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As 2019 begins, I have so many thoughts and feelings that I’m overwhelmed. The end of 2018 was very hard for my family. My mom passed away in October and the last few months of the year were a painful blur. I will miss her every day, and it will be a while before I figure out how to cope with such a huge loss. I am thankful that I was able to be there for her through those last, challenging months, and I urge all of you who still have your mothers with you in this life to take hold of the time you have left and enjoy it to the fullest.
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Winter driving can be both frightening and dangerous. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter snow. AccelerAte And decelerAte slowly. Applying the gas slowly is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And, take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: it takes longer to slow down on icy roads. drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly. increAse your distAnce. The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop. Know your brAKes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal. don’t stop if you cAn Avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of momentum it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it. don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little momentum going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible. don’t stop going up A hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill. stAy home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can.
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42 Simply Speaking
44 Turn the Page
Muscle Up - Live Fit 16
Fight the Winter Blues with Exercise
Winter Activities for Kids 18 That Don’t Involve a Screen!
Marriage, Menopause 20 and Mutts - OH MY!
What Could It Be?
What Matters Most 24 Fighting the Winter Blues
Ask the Doctor 26 Influenza
Grow Where You’re Planted 28 Telling the Bees
City Pages 30 Hillsdale - 30 Adrian - 32 Jonesville - 34 Tecumseh 36 Manitou Beach - 38 Coldwater - 39
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48 Local Spotlight
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52 Gray Matters
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54 Local Writer - Pamela Montez Getting Older 101
56 Treasure Hunt 58 Travel Michigan
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60 Resale Trail 62 PSA
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68 Legal Matters
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Blush and Gray:
Weâ€™re at that time of year when many gals are sick of the freezing temps. We start reaching for the lighter winter colors to get us to the first signs of spring. This scarf is such a great piece to keep you warm and still bring in some of that springtime feeling everyone is itching for.
Casual and Comfortable:
Headed to the movies or a casual date? Stay comfortable and chic in dark-wash skinnies, tall riding boots and a color block sweater in the dayâ€™s traditional color palette.
Show some Flare
If you’re headed out on the town for a delicious meal, go all in with a bright pink fit and flare dress. The silhouette is flattering to all shapes! Pair it with your favorite black or neutral pumps and add a statement necklace for some bling.
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Let’s face it, ladies, you can’t go wrong with red on Valentine’s Day! We love this little red dress with its cute bow in the front! And, those shoes are just darling.
Aromatherapy has been around in some form for thousands of years, but it wasnâ€™t well-known until the 11th century when steam distillation first made it possible to properly extract essential oils from plant materials. The highly concentrated oils may be inhaled directly or indirectly or applied to the skin through massage, lotions, or bath salts. Aromatherapy is thought to work by stimulating smell receptors in the nose which then send messages through the nervous system to the part of the brain that controls emotions.
Relieves Stress Perhaps the most popular use of aromatherapy is for stress relief. The aromatic essential oils are known as relaxants and can help soothe your mind and eliminate anxiety. This is a common aromatherapy for home use because the mixtures are very simple and the benefits are very well known and widely studied. Some of the best essential oils for stress relief are lemon oil, lavender, bergamot, peppermint, vetiver, and ylang-ylang. 14
Acts as Antidepressant Second to stress relief, aromatherapy is very commonly used to eliminate feelings of depression. When it comes to needing an emotional boost, aromatherapy may be a quick way to brighten your mood. The best essential oils to use for reducing depression are peppermint, chamomile, lavender, and jasmine.
Boosts Memory Aromatherapy has often been turned to as an alternative or supplemental treatment for dementia and Alzheimerâ€™s disease. Studies have also shown the efficacy of aromatherapy in younger patients in terms of boosting their memory capacity for a certain amount of time after the treatment. This refreshing boost for the brain can be useful in all walks of life, no matter what age you are! Sage oil is the most commonly recommended oil for this sort of memoryenhancing effect.
Relieves Pain Pain relief is one of the most useful applications of aromatherapy. The top essential oils, both for professional and personal use, include lavender, chamomile, clary sage, juniper, eucalyptus, rosemary, and peppermint essential oils.
Regulates Sleep Not getting enough sleep can cause a range of medical conditions and can leave us feeling unproductive and devoid of energy. Luckily, aromatherapy can provide a more balanced sleep schedule so the body naturally gets tired at an appropriate time. Essential oils for managing sleeping habits and having a healthy, sedative effect on the body include lavender, chamomile, jasmine, benzoin, neroli, rose, sandalwood, sweet marjoram, and ylang-ylang essential oils.
Reduces Headaches Everyone gets headaches from time to time, and the bad ones can stop us dead in our tracks. Aromatherapy can be a solution that can also possibly reduce the stress, anxiety, or medical origin of your headaches to prevent them in the future. Some of the best essential oils that have been connected to reducing headaches and migraines are peppermint, eucalyptus, sandalwood, and rosemary essential oils.
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Hello, my Simply Hers friends!! It’s been a while since we’ve talked and I felt that it was time I share some of my knowledge/opinions with you. Let’s start by commenting on how frigid it is outside! I guess it is January in Michigan, after all, but just like most of the population forgets how to drive when the weather changes, I often forget how the cold and lack of sunlight affect us. Though the change in seasons touches everyone differently, I feel that many get a touch of seasonal depression in the colder months. I’m absolutely sure that there are studies that discuss how the lower amount of vitamin D (found in sunlight) affects the human psyche. Throw on top of that the added stress of the holiday season that, by this point, has just passed us (and I hope everyone had 1000 reasons to smile). So, now it’s cold and we’re borderline depressed. How do you cope? Did you know that food is the most overused form of dealing with stress and depression? Do you know what the best and most underused is? I’m sure you guessed it . . . EXERCISE!!
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perspective on life and therefore a much less “grey” winter season. I joke about the beating yourself up part, but in all seriousness, it doesn’t take much to get some sort of exercise in on a regular basis. Start with as little as 20 minutes three times a week and build on it as you create some healthier habits for yourself this year. Not only does exercise increase positive feelings within, but it is also proven (scientifically, of course) to help fight off major health risks such as dementia, high cholesterol, diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, OBESITY and much more. So, do yourself a favor this year and decide not only to lose that pesky 10 pounds or eat better. Find true meaning to living a better, healthier life. You don’t have to look much further than the eyes of your children—know that they’re watching you and what you do to manage your life and will use that example to then manage their own. To love them you need to first love yourself, friends! May this year truly be your year, may you find a richness much deeper and more fulfilling than that green paper. Enrich your mind, enlighten your soul, and make your body an example of your dedication to a better you! MUSCLE UP…live fit
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Winter Activities for Kids (That don’t involve a screen!) by Rachel Yoder When it’s blustery and cold outside, it’s easy to want to stay inside and hibernate. This is especially true when you have to spend 45 minutes wrangling kids into snow pants, mittens, boots, coats, hats, etc., just to come back inside 10 minutes later because their mittens are wet, snow got in their boots, or my favorite: the two-year-old is mad because the snow is up to his knees and he keeps face-planting into the snowbanks. Here are a few ideas both indoor and outdoor to nurture your child’s creativity and spark their love of nature.
Track Hunting: Bundle up and head out to your favorite woods, park, or just your backyard after a light snow and start scouting for tracks. See if you and your kids can identify the footprints of squirrels, foxes, deer, dogs and cats— even their own footprints in the snow. You can pick up a free field guide from the DNR that lists every mammal in our state. The guide lists each animal’s habitats, range, diet, and an illustration of their tracks. In early spring, you can walk the woods in search of shed antlers.
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Snow activities: Besides sledding and snowman building, try to have your kids experiment with building their own snowshoes. All you need is some decent-sized hunks of cardboard, string, and some scissors. Trace your child’s boots on the cardboard then Poke holes in it, run the string through the holes and tie them to your kid’s feet. Does the cardboard need to be bigger to stop them from sinking in the snow? Smaller so they can walk easily? Build a fort: The original STEM activity. Let your kids build a fort out of couch cushions, pillows, and blankets. These engineering enterprises help your kids with problem-solving skills and allow their imaginations to blossom. When they’re done building, join them in their fort for snack time and let them give you a tour. You will love their storytelling abilities.
Weaving: Making things that serve a purpose in the household makes children feel useful and important. You can create a very simple loom from a piece of cardboard. You’ll need yarn, a yarn needle, and scissors. Cut symmetrical slits in each end of your cardboard and wrap some yarn lengthwise around the slits. String up a yarn needle and pull out a decent
length, then begin weaving the needle horizontally through the vertical strings. When youâ€™re finished, tie off the work and before you know it, your house will be full of handwoven coasters! They can even make little scarves, blankets, and rugs for their toys. You can also teach kids how to knit or crochet; theyâ€™re wonderful, calming activities that can be enjoyed with a cup of cocoa on a winter afternoon.
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Baking Bread: As we work along in our daily duties as parents, it is important to include the children in these activities. The simple acts of allowing them to toss the spices into a dish, chopping vegetables, and even cleaning up help them learn that what we have is achieved through work. Kids love to make bread, and they have so much energy they can use to knead the dough. They long to be productive and love to make things. Allowing your kids in the kitchen helps them learn to help others and work together.
