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08 10 Hot Christmas Destinations In Texas

11 Foodie Friday DFW: Mad For Chicken 12 Inside Community and Education 14 Dancing With Our Local Stars 16 The Ranch Arrangement 19 5 Things To Have 20 It’s Secret Santa Time 24 Ask And Ye Shall Receive 26 Sheriff’s Corner with Sheriff Tracy Murphree

28 Risotto Primavera

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IS MORE THAN A DIRECTION Cover Image Tyler Hawkins, Owner

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Publisher of Murray Media Group, kelly@murray-media.com Publisher & Editor Scott & Kelly Murray

Administration

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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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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 | LAKE CITIES LIVING | 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 | LAKE CITIES LIVING | 9


make your

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anta isn’t the only one making a list this year. Thanks to the programming folks in the tech world, holiday shopping has become a lot easier. Whether you shop online or shop around the mall (is that still a thing?), you may want to take your first step by downloading an app that can end gift anxiety. With the help of these apps you will be able to create gift lists, stay within budget, organize lists according to each person, and keep track of your purchases. Throw out the Post-Its and scrap paper, and no need to check the list twice. These apps are customizable and allow you to have everything you need in one secure location.

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TOP GIFT LIST TRACKERS

this season 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!

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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.

MOVIE IN THE PARK Lake Cities is hosting its free event, Movie in the Park on December 4th. They are offering a free screening of the 2018 version of the Grinch. It’s being held at the Corinth Community Park Soccer Fields. They are offering food, hot cocoa, crafts, and a special visit from Santa Claus himself. Photo Courtesy of cityofcorinth.com.

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LAKE DALLAS ISD RELEASES SAY SOMETHING ANONYMOUS SYSTEM Lake Dallas ISD is taking a stand to eliminate danger of any kind in their school systems. Lake Dallas ISD has released the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System which allows anyone involved in Lake Dallas ISD to submit secure, anonymous safety concerns to help someone who may hurt themselves or others. Visit https://www. sandyhookpromise.org/say-something-tips/ to leave your anonymous tip. Photo Courtesy of sandyhookpromise.org.

BOARD NAMES DR. SHORR HEATHCOTE AS CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER The Board of Trustees in the Lake Dallas Independent School District has given their approval of Dr. Shorr Heathcote as the new Chief Administrative Officer. Dr. Heathcote will provide operational assistance by managing strategic projects while also leading key District initiatives in her new role. She will also oversee departments such as Human Resources, Student Services, Athletics, Communications, and Childcare. Photo Courtesy of ldisd.net

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HOLIDAY LIGHTING FESTIVAL Denton is hosting their 31st Annual Holiday Lighting Festival on Friday, December 3rd, on Denton’s Historic Square. You can enjoy a contact-less photo with Santa for $5. They will also be hosting once again their Elves Shelves Toy Drive. Toys received will be distributed to families needing assistance during the Christmas season in Denton County.

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

LDISD BOARD NAMES TRAVIS L. WADDELL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CTE AND ADVANCED ACADEMICS The Lake Dallas ISD Board of Trustees has given their approval of Travis L. Waddell to become acting Executive Director of Career and Technical Education and Advanced Academics. Mr. Waddell will direct and manage district career and technology education programs as well as facilities to meet student needs in his new district role. Photo Courtesy of ldisd.net

LAKE DALLAS QUARTERBACK CLUB PRESENT CHECK The Lake Dallas ISD is fighting back against breast cancer. At the recent 2021 Pink Out Friday night football game, the Lake Dallas Falcons Quarterback Club presented Lake Dallas Independent School District teacher, Amy Koch, with the all pink-out initiatives check. Photo Courtesy of Lake Dallas ISD Facebook

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DANCING WITH OUR LOCAL

DENTON COUNTY SPOTLIGHT

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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

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is more than a DIRECTION

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by Diane Ciarloni | photos by What’s That Guys Name | Photography by Guy T

here are people who bristle when they hear a Texan, native or transplant, mutter that slightly cocky adage that says, “Texas is a state of mind.” What does it even mean? Well, in the Texas fashion world, it’s often referred to as “Texas Boho.” It means it’s perfectly fine to wear a mink coat and cowboy boots to antique fairs. Or maybe butt-hugging jeans set against wrists, fingers, and ears dripping with diamonds. You don’t need to live on a ranch or ride horses to carry off a Western-style. Last year, the prestigious magazine Glamour made sure its readership understood the legitimacy of the long-lasting movement when it wrote that it is “alive and well.” It’s that open “state of mind” interpretation that Tyler Hawkins is encapsulating successfully in The Ranch Arrangement in Denton. Hawkins is six months into his ownership of The Ranch Arrangement, a 6,000 square foot store that focused on rustic ranch furniture with a spotlight on custom leather sofas, chairs, and accent pieces at the time of his takeover. The

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35-year-old, single, former truck-driving oil-field-worker-turned-entrepreneur liked what was in the store, but he entered the venture with a specific plan.

“I especially love the leather,” he said, “and the fact we can customize it just about any way our clients prefer. I want to keep some of the rustic edges, but I also want to do some redefining of the word ‘west’ or ‘western.’” West/western, like Texas, is a permanently flexible state-of-mind. “I want to show people it can be rustic like it was in those early days, but it can also be a smooth, legitimate part of the present and the future,” Hawkins explained. “The store’s configuration is perfect for doing that because it has several spaces-withina-space. I’ve made those into separate vignettes, allowing customers to see and to experience how the rustic can have a natural flow into transitional, or even modern/contemporary. It actually gives life to that ‘state of mind’ concept.” Prior to Hawkins’ rearranging and redefining, the store’s generous inventory

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came off as cluttered with a dose of hodgepodge. It was difficult to showcase particular items. That’s changed, especially with important accessories such as rugs. “We now have one room devoted to rugs,” Hawkins explained. “We have one rack of 8’ x 10’ rugs and another of 5’ x 7’. I’ve made a concentrated effort to offer a variety of quality, style, and design. The goal is to keep my established clientele of 50-year-olds-and-up satisfied, while also drawing in newer and younger customers. To do that, I’ve stocked rugs from machine-made to hand-knotted. We have a number of styles, including a lot of distinctive southwestern motifs.”

