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By Rob Shewman 1. Keep the caps on those little caps keep out dirt and moisture that can cause leaks, so be sure to keep caps on all your tire valves. 2. Maintain proper inflation if you want to get every last mile out of your tires, get yourself a tire pressure gauge and use it at least once a month (more in hot weather) to keep your tires inflated to the recommendation in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. check tires when they are cold (driven for less than one mile) for an accurate reading. 3. Beware the wet thuMB when adding air, simply depress the pin inside the inflator valve with your thumbnail. if your thumb gets wet, go to a different station. Moisture, trapped inside a tire, can cause pressure variations and corrode rims. 4. checK for uneven wear if you’ve maintained tire inflation properly, uneven wear may indicate the need for a wheel realignment. it can also mean improperly operating brakes or shocks, a bent wheel, internal tire damage, or worn bushings. 5. checK tread for safety stick an american quarter between the treads in several places. if part of washington’s head is always covered, you have enough tread to drive in the rain. stick an american penny between the treads. if the top of the lincoln Memorial is always covered, you’re ready for winter driving.

Marlanea McGraw Owner/Publisher

Next month will prove to be very exciting for me both personally and professionally. This year I am going skydiving with my son Gavin for his birthday, a first for both of us. I will also be participating in the Bike Across the Bay which should prove to be both rewarding and challenging. Professionally, we are launching a new publication titled Everything Men. Yes ladies, men do have a lot to talk about too, but I am sure you will enjoy reading it as well. We have some adventurous stories lined up and we can’t wait to launch the project. But, before we get to next month there is a lot to talk about now. Hudson will be having their VW Jamboree weekend (check the center for details), Jonesville is holding their Riverfest May 17 thru May 19 and we are having our first ever Pet Look-alike contest! We know how our pets reflect us and how they sometimes look like us too, so get your camera and get in the running for more than $200 in prizes. Time to wrap up this little pow-wow but I want to be sure to invite you to like us on Facebook so you can get the inside scoop on everything that is happening in the area. Talk to you soon,


6. rotate your tires rotating your tires helps to distribute tire wear evenly and ensures that you’ll get the maximum road life out of them. 7. watch the teMperature when outside temperatures drop or soar, tires tend to lose pressure. under-inflated tires can result in accelerated wear and poor driving performance. 8. use wheel cleaner protect metal wheels with wheel polish, painted wheels with a coat of wax. 9. luBe your lug nuts lug nuts, if not lubricated occasionally, can seize or “freeze” to the studs due to corrosion. 10. checK wheel alignMent have your car’s wheel alignment checked every 30,000 miles, or as recommended in your owner’s manual. also have it checked after buying new tires and when you replace a rackand-pinion steering unit or other steering parts.

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Summer is here! Well, at least the calendar says summer is here. Right before I sat down to write this there were snowflakes in the air. Hopefully by the time you are reading this, that will be a thing of the past.

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We got off to a slow start, but it looks like nice weather may finally be here. The busyness of spring yard work, Mother’s Day, graduations, Memorial weekend, weddings, Father’s Day…..there’s never a dull moment! As women, we come to accept there is really no such thing as “down time” but I do hope you will find time to soak up the long-awaited sunshine and the freshness that this time of year has to offer! I’m so excited to introduce a new pet column in this issue of Simply Hers! The craziness of having a puppy at this point in our lives has driven me to take on a dual personality; resulting in her own Facebook page and now “Pet Tales from Kacie’s Korner.” We’re kicking it off with a Pet/Owner Look-Alike Contest. The winner will receive an amazing prize package and be featured in the July/August issue! Be sure to read the details and submit your photos. I am also looking forward to your pet (of all species) photos and stories. Kacie already thinks she’s a celebridog after getting her own photo shoot, so we can’t let this be all about her! I know many of you are passionate about your special friends, and I want to celebrate the love and connection they bring into our lives. If you would like to share your cute and/or unique pet stories for possible publication in future columns, please email them to Kaciethekeeshond@gmail.com. As always, I am simply delighted you have chosen to spend some your precious time perusing our publication! We hope you will find inspiration, information and maybe even a smile! ENJOY ~

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CONTENT Simply Hilarious 09 Salute to Real Moms


Jonesville Riverfest 10 Come Join the Fun

Fashion 12

Dress to Impress


Summer Must Haves

Better Fitness 24 Exercise Routines

Muscle Up. Live Fit 26 Time for Tabata

Health by Zonya 28 Think Outside the Pink

43 Caring for the Children The Foster Care System


50 Pinterest Pics Gifts for Mom & Dad

52 Travel

Farm to Table Dining


Making Sense of Centerpieces

56 Over the Edge

Cruising Through Our Vacation

Working Toward the Fini sh Line 30 58 Turn the Page

The Lisa Slade Story

Christian Authors

Following Sara 32 60 Ask A Guy Civilian Life

Why can’t Men Hold the Baby Right?

My Journey 34 62 Pet Tales

Changing “Careers”


Meet Kacie Keeshond

Ask The Doctor 36 64 Local Spotlight Newborn Testing

Farmers’ Market

SOS 36 66 Life is the Berries

Garage Sale Success

Refresh, Renew, Restore

68 Aging with Attitude Shedding Pounds After 50

70 Simply Creative

Pressed, Dried Flower Crafts






Simply Hilar ious In honor of tired mothers everywhere, here are some TIPS from the expert, and then alternative suggestions for doing it the “real woman’s” way ~

MARTHA’S WAY- Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips. THE REAL WOMAN’S WAY- Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for Pete’s sake! You probably need to lay on the couch with your feet up eating it anyway. MARTHA’S WAY- To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes. THE REAL WOMAN’S WAY- Buy Hungry Jack mashed potato mix and keep it in the pantry for up to a year. MARTHA’S WAY- When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won’t be any white mess on the outside of the cake. THE REAL WOMAN’S WAY- Go to the bakery! They’ll even decorate it for you. MARTHA’S WAY- If you accidently over salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt. THE REAL WOMAN’S WAY- If you over salt a dish while you are cooking that’s too dang bad. Please recite with me, “I made it and you will eat it- I don’t care how bad it tastes! MARTHA’S WAY- Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting it in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks. THE REAL WOMAN’S WAY- Celery? Never heard of the stuff.

MARTHA’S WAY- Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful, glossy finish. THE REAL WOMAN’S WAY- The Mrs. Smith frozen pie directions do not include brushing egg whites over the crust, so I just don’t do it. MARTHA’S WAY- To cure a headache, take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away. THE REAL WOMAN’S WAY- Take a lime, mix it with tequila, chill and drink. You might still have a headache, but who cares?! MARTHA’S WAY- If you have a problem opening jars, try using latex dishwashing gloves for a non-slip grip. THE REAL WOMAN’S WAY- Go ask the very cute neighbor guy to do it. MARTHA’S WAY- Don’t throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces. THE REAL WOMAN’S WAY- Leftover wine??????

Take it from us... when it comes to the real world... Mama Knows Best! 09

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onesville RiveRfest

The 39th annual Jonesville Riverfest is May 17, 18, and 19th, 2013! This festival is always held the 3rd weekend in May. Riverfest is made possible through the efforts of more than 100 volunteers and many local businesses as well. The weekend kicks off Friday evening with race registration beginning at 4:00 p.m. The Daniel Parker Memorial Triathlon starts at 6:00 p.m., along with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Corn Hole Tournament sponsored by Jonesville Lumber. The Grosvenor House Civil War Encampment will set up and be active all weekend long. Saturday activities include the Rotary 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament beginning at 8:30 a.m. Canoe races begin at 9:30 a.m., and the HCCF Youth Rock-A-Thon begins at 10:00 am. The Jonesville Fire Department will be putting fire to good use with their annual BBQ dinner. This year’s menu includes half a chicken or a smoked pork chop served with beans, coleslaw and a roll. They will start serving at 11:00 am Saturday and continue until the meals are gone, so be sure to stop by early. For those who are looking for a little shopping distraction, the Jonesville Business Association will be offering an Arts and Crafts Show both Saturday from 9:00 am until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from Noon until 5:00 p.m. The event will be held throughout downtown Jonesville. For more information, visit www.jonesvillebusiness.org. Back by popular demand, there will be a Car & Bike show from 9:00 am until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday in the Carl Fast Park. There is something inspiring about all that polished chrome in one place! Besides the Civil War Encampment, the Grosvenor House will hold activities throughout the weekend, including a Hand Crafted Black Powder Firearm Expo at 10:00 am Saturday, live music by John Walker & Friends at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday and the 1st Annual Amateur Dog Show at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Sunday brings some new events in the Carl Fast Park, starting with an Antique Tractor Show from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Also new this year is a Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan Cut-A-Thon from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Both events are free to attend! The Rotary 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament continues Sunday, starting at 9:00 a.m. The 6th annual Waterball Competition begins at 10:00 a.m., where area fire departments compete for bragging rights. Come out and support your favorites! Canoe races continue, starting at Noon. The Tom Sawyer Raft Race is at 3:00 p.m., and the weekend culminates with the Domestic Harmony Duck Derby at 4:00 p.m. This is just a sampling of the events being offered at the 2013 Riverfest. Anyone needing further information or wishing to volunteer can visit www.jonesvilleriverfest.org. We’ll see you there!


