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TABLE OF

Contents ASK THE EXPERTS 20 Dentistry with Country Lakes Family Dental

ARTICLES 08 10 Hot Christmas Destinations In Texas

10 Sheriff’s Corner 11 Choking Hazards 12 Inside Community and Education

15 Risotto Primavera Recipe 20 Sheriff’s Corner With Sheriff Tracy Murphree

22 It’s Secret Santa Time 25 5 Things To Have 26 The Art of Charcuterie 28 Dancing With Our Local Stars 30 Lighting Up The Holidays

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Publisher of Murray Media Group, kelly@murray-media.com

Publisher & Editor Scott & Kelly Murray

Shop Local T H I S

HOLIDAY SEASON

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omeone asked me recently to pick my favorite local small business. It was an honest question, but I couldn’t help but shudder at the thought of choosing just one.

It’d be like asking a parent to choose their favorite child. I can’t! I love all of them! I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir on this one, but I mention this because it’s the holiday season. The calendar has officially flipped to Thanksgiving, and before you know it, Christmas will be here. So, please do the right thing and shop local. I know it’s our job here at Murray Media to highlight small businesses in the pages of our neighborhood magazines and during Best of Denton County time. Still, I’ve always looked to my fellow smallbusiness owners for any of my needs. It could be something as simple as picking up donuts for the family on a lazy Saturday morning, grabbing a cup of coffee on the way into work, or gifting myself a long-overdue trip to the local day spa. And yes, it also includes buying Christmas gifts. The personal attention I receive is out of this world. These are my friends, neighbors, and even family. They work hard, and in almost every case, you can find what you’re looking for without having to go to a big-box store. As luck would have it, our local business scene is overflowing with the best of the best, and they’re all committed to a servant attitude. We should be supporting them during the holiday season. I know I will. Will you?

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Managing Editor Jana Melton Sub-Editor Bobbi Byrne

Editor & Writer Steve Gamel

Writers

Caylie Howard, Diane Ciarloni Jade Kensington, Jean Eisenmann Leena Duwadi, Mark Miller

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HOT IN TEXAS CHRISTMAS DESTINATIONS

1. Grapevine Grapevine residents love Christmas, and they definitely know how to celebrate. Festivities begin from mid-November and go through the beginning of January. With over 1,400 events spanning over their 40 day celebration, there’s events and fun to be had for the whole family. 2. Fredericksburg If you want to experience the Christmas traditions of Germany, look no further than the Texas Hill Country of Fredericksburg. They honor their German heritage by including unique festivities such as lighting the German Christmas Pyramid and Christmas tree at the Veriens Kirche at Marktplatz. 8 | 35 WEST | NOVEMBER 2021

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3. Galveston Galveston Island brings Christmas to life every year during the holiday season. They

offer multiple fun and festive attractions such as the Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens

and the annual 5K and marathon, the Downtown Lanterns and Lights at the Santa Hustle. You can also enjoy the “Dickens on the Strand” festival. 4. New Braunfels You can experience a world of holiday cheer this holiday season in New Braunfels. You

can enjoy their Christmas Market Days and Cowboy Kringle in Historic Gruene. And you can’t forget the twinkling light displays at Santa’s Ranch. You can bring the whole family to enjoy their Hometown Holiday Christmas Parade. 5. Grand Prairie Grand Prairie is the place to be for family-fun holiday celebrations. You can enjoy the

Grand Prairie Holiday Tree Lighting, a Christmas Candlelight memorial service, and the

Traders Village Holiday Market. However, they are most famous for their incredible light

display, where you can drive for two miles surrounded by thousands of Christmas lights.

8. Austin Our state capital is a memorable place to celebrate Christmas. The annual Trail of Lights runs through Zilker Park. The Holiday Sing Along and the Downtown Stroll leads the way down Congress Avenue. Austin is also the prime spot for all of your holiday shopping with their Armadillo Christmas Bazar. 9. San Antonio

6. Jefferson

The city that is home to our beloved Alamo knows how to get you in the holiday spirit. San Antonio offers several parades including Light the Way, and the Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Festival. They also observe many holiday traditions, including the Holiday Festival.

