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TABLE OF

Contents ASK THE EXPERTS

33 Save Your Pumpkin Recipes

20 Travel with Terri Guthrie

36 Providers of Freedom

22 Dentistry with Country Lakes Family Dental

29 Fitness with Outlaw Fitcamp 34 Organizing with Cloud Nine Organizing

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS 27 Casa M Spice: The Spice of Life ARTICLES 08 10 Hot Christmas Destinations In Texas

10 Shop With Santa’s Cops 12 Inside Community and Education

14 It’s Secret Santa Time 18 Our Favorite Local Finds 21 7 Things You Didn’t Know 24 Ringing In The Challenge Bells

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41 5 Things To Have 43 Sheriff’s Corner With Sheriff Tracy Murphree

44 Dancing With Our Local Stars 46 Dedication For The New Denton County Administrative Courthouse

50 Foodie Friday DFW: Mad For Chicken

52 Choosing An Outdoor Wreath 56 Risotto Primavera Recipe 58 Top Gift List Trackers This Season

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40 Ski Fiesta - Flower Mound Chamber

55 Best of Denton County 2021 Winners Party

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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?

Administration

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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Graphic Designers Michele Cunningham-Scott Cayla Thompson Arynn Tomson Caleb Tynes

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Miranda Longoria Photography Your Candid Memories Photography What’s That Guy’s Name? Guy T Photography

Letters

Flower Mound Town Life invites reader feedback, story suggestions and general comments. Email artwork@murray-media.com. All submissions become the sole property of Murray Media Group.

Editorial Inquiries Call 972.899.3637 or email editor@murray-media.com www.Murray-Media.com Address: 3513 Yucca Dr., Ste. 200 Flower Mound, TX 75028 Flower Mound Town Life is published monthly by Murray Media Group. Some articles and/or content may be sponsored by advertisers. Opinions expressed in articles or advertisements do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher. Flower Mound Town Life is not responsible for omissions or information that has been misrepresented to the magazine. Advertisers and its agencies assume all liability for advertising content. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted without the permission in writing from the publisher. © 2021 Murray Media Group

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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 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | 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

continues on until New Year’s Eve. This festive event features thousands of white lights that turn downtown into a winter wonderland. www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

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 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | 9


Shop with Santa’s

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by Caylie Howard | photos courtesy of Town of Flower Mound

he holidays can be a challenging time for many families. Not every child is going to wake up to presents under the tree on Christmas morning. While many children’s eyes will be filled with excitement and joy from opening up the toy that they’ve wanted for weeks, other children will wake up to another normal day. The Flower Mound Police Department and the Flower Mound Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association have joined forces to help eliminate that scenario in our local community. Santa Cops is a program that collects monetary donations for the children of Flower Mound. Once all of the donations have been collected, the money donated is used to provide an opportunity for children in Flower Mound that might not have otherwise received a visit from Santa Claus on Christmas morning. The selected children for Santa Cops are provided with the unique and special opportunity to shop with a Flower Mound police officer at one of several local businesses. Alternatively, parents of the children selected are provided with the funds to purchase gifts on Santa’s behalf – if that is what they choose to do. The Santa Cops program is staffed entirely by the Flower Mound Police Department and the Flower Mound Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. The residents of Flower Mound can get involved in the Santa Cops program in one of two ways: by donating

and by nominating Flower Mound families and children in need. How do you donate, you ask? The

easiest way to donate would be to use PayPal. You can find the PayPal link on the FMCPAAA website. You can also write a check made out to FMCPAAA or donate Visa gift cards. They also accept gift cards to Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Target, and Kohl’s. They are accepting donations through December 8th. All donations can be dropped off Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the Flower Mound Police Department’s front desk officer. You can also mail donations to FMPD ATTN: Santa Cops, 4150 Kirkpatrick Lane, Flower Mound, TX 75028. Shopping days will be scheduled with all participants before Christmas. If you know of a family that would benefit from Santa Cops this holiday season, you can complete and submit a referral form by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 3rd. You can hand in your completed referral forms at the Flower Mound Police station or send them via email. You can find and print out referral forms at FMCPAAA.org/santacops. With the help of the community of Flower Mound, the Flower Mound

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Police Department and the Flower Mound Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association are changing the outcome of the holidays for those in need. With the donations from our residents and the time and care from our local Flower Mound police officers, more families and children will get to experience the joy of Santa’s visit on Christmas morning. www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

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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

BROTHERS AWARDED HOMETOWN HEROES Brothers Ryan Dane and Taylor Behrens were honored as two of Flower Mound’s Hometown Heroes. The brother’s Hometown Hero banners were displayed in Flower Mound for months prior to Senior Staff Sgt. Ryan Dane being presented with the banners and proclamations on behalf of himself and his brother. Photo Courtesy of flower-mound.com

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LISD CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT Lewisville ISD Chief Financial Officer, Mark Youngs, announced that he will be retiring from the district in December 2021. He has been with the district since 2020. He came to LISD from Keller ISD, where he served as CFO for 13 years. Lewisville ISD wishes Mark Youngs all the best in his retirement.

