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t takes courage to grow up and become who you really are,” said poet e.e. cummings. And it takes a little courage to jump off the deep end and dive into a new publication. The launch of True magazine has been a whirlwind of decisions, discussions and design ideas — stories, photos, layouts — to grab your attention. But the buzz has been exciting, especially because women really “get” the magazine’s name. Women want to be true to themselves and be the best they can be, inside and out. Judy Garland once said, “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” We agree. All of us want to be better and do better as women, mothers, daughters, wives and friends. And we believe all women strive to live well and be happy in all areas of their lives — beauty & fashion, health & fitness, family, love & relationships, career, home & travel. Now about that bee ... . Visually, the title reads as “Be True,” with the bee instead of the word. It’s sort of subliminal, but hopefully, not all that subtle. The Napoleonic bee is a classic and ancient symbol that buzzes in and out of fashion. We chose it because the bee is industrious, tenacious and powerful — just like women. It’s also the symbol of rebirth and rejuvenation, also true for women.

In our debut issue ... You’ll find profiles of three women we believe are “voices” whose lives and achievements will speak to your own — Karel Murray, Chef Haley Silhacek and Karris Golden. Are friendships important to you? Meet lifelong friends who have stayed connected through thick and thin and all the trials and tribulations life has to offer. Join our first Princess Warrior — Janel Thompson — on an off-road running session and find out how she keeps up with a busy training schedule, nursing career and a family. Julie Shimek shares her experiences as owner of multiple businesses and her work as a volunteer. Finally, we hope this issue inspires you to find the best in yourself and let it shine through — and True! Thank you for picking us up on the newsstand and passing us along to your friends!

Melody Parker Editor melody.parker@wcfcourier.com

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A publication of The Courier, Waterloo-Cedar Falls. 501 Commercial St. P.O. Box 540 Waterloo, IA 50704.

Publisher David A. Braton True Editor Melody Parker (319) 291-1429 melody.parker@wcfcourier.com

Project Manager & Advertising Sales Sheila Kerns (319) 291-1448 sheila.kerns@wcfcourier.com

Contributing Writers Karen Heinselman Tina Hinz Holly Hudson Karyn Spory

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Contributing Photographers Rick Chase Brandon Pollock Matthew Putney

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6 | True Voices

20 | suiT your shape

8 | Friends

21 | alluring Fragrance

12 | someThing in common

20 | janel Thompson

14 | wisconsin dells

28 | keys To Financial happiness

15 | losT island

30 | masTer The grill

16 | julie shimek

33 | Two scoops, please

18 | 6 greaT sTylish looks

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Karris Golden

true voices Karel Murray

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unny, insightful and no-nonsense, Karel Murray is an inspirational speaker who doesn’t just motivate, she galvanizes. Her wellplaced comments, quips and stories encourage women (and men and youth, too) into action — and self-reflection. She’s a business consultant and trainer who teaches leadership skills, and as author of three books, including “Hitting Our Stride: Women, Work and What Matters,” coaches women to harness their innate strengths to find their own personal and professional balance and success.

Her voice comes from

“Being kicked in the head as a kid because I couldn’t speak up for myself. My dad was fond of the English language and he was adamant that we learn to express ourselves. I developed my voice. I know who I am and I’m confident in my abilities. My talks are participatory. If I can engage you, I can get you to come along and play.” Karel Murray 

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On being true to yourself

“It’s a fearful thing, isn’t it? You’ve got to get to a point where you can love and accept yourself for who you are right now. Being afraid is what stops women in their tracks and most of the time, it’s fear we place on ourselves.”

Every time you have a negative thought about yourself

“Counteract it with a positive one. Someone told me that about 85 percent of our thoughts are negative and that has an impact. Half of my humor comes from being self-deprecating, but I’m judicious about what I say and do.”

She has a

“Genuine desire to help, a message I can’t wait to get out. Always be a mentor and if someone reaches out to you, respond. That helps give us perspective and speaks to a deeper commitment.”

Her biggest challenge

“I’m losing my hearing. It can’t be fixed with hearing aids or implants. It comes from my twin brother sticking lead pencils in my ears and breaking them off when I was a child. They festered and ruptured and ruptured again, so I’m surprised I can still hear at all. I’m practicing reading lips.”

Her best advice

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Karris Golden Why you should know her

At 34, Karris is an award-winning writer/editor and chief operating officer of Wasendorf & Associates, Inc., a group of international publishers of resources related to financial trading and investments, including Traders Press and W&A Publishing. She’s also the busy single mom of Zoey, 7, and has a passion for motorcycles, photography, canoeing and blogging at US GIRLS. She co-wrote “My Money Journal,” a children’s book that teaches responsible money management.

Her greatest joy

“Being Zoey’s mom. I love it all, every aspect of being a mom. She’s hilarious, and I love watching this little person evolve and grow up. She’s a happy, well-adjusted kid. I’m raising an independent daughter.”

Her professional life changed

“100 percent when Russ Wasendorf hired me. He gave me the opportunity and he was willing to mentor me, then let me loose. That’s an incredible blessing. “

Faith matters

Karris writes the “On Faith” column for the Courier. “Faith is a big part of my life. It’s who I am. I’m grounded in faith. My church home is my extended family and a big part of Zoey’s life. “

The hardest thing

“is getting enough sleep. I’m so goal-oriented and it’s tough to turn off all those thoughts when it’s time to sleep.”

She follows

Steve Martin, Garry Shandling and occasionally Penn Jillette on Twitter.

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Chef Haley Silhacek

Chef Haley Silhacek Why you should know her

This talented, award-winning young chef has mad skills in the kitchen, and she’s in charge at Black’s 501 Steakhouse in downtown Waterloo. She learned to cook from her grandmother — and was inspired by chefs on TV’s Food Network. A Spillville native, she graduated from Kirkwood College’s culinary arts program and at 20, joined Ferrari’s in Cedar Falls as a line chef. Now 25, she continues to educate her palate and pursue a passion for good food.

It’s a man’s world

“Being a woman and trying to make it professionally as a chef is hard. Plus the long hours — 60 to 65 hours a week — and the stress level. You’re always working against the clock and know that things go wrong and you have to think on your feet.”

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She can take the heat

“I have to worry about the staff, money, the kitchen. I’ve learned I can handle it and take in stride. I like mentoring. I can put creativity in a line chef’s hands to boost their confidence so they can move up in their careers, too.”