Christmas on the Bayou is what the Jefferson locals refer to as their holiday festivities.

10. College Station

They offer a range of traditions, including the annual Rail of Lights Christmas train and the downtown wassail walk. People of all ages can enjoy the holiday parade and the candlelight tour of homes. 7. Marshall The city of Marshall’s Wonderland of Lights Extravaganza is the highlight of their

Christmas Celebrations. They’ve celebrated this event for the past 28 years, and it

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College Station is a hot spot for Christmas festivities. They offer events the whole month of December, such as Christmas in the Park, the annual Holiday Concert, and the Downtown Lighted Christmas Parade. Don’t forget to check out Santa’s Wonderland, where you can experience actual snow, as well as classic Christmas movies on a large outdoor screen. NOVEMBER 2021 | 35 WEST | 9


SHERIFF’S W I T H

S H E R I F F

T R A C Y

M U R P H R E E

HUMAN TRAFFICKING is modern day slavery

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uman trafficking is modern day slavery and affects every corner of the world. Texas and Denton County are no exception. Interstate-35 being an un-tolled highway and a major cross-country, north-south route, is one of the main trafficking routes in the country. Human trafficking involves the use of force, coercion, or fraud to obtain some type of labor or sex act. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation or false promises of wellpaying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations. Traffickers often recognize and take advantage of people who are vulnerable.

WE ARE HIRING If you are interested in a career in Law Enforcement, join our family and be a part of a great organization. Detention Officer I positions start at $38,752.00 per year. Visit our website to apply. www.governmentjobs.com/ careers/dentoncounty

There are approximately 25 million enslaved worldwide. At any given time in Texas, there are 234,000 victims of labor trafficking and 79,000 victims of minor sex trafficking. To combat this issue,

Sheriff Tracy Murphree, with the approval of Denton County Commissioners Court, will implement a Human Trafficking

Investigation Unit. The unit will begin with a Sergeant and two investigators whose sole purpose will be the detection and

investigation of Human Trafficking. The

unit will receive specialized training and coordinate with other local, state, and

federal agencies to detect, investigate,

and make arrests of those involved in the trafficking of human beings.

“I’m sorry that this unit is necessary, but I’m confident this unit will be successful in saving those being trafficked and bringing to justice those responsible” Sheriff Murphee said. *If you believe you are a victim of human trafficking or may have information about a potential trafficking situation, please contact the US National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or call Denton County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-388TIPS. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.

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CHOKINGHAZARDS by Dr. Janet Webb, MD

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hen thinking about choking hazards, our first thought is usually food. That’s because at least half of choking episodes are due to food. The other half could be secondary to a myriad of other household objects. With the upcoming holiday season, there will be lots of fun foods and toys introduced to your home. Here are a few reminders and tips to keep your home and children safe.

FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE

Food Hazards As always, nuts are especially dangerous due to the hard and round nature of nuts. Other similar foods include hard and sticky candies and whole grapes. Monitor your children when eating raw fruits and vegetables, especially if babies do not have a full set of teeth yet. Avoid giving children under the age of 4 years old popcorn, bubblegum, or chunks of hard meat and cheeses. Toy Hazards When bringing toys home, always read the label for age appropriateness. Toys should have an age range listed, but use them at your discretion. Be sure to show and teach your child how to play with the toy. Beware of small parts that can be detached. If it fits into the mouth, it is likely too small. Small batteries may be in the packaging. If you have any concern that a button battery may have been ingested, take your child to the nearest emergency department. They can be corrosive to the GI tract. Finally, watch for other small items like buttons, marbles, magnets, and even balloons. If you do find that your child is choking on an object, allow them to cough if they are able to. If they are not able to breathe, have someone call 911 and perform back blows in infants and the Heimlich maneuver in older children.

