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Cupcakes are so last year… 2013 will be the year of the pie, according to the folks who predict such trends. You don’t have to wait for the New Year to sample some of the delicious pies Ocala Style has found. You don’t even need your own pie pan, because these creations come ready-made. Of course, if you prefer to bake your own, we have a few tips for those, too. BY MARY ANN DESANTIS Cover photo by John Jernigan
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rom the first time you saw Cinderella’s Castle and rode Space Mountain, you were captivated by Disney’s magic. This winter, experience the enchantment of Disney like never before! December 6 marks the grand opening of the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom’s history. Imagineers have been at work perfecting the plans for an incredible new FanTasyland. Favorite attractions like Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Barnstormer Coaster will become even more
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This year, there are a lot of changes to Ocala’s favorite winter tradition. The lights have been expanded to cover more of the downtown area than ever before. So be sure to check out the twinklers that only appear for a few short weeks each year.
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On December 7, take a walk through the First Friday Artwalk at 6pm. Every month, the First Friday Artwalk has a different theme where you can enjoy live music, exceptional art and chatting with local artists.
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It’s that time of year again! Having Santa on the square has become an Ocala tradition that kids of all ages can enjoy. Bring the whole family for a night out, where you can drink hot chocolate, eat cookies and get a sneak peek of the big man himself. Santa will be on the square from 6-8pm on December 4, 6, 11, 12, 18 and 20.
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If you’re really looking for a good laugh, be sure to check out seCOnd ThOughT ImprOv at the Insomniac Theatre on December 22. This local improv troop will have you laughing the entire night with their witty humor and quick ad-lib comebacks. If you’ve never been to an improv show before, Chad Taylor of the Insomniac Theatre took a few minutes to answer some questions about this creative and off-the-cuff show.
Does you December show follow a specific theme?
Creativity, following dreams and doing what you love.
How do you prepare for shows? Second Thought Improv has been doing this for so long that these shows are second nature.
5 tunes & twinkLing Lights On December 14 at 7pm, the magnificent Ocala Symphony Orchestra will perform some of your favorite festive wintery songs as part of the Symphony Under the Lights. Trust us, you won’t want to miss out on this night of incredible music.
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Another Ocala tradition will be back this December. Take your date on an enchanting carriage ride or bring the kids along. The best way to enjoy the downtown lights is from a horse drawn carriage. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
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It’s been 29 years since the OCala pOlICe deparTmenT changed to the blue and white patrol vehicles we currently see on our city streets. OPD Chief Greg Graham decided it was time to change the police vehicles to a more traditional black and white design. He also wanted to include the community in the process by allowing citizens to select the new design. Four teams of OPD personnel were each tasked with developing a new design and graphics for the vehicles, which were unveiled in mid-October. The vehicles were on display throughout the month at the Ocala Farm Market on the square, the Red Ribbon event, the Blessed Trinity Carnival and the Ocala Pumpkin Run. Citizens were able to vote for their favorite vehicle design on Facebook, by email and, finally, by ballot at the Ocala Pumpkin Run. The final numbers were tallied and the winning design was vehicle 857 created by Officer Mark Crandall and Officer Jimmy
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The FIrsT FrIday arT Walk will feature a special community art project. Life-sized gingerbread houses will be placed next to the giant tree on the chamber lot. Come out and leave your mark! Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. This event is free and open to the public. Dec
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style! Wear your tackiest holiday garb, and visit our downtown merchants for holiday specials. $5 gets you a photo shoot in our holiday-themed photo booth and enters you into a raffle to win a package full of goodies from our local shops.
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You may also visit the Recreation and Parks special events calendar at ocalafl.org/events for Santa on the Square and other holiday event information.
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there will be a variety of holiday events taking place in and around downtown. the following are just a few. For more holiday event updates, visit the downtown Ocala website at feeldowntownocala.com.
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hen 22-year-old Crystal River native Eric Ducharme was in middle school, his art teacher chastised him for centering all of his projects on mermaids. “She got fed up with me and said ‘You’re not always going to be able to just do mermaids, you have to branch out!’ And look at me now,” says Eric.
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Wachee that taught children about being performers in the show. “I was so mesmerized by the concept. I started wrapping my legs up with garbage bags and ropes and jumped in the pool to see if I could swim around like that,” he says. Not only did he get scuba certified and started performing with the air hose before the required age of 18, but he also started bugging the seamstress on the grounds for any scrap
tail material he could work with to make his own. Eventually Barbara Wynns, a former performer with Weeki Wachee, hooked him up with a gold lame tail she found in the garbage. “I was so excited,” says Eric. “The back was open, so I patched it up. I could wear it and swim in the pool and pretend I was a fish.” At this point, his purpose was clear. He only performed with Weeki Wachee for six months before leaving to work full time with his rapidly expanding business, which has doubled every year since he started seven years ago. Now, instead of working with spandex and lame, he has created a whole intricate process, which takes place in his garageturned-workshop with his two Dobermans, Triton and Serena. He has 10 different fiberglass molds for the bottom halves of the tails, oil-based clay for customizable gills, fins, scales and more, and uses a completely waterproof and durable material called Dragon
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Seventeen-year-old amanda sChaad knows about devotion, discipline and determination. Not only will she graduate from high school this June with a two-year college degree, she’ll also know what it’s like to be chosen for the U.S. Army AllAmerican Marching Band. She’s part of the elite national group performing at the halftime show during next month’s All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Amanda receives an all-expenses paid trip to experience the thrill as part of the group’s color guard.
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Things looked a bit suspicious at South Ocala Elementary, but it was all in good fun to raise money for charity. Students, teachers and administrators donated dollars to wear fake, hairy mustaches around campus. The school collected about $1,200 for the United Way of Marion County from this one project.
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It’s December now, but kids (and adults!) at Hammett Bowen Elementary can celebrate things big-time regardless of what month or holiday it may be. Captain America and princesses are always popular choices… but so are military soldiers and Snow White!
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More parents than ever recently walked their kids to school to see just what their children encounter on the way to class. The annual Walk yOur ChIld TO sChOOl event helps parents understand how seemingly innocent situations, like a lost dog or parked car, can pose serious danger to kids. Sunrise Elementary hosted this year’s trek, and police officers, sheriff ’s deputies and other first responders served as chaperones and tour guides for the learning experience.
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As a classic broke college student, Sadie didn’t have a whole lot of wiggle room in the budget department, so she quickly learned how to thrift shop, garage sale hop and repurpose furniture like a pro. She started out decorating her own college apartment, then her best friend’s and now she plans events like baby and wedding showers and other parties. She even decorates the private room at Mark’s Prime Steakhouse for the away football teams when they come to town to play the Gators. Sadie agreed to share with us some of her best tips for planning a fabulous soirée without breaking the bank.
“Spray paint is my No. 1 thing. Anything can be spray-painted. It’s cheap, and if it gets messed up, you can just paint it again!” says Sadie. She also says you don’t have to spend a lot of money on paint, as places like Lowe’s and Home Depot sell samples for discounted prices.
Sadie’s first tip is to shop at thrift stores. “My mom and I call it ‘junkin’.’ I’ve been known to jump in a dumpster or two. I tried to fit an entire table in my Volvo the other day,” Sadie says. She recommends websites like Garagesalefinder.com and Estatefinder.com for local sales going on in your area and says to never underestimate the power of making friends with the salespeople at thrift stores. She’s gotten to the point where the sales associates will contact her when a new shipment arrives. “Thrift stores are the best. The Salvation Army has red and yellow dot sales, and there’s always a 50-percent-off bin,” she says. According to Sadie, the Humane Society thrift store always has great finds, as well as Goodwill, the White Elephant and many other local stores. Be sure to hit the remnants bins at Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts and Hobby Lobby for cheap scrap fabric for napkins and table runners, too.
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Sadie says one great budgeting technique is to buy certain investment pieces and mix them in with inexpensive pieces. “I love working with highs and lows. It’s kind of like when you wear really nice shoes with a Target dress,” she says. “For one party, I used my grandmother’s china and paired it with $2 chargers.”
Pinterest is a bottomless pit of inspiration. Sadie constantly makes pin boards and finds do-it-yourself projects on this social media site dedicated to all things beautiful, creative and note-worthy. Long gone are the days of pasting together magazine clippings in messy folders, now it just takes a few clicks to create a plethora of ideas all in one place.
Want To See More? to see more of Sadie’s work or to hire her for your next event, visit her website at splendid-spaces.com.
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Load up the car for the day and check out some of these cooL famiLy getaways.
disney’s new fantasyLand One of the most exciting events of December will take place at Disney’s Magic Kingdom on December 6 when Disney celebrates the grand opening of the new Fantasyland. Experience a new Dumbo ride, visit with Ariel and her friends, dine at the new Be Our Guest Restaurant and fall in love with Disney all over again. disneyworld.disney.go.com or (407) 939-6244. More events
Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade After making a stop to see Magic Kingdom’s new Fantasyland, come on over to Animal Kingdom and celebrate with Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade. Now through January 2, 2013, Mickey will be boosting everyone’s festive spirit with a musical celebration containing larger-than-life animal puppets and dancing. disneyworld.disney.go.com or (407) 939-6244.
Winter Wonderland on ice You’ll be captivated by SeaWorld’s graceful show on ice, which includes breathtaking ice skaters, dancing water fountains and fireworks. After spending the day watching Shamu and venturing into the Polar Express Experience, top off your day with this extravagant ice show that’s sure to be a highlight of your winter. seaworldparks.com or (888) 800-5447.
Fantasyland & Mickey’s Jungle Jungle photos courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort, wdwnews.com; Snowflakes © yienkeat / Shutterstock.com
rom family getaways to the top Twitter accounts of 2012, here’s your list for all the coolest things to see and do in the month of December.
Busch gardens Through December 23, Busch Gardens will be transformed into a nighttime winter wonderland full of seasonal sights, wintery treats, twinkling lights, live music and an opportunity to create a new family tradition. seaworldparks.com/ buschgardens-tampa or (813) 987-5000.
ice! at gaylord PalMs resort The spectacular icy wonderland at Gaylord Palms will once again captivate your imagination as you slide down the ice slides and interact with a magical frozen world of colorful ice sculptures. Witness over two million twinkling lights, musical events and DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar through January 1, 2013. gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-palms or (407) 586-2000.
get outside and enjoy the cooLer temperatures with this guide to the cooLest est outdoor activities around.
Skates © MrGarry; Snow © Arve Bettum / Shutterstock.com / Legoland © Legoland Florida ; Grinchmas photos courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort
grinchMas We all love the classic Dr. Seuss story about the Grinch and those adorable little Whos in Whoville. This December, you can see the Grinch, the Whos and a wintery wonderland at Universal’s Islands of Adventure at Seuss Landing. Your little Dr. Seuss fans will love the chance to see their favorite stories come to life. universalorlando.com or (407) 363-8000.
legoland Bricktacular This December, celebrate the season with Legoland’s Christmas Bricktacular, where you’ll find a 270,000 brick tree and a multitude of festive decorations. Santa even makes an appearance in the spectacular theme park that turned those small child-size blocks into phenomenal life-size creations. florida.legoland.com or (877) 350-5346.
strap on your skates Ice-skating this winter is sure to be a cool time for the whole family. Public skating sessions at the Orlando-based RDV Sportsplex Ice Den ice skating rink are available seven days a week. No ice skates? No worries! You can rent them at the rink.
take a treetoP trek
Meet the real Winter
Explore the wilderness and all of the excitement that comes with swinging from the trees at Brevard Zoo’s aerial obstacle course and zipline! This treetop adventure is sure to be a cool winter vacation experience.
Clearwater is home to one of the coolest aquatic movie stars around. Your little dolphin fans can visit the real dolphin named Winter, who was introduced to audiences in the hit film Dolphin Tale. She lives in Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which focuses on rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing aquatic animals that have been hurt or harmed in the wild.
brevardzoo.com or (321) 254-9453.
Make Waves With the Manatees The cooler winter temperatures draw more manatees than usual to Homosassa Springs. If you’re really brave, you can swim alongside them or you can just observe from the boat deck. floridastateparks.org or (352) 628-5343.
g regaled By the get regatta On December 11, one of the coolest outdoor events will take place in St. Augustine, where an annual boat parade will feature everything from 15-foot sailboats to 85-foot shrimp boats decked out in unique themed light displays. Awards are given for most colorful, best theme and best overall. Afterward, tour the historic B&Bs, where you’ll be invited in to sample specialty treats from the “Oldest City’s” coolest eateries. sayc2000.com or (904) 824-9725.
Pack your Parka Just because we live in Florida doesn’t mean we can’t see snow! The town of Celebration hosts nightly snowfalls from 6-9pm along with ice skating, the Celebration Express train ride, special evening shows and many more cool snowy activities.
seewinter.com or (727) 441-1790.
tide talkin’ Learn about the little aquatic critters and our impressive bodies of water at Florida’s impressive aquatic oasis. On December 5, spend a day at The Florida Aquarium and then enjoy the Evening Tide Talks where you’ll discover ways you can impact our watery environment. flaquarium.org or (813) 273-4000.
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lowryparkzoo.com or (813) 935-8552.
celebrationtowncenter.com (407) 566-4007.
rdvsportsplex.com or (407) 916-2442.
If you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for? Ocala’s coolest adventure is the zip line at the Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours. Recently opened is the newest “Super Zip,” along with horseback riding for those who would rather tour the property on two, well, four feet! zipthecanyons.com or (352) 351-ZIPS.
see lights galore One of the biggest, brightest and coolest light shows around takes place at Ocala’s own Silver Springs Adventure Park. The annual Festival of Lights features over a million lights, neon displays, a lighted boat parade, great shopping and much more! The festival runs nightly from dusk until 8pm December 14 through 24 and 26 through 31. silversprings.com or (352) 236-2121.
Ocala Civic Theatre, Ocala, December 7-16 David Staz Jr. Centre, Tampa, December 22-23
the neW Blue As if the Blue Man Group show in Orlando wasn’t cool enough, they’ve recently updated this one-of-a-kind show to include new performances, a new stage, enormous “Gi-Pads” and much more!
here’s a List of some of the cooLest performing arts, shows and movies that you won’t want to miss.
get crackin’ The enchanting story of Clara and the Nutcracker will come to life at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota for two magical performances on December 30. This is a classical experience the whole family will enjoy. Other places to see Nutcracker performances: Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, December 7-8 Phillips Center, Gainesville, December 14-16 Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Orlando, December 20-23
Everyone is invited to one of the coolest birthday parties in town. The Appleton Museum will celebrate its 25th anniversary on December 16. From 10am to 5pm, stop by for cake, refreshments, entertainment and docent tours of the current coolest exhibits. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
all aBoard it’s the greatest shoW on earth And it’s for sure one cool way to spend the day. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey present Built to Amaze. Experience all the fun and excitement of a live circus up close. Upcoming tour dates include: Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, January 2-6 Amway Center, Orlando, January 10-13 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, January 17-21 ringling.com
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the sounds of the season The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will perform some of the coolest tunes of the season along with the music of Mannheim Steamroller at the Ocala Breeders Sales Complex on December 15 and 16. And be prepared to warm up your vocals for the annual sing-a-long.
The Webber Center at the College of Central Florida presents the 17th annual Trains at the Holidays. From December 15 through 30, this cool annual exhibit is always a favorite among the young and old alike. Come reminisce about holidays past with this display of model trains through the decades. cf.edu or (352) 854-2322.
classics With a tWist One of the coolest shows of the season is Trans-Siberian Orchestra. This progressive rock band performs the classics like no other and is a must-see for music lovers of all ages. They’ll make three stops in Central Florida this month, so don’t miss out. Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, December 13 Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, December 15 Amway Center, Orlando, December 16
ocalasymphony.com or (352) 351-1606.
big screen bLockbusters Hit the theater for some cool big-ticket openings this month including: » » » » »
Hyde Park on Hudson (R), December 7 Playing For Keeps (PG-13), December 7 Dino Time 3D (PG), December 7 White Men can’t an’t Dance (PG), December 8 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (not Yet Rated), December 14 » Les Miserables (PG-13), December 25
whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, strap on your sneakers. here are a few of the cooLest races around.
Withlacoochee Winter ride, 8-10AM, DeceMBeR 1 Ride 20, 30 or 50 miles at your own pace, surrounded by beautiful scenery at the Ridge Manor Trailhead all while supporting the American Lung Association.
ouc orlando half Marathon and 5k, 7AM, DeceMBeR 1 With a distance for every type of runner, this flat and scenic course provides live music to entertain passing runners as well as a great view of downtown Orlando and Lake Eola (plus, finishers receive two free beer vouchers at the postrace celebration). trackshack.com/ orlando-half-marathon.
toM Walker MeMorial half Marathon and 5k, GAIneSvILLe, 8AM, DeceMBeR 1 A beautiful run through nature, this fun and affordable race takes you on a scenic route through the Gainesville-Hawthorne trail.
