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The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

June 2012




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Hiram s Dallas s Cedarcrest s New Hope Publisher/Editor: Jules Williams / Teresa Parrish Graphics and Design Our Town Media Group, Inc. Straightaway Designs - Website Photography Erin Osborne Flutterbee Photography

Contributing Writers: George Bailey Beverly Bonèy Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP Keith Lamberson, MD MJ Marks Our Town Media Group, Inc. Lise Rina Pam Walker Our Town is published and direct mailed monthly to prestigious homes in the Paulding County Area. Opinions expressed by the editorial staff are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher. Our Town reserves the right to edit and or reject any editorial or advertising content. Our Town is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. Entire contents, including ad design created by Our Town Media Group, Inc., copyright 2012, belong to Our Town of Paulding. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher.

About the Cover.........................................................5, 24 Health & Fitness: Healthy Cooking Methods.................6 Family Focus: Burns, Stings & Rashes...............................8 Calendar of Events..................................................11, 15, 22 Relationships: What Good Dads Do Best.........................12 Medical: Sprains & Strains...............................................17 Home Improvement: Father’s Day Gifts..........................18 Gardening: Planning a Perfect Garden Wedding.........19 Finance: 10 Wallet Friendly Summer Fun Ideas.............21 Feature Photographer: Erin Osborne...........................24 Travel: The Secret Galapagos..........................................25 Community: Divas & Deals............................................26 Pets: Dog Cages, Crates & Kennels................................29 June Crossword...............................................................30 What’s Cookin’: National Seafood Month....................30

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ealthy cooking doesn’t require that you learn any difficult methods or go out and buy expensive appliances or cooking utensils. There are simple changes you can make to your cooking methods to ensure that your family is getting the healthiest meals.

Start out with fresh ingredients and avoid processed, pre-prepared foods. It helps to shop on the outer edges of the grocery store, concentrating on the produce, meat and dairy sections. If it comes in a box, bag, mix or can – it’s not that good for you. Rely on the aisles for things like oils, vinegars, baking goods and a few condiments. This alone will put you miles ahead in your quest for healthier cooking options.

Stir-frying: Stir-frying uses very little oil, and your ingredients chopped into small pieces. The pieces cook quickly, thus preserving the nutrients. If your dish includes meat, stir-fry the meat first and add the vegetables after. A little soy sauce, ginger and garlic added towards the end of cooking will give the dish all the flavor you need.

and allow it to cook. Meats tend to dry out quickly on the grill if you’re not careful, so try marinating the meat first and baste it often while cooking. Vegetables can be done directly on the grill, on aluminum foil or in a grill pan. A favorite is corn on the cob on the grill. Just put the whole, un-shucked cob right on the grill and cook, turning frequently for about 10 minutes.

Steaming: Just about anything can be steamed in a metal or bamboo steamer. Add herbs and spices to the liquid or right in the steamer to season your dish. Steaming is one of the healthiest methods of cooking, as it uses no added fats and the nutrients are retained in the food.

Poaching: Most commonly used for cooking fish and eggs, poaching is simply simmering food in liquid. Chicken, pork and fruit can also be poached. Simply heat a small amount of liquid in a pan, and gently add your egg, fish or other food. Keep the water at a simmer, not allowing it to boil, and make sure the water covers the food slightly. This is a delicious, fat-free way to cook eggs, fish or chicken.

Roasting: Normally done in the oven at a fairly high temperature, roasting is a great method for cooking meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables. Use a proper roasting pan or baking sheet and be sure to put meat on a rack inside the pan. This allows the fat to drip out of the meat as it cooks, rather than the meat sitting in the fat and absorbing it. Instead of basting with the drippings, use fat-free chicken or beef stock, fruit juice or other fat-free liquids. Roasted vegetables should be lightly coated in a healthy extra virgin olive oil to prevent them from drying out.

The key to healthy cooking is to use fresh ingredients and techniques that preserve the nutrients as much as possible. The biggest rule of thumb is to avoid deep-frying at all costs and try to find low-fat sauces and additions. Try some of these healthy cooking methods and you and your family will be impressed with the exceptional flavor and healthiness of your meals.

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Burns, Stings and Rashes - Oh My!!! By Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP


ummer is here and with that comes the hot sun, biting bugs, and itchy rashes. Smart preparation can stave off misery for your child and your family.


Sun care means skin cancer prevention. Burned skin on infants and children can significantly increase chances for skin cancer later. The chances of skin cancer increase if you have fair skin, light eyes or freckles, spend a lot of time in the sun, or have a family history of skin cancer. Both types of UV rays increase the chance of skin cancer.

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When choosing a sunscreen, choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks both rays and has a minimum SPF of 30. Always start the summer with a new bottle of sunscreen, and take your own if traveling outside the US. Remember it’s important to use sunscreen properly to reap the full benefits. 1) Apply 30 minutes before outside, 2) Reapply every 2 hours, even if using waterproof sunscreen, and 3) Apply liberally and don’t forget the ears and back of hands and tops of feet. Also, be sure to cover the top of your head.

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Don’t forget to check your medications as some can dramatically increase your chance of burning. If sunburn does occur, take ibuprofen, apply cool compresses and refrigerated moisturizers, and avoid hot showers and numbing sprays, which are notorious for allergic reactions.


BITE AND STING PREVENTION There are measures you can take to reduce insect exposure. Keep windows closed, and if eating outdoors, do not put food out until you are ready to eat. Avoid flowering plants, and wearing perfumes and scented products. If you meet a threatening insect, calmly and slowly retreat; avoid swatting. Carefully follow directions on insect repellent, especially when applying to children. You may also want to consider purchasing a repellent band for your child to wear, instead of applying repellent directly to skin. A band can be worn on the wrists and/or ankles for personal protection. If possible, apply repellent to clothes and never apply repellent to hands that may enter mouths. Be sure to wash off the insect repellent with soap and water after returning indoors.

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OTC treatment usually involves applying ice, hydrocortisone cream and Benadryl. If there has been a previous severe allergic reaction to bites or stings in the past, wear a medical alert bracelet and carry an allergy kit, including an epipen. You may also want to discuss allergy shots with your healthcare provider to minimize reactions.