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INSIDE COMMUNITY

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ELENA LUSK RECEIVES OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY AWARD Denton County would like to extend huge congratulations to our very own Elena Lusk. Elena is the Director of Housing Initiatives and she was selected by the Texas Homeless Network to be the recipient of the Outstanding Community Service Award at their 2021 THN Awards that happened recently. Photo Courtesy of United Way Denton County Facebook.

DENTON COUNTY WOMAN TURNS 100 Ms. Dorothy Webb, a member of Denton’s very own Senior Center, turned 100 years old on November 9th. Dorothy enjoys exercising at the senior center and can also be found mowing the yard, patching fences, or building things. Dorothy also enjoys taking her long-haired Chihuahua, Heidi, on a walk every single day. Her secret to living to 100 is to stay busy, work hard and do what you have to do. She also said to be kind to others and they will be kind to you. Photo Courtesy of cityofdentonnews.com

INSIDE EDUCATION

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THE NORTHWEST EDUCATION FOUNDATION OPENS FREE RESOURCE STORE AND LIBRARY Recently, the Northwest Education Foundation fully opened its new resource store and library. Here, teachers can shop for school and classroom supplies, snack packs, clothing items, and books for their students. All of the items provided are free to all district educators. Photo Courtesy of NISDtx.org. 12 | 35 WEST | NOVEMBER 2021

EATON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT BECOMES SCHOOL’S FIRST FOOTBALL ALL-AMERICAN Hunter Erb is a senior at Eaton High School and he already has a strong repertoire on the football field. Soon he’ll add another accomplishment to his resume by becoming Eton High School’s first football player to play in an All-American game on January 8, 2022. The game will air live across the country on NBC. Photo Courtesy of NISDtx.org.

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FIRST RESPONDERS BREAKFAST WITH SANTA ROANOKE’S HOMETOWN HOLIDAY Roanoke is hosting their annual Roanoke’s Hometown Holiday on December 4th from 12 pm – 8 pm. There will be the annual festival, tree lighting, shopping bazaar, as well as the annual holiday parade. The tree lighting will start at 6 pm and the parade will follow.

On December 11th, join Santa and Roanoke’s awesome First Responders for breakfast. You can enjoy a jolly good breakfast at ChopShop, featuring a very special appearance by Mr. Santa Claus himself. The town of Roanoke’s amazing First Responders will be serving up the delicious and hearty breakfast.

BERKSHIRE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS NAME MASCOT The students of Berkshire Elementary were given the fun and exciting opportunity to present their ideas and vote to create the perfect name for their new mascot. This naming process took three weeks and during the first week of the process, every classroom got to choose a name for the bear. The name Boomer was the overall winner. Photo Courtesy of NISDtx.org

U.S. NEWS RECOGNIZES BECK ELEMENTARY AS A BEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Recently, U.S. News published its first-ever rankings of public elementary schools and in the State of Texas, Beck Elementary placed in the top 30% of elementary schools. This earned them the title of a U.S. News Best Elementary School. Beck Elementary School ranks 92nd out of over 5,000 schools in the State of Texas. Photo Courtesy of NISDtx.org.

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PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 45-50 MINUTES | SERVES: 4

R SOTTO PRIMAVERA T

his satisfying recipe features a traditional “stand-and-stir” style risotto complemented by a delicious blend of crisp-tender sautéed vegetables. Here, a mix of onion, peas, carrots, asparagus, yellow squash, and zucchini add an appealing pop of color, texture, and flavor to a delicious base of creamy risotto.

DIRECTIONS : 1. Add one tablespoon olive oil to a large high-sided skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the onion, peas, carrots, asparagus, squash, and zucchini and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. 2. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are crisp-tender and start to develop some color, approximately 4-5 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl and set aside.