PrisM “Proud” challenge, ORLAnDO, DeceMBeR 1 This Amazing Race-inspired adventure will take teams through the city of Orlando as they try to make sense of cryptic clues and answer trivia questions correctly, all while getting to the finish line within three hours.
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preceding Ocala’s annual Christmas Parade.
sWaMP cross 5k, GAIneSvILLe, 7:30AM, DeceMBeR 15 An off-road run, this 5K will take participants through grass and small obstacles at the Rock Trails while kicking off the Swamp Cross Cyclocross Race weekend.
PikaBa If you’re looking to buy a bike, electronics, cars or just about anything else of that nature, you can post a wanted ad on Pikaba. Pikaba uses a buyer auction model to get the best prices for customers. You can then purchase products, knowing you got a good deal and you didn’t have to stand in a long line at the store.
tHe ColoR Run
orlando, 9AM, Dec. 1 st. Pete, 9AM, Dec. 15 This no-pressure race will have everyone from Olympicspeed runners to casual walkers, and the only rule is to wear a white shirt to commemorate the greatness of being doused in rainbow colors! thecolorrun.com.
taP n run, ORLAnDO, 5PM, DeceMBeR 15 This 4K race has four different “chug stations” where participants are encouraged to take a running break to indulge in libations of the beer variety. Finisher medals double as bottle openers. Winning! tapnrun.com/orlando.
tough Mudder, taMPa, DeceMBeR 1-2 Test your inner-warrior while supporting the Wounded Warrior Project with this rigorous adventure race with over 10 miles and 20 obstacles.
Mistletoe trot 5k and 10k, LeeSBURG, 8AM, DeceMBeR 8 This flat, fast course is perfect for beginning runners and advanced folks trying for a personal record alike!
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light uP the night 5k Walk/run GAIneSvILLe, 6:30PM, DeceMBeR 7 This rave of a race will provide glow-in-the-dark T-shirts to pre-registered participants as they light up the University of Florida campus. Enjoy free food and local DJs spinning requested jams via text! (You can even donate a pair of old shoes at the starting line.)
season of hoPe 5k and 15k, GAIneSvILLe, 9AM, DeceMBeR 8 Enjoy this gorgeous, paved course through Hawthorne Trail in Payne’s Prairie while helping find a cure for Dystonia and Parkinson’s disease.
santa hustle daytona Beach 5k and half Marathon, DeceMBeR 9 A fun, goofy way to get into the spirit, this race provides runners with hats, beards, Santa dry-fit t-shirts and plenty of cookies! santahustle.com/daytona-beach.
florida holiday halfathon, MADeIRA BeAcH, DeceMBeR 9 Enjoy great weather, fun costumes and a fabulous view of the beach with this half marathon (perfect for those training to run the Ocala Marathon in January!). floridaholidayhalfathon.com.
reindeer run 5k, OcALA, 4:45PM, DeceMBeR 8 Get some exercise while running down Silver Springs Boulevard
Mount dora Marathon, half Marathon and 5k, DeceMBeR 16 Running icon Bill Rodgers will speak at this gorgeous race featuring rolling hills and a lakeside course. mountdoramarathon.com.
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Deals snobswap This online shop allows you to swap, sell, shop and save on designer clothes. By allowing you to sell your clothes and buy clothes from others, SnobSwap is helping you go green while you shop. Check out clothes, shoes, jewelry and more from brands like Alice+Olivia, BCBG and Christian Louboutin.
here are our picks for the cooLest peopLe of 2012, incLuding ceLebs with LocaL ties, actors in 2012‘s bLockbuster hits and peopLe with the cooLest tweets.
The Avengers. We love Downey for his quick wit, charm and dashing good looks. Look out for Iron Man 3, which is set to hit theaters sometime next year.
LocaL cooLness Ryan Lochte The Games of the XXX Olympiad concluded months ago, but the coolness of Ryan Lochte hasn’t worn off yet. His ties to Central Florida? Gator fans will be pleased to know that he also bleeds orange and blue. The University of Florida alumnus won five medals this summer, adding to Team USA’s impressive medal count.
Maya Rudolph We realized Maya was someone to watch when we saw her on Saturday Night Live. Then, we got a real taste of Maya’s comedic talents in Bridesmaids. You can catch her as Ava Alexander on the Thursday night sitcom Up All Night. Why she’s a local? Maya was born in Gainesville, Florida.
dustin Moskovitz As one of the founders of Facebook, Dustin is worth an estimated $3.5 billion. According to Forbes, he’s the world’s youngest billionaire. In 2008, he left Facebook to start Asana, a software company. But we think he’s cool because he graduated from our very own Vanguard High School in 2002. Lately, he’s been in the news for selling his shares of Facebook.
cooL ceLebs RobeRt downey, Jr Children and adults alike will agree that Downey has made some very cool movies in the past few years, including Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man and, the most recent,
He’s Miley Cyrus’s beau and Gale from the Hunger Games. But there are a lot of reasons we think he’s so cool, one being his Aussie accent. He’s definitely an actor to keep your eye on in the upcoming year.
eMMa stone The 24 year old has an impressive resumé, boasting leading roles in movies like The Help, The House Bunny and this year’s action movie, The Amazing Spider-Man. The redhead is a Revlon model, Golden Globe nominee and quite possibly one of the sassiest young celebrities we’ve seen in years. We just think she’s an all-around cool person.
twitter’s cooLest accounts steve MaRtin (@SteveMartinToGo) The forever hilarious Steve Martin is just as funny on Twitter as he is on the big screen. You’ve seen him in everything from Cheaper By the Dozen to Father of the Bride, where he always has a way of taking serious life situations and making them seem not so serious.
Maude apatow (@maudeapatow) She’s the daughter of Knocked Up funny woman Leslie Mann and Bridesmaids producer Judd Apatow. Maude has already taken on a few acting roles in her parents’ movies and has been featured in a recent New York Times article because of her witty Tweets.
natuRal histoRy whale (@NatHistoryWhale) This hilarious Twitter account claims to be told from the perspective of “the whale on the ceiling of the Natural History Museum in New York City.” The whale’s Tweets range from sightings at the museum to oceanthemed jabs.
ellen deGeneRes (@TheEllenShow) Comedian Ellen DeGeneres is everyone’s favorite afternoon talk show host. Between her quick wit, sharp tongue and hilarious pranks, she’s easily one of the most entertaining people on television and Twitter.
Joel Mchale (@joelmcHale) You know him from television’s funny show The Soup. Joel spends his time on television mocking reality shows, news shows and just about any other kind of television show.
daRth vadeR (@darthvader) For those who love Star Wars and Twitter, this account will be one of your favorites. These Tweets are parodies about everyday life told from the perspective of Darth Vader himself.
these are some of the cooLest events that Left their mark on 2012.
hello, LittLe BLue One of the most anticipated births of 2012 was the birth of Blue Ivy Carter on January 7. Her parents are famous musical duo Jay-Z and
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Beyonce Knowles. When she was only a few days old, Blue made her musical debut in one of her father’s songs.
supeR bowl Xlvi The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots, 21-17, in an exciting game played at Lucas Oil Stadium. For the Giants, this was their fourth Super Bowl title in history. Not to mention, this Super Bowl attracted the largest audience for a U.S. TV program, with an average of 111.3 million viewers.
diaMond Jubilee of Queen elizabeth Just call it the year of the British. This year marked the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne. Citizens of the queen’s commonwealth and people all around the world celebrated the second longest reigning British monarch.
the hunger gaMes pReMieRe The much-anticipated blockbuster was released on March 23 throughout the United States. The movie made $155 million during its opening weekend, creating a whole new movie frenzy that’s sure to rival Twilight and Harry Potter.
Tough Mudder Photos courtesy of Tough Mudder; Adele © s_bukley / Shutterstock.com
facebook went public May 18 marked the day that Facebook went public. A day later, Mark Zuckenburg married his college sweetheart. It seems that 2012 was a pretty cool year for the Silicon Valley billionaire.
i’ll have anotheR In this year’s Kentucky Derby, crowds were amazed at the graceful horse “I’ll Have Another.” He could have won the title of Triple Crown for the first time in over 30 years,
but due to a leg injury, the horse had to retire. However, he had quite an impressive run.
Phelps and Ryan Lochte. We were also introduced to a few fresh faces, like spunky Gabby Douglas.
MiaMi beat oklahoMa city
snooki becaMe a MoM
For the second time in history, Miami Heat won the NBA championship title on June 21. For LeBron James, this was a career highlight, making this his first championship win.
bacheloRette found love On the season 8 finale of ABC’s The Bachelorette, Emily Maynard found love on the most unique of all the Bachelorette seasons thus far. She chose Jef Holm as her new man, and he proposed all in the same night. Of course, she said “yes” and now they’ll (hopefully) live happily ever after.
touR de fRance Bradley Wiggins had a pretty cool summer. On July 22, he became the first Brit to win Tour de France. Ten days later, he became the first person to win Tour de France and an Olympic gold medal in the same year.
XXX olyMpiad The London Olympics were an exciting time for Team USA, whose final medal count was 104. This summer’s Olympic Games reacquainted us with some of our favorite athletes, like Michael
For those who keep up with MTV’s infamous Jersey Shore, you know that Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is one of the cast members who’s become famous for her shocking behavior on the reality show. On August 26, the outrageous Snookie welcomed a baby boy whom she named Lorenzo.
besse coopeR tuRns 116 The same day Snooki had Lorenzo, Besse Cooper, the world’s oldest living person was celebrating her 116th birthday. She lives in Monroe, Georgia, and has dozens of great-grandchildren and greatgreat grandchildren. People who know her say she just gets more witty with age.
iphone 5 The long-awaited, updated version of the megapopular iPhone arrived on September 12. Let’s just say it was well worth the wait for Apple lovers, thanks to the new phone’s impressive 4G LTE capabilities, thinner build, metal back and other changes that made the iPhone 5 more user friendly.
Coolest songs of 2012 » “Wide Awake” by Katy Perry » “Payphone” by Maroon 5
» “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
» “Lights” by Ellie Goulding
» “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele
» “We Found Love” by Rihanna
» “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye
» “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction
» “Wild Ones” By Flo Rida » “Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber
» “We Are Young” by Fun
Coolest ReADs of 2012 » Penelope by rebecca harrington » The Family Fang by kevin wilson » The Fault in Our Stars by john green » The help by kathryn stockett » Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by jonathan safran Foer
the last of twili twiliGht In November, we saw the end of the bloodthirsty vampire films The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2. It may or may not be a coincidence that Bella and Edward’s on-screen romance is coming to an end just as the real life actors seem to be going their separate ways.
Coolest world reCords
oF 2012 Music
»We’ve all heard the hype about the new UK boy band One Direction who made their official American invasion last year. Move over Justin Bieber! These boys broke a world record by becoming the first UK group to debut their album at No. 1 on the U.S. charts. »The ever-talented and entertaining Rihanna broke a world record when she became the best-selling digital artist by selling 47.57 million tracks in the United
States during the course of her career.
spoRts » In three Olympic games, Michael Phelps won enough gold medals to become the most decorated Olympian of all time. This year’s London Olympics brought his gold medal count to a grand total of 18. We definitely think that’s a cool accomplishment. » Oscar Pistorius, whose lower legs were amputated when he was an infant, became the first runner to compete in both the Paralympic and Olympic Games. He continues to amaze us with his persistence and ability to run with carbon-fib er prosthetic blades. » Felix Baumgartner, Austrian thrill-seeker, broke the sound barrier while making history’s highest and fastest jump (128,100 feet) from a helium balloon while landing on his feet via parachute.
Just plain weiRd Canada’s McGill University set the record for the largest fruit salad this year. The fruit salad containing berries, watermelon, cantaloupe,
ThE X FACTOR In Simon Cowell’s newest singing competition, we’re finding the judges to be just as entertaining as the singers.
OnCE UPOn A TIME This show takes fairytales to a whole new level by having these
Books © LessLemon; Michael Phelps © Rnady Miramontez / Shutterstock.com
» Fifty Shades Trilogy by e.L. james » The hunger Games by suzanne collins » Gone Girl by gillian Flynn » Winter Journal by paul auster » The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by stieg Larsson
pineapples, apples and more weighs in at 11,197 pounds. The salad was served to students and food shelters, which we think is pretty cool. The record for the largest flag flown while skydiving was broken in August of this year. After parachuting out of a plane, Fareed Lafta opened a flag that measures 13,199.49 square feet. He’s also been known to fly with helium balloons while sitting in a lawn chair. Yes, a lawn chair.
beloved tales play out in a modern world called Storybrooke.
ears with an impressive string of talent.
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With a talented cast, a mysterious lead and a historical look at New York City’s most successful men, this show has captivated audiences for five seasons.
With a cast full of talented comedians, this show takes a hilarious look at the journey of first-time parents and the serious challenges they often face.
ThE VAMPIRE DIARIES
On the heel of the ultra-popular Twilight movies, this show follows the mysterious lives of vampire brothers and their human love interests.
The beloved historic British melodrama follows the lives of the wealthy Crawley family and their servants, whose lives intertwine as the series progresses.
A continuation of the beloved show by the same name, the new Dallas focuses on the lives of the younger Ewings, who seem to be just as conning, entertaining and complex as the elder Ewings.
This amusing parody show about a fictitious community college has a cast of all-star comedians, giving audiences a good laugh at the end of their day.
Some have called it the new Friends but possibly a bit more quirky. Four unlikely roommates entertain us with their awkward life situations and eccentric dialogue.
REVEnGE Perhaps one of the most complex shows to grace television in years, this show follows Emily Thorne as she seeks revenge on the wealthy Grayson family who destroyed her father.
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Hilarious and entertaining, this show follows the lives of a spunky father-daughter duo who leave Manhattan for a strange suburban town that seems to be too perfect.
ThE VOICE The unlikely collaboration of Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera has captured our attention and our
CReDIts brew some hot cocoa and snuggLe up on the couch, here’s a List of a few of our favorite cooL-themed movies
WhILE YOU WERE SLEEPInG We’re reminded why we love Sandra Bullock in this wintery romantic comedy about a woman who falls for a man she barely knows. While he’s in a coma, she poses as his fiancée and falls for his quirky family.
hAPPY FEET The animated musical about a group of penguins and their plight has become a wintery tradition for adults and children alike.
hOME ALOnE The ‘90s hit comedy, staring Macaulay Culkin, who portrays a hysterical kid who was left home alone by mistake and has to defend his home from two feebleminded burglars, has become a wintertime favorite.
ELF This story, about an oversized elf who learns he’s really a human and goes on a journey to find his real father, might just be one of Will Ferrell’s funniest movies.
IT’S A WOnDERFUL LIFE This classic December film is a must-watch this season, with a cast full of talented actors who remind you that every life has meaning and purpose.
SCROOGED A modern version of the beloved Charles Dickens story, a cynical executive learns how badly his cruelty has affected his life and the lives of others.
POLAR EXPRESS Take a magical journey with the impressively animated Tom Hanks film that takes a group of children to the North Pole.
ICE AGE The animated subzero comedy follows a few unlikely heroes attempting to return a lost baby and avoid the ice age by moving south.
LOVE ACTUALLY A moving story set in modern wintery London follows the lives of 10 separate people and eventually shows how their lives are intertwined in unexpected ways.
A smart thermostat that programs itself and adjusts the temperature automatically according to your personal preferences and habits.
Perhaps a TV straight from the Jetsons? These sleek, extremely thin and brightly lit screens are still a novelty for most Americans.
Apple seems to get more enticing as the years go on; each updated laptop has more innovative features.
With more updates, more capabilities and more reasons to fall in love with the iPad, the third generation has become an Apple fan favorite.
ultRabook Designed by Intel to rival the growing success of Apple’s Macbooks, this affordable and light laptop is taking the computer world by storm.
tailGateR TV viewing just went to a whole new level with the Dish Network’s portable satellite dish that isn’t as cumbersome as you’d think.
sony playstation vita Trying to keep handheld game devices in the running for the next generation of gaming kids, this device has a touch screen, wireless capabilities and a camera.
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PieTime! Written By
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Cupcakes are so last year... 2013 will be the year of the pie, according to the folks who predict such trends. You don’t have to wait for the new year to sample some of the delicious pies Ocala Style has found. You don’t even need your
own pie pan, because these creations come ready-made. Of course, if you prefer to bake your own, we have a few tips for those, too.