MARRIAGE, MeNOpaUsE and MUTTS - OH MY! By Peggie Bildner By the time you read this, Christmas will be over and we will be starting 2019- wow! If you’re like me, you are probably FA, LA, LA’ed out and wondering how the time (not to mention the money) went so fast! As we dream of a getaway to recover, I thought you might enjoy this true story from a past vacation . . . .
MARRIAGE ~ After fifteen years of marriage, we finally felt entitled to a real vacation. We packed up the minivan and headed to Myrtle Beach for spring break with our sixteen-year-old son and his friend. They had visions of girls on the beach; we had visions of warmer weather, maybe even a nap on the beach! Arriving late at night and exhausted from numerous traffic jams (everyone from the north had the same idea), we hardly looked around when we arrived. I quickly slipped into my favorite old (some would call it ragged) nightgown, Buzz into his favorite RED, silk (some would call them clownish) pajamas. We took the front bedroom area. The boys settled into the back living room area, and we all quickly crashed. As soon as we woke, I was eager to check out our surroundings. We had rented a condo on the beach with balconies in both directions. There had recently been bad storms so there was a lot of repair and reconstruction going on. As I stuck my head out the door to look around, I realized my “view” was mostly construction workers! I was halfway out the door, trying to look around without being seen when Buzz came up and kind of nudged me out the door so he could look, too. In a split second, I heard a CLICK, the sickening sound of our motel door LOCKING BEHIND US! There we were, on the outdoor balcony, in our finest “nightwear!” We started pounding on the door for my son and his friend to let us back in. Now, anybody with teenagers can attest that, even though they are the same kids who woke you at the crack of dawn as babies, when they hit the teen years they can sleep likes rocks until noon. We would pound and yell for a few minutes (with me cowering in the corner, worrying that the only attention we were getting was from the construction workers), then laugh/cry hysterically at our ridiculous situation! Finally, with no success at raising the sleeping teenagers, Buzz decided there was no choice but to go down to the lobby, explain what happened, and ask for a key. I was appalled that he would walk, publicly, down several floors and through the motel lobby in his red pajamas, but, worse, what if they wouldn’t just give him a key? What if they insisted on coming up to unlock the door? I convinced him to keep trying to wake the boys. Finally, they opened the door! Half awake and looking very puzzled to see us outside, their defense for not coming to our rescue sooner was, “We woke up once, heard the pounding and said, ‘Man, those construction workers sound like they’re pounding right outside our door!’ and went back to sleep.” You can be assured that every vacation since then has included an upgrade in our nightwear. 20
MENOPAUSE ~ I have spent years on the elusive quest to be completely organized. I was so excited a few years ago when a friend introduced me to the label maker, now my favorite toy! I happily went through the house labeling my life. One day I tried to impress my sister with my newlylabeled linen closet: “Look at these organized baskets!” I said. “HAIR CARE, NAIL CARE, SHOE CARE.” She interrupted, “and WHO CARES?!” At one point I couldn’t find my label maker. After several days of looking, I was distraught and about ready to go buy a new one. I couldn’t live without it! For some reason, I laid my head on my desk in frustration, only to look up and see a drawer in my desk LABELED “Label Maker.” Oops! and MUTTS ~ It’s become obvious that I’m no longer first in Buzz’s heart. I was listening to him in the kitchen, playing his oldies music. I heard him ask Kacie, “Is this about you?” The song was “You’re Just Too Good To Be True.” Something is wrong with this picture when I’m cleaning house and Buzz is dedicating love songs to the dog!
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What could that rash be? Discovering a rash on your skin can be very alarming, although most rashes are not life-threatening. However, they can still be uncomfortable due to symptoms and complications. Since there are many different reasons for rashes, be sure to visit your Healthcare provider for further diagnosis and treatment. By Hannah Burkhart, FNP Hillsdale Medical Associates
Here are some common causes that may result in a rash: Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema. This is a chronic skin condition which develops itchy red rashes that come and go over time. Many different irritants can trigger the rash. These irritants can be allergens like pet dander or dust mites. Soaps, detergents, and lotions with fragrances, perfumes, and even cold, dry air can cause eczema rashes. Allergic reactions to medication also cause a very common rash. You might be taking a drug for a few days or weeks before an itchy rash develops. If you notice a rash when you are taking medications, contact your healthcare provider. Some of the most common drugs that cause allergic reactions are NSAIDs, antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, anti-seizure drugs, and ACE inhibitors.
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Here we are. In the thick of it. Winter in Pure Michigan. I honestly used to dread this time of year. I would be lying if I said I never struggled with the never-ending doom and gloom – especially being a stay at home mom. The long, but short, dark, cold days can take a toll on all of us. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to embrace the winter. And, honestly, kids have made it more fun. They force me to get into nature and experience some of the greatest beauty many dream of seeing. As you fight off the winter blues this season, keep these things in mind. It’s only temporary These three words are everything because they’re true! Fast forward your thinking. Know that spring and summer are on their way. Plan your summer getaways and camping trips. Browse through photos of last summer. Also . . . the days are getting longer as you read this! Summer will be here soon enough. Get outside My girls absolutely love the snow. Seeing winter through their eyes creates a magical scene. Building snowmen, sledding, and ice skating are just a few things they enjoy during these months. Enjoy the fresh air! Contrary to popular belief, staying cooped up all winter isn’t the best for your health. Go breathe some fresh air and smile.
Plan a spring break trip I know not everyone can plan a trip to the sunny Caribbean islands (I can’t right now, especially with two small children), but even taking a road trip south to feel warm sunshine on your skin will feel amazing! We’ve planned a trip to Nashville with our girls this March. It’s close enough that we can drive and far enough to make us feel like we’ve left Michigan. Last March we traveled to a family favorite—Gulf Shores, Alabama— and we made a pit stop in Kentucky. I remember it being 45 and sunny and feeling so good! There were even daffodils. If you can leave for a long weekend, I highly suggest doing so. If you can’t go south, explore the lovely state we live in. There are a lot of beautiful towns here in the winter! Stay active I know it’s easy to stay snuggled under blankets, but don’t stop moving this winter. I wake up at 5 AM to work out with my friends at CrossFit Timoro during the week. 5 AM isn’t easy, but I feel more energized after a good workout, especially in the morning. My mind is also clear and it’s easier to stay positive throughout the week. It’s also great to socialize (and exercise) with friends in a positive environment! Mind over matter. The flowers will bloom before you know it. This, too, shall pass is what they say, right? Enjoy the beauty of each season but know you’re not alone with your winter blues. Lift each other up this season and enjoy all that it has to bring. Stay positive. You got this!
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Grow Where You Are Planted. By Rachel Yoder
Telling the Bees “When a bee flies, a soul will rise.” In 2012 I got started with my first Top Bar Hive and package of bees. My Grampa Dale Bernath was as enamored with the creatures as I was. I had to bring my new hive over for him to check out before I set it in place and installed the bees. He excitedly asked a million questions especially about the queen and swarming, the “hows” and “whys” of it. One day that summer, he called me saying a swarm of bees had arrived and chosen a hollowed out tree near his barn as a home. We sat together and watched the swarm move into that tree for a long time, talking about the bees as well as his childhood. It was at that point he decided to build a Top Bar Hive for himself with his own improvements. He was in many ways an engineer in his own right. As the years passed, every season from his tailgate he would watch me open his hive for spring and harvest honey, and again when I would bundle the bees up for winter. Many feral swarms were captured there without effort, like the bees chose him. It is said that the best beekeepers possess a natural ability to love creatures that sting. Being more of a steward of the bees than a beekeeper, he provided an undisturbed home and admired them from afar. When he passed away in late October, I recalled a centuries-old tradition brought to America by European settlers along with honey bees. The honey bee was extraordinarily valuable to early colonists. The honey and wax provided an important income. Since losing bees could devastate an entire family, bees were revered. They were thought to be pure and averse to profanity and could sense upheaval in the beekeeper’s home. If you failed to “bring the news” to the bees, they would become offended and leave their hive or die. So, the custom began of telling the bees about significant events of the beekeepers family: marriages, births, and, most importantly, deaths. In the occasion of a death, lengths of black cloth were draped over each hive in the apiary and, spoken in a quiet voice or a yell depending on the region, were the words “Bees, bees, awake! Your master has died and a new one you must take.” Since Grampa had lost his hived bees over the winter and only the bee tree remained occupied, I tied a black ribbon around the bee tree and the words were spoken quietly. Another custom I personally find most meaningful is called “ricking.” When a beekeeper died, each hive was turned a little to the right, betokening to the bees that the universe had changed ever so slightly. Our universe certainly has changed forever. Rachel is a gardener, beekeeper, wife, mother of three wild and crazy boys, and lover of all things homesteading. Come grow with her at greenpromisegrows.com. Or, follow Green Promise Grows on Facebook. 28
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Friends of HLG. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 517-431-2060. Imagine not having to wait for spring to plant your garden! What if you could start planting in February or March?
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As with any community, we think our restaurants are the best and we have the national recognition to prove it. Jonesville has been recognized nationally as one of the great small towns for food! The restaurants in Jonesville are locally owned and operated and conveniently located near our two historic bed and breakfast facilities at either end of downtown. We have it all from fine dining for a date night out to casual fare and, of course, we have a great local bakery, coffee house, theatre, art gallery, and specialty shops. We are the home to the Historical Grosvenor House Museum, a 32-room Victorian Italianate structure dating back to 1844!