Cooking at home

“I like old-fashioned, homestyle meat and potatoes, but I also like to try different cuisines. I’m Bohemian and I’m perfecting my kolaches.”

Dream job

“I’d like to have my own little diner some day.” Text | Melody Parker Photos | Rick Chase

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“If you’re alone, I’ll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I’ll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I’ll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I’ll be your smile ... But anytime you need a friend, I’ll just be me.” — Unknown

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You gotta have friends Chavonne hoskins, left, Doreen Mingo; CathY ketton

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he can’t remember all the details. But when Doreen Mingo met Cathy Ketton in the seventh grade, she decided they should be friends. The next year, Mingo reached out to Chavonne Hoskins. “Aren’t they lucky?” Mingo said with a grin. More than two decades later, the Waterloo women are still thick as thieves. Their friendship survived high school, college, marriages and births. Over the years, they have referred to each others’ parents as “Mom” and “Dad.” “These are my sisters,” Ketton, 45, said. “I feel like they are my sisters.”

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Treasure friendships Female friendships are a unique and special treasure. While some friendships seem destined to last a lifetime, other relationships move in cycles. Old friends lose touch and new acquaintances form. What is important, said Kristine Conditt, a psychologist with Conditt Psychological Services, is that women make room in their lives for one another. Conditt said women do tend to form special connections with one another because they can relate to shared emotions and experiences. Coleen Brown, 79, appreciates the candidness and honesty she shares with longtime friends Marilyn Roberts, 79, and Vera Jones, 79, all of Waterloo. It’s a friendship more than six decades in the making. “If you are good friends you can talk about everything,” Brown said. Brown, Roberts and Jones try to get together at least every couple of weeks for food and conversation. Roberts

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and Brown played bridge together. The friendship club includes Marilyn Tibbets and Marlys Lamb. The women met in junior high but lost touch as young adults. Most didn’t reconnect with any regularity for several decades but said they accepted the lapse as a natural part of life. Now that their responsibilities have shifted, the ladies have more time for each other. “And it’s fun to reminisce. Vera Jones remembers everything,” Roberts said. “She has a memory like an elephant,” Brown interjected.

ditt said. Taking time to grow and sustain a friendship can be difficult, she added. Ketton, Mingo and Hoskins are balancing careers and family life. Ketton, 45, is a recruiter/adviser at the University of Northern Iowa Center for Urban Education. Hoskins, 45, is a credit manager for Water Works. Mingo is an assistant professor and coordinator of diversity services at Allen College. All three women are married and mothers to adult children and kids at home. Still, they take time for one another. Sometimes all it takes is a phone call. As time allows, they also schedule outings, dinner and drinks perhaps, and the occasional road trip. The trio took a birthday outing to Kansas City a few years ago. Each one adds a unique and valuable quality to the relationship. Mingo makes sure her friends remember to have fun. Hoskins, quiet but thoughtful, never misses a birthday and always sends a card. When their kids were small, Ketton, naturally nurturing, was always willing to lend a hand.

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Time to grow Major life events can affect friendships but not necessarily in a bad way, Conditt said. Just as it is nice to relate to someone who is at the same place in their career or family life, differences can be an opportunity to learn. “It’s really nice and important to have somebody who is maybe a few steps ahead of you or is maybe going through the same change that you are,” Con-

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o you struggle to make some of your relationships work? You may feel awkward or stressed in trying to form a bond. In making an effort to create closeness with someone, you may have trouble developing a basic friendship. If so, think about the activities you might enjoy with this person. For example, if you feel awkward around your motherin-law, try to change something. Come up with a plan, so that both of you can share something fun or meaningful in life. “I make it a point to ask my motherin-law to go driving around with me on Sundays,” says a woman we’ll call Kim. “My mother-inlaw absolutely loves cruising beautiful neighborhoods, and so do I.” Kim says she has never found any other ritual in common with her husband’s mother. Whatever works is the way to go. If your cousin comes to town once a year, find out the main activity that would please this person. Figure out a way to enjoy it yourself. This way, you can make a plan. “My husband and I nearly divorced a year after we got married,” says a friend of ours we’ll call Jackie. “It felt like our common bond was slipping! We didn’t like the same movies, travel destinations or restaurants. I was panic stricken, thinking one of us needed to bail.” Jackie finally came up with three things she enjoyed, which her spouse enjoys as well. They love to hike, camp and watch the news. When you plan an activity with your child, neighbor or sibling, you create something for both of you to look forward to. Having these kinds of experiences over time creates memories as well.

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o you struggle to make some of your relationships work? You may feel awkward or stressed in trying to form a bond. In making an effort to create closeness with someone, you may have trouble developing a basic friendship. If so, think about the activities you might enjoy with this person. For example, if you feel awkward around your motherin-law, try to change something. Come up with a plan, so that both of you can share something fun or meaningful in life. “I make it a point to ask my motherin-law to go driving around with me on Sundays,” says a woman we’ll call Kim. “My mother-inlaw absolutely loves cruising beautiful neighborhoods, and so do I.” Kim says she has never found any other ritual in common with her husband’s mother. Whatever works is the way to go. If your cousin comes to town once a year, find out the main activity that would please this person. Figure out a way to enjoy it yourself. This way, you can make a plan. “My husband and I nearly divorced a year after we got married,” says a friend of ours we’ll call Jackie. “It felt like our common bond was slipping! We didn’t like the same movies, travel destinations or restaurants. I was panic stricken, thinking one of us needed to bail.” Jackie finally came up with three things she enjoyed, which her spouse enjoys as well. They love to hike, camp and watch the news. When you plan an activity with your child, neighbor or sibling, you create something for both of you to look forward to. Having these kinds of experiences over time creates memories as well.

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owever, the waterscape isn’t all that has been luring tourists for more than 150 years. Year-round indoor amusement parks, laser bowling, go-karts, magic shows, exploratories and museums make this a weather-proof hotspot. Brand-new attractions, along with a fresh spin on old favorites, mean annual trips never get old. A TripAdvisor.com contest ranked the community the second-best family vacation destination in the U.S. But nearly a quarter of visitors come without kids.

