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5, 39 Hiram s Dallas s Cedarcrest s New Hope 8 11, 24, 37 Publisher/Editor: Jules Wilson / Teresa Parrish 12 Contributing Writers: Graphics and Design Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. Our Town Media Group, Inc. 14 BrandpointContent.com Straightaway Designs - Website 16 Cornerstone Chiropractic Photography 18 Mindy Gentry, M.D. Nathan & Melissa Baker Bob Hamilton 21 Capturing Forever Photography Bridgette Mongeon 26 Our Town Media Group Independant Sales Rep 28 Mary Carol Sheffield Alie Ayers Vince Shorb 30 Matt Tudge 32 Pam Walker 34 www.OurTownFamily.com Our Town is published and direct mailed monthly to prestigious homes in the Paulding County Area. Opinions expressed by the 38 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 41 validity of claims made by advertisers. Entire contents, including ad design created by Our Town Media Group, Inc., copyright 2014, belong to Our Town of Paulding. 42 Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher. 42

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About the Cover Community Spotlight: March Against Meth Calendar of Events Relationships: The Amazing Healing Power of Touch Faith: Mother’s Day Letting Go Gardening: Support Your Own: Farmer’s Market Medical: Improving Your Heart Health Fitness: Entrophy, the Gym and You Home & Design: Before Buying Antique Porcelain Home Improvement: Safety Tips for Consumers Travel: Conserving Kenya Finance: Tips to Teaching Personal Finance Family Focus: Picking the Right Camp for Your Kids Feature Photographer: Nathan & Melissa Baker Pet News: Tips for Springtime Traveling with your Cat May Crossword What’s Cookin’: Slow Cooker Dishes

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he Family Alliance of Paulding, Inc. is hosting the 8th Annual March against Meth on Friday, May 9th 2014. The event is a 5K timed run and family fun run/walk. There will be plenty of food, bounce house, kids’ activities, entertainment, drug prevention education and a raffle. Folks can pre-register at www.active.com or on the Family Alliance website, www.familyallianceofpaulding. org. Sponsors, vendors and raffle items are still welcome. The Family Alliance of Paulding is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen men, women and families of all backgrounds and life circumstances by providing parenting and substance abuse education; building positive, rewarding and satisfying relationships between parents and their children, and offering development and service opportunities for all citizens.

Executive Director of the alliance educates our students in our school system, does trainings for our law enforcement, administrators and our community at large. The Meth Alliance expanded into the Family Alliance in 2009 in order to encompass other needs within our community. They currently run the Supervised Visitation Family Time program for our local DFCS as well as supervising visits for other counties in Georgia. They also offer parenting classes, court mandated programs and are working on expanding to include life skills and mentoring programs. In April 2010, The Family Alliance of Paulding was awarded a grant by the SafeHouse Outreach Learning Project to coach and expand its Board of Directors and volunteer activities, but to do so, THEY NEED YOU! If you have a heart for families, and would like to volunteer please contact them at 678-202-5777 or visit the website to learn more.

The Meth Alliance of Paulding was formed in 2005 in Anyone who cannot attend the event on May 9th, but response to the meth epidemic that was plaguing our would like to make a donation can go to the website or county. The Meth Alliance has expanded its prevention mail to Family Alliance, P.O. Box 1088, Hiram, Georgia xp. 2/28/11 Exp. 2/28/11 education to also include prescription and synthetic 30141. Donors who are willing to commit to donating drugs and current alcohol trends. Linda Verscharen the a certain amount of funding each month will receive a

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8th Annual 5k March Against Meth & 5K Race, 1K Fun Run Silver Comet Trail -Hiram Trailhead May 9, 2014; Friday 5pm Registration – 6pm 5K - 6:15pm Fun Run and 5K “March” Cost is $25 per runner/marcher and incudes an event T-shirt. The trailhead is located at 531 Seaboard Ave., Hiram, GA. Register at active.com or visit the website. You can also help by collecting pledges to help raise awareness for Meth Prevention. Call 678-202-5777 for more information on becoming a sponsor or a participant.

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Dallas Farmer’s Market Saturdays through the year 8am - Noon 25 Courthouse Square, in the Georgia Highlands Parking lot formerly the old Courthouse annex in Dallas! Weather Permitting! http://tdfm.org. Paulding County Farm Bureau Farmers Market Thursdays 3pm - 7pm through November 20th Parking lot of Citizens Square Shopping Center located at 4075 Charles Hardy Parkway, Dallas, GA 30157. Call 770.231.4632 for info.