A rt s Culture abounds in Jonesville including local community theater and local artists on display. The Sauk Theatre on U.S. 12 in downtown Jonesville has long been the home of the Hillsdale County Community
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Theatre. From comedy to drama, musicals to childrenâ€™s productions, The Sauk highlights the amazing talents of Hillsdale County and beyond and truly does have something for everyone. Gallery 49 is an artistsâ€™ cooperative located downtown and featuring a variety of mediums. Along with exhibitions by juried artists, the gallery hosts opportunities to learn about different artistic media and techniques, growing arts and culture in Hillsdale County.
R e c r e at i o n The St. Joseph River flows north through town. The scenic river parallels the Jerry Russell Trail, a 1.4 mile, paved, non-motorized trail converted from an abandoned rail bed. The beautiful trail is enjoyed by walkers during any season of the year. The trail connects to other regional recreation trails and serves as the local leg of the North Country Trail, a 4,600-mile trail between
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W h at ' s N e w The Jonesville District Library welcomed new library director Laura Orlowski. Laura spent 17 years as director of the Camden Township Library before coming to Jonesville. The library serves residents in the City of Jonesville as well as Fayette, Scipio, and Moscow Townships at no cost. People outside of these areas can purchase a library card for $10 annually. They will continue to provide a great selection of print materials for all ages along with DVDs, Blu-Rays and audio books. The library also offers weekly preschool story times and monthly programs for all ages including painting classes, essential oils, 3-D printing, and book club. For more information about the Jonesville District Library, call us at 517-849-9701, check out our website at www.jonesvilledistrictlibrary.michlibrary. org, or find us on Facebook.
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Winter in Tecumseh he fun never stops in Tecumseh, even during the long, cold months of winter. It’s Princess Day – Troll Takeover at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts on January 12 at 2 pm. In January and February, the Tecumseh Center for the Arts continues its 20182019 National Touring Season with the dynamic duo of Karen Morgan and Jim Colliton on January 26. They will delight and excite with their clean stand-up comedy and crazy couple game shows. Come forget about your unshoveled sidewalk and dusty shelves and instead be transported into the world of suburban comedy with Lawn & Disorder. On February 16, The Cat’s Pajamas will captivate with their high energy, charm-
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ing personalities and impressive showmanship. The Cat’s Pajamas takes acapella to a whole new level. You can sing and dance the night away with The Cat’s Pajamas at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts. For more information on TCA events, visit www.thetca.org. Join us in downtown Tecumseh for a weekend of winter festivities at the 10th Annual Ice Sculpture Festival on January 19-20. Throughout the weekend, enjoy shopping at area merchants and dining at the local area restaurants, play with
interactive ice sculptures like putt-putt golf, a bean bag toss, and much more. The make-it, take-it craft project for kids and selfies with “Olaf” and “Elsa” top off
this great family event! Saturday events feature ice sculpture carving demonstrations, the dueling ice sculpture carving competition, and the Winter Warm-up Beverage Walk. On Sunday, visit various locations downtown for chocolate-themed activities and specials on the Chocolate Walk or check out the
fire juggling, balloon-animal-making Michigan Stilt Walker.
At the Rooftop Café at the British Tea Garden artisans will delight you with their old-world talents during the Lost Arts Demonstration on Saturday and Sunday. For additional information, visit www.downtowntecumseh.com.
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The last weekend in January is Quincy's Tip-Up Festival! The Quincy Chain of Lakes Tip-Up Festival invites you to the festival which has been held on Marble Lake since the late 1950s! The festival offers family fun for everyone from snowmobile and quad racing to fishing contests for adults and kids to wood cutting contests, tug-o-war pulls and a corn hole tournament as well as special games just for kids. The pavilion will hold a craft show and great eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And,
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Passion, fulfillment, challenge Jamie Cadwell’s career starts and grows at Hillsdale Hospital By Sarah Gray
amie Cadwell’s determination, commitment, and desire to help people started at a very young age. When she was in sixth grade at Reading Elementary, she decided she wanted to be a radiology technologist and now is the Medical Imaging Manager at Hillsdale Hospital. “I honestly never thought I would be in the shoes I am in,” she says of her position which started last May.
Jamie’s interest in radiology came from her mother Jerri Ann Parker who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 18. It was her treatment over the years that inspired Jamie to pursue the medical field and radiology specifically. Hillsdale Hospital helped motivate her plan by giving her job shadowing opportunities in the radiology department while she was in high school and college. She was hired as a radiology assistant in 2001 before graduating from Kellogg College in 2002. “They have given me many opportunities from day one,” she says of her employer.
However, the job looks quite a bit different than when she started 17 years ago. “When I started we were still developing film in a darkroom.” She says as the technology has evolved, the hospital has grown and changed. During her time at Hillsdale Hospital, her roles have changed many times, but what has not changed is her commitment to giving quality care to her patients. “I like building relationships with patients,” she says. She also likes the variety her job offers. “It is amazing the things we can see and do with imaging technology. Different patients need different types of imaging due to anomalies or limitations.” 40
logic Technologists) or the ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography). “They are a wonderful team to work with and have helped me to be the manager I am today,” Jamie says. In addition to her title as manager, Jamie has also added the title of student to her many roles. She is studying for her bachelor’s at Mercy College and is planning to graduate in the spring of 2020. She and her husband, Jake, have been married for 15 years and have two children: Zane, 13, and Camille, 8. “Jake has been very supportive of my new role. He has encouraged me from day one to go for it. This has meant a change in some of our responsibilities at home which he has done effortlessly to allow time for my leadership role as well as my college classes.” When she is not at work or studying, Jamie says she likes to spend time with family and friends. During the warmer months, she enjoys gardening and in the cold months, you can find her and family snowmobiling up north.
Hillsdale Hospital offers many options in its radiology department to meet the needs of their patients fully, and, while Jamie is able to help patients in several areas, she says her favorite is MRI. “I like the challenge—getting to use physics and algebra on top of providing patient care.”
Jamie is ready for whatever opportunity is next for her and for Hillsdale Hospital. Recently, the hospital began offering additional hours for bone mineral density testing and ultrasounds so patients do not have to take time off from work for appointments. The radiology department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to accommodate patients coming into the emergency room, and all scans are read by radiologists at Premier Radiology—a contract service through the hospital. This allows radiologists who are specialized in each area to read scans, giving patients the most accurate diagnosis.
Along with MRIs, the hospital also offers mammography, including 3-D and breast MRI; ultrasounds; echocardiograms; nuclear medicine; and CT scans. “We are always looking at new options to best meet the needs of the patients,” Jamie says. Not only does the hospital have the newest technology, they also have highly qualified staff working in the department. “They are the root of the department and work very hard to provide all imaging services here at Hillsdale Hospital with quality and compassion.” Staff in the department must complete a minimum of 24 continuing education credits every two years. They are board certified through either the ARRT (American Registry of Radio-
“Hillsdale Hospital is a wonderful place to work,” Jamie says. “They have given me so many opportunities for advancement. They saw something in me that I didn’t always see in myself, and for that, I am grateful! Because of their support, I am able to hold the title and credentials of ‘Jamie Caldwell RT(R)(CT)(MR)ARRT, Medical Imaging Manager.’”
There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.—C.S. Lewis
Many of us celebrate with parties, toasts, and that midnight kiss. Here are some New Year’s traditions from other parts of the globe: The Japanese ring their temple bells 108 times—the number of human desires—in accordance with the Buddhist belief that it will sweep away negative emotions. If you’re in Spain for New Year’s, grab some grapes. Their tradition calls for eating one grape at each stroke of midnight. If you do, you’ll have a prosperous year! Citizens of Columbia carry empty suitcases around the block toensure a travel-filled new year.
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Swap summer’s linen or cotton sheets for flannel or jersey. Add a quilt or throw to the foot of your bed for naps or to add warmth if you wake up chilly in the middle of the night. Change cool-toned bulbs for warm-spectrum LED bulbs in your lamps. They’ll add a candlelight feel to your rooms.
Create a reading spot for an alternative to the endless bingeing on television that can come with early sunsets! Pick a comfortable chair or one end of your sofa and add a cushy pillow, good lighting, a throw, and a perch for a warm beverage. Keep books, magazines, puzzle books, etc., handy.
Keep slippers by the door so your feet can go straight from snow boots or cold, wet shoes to snuggly softness.
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Sandi recommends a debut novel by Jennifer Ryan entitled The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. It has been compared to The Lilac Girls and The Nightingale, both of which have been critically acclaimed in book reviews. This particular tale takes place in an English village while the men are away fighting in WWII. It zeroes in around five choir members and their homefront struggles. We are introduced to a timid widow, two sisters with romantic notions, a Jewish refugee hiding family secrets, and a midwife trying to outrun her past. It is reviewed as “an enchanting ensemble story that shuttles from village intrigue to romance and to the heartbreaking matters of life and death.” Bill is an avid fan of the mystery writing of Michigan native Steve Hamilton. He writes stand-alone books occurring in the Upper Peninsula along with his Alex McKnight series of eleven books. He is one of two authors to win the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards for both best novel and best first novel. His books also have had spots on the New York Times Bestsellers List. Another popular author that several fellow readers have recently read is the new Nicholas Sparks novel, Every Breath. Sparks is a romance novelist and screenwriter who has published twenty novels, eleven of which have been adapted to the screen with multi-million dollar box office grosses. His stories are very popular with the lady readers. In his latest, a 42-year-old safari hunter from Zimbabwe travels to North Carolina to meet his biological father. There he encounters much family history along with a pretty lady going through her own personal life crisis.