REFLECTIONS PTSA CONTEST The Reflections Arts Program encourages students to tap into their inner creativity and express themselves through their artwork. This year the theme of the contest is “I Will Change the World By”. Students can submit original artwork in one or more of six categories that consist of Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. Photo Courtesy of fmhsptsa.org.

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COFFEE WITH A COP

PAUL HENLEY SELECTED AS FIRE CHIEF The town of Flower Mound recently announced that it has named Paul Henley as its new fire chief after an extensive nationwide search. Henley was recently named the 2021 Texas Fire Chiefs Association Chief of the Year for his incredible performance in Corsicana and the surrounding Navarro County. Photo Courtesy of starlocalmedia.com

The Flower Mound Police Department holds “Coffee with a Cop” community meetings quarterly. At each quarterly meeting, our local Flower Mound Police officers are able to talk one-on-one with the residents of Flower Mound in an informal setting. Each meeting is held at a different location in hopes that they will be able to hear from all of the residents of Flower Mound.

FLOWER MOUND HIGH SCHOOL’S BASEBALL TEAM HOSTS 9TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT The Flower Mound High School Jaguars Baseball Team Hosted their 9th Annual Golf Tournament. They would like to thank the family, friends, and fans of the Jaguar’s baseball team for coming out and supporting their event. They also want to offer a huge congratulations to all the winners of the tournament. Their 9th Annual Golf Tournament was a success. Photo Courtesy of fmjagsbaseball.com.

THE MARCUS HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC DECATHLON TEAM TAKES FIRST PLACE Recently, Marcus High School’s Academic Decathlon Team competed against all of the other Lewisville ISD schools and the team went home with first place overall. The school would like to congratulate the scoring members, Kaitlyn Williams, Shaan Sidhwani, Jack Graham, Newton Witter, Emma Simmons, and Connor Bealle on their amazing achievements. Photo Courtesy of lisd.net.

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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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Local 1 2 3 4 Shall We Shop Issue

O U R FAVO R I T E *Not Actual Product Image

Kelly Murray*

Anyone that knows me knows that cooking is something I do not do. So when it comes to the holidays, having the best restaurant menu in front of me is my favorite way to go. A family favorite in our household is Salerno’s. I love their cauliflower pizza option!

Kelly Heslep*

Morgan Orlando*

Hidden Gems in Highland Village is the place for me during the holiday shopping season. They have something for anyone and everyone. From candles to jewelry and home décor, I always know that Hidden Gems will have exactly what I need.

Edible Arrangements are a must for me on any occasion, but especially during the holiday season. Looking through their beautiful and delicious selections is one of my favorite ways to holiday shop. They’re a surefire way to make people happy, which makes them the best Christmas gifts.

Shelly Dodge*

I am so excited that Market by Macy’s is here in Flower Mound! I love that I don’t have to travel far to purchase all of my gifting needs. It’s got something for the whole family. Having Market by Macy’s so close has got me ready to shop this Christmas.

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FINDS 8 Nicole Smith Woodard*

Our family likes to buy “experiences” for each other. On our list this year is an evening with the family at Corky’s Gaming Bistro. There’s something for everyone – video games, axe throwing, and surprisingly delicious food!

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Merle Norman is my go-to shop for my holiday needs. The Walkers love a good holiday party, and Merle Norman makes sure that I’m always looking my absolute best at every gathering. They have everything that I need to look my best this holiday season! www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

They say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend – and they sure are mine! Last year, my husband went to Beasley’s and bought me the most beautiful ring, and I’m still gushing over it. I can’t get over how good he did! Beasley’s will be an annual tradition in our family for years to come.

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I love giving unique gifts, which makes KelMari in Parker Square the perfect place to holiday shop. It’s a wonderful little boutique that offers a curated variety of items sourced directly from their collective partners in El Salvador. This is a great place to shop if you are looking for unique gifts for the holidays that you can’t find at your typical big box stores.

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Cindi Howard*

Pam Petrides*

I love browsing the aisles of Ulta year-round, but especially during the holiday season. I love seeing all of the limited holiday items that they carry. And the deals that they have are always a must for me! Ulta is my go-to shopping experience.

Tracee Elrod*

During the holidays, Bath and Body Works is one of my go-to stores for Christmas presents! It’s the perfect time to shop with all of their holiday scents (which are my favorite). They have candles, soaps, and lotions for anyone on your shopping list! I may or may not even stock up on those holiday candles for myself while shopping for gifts! Merry Christmas, everyone! NOVEMBER 2021 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | 19


Autumn Ask The Expert: Travel

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ARBORETUM by Terri Guthrie | photos courtesy of Terri Guthrie

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s the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond states, “This this the best pumpkin patch to visit with family this fall.” And I could not agree more! As far as North Texans are concerned…autumn begins as soon as the Dallas Arboretum kicks off its beloved seasonal event.

the display incorporates 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash sourced from the town of Floydada…known as the Pumpkin Capital of Texas.