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What’s new Lost Voyage: Dells Boat Tours is presenting an eerie, nighttime expedition up the Wisconsin River. Explore ancient Cold Water Canyon gorge on foot (and uncover answers to a decades-old missing tour boat mystery). Clues add a layer of game playing. Ages older than 10 are recommended. New campgrounds: Mt. Olympus Mykonos Village & Camp Resort has added a campground, and Arrowhead Resort Campground is expanding with new hookup seasonal sites and a soccer field. Mt. Olympus Zeus’ Village & Camp Resort is debuting new tree houses.

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Host a family reunion at Baker’s Sunset Bay Resort, which has replaced several old cabins with a dozen new units that sleep up to 12 and offer full kitchens, outdoor decks and balconies. Ambers Hideaway, near downtown, has a new gazebo for weddings, a new pool and renovated hotel rooms. The classics: The Tommy Bartlett Show, the nation’s longest-running outdoor show, has been wowing visitors for 60 years. This year, performers return to their roots in retro 1950s costumes and perform fastpaced, high-flying ski acts. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum has a vampire exhibit features an interactive coffin with vampire trivia, plus secret passageways leading to other parts of the 800-square-

foot exhibit. Check out Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man; Parrot Man, the world’s smallest man; Bug Eye Man, who can pop his eyes out of his head; and Lizard Man, who is transforming himself into a lizard. Water, water everywhere: The massive outdoor waterpark Noah’s Ark debuted Scorpion’s Tail, the world’s largest and America’s only loop-deloop waterslide, in 2010. This year, take a break from slipping and sliding to see “Pirates” in 4-D.

Where to eat

More than 80 restaurants cover the genres of kid-friendly, vegetarian, upscale supper club, ethnic and everything in between. Off the main avenue downtown, Rail Dog is a 1956 Milwaukee Road caboose turned into

a hot dog stand. Dells Brat N Corn is new on the downtown lineup.

Grown-up fun

Test extreme rides or hang out in luxury cabanas — with flat-screen TVs, wireless Internet, a bar, air conditioning and comfy seating — at many waterpark resorts. World-class golf courses fill time, along with hiking, parasailing, rock climbing and canoeing. Tour wineries and sample local microbrews, paired with Wisconsin artisan cheeses. Try your luck at Ho-Chunk Casino or test your driving skills behind the wheel of a racecar at Dells Raceway Park. Text | Tina Hinz

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Tropical staycation Lost Island Waterpark Can’t make the Dells? Save a few bucks and enjoy a staycation at Lost Island Waterpark in Waterloo. Eastern Iowa’s own tropical paradise awaits with 14 major water slides, as well as an adjacent miniature golf course and go-kart track. In its 11th season, “everything you enjoyed in the past is still here,” said Eric Bertch, general manager. That includes the Wailua Kapua, dubbed the river dragon, which works a lot like a roller coaster with climbs, drops, twists and turns. The ride, one of only 12 like it in the world, was new in 2010 and lasts about a minute and 20 seconds. Up to five friends or family members can launch a raft through the rushing rapids, fast turns and high banks of the Calypso Cascade. Or those who live on the edge should try Lost Soul Falls. The free-fall reaches a speed of 28 feet per second and comes with a warning label: “Not for the faint of heart.” On the opposite extreme, the slow-moving Kailahi River offers a relaxing cruise, and Tsunami Bay re-creates ocean waves. The park also has three children’s areas. Riders must be 48 inches tall to ride eight of the slides. Several attractions comply with standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. “I love it,” Kari Yates of Cedar Falls said of the park. She has purchased season passes the past nine years. She and her two children, Alayna, 9, and Fletcher, 5, stop by for a few hours at least twice a week.

One day a week she goes with her sister and friend — which they declare “an adult day” — to have a drink and lie in the sun without kids. “I feel like I’m 12 when I go. It’s clean. The staff is very personable, friendly, helpful with kids.” Yates compares the experience to Oceans of Fun in Kansas City, Mo. She feels more secure at Lost Island, where she lets Alayna go down a slide while she and Fletcher stay behind at the kid area.

Slipping and sliding can build up an appetite. Visitors can quickly grab miniature doughnuts, ice cream, sorbet, snacks, sodas or alcoholic beverages. The Castaway Cafe features an open grill

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and serves pizza, burgers, chicken and fries. Tree Top Cafe is going healthy with paninis, sub sandwiches and salads. Season pass holders can deposit money onto a membership card, so they don’t have to carry cash. The card also lists birth dates to serve as an ID if buying an alcoholic beverage. The park has expanded its gift shop, and a campground is in the works. Tubes, life jackets and parking are free. Walkin admission is $23.36 per day or $39.25 for two days. Kids ages 3 and younger are free. A season pass is $140.19. Prices do not include tax. Some tickets can be purchased and printed online. Monaleo Adventure Golf features two 18-hole courses lined with native vegetation, volcanoes, rapids, dinosaur fossils and a skull pit. Cost is $6.30 for 18 holes or $8.64 for 36 holes. Kids ages 8 and younger pay $3.73. Monaleo’s Speedway opens at 2 p.m. daily during summer and is one of the longest go-kart tracks in the Midwest. Drivers must be 16 years or older and 54 inches tall, while riders need to be at least 10. Smaller guests can ride in double karts. One ride is $6.30 and five rides are $25.66. Passengers pay $2.80. The waterpark is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily through Aug. 21, and a final weekend Aug. 27 and 28. Golf and go-karts are available from 2 to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 21. From Aug. 27 to Sept. 30, hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Text | Tina Hinz

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o matter how self-assured a woman may appear in public, there are private moments when a tiny crack in her armor becomes a fissure and those secret, molten feelings of doubt come rushing to the surface. Julie Shimek had one of those moments 16 years ago. It happened in the midst of an excited rush to open her Cedar Falls store, Vintage Iron. “I sat down in the store and cried because I didn’t think anyone would come in and buy anything,” Shimek recalls, smiling. But shoppers fell in love with the youthful vibe — Shimek was only 28 when she opened the doors — and the quirky, fun and practical mix of home accessories, decorative objects, jewelry and gifts she’s jampacked into the narrow store. There are

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some people who say it’s a bit crowded with every surface, nook and cranny filled and the ceiling dangling with funky chandeliers and mobiles, that it’s almost sensory overload, but each visit is like a treasure hunt. Her philosophy is simple: “Never ordinary, always extraordinary.” “I only buy stuff I think is cool and different. I go on instinct. I want the store to be a little edgy, a little cosmopolitan,” she explains. Sort of surprising for the self-described “smalltown good girl.” Julie Robinson who grew up in the small town of Dunkerton and married her high school sweetheart, Andy Shimek, a blacksmith/ artisan. They have two children, Jacob, 25, and Alex, 20.