Some people are cake people; others are cookie people. I have always been a pie person myself. It began with my grandmother’s lemon meringue pie, my earliest memory of pie nirvana. She would always make a lemon meringue pie when she knew I was coming to visit. Holidays at her house usually included several types of pies, and I quickly developed a taste for all the classics: apple, peach, cherry and pumpkin. I wish I could say that I developed my grandmother’s baking skills. The only time I attempted to make a lemon meringue pie, the cooked filling was so soupy we needed a spoon to dish it out of the pie plate. My first apple pie had a crust so tough we looked for a mini-hacksaw to cut it. I’ve had some success with a pear-crumble pie, but the kitchen was a sticky mess afterward. So I’ve discovered the next best thing—and I don’t mean
mass-produced grocery store pies. My secret is finding others with special pie-making talents. Along the way, I’ve found pies that have some rather unique stories.
“The secret recipe is for keeping; the pie is for sharing.” K ern’ S K i tchen derByPie.com
hen I visited Louisville, Kentucky, last spring, I experienced two memorable events: a reception at the beautiful Kentucky Derby Museum and my first bite of the legendary Derby-Pie®. At the time, I thought maybe the Derby-Pie® was so extraordinary because I tasted it fresh in the town where it was made. The pie I brought home, though, offered the same
delicious blend of sweet, crunchy goodness in a custard-like filling. Many folks have imitated the chocolate-walnut pie, but the authentic Derby-Pie® is baked exclusively by Louisville’s Kern’s Kitchen, a family-owned operation that bakes more than 120,000 Derby-Pies® a year. The pie was developed by George Kern with the help of his parents, Walter and Leaudra, in 1954, and it was the signature pastry for Melrose Inn, a Kentucky restaurant that George managed. When trying to come up with an appropriate name, family members tossed ideas into a hat and “derby pie” was the one pulled out. The pie became so popular that in 1968 the family registered the name with the U.S. Patent Office and it became trademarked. A lot of bakers recognize the fresh chocolate chips and walnuts, but no one has been able to replicate the special filling and delicate crust. The recipe remains
a family secret, and one person bakes every single pie that comes from Kern’s Kitchen. The triple-wrapped and sealed pies can be stored safely for up to a month in a freezer. Kern’s Kitchen partners with several online retailers to ship the pies nationwide with prices that begin around $19 plus shipping. A single-serving Derby-Pie® Chocolate Nut Tart is also available for about $4 and can be a mouthwatering stocking stuffer.
Serving tiP: Derby-Pie® is best served
by slicing frozen and serving warm. Kern’s Kitchen recommends warming for 12 minutes in a 350-degree oven. Add a dollop of whipped cream and you have the perfect dessert for a holiday or a New Year’s bowl game party.
“A wow factor for your dessert table.” the Blue o W l r e Sta ura n t anD BaK ery theBlueoWl.com
oth Pillsbury.com and Boston-based events management firm Longwood Events and Lifestyle predict pies will be the trendiest holiday desserts this year and will remain popular into 2013. I think they could also reasonably forecast that pies will reach new heights. A good example is the Levee High Apple Pie™, which towers 9 inches above its pie plate. Located in the historic town of Kimmswick, Missouri, The Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery is home to several types of award-winning desserts, but it’s the Levee High Pies™ that have brought national attention to owner Mary Hostetter’s creations. The Levee High Apple Pie™ has been featured on the Food Network with Paula Deen, and the Caramel Pecan Cotillion CoConut Meringue Pie version was one of Oprah’s favorite gift-giving ideas in Oprah Magazine last December. The Today Show recently described the 13-pound pie as “a wow factor for your dessert table.” Mary and her staff created the dessert after the Great Flood of ’93. Levees held back the Mississippi River flood waters and kept Kimmswick from being destroyed. Nevertheless, The Blue Owl was closed for nearly two months after the flood. When Mary and her staff returned, they wanted to do something to honor the levees that saved the town and came up with the Levee High Apple Pie™. Since Oprah featured the story in 2011, the Blue Owl has been flooded with orders for the pies, which each have 18 hand-peeled and hand-placed Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples. During last year’s holiday season, The Blue Owl peeled more than Secret tiP: Want to make your own? 20,000 apples to meet the demand, and Mary had to Use an old-fashioned Tupperware® hire 40 additional people to ship 2,000 pies the week Lettuce Keeper bowl to build the mound before Christmas. She half-jokingly says that she needs of apples. Tightly stack thinly sliced to buy an apple orchard. apples into the bowl and then quickly flip The pies are shipped frozen and must be baked the filled bowl onto a pie plate already before serving. The first slice can be a challenge to containing a layer of apples inside the remove from the pie pan, but the rich, buttery juice and bottom crust. The Blue Owl scours flea delicious apples make it easy to ignore any messy slices. markets for the old-fashioned plastic By the way, each slice contains about two and a half bowls because they work so well. apples. Prices for the Levee High pies begin at $40.
levee high aPPle Pie Courtesy of The Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery Pie crust for two pies 12 cups Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples (14-16) 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided ¼ cup all-purpose flour 2 teasponn ground cinnamon 1 dash salt 1 teaspoon butter, cut into small pieces ¼ cup milk
Peel apples and cut thinly. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Roll pastry into two rounds. Fit one round into a deepdish pie plate. Place apples in a large bowl. Sprinkle with 1 cup sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt; toss to combine. Use a small, deep mixing bowl for a mold, and place apple slices, overlapping consecutive slices until bowl is filled. Invert filled bowl into crust. Dot apples with butter. Cover mounded apples with remaining pastry round. Moisten edges of crust with water; seal and flute edges tightly. Stir together milk and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar; brush lightly on top crust. Prick crust to allow steam to escape. Bake at 450°F for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350°F and bake for 1 hour or until crust is golden brown, shielding fluted edges with aluminum foil if they begin to brown too quickly.
levee HigH APPle Pie
“glory Be” Sweet PotAto Pie witH MArSHMAllow Meringue
Secret tiP: To make meringues on pies hold up (especially as we
found during photo shoots), mix marshmallow crème into your meringue recipe. Also, be sure to keep eggs at room temperature for greater volume in meringues. Kathi also uses a sprinkle of her own special spice blend in almost all of her pie recipes.
“glory Be” SWeet Potato Pie With MarShMalloW Meringue
Courtesy of The Cotillion Southern Café
HooCHie MAMA Pie
“Pies as Southern as possible.” t h e co t il l io n S o ut h ern c afé cafecotillion.com
ust before Thanksgiving 2011, I had dinner at The Cotillion Southern Café and was planning to take home one of Kathi Vincent’s pumpkin or sweet potato pies. However, things changed after my husband and I tried the “Hoochie Mama Pie.” We ordered it because we were curious about the name, but one bite was all it took to convince us this pie was coming home with us. And my guests are still asking a year later if we’re going to serve that pie again. Known for her authentic desserts, Kathi’s pie repertoire includes all the ones you would expect from a Southern kitchen, such as coconut meringue, peanut butter and key lime pies. Her chess pie with coconut and pecans was not necessarily a best-seller, but that all changed when one of her customers inadvertently renamed it in a moment of pie ecstasy. “I served it to one of my regular customers, and she took one bite and sat very still with eyes closed,” remembers Kathi. “I asked her if everything was OK, and she squealed very excitedly, ‘hoochie maaa-ma’!” Now whenever Kathi writes “Hoochie Mama Pie” on her daily dessert board, customers—especially new ones—inevitably wonder what that could possibly be. And like my own guests last year, they always want to know when the custard-based pie will appear again. “I have one customer who calls every few days to see if it’s on the dessert menu for that day,” says Kathi with a laugh. “I never dreamed it would become so popular.” This time of year, Kathi is pressed to keep up with orders for her classic Southern-style pies, especially her easy-to-make “Glory Be Sweet Potato Pie.” Surprisingly, the pie filling is made with a canned sweet potato casserole. “I tried so many recipes, including ones where I had to steam and bake my own sweet potatoes, but this one is simply the best,” she says. “It’s won all of my family’s taste tests.” Her own personal favorite, though, is the classic coconut custard pie with meringue. “I just love pie, and especially the ones with meringue,” she says. “The coconut pie is special and a true Southern classic.” The Cotillion’s take-out pies range from $30 to $40 depending on the variety, and orders must be placed 48 hours in advance excluding Sundays when the restaurant is closed.
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9 1/2-inch pastry crust tablespoons butter, melted large eggs can condensed milk teaspoon vanilla tablespoon cornstarch can Glory Foods Sweet Potato Casserole teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients, and mix until well blended. Pour into the prepared crust. Bake for 10 minutes and reduce the oven to 300ºF. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
hoochie MaMa Pie
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9 1/2-inch pastry crust cup buttermilk cup (1 stick) butter, melted cups sugar tablespoons all-purpose flour cup coconut cup pecans, chopped large eggs teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
MarshMallow Meringue 3 large egg whites ½ teaspoon vanilla 1⁄₈ teaspoon salt ¼ cup sugar Whip until foamy. Add sugar slowly, 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves. Add 1 7-ounce jar or Marshmallow Creme in 3 parts, whipping 1 minute between additions. Pile on the middle of the pie, and grate more fresh nutmeg all over the meringue. Turn oven back up to 400°F. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the meringue is golden brown.
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients, and mix until well blended. Pour into the prepared crust. Grate fresh nutmeg on top and bake for 4555 minutes or until the middle is set.
History of Pies
Pies have been around since 1300 B.C., if not before. Bakers for the pharaohs used nuts, honey and fruits in spiral-shaped dough, and drawings of these primitive goodies
cotillion coconut Meringue Pie Courtesy of The Cotillion Southern Café Crust: 1½ cups coconut cookies, crushed 2 tablespoons sugar 4-5 tablespoons butter, melted Preheat oven to 350°F. Make crust, and press it unto a 9- or 9 1/2-inch pie plate. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Filling: 2⁄₃ cup sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch ¼ teaspoon salt 2½ cups milk 2 large egg yolks, beaten 1⁄₃ cup butter ½ teaspoon vanilla 11⁄₃ cups coconut Comibine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups milk. Cook, and stir over medium-high heat until it boils; remove from heat. Pour 1/4 milk mixture into two large egg yolks, beaten. Pour the egg mixture into the rest of the hot milk mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and add butter, vanilla and coconut. Pour into pie crust. Meringue: 4 large egg whites ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar ½ cup sugar 2 tablespoons coconut In a mixer, beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed until foamy. Gradually add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves. Pour meringue over the filling, sealing the edges. Sprinkle with coconut. Sprinkle crushed cookies around the sides of the pie. Bake at 450°F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. NOTE: This pie is also good with a pastry crust. If you don’t like meringue, try 1 cup heavy cream and 1/4 cup confectioners sugar. This makes it coconut cream pie.
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“A Texas tradition since 1888.” Mi lli can Pecan co MPany PecancomPany.com
ometimes, you just want something the way you remember it being served from your grandmother’s table. For me, that is pecan pie. Nothing says Southern tradition more than a pecan pie. And tradition is what the Millican Pecan Company is all about. In 1888, E.E. Risien founded the West Texas Pecan Nursery at the junction of the San Saba and Colorado Rivers in the heart of Texas Hill Country. His great-great grandson Winston Millican returned home to San Saba after college with his wife, Kristin, in 2002 to establish the Millican Pecan Company, which produces more than 30 different dessert items including 10,000 pecan pies a year. Winston’s great-great grandfather counted England’s
pecan shells for mulch around garden and flower beds. Master gardeners swear by the long-lasting, attractive and dark shells that keep moisture in the ground. Millican even sells them by the bag.
were found on the walls of King Ramses II. The Greeks continued the idea by wrapping meat in a flour and water paste in order to seal in the juices. The Romans preferred to wrap sweets in their pastries, but the tradition of meat pies continued throughout most of Europe. In fact, forget that image of early pilgrims eating pumpkin pie at their first Thanksgiving in 1621. The Pilgrims made meat-based pies and used
“There are no corners on pies.” Mi Ke’ S Pi eS
quest for The Yearling Restaurant’s sour orange pie led me in an unexpected direction: south to Tampa where a former University of Kentucky linebacker turned his passion for pies into a multi-million dollar business. When Mike Martin was in college, he missed his mom’s pies so much that she taught him how to bake his own, often using recipes that had been his grandmother’s. He regularly gave pies as gifts to neighbors and friends, and those recipients eventually became his customers when he founded Mike’s Pies in 1992. The company grew, and today, Mike’s Pies creates desserts for restaurants across the country, including The Yearling in Cross Creek. “Mike uses only the best ingredients, and the quality can’t be beat,” says Robert Blauer, owner of The Yearling. “Although we don’t make the orange pie in house any longer, Mike’s version is still our most popular pie with customers.” While Mike’s Orange Blossom Pie is a favorite in Cross Creek, it’s his Killer Key Lime that most people know. In fact, if you’ve been to any of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurants, chances are you’ve tasted the top-selling pie for Mike’s Pies.
“Margaritaville, as well as most of the restaurants in the Keys, offers our Key lime pie,” says Mike, who grew up in Melbourne. “The pie has won four national championships, and we like to think we were partly responsible for Key lime becoming Florida’s official state pie.” In 2006, when the Florida Legislature was voting for a state pie, a Key lime pie from Mike’s Pies was put on every legislator’s desk. The perfectly blended sweet and tart concoction simply transcended politics. “The Key Lime Pie hits you right in your sweet spot,” says Mike. “It’s been our No. 1 seller for years.” Mike’s Pies are made from scratch and do not contain preservatives, fillers or any artificial ingredients. He likes to say he doesn’t cut corners because there are no corners on pies. The gourmet pies on his website are $79.95, which includes priority overnight shipping.
Killer Key liMe Pie
Photos courtesy Mike's Pies
Queen Victoria, Lord Alfred Tennyson and cereal company giant C.W. Post among his customers. Winston’s fans include entertaining maven Martha Stewart and the thousands of people who have read about him in Southern Living, Bon Appetit or heard about him on the Food Network. Millican Pecan Company is right in the heart of the Pecan Capital of the World—the Texas Hill Country. The United States supplies 80 percent of the world’s pecans and most of those come from Texas. “A good pecan has a crisp texture, oily flavor and a sweet after taste,” says Winston. Texas pecans seem to fit that description, especially those in the Millican Pecan Pies, which sell for $21.75 plus shipping. The distinctive hand-pinched crusts certainly add a homemade look and feel to the pies, which are shipped ready to eat.
cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg as preservatives. The first pumpkin pie was mentioned in an English cookbook in 1675, and it did not become popular in America until the early 1800s. As America grew westward, pie crusts were used to showcase local ingredients especially the fruits found in a certain area.
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“Apple and pecan pies travel well.” S te l l a ’S M o D ern Pa n t ry stellasmodernPantry.com
tella’s Modern Pantry is the go-to store for a lot more than pies and pastry; although, desserts are a special draw this time of year. Coowner and pastry chef Albert Barrett has been busy making the best-selling pumpkin and chocolate bourbon pecan pie throughout November. Stella’s pumpkin pie can best be described as a work of art. While the filling is basic, the homemade whipped cream is a picture-perfect sphere of exquisitely placed tufts of cream and handmade chocolate leaves. Now that it’s December, Stella’s apple-cranberry will be tops on many customers’ lists. It is a deep dish crumb pie that even cake fans will love. Open since October 2009, Stella’s Modern Pantry is the lifelong dream of owner Stacey Atsides. She wanted to incorporate all the items needed for creative cooking and entertaining. “Repeatedly, I found myself traveling out of town for specialty provisions,” says Stacey. “Albert and I really felt a need to bring high-quality pastry, cheese, wine and gourmet food products to the Ocala area.” In addition to being a gourmand’s delight, Stella’s also offers a large selection of kitchen tools and gadgets for any well-equipped kitchen. The store is also a tribute to Stacey’s late mother, Stephanie Atsides, who passed away in 2008. “Stella was a favorite pet name for her,” explains Stacey. “She loved the food industry and had aspired to open a store with Albert and me.” The top-selling chocolate bourbon pecan pie is also one of Stacey’s favorites along with peach pie. Albert is a cream pie fan, loving both coconut and banana. When it comes to gift-giving, however, they say you can’t beat apple or pecan pies. “They travel well and hold up without being refrigerated,” says Stacey.