Carolyn has just finished Debbie Macomber’s Alaskan Holiday. She is another romance writer who rolls out a new novel regularly. Some of these are stand-alone, but most of them revolve around various small towns with character development throughout them. Her novels are also very popular with lady readers, and, if you’ve never read one, you will enjoy it.
Jan is reading The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah. Our main character, Kate, is a San Francisco sommelier (wine tasting connoisseur) and French expatriate. She is preparing for a difficult wine tasting exam and travels with her best friend to her ancestral vineyard home in France to study wines. Deep in the bowels of the winery, she discovers a wartime diary and learns of her family’s resistance workers, one of whom became a collaborator with the Nazis. The story switches back to the World War and then returns to the present. I just finished Elin Hilderbrand’s newest, Winter In Paradise. I read it in one sitting on a cold, snowy day. Obviously, I enjoyed it; she’s one of my go-to authors! Protagonist Irene is a 60-year-old, leading an idyllic life in Iowa. She is wealthy (of course) and is having fun redecorating her Victorian home. Her husband travels much of the time. When he is killed in a helicopter accident in the Virgin Islands—with a local woman—her suspicions are aroused. She travels to the Virgin Islands with her two sons to discover what has been going on. This is the first of Hilderbrand’s books that doesn’t take place on Nantucket, and it is a refreshing change of scenery. It is also the first in her Virgin Island series and the characters we meet will, no doubt, reappear in the next of the series. I have begun a seven-book series by international best selling author Jeffrey Archer. His writing style is direct, straightforward, and easy to read. Only Time Will Tell begins this epic tale. It is 1920, and we are introduced to Harry Clifton, his family, and friends. Harry is six years old and learning about life on the docks in Bristol, England, where his embittered uncle works. It seems he will be destined for the same life. But, he has a gift! His gift is his beautiful singing voice, and it takes him from a life on the docks to a scholarship at an exclusive boys’ boarding school. There he meets two boys who become his lifelong buddies. Their dissimilar worlds become intertwined throughout as they look after each other during their formative years. I pray the second book in Harry Clifton’s journey, Sins of the Father, meets my hopeful expectations! What are you reading? Email me at email@example.com. See you at the library!
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I’m 32 years old. I was married at 21 and had my first child at 23. My college roommates often referred to me as grandma. It was very well known that I wanted to be a teacher, but, most importantly, I wanted to be a mommy. Becoming a mother was something I dreamed about as a child. Sure, I dreamt of who my soulmate would be, a great big dream wedding, and what my happily forever after would look like. But, more than anything, my dreams reflected becoming a mother. I was incredibly fortunate for that dream to become my reality. Throughout my pregnancies, I suffered incredible sickness. I had IVs in my body for each of my three boys. I threw up all the time and often didn’t leave the house for the first three to four months. When I gave birth to my beautiful middle child (Oliver), I almost died. Once I woke up out of the operating room, the very first question I asked was “Can I still have kids?” As everyone looked at me like I was crazy, I knew that God had meant for me to have more children. When we were ready to talk about possibly having another child there was a lot of hesitation. If we did get pregnant again, I would be sick again, and this time I would be under close watch for problems that could potentially end my life.
But, I knew. I knew I could get through one more. I knew with everything that I had that my journey as a mom was not yet finished. So, after recovering from fierce post-partum depression, I did just that. I was blessed with one more pregnancy. I have mentioned in the column before that I knew something was wrong with Oscar my whole, entire pregnancy. What were little inklings every now and then turned into flat-out fear as my belly grew. Needless to say,
Oscar—my little broken baby—indeed needed a lot of extra help. During the first part of Oscar’s life, I felt selfish. I couldn’t get past the feeling of, “If I would have just stopped, if I weren’t greedy, if I only would have been content with two beautiful healthy little boys, this beautiful little baby boy wouldn’t be suffering?” Thankfully, now I have a totally different look at his life. This column is dedicated to my son who needed and has had a liver transplant. To start the final journey of Oscar receiving the gift of life, I felt as if this part of the story was important. Moms all over the world struggle to conceive. My own little sister has miscarried two children. I am fortunate enough to have a beautiful niece and nephew. But, I should have two more as well. She would be an incredible mom. I, however, can’t help feeling that God has such a bigger plan. I wish I could have told the mom (me) that sat and watched her son slowly dying that he would be the biggest miracle she would ever face. I wish that I could have sat with Mary while holding that miracle child and told her that she was carrying the biggest miracle of all. Until then, I write to you all. It’s going to be okay. This new year has so much in store for you, for us, for my sister, for so many people waiting for the gift of life, and it’s going to be okay. I promise, even though sometimes I still don’t believe it myself. It’s going to be okay. Happy 2019—may it be full of hopes, wishes, and promises.
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GIVING VOICE TO THE VOICELESS By Sarah Gray
Seventeen-year-old Jasmynn Archer may be considered non-verbal, but her voice can be heard throughout Southern Michigan.
asmynn is the youngest daughter of Melissa and David Archer of Adrian. Although there was a large gap between their fourth daughter Justine and Jasmynn, the couple was confident they knew what to expect and didn’t think much of their youngest not speaking. “I know something
wasn’t kosher, but I didn’t realize it was autism,” says Melissa, a retired school teacher. It wasn’t until their third daughter Lacey said something that Melissa and David had Jasmynn evaluated. When the diagnosis came back as autism “It was like a bomb was dropped on us,” Melissa explains.
Jasmynn is the youngest daughter of Melissa and David Archer of Adrian. Although there was a large gap between their fourth daughter Justine and Jasmynn, the couple was confident they knew what to expect and didn’t think much of their youngest not speaking. “I know something wasn’t kosher, but I didn’t realize it was autism,” says Melissa, a retired school teacher. It wasn’t until their third daughter Lacey said something that Melissa and David had Jasmynn evaluated. When the diagnosis came back as autism “It was like a bomb was dropped on us,” Melissa explains. Determined to help their daughter and sister as much as possible, the Archers enrolled her in Lenawee County’s ISD program. “It was fabulous,” Melissa says. At the time, Jasmynn was making nonsensical noises that “may have been a sentence but she was speaking bullet fast.” Jasmynn’s oldest sister Breann read a story in the Detroit Free Press about an app that was helping people who were nonverbal. The family purchased an iPod touch and installed Proloque2Go—an Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) app—along with other flashcards to help Jasmynn learn. 48
Melissa recalls that soon after, Jasmynn came home from her preschool, went to the washing machine where the family had some plastic magnetic letters of the alphabet, and began singing her ABCs. That was a special moment for Melissa, David, and all her sisters. “She can speak a lot of words and phrases,” Melissa says and adds that Jasmynn has learned the proper responses when she is asked certain questions. Another fun moment Melissa remembers was during a trip to the grocery store with Jasmynn. They were in the produce section and Melissa saw an unfamiliar fruit. She says Jasmynn started waving her hands around saying “rambutan.” Sure enough, when Melissa looked closer at the tag she saw it was, indeed, the tropical fruit rambutan. Curious, she asked how her daughter knew about this strange fruit. When they got home, Melissa remembers Jasmynn running straight for her iPod and bringing up a flashcard Melissa had installed that showed the fruit and how to pronounce it. “I knew at that point she was very smart.” Once the iPad became available, the Archers quickly purchased one for Jasmynn. The larger screen and large storage capacity are helpful, but Melissa says Jasmynn still uses her iPod for “fun stuff.” Although Jasmynn is never going to be verbal in the culturally normal sense of the word, she is continuing to learn more and more. When she was little, Jasmynn verbalized in the form of memorization and small phrases, and it was not until she was in seventh grade that Melissa remembers her saying her first words which truly came from Jasmynn. Jasmynn loves to swing—so much so that the family has a swing in their basement so Jasmynn can swing year round. Every night, Melissa and Jasmynn would race up the basement stairs before bed. Melissa always thought it was a bit of a game, until one night when Melissa got up the stairs first, with Jasmynn just one step behind her. Melissa reached to turn off the light. Jasmynn quickly typed into her iPad “I am afraid of the dark.” Melissa says it was the first time she had put an entire sentence together on her own. “It was phenomenal.” Seeing the enormous impact that having a device has had on their daughter, the Archers wanted to help others. They started small with pop can drives to fund iPads for kids in need. Then, in 2012, Melissa stopped
working as a teacher and devoted all her time to Jasmynn’s Voice, a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to give iPads as an AAC device to those who have autism and struggle with language deficit/delays.” To date, the organization has given 325 iPads to families and teachers who use them in their classrooms with the autistic students. “The number of kids that have been impacted is huge,” Melissa says. Because the nonprofit is relatively small, Jasmynn’s Voice is currently limiting the iPads to residents who live in Branch, Calhoun, Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. Those requesting an iPad are chosen by the board at Jasmynn’s Voice and come to a training session before receiving their devices. There they are able to meet Jasmynn and she is able to meet all her new friends. “Jasmynn meets every single recipient,” Melissa explains, adding that for a child with autism true friendships are really rare. Along with them meeting Jasmynn and seeing how she is able to speak using the device, Melissa also brings a speech pathologist to all the training sessions. But, it is not just about seeing how this device works or how it can help these children. Melissa says it is also a way for parents to meet each other and see they are not alone in this. “There are always a lot of tears,” she says. “It inspires hope for a lot of people.” She says in her experience, an autism diagnosis can be hard on a lot of new mothers. “You carry a lot of weight.” Not only have Melissa and David helped many families through Jasmynn’s Voice, but David is also bringing autism awareness to his profession as well. He is a police officer for the University of Michigan, has worked for the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department, and holds sessions to teach first responders how to interact with people who have autism. “There is a lot of passion and love we put into this because of Jasmynn,” Melissa says. Due to her ability to speak through her device and the help and love of her family and school, Jasmynn is in many ways like a typical teenager. She likes to ride bikes and horses and loves music of all kinds from classical to country. Melissa says she is currently listening to a lot of Tim McGraw and Andrea Bocelli. “She has a lot of energy.” Jasmynn is now a junior in high school and will complete school in a year and a half. Melissa, David, and everyone at Jasmynn’s Voice are committed to spreading the word about autism and helping as many people as possible in Southern Michigan. “The need is great,” Melissa says. In her young life, Jasmynn has already had a big impact. “She is really doing a lot of good.” For more information about Jasmynn’s Voice, visit www.jasmynnsvoice. org. The organization can also be found on Facebook.