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I only buy stuff I think is cool and different. I go on instinct. I want the store to be a little edgy, a little cosmopolitan

Shimek admits she’s always seeking new challenges — “I get bored.” Seven years ago, she opened a paint-your-own pottery store, Pursuing Picasso, across the street from Vintage Iron. Later she added an ice cream shop to accommodate families who like having birthday parties at the store. She’s a big believer in Gandhi’s quote, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” To that end, Shimek is an active voluteer on the Cedar Falls Parkade. This year, Julie and Andy were honored as volunteers of the year by Community Main Street. She has been a two-term Community Main Street board member and counts the popular end-of-summer art show, ARTapalooza, as one of her “babies.” “I really don’t take much time for myself person-

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ally, but helping others is what I do for myself because it really makes me feel good — kinda corny but true. I’m willing to fight any battles.” On most days, the cheerfully busy Shimek can be found at Vintage Iron, arranging displays and helping customers choose “just right” accessories and gifts. In her spare time, she walks her Great Dane in the park, hangs out with Andy and their friends, and takes rides on a new tandem bike. “There’s a pirate flag on the back, a coconut water bottle and parrot horn. People think I did that, but it was all Andy,” she says, laughing. “He drives and I boss from the back seat. It’s hard for me to let him be in control, so I think it’s good for both of us.” Text | Melody Parker Photos | Brandon Pollock

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Dresses, dresses, dresses “Maxi to short — there is no hem length. Maxi is definitely more trendy,” said Kim Buenzow, owner of Runway. Look for laid-back West Coast styles, tailored Jackie O-inspired looks, Midwestern prairie dresses and fun sundresses Florals are hot. Details include lace, ruffles, sparkles.

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Denim Jeans are a wardrobe staple. There are fits to suit every body type and styles from casual to chic. Choose from boot-cut, boyfriend and tailored jeans, along with cropped and anklelength jeans and classic waistlines that offer more options than low-rise jeans (and that peek-a-boo problem!)

Who wears short-shorts? Forget the Daisy Dukes — classically cool Bermuda-length shorts and high waistlines are head turners this year.

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edia, technology and fashion magazines keep us tuned into trends, but we’re still a little more conservative, says Lisa Richter, who owns L.B.L. Her mom, Mary, owns Saxony, both in Cedar Falls. “Designers take things and trend them down a little more so they’re consumer friendly,” she explains. What’s “in” is what works best for you. “What’s nice about today’s fashion as opposed to when I was younger is that when short skirts came out that’s all there was,” said Jodie Deery, owner of Jennifer’s On Main. “Now you have the same top designers making skinny jeans and boot jeans and tailored jeans. It’s nice because depending on body type you can find what works best for you, so you can still be in style.”

Shoes and bags

Pink is now Color trends seem to change faster than hemlines these days. Black and white is timeless, but pink is the “it” color. You’ll find it solids from soft to vibrant and mixed into florals and patterns. Blush pink is especially hot. Look for shades of green to be big this fall.

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“Gladiator is still huge right now,” said Cindy Young, a manager at Dillards. Strappy, ankle-hugging gladiator sandals, platforms and wedges — and anything with cork soles — is a must-have. Details are important, too, to make your tootsies pop — decorative or practical metal fasteners, sparkles, buckles, flower appliques and striking floral patterns. Rosettes, ruffles, flowers and bright colors will make your bag the talk of the town. If oversized bags aren’t your style, sling a messenger bag over your shoulder — in shades of yellow, coral or beige for a with-it feel.

Polished accessories On the runway, minimalism and “less is more” might be cool, but Iowa women aren’t having it. Chunky is in. “We sell a lot of statement necklaces, anything with owls or big crosses,” says Buenzow. “Anything that the ‘Real Housewives’ are wearing is selling.” 18

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unglasses run the gamut from geek chic to disco cool, bringing old-school shapes into the new century. Shades hearken back to the ’50s and ’60s with rounded “Lennon” specs and relaxed teardrop cat-eyes or ’70s-inspired big squoval (squared oval) frames and ’80s oversized shields.

what’s cool now

aviators

White, purple or red frames — and colored lenses.

They never go away and are more elegant and sophisticated this year — funky colors, mirrored lenses, titanium frames, jewelry adorned, even with denim fabric on them.

vintage shapes

polaroid peepers

cat-eyes

hipsters

haute colors

John Lennon’s round frames in wire, plastic or clear, for both women and men; heart-shaped sunglasses for heart-shaped faces, big square shields in lepoard prints.

Oversized cat-eyes like Audrey Hepburn wore are selling out. You’ll see them from Tom Ford, Dior, Ray-Ban, Prada, Burberry, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana.

They work for everyone, but especially boaters because they cut out reflected light. Golfers too need certain colors so they can pick the ball out against the green grass better. Gray is still king followed by brown, yellow and orange lenses.

Take all the other trends and mix in smoky gradient lenses, metal accents, cut outs as well as global-chic detailing such as leather accents or wooden frames. The color palette is either earthy natural hues or basic black. Text | MCT

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ere’s some advice for flip-flop wearers from the American Podiatric Medical Association:

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shop for a flip-flop made of high-quality, soft leather. Leather minimizes the potential for blisters and other types of irritation. gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring that it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half. wear sturdy flip-flops when walking around a public pool, at the beach, in hotel rooms and in locker rooms. Walking barefoot can expose foot soles to plantar warts and athlete’s foot.

wear the same flip-flops year after year. Inspect older pairs. If they show signs of severe wear, discard them.

ignore irritation between toes, where the toe thong fits. This can lead to blisters and infections.

wear flip-flops while walking long distances. Even the sturdiest models offer little shock absorption and arch support. Text | MCT

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ooking sexy doesn’t necessarily mean showing more skin. It means being wise about what flatters you. If you’ve got soft tissue spilling out of the bust of your suit, you should probably keep looking. If your suit is squeezing soft tissue around other areas, particularly your back, try going up a size or choose another suit that’s got a better construction to flatter you.

Here are some general tips based on shape or preferences big bust

There are now a wide variety of one-piece and two-piece swimsuits with bra-sizes. Many specialize in D-cups and above, you can find them online or in department stores.

big hips

Try out some of the swim skirts and dresses that skim the hips and smooth out your silhouette. Look for solid colors and draw the attention toward your face with a nice top that’s got an open neck.