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Dr. David D. Gossage’s unique approach to eye care involves close personal contact with patients at every phase of their eye care process. From the initial consultation through surgery and post operative care, he believes in keeping patients informed about their treatment and progress. He specializes in general ophthalmology such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, refractive surgery, diabetic eye care.

Dr. Karen M. Luparello is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and received her Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology from Hurley Medical Center. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, American Osteopathic Association and the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons.

The doctor is a board-certified ophthalmologist who utilizes the most currently available resources to provide personalized treatment options based on individual needs for patients of all ages. Gossage Eye Institute and Optical also provides our patients with a full range of quality and professional vision care services through our full-time staff optometrist and full service optical dispensary. Services include Laser vision correction/LASIK and cosmetic procedures such as blepharoplasty and Botox treatments

Combining her love of children with the desire to have office time and do surgery, Dr. Luparello specializes in pediatric eye care. She performs surgery on children as young as newborn, doing a lot of eye muscle correction, tear duct and even cataract surgery. Dr. Luparello finds it very rewarding to see a child that has been helped with surgery. She is dedicated to offering personalized treatment options based on individual needs for her patients, from birth through childhood.

Mark E. Kosciuszko, O.D. Dr. Mark E. Kosciuszko completed his undergraduate degree at Alma College. He then completed his optometry program at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. The doctor served his residency at the Illinois College of Optometry and served as a faculty member for 20 years at the Michigan College of Optometry before bringing his expertise to Hillsdale. Dr. Kosciuszko has a passion for helping his patients maximize their visual potential. His specialty is designing vision therapy regimens for children, including exercise programs and is continually learning new techniques and procedures. The doctor also specializes in low vision evaluation and contact lens fitting. He provides comprehensive eye care for the whole family including glasses and contact lenses. He also provides medical treatment of eye diseases and injuries and is regarded as an expert in fitting difficult contact lens patients.

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Gardening, sports, lawn care, golfing and water sports are trademarks of summertime fun but they can also be very damaging to the back if people don’t prepare before doing any atypical activities.

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Constantly bending over at the waist for long periods while pulling weeds, planting flowers or doing any other types of gardening can be strenuous on your back.The best way to keep your back pain-free while gardening is to get on your hands and knees or sit on an inexpensive gardening stool while you work.

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an evening on the softball diamond can be great exercise during the summer months but if you accidentally hurt your back you’ll end up on the bench. Exercising and stretching thoroughly before any major summer sports activity will help. Each injury is situational and if you exercise, stretch beforehand and stay in shape, the chance of injury will be diminished.

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Kinesiology (pronounced ‘kin-easy-ology’) is a gentle and holistic form of natural health care, offering a powerful and effective means of stimulating healing from within.Kinesiology presents a painless and non-invasive means of firstly establishing the underlying cause of any symptoms, and secondly applying a wide variety of correction techniques to target the cause and encourage relief of symptoms and improved health. Consider that we have a natural form of ‘vital energy’ or ‘life force’ within us, which flows along specific pathways called meridians. Any disturbance to the balanced and free flow of this life force will initiate symptoms of ill health and disease. Each meridian is responsible for nurturing a particular internal organ or system, so that we have a Heart Meridian, a Lung Meridian, a Stomach Meridian, and so on. In addition, consider that these meridians care not only for the physical aspect of our health, but also the mental, emotional, and spiritual. Finally, and most importantly as far as Kinesiology is concerned, each of the meridians has an ‘energetic’ connection to the muscles of the body. In other words, the function of our muscles is directly influenced by the flow of energy through the meridians. Individual muscles have a direct connection with a particular energy pathway. The basic tool of Kinesiology, therefore, is what is called ‘muscle testing’. This involves simply placing a limb (usually an arm) in a particular position in order to isolate and engage the function of an individual muscle. Any change to the strength of the muscle when this pressure is applied indicates an imbalance of vital energy in the meridian system.

Whilst applying the muscle testing technique, we are able to investigate the cause of any imbalances to the meridian energies, and determine what is needed to correct those imbalances. Relevant remedies and corrections will strengthen the muscle response when tested, thus indicating that the corresponding organ and meridian are also benefiting. The art of muscle testing ensures that any treatment applied is particularly pertinent to that individual. It helps to eliminate guesswork on what is required, since all remedies can be verified by the strengthening of the muscle response. Significantly, this means that treatment is personalised. Two people presenting with the same symptoms will not necessarily need the same remedies or correction techniques. Muscle testing determines what is appropriate for each person. A typical Kinesiology consultation will include a full case history prior to commencing the therapy. Treatment is carried out lying comfortably on a couch, though it is quite possible to work in the seated position if that is more comfortable for you. It is not necessary to remove any clothing, apart from outdoor garments of course. Kinesiology has successfully treated a wide range of problems including: Migraines Asthma Allergies Food intolerances IBS Fatigue

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I believe weights intimidate most women. I’m not being sexist. I’m trying to break a barrier. I’ve encountered countless women who say they can’t lift weights, therefore they can’t CrossFit. Well, yes, they can. I’m not saying women should start deadlifting 185 pounds, because most women can’t without any basic strength training. What I am saying is that women

can practice basic movements, even at home, that will help strengthen their bodies. These movements will help when weights come into the picture. There are basics to overall fitness and strength. Here are seven basic movements for the female (and male) body that are essential. These are simple movements that are used in CrossFit, which require no weight.

5. The plank: The plank = tight core. Keep the body tight. Suck in the stomach while holding the plank position.

1. The squat: Simple, or so it seems. Make sure the feet are approximately shoulder width apart. Squat and stand, creating a full extension of the body. The squat creates a tighter bottom and reduces back pain.

2. The sit-up: Remember these movements in gym class in grade school? I do. Unfortunately, back then, I was doing them improperly. The sit up, when done properly, will help tone the stomach. I suggest the butterfly sit up. Lie faceup, the bottom of the feet together, while the knees are open. Simply sit up.

3. The pull-up: Women, see! Women can do pull ups, as seen here! The pull up will help strengthen and tone back muscles.

4. The push-up: Start with the knees on the ground for beginners, or the feet, for more experienced athletes. Keep the core tight. This movement helps build the chest, shoulders, arms, and back muscles.

I promise if this is done once, twice, three times a day for a few weeks, there will be a noticeable difference in overall strength and fitness. You should be able to pick up that bag of dog food at the store, or that 24 pack of bottled water. These seven movements are functional movements that will help with everyday activities. Go at your own pace, but challenge yourself. Stay com-


6. The burpee: Start on the ground in the push up position. Bring the feet to the hands, jump up and clap the hands overhead. Return to the push up position.

7. The dip: Simply dip, flex elbows to a 90 degree angle, and push back up to the starting position. 10 minute AMRAP 10 squats, 10 sit-ups, 5 pull ups, 5 push ups, 15 second plank hold, 10 burpees, 10 dips (use a chair, table, etc).

mitted. Make your fitness your priority. I hope you start practicing these core movements, and I hope to inspire you to do more, even move on to weights in the coming weeks and months. Next time, I look forward to sharing several paleo recipes that will make your body and mind happy and healthy to go along with your strength training. Happy training!

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It’s time!! Time for you to check out the form of interval training called Tabata. Like most people, this is just another foreign word and with strange comes fear. So, I’m going to explain a little about this form of exercise that is going to set your metabolism on fire and elevate your heart rate to a level of fat burning you are gonna LOVE! First off, it was introduced in Japan by a man named Izumi Tabata who tested athletes with it. What he found was that it raised both aerobic AND anaerobic levels. What’s that mean? It means that it boosts endurance and strength…basically. Now, how do we DO this Tabata? It’s a workout that is completed in less than 30 minutes and will burn more calories than a long distance run, which would take you a lot longer than 30 minutes! You will do four exercises, each one for four minutes each. Hold on, don’t freak out yet, let me finish. In that four minutes you will do work for 20 seconds and then rest for 10 seconds, repeat this pattern for the four minute duration. Once you reach the four minute mark you will rest for 60 seconds. Now, we will move onto the second exercise and follow the same 20/10 split for the four minutes. Now it’s time for the third and fourth exercise following the same routine.

This form of interval training fits perfectly with the way we live our lives in today’s society. It’s quick, at only 30 minutes with a good warmup, and if done properly can hit each muscle group in a week…including core (don’t forget it’s almost summertime, so…). Now we’ve declared that this form of training is the fastest way to burn bodyfat. Reason being that your heart rate gets elevated immediately, unlike jogging that takes time for your heart to reach fat burning capability. With that, once you complete the interval training your heart maintains a higher rate burning calories well after you’ve stretched and left the gym!! Awesome right?! I can go home, eat dinner and STILL be burning a higher amount of calories due to this Tabata. With everything that I’ve already mentioned, there’s one more thing….It’s FUN!! Let’s be real for a second. To truly get results with fitness you have to push yourself past your “comfort” zone, so if you can smile, dance and laugh while exercising to make the discomfort more of a dull whisper, why wouldn’t you? Come with a friend, or by yourself and join our group on Mondays and Thursdays at the Senior Center here in Hillsdale, 6pm! You’ll like what you get, I promise! This has been another moment with me…James Campbell, LOL.