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he first thing to do when hosting any type of get-together is plan the menu. Unfortunately, this can also be one of the most confusing details. “A common mistake people make is thinking they need more variety of food and more quantity of food than they really do,” says Martha Jane Davis who launched Woodlea Gardens Inc. in Ocala in 1995. “Put your time and energy into one or two main items, such as an entrée that’s going to be your showpiece and an hors d’oeuvre that is really pretty,” suggests Davis, who started doing flowers for weddings and then evolved into catering and “carry-home gourmet,” now her primary focus. “For the rest, just have simple things such as a cheese platter you can decorate with berries and grapes. You really only need four to eight different items, with eight being the max.” Don’t feel like you need to make everything from scratch. Davis often has clients who make some of the party food themselves and then pick up a couple items from her, which come on attractive serving trays and are ready to place on the table. Rather than going overboard—which will only leave you stressed out—create a gracious atmosphere for your guests. “Use sprigs of greenery trimmed from your yard and don’t forget flowers,” says Davis. “When people walk in, most won’t realize why a place
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soft drinks as well as serving coffee after dinner.” Many bartenders are happy to hire out and work special events. If you already know a bartender at a favorite restaurant, ask him or her if they’re available and what they typically charge. If you don’t know any bartenders, get recommendations from a restaurant you trust or a caterer you or a friend have used. Since you don’t want guests drinking without eating, it’s important to have plenty of food on hand. For example, Judith’s parties always include dinner served at a buffet station, as well as additional “nibble stations” because not everyone wants to eat at the same time. When it comes to food, you may choose to cater it, prepare the dishes yourself or a combination of both. Whatever you decide, people tend to gather around the bar, so take a tip from Judith and encourage mingling by setting up different food stations both inside and outside. You can also hire a server to walk around with hors d’oeuvres. Because guests may not be sitting at a table, Judith says it’s
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» Whether you mail invitations or send them by email or phone, be specific and don’t forget to mention attire (people hate to feel over- or under-dressed), as well as beginning and ending times. For cocktail parties, 6 to 8pm is common. » As a general rule, guests will consume one to two drinks per hour, including non-alcoholic beverages. Multiply number of guests by hours of party and then double that to be sure you have enough on hand. » Keep costs in check by serving one special cocktail, beer and wine, instead of offering an open bar. You’ll only need to buy ingredients for the signature drink you plan to offer. Select a cocktail recipe based on the season or theme of your party.
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important to serve dishes that don’t require a knife to cut. This way they won’t be trying to balance a plate and utensils. When meat is served, it’s cut into small pieces so it’s not a challenge to eat. Finger foods, bite-sized and small servings are best. To set the mood, make sure to use plenty of candles, and if guests will be outdoors, lanterns or tiki torches add a festive touch and additional lighting. Although conversation will be flowing, there’s nothing like music to enhance the atmosphere. Sure, you can create a playlist of favorite songs and burn a few CDs to play, but don’t rule out the option of live musicians. You don’t have to spend a fortune, and it definitely ups the classiness factor. “I always like to have music or entertainment of some sort— whether it’s a pianist, violinist, harpist—something to add music to the evening,” says Judith. “You can contact the music department at the university and often find musical students or choral groups interested in doing things like this. I’ve also found people through gigmasters.com.”
» Unless you’re only serving a designated cocktail, your bar should be stocked with beer, wine, soda, mixers and the basic liquors to make popular drinks. » Be sure to have appropriate glassware depending on the beverages you’re serving. » Hire extra help such as bartenders and servers if having more than two dozen people. » Have a designated area for people to leave coats, purses and wraps so they can easily access these items when the party is winding down. » Use plenty of candles, lanterns and strands of twinkle lights. Even an ordinary setting takes on a festive atmosphere when you turn down the lights.
The folloWing essenTials make for a WellsTocked bar:
» Don’t forget vegetarians when planning your menu. Be sure to include several meatless options (about 25 percent of the menu) for good variety and so the herbivores don’t go hungry. » Don’t forget the “fillers”—nuts, olives, breadsticks with dips and, of course, a cheese and crackers tray with fruit spreads and/or honey. » Be creative when it comes to serving. Shot glasses and small ramekins make beautiful presentations for individual mini desserts and other foods. » Always have coffee and plenty of food when serving alcoholic drinks so no guest leaves in a “tipsy” state. If necessary, call a cab or have a designated driver take home any guest that overindulges.
Bottle Design © rasskazov; Shaker © Aaron Amat; Plate © nrt / Shutterstock.com creampuffs © jenny steffens; appetizers © publix / Drink photo courtesy of Grey Goose
A cocktAil pArty wou ldn’t be complete w ithout tAsty noshes And n ibbles. you mAy choo se to hAve your event cAte red, but if you wAn t to do some—or All—of th e cooking, you’ll Ap preciAte the following recipes. entertAinment And lifestyle blogger Jenny stef fens, Along with pu blix, shAre some fAvorite pArt y dishes thAt look An d tAste impressive, but Aren ’t time-consuming to prepAre.
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Thaw cream puffs for about an hour at room temperature or a couple of hours in the refrigerator. Put the buttercream in a plastic pastry bag (or any plastic bag), and cut the tip off, leaving about a 1/2-inch opening. Pipe the buttercream in generous swirls on the puffs.
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sticks salted butter, softended cups powdered sugar cup chocolate chips cup heavy cream
Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, and pour over heavy cream. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir. Repeat until the chocolate ganache (yes, that is ganache!) is smooth. Be careful not to over heat. Refrigerate for 15 minutes until cool. In your mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, whip butter and 4 cups sugar for 3 minutes until fluffy and smooth. Pour in chocolate ganache and 2 more cups of powdered sugar. Whip until smooth. Add more powdered sugar, if necessary, to create the desired thickness.
pastry crust, store-bought or homemade 4 eggs 11⁄4 cup half and half 1⁄4 tsp Cayenne pepper 1⁄2 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded 1⁄4 cup mushrooms, sliced (wild,shitake,porta,etc.) 1 tbsp chives, 1-inch snips salt and pepper Roll out pie dough and place in a tart pan with a removable bottom. Trim the excess dough by pressing the dough off at the top of the pan against the edge. For the filling, whisk together eggs, half and half and seasonings. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bake at 350°F for 25-35 minutes. (Can be cut into small squares for easy serving.)
CreaMy sWeet Chili shriMP fingerling Potato CanaPes With blue Cheese & baCon 20 fingerling potatoes, sliced in half length-wise 8 ounces of blue cheese* 6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled* In a large pot with a steam tray, put 1 inch of water in the bottom. Pile the potatoes in the steam tray, and cover the pot. Steam the potatoes for 10-12 minutes or until they are tender. Drain the potatoes, and place them cut side up on a baking sheet. Top with blue cheese, then bacon. Place under a low broiler for 2-3 minutes until the blue cheese melts. These can be served immediately or are great at room temperature, too.
*You can also buy blue cheese and precooked bacon at your local grocery salad bar—a huge money and time saver.
Crab stuffed MushrooMs With red PePPer & green onions 4 1 1 1⁄2 4 1⁄4 1⁄2 1⁄4
cups mushrooms 8-ounce container cream cheese, softened ( approx. 5 ounces ) small can crab meat red pepper, small dice green onions, small dice cup Parmesan cheese, grated tsp sea salt tsp pepper
In a mixer with the paddle attachment, stir together cream cheese, crab, red pepper, green onion, Parmesan, salt and pepper until well combined. Put filling into a pastry bag. Remove stems from mushrooms and place bottoms up on a baking sheet. Pipe the mixture into each mushroom. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes until the mushrooms are tender. Recipes and photos courtesy of jennysteffens/blogspot.com.
1⁄4 cup fresh chives, finely chopped 1 box frozen popcorn shrimp (10-14 ounces) 1⁄4 cup hot and spicy mayonnaise 1⁄4 cup sweet chili sauce 2 cups broccoli slaw mix Preheat oven to 425°F. Chop chives. Cook shrimp following package instructions. Combine mayonnaise and chili sauce; stir into shrimp. Spread broccoli slaw over serving platter; top with shrimp and sprinkle with chives.
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tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped bakery Chicago hard rolls cup deli-baked potato salad cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided 8 tsp peppered bacon bits, divded 1⁄3 cup sour cream, divided Preheat oven to 425°F. Chop chives. Cut rolls into quarters; pull out center of each roll. Spread 1 tablespoon potato salad over each roll quarter; top with 1 tablespoon cheese and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon bacon. Place in muffin pan (for ease in handling). Bake 4-5 minutes or until cheese melts. Top each with 1 teaspoon sour cream; sprinkle with chives.
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8-ounce bakery baguette 14-ounce can baby artichoke hearts, drained 1 3-ounce frozen crab cakes ( or 8 mini ), thawed 1⁄2 cup Alfredo sauce, divided 1⁄4 cup peppered bacon bits Preheat oven to 425°F. Cut twelve 1/2-inch-thick slices from bread. Press each bread slice with thumb to make indentation for filling. Bake 3-4 minutes or until toasted. Place one artichoke heart into center of each bread slice. Top with 2 teaspoons crab cake and 2 teaspoons Alfredo sauce; sprinkle with bacon. Bake 10-12 minutes or until crab cake mixture is 165°F. Recipes and photo courtesy of Publix Aprons™Simple Meals publix.com/aprons/meals/SimpleMeals.do.
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11⁄2 parts Red Stag by Jim Beam® Spiced 2 parts fresh pressed apple juice 1 part fresh lemon juice dash of balsamic vinegar Shake all ingredients with ice and serve in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.
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1 part Kimora® Coffee Liqueur 21⁄2 parts half & half Shake all ingredients with ice, and pour into glass. Garnish with a dash of ground cinnamon.
parts Red Stag by Jim Beam® Black Cherry 1 part ginger liqueur 4 parts fresh lemon sour 2 parts fresh orange juice Shake all ingredients with ice and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with a half-moon orange wheel. 3
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dash Angostura® Aromatic Bitters small cluster red currants lemon twist Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all ingredients. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with zest of lemon and cluster of red currants. 1 1
doWn the stretCh parts Grey Goose® Original part Blue Curaçao part Grenadine parts lemon-lime soda squeeze lemon wedge blackberry Add all ingredients to a tall glass filled with ice. Stir vigorously, and present with a fresh blackberry and a slice of lemon.
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parts Grey Goose® L’Orange parts cranberry juice passionfruit raspberries tsp simple syrup part lime juice
In a cocktail shaker, mix the seeds and pulp from half a passion fruit. Add the other ingredients with plenty of ice and shake hard. Strain through a fine sieve into a martini glass and garnish with raspberries.
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hat favorite restaurant with the vibrant orange truck parked in front offers a fun-filled time all day long! Happy hour at Cody’s Original Roadhouse starts early, from 11a-7p, seven days a week. Guests can order wells, calls and premiums 2 for 1 specials. Bottles of wine, ice cold beer and 32-ounce Megamugs aren’t the only offerings at the
friendly neighborhood bar. Several specialty drinks await your choosing, including the Blazing Blue Rita, and a Rum Runner. Multiple daily specials are featured. Pair that pitcher of beer or margarita with some plain good finger foods. Get your fingers messy with a plateful of Cody’s boneless chicken strips, or, bite into a quarter-pound bar burger topped with all the fixins’,
including Cody’s special sauce. Don’t miss out on Cody’s famous chicken wings, which are served plain, garlic, BBQ, mild, medium, hot or ramey (i.e. really hot), and signature jumbo onion rings—And pop in Wednesdays for a free fajitas fix: buy one for $10.98 and get one free. The roadhouse is the perfect place to meet up with old friends and just have a plain good time.
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and cards that tell you how to cook them. It’s a game that keeps players on their toes. Why WE lovE it » Watch out, the grill is ticklish!
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$21.99 / alextoys.com This box full of Alex Little Hands 3D skyscraper pieces provides a ton of ways to mix and create all sorts of buildings. Why WE lovE it » It encourages problem solving and independent thinking!
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Who wouldn’t want to decorate with duct tape—especially when it’s a tote bag? This is a fun craft for kids of all ages! Why WE lovE it » The brightly colored duct tape is hard to resist.
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Alex Jr. brings us an art kit that’s perfect for budding artists who are eager to create. Why WE lovE it » It’s the perfect activity box for parent-child bonding time.
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Asmodee’s Barbeque Party includes all sorts of silly grill items
$32.99 / asmodee.com This Asmodee game tests your vocabulary skills and stretches your imagination. Why WE lovE it » You can make the game simple for children or more complicated for adults.
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$19.99 / asmodee.com This Asmodee bluffing game tests your skills at identifying famous people who are described on each player’s card. Why WE lovE it » There are secret teammates!
rings and pink sunglasses that reveal a secret, and that’s just the beginning. Why WE lovE it » Kids can wear and swap the rings with friends!
This Cloudb turtle combines calming sounds and sights into one sweet little product to lull your little one to sleep. Why WE lovE it » Everyone can use a little tranquility in their life.
$24.99 / inkoos.com
GloGlo Inkoos, from The Bridge Direct, come in different colors and can even be decorated with glow-inthe-dark supplies. The best part? The markers are washable. Why WE lovE it » This toy was the winner of the 2012 Creative Child Magazine “Top Toy of the Year” award.
the BiG BanG theory fact or fiction trivia Game
$19.99 / educationalinsights.com
Educational Insights has created a microphone that gets kids dancing and stomping. Why WE lovE it » It’s a cool way to exercise.
$14.99 / cardinalgames.com
Here’s a great Cardinal Industries game for adults who think they know everything there is to know about The Big Bang Theory. Why WE lovE it » Bazinga!
coLor wonder LiGht-up paint paLette $24.99 / crayola.com
The paintbrush may appear clear, but it lights up with whatever color you’ve dipped into. Why WE lovE it » It’s mess free!
anGry Birds super 3d puzzLe $7.99 / cardinalgames.com
Your favorite game has been turned into a 150-piece, 3-D puzzle by Cardinal Industries. Why WE lovE it » Come on, it’s Angry Birds!
maGic moves eLectronic wand
puppet on a stick
$23.99 / educationalinsights.com These oversized, silly-faced puppets by Educational Insights are sure to drum up a few dramatic plays, hours of fun and countless possibilities! Why WE lovE it » We love anything that allows kids to be creative.
where is LaLaLoopsy? Game $12.98 / cardinalgames.com
A new kind of hide-and-seek game, this Cardinal Industries Lalaloopsy game gets kids out of their chairs and moving. Why WE lovE it » Lalaloopsy is just fun to say!
BarBie BrinG the BLinG $9.99 / cardinalgames.com
This Cardinal Industries’ game includes 24 fabulous
marker airBrush $29.99 / crayola.com
Crayola’s Marker Airbrush set is all about turning markers into spray paint-style designs. The kit includes an airbrush sprayer, stencils, paper and markers. Why WE lovE it » You can paint on fabric.
$12.99 / educationalinsights.com It’s time to rhyme with a twist in this exciting Educational Insights game. How do you play? Just get silly, be creative and start rhyming. Why WE lovE it » Who can pass up a good rhyming game?
dc Super FriendS FriendS vvoice oice comm bATWinG $40 / fisher-price.com
Your favorite superheroes can fly in style with Fisher-Price’s BatWing! With flashing lights and Batman sounds, you’ll think you’ve suddenly stepped into Gotham City. Why WE lovE it » The BatWing recognizes which superhero you’ve placed in the driver’s seat!
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the 7 haBits of happy kids Game
$29.99 / educationalinsights.com Educational Insights has created a cute and innovative game that introduces kids to the seven kid-friendly principles of happiness. Why WE lovE it » It’s fun and teaches life lessons at the same time.
apptivity case for ipad device $35.00 / fisher-price.com
With Fisher-Price’s new iPad cover, your child can play all of his or her favorite games on your iPad and you don’t need to worry about sticky fingers. Why WE lovE it » The perfect solution for protecting your iPad!
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Every Fisher-Price BatWing needs an action figure to soar through the skies of Gotham City. Why WE lovE it » Place a figure in the BatWing and you’ll unlock even more conversations between Batman and his friends!
This Dora gymnast doll by Fisher-Price does all sorts of handstands, tumbles and fantastic tricks that will keep your little one moving. Why WE lovE it » She performs four routines on her own!
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Jake’s musicaL pirate ship Bucky
Pretty in pink, this Fisher-Price Disney palace is made for a princess with impressive details, like brightly colored trim and high-flying pink flags. Why WE lovEE it » Little People versions of Cinderella and Snow White are included!
Your preschooler’s favorite pirate is about to embark on a high seas adventure with Bucky, the FisherPrice pirate ship. Why WE lovE it » Bucky will talk to you with a library of over 25 phrases.
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imaGinext eaGLee taLon castLe $60 / fisher-price.com
cruise & Groove BaLLapaLooza $60 / fisher-price.com
This Fisher-Price activity center allows children to exercise handeye coordination as they drop colorful balls down slides, ramps and chutes. Why WE lovE it » Ballapalooza grows with each developmental stage.
With this Fisher-Price castle kids can cross the bridge into an exciting world where the turn of a figure activates a gate, shuts the barricade and defends the castle from enemies. Why WE lovE it » The castle’s full of latches, doors and hidden places to discover!
m3 mASTer moveS mickey $70 / fisher-price.com
Mickey takes his moves and music to a whole new level with this new Fisher-Price toy. Why WE lovE it » More than 15 dance moves will keep your little one entertained for hours.
