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Ask The Expert By Rob Shewman

WINTER AGAIN Marlanea McGraw Owner/Publisher

WELL, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT IS FAST APPROACHING THAT WONDERFUL TIME OF YEAR AGAIN. With our temperatures already beginning to get below freezing, it is time to make sure our cars are ready for the long, cold winter. Tires are an integral part of winterizing our vehicles. The National Highway Safety conducted a test that showed all-season tires at tread depths as high as 6/32 (half-life) had remarkably lower handling in winter snow, sleet, and ice conditions. Although they are not saying you have to run right out and get new tires or snow tires, this is important to know so that you can adjust yourdriving for potential loss of traction and handling. If your tires are 4/32 or below, we recommend new tires or snow tires for the winter season. Now is the time to have your belts, hoses, battery, and coolant inspected. Belts and hoses that are aged and dry may become weaker or break in freezing temperatures. Your mechanic should also inspect and test the coolant in your car to make sure that it is in optimal condition to protect your engine. Are your heating and defrosting systems working properly? Do your wiper blades need replacing? Visibility is greatly affected in the winter and making sure these systems function properly goes a long way in helping improve visibility.

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As incredible as it is, this issue of Simply Hers begins our TENTH year of publication! I remember the early days so well, and it amazes me to see what’s become of this venture. We started with a small number of pages, some very brave advertisers, and a lot of hopes. Now we have four magazines, distribution in four counties, numerous contributors, and many supportive businesses providing us with advertising revenue. I have no words to express how thankful I am for how the community has supported and encouraged me and my staff!

We hope you will enjoy another double holiday issue! We’ve included many articles to help you handle your holidays as well as pump up the holiday spirit a bit. The holiday events calendar is updated, so take a look and find something new and fun to do this year! On the “flip side,” don’t miss our cover article on restaurant owner Lisa Slade, our spotlight articles on two local businesses, and the unknown abolitionist Laura Smith Haviland along with many more. Please, please, please remember to browse the ads and do your best to SHOP LOCALLY this holiday season! I say it a lot, but it needs to be said—without our advertisers, we would not be able to bring this publication to you. Their belief in this magazine, their loyalty, and their support have been instrumental in getting Simply Hers off the ground and keeping it thriving. With the year drawing to a close, I also want to offer my sincere thanks to my staff. We’ve had some tumultuous months over the last year with major life upheavals in our lives, but we’ve pulled together and pulled through! They are a wonderful group, and I am so happy to have them. We wish all our readers a happy holiday season filled with love, joy, and warm memories!




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On the Cover 10

Finish Line Restaurant

Fashion 13 Jumpsuits

MUSCLE UP - Live Fit 16 Go for the Goals


Local Spotlight 21 Salvation Army

Peripheral Artery Disease 22 What is it?

Business Spotlight 24 The Local Eatery

Ask the Doctor 26 Influenza

40 Stuff

You May Not Know About

Turn the Page 30

42 Keeping It In Stitches

The Local Beat 32

44 City Pages

Book and Author Reviews

What’s New With Your Favorite Businesses

Gray Matters 34

Many Roses Among the Thorns for 2019

3 Boys and a Transplant 36 The Day Finally Arrives

Legal Matters 38

How Does an IRA Fit Into Your Estate Plan?

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58 Simply Speaking

It’s Straight Up Interesting

60 Life is the Berries Life is Messy

62 Over The Edge Birthday Surprise

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When Lisa Slade began working at The Finish Line Family Restaurant (then known as House of Flavors) in 1977, she had no idea she would someday own the restaurant. Lisa’s work ethic, commitment to her customers, and her staff have made The Finish Line a staple of the community for over 40 years. Learn more about this inspirational woman and her family on page 10.







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Finish Line When Lisa Slade began working at The Finish Line Family Restaurant (then known as House of Flavors) in 1977, she had no idea that she would someday own the restaurant and make it a staple of the Hillsdale community for more than 40 years. “We have good food and good service at reasonable prices,” she says of the restaurant she has been part of for almost as long as it has been open. House of Flavors opened at 75 W. Carleton Road in Hillsdale in 1976. The chain ice cream and sandwich shop had several locations, mostly in northern Michigan. Lisa began waitressing there in 1977 while she was still in high school. Although she had some aspirations of becoming a lawyer, she kept on at the restaurant, moving up the ladder from dining room manager to assistant manager and then manager. She married her husband Jerry and had two daughters, Christie and Whitney. Then, in 1995, Lisa was presented with a significant opportunity. Several years prior, the restaurant had been purchased by a retired teacher. Tragically, she died in a car accident. Her husband worked with Lisa to help her purchase the restaurant she had been managing and from then on she was in charge. By then, House of Flavors menu had grown to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but the name suggested there was only ice cream inside. So Lisa, backed by her husband and family’s love of racing, decided to change the name to The Finish Line Family Restaurant. She says they still, however, serve House of Flavors ice cream.


LISA SLADE’S PASSION for serving GREAT FOOD to her COMMUNITY By Sarah Gray The newly-refurbished interior is decorated with photos of local racers and the dessert menu has a racing theme. Lisa’s work ethic, commitment to her customers, and her staff have made The Finish Line a staple of the community. “It is important to find what your passion is,” she says. “Work by definition is work. When you decide what you are passionate about you put in the work and the extra effort. Being successful in life – whatever you are doing – doesn’t just happen.” Her hard work and drive were ingrained in her two daughters who got their first jobs working at their mother’s restaurant. “From a young age, I always had a really good example of the commitment and hard work it takes to run a business and be a mother,” her daughter Whitney says. “She set a great example of both.” Whitney says she started waitressing at The Finish Line at age 14 and learned some valuable lessons. “It taught me from a young age to be comfortable with people and I had a sense of responsibility from a young age which helped me to become a responsible adult.” Whitney is a chiropractor and owns Concord Chiropractic which she opened in May. Her sister Christie also got her start at the restaurant. She says the skills she learned working at The Finish Line helped her

