more, yet more space doesn’t always equate with enough space, if it is not planned well. The concept of “enough” is highly individual because has to do with the purpose of the space, your values and beliefs and your lifestyle. For inspiration in how to maximize a small space, I’ve offered five key elements that are sure to spark big ideas.

PURPOSE First, determine the function of the space. What will your small space be used for? What will it be? Small structures can be anything: a pool house, boat house, mountain cabin, guest house or beach cottage. Do you want to build a tiny house from scratch? Maybe you long for a house that is small and manageable, intimate and cozy that is both filled with light and generous in flexibility. Maybe you would love to renovate a 1930s’ historical jewel that has minimal square footage and turn it into a spacious modern-day gem. Will your small space will be a weekend getaway or a place to host overnight guests? Is you desire to have intimate studio where you can create to your heart’s content?

LIGHT Fill your small space with as much natural sunlight as possible. This helps even the smallest of rooms feel bright, open and airy. A glass wall can be pulled back to open up to a deck and blend the inside living space with the sunny outdoors. Take advantage of your view by maximizing the size of windows. Add skylights to let the sun flood into your home. Because light is essential, complement the natural sunlight with ambient lighting to illuminate the rooms on a cloudy day and in the evenings. Plan on sufficient task lighting for reading and doing detailed work, and in the kitchen under the cabinets for cooking. Adding accent lighting in the bookcase will beautifully shine attention on your favorite art objects, as will a ceiling fixture that highlights your treasured art on the walls. Don’t underestimate the power of good mood lighting by using dazzling wall sconces, dimmer controls, gorgeous torchieres and sparkling chandeliers in a scale

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COLOR Color and pattern play critical roles in the perception of the size of a room. Light colors and solid textiles make a space seem larger. Classic neutrals, such as ivory, pearl grey and light taupe emphasize brightness. Soft pastels, including the palest peach, rose, and aqua, also work well. The lighter the better! Wallpaper and upholstery with busy patterns make a small area feel cluttered. Opt for a monochromatic palette that blends different textures to add visual and tactile interest. Stick with a color palette of slightly different tones of ivory, cream, pearl, ecru, eggshell and white for an elegant tone-on-tone effect. Add layers of warm woods, textured ceramic tile, clear glass mosaics, nubby wools, woven textiles, soft velvets, light silks, embroidered accents, and sheer window fabrics. Keep your palette clean, minimal, light and bright!

STORAGE Storage is a critical component for every home, but even more so for the small space. There isn’t room for clutter. This means you need to be incredibly decisive about what you bring into the space. Every item needs to have a home. Imagine where you’ll house and display your favorite things. This is an opportunity to use innovative and attracive storage systems. Shop for cool containers, vintage baskets, closet systems, ready-made book shelves or systems that let you design your own custom storage. Get creative! Consider open shelving in the kitchen that also lets you display your dishes and then balance that with closed cabinets to help hid not-so-displayable gadgets. Great ideas for containers include antique, cut-glass canisters that hold costume jewelry. An old-fashioned apothecary cabinet with drawers can store anything from tubes of oil paint to nuts and bolts.

FURNITURE The scale of the furniture is critical because you want rooms to feel open and have great flow. Look for furniture with slim profiles, clean lines, minimal pattern and items made of woven materials. Double-duty furniture accomplishes two tasks at once with style. Accommodate overnight guests with a couch that comes with pull-out sofa or doubles as a day bed or the classic Murphy bed. A window seat can also function as a toy box. Nesting tables and ottomans can be re-arranged to accommodate impromptu entertaining. Modular furniture is a creative solution because you can separate the pieces and put then in different combinations while still keeping a cohesive look. An entertainment center or a sectional sofa could be divided with pieces placed in different rooms. Patricia Wilson is an artist and interior designer registered with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. Connect with her at PatriciaCWilson.com. 16

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Small but Mighty homes EXPERT ADVICE ON SMALL-SPACE DECORATING STORY AND INTERIORS BY MEREDITH HERON PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASA WEINSTEIN

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aving spent the first 20 years of my life growing up and living in the suburbs in a variety of spacious homes, I eventually turned my sights on city living — which meant more compact living — and I never looked back. There are a surprising number of benefits of small-space living that people often overlook. Less space to clean and maintain is a favorite and with a young son still at home, we are more together than apart and we like that constant connection as a family. Even our cat, Bruce, loves to get in on the sofa-cuddling action. As a designer, however, my favourite feature of living in a smaller home — ours is only 15 feet wide with a living room that is only 9 feet wide (the whole house is less than 900 square feet) — is that your design and decorating budgets go a lot further than if you were trying to take on thousands of square feet. Small-space living only becomes stressful when there is too much “stuff” competing for room, so when putting together a design plan for the home, we always start with an inventory of what absolutely must make it into the house, where will it be stored or where will it be showcased. Once we’ve ascertained the what and where, we will dive into figuring out the how. In our home, we wanted the television to be in the living room and not tucked away in a smaller room. We opted to hang the TV on the wall to save space and used a console table underneath it that is open and provides access to electronics and additional storage and display. It also serves to anchor as a focal point of sorts, which, while not necessarily ideal style wise, is a practical consideration based on how we like to live in our space. Our dining room is adjacent to the living room and we opted for a round dining table that is only 42 inches in diameter. In theory, it can only seat four for a meal, however, we have incorporated one of my favourite design tricks and must-haves throughout our home, which we are able to call upon — the art of the stool/ ottoman. We tuck these under console tables, use them as foot rests in the living room and then have them double as seating that fits in between the four chairs at the dining table, enabling us to seat 8 people comfortably in our dining room. Multipurpose furniture is a great way to maximize a small space for

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entertaining. When we first decorated our home — we’ve lived there for 15 years now — we had used a Federal Style settee in the living room because it was only 31 inches in depth and we really wanted to try and keep the room feeling open and not closed in. Most sofas start at about 36 inches in depth and that just didn’t work in this space. The taller legs also allowed us to store boxes of toys under the sofa which was ideal for our then toddler. The compromise, however, was that this

The wallpaper in the foyer serves to create the illusion that there is more volume in the space. sofa wasn’t entirely comfortable. So when we decided to renovate our main floor, we decided to reexamine our furniture as part of the overall plan.

RENOVATION When we moved into the house, the house had previously undergone some heinous renovations including dropping the original 11ft height ceilings to 9ft and losing all of the original plaster mouldings. Our plan was to restore the ceilings to full height, add the plasterwork back in and change the floors to herringbone hardwood, including the kitchen. We also decided to engineer a new tuxedo sofa so that it would only have an overall depth

of 33 inches with a standard seat depth for comfort. To achieve this and not have the sofa dominate the space, we had to lower the legs so the sofa disappear down into the room. We chose a wall colour to help the sofa disappear a bit more as well; tonality was key with only moments of contrast for variety. In the dining room, we designed a custom buffet that is only 12 inches deep to store our electronics, bar and stemware and to double as a server when we entertained. We found this amazing acrylic material that came in a blackwith-gold highlights finish so we didn’t have to worry that a painted finish would get banged with the busy ins and outs of a dining room in this small area. We also used leg height to help create the illusion of more space. The legs, custom made in Turkey for us, are 14 inches tall, which also allows for storage under the buffet from time to time. Another favourite design trick I love to use in a small space is the use of large scale pattern. Many will shy away from a large pattern in a small space, but the oversized elements, such as our wallpaper in the foyer, our living room rug and drapery, all serve to create the illusion that there is more volume in the space, which your eye interprets as more room than there is in actuality. We use mutable hues in various tones throughout the space but avoid any major contrast so that your eye moves around the room effortlessly, which also creates the illusion of more space. Contrast will define a space with every stop and start and our goal was to blur this.