ITCHY RASH PREVENTION Most people develop a rash, known as contact dermatitis, after coming into contact with poison ivy or similar plants. If you think you are immune, keep in mind that it can take multiple exposures or several years before developing an allergic response to the oil of the plant called uroshiol.

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Absolute avoidance is the best treatment but easier said than done. Educate yourself and your children to recognize these plants. If possible, remove the culprits from the environment and teach children to avoid them. The FDA developed a protocol for addressing exposure. Unfortunately, it must be done within 10 minutes to be effective: First, cleanse the exposed areas with rubbing alcohol, then rinse with water only. Next take a shower and wash with water and soap. Finally, put on gloves and wipe down shoes, clothes, tools, etc. with rubbing alcohol and water.

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June 2012

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Local Grown Farmer’s Market Saturday 9am - 1pm Fresh produce and vegetables, fresh flowers, fresh breads, pickles, jellies, honey, fresh eggs, and much more! The Market is located at 25 Courthouse Square, the Georgia Highlands Parking lot formerly the old Courthouse annex in Dallas! Now through September 30 - Burn Ban from the PCFD

Ladies’ Movie Night - Fortified Hills Baptist Church, June 1; Friday 7pm Age to Age, a mentoring ministry is hosting this free event. 7pm. There will be a sign up session for the new mentoring session, for those interested. For more info contact Nancy Dempsey at or 770.367.3204.

5th Annual Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival - Downtown Douglasville June 1-3; Friday through Sunday at various times and locations The festival includes a Ball featuring a Hat Display Parade, Main Street Market, and Flower Show, day and night garden tours, vendors, food music and entertainment. For complete schedule, visit Square Dance hosted by The Silver Swinger Dance Club June 2 and 16; Saturdays 7pm (doors open at 6pm) Bring finger food or snacks to share. Admission is $5/person. (cash or check). Open to ages 45 and up. For more info call the Woodie Fite Center, 1000 Simeon Springer Court Douglasville; 678-626-5630 “Kaleidoscope”- A Preschool VBS - Northwest Christian Church June 4 - 6; Monday and Wednesday 6pm-8pm Free program of fun and games for ages 3 - 5. Register now at Located at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy. NW, Acworth, 30101. 770-425-2525. Book Writers Critique Group*               June 4 and 18; 1st and 3rd Monday of the month; 6pm - 7:30pm For published and unpublished Book Writers only. Fiction and nonfiction.  For new member info and meeting location email Paulding County Writers’ Guild* June 5; 1st Tuesday of the month; 6pm-8pm For more info and meeting location call Dana Freeman, 678-662-1948. Screenwriters Group* - Starbucks in Hiram June 5; 1st Tuesday of the month; 3pm Visit on line and email if attending; American Sleep Apnea*/GA Chapter A.W.A.K.E. Support Group June 5; 1st Tuesday of each month; 7pm-9pm Meetings are held at the WellStar Paulding Hospital 1st floor conference room. For more information call Ann L. (Pickett) Croft at 770-445-2417 or 770-331-3088. Parents of Prodigals - Mt. Calvary Baptist Church* June 6 and 20; 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 7pm-8:30pm A Christian group for parents with prodigal children. MCBC is located at 287 Mt. Calvary Road in Marietta. Call 770-424-4387 for more information.

Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center June 7; Thursday 11am - 1pm Keynote speaker Chairman of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Mr. Dennis Lockhart. ($20/ members, $25/non-members prepaid; $5 more at the door). To register or for more information visit or call 770-445-6016. Mom’s Club of Dallas and Hiram* - Bethany Christian Church June 7; 1st Thursday of each month 10am MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support). Meetings are held at 3264 Villa Rica Hwy (Hwy 61) Dallas. For more information email calendar of events continued on page 15

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What Good Dad’s Do Well

By George Bailey


ather’s Day is this month, a time that children acknowledge their dads and their relationship. Many of us may consider our dads as the financial providers of the household, the strong stoic one, the rule maker and perhaps even disciplinarian of the family. But research shows that dads have a broader, more meaningful influence in the lives of their children. Dads, in fact, offer a critical role in children’s emotional and psychological fabric that are vital in the quality of relationships and bonds in children later in life. For example, research suggests that girls that have a higher degree of trust and good communication with their fathers tend to have significantly better relationships with their husbands or boyfriends, with features that include greater trust and better communication. Researchers have also found that adults who rate their dad’s as being emotionally available when they were kids, good role models, and had good parenting qualities tended to have higher levels of self-esteem.

Father’s Day is a good day for dads to remind themselves that they have influence in their children’s lives. Here are a couple of things to consider about how to strengthen your relationship with your children.

‘checking-in’, hearing about the best/worst/funniest/ most rewarding/most difficult part of their day. Again, it communicates “you matter to me and I want to know about you and your life”.

Notice Your Children and Support Them Once again, kids often don’t care what you do with them, but they do care that you notice, acknowledge and support them in their endeavors. Children need to feel that they are receiving affection from their parents, especially dad. This may come in the form of hugs and kisses, but it may also be as small as watching their TV show with them, playing their games, texting a ‘hello’ during the day, reading a bedtime story and/or tucking them in. Small gestures pay bigger dividends.

Hang Out Together It is important to set aside special time just for the two of you. Make this a priority and inform your child that they can choose the activity. Whatever that activity is, it is best to get out of the house so that you are dedicating time and energy just for the relationship. Children will often report that it really doesn’t matter what you do, it is that you are doing something together and focusing on the child and the relationship that matters. These efforts communicate to your child, “you matter to me” and can have longstanding positive effects on the quality of your relationship.

Model Health in Your Own Relationship Children learn about relationships through watching their parents and significant others. It is, therefore, important to be aware of what you do and how you RESPOND to stress more so that what you SAY. Actions speak louder than words. so be cognizant of how you fight and argue, consider are you open-minded or immediately judgmental and critical, are you a good listener, can you discuss feelings and respect differences? The way you communicate and interact with others has a major effect on how your children develop and how your relationship with your child unfolds.