become successful in her career as a real estate agent and broker. “She taught us to serve well, be personable, and treat everyone the same,” she says. “She taught us efficiency in work as well and never to walk in or out of the kitchen emptyhanded. Its little things like that that have stuck with me. They are good skills to learn.” Christie, who owns Christie Plemmons Realty in the building right next to The Finish Line, says her mother is a “well-oiled machine.” Whitney adds that although they knew she was busy with the restaurant “she always had time for us. She did both jobs very well.” Lisa beams when she talks about her daughters and the women they have grown into. “I am very proud of both my daughters. They are successful in their own right. They both work hard and love what they do.” The Finish Line may be the place to go for a good homecooked meal, but that does not mean the menu is stagnant. There are staples everyone knows and loves, but Lisa says they are always trying out new specials, and, if one becomes a customer favorite, it is added to the menu. Likewise, if an item on the menu is constantly passed over, it will be taken off. Seasonal dishes are also very popular with a pumpkin-themed menu in the fall and strawberries and chicken salad in the summer. Lisa says she enjoys the “challenges and puzzles” that working in the food industry brings. “In the restaurant business, there are so many moving parts.”

I am very proud of both my daughters. They are successful in their own right. They both work hard and love what they do

She says she has been blessed with a “great staff and awesome cooks,” many of whom have been with her for many years. Much of her love of her business comes from her customers. “It is fun to establish relationships with members of the community,” she says. Business stays busy with the influx of Hillsdale College students in the fall and vacationers in the summer. She says she enjoys being a place people can come and get a good meal. “People enjoy going out to eat. They like the experience.” Lisa says she has no plans of going anywhere or changing any time soon. She is already looking ahead to 2026. “God willing, we will be here to celebrate 50 years and one year later I will be here 50 years,” she says, adding that she celebrated the restaurant’s 30th and 40th anniversaries and is already looking forward to and planning for the 50th. “I have no plans of slowing down.” The Finish Line Family Restaurant is open every day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. A full menu and more information can be found on their website: www.finishlinerestaurant.net. The business can also be found on Facebook.


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Jumpsuits... Rompers... whatever you choose to call them, they are definitely here to stay. Whether you are a fashionista or simply looking for a loweffort, stylish outfit, the romper might be a great addition to your existing wardrobe.

Though the romper is traditionally a summer piece of clothing, rompers can actually be adapted into a trendy fall or winter fashion. We have found a few of our favorite looks of the season. Take a peek, but keep in mind there are challenges involved in a trip to the little girls’ room. 13

Little Black Jumpsuit Every girl knows the closet is incomplete without the famed Little Black Dress. However, in addition to the LBD, the same is true for its younger, more limb-inclusive sister, the Little Black Jumpsuit. Not only are jumpsuits super comfortable, but they actually can be much more versatile than their dress counterparts. An LBJ in particular can look just as dressy as an LBD, but with the pants factor you’re getting all of the formality without the excess exposure of your lower extremities as temperatures drop. 14

Fashionista They are the answer for style when a woman doesn’t want to wear a dress, but she wants the simplicity of wearing a dress (not needing to match a shirt with a skirt or pants.) Rompers offer the added bonus of versatility when it comes to shoes. Most shoe types will pair well with a romper, from flats to heels to boots, the possibilities are endless.

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There are several styles of rompers that are suitable for formal events, date nights, and other activities, and more and more women are opting for those over traditional nice dresses. This is predominantly because rompers are more comfortable and easier to move around in. If you’re tired of worrying about big gusts of wind or sitting properly in your chair, think about switching up your formal attire by wearing a romper dress. 15


Go for the By James Campbell PRIME Fitness Studio


Today, I sit on a plane as I fly to Florida for yet another Strongman comp, but this one is a bit different. It’s a world’s show, and I find myself thinking about how intimidating that COULD be. To some, doing any of the things I’ve done in a comp seems impossible. Trust me, there have been times I’ve felt the same. Hahaha! Where am I going with this? Well, I understand how intimidating it COULD be for someone who’s never been in the gym or hasn’t been in a long time. Even though they feel this way, they (maybe you) still desire the outcome of a progressionbased program. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a little leaner, more confident, and just plain healthier? You can lower your cholesterol, manage diabetes, cure aching joints, or minimize or eliminate lower back pain. All of this can be accomplished with exercise! So, let’s go a step further and say you took that initiative and walked into your local fitness spot (PRIME I hear is highly recommended). When you walk in, you are met by this fitness guru who may intimidate you more. Here is where I’ll tell you that a real trainer is eager and happy to meet you. He or she wants nothing more than for you to meet your goals and become a better you. I’m not saying you aren’t good already, I’m just saying that your goals—all goals—are in place for you to be a better version of you. Fitness is no different, so in this case, I mean a healthier, stronger version of you. More confidence to bring out that smile more frequently or to stand in front of a group of people with your head held higher or with your chest taller. So, don’t be intimidated by that trainer that may appear to be this unapproachable monster because he is wanting nothing more than to lay out a plan of attack to help you be just that. Remember, the only contest at this point is being better than you were yesterday. We’re heading into the holiday season; it gets busy, chaotic even, and let’s not forget stressful. Well, for me the next four days will be stressful, so I understand stress. It doesn’t take a lot of time if you really think about it. Three hours a week will dramatically increase your adaptability through this crazy season. I want people to be healthy! I don’t give a d#@* where