Couponing Class at the Hiram Library* May 1; 1st Thursday of each month (except July) 6pm - 7pm Learn from Lori Hendrix how to save money while having fun! 1815 HiramDouglasville Highway, Hiram, GA 30141. 770-439-3964 Praise Academy Spring Fling May 3; Saturday 9am-2:30pm Bring the whole family for a fun filled afternoon! Games, Food, Bounce House, Yard Sale, Vendors! Praise is located at 4052 Hiram-Lithia Springs Road, Powder Springs. Call 770-943-2484 for more information. Southeastern Greyhound Adoption Meet and Greet - Pet Smart in Hiram May 4; 1st Sunday of the Month 12 noon - 2pm* Greyhounds are great pets. SEGA is an organization dedicating to placing these ex-races into good homes. Visit greyhoundadoption.org or call 770-473-9738 for more information. Book Writers Critique Group meeting in Dallas*                May 6 and 20; 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month; 6pm-7:30pm  For published and unpublished Book Writers only. Fiction and nonfiction. For information and meeting location contact Book Writers at muse@lightband.com Mother’s Day Tea Party at New Georgia Public Library May 8; Thursday 10:30am Preschoolers and their special guests are invited to celebrate with a Story Time and Tea Party. New Georgia Public Library is located at 94 Ridge Road, Dallas, 30157. 770-459-8163   Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center May 8; Thursday 11am - 1pm Speaker Phil Kent, Author and Commentator ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) Visit pauldingchamber.org to register or call 770-445-6016. Paulding Photography Club* – Downtown Dallas May 8 and 22; 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month; 7pm Meetings are at 122 Main Street, Dallas. Monthly competitions, field trips, etc. For more information visit www.facebook.com/PauldingPhotographyClub.

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p Try dangerous back surgery p Just live with it If you’re like most, none of these have worked for you or you are afraid of what could happen if you do try some of these. Exercising makes you hurt more, pain medications and muscle relaxers cover up the problem and give you side effects. Pain shots can cause more pain, don’t work or don’t last very long or FIX the problem, back surgery didn’t work, or made you worse. Or maybe you were one of the lucky ones that back surgery actually helped, but now the problem is back with a vengeance. Whatever your situation, you owe it to yourself to check into a Breakthrough Computerized Non-Surgical Treatment for back pain and sciatic or leg pain caused by a bulging, herniated or squashed disc or discs. It has helped hundreds of people who were suffering just like you. This new treatment machine we are calling “the squashed disc machine.”

But here’s the biggest problem… there is a high failure rate of back surgery. One medical study found that on average, 53% of L5-S1 back surgeries fail to produce relief of symptoms (International Orthop 1987.)

How “Good” Discs become “Bad” Discs Over time the discs in your back tend to get squashed or compressed, especially if you’ve played certain sports when younger or have a job that requires lots of sitting or standing in one place for long periods of time. Car accidents, lifting things, very physical jobs just to name a few.

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releases stress hormones and maintaining that resentment can cause permanent physiological damage. In short, holding on to resentment causes more damage to you than the person you are angry at.

other’s Day might not be a happy day for all women. In fact, there may be some women who are, for whatever reason, estranged from their children or there may be children estranged from their mothers. For these people, watching happy families on Mother’s Day can be quite painful. There is no doubt that the pain that is felt through and by these broken relationships or the injustices caused one to another is real. But this Mother’s Day, begin to give yourself the gift of letting go. Let go of the pain, the anger, and the resentment, and begin to pray for forgiveness.

It is difficult to forgive someone who does not admit they are wrong or who has not asked to be forgiven. Pray that God softens your heart, and if you can pray for nothing else pray that God gives you what I call the “want tos.” “Lord help me to ‘want to’ forgive,” and try to remember when you too needed forgiveness.

This is not an easy task. Withholding anger concerning your expectations of someone turns into resentment. Holding on to resentment makes you feel justified. However, there is documentation stating that resentment and unforgiveness can make you physically sick. It could even shorten your life. Resentment can cause depression, change blood pressure, and heart rate. Resentment

Often the chance of reconciliation grows dimmer as the distance grows greater. At times it might feel like it is just easier not to try. If you are the person that needs forgiveness approach the one that you have hurt in a humble manor. Pray often to God to forgive you and to heal the relationship as you continue to try to reconcile. Also, forgive yourself. A wise friend once said

it took years for her to forgive herself for what she had done to her children. You must learn to forgive yourself as well. Forgiveness can still happen after the death of a loved one. Once again pray that God heal the relationship. Nothing is too big for God. He can heal even through death. This will allow you to let go, and in turn it will give space in your heart for other blessings.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Eph 4:31-32