Enjoy a Bit of One-on-One Time Daily To imagine trying to squeeze in yet more time into an already full daily routine may seem an impossible chore. However, this doesn’t have to be a big deal and can be folded into your daily routine. For example, having dinner and/or breakfast together, where you may ask about the day can be helpful. The intention is about connecting and

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“Finally Free from Arthritis Pain Without Drugs and Harmful Side Effects” Living with arthritis pain can affect every part of your life. It’s keeps you from enjoying the good things in life – time with grandkids, playing golf, even working in the yard. It would be nice to get out of bed – just one morning – without pain. Every time you try and push through the pain…like standing or walking for a long period of time…you pay for it for the next 2-3 days with even more pain. Do you have any of the these Arthritic problems?

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“When I came into the office I was dealing with pain that at times, left me unable to function normally. Activities such as working out, doing yard work and lifting my grandson were difficult. Now that I am getting well I feel like a normal person again. I can exercise, lift weights and even lift my grandson without worrying about the pain!” -Thanks again! K. Sears

I’ve made it my mission in practice to help those suffering with chronic pain like you. “I only wished I had found you sooner” I hear this too often, so I decided to do something about it and run this ad. Just call before June 15th and you’ll get my “Arthritis Evaluation” for only $20.

With my “Arthritis Evaluation”, we can find the problem and then correct it. Think of how you could feel in just a few short weeks. See and feel your life change for the better. Start your body on the way to pain-free, normal living. Feel tight joints rest, relax, free up. Feel muscles tied in knots become more supple. Feel strength in your muscles increase.

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Pain Is Not Just ‘Old Age’ Have you had one doctor after another telling you this is just the natural process of the body getting older - that you should expect to have arthritis. Sure, if you don’t take care of your damaged joints now, as you get older they will be worse (which is why you shouldn’t wait any longer to see if I can help you.)

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“I came into the office with terrible hip pain and stiffness. Now I am able to move around without all of the pain! Before I came to the office I had a lot of trouble sleeping but now I can sleep 7 hours a night without taking any medication!” – Thanks! D. Hames

As you begin to see motion returning to your joints, you’re preventing and reducing chances of disability and a crippling future. You’re playing golf again -- hitting longer drives, smoother putts, and lower scores…without pain. Arthritis can be successfully treated. Healthy, pain-free living should be yours. Please call our 24 Help Line at 678-5745678 and tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Special Arthritis Evaluation before June 15, 2012. We can get started with your consultation, exam and x-rays as soon as there’s an opening in the schedule. Our office is called North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute is located at 3451 Cobb Pkwy. Suite 4 in Acworth. (on the corner of Mars Hill Rd and Cobb Pkwy) I look forward to helping you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier, more joyful life.

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Rocky Point Lighthouse VBS - Freedom Church (NEW DATE & TIMES) June 7-10; Thurs 6pm-9pm, Fri 6pm-9:30pm, Sat 3pm-5:30pm, Sun 10am-1pm Open to Pre-K age 4 - 5th grade. Freedom Church, 474 Hiram-Sudie Rd, Dallas. For registration info email or call 404-643-8183. Georgia Miss Amazing Pageant - East Paulding High School June 8-9; Time to be announced For girls ages 5 to 35 with disabilities; building confidence and self-esteem. Interview/Introduction/Evening Wear/Talent contest optional. For more information call 404-861-2596 or visit Facebook Georgia-Miss-Amazing-Pageants/230813743620642. Dallas Dash - Dallas First United Methodist Church June 9; Saturday 5K- 7:45 a.m. followed by 1mile Fun Run The Dallas Dash is a loop course that will begin and end at DFUMC. Proceeds to benefit the River of Life. The church is located at 141 E. Memorial Drive in Downtown Dallas. To register visit 5th Annual “An Evening with Elvis” - Dallas Theater and Civic Center June 9; Saturday Pre-Show Gathering and Concert 7pm Jeffery Cole as Elvis and is joined by Rev. Johnny Turner and the Steadfast Quartet. General admission $20; Event benefit Shepherd’s Rest Ministries. For Tickets and Ticket Sale Locations, call 770-443-5213. Amazing Wonders Vacation Bible School - Pickett’s Mill Baptist Church June 10-15; Sunday – Friday 6pm-9pm Go to and click on VBS 2012 to register now! PMBC- 7147 Hiram Acworth Hwy, Dallas, 770-423-0955 Square Dance hosted by the Haymakers Square Dance Club June 11 and 25; 2nd and 4th Monday 7;m - 9:30pm Dance held at Temple Senior Center, 280 Rome St., Temple. Admission for visitors is $5.00. For more info call Rodney Shivers 770-854-4073/404-434-0107.

NW Atlanta Moms of Multiples* – North Metro Church June 11; 2nd Monday of the month 7pm Club for families with or expecting twins, triplets, etc. Special events, Mom’s Nights Out, etc. Visit website for more info or call 678-404-0034. Paulding 45 & over Singles Club Activities* – Ryan’s in Hiram June 12; 2nd Tuesday of each month 6:30pm Contact Lynn Mitchell at Elementary Basketball Camp - Northwest Christian Church June 13-15; Wednesday-Friday 8:30am-12 noon Basketball camp for 2nd-5th graders led by Coach Valerie Linley, former point guard for the Florida State Seminoles. Cost is $25 per child. Limited space, so please register soon at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy. NW, Acworth, 30101. 770-425-2525.

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Learn interesting facts about Carnivores and Herbivores, adaptation, flying reptiles, extinction...and you’ll even get to witness a “real live” Dinosaur Death Match between the Cruel King Lizard, Tyrannosaurus Rex and the Speedy Thief known as the Velociraptor! Rock thru the ages and rock to the beat in this toe-tapping musical revue featuring rod puppets, hand puppets, original songs and of course, dinosaurs!