you live—find a gym and start this journey TODAY! Literally! (Well, finish reading this awesome publication that my person created first. I mean this is the 10 anniversary after all!) Then, get started. It doesn’t matter what you do for a living, it doesn’t matter where you live or how big your family is. Do it for you because I promise you that it’ll make every aspect of your life better! Makes stress more manageable, maybe because that workout was tough and that you just don’t wanna battle with it . . . it happens, haha! Really, though, there is a way and I have faith in each and every one of you that you can find a way. Don’t wait until the first of the year—why put off what you can do today? DVR that show you think you’ll miss, put dinner in the crockpot, the kids have practice after school, anyway . . . . See where I’m going with this? Finally, if it’s been a while or if your motivation is “off,” get that “intimidating” trainer to take care of you because that’s what they really want to do, anyway. With a trainer, you are held accountable with the appointments and, after that, just show up! They don’t just put the plan together, they will inject motivation and inspiration and, when you do something great, they’ll let you know for sure! We trainers don’t do what we do to get rich, though we are well rewarded through your success, that I assure you. Who knows? I might be speaking to the next strongman/ woman! How pumped I would be about that!! It all starts with that first step! I’d love to help everyone, but I’m only one man. There are a handful of trainers in every gym in America and WE want to help YOU! I could talk all day about this I think, so I’ll leave you with this. Don’t let trivial things stand in the way of your fitness future. Find yourself on the other side and you’ll love it . . . and yourself!! To be honest, I’m a little jealous. You have so many gains in front of you! See you again soon, my friends! Until then . . . MUSCLE UP . . . live fit






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core bargains while helping people in your community! Resale shopping has been steadily gaining popularity and interest in second-hand items shows no sign of slowing. The movement to downsize and consume less has made consumers rethink always “buying new.”

People have also learned that resale shopping not only gives you a chance to buy great items at low prices . . . it’s just fun! Every visit to a resale store is a treasure hunt, and the rapid turnover in merchandise means you never know what you’ll find. The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center in Hillsdale is a great place to try your hand at this trendy pastime! Store manager Annette Perkins oversees a staff of thirteen people who work to process donations, stock the displays, and keep things organized while serving customers. Annette came on board in the early part of 2019 at a time when a number of new employees were also hired. “It’s been a learning curve, that’s for sure,” laughs Annette, “but we are doing well now.” She is happy that the number of customers per day is rising—a testimony to the hard work put in by the staff. One thing many people do not realize is that although profits from the store help fund services provided by the local Salvation Army corps, the store is not run by the corps. The family stores are administered by a separate department within the Salvation Army. So, if you have questions about the store, they should be addressed directly to the store (517-439-1202). Questions about programs and services available through the Salvation Army should go to the corps which is located at 160 E. Bacon St. (517437-4240). In addition, there are two misconceptions about the Family Store that Annette often encounters. “Some people think we should have garage sale prices because ‘everything you have is donated.’

But, we do have overhead—thousands of dollars per month in overhead. There’s the building payment, utilities, wages, and dumpster costs, just to name some of them.” Another assumption is that because it’s a resale shop, there aren’t nice things to be found there. In fact, the inventory includes name-brand clothing, nice home goods, toys, movies, CDs, artwork, and jewelry. People who are downsizing or trying to declutter often donate items that are brand new or barely used. Annette says, “When something especially nice comes in, we do some research and try to price the item for about 60% under what it’s selling for on eBay and other online resale sites.” The store has recently been highlighting some especially nice donations with Facebook posts. One practice by some donors that definitely doesn’t help is leaving items outside the store when it’s closed. “It’s really a problem and we’re trying to get the word out not to do it,” Annette says. “People come by and help themselves to what’s out there so the donations never benefit the store. Also, there’s the possibility of weather damage. We can’t bring wet clothes into the store, and electronics, books, puzzles, and such are ruined by water.” So, stop by the Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center and see what you find! The store is located at 2940 W. Carleton Ave. near the Premiere Theatre. Store hours are 10 to 7, Monday through Saturday. Follow them on Facebook for the latest news on sales and happenings at the store. (Sneak preview: a big, 50%off sale is planned for the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving!) 21


Peripheral Artery Disease? Blood flows through your body in both arteries and veins. When an artery is blocked or narrowed, less blood than normal can move through it. If this happens in your legs or arms, it is called peripheral artery disease.

By Hannah Burkhart, FNP Hillsdale Medical Associates

Peripheral artery disease can cause pain and changes in skin color or temperature. It can make it hard to walk or stand for long periods of time. Additionally, this condition can worsen over time. If not treated and blood flow becomes completely blocked, it can permanently damage that part of your body. Risk factors for peripheral artery disease include high blood sugar or diabetes, current and past smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and inactivity. Peripheral artery disease may not have any symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they can include painful cramping in one or both of your hips, thighs or calf muscles after certain activities such as walking or climbing stairs. Other symptoms may include leg numbness or weakness and coldness in your lower leg or foot, especially when compared with the other side. Additionally, people may report sores on toes, feet, or legs that won’t heal.


Diagnostic tests for PAD The ankle brachial index is a measurement of the blood pressure in the lower legs compared to the blood pressure in the arms. The ABI screening helps evaluate the amount of blood flow to the legs and feet which is decreased in a person with PAD. It is a highly accurate method for detecting PAD.

A pulse volume recording is a noninvasive test that measures the blood volume changes that occur in the legs. The PVR test also helps locate the area of blockages in the legs. A vascular ultrasound is a noninvasive test used to examine blood circulation. The ultrasound uses sound waves that bounce off the artery. These sound waves are recorded, and an image of the vessel is created and displayed on a monitor. This test may be used to detect a blockage in an artery. Treatments for peripheral artery disease include both surgical and non-surgical options. Non-surgical treatments include improved diet, exercise, and smoking cessation. Additionally, controlling high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes will help. If exercise therapy and non-surgical interventions are not successful, surgical procedures may be required. These treatments include stents, laser treatments, or bypass grafting. If the condition is left untreated, patients with peripheral artery disease can develop serious health conditions. These can include heart attack, stroke, TIA, renal artery disease, or amputations. Talk with your healthcare provider if you are having symptoms of peripheral artery disease. Early detection can decrease the risk of severe complications from this condition.