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gardening By Mary Carol Sheffield

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re you looking for a fun, local family outing with health and community benefits that can last beyond the scope of your trip? Look no further! Our local farmers’ markets offer you and your family the opportunity to purchase healthy fresh foods, socialize with other community members, and support our local economy. Paulding County has two farmers’ markets operating for the season. The Paulding County Farm Bureau Market has a new Market Day: The market will be open on Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of the Citizens Square shopping center, 4075 Charles Hardy Parkway, Dallas, GA 30157. The Paulding County Farm Bureau Markets runs from 3 to 7 p.m.

town stores, as well. The Dallas Farmers Market is on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon at the old Courthouse in downtown Dallas.

meal for their family that will be healthy and delicious, while supporting local agriculture.

Come meet the folks who grow their own and whose produce has traveled less than 100 miles from farm to market. The vendors who sell at the farmers’ markets are knowledgeable, local growers who are bringing their products direct to you in friendly and fun, open-air markets. The markets are not just a place to buy wonderful edibles, but a place to connect with your community.

The market vendors sell a wide variety of in season produce. Right now, you’ll find greens, onions, radishes, broccoli, lettuces, Swiss chard, strawberries and many early spring vegetables. As the season gets warmer and summer vegetables begin to come in, you’ll find items such as sweet corn, many types of beans and peas, tomatoes, eggplant, peaches and berries. If it is in season, the growers will be there with it fresh from the field!

At the market, customers interact with local farmers to learn more about specific foods, including how they are grown and harvested, how they should be cleaned and stored, and even suggestions on how to prepare them. This allows the customers to experience many new items with confidence that they can take the vegetables home and prepare a

Downtown Dallas will also play host to a weekly market in the parking lot of the Historic Paulding County Courthouse. Market patrons can shop for local produce and walk around the corner to shop the local down-

Beyond just fresh produce, vendors also offer fresh eggs, fresh ground whole wheat and artisan breads, goat cheese, local honey products, jams/jellies, pickles, relishes, herbs, fresh-cut flowers, peanut brittle, fudge and much more. Many of the products are produced without artificial fertilizers and pesticides, and the growers are there to answer any questions you may have about these fabulous farm-fresh products. Mary Carol Sheffield is the Paulding County Extension Coordinator and Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. For more information on gardening in Paulding, contact a Master Gardener or the County Extension Agent at 770-443-7616 or check out online at www.ugaextension.com/paulding.

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ou’ve probably heard that taking a baby aspirin or drinking a glass of wine can be good for your cardiovascular health - and it’s true! For most people chocolate, wine, and aspirin can offer protective benefits for the heart.

ASPIRIN Aspirin comes from the bark of the willow tree. Its use dates back to 3000 B.C., and it has been used regularly throughout history for a variety of ailments. In recent years, it has been used primarily as an anti-pain and anti-fever medication. Bayer, a German Company, named the drug aspirin in the late 1800’s. They were eventually forced to give up the trademark as a part of the treaty of Versailles in 1919, and shortly after, aspirin became available without a prescription. Aspirin interferes with production of prostaglandin which reduces pain and inflammation and essentially makes your platelets less “sticky.” Studies have shown that aspirin may reduce the risk of heart attack by 44%, but in women a greater reduction was shown in the risk of stroke. Physicians recommend taking aspirin if you’ve had a previous heart attack or stroke, but if you have not had a cardiac event and have several risk factors for heart disease, your doctor may recommend you begin an aspirin regimen as a preventative measure.

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Just like wine, chocolate contains flavanoids and antioxidants that scavenge free radicals and keep hearts healthy. It comes from the Cacao tree and the Maya Indians were the first known people to have consumed it in 250-900 A.D. For years, cacao seeds were ground into a bitter spicy drink that was used as a health elixir. Later the drink was sweetened and became more of a treat for elite society. The first chocolate bar was produced in the 1800s and quickly spread to the mass production we know today. So how can chocolate be a health food? It helps inhibit platelet clumping, and reduces inflammation. Half of a square of chocolate inhibits platelets as much as an 81 mg aspirin! Dark chocolate is best due to the higher cocoa content. Studies have shown that light chocolate consumption resulted in a drop in blood pressure, a lower risk of heart attack and stroke, and a lower risk of heart failure. The recommended amount is unclear due to the varying studies and brands of chocolate, but about 6-7 grams a day (or a square of a chocolate bar) is about right.

