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The auto repair scene has changed over the years and with increasing industry technological advances in cars, the repair aspect has to keep up. Today’s automotive technician has to be part mechanic, part engineer, and part computer scientist. Just knowing the parts of a vehicle no longer cuts it. Don’t get me wrong—I thoroughly believe that the best foundation for a good technician is a solid knowledge of how a car works and how all parts interact with one another. In addition to that sound base is a need to keep abreast of all the changes in the electrical systems and computer systems that control so many of the newer vehicles. I often am questioned about why a computer test is necessary if the customer has already given me the code generated to the check engine light. The best answer I can give is that the systems are so integrated that when a self-test fails on one of the numerous computers/sensors in a car, it generates a system code. That system code is only a guide to lead the trained technician to test the affiliated parts to determine what part is causing the test failure.
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But, it’s now 2021, and the Simply Hers bunch is choosing to look ahead with hope and optimism. Hey, we’ve survived the last nine months … we can kick it in gear for the new year, right? Because 2020 took a lot out of us, we’ve geared this issue toward self-care. As the saying goes, “you can’t pour from an empty pitcher,” and it’s not only important, it’s essential that women take care of themselves as well as others. Don’t believe it? Read the article discussing self-care and learn about the consequences of ignoring this important practice! We’re also offering our usual book reviews which are so helpful when we’re at home a lot, some tasty but healthconscious recipes, humor, business spotlights, and a close-up look at Valerie Hepker who has returned to Hillsdale Hospital as the clinical manager along with other features. We hope that this issue will entertain, inform, amuse, and encourage you. I’m so appreciative of the advertisers who have hung in there with us through very difficult financial conditions. Their continued support is a real boost, and we always hope that our readers will try to use local retailers, professionals, and service providers whenever they can. Thank you, readers, for also sticking with us! From all of us at Simply Hers, we wish you a safe 2021, and may we see things turn permanently for the better very soon.
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It’s getting harder to write my notes for each issue because I so much want to be able to celebrate a real step forward toward normalcy but I can’t. And, I have to admit that sometimes it gets me down. As it’s been for months, some things are back, some things are still gone, some things were gone and then back and then gone again. A lot of people weren’t able to be with loved ones during the holidays because of travel concerns, having a very vulnerable person in residence, and a number of other reasons. The huge additional load on shipping services resulted in many, MANY packages not making it to their destinations in time. I think there will be Christmas and Hannukah gifts arriving for weeks to come.
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Valerie Hepker, Hillsdale Hospital
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Taking Time 30 For Self-Care
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Book And Author Reviews
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Three Steps To Self-Care In A Pandemic
Over The Edge 36 I Need To Lose Weight
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Fight, Flight, or Freeze 40 Coping With Anxiety
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Valerie Hepker, Hillsdale Hospital’s new clinical manager of emergency services, has years of experience in emergency medicine and a deep commitment to the area where she grew up. Learn about how Valerie serves the hospital and the community in the article on page 10.
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Written by Melissa McCance
Hillsdale’s new clinical manager of emergency services keeps things running smoothly If there is one constant in medicine, it’s change. Ongoing medical research continually expands our understanding of diseases and how to treat them. New information on dealing with trauma brings new approaches for dealing with injuries. This applies on a more immediate level as well. As anyone in direct patient care will tell you, each day is a new scenario and medical professionals must be on their toes to stay ahead of things. Valerie Hepker, the ER clinical manager for Hillsdale Hospital, knows this well. She brings extensive experience to the position which has helped her take the reins during a period of medical upheaval previously unseen by today’s medical personnel. A 2005 graduate of Pittsford High School, Valerie entered the hospital’s TAP program (a hospital-based training course for certified nursing assistants) and began working full time as an aide on the floor in April 2007. Valerie continued her education at the University of Toledo, earning first her RN degree and then her BSN. She worked at Hillsdale Hospital for a total of nine years, four and a half of them as an ER nurse.
At the end of those nine years, Valerie took a position as an ER nurse at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, the only Level 1 trauma center in southwest Michigan. After a year, she was trained for their trauma team and then became a charge nurse. Valerie served in that post for four years and returned to Hillsdale near the end of October 2020 to assume the job of clinical manager. “It’s been quite an adjustment working days,” she says, laughing. “Since I was 19, I’ve always worked nights at hospitals, and even when I was younger—I’ve been working since I was 14—I worked afternoons and evenings because I had school and sports. Being on the day shift is very different!” When asked for a description of what it means to be the clinical manager, Valerie explains it this way: “The staff takes care of the general flow. That’s what they know, many of them have been doing it for years, and if you get comfortable on any floor you handle the normal flow of patient care. I do some fine tuning, helping to solve whatever problems they might run into. I get to help
make changes, to make it easier for everyone involved in the process, and make it a smoother process so patients don’t realize it’s even a process.” As clinical manager, Valerie also serves as a liaison between the staff and administration. “They take care of the business portion of our job, and we need them to be able to do our own job. I mediate in both directions. Having been a staff nurse for the last 10+ years, I now get to be that person who takes care of them [the staff]. I very much love bedside nursing, I love everything about ER, I love trauma, I love that portion of it, but this is where I get to make a difference for the people who do that. My job gives me the chance to be the manager that I didn’t have. I am taking care of the ones who care for our patients.” Working in the capacity of clinical manager at a smaller facility requires some flexibility, as Valerie is sometimes called upon to work the floor. Within a couple of weeks of her arrival, she worked a 7-to-7 night shift. A week later, she put in her regular day, came back in the evening to work six hours on the floor until 1 a.m., and was back at her day job the next morning. But, Valerie has no complaints about needing to do this. “It’s part of the job—our first priority is patient care, and, if I’m needed on the floor, I’m happy to do it.” One difference about being in management that Valerie does find a little daunting is the number of meetings and emails. For example, she says that being greeted on her first day of work by 80 emails waiting in her inbox was a bit of a shock! But, it comes with the territory and she takes it in stride. With so much experience behind her of what it’s like to be a floor nurse, one thing Valerie does not intend to do as clinical manager is micromanage. “We work in a very professional setting and we do some amazing things here. I need to trust that the people in the jobs know how to do the jobs and that they don’t need me to babysit them. I definitely don’t have to do that here.” When asked about future goals, Valerie indicated that she would like to work on the relationship between the ER and the
hospital’s EMS partners. “One thing that is very important to me with my staff is continuing their education and keeping up with current teaching practices. I would like to work with EMS management and bring in their personnel so that whether it’s us in the ER or them on the rig, we’re all doing the same thing for those patients. They can get their part started and then we will keep it going.” Valerie also wants to address the idea that because Hillsdale Hospital is small, it is very limited in what it offers. Her years at Bronson Methodist means she has a clear picture of how things are done at a Level 1 trauma center, and she says that many situations are handled the same at Hillsdale as they were in Kalamazoo. And, the hospital adapts as demands require. For example, with the onset of COVID, room scrubbers were purchased that turn ER rooms into negative pressure rooms and filter the air with two different filters. However, there are some things that can’t be done here, and Valerie says an important point is that the staff does know the limitations and exercises good judgment about when to transfer patients to a higher level of care. “One strength of a small hospital is that because there are fewer people on staff, we know one another, we work as a family, and we work well together,” says Valerie. “It is easier to communicate and to implement change.” She also loves that the staff has the opportunity to get to know people in the community and see them over the years, often watching children grow up. One experience she values is when she’s recognized by former patients or their family members and is greeted warmly with memories of the care she provided during her first years at Hillsdale Hospital. Valerie respects the community aspect of her work. “We live here as do members of my family and my husband’s family. We’re part of the community. And, the staff is our community too. It’s important to me that there be a quality facility here for everyone, and I’m committed to that goal.”