PERSONAL — DISTINCT — STYLE When designing for clients, we always tell them that they are hiring us to be their biographer; our medium is their home. We use design to weave together the story that reflects who they are, and so we love to take advantage of opportunities that really drive this home. In our own home, we wanted to incorporate our young son into the decor, but we didn’t want to do so in a predictable manner. The oversized acrylic art in the dining room, for example, is a shot from an early model iPhone that I took on the beach in Nova Scotia of our son, who was 2 at the time. His head is down as he runs through the waves, which makes the shot timeless and reflects a moment in time that we have given


a prominent place in our home. We all enjoy seeing it daily. We have also framed our son’s artwork and have it on display throughout the house, including this ink drawing he did that we have on a stand in the living room. Work with a professional framer to help bring cherished memories to life and don’t be afraid to do so in a big and bold way. Our acrylic artwork is just a photo that was transferred onto a 4-by-6 foot acrylic panel and cost less than $500, but it is priceless to us and doesn’t venture into a rogues’ gallery.

COLOR Our upholstery and walls are tonal and are neutral but by injecting moments of brilliant color from florals, to book covers and accent pieces, we have created the illusion of a colorful home. I love to change out lampshades into a colorful high-gloss lacquer because that dollop of color really is a great way to inject a splash of wow into neutral decor. In our kitchen, we decided to mix and match a black/cream/brass range with a cream hood to highlight the range itself as different from the cabinetry. The hood, which is not small, blends in with the cabinetry and uppers in a similar cream. Had we matched the hood to the range in the black, it would have felt top heavy. The range we chose is flush with the marble counters, which also is a great trick to make the work surface feel bigger and uninterrupted. Our initial range was only 30 inches wide, but moving to the 36 inches actually makes the kitchen feel bigger and like it has more useable space than before.

CHANGE IT UP One of my favorite things about living and designing small spaces is the fact that it isn’t as expensive or time consuming to change things up. We love to switch things up seasonally, change out our florals, our pillow covers or rearrange accessories. Pillow covers take up relatively no space in our linen closet and can really create a different look and feel. We often rotate other accessories and books around the house to also change up little vignettes. Because you are moving them around, you don’t need to store them and take up valuable space, and you get to highlight different memories in new ways. Meredith Heron is a designer who is based in Toronto, Canada, and lives in her 163-yearold Victorian row house in Toronto’s historic Cabbagetown neighbourhood with her husband and business partner, Asa Weinstein; their 10-yearold son, Luke; and Maine coon, Bruce Wayne, Bat Kitty. Owner of Meredith Heron Design, Meredith specializes in luxury residential projects and designs and manufacturers her own rug collection — The Meredith Heron Collection — which is available online at www.meredithheroncollection. com. For more of Meredith’s work, please visit www. meredithheron.com. September/October 2019 | MyLifeStylesMag.com

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Kentucky Bourbon Trail brings visitors to some of the world’s best bourbon distilleries

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s our tour bus winds through the hills of northern Kentucky and into the heart of Daniel Boone country, I pore over a map of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour that I am on. It shows locations of 14 micro-distilleries, several of which we would explore on this day. NEELEY FAMILY DISTILLERY

On the wall at the Neeley Family Distillery hang black and white photographs of 11 generations of Neeleys. In the lobby is a display of their antique stills and information about the family business. Royce Neeley was the first in the family to legally make moonshine long ago. The Neeley family's mash to make bourbon hasn’t changed. It is made from non-GMO corn, grains and spring

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NEW RIFF DISTILLING

“We’re a new riff on an old tradition,” says Jay Erisman, who, along with his business partner Ken Lewis, founded New Riff Distilling. Its secret to success comes from underground — an ancient aquifer. The cold limestone hills of Kentucky are a key factor affecting the flavor of bourbon. The limestone removes iron from the water and adds good nutrients such as calcium and magnesium, which assist fermentation. Gold medals at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition proves they are doing something right.

BOONE COUNTY DISTILLERY

“Made by ghosts” reads the sign above a photograph of original Boone County distillers more than 100 years ago. Friends Josh Quinn and Jack Wells opened the company in 2015, after learning about an old distillery once located there. Bourbon is aged in charred oak barrels for a minimum of four years. Kentucky has both hot summers and cold winters, which helps infuse flavor. Boone County Distilling Co.’s rickhouse, the building where the bourbon is aged, is designed to mimic Mother Nature. Other bourbon trails in Kentucky include stops at bars serving cocktails and restaurants serving bourbon-infused delicacies. For more information about tours and events, visit kybourbontrail.com or call 502-875-9351. Ann Bush is a freelance writer based in East Texas.

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4360 KY-1130, Sparta, Ky. As you tour the Neeley Family Distillery, you will learn about their 11 generations of Kentucky distillers and moonshiners – a unique family history that is proudly on display at the distillery.

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10601 Toebben Drive, Boone County, Ky. Reminiscent of the days when bourbon was celebrated as the life-blood of the region, Boone County has built and now runs a distillery that respects the early pioneers who crafted spirits in Boone County more than 100 years ago.

Craig and Evan Williams.

7 MAKERS MARK

3350 Burks Spring Road, Loretto, Ky. Maker's Mark is one of the original distilleries and operates much the same as it did when first opening in the 1950s. Maker’s Mark crafts its bourbon in 19 barrel batches. In the still house you’ll smell corn, wheat, and malted barley cooking. The bubbling yellow mash ferments in century-old cypress vats.

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24 Distillery Way, Newport, Ky. New Riff Distilling is a family-owned, Kentucky-bred whiskey distillery putting a new riff on an old tradition: Kentucky bourbon.

1224 Bonds Mill Road, Lawrenceburg, Ky. Four Roses distillery was built in 1910 and features Spanish MissionStyle architecture, a rarity in Kentucky. Take a tour here to learn the very interesting history of Four Roses. During the mid-20th century, Four Roses was the top selling bourbon in Japan but it could not be purchased in the U.S., even though it was being produced in Kentucky.

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568 Happy Hollow Road, Clermont, Ky. The Jim Beam American Stillhouse is the location of the Jim Beam Distillery. On their 90 minute tour, the longest tour on the Bourbon Trail, learn the entire process of the production of bourbon, ending with a tasting.

1417 Versailles Road, Lawrenceburg, Ky. Wild Turkey produces one of the most popular bourbons in the U.S. and one of the best selling bourbons in the world. Tour the distillery, and maybe meet legendary Jimmy Russell, who is the world’s longest tenured active master distiller.