INGREDIENTS: 2 T. EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, DIVIDED ½ C. WHITE ONION, CHOPPED SMALL ½ C. FROZEN PEAS ½ C. CARROTS, CHOPPED SMALL 1/3 C. ASPARAGUS, CHOPPED INTO 1” PIECES 1/3 C. YELLOW SQUASH, CHOPPED SMALL 1/3 C. ZUCCHINI, CHOPPED SMALL SEA SALT AND BLACK PEPPER, TO TASTE 1 C. ARBORIO RICE ½ C. DRY WHITE WINE

3. Add the remaining olive oil and the Arborio rice to the skillet. Toast the rice for 1-2 minutes while stirring continually.

4-5 C. WARM CHICKEN OR

4. Reduce heat to medium and pour in the white wine. Deglaze the skillet by gently scraping the bottom with a spatula or wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits.

1 C. PARMESAN CHEESE, GRATED + MORE

5. When the wine is completely absorbed, add one-half cup warm broth to the skillet and cook, stirring continually, until absorbed, approximately 4-5 minutes. Repeat this process with the remaining broth, one-half cup at a time, until the rice is tender and creamy.

TIP

6. Stir in the sautéed vegetables, Parmesan cheese, and lemon zest. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or just until heated through. Remove from heat and stir in the fresh parsley. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and serve immediately with additional Parmesan cheese on the side. Enjoy!

VEGETABLE, DIVIDED*

FOR SERVING 2 T. FRESH LEMON ZEST 3 T. FRESH PARSLEY, CHOPPED

FOR CREAMIER RISOTTO, ADD ADDITIONAL BROTH, ONE-HALF CUP AT A TIME, UNTIL THE DESIRED CONSISTENCY IS REACHED.

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by Leena Duwadi | photos courtesy of Orthopedic Associates

rady G. Giesler was introduced to Orthopedic Associates in 1979 when one of the group's founders, Richard Williamson, took care of his father's leg injury. The following year, Dr. Giesler applied for a job with Dr. Williamson to get experience in medicine for his pre-med studies at Baylor. Giesler was immediately fascinated with orthopedic surgery and the thought of pursuing it as a career. He worked in various areas, including the emergency room and operating room, with Dr. Williamson and later Dr. Bill Anderson.

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Ultimately he returned to the group after finishing residency in 1992.92. "The Lord has provided a wonderful place to practice, skilled and supportive partners, and a terrific staff for nearly three decades," said Giesler, who now specializes in spine disorders. "I could not have asked for anything better or imagined how gratifying it would be. I am thankful." Each of the 10 board-certified surgeons shares a similar story of commitment to the community's well-being. Their professional ethics are linked to social responsibility, which is one reason they chose OA. Each doctor provides

years of experience in their field and a

commitment to offering the absolute best care to their patients.

"Having been a patient of OA, then summer volunteering as a college

student and returning as a physician in

the group, I can say it is truly an honor to work for such a high-class organization," Dr. Aaron Schrayer said. "Seeing our

group from multiple perspectives has

given me an appreciation for the whole practice. I am grateful to serve the community that I was raised in."

THE LORD HAS PROVIDED A

With a history of providing orthopedic care, Orthopedic Associates has advanced the care of amateur and recreational athletes in Denton County for the last 45 years. "Most important is simply our availability. Ease of access for patients, parents, coaches, therapists, and athletic trainers improves diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery of athletes of all ages," Dr. Jeff Cantrell mentioned. Dr. Cantrell specializes in shoulder surgery, arthroscopy, and sports medicine. Orthopedic Associates also serves as team physicians for the local high schools. Many of the physicians serve on hospital and community boards and committees. The team continues to be involved

WONDERFUL PLACE TO PRACTICE, SKILLED AND SUPPORTIVE PARTNERS, AND A TERRIFIC STAFF FOR NEARLY THREE DECADES

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competitively and recreationally and

As technology continues to revolutionize

due to bone loss arising at a higher rate.