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long torso

There are specialty one-piece suits that cater to women with a longer torso. And if you’re in the market for a two-piece, but you don’t want to bare a lot of skin, a tankini might be just right for you.

There are swimsuits with ruching or wrapped fabric panels to gently smooth and shape. A tankini might feel more comfortable, but you might be better off in a one-piece or a two-piece with high-waisted bottoms.

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Find a patterned or embellished top that adds visual weight. You can also select a top with ruffles or details that add volume.

A patterned bikini bottom, a swim skirt or boy-shorts are great options to add volume to hips and butt. This is great if you’re looking to balance your figure and appear more shapely. Swim dresses have gained popularity and so have vintage-inspired suits that offer less sex appeal and more playfulness. Websites such as shabbyapple.com and unique-vintage.com specialize in retro suits. Text | MCT

Do a home manicure remove

When removing polish, Michele Pierno, spokesperson for Kiss Products, advises us to “clean nails underneath with polish remover to bring out the white tips. This gives an instant healthy look to natural nails.”

shape

“Clip nails with a clipper to get straight, even edges,” Pierno says. “Or if nails are short, quickly file to shape. Nails should all be close to the same length, even if they are short.”

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Ellen Sirot, star hand model and creator of Hand Perfection products, says, “Before applying polish, give yourself an at-home hand scrub with 1/8 teaspoon olive oil and 1/8 teaspoon sugar. Blend together and rub gently on the backs of your hands for one minute, then wash off with warm water. To brighten and tone nails, soak them for five minutes in lemon juice and rinse.”

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Before applying polish, you’ll want to remove any oil or residue from the nail bed. Dazzle Dry Nail Prep ($3 for 1 ounce, $14.75 for 8 ounces; available at www.vbcosmetics.com and salons and spas). Apply a few drops onto a cotton pad and swipe over the nails. Now you can apply your base coat.

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Apply your polish of choice. For nice, even coverage, you’ll want to apply two coats — even if it’s a one-coat formula.

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daily tanners

Bronze your skin for one day and rinse it off when you bathe.

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For dark skin tones, try Black Stockings ($8.95) from Lush. It offers the illusion of a more even skin tone, blends easily and provides a warm, sun-kissed glow with a hint of shimmer.

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Self-tanners generally build up in color over the course of a few hours, and the effect lasts a couple of days.

Jergens Natural Glow ($7.89) is a rich body moisturizer and self-tanner combined. The color develops in a day and will continue to build as you reapply for up to three days.

Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel ($33) gives a tropical tan in just a few hours.

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lowers are really the basics for all women’s fragrances,” says Veronique Ferval, creative center manager for International Flavors & Fragrances in New York, one of the primary manufacturing sources of the extracts or “juices” that perfumers use. Elizabeth Arden has a new perfume, Pretty, that experiments with a new capturing technology that combines floral, fruit and woodsy scents into one, without separating individual ingredients. Some other options with strong floral hearts

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pt for long shorts worn as part of a polished, stylish and appropriate work wardrobe. “Shorts can really replace a skirt — they’re actually easier to move in,” says Colleen Sherin, senior fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue. Wear knee-length shorts that are either slim and tapered or wider with a cuff, made of cotton poplin or gabardine. Pair with a crisp button-down shirt and a cropped blazer. The strappy sandal is a must-do accessory, too, and a chunky platform version in a neutral color will elongate the leg. An espadrille is an acceptable alternative. Flip-flops never belong at the office. If starched shirts are the norm, save your shorts for the weekend. But if women are wearing sleeveless dresses or miniskirts, the office culture might be trendy enough for shorts. Try it on a casual Friday and gauge the reaction. Samantha Critchell | AP Fashion Writer

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Members of the Thompson family, from left, Brady, Bryce, Janel and Tony, play a board game in their home.

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n first meeting, 39-year-old Janel Thompson comes across as very feminine and put-together. She has a quick smile and an easy laugh. A career woman, she’s married to Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson and the mother of two boys, Brady, 15, and Bryce, 12. And then she comes out with, “I bait my own hook, and I gut my own deer.” Yes, she is a guy’s girl, through and through. Thompson grew up in Finchford on 10 acres near West Fork Cedar River. “We had the river, a pond, trees, horses, plenty of entertainment. I’ve always been very outdoorsy,” she said. That may be a bit of an understatement. Thompson, of Cedar Falls, balances her duties as a nurse practitioner in Waverly and her responsibilities to her family with off-road trail running and adventure competitions. In fact, to celebrate her 40th birthday, Thompson will compete in a 50K off-road race in September. That is 32-plus miles. “You have to listen to your body,” she said. “Off-road running requires a completely different set of muscles, and I find it more mentally stimulating. “It’s about doing what is true to yourself and not what others expect.” The diverse events Thompson competes includes archery, obstacle courses, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, shooting, hiking, running and more. She also has found ways to include her family. She and husband Tony took first place in a co-ed event, and her boys have joined in as well.

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Janel Thompson and the family dog, Caesar, warm up for a training run in the woods.

Thompson trains every other day, running on hiking trails or in the woods. “Of course, there is some level of guilt there when I take time for myself,” she said. “But I’ve realized my family can do just fine without me, and they are completely supportive.” More support comes in the form of a 120-pound rottweiler named Caesar. Besides the obvious physical benefits, her exercise routine serves other purposes. “Running time is spiritual time for me. It’s time for me to think things through. And it is the best stress reliever. I can gauge how angry or sad I am by the distance I have to run before it starts to dissipate.” Thompson believes athletic pursuits also benefit the other people in her life. “Women should know they aren’t just doing this for themselves. It’s about your future health, so you can remain healthy and strong for your family. “In my career, it’s easy to tell a patient what they should be doing. I like to be a good example of that. And I want my family to be proud of me,” she said. “If my boys say ‘Let’s go for a hike,’ I want to be able to do that with them. I want to be prepared for any situation.” For now, Thompson is looking at running a 5K in Las Vegas while she is there on business, riding RAGBRAI and beginning 16 weeks of training for the 50K. “I recently found a quote that I really like: ‘I do today what you won’t, so I can do tomorrow what you can’t.’” Text | Holly Hudson Photos | Rick Chase