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The dog bolts. The leash wraps around her owner’s legs, tangles her footing, and BOOM, she faceplants on the sidewalk. Her nose is broken. Blood oozes out. Immediately she is bummed out. Plans for a much-needed respite at the ladies’ retreat up north go SPLAT right there. Red marks the spot. She gently stuffs a Kleenex up her nose to stop the red river flow and manages to get an emergency appointment with her doctor. Right before she shuffles in the doctor’s office door, she gently squeezes the bridge of her nose to stop the gushing blood. She hears an audible pop. The doctor explains good news and bad news. Her nose is broken. Bad news. She reset her bone perfectly with the gentle finger pinch on her nose bridge. Great news! This means she can still go to the ladies’ retreat. She is elated. Yes, she is sore, but she is determined to keep her ladies’ day fun- and faith-filled plans. On the same day and far away, we are praying for the upcoming ladies’ retreat. We are praying God prevents any distractions attempting to stop the ladies from attending. Our prayers for the event start early. We know God’s Spirit is at work. Our prayers focus on the ladies right now before the event even starts. We are praying against any disruptions against the plans of blessing these ladies. Our retreat is covered in prayer before it even begins.
The Holy Spirit fills the atmosphere here at the retreat. The praise team pours out hallelujahs to our God as the sisters in Christ sing with surrender. We purposely clear our brains of daily stress and focus on wrapping our minds around God’s purpose for this gathering of “sistas.” We share our life stories together. As the speaker for the weekend, I feel the power of God in the room like a mist among us. I speak on grabbing God’s hand and climbing mountains. God’s WORDs from the Bible inspire us to trek upward. Emboldened by the presence of God,
I ask women to stand if they have a special-needs child or grandchild, a prodigal child, or a relationship needing restoration. As women rise to their feet all around the room, surrounding ladies gather around these warrior women and gently lay hands on their shoulders. Prayers pour out over these weary warriors as clusters of ladies call on Jesus to encourage their once heavy hearts. God uses women to uplift each other. We refresh. God lifts the weight and restores peace. This mountain-top experience renews us all. The battle to prevent Sheryl Grocki from attending the Harvest Retreat is thwarted. A broken nose cannot stop God’s mission. Sheryl’s sidewalk faceplant could not keep her from grasping God’s blessings at this retreat. Sheryl is rejuvenated. Her strength is renewed to handle caregiving for her grandson with autism and her adult daughter in a wheelchair. Her 14-year-old son who disappeared 28 years ago is on her mind, but she is NOT defeated. She has been pressed down, but God blesses her with encouragement to warrior on at this retreat. With black eyes and bruised nose, Sheryl trusts God to intercede on her behalf. “… in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37b NIV Bible. There is much to trip us up in life. I implore you to renew your mind in God’s WORD. Gather together with Bible teaching, praise music, and bonding sisterhood. Maybe YOU will go to next year’s Bambi Lake Harvest Retreat in Roscommon, Michigan, for an up north ladies’ weekend away. Pray about it. Be on guard for a spiritual war waging in the air before, during, and after epic Godly, life-inspiring events. Be strong. Be courageous. Put on the full armor of God to go to church. Be prepared for bruises and black eyes but go where God is calling you. Don’t let a sidewalk faceplant stop you. Be unstoppable, Simply Hers readers. Battle on!
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2019 is going to be kind of a big year of me. I was born in 1979, so I will give you a second to do the math . . . . Yes, I am turning 40 this year! Now, I won’t hit the big 4-0 for a few more months, but (like most people) I have been thinking about this often-dreaded birthday since I turned 39. Gray Matters By Sarah Gray Simply Hers Magazine
Forty is usually looked upon as some evil number. There are some who even refuse to turn 40; they instead repeatedly celebrate the anniversary of their 39th birthday. That’s cute and funny, but honestly, I am not all that scared about turning 40 mostly because I don’t feel like I should be turning 40. When I was a kid I thought 40 was ancient (as most kids do). As I grew up, I realized it really wasn’t very old—but it still seemed too far in the distance to be a birthday I needed to worry about. And now, BAM, it’s almost here. Like most people who are in a bit of denial about their age, I think I should still be in my 20s or at least my early 30s. Forty? How did that happen? Well, three kids and three moves is how that happened. I guess I should feel old, and sometimes I do feel old, but not in a bonecreaking kind of way. (Although that does happen to me occasionally as well.) I feel old when I realize I have been out of high school for 20 years. I feel old when I hear Pearl Jam and Nirvana on classic rock radio. I feel old when movies I saw in middle school and high school are being “rereleased” for their 20th or
25th anniversary. I feel old that my kids don’t know what a corded phone is, or a VHS tape, or pretty much anything seen on the TV show The Goldbergs. Basically, I know I am getting old, but I don’t feel old, yet. However, I get reminded I’m old on a regular basis. (Anyone who understands this feeling is nodding right now.) So, the big birthday is coming and there isn’t much I can to stop it. But, when the date flips from May 13 to May 14, is much of anything really going to change? It’s not. Am I going to wake up that day and be any different than I was the day before? No. Age is state of mind, right? You’re only as old as you feel. Forty is the new 30. All of those cliché lines. I’m not dreading my next birthday. No, my 30s were great. I moved to a wonderful community, made some amazing friends, and have watched my kids thrive. I’ve even learned a bit about myself. So, I am confident my 40s are going to be great as well. There are things I want to do in my 40s. Places I want to go, accomplishments I want to achieve. I look at 40 as an opportunity to continue to grow into the best version of myself. And, I hope anyone else who is turning 40 this year will have a positive outlook on their birthday as well. How does the saying go – like a fine wine, we get better with age? Well, pour me a glass and let’s toast to 40!
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Dear Younger Gals (20s, 30s, & 40s): I’m sure there was someone in your life who told you all about changing from a little girl to a woman. She told you about the birds and the bees and all of the changes your body would go through to become a lady as well as what you’d need to know like how to shave your legs, wear makeup, and such. Well, I am here to tell ya’ about changing from a lady to an old lady. No one sits you down and has this chat with you. You learned after you had babies about flabby “girls” and a jelly belly. Just wait, darlin’ ladies. Life isn’t done changing you. You’ve all heard of menopause. This will hit ya’ somewhere in your late 40s or the 50s. I’m telling you straight up to right now, this very instant, stop plucking your eyebrows. When menopause hits, they will fall off your face . . . and onto your chin. 54
You’ll still be plucking, just a whole lot lower, now. Your eyelashes aren’t as long and thick as they once were. I think they follow the same route as the eyebrows.