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Looking to sweeten your oatmeal with less calories and carbs? Let me make this suggestion. Instead of automatically trading sugar for one of those pink, blue or yellow packets, put a full teaspoon of cinnamon on your oatmeal. That’s right. Cinnamon provides the illusion of sweetness so you can use half the sugar. Cinnamon also contains polyphenols that help your body metabolize sugars efficiently, and a full teaspoon is the amount used in the studies to determine this benefit. And it tastes great! Now, instead of drinking a huge glass of fruit juice WITH your oatmeal, put this natural sugar INTO your oatmeal. That’s right; add chopped apple, peach, strawberries or 2 tablespoons of raisins. The natural sugar provided in the fruit means you won’t have to add ANY additional sugar or artificial sweeteners to give it an acceptable sweet taste. In addition to learning to enjoy your oatmeal a little less sweet, you’re getting beneficial antioxidants, polyphenols and extra fiber! Taming Your Sweet Tooth When looking to reduce the amount of calories and carbs from sugar, please understand that the first goal for everyone, with or without diabetes, is something we rarely hear anyone say. That is that we first need to “dial down our sweet acuity” or our perceptual keenness for sweets. Our culture has taught us to LOVE things TOO sweet. Thanks to cereal manufacturers, cookie makers, doughnut makers and soda and juice producers who want us to fall so madly in love with their products that we actually begin to crave them. Manufacturers know that to make their products popular means MAKING THEM SWEET! The problem is that when people begin addressing their need to reduce the amount of sugar in their diets because of one health concern or another, they don’t think about “dialing down” the amount of sweetness, they just think “artificial sweeteners” and keep the level of sweetness as high or even higher. For example, someone who drinks three regular sodas a day and is then diagnosed with diabetes may think, “I’ll just switch to diet soda.” The switch for this person shouldn’t be from “regular to diet,” it should be from “soda pop to water,” saving a diet soda for an occasional treat only.

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WORKING TOWARDS THE FINISH LINE The Lisa Slade Story ~ By Peggie Bildner When someone mentions the name Lisa Slade, you will often hear adjectives like “hard-working”, “smart” and “cheerful.” And while all of those words certainly describe the local business owner, there is a story behind her that makes those descriptions even more amazing! Lisa was born in 1961 to Carol and Delton Tryon. When she was five years old, her parents gave birth to her brother, Kevin. She was in first grade when they divorced and from that point on, Lisa does not remember having any kind of true family structure. Her mother tried to parent her two children, but was plagued with mental health issues causing her to struggle, and often leading to hospitalization. When she was unable to care for them, Lisa and Kevin were moved around to their grandparents, aunts and uncles. Lisa says her father was “in and out of our lives, but more out than in.” Even now, Lisa would rather downplay her lack of security but sums it up by saying, “I did my own thing and just kind of raised myself!” One constant in Lisa’s life was that she loved school and always maintained all A’s, even with the upheaval and uncertainty at home. Lisa dreamed of going to college and someday becoming an attorney. But by the time she was 16, her brother had gone to live with their dad and her mother decided to move to Arizona. Lisa was pushed further into adulthood when she felt forced to stay behind by herself. Getting an apartment and leaving school to work full time, she did what by that time came quite naturally- dedicated herself to hard work, and making it on her own. Lisa had already been working the night shift after school at the House of Flavors ice cream and sandwich shop; now she worked even more hours for basic survival. She didn’t see it as giving up on a future but just realistically doing what she had to do. Thanks to Jerry Double, a local educator who was involved in Adult Education at that time and knew her circumstances, Lisa was able to enroll in adult ed classes and graduate with her class. Lisa continued to work at the restaurant where her hard work and dependability was recognized with promotions – starting as a night waitress to day waitress, head waitress, dining room manager, shift manager, assistant manager and eventually, manager. In 1982, Lisa married Jerry Slade. They have two daughters, Christie and Whitney. Lisa lists the birth of her first child as one of her most life-changing events. Maybe in part because of her uncertain childhood, Lisa is passionate about family being the most important thing to her. Even though she has spent her adult life working harder than most and being driven by a work ethic in overdrive, she still says family has been and always will be, her number one priority. Another life-changing event came in 1993. By then the restaurant was owned by Judy, a retired teacher from Adrian. Lisa had gone from assistant manager to manager under her ownership. One evening as Judy was driving home to Adrian from the restaurant, she was killed in a car accident. Lisa vividly remembers getting the shocking call. Shortly after her death, her husband phoned Lisa and explained that his wife had always spoken highly of her and he felt that she would want him to offer the business to Lisa. It was an unexpected turn of events but they were able to come up with terms that Lisa felt acceptable to her young, cash-strapped family. Surprisingly, she remembers that she had absolutely no fear of taking that leap and just seemed to know that with hard work, she would once again survive. And not only has she survived, the business has thrived under her ownership! In 2000 the now fullservice restaurant was renovated. The name was changed to The Finish Line, with a nod to both Lisa and Jerry’s family interest in racing. Lisa says she has always tried to show her daughters that there is no such thing as get-rich-quick schemes and the key to success is best found through hard work and good choices. Her daughter Christie confirms that Lisa has been that kind of an example and more! Christie describes Lisa as her “inspiration”, “not demanding, but expecting” them to have strong work ethics. Christie started working 30

at the restaurant when she was only 13 (originally as a lesson in responsibility to pay off a long distance phone bill she had run up) and continued throughout high school and college. Christie says she and her sister always felt like they were their mother’s number one priority but it didn’t go unnoticed that Lisa’s life revolved around her family and the restaurant, taking little to no time for herself. Besides owning a business and having two young children, Lisa also had primary responsibility for her mother’s care, as she went in and out of the hospital. She now resides at the Hillsdale Medical Care Facility. Christie says Lisa completely downplays how hard she worked (and still does) and the hardships she has overcome. In fact until just recently, her daughters didn’t even realize what their mother had gone through as a child or how young she was when she was forced to leave school and be on her own. One of the lowest points in her life was the dissolution of her and Jerry’s marriage a few years ago. In her usual fashion, Lisa prefers not to look back on the rough time leading up to and resulting in the divorce, but would rather smile and explain they are together again, in fact engaged, after re-grouping and re-focusing on an even stronger relationship. Christie is married, has two children- Mikey age six and Zoe age four. She is a realtor with Michigan White Tail Properties and also recently opened Trackside Nutrition and Wellness. She credits her mother for her drive and work ethic that allows her to juggle such a full life. They live close to her parents, which Lisa couldn’t be happier about! Whitney is married, living and going to school in Iowa, studying to be a chiropractor. Now in her fifties with over 35 years at the restaurant, you might expect that Lisa is allowing herself to slow down a little and enjoy the fruit of her labors, but there is no sign of that! She says she still enjoys her business, loves her customers and considers her employees to be family. Rather than regret that she never was able to go to college to be an attorney, she feels she is doing exactly what she was meant to do. She still works 10+ hour days several times a week and is even talking about a possible expansion/ renovation plan in the future. Her goal is to celebrate the restaurant’s 50th Anniversary in 2026 and then she might consider retiring! As her daughters have grown into young women, they appreciate even more the sacrifices Lisa made to become the successful businesswoman she is today and the mother they know and love. On Mother’s Day, it is unlikely you will find Lisa relaxing and allowing herself to be pampered, but you can be sure she will find time to enjoy her family. And she can do it with confidence that her hard work has earned their love and respect. I think any mother would tell you, that is the finish line we all strive to cross! Lisa (left) with daughter, Christie. Photos by Constance Blank Photography

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As of the last few weeks a lot of changes have happened in my life. My husband and I continue to attempt to raise a puppy together. Our Pembroke Welsh Corgi ‘Mac’, is now almost five months old. I can definitely say I’m glad that we decided to adopt a puppy before we decided to have kids!

Even just raising a baby animal has been a test of our teamwork and has also allowed us to discuss how we feel about education, raising children, punishment etc., so that we hopefully won’t have to deal with those difficult subjects once we do decide to have children. (Sorry Mom that’s still 3-5 years away.) As I get older I feel a lot more pressure from the outside world to have children, and I know I’m not the only girl my age who knows that although they will probably reach that point someday, it’s just not something they want for their life right now. Children are a blessing no doubt about it, but I would encourage any young girl to not be in a hurry. Too often you see people who never learned how to take care of themselves and now they’re expected to take care of another life? So in preparation for that future Jae and I have been thrown into ‘parent boot camp’ and have been learning together how to raise another member of the family. Everyday we discover new strengths and weaknesses that we never knew the other had and it has only served to bring us closer together. Two weeks ago I restarted my civilian job at NSF International. I was overwhelmed by how welcoming and supportive everybody in the company was upon my return. It really was like coming back to a big family. Unfortunately (but also fortunately) some changes occurred almost immediately upon my return. Right before I started I was offered to start full time in the Nursing program at Schoolcraft College. Already having a Bachelors degree and already having completed most of my prerequisites, I have only the clinically left to complete. I wasn’t expecting to start my clinically until Fall of 2015, so this was a welcome surprise to be two years ahead of schedule. Then, just a few days ago, one of my mentors in the Army, a Major who I deployed to Afghanistan with, called and offered me a full time job until I started Nursing school. I make quite a bit more money in the military than I do on the civilian side, so although it was a difficult decision to leave NSF, it was ultimately the best decision for my family. I am sorry to leave my NSF family behind, but I’ve made friends there that transcend the work environment, so I know I’ll still be in touch! So there you have it. Back for just a few months, and enormous changes on the horizon. I start back to school in just a couple of weeks so things will become hectic. Not quite a month ago I took Command of a rear detachment within my Battalion. So by the time you all are reading this, I will be working full time in the Army, commanding a company on the side, and attending class 4 nights a week for 3 hours a night. Wish me luck! CPT Sara So 144 Military Police Company Rear Detachment Commander 177 Military Police Brigade Operation