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300 Barton Road, Bardstown, Ky. Tom Moore distillery was founded in 1879 by Tom Moore. The distillery changed ownership in 1944 and was renamed Barton distillery. Tom Moore was one of the signature bourbons produced at this distillery, along with Kentucky Gentleman and 1792 Ridgemont Reserve.

7785 McCracken Pike, Versailles, Ky. Woodford is the oldest and smallest distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. To get here, it is a gorgeous drive through horse farms and rolling, bluegrass Kentucky hills.

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113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, Ky. Buffalo carved paths through the wilderness that led American pioneers and explorers to new frontiers. One trail led to the Kentucky River where Buffalo Trace Distillery has been making bourbon whiskey the same way for more than 200 years.

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s the founder of the East Texas Bourbon Society and Bourbon & Bowties, a fundraiser benefiting Longview World of Wonders children's museum, I am often asked to identify good bourbons for beginners. If you are the “$3 whiskey and Coke” kind of beginner, put this article aside for now and go buy a bottle of Old Grand Dad. It will get the get the job done. If, however, you are making the transition from well specials to enjoying something more sophisticated, bourbon is a good choice. I recommend to start drinking bourbon on ice with a little water to ease into it. Bourbon “on the rocks with a splash of water” is a good way to get the flavor without burning your palate. Then, evolve to just on the rocks until you are ready to drink it without anything added, which is referred to as neat.

BULLEIT BOURBON

Whether you are tired of your fiancée’s father telling you that you aren’t man enough to marry his daughter, or you are trying to impress your boss, we are proud of you. The last thing we at East Texas Bourbon Society want to do is scare you off before you get started, so the first bourbon on the list is Bulleit Bourbon. This is safe to order in pretty much any company without judgment, and almost every bar has it so you won’t be fumbling for a backup. Bulleit’s high rye content gives it a bold, spicy character with a distinctively smooth, clean finish. This bourbon’s story dates back more than 150 years.

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| CONT. FROM PG. 31 Its almost overnight success is attributed to Thomas E. Bulleit Jr.’s grassroots efforts to make the product known. Leaving a successful law practice, he spent his days going from bar to bar promoting his product to bartenders rather than bar owners.

MAKER'S MARK

No. 2 on our list is the unmistakable red waxed beauty, Maker’s Mark. This is the only bourbon ever named, designed and marketed by a woman. Margie Samuels was inducted into the Bourbon Hall of fame in 2014 for her contributions to the industry. Maker’s Mark is made with soft red winter wheat, instead of the usual rye, for a full-flavored bourbon that’s not bitter or hot. To ensure consistency, every barrel is rotated by hand and the bourbon is aged to taste rather than based on a set time frame.

BUFFALO TRACE

Buffalo Trace, which is produced by Buffalo Trace Distillery, is tried and true. From the guys that bring you the big hitters such as Pappy Van Winkle, the Buffalo Trace Antique Collections and the $10,000 bottle of O.F.C. this is the distillery’s smooth day drinker. Buffalo Trace is rich with taste and has hints of vanilla, toffee and candied fruit.

FOUR ROSES

Four Roses is a classic that has been around for 160 years. One of my favorite things about bourbon is that we have a story for everything, and these guys have a great one. Paul Jones Jr., the founder of Four Roses, fell in love with a Southern belle and proposed. She told him if her answer was yes she would wear a rose corsage to the upcoming ball. She arrived wearing not just one, but four roses to signify a resounding yes.

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| CONT. FROM PG. 33 He named his distillery Four Roses as a tribute to her. This smooth and mellow bourbon gives a slight crisp of spice, with hints of pear and apple.

ANGEL’S ENVY

The final recommendation is Angel’s Envy, a bourbon finished in a port wine cask. The term angel’s share is used to describe the spirit lost during the aging process by evaporation. When Lincoln Henderson tasted his finished product for the first time, he said he finally had gotten a better deal than the angels. Angel’s Envy gives you the usual fruits, vanilla and nut flavors of these other quality bourbons, but it also will pique your palate’s interest in what a second finish can add to the flavor profile. All of these bourbons are reasonably priced and great starting points. As your palate evolves and you are willing to spend more, remember to try some of the incredible Texas bourbons on the market, such as Garrison Brothers and TX Bourbon. Come join the East Texas Bourbon Society on the third Tuesday of every month in Longview and the fourth Tuesday in Tyler for the stories behind the brands. For information, visit our Facebook page. This story originally appeared in Charm/View, a magazine produced by the Longview News-Journal.

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here are many factors that make bourbon whiskey a singular and distinct spirit. One of the biggest reasons bourbon stands out among other spirits is the presence of strict rules and regulations for production. Because of the safely guarded regulations of crafting bourbon, the quality, character and continuity of the spirit is maintained. AMONG THE STANDARDS THAT CONTRIBUTE MOST TO BOURBON’S UNIQUE QUALITIES:

AGING CONDITIONS The temperature extremes between hot summer and cool winter seasons contribute greatly to the aging process in bourbon whiskey. The temperature changes affect how the bourbon reacts with the oak.

NEW BARRELS The requirement for new charred oak barrels contribute to better aging and color characteristics. Since no artificial colorings or flavorings can be added, this requirement is instrumental in the maturation of bourbon flavor.

BOTTLED IN BOND Bourbon classified as Bottled In Bond must have been made during a single distilled season at one distillery, aged in a federally bonded warehouse for a period of at least four years and bottled at 100 proof as originally defined in the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. Only American whiskeys can carry the label of “Bottled in Bond,” and any such bourbon label must identify the distillery from which it was distilled and bottled. From the American Bourbon Association

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RECIPE Bourbon recipes consist of at least 51% corn, which creates a sweet flavor. Other grains such as rye, wheat and malted barley are added for a more complex flavor. Other types of whiskeys might only use one grain. .

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ALL NATURAL, NO ADDITIVES Unlike other types of whiskeys (Canadian, Scotch, Irish), where coloring and flavor additives may be present, bourbon maintains an authentic and unadulterated profile.

STRAIGHT For bourbon to be designated “straight bourbon whiskey” it must have aged in new charred oak barrels for at least two years.

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RE C E N T LY R E T U R N E D F R O M A fiveday stay at the Riu Palace Pacifico, a resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. It was relaxing and a nice break from a more typically jampacked vacation schedule. Because it is an all-inclusive resort, almost all the arrangements were made in advance, which left plenty of time for relaxation while my family was on the property. | CONT. ON PG. 41

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| CONT. FROM PG. 39 The service was exceptional and the room was well-appointed and included a separate sitting area and a fully stocked minibar. On the stunning grounds were a private beach and enormous swimming pool with the requisite swim-up bar. Entertainment was offered poolside during the day and every night in the lounge (think cruise-ship style). There were four a la carte restaurants to choose from. All-inclusive resorts are rising in popularity. As beleaguered travelers grow weary of being nickel-and-dimed to death with checked-baggage fees, hidden resort costs and sky-high WiFi upgrades, it’s no wonder that many vacationers are embracing the all-inclusive model. But is this type of travel right for you and your family? There are things to consider — both good and bad — before you book an all-inclusive vacation package.