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Locally owned for local people When Jason and Dena Walters heard about the opportunity to purchase the restaurant formerly known as The Palace Cafe, they felt a tug to breathe new life into the space. The restaurant holds a special place in Jason’s heart, not only because of its historic significance in the community but because of family history, as Jason’s grandparents owned and operated the Palace Cafe in the 1960’s. Later, his aunt and uncle took over operations. After a few decades, Jason becomes the third generation of this family to operate a restaurant in the same building. Dena is no stranger to the restaurant world, herself, having grown up working alongside her parents, who own and operate the D&S Lounge in Pittsford. Combining Jason’s entrepreneurialism, Dena’s degree in business, and a love of food, the husband

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and wife team are filling a niche in downtown Hillsdale with The Local Eatery, which first welcomed the public on September 23. Thanks to Jason’s training in building restoration and construction and a $10,000 grant from TIFA, the restaurant has undergone a major transformation. Visitors will notice new floors, updated styling, and high-backed booths—perfect for working lunches—all coming together to create a clean, contemporary atmosphere. The kitchen, too, has been completely modernized with all new appliances to serve you the very best. Most of the improvements were completed by Jason, working shoulder to shoulder with his dad, Bill Walters, who worked at The Palace Cafe as a kid. Bill’s work ethic made a huge impact on Jason as a child. Watching his dad buy and run businesses provided the spark for Jason’s own entrepreneurship. Jason’s best friend, Doug Baker, and many other friends and family members also pitched to get The Local Eatery up and running. Without them, none of this would be possible. The Local Eatery takes diner staples and elevates them to the next level. Their coffee, ground fresh every day, is quickly becoming known as the best cup of coffee in town. Jason and Dena believe strongly in supporting local business and do their best to source from local producers, turning local products into Hillsdale’s favorite dishes. For breakfast, try Jason’s homemade sausage gravy made with Bob Evans sausage, a family recipe that he learned to make when he was 13. Or, indulge in Dena’s scrumptious rum custard brioche french toast topped with fresh fruit and


raspberry sauce. For lunch, start things out with a serving of the gouda mac and cheese bites, then chow down on a fresh, never frozen, hand-pattied burger, crafted with custom processed beef (made especially for The Local Eatery and D&S Lounge) with a side of hand-cut waffle fries. Or, maybe go for a chicken bacon ranch wrap. Can’t choose? The chicken and waffles, made with handmade liege waffles and served with honey and a side of hot sauce, is perfect any time of day. Jason and Dena are very proud that The Local Eatery is part of Hillsdale’s flourishing downtown district, and they are thankful to be members of such a supportive community. The encouragement they have received from other local business owners and citizens in Hillsdale has been overwhelming and has given them a positive outlook for the future. They would like to thank everyone who helped and continues to help make The Local Eatery a success. The City of Hillsdale has been wonderful to work with on this project, too; Dave Mackie, Kelly LoPresto, and Alan Beeker were particularly helpful. All of these things have come together to make The Local Eatery a new downtown staple, and they look forward to seeing you soon!

Stop by The Local Eatery from Tuesday – Sunday, 6 AM- 2 PM, closed Monday. 38 North Howell Street, Hillsdale, MI, 517-610-5650.

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By: Stephanie Ray, PT, DPT – Hillsdale Facility Manager and Physical Therapist WHAT IS DIRECT ACCESS? Michigan is now a Direct Access state, which means we can initiate physical therapy without a referral or prescription from your physician. This provides you with an immediate physical therapy option, allowing you to start treatment as soon as possible. If you do need to see a specialist, Athletico can help to refer you to the right healthcare professional, ensuring you receive the quality of care you need in a timely manner. Early intervention of physical therapy can eliminate the need for unnecessary medication, surgery, or imaging – including x-rays, MRIs and CT scans.

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MEDICARE AND DIRECT ACCESS Medicare does not require a prescription or referral to establish the initial evaluation but does require a certified plan of care to be signed and dated within 30 days of the evaluation. Your physical therapist will establish your plan of care and send it to your physician to sign. Athletico will also call your physician and discuss their policy for Direct Access, as your physician may want to see you for an office visit. We can help to facilitate an office visit with your PCP if warranted.

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TURN THE PAGE Book and Author Reviews

By Nancy Ryan Simply Hers Magazine

A couple of months ago one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Berg, visited the Hudson Carnegie District Library in Hudson, Michigan. Before she began her presentation, she raved about the beauty of the library and the fact that it was a “Carnegie” library. She pointed out various architectural designs present and said that there were 2,509 Carnegie libraries built between 1883 and 1929 by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, and one of them is located in our own little Hudson, Michigan! Who knew?! Elizabeth Berg is the author of 30 books and her book Open House was even an Oprah Winfrey Book Club selection. She is a 70-year-old woman who does not look her age. She is lovely and soft-spoken with an easy air about her. She puts on her reading glasses as she reads and then takes them off as she speaks and answers questions. I felt she would be a very relaxing woman to be around and to know. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois. She travels with Gabby, her golden retriever, and Gabby greeted us at the library door. In a past article, I positively reported on Berg’s recent books, namely, The Story of Arthur Truluv, and her sequel, Night of Miracles. Her latest offerings are her “Happy Books series,” which is a collection of her Facebook posts written over time. They are entitled Make Someone Happy, Still Happy, and Happy to Be Here. Berg indicated that the series features observations of ordinary life. The reviews I read stated“This series takes you on a ride through life’s ups and downs and reminds you there are friends you have not yet met.” “A poignant, touching and sometimes painful journey.” “They are joyful and heartbreaking reads. She makes your heart dance for joy at the wonder of life. I have begun rereading some of her past books, including Range of Motion (5 stars), Home Safe (5 stars), and currently Never Change (5 stars)—all great books! At her Hudson presentation,


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someone in the audience asked her to list some of her favorite authors. She indicated she enjoyed the works of Alice Munro and Elizabeth Strout’s Arthur Kitteridge. Her latest book, The Confession Club, is coming out in November. It is a sequel to Night of Miracles, which I reviewed in a previous article and thoroughly enjoyed. There are different genres out there for a reader to choose from. Mary reads anything author David Baldacci produces. His most recent One Good Deed introduces us to his latest protagonist, Aloysius Archer. Archer has been released from prison for a crime he did not commit and is trying to exonerate himself. He takes a job as a repo-man. A murder takes place and he realizes that he could land himself right back in prison. With his freedom at risk, he forms a learning relationship with the lead detective on the case to solve the crime. Fellow reader Kay just finished Brad Meltzer’s The First Conspiracy, The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington. It not only reveals Washington’s character but illuminates the origins of America’s counterintelligence movement that led to the modern-day Central Intelligence Agency. Kim is reading The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. It is a historical novel set in 1947 and revolves around two women. One is a female spy recruited by the real-life Alice Network in France during WWI, and the other is an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin. They are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption. What are you reading? Email me at nancyryan47@ gmail.com. See you at the library!