Tuesday July 31st 11am and 2pm The Princess & the Pea, Y’all

Douglas/Paulding Fellowship of Christian Athletes Golf Classic June 14; Thursday 7:45am Registration, 9am Shotgun start To be held at The Frog. Cart, Green Fees, Food & Beverage, Prizes! Raffle and Auction to follow tournament. To register or for additional info contact Rob Cason 404-2134113, Nick Byers at 770-312-8549 or Robbie Finley – FCA 678-414-5792

This production uses beautifully costumed hand puppets and live vocal characterizations to poke a little Southern-fried fun at the classic Hans Christian Andersen story of a kingdom in search of a “real” princess. Twenty mattresses later, everyone in the kingdom learns not to “judge a book by its cover” as the new Princess is welcomed into the family. In the end, it’s “happily ever after, y’all” in this witty, one-of-a-kind adaptation.

Paulding Photography Club* – Downtown Dallas June 14 and 28; 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month; 7pm Meetings are at 122 Main Street, Dallas. Monthly competitions, field trips, etc. For more information visit 6th Annual March against Meth 5K/10K Walk Run - Silver Comet Trailhead June 15; Friday 5pm Register and 7pm Run The Family Alliance of Paulding is hosting their 6th Annual Walk/Run benefitting the Meth Alliance; includes a “Paws against Meth Contest” this year. For sponsorship info and registration forms visit For info call Linda at 678-202-5777.

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Father’s Day - June 17 ‘Go Fish’ Praise Vacation Bible School - Fortified Hills Baptist Church June 18-22; Monday to Friday 9am - 12Noon For children age 4 to 5th grade. Open House, Sunday June 17 5pm. FHBC is located at 4705 E Paulding Drive. Visit or call 678.363.7720.

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Sprains and Strains, Do You Know the Difference? By Keith Lamberson, MD


ith many sports in full swing and the upcoming, highly anticipated Summer Olympics, it’s important for our athletes to be safe and cautious of injuries that can occur on and off the field. Sprains and strains are among the most common injuries in sports. It can be difficult to discern which has occurred and often there is a combination or both. Here are some facts about sprains and strains from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament, the fibrous band of connective tissue that joins the end of one bone with another. Ligaments stabilize and support the body’s joints. For example, ligaments in the knee connect the upper leg with the lower leg, enabling people to walk and run. A strain is an injury of a muscle and/or tendon. Tendons are fibrous cords of tissue that attach muscles to bone.

A sprain is caused by direct or indirect trauma (a fall, a blow to the body, etc.) that knocks a joint out of position, and overstretches, and, in severe cases, ruptures the supporting ligaments. Typically, this injury occurs when an individual lands on an outstretched arm; slides into a base; jumps up and lands on the side of the foot; or runs on an uneven surface. Chronic strains are the result of overuse (prolonged, repetitive movement) of muscles and tendons. Inadequate rest breaks during intensive training precipitates a strain. Acute strains are caused by a direct blow to the body, overstretching, or excessive muscle contraction. To treat both sprains and strains, rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) usually will help minimize the damage. It is important in all but mild cases for a medical doctor to evaluate the injury and establish a treatment and rehabilitation plan. A severe sprain or strain may require surgery or immobilization followed by months of therapy. Mild sprains and strains may require rehabilitation exercises and activity modification during recovery. No one is immune to sprains and strains, but here are some tips developed to help reduce your injury risk: n Participate in a conditioning program to build muscle strength n Do stretching exercises daily, after a proper warm up period n Always wear properly fitting shoes n Nourish your muscles by eating a well-balanced diet n Warm up before any sports activity, including practice n Use or wear protective equipment appropriate for that sport. By following these simple tips, everyone from the beginner athlete to the Olympian, can avoid unnecessary and painful injuries. Dr. Lamberson is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in sports medicine at Pinnacle Orthopaedics. Get to know Pinnacle. Call 770-944-3303 or visit for a complete list of services, physicians and locations near you.

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t’s almost Father’s Day again and time to start thinking about what to get Dad. If your man likes to spend time outdoors, here are some gift suggestions for you. They range from basic equipment to great supplements to camping gear.

1. A tent is essential if you are into camping

or backpacking. Check out tents by Coleman, REI, North Face, Sierra Designs and Kelty. For instance, there is a Coleman tent called the ‘Instant Tent’ which sets up in 60 seconds or less. It comes in three different sizes which will sleep four, six or eight persons. Coleman also has a three room tent called the ‘Weathermaster Six.’ It’s a beauty, and is perfect for family camping trips.

2. A new sleeping bag will surely be appreciated by your outdoor dad. The latest technological advance in sleeping bags is to mix the fill. Down may fill the top portion of the bag, while the lower portion that you rest on may have a synthetic fill on the bottom which will not compress like down and give you more padding. Sleeping bags are also being redesigned to fit individual shapes and sizes. 3. Sleeping bag pads that you blow up really help you to get a good night’s sleep.

Originally used by backpackers, these pads will help anyone who is sleeping on the ground.

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gifts. You can choose different types, depending on the particular sport your outdoorsman enjoys. A fisherman would appreciate a knife that has blades for scaling and filleting fish. A backpacker would appreciate a knife that has utensils like a fork and knife included. Don’t buy one with more gadgets than you need. They can get bulky and heavy.

5. Camping stoves and portable grills are great gifts. Coleman and Primus are two names you can trust. They have many different types of stoves to meet any and all of your cooking needs. 6. A LED headlamp frees your hands for chores in the dark. They are clear and bright

and often have multiple settings for different levels of brightness. The LED batteries are long lasting too.

7. A really good first aid kit is a comfort to include in your camping gear. There are many different varieties on the market. Choose one appropriate for the number of people in your camping party. Make sure it includes bug spray and sunscreen. 8. A good pair of binoculars is a great idea. They will enable you to view birds and

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I hope that you will get some ideas from these suggestions for gifts for your outdoorsman Dad. There are many choices within each suggestion. Amazon is a good place to check out these items. They have detailed descriptions of the products and they have competitive prices and often offer super saver shipping. Cabella’s and REI are two other retail stores that have a large selection of camping equipment. Also, you will find a selection of Coleman products at Walmart.