LauGh & Learn strideto-ride puppy $50 / fisher-price.com
A fun new way to cruise around the house, Fisher-Price brings you a friendly, ride-on puppy that grows with your child. Why WE lovE it » Puppy even teaches your child the alphabet, manners and colors.
LittLe peopLe wheeLies Loops ‘n swoops amusement park $45 / fisher-price.com
This Fisher-Price play set is full of loops, swirls, ramps, roller coasters and slides for your little one’s miniature cars. Why WE lovE it » There are lots of fun sounds, too!
activity center and it rolls down the slide. Why WE lovE it » Baby’s movements make the balls explode from the center of the toy.
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LovinG famiLy dream doLLhouse $90 / fisher-price.com
This grand estate by Fisher-Price features large rooms, elegant styles and sweet details. Why WE lovE it » There’s a hidden playroom and sparkling chandeliers.
$60 / fisher-price.com
team umizoomi: come & Get us countinG umicar $35 / fisher-price.com
This remote control Fisher-Price car moves, counts, spins and sings. Why WE lovE it » The car will even drive straight toward the person holding the remote.
Thomas the Train will be zooming around the track and zipping down the chute on this FisherPrice TrackMaster rail set. This set provides big adventure for your child on the Blue Mountain Quarry. Why WE lovE it » Watch out, the bridge might collapse!
minnie’s Bow-tique fashion on-the-Go $40 / fisher-price.com
Your fashionista Minnie Mouse fan will have a ball with this FisherPrice Bow-tique. Why WE lovE it » The handy carrying case keeps all the parts together.
team umizoomi umi shape adventures $33 / fisher-price.com
Geo, Milli and Bot will help your child learn all about shapes with this Fisher-Price Umi Shape Adventure board. Why WE lovE it » The toy features all sorts of sounds, phrases and bright colors!
rescue heroes voice comm poLice car $25 / fisher-price.com
Be a hero with this Fisher-Price police car. Place one of the action figures in the car and they come to life with phrases and directions. Why WE lovE it » The car responds to movement with real police car sounds!
BaBy aLive sips ‘n tinkLes princess $24.99 / hasbro.com
Your little mommy-in-training will love caring for Hasbro’s lovable baby doll that drinks a bottle and then requires a diaper change! Why WE lovE it » The doll even comes with dress-up clothes, a tiara and a story that can be read by your little one.
BattLeship movie edition Game $19.99 / hasbro.com
Hasbro combines the old-fashioned Battleship game with the recent 2012 Battleship motion picture, bringing this classic game to life! Why WE lovE it » The game comes in a convenient travel case.
rev ‘n Go GaraGe Gara $40 / fisher-price.com
Fisher-Price’s Rev ‘n Go cars really show their moves with this cool stunt garage. Why WE lovE it » The launcher pumps up the power for even better stunt action!
stand-up BaLLcano stand-u $40 /fisher-price.com
Babies will keep giggling as they place a colorful ball on the
thomas & friends steam nintendo wii mariokart ‘n speed r/c thomas mini radio controL kart $45 / fisher-price.com
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Thomas says a few phrases, moves forward and backward, and even spins with this cool Fisher-Price R/C toy. Why WE lovE it » This R/C train is easy for toddlers to use!
Goldie and Nintendo have created this remote control car with an easy-to-use remote and an authentic Mario or Yoshi in the driver’sseat. Why WE lovE it » The karts look just like the ones from the video game.
BeyBLade metaL fury destroyer dome $39.99 / hasbro.com
If there’s a little boy in your house, you’ve probably heard about Hasbro’s Beyblade brand. The new Destroyer Dome is an epic arena that adds a whole new element to Beyblade battles. Why WE lovE it » With this toy, you’ll even get two collector cards!
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y Bop it! smash $19.99 / hasbro.com
Lightening-fast reflexes and your competitive side are required for this favorite Hasbro game. Why WE lovE it » A perfect party game for all ages!
furreaL friends Bouncy, my happy-to-see-me-pup $36.99 / hasbro.com
nerf firevision toys heLLo kitty monopoLy $39.99 / sanrio.com
The perfect addition to any Hello Kitty collection, Sanrio and Hasbro have created a Hello Kitty Monopoly game that includes flats instead of houses, garden terraces instead of hotels and collectible tokens. Why WE lovE it » Even the Monopoly money features Hello Kitty!
Hasbro’s Bouncy the pup recognizes voices and movement, and she barks like a real, happy puppy! Why WE lovE it » She’ll even jump around in circles.
monopoLy miLLionaire $19.99 / hasbro.com
eLefun & friends snackin’ safari $14.99 / hasbro.com
Live like a millionaire in this high-end version of Hasbro’s Monopoly. Why WE lovE it » You might start out with a paper airplane and by the time the game is over, you could own a private jet!
With his bouncing trunk, Hasbro’s Elefun sniffs out snacks and inspires your preschoolers to race around the room and find them. Why WE lovE it » There’s more than one way to play this game.
my LittLe pony twiLiGht sparkLe car $24.99 / hasbro.com
furreaL friends dizzy dancers $8.99 / hasbro.com
Hasbro’s adorable dizzy dancing pets are sure to bring out your child’s playful side with spins, tricks and dance moves. Why WE lovE it » There are over 50 Dizzy Dancers to collect.
The magical Hasbro ponies have found a new mode of transportation with this cute R/C car that’s sure to keep your little girl giggling. Why WE lovE it » The Twilight Sparkle Car features a playlist of songs.
$9.99-$19.99 / hasbro.com
Put on the Fire Frames glasses, turn out the lights and watch as the ball lights up. This excellent addition to your child’s collection of Hasbro Nerf toys will provide for hours of backyard (or indoor) fun. Why WE lovE it » It’s just plain cool!
koosh GaLaxy soLar recon $26.99 / hasbro.com
Hasbro’s new ball launcher is perfect for young adventurers who want to protect the galaxy and have exciting Nerf battles. Why WE lovE it » This glow-in-the-dark blaster has fantastic lights and sounds.
mr. potato head the amazinG spider-man spider spud $9.99 / hasbro.com
In celebration of Mr. Potato Head’s 60th birthday, Playskool and Hasbro have created Spider Spud, inspired by The Amazing Spiderman film. Why WE lovE it » We think this costume might be Mr. Potato Head’s best outfit yet!
scraBBLe catch phrase eLectronic $19.99 / hasbro.com
Hasbro’s new and exciting version of the classic Catch Phrase game will have a whole new set of families frantically trying to guess the phrase. Why WE lovE it » This game creates an opportunity for family bonding.
pLay-doh sweet shoppe candy cycLone $19.99 / hasbro.com
Hasbro’s made a new way to love Play-Doh. This time, we’re being introduced to a Play-Doh gumball machine that creates colorful pieces of candy and then sends them down the spiral slide. Why WE lovE it » Candy and Play-Doh. What’s not to love?
come ‘n pLay cookie monster kitchen cafe $59.99 / hasbro.com
The beloved Sesame Street friends are working in the kitchen, training your little chefs with this Hasbro and Playskool toy. Why WE lovE it » There are several “food” pieces, a menu and cooking utensils included!
tonka chuck & friends tumBLin’ chuck $39.99 / hasbro.com
This Hasbro truck has seven activities and games and over 80 phrases. Your kids will have hours of fun in the house or outside with Tumblin’ Chuck. Why WE lovE it » This truck can even do somersaults!
Bear in underwear Backpack adventure Board Game $20 / haywiregroup.com
In this humorous new game from Haywire Group, players must travel through the board game’s forest collecting food, various items and underwear! Why WE lovE it » It’s so silly you can’t help but love it.
$9.99 / hogwildtoys.com Hog Wild’s Dino can launch a foam ball out of its nose with some help from your little one. Why WE lovE it » Dino includes six foam balls and a carry net so you can take the Dino Popper anywhere.
rapid fire power popper $16.99 / hogwildtoys.com
This Hog Wild Power Popper can hold 12 soft balls and shoot them in rapid succession. Why WE lovE it » Provides hours of imaginative play!
icee deLuxe sLushy machine roBBin’ eGGs Board Game $20 / haywiregroup.com
In this Haywire Group game, you’ll have to get the number of eggs in the nest as close to the number on the dice as possible. Why WE lovE it » The rules are silly and you’ll have to put on your mathematics hat to win.
$25.99 / icee.com
This slushy machine makes real slushies with an easy step-bystep process that’s perfect for kids. Why WE lovE it » A yummy family treat any time of year.
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The Pop&Play activity mat and play gym feature a variety of colorful gadgets and gizmos that spin, twirl and make noise to keep your baby entertained and stimulated. Why WE lovE it » The pods and plush toys are interchangeable to create a whole new toy for your little one.
Spin into action and transform into battle with the all-new Monsuno Core and Transforming Action Figures by Jakks Pacific. Why WE lovE it » There are hundreds of Monsuno action figures to add to your collection.
$12.99-$49.99 / infantino.com
spin ‘n styLe whirL ‘n wear headBands $24.99 / intplay.com
Decorate and design fashionable headbands with International Playthings’ new headband decorating kit. Why WE lovE it » Perfect for a kids’ party or sleepover activity.
$12.99 / monsuno.com
monsuno wiLd core $21.99 / monsuno.com
The Monsuno Wild Core brings motorized, electronic chaos to any battle. Jakks Pacific has created a toy that’s loaded with perpetual spins, LED lights and transformations. Why WE lovE it » There are more Monsuno toys to collect!
caBBaGe patch kids BaBies $24.99 / jakks.com
Jakks Pacific is introducing more babies to the Cabbage Patch. Your little mommy-in-training will love this gift! Why WE lovE it » You can find a mini-me doll that looks like your child!
ibounce kidS TrAmpoline $99.95 / jumpsport.com
This JumpSport trampoline can be used indoors or outdoors and is the perfect size for toddlers and young kids. Why WE lovE it » There’s a tablet mount on the handlebars!
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y wrench, hammer and drill! To complete the kit, there’s a carrying bucket for the tools. Why WE lovE it » Your little one can work right alongside you as you fix stuff.
winx cLuB BeLievix deLuxe fashion doLLs $19.99 / winxtoys.jakks.com
These enchanting Jakks Pacific fairy dolls, based on the new Nickelodeon show, are perfect for the little one who loves magical transformations, fashion and sparkles. Why WE lovE it » There’s a magical membership card that can be redeemed online.
doc mcstuffins “time for your check-up” doLL $39.99 / justplayproducts.com
Just Play’s new Doc McStuffins doll, based on the popular Disney television show, is always busy healing toys of their problems. Why WE lovE it » Lambie and Doc can even have conversations and this doc can sing!
$43.99 / knex.com Tinkertoys by K’Nex and Playskool are made from durable plastic that snaps together easily, allowing your child to create one-of-a-kind 3-D designs. Why WE lovE it » It’s a classic!
$49.99 / lego.com
candy construction BuiLdinG set
$34.99 / learningresources.com
Bounce Bounce tiGGer $39.99 / justplayproducts.com
Just Play is introducing a toy that’s full of bouncing fun. He waves, bounces and sings. Why WE lovE it » Tigger features a parent-friendly volume control.
kLutz craft Books $12.99-$24.99 / klutz.com
From creating your own coin blaster arcade and Disney Princess paper purses to building Buzz Lightyear gliders and designing mini bottle cap jewelry, Klutz has a craft book for every interest. Why WE lovE it » All Klutz books come with age-appropriate, easy-to-read instructions so crafting will never be frustrating.
minnie’s fLippinG fun kitchen
$59.99 / justplayproducts.com
$39.95 / lolofun.com
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Lolo’s Bucket Blast introduces you to 15 games in one fun-packed bucket! Chase, balance and toss your way through a variety of games. Why WE lovE it » Indoor and outdoor games are included.
This adorable Learning Resources toy helps you teach your child not only colors, but the differences between common vegetables and fruits, as well as how to choose nutritious meals in a fun, creative way. Why WE lovE it » It’s never too early to learn good nutrition, right?
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This girly Minnie Mouse kitchen by Just Play has a hidden sink, milkshake maker, dish rack, Lazy Susan and a frying pan that actually flips a pancake. Why WE lovE it » Minnie’s kitchen makes realistic sounds.
$19.99 / melissaanddoug.com facebook.com/melissa&doug
$70.99 / knex.com
This 4-foot-tall, 1,225-piece roller coaster set by K’Nex will provide hours of fun for your adventurous pre-teen. Why WE lovE it » The track is over 37 feet long and includes a motorized chain lift.
Your child will feel like a real ninja with this box of action figures and LEGO creatures. Why WE lovE it » This impressive box of figurines includes Fangtom, Jay ZX, Fangdam, Fangpyre, ninja swords and more.
Candy Construction by Learning Resources is a cute new way to build towers and designs. Why WE lovE it » Each building piece actually looks like pieces of candy—peppermints, gumdrops and more!
$39.99 / learningresources.com
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$24.99 / learningresresources.com This Learning Resources tool set includes a saw, screwdriver,
It’s teatime with Melissa & Doug! This perfectly designed tea set comes complete with everything your favorite girl needs to host a spectacular tea party. Why WE lovE it » The floral designs are just too cute.
BiG riG BuiLdinG set $29.99 / melissaanddoug.com facebook.com/melissa&doug
This two-piece Melissa & Doug tractor-trailer set has a great collection of wooden construction pieces to put together. Why WE lovE it » All 22 wooden pieces fit into the trailer so they’ll stay organized and clutter-free.
BLinGLes accessory pack $16.99 / myblingles.com
The newest way to decorate your world with sparkles comes in the form of Moose Toys’ Blingles Accessory Pack. Why WE lovE it » Great mess-free, accessorizing fun!
SchWinn hiGh Timber bike $208.13 / schwinnbikes.com
This 24-inch Schwinn bike is designed with mountain and street biking in mind. Why WE lovE it » This bike comes in color schemes both boys and girls will love!
fortune cookie maker set $24.99 / moosetoys.com
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$19.99 / melissaanddoug.com facebook.com/melissa&doug Introduce your kids to the fun of getting snail mail with this Melissa & Doug wooden mailbox complete with a red flag, letters, number stickers and more. Why WE lovE it » Your child can write on the letters and postcards with wipe-clean crayons, which are also included.
Children get to create, write and decorate fortune cookies with this cool Moose Toys fortune cookie maker. Oh yea, and they can eat them, too! Why WE lovE it » This is a great kids’ party activity!
teenaGe mutant ninJa turtLes powersound fx action fiGure $14.99 / playmatestoys.com
GeLarti activity pack $19.99 / moosetoys.com
Enjoy hours of creating, designing and adding all sorts of fantastic decorations to solid surfaces with this Moose Toys art and activity pack. Why WE lovE it » The set even includes a bonus book, marble tools, stickers, paints and more.
Playmates Toys has created a new PowerSound action figure that can do all sorts of fun ninja tricks. Why WE lovE it » The TMNT were so popular 20 years ago, that they brought them back for a new generation to enjoy.
$89.99 / illumivor.com
micro charGers time track
$19.99 / playmobilusa.com
Equipped with four lane chargers, this Moose Toys Time Track set is the biggest Micro Chargers race challenge yet. Why WE lovE it » There are lots of fun loops, twirls and spins for your chargers!
Your child will love waking up each morning of December and opening the calendar doors to reveal special surprises. Why WE lovE it » This Playmobil calendar gives your little one something small to look forward to each day.
the trash pack series 3 $11.99 / trashpack.com
Moose Toys introduces us to the gross gang in your garbage with this “12 Trashies in trash cans” pack. Why WE lovE it » There are more than 100 Trashies to collect.
$14.99 / ponyroyaleworld.com These beautiful, bejeweled ponies by Razor USA are super stylish and offer more than 60 fashion styles. Why WE lovE it » You can collect them all to create your own barn full of beauties.
iLLumivor mecha-shark pLaymoBiL advent caLendar
$64.99 / microchargers.com
Skyrocket Toys has created this glowing, radio-controlled, half shark, half cyborg machine with impressive teeth and real sound effects. Why WE lovE it » This shark measures an impressive 18 inches!
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y with her own personality and style. Why WE lovE it » The dolls look surprisingly life-like.
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$89.95 / rockboard.com
Ride the streets in style with this Rockboard Radiate Skateboard that comes in a variety of colors. Why WE lovE it » LED wiring literally makes the board dazzle with lights.
aLL around waGon whisper wheeLs
$49.99 / step2.com
One side of this Step2 easel features a metal dry-erase board and the other side is perfect for drawing with chalk. Why WE lovE it » Two children can play at once!
easy steer sportster whisper wheeLs
$79.99 / step2.com
$69.99 / step2.com
One of America’s favorite childhood toy brands is back with this Step2 wagon, uniquely designed with whisper wheels and easy-open doors. Why WE lovE it » It’s easier to pull the kids than to carry them!