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The LocalBeat WHAT’S N E W W ITH YOU R FAVOR ITE B U S INES S ES By Melissa McCance

HOSPICE OF HILLSDALE COUNTY Hospice of Hillsdale County will be holding the annual Memorial Christmas Luncheon on Thursday, December 5, at 11:30 am. This event, which will be in the gymnasium of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (2551 W. Bacon Rd., Hillsdale), is open to all who find themselves struggling with the loss of a loved one as the holidays approach. It doesn’t matter if the bereavement is recent or years ago—this is an opportunity to gather together and shift the focus from grieving to honoring the departed. Beautiful decorations and a lovely meal add to the uplifting atmosphere. There is no charge to attend, but those planning to participate are asked to call the hospice office to ensure an accurate headcount. Phone 517-437-5252 to reserve your place.

WARM THE CHILDREN FUND It’s not too late to donate to the Warm the Children Fund through the Hillsdale County Community Foundation. This program purchases new, warm clothing for children in our county who might otherwise be facing our region’s bitter winter weather without adequate protection. One hundred percent of your donation goes directly to buying the needed clothing. Call the Hillsdale County Community Foundation at 517-4395101 for more information. You can also donate online at www.abouthccf.org.

SHARE THE WARMTH Share the Warmth of Hillsdale County will open its warming center beginning Friday, November 1. The center has a new location this year: Sozo Church at 7 South Manning St. This center offers safe, temporary nighttime shelter for the homeless in Hillsdale County. Besides a warm place to sleep, those utilizing the warming center can have a snack and a light breakfast while they are there. Operating hours will be from 8 pm to 8 am, seven days a week (if staffing allows). Anyone interested in volunteering at the center or who would like to donate funds or appropriate food for snacks and breakfast can contact Executive Director Penny Myers through the Share the Warmth of Hillsdale County Facebook page.


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MANY ROSES among the thorns for 2019

With the end of 2019 fast approaching, it’s pretty typical to think back on the year and evaluate how it went.

GRAY MATTERS By Sarah Gray Simply Hers Magazine

In many ways, 2019 was a typical year for me. Kids in school, activities kept us busy in the evenings, much like in years past. In other ways, however, 2019 will stand out as a year of some unique and important events. As I mentioned in my column back in January, this year I turned 40. While I wasn’t scared or sad to be hitting this big number, I did look at it as an opportunity. An opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and try some new things, which turned out to be a good distraction from my birthday that kind of came and went quietly. One of the new things I decided to try was running a half marathon. I have been running for most of my life, but have never raced more than a 5K. In the last few years I have tried to increase my stamina a bit and have made my “long run” days five miles. So, to decide to run 13.1 miles was pretty scary to me. But, I was bound and determined. My amazing sister gave me a 12-week running plan to prepare me and I slowly watched the miles increase. There were many mornings I got up before the sun to avoid the heat and I had a small injury set-back about two weeks before the race, but thankfully I was able to recover quickly. Then, bright and early on a sunny Saturday morning in August, with Jeff and the kids cheering me on, I ran 13.1 miles. I honestly could not stop smiling through the whole race! It really goes to show that if you train and put in the effort, you will be successful. It is one of my greatest joys and biggest accomplishments of 2019.


But, the year has not been all roses. I have had disappointments and set-backs both professionally and personally. I have been discouraged, let down, and passed over. I have been exhausted mentally and physically. Thankfully, my husband and children have helped to lift me up and out of those dark days. And, I know my blessings far outweigh my hardships. This year has not only been a momentous one for me but for my family as well. In 2019, my oldest took her first big trip without us, traveling to Washington D.C. with her school. My son was bitten by the acting bug and graced The Sauk stage for the first time in Lord of the Flies, and my youngest was blessed to receive two sacraments in the church. As a family, we had a wonderful family vacation up north – filled with memories I will cherish always. We read books together, played baseball together, and sat around our new fire pit eating s’mores and making up ridiculous stories. Yes, 2019 has been more roses than thorns. There is still some time left this year to accomplish a few more of my goals, and the success I have had so far this year should give me the motivation to see them through. I’m sure, as we roll into the New Year, there will be lots of talk about having a “clear focus” or “clear vision” for 2020. My eyesight has always been a little fuzzy because my laser focus seemed to be on 2019. But, I guess I still have time to come up with a vision for 2020. However, it most likely will NOT be a marathon.