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How to Plan the Perfect Garden Wedding By Lise Rina


your guests to see; garbage cans or an unsightly shed? Make sure there is nothing there that you would not want to see in one of your wedding pictures. If there are, then do what you can to hide them. Rent large palms or large potted flowers or plants. They can hide a multitude of sins and beautify an area. Decorate outbuildings with ribbons, streamers, and tulle or other material. This can hide any chipped and peeling paint or other imperfections.

garden wedding is something many dream about for years, but having the wedding outside can create an interesting set of issues. The following garden wedding ideas will make sure that everything goes smoothly on your wedding day.

One of the most important issues when concerned with a garden wedding is what to do if the weather gets bad and it starts to rain. Garden weddings are sometimes held in family yards so renting a large tent in which to revel during the reception is a great idea. If the rain comes you can just move everything into the tent. Recruit a few guests prior to the wedding that can help move things in should rain begin to fall. Also, you can establish a back up venue just for the ceremony, if you think the need will arise. Decorating for a garden wedding can be elaborate or simple, but the most important part is that most of the decorations are already in the garden. Look around with a critical eye. Are there things there you do not want

quickly outside and an instrument that would normally be able to be heard indoors will not be able to be heard outside. Make sure there is enough workable outlets and wiring for the DJ or Musicians, their instruments, speakers, and microphones for the singers. You want them to be heard, and not competing with tweeting birds or traffic noises. Flowers should be the main decoration at the garden wedding. Fill in spaces in the actual garden with containers of flowers. Prior to the wedding mulch the beds and make sure they look neat and tidy. Include some statues or a gazing ball in the gardens to make people want to gather there and include some benches and lawn chairs so they can feel comfortable before and after the ceremony in small areas of the garden.

It is advisable to have a beautiful backdrop where the ceremony is going to be held just so there is some focus in the area. Stone walls or a rock garden make great places to situate the ceremony, or you can use a decorated arbor or arch. Do not forget to observe sun patterns in the space because you do not want your guests or you and your future spouse to be looking into the sun during the ceremony. Situate the space in a wooded area if possible.

If the wedding will go into the night entwine twinkle lights on the trees or sting pastel colored lanterns from tree to tree. Fill large wide mouth canning jars three fourths full of colored sand and place a votive candle inside to line paths. Place a birdbath near the receiving line after the wedding with a pretty sign to make a wish for the newly married couple and throw a coin in. Your garden wedding can be the most romantic and beautiful one ever. Starting in the atmosphere of nature is a great way to start a life together.

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Bust Summertime Boredom with 10 Wallet-Friendly Ideas By Beverly Bonèy


hat could be worse than a rainy summer day, when your children are cooped up inside and you have nothing planned? For parents, even sunny days that seem filled with endless opportunities, still yield the inevitable “I’m bored!” Studies show that without stimulation, children can lose up to 60 percent of what they learned during the school year. Summer is a great time to encourage children to let their imaginations soar.

Here are 10 ideas parents can use to keep young minds active during the summer months, without hurting their wallets:

1. Beat the Boredom Jar - Sit down with your family and brainstorm a list of activities that can be done alone or that you can enjoy doing together. Encourage your children to share their own ideas and help you decorate and label a simple jar as the family “Boredom Buster Jar.” Next, write everyone’s ideas down on slips of paper and as a group decide which ones should go in the jar. 2. Stories Alive - Sounds simple, but reading is one of the most important ways to keep young minds engaged during the summer. Make reading even more fun by finding ways to bring the stories to life. Read the book with your children and then challenge them to create their own town with materials they find in the backyard. 3. Art Treasure Chest - You’ll need to gather basic art supplies–child safe

scissors, glue, markers, tape, and construction paper. Put them in a special box along with empty oatmeal boxes and paper towel rolls, colorful magazines, and bits of aluminum foil. Occasionally add a special surprise like chalk or stickers so there’s always something new for the children to find.

4. Family Performances - Break out old clothes or costumes and encourage children to make up characters and create a play to act out. They will also be the directors, actors, and producers. 5. Build a Fort - Children love to build all kinds of structures--from small towns to

large towers. Constructing forts or tents is an activity that can keep children focused and problem solving for hours. With adult supervision, all the items you need can be found around the house.

6. Cookbook Fun - Have you ever shared your favorite cookbook with your children? Take it out and ask your children to choose a recipe to try. Measuring can be a fun and easy way to keep math skills fresh. 7. Summer Scrapbook - All you need for this project is a spiral notebook. Encourage everyone in the family to draw pictures of favorite activities and collect mementos from special events throughout the summer. 8. Listening Game - Lie down in the backyard, in the den or at the park and listen.

What do you hear? Do you hear what I hear? Can you imitate the sound? Similar to watching clouds and naming the shapes, it encourages everyone to slow down and focus on listening.

9. Camping Out - Pretend to campout in the backyard. Plan a meal, pack a backpack and set up a campsite. You might even decide to spend the night!

10. Scavenger Hunt - Make a list or picture cards of common household items

and have your children find the items on the list. Invite friends or neighbors to join in the fun to make it a competition. Parents can use this list of ideas as a starting point for summer activities that offer a balance between the freedom of child-initiated play time and more structured activities. When preparing for a brain-drain-free summer, remember to suggest or provide age appropriate activities. With these tips in mind, sit down with your family and make a plan for an engaging, imaginative and fun summer!

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Georgia Classic Rides “Block Parties”* - Downtown Dallas June 23; 4th Saturday of the month; 8am - Close Georgia Classic Rides block party and car cruise. Beautiful cars, great people, and family fun! For membership and photos visit SonRise National Park VBS - New Season’s Church June 25-28; Monday to Friday 5:30pm - 8:30pm Hosted by New Season’s Church, 4457 Atlanta Highway, Hiram. Call 770-4397223 with any questions. Open to age 2 to 5th grade.