VALUE Pro: Generally all meals, drinks (including alcoholic beverages), entertainment and activities are included in the price. Tipping is also included at many resorts. This one-cost-covers-all approach may save you money. Con: The quality of all-inclusive resorts vary significantly. You will not know for sure, in terms of quality, what you have paid for until you get there. Do research online, read reviews and seek recommendations from other travelers who have stayed at the resort before booking the trip.

FOOD Pro: You won’t go hungry! You’ll likely find snack bars and ice cream shops by the pool. Most resorts offer enormous buffetstyle breakfasts, lunches and dinners, with live cooking stations. Typically several a la carte restaurants are available at a resort for table-service dining. Some on-site restaurants require reservations.

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| CONT. FROM PG. 41 It’s always mealtime somewhere on the property, making it easy for families who sometimes want to eat at nontraditional mealtimes. Con: If you’re a foodie, you may not be satisfied with the quality of the food available. The food likely will be good, but not always great, and eating at the resort for several days can become tedious for some people. Check the reviews concerning dining carefully — you don't want to be stuck with subpar food for an entire vacation.

AMENITIES Pro: All-inclusive resorts often include everything from access to private beaches to supervised child care. That means you are not constantly doling out money for each service separately. Con: Don't assume all-inclusive covers everything. Spa treatments, golf outings and motorized water sports may not be part of the package. Also, resorts often are enormous in size and often crowded. Some resorts are narrowing their niche and offering adultsonly stays, while some are more kid-centric. Read information on services offered in the package carefully before booking a stay. Check for room availability in off-seasons. There are times when the weather is still fantastic but fewer people are likely to be staying at the resort.

CONVENIENCE Pro: With a couple of keystrokes at the computer, you can plan and book your entire vacation, including airport transfers. Once there, an on-staff concierge can help secure tours and offer loads of local information. Everything you need is literally at your fingertips. Many people use the resort as the sole destination of their trip. Con: All-inclusive resorts tend to be located away, sometimes far away, from city centers and popular attractions, making staying at one a bit more challenging for those who want to experience the culture of the destination.

BOTTOM LINE As with any travel, there are always pros and cons. Your decision will ultimately rest on what type of experience you desire. Tami Brooks is a freelance writer based in East Texas.

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rom a modest beginning at the turn of the 20th century, when Frisco was known for cotton gins and railroads, over 100 years of progress has turned this little train stop into a mecca of cultural and sporting events. Located in Denton and Collin counties, the rapidly growing city is approximately 25 miles north of Dallas and within a short drive of the huge Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

THE STAR Even if you’re not a Dallas Cowboys fan, you have to admire that team owner Jerry Jones and the city have created The Star. The 91-acre complex, which is 25 minutes north of Dallas, houses, among other things, the corporate offices and training facilities of the Dallas Cowboys. Cowboys fans can tour the practice complex which includes the 12,000seat Ford Center, a scaled-down replica of AT&T Stadium, where the Cowboys play their home games. During a tour this summer, about a half-dozen Cowboys players were on a practice field and other players were seen in the weight/workout room.

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| CONT. FROM PG. 46 The tour included stops in the conference room where the coaches and owners pick players in the NFL draft, and the theaterlike media room where coaches and players go over game film. The Star also features restaurants and retail shops in a family-friendly setting. At Zaytinya, chef Jose Andres serves a combination of Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines. I recommend the Shish Taouk (grilled chicken skewer) and Bantijan Bil Laban (crispy eggplant with pistachio, barberries and mint cardamom spice). For a cool snack, try an ice cream stacker at the Texas Cow-Tipping Creamery. My favorites were the Lemon Drop (soft serve with fresh lemon curd) and the Southern Charm (soft serve with caramel sauce, honeydusted pecans and Southern Crack Candy). With 300 elegant rooms, The Omni Frisco Hotel is the icing on The Star's cake. Its Neighborhood Services restaurant offers a wide range of choices and excellent wine and spirits. Everything about the hotel is designed to make football fans feel right at home.

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RAIL DISTRICT The Rail District is a wonderful blend of the past and modern dining and shopping. The Eight 11 Place, a wine bar, has a great selection of brews and some of the best appetizers and pizzas in the city. The Sugar Bacon and Peach Goat Board is a clever combination of sweet bacon, shredded basil, sharp yet smooth goat cheese, peach jam and a wonderfully crisp crostini. Just down the street are two great places to eat — Randy’s Steak House and The Heritage Table — both of which are located in historic homes. For the vegetarian and gluten-free lovers, there is no better place than UP Inspired Kitchen. Its carrot pecan muffin was one of the best muffins I’ve ever eaten. The salmon on toast with pickled red onion, arugula and lemon vinaigrette is a beautiful thing. Shopping in the Rail District is an adventure. From treasure hunting at the Frisco Resale to the cavernous Frisco Marketplace, you'll be sure to find something you can’t live without. Also check out the Frisco Rotary Farmers Market and the Frisco Fresh Market for baked and canned goods and fresh veggies and fruits.

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ON THE MAP 1. Ford Center: Ford Center is comprised of a multi-purpose, 12,000 seat, indoor stadium as well as the entire Dallas Cowboys football operations and practice fields. The indoor stadium at Ford Center provides a state-of-the-art facility shared by the Dallas Cowboys, City of Frisco and Frisco ISD. 2. Zaytinya: The restaurant brings Mediterranean fare based on the cuisines of Greece, Turkey and Lebanon to the Dallas Cowboys-owned Star.

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3. Texas Cow-Tipping Creamery: This traditional scoop shop has shakes, cones and floats. Different here are its “stackers,” which are like sundaes. 4. The Omni Frisco Hotel: The Omni Frisco features 300 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, this luxury 16-story hotel serves as the cornerstone of The Star, anchored by the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and 12,000-seat stadium, Ford Center. 5. Eight 11 Place: This locally owned wine bar has been

named he number one live music venue in Frisco. 6. Randy’s Steak House: This charming steakhouse is located in a historic home, built in 1869. Find classic appetizers like fried calamari and cheese-stuffed mushrooms alongside Prime steaks 7. The Heritage Table: Located in charming downtown Frisco, this popular eatery offers an impressive menu, featuring homemade bread, house-cured and smoked meats, locallysourced produce and craft beverages. 8. UP Inspired Kitchen: This is

a restaurant for people who are looking for flavorful and healthy dishes. The menu is centered around eggs and toast-based breakfast items, as well as salad bowls and wraps. 9. Frisco Resale: This store carries a wide variety of furniture, clothing, shoes, toys and household items. 10. Frisco Marketplace: This Kohl’s-anchored center is a complimentary mix of service and restaurants. 11. Frisco Rotary Farmers Market: This market has a regular lineup of local farmers and meat producers.