It’s like a stroller, only cooler! With tough wheels that maneuver well over rough roads and gravel, this sturdy ride-on sportster is a must for any family on the go. Why WE lovE it » The wheels may be large, but they’re not loud.
$24.99 / thegamechef.com This Game Chef game is fun for all ages and keeps you on your toes. You’ll be laughing out loud (it is called Rollick! after all) as you act out the clues with your teammates. Why WE lovE it » Rollick! has over 750 clues.
$5.99 / toysrus.com Upon placing them in warm water, these little Toys R Us Sea Wees change color and transform right before your eyes, making bath time fun! Why WE lovE it » Sea Wees don’t take up much space.
$19.99 / thinkfun.com Perfect for parents and toddlers to play and learn together, Think Fun has created a game that teaches toddlers all about sounds, animals and emotions. Why WE lovE it » We love toys that teach children about the world around them.
$12.99 / ugames.com After 15 seconds of looking at a car, you have to be able to answer questions about it. Do you think you could do it? Why WE lovE it » There are a variety of Brain Boxes by University Games available that cover all sorts of subjects.
turtLe tunes $29.99 / tomy.com
Tomy and Lamaze have created this adorable melodious toy turtle that features all sorts of sounds to keep your baby entertained. Why WE lovE it » This cuddly turtle friend is perfect for tummy time!
creATive cookS kiTchen $190 / step2.com
Imagine the child-size version of your dream kitchen! This is it. This Step2 kitchen even includes a recycling bin. Why WE lovE it » Fabulous details, like a farmhouse-style sink.
Journey GirLs $32.99 / toysrus.com
Toys R Us has created a line of lovable, collectible dolls, each
poppin hoppies $19.99 / ugames.com
The Poppin Hoppies, spring-loaded figures with suction cups, are depressed and players try to catch them as they pop up. Why WE lovE it » It’s an action-packed game by University Games that will get family members up and out of their chairs.
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the fun of old-fashioned tabletop games, this Wonder Forge game tests your wits, memory and matching skills! Why WE lovE it » This promotes high-tech family time.
$17.99 / vetch.com
Vtech’s Brilli keeps the fun times going with counting, sounds and rhyming modes. Why WE lovE it » Kids can even try their hand at classic games like hot potato!
$29.99 / worxtoys.com
neverLand chaLLenGe Game $19.99 / wonderforge.com
switch & Go dinos $15.99-$29.99 / vtech.com
Jake and his friends have teamed up with Wonder Forge to bring you a high-seas adventure that will require you to don your pirate gear and capture gold doubloons. Why WE lovE it » This game promotes physical activity.
A 2-in-1 Vtech transformer that changes from a dinosaur to a vehicle. Now that’s awesome! Why WE lovE it » The LCD screen plays short animations.
$2.69 / zingtoys.com
$19.99 / wonderworldtoys.com
$19.99 / wonderforge.com
Wonder Forge has designed the perfect magical dress-up game featuring Disney princesses and dazzling tiaras. Why WE lovE it » The counting and matching game includes 200 cards.
This charming fishing game by Wonderworld uses a wooden rod to catch miniature magnetic fish of various colors. Why WE lovE it » We love anything that teaches children in a fun way.
air storm pop rocketz $4.99 / zingtoys.com
Your child will have loads of fun as they prepare for takeoff and blast off with this Zing rocket that can soar 50 feet into the air. Why WE lovE it » It’s safe for indoor and outdoor fun.
Push the center of a Zing ZeeBeez and then drop it on a flat surface. The fun is in trying to catch your ZeeBeez as it bounces up to 6 feet in the air. Why WE lovE it » It works as a great stress-reliever!
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Your child will enjoy hours of racing and learning about cars from WorxToys’ new racing car. Why WE lovE it » The Speedster even has remote transmitter compatibility, working doors and removable wheels.
yFlicker F3 ScooTer $139.99 / yvolution.com
This three-wheeled Yvolution scooter that will provide hours of fun, as your child drifts down the sidewalk. Why WE lovE it » It has an easy-to-use, stow-away folding system.
wonder GLow BLocks $22.99 / wonderworldtoys.com
dr. seuss fun machine Game tiLes $9.99 / wonderforge.com
A new game combining app technology from your iPad and
Wonderworld’s glow-in-the-dark wooden blocks provide hours of entertainment and education for children. Why WE lovE it » The blocks change color depending on the lighting.
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Books the LadyBuG Game $11.95 / zobmondo.com
Watch out, there are plenty of roadblocks along the way as the ladybugs try to find their way home. Why WE lovE it » This game was invented by a young girl from California!
$1.99 / floppets.com Zydeco Studios brings us the newest and cutest wave of collectables. These little guys are perfect for adding a personal touch to any backpack, ring, flip flop or shoelace. Why WE lovE it » Kids can collect and share their Floppets.
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DiSney FairieS: the FairieS encyclOpeDia $16.99
wouLd you rather...? $29.95 / zobmondo.com
The perfect party activity is better than ever with Zobmondo’s version of the game that’s sure to make you squeamish. Why WE lovE it » The hilarious questions will keep your group laughing.
cityviLLe monopoLy $24.99 / zynga.com
CityVille Monopoly by Zynga and Hasbro allows you to build your dream city, compete to become mayor and even build houses. Why WE lovE it » Every game comes with a code that allows you to redeem City Cash on your online version of CityVille.
Your little fairy will love this delightfully illustrated book. Why WE lovE it » It has a glitter book cover!
DiSney pixar character encyclOpeDia $16.99 Stuffed full of facts about 200 classic Disney characters. Why WE lovE it » A must-have book for Disney Pixar fans.
legO Super herOeS Batman ViSual DictiOnary $21.99 Explore the world of Batman and other awesome heroes. Why WE lovE it » Superheroes + Legos = Awesome.
Optical illuSiOnS $19.99 This interactive book is full of flaps, tabs, pulls and impressive optical illusions. Why WE lovE it » Honestly, it’s just a really cool book!
farmviLLe hunGry herd $22.99 / zynga.com
$40 zoobies.com Zoobies has brought America’s favorite storybook characters to life with its line of 3-in-1 plush animals. Why WE lovE it » Each of the characters acts as both a pillow and a cuddly blanket.
The whole family can play as each person tries to gobble up marbles with a variety of farm animals. Why WE lovE it » We have to give Zynga and Hasbro credit for coming up with this new idea!
DOODlepeDia $12.99 This DK book will introduce readers to a world of fantastic facts and fabulously beautiful doodles. Why WE lovE it » The book has kids finishing off pre-drawn doodles.
SmithSOnian Super nature encyclOpeDia $24.99 This book features 100 of the coolest creatures on the planet. Why WE lovE it » It’s a musthave book for kids who love nature.
literally counting everything that goes. Why WE lovE it » The colorful illustrations will keep your child’s attention.
charlie anD the chriStmaS kitty By Ree Drummond
amelia BeDelia BOOkS By Peggy Parish
With this story about finding the good in everything, Ree Drummond reintroduces his Charlie the Ranch Dog character… this time with a dab of winter cheer. Why WE lovE it » He’s a lovable pup with a lesson we can all learn.
prices vary Discover why so many kids have fallen in love with Amelia Bedelia, the girl who’s full of surprises and seems to be confused about everything. Why WE lovE it » Everything always seems to turn out perfectly.
the great unexpecteD By Sharon Creech
$16.99 With a cast of intriguing characters, from Crazy Cora to the boy who fell out of a tree, this book is full of surprises when two worlds mesh together unexpectedly. Why WE lovE it » The characters are well formed and interesting.
WarriOrS nOVel SerieS By Erin Hunter
$16.99 Follow the adventures of four warrior clans with this three-book “Omen of the Star Warriors” box set as they journey to discover the secrets that bind them together. Why WE lovE it » It’s a great book series for the tweens in your life.
By Veronica Roth
BelieVe: the VictOriOuS StOry OF eric legranD By Eric LeGrand and Mike Yorkey
The first installment of Roth’s much-anticipated dystopian trilogy, Divergent introduces readers to Tris, a young woman who must make the most important decision of her life. Why WE lovE it » Our copy of the book is signed! Yes, seriously!
$16.99 This memoir, written by a football player who was left paralyzed following a tackle, has recently been adapted for young readers. Why WE lovE it » It’s an inspirational story the whole family can enjoy.
it’S time FOr preSchOOl By Esme Raji Codell
$15.99 Codell’s book makes preschool sound exciting and fun. Why WE lovE it » Most books kindergarconcentrate on starting kindergar ten—this one caters to the younger crowd!
pete the cat SaVeS chriStmaS By Eric Litwin
$17.99 Pete the Cat is the only one who can help a sick Santa deliver presents on time. Why WE lovE it » A new spin on the classic The Night Before Christmas.
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carniVal OF SOulS By Melissa Marr
$17.99 In a high-powered competition, the characters must use their abilities to fight for their lives. Why WE lovE it » It’s a page turner.
eVerything gOeS: 123 Beep Beep Beep! and eVerything gOeS StOp! gO! By Brian Biggs
$7.99 From fire-trucks and motorcycles to racecars and trucks, Biggs will have your little one
By Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton
$19.99 Julie Andrews and her daughter tell the tale of a cat named Bonnie “Bo” who embarks on a London adventure. Why WE lovE it » This book was a mother-daughter endeavor.
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By Esme Raji Codell
$16.99 A charming story about why we should all respect Johnny Appleseed. Why WE lovE it » This book makes learning about history entertaining.
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unlikely bond between one of the troublemaking Raven Boys and Blue Sargent. Why WE lovE it » You’ll just have to trust us on this one!
the SpinDlerS By Lauren Oliver
$16.99 In this story, a girl named Liza discovers that her brother has changed over night and it’s up to her to save him. Why WE lovE it » It’s a story of family love and loyalty.
Star WarS 123 $12.99 Counting Star Wars characters and starships, your child will learn their numbers in no time at all. Why WE lovE it » The book counts all the way up to 100 imperial Stormtroopers!
hOW DO DinOSaurS DinOSaur Say Din happy chanukah? and hOW DO DinOSaurS Say merry chriStmaS? By Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
$16.99 Join your favorite prehistoric pals as they learn all about the traditions of Chanukah and Christmas. Why WE lovE it » These books provide a great way to educate your child on traditions and customs.
By Lauren Conrad
$18.99 In this young adult book, a fictional reality show star, Madison Parker, learns firsthand of the downside of fame. Why WE lovE it » We like seeing Lauren Conrad as a role model.
the raVen BOyS By Maggie Stiefvater
the ultimate hunger gameS package $7.99-$30 Whether you’re just getting into The Hunger Games phenomenon or you’re a Hunger Games aficionado, Scholastic has the everything you need to learn all about the trilogy, from The Hunger Games Collector’s Edition and Illustrated Movie Companion to the Tribute Guide and an intro to the world of Panem. Why WE lovE it » These guides provide awesome behind-thescenes details.
With mystery and suspense filling every page, this story is about an
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I See Me, a company that publishes personalized children’s books, offers an array of children’s stories featuring characters with your child’s name. Why WE lovE it » Your children will love reading books that are all about them!
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Olive oil has 2 grams of saturated fat as opposed to butter’s 7 grams.
Unsweetened applesauce can be used to replace half of the butter.
Swap out butter for pumpkin purée instead.
Try avocado as a hearthealthy replacement.
Mashed bananas work great, too, but remember to use less milk or water.
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“Cold viruses are always out there, and you can catch a cold any time of the year,” says Theresa Clavier, a nursing consultant with the Marion County Health Department. “The most important thing you can do to avoid getting a cold is to wash your hands often. And if you do get sick, especially with the flu, stay home until you are well instead of going to work and infecting others.” While there are several things we can do to reduce our chances of getting sick, most health care experts believe that the most important thing we can do to avoid contracting the flu is to get a preventive flu shot. “It’s very important to get a flu shot every year, even if it’s the same strain,” says Clavier, “because immunity wanes over time.” And contrary to popular belief, getting a flu shot or a nasal spray vaccine will not give you the flu. This is because the flu shot contains inactivated virus, and FluMist, the spray vaccine, contains live attenuated virus. You may get an irritated throat and/or a runny nose, but neither the flu shot or the spray vaccine will give you the flu. “The flu shot is recommended for most people six months and older,” says Clavier. “But because the spray vaccine contains live virus, there are more restrictions on who can take it. So it’s important to check with your doctor about these restrictions before getting a flu shot or spray vaccine.”
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10 Ways To sTay HealTHy Think like a surgeon and wash, wash, wash your hands with soap and water for two minutes each time.
Use alcohol wipes, at least 60 percent alcohol, when soap and water aren’t available.
Use a disinfectant to wipe down surfaces around your house where viruses can linger, such as door handles, sink faucets knobs, computer keyboard and mouse, remote controls and phones.
Viruses love cold, dry air, so use a humidifier to warm up your house. But remember to keep it clean so bacteria and mold don’t breed.
Get a good night’s sleep of seven to eight hours to keep your immune system strong.
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Despite your best efforts, you’ve still managed to get a nasty cold, maybe even the flu. You’re sneezing, coughing, aching, maybe running a fever. If you opt for some do-it-yourself treatment, there are plenty of cold/flu products on the shelves of your nearest pharmacy, grocery store and health store. And while these products won’t cure you, they might help make you a little less miserable. Here’s a look at a few of the products available and what ingredients are in them.
During ColD/Flu season De-stress, as chronic stress tears down your immune system and makes you more susceptible to illness. Flush your nasal passages with a saltwater solution using distilled water or use a vaporizer/facial steamer.
Skip the handshake/fist bump/hug greeting during cold/flu season.
Eat immuneboosting foods like fruits, veggies, salmon and yogurt.
Exercise regularly, at least 30 minutes most days, to strengthen your immune system.
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» Acetaminophen (pain reliever/fever reducer) » Dextromethorphan (cough suppressant) » Doxylamine succinate (antihistamine)
*The NyQuil Daytime formula omits the antihistamine, as this is what makes you sleepy.
Vitamins A, C, E; magnesium, zinc, selenium, manganese; herbal extracts and homeopathic ingredients; amino acids glutamine and lysine
cold-eeze dAyTime Zinc gluconicum
» Guaifenesin (expectorant to thin mucus that causes congestion/coughing)
» Acetaminophen (pain relief/ fever reducer) » Dextromethorphan (cough suppressant) » Phenylephrine (nasal decongestant)
robiTuSSin mulTi-SympTom cold » Dextromethorphan (cough suppressant) » Guaifenesin (expectorant) » Phenylephrine (nasal decongestant)
Zinc gluconicum, melatonin and chamomile Zinc aceticum & zinc gluconicum
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SAmbucol blAck elderberry cold & Flu relieF Black elderberry, zinc, & homeopathic ingredients
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Pictured l-r: 1. Matthew Morgan, ARNP (Cardiology), 2. Premranjan (Prem) Singh, MD, FACC, FSCAI (Interventional Cardiology), 3. Kriti Kumari, MD (Primary Care), 4. Manoranjan Singh, MD, FACC (Cardiology), 5. Bindeshwari (Biju) Sinha, MD (Primary Care), 6. Rebecca Boone, ARNP (Primary Care), 7. Jaskaran Bedi, MD (Primary Care), 8. Josef Vesely, MD (Endocrinology)
Ruby Lowrey was at a breaking point before meeting the doctors at Marion Heart Associates.