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Recover from a hard workout

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ost-workout euphoria can leave you feeling pumped to conquer the world — until the next morning, when you can barely walk to the bathroom or lift an arm to brush your teeth. Next-day soreness is usually a good thing. The tearand-repair process forces the muscle to adapt, so that the next time you do the same exercise there’s less damage, less soreness and less recovery time — basically, you’re stronger. “If you don’t get muscle damage, you don’t get muscle growth,” said Dr. Gabe Mirkin, a retired physician and former professor at Georgetown University Medical School who now runs a health news site at drmirkin. com. “If you want to grow and gain strength, you have to get sore.”

how to handle it When muscles are sore, they leak proteins from their cells into the bloodstream and can’t generate their usual force, Mirkin said. So you have to put far less pressure on sore muscles, or you risk injuring them and delaying recovery. Sore muscles heal faster if you just rest, but when you exert slight pressure on sore muscles, such as through light running, biking or very light weight lifting, you cause the muscle fibers to become more fibrous, so they can later withstand greater stress during your harder workouts, he said. It’s a delicate balance. Stay hydrated: It’s important to stay hydrated while you’re sore to flush the kidneys and prevent protein buildup in the blood. Work up, cool down: Cooling down helps remove lactic acid that gives you that muscle burn during exercise, and stretching can help prevent a pulled muscle, but neither stretching nor cooling down will do anything to prevent next-day soreness. Your best bet to mitigate soreness is to gradually build up to strenuous exercise with lighter versions of the activity over several days prior. Temporary relief: Massage, ice, stretching, a warm bath or taking antiinflammatories can make your muscles feel better temporarily, but they won’t make them heal faster. High dosages of antioxidants like vitamins E, C and beta-carotene might also help.

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be smart In some cases, what you think is soreness could be injury. See a doctor if: you have acute, sharp pain as opposed to the dull burn of soreness. the pain is only on one side of your body (soreness is usually symmetrical). the pain gets worse during light exercise. the pain hasn’t dissipated in seven days. Text | MCT July 2011

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Check your moles

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arly detection of skin cancers — particularly melanomas — is crucial to treatment. You can help protect yourself with regular at-home body inspections, says Dr. Melissa Schwarzschild of Richmond Dermatology & Laser Specialists in Richmond, Va. “You can be proactive and alleviate anxiety,” she says.

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4. Beware of pink or black. Normal moles and other benign skin growths typically are varying shades of tan to brown. Melanomas may be black or less commonly pink, while other skin cancers tend to be pink and are often scaly. See your dermatologist if you notice a pink or black lesion. 5. Check “hidden” spots. Don’t overlook the soles of your feet or your genital area; ask a partner or friend to check your back and have your hairdresser inspect your scalp. Skin cancers can appear even in areas where the sun doesn’t shine.

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2. Get to know your moles. Know their location, size and color. Look for new or changing moles. It’s normal to develop new moles into your early 20s, but not beyond. Pay attention to any new growths or moles that have changed in size, color or shape. 3. Take pictures. If you have lots of moles, keeping up with potential changes is difficult. One good idea: take photographs every six to 12 months; save and date the images on a computer and review as needed. You may find a “scary” mole has always been there — or that it is in fact new.

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Best paw forward Etiquette for dog parks

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og parks provide an opportunity for a pet to get some exercise and to socialize. Same goes for the pet owner. But there are rules and conventions that you — and little Spanky — need to follow. Marc Morrone, host of “Petkeeping With Marc Morrone” on the Hallmark Channel, offers rules to remember and potential issues to watch out for:

Know your dog: Don’t introduce an unsocialized or frightened pet into a dog park situation. A dog that bullies or is aggressive or skittish is not a good playmate. So know your dog and his temperament. And even if you know your dog thoroughly and he’s a perfect gentleman, you still need to be on the alert. “If your dog is playing with another dog and you know your dog is playing and they’re having fun, but the owner of the other dog thinks it’s too rough, then call it off,” Morrone said. “You’re never going to educate the other owner to think that that play is not too rough.” Follow the rules: Before your first trip to the park, talk to others who frequent it, learn the rules and the protocols, and make sure your dog has all his shots. Treats: When Spanky is busy romping and stomping with his playmates, he may not be interested in responding to your call. If you have a supply of treats, you can call the dog and reward him throughout your visit; he’ll associate coming over to you with food. Morrone also advises against giving another dog a treat unless its owner gives you an OK. Hydration: Running around like a maniac is hard work. Be sure your dog has plenty of water. Clean up: Be responsible. Bring a bag. Use it.

Social hour: You can have the best behaved dog in the world and be the most charming person on Earth, but there can still be friction. “Every dog park will have a know-it-all, somebody who knows all about dogs. Then a group who follows them.” His suggestion? Go with the flow and don’t rock the boat. Text | MCT

Advice for allergy sufferers wanting a dog Do you suffer from allergies but have kids who are just begging for a dog? Or have a child with an allergy? You can still have a dog! The American Kennel Club wants you to know that there are breeds which have consistent, predictable coats that do not shed and produce less dander. Dander, which is attached to the hair, is what causes most pet allergies in humans. In addition to these wonderful hypoallergenic breeds, there are lifestyle changes you can make at

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home to help ease symptoms for allergy sufferers. The AKC offers the following advice for those allergic to dogs. Pick a hypoallergenic breed. The AKC recognizes 11 breeds that are considered hypoallergenic from the happy-go-luck Bichon Frise to the ancient and rare Xoloitzcuintli. To see a complete list of these breeds, visit www.akc.org/about/faq_allergies.cfm. Keep your house clean. Keeping the environment you live in clean is an important part of easing allergy symptoms. Make the bedroom a dog-free area. This will limit the amount of exposure the allergy sufferer actually has to the dog. Next, you should try and vacuum daily, as

well as mop hard floors and dust with a damp cloth. This will help prevent you from stirring up settled allergens. Reconsider fabrics. Certain fabrics in the home may be more or less likely to hold pet hair and dander. For example, wood or tile floors and leather or vinyl furniture will be easier to clean and less likely to hold onto hair and allergens than carpeting and upholstered furniture. You should also try and avoid fabric curtains. Groom the dog frequently. Keeping up with grooming your dog with controlling allergies in mind can really help ease reactions. For more tips, visit www.akc.org.