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ROC Stars VBS - Dallas First United Methodist Church June 25-28; Monday to Friday 9am - 12Noon5:30pm - 8:30pm “Relying on Christ” VBS is hosted by DFUMC. They’re located at 141 E. Memorial Drive in Downtown Dallas. To register visit


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Vacation Bible School - North Paulding Baptist Church July 8-13; Sunday – Friday 6pm – 9pm NPBC located at 54 Braswell Mountain Road, Dallas. Contact Allison Morgan for more information, 

Paulding County River of Life - Dallas First United Methodist July 11-15; Wednesday - Sunday River of Life offers spiritual growth and fellowship while assisting the elderly, handicapped, and economically disadvantaged with home repairs. Spend three days at the worksites enjoying music and worship in the evenings. To participate or contribute, contact Dallas First UMC at 770-445-2509 or visit

Dallas Cultural Arts Summer Camps June and July 8 week camps in the areas of Art, Music, Drama and Photography. Three age appropriate groups: 6-8, 9-11, and 12-15. For more info call Dallas Cultural Arts at 770-4434211 or visit 5th Annual Juried Art Competition The Artist Guild of NW Georgia, 5th Annual Juried Art Competition to be held October 6, 2012 at Gallery 4463 in Acworth, GA. Last date for entries is August 25, 2012.  For more info and complete prospectus go to   Paulding Literacy Council, Paulding Reads! Tutoring sessions with trained volunteers who work one-on-one with any Paulding adult resident who wants to learn to read or improve their reading skills. Learn more by calling 770-920-8221 or 770-974-5531. Prepare for the Citizenship Exam - Family Alliance Center (FAC) Mondays and Wednesdays; 1pm - 2pm (Register 9am - Noon on Mondays) Legal permanent residents 18 years or older can attend classes to prepare for the US Citizenship exam; services are free. For info call 678-202-5777, extension 103. FAC is located at 210 Oak Street in Hiram (under the water tower) Summer Reading and Special Events - Paulding County Libraries For more information about library events, call (770) 459-8163 or visit Ages 2-Adult Recreational & Competitive Programs


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Her plans are to become an ultrasound technician. As a Marine, Austin is an aviation technician and works on the V-22 Osprey. He is stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station at New River in North Carolina. After they are married, Bridget will be moving to North Carolina to be with her new husband.

Bridget is very excited about their wedding day, and can’t wait to see all her ideas come together. They have chosen a rustic theme, and are using the Marine colors of red and blue, along with some home made arts and crafts for the decor. The ceremony will be held outdoors in Taylorsville, Georgia by the water at Tilley Mill. Bridget’s dress will be complimented by Austin’s Marine dress blues. Her grandmother, Diane Taylor or “Meemee” as she’s lovingly called, is making homemade BBQ for the wedding guests.

Bridget and Austin are a young couple to be proud of, and we wish them happiness and blessings for their future.

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rin Osborne of Flutterbee Photography is our featured photographer this month. Erin has many facets in her life wife, mother of two, daughter, sister and follower of Christ. All of these, have an amazing affect on her photography.

As a wife, she “loves a love story” and capturing those special moments between a bride and groom or when a Mom and Dad are tackled by their two year old. As a mother of two, Erin loves the maternal connection of a newborn in its mother’s arms or the shaky steps of a one year old. The daughter in her identifies with the trust in a child’s gaze, sloppy kisses from toddlers, and the stubborn reluctance of teenagers. As a sister, she loves the adventure and creativity that siblings inspire in one another. As a follower of Christ, she marvels at how God could create something beautiful, every single time He made a human being, and never ever repeat Himself.

All these combined forces in Erin’s life make her photography emotional, true, and joyful. Her images capture not only what you can see, but the invisible connections you share with those you love. Erin hopes that in 50 years, the moments she’s documented for her clients will be like a time-warp that allows them to re-live the connections shared with their children, parents, and spouse.

Take a moment to stop by Erin’s blogsite through and flip through the images there. They just might inspire you to capture the seen and unseen in your life as it is right now. To contact Erin, call 404-585-8185, email erin@, or on Facebook at Flutterbee Photography.

**Please check our Facebook page for behind the scene photos from our cover shoot, as well as a picture of Bridget and Austin from their wedding day!

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thought I had seen it all when I traveled to the Galapagos several years ago. I sailed for several nights on a ship that visited almost all of the islands. I saw Sea Lions, Penguins, Iguanas, Blue Footed Boobies, Cormorants, and of course, George the Giant Tortoise. It was totally amazing. On the Peninsula Valdez in the northern part of Argentine Patagonia, the only missing species was the Giant Turtle. Peninsula Valdez is also a haven for the Southern Right Whale and Orcas, both of which are not seen in the Galapagos. Peninsula Valdez is more than amazing. The Galapagos is visited by thousands of tourists every year. Peninsula Valdez is visited by very few. I was the only living human in the Penguin Rookery at the north end of the Peninsula. There can be more than 20,000 pairs of Magellanic Penguins during the mating season. The day I visited, there were fewer than that, as the babies had already left the nests. But as far as the eye could see, there were nests of Penguins, cooing and making calls to their mates. That same day, I walked a solitary beach with my naturalist guide and over 100 sea lions. We sat on a rocky outcrop within 20 feet of these huge animals as they played and learned adult male behavior. The females had already gone to sea to begin their fishing and looking for food to store up for the next season of mating and producing pups for future breeding cycles. Sea Lions are huge animals weighing more than 2 tons with a big furry mass of fat around their necks that adds to their bellows when they are mating. Seals on the other hand, are more prolific. They are everywhere and by the thousands! They swam beside our small skiff as we circled the island nearby, the wonderful Bahia Bustamante. These seals are real comedians as they chased our boat only to jump up and look inside (to see if we had any fish they could eat) or loped up the beach chasing all kinds of sea birds or baby seals that got in their way.