Associates has kept its services updated

are getting enough calcium. Also, patients

enjoys an active personal health

the medical industry, Orthopedic

understand the questions, demands,

to serve its patients best. Sports Medicine

maintenance regimen. "Therefore, we requirements, frustrations, gratifications, and benefits of sports and

exercise," Dr. Cantrell added.

practice for patients who

need assistance with acute

injury treatments and chronic

replacement tops the chart

“IT IS IMPORTANT

Undoubtedly, Orthopedic Associates is the go-to

expert Dr. Manuj Singhal says joint

TO EAT A WELLBALANCED DIET WITH PLENTY OF CALCIUM. WOMEN NEED TO

pain management.

There has been significant

BE PARTICULARLY

progress seen in the field

of sports medicine over the

last two decades. "We have a better understanding of the

prevention and rehabilitation

CAREFUL TO GET ENOUGH CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D AS

of injuries and conditions.

Operative and non-operative

treatment strategies have improved

as a result of peer-reviewed research

THEY AGE.

in advanced technology.

"We are able to discharge

total knee, hip, and shoulder patients the same day

after surgery. A few years

ago, they would be in the hospital for two or three

days," he shared. "Patients

rehab and recover quicker since they can mobilize

and function much sooner. Also, the field of biologics,

athletes in a scientific and research-based fashion."

less resilient. It is important to do lots of stretching to avoid muscle injury," Dr. Singhal suggested.

Foot and Ankle Surgery expert Dr.

Michael J. Willenborg stressed the

importance of exercise to slow or prevent problems with the muscles, joints, and

bones. A moderate exercise program can help one maintain strength, balance, and flexibility. Exercise helps the bones and muscles stay strong.

to be particularly careful to get enough

of interest and research in terms of pain relief and healing potential."

kids tend to heal much more quickly due

athletic training now takes care of

get older, muscles get stiffer and are

continues to be a large area

platelet-rich plasma,

in the fields of nutrition, hydration, equipment. Also, the discipline of

get bone density testing. "As patients

"It is important to eat a well-balanced

There are certain things everyone should

conditioning, coaching, and protective

at higher risk for osteoporosis need to

including stem cells and

and studies," Dr. Cantrell mentioned.

"Exponential strides have been made

Older patients need to make sure they

know about their bone health. Bones in to their continued growth. Meanwhile,

diet with plenty of calcium. Women need calcium and Vitamin D as they age.

Postmenopausal women and men over 70 should take 1,200 milligrams of calcium

per day. Women and men over 70 should get 800 international units (IU) of Vitamin D daily," Dr. Willenborg stated.

poor healing and increased fracture

In its ongoing attempt to serve the best

at risk for osteoporosis. Postmenopausal

the team has proudly opened its clinic

potential occur in patients over 65 who are

orthopedic services to North Texas,

women have a higher risk of fractures

in Northlake. Locals now have access

to world-class orthopedic care right in

their neighborhood. This is OA's eighth

location. They started in Lewisville in 1976,

then migrated into Flower Mound, and are now in the Northlake/Argyle community.

"We are honored to be an integral part of

the medical community in Denton County and beyond," CEO Jenny Bloebaum said. Orthopedic Associates has proudly

supported many local charities and sports programs over the years. It will help a

local food bank again this November. In December, OA will sponsor a shoe

drive in partnership with Soles 4 Souls, a

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DENTAL Ask The Expert: Dentistry

Shopping Alternatives

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by Dr. Matt Artho, Owner of Country Lakes Family Dental

f laughter is the best medicine, it seems insurance would only cover a giggle. Insurance appears to have shifted from its original purpose of helping with unexpected events to only covering preventative care and denying larger treatment cases. For dental insurance, many have witnessed an increase in premiums and copays but no change in coverage. In reality, most dental insurance plans are nothing more than a discount plan with a maximum amount and varying coverage. The bottom line is insurance has become an obstacle to how patients choose their providers and determine their treatment.

standard fees. •

month – similar to insurance plans. Here are

some advantages to these in-office plans: • Though dental offices can file insurance

regardless of network status, in-office

plans do not vary in benefits as many insurances do — even within the same company.

