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volume 3 · issue 11

November 2012

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vOLuME 3 · ISSuE 11 · NOvEMBER 2012 editor J O S I E LOZ A 402-444-1075

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y 4-year-old daughter so desperately wants black hair like her older brother and younger sister. “No, no, honey,” I said. “You’re beautiful just the way you are.” I gazed at her doe-eyed face. I could tell she wasn’t getting it. So, I pulled out a sheet of paper and markers to draw all of the people in her family — from grandpa to papa to dad and brother. I drew grandma and nana and aunties and uncles. Together, we colored each person’s hair. We only needed three colors: gray, black and brown. No matter which color you draw a person’s hair it’ll all turn the same color in the end, I said. “Gray,” she said, nodding. After we finished coloring, Alejandra said: “Mommy we’re missing one thing.”

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What’s that? “The family tree.” She drew the roots and stump; and I colored the leaves. I thought we were having a lesson about hair color, but Alejandra took it one step further — FAMILY. No matter the color of our skin or hair, she said, “we are family.” Fall and the coming holidays are a perfect time to reflect on things we’re thankful for. We spent time with the Friesen family for this issue and fell in love with their huge smiles and fun-spirited family dynamic. We hope and momaha the magazine help make your family life more efficient, beautiful and fun. Enjoy!

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how I do It | Nadira Ford-robbiNs Resurrection Sunday 2012

Grounded in Motherhood This feature introduces you to a local mom and how she juggles life. This month we chat with Nadira Ford-Robbins, director of career services at Wright Career College in Omaha. The 28-year-old has been married for 4 ½ years to her high-school sweetheart, Terrell. They live in northwest Omaha. The family has three children: Kalila, 7, Keyonu, 4, and Israel, 11 months. BEST PART ABOUT BEING A MOM: The ability to love my children unconditionally and the opportunity to teach them how to use their talents and leadership skills to be great contributors to society. I have a master’s degree in organizational leadership, so I am a huge proponent of teaching kids how to be leaders and how to set a standard of excellence in their respective areas of influence. ON GIVING YOUR FAMILY YOUR BEST, NOT YOUR WORST: I was committed to several community organizations and had a lot of after-work meetings. By the time I got home, I was too tired to spend quality time with my kids. You cannot give your best to outside entities if your own home is not in order. Take care of the fundamentals within your home, and everything else will flow from there. PATIENCE, PATIENCE: I tend to become impatient when my children take forever to pick up their play area. I found a great tactic: I set the kitchen timer to get them to move faster!

SACRIFICES OF PARENTING: I’ve worked since age 12. I come from a household of eight children, and my mother taught all of us to be independent. If we wanted something, we had to work for it. When I was laid off last year I had a hard time being at home with my kids. It was a blessing in disguise because I didn’t work outside of the home for 10 months. With Israel, I experienced a lot of his firsts that I had missed with my older children. My second sacrifice: shopping for myself. I used to buy fancy heels and outfits and had to have a purse to match each one. Since becoming a mother, I have put my splurges on hold. MY FAMILY: I’ve known my husband since I was 14 years old. He’s an accomplished artist both in fine arts and graphic design. He produces music and is a Christian rapper under the name of “Mission Man” (he has music on iTunes). Terrell is very orderly and strategically plans his day, whereas I’m more of a go-with-the-flow type. Kalila is a ball of energy. She’s into drawing, coloring, dancing, singing and Justin Bieber. Her ability to interpret things cracks me up. Keyonu is slow to warm up when meeting new people. He is very inquisitive. He pays attention to little details and likes to discover how things work. He’s also very comedic in nature. Israel is my most well-mannered child. He got an award for “most calm baby” in our church nursery. He loves music.

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ame day is no time to be sidelined in the kitchen. A little pre-game planning will allow you to spend less time cooking and more time cheering your favorite team. Keep it simple. Instead of taking up space with various dishes for condiments, use muffin pans. Each well in the pan can hold a different topping for burgers, hot dogs or chili. Set up a dipping station. Offer a selection of salsa and guacamole. From classic salsa

to red pepper mango and roasted tomato varieties, fans can find a salsa to cheer about. For guacamole lovers, include allnatural, gluten free varieties. In addition to chips, set out a few tasty dippers: — Bell pepper slices — Baked mozzarella sticks — Shrimp — Pita chips — Bagel chips — Jicama sticks — Mini rice cakes

Estimate the crowd. Don’t disappoint guests by running out of munchies or drinks. If you’re having 8 to 10 guests, figure on three different appetizers. For up to 16 guests, you will need four or five appetizers. For non-alcoholic drinks, plan on two 16-ounce cups per person. Plan on about two glasses of wine or three beers per person. To have enough ice for drinks, as well as to keep drinks cold in a cooler, get about 1 1/2 pounds of ice per person.