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With the coziness of a soft wool blend and the standout style of a unique jacquard knit pattern, the women’s Kari Traa Molster Knit sweater is your best solution for casual wear in the cold. $95 at www.rei.com.
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AFTER 34 YEARS MARIBETH AND HER TEAM ARE RETIRING! Thirty-four years filled with memories and friendships that we hold dear. We are so grateful for the loyalty and support from all of our customers and feel truly blessed to have served such a wonderful community. In celebration of the girls retiring, we will be hosting a 30% off store-wide sale. Merchandise as well as home furnishings are included in the sale; some exceptions apply. Gift certificates and store credits will be honored. All sales are final.
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By James Campbell PRIME Fitness Studio
Good day, PRIMEates! When you sit down to read this, Christmas will have come and gone. New Year’s celebrations will have been had—within social distancing guidelines, of course. Most people I know have been wishing away 2020 and trying to put all the crazy behind them, onward and upward! Well, I hope everyone’s wishes come true in 2021. I truly hope things begin to make more sense and become “easier” in the year to come … truly! Well, this issue I’d like to talk about a different benefit of exercise. Recently I’ve had a friend make a comment about how working out doesn’t make someone a better person (I’m paraphrasing). Now, in part this is true. I mean, working out will not make a person morally sound nor will it make them a more heartfelt individual. I’ve met a few people over the years who are absolute savages in the gym but are real jerks on the street (I use jerks to be “correct”). But, that’s not the focus of this article. My focus is to point out the pieces that are positive that crossover from the gym to daily life. I should point out here that what I want to point out is found amongst successful gym goers. Now, I understand that everyone has a beginning and these skills can be developed. This goes along with the idea that Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was a professional Strongman or bodybuilder. It takes time and dedication, consistency and grit, love and desire.
So, what is it that I’m getting at already?! All right, here it goes. Certain things make you more likely to succeed in the gym. For example, consistency. “Consistent” is defined as doing something in the same way over time. So, if you consistently go to the gym, consistently put in the work, consistently eat appropriately for your goals, and consistently live the lifestyle, you WILL be successful. This also radiates to other aspects of your life. Relationships for example—in which I’m no damn expert; however, if you care about the relationship, you’ll consistently try to impress, consistently work with, consistently improve said relationship. Speaking of relationships, one thing I’ve learned to be true is that your relationship with the gym is the one relationship that you’ll get a 100% return on what you put in! You give a half-assed effort and that’s exactly what you’ll get. On the other hand, you pour your heart into it and the whole world will notice. And, let’s be honest, when you work that hard at something, anything, it makes you feel good when people take notice. When you work that hard it means something! When you win there it makes you hungry to feel that more in your life, in other aspects of your life, and you then mold a stronger more meaningful life. Not saying that being a savage in the gym makes you savage in life, but I personally am not going to say that it doesn’t, either! I’ll leave you with that thought! MUSCLE UP … live fit!
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The Desjarlais Aesthetic Center By Melissa McCance
Helping locals be their most beautiful selves!
Anyone looking to explore cosmetic dermatology treatment options would do well to consult with Dr. Lawrence Desjarlais of the Desjarlais Aesthetic Center in Adrian. The center opened in 2017 and is an extension of Dr. Desjarlais’ medical dermatology practice. Recognizing that patients receiving cosmetic services might prefer a less-clinical setting than a regular medical office, Dr. Desjarlais renovated the space below his medical office and moved the aesthetic portion of his practice into the spa-like facility. He provides state-of-the-art cosmetic services including wrinkle reduction treatments, medical grade skincare, injectable fillers, and laser treatments for the face and body. All procedures are performed by the doctor or by an experienced laser technician trained by Dr. Desjarlais. One important point—have no fear that you’ll be unrecognizable after your treatments! The goal is “a better you, not a different you,” says Dr. Desjarlais. There will be no pressure to have more done than you want. He explains his approach in this way: “A cosmetic services patient is still a patient, and I take that seriously. I give the patient all the options. The aim is a journey towards healthy, beautiful skin, not just fixing a wrinkle here and there.” The science of cosmetic procedures has changed dramatically over the last 20 years, and, unlike the early CO2 resurfacing lasers, many current treatments offer outstanding results with little or no down time for recovery. The approval of Botox for cosmetic use in 2002 opened a new era in aesthetic dermatology treatments followed by Restylane in 2005 which furthered a physician’s ability to treat lines, lift cheeks, and create fuller, natural-looking lips. BBL (broadband light) treatments can help make skin firmer and even out tone and texture. Silk peels, chemical peels, and dermabrasion clear away dead skin cells, remove impurities, and result in skin that is softer, clearer, and has that highly-desired, dewy look.