• For self-employed patients, in-office

plans offer benefits at a lower cost than

self-coverage.

your dentist determines the treatment Unlike varied fees and costs under insurance plans, in-office benefits allow for a true fair market value.

care and affordability, many offices offer in-house plans

services than insurance and are often paid every

Benefits are never denied because you need.

As dentists continue to find ways to improve patient

plans typically provide the same, if not better,

amount of coverage since most office plans simply discount their

that help to combat dental insurance. These

There is typically no maximum

Restrictions on treatment types and

fees required of insurance contracts are no longer a factor.

It is no wonder that in-office discount

plans are becoming popular alternatives to obsolete insurance protocols. Until

real insurance reform occurs, dental care offices will continue to make care more accessible and affordable through office plans.

Call your dental office today to inquire about their discount plans. Happy smiling!

Dr. Matt is the dentist and owner of Country Lakes Family Dental in Bartonville, TX, and a nine-time winner of Best of Denton County CountryLakesDental.com. 940.455.7645 | COUNTRYLAKESDENTAL.COM | 74 MCMAKIN RD., STE. 200 • BARTONVILLE, TX 76226

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It ’s SECRET

SANTA T ime Great Gift Ideas for the Cubicle Next Door

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by Caylie Howard

t’s that time of year to start thinking about office holiday parties and gift exchanges. It’s a time of year to show your appreciation for the people you work with every day. Are you stuck on ideas for what to get that special co-worker? Here’s a list of thoughtful and budget-friendly gift ideas that your work friends will absolutely love.

Blanket

Do you have that one co-worker who’s always cold? Gift them a blanket this holiday season. They can keep it at their desk so that when they get a bit chilly, they’ll be able to bundle up and get warm and cozy. Giving the gift of warmth this Christmas is sure to make you an office favorite.

Self-Heating Coffee Mug

There’s always that one person who is known for making a cup of coffee and then making 15 trips to the break room to reheat it. A self-heating coffee mug would be the perfect gift for this co-worker. It would save them time and help them be more productive during the day by not having to get up and reheat their coffee every 30 minutes. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

HydroJug

Is there someone in the office who is super into fitness? Or maybe they’re trying to get into the habit of a healthier lifestyle? Gifting them a HydroJug this holiday season is a great way to show your support in their interests or lifestyle. A HydroJug is ideal for staying hydrated throughout the day.

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Wine Tumbler with a Bottle of Wine Do you know of anyone in the office who is a wine connoisseur? Buy them a wine tumbler for their holiday gift. You can even customize it to each person’s interest to make it a more personal item. Pairing the tumbler with their favorite bottle of wine is sure to earn you some major brownie points.

Candle Candle buying can be a real addiction. It can also be a costly problem to have. Get in the spirit of giving this Christmas season by purchasing some limited edition holiday candles for that co-worker who just can’t help themselves. They will love it, and their wallet might thank you, too.

Wireless Phone Charger and Stand Is there someone in the office who is constantly on their phone? It’s almost as if their phone is glued to their head. If so, a wireless phone charger and stand would be the perfect gift for that co-worker. With this gift, you’re eliminating the anxiety of their phone dying halfway through the day with no way to charge it. And with this gift, they can still use their phone as it charges. You’ll be the office champion with this gift choice.

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Aromatherapy Diffuser

The workplace can be stressful, especially if you also carry a heavy workload. Some people handle stress better than others. If you have a co-worker who doesn’t cope well, try gifting them an aromatherapy diffuser this holiday season. The stressrelieving aromas will surely help mellow them out. And it’s a gift that the whole office can enjoy. You’ll knock it out of the park with this holiday gift idea.

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Things 5 TO HAVE

STOCKINGS Nothing screams Christmas more than stockings hung by the chimney with care. Where else will Santa put your holiday stuffers? Not only do they serve a very important purpose come Christmas morning, they also make for great décor. You can choose a more traditional pattern, or you can go with something that represents each person. Don’t forget when Santa comes to town, if you don’t believe, you don’t receive.