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Keys to financial happiness

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verybody knows it — money is an important aspect in anyone’s life. Making financial decisions can be confusing, and the aftermath of those decisions can weigh heavily on one’s mind. “You’re never too young to start planning for your future because everyone’s got a dream,” said Patricia Harkin of Financial Decison Group in Waterloo. The key to setting yourself up financially is to set goals and to save a little out of each paycheck. “Life happens. OK, plan for it. Whether it’s a wedding, an unexpected accident, whatever it is. And you should start planning for it the moment you start earning a paycheck.” Harkin also believes that the best way to a solid financial future is to educate yourself. “People make better decisions when they have the knowledge they need,” Harkin said. She educates women about finances through her work at Financial Decisions Group and quarterly Women’s Opportunities for Wealth seminars, which are open to the public. For more information, call

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If you’re a couple

Combine the expectation of divorce for new couples hovering around 50 percent with a variety of studies that suggest money is the most divisive topic for couples, and you get a formula for disaster. Jane Honeck, CPA and author of “The Problem With Money? It’s Not About the Money!” believes that while a SmartMoney Magazine survey revealed that 70 percent of all couples talk about money at least once a week, the communication isn’t very effective. Honeck has some good advice that can help couples make arguments about money a thing of the past. “Focusing on an overall vision and money plan will keep both of you moving in the same direction,” she said. “Once you have done that, the small everyday decisions about what to spend your money on take care of themselves with little or no effort. When we have clear communication and know why we do something, the ‘what to do’ with our money is easy.” Text | Karyn Spory

7 steps to arguing less about money 1. Talk, talk talk. Money, like sex, is still a taboo topic, and we often don’t have a clear idea about how our partner thinks or feels about money. 2. Find balance. Balance power around money. One person making all the decisions and having all the control is a recipe for disaster. Find ways for you both to be equally engaged in all money decisions. 3. Make decisions. Decide together what is mine, yours and ours. Most couples have their own hybrid system for what works best. Find the one that is best for both of you. 4. Define your system. Have a clearly defined money management system all the way from who handles the mail to who sends out the checks. Without a well thought-out operational plan, things fall through the cracks. 5. Address problems. When things get tough, address problems immediately (no secrets allowed). Avoiding the issue only makes it more toxic and drives a wedge in the relationship. 6. Perform checkups. Schedule an annual money checkup with each other. Things change and just like our physical health, money management needs an annual checkup to keep it healthy and relevant. 7. Talk a little more. The most important thing is to have open communication with no blame and shame. We all have hang-ups around money. Treat your partner with compassion. “The Problem With Money? It’s Not About the Money!”

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Accountant The number of accounting jobs is projected to grow 22 percent by 2018, according to the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, as companies put a premium on their finances. Forget the green eyeshades stereotype. Accountants now do everything from audits and budgets to financial planning and analysis to advising companies as they create new products and services. IT professional No IT occupation is hotter than network systems and data communications specialist. The government projections identified it as the No. 2 job in terms of expected growth over the

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coming decade, behind biomedical engineer and just ahead of home health aide. Other booming IT occupations include computer software engineer, computer and information research scientist, network and computer systems administrator, and computer systems analyst. Massage therapist Massage is a young industry that’s growing by leaps and bounds as more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy. Therapists typically work 25 to 30 hours a week and average $37,000 to $45,000 a year. Job prospects are bright, the occupation lends itself to part-time and self-employed work, and training is relatively affordable. It typically costs $7,000 to $12,000 to get the 500 hours of education and training required by most states for licensing as a certified massage therapist.

Caregivers for seniors Caregivers enable seniors to stay in their homes by assisting them with dressing, shopping, housekeeping, meal preparation, bathing and errands. They can get the required training to become a certified nurse’s aide or home health aide through community colleges or other accredited programs. Social media strategist Outsiders may titter at “Twitter consultant,” but it’s a valued role for people who are knowledgeable about social media, adept at evaluating options and able to map out a customized social media plan for a company. The average salary for social media jobs is $55,000, according to Simply Hired, a Silicon Valley-based search engine company that compiles online jobs databases. U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Changing careers

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e all have those moments: The alarm goes off, and we think, “Do I really have to go to work today?” Most of the time, reason and routine win. We dismiss the thought, hop out of bed, hit the shower, have a coffee and merge into the morning commute. Sometimes, though, we stop and really consider the question. Maybe we’re burned out or unhappy with the job. Maybe we had abandoned a childhood dream or found a new passion along the way. And thanks to luck, financial planning and the support of loved ones — or maybe just a high tolerance for risk — we realize: Quitting is an option. Changing careers is not uncommon, as it turns out; Americans typically do it five to seven times in their lives, and increasingly, they are seeking more meaningful work, said Kimberly Key, president of the National Employment Counseling Association.

Quitting is an option. “You didn’t see this 25 to 50 years ago. People weren’t trying to have meaningful careers, they were trying to focus on family, survive, and take care of the next generations,” Key said. “As we evolved as a society, in our thirst for work, to survive, to grow, to be the best, to compete in the world, we lost something.” There also is an ongoing shift in the type of jobs available, from full-time positions to contract ones. Jobs that offer lifelong security and benefits are becoming endangered, Key said. Rather than see this as a negative, though, she thinks that accepting it can remove the stress and shame of changing careers. “There is no big mistake, no big one-time career,” she said. Often, switching might mean giving up a steady paycheck for a while, or opting for a smaller one. That can be Text | MCT hard to come to terms with.

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s chef at Black’s 501 Steakhouse in downtown Waterloo, Chef Haley Silhacek knows all about grilling. And she also knows that women can be intimidated by all that heat, smoke and sizzle. Don’t be, she says. “It’s traditionally a man’s territory, to be outdoors manning the gas or charcoal grill. But more women are grilling or want to, and it’s simply a matter of getting comfortable with the grill, having the right tools and knowing how long different foods need to cook.” Chef Haley’s must-have tools: Meat thermometer. “Go online or find a cookbook that has the proper internal temperatures for different proteins. There are new temperatures for safely cooking meats. At the steakhouse, we take our meat off the grill 5 to 10 degrees lower than the suggested cooking temp because the meat will continue to cook to the right temp, then rest and re-absorb juices.” Tongs. “Never, ever use a fork. Don’t poke the meat. High-intensity heat holds all that moisture in meat like

a bomb. If you poke it, all that tenderness you want will explode and be lost.” Her best advice: “Don’t be afraid to toss anything on the grill. I’ve grilled cut-up granny smith apples, added a little cinnamon and sugar and made a chutney for grilled pork. Try different marinades. If you’re using sugarbased sauces or rubs for things like barbecue chicken, cook the chicken and wait until it’s the very end to mop on the sauce. That way it won’t char.” Text | Melody Parker These recipes are from McCormick.