Cosmetic dermatology deals with more than how you look above the shoulders. Body contouring treatments like Allura liposuction, Renuvion skin tightening, Body TitePRO, Accu Tite, and EVOLVE noninvasive body contouring allow targeting specific areas of cellulite or other fat deposits and tightening areas of skin that are sagging from weight loss or aging. These treatments can be a real boost for people who have stubborn areas of fat that are not responding to weight loss and exercise. The center also offers tattoo removal and Margot V. Biermann Athletic Center • Corner of Oak and College Streets laser hair removal.
DR. DESJARLAIS AND HIS STAFF ANSWERED SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT PLANNING FOR AESTHETIC SERVICES. Which services, if any, require a pre-treatment consultation? Fillers, Botox, and SilkPeel treatments can be done without a formal consult. Dr. Desjarlais will still consult with you prior to treatment, but itâ€™s a quick consult so you can get your treatment the same day. How far in advance should someone contact the center to start exploring treatment options if they want everything completed by a certain date? Some treatments take some time to see results and have a recovery time. Fillers/Botox should be done at least two weeks before the event. SilkPeel should be done a day or two ahead. Are there any services that should be done considerably in advance of a target date? Some non-invasive laser treatments can be done about a month or two prior to the event. Body/facial contouring, tattoo removal, and laser hair removal take time and should be started up to a year in advance depending on the treatment choice.
AND, SPECIFICALLY FROM DR. DESJARLAIS: For younger patients, the concept of prejuvenation is important. Preventing signs of aging is new concept in aesthetics. Low energy lasers (BBL and Ultra in our practice) are defining the path forward. And, limited use of Botox and fillers like Restylane and Juvederm is appropriate. For those who havenâ€™t enjoyed the benefits of prejuvenation, the ongoing tradition of rejuvenation continues. I call in the fix-it pathway with higher energy lasers, radiofrequency needles and minimal invasive skin tightening procedures. Morpheus8, Halo, Profractional, AccuTite, and BodyTite are a few of our offerings. Also, performing larger volume fillers or even fat transfers to create a youthful appearance. Anyone interested in learning more about these options or wishing to schedule an appointment should call the Desjarlais Aesthetic Center at (517) 759-3191. The center is located in the lower level of the building at 2000 Curtis Road, Adrian, Michigan. You can also visit the website at www.drdesjarlais.com which provides detailed information about the services offered.
By Kara Wilson, PA-C Hillsdale Medical Associates
It is that time of year again—the days are shorter and we rarely get to see much of that beautiful sunshine during these winter months in Michigan. The lack of daylight hours can have some people feeling down and out. While some people refer to it as the “Winter Blues,” it can be much more than that. Many people who live farther from the equator suffer from increased depressive symptoms during the winter months. This can be known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. SAD is a type of depression that is related to seasonal changes. It is typically a cyclic form of depression which can make it difficult to diagnose. SAD occurs from a biochemical imbalance in the brain that is prompted by shorter daylight hours and a shift in our circadian rhythm. Symptoms of SAD typically begin to present in the late fall and continue through most of spring. Decreased energy, having more mood swings, or feeling more down are symptoms of SAD. Other symptoms may be decreased concentration, increased cravings for carbohydrates, and sleeping more often. Because the symptoms come and go, diagnosing this form of depression can be difficult.
There are many treatment options available. A good starting point is always with lifestyle modifications. Brightening up your environment by opening shades and allowing more natural light into your home or work space is helpful. Getting outside more and increasing exercise has also been proven to be
beneficial. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can improve mood and raise the energy level. Regulating your sleep pattern and avoiding the urge to increase caffeine or alcohol intake can minimize symptoms as well. If some of these lifestyle adjustments have not helped, you may want to speak to your primary care provider about light therapy. Light or phototherapy is done by using a special lamp within the first hour of waking up. One can typically see improvement from light therapy after just a few days. There are many different features to these lights, so it is helpful to discuss this option with your healthcare provider before purchasing one. Another treatment option for SAD is medication. However, medications can often take several weeks before seeing much benefit. Also, it may take a few trials of different medications before finding the right fit for you as there are many different options available. Once SAD is diagnosed and medication is determined to be an appropriate treatment, it is best if possible to start medication prior to the arrival of the winter months. This allows time for the medication to take effect before symptoms set in. If you think you may suffer from SAD, it is important to discuss your symptoms with your primary care provider. This will allow you and your provider to determine what treatment plan is best for you and get you feeling better as soon as possible.
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During COVID-19 Families are staying at home and practicing social distancing, limiting kids’ ability to spend time in person with friends and family. For children and adolescents, these changes are understandably causing feelings of loneliness. To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, communities around the world have temporarily closed schools, child care centers, after-school programs, camps and playgrounds. The impact of loneliness on kids Staying home from school would seem like a vacation for most teens but the COVID-19 pandemic has brought more stress than happiness to many students. Parents without the skills and training in education have turned into substitute teachers and kids are trying to cope without traditional classroom strategies and extracurricular outlets. Kids are feeling lonely and isolated, they may have the traditional technology to talk or text with friends, but children need to spend quality time with friends to feel connected and supported. They are also experiencing a sense of loss when missing out on milestones and rites of passage like dating, going to parties, hanging out with friends, prom, graduation, sports, there’s no way to mark time with the traditional milestones. Kids feel they are “missing out on life” with no way to measure these significant moments. If you have any topic ideas that you would like the doctor to
HOW CAN PARENTS HELP? Acknowledge children’s feelings. Parents need to make time and listen to kids talk about how they are feeling. Don’t dismiss their emotions, acknowledge that this is difficult. Provide routine and structure. Set up a schedule especially during the weekdays for your child/children to wake up, shower, participate in their school schedule, exercise, recreational time etc. to provide a sense of normality. This will also be helpful when kids can back to school and they will be better prepared to deal with routine and structure.