The friendly, neighborhood farmers market convenes every Saturday. 12. Frisco Fresh Market Inspired by European markets, where food, art, music and people comingle in colorful open-air emporiums, the market brings sustainable, healthy food to North Texans. 13. Museum of the American Railroad: The exhibits feature various artifacts from the rail industry, and several trains are also on display, for both viewing and touring. 14. TrainTopia: The exhibits include running G-scale trains

on a 2,500 sq. ft. layout, a custom light show which takes the exhibit from daylight to nighttime, and hundreds of miniature automobiles and people. The exhibit spans Arizona to Texas, from the dramatic rock formations of the Four Corners region near New Mexico, to a thriving Northeast Texas in the early 1960s. 15. National Videogame Museum: If you’re a video game aficionado, this is one stop you absolutely have to make. This museum is all about preserving the history of video games and retelling the stories

of the industry’s beginnings and development, from the 1950s onward. 16. Sci-Tech Discovery Center: The Sci-Tech Discovery Center is all about inspiring people of all ages to learn more through fun explorations of science, math and technology. 17. Texas Sculpture Garden This is the largest private collection of contemporary sculptures in the state, with dozens and dozens of sculptures all from Texans. 18. Dr. Pepper Ballpark There’s little in life more full of Americana than baseball,

and that’s especially true when it comes to minor league baseball, the small city attraction that draws out the crowds on nearly every night of the week hroughout the summer. You can catch the Frisco Rough Riders if you visit the area during season. 19. The Star: The Star includes the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters, training facilities ­— two outdoor practice fields and a 12,000-seat multiuse event center. For a fee, fans can tour Cowboys’ headquarters and see the locker rooms, practice field and replica Super Bowl trophies.

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MUSEUMS You can’t leave Frisco without a visit to the Museum of the American Railroad, which pays homage to Frisco’s early years and the important role that railroads played in America’s expansion westward. The museum boasts over 60 locomotives and rail cars, including some of the best-preserved Pullman cars I’ve seen. It has a Pennsylvania GG-1 and a Union Pacific Big Boy, one of the largest steam locomotives. If that’s not enough, try your hand at the scavenger hunt at TrainTopia. An indoor wonder, this massive G-gauge model railroad fills a room and has multiple trains chugging through realistic scenery. The museum’s tour hours vary, so check beforehand. The National Videogame Museum, which is located inside the same complex as TrainTopia, features more than 100,000 video game consoles, games and artifacts from the past. Next door, the Sci-Tech Discovery Center's hands-on exhibits are a hit with kids. Among Frisco’s other attractions are

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| CONT. FROM PG. 54 the Texas Sculpture Garden, which displays work, both inside and outside, by contemporary Texas artists, and Dr Pepper Ballpark, a 10,300-seat stadium that serves as home field of the Frisco RoughRiders, a Double-A Texas League team. The ballpark features a lazy river in which patrons can float while watching a game. Frisco is truly a bright star in the heart of Cowboys country. Tamra Bolton is freelance writer who lives in East Texas.

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Fall in Colorado: Unbelievably gorgeous foliage and a cool ghost town and historic sites STORY AND PHOTOS BY ANN BUSH

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’m in southeast Colorado traveling through a valley tucked between the San Isabel National Forest and the White River National Forest, the amazing fall foliage of the Elk Mountains of Colorado are at their peak of color. The leaves of aspens blowing in the wind resemble thousands of shimmering gold coins. Suddenly, while I’m traveling through what seems to be the middle of nowhere, a sign declares that a ghost town is to the left. The narrow road turns from smooth asphalt to gravel and then civilization disappears. Traveling on a twisting and turning road along a crystal-clear creek, I resist the temptation to stop every few minutes for the perfect photograph of nature’s beauty on I pass a campground located next to an old cemetery and at the very end of the road the famous ghost town of St. Elmo appears. In the 1880s, St. Elmo’s founders came with dreams of riches of discovering a mine full of gold

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The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another Above, a scenic view ofday! the canyon in Yet National knowing how way leads on to Zion Park, Utah, is way, pictured. The I doubtedisifthe I should ever come section back. Narrows narrowest of Zion

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A two-hour drive west of Denver in the heart of ski country, Red Cliff is a winter sport destination for crosscountry skiing or snowmobiling. It is a bicycling and fly fishing mecca during the summer. St. Elmo is an hour drive farther south a few miles off Highway 24. Take County Road 306 at Buena Vista and drive until the road ends. Bring your camera, good hiking boots and a treat for the chipmunks.

| CONT. FROM PG. 60 or silver. At one point, some 150 mines were in the area. During its most prosperous era, more than 2,000 people lived in this mining town, which had a general store, town hall, saw mill, five hotels, a church, newspaper and telegraph offices, a school and, of course, a saloon. By 1890 the Denver, South Park and Pacific railroad lines ran through St. Elmo. Within four decades, the mining industry sharply declined. The trains stopped running in 1922 and residents began moving away. In 2002, the town hall burned down — as prophesied in the 1985 John Parr classic “St. Elmo’s Fire.” The General Store offers drinks and snacks along with St. Elmo trinkets. At the end of Main Street is a trail that leads hikers deeper into the mountains. A few families who have a lengthy ties to St. Elmo live in vintage homes along the edge of the once prosperous little town. After a short stay, I head north to Red Cliff, another historic mining town, where I will stay the night. As the sky darkens with angry clouds threatening snow, I cross the Red Cliff Bridge, which is actually green and often called the Green Bridge. Built in 1879, Red Cliff Bridge is a marvelous example of a cantilevered steel arch bridge. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and often is the focus of photographers. After a drive down to the valley floor, I’m in Red Cliff where the Green Bridge Inn is designed in the style of an 18th century steamboat and serves as the town’s cornerstone. Family-owned, the three story inn is a stone’s throw from a cold mountain stream. The rustic rooms are paneled with wood from trees in the region that were killed by beetles. At an altitude of 9,000 feet, this authentic mountain community is the perfect getaway. Across the street in a restored bank building is the Mango Mountain Grill which serves delicious mango shrimp tacos. Ann Bush is a freelance writer and photographer based in East Texas. September/October 2019 | MyLifeStylesMag.com

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ack-to-school shopping is complete, temps are falling — at least into the double digits, and fall is right around the corner. Now is the time to dust off those well-intentioned fitness resolutions from January and jump start your workout routine.

Sticking with a regular exercise program is difficult. We all have jam-packed schedules. But for moms, it can seem impossible. Between caring for the children, workplace demands, errands, household chores, school, doctor’s appointments, and everything in-between, it’s easy to skip working out. Virginia Slicker, head trainer at Milestone Lifestyle Fitness, a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer, and mom of two, share her best tips for making exercise a priority, and more importantly, a reality.

CONSISTENCY IS KEY

Consistency brings results and also makes exercise a habit. It doesn’t have to mean five or six days a week. You can begin slowly and gradually add to your routine. “If you can commit to that times a week, that’s great," Slicker says.“Just aim for consistency.”

SCHEDULE EXERCISE

Sitting down with your calendar and scheduling exercise is a great way to be consistent and make your routine a priority. “Look at the calendar and write it down,”

Slicker says.“Treat exercise as you would any other appointment. Schedule it as part of your day and make it non-negotiable.”