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by Ashley Price Simply Hers Magazine

Normally, the smell of cherry blossoms, the sound of rain falling on your windowsill, and morel mushrooms popping up over the countryside would signify the commencement of spring. Here in the oil patch the smell of drilling invert, walking through mud up to your knees, and oil rig derricks popping up all over the countryside sound off the starting bell of spring. Regardless of where you live or how it starts, spring can mean many things to many different people. To me, it is a season of new beginnings. The spring of 2012 prompted a drastic change in my life and inadvertently created a vision on how I want to live it. It was one year ago this month that I took my journey out west to experience a new frontier both literally and figuratively. Many great life experiences have come out of this journey so far. Well, this spring is no exception. In March I resigned from my position as Office Manager for a multi-million dollar energy services company. I was miserable and began to feel trapped yet again by the “golden handcuffs”. I started to think of all of the things I was preaching in my blog and in this column. “Live the life you truly want”, “if you’re unhappy, change your circumstances, find out how and make it happen”, etc. I discovered that I was being a hypocrite. Well, that just didn’t jibe with my new life credo, so I had to make the change to start anew. Again.


This decision, much like last year’s, was scary and unpredictable. I gave up a job with stability, housing, excellent pay and benefits to be a full-time barmaid. Yes, that’s right, a barmaid. I can work less hours for the same pay, this job promotes an environment of little to no stress, and it will allow the time and energy for finishing my Master’s Degree and developing my business plan. It’s a large risk but hopefully it will lead to large rewards as well. Unlike Mother Nature who has been starting anew for millions of years, I do not know what I am doing, and I’m okay with that. All I know is the rejuvenated sense of creativity and drive that I feel since the minute that I left that job. I am more determined and focused than ever to succeed at achieving my goals. It also serves as a reminder that I will always have to work at building the life I want. There will always be roadblocks, uncertainty, and confusion along the way. All I can do is acknowledge them, move on and learn from my triumphs and tribulations. My last job was nothing more than a long, cold winter but alas, the life changing season spring is upon us! Let’s sow the seeds of our passions, dreams, and hopes, be diligent in nurturing them, and see what we can reap!

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Testing newborn infants for various problems and conditions has increased in the past decade. In addition to an expanded newborn blood screen that tests for many conditions and newborn hearing screening to detect infants with hearing problems, the most recent addition to newborn screening is newborn pulse oximetry screening for critical congenital heart disease, abbreviated CCHD. Since there is too much information for one column I will continue with this information in the next issue of Simply Hers.

What is Newborn Screening?

Newborn screening is a way to find babies who have serious medical conditions that need urgent treatment. Most babies are born with no serious health problems. But for those who do have a serious health problem, newborn screening can be life-saving. Dr. Jon Herbener Board Certified Pediatrician Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrician Practicing in Hillsdale for 37 years Chief of Pediatricians at Hillsdale Community Health Center

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What is CCHD?

Critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) occurs when a baby’s heart or major blood vessels do not form properly. There are many types of heart defects. They range from mild to severe. A “critical” heart defect is one that needs urgent treatment in order to have the best outcome for the baby. Treatment can include medical and surgical procedures.

Why screen for CCHD?

Most babies are born with healthy hearts, and have enough oxygen in their blood. A few are born with CCHD. Although babies are checked very carefully by a doctor after they are born, some babies with CCHD may not have symptoms until later. Screening can help find babies with CCHD before they go home from the hospital.

How is screening for CCHD done?

Pulse oximetry is used to screen babies for CCHD. Pulse oximetry is fast, easy and does not hurt. A small sensor is placed on a baby’s right hand and one foot to measure the oxygen level in the blood. Your baby’s doctor will discuss low pulse oximetry readings with you. Screening for CCHD is done for well newborns sometime during the first 32 hours after birth. Screening is done while a baby is warm and quiet. If a baby is crying, moving, fussing or cold, then screening will take longer. It may need to be repeated.

What happens if pulse oximetry reading is low?

Healthy babies may have a low oxygen reading. Babies with low oxygen levels in their blood may have CCHD. Other conditions like breathing problems or infections may also cause a low blood oxygen level. The doctor will check the baby carefully. An ultrasound of the heart (also called “echocardiogram” and “heart echo”) may be done to look for CCHD. The heart echo may need to be done in a different hospital. It is read by a children’s heart doctor (pediatric cardiologist). If the heart echo shows problems, then a baby’s medical team will discuss the next steps with parents.

What do parents need to know?

Most babies who pass the pulse oximetry screen will not have a CCHD. It is important for parents to know that newborn screening cannot identify every child with a critical heart problem. See next month’s issue for more details regarding this important edition to caring for newborn infants. This program is now a part of routine care at the Hillsdale Community Health Center nursery.

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In Michigan, there are actually only two seasons- Winter and Garage Sale season! If you have been making an honest attempt to sort, organize and simplify your life (or want to get started), there is no better way than to have a garage sale! After 30+ years of successful sales, we’ve figured some things out, so I thought I would share them with you ~ TIPS (prior to the sale): •Collaborate with friends or family. It’s always more fun and you have a better variety of items, including different size/age clothing. It also helps share the work of setting up, taking down and the costs of the ads. •Set rules ahead of time (see some suggestions below) to avoid any misunderstanding or conflict. •Assign each person a color for pricing tags. This eliminates the need to write sales down. As an item is sold, take the tag off and put it in a container (like an empty Kleenex box or plastic food container.) At the end of the sale, you can quickly add up each person’s sales by tag color. I make sheets of various prices on the computer, print them off on different colored paper and make sure each participant has them about a month in advance. We have kept our same colors year after year so we save the extra price tag sheets to use the next year. •f you don’t have enough tables or clothes racks, get creative with ladders for hanging clothes or saw horses with pieces of wood for tables. •Several days in advance, bring in all the tables, racks, or any other display items you have. Designate areas (I put up printed signs on dowel rods, stuck in a jar of marbles) for different categories, adjusting space as things come in. •Designate a day/evening deadline for everybody to have their items priced and in place for sale. •After everything is set up- let participants shop. Be careful that you don’t buy more than you are selling! It is important that you don’t do this until things are all priced, to avoid uncomfortable situations or hurt feelings. We are always our best customers! •Have a “VIP Sale” the night before. Allow each participant to invite two or three people to pre-sale shop. This helps clean out some things (our sales are always overfilled) to make it more organized for the sale the next day and also gives your friends “first dibs” on the best stuff! •Unless all participants will be working the entire time of the sale, discuss prior how you will handle the prices (firm or bargain?) of their things if they’re not available. •Pricing is up to each individual participant. If you’ve never had a sale before, check with other participants so your things are marked comparably. •I price to sell and usually tell shoppers I will bargain if it is still there after noon. Nine times out of ten, they buy it right then as priced, rather than chance missing out. •We’ve found the best sale dates are at the first part of the month. •Plan your ad placements in advance to not miss the deadlines. Keep them short to save on the cost, highlighting just a few things that may attract buyers. Never underestimate the drawing power of a big, readable sign in a highly visible area near your sale location.

TIPS (day of the sale and after): •If your sale is in the garage, put a few nice (larger or colorful) items outside on the day of the sale, to draw in people driving or walking by. Another way to draw attention is to put a balloon on your mailbox. •Put out a ‘free’ box for little things or odds and ends that you think somebody might be able to use. Always point this out to shoppers. It’s fun to throw in small toys to keep children entertained while their parents shop. As the day goes on, sales slow and the box gets empty, consider adding your 25c items that haven’t sold, to that box. Remember, one of your goals is to just be rid of stuff! •Have a designated checkout with a cash box, adding machine, pencil, paper, and the container for your price tags as they are removed from purchases. You should also have plenty of bags and wrap for fragile purchases. Someone should stay at that table at all times! •Another person should walk around and constantly fold and move items as things clear out. Almost always right after I have moved something, it sells! This helps keep it organized (people don’t like to take the time or trouble to dig), keeps things from looking picked over, and helps deter shoplifters (yes, we’ve had them!). •If you have more expensive or breakable items like collectibles or antiques, put them near the checkout or in a protected area. We put them along the wall where people line up to pay. That way we can keep an eye on them and customers can look at them as they wait to pay- tempting them with the good (higher valued) items. •Only have your sale one day. I know some people disagree with this but we have found time and time again that the second day is pretty much a waste of time, as lookers just straggle in. If you feel strongly about having it more than one day- break it up and have it on a Saturday one week and maybe a Friday the next week. Savvy shoppers pay attention and won’t usually bother to attend the second day of a sale. •When the sale is over, bag/box things up to donate immediately, or throw them away. Don’t fall into the trap of taking them back into your house or storing them! Remember- you were willing to get rid of it and nobody wanted to buy it, so let it go!! SUGGESTED ‘RULES’: •Nothing priced below 25c. If you have items worth less, put them in the ‘free’ box, or bundle them with other small items for one price. •Tags are to be put on with safety pins whenever possible. (The pins can be saved from year to year for re-use). Taped price tags are more likely to fall off or be switched. •Sale items are to be at the location in good, clean condition and priced, by the night before the sale. •If at all possible, each participant should furnish a table or something to display items on for the sale. •If you are participating in the sale, you are expected to help with it, at least some of the time. •Unsold items are to be removed from the sale location by (pick your time and day.) •If you sell a large item that has to be picked up later, make sure you are there to help supervise or help load it. NOW COUNT YOUR MONEY AND BE PROUD OF YOUR EFFORT TO SORT, ORGANIZE and SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE!