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What is self-care and why do all women need it? — By Sarah Gray —
Women, in general, tend to put the needs of others before themselves. Women know it is important to take time to recharge, but they slip themselves further and further down to the to-do list until they nearly fall off. It is important for women to take time every day for self-care.
It is important for women to take some time and think about things they truly enjoy doing. What makes them feel peaceful and contented? It is not going to look the same to every woman and it shouldn’t. Just as every woman is unique so is the way she takes time for self-care.
Self-care is defined as taking care of one’s own health and needs. It seems like a simple concept, but women are often caring for the needs of children, spouses, parents, even neighbors and do not prioritize their own needs. This, coupled with overscheduling daily lives and demands at work and home plus social media showing what “perfect lives” everyone appears to have compounds women’s stress until they are soon at the end of their rope.
How often is self-care needed?
“Our current culture is so focused on productivity that we over-schedule ourselves from the morning till the night,” explains Jessie Borelli, PhD, associate professor of psychological sciences at the University of California, Irvine. “If left to our own devices, we probably won’t just naturally build opportunities for enjoyment or pleasure into our daily lives.”
Why does self-care matter? To maintain a healthy body physically and mentally, for one. When women get overstressed, they can shut down and make poor choices with numbing activities like bingeing on junk food, drinking too much alcohol, or zoning out in front of a screen. “Chronic stress wreaks havoc on our health,” said Sandra Darling, D.O., who works in Wellness and Preventative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. “It weakens the immune system and inflames the body, making us more susceptible to colds, weight gain, sleep issues, stomach ulcers, depression, diabetes, and heart disease.” Stress is mentally taxing as well. “Neglecting your own needs can lead to increases in anxiety, distractibility, anger, and fatigue,” said Shainna Ali Ph.D., LMHC, in a January 2019 issue of Psychology Today. “You may also experience decreases in sleep, relationship satisfaction, self-esteem, empathy, and compassion. Ongoing exposure to stress without proper self-care can put you at risk for serious consequences such as depression and heart disease.”
What does self-care look like? It is important for women to know that self-care does not look the same to every person. The idea that a day at the spa is the definition of self-care is untrue. Self-care comes in many shapes and forms. For some women it is getting a massage or a manicure or pedicure. For others it is going for hike, a run, yoga, gardening, or fishing. For still others it is reading a book, painting, knitting, or journaling. “Self-care is a holistic process that we all need in order to foster presence, engagement, wellness, and self-love,” said Shainna. “Self-care is not a singular skill. Instead, selfcare includes a wide variety of tasks tailored to meet your diverse needs.”
Daily! Women should be taking time every day for themselves. “Truly adopting self-care is a lifestyle change” said Shainna. “Self-care is a continuous process of reflecting on your needs and investing in yourself to be the best version of yourself.” To create a true lifestyle of self-care, women must find time for themselves daily. Schedule time for self-care and don’t cancel. An afternoon at the spa or a day-long hike is wonderful, but 10 minutes journaling, gardening, or going for a walk can help to clear the mind and recalibrate. It is important that self-care be a continuous process. One 30-minute massage per year is not enough. Daily self-care can reduce stress in oneself and the entire family. It also sets a positive example to the family that everyone’s needs are important. Self-care is not just something for moms and wives but everyone in the family.
How to start Starting daily self-care can sounds daunting. Plan to check in with a sister or a friend. As with a diet or workout plan, having someone to stay accountable to will help to keep with it. Make a plan. Start small with just a few minutes a day. Set a reminder on the phone and don’t cancel! Pick a time of day with the least distractions for self-care. We’re more likely to do something if we don’t have kids yelling or the TV blaring. Set some goals. Plan a trip alone in the coming months. An afternoon, a night, a weekend, or two weeks, it doesn’t matter. Plan something special to look forward to and work toward. Also, plan something with family or friends. When everyone can get together again, plan a girls’ night or weekend. Mark it on the calendar before it fills up and make it a priority. Let it become a habit. Hopefully, it won’t take too long before daily self-care becomes a natural part of every day. Eating right, exercise, and good sleep can naturally follow the implementation of daily self-care. Self-care is something every woman deserves. Don’t put it off, start today!
TAKING TIME For self-care
Is anyone else out there stressed? Anyone? It’s can’t be just me. Some days I feel like bricks are just continually piling up on my shoulders. My posture is a mess!
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There is a lot going on these days. That’s quite the understatement. What with the normal worries of kids, school, home, money, and health we all have more stress added to our plates – or bigger helpings of the worry we already have. Plus, the holidays are here! Break out the stretchy pants! It’s easy to get bogged down in it. Very easy. Too much time watching the news or on social media makes me want to crawl under the covers and wait until spring. Unfortunately, we are not like our pals the bears who can sleep away the upcoming months or like our feathery friends who can simply pick up and fly away to a better location (although I have been eating enough to be a serious candidate for hibernation). And, while it may sound counterintuitive to do what I am about to suggest, it is necessary. We need to take care of ourselves. We need to take time just for us to put our minds, bodies, and souls/spirits in a good place.
You are important. Your needs are important. Moms often put themselves on the back burner and do for everyone else before we do for ourselves. In the process we get pretty burnt out and cranky! (At least I do.) It is ok, in fact is more than ok, it is imperative that you (and me, too) take
some time for some self-care. What is it they say on airplanes? In the event of a crash secure your own oxygen before helping others. In a way, the same principle applies. What good are you going to be if you are stressed to the max with no relief in sight, doing for others all the time and doing nothing for yourself? In the end everyone suffers, not just you. So, take some time. I really mean it. No schedule is so busy that you can’t take a little time for yourself. You are too important. But, do it your way. Self-care to one woman is completely different to another. Selfcare can look like a manicure or massage or it can be an afternoon in a deer blind or hike in the woods. It can also be writing that novel you have been putting off or reading a book with a good cup of coffee or tea – no interruptions. Binge watching a show on Netflix, taking a long hot bath, or going shopping (not for groceries). Do whatever makes YOU happy. Take a day of self-care, a few hours, or just 30 minutes, but do it and don’t feel guilty about it. This time will make you a better coworker, a better spouse, and a better mom. It is not selfish. It is necessary and important. I know I need to take my own advice as much as anyone, so right now I’m going to head out with a book and cup of joe and take care of Sarah for awhile. The world will still be here when I get back. But I know I’ll be in a better place to handle it.