HAVE A PLAN

It’s one thing to know when you’re going to work out, it’s another thing to know what you’re going to do when that time comes. If you’re taking a class or working with a trainer, then this part has been done for you. If not, it’s helpful to write down what you want to accomplish in advance to avoid wasting time. Not sure what to do? Hire a trainer to devise a program for you that can be implemented on your own or search online for routines.

CREATE ACCOUNTABILITY

This can mean signing up for a class, finding a committed workout partner or even joining a running club. It’s far easier to skip workouts when no one is waiting for you. Slicker says,“Finding community with other like-minded people is more than a great motivator. I see it all the time in fitness classes and small group training sessions, people find inspiration, encouragement, and a great support system.”

CHOOSE EXERCISE THAT YOU ENJOY

With so many fitness options available, there’s no reason to do a workout that you dread. “When you find something you enjoy, you’ll look forward to working out, even if it’s tough,” Slicker says.

MAKE THE PARK YOUR BOOT CAMP

Slicker suggests throwing some weights in the bottom of the stroller and doing bicep curls with one arm while pushing with the other, then switch. “Walking lunges while pushing the stroller will work your legs. Stop at a bench and do some triceps dips or pushups. Add some hills to your walk.”

DITCH THE GUILT

“I sit high on the mom guilt,” Slicker says with a grin, “but we need to ditch it.” Working out produces all the feel-goods by stimulating the release of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin, brain chemicals that play an important part in regulating your mood. “You’ll have more energy, patience, and be happier overall.” With so many options and opportunities, it’s easier than ever to make fitness a part of your life. Many gyms offer childcare. You can include the kids and make it a family affair. Sneak in a home workout during nap time. The hardest part is deciding to do it. Tami Brooks is a freelance writer based in East Texas.

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Take-from-home lunches don’t need a failing grade. These make-yourself midday meals get an A+.

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SWEET POTATO NOODLE STIR-FRY INGREDIENTS 1 medium onion, finely diced 4 mini sweet peppers of various colors, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups broccoli florets, fresh or frozen 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 medium sweet potatoes, spiralized 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce or tamari Salt-free seasoning blend to taste Sprinkle of sesame seeds, optional

DIRECTIONS l In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté

onion, pepper, garlic and broccoli in olive oil until vegetables are tender. l Stir in sweet potato noodles and soy sauce/tamari. l Stir occasionally until noodles are soft. l Season noodles as desired. Serve as is or with cooked brown rice.

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A fantastic way to feel like your enjoying the comforts of home is to indulge in a warm, hardy bowl of chili. Use a pressure cooker or slow cooker to transform a few pantry staples into a deliciously satisfying meal. This recipe freezes well so divvy it into single portions for the freezer and enjoy it later.

LENTIL TORTILLA SOUP INGREDIENTS 1 cup onion, diced 1 sweet pepper, diced 1 jalapeno pepper, diced 2 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth 15-oz. canned, no-salt-added tomato sauce, diced tomatoes or crushed tomatoes 1/2 cup mild or medium salsa verde (green salsa) 1 tablespoon tomato paste 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed 15-oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed 1 cup corn, fresh, canned or frozen 3/4 cup dried, red lentils 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper Optional toppings — tortilla strips, jalapeùos, chopped red onion, sliced avocado, fresh cilantro

DIRECTIONS l Chop the vegetables and measure the

Indulge in a warm, bowl of chili. Use a pressure cooker or slow cooker to transform a few staples into a satisfying meal.

ingredients. l Toss everything except the optional toppings into a pressure cooker and set to high pressure for 15 minutes. l Add your favorite toppings prior to serving. If using a slow cooker, follow the instructions but cook on high for 4 to 5 hours.

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Texas Caesar Salad is creamy, crunchy and completely nontraditional with the addition of — wait for it — barbecue tofu! If you are tempted to stop reading, just let me explain the rationale behind what some readers would label as a Texas sized blasphemy. Tofu soaks up any flavor it’s mixed with, which is why it’s a prefect base for barbecue. Tofu also is loaded with protein and phytonutrients, a fancy term for plant-based chemical compounds that may reduce the risk of health problems like cardiovascular disease and cancer.

TEXAS CAESAR SALAD INGREDIENTS For the salad: 1 bunch of lacinato kale, de-stemmed and sliced into 1-inch ribbons 1 bunch of romaine lettuce, sliced into 1” ribbons 11/2 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed Sea salt and freshly ground pepper 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3-4 lemons) 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 Tablespoon water 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1 1/2 Tablespoons dijon mustard 1/2 cup raw walnuts, chopped 2 teaspoons garlic, minced For the barbecue tofu: 14- to 16-oz. extra-firm tofu, drained and patted dry 1 1/2 teaspoons traditional paprika 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 tablesoop olive oil 1/4 cup barbecue sauce

DIRECTIONS l To roast the chickpeas, heat oven to 300 degrees. Rinse,

drain and place chickpeas on a parchment covered baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or so stirring occasionally until they are crispy. l For the dressing, blend lemon juice, olive oil, water, sea salt, mustard, walnuts and garlic in a blender or food processor. Set aside. l Prepare the barbecue tofu as follows: Turn the oven to 425. While the oven heats, remove moisture from the tofu by wrapping it in paper towels and weighing it down with something heavy like a skillet or large can. l Stir the spices together in a medium bowl. Rip the drained tofu into bite sized pieces. Coat with the spices. Place the tofu in a single layer on the baking sheet that was used for the chickpeas. l To ensure it cooks evenly, stir occasionally. Cook about 30 minutes or until the tofu is crispy. Remove tofu from oven and drizzle with the barbecue sauce. l Toss washed, dried and ribboned lettuce and kale in a bowl with 1/2 cup of the dressing (or more to taste) taking care to evenly coat the leaves. Add the roasted chickpeas and tofu, and top with ground pepper. 74

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Break out of the traditional sandwich lunch clich with a wrap. There are all sorts of pre-made wraps to meet personal tastes: whole wheat, gluten free and spiced up varieties. A large flour tortilla is a good option too. Using bagged tri-color coleslaw mix without the dressing included and pre-shredded bagged carrots will cut down prep time. If you have leftovers, toss the wrap ingredients, minus the cilantro and peanuts, into a skillet and stir fry. Add the vegetables to rice or rice noodles, toss with the peanut sauce and top with cilantro and peanuts.

THAI WRAPS WITH PEANUT SAUCE INGREDIENTS 4 cups cabbage shredded 1 1/2 cups carrots shredded (about 5 large carrots) 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 1 cup shelled edamame, cooked 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1/2 cup green onions, chopped 1/2 cup roasted peanuts, chopped About 5 wraps For the Peanut Sauce 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce or tamari 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 teaspoon garlic minced 1/4 cup natural peanut butter 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

DIRECTIONS l For the Peanut Sauce: Add rice vinegar, soy

sauce, lime juice and garlic to a bowl and whisk until combined. Add the peanut butter and red pepper flakes and whisk until smooth. Set aside. l For the Wraps: Combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Divide the mixture evenly and place into the wraps. Drizzle the sauce on top and roll up the wraps. Leslie Harrison, of Tyler, Texas, is a certified Food For Life nutrition and cooking instructor.