This colorful fall festival, known as “Autumn at the Arboretum,” is a feast for the eyes, and they are celebrating their 16th consecutive year. Expect cooking classes, horticulture demos, petting zoos, and, of course, the iconic Pumpkin Village!

to frolic in thousands of fall blooming flowers. As always, at Autumn at the Arboretum, you’ll find 150,000 fall-hued flowers like marigolds, chrysanthemums, and more blooming across the Arboretum’s 66 acres.

It finally feels like fall, and the gardens are bursting with breathtaking color. Autumn is in the air, and it’s the perfect opportunity

But the star of the show is the “Pumpkin Village,” which is filled with 20-foot-tall artistically decorated pumpkin houses;

The Pumpkin Village features over 50 varieties of amazing pumpkins, squash, and gourds. It took the Arboretum’s talented horticulture team hundreds of hours over three weeks to turn 90,000 of these pumpkins into their best Pumpkin Village yet. The Dallas Arboretum has been listed among the top arboretums in the world! It offers the public an array of popular annual events and educational programs for both children and adults. The 66acre garden is located on the shores of beautiful White Rock Lake. TWT FUN FACTS: • The gardens opened to the public for the first time in 1984. • It attracts almost a million visitors annually from all 50 states and countless international countries. • The Dallas Arboretum is the premier place to visit in the Dallas area and one of the top botanical gardens in America, according to USA Today.

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THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW KELLY HESLEP Title

FLOWER MOUND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, VP PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Are you related or distantly related to anyone famous? WELL, YES! MY COUSIN IS WILL POWER, AN INDY 500 WINNER!

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?

A COFFEE POT, MY SEWING MACHINE, AND SOME CHIPS AND SALSA

What would you sing at Karaoke night? PROBABLY A CHEESY CARPENTERS SONG!

What is your favorite thing about your career?

I LOVE CONNECTING PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES TO EACH OTHER, AND HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES SUCCEED!

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? TAKING A HELECOPTER TOUR WITH THE DOORS OFF OVER KAUAI, HAWAII

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? SUSAN SARANDON

CINDI HOWARD Title

FLOWER MOUND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, VP OF OPERATIONS

Who is your favorite author? RICHARD PAUL EVANS

City you live in?

Do you collect anything?

How long have you lived there?

Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? And Why?

LEWISVILLE

33 YEARS

Who is your Hero? BARBARA PIERCE BUSH

DEPARTMENT 56 HOUSES

WIN THE LOTTERY - WE WOULD BUILD A COMPOUND FOR ALL THE KIDS TO HAVE HOUSES AND A LONG TABLE FOR EVERYONE TO GATHER AROUND.

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DENTAL Dentistry: Ask The Expert

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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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RINGING

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alvation Army’s Red Kettle began in 1891 by Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee. McFee became distraught at the thought that so many citizens of San Francisco were going hungry during the holiday season. His solution? Provide a free Christmas dinner to the destitute and poverty-stricken locals. His only major bump in the road was how to find the funds to make this happen.

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McFee couldn’t sleep at night as his heart filled with worry. He thought and prayed to develop a solution on how to financially fulfill his commitment to feeding 1,000 hungry citizens of San Francisco on Christmas Day. After many tireless nights of prayer, he was taken back to his days as a sailor in Liverpool, England. McFee remembered that at Stage Landing, where the boats came in, there was a large iron kettle called “Simpson’s Pot.” People who passed by would simply toss in a coin or two to help the less fortunate. The very next day, McFee took that idea and used it for his own cause. He placed a similar kettle at the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street. He put a sign next to the pot that said, “Keep the Pot Boiling.” It didn’t take long after that for him to receive the funds he needed to feed the hungry people on Christmas Day. Six years after that, the kettle initiative spread from the west coast all the way to the Boston area. That same year, the www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

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combined effort nationwide resulted in 150,000 Christmas dinners. The Salvation Army now assists more than four and a half million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Captain McFee’s kettle idea launched a tradition that has spread worldwide. Kettles are now used in places such as Korea, Japan, Chile, and more. But in our home area of Denton County, our elected mayors take that tradition one step further with the annual Mayoral Red Kettle Challenge. The Mayoral Red Kettle Challenge involves the mayors of Lewisville, Flower Mound, and Highland Village, and is a friendly competition to see which town can raise the most money for the cause. “I could not be prouder of our Tri-City residents in Denton County for all they’ve given in the Mayoral Red Kettle Challenge over the past three years. I look forward to seeing what we do this year,” Highland Village Mayor Charlotte Wilcox said. For the past three years, the Mayoral Red Kettle Challenge has successfully brought our local communities together for an incredible cause during the holiday season. But no matter who wins this year’s battle, there will be joy and applause coming from each mayor and citizen. Mayor Wilcox added, “Friendly competition aside, the Salvation Army is the real winner for all they do to help those in need, and I know we are all grateful to have such an incredible organization in our communities.”