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TURN THE PAGE Book and Author Reviews
As the virus continues on (and on …), I am delighted to write about a new author I’ve discovered. Ann B. Ross has written a 22book series that will keep you busy. They are uplifting books in this time of uncertainty. They revolve around characters you will learn to love.
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The stories take place in a small southern town, Abbottsville, and introduce us to a very proper southern lady, Miss Julia. Each book consists of Miss Julia coming to the rescue of any one of her dear friends who are experiencing some type of conundrum. In book one, she is introduced as a recentlywidowed, very proper Presbyterian. She discovers her stuffy, domineering husband had been carrying on behind her back when his “out-of-wedlock” nine-year-old son, Little Lloyd, knocks on her door with his distraught mother. As the book develops, Miss Julia begrudgingly begins to have strong affections for Little Lloyd and Hazel Marie, the “other woman.” In book two, her escapades involve a missing Hazel Marie. Book three has Miss Julia arranging a quickie wedding for her boarder, Sheriff Colman, and his attorney girlfriend, Binkie. You get my drift for the series. A lot of fun and lots of situations that will have you smiling or actually laughing (like I did in book three, Miss Julia Plans a Wedding). I checked with some local book clubs and learned of other offerings. Mary’s group is reading The Book Club by Mary Alice Monroe. This is the story of five women from different walks of life, embracing the challenge of change together. This sounds like a good read. Joan’s book club is reading Helen Simpson’s Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. Joan said she didn’t enjoy it, due to racism and classism. You will have to read it and decide for yourself. Susan’s book club is enjoying Miss Benson’s Beetle by British writer Rachel Joyce. It is
about an unlikely friendship between two women who set off to find a rare beetle in New Caledonia, an island near Australia. It is based on the author’s adventure with her father as a child as she participated in such a quest with him. Susan reports that parts of it were laugh-out-loud funny with their madcap adventures. Sounds fun! My friend, Carolyn, is reading Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini who also wrote Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker. It is headlined under historical fiction but includes many scenarios from real-life situations in Mary Todd Lincoln’s life. As we know from history, Mary was a troubled soul. This novel has her estranged from her sisters. Carolyn said it was very informative, going behind the scenes of historical events of the time. I am going to give this one a try! Because of the holiday season, I picked up a Christmas paperback at the grocery story entitled A Princess by Christmas by author Julia London. It is a historical romance which I usually don’t read, having moved to contemporary fiction. However, I have enjoyed this author in the past so will give it a try. For your consideration, I submit more holiday reading ideas from Facebook’s Christmas 2020: The best, most comforting reads for the festive season. These include, in no particular order, This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens, The Christmas Invitation by Trisha Ashley, One Day in December by Josie Silver, Johanna’s Christmas by Johanna Basford, Christmas with Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher, and finally, Christmas Angels by Rowan Dobson. Google them to see which ones appeal to you, and enjoy! What are you reading? Share with me at email@example.com. See you at the library!
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As a total extrovert who thrives in large gatherings and crowds, this pandemic spun my life upside down. In order to avoid going bonkers, I needed a reset to my goals. Here are steps I suggest to reboot life with mean old COVID-19 floating around.
Step 1: SOUL RENEW Create a cozy corner to meet with God. Pick a comfy chair. I light a candle for the mood. Keep your Bible and a pen handy. Select a read-through-the-Bible plan. They’re life changing. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17 EVS). If absorbed, studying Scripture centers your focus, grows your character, and motivates your life positively.
Then be a giver for God. When friends catch the virus, take action. Meals and care packages can be dropped off on their porches as you dash off. We message, email, and send cards to encourage people quarantined. With my speaking events cancelled, I threw my energies into writing three books to encourage our readers. I surprised myself by finishing my first novel with you readers in mind. Use our time to lift others. It renews us. We can adjust to new ways to bless in this mess.
Step 2: SIMPLIFY I did a whole-house declutter before the pandemic hit and reaped the calming benefits in the isolation. The timing’s perfect for those staying home. Ridding your life of clutter releases stress. Attack the easiest space first with boxes/bags marked TRASH, FIX, CHARITY, ATTIC, FRIEND GIVE. If it doesn’t fit, is not your color, is uncomfortable, does not match, has not been used in three years, or you don’t love it … then let it go. Sentimental things not fitting your décor can be photographed for keepsake. The less you have, the less you dust. There’s peace with clear counters, drawers not overstuffed, sparse desktops, clothes folded like Marie Kondo, and room to dance between furniture.
Step 3: SEROTONIN FITNESS Serotonin lifts you out of slumps naturally when you exercise. I prefer walking/hiking outdoors. Nature resets the human soul. Find a trail and hike it. Time your walks with sunrises or sunsets. Maybe plan the warmest time of day. I work out on treadmills and stationary bikes, too. You can listen to uplifting podcasts, books, or chat with family on the phone. Just commit to 30 minutes of movement daily. Join a bootcamp. For an energic workout, I tell Alexa to play Mississippi Mass Choir music, and dance/clean my home top to bottom. You’ll burn calories, elevate your mood, and help yourself thrive in this isolating season.
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Many women nowadays are very much into self-care. I’m just one of many I know, but my self-care took a bad turn recently and it’s enough to put me over the edge.