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Stress-cutting strategies Talk through your family's work and school schedules; brainstorm solutions for conflicts and problems. l

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Don’t stress about the start of the new school year. Here’s what to do. STORY BY TAMRA BOLTON

FOR MANY, THIS TIME OF YEAR brings an avalanche of stress. In fact, in some surveys, parents identify the start of the new school year as one the most stressful times. But it doesn't have to be. What if all this stress was actually good for you? What if it could make you stronger and sharper? It can argues neuro-psychologist Ian Robertson in his new book “The Stress Test: How Pressure Can Make You Stronger and Sharper.” Robertson has published more than 200 books and articles on behavior change and brain health. The key to making stress work for you, says Robertson, is to re-frame what is happening. “A key factor in whether someone reacts to stress as a threat or a challenge … is control,” he shared in a recent interview. “People who believe that they have some control over their lives, no matter what the objective circumstances, are more likely to see stress as a challenge to face up to, rather than as a threat to retreat from.” For parents, a new school year comes with many things that trigger stress, including the dreaded back-to-school shopping trips. For kids, getting “cool” clothes and school supplies are paramount while for parents the priorities are buying their kids clothing that meets restrictive school dress codes, finding the many specific

Don’t over-schedule yourself or your kids. Having your kids playing two or three sports sounds like fun until all become exhausted from the many the games and practices. l

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items on supply lists and paying for it all. If that was’t enough, parents worry about the possibility of their child being the subject of bullying at school, getting to know the expectation of new teachers and adjusting to the demands of new delivery and pick-up schedules. It’s no wonder that the start of school often is a dreaded event. Add to that the stress of getting your kids to extra-curricular activities and school functions and helping them with homework and the other demands required to make good grades. Robertson says taking the time to do a little planning and talking things through with all family members can turn this into a better experience for all. By delegating some responsibilities to others and staying organized, you can help your family get through the new school year minefield. Tamra Bolton is a freelance writer based in East Texas.

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Charcuterie

Char-cu-te-rie (shahr-koo-tuh-ree) Charcuterie is a branch of cooking involving prepared meats, such as ham, sausage, bacon, confit or other pork products. The word originated in France, and it translates to cooked meat or cured meat . While the original French translation refers to pork, modern charcuterie boards can include other types of food, such as duck, goose, chicken, cheese, toast and fruit. .

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1 Lay out all of the ingredients

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ppetizers are the new dinner party. Small plates, snacking and shared meals are all the rage as restaurantgoers and home diners alike turn away from overwhelming portions and look for something different. Enter the charcuterie board. If you’re looking for a simple and elegant spread, ditch the traditional menu at your next gathering and instead construct a charcuterie board. You’ll impress your guests, plus with this easy make-ahead dish you'll be able to enjoy your gathering. Charcuterie, the French culinary art of the production of meat, sausages, pate and terrine, has been around for thousands of years. “The word charcuterie translates to cooked meat or cured meat. It is not a charcuterie plate if you use lunch meat, so don’t,” says Sharon Puren, general manager of the winery and tasting room at the Kiepersol Winery and Vineyards near Bullard. “That’s the only rule. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong.” While the name can be challenging to say, (shahr-koo-tuh-ree), the dish couldn’t be simpler. No need to turn on the oven or stand over the stove. With just a few tips you’ll be able to construct the perfect board.

MEATS

The four components to consider when building a charcuterie board are texture, flavor, color and shape. Keep these components in mind when selecting products. It’s best to begin with the meats, as they will be the backbone of the board. Plan on 2 ounces of meat per person and two to three meats for hors d'oeuvres and five to six meats if the board will be the main course. Don't be afraid to ask for samples when deciding what to choose. Butchers are usually happy to assist and can be an excellent resource. Hard salami, prosciutto, smoked ham, drycured chorizo, Genoa salami, capicola, sausages, pates and terrines are all excellent choices.

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CHEESES

Next, select the cheeses. “You’ll need at least three types; a soft cheese, hard cheese and a bold, stinky cheese,” Puren says. “Soft cheeses such as feta, brie and Camembert are bright and tangy, where your Gorgonzolas, Roqueforts and Stiltons are bold. Hard cheeses such as cheddar, Gouda, Muenster and Parmesan are aged and sharp.” When selecting hard cheese, choose from goat cheese, which offers a more tangy flavor profile, sheep cheese with a rich buttery, albeit mild, flavor profile, or cheese made from cow’s milk, which will provide the most variety and can range significantly in flavor.

EXTRAS

It’s time to add the extras. Olives, fruits, nuts and spreads will add even more flavor and texture to your board. Including something briny, such as pickled vegetables, olives, pickled jalapenos or pepperoncini will add a mouthwatering tang and can be paired easily with bold meats. The addition of one or two jams or honey will provide sweetness, adding one more layer of flavor while balancing out the dry and salty meats and cheese. Fig spread is an incredible addition, and partners marvelously with many items. Apricot jam is delicious, too. Have fun experimenting with this. Chances are you have several options available in the pantry. Seasonal fruits and nuts round out the board. Fruit adds more sweetness and is a great way to use seasonal items. Strawberries and melon are commonly found on a board. However, they can be watery. Consider grapes or raspberries as an unexpected addition. Almonds, pistachios or walnuts are excellent choices; some people like to use unsalted nuts to act as a palate cleanser. Think about colors and shapes in relation to the other ingredients as you make your selections. Remember, we eat with our eyes first.

BREAD, CRACKERS

Finally, a variety of crackers and bread is best. Crostini, artisan bread, crackers, even pita chips all work well. You don't have to have all of these items, the only requirement for it to be called charcuterie is to have meats.

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“The word charcuterie translates to cooked meat or cured meat. It is not a charcuterie plate if you use lunch meat, so don’t. That’s the only rule. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong.” — SHARON PUREN General manager of the winery and tasting room at the Kiepersol Winery and Vineyards

| CONT. FROM PG. 85 separate containers to avoid the flavors marrying. Cut meats and cheese into varying shapes to add interest to the dish. Lay out all of the ingredients and select your platter. You'll want to serve the dish at room temperature, so it's best to put it together about one hour before you plan to serve. Traditionally, charcuterie is served on a wooden board, but feel free to experiment. Consider slate, stoneware or even an attractive cutting board — no need to limit yourself to traditional platters. You may wish to serve your spreads in small bowls, same goes for olives if you’re using them. Begin by placing stationary items on the board first, such as the spreads and olives, especially if you opt to serve them in dishes. You’ll want to build your board to have some dimension; that's where using small bowls and jars can be helpful. Jams and preserves can be dolloped directly onto the serving dish. Make sure all ingredients are accessible. Now place the meats. Try tearing the prosciutto into bite-size pieces, even folding into a triangular shape. A beautiful way to present salami is by folding into a rosette. Take a round piece of salami and fold it in half, then fold in half again. Pinch the pointed end slightly and begin laying the pieces on the platter in a circle with the pointed ends touching. In no time, you'll have a gorgeous rosette. Easy! Next, arrange the cheeses. Sometimes soft cheese, such as brie, is served whole next to a small knife. If you are serving a more substantial group, this can be time-consuming for guests helping themselves. If using bread and crackers, place them on the board now, then fill in the leftover spaces with fruit and nuts. As a final touch, add some fresh mint sprigs or even edible flowers. Voila! You have constructed a fabulous charcuterie board. Put out appropriate utensils. Often toothpicks and napkins or small plates work best, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Tami Brooks is a freelance writer based in East Texas.