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et’s say you’ve been taking some time off from the gym. Maybe you reached the end of your 12-week training cycle and you’re taking a week off. It’s possible that one week turns into two or even three or four weeks. Life happens, you need to attend to some pressing matters, and going to the gym starts to take a back seat. Before you know it, two or three months have passed by. Suddenly, you’re no longer a person who goes to the gym, but a person who needs to figure out a way to get back to the gym on a regular basis. “What happened to me?” you wonder. “Where did the time go?” Now you have to actually exert effort to fit “workout time” into your schedule. You scratch your head and ponder. “I thought I had this all covered,” you think, not for the first time. What happened to you and your well-made plans was entropy, that insidious force in the universe that turns order into disorder. The basic rule is that any organized system, left unattended, will immediately begin to break down. As a mundane example, those piles of papers on your desk keep reaccumulating as a result of entropy. The weeds in your garden? Entropy. The dust bunnies in your attic and basement? Entropy. The collapse of your plan for doing regular workouts? Entropy. What’s worse, entropy takes a serious toll on your physical fitness.1,2 If you miss enough time from the gym, all your fitness gains begin to melt away. First, your muscles begin to lose their stores of energy. Glycogen, the complex sugar that supplies energy for muscle work, is broken down for use elsewhere. Arterioles and capillaries, small blood vessels that were needed to supply nutrients to your growing muscles, are no longer required and rapidly disappear. Muscle fibers that were continually added to support your exercise activities are cannibalized, so that their constituent parts may be used for other physiological processes. Entropy launches a process of randomization that breaks down your carefully built-up muscular structure. Your body, being very smart, metaphorically swoops in and moves all those metabolic components to other structures and systems for more efficient use. The superficial result is loss of muscle definition. The deeper result is loss of muscle tone.3 Your cardiorespiratory system (heart and lungs), digestive system, and metabolism are all affected, as these physiologic systems are no longer required to be functioning at peak to support a regular vigorous exercise program. Entropy sets in to all these systems, as well. The overall result is a profound impact on your health and well-being.

The good news is we can help keep entropy at bay, but doing so requires attention and determination. We want to attend to our bodies as carefully and regularly as we attend to the environment of our home, office, and garden. Just as our cars, motorcycles, and bicycles require periodic maintenance, our bodies require much more frequent care, care on a daily and weekly basis. It’s fine to occasionally skip a week or two, or even a month if needed, of exercise but we must make sure we get right back on schedule to ensure benefits to our short-term and long-term health.

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lions, Cape buffalo, and rhinoceros all roamed freely across this giant fenced wilderness. That very night two cheetahs lay sleepily in the grass not far from the tented camp that Kicheche had provided. Now when I say tented, this was not like your average tent in the woods. These tented camps have proper bathrooms with running water. You can even get a shower every night...not a long one...but long enough even to wash your hair if you need to. Don’t look for the hair dryer, however, as these camps don’t have an electric current. They are solar powered and that lasts just so long in the cool dark evenings. So what could be better than sitting by the fire, hearing the lions roar in the distance and then sitting down to a gourmet feast in the main tent, complete with candle light and full service wait staff to attend with French service. No buffets here....only the best will do. At 5:30am (dawn), one of these same waiters brings you

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Summer Reading Club at New Georgia Public Library Fizz, Boom, READ! Summer Reading Club! Educational and entertaining activities includes weekly science experiment labs and special visits from magicians, jugglers, storytellers, musicians, puppeteers and scientists. Small prizes for completing literacy activities. For a complete schedule of events, stop by the library to sign-up or visit www.wgrl.net and www.facebook.com/newgeorgialibrary. NGPL is located at 94 Ridge Road, Dallas, 30157. 770-459-8163