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3 boys and a TRANSPLANT By Alicia Curtis, Simply Hers Magazine


The day had finally come, the day that my sweet little boy would get a second chance at life. and I took turns loving and bouncing and telling him how strong he was. I danced with him. I wanted one dance in case I never got the honor to dance with him on his wedding day. It’s a moment I will forever cherish, and a moment I hope to recreate when he is a healthy adult on the best day of his life.


anuary 28 was destined to be a special day. It was my grandma’s 80th birthday and the day Oscar would be receiving his second chance at life. Prepping him for surgery was all so surreal. We found out around 3:00 in the afternoon that Oscar would be receiving his liver. Surgery did not start until about 10:30 that night. During that time, people were in and out of his room and prepping him in many different ways. We were able to contact family members and arranged for our other two boys to come see Oscar in case it was their last chance. Emotions were high, and the stress was mounting. I kept waiting for someone to come in and tell me that it was all a dream, yet it all seemed very much a reality. The pastor of our church came to the hospital and said many prayers with him. Then, it was time to wait with just us three for a little bit. We watched The Polar Express with Oscar. He loved the trains, and it kept him busy for a little bit since he hadn’t been able to eat in so long. When that didn’t work, his dad


When the time came for him to go back, what seemed like a million doctors and nurses came to greet us, and I simply couldn’t let him go. I broke. I refused to let go of him. All of these strangers just stared at me as I death gripped my son and would not let anyone take him. I couldn’t lose him, and I felt like the second they took him from my arms it would be the last time I would get to be with him. Eventually, I let go. To this day, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life. Oscar started surgery and was doing incredibly well. I kept that awful hospital phone in my hands like it was my only lifeline. Every call or text made me stop breathing. Hours went by and I finally received the call that Oscar had made it through surgery and everything looked good. I instantly needed to be with him. Surgery had lasted about 10 hours. I saw him and couldn’t believe how his belly looked. We could see his rib cage for the first time ever. His belly looked like a normal baby. I’ve never been more grateful to see an innie belly button. The first few hours after transplant are very critical. He received around-the-clock care, eyes were on him every second. A couple

I had said goodbye to my world three different times and I had simply lost hope

of hours after his surgery, a team came in to do an ultrasound. This checks on the main arteries that lead into the liver. If there are any blockages, the new liver could die, and things would turn into a dire emergency. I remember looking at the ultrasound tech’s face and knowing that everything was not okay. One of the veins had clotted off, and he was losing blood supply to his brand new liver. Things started happening really fast at this point. He was instantly being prepped to go back into surgery. As they took my baby from me a second time, I was hopeless. I had no faith that they could open up this sick baby a second time to try and save him. After six and a half hours of waiting, they did just that. At this point, Oscar’s little belly was so swollen and puffy. He looked miserable, but peaceful at the same time as machines kept him alive. By now, we had not slept for two straight days, but we kept fighting. We had as much fight as Oscar had. Two hours after being opened up for the second time, they discovered a bleed in Oscar. This would mean that they would have to take him back into surgery. At this point, my hope was gone, my faith was gone, and I was sure we would lose him. “A child died for this? So two children could die?” I couldn’t help thinking this over and over again. When they wheeled him out of the room one more time, I collapsed. I couldn’t do it anymore. I had said goodbye to my world three different times and I had simply lost hope. Yet, in true Oscar fashion, another four and a half hour surgery was what was needed to get the job done. He fought, and he won. A mere 13 days after having his body opened up and his liver taken out on three different occasions, he came home to us. He came home and he never had another hospital stay. After eight months— and overall two years—13 days was all he needed. Oscar is one of the happiest, kindest, most thoughtful, loving human beings I’ve ever encountered. I can’t wait to continue his story on how he has changed the world.



By Timothy Dixon Simply Hers Magazine

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When you think of IRAs, you probably think of retirement. But what happens to your IRA money after you’re gone? The answer depends on how you go about creating your estate plan and selecting beneficiaries, and you might be surprised to find out that your money could end up with the wrong people or cause an unexpected tax bill if you don’t take action ahead of time. What your IRA means for your estate plan Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are often one of the biggest financial accounts you invest in over the course of your lifetime. When you’re working on your trust, will, and other documents contained in your estate plan, you have to consider all the “big stuff” like your IRA, your house, and your small business, to name a few; however, IRAs have limited lifetime planning opportunities. Common IRA mistakes One of the most common mistakes people make is letting their IRA beneficiary forms become out of date after a divorce, the birth of a child or grandchild, or another major life event that would alter their choice of beneficiary. Another misstep to avoid is naming your own estate as the beneficiary of your IRA. If you name a beneficiary such as your spouse or child, they’ll be in the position to make that money grow into even more wealth over time by using the so-called “stretch out” feature of these accounts. If your own estate is the beneficiary, the money will be passed onto your loved ones in as little as five years (and possibly even faster), resulting in greatly accelerated (and often higher) taxation and a halt to the IRA’s potential growth over time.

If you decide to leave your IRA to your minor children, you can cause a less-than-ideal situation by forgetting to appoint a guardian to oversee the IRA until your kids are old enough to inherit the IRA. Without a guardian, IRAs left to underage children may end up going to exes or other people with whom you might not wish to share your wealth. Better than a guardian, you can create an IRA trust to receive the IRA distributions, providing long-term financial support for your children or grandchildren and protection against others you don’t want to be involved in your children’s inheritance. Turning even a modest IRA into a huge advantage for your family One way to make the most of an inherited IRA is to take a stretch-out approach. This strategy lets your beneficiary stretch the length of time over which they’ll be collecting money from the IRA, giving it more time to accrue growth without income taxes eating away at it. When this is paired with a retirement trust, the result can be a huge advantage even if your IRA is only a modest amount. Even though passing your IRA to your spouse or onto the next generation may seem relatively straightforward, there are plenty of pitfalls along the way, so the guidance of an expert should be sought.

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Southern Michigan is home to many fascinating and accomplished women. Throughout the years, women from our area have done and continue to do amazing things without thought of recognition or praise. One such woman, Laura Smith Haviland, changed the lives of hundreds of people while risking her own life in the process. Laura Smith Haviland was born December 20, 1808, in Ontario, Canada, to American parents who immigrated shortly before her birth. Her parents were farmers and members of the Quakers which gave Laura some unique opportunities not always given to females during that time. When she was about seven years old, her family moved to western New York. During her youth, Laura received education equal that to boys and was an avid reader and excellent speller.