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ITH THE SCORCHING DAYS OF SUMMER FINALLY AT LONG LAST FADING AWAY, IT MEANS ONE THING AND ONE THING ONLY IN EAST TEXAS — IT’S TIME TO HAVE FUN. IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH OF A REASON FOR PEOPLE AROUND HERE TO GET TOGETHER FOR A GOOD TIME. EVEN THE DESPISED FIRE ANT IS A GOOD REASON FOR A C O M M U N I T Y C E L E B R AT I O N. FROM SEPTEMBER THROUGH MIDNOVEMBER THERE IS A SPECIAL EVENT TAKING PLACE SOMEWHERE IN THE AREA JUST ABOUT EVERY TIME YOU TURN AROUND. MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND GET READY FOR THESE FABULOUS FALL FESTIVALS.

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Don’t miss these fabulous fall festivals STORY BY DANNY MOGLE

GREGG COUNTY FAIR: SEPT. 6-14, LONGVIEW The Gregg County Fair has been a tradition since it was founded by the Jaycees in 1949. It boasts a carnival and midway, live entertainment, pig races and a petting zoo. The fair also is home of the Miss Gregg County Pageant. EAST TEXAS STATE FAIR: SEPT. 20-29, TYLER Tens of thousands of people visit the fair during its annual run. The fair pays tribute to the past with livestock shows and canning competitions while catering to fun-lovers who crave thrills rides, a beer garden and lots of entertainment. New this year are two supersized concerts headlined by country star Aaron Watson and rocker Bret Michaels. UNCLE FLETCH DAVIS HAMBURGER FESTIVAL: SEPT. 28, ATHENS Thanks to Uncle Fletch Davis and the culinary creation he helped introduce at the 1904 World’s Fair, Athens proudly lays claim to being the home of the hamburger. A cook-off crowns the king or queen of the burger-makers. FIREANT FESTIVAL: OCT. 12, MARSHALL There won’t be fire ant racing or a fire ant cookoff, but there will be a concert and street dance, a children’s play area with monster inflatables, the TourDeFireAnt bike ride, a parade and lots of competitions. EDOM ART FESTIVAL: OCT. 12-13, EDOM For nearly 50 years, this small artists’ community has hosted a festival at which artists present their work in a relaxed setting The festival also is known for its crafts activities, local music and food and wine. EAST TEXAS YAMBOREE: OCT. 16-19, GILMER The East Texas Yamboree, one of the longest running festivals in Texas, has just about everything one could imagine. Attractions include a carnival, the Queen’s Coronation Pageant, parades and street dances. | CONT. ON PG. 94 September/October 2019 | MyLifeStylesMag.com

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TEXAS ROSE FESTIVAL: OCT. 17-20, TYLER Since 1933, Tyler has been celebrating its rosegrowing heritage. Each year tens of thousands of people come to see the Rose Show, 100-plus-unit Texas Rose Parade, the Queen's Tea and Queen's Coronation, a lavish stage show in which rose court members are presented. HOT PEPPER FESTIVAL: OCT. 26, PALESTINE This event bills itself as the Hottest Little Festival in Texas and those who are brave enough to take part in the hot pepper eating contest don't disagree. The festival also has familyfriendly activities, food, music, arts and crafts and a farmers market. Think of this as two festivals in one. At the Deport Museum you can step back in time and watch mule-powered syrup making and demonstrations by folk artists while downtown is full vendors, food concessions, displays and activities for kids OTHER FUN EVENTS: East Texas Taco Fest: Sept. 14, Marshall Gladewater Arts & Crafts Festival: Sept. 21-22, Gladewater Autumn Festival: Oct. 11-12, Canton Van Oil Festival: Oct 12, Van Hawkins Oil Festival: Oct. 12, Hawkins Countryfest: Oct. 12, Lindale Chandler Pow Wow: Oct. 12, Chandler Dogtoberfest: Oct. 19, Tyler Sweet Potato Festival: Oct. 26, Golden Feral Hog Festival: Oct. 26, Ben Wheeler Avinger Wine Festival: Nov. 2, Avinger 94

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SEPTEMBER / 9/10 PAT BENATAR AND NEIL GIRALDO: Benatar and Giraldo have been making together music for four decades. A producer, songwriter and musician, Giraldo also has worked with headliners Rick Springfield and Kenny Loggins. Benatar is the unforgettable voice behind “We Belong,” “Invincible,” and “Love Is A Battlefield.” Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center. T ickets: 903-5667424, cowancenter.org.

“Taj Express: The Bollywood Revue” captures the excitement of the India's Bollywood cinema in a stage show with high-energy musical numbers.

9/14 LET'S CELEBRATE: East Texas Symphony Orchestra opens its season with “Celebration!” a concert to observe Hispanic Heritage Month, with music from guitarist guitarist Isaac Bustos and soprano Sooah Park.

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Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center. Tickets: 903-526-3876, etso.org. 9/20 DISHING UP HOSPITALITY: Tyler Civic Theatre stages the comedy “Southern Hospitality” in performances Sept. 20-22 and 26-29. Tickets: 903-592-0561, tylercivictheatre.com.


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9/28 NEAL MCCOY & FRIENDS: East Texas’ own country star Neal McCoy takes the stage in a concert that raises money for his charity, East Texas Angel Network. Also performing will be Diamond Rio and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at LeTourneau University's Belcher Center in Longview. Tickets: 903-2333080, belchercenter.com.

10/17-20 EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSES: The Texas Rose Festival, the celebration of the regionr’s rose-growing heritage, takes place in Tyler. Highlights include the Queen's Coronation, Queenr’s Tea, Rose Show and Rose Parade. Tickets and information: texasrosefestiv al.com.

10/18 RISKY SKAGGS: Country and blueggrass music icon Ricky Skaggs comes to the Belcher Center at LeTourneau University

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Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” chronicles the rise of 1960s’ vocal super group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

| CONT. FROM PG. 98 in Longview. Skaggs’ many hits include “Cryin’ My Heart Out Over You” and “Cajun Moon." Showtime: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: 903-233-3080, belchercenter. com. 10/22 BOLLYWOOD: “Taj Express: The Bollywood Revue” captures the excitement of the India’s Bollywood cinema in a stage show with high-energy musical numbers. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center. Tickets: 903-5667424, cowancenter.org. 10/25 MURDER AND MYSTERY: Tyler Civic Theatre stages “And Then There Were None,” one of Agatha Christie’s darkest stories, in performances Oct. 2527 and 31 and Nov. 1-3. Tickets: 903-592-0561, tylercivictheatre.com. 10/28 THE BOYS FROM JERSEY: Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” chronicles the rise of 1960s’ vocal super group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. It includes their hits “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don't Cry” and “Walk Like a Man.” Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center. Tickets: 903-5667424, cowancenter.org. 98

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