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The brand has earned over 60 industry awards, including 15 Golden Chile and 46 Scovie awards in America’s top two spicy food competitions. In 2021, Casa M Spice was selected as an inaugural “Homegrown Partner” of the FC Dallas MLS team recognizing Dallas-based minority companies. And, the company just last week was named among the Dallas Morning News “Best of DFW,” an honor based solely on community feedback and voting.

by Caylie Howard | photos courtesy of Casa M Spice

o-founders of Casa M Spice Co®, Manny and Mike Hernandez of Flower Mound, are on a mission to put hospitality center stage through good food, good times, and making good memories over a shared meal.

While working toward his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics at Tulane University, co-founder Dr. Mike Hernandez discovered a passion for Chemistry in the Kitchen!® Over the years, he and his husband Manny cultivated a reputation among family and friends for their gracious hospitality and mouth-watering culinary creations. “Everyone would ask us what we used and how they could get some to use at

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starting the company,” Manny said. “It was nice to have real products and packaging and be able to get away from selling

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“Our spices are low sodium, keto-friendly, and made with clean ingredients,” Mike said.

Today the rest of the world can Spice Confidently® with their healthy-yet-

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shelves at Central Market, Albertsons, Tom Thumb, Walmart, Market Street, HEB, Amazon, and Walmart.com as

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Co’s products have been featured on The Food Network, Bloomberg, and ABC’s Good Morning America.

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HEALTHIER 2022 by Jesse J. Leyva, Owner of Outlaw Fitcamp

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e’ve been able to get back to what we do best in 2021, which is working with clients towards

better health and fitness. And many have found success. If your fitness has taken

a back seat through the last 18 months,

we want to assure you that you can have

a healthier and happier 2022. And we’re

normal routines. If you’ve lost your fitness routine or gained weight during the past year, you are definitely not alone! We’re

here to help you get back on track and get your new normal back.

3. Make a mindset change for this new year

here to help you succeed!

At Outlaw FitCamp, we emphasize the

1. Outlaw FitCamp has adjusted and

your fitness goals. Do you want to look

adapted to make your workouts safe

in cells measuring 7 by 11 feet with no rotations between stations before sanitation • •

in a race? Whatever your reasons for the “why” in mind.

4. Prioritize your spending Be honest. How much did you spend at Starbucks last year? Or on take-out? If

you don’t hire a personal trainer because

Members do not touch equipment that hasn’t been sanitized

An outside hygiene company sprays

disinfectant weekly all over the studio and equipment.

you think it’s too expensive, think again.

You may have some costly habits that you

could replace with a new habit of working out with a personal trainer at about the

same cost. Just think how much healthier you’ll be and how much better you will feel. There are almost always places

2. Get back on track! We’ve heard from plenty of people that

the pandemic has made it more difficult to keep up a healthy lifestyle. It changed our

Even many of us who had good habits have let some of them go during the past year. Replacing unhealthy habits with healthy ones will help you reach

your fitness goals. Maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, eating fruits and vegetables…slowly and surely when you start practicing healthier habits, your body will respond.

We work hard to make Outlaw FitCamp the absolute best workout facility you can find. We always offer our clients the best training and support available. Besides the safety changes we’ve already discussed, our clients can take advantage of the following:

wanting to get more fit, you have to keep

social distancing. Individuals exercise

6. Change your habits

better? Improve a health condition? Keep

after the pandemic. These include:

Redesigned classes now allow for

The years are ticking by—don’t put off making your health a priority! Make 2022 the year when you finally focus on fitness. Let those around you know that it’s your priority and then surround yourself with people who will help you be successful.

7. Change your routine- Outlaw FitCamp will get you faster results

up with your kids or grandkids? Compete

5. Now is the perfect time to make your health a priority

importance of knowing the WHY behind

We’ve taken many safety measures to

protect our members and staff during and

Fitness: Ask The Expert

where someone can cut the expense of unhealthy habits and replace that cost

with personal training or group exercise classes—a much better choice.

Wellness scan

Certified personal trainers

Group and community accountability

Pricing for all budgets

A New State Of The Art Facility This fall Jesse James Fit will become Outlaw FitCamp by Jesse James with an all-new facility at Lakeside in Flower Mound. Join us and the team at a brand new, beautiful studio ready to accomplish new goals for 2022.

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Your Patient-Focused

Oral Surgery

EXPERTS D

by Steve Gamel | photos courtesy of Your Candid Memories, YourCandidMemories.com

r. John Shillingburg knows what his patients think when they walk in the door for their oral surgery appointment: “How much pain will I be in afterward, and how much time will it take to recover?” It’s an honest question, and we’ve all asked it — regardless of whether it’s a simple wisdom tooth extraction or a complicated reconstructive procedure.

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However, the problem many oral surgeons

oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is

with an exact answer. They could take an

surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, implant

have faced over the years is replying

educated guess, but pain is such a fickle beast, and everyone reacts differently to certain procedures.