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According to the Michigan Department of Human Services, there are approximately 14,000 Michigan children in foster care at any given time. The goal of the foster care system is to identify and place children in safe homes when they can’t remain with their families because of safety concerns. Foster families provide these children with the consistency and support they need to grow. The ultimate goal is to return the children back to their home when it is safe. If a return home is not possible, eventually the parental rights are terminated and adopted families are needed. Some foster care placements are short term, others are long term. It is not uncommon for foster care situations to lead to a permanent adoption. Every case is as different

as the children involved, with their unique circumstances, and variances in problems and successes. As we recognize May as National Foster Care Month, we celebrate three families who have made the commitment to try to make a difference in a child’s life, through the foster care system ~

{ } Wade, an eighth-grader at Waldron Middle School, wrote an essay that landed him in the top 10 of the state ‘America and Me Essay Contest’. His parents learned the topic was “My Personal Michigan Hero” and he wrote of his admiration for foster parents and families ...


THE HAYNE FAMILY Approximately three years ago, Paula and Chad Hayne were leading very full lives. Their son Austin was almost 15, and their daughter Lauren was 12. They had talked about having a third baby but both children were at ages where they were involved in a lot of activities. Lauren also has Down syndrome and although she is high-functioning, they were committed to providing her with the extra time and help she needed. They eventually decided an infant would probably not be the best fit, considering everybody’s best interests. That is where they were at when Paula, who is an early childhood special education teacher, met an eight year old girl who was in foster care. She invited her to join them in the gymnastic class she taught for Lauren. As Paula bonded more with the little girl (who would eventually become known as Taylor) she learned she had a brother who was two years younger and the parental rights had been terminated, making them eligible for adoption. Both Paula and Chad felt they could offer the children the stability and love they deserved. With the support of their biological children and extended family, they moved forward to become foster parents so they could bring the children into their family. Their adoption became final in June of 2010. Today, Paula says their family is healthy and strong, blending better than she even thought possible! Nine year old Kaden has shown real academic promise and hones his attention-getting skills to star in his role as the “baby” of the family. Paula describes eleven year old Taylor as sweet, happy, a patient and helpful sister to fifteen year old Lauren. Although the Hayne’s experience with the foster care system was a path to get these two specific children into a stable, long term home and ultimately adopted, Paula says her advice for families considering foster care is pretty much universal when dealing with the children: *Make sure both parents are on board for the commitment. *Be patient. *Make sure you have the support of your family (including extended family). *Understand they may return to their biological family or leave for some other reason. * Don’t speak poorly of their parents. *Set clear boundaries.

{ } Behavior is the main reason that the kids we have had are in foster care. Either because of the behavior of the parents or the behavior of the kids. Taken from Wade Shadbolt’s essay


*Give lots of love. *Understand there is a history that may cause them to look at life and react differently. *Be fair and equal to all of the children, all the time. THE JONES FAMILY In 1996, Gloria and Vernon Jones were nearing the end of their daily child rearing; one of their children was getting

{ } The phone rings, it’s seven o’clock, it is the Department of Human Services, there is a five year old boy that needs a home. We immediately leave and thirty minutes later, we have one more family member in our home. Taken from Wade Shadbolt’s essay

married and the youngest was graduating from high school. Gloria was working at the Intermediate School District as an assistant for profoundly deaf and autistic children. When she started also working for a woman who fostered medically fragile children, it felt very natural for Gloria to take the next step of becoming a foster parent herself. She fondly remembers her second placement- a set of twins that she got at 1:00 in the morning and were with her family for 14 months. It also stands out because she worked with the children’s mother and was able to see them returned to her care. Gloria says that is one of the greatest rewards; when she is able to keep in contact with the parent(s) and watch the children grow and thrive. Seventeen years later, the Joneses still maintain their Foster Care certification and accept children into their home and lives. Gloria admits that the commitment is not without its heartaches and frustrations. But she still feels she has time, energy and love to offer and refuses to give up on the system. In fact, in 2005 they adopted two year old Braydon (now nine), who had been with them since birth and hope to adopt two brothers ages 11 and 15, who have been with them for the last three years. As an experienced foster parent, Gloria offers these words of advice to anybody considering it: *Jump in and go for it! *Do your best to understand the parent(s) and give them a chance. They may have been in similar circumstances; you are dealing with the next generation. *Be realistic about the financial commitment, it is not a money-making situation. *Learn as much as you can about the foster care system.

*Most of all, be sure you can and will treat and love them equally.

information on the children’s history. *Expect anything! *Be in it for the long haul. There is often a “honeymoon” period where the child is on his or her best angelic behavior. THE SHADBOLT FAMILY When that time has passed and other issues start emerging, Over the seven years that Mike and Gail Shadbolt have you need to remember that angel is still in there.*Decide been taking in foster children, they admit there were what you can handle, such as age and behavior history several occasions when they questioned if it was short(Gail has chosen not to accept any children older than their changing their three biological children. Recently, their biological children) and stick to it. As hard as it is to say no son Wade, an eighth-grader at Waldron Middle School, when called to take another, there is potential to do more wrote an essay that landed him in the top 10 of the state damage than good if you are not prepared or can’t handle ‘America and Me Essay Contest’. When his parents learned the situation. *If at all possible, get to know the parents. the topic was “My Personal Michigan Hero” and he wrote It helps you to better understand the children and it is to of his admiration for foster parents and families, they everybody’s benefit if you can work together. *Speak to felt validated that their other foster parents. children have benefited Have conversations from the experience too. about the reality Foster parents must be of the day to day courageous enough to take in Gail gives four basic commitment. *Make strangers that you don’t know reasons they felt sure you have support and care for them like they were compelled to become from family, friends and your own kids...must be caring foster parents: even your neighbors. enough for those kids to make 1) They have been *Be prepared to be them feel at home and not alone, blessed with three, wellvery involved. Gail says rounded children and when a child is in their but like they have a new family... a stable, loving home. home, it is THEIR child must be prepared to get any kid 2) The Bible clearly and she will advocate of any shape, size, and health. teaches to take care of for them even if it Taken from Wade Shadbolt’s essay orphans and widows. means challenging “the 3) She has background system”. experience with behavior modification and developmentally disabled children, so those problems A NOTE FROM REBECCA BELCHER, don’t intimidate her and 4) When you ‘pay it forward’, you FOSTER CARE LICENSING, DHS ~ get back more than you give. They currently have three young children, 2 girls and a boy, with their family. Over the years, Gail estimates they have had approximately 20 Foster care affects hundreds of thousands of children and children pass through their home. The majority of them families and society as a whole. Child welfare issues arise have returned to their families. The longest stay was two in families of every race, ethnicity, culture, and age group. siblings that were deaf, who were with them for three years. Children and youth are placed in foster care when their She counts them as one of her happy endings because they parents (or guardians) are no longer able to ensure their were both adopted into a good, supportive family. essential wellbeing. These young people need stable, loving care until they can either safely reunite with their Admitting she was naïve going into the foster care process, families or establish other lifelong relationships with a she has been surprised at the degree of abuse a lot of these nurturing adult. children have endured and consequently, the resulting degree of anger many of them carry. She has learned there Potential foster parents must complete an orientation, are many things that can’t be “fixed” so you can only give criminal clearance checks, 24 hours of classroom training, them the love, support and resources to work through the home visits, medical clearances, environmental inspection, issues. All the children they have fostered have received budget and provide three references. For more information on counseling. becoming a foster parent in Hillsdale County please contact Becky at the Department of Human Services – 517-932-8801 The Shadbolts offer this advice to anybody considering or belcherr2@michigan.gov . Open orientations are held at foster care- *Ask questions, push for open and honest DHS the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 5-7 pm.

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Runners can compete and enjoy the CAPA 5K, a recent addition to the Magic Ride. The 5K starts on St. Joe Street, winds through Hillsdale County Fair Grounds racetrack and finishes on the bike path. The top two runners per division who participate in the 5K will receive medals in the award ceremony at the end of the Magic Ride event. The participants (bikers, runners or walkers) who collect the most pledge support will receive prizes as well. “We had wonderful weather last year and I enjoyed meeting everyone who participated in the events. I hope to see them all back this year along with many new faces to help us with this very important issue,” States Executive Director Christie Campbell.