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or a patient struggling with a heart condition, there is arguably nothing scarier than the accompanying symptoms. Shortness of breath, extreme fatigue and the like often leave the patient confused or lacking judgment. That is why it is so important to be in the care of doctors who take the time to listen and go the extra mile for their patient. No one knows this better than Ruby Lowrey. In 2007, Ruby experienced a heart attack. She was taken to the hospital where her doctors performed a catheterization and put in two stents. Hoping this procedure would be the end of the scary episode, she returned to life as usual. However, her symptoms never quite went away. She was left with a shortness of breath that eventually left her unable to walk a few short feet across her living room. “I found myself not being able to walk more than 15 steps before I
was completely out of breath,” recalls Ruby. She continued to see her physician and relay her concerns. “My doctor just kept saying if I’d loose weight and walk more I would be OK, but nobody would listen. I couldn’t walk—I was too tired,” she says, recalling her frustration. The doctor performed another catheterization with two more stents a few years following the first, but to Ruby’s dismay, there was still no change in her symptoms. “They made me feel like I was crazy or a hypochondriac,” she says. “No one could understand that I wasn’t being lazy. I absolutely couldn’t walk.” Finally, Ruby went to see Dr. Kumari at Marion Heart Associates. After reviewing her medical history and listening to Ruby’s symptoms, Dr. Kumari wasn’t convinced that Ruby’s heart was the problem. She consulted fellow cardiologist Dr. Singh, and
together they came up with a plan for Ruby. Dr. Singh found that Ruby’s real problem was her kidney function. He discovered that one kidney was completely dead while the other was only functioning at 5 to 10 percent capacity, and she was only three to six months away from needing dialysis. “I couldn’t believe how close I came to being on dialysis,” says Ruby. “I knew something was wrong, but nobody would listen, until I came to Marion Heart Associates. They didn’t think I was overreacting. They saved my life,” she says. Today, Ruby is back to her old self. After successfully unblocking her remaining kidney, Ruby can walk with ease and go on living her life. “I’m a different woman,” she says, expressing her thankfulness to the doctors at Marion Heart Associates. Her story is not unique. Doctors often see patients, not people. The team at Marion Heart Associates takes the time to listen to every single person who walks through their doors. Illnesses of any sort
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oTher TreATmenTS: Antidepressants; counseling; outdoor, morning exercise
Sources: webmd.com; psychologytoday.com
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liFeSTyle: Being overweight and inactive; high stress
» Avoiding activity/exercise extremes » Implementing a gradual exercise program (i.e. walking for 5-10 minutes a day for 2 weeks, then adding 5 minutes per week)
» » » »
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The Braised Onion is gearing up for a busy season, but there’s still time to book a holiday party. Whether you have an event catered off-site or use the restaurant’s banquet room, which accommodates up to 90 people, Executive Chef Loring Felix and Catering/ Events Manager Marge Felix can help you Flashon Studio / Shutterstock.com pull off a memorable celebration. Recent winner of the 2012 Culinary Combat competition, The Braised Onion serves lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. In addition to the regular menu, the daily specials feature some of their most popular items, like New Orleans BBQ Shrimp simmered in Cajun garlic brown butter are served over cheese grits. 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala (352) 620-9255 facebook.com/ BraisedOnionRestaurant
NUTMeG Actually the seed of an evergreen tree, which also produces mace, nutmeg is a mild baking spice used in sausages, meats, soups and preserves and is commonly added to eggnog, puddings, baked goods and fruit pies.
pUMpkiN pie spice A blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and mace, pumpkin pie spice can also be used with squash and other baked goods.
Cloves are “flower buds” from an evergreen tree and are used in spice cookies and cakes.
Likely the most common baking spice, cinnamon is used in cakes, cookies, yogurt, oatmeal and tea and is often paired with apples and other fruits.
This tangy spice can add zest to soups and sauces and is also perfect in chicken and fish dishes.
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or beautiful scenery, a relaxing atmosphere, fresh blueberries and delicious wine, the Island Grove Wine Company is the perfect destination. Located in Island Grove, Florida, amidst the large oak trees and quiet country roads, free wine tastings and tours of the state-of-the-art facility located on a 200-plus-acre blueberry farm are available weekdays from 10am to 4pm. Island Grove Ag Products has been in the fresh blueberry industry for over 20 years, producing over 2 million pounds of fresh fruit a year. The founders were looking for a new way to use their excess fruit that usually goes to making juice, jams and other bakery products. “After searching for the best possible way to use the fruit, a premier wine maker, Chase Marden, joined us in 2010. His extraordinary wine-making reputation in Florida preceded him, and he became a perfect fit for the IGAP family, and thus, the Island Grove Wine Company was born,” says Sarah Aschliman, director of marketing and creative at Island Grove Wine Company. This month, Island Grove is offering its newest limited-edition wine: Holiday Pomegranate and Berry, available only at the winery. “It is fruity and sweet with a beautiful arrangement of zinfandel grapes, mixed berries and pomegranate,” says Sarah. Island Grove’s most popular wines are the 100 percent blueberry wines, both the Kinda Dry and Sorta Sweet varieties, but there is a ﬂavor for every type of fruit lover, including Southern Strawberry Riesling, Rustic Raspberry Zinfandel, Crisp Green Apple Gewurztraminer and Bold Blackberry Merlot. Backporch Peach Chardonnay and Blueberry Muscato are a couple of brand-new ﬂavors that will be available early next year. Custom wine baskets, from one-bottle to an elaborate six-bottle
arrangement, are also available and make perfect gifts for co-workers, friends and family. Most of the freshly picked blueberries go to the fresh market or the Island Grove wines, but any fruit left on the bushes in May becomes available for picking one Saturday a year coinciding with the Island Grove Blueberry Festival. Go on out for your free wine tasting and tour today, or order your favorite fruit wine online!
island grove Wine company 24703 SE 193rd Ave, Hawthorne (352) 481-WINE (9463) IslandGroveWineCompany.com facebook.com/islandgrovewinecompany
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Tast-T-O Donuts has been an Ocala institution since 1969. There’s something delightfully ironic about the fact that current owners Jerry Blaznik and Chris Hayworth worked for the Sheriff ’s Office before buying Tast-T-O in 2005 from original owners George and Janice Eatmon. Jerry’s wife, Wendy, and Chris’s wife, Brenda, also help with the business, which features 21 varieties of cake donuts, éclairs, Aaron Amat / Shutterstock.com “fancies” and filled donuts. “We mix all the dough in small mixers, and roll and cut the donuts by hand,” says Jerry. “There are no conveyor belts or machines.” The Ocala location is open seven days a week; a second shop in Belleview is open every day except Sunday. 2205 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala (352) 622-7657 Find them on Facebook at Tast-t-odonutsofocala/ belleview
Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 / tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the wait staff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs make for a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections. Like us
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3100 SW College Road, Ocala (Inside the Paddock Mall Food Court) / (352) 671-6775 Mon-Sat 10a-9p / Sun 12p-5p Indulge in some of Hong Kong’s most decadent and delicious desserts at the new Lettea Café. The crispy-on-the-outside, yet light-and-fluffy-on-the-inside eggette is made fresh to order in flavors like sesame or chocolate. Creamy milk teas that blend premium tea leaves with delicious fresh milk can be enjoyed alone or added to boba for the drink you can actually eat. Choose from a variety of flavors like honeydew or mango and add your favorite toppings for a healthy and delicious treat. And don’t forget to try the snowy, a Taiwanese ice treat that melts like snowflakes on your tongue.
Milk and fruit teas come in a variety of ﬂavors with many toppings available. They can also be warmed up for a delicious hot dessert beverage on a cold winter day. Samples are available.
El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 / 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala / (352) 291-2121 / 7 Days 11a-11p Happy Hour Daily 4p-7p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $3.95; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $3.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $5.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $4.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $3.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $6.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $6.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $6.95; and Enchilada Fridays, $6.95. Don’t miss Margarita Mondays with $1.95 margaritas. On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under can get 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday you can get 99¢ margaritas and $1.95 for domestic and imported beers. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day.
Join us every day for happy hour from 4-7p and get 2-for-1 wells or drafts. Whether it’s delicious food, great drinks or a festive atmosphere, there are more reasons than ever to visit either El Toreo location today.
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Blanca’s Café located in the Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club, is serving Christmas Day dinner from noon to 7pm on December 25. The special menu features traditional turkey and Elena Shashkina / Shutterstock.com ham in addition to fish, beef and pork. Throughout the year, Blanca’s Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday and specializes in Italian dishes. Friday night features 1 ½-pound, live Maine lobster (be sure to make your reservations by Wednesday). There’s karaoke on Wednesdays, music and dancing on Saturdays and a full bar with happy hour specials served from 3-6pm. 5174 NW 26th Street, Ocala (352) 867-0001
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Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant 3355 SW College Rd, Ocala / (352) 671-9411 Weekdays 11a-10p / Weekends 11a-11p / Happy Hour Mon-Sun All Day If you crave a real taste of Mexico in a festive and colorful place accompanied by Mexican music with live mariachi every Thursday, Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant is the best option. Delight in a variety of appetizers, meal combinations and daily specials. Lunch: Fajita Monday, $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesday, $5.50; Super Enchiladas Wednesday, $5.49; Deluxe Taco Salad Thursday, $4.95; Taco Enchilada Friday, $4.95. Dinner: Tacos De Asada Monday, $10.99; Super Burrito Tuesday, $7.95; Chili Verde/Colorado Wednesday, $9.95; #8 Two Burritos Thursday, $8.50; Enchiladas Suizas Friday, $7.99.
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Iron Skillet 7401 W Hwy 318, Reddick / (352) 591-4842 Open 24 hours / 7 days a week Try the all-you-can-eat buffet at the Iron Skillet. In a hurry? Pick up some “homemade to go.” Try the famous down-home chicken-fried steak, which is skillfully cooked and served with creamy country gravy that includes a choice of one side and a trip to the soup and salad bar. Iron Skillet offers healthier options, too! Look for Breyers Ice Cream parlor coming soon. Iron Skillet is only minutes from Ocala and The Villages. From I-75 take exit 368 (CR 318) and you’re there! Stop in, start saving and see why they’re the No. 1 Iron Skillet in the country! Open Christmas day, take advantage of their never-ending Christmas buffet beginning at 11am.
Mention this ad and receive 20 percent off, and ask your server about a membership card. Wed & Sat BBQ buffet; Friday seafood buffet; breakfast buffet every day.
Cuvée Wine & Bistro 2237 SW 19th Ave Rd, Ste. 102, Ocala / (352) 351-1816 / cuveewineocala.com Mon-Thu 5p-10p / Fri & Sat 5p-11p / Happy Hour 5p-7p Experience the ultimate in fine dining with fabulous wine and culinary classics at Cuvée Wine & Bistro. Relax with a glass of wine or indulge in an elegant dinner, and let us transport you to an intimate world with impeccable service and exquisite cuisine. Embrace the age-old relationship between food and wine by sampling over 104 wines on our interactive wine system. An unforgettable experience awaits you.
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to helping others, so the cycle continues,” says Christy. Even if you cannot afford to send a whole cow or water buffalo, shares are available for as little as $10. All these shares are pooled together and invested in whatever animal is most appropriate to the region in need. Alternately, a Gift of Transformation, a $25,000 gift, provides large herds of animals that could transform an entire region. After purchasing one of these life-changing gifts, you receive an honor card explaining the impact your gift will have on a family and the community development that results. They can be sent to the recipient through traditional mail or as an e-card, or you can order them so they can be personalized. You can then check the Heifer International website to read about the projects and how the animals are benefiting the community they are sent to. “A lot of times people ask their family and friends what they want for a gift and they say, ‘Oh I don’t know, I already have too much stuff,’ and this is the perfect way to give them something truly meaningful,” says Christy.
For More Information or for access to the 2012 gift guide, visit heifer.org or call (800) 422-0474.
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Carmine’s Café has been serving authentic Italian food since its debut in March 2008 and is open seven days a week. Owner Angelo Salamanca, who named the eatery after his grandfather, does a great job turning out classic dishes for lunch and dinner, including chicken parmigiana, baked ziti, stuffed shells, spaghetti carbonara and veal piccata, along with more unusual offerings, such Robyn Mackensie / Shutterstock.com as the popular Grouper Livornese, featuring grouper sautéed with garlic, onions, capers and black olives in a light marinara sauce.
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Heifer International was founded in 1944 when Indiana farmer Dan West was volunteering as a relief worker for orphans and refugees of the Spanish Civil War. According to Senior Director of Donor Engagement Christy Moore, he felt conflicted as he had to decide which families to provide with the limited supply of powdered milk. “He thought ‘If I could provide a heifer, I could provide a whole family with milk.’ His vision was to give a cow and teach a more sustainable way to provide,” says Christy, “We provide them with the means to help themselves, and then they share it with others.” One flock of geese, $20, allows a family to receive training in how to care for the geese and how to make a profit off their eggs at the market. These geese then provide the family with nutrition while earning them extra income, which goes toward home improvement and schooling for children. This family then commits to the organization that they will pass on the gift as the geese reproduce, allowing someone else to become a donor, too. This is the cycle that drives Heifer International. “Allowing someone else to become a donor is the greatest gift of all. They are committed
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Carmine’s serves wine and beer, and live entertainment is offered on Sunday. Check out the specials and coupons page on their website. 8810 SW Hwy 200, Ocala (352) 854-1000 carminesocala.com
Pasta Faire Italian Ristorante 10401 US Hwy 441, Belleview / (352) 347-3100 Mon-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-9p Welcome to Pasta Faire! Owner Kathy Funk invites you and your family to enjoy the unique flavors of Italy. Come relax and enjoy the fabulous menu items, such as Veal Marsala or Picatta, Homemade Lasagna, Seafood Lovers Delight and Grilled Fresh Salmon. Pasta Faire also features a full bar and an extensive wine list, and Happy Hour is every Monday through Saturday 11am-6pm. Looking for an authentic Italian caterer? We offer full-service catering for any occasion and a catering facility in Belleview that can accommodate up to 150 guests.
Holiday gift certificates available! $10 free with a $50 gift certificate purchase.
Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from homestyle chicken and dumplings to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.
Located at the Crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite. Former owners of “The Spiced Apple” restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale
Blanca’s Café Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club / 5000 N US Hwy 27, Ocala / (352) 867-0001 Tue-Sat Lunch & Dinner 10:30a-9p Tucked in among the rolling greens of the Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club, Blanca’s Café is a gem of a find for diners looking for excellent food served in a warm, friendly environment. Italian dishes and delicious homemade desserts are the café’s specialty. Patrons enjoy a full service bar and live entertainment weekly as well as spacious seating for up to 150. Try one of the weekly dinner specials Blanca’s offers, or schedule catering for your next event through the café. Whether you’re a newcomer in town or a local looking for somewhere new to dine, Blanca’s Café offers something to please every palate.
Closed Christmas Eve. Serving Christmas dinner from Noon-6p. Now taking reservations. Closed on New Year’s Day. Each Friday in December, we are offering 1 1/2lbs. Maine lobster. Reservation required. Homemade pizza served daily. Lunches now feature Beef on Weck & Monte Cristo Sandwiches. Weekly entertainment, call for details.
Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant 2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 237-3900 / kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30p-9:30p / Fri & Sat 4:30p-10:30p / Mon & Sun 4:30p-9:30p Happy Hour daily 4:30-6:30pm Check out our full sushi bar. Celebrating 26 Years!
For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes.
Bamboo Bistro 700 North Hwy 441 (In Front of Target), Lady Lake / (352) 750-9998 Mon-Thu 11a-9:30p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun Noon-9p Dim Sum Hours: Mon-Sat 11a-4p; Sunday-All Day Chef Wu and co-owner Jian Daniels have created a wonderful new Asian fusion dining experience in town that manages to be both elegant and casual.
Celebrating one year in business! Experience the unique and unforgettable taste of Bamboo Bistro in The Villages! Offering Asian dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand along with a full sushi bar, Chef Wu incorporates the best variety of authentic Asian ingredients while using an array of cooking techniques. Our specialties include Peking Duck, Pepper Seared Filet Mignon and Seafood Delight, along with other seafood choices. Many wok entrées and noodle dishes are available as well. A variety of Asian beers and the extensive wine list will complement any meal.
Kick n’ Back Café and Grille 14400 E Hwy 40, Silver Springs / (352) 289-4069 Tues-Sun 11a–9p / Closed Mon At Kick n’ Back Café, “It’s all good!” On East Highway 40, Downtown Lynne, FL - Between Ocala and the beach. Join Kick n’ Back Café VIP. Get 10% off by texting “Kickn VIP” to 58885.
Take a ride out to the island in the forest at Kick n’ Back Café, where you’ll find Caribbean flare and fare. Conch fritters are a customer favorite, as well as the Cuban Mix: mojo marinated pork, Spanish ham and Swiss cheese on a special bread and pressed to perfection. Don’t miss out on our Mojo Chicken and pork entrée with black beans and yellow rice. We’re also known for our selection of seafood entrées, including fish, shrimp and scallops. Also, try the gator, served as an appetizer or entrée. Kick n’ Back offers a relaxing, casual, laidback atmosphere.
The Ivy House Restaurant 106 NW Main Street, Williston / (352) 528-5410 / ivyhouseﬂ.com Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thur-Sat 11a-8p Tucked comfortably in the heart of Williston, this family-owned establishment is a pleasure to visit. The restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years now. Lunch is served seven days a week and features a Southern-style daily special, and supper is served Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings only. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious steaks and their famous Baked Krispy Chicken, along with a complete full menu.
For more information on catering, please contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussel at firstname.lastname@example.org. No reservations are required, but a courtesy call for parties of more than 10 is appreciated. Full-service catering, Gift ShopBoutique. 917 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala ( Coming Soon! )
Tilted Kilt 3155 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-11p Looking for some fun with a great meal? Besides our great service, hospitality and delicious food, you’ll feel at home watching your favorite HD sporting events on the big screen TVs or enjoying live music on the patio. From poker to cruise-ins, there’s always something happening at the Tilted Kilt. Big or small, celebrate your next party or special occasion with us. Our menu features an array of options, from snacks to full meals, plus a complete bar, all served by beautiful lasses in kilts. You’ll want to make us your hometown pub. The Tilted Kilt – where a cold beer never looked so good!