GARLAND Garland is a fun way to decorate this holiday season. You can use it to decorate any room in the house. You can wrap it around the banisters on your stairs, hang it from your mantel, or even display it on your bed frame. It’s a beautiful and easy way to make your house feel festive.

RED VELVET RIBBON BOWS If you’re finding yourself on a decoration budget, then red velvet ribbon bows are perfect. Just take the red velvet ribbon, tie it into bows, and wrap them around all of your household items. This is an easy and affordable way to decorate this holiday season.

CANDLES There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than surrounding yourself with festive Christmas aromas. You can choose anything from gingerbread, sugar cookie, or even a Christmas tree. With the smells of the season filling your home, you’ll be ready to wrap and celebrate all Christmas long.

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WRAPPING PAPER Did you know that you could use wrapping paper for more than just wrapping gifts this holiday season? An amazing way to decorate your space is by taking hanging pictures and wrapping them with festive paper so that they look like Christmas presents hanging on your walls. It’s a cute, fun and easy way to decorate with items that you already have. NOVEMBER 2021 | 35 WEST | 25


the art of

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by Brooke Ezzo | photos courtesy of Ann Starkweather

wo years ago, Argyle resident Lane Tunstall was on the verge of heading back to corporate America when she put together a charcuterie board for her children’s school event. The joy of arranging good, quality food on a board that brought people together gave her the idea to start her own business.

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Life is simply better when we leisurely graze on wonderful foods with our favorite people. Board + Brie is located in Roanoke, Texas, and has become a household name. From custom boards and cones to grazing tables of any size, Lane and her team really can do it all. Her passion is to bring people together over a delicious bite to eat. Lane began her business during the holiday season. So when frosted cranberries and cranberry cheeses hit store shelves, her excitement soars. “I truly care about people and every box, board, or table I create,” Lane said. “I love a challenge, I love seeing the vision come to life, and I am a foodie who loves the presentation of food.” DIY charcuterie classes helped launch Board + Brie nationally. Lane has hosted classes for business team-building meetings, retreats, and online networking events, including teaming up with Nickelodeon. “Boards don’t always have to be meat and cheese,” Lane said. “I love finding fun props, creating kid boards with all their favorite sweets, and themed boards based on holidays and what’s in season.” During Christmas, you will find Lane’s trademark Brie with a rosemary wreath topped with frosted cranberries on most of her charcuterie creations. It’s definitely a crowd-pleaser. “I get a lot of inspiration from looking at cakes on Pinterest,” Lane said. “Then I try to recreate the idea into my boards and tables. I love trying something new.” Charcuterie has become an easy yet elegant addition to weddings, birthday parties, baby showers, and any gathering. www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

Lane’s boards and boxes are even given

as gifts, with Father’s Day being one of her busiest holidays.

Lane loves interacting with her

community: talking cheese and helping

others to create charcuterie masterpieces through her in-person and virtual classes. With Board + Brie, life is gouda! For more information about Board + Brie, visit www.BoardBrieDFW.com.

HOW TO CREATE A BEAUTIFUL BOARD:

- Add in stuffed olives, cornichons, or pickled anything for something tangy. Not only does it add extra color to the board, but it gives guests a pop of flavor.

Be Creative - Creating depth on the board is very important. Stack cheeses, decorate with fresh and dried fruit, sprinkle smoked nuts, or top with a sweet treat. Wood boards tend to be popular for the rustic feel, but almost anything can work as a charcuterie board.

Let it Brie -We love a good centerpiece. Brie is a beautiful choice to base the entire

board around. Add honeycomb on top,

frost cranberries, fruit, or greenery. Also, select three to five cheeses to fill the

board. We prefer soft and hard cheeses

like Manchego, dill Havarti, Gouda, sage derby, or any of your favorites.

Spread the Love - Every good cracker needs a good dip.