At DFW Oral Surgeons in Flower Mound

— a Best of Denton County winner in three categories this year — Dr. Shillingburg and his amazing staff work tirelessly to be at

the forefront of every major technological advancement and procedural adjustment to make your next trip to the doctor as comfortable as possible. This includes

using biologic materials that have been

trained and credentialed in dentoalveolar surgery, orthognathic surgery, and

facial reconstructive oral surgery dental anesthesiology. This allows him to treat

everything from a simple tooth extraction to replacing every tooth in a patient’s

mouth. He holds membership with the American Dental Association and is a

Diplomate of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and the American

Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Shillingburg has also spared no

expense in surrounding himself with

tend to hurt less and heal faster. It’s pretty amazing how people can heal so fast.” Many of us take our oral and dental

health for granted, and when we are

suddenly faced with severe problems,

the consequences can be overwhelming. Having a doctor like John Shillingburg in your corner is a lifesaver.

What makes Dr. Shillingburg tick is being able to help people feel better about

themselves. A former military man, he has worked with everyone from active-duty

soldiers to celebrities and civilians. And

as technology has improved, he’s jumped on board with treatment programs that

“We spend time with patients, answer questions, and take exceptional care of them. I can’t do what I do without my staff.” proven to limit discomfort and promote faster healing so you can enjoy your smile faster. “I’ve been doing this for a long time, so I kind of know which procedures hurt the most,” Dr. Shillingburg said. “Anything you can do to speed recovery and decrease pain is worth it. That’s always our goal.”

top-of-the-line technology that makes

his job seamless. Along with that was his insistence on investing in the facility as a

whole, which is a true outpatient surgery

center capable of treating any mouth and jaw condition with ease.

They do it all, and they do it right. And that includes pain management.

“We just care. We want to make a difference in people’s lives.”

We use biologic materials that allow us to

DFW Oral Surgeons is the best at doing exactly that. In our recent Best of Denton County contest for 2021, Dr. Shillingburg and his team were named Best Dental Implant Dentist, Best Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, and Best Maxillofacial Surgery Center. Dr. Shillingburg is a board-certified

Dr. Shillingburg said. “There have been

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help our patients in the healing process,” a lot of studies that have come out

regarding platelet-rich fibrin and plateletrich plasma because they have enzymes that help increase blood vessel growth

in bone grafts and bone healing. There’s also a time-released local anesthetic we

use for wisdom teeth. As a result, patients

improve a patient’s recovery time and quality of life. Dr. Shillingburg and the amazing team at DFW Oral Surgeons are proud to serve the residents in and around Argyle, Bartonville, Highland Village, Lantana, Double Oak, South Denton, Denton County, and surrounding areas. “It gives me pride knowing patients can come in, and they will have a great experience,” Dr. Shillingburg said. “We have a great team here, and I have a lot of passion for what I do; We enjoy taking something that is difficult for a lot of people and making it so that it’s not a big deal. “We spend time with patients, answer questions, and take exceptional care of them. I can’t do what I do without my staff.” NOVEMBER 2021 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | 31


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Pumpkin Save Your

Recipes

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re you finding yourself failing once again at pumpkin carving? Don’t just throw it away – while you might have intended it to only be a decoration, you can easily turn it into a great dish or a sweet treat. Here are two great recipes that will recycle your sad jack-o-lantern attempt. So ditch the pumpkin spice latte, and get into your kitchen to whip up a bit of fall flavors in your own home (or don’t ditch the latte, we won’t judge).

ROASTED SPICY PUMPKIN AND SQUASH INGREDIENTS

PUMPKIN COOKIE DOUGH INGREDIENTS •

1/2 cup pumpkin pureed in blender

1/2 cup vanilla flavored protein powder

1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

2 tablespoons of almond butter

1 tablespoon of almond milk

dark chocolate chips

2 pounds fresh pumpkin, peeled & seeded

1 tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

3 whole yellow squash

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

INSTRUCTIONS

1 onion

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 tablespoons olive oil

(optional) sprig of thyme

In a bowl, combine the pumpkin, protein powder, flour and maple syrup. Mix together thoroughly.

INSTRUCTIONS Pre-heat oven to 200°C or 400°F. Carefully peel and seed the pumpkin. Cut pumpkin and squash into 2” cubes. Cut onion into several wedges. Place pumpkin, squash and onion into a large roasting tray before drizzling olive oil over it. Sprinkle salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne pepper over the mixture to ensure everything is properly coated (you can add more or less cayenne depending on your taste and spice level).

In a small sauce pan, melt the nut butter with the maple syrup and add to the pumpkin mixture until fully incorporated. Add almond milk to desired consistency. Leave in fridge for a day or so for best results.

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Ask The Expert: Organizing

SA F E T Y WA R M T H S H E LT E R U

by Crystal Nerpel, Owner of Cloud Nine Organizing

ncertain times call for living life uniquely. As our democracy rolls into a new era, the changing of seasons brings a cool chill to the air, and life as we know it continues to present new adventures and challenges, Cloud 9 Charities stands firm in its mission.