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Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center June 5; Thursday 11am - 1pm Keynote Speaker – TBA ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) Visit pauldingchamber.org to register or call 770-445-6016. SPORTS CAMPS Basketball camp at Taylor Farm Park Registration through May 30 Camp Dates: June 23-June 26 from 8:30am-11:30am; open to boys and girls ages 6-14. Cost $46 per child. Call 770-443-7540 for more information.   Fast pitch camp at Mt. Tabor Park Registration through May 30 Camp Dates: June 2- June 6 from 9am – 5pm; open to children ages 5-12. Cost is $180 per child. Questions? Call 770-443-7540 for more information. Summer baseball at Burnt Hickory, Mt. Tabor and Taylor Farm Parks Registration through June 6; Special Registration Day May 10th at Mt. Tabor Teams will be built via a blind draw draft. League play begins the week of June 16. Open to children ages 5-12. Cost is $86 per child and includes t-shirt and hat. Call 770.445.8065 for more information. Angels among Us Ministries and Angels for Success A Ministry that gives FREE prom or formal gowns to young ladies in high school that do not have the funds to buy one or outfits for ladies going for a job or an interview. To make an appointment or donate call Tina Watson 770-445-8994. Manna Food Ministry - Feed the Hungry Offering affordable, pre-packaged, high-quality nutritious food boxes. Visit MannaFoodMinistry.org to see menu and cut off date for orders. 678-310-9660. Major credit cards accepted. Located at 460 S. Johnston St, Dallas, 30132. Adult Reading Tutors Needed or Improve your Reading Skills Paulding Literacy Council needs tutors for adult students. They also offer tutoring sessions for any Paulding adult resident who wants to learn to read or improve their reading skills. Learn more by calling 770-974-5531. Spring Programs - Paulding Parks & Recreation Check out the upcoming programs online at paulding.gov. Choose Parks & Recreation Spring 2014 Program Guide. ___________________________________________________________________________ **Email events to info@ourtownfamily.com, by the 15th of the month. *Please follow sample in calendar; 50 WORDS OR LESS; SPACE IS LIMITED! Put “Event” in the subject line. RESTRICTIONS APPLY.

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Summer Music Camps at the West GA Arts Conservatory June 2nd-June 20 Student choose from Rock Camp, Advanced Music Theory, Praise and Worship Camp and Country/Bluegrass Camp at West GA Arts Conservatory. Students spend a week rehearsing then go into the studio and record a professionally produced demo. For more info and pricing, call 770-693-4525, email info@westgaarts.com or visit www. WestGaArts.com. 2014 IndepenDance at the Pole Barn Vendor Space Available June 2; Monday Vendor Application Forms Due The event will be held at Taylor Farm Park on July 12, 2014, beginning at 5:00 pm. Two main attractions: Concert at 7pm, followed by fireworks around 9:30pm. If you would like to showcase your business, food or merchandise, please contact Vickie Williams at 770-445-8065 or vwilliams@paulding.gov no later than the date listed below. All vendor application forms must be received prior to or no later than Monday, June 2, 2014.

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athan and Melissa Baker started Capturing Forever Photography after their decision to conquer forever together. With both having backgrounds in photography, it was a natural fit when the two met while shooting for a local portrait studio in Marietta. As the two grew to be more than friends, they began shooting together outside of their place of employment and quickly became an inseparable team. Nathan’s eye for detail and technical knowledge combined with Melissa’s creative flair and robust marketing skills allowed them to produce exquisite high fashion portrait sessions for their clients. With a true passion for photography and the desire to offer that high-end experience to all of their customers, they decided Capturing Forever would be the premiere, metro-Atlanta studio within the niches they love most - boutique newborn photography and high fashion, high school senior casuals. By giving their clients a relaxed, enjoyable and unforgettable experience, Capturing Forever transcends the stiffness of traditional portrait photography and maintains the integrity of their motto “We capture the moments you cherish forever.” Nathan and Melissa also feel everyone deserves pictures that can truly be considered works of art, so they offer sessions and packages designed around all budgets. The Capturing Forever studio is located in their Dallas home and they are available for studio, location, and event work. Nathan and Melissa have two children, Daniel 6 and Emily 4, with another little one due later this year. They attend West Ridge church and are constantly looking for ways to incorporate photography into ministry and show God’s love through their work. To book your session, you can contact them at 404-405-1617, through email at info@ capturingforever.com, or visit their website www.capturingforever.com.

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Jova is two and all boy! He is a wonderful hand-full who keeps you on your feet, and is way too smart for his age. He’s a very loving little boy, but can also be just as “ornery.”   Kena is nine months old and has been quite a blessing. She had to have two fetal blood exchanges while in the womb and then had to be born six weeks early. Once she was born she had to get another blood exchange. Catherine is very happy to say that Kena is a healthy beautiful baby girl. She is a very happy baby, and loves to smile.  Catherine and Doug have lived in Paulding since 2005. She is a stay home mom and he works for Proline Medical.