Hot flashes will strike you when you least expect it. If it’s -10° outside, you know dang well you could run outside naked, jump into a pile of snow, and melt that sucker in two seconds flat. I’ll bet it was a woman who coined the phrase “sweating buckets.” You will. Menopause is being moody, tearful, and cranky. You feel like you are on the emotional roller coaster of pregnancy but no one is kicking you in the ribs, although your friends and family may want to. There is one thing good that comes out of menopause. No periods. Period. No more packin’ your purse, coat pockets, makeup bag, etc., for your monthly. I found “monthly” items stashed everywhere for about a year after menopause even in my jewelry box. Apparently, I thought I was gonna need a tampon and earrings, too. Menopause means you don’t have to shave your legs as much. If you have animals, you may think they are shedding a lot more. No. The hair on your legs is falling off. And, what does grow isn’t bristly anymore. You can go
without shaving your legs all winter, and, truly, no one is gonna care. Especially you. Same with your armpits. The real shocker about menopause is your private parts have also lost hair. You donâ€™t need to worry about waxing or shaving there, either. Donâ€™t worry about getting yourself all gussied up to go out in public. You have now become invisible. No one is lookinâ€™ at you and thinking, â€œDANG! What a hot momma!â€? You may be hot, but thatâ€™s just a hot flash. Youâ€™re not gonna be turning any heads unless you have fallen to the ground. And, speaking of that, if you do happen to fall down, people will rush to your aid and you will be ever so grateful, because #1, you donâ€™t bounce, and, #2, getting up ainâ€™t what it used to be. You will also have an attitude adjustment. Your tolerance level for inconsiderate and rude people has gone the same direction as your eyebrowsâ€” south. By now, you will know exactly what you want and you have no qualms saying it. Your â€œplease?â€? is now â€œplease!â€? People know you mean it. You now get to be the lady who shouts out to the neighborhood kids â€œGET OFF MY LAWNâ€? and they will. Because you, in all of your old lady glory, have put the fear of God in them.
Letâ€™s talk feet. Your feet, like your hips, will spread. You may even go up a shoe size. Become friends with a pedicurist. They can reach your feet, because you no longer can. Love your high heels now because just like your itty-bitty bathing suit, they shall become a thing of the past. High heels should come with a label that says, â€?Do not attempt to wear these for more than two minutes if you are over the age of 60.â€? Youâ€™d better learn to â€œsuck it up, buttercupâ€? when it comes to pain. You may end up with a new partner in life and his name is â€œArthritisâ€?. He is a gnarly olâ€™ devil. Because of him, you have another new friend and his name is â€œBenGay.â€? You will know you have met a kindred spirit at the doctorâ€™s office if youâ€™re both wearing the minty scent of BenGay. Above all, embrace your wrinkles, your gray hair, your fat feet, and your life! Your skin might be wrinkly, but youâ€™re finally comfortable in it. It fits you like a glove. An old, worn out, washed too many times glove, but a glove nonetheless. Oh, and smile every day. It hides some of your wrinkles. đ&#x;™‚
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Unique Winter Sports in Michigan
inter is a wonderful time of year to break out the skis and snowboards and hit the slopes in Pure Michigan. However, there are a number of other winter sports to try out around the state that aren’t quite as common. Some adventurous winter sports enthusiasts have put their own spin on outdoor recreation with these five unique activities to try out in Pure Michigan.
Ice Climbing With miles of sandstone cliffs lined with hundreds of frozen waterfalls, Michigan is home to some of the best ice climbing spots in the country. As one of winter’s emerging sports, ice climbing combines challenge and adventure. With ropes and harnesses, ice climbers ascend stunning natural ice structures such as icefalls, frozen waterfalls, cliffs, and rock slabs. Ice climbing takes daring participants to breathtaking scenery that few experience. If you’d like to try ice climbing, Peabody Ice Climbing in Fenton, Michigan, features two towers, 45’ and 75’ tall, located on an old apple orchard. Ice climbing varies in difficulty; most beginners will start on a climb with a low incline until they are prepared for the challenge of vertical ice. Peabody’s is a great place for seasoned ice 58
climbers to train and a great introduction for people interested in the sport.
use and those who never have slid before! Equipment is provided.
Ice Luge For those inspired by the spectacular athletes going for the gold in the Winter Olympics, Muskegon Winter Sports Complex located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Muskegon State Park offers three luge tracks designed to introduce beginners to the sport of luge. Shorter in overall length than Olympic-style tracks, the Muskegon track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind. There is also a naturbahn-style track (all-natural) in Marquette, Michigan.
Snow Biking Some cyclists across Michigan have put a new winter twist on their sport with snow biking! Snow biking is gaining popularity around the state and particularly in the Upper Peninsula. The Range Mountain Bike Club of Negaunee/Ishpeming is planning to groom some of its trail system this season, making Marquette County a true hub for winter cycling.
The 850’ track consists of six curves and two starting areas. Participants slide from the 3/4 mark at speeds up to 30 mph. The track is designed specifically for general public
Currently, Fatbikes (locally known as snow bikes) are a fast-growing segment of the bike industry. They use an oversized tire with low pressure to increase flotation and traction in soft conditions; they work in all types of terrain but excel like no other bike when it comes to riding on snow. Snow
bikes need a packed surface of some sort like a ski trail, dedicated snow bike trail, or anywhere a snowmobile or snowshoe traffic has compressed fluffy snow.
The sled: The sled allows you to hold onto the sail and have either skis or blades on to navigate over the snow and ice. The sail: The sails allows you to sail across the ice with an ice boat
Experienced snow biker Aaron Peterson says, â€œRiding on snow is surreal. For an experienced cyclist, the feeling is similar to mountain biking but different enough that it lets you feel an entirely new experience on a bike.â€? Ice Sailing Ice sailing combines elements of sports like sailing, skating, skiing, and snowboarding. Michigan is an ideal location for ice sailing because there are so many frozen lakes. The Great Lakes are especially great for ice sailing because of the unobstructed wind. Michigan also has a lot of open space with snow which can also be great to snow sail.
Winter Surfing Surfing in Michigan in the winter takes some dedication and planning. Due to extremely cold wind and water, some research and planning are required to find the best waves for winter surfing. However, dealing with the cold and often brutal weather elements is well worth it when you are surfing winter waves with a handful of friends.
There are four different kinds of devices used for ice sailing:
To surf in Michigan (or anywhere with a cold climate), you must have the proper wetsuit and wetsuit accessories (boots and gloves or mittens). Many winter surfers use boards that are a little bigger (longer, wider, and/or thicker) than what might be used on an ocean coast.
The wing: The wing is similar to a mini hang-glider. Youâ€™re not harnessed in and really feel the wind.
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f you could take just one hour out of your day and impact up to three people’s lives in a meaningful and possibly life-saving way, would you do it? What if you got a cookie at the end? Would you do it then?
One hour is all it takes to donate blood, and the effects of this selfless act are far-reaching. January is National Blood Donor Month, and the Red Cross is in constant need of donors. According to the Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood with more than 41,000 donations needed every day. While 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood, less than 10 percent actually do donate annually. For those who may not have donated blood before or have not in quite some time, here
are some things to expect. While the donation itself only takes about eight to ten minutes, the Red Cross suggests scheduling an hour for the donation from start to finish. You begin with donor registration and answering some questions about your health history in a private, confidential interview. Next, your blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and hemoglobin levels are checked. The actual blood donation follows, which takes less than 10 minutes unless you are donating platelets, red cells, or plasma. Once the donation is complete, enjoy some refreshments of cookies and juice. After 10-15 minutes, you are free to leave. Frequent donors need to wait 56 days between donations and 16 weeks between red cell donations. Donors do not have to know their blood type before giving. Although type O blood is the most requested by doctors,
all blood types are needed. There are just a couple requirements to give blood. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Along with accidents and other tragedies, blood donations are used to help the more than 70,000 people affected by sickle cell disease which requires frequent blood transfusions and the 1.6 million people diagnosed with cancer who will need blood—sometimes daily—during chemotherapy treatments. There are many locations in Hillsdale and Lenawee Counties to give blood this winter. For more information about giving blood, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcross.org/blood.
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Jewel Tones Right now, deep, rich jewel tones with an edge are all the rage. Bold indigo, hunter and emerald green, and dark teal all feel ready to have a moment outside of the kitchen. We’re layering living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms with paints, fabrics, accessories, and rugs in these colors to create drama against a backdrop of white architectural elements.
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Winter Fitness By Melissa McCance Ah, New Year’s! A fresh, new year lies ahead, full of possibilities. Many people take this time to make resolutions, and two of the most common have to be losing weight and getting in shape. Unfortunately, life can interfere with these plans. Having decided to hit the gym after the children leave for school the next morning, you get your workout clothes ready, pack your gym bag and make sure you’re in bed at a reasonable time. The next morning you get up, full of determination, only to discover that one or more of your little darlings are too sick to go to school! This doesn’t mean you have to cancel your workout plans. There are many fitness apps available, some of them completely free. We’ve rounded up some with good reviews, covering a range from strength training to yoga to HIIT. Remember, things change quickly in the cyberworld, so look for some online reviews of these apps before you download them, especially if there’s a fee. Also, when you’re searching for our app suggestions, remember that some may only be available for your phone and not your tablet. If you’re looking for them on a tablet, be sure your filter is set for phone apps!
STRENGTH TRAINING CrossFit btwb (CrossFit btwb) is a highly-rated tracker for CrossFitters that lets you keep tabs on your lifts, times, and run distances. It also provides full workouts. Many users also love the community aspect. Available for Android & iOS, free, rated 4.2-4.3 out of 5. Freeletics (Freeletics GmbH) is ideal for travelers or people who want a quick workout that doesn’t require a gym. The bodyweight workouts range from 10 to 30 minutes and include over 900 workout variations with tutorial videos. Available for Android & iOS, free, rated 4.1 to 4.6 out of 5. Sworkit (Nexercise Apps, Inc.) also utilizes a bodyweight approach to working out. No equipment is required so the workouts can be done anywhere and can be tailored for beginning, intermediate, and advanced individuals. Available for Android & iOS, free for first 30 days--quarterly or yearly subscription rates after that, rated 4.5-4.7 out of 5. SugarWOD (Flatirons Software Ltd.) hooks you into a large, active CrossFit community that lets you interact with your workout buddies. The app description says “with commenting, photo sharing and community scoreboards, you can connect with friends and coaches, inside and outside the gym.” Available for Android & iOS, free, rated 4.6-4.9 out of 5.