Since its inception in 2004, Cloud 9 Charities, Inc. has hosted numerous awareness and successful fundraising events to address a multitude of needs throughout our local community. Through these efforts, the charity has raised approximately $3 Million which has been donated to several other non-profit organizations that share its mission. Cloud 9 Charities is an organization of local leaders and business owners with a passion for giving back to this community and working to make it a better place in which to live for all of us. After seeing a stirring episode of 60 Minutes which featured a father with two school-age daughters living out of their van and bathing daily at a local gas station restroom all while trying to maintain solid grades at school and a job, Cloud 9 Charities Founder, Kim Cloud-Skidmore, knew she had to laser-focus the efforts of the charity’s board to a unique niche of homeless families in Denton County. Quickly discovering that the Lewisville

expenses for those it assists. Funds are

raised through private donations and two annual events - its Annual “Giving & Golf Tournament” held each Spring and its

largest event “The Best Little BrewFest in Texas” each October. Both these events are unique in that 100% off all proceeds go directly to funding Bedtime Rescue.

This year’s BrewFest has a new twist due to Texas Social Distancing Guidelines as the

festival draws nearly 3,500 attendees and volunteers combined.

As of January last year, Bedtime Rescue has provided over 2,800 nights of shelter for

families throughout Denton County. In 2020 thus far, Cloud 9 Charities’ Bedtime Rescue has assisted 96 families and continues its efforts with the challenge of COVID-19

pressing down on so many. Today, Bedtime Rescue’s statistics show an increase of 401%

ISD had over 300 homeless students of its

in homeless families needing assistance

board knew it needed to create a non-

What is your mission? Together, we can

own, mostly from single-parent homes, the profit initiative to address this growing population.

this year.

build a community where everyone has the safety, warmth, and shelter they deserve.

Beginning in 2019, Cloud 9 Charities

Join Cloud 9 Charities and Bedtime

to a multitude of non-profits to solely

community — be a sponsor, join the board,

Rescue (BTR). Bedtime Rescue, launched

charity of choice at the grocery store and

program that was created to provide

As we roll into the holidays, join Cloud 9

changed its focus from redirecting funds

Rescue in making a difference in our local

supporting its own initiative, Bedtime

volunteer, make a donation, change your

in January of last year, is an ongoing

online shopping outlets…even for a day!

temporary housing for homeless families

within our local community. This program

brings relief to families and single parents

so they can get back on their feet, connect with appropriate resources, and make

long-term plans for a healthy, successful future. This initiative has established

relationships with local hotels in order

to provide shelter for those affected by

crisis or abrupt homelessness. Bedtime Rescue, through fundraising efforts,

provides the monies to cover the hotel

Charities and Do Life on Mission. Support Bedtime Rescue in its efforts of providing

safety, warmth, and shelter one family at a

time. Bedtime Rescue has teamed up with

Kendra Scott for a Kendra Scott Gives Back Event on November 21st from 4pm - 7pm in Highland Village. Shop at their new

store located at 1500 Cottonwood Creek

#180 in the Shops of Highland Village and make sure to mention Bedtime Rescue at Checkout for 20% to be donated back to the organization!

For more information, go Cloud9Charities.org or follow the charity on social media CLOUDNINEORGANIZING.COM

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PROVIDERS OF

FREEDOM & OP P ORTU NIT Y Caylie Howard | photos courtesy of Terri Maus

“Assistive Technology Training

by Caylie Howard | photos courtesy of Need Name

saved my mom’s life and restored her hope.”

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n the United States, 70% of people who experience low vision are currently unemployed. With such a large number

of our citizens unable to work, it’s easy

to see why this is such a huge issue for

our country. Thankfully, Envision is on a mission to change those statistics and improve the everyday lives of the visually impaired.

Envision’s mission is to improve quality of life and provide inspiration and

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people through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education, and research. Envision provides employment

opportunities in manufacturing, sales, child development, retail, advanced technology, and training. Focusing

on applied research and expanded

educational opportunities for medical

None of what Envision does would be

possible without support from its partners

and donors. All funds they receive support Envision’s programs and services. Their

amazing industry and corporate partners work with the organization to ensure that

blind or visually impaired people have the same advantages as everyone else.

professionals enables the entire team at

At Envision Dallas, their Assistive

breakthroughs that will improve quality

courses and training for visually impaired

Envision to close gaps and work toward of life.

Technology Center offers one-on-one individuals so that they can enhance

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“Envision provides employment opportunities in manufacturing, sales, child development, retail, advanced technology, and training.”

their computer and technology skills – regardless of payment ability.

Envision’s training helps each individual

Envision is helping to improve the quality of life of each individual who walks through their doors.

truly smile in years. The smile I saw on her face after taking her to her first Assistive Technology Training was pure

maintain their independence, continue

One of the family members of someone

happiness – pure joy. For about a week,

professional positions, and develop the

program said, “Assistive Technology

was floating in newly found confidence.

her hope. I have not seen my mother

something she has not had since she was

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whose life has been touched by this

she was walking around, almost as if she

Training saved my mom’s life and restored

Just one hour of training gave my mom

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diagnosed with glaucoma years ago: hope. The ability to see is important, but the assistive technology training gave my mom something even more important than her sight. Gaining her independence, communicating, socializing, and maybe even working once more is everything. This program is helping my mom regain purpose in life and manage this eye disease of glaucoma.”