Depending on the vision for your board, a spread could include spicy mustard, hummus, spinach artichoke dip, pub cheese, or jams.

Add Greenery - To make each board pop, we love to

add fresh basil leaves, sprigs of rosemary, beautiful sage, and eucalyptus.

Nice to Meat You - Most boards include Italian meats: salami and pepperoni, but the world is your

oyster. Prosciutto, thinly sliced deli meats, and jerky can be delicious additions. Zing! NOVEMBER 2021 | 35 WEST | 27


DANCING WITH OUR LOCAL

DENTON COUNTY SPOTLIGHT

STARS

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by Caylie Howard | photos courtesy of Marci Pritts

nited Way is committed to bettering and assisting Denton County through multiple events year-round that aid in the overall mission to give back. This year, United Way is celebrating 10 years of its annual event, Dancing with Our Stars. And once again, the organization is giving back to the community one dance at a time.

twinkle toes,” said Kristin Jones, United Way’s Director of Development.

This friendly dance competition is the centerpiece of United Way’s UNITED tribute entertainment. Dancing with Our Stars features fun, well-loved

individuals from our local community nominated by our beloved Denton County residents. Each volunteer's

participation helps United Way raise awareness and funds to assist and properly serve children, families,

Veterans, the homeless, and individuals affected by mental illness.

One of the special events at this annual gala is the unveiling of the Dr. Bettye

Myers Humanitarian Award. This special award is dedicated to one Denton

County community volunteer who has been an active community leader and is selfless with their time and financial

resources. “The recipient is purposeful in helping others and promoting

human welfare and has been actively engaged in the community with a

service record of longevity,” Jones said. “They are caring and compassionate and inspire others in service for the

good of the community. The honoree demonstrates persistence toward

improving and transforming lives within the community. The recipient has a

long-standing history of working with the United Way and our network of partners for the good of the community.” Dancing with Our Stars started as

This gala is easily Denton County’s

celebrate local businesses and

the widely popular and hands-down

a thank-you event. It was a way to

the people of Denton County who selflessly give back throughout

the year. And it didn't take long for

officials to notice that it was taking off.

most anticipated event. It features

favorite event, Dancing with Our Stars

competition, which showcases a group of voted-in community volunteer dancers.

United Way’s signature gala

The event hosts 10 dancing pairs.

year and honors the local companies,

Woman's University’s Associate

celebrates successes from the past

employees, and community leaders

who made those successes possible.

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These pairs train tirelessly with Texas Professor of Dance, Gladys Keeton.

“She turns our amateur dancers into

Past recipients of the Dr. Bettye Myers

Humanitarian Award have been Denton County Judge Andy Eads, Mayor Chris Watts, Ellen Painter, Bobbie Mitchell,

Bill Patterson, Mark and Debbie Merki, Stan Morton, Joe and Jane Mulroy, as well as Dr. Bettye Myers herself. This

award has been presented since 2013. The 10th annual Dancing with Our

Stars event will be held on Saturday,

January 15th. You can purchase tickets and tables for this event online at

unitedwaydenton.org/united tribute. www.LiveLocalMagazines.com


DENTON COUNTY SPOTLIGHT

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Lighting UP THE

HOLIDAYS

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by Caylie Howard | photos courtesy Jennifer Green

ustin’s annual Christmas Light Competition will be Friday, December 3rd. The business categories include People’s Choice, Most Traditional, and the Griswold Award. The residential categories include People’s Choice, Most Traditional, the Griswold Award, Most Creative, Most Colorful, Funniest, and the newest addition this holiday season – Outskirts. To participate in this competition, you must reside in the Justin City limits. The only exception is the Outskirts award, which will be given to the best lights on the outskirts of town. The awards for this year’s Christmas Light Competition will be announced at the annual Justin Old-Town Christmas, held on Saturday, December 11th. Along with receiving the competition results, you can enjoy a fun day filled with kids’ activities, pictures with Santa, a snowfield, and more. Admission is also free.

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