She married her husband Charles when she was just sixteen in 1825. In 1829, she and her growing family moved to Raisin Township near Adrian. There she met Elizabeth Montgomery Chandler, and the two families quickly became friends. The Chandlers were a progressive family deeply involved the anti-slavery movement. Laura and Elizabeth, together with other women in the area, founded the Logan Female Anti-Slavery Society in 1832. It was the first anti-slavery organization in Michigan. Following Elizabeth’s Laura and untimely death and the tragic death of her husband her husband and several children to erysipelas (a skin infection), opened the Laura became even more Raisin Institute... focused on the abolitionist cause. During the 1830s, the first raciallythe Haviland family began integrated school hiding runaway slaves in their home and they became in Michigan. the first Underground Railroad station in Michigan. After her husband’s death, she continued to take in runaway slaves sometimes escorting them herself to Canada. Laura also traveled south to help free slaves. She was so successful in aiding slaves to safety that southern slave owners placed a $3,000 reward on her head.

A STATUE OF LAURA SMITH HAVILAND GRACES THE LAWN OF ADRIAN CITY HALL. Laura worked tirelessly with other abolitionists guiding slaves north so they could live normal lives. Her life-long pursuit of freedom for all led Haviland, Kansas, to be named after her. She has also been mentioned in various abolitionist diaries and books which describe her significant efforts in the movement. Along with her work to abolish slavery, Laura also had many concerns about the disadvantages of women. She was an outspoken supporter of the women’s suffrage movement and a leader in the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union in Michigan. Before his death, Laura and her husband also opened what was later known as the Raisin Institute. The school was open to all children regardless of race, creed, or sex and was the first racially-integrated school in Michigan. Laura Haviland died in 1898 in Grand Rapids and is buried next to her husband Charles in Raisin Valley Cemetery in Adrian. The Laura Smith Haviland Elementary School in Waterford is named after her. She was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 1983 and the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in 2018.


Keeping It in Stitches A Gift of Gift Giving

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Weirdly, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Buying massive quantities of candy bars, stocking up for the Big Night, and then purchasing an additional supply as we tend to eat the stockpile leading up to the Big Night. I love to stand on the front porch and hand out candy to the little trick-or-treaters. All three to four hundred of them on our busy little hometown street. It’s the gift of giving. Then, Thanksgiving rolls around, and, to be honest, Thanksgiving is probably my least favorite holiday. It even follows Groundhog Day in my book. Although I really like to cook, the traditional Thanksgiving menu is not a favorite. My family isn’t even fans of turkey. But yet, there we are, fixing this massive meal, cleaning up every dish we own and going into a comatose state afterward. The one redeeming quality is—there’s pumpkin pie. It’s the gift of giving. Thanksgiving, that is. Birthdays can be a great time to do some serious gifting. The best gifts are those that cost much thoughtful consideration. In anticipation of my 60th birthday, I made a request to each of my three grown children to make a list of the best memories they had of growing up. One memory for each of the years of their ages: 30, 27, and 25 respectively at the time. Then on my birthday, we read them aloud. It was wonderful! Some of the memories were the same for each of the three, like when we took a vacation up north and stayed in a rustic resort on Lake Michigan. No TV or air conditioning. Just board games, outdoor ping pong tables, and The Lake. The memory lists were some of the best gifts I’ve ever received.


This year we had Easter with a twist. Instead of the traditional egg hunt, I made a gift ball using plastic wrap, that was rolled up and encased candy, gift cards, scented wax melts, you name it. Numbers were assigned and dice rolled. If you rolled your number or doubles, you got to unroll the ball until you got a “gift”. This was a lot of fun and included friendly bargaining over the gift cards, as well as who had to take the marshmallow Peeps. Christmas is, of course, the traditional time of gifting. Although the season has a much higher meaning, it is a time when we have the common thought of giving to others. I’ve heard of mature couples who feel they have no need for additional material things, so they shop for toys and warm clothing to gift to children in need. Many will seek out the Red Kettles, donate coats, and/or add a toy to the firemen’s collection drive. You will find Angel Trees where a gift can make a child’s Christmas much brighter. The opportunities are endless to practice the gift of gift-giving. Holidays provide the greatest gift, creating a reason for friends and family to gather. Having family home is a gift in itself. Even Thanksgiving. Even if it involves turkey. May your holiday season be bright and full of the gift of giving. Keeping it in Stitches wishes you the best, the brightest and Happiest of Holidays.

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Small Business Saturday is November 30th this year from 10 am to 4 pm in historic downtown Hillsdale. Stroll through unique boutiques, eateries, and coffehouses to kick off the Christmas Season. Enjoy refreshments, sale promotions, live music, door prizes, and more! The Hillsdale College Music Department presents Amahl and the Night Visitors performed by Hillsdale College voice students and directed by Melissa Osmond and Debbi Wyse. Menotti’s classic Christmas operetta will be performed in the McNamara Rehearsal Hall from Thursday, December 5, to Saturday, December 7. Nightly show times are 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Admission is free but tickets are required. Contact the box office to reserve your tickets: 517-607-2848 or via email boxoffice@hillsdale.edu. As the Tower Dancers continue to grow and develop, so does their production season! Director of Dance Holly Hobbs and the Tower Dancers showcase works performed and choreographed by faculty, guest artists, and students. The performance will take place on Saturday, December 7 at 8pm in the Markel Auditorium. Admission is free and tickets are not required. 44

The Hillsdale Wind Symphony presents its final concert of 2019 on Friday, December 13th. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Markel Auditorium and will feature old and new wind band music as well as Christmas music. Admission is free and tickets are not required. The Light Parade and Golden Sleigh Scavenger Hunt is on Dec. 7th in downtown Hillsdale. The scavenger hunt will be from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with golden sleighs in over 30 downtown businesses. The parade will be that evening beginning at 6:15 p.m. HUB is hosting the 6th Annual Xmas Market – Sat, Dec. 7th from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Small Town Sweet Boutique — Paw Patrol Christmas Dec 6&7 And Grinchmas (yes, Grinch) Dec 13&14. More info on website smalltownsweetboutique.com