“This program is helping my mom regain purpose in life and manage this eye disease of glaucoma.”

That is just one of the many testimonies of lives that Envision has changed. With their heart for helping others and their mission to improve

the quality of life of every person seeking their help, Envision is changing the world of the visually impaired.

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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 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | 41


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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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DANCING WITH OUR LOCAL

DENTON COUNTY SPOTLIGHT

STARS

U

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

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D E D I C AT I O N F O R N E W D E N TO N C O U N T Y

A D M I N I S T R AT I V E

COURTHOUSE by Denton County Judge Andy Eads photo courtesy of Judge Andy Eads

The new Administrative Courthouse,

which covers 95,794 total square feet,

sits on 10 acres in a larger complex that includes Denton County Public Health, Facilities Administration, Election/

Technology Services, Emergency Services and Adult Probation.

Designed with a traditional government building front complete with clock and a dome with the finial topping out at

132 feet, the building also features a

forward-looking design in the back with

glass as a nod to the future. On the back or north side of the Courthouse, the

grounds feature an outdoor amphitheater with outdoor restrooms for public use in

addition to a large grassy area, an outdoor pond complete with a recycled iron

bridge featuring memorials to fire and police and areas for the public to sit under trees.

“The new Denton County Administrative Courthouse includes features from the

O

original Courthouse-on-the-Square along

n Nov. 4, Denton County Commissioners Court held a dedication and grand opening

for the new Denton County Administrative Courthouse at 1 Courthouse Drive just

off Loop 288 in Denton. The public was invited to join Denton County in the

dedication, refreshments and tours that began at 1:30 p.m.

As part of the Denton County

Administrative Complex, the new

of the Peace Precinct 1 and Precinct

with an eye to future growth,” Judge Eads

and Aide to Commissioners Court. Also

100 years with room to expand

1 Constable, Economic Development

said. “We designed this building to last

included is the 2020 room on the third

as needed.”

floor, which will be available for use by

the public through a reservation via the

Aide to Commissioners Court. The room features seating for 186 at tables and

chairs with a podium, electronic screens

for presentations, a food service area and access to a balcony.

four-story building brings a number of

The new facility not only consolidates

Denton County Courthouse-on-the-

allows Denton County to expand the

staff together in one location from the

Square and the Carroll Courts Building.

county administrative personnel, it also judicial system, which continues to grow.

The four-story building houses the

“We are repurposing the Carroll Courts

County Administration, Budget, County

it is under renovation, the 367th District

County Judge, Commissioners Court, Auditor/Accounts Payable, County Treasurer, Purchasing, Community

Relations, Human Resources, Justice

Building to house additional courts. While Court will relocate to the second floor of the Courthouse-on-the-Square,” Denton County Judge Eads said.

“We also incorporated features that would

make this an attractive place for the public to plan outdoor and indoor events in the months and years to come,” he said. “It

has been enjoyable seeing the brides and families having photos taken on the grounds.”

Funds to pay for the building, estimated at $45 million, were part of a 2008

bond election. Construction began in

November 2018, continuing at a slower-

than-expected pace during the COVID-19 pandemic with labor and material

shortages and weather delays including the significant freeze in February 2021,

with substantial completion prior to movein in September 2021.

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MAD

CHICKEN FOR

by Jay Marks | photos courtesy of Foodie Friday DFW

W

e loved visiting Mad For Chicken to figure out what it is that the community has so quickly fallen in love with. I think it’s safe to say their double-fried Korean-inspired chicken wings are a big draw, but there are lots of other amazing things about Mad For Chicken you need to come enjoy.

Flower Mound resident Edward Tan owns this location and opened it because he felt like Flower Mound would be the perfect location for Mad For Chicken. And with the support he's received so far, we'd say he was right.

or the Bulgogi Mac & Cheese. Mad For

Mad For Chicken's menu sources inspiration from Korean cuisine so you'll find dishes infused with Korean flavors including kimchi and bulgogi. And as someone who spent some time living in Korea while I was serving in the Army, I loved getting to enjoy those flavors again.

Avocado Salad is amazing and is infused

On their Starters portion of the menu, we highly recommend the Kimchi Fries

Chicken's kimchi is a little sweeter than typical kimchi to make it a little more

“user-friendly” and the fries have a great kick to them!

If you're looking for a healthy option, their with Mad For Chicken style thanks to the drizzle of sesame oil on top.