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I need to lose weight so I can be healthier. I mean, what’s the use of being retired if you’re not healthy enough to enjoy it, right? I’ve been trying to lose weight for years. In my very first column with Simply Hers in 2010 I mentioned that M&Ms called to me to eat them. Over the years, it’s just gotten worse. Now they scream at me from the store down the road. M&Ms, cookies, cake, you name it and if it’s got sugar in it, it’s called my name loud and clear. My doctor had a long chat with me a couple of weeks ago. My blood pressure is high, my cholesterol is high and I’m pre-diabetic. What would help all of these issues? Lose weight, he said. I smiled, nodded my head, and told him I’d try my best. He had the gall to look me in the eye and tell me he didn’t believe me. I hadn’t done it up to this point, so why should he believe me now? As he’s talking, he’s writing prescriptions for me. Of course, I whined and cried and said that I really, really meant it. I would lose weight, I promised; prescriptions would not be necessary. I’ve prided myself on the fact that I haven’t needed any medication up to this point in my life and I didn’t want to start now.
He looked at my chart, looked at me, looked back at my chart, and said I’d been promising to take better care of myself for years and hadn’t done it yet. He asked if I wanted to see
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Resilient Hillsdale County is a group of individuals that meets monthly with a mission to inspire HOPE by educating the community on the impact of trauma and by supporting efforts to build resilience. In 2017, several agencies and individuals in Hillsdale County became aware of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) study by the Center of Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente in California. It was a landmark study conducted in 1997. It uncovered a profound connection between adverse childhood experiences and adverse physical, emotional, and social outcomes later in life such as: onset of chronic disease, mental health illness, substance misuse, violence, and being a victim of violence. The research has found that the higher the ACE score, the greater the risk of chronic disease, mental illness, and/or substance abuse later in life. This is the origin of Resilient Hillsdale County. The group wants to inform the community about this research and share hope around resilience. Many community showings of the award-winning documentary “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” were held as part of the local initiative to build awareness of childhood trauma, prevention, and resilience. Simply, resilience is defined as the ability of an individual, family, or community to cope with adversity and trauma and adapt to challenges or change. Resilience is the ability to return to being healthy and hopeful after bad things happen. So, how do we become resilient? You are not born with resilience but it can be built. It is a skill that you can learn and sharpen over time and it has a lifetime of health benefits including longevity, lower levels of depression, and higher levels of satisfaction of life. Adversity does not discriminate. All human beings deal with difficult things and some are able to cope better than others. How do we help our children cope with the challenges of life? The answer is HOPE. Hope implies that there is the possibility of a better tomorrow. Hope can keep us going in those challenging moments. There are strategies that can help us to navigate through tough times and give us hope. As a parent, we hold the key to building resilience in our children. Providing your child with a safe, stable, and nurturing relationship and environment is vital to their growth and development. Resilient children are curious, brave, and trust their instincts to help them solve minor problems independently. They are watching and learning so much from you. Despite our best efforts, parents cannot protect children from obstacles in life which can include illness, grief, a move, or a family loss of employment, to name a few. Resilience helps children navigate these stressful situations. It teaches them that they are strong and capable and creates positive internal messages for the child so that they can cope and grow.
HERE ARE SOME STRATEGIES FOR GROWING RESILIENCE IN YOUR CHILDREN: • Model the healthy daily habits of eating, exercising, and getting adequate sleep. • Eating your vegetables and fruit provides your body the energy it needs to grow as well as helps develop strong bones for your body. Moving your body in fun ways through walking, running, biking, or swimming improves brain function, strengthens your heart health, and improves your quality of sleep. Sleep is an essential requirement for healthy brain development in the areas of cognitive performance, learning, memory, and overall mood. Developing a healthy sleep pattern may include having a consistent bedtime routine, turning off electronics early in the evening, reading a book, and having dim lighting. • Creating daily routines for eating, playing, and sleeping helps your child feel safe and sets them up for success. • Plan play time whenever possible. Playful interactions, creating a craft together, reading books, or singing or dancing together are all ways to play and laugh. PLAY is the way children grow and learn. • Teach children how to communicate and express their emotions. When children are experiencing stressful times, they are usually expressing strong emotions. Let your children know that all feelings are important and that labeling their feelings can help them make sense of what they are experiencing. Help your child process their feelings and offer support during those times. • Teach calming and coping skills. Develop moments of deep breathing—smelling the imaginary pizza held in your hand by breathing in deeply through your nose and then blowing out the air by cooling the pizza is always a favorite. • Carry an attitude of gratitude by sharing what you are thankful for as this encourages your children to focus on the positive. • Engage in acts of service or giving to others. Have children make cards for an elderly neighbor or make cookies for a new mom. • Encourage your child to problem solve situations and allow your child to experience some discomfort rather than fixing it for them. • Encourage fresh air and sunlight often for vitamin D to boost their immune systems and promote overall wellness. If you would like to learn more about resources and services that are available in our community, please visit the www.greatstarthillsdale.com. Under the resource tab you will find the Hillsdale County Resource and Referral Guide. Please note that we just updated the pandemic pages with additional resources. Follow future work of Resilient Hillsdale County on Facebook.
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Coping with Anxiety
lthough we have finally closed the calendar on the infamous 2020, we still must face our ever-changing future. Our worries, anxieties, and fears seem to be present in everything we do. In fact, in this very moment, your brain may be trying to figure out what is going on around us. The uncertainity of the environment can cause anxiety in all of us. Dealing with an anxiety spiral can make you feel overwhelmed, powerless, and even a little embarrassed. So before we get into a few grounding techniques to use when you’re anxious, let’s start with one (hopefully comforting) fact:
AT ITS CORE, ANXIETY IS ACTUALLY A NORMAL REACTION TO STRESS AND DANGER. When you’re feeling anxious, your brain triggers your sympathetic nervous system into a “fight, flight, or freeze” response. As your body releases adrenaline and cortisol to help you respond to the threat you’re perceiving, your muscles tense, your heart starts racing, your breathing intensifies, and you start sweating.