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Mix orange juice, lime juice, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin and 3 tablespoons canola. Add to chicken and marinate for 20 to 30 minutes. Heat remaining canola oil over medium high heat. Remove chicken from marinade. Reserve marinade for later. Cook chicken for 3 minutes on one side. Flip over and cook for another 3 minutes. Add reserved marinade, turn heat to low, and allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Uncover, and continue cooking for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool for 15 minutes.

Shred chicken into a separate pan. Coat with a little of the reduced sauce — don’t use all of it or the taquitos will be oily. Mix chicken with guacamole, cilantro and onion. Warm tortillas between wet paper towels, in the microwave (about five at a time), or by dipping them into a hot pan with a few tablespoons of oil. Add about 2 tablespoons filling to each tortilla. Roll up and skewer with a toothpick to hold it together. Prepare deep fryer according to manufacturer’s instructions, and fry in batches for two minutes. When all taquitos have been fried, warm in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes.

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Roll out uncooked pizza dough on counter. Use football or other shaped cookie cutter to cut pizza dough and place on cookie sheet sprayed lightly with oil. Cook dough according to package instructions. Allow to thoroughly cool. Spread with guacamole and use cheese shreds and pepper to create football laces and markings. Optional: Plate on a bed of shredded lettuce, and use sour cream to create field yard lines.

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y mom and I recently reminisced about our old refrigerator. It may sound like an odd thing to remember with such fondness, but it stood for so much more than a place to keep the milk cold. To me, it is a reminder that having to do without is more than just an inconvenience; it can lead to strength, perseverance and creativity. My mom’s refrigerator haled from the 1930s. It was tiny – easily less than half the size of modest refrigerators sold today. cat The freezer was practically koehler nonexistent; it occupied a small space in the fridge and only could hold enough for an ice cube tray and a pound of hamburger. Like many things in our household, the refrigerator was cheap, if not free. And we were broke. We didn’t buy snacks at the drive-in movie theater; we popped our own popcorn in an air-popper, and brought our own Shasta. We didn’t buy books; we rode our bikes to the library. We were connoisseurs of garage sales and consignment sales. We scoured ads and clipped coupons, and we knew the rules for layaway. We made our own entertainment. We put on shows, danced to music, played board games. We had sleepovers in the living room, and gave each other makeovers. My mom reminded me of the year she didn’t get paid until the day before Thanksgiving. We did our Thanksgiving grocery shopping at the 7-11. I don’t remember the menu, but I remember the laughs. I didn’t realize until years later how much my divorced parents struggled to provide for their children. It wasn’t easy at either house. Eventually, they both went back to college, and then on to successful careers. But as they say, they paid their dues, and I’m a better person for having grown up during those dues-paying times. I never thought we were poor. There were things I wanted, but somehow I was okay not having them. Instead, I have memories of being resourceful and creating something out of nothing. My challenge is to give that same gift to my kids. Some days I think we’re doing great. Other days I worry that they will never understand how to make do. I want them to know how to make a pound of hamburger stretch into four meals, and how to use coupons and price match. They need to be able to create fun with no electricity, and find something magical in each day without having to leave the house. I want my children to be hungry, to have the kind of hunger that makes you work hard – harder than anyone else. My inspiration was that little refrigerator. I wonder what theirs will be ... Cat Koehler is married and has two children. She works full-time. Read her column Mondays on



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rom now through January, there will be office parties, family gathering and nights out with friends. Do you know where your holiday clothes are? Here are a few thrifty wardrobe tips to help you look like a million bucks.

Stick to the baSicS and acceSSorize The little black dress works for all seasons. Jazz it up with sparkly accessories. A statement necklace, shoes or handbag will be a sure-fire conversation starter at a cocktail party.

keep party clothing together We all have wardrobe pieces that we only wear during the holidays. Designate a storage area for that sequined blouse, velvet coat and beaded sweater! You’ll have an easier time deciding what to wear if you can see all of your choices.

Where are my Santa SockS? Keep Santa hats and socks and other holiday-themed accessories with your holiday clothing. Clear plastic boxes will allow you to find items quickly. Use this system for New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras and other holiday accessories.

clean it out Free up storage space by taking items that you no longer wear to a consignment shop or a favorite charity. Shop end-of-season sales for versatile pieces for next year’s parties.

hoSt a holiday SWap party With your girlfriendS Everyone invited to the party brings at least one holiday garment or accessory that she’s willing to swap. Each participant takes a turn at picking an item from the inventory. Play for keeps or arrange to return the items to their original owners after the holidays. Tip: If your girlfriends are different sizes, limit the items to the one-size-fits-all category.


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Momaha Magazine - November 2012  

Monthly magazine for women published by the Omaha World-Herald in conjunction with its website for moms,

Momaha Magazine - November 2012  

Monthly magazine for women published by the Omaha World-Herald in conjunction with its website for moms,