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My husband and I just got back from a cruise. It was great! Well, I thought it was great. My husband probably would have enjoyed himself too if he had ever left the bathroom. Who knew he would get sea sick? Who knew he would stay in the cabin and become one with the toilet? Who knew that even on his “death bed” I would put him over the edge? Our cabin wasn’t ready when we boarded the ship so we were told to stop at the buffet and have lunch. Stop we did … again and again and again. That was our (his) first mistake. He never should have eaten that much food. By the time we headed out to sea it was time to eat dinner. We had already tested the buffet so we decided to eat our first evening meal in the dining room. The food was great and we over-indulged again. A lady at our table who was a veteran cruiser noticed how much food we were putting away and told us about a motion sickness medication we might want to pick up. We only half listened because we felt fine at the time. That was our (his) second mistake. When a woman talks, a man really should listen. As we headed back to our room to get ready for our first night on the ship my husband commented that he didn’t feel so good. He did look a little puny. We barely made it to the cabin door when he shoved me aside and claimed the bathroom as his own. I waited and waited for him to stop gagging, but obviously this was going to be awhile. What was I to do? This was my first cruise ever and I did not want to spend it listening to him puking his guts out. I asked myself if it would be really mean of me to leave him to his misery while I went to see the sights. Of course the answer was NO!!! I mean really, what could I do? Hold his head while he heaved? I think not! Why should we both be miserable? The least I could do though while I was out seeing the sights would be to buy some of that medicine for the poor boy, but I couldn’t remember where to find it. I’d have to look for the lady who had told us about it. I remembered she said she loved to dance, eat, play cards and shop. Dang! She could be anywhere on this darn ship.


I started in the dance room where they were teaching line dancing. I love line dancing! I thought I’d try just a few steps then I’d get back to my medicine mission. Two hours later drenched in sweat I remembered the mission and asked if anyone knew where I could get the medicine. No one had heard of it. It was now midnight and time for the famous midnight buffet. I love buffets! I didn’t see the lady I was looking for, but as long as I was there I thought I’d have a midnight snack before I went back to check on my husband. With a full belly I went back to the cabin to find him still in the bathroom, but he had fallen asleep and was snuggled up to the toilet. I threw a blanket over him and I went to bed. The next morning I woke up hungry again, but my husband still didn’t feel good. I told him I would find that medicine no matter what, after breakfast of course. After eating I went to the ship’s shopping area. I love to shop! I didn’t find the medicine, but I did find the cutest hat, a good book, an expensive looking bracelet and a new T-shirt. As I was leaving I saw a couple from last night’s dance class. They were going to play Hearts. I love Hearts! Just as I was about to throw down the card that would win the whole Hearts shebang I heard a weak, but familiar voice asking me what I was doing. Oh my gosh! It was my husband! I’d forgotten all about him. He was no longer green. As a matter of fact, his face was really, really red like he was angry with someone. He told me he had made a simple phone call to guest services and the medicine was delivered to the cabin in minutes. He was a little ticked that I’d left him lying in the bathroom while I gallivanted around the ship. Me!? I’d spent my whole cruise looking for that stupid medicine and he’s upset with me? What in the world is wrong with that man? Once again I managed to put my husband right over the edge.

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turn the page Book and Author Reviews

By Nancy Ryan Simply Hers Magazine

Sometimes when you read a book it brings a kind of peace or spirituality, an awareness of life and its fragility. Different authors awaken different emotions, or can affect your everyday perspective on your own world. Such is the case for me. Writers like Jan Karon, Karen Kingsbury, and, surprisingly, painter/artist/author Thomas Kinkade compose thought-provoking tales and represent the Christian genre, too. Some of you are probably thinking “Christian authors, boring and predictable”, right? Well, not so fast. That Bathsheba story from a pretty famous Christian book was downright racey wasn’t it? You can be both Christian and exciting at the same time! These three writers manage to bring a personal God into our routine and everyday lives through examples of how to, and how not to, take loving care of our family and friends. Consider author Jan Karon and her Mitford series. In At Home In Mitford we are introduced to Father Tim, a staid, paunchy, slightly balding, middle-age bachelor who is the pastor at Lord’s Chapel in Mitford. He is the main personality, but we are introduced to a host of characters who attend his church. Then one day a pretty children’s writer named Cynthia moves in next door, and the rest, as they say, is “history”! Throughout the Mitford series of books Father Tim inherits a dog, a wife and her cat, and five homeless children as he tries to locate their mother. He talks to God in a matter-of-fact way about the circumstances he gets himself into, and is trusting in the Lord to help him find his way. This series is a wonderful first foray into the field of Christian fiction. Karon is a gifted writer to be enjoyed, and will leave you in a peaceful place!


Thomas Kinkade writes wholesome stories about everyday people and various challenges they, like us, encounter in daily life. He has two series, The Cape Light Series and Angel Island Series. The thirteen Cape Light books revolve around the same starring characters, namely, Mayor Emily, her rich mother Lillian, her sister Jessica (who comes for a visit and ends up meeting Sam and staying), Reverend Ben and his wife, Carolyn (who have problems with

estranged son Mark), and other assorted family and friends interweaving throughout the books. Interestingly, Kinkade, who is described through his paintings as “creating tranquil light-infused paintings” and as an author “offering the basic values of family, faith in God and the timeless beauty of nature,” recently died of alcoholism in the midst of a messy divorce from his childhood sweetheart because of an adulterous affair with his assistant! Of these three authors, Karen Kingsbury is perhaps the most overtly obvious in her writings. She quotes scripture and uses the word of God regularly, seemingly speaking directly to the characters through His Word. She has written several stand-alone books, two of which I have recently read. Between Sundays tackles the lives of two NFL players and their journey to the Superbowl. They become involved in a local youth center for foster children and a cocky, selfcentered 49ers quarterback finds humility and love. Shades of Blue takes on the evergreen topic of abortion. Brad is about to marry the love of his life, but his guilt over a teenage mistake has him traveling back to his hometown and his first love. They have a sad past, and have both been greatly affected by youthful indiscretions. It’s an insightful look at forgiving yourself for seemingly insurmountable sins with God’s help. Kingsbury has also written several series’ books. In the Above the Line Series, two men go to Hollywood in hopes of making a Christian-themed movie involving a rock star. The four books beginning with Take One, are set between their homes and Hollywood, where they encounter obstacles and temptations. Her Redemption Series follows the lives of the Baxters and their five adult children, each of whom are trying to find his or her way in life—sometimes with God, sometimes without. Kingsbury’s most recent book is a stand-alone entitled The Chance. I hope you take the opportunity to read some of these authors. They encourage us to seek a more personal relationship with God in our ever-more secular world.

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Why don’t men know how to hold infants properly? by James E. Sheridan Simply Hers Magazine

We do know how to hold children properly, but in a male way. Women typically cradle infants in their arms or up on the shoulder, patting them on the back. We hold kids any way we can: by the feet upside down, by the hands right-side up, sideways on our hip, thrown over our shoulders, straddling our neck and, sometimes, on our shoulder, like you do. You nurture naturally. We don’t. We can struggle at first; a 21 inch, 7 pound baby seems so fragile. But then we realize that part of our job as dad is the important work of playing, teasing and roughhousing. Anthony DeBenedet, M.D. and Lawrence Cohen, PhD, explain: “Play – especially active physical play like roughhousing – makes kids smart, emotionally intelligent, loveable and likeable, ethical, physically fit, and joyful.” The kids may be on top of us on the floor and suddenly the tables turn and they’re being held upside down by the legs. These unpredicted changes help increase the connections between neurons in the cerebral cortex, which helps children become better at dealing with sudden change. Even the inevitable bumps and bruises help. Safety first is a prime consideration. But eventually Johnny or Suzie will take an unexpected hard fall. Men typically don’t cuddle kids when this happens. We just keep playing and in the process help kids learn to handle the minor hurts they’ll face in school and later in the work place. DeBenedet and Cohen note that “roughhousing releases a chemical called brain-driven


neurotrophic factor (BDNF).” This stimulates neuron growth in the cortex and hippocampus of the brain, which is “vital for higher learning, memory, and advanced behavior, such as language and logic.” Simply put: Tossing the kids in the air and wrestling on the floor helps make them smarter. Anthony Pellegrini, PhD, notes that the amount of roughhousing children engage in is a better predictor of how they do in first grade than their kindergarten test scores. Roughhousing helps socialize children, teaching them to take turns and about boundaries and the appropriate use of strength. Sometimes they chase, sometimes they’re chased. If they get too rough or become mean, we slow things down with the reprimand: “Be careful.” Throwing kids in the air or having them jump and us catching them teaches them to take controlled risks and to trust us. Years later that trust will be important when we want them to take our advice and when they’re learning how to trust others. Still, there are some basic limits, including safety first. Adults need to keep track of the surroundings so lamps don’t get broken or people get hurt. And, high-intensity roughhousing right before bedtime winds kids up. Keep the active play for earlier in the day. What you do as women is extremely important for children. But, let dad be dad. His job is important too. He’s not “holding the baby wrong;” it’s just different and different in a good way.

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Let me introduce myself- I am a nine month old Keeshond (pronounced kayz-hund) puppy. My human ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ adopted me in Jamestown, PA when I was two months old. It was a long ride back to Hillsdale but I was too scared and small to understand, so I pretended to be a calm, sweet puppy all the way to my new home.

ROTFI- Rolling on the floor itching!

Since then, I have had a grrrrreat time rockin’ their world with my antics! It’s been quite a slow process training them and my ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ don’t always have the best sense of humor about some of my shenanigans. After doing some dogtective work, I found out my ‘mom’ was posting things about me on Facebook!