Fight, flight, or freeze may look like: • Breathing difficulty • Heart palpitations • Shortness of breath • Muscle tension • Feeling hot or flushed • Headache • Nauseated • Experiencing diarrhea • Tingling in fingers or toes • Tunnel vision
Before starting this exercise, pay attention to your breathing. Slow, deep, long breaths can help you maintain a sense of calm or help you return to a calmer state. Once you find your breath, go through the following steps to help ground yourself: 5: Acknowledge FIVE things you see around you. It could be a pen, a spot on the ceiling, anything in your surroundings. 4: Acknowledge FOUR things you can touch around you. It could be your hair, a pillow, or the ground under your feet. 3: Acknowledge THREE things you hear. This could be any external sound. If you can hear your belly rumbling, that counts! Focus on things you can hear outside of your body. 2: Acknowledge TWO things you can smell. Maybe you are in your office and smell pencil, or maybe you are in your bedroom and smell a pillow. If you need to take a brief walk to find a scent, you could smell soap in your bathroom or nature outside. 1: Acknowledge ONE thing you can taste. What does the inside of your mouth taste like—gum, coffee, or the sandwich from lunch?
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Downy Woodpeckers love to eat suet at your feeders. They also eat black oil sunflower seeds and small nuts.
That means that winter bird feeding must take into account that natural foods may be buried in snow for much of the winter. The birds really will appreciate the food you offer! The good news is that you should easily be able to attract lots of birds!
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Feeding winter birds in Michigan can actually make a life-and-death difference during those especially long cold spells and periods of deep snow. At such times backyard bird feeders do more than just provide an added supplement to natural foods. Some birds would probably not survive winter without some help.
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Dark-eyed Juncos prefer small seeds. They feed on the ground and on platform feeders.
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Burt Buelow has been working construction since about the time he could pick up a hammer. When the time came for him to break out on his own, he had the skills and the name recognition to start his business – Burt Buelow Construction - off on the right foot. “I learned the trade from the best,” Burt said, referring to his father, uncle, and grandfather. The family owned Buelow Construction, and, growing up, Burt worked with these tradesmen during spring breaks and summers, getting his hands dirty and picking up valuable skills. “I was given lots of great exposure,” he said of his apprentice years. After a year of college, Burt discovered that he missed working with his hands and went back to the family business, this time as an equal. He obtained his builder’s license at age 22 and kept on learning and honing his craft alongside his father and uncle.
Burt works alone, but for bigger jobs he brings in a team. His uncle, who has retired from the family business, also works with him occasionally.
In 2018, Burt was given the opportunity to build his mother and stepfather’s home from the foundation up. This project helped push him to move forward in his career and step out on his own. “I had an awesome opportunity. I had worked for the family business for long time and I was ready to move forward,” he said.
The pandemic shutdown in March has had Burt—and all contractors—playing catch up for months, but Burt says business has been steadily busy. Some materials have also been more difficult to acquire and have increased in price. So, while an estimate may seem high, it is simply from the cost of the materials, not the cost of labor.
Burt may have broken out on his own, but he has taken everything he has learned and applied it to his own business. “They taught me the most important thing – how to take care of the customer.” Burt Buelow Construction can handle just about any construction job at your home. From retiling bathroom showers and finishing drywall to building decks and entire bathroom remodels, Burt will get the job done right. He said he prides himself on keeping the customer informed of the progress and being reliable. “I take pride in being at jobs from start to finish. I don’t leave to go to other jobs. People about get sick of me,” he joked. “I stay put. I don’t bounce,” he said. For most projects
Burt is available for bids on projects but asks for two to three weeks to get customers an estimate. He suggests homeowners get on the books now as he is already scheduling out into May for projects. He said homeowners should be wary of contractors who can start work immediately. They may not be reliable or skilled. Most reputable contracting businesses are several months out on projects. Burt Buelow Construction serves Hillsdale, Branch, Lenawee, and Jackson counties. For more information or to set up a time to meet for a bid, call 269-419-9265 to speak with Burt.
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Tommie Wilck From her rural beginnings in Hillsdale to jet-setting around the globe, Tommie Wilck led a rather exciting life. “She was a colorful lady,” said her niece Suzanne Rutledge. “She had quite a life.” Born in Battle Creek on June 19, 1928, Thelma – or Tommie, the nickname she went by her entire life – England was raised in Hillsdale and graduated from Hillsdale High School. She was the oldest of three sisters including Elaine “Skip” England and Ann “Ginger” England. After her graduation, the family moved to Jonesville. Tommie completed a secretarial course at Cleary’s College in Ypsilanti and one year of college at Eastern Michigan University before moving to California with her first husband Jim Blount. In 1953, she began working for Walt Disney Studios in the legal department. In 1958, Tommie joined Walt Disney’s staff and he called her his “secretary of the exterior.” Following the retirement of Walt’s number one secretary Dolores Scott, Tommie was promoted to the position. In Disney archives it states that Walt considered Tommie “sassy” because she would stand up to him. Tommie was Walt’s secretary from 1958 until Walt Disney’s death in 1966. In 1962, she married publicist Tom Wilck.