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Hawkins realized the importance of promotion when he signed the papers for The Ranch Arrangement. One of the first projects he launched was a complete reworking of the store’s website. “I intend to include more and more products online,” he explained, “and to encourage more online purchasing. A person recognizes our quality as soon as he or she visits the store. That establishes a comfort level for future online buying. I’m also finding that most people check the website before making their first visit. So, there’s a complete circle.” 18 | LAKE CITIES LIVING | NOVEMBER 2021

By December 1, Hawkins plans to have a lot of new, carefully curated leather furniture in the store. “The feel, the smell, and the overall character and integrity of leather will always be my first love,” he admits. “It’s been there since I was a kid. We have only high-quality leather and it’s all made in the USA. I want people to come in and touch it, run their hands over it, sit on it. I’ll have a lot of traditional styles, as well as a broad latitude for customization. “To me, leather offers the perfect framework for that state-of-mind we

talked about. It’s able to make a smooth, seamless transition from the past into the present as well as the future.”

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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 | LAKE CITIES LIVING | 19


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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by Diane Ciarloni | photos courtesy of Vicky Moody

he entire social scene has endured a couple of rough, negative years, making many folks wonder if human goodness died out somewhere along the way. However, Miss Ann Russell, 65, of Lake Dallas, is not a member of that club. Life has not been an easy journey for Miss Ann, but she’s never failed to play the cards she was dealt with grace, dignity, and above all, gratitude.

“My father was an alcoholic and died when I was 16,” she said. “I watched him struggle, and I also saw the tremendous good that God and Alcoholics Anonymous did for him.” Marriage wasn’t a part of the script for Miss Ann, but caring for others was. “My mom came down with cancer,” she explained. “I lived with her in Little Elm so I could take care of her. I also realized I needed an education so, while looking after her, I went to college to become a home economics teacher in Lake Dallas. I cleaned offices at 4 in the morning to help pay for things.” By her own admission, drug and alcohol usage was fairly common during her younger years. That, along with the possible predisposition inherited from her father, caught up with her. “Thankfully, I saw what God and working through AA did for my dad,” she repeated. 24 | LAKE CITIES LIVING | NOVEMBER 2021

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"So I didn’t waste time going there myself. Again, God and working through AA, did the same for me. And I now have 37 years of sobriety.” Miss Ann became a certified teacher in Lake Dallas ISD, concentrating on home economics until the course was dropped from the curriculum. Her mother passed away while she was still teaching. “I was making the drive from Little Elm to Lake Dallas long before there was a bridge,” Miss Ann said. “It was quite a trek back then. One day, I saw a For Sale sign in front of a cute little house just down from the middle school. I sold my mother’s house in 2001 and bought it.” Health problems always plagued Miss Ann. They still do. She could no longer stand for long periods when she left teaching due to bulging discs in her neck. She was unemployed for two years when she applied to FEMA in 2004 and was hired. She’d undergone a neck fusion, but it did nothing to ease the pain of long hours at a FEMA computer. She retired very early in 2016. Somewhere during the long work hours, the physical pain and the medical procedures, Miss Ann lost track of the condition of the cute, little house she bought in 2001. It was her home for two decades, and like a loving but comfortable marriage, she didn’t notice the rotting fascia and other widespread deterioration of her “partner.” Reality broadsided her when, less than two months after undergoing heart surgery, she received a letter from the city of Lake Dallas. It

outlined a list of expensive repairs to make within 30-days to avoid a lien. “I had no idea what to do,” Miss Ann said. “This was all new to me. I couldn’t afford an attorney, and I couldn’t afford to make the repairs, especially not in 30-days.” She confided in a couple of friends, and that’s when the basic goodness of people began spreading rainbows over the little house. “Friends helped me start a GoFundMe page,” she said. “I’d never heard of such a thing, and it really wasn’t easy to ask for help. AA and God taught me to be a helper and a giver, but I never thought about the help coming toward me." She added, “Even now, I work at not being a blubbering idiot about the whole thing, but my gratitude runs so deep for all of the people who stepped forward with money, donated labor, and so much more. We’re not finished with the repairs, and it’s taking more than 30 days, but the city is working with us. So many special people and new friends came into my life because of this; people such as Vicky (Moody), who’s been a true godsend. Not only does she help coordinate everything, but she calls every day just to check on me. I hate talking about the negative stuff in my life. That probably sounds crazy because that’s all I’ve done here. But I have far more good than bad. I have food, a solid roof over my head, my cat and so many friends who care about me with so much love. A lot of people say I haven’t had an easy life, but you know what? I’m so grateful God let me have it!”

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SHERIFF’S W I T H

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

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.

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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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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1/4 gallon apple cider 1/2 cup dark rum 1/2 cup cinnamon schnapps 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cut into large chunks 1/2 lemon, juiced

Mix together the cider, rum, & schnapps in a large pitcher. Add the apples to a small bowl and toss them with the lemon juice. Thread the diced apples onto skewers. Pour the spiked cider into glasses filled with ice, then garnish with an apple skewer and serve.

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