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She would tell stories about me swinging on her robe when she took me outside to do “my thing” in the early morning hours, and complain when I decorated the house by taking the end of the toilet paper in my mouth and winding it around and around as she chased me. Then there was the time I grabbed the roll of blue “gift” bags (that she carries when she walks me) out of her pocket and took off with them, unrolling across the neighborhood. She even posted a picture of the bathmat, supposedly “evidence” that I’d been walking around in her shower (geez- I wiped my paws, what more does she want?!) Yelp, their training has been a slow, tedious process and I’m not done yet! So Miss Marlanea agreed to let me write my own column where my friends and I could share OUR stories! I also started my own Facebook page to clear up any misconceptions about who’s training who and tell the REAL story. I love posting my pictures and I’ve even come up with texting shortcuts like the humans have ~

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I’ll be introducing you to one of my DFF’s (Dog Friends Fur-ever) in each issue. And I’ll give you opportunities to tell me about your special pets. I hope you’ll share photos too! We’re going to start things off by announcing a CONTEST for the July/August issue, so be sure to read the details and join in the fun to win great prizes! I look forward to hearing from you as we share ‘Pet Tales from Kacie’s Korner’. Have a tail-waggin’ day- and I’ll BAYL!

Daisy Rose Conrad Meet one of my special DFF’s ~ DAISY ROSE- Daisy is nine months old like me, but she is much smaller! She is a miniature dachshund. She was born in Parma, MI but now lives with the Conrad family in Camden. Her ‘parents’ are still in training too, but they’ve had other dachshund puppies so they’re learning faster than mine! Daisy loves walks and her favorite toy, a stuffed bear named Ted, that is bigger than she is! She is so busy loving life that sometimes she forgets to eatcan you believe that??!! While Daisy was in Florida this winter, she sent me cards and a picture of herself in her sunglasses and sundress. She is a pawsome friend!

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Celebrating the best of the Hillsdale Area By Jim Pruitt Simply Hers Magazine

Everything is turning green and the farmers are getting ready to plant their crops and that means it will soon be Farmers Market season. In Hillsdale County, the fun begins May 18 and runs through October at the county Courthouse parking lot. And the market looks to be full this year, with only a few spaces left. Produce is a common offering along with cut flowers, baked goods, crafts and assorted offerings. Vendors come to make money, but also to meet people and make friends. The Hillsdale market possesses a festival atmosphere and is a good draw to bring people downtown, to the benefit of local businesses. Glenn Frobel, who serves as president of the market, and his wife Margaret have four years under their belt. They sell homemade detergent and soaps. “We get a few customers to buy it,” Frobel said. “We get a pretty positive response.” Frobel said this year’s market has a variety of offerings and allows customers to get to know the people who grow their food. The produce is of high quality as are the artists who sell their creations, he said. Prospective vendors must fill out an application and pass muster with the market board to gain access. The goal is to offer locally grown or created products, he said. “It is a lot better produce than you will get off a truck that has traveled 2,500 miles to get here,” Frobel said. “It’s very diverse; we have got a lot there.”

“We like the opportunity to go to a place and visit different vendors all in one,” Kevin said. “We like to promote community involvement.” Variety is the spice of life, it is said, and when they said it they must have been talking about Elaine Riopelle. The Jonesville-area woman sells homemade mustard, jam, relishes, fruit pies, bread-dipping oil and meat rubs among other items. She sells 30-36 types of jams, including seven varieties of jalapeno jams. She is the only vendor who sells sugar-free jams. She offers corn, beet, pickle and zucchini relishes. Riopelle uses local fruit for her pot-pie sized creations and family plays a large role in her creations. She uses a recipe from her great-great-grandmother for her mustard and eschews salt in her rubs because her mother is on a low-salt diet. She got her start at the market when her niece was going to get married in Jamaica and she needed the money for a ticket. She started with her mustard and some salt-free vegetable dips. “That’s what got us to Jamaica,” Riopelle said. “We expanded over the years.” She likes the market because it reminds her of the small town she grew up in Wisconsin. There the downtown was the heart of the village. “That’s where people came just to talk to each other and meet each other,” Riopelle said. “There were no Walmarts or big box stores, it was all family.” She is going to roll out three new rubs, oriental, Jamaican and Moroccan, again all salt-free. Her dips are all gluten-free as well. “There’s nothing out there that is not salt-free that is pre-made,” Riopelle said.

Many vendors have been there since the beginning, while others are rookies this year. The market has been immensely popular and has attracted a diverse group of vendors over the years. Carol Smith has been selling her crop of berries at the market since its beginning. A Hillsdale County farmer, she grows strawberries and raspberries and sees the market as a good outlet to promote her crop. Smith also sells her fruit at farmers markets in Hicksville and Defiance, Ohio. “We did the Ann Arbor market last year,” Smith said.


If food is not on your list, there is still a green option with cut flowers by Linda Kidwell. This will be her third year at the market and she has found people to be happy with offerings. She lives in the country and went with some friends to see what the market is all about and after coming to market, she noticed there weren’t any flowers for sale. “People enjoy seeing flowers,” Kidwell said. “Nobody had just flowers.”

Smith and her husband began growing strawberries 33 years ago after a friend began growing them. She sees her participation as an obligation to growers all over the county to keep up interest in agriculture.

Her wares include zinnias, ageratums, statice, celosia, yarrow, cosmos and snapdragons. She can expand her inventory and does so through learning about flowers. One thing she has learned is that not all flowers can be cut. The flowers are popular and she loves to see people smile at them when they walk by her booth.

Kevin and Tisha Vincent are newcomers this year. They plan to bring produce and baked goods.

“It’s nice to see people happy,” Kidwell said. “They are outside in the fresh air and out with people.”

“We enjoy that kind of activity,” Kevin said. “I thought I’d give it a try.” Their plot is bigger than a garden, Kevin said. So they decided to get involved in the market this year.

The marker is open 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday from May 18th to the end of October at the Hillsdale County Courthouse parking lot on Bacon Street between M-99 (Broad Street) and Howell in downtown Hillsdale. For more information visit www.cityofhillsdale.org/farmers’-market.aspx


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Refresh, Renew, Restore

By Laura Loveberry Inspirational Speaker and Author

At times, is your life a big-time battle? Are you sometimes exhausted by all the mental conflict and emotional war? Yea. Well, I am right there with you in moments when I need refreshing relief, renewed strength to overcome, and restored hope for despair. Life is hard. So this is for YOU and lifting your tired, drained, tattered, overwhelmed, battle-worn self back into the place of peaceful living. I remember hearing about an art contest to capture “peace” in a painting. The winning creation was not a tranquil meadow scene with the sun shining brightly on blissfulness. Noooo. The artist to capture the prize, painted a momma bird resting peacefully over her egg-filled bird nest built into the crags of the cliff…while thousands of gallons of raging forceful waterfall crashes down mere inches from the bird’s dwelling. Perfect peace is doing what you’re called to do regardless of what surrounds you. Do you understand this kind of chosen peace? I am talking about peace that lives up against a torrential downpour. Let’s face it; sometimes the skies remain dark and cloudy. God calls us to grow in the painful pelting precipitation, the heavy sustained rains, and the sudden unexpected storms. This is my barely-standing, soaked head-to-toe reality, and I am desperate for the Word of God and His timeless truths to carry me softly through my drenching hard times. Here are some of my personal favorite inspirations from our all-seeing God to inspire me to keep stroking when I feel like the raging waters are going to overtake me. Since so many Simply Hers’ friends are facing financial fiascos, marriage messes, parenting problems, horrid health heartbreaks, and relationship wrecks; I believe grasping these concept can calm the effects of the raging storms out there. Grab these life preservers. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind….” Romans 12:2a NIV Bible “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV Bible.


“…Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b-11 NAS Bible “Though the fig tree does not bud, and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails, and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:17-19 NIV Bible “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:5-7 NIV Bible “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13 NIV Bible I simply talk aloud to myself and God in the middle of my mess using Loveberry paraphrasing in the present tense of God’s Words because His words do not go void, they lift my spirit, and renew my mind. I earnestly cry out the gist of God’s message for me. To close, let me share my recent cry out prayer: “Oh God, YOU are my God and I earnestly seek YOU and trust YOU right this moment. Control my mouth (Yea, that is a big job.) and renew my boggled mind, pleeeeeeeeease!!!. You give me strength for my day and strength for my reaction to this messy mess. I will NOT be anxious about this, and I ask for your peace that passes all understanding to surround me. You make my feet like the feet of a deer, and I am gonna stand strong in You. As a matter of fact, I am gonna climb this slippery mountain. Better yet, I gonna gallop with You to the tip top to see the view from your perspective. I am not even going to raise my voice or pitch a fit along the way (but I sure would love some chocolate). Thank you, God. I am going to rise to the occasion, Jesus. That’s right. I’m calling this an adventure and YOU, oh God, are my guide. I can do all things through YOU who give me strength in this whirlwind. I may look like a soggy drenched child, but I am a child of the KING of KINGS, and I am going to SHINE through this storm on my way up! Amen. Thank you, Jesus!”