Tommie’s parents were not able to come out to California from Jonesville for the wedding so Walt offered to give Tommie away at the ceremony. According to Disney archives “as he walked Tommie down the aisle of the church, Walt whispered to her, ‘I didn’t tell Tom how sassy you are.’” Tommie’s time as Walt’s secretary created some fun stories. The Disney archives recorded a few of these: Each evening she [Tommie] prepared a calendar of the following day’s appointments for him. She tried to keep him on schedule, and one day when he continued talking with visitors past the 12:30 p.m. lunchtime, she rang a ship’s bell, a gift from the Coast Guard. Walt was amused, and he instructed her to sound the bell every day at lunchtime. It was Wilck who prepared Walt’s daily end-of-the-workday Scotch Mist at 5 p.m. in anticipation of his massage and lower-back treatment from Studio nurse Hazel George. “The Scotch Mist is mostly ice,” Wilck remembered. “I would put ice and water in it and then float the scotch on top and not give him very much of it. He may have consumed a lot of liquid but I don’t think he got much liquor.” A particularly amusing story came from a forgotten phone call. The archives report that “one of Wilck’s duties was to call Walt’s house every night to let their housekeeper Thelma know that he was on his way home. One particular night she forgot and didn’t call. When Walt showed up, Thelma said ‘What are you doing here? Tommie didn’t call.’ Lillian
(Walt’s wife) said the same thing. Walt picked up his hat and stormed back out the door yelling, ‘That’s a hell of a greeting when you get home.’” Tommie’s duties were far more than drinks and phone calls and it was clear that she became a trusted associate of Walt’s. For instance, in the casting for the movie Mary Poppins, Walt was interested in having Bette Davis star in the picture as the leading lady. Tommie suggested Julie Andrews, who was appearing on Broadway at the time. Walt went to take a look and the rest, as they say, is history. In the 2013 Disney movie Saving Mr. Banks about the making of the movie Mary Poppins, Tommie was portrayed by actress Kathy Baker and appears several times in the picture. During the ending credits a photo is shown of Tommie and Walt together. She also appeared on the small screen herself – if only very briefly. A Hillsdale Daily News archive had a story about her brush with acting. During Walt’s hey-day, he had several television programs and specials. In one such program called The Title Makers, Tommie was waiting to give Walt a telegram while he was shooting. “One of the fellows suggested that I go over and ‘dress up’ the set with my presence,” she said in the article. “So I did and Walt thought it was fun.” After getting a bit of make-up and shooting a few more takes, it was in the can. “I will make my debut at the very beginning of the leadin. Don’t blink though or you will miss the whole thing,” she said. After Walt’s death, Tommie continued to work at Disney until 1968. According to Official Disney Fan Club information,
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Lori Bottoms, Suzanne’s sister, remembers other highlights from the trip as well. She says the family saw child actors Kevin “Moochie” Corcoran with Tim Considine catching bees in jars from the bushes outside Walt Disney’s office. Moochie actually autographed coloring books for the girls. Lori also remembers the family getting a sneak peek at the first half of the cartoon 101 Dalmatians before it was in theaters. Tommie sent Suzanne and her sisters many Disney-themed gifts including Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland dolls which Suzanne still has in pristine condition. “Whenever she sent something, she always signed it T-N-T,” Suzanne said referring to her aunt and uncle’s names. “They had a wonderful life together,” she said of the couple. “They were jetsetters.”
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There is something about reaching the 45th parallel that makes you want to stop and take a picture, but did you know the 45th parallel plays an important role in winemaking? Wine grapes grow between 30 and 50 degrees latitude—any farther south and it is too warm, farther north and it is too cold. Michigan is nestled nicely in there, with points of the state ranging between the 41st and 47th parallels. Michigan wineries along the 45th parallel share the distinction with many notable winemaking regions including parts of France’s Burgundy and Bordeaux, Italy’s Piedmont, and Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
5. ICE WINE
Have you had the pleasure of tasting ice wine? If so, you know what a treat it is. But, did you know that Michigan is one of the few places in the world that makes it? To make true ice wine, grapes must be picked at exactly the right temperature where the water is frozen in the grapes but the sugar is not—usually between 17 and 19 degrees Fahrenheit. This often means that grapes are harvested in the middle of the night with little advance notice. It is a bitterly cold, time-consuming process, and a true labor of love. The resulting product is a marvelous, honey-like nectar that inspires one to savor each sip.
The next time you see Michigan ice wine on the shelf, don’t take it for granted. Only a few other places in the world, such as the winemaking regions of Canada and Germany, share our good fortune. To learn more and to explore Michigan wineries, visit michigan.org.
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Baked Garlic Chicken and Potatoes Ingredients
6 to 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
1. Preheat your oven to 400°F for 15-20 minutes. Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet/roasting pan or coat with nonstick spray.
1 lb potatoes, peeled quartered
1 red onion, quartered
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2. In a large bowl, whisk together garlic powder and chili powder, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add chicken thighs, onion, and potatoes and mix well with your hands to help spices penetrate the meat and potatoes. Make sure to wash your hands afterward!
2 teaspoons garlic powder or granulated garlic
½ teaspoon cayenne chili powder
2 tablespoons chopped fresh scallions
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
3. Place chicken, potatoes, and red onion in a single layer onto the prepared baking pan. Add a drizzle of olive oil. 4. Roast in the preheated oven until the chicken is completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165°F, about 25-30 minutes. Then broil for 2-3 minutes to make it crisp. 5. Remove f rom oven. Cover with foil and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes while the juices settle before serving. Serve hot, garnished with chopped scallion and drizzled with lemon juice. Note: Cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the chicken thighs and potatoes. www.eatwell101.com
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2 teaspoons mayonnaise
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup hot sauce, such as Frank’s
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 cups cauliflower florets (from about 1 medium head)
For the sauce, whisk together the sour cream, blue cheese, skim milk, and mayonnaise, ⅛ teaspoon of salt, and a few grinds of pepper in a small bowl. Cover and ref rigerate for at least 30 minutes. For the cauliflower, start by microwaving the butter in a small dish until melted. Whisk in the hot sauce and lemon juice and set aside. Mix olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt and ½ cup water in a large bowl. Add the cauliflower and toss until well coated. Spread the cauliflower on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until beginning to brown and just tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Whisk the hot sauce mixture again, drizzle over the cauliflower and toss with tongs to coat. Roast the cauliflower until the sauce is bubbling and browned around the edges, 5 to 7 minutes more. Serve hot with the cheese sauce. www.foodnetwork.com
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Herb-Marinated Pork Tenderloins
1 lemon, zest grated
¾ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (4 to 6 lemons)
Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, ½ cup olive oil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, mustard, and 2 teaspoons salt in a sturdy 1-gallon resealable plastic bag. Add the pork tenderloins and turn to coat with the marinade. Squeeze out the air and seal the bag. Marinate the pork in the ref rigerator for at least 3 hours but preferably overnight.
2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves)
1½ tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
3 pork tenderloins (about 1 pound each)
Freshly ground black pepper
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