Couch to 5K (Active Network LLC) is a popular app designed to turn couch potatoes into 5K runners in just nine weeks. You can choose from four coaches, track progress, get support from the community, and much more. Available for Android & iOS, $3, rated 4.6-4.9 out of 5. Map My Run (MapMyFitness, Inc.) has over 250,000 ratings, a community of over 50 million runners, and is one of the most-used apps for tracking and recording runners’ workouts. Data can be synced with a wide variety of activity trackers. Available for Android & iOS, free, rated 4.5-4.8 out of 5. Runtastic (Runtastic) lets you track pace, splits, elevation, mileage, and route, set goals (including yearly running goals), and get feedback from a coach. Available for Android & iOS, free (premium version available for a fee), rated 4.5-4.6 out of 5.
YOGA Down Dog (Yoga Buddhi Co.) is a very highly-rated app with practices from 10 to 90 minutes you can set for different experience levels. Many users especially
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According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), most Americans live with lower back pain and don’t seek treatment. According to the APTA’s “Move Forward” survey, 39% of adults say low back pain has affected their ability to perform their activities of daily living, 38% say low back pain has affected their ability to exercise, and 37% have had their ability to sleep affected. Below are some ideas to try and what to avoid if you have lower back pain. Sitting Place a supporting towel, or lumbar roll, at the back of your belt line to help support your back. When getting up from sitting, try to maintain the normal curves of your back, scoot to the front of the chair, and use your legs. Avoid low, soft couches. Standing If standing for long periods of time, place one foot up onto a step or stool. Modify your work height to promote good posture. Avoid stooped or half bent over positions. Lying in Bed Sleep with a pillow between your knees if you
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are a side sleeper or under your knees if you are more comfortable sleeping on your back. Try to avoid sleeping on your back, unless advised to by your doctor or PT. If your bed sags, look into putting slats or plywood between the mattress and the base to firm it up; typically, the firmer the mattress, the better. in a VehicLe Position your seat close enough to the steering wheel so that you maintain the natural curves of your back. Your hips should not be lower than your knees, so either adjust your seat or sit on a pillow. Taking a long trip? Take breaks to stand and stretch! It is better to be a passenger than to drive. Lifting If your back is hurting, you should avoid lifting. If you have to lift something, keep your back straight, keep the load close to your body, and avoid any twisting. PhySicaL theraPy and Back Pain As physical therapists, we see A LOT of patients with lower back pain. We perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine
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Murphy’s Law and Estate Planning As the old adage goes, “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Referred to as Murphy’s law, this wellknown saying has no mercy. Sadly, estate planning is no exception to its wrath. But, there is hope! Below are five estate planning mistakes and how to fix them:
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Incorrect guardian for your children: A will is one way for you to control from the grave what happens to your estate and your minor or disabled children. If you fail to put together a will, the state will decide who cares for your children at a court hearing. If you do have a will, be sure to review it regularly and confirm that your original guardian is still a great choice for your children. If he or she is not, then amend your will and choose another guardian. Because probate judges are required to make decisions in the “best interest of the child,” it’s a good idea to write a letter of explanation if any questions arise about your choice of guardian. Wrong beneficiary for your 401(k), IRA, or other accounts: This is a common mistake that can be easily fixed. For example, a single parent may list his or her grandparents as beneficiaries, intending the grandparent to use the funds for the minor children but fail to change it when the child reaches the age of majority. Beneficiary accounts like 401(k)s and IRAs, among others, bypass probate proceedings and go to the named beneficiaries. This is why it is crucial that you periodically review your designations and confirm you have the right beneficiaries in place. Your property is titled as joint tenancy: It is important to understand that joint tenancy is not
necessarily the best way to title your real estate or bank accounts. Joint tenancy can unintentionally disinherit heirs because the right of survivorship causes the property to pass outside of the decedent’s estate. It can also cause income tax problems when real estate is sold if the real estate greatly appreciated since it was originally purchased. You do not have enough life insurance: When an untimely death happens, the first question is whether or not the deceased had life insurance. Studies show that more than half of widows and widowers who collected life insurance proceeds received less than one year’s income. In short, check your life insurance coverage and make sure that the amount is appropriate for your family’s needs. You do not have Durable Power of Attorneys: If you become incapacitated, your family and loved ones will be unable to advocate on your behalf unless you have a valid, durable power of attorney (POA) in place for medical, legal, and financial arrangements. In short, there is no way to keep your affairs in order upon incapacity without court involvement unless you have valid, durable POAs. The absence of a POA means your family will have to petition the court to appoint someone to handle your affairs and this can be very costly and time-consuming. Bottom line: Remember, after you are deceased or incapacitated, it’s too late to fix many estate planning problems. Poor estate planning can not only have results that go against your wishes but can also have dire consequences for your heirs.
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Mrs. Stock’s Park By Sarah Gray
Driving by, we may glance at the sign or look past the gates, we may have even taken in a movie or concert seated in the grass or lawn chair in the shade of the many mature trees scattered throughout, but what do we really know about Mrs. Stock’s Park in downtown Hillsdale? The park is named after Wilhelmina “Minna” Seidel Stock (1840-1926), wife of mill owner F. W. Stock. After the untimely death of three of her children in 1883 and 1884, Minna decided to put her grief to action and began to work on the land behind her and her husband’s home on what is now Broad St. in downtown Hillsdale. According to the Hillsdale Historical Society, creating a park on this land was almost an impossible task. The area was swampy and snakeridden. However, Minna was undeterred. Workers from her husband’s mill often volunteered their time or came to help when the mill was running slow. The park took nearly 12 years to finish. The Hillsdale Daily News ran a story on August 12, 1909, about the completed park stating “handsome trees, fine roads, rock-rimmed ponds, and picturesque pavilions” replaced the “worst eyesore in the city.” Minna called her park Willow’s Park, but townspeople referred to it as Mrs. Stock’s Park, a name that it holds to this day. Following its completion, the park was used as an activity center, hosted picnics for the mill workers and families, and was a luncheon spot for the Stock family. In 1959, the mill and park were sold and both properties gradually began to decline. In 2003, the park was deeded to the City of Hillsdale and the city council voted to form a committee to begin restoration of the nearly 10-acre park. Mary Anna MacRitchie spearheaded the committee which faced a seemingly unattainable task of returning the grounds to a beautiful park. According to the Hillsdale Historical Society, many community members were up to the challenge and remained steadfast in their mission. Many of the homeowners whose property butted up to the park, city workers, and Hillsdale Historical Society members Bob Kline and Carol Lackey were among the many who worked tirelessly to restore the park to its former glory. Colleen Savarino and B.J. Holton from the Hillsdale Garden Club helped the city 70
with the initial planning of the grounds which included recreating the pond and island in the middle of it. The Hillsdale Historical Society states that in 2006, a group led by Dan Moore and Dan Betts built the lovely arched bridge across the water to the island. Dianne Miller, a Master Gardener, was also heavily involved in the project and created an evolving creative process rather than making a grand landscape design. MaryAnne MacRitchie passed away before the park was completed. However, the park was rededicated in her honor in 2008. In 2014, the Hillsdale Garden Club created a permanent committee to look after Mrs. Stock’s Park. Currently, the park hosts a free concert series and Hillsdale’s Board of Public Utilities has family movie nights in the park during the summer. On June 17, 2017, The Heritage Association unveiled the Winona statute in the park. The statue, created by artist Heather Tritchka, is of Native American Chief Baw Beese’s daughter who represents an important chapter in Hillsdale County’s history. Anyone who has an idea for “Stuff You May Not Know About . . . .” can email their idea to Sarah Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Our house is a house divided. We have State fans and we have Michigan fans. (Our son-in-law says he’s an Ohio State fan, so we have work to do with him.) More important than taking sides for sports is the division we have with dessert.
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My husband and oldest son favor pie. My younger son and I prefer cake. My daughter likes both, but without frosting on her cake, so I don’t even know what you’d consider that. Maybe poor taste. It is my strongest belief that frosting should always come with a little cake. A few years ago, my cake-favoring son started sending me recipes as his annual birthday cake request. These have been quite involved, taking up to three days to construct and sometimes topping out at four layers and weighing up to nine pounds. Sometimes they call for ingredients that I have to Google to identify. But, although challenging, they have channeled the “mad scientist” we all harbor within. This year’s challenge was a dacquoise. I know! I didn’t know what that was, either! It’s kind of a meringue, four-layer thingy made with ground hazelnuts and almonds, but no flour. Add to this a German buttercream and chocolate ganache filling. I stressed a little over this one, but it turned out pretty well. Well, let’s say that never having had one to compare it to, it was decently edible.