As in the Galapagos, the Cormorants and sea birds are gliding along for the ride, picking off fish that are left behind by the seals and sea lions and the barnacles on the right whales as they came up for air. These whales are the largest mammals on earth, and are on the endangered species list as less than 200 are left in the Atlantic Ocean. Best of all in this secret Galapagos, there are no cruise ships, no yachts, and no hotels. There are only the historic haciendas of willing families who have opened their homes to individuals who love the flora and fauna of this area. Each night I was welcome to a way of life that has existed in Argentina for hundreds of years. At Bahia Bustamante, the main business is the harvesting of the local seaweed to sell for export to make things like ice cream and cosmetics. They also have a petrified forest of ancient trees on their land. This hacienda stretches for over 50 miles in any direction you can see. At the wonderful Ricon Chico Augustine, the owner took me on an awesome trip up and over the sand dunes at sunset for some spectacular pictures. His sheep farm, owned by the generations of his family, is over 800,000 acres large and he boasts that he has to maintain over 270 miles of fencing yearly. Keep in mind that in none of these places is there electricity during the day. The generators are turned on at 7PM and run to 11PM, so if I needed to blow dry my hair, or charge my cameras, I had to plan ahead. I became accustom to this wonderful alternative. Instead of the honking of cars back home, it was really special to go to sleep to the honking of Sea Lions and Penguins. Even without electricity, I could get used to the amazing Galapagos. Pam Walker is a Virtuoso travel consultant and can be reached at You can follow her travels by visiting Pam’s blog at

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ivas and Deals was developed by three Paulding business women: Elaine Lee, owner of Salon Eleven & Blend, Jennifer Matthews, owner of TewLaLu Gift & Accessory Boutique and Lori Waddell, owner of Lori Waddell Photography. Together they developed a concept that would not only provide a way for business owners to promote their businesses with a girls night of fun, but also in a way that enables them to give back to the community that has made them successful. All proceeds from Divas and Deals went to feed hungry children in Paulding County.

Business owners understand that marketing dollars are very valuable, and having the chance to meet 100 ladies in an elegant but relaxed atmosphere, was a step in the right direction. Elaine, Jennifer and Lori expanded the concept to include the business owners they wanted to meet and get acquainted with, and whose main target audience is women.

Elaine, Lori & Jennifer Divas and Deals would like to thank the following vendors for their participation:

Divas and Deals is a “business expo” style event. Each vendor was required to have a “free” give away to each lady in attendance. At the event, each attendee would exchange their ticket for a “Diva” card which had to be presented to collect the giveaway from each vendor. The “Diva” card guaranteed that each vendor had the opportunity to meet every person who attended.

A Glamour Affair, Kristin Collins and Nisha Laguna Cupcakery Bakery, Ashley Dodd Divine Catering, Mary Tibbitts DJ, Mark McCain Edible Arrangements, Kim Henry Hills Creek Events, Lindsey Rakestraw, Morgan Rakestraw and Sharon Rakestraw Morgan Lori Waddell Photography, Lori Waddell Our Town Magazine, Jules Williams and Teresa Parrish Paint-N-Party, Casey and Darrell Woods Ponderosa Pottery, Emme Worthy Salon Eleven & Blend, Elaine Lee Sweet Like Me Cakes, Aimee Brewer Tab’s Therapeutic Massage, Tabatha Jackson TewLaLu Gift & Accessory Boutique, Jennifer Matthews TNT Kickboxing, Casey and Darrell Woods

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Get ready for exciting wilderness thrills as you head out to beautiful SonRise National Park! As kids explore SonRise National Park, they’ll learn the most important survival skill of all: they can always depend on Jesus and His promises of true peace, true riches, true power, true love and true hope! At SonRise National Park, kids will learn to trust Jesus as their all-powerful guide and Savior!

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SPORTS TOURISM Benefiting Paulding County

Become a Sponsor! June 22-24, 2012

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The West Atlanta / Douglas Choral Society WADCS, Inc.

Celebrating and Affirming both their Third Decade and 26th Concert Season


Concert Season Auditions Waverly Rainey, Conductor William Callaway, Accompanist

Available for Adoption: KITTENS! KITTENS! EVERYWHERE! With the mild winter here in the South, the kitten season is upon us with a vengence! Fancy Feline Rescue of the South currently has several kittens available for pre-adoption, and these pictures are just a few of the kittens that are available. Before adoption, each kitten will be spayed or neutered, will be up-to-date with age appropriate vaccines, tested for Feline FIV/FeLV/HW, microchipped and dewormed, will receive flea and ear mite preventative, and will be eligible to receive at least 30 days of prepaid pet health insurance at the time of adoption. A deposit of $50 will be required to hold any kitten until the necessary vetting occurs, and the total adoption fee for each kitten is $125.00. To see all our cats available for adoption, please visit, then emails us,, or call 678-522-2152, to schedule an appointment to meet your new family member! Fancy Feline Rescue of the South is a licensed, non-profit, no-kill rescue organization dedicated to individual attention and excellent care to homeless cats, working hard to find them good homes.

Auditions through September 30th Individual Performances Christmas Concert Easter/Spring Concert First Official Rehearsal Tuesday, September 4, 2012 7:00pm - 9:30pm


Douglas County High School Rehearsal Hall


For Information and Audition Times Call 404-732-7301 or 770-920-1662

Trinity Chapel Academy 4665 Macland Road Powder Springs, GA 30127 678-831-1062


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ARK Dog Cages:

Put’em on the ARK

(or Kennels, Crates and Boxes) By MJ Marks What’s the Difference?



t would sound terrible if we kept our dogs in dog cages. After all, a cage sounds like an object in which someone or something is kept against their will. It sounds like a prison. Of course, a cage is also an enclosure made of bars or wire for confining or carrying an animal. Most people don’t think twice about keeping a bird in a cage, it is quite accepted, and so is the terminology. Zoo animals were also once kept in cages, and sometimes still are, though most zoos are striving to create enclosures that resemble the animal’s natural wild environment. Generally, other than a few special cases, the word cage has a negative connotation.