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Grilled Angel Food Cake with Peppered Berries & Vanilla Cream For a memorable summertime dessert, serve grilled angel food cake with cool creamy mascarpone vanilla cream and a berry sauce that has a touch of heat from black pepper. Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/2 cup water 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 cup blueberries 1 cup raspberries 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper 6 slices angel food cake (1 1/2-inch thick) Beat cream, 2 tablespoons of the sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gently stir in mascarpone cheese. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Mix remaining 1/3 cup sugar and cornstarch in medium saucepan. Stir in water and vinegar until well blended. Stir in blueberries. Stirring constantly, bring to boil on medium heat and boil 1 minute. Pour into medium bowl to cool slightly. Add raspberries and pepper; toss gently to coat. Grill angel food cake slices over medium heat 45 to 60 seconds per side or until golden brown grill marks appear. To serve, spoon berry mixture over each slice of cake. Top with a dollop of whipped cream mixture. Makes 6 servings. Nutrition information per serving: 320 calories, fat 16g, carbohydrates 40g, cholesterol 54mg, sodium 228mg, fiber 2g, protein 4g

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10 essential bar tools

2. Boston shaker. It looks suspiciously like a milkshake tin. But when sealed over a pint glass, it allows you to shake with confidence drinks that require it. No need to purchase some fancy three-part strained shaker. 3. Jigger, or measured shot glass.

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4. Long spoon, for stirring. 5. Strainer. The Hawthorn strainer is what you’ll want to start with, as it’s the easiest to handle, and works for all basic drinks. 6. London dry gin. Brands such as Tanqueray and Beefeater are both palatable for drinking straight, mix well and are affordable.

Watermelon Cherry Mojito 3 fresh mint sprigs, chopped 1/4 cup watermelon puree 1 teaspoon cherry syrup 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 2 ounces light rum Chilled sparkling water 1 sugar cane stirrer 1 lime wedge

7. Bourbon whiskey. For now, start with a popular, affordable bourbon, such as Evan Williams. 8. Gold rum. A nice middle ground between light and dark rums, gold (or amber) rum is universally loved.

Press the mint with the back of a fork to coat the inside of the glass and leave it in the glass. Add the watermelon puree, cherry syrup, lime juice and rum. Stir well. Top with ice. Top off the glass with sparkling water or club soda. Add the sugar cane stirrer and lime wedge to the glass and serve. Serves 1. Text | Staff and MCT

1. Mixing glass. Literally, a glass dedicated to mixing liquid ingredients, with room for ice. A simple pint glass works best.

9. Unflavored vodka. Vodka is essentially a grainneutral spirit (straight alcohol), which is why it’s virtually tasteless, and less expensive than other spirits. For unflavored vodka, Tito’s is a bartender favorite. 10. Mixers. Soda water, tonic water and fruit juices won’t go to waste in your refrigerator. But consider stocking ginger beer, too — it does wonders with all of the above.

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Two scoops, please! Brown Sugar & Toasted Almond Ice Cream Start to finish: 2 hours 45 minutes (15 minutes active) Servings: 8 1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin 2 1/2 cups low-fat milk, divided 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 3 large egg yolks 12-ounce can nonfat evaporated milk 1 tablespoon amaretto liqueur or rum 1/2 cup chopped almonds In small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1 tablespoon of water. Let stand while you make the ice cream base. In large saucepan, stir together 1 1/2 cups milk, brown sugar and cinnamon. Heat milk mixture over medium heat, stirring often, until steaming.

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he term low-fat ice cream is somewhat of an oxymoron. After all, it’s in large part the butterfat in cream and whole milk that gives the frozen treat its luxurious texture and taste. But the arrival of small ice cream makers that fit in your freezer means making a healthier frozen dessert with wholesome ingredients has gotten a lot easier. The Brown Sugar & Toasted Almond Ice Cream requires egg yolks; the Rocky Road Ice Cream does not, and has a lighter texture. Text and Photos | The Associated Press

In medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks and evaporated milk. Gradually pour in hot milk mixture, whisking until blended. Return mixture to pan and cook over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the back of the spoon is lightly coated, 3 to 5 minutes. It should reach 165 F. Do not bring to a boil or custard will curdle. Strain custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl (preferably stainless steel). Add softened gelatin and whisk until melted. Whisk in remaining 1 cup milk and amaretto (or rum). Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours, or overnight. In a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, toast almonds, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes. Set aside to cool completely. Once cool, whisk ice cream mixture and pour into canister of an ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Transfer ice cream to a container, stir in toasted almonds, cover with plastic wrap gently pressed into the surface and freeze until firm. Source: Recipe adapted from EatingWell magazine

Rocky Road Ice Cream Start to finish: 1 hour, 5 minutes Makes 2 quarts 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 cups heavy cream 1 cup light cream 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1 cup miniature marshmallows In a medium saucepan over low heat, cook and stir condensed milk and cocoa until smooth and slightly thickened, 5 minutes. Remove from heat , and allow to cool slightly. Stir in heavy cream, light cream, and vanilla. Refrigerate until cold. Pour mixture into the canister of an ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Stir in nuts and marshmallows halfway through the freezing process. Note: You can use low-fat sweetened condensed milk and substitute half-andhalf for the heavy cream. Source: Allrecipes.com

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Fresh, crisp white

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ecorating with white can be intimidating. But, says designer Brian Patrick Flynn of decordemon.com, “used correctly, white lets other things truly work as the breakout stars.” Yes, there are potential pitfalls in working with white (you’re probably envisioning red wine spilled on a white sofa). But it can – honestly – be a versatile and practical option. White can feel traditional when paired with ornate pieces, or utterly modern with streamlined furniture and chrome. Many white fabrics are chemically treated to be stain-resistant (or you can have them treated), and all-white slipcovers can be laundered with bleach. Be careful in selecting upholstery, of course, and especially carpeting. A white carpet is “a train wreck waiting to happen,” says Flynn, unless you can easily clean it (surprisingly, fluffy flokati rugs are often machine washable) and won’t mind doing that often. Text and Photos | The Associated Press

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