Being a mother, especially with eight, has its rewards and challenges. Catherine says, “The most rewarding thing about being a mom is watching the younger children learn and grow; and when they ask for something as small as tucking them in. It is rewarding watching the older children turn into great young adults who know right from wrong, and have God in their hearts.” She adds, “The most challenging thing about being a mom of eight is finding the time to do things with the children, but also finding the time to do the things that have to be done.” When asked about her secret to staying organized, Catherine says, “[We try] to have a reasonable routine that we can stick with. I get the 7 and 9 years clothes out for the whole school week. I usually clean on the same day each week and do laundry every day while kids are at school so it does not get backed up. The older kids each have a chore after dinner. One does the dishes, one cleans the table, and another cleans the floor. This helps us but also teaches them responsibility for the future.” The Little’s are a very tight family and do everything together; going to church, vacations, camping, watch movies, etc. Catherine says, “As a family, we have gone through many trials together, but God has always been so good to us and pulled us through.” On Mother’s Day they go to church together and sometimes out for dinner. Catherine says, “Although Mother’s Day is special, she feels loved and blessed every day that she gets to be a mom to her children.” It was such a blessing to meet and have this precious family on our cover. Happy Mother’s Day!

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l Many people who travel with their cats do so by car. On the road, you want to avoid allowing your cat to roam around the car freely. You never know what could happen. She may interfere with your operation of the pedals or otherwise distract you. Not to mention the fact that your cat could get severely injured upon flying around in the event you get in an accident. l It is best that you keep your cat inside of an appropriate carrier while you are traveling by car. The carrier should not be placed in the front seat for safety reasons. Your passenger side airbag will generate enough force to crush the carrier and cat if it deploys. l Some cats get sick easily when traveling in a car. If yours does, you may want to avoid feeding too much while on the road. It may be a good idea to give your kitty a few treats though, especially if she is acting upset. Water should also be available for your cat.

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Easy Turkey Breast (Makes 12 servings) 1 (6 pound) bone-in turkey breast 1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix

Rinse the turkey breast and pat dry. Cut off any excess skin, but leave the skin covering the breast. Rub onion soup mix all over outside of the turkey and under the skin. Place in a slow cooker. Cover, and cook on High for 1 hour, then set to Low, and cook for 7 hours.

Creamed Corn with Chives (Makes 8 servings) ACROSS 1. Make worse or more serious 10. Fly, e.g. 14. Way of addressing someone 15. Gothic architecture 16. Male hormone 18. Darling 19. Classic board game 20. About 21. “C’___ la vie!” 22. Beehive, e.g. 23. Billiard stroke 26. Ed.’s request 27. Be a snitch 31. Water wheel 32. Iraqi port 34. “Flying Down to ___” 35. Indigenous peoples of the Americas 38. Clock standard: Abbr. 39. Force units 40. Santa’s reindeer, e.g. 41. “The ___ have it” 43. Keep out 44. Check for fit 45. “American ___”

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4 slices bacon Cooking spray 4 1/2 cups whole kernel corn 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped 1/2 cup half-and-half 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted 1 teaspoon white sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 (8 ounce) container chive and onion cream cheese

Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels; crumble when cool enough to handle. Coat the inside of a 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Combine corn, red bell pepper, half-and-half, butter, sugar, salt, black pepper, and half the crumbled bacon in the slow cooker; stir well. Cook on High for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Stir cream cheese into corn mixture; cook until cheese melts, about 10 more minutes. Stir well and top with remaining bacon before serving.

Ginger-Orange Cheesecake

(Makes 10 Servings) Nonstick cooking spray 12 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened ½ cup sugar 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel (set aside) 2 tablespoons orange juice 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon vanilla ½ cup nonfat sour cream ¾ cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup warm water 2 medium Cara Cara and/or blood oranges, sliced Finely chopped crystalized ginger (optional) Lightly coat a 1 1/2-quart souffle dish or casserole* with cooking spray. Tear off an 18x12-inch piece of heavy foil; cut in half lengthwise. Fold each piece lengthwise into thirds. Crisscross the foil strips and place the dish in the center of the crisscross; set aside. For filling, in a large bowl beat cream cheese, sugar, orange juice, flour, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Beat in sour cream until smooth. Beat in eggs with mixer on low speed just until combined. Stir in orange peel. Pour filling into prepared dish. Cover dish tightly with foil. Pour warm water into a 3 1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker. Using the ends of the foil strips, transfer dish to cooker. Leave foil strips under dish. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 2 1/2 hours or until center is set. Using foil strips carefully remove dish from cooker; discard foil strips. Cool completely, uncovered, on a wire rack. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours before serving. Garnish with orange slices and crystallized ginger if using.

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