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Shedding pounds after 50 is still possible

Losing some weight is a goal for many people regardless of age. While youngsters and young adults might be able to get away with a few extra pounds without suffering any significant consequences, older adults carrying some extra weight might be putting their overall health at considerable risk. Shedding weight after the age of 50 is not always easy. As a person ages, muscle mass tends to dwindle while body fat has a tendency to increase. Since fat burns fewer calories than muscle, weight gain as a person ages is bound to happen. But that doesn’t mean such weight gain is inevitable. In fact, men and women willing to make certain changes with regard to diet and exercise can shed pounds after 50 while preventing future weight gain.

Diet Men and women need fewer calories as they age. For example, men and women in their 40s may need as many as 200 calories more per day than they will when they reach their 50s. Counting calories might seem difficult, so men and women in their 50s and older who don’t think they can count calories can try to eat more low-calorie foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Consuming fewer calories often requires changing dietary habits, not only with regard to what you’re eating but also how you’re eating and even how you shop for food. Men and women used to dining out for lunch every day can start bringing their own lunches so they can gain greater control of their daily caloric intake. For those who find they’re frequently too exhausted to cook each night, they can prepare meals in advance to have healthy, homemade meals waiting instead of always ordering takeout or delivery. When shopping for food, people should avoid doing so on an empty stomach so they’re less inclined to buy unhealthy snacks.


Exercise Exercise is another essential component to shedding pounds after 50, though men and women over 50 should always consult a physician before they begin a new exercise regimen. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out that regular exercise can help older men and women prevent the onset of a host of ailments, including heart disease and diabetes. In addition, the CDC notes that regular physical activity as one ages helps muscles grow stronger, which increases the chances that an individual will be able to perform necessary daily activities without the assistance of others. Maintaining that independence into older adulthood is a goal for many men and women, and it’s a goal that’s far more realistic for men and women who exercise than it is for those who don’t. When coupled with a healthy, low-calorie diet, routine exercise can help men and women over 50 shed extra weight and keep the weight off once it’s gone. According to the CDC, older adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, every week and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 more days a week. These musclestrengthening activities should work all the major muscle groups, including the legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms. Muscle-strengthening activities include lifting weights, working out with resistance bands, exercise such as push-ups and sit-ups that use body weight for resistance, and yoga. Even gardening that involves digging and shoveling can be considered a muscle-strengthening activity. Weight gain is often an expected side effect of aging. But men and women don’t have to gain weight as they get older. Some simple dietary changes and a commitment to routine exercise is all it takes to shed weight after 50 and keep that weight off once it’s gone.

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Our creative crafter for this issue is Claudia Mesarosh. Claudia was the Administrator of the Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility, employed there for 38 years. Since retiring two years ago, her interest in genealogy has “bloomed”. She is a volunteer at the Mitchell Research Center in Hillsdale and serves as the current Recording Secretary. Her husband Adam is also retired and they both have lots of hobbies and interests to keep them busy. She is blessed to have two children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Claudia has been pressing flowers for several years, making a variety of craft items for sale and gifts. She has her own greenhouse and has a love of pansies and violas. She is a Master Gardener, serving as the current President of the Hillsdale County Master Gardeners. Her love of growing flowers and planting gardens in general came from helping her grandparents in their garden in the suburbs of Detroit.



• Flowers • Old phone books • Microwave • Your choice of items to put the flowers on (such as candles or note cards.)

Step 1

Step 2

Step- by-step Instructions: Step 1- Gather flowers. Choose flowers or leaves that will lay flat well such as violas, pansies, etc. Always pick flowers or plant material late in the day so they do not have extra moisture (from dew or rain). Moist flowers will mold!

Step 3

Step 4

Step 2- Place flowers face down on drying area, removing stem. Old phone books are perfect for drying. Step 3- Microwave the phone book on “high” power. Do not microwave for more than one minute forty-five seconds. Flowers can burn in a microwave and will smell terrible. Microwaving does preserve the color of flowers in most cases. You can keep adding to the phone book and microwaving until the book is full. Stack the phone books and let dry. If you are not microwaving to dry them, just stack the phone books with flowers for at least 6-8 weeks. The time it takes for flowers and leaves to dry depends on the size and moisture content.

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Step 4- After drying, the flower material can be placed in boxes, layered for later use. Place tissue paper or paper towels between layers. Step 5- Now comes the fun part! There are many craft projects for which dried flowers can be used. I like to use Mod Podge to coat (decoupage) the flowers for sealing/attaching them on an item. Try putting them on items such as notecards, candles, notebooks, lamp shades. INSTRUCTIONS FOR DECOUPAGING ITEMS: Use Mod Podge (matte finish) applying a small amount to adhere the flowers or leaves, then covering in thin coats and drying completely between coats. Another way to use them is for laminated bookmarks, always a favorite for a small gift to put in a birthday or get well card.


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Scrambled Eggs in Potato Nests 1 20 oz. pkg shredded potatoes 2 eggs, beaten 1 Tbsp. snipped fresh chives 1/2 tsp. salt 12 eggs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a large baking sheet; set aside. In a large bowl, stir together potatoes, the 2 beaten eggs, chives, and the 1/2 teaspoon salt. Shape mixture into 12 mounds (about 1/3 cup each) on prepared baking sheet. Press the back of a tablespoon into each mound, making a nest. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned and set. Meanwhile, beat together the 12 eggs, milk, the 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper with a rotary beater. In a 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat; pour in egg mixture. Cook over medium heat without stirring until mixture begins to set on the bottom and around edge.

2/3 cup milk 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 2 Tbsp. butter 1 1/2 cups shredded Am. cheese

With a spatula, lift and fold the partially cooked egg mxiture so that the uncooked portion flows underneath. Continue cooking over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until egg mixture is cooked through but is still glossy and moist. Remove from heat. Spoon about 1/3 cup of egg mixture into each potato nest. Sprinkle cheese over eggs. Return to oven; bake about 2 minutes or until cheese melts. If desired, garnish with chives. Makes: 12 servings

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Sweet Potato Fries 2 large sweet potatoes 1/2 cup Mayonnaise 1 tsp Sriracha Sauce

2-3 Tablespoons of cornstarch 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper Preheat oven to 425°

- Peel and cut sweet potatoes into fries no thicker than 1/2”. Soak in water for minimum of one hour, but preferably for half a day. - Drain water from bowl and lift fries out by the handful. Give them a good shake. They should be dry but still have enough moisture on them to allow the cornstarch to stick. - Put cornstarch in a plastic bag and drop all of your fries in. Blow a little air into the bag, twist the top and shake it vigorously. Lift the fries out onto one or two baking sheets.

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- Coat with Olive Oil. The more the crispier and less sticking you’ll have, but the less healthy they’ll be. Use 2 pans if you have to. You want to make sure the fries aren’t crowded on the pan otherwise they’ll steam as opposed to getting crispy.

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- Bake for 15 minutes then check. Once bottom of fries are getting crisp, flip them over and cook for another 5-10 minutes.

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(for deep frying follow the first 3 steps, but instead of baking them, put them in the deep fryer at it’s highest setting for a few minutes) Dipping Sauce Mix together mayo, pepper and Sriracha sauce. Adjust to your taste.


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4. Put pan in freezer to harden lime layer. 5. Repeat step 3 with the vanilla, but make the layer much thinner – maybe 1/2 inch. Use a butter knife to flatten the top, even-ing out the lime with the vanilla. Put pan in freezer to harden again. 6. Repeat step 3 with the red/chocolate chip sherbet. Fill the rest of the pan, then use a butter knife to flatten the top. Freeze! 7. When it’s time to eat, run a knife around the edge of the pan before popping off the outside of the springform pan. Use a nice thin-blade knife to slice. Recipe found athttp://www.makeandtakes.com/fun-summer-dessert-watermelon-pie

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Gems of Wisdom Have You Read Your Horoscope Today? PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, things may seem like they are going to go one way, but at the last minute things turn in an entirely different direction.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, difficult decisions take time to mull over. Although you want to properly work through all the scenarios, you might not have all the time you need. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, water rolls off of your back quite easily. However, something tugs at you right now and you may have to give it more thought than you’re accustomed to. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, with such a hectic schedule, you may be feeling the pressure. It is not unreasonable to take some time for yourself and focus on your relationship with a spouse or significant other. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Sometimes you have to make a few mistakes before you get things right, Leo. Don’t let this worry you because you’ll get back on the right path soon enough. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, it’s important to recognize your way is not always the right way. If you absorb what other people are saying, you might have an easier go of things.


ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Finding time to get everything done can be challenging, Aries. Fortunately, you have quite a few supporters in your corner who are willing to lend a helping hand.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, keep the lines of communication open with a loved one. There may be messages coming your way, and you should be ready to receive them. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 You may need to break out of your routines, Scorpio. Even though you thrive when things are organized, you cannot expect everything to go according to plan. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 There are some happy moments in your immediate future, Sagittarius. This will make any difficult days in your recent past seem well worth it. And the days ahead will bring you great joy. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, now is a good time to get friends or family together for an informal dinner party. Focus your energy on socialization to get away from the daily grind. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, others appreciate all that you do for them, but sometimes they have to do for themselves to learn valuable lessons. This is a time to step aside and give your loved ones the opportunity to handle the situation.

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Simply Hers Magazine - May/June 2013  

Local women's magazine for Hillsdale, Lenawee and Branch counties in Michigan

Simply Hers Magazine - May/June 2013  

Local women's magazine for Hillsdale, Lenawee and Branch counties in Michigan