Earlier this year my son made me a cake! A beautiful, four-layer, chocolate raspberry, raspberry jelly, and chocolate ganache masterpiece. This from someone who would only eat boxed macaroni and cheese and pizza Lunchables growing up. Casey mixed and baked the cake, all four layers ahead of time, and then brought them to our home to construct. He
and his beautiful girlfriend, Tiffany, spent most of the day in my kitchen whipping and frosting, tempering and tasting. The cake was rich and heavy, sweet and decadent. To even the playing field, I will now discuss pie. My husband loves fruit pie. He likes his pie cold. He wants to be able to put a slice on his hand and have it remain in a pie wedge shape form. He loves cherry, blueberry, apple, and rhubarb. However, he hates pumpkin. He shares this hatred for pumpkin with my son-in-law. I can accept this as SIL is an Ohio State fan, but my husband Todd attended State! He’s a Spartan, for crying out loud. Everyone knows Spartans love tradition, and pumpkin is a traditional pie! I recently read an article about a relatively new dessert called “Piecaken”. Sort of a take-off of the “Turducken” craze of stuffing a deboned chicken into a duck, and then this into a turkey prior to roasting. The premise of “piecaken” is that you make a cake with a prepared pie baked inside. I have toyed with this idea and the numerous pie and cake combinations you could concoct. Think cherry pie inside a devil’s food cake! Or pecan pie in a spice cake! What about raspberry pie in a tart lemon cake? The options are endless. (I am not making the “piecaken” thing up. Google it yourself.). However, every time I bring up the idea of piecaken for a major holiday, I just get these snarky looks. Kind of like when Michigan plays State. So, whether you like cake or pie, Spartans or Wolverines (or whatever Ohio State is represented by), may the idea of piecaken be kept in the forefront of your dessert choices, or at the very least, keep you in stitches!
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DIY Toys ... for feline fun Cat owners know how much fun it is to watch their pets play. Whether they’re skittering across the floor displaying ball handling skills any soccer player would envy or performing twisting, acrobatic leaps to catch a toy you’re dangling overhead, a cat in motion is a creature of power, grace, and beauty. (And, sometimes, really spectacular flops!)
roll it up very tightly. Secure the end with a piece of packing or masking tape—you want a solid disk when you’re done. Attach another strip with tape and roll it around the core you’ve already made. Be sure to roll tightly. Continue in this way, securing the end of each strip and attaching the next one with tape until you have a disk about 12” across. Keep the edges of the strips lined up and level on one side—that’s the top of your scratching pad. Cut a piece of felt or fabric to fit the disk and glue it to the bottom. If you want, you can rub catnip into the top of the pad for extra excitement!
However, keeping your beloved kitty in toys can get expensive. The better quality cat toys are often quite pricey, and many of the inexpensive ones aren’t really safe. You want to avoid toys with bits that can be pulled off easily and eaten, such as the eyes or ears on a cheap catnip mouse. Fortunately, there are a number of cats toys you can make yourself that will not only save you money but you’ll have peace of mind from knowing what’s in them!
SCRATCHING PAD This round scratching pad provides a nice, big surface so your cat can dig in and enjoy itself. Start with large pieces of corrugated cardboard. Cut 20-30 strips that are 3½” wide. Be sure to cut across the corrugations, not along them. Take a strip and
TEE SHIRT TOY If you have some tee shirts that you’re going to throw away . . . STOP! Make these super-simple toys, instead. Slit the shirt up the sides along the seams and cut into 3” by 10” rectangles. Pull on the ends of each piece slightly; they’ll curl inward when you release them. Stack three or four strips and tie a knot in the middle of the group. https://muslinandmerlot.blogspot.com
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KICKER Cats fight by grasping with their front feet and raking with their back claws. These kickers—simple stuffed fabric tubes—let cats play using this natural action. It’s also a great way to make use of any socks that have lost their mates. Tube socks work especially well. Stuff the sock firmly with polyester fill. Sew across the top of the sock to close it, and you’re done! (If you don’t sew, leave enough unstuffed so you
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Cold Weather Comfort Food
Cold winter weather makes us want comfort foods, but those foods often come with a boatload of calories as fat and/or sugar. We found some lighter versions that will satisfy you without packing on the pounds.
At 400 calories per serving, this might not seem very “light” but it’s half the calories of typical mac and cheese without sacrificing that cheesy deliciousness.
This savory dish is under 200 calories not counting the rice or pasta you put under it. (One warning: if you don’t care for yogurt, you’ll probably want to skip this one.)
Ingredients: 1 large egg 1 12 -ounce can evaporated whole milk Pinch of cayenne pepper Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 1/3 cups grated muenster cheese (4 ounces), plus 4 deli-thin slices (1 ounce) 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (2 ounces) 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (1 ounce) 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into small florets (4 cups) 4 cups medium pasta shells (9 ounces)
Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 cup white onions, diced Salt and pepper 1 cup tomato sauce 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 cup raw chicken breast, diced
Whisk the egg, evaporated milk, cayenne, nutmeg, and salt and black pepper to taste in a bowl. Toss the grated cheeses together in a separate bowl.
Add chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cook through, about 5 minutes. It can take more or fewer minutes depending on the thickness of the chicken. Add white wine and cook for 3 minutes.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook until almost falling apart (about 7 minutes). Transfer with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Add the pasta to the same water and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water. Preheat the broiler.
Now stir in the tomato sauce and Dijon mustard and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in yogurt and parsley. Serve over the rice or pasta.
8 oz mushroom, sliced 1 tbsp garlic, minced ½ cup white wine ½ cup Greek yogurt ½ cup parsley — chopped
Cook rice or pasta according to directions on package and keep warm. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add onions and garlic and cook until browned.
Combine the egg mixture and the grated cheeses in the empty pot and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the cheeses melt and the sauce begins to thicken. Remove from the heat and add the cauliflower. Puree with an immersion blender until smooth and light (you can also use a regular blender). Stir in some of the reserved pasta water until creamy. Toss the pasta in the sauce; season with salt and black pepper. Transfer to a shallow casserole dish and top with muenster slices. Broil until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
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Mixing ground turkey and ground beef lightens the fat and calories while avoiding the dryness that often plagues turkey meatloaf. The Dude Diet Cookbook by Serena Wolf
Ingredients: 1 large egg 1 12 -ounce can evaporated whole milk Pinch of cayenne pepper Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 1/3 cups grated muenster cheese (4 ounces), plus 4 delithin slices (1 ounce) 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (2 ounces) 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (1 ounce) 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into small florets (4 cups) 4 cups medium pasta shells (9 ounces) Glaze: 1/4 cup tomato paste 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon honey 3 tablespoons warm water Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Combine the quinoa and chicken broth in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer, cover, and cook for 12-14 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Let the quinoa rest covered for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Set aside to cool slightly. Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are very soft but not browned. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute then transfer the veggie mixture to a large mixing bowl. Let cool. While the veggies are cooling, whisk together all the ingredients for the glaze. Set the glaze aside. Add the ground beef, turkey, cooked quinoa, Worcestershire, salt, red pepper flakes, yogurt, and eggs to the mixing bowl with the veggies. Mix everything together with your hands until just combined. Don’t overmix or the meatloaf will be dry. Dump the meat mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. It will be very soft and wet. Mold the meat with your hands into a 9 X 5-inch rectangular loaf. Spread half of the glaze evenly on top. Bake for 45 minutes, top with the remaining glaze, and bake for another 15 minutes or until the meatloaf is cooked through. Let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes. Slice into thick pieces and serve.
Phyllo Chicken Pot Pie One of the supreme comfort foods is chicken pot pie but the pastry crust—whether puff or regular—adds a lot of calories to the dish. Topping these pies with purchased phyllo lightens them considerably. www.tasteloveandnourish.com
Ingredients: 2 pounds pre-cooked chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces 10 ounces white button mushrooms, sliced 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 3 medium carrots, sliced ¼ cup all-purpose flour 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth ½ cup frozen peas salt and pepper ½ box phyllo sheets 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt Add the butter and olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté the mushrooms until they become a nice deep golden brown. This will take a few minutes. Do not add any salt at this point or they’ll get soggy and won’t brown. Next, add the onion, celery, and carrots. Continue to cook until the onions and celery have softened. Add the flour and stir to coat all of the vegetables. Cook for a few minutes. Stream the broth into the skillet while whisking. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to simmer until thickened. Add the frozen peas and salt and pepper to taste. Remove the pan from the heat, add the chicken and set aside. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Combine the 2 tablespoons of olive oil with just a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Open the package of phyllo. You’ll only be using about 5 to 7 sheets for one large casserole or possibly more to accommodate smaller dishes. You can cover the phyllo with a piece of waxed paper to keep it from drying out, but you’ll be working so fast you probably won’t need it. Get one sheet and lay it flat on a board. Brush the sheet with a bit of the olive oil mixture. Layer on the next sheet repeating the same process until you’ve got a stack of 5 to 7 sheets. Ladle the filling into one large casserole or individual oven safe dishes. For one large casserole, carefully move the stack of phyllo and top the casserole. For individual servings, cut the phyllo to fit your dish and top them. (You may have to create another stack of phyllo sheets.) When done, roll up the remaining phyllo, carefully wrap it in plastic wrap and seal it in a food storage bag. It can be refrozen for later. Bake the casserole or individual dishes (put smaller dishes on a cookie sheet) for about 20 minutes or until the phyllo is crisp and golden.
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