So, instead of dog cages, other terms are used. Though, technically, they are all cages. Different terms are used to represent slightly different items. Dog kennels come in many sizes, and are generally set up outside for your dog. They are used for a variety of reasons. Some people use them regularly to keep their dog in because they do not have a fenced yard. Others use them occasionally when they do not want their dog running around the yard, perhaps when a young friend is over to play, or during a BBQ. For others, the kennel is a home, or safe place, for the dog. The kennel is often left open, and in there the dog can retreat, a place to call his own. Dog crates are another form of dog cages. These are usually smaller, and kept in the house. In the house, they are also often used as a safe place which a dog can call his own. They are also great for travel, either in a car or truck, and necessary for airline travel. Crates come in many different styles, from traditional wire crates, to soft sided crates, folding crates, plastic crates, aluminum crates, and even wood crates that resemble a nice piece of furniture. There are many advantages to crate training a dog, and something I would highly recommend. Dog boxes most resemble a cage, but are really a lot friendlier than they look. I had never heard of one of these until recently. They are aluminum boxes that are normally designed to be used in the back of a truck (some even mount in the truck like a tool box). Though there are obviously design difference, most resemble a metal box, many have solid sides than can be removed for ventilation (bars are revealed), they sometimes have storage in the top that is accessed through a lift lid. Some also have a bottom drawer, and top brands offer an integrated cooler design. These are designed to be a home away from home for dogs, and are often used by hunting dogs and competitive championship dogs. So given this, do not be deceived that they look like dog cages. Regardless of they type of dog you have, or your situation, you may have need of a kennel, crate or box. And though they are technically all dog cages, you do not need to refer to it in this way.


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GIVE A PETSupport A LOVING HOME Your Local Paulding Humane Society

Please Spay & Neuter Your Pets For more information or directions to the shelter, please visit us at 770-445-1511 (Closed Wednesdays) Open Daily Noon to 5 pm

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crossword Across 1. Depart suddenly 7. “Mona ___” 11. Mozart’s “L’___ del Cairo” 14. Seed-like 15. Persia, now 16. “___ any drop to drink”: Coleridge 17. Butterfly order 19. “For shame!” 20. “Star Trek” rank: Abbr. 21. Likely venue for Jackman, abbr. 22. Tennis great Gibson 24. Shoe fashion 27. Accompanies tails 30. Man of many words 31. Mountaineer’s tool 32. Fan 33. Appear 36. Computer acceptable 41. “C’___ la vie!” 42. Egg cells 43. Unglazed pottery 44. Certain Arab 47. Ritzy 49. Hitler’s civilian army 52. Security 53. Bolivian export 54. In-flight info, for short 57. Bubkes 58. Mathematician 62. Schuss, e.g. 63. Nonexistent 64. Deserved 65. “Absolutely!”

28. Wood sorrels 29. Chest muscle 32. Car accessory 34. The Kennedys, e.g. Down 35. Makeup, e.g. 1. Welfare, with “the” 37. Unimportant 2. 20-20, e.g. 38. “... there is no ___ 3. Coffeehouse orders angel but Love”: 4. “Aladdin” prince 5. “Spy vs. Spy” magazine Shakespeare 39. Forbidding 6. “To your health!” 40. Comrade in arms 7. Flexible 45. Fold, spindle or 8. Anger mutilate 9. NY Springs 46. Ammonia ligand 10. Kind of recording 47. Auditory 11. Offer 48. Searched for gold 12. Outback call 49. Wuss 13. “He’s ___ nowhere 50. Similar man” (Beatles lyric) 51. “Enchanted April” 18. Successful runners, setting for short 54. “Empedocles on ___” 23. Not just “a” (Matthew Arnold poem) 24. Literally, “king” 55. Pigeon-___ 25. Checker, perhaps 56. “No ifs, ___ ...” 26. “How ___!” 59. “Is that ___?” 27. Debut of March 3, 60. Ring bearer, maybe 1923 61. Crooked 66. Evasive 67. Tree nymphs


National Seafood Month


une is the month we get to celebrate the love of seafood by cooking up some of our favorite seafood dishes. Seafood is defined as any sea animal or seaweed that is served as food or is suitable for eating, particularly seawater animals, such as fish and shellfish (including mollusks and crustaceans). So, let’s enjoy the celebration of our earth’s living waters and what they have to offer.

Sesame Seared Tuna

1/4 cup soy sauce 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese sweet wine) 1 tablespoon honey 2 tablespoons sesame oil 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar 4 (6 ounce) tuna steaks 1/2 cup sesame seeds wasabi paste 1 tablespoon olive oil

In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, mirin, honey and sesame oil. Divide into two equal parts. Stir the rice vinegar into one part and set aside as a dipping sauce. Spread the sesame seeds out on a plate. Coat the tuna steaks with the remaining soy sauce mixture, then press into the sesame seeds to coat. Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet over high heat until very hot. Place steaks in the pan, and sear for about 30 seconds on each side. Serve with the dipping sauce and wasabi paste.

Croissant & Salmon Breakfast Casserole

3 tablespoons butter 1/2 white onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 12 eggs 1/2 cup milk 6 croissants, split - tops set aside and bottoms torn into 1-inch pieces 2 green onions, thinly sliced 4 ounces smoked salmon, chopped 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill 1 teaspoon salt freshly cracked black pepper to taste Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; stir in the onion and garlic until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. In a bowl, beat the eggs with the milk until frothy and thoroughly blended. Place the torn pieces of croissant bottom into a 9x13-inch nonstick baking dish in an even layer. Top the croissant pieces with the cooked onions and garlic in a layer, followed by layers of green onions, smoked salmon, Monterey Jack cheese, Swiss cheese, mozzarella cheese, and dill. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the casserole, and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Arrange the tops of the croissants over the casserole, pressing them down into the egg mixture to moisten. Bake the casserole about 50 minutes, or until tops are brown. Serve hot. Yields 8 servings.

Spicy Lime Grilled Shrimp

3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning (such as Emeril’s Essence®) 1 lime, juiced 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp (30-40 per pound)


Mix together the Cajun seasoning, lime juice, and vegetable oil in a resealable plastic bag. Add the shrimp, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat, and lightly oil the grate. Remove the shrimp from the marinade, and shake off excess. Discard the remaining marinade. Cook the shrimp on the preheated grill until they are bright pink on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center, about 2 minutes per side. For Advertising information Call 770.222.2699 •  Our Town

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