We all know the double-fried wings are the “main attraction,” but there are so

many other entrees worth checking out

at Mad For Chicken, including the Kimchi

Fried Rice topped with a perfectly-cooked egg; the Bulgogi Cheese Sandwich; and

to smother the wings, and from what we tried, they're all delicious! And what you're looking for when you bite into one of these wings is that loud crunching sound. That's how you know it's perfectly cooked. In addition to incredible food, Mad For Chicken also has a great bar stocked with 16 beers on tap and a fantastic collection of Soju, which is Korea's signature, clear, slightly-distilled spirit. Mad For Chicken also has a couple of signature cocktails including their CLEAR Old-Fashioned. We can't wait for you to try out Mad For Chicken and see all they have to offer. When we walked in, we were pleasantly surprised by the variety on the menu and the overall vibe. It's the perfect place to bring your family, coworkers, or go on a double-date with some friends.

the Scallion Chicken. These are boneless

chicken tenders covered in their signature sauce and served in Texas-sized portions. Last but not least, those double-fried

chicken wings with the crispy-fried exterior and the tender interior are to die for. You can choose any of their signature sauces

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CHOOSING

Outdoor AN

WREATH W

reaths are a popular decorating option indoors. The great variety of wreaths and their wondrous beauty make them popular with designers and decorators. The use of wreaths outdoors also provides an excellent opportunity to increase the aesthetic appeal of one’s home. Often found on doors or lamp posts, outdoor wreaths are popular outdoor decorating items.

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Of course, the most famous type of outdoor wreath is the door wreath that is so often used at Christmas. Usually made from evergreen branches and decorated with sturdy touches that can withstand the elements, the Christmas wreath annually adorns millions of outside doors. There are, of course, many other outdoor wreath options. The Christmas wreath, however, offers a wonderful standard against which other alternatives should measure up. Christmas door wreaths are sturdy. The balsam fir or other evergreen branches tolerate the weather well without significant degradation. All other outdoor wreaths should share this quality. An outdoor wreath will be constantly exposed to the elements. Any outdoor wreath under consideration must be able to handle the probable climate of the region in which it will be used. It makes little sense, for instance, to use a delicately assembled floral wreath when it is exposed to high winds. Likewise, a wreath resplendent in cloth bows is poorly suited www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

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for a rainy environment. Any wreath chosen for outdoor use must be sufficiently sturdy. Not only should the wreath itself be sturdy. It is also important that the strong base of the wreath be decorated in a manner that allows it to survive the weather. Delicate decorations should be avoided. Items fastened to a wreath should be affixed with wire or a similarly strong method. A small dab of glue from a hot glue gun or a thin piece of thread will never sufficiently attach decorations for an outdoor wreath. Decorating with outdoor wreaths can improve the look of a home and make it an inviting place for guests. However, appropriate care must be taken to choose wreaths that possess great sturdiness and longevity.

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

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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.

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

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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 crisptender and start to develop some color, approximately 4-5 minutes. Transfer the

vegetables to a bowl and set aside.

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

stirring continually. 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. 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.

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!

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TOP GIFT LIST TRACKERS

this season by Brook Ezzo

GIFTSTER Free IOS | ANDROID

This simple and easy-to-use app is a private gift registry that allows you to organize lists for groups of people. Get your family and friends to join Giftster; each person creates a list of their wants and you are able to see it and buy it with just one click. The “reserve” feature is great because it eliminates duplicate gifts and the hassle of finding receipts. THE CHRISTMAS LIST $2.99 IOS | ANDROID

No idea what to get? This app has a curated list of all the top gift ideas for this year; you can browse through and add to your wishlist. With only four main parts to the app, it is easy to get started. Create a list, share with your friends and family, claim the items you want to purchase, and then set a budget for each person on your “Nice-List.” Stay organized and don’t lose track of time with this app’s fun Christmas countdown feature. SANTA’S BAG Free IOS Have you ever found a gift in the closet after Christmas? Unwrapped, no name, and no idea why you bought it? Santa’s Bag relieves the holiday brain fog with its simple to use category feature. After you’ve created your lists, added each person, and picked out their gifts, you can then categorize each gift as an idea, purchased, wrapped, or given. Do you hide gifts? In the app, add a location next to each item and the app will remind you where you hid it! GIFTED $2.99 IOS Re-gifting. It’s a thing. Not only does Gifted allow you to make lists and budgets like the other tracker apps, it goes one step further by keeping inventory of gifts from previous occasions. With the gift closet, you are able to track all your spare gifts: homemade gifts, items you bought on sale, the ones you want to re-gift, or the over-sized sweater Grandma Betty made you last year. And it is all noted in the app so you don’t re-gift to the wrong person! CHRISTMAS GIFT LIST Free ANDROID Christmas gifts are personal. At least they can be with the Christmas Gift List personal profile features. For every family member or friend you enter in the app, you can create an on-going list of likes, dislikes, and interests. The app archives the information so each year you can remember the non-drinkers, the ones with food allergies, or that Billy doesn’t watch Sesame Street anymore. This app also supports multiple currencies and languages! A good gift-list app should be able to handle the fast-paced, multi-tasking race that is the Christmas season. We’ve found the best of the best for you! Put down the pencil, pick up your smart phone and choose an app, and let’s end gift anxiety once and for all! 58 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | NOVEMBER 2021

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