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Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill 2711 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 390-8188 Mon-Thu 4p-2a / Fri-Sun 11a-2a Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill is the place togo for hungry sports fans. With 32 high-definition televisions lining the walls, including a 133-inch and a 70-inch 3-D screen, airing every televised game, you won’t miss a minute of the action. A great menu and an incredible selection of 40 beers on draft means Tony’s can cater to any appetite. Not into the big game? Not a problem. With a pool table, dart boards, video games and an incredible jukebox, patrons are sure to find plenty of entertainment. Visit Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill and Tony’s Sushi within 48 hours and receive a free domestic beer when you show the receipt.
Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4p-7p, 10p-close. Along with other drink specials.
The Attic’s Cafe 801 N Magnolia Ave, Ocala / (352) 369-9300 Serving Lunch Mon-Sat 11a-5:30p Located inside of My Designer’s Attic, in the heart of the old business district, 8 blocks north of the historic square! Don’t forget to explore the 8,000 sq ft of consigned furniture and estate pieces. You’ll never know what you’ll find at My Designer’s Attic.
Let’s talk about great food! Let’s talk about a unique and fun place! Let’s talk about the Attic’s Café! The Attic’s Café is located inside My Designer’s Attic. (You know, the “Not Your Average Furniture Consignment Store” located downtown.) Chef Andrew uses his culinary skills to create some of the best-tasting food around! Specializing in scrumptious galettes (savory crepes) and incredible dessert crepes, Chef Andrew also does a super job with his distinguished sandwiches, fresh salads and soups. Whether it’s his signature Roasted Veggie Galette with goat cheese, the Hot Night Club Sandwich or a fantastic lemon crepe, you can’t go wrong!
Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala / (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Open Christmas Eve for dinner, 4p-9p. Closed Christmas Day. Open New Year’s Eve for dinner, 4p-11p. Closed New Year’s Day. Happy Holidays from our family to yours.
Come celebrate the holiday season with Braised Onion! The restaurant will be decked out for the holiday season, so come see what we’re all about! You can have your event here, or we can cater it at your place. We take care of every detail, so leave the planning to us. Call Marge Newsom-Felix to begin planning your event today. Our award-winning Chef Felix will be serving our holiday menu on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, so make your reservations now for a very special evening at Braised Onion. Felix was recently the winner of Culinary Combat Iron Chef.
Shane’s Rib Shack 2602 SW 19th Ave Road #105, Ocala / (352) 304-5255 shanesribshack.com/ocalaeasystreet Open Mon-Sat / 11a-9p / Sunday 11a-8p The next time you throw a party, let Shane’s Catering do the cooking. Check out the extensive glutenfree menu. Join us December 12 for our one year anniversary and recieve a FREE peach cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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Talkin’ abouT Toys Check out some of these other groups that will be collecting toys for needy children this month. » ocala Harley owners Group Toy run Dec
his month, take a stand against bullying with Jacked up For a cause’s car, truck and motorcycle show. this local non-proFit group is hosting the show along with a toy drive to help Families in need while at the same time kicking oFF an anti-bullying campaign, a cause near and dear to Founding members’ hearts. the show will take place at beeF o’brady’s on state road 200 From 12-5pm and will Feature arts and craFts vendors as well as raFFles and, oF course, great autos! you can also help put a smile on the Face oF a child by bringing an unwrapped toy along with you.
On December 2, join a police-escorted group of bikers as they ride through Ocala. You’re asked to bring an unwrapped new toy or a $5 donation. ocalahogchapter.com or (352) 732-2488.
» Toys for ToTs This organization has been helping children since 1947. Donate unwrapped, new toys for boys and girls anywhere you see a Toys for Tots box. toysfortots.org.
» cH cHildren’s ildren’s Home ssocieTy ocieTT y Holiday drive ocie drive Throughout the month of December, donate unwrapped gifts for children, including sporting goods, toys, books and gift cards. chsfl.org or (352) 620-3474.
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Winter is in the Air
What better way to ring in the cool months ahead than with wInTer FeST 2012? The new Citizens’ Circle will host a jam-packed lineup of great talent. Food and drink will be available for purchase, so come hungry. And best of all, admission is free. The fun begins at 6pm as soon as the sun goes down. (352) 629-2489. Dec
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Cuvée BISTro will host an elegant evening complete with distinctive gourmet food stations, champagne, sangria and assorted wines. Along with outstanding cuisine and an array of fine wines, this black-tieoptional gala features classical entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $125 and proceeds benefit Hospice of Marion County’s children’s program. hospiceofmarion.com or (352) 854-5230.
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The Marion Ballet Theatre is hosting a Sugar Plum Tea ParTy at the Ocala Civic Theatre from 10-11am. All attendees are encouraged to don their Nutcracker finery and join the Sugar Plum Fairy on stage for a sweet treat along with a reading of The Nutcracker. Cast members will be on hand to pose with your little sugar plum fairies-in-training. Tickets are limited and are $5. They can be purchased at the Ocala Civic Theatre box office or online. ocalacivictheatre.com or
Kids of Dec all ages are 7 invited to Barnes & Noble for a special reading of The Polar Express. Come dressed in your favorite pajamas and make your way to the “North Pole” where there will be fresh cookies, hot cocoa and an evening of crafts and activities. The fun begins at 7pm. bn.com or (352) 237-1581.
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If you love the Discovery Center’s summer camps then you’re sure to love 17-21 their winter camp as well! Pay IT Forward II will run Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm and will include field trips, games and plenty of discovery. Campers will learn why our community is such a great place to live and will recognize all the individuals who keep Ocala beautiful. Camp is $100 for members and $110 for non-members. Extended hours are available. mydiscoverycenter.org or Dec
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ocAlA Q& a symphony ymphony orchestrA rchestr rchestrA Matt Wardell
he ocala symphony orchestra has been a part oF our community For over 30 years, and with a soon-to-come venue downtown and tickets starting at Just $3, you’ll want to check them out now more than ever. artistic director matt wardell shares a little more about the orchestra and his role as director. Can you tell me a little bit about the history of Ocala Symphony Orchestra?
Where do you draw inspiration from when directing a show?
We’ve been in Ocala since 1975, so this is our 37th year. We’re a professional orchestra, so all our musicians are paid. We have kind of moved around a lot. We currently perform at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Auditorium, but we’re in the midst of renovating the City Auditorium downtown, which is a $3-million project.
I think a lot about our community and what they want to hear. So much music is written to tell a story. That tends to be the stuff people can relate to. It’s called program music. It mimics the action happening in real life. People like that because they can follow along. Even though it is classical music, and there’s kind of a stigma, we try to open it up to all kinds of people. It’s kind of a wide range, but we like to stick to music that tells a story and gets people involved.
How long have you been working with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra? This is the beginning of my fourth year.
What all does your job entail? Well, because we’re a smaller orchestra, we all wear several hats. So I’m the guy waving the stick, the conductor, art and music director. Other than that, I’m out in the community. I’m on several boards. In addition to directing, I’m kind of like the cheerleader of the orchestra. I speak at Camp Kiwanis and the Elks Club, all those kinds of community groups.
Are there any new and exciting features coming to the orchestra any time soon? This year, the city auditorium is our big project. We’re going to make downtown our big destination. We’re doing a collaboration and putting on a big country show on March 2 at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. We try to adapt to country and pop music. Be sure to check out the website because we have a lot more than you would imagine. People might be surprised by how much fun it is to come to our shows because it’s not what people might expect it to be.
check theM out! Be sure to check out Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s Pops! Goes the Holidays, A Mannheim Steamroller Celebration on December 15 at 7:30pm and December 16 at 3pm at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Auditorium. ocala SyMphoNy orcheStra / ocalasymphony.com / (352) 351-1606
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It’s time for Marion County’s own presentation of the classic tale of The Nutcracker. The Marion Ballet Theatre will take to the stage for the 32nd year at the Ocala Civic Theatre. Come see Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and, of course, the Nutcracker Prince as they perform this winter classic. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids under 11. ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274.
ClaSSeS aT The manor (ongoIng) The Artist Hub of Ocala will host a variety of classes throughout the month at the Cherished Bride Manor. Visit their website for specific classes, times and dates. Pre-registration is required. thecherishedbride.com or (352) 390-6801. uPComIng exhIBITS aT The aPPleTon muSeum (ongoIng) The Nature of Things: The Art of Ed Smith features 21 large-scale paintings depicting wildlife’s struggle to survive in the modern world. The exhibit runs through December 31. A Dickens Christmas features miniature Dickens-era villages and Christmas decorations. The exhibit runs through January 6. Sendak & Co: Children’s Book Illustrations since Where the Wild Things Are features drawings from some of the best-known children’s books illustrators. The exhibit runs through January 20. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. Free englISh ClaSSeS (wedneSdayS) Free ESL classes will be held each Wednesday at 6pm at College Rd. Baptist Church. (352) 854-6981. CraFT FaIr (deCemBer 1) Munroe Regional Medical Center will host a craft fair from 8am-4pm in the conference center. Browse through holiday crafts, artwork, jewelry and more. (352) 351-7100. mounT dora ChrISTmaS Parade (deCemBer 1) The 52nd Annual Mount Dora Christmas Parade, “A Musical Christmas,” will take place on Donneley Street. Line up is at 12:30pm, parade begins at 1pm. (352) 551-0133. BellevIew grand PrIx CharITy CarT raCeS (deCemBer 1) The Belleview
Sports Complex will host the go-karts grand prix racing event from 9am-5:30pm. Leagues will be providing concessions, and proceeds benefit multiple area charities. Admission is free. (352) 653-0809. SaInTS ‘aBove The rIm’ BaSkeTBall ShowCaSe (deCemBer 1) The Saints ‘Above the Rim’ Basketball Showcase will take place at St. John Lutheran School from 8am-9pm. The showcase will feature schools from around the states of Florida and Kentucky. (352) 622-7275. arT and CraFT FaIr (deCemBer 1) The Spruce Creek Preserve will host an art and craft fair from 9am-2pm. There will be a craft drawing every 30 minutes, a bake sale and lunch is available. Admission is free. (352) 854-9798. FIrST SaTurday ChIldren’S arT Program (deCemBer 1) The Appleton Museum will host a children’s art education series from 1-3pm. Children will partake in a hands-on art project with instruction. This month’s theme is “Paper Fun.” appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. orange SPrIngS ChrISTmaS Parade (deCemBer 1) The Orange Springs Christmas Parade will begin at 4pm at Orange Springs Real Estate and continue 1.5 miles along CR 315. The county park will have its official Christmas lighting at 6pm. (352) 546-5439. loCal auThor Book SIgnIng (deCemBer 2) Local author Steve Rejtar will be at the main library for a presentation and book signing. The program begins at 2pm, and light refreshments will be served. friendsoftheocalalibrary.org or (352) 368-4591. Continued on page 100
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Toy run (deCemBer 2) The Ocala Harley Owners Group presents the 14th Annual Toy Run beginning at Harley-Davidson of Ocala and ending on the downtown square. All motorcycles are welcome. The ride leaves at 11am, and an unwrapped toy or $5 donation is requested at registration. Live music on the square following the ride. ocalahogchapter.com or (352) 854-1190. JammIng In The Park (deCemBer 2) An eclectic group of musicians will meet for a jam session at the Marion Oaks Community Center from 4-7pm. Fans of all genres are welcome. Lawn chairs are encouraged. salsaandjazz.com. maSTer ChoIr ConCerTS (deCemBer 2, 9, 16) The Central Florida Master Choir presents A Beautiful Christmas. The first concert will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 3pm. cfmasterchoir.com or (352) 615-7677. unITed In PraISe ConCerTS (deCemBer 2, 9) The United In Praise choir presents two concerts this month. The first will be held at 3pm at the Tavares United Methodist Church. The second will be held at Southpointe Baptist Fellowship in Leesburg at 6pm. unitedinpraise.com or (407) 832-9745. SanTa’S CallIng (deCemBer 4-6) Santa and Mrs. Claus will be checking their list and calling from the North Pole at American Title Company. Santa will be making his calls from 6-8:30pm. Registration is required. ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3918. SanTa on The Square (deCemBer 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20) Santa will be making a special appearance on the downtown
square complete with music, snacks and a hayride. He will be on the square from 6-8pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3916.
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The Appleton Museum will host its After Hours social from 5-8pm. The Marion Civic Chorale will perform seasonal music, and refreshments will be served. Admission is free for members and $8 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
CenTral FlorIda maSTer gardenerS PreSenTaTIonS (deCemBer 6, 18, 20) The Central Florida Master Gardeners will host three free educational presentations this month. Topics include composting and caring for winter plants. marioncountyfl.org/extensionservice.htm or (352) 671-8400. 2012 hoPe IllumInaTeS CandlelIghT rememBranCe (deCemBer 7) The public is invited to share an evening of music, hope and healing from the death of a loved one at Highland Memorial Park. There will be music, a children’s choir, memorial video tribute and much more. The evening will conclude
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BellevIew ChrISTmaS Parade (deCemBer 9) The Belleview Christmas Parade will take place at 2pm. The parade will begin at the intersection of 441 and 110th Street and end at Robinson Road. (352) 245-2178. danCe ParTy (deCemBer 12) Dancin’ Around Studio will host a dance party at 7pm. Music from Latin, ballroom, country and swing genres will all be played. Admission is free for students and $10 for guests. BYOB, and refreshments served. danceocala. com or (352) 690-6637. ChrISTmaS aT Coon hollow (deCemBer 13-16) Coon Hollow in Micanopy will host an outdoor holiday event, featuring outdoor films, carolers, a hayride, gingerbread houses and much more. Admission is free and open to the public from 6-9:30pm. coonhollowcornmaze.com or (352) 591-0441.
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On October 3, 2012, the Royal Dames of Ocalaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stepping Out for Cancer Research fashion show and dinner took place at the Hilton Ocala. All 263 attendees were entertained by Michelle Dinkins before drinking, feasting and bidding at the silent auction. This event raised money for cancer research and a cure for cancer coffers. PhOTOS BY ROnALD W. WeTheRInGTOn
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In God We Trust. In Community We Invest. These simple principles guide GFA Inc. Medical Marketing Owner and Operator Bern Paraiso and ensure success for one of the area’s most effective and influential medical marketing firms. A health industry leader in Central Florida, Paraiso weaves a fabric of care and confidence that strengthens relationships with partners and patients as well as the community at large. Through active civic investments, GFA shows clients the economics of altruism and the foundation of a successful medical practice. “You get what you give, and what you give tells a lot about who you are and the practice you operate,” says Paraiso, who demonstrates this credo by supporting charitable initiatives and creating a few of her own. “There are endless ways to invest in our neighbors and the public,” says Paraiso. Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research, Dancing with the Docs, March of Dimes, Memory of Missing Smiles (M.O.M.S), Silver Springs Resource Center Back to School program and the Caring Friends Network are a few of GFA’s charitable interests. Still, philanthropy begins at home for Paraiso and her 5-yearold son, Anthony. Together they are sharing a passion for benevolence toward others at an early age through Anthony’s foundation. Anthony’s foundation engages children in the spirit of giving to instill a sense of compassion in youngsters so they carry on with kindness and consideration as adult citizens, business owners and parents themselves. This year Anthony’s foundation is collecting gifts of clothing, toys, books, electronics and other useful and enjoyable items for the less fortunate. The effort shows both those who give and receive that we are not alone in this world. This endeavor instills an attitude of thankfulness and goodwill amongst more privileged children. Through Anthony’s foundation, parents demonstrate to the next generation that acknowledging good fortune is best expressed by sharing those blessings with others. Giving is not a totally selfless act; it augments one’s character, raises awareness of donors and just feels good. However, sincere and ongoing dedication to public service is the hallmark of any successful, long-standing business, eliciting invaluable rewards for many. Investigate the value proposition of giving and invest in the development of your practice as a community asset in the coming year. At GFA, consultation is free, but partnerships in altruism are priceless. Bern Paraiso has 20 years of professional experience, complemented by collegiate education in business, communications, marketing and health care studies. Bern is a substantial supporter of the Blessed Trinity Bereavement Group and vice president of the Filipino-American Association, Inc. Paraiso is highly sought by a variety of medical specialists and recognized as an exceptional provider of premium, results-based medical marketing services in Ocala.
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On September 29, The Indian Association of Ocala cultivated a gala in celebration of Former President of India, Dr. Kalam. Held at The Holiday Inn and Suites, guests dressed beautifully and adorned with cultural sareeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s while Dr. Kalam spoke about Ocala and the impact of the Indian community to the world.
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Srinivas Jonnala, Harini Dasika, Aparna & Vishal Khanapure Swarna Nadella and Veena Ram A.P.J. Dr. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India
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