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For a classic Christmas story that all ages can enjoy, that weekend sees the opening of The Sauk’s production of “A Christmas Carol,” running December 5-7 and 12-14 at 8 p.m. as well as December 8 and 15 at 3 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to see Ebenezer Scrooge—the original Grinch—be transformed by visits from three Christmas spirits. The Grosvenor House Museum hosts the annual Christmas open house on December 7-8 and 14-15. Enjoy the beautifully-decorated Italianate home that truly comes into its own every holiday season. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 for a family. One special addition this year is the inaugural Lights of Love event hosted by the Lions Club. The trees are $100 and can be purchased by any individual, family, business, or organization. They can be in memory of a loved one, to honor someone, or just for fun. The Lights of Love trees are currently on sale, and the Lions Club is hosting a total of 50 trees to be decorated with white lights and a red bow. Each tree will also be adorned with the name of the honoree, business, or donor and will be placed along the diagonal sidewalk in Carl Fast Park. To sponsor a tree, see any Jonesville Lions Club member or contact Don or Tracy at County National Bank in Jonesville.


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Life is messy. Unexpected things happen. I am talking with a friend of a friend who took her 2-year-old daughter into the public restroom. In the cramped bathroom stall, this mom is fastening her belt and attempting to keep her eyes on her active toddler. Suddenly, the mom’s eyes pop out of her sockets, she hyperventilates, and finally gasps, “NOOOOOO!” It is too late. Her kiddo is evidently quite thirsty, and the condensation on the front of the toilet bowl just is too tempting for the toddler’s parched lips. This resourceful child simply sticks out her tongue, slurps up from the bottom to the top of the not-often-cleaned toilet bowl, then turns and flashes a smile of satisfaction at her bewildered momma. Ewwwwww! Can you even imagine the multitude of germs crawling on the surface of the front of a public toilet stool??? Life is messy.


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Thank you for your most generous support of Hospice of Hillsdale County over the past 36 years. We appreciate your confidence in the quality end-of-life care we provide each day to patients and families entrusted to us.

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Hospice of Hillsdale County’s Bereavement Program is open to anyone in our community who has suffered a loss. We are here to help you with your grief journey and offer private, safe and secure grief resources. BEREAVEMENT COUNSELING We are concerned about anyone in our community who has suffered a loss. Grief is valuable part of life and losing a loved one can be very challenging. Our bereavement counseling program can help those who are grieving by giving them the tools to adjust, heal and regain the ability to cope with daily living without their loved one. One-on-one counseling can be scheduled day or evening by appointment. ADULT GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP Our free support group is held weekly and is open to the public, as well as our hospice patients’ families. It is held in a relaxed, comfortable setting where participants are educated about grief while helping and supporting each other. CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL LUNCHEON Each December, Hospice of Hillsdale County offers a free luncheon for Hospice families and community members. This holiday-themed event is a way for those who are grieving to honor their loved ones and manage their grief through the holidays. BEREAVEMENT COUNSELOR Hospice of Hillsdale County’s Bereavement Counselor/Coordinator has a Masters and Ph.D. in counseling and is certified as a Grief Recovery Practioner.


CAMP COURAGE Hospice of Hillsdale County offers a one-day grief camp for children each year in June on the Saturday after Father’s Day (rain or shine). The campers are offered structured and free-time activities designed to show them that they can gain the “COURAGE” to cope with their loss. A bereavement counselor and adult volunteers are present to monitor and reach out to any child who may need more in-depth help with their healing process. Activities include swimming, face painting, crafts, music therapy and a reptile sanctuary. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend. The day closes with a memorial service. The children LOVE THIS CAMP! PLEASE CONTACT US AT 517-437-5252 FOR ANY OF THESE RESOURCES OR FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONCERNING: Camp Courage Registration Individual Counseling Grief Support Groups Christmas Luncheon

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Marlanea McGraw Simply Hers Magazine

Beauty 10

Affordable DIY Gifts

Countdown to Christmas 12 Facebook Give-Away

Local Spotlight 16

Hillsdale’s Light Up Parade

Business Spotlight 18 Daphne’s

The Importance of Tradition 20 Stephanie Gordon

Business Spotlight 22 Tammy’s Affordable Furniture

PSA 24

The Warming Center

Grow Where You’re Planted 26 The TOP of the Homemaking Game

Managing the Holidays 28 After the Loss of a Loved One

Helping Relationships 32 Survive the Holidays

Adopt A Pet 30

Hilldale and Lenawee counties

Holiday Decorating 36 Outside Your Home

NOV/DEC 2019


40 Pinterest Picks

Christmas Time is Here

42 Seniors at the Holidays Give the Gift of Time

44 Holiday Dieting Tips

Stay Healthy AND Have Fun


47 Trading Memories For Gifts

51 Celebrate Winter In Michigan

56 Cookies

Around the World

70 2019 Holiday Festivals and Events Calendar

54 Recipes

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Many people think of things they’d like to achieve but they never do because they don’t take the steps to make it happen even though thought and work and persistence can bring those goals to life. Marlanea McGraw has seen her goal of producing a regional magazine become a successful and varied enterprise that now includes four different publications with thousands of issues distributed in four counties. To get the whole story, see page 8.

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Enters 10th Year! — By Melissa McCance — It’s been said that goals without a plan are just dreams. Many people think of things they’d like to achieve but they never do because they don’t take the steps to make it happen even though thought and work and persistence can bring those goals to life. Marlanea McGraw has seen her goal of producing a regional magazine become a successful and varied enterprise that now includes four different publications with thousands of issues distributed in four counties. Marlanea grew up in North Adams and graduated from North Adams High School. After graduation, she was employed by the Hillsdale Daily News for a time before relocating to the Detroit area where she worked in radio. From that, Marlanea returned to the world of print media and entered into a joint venture to publish a regional women’s magazine geared to the Detroit metropolitan area. When Marlanea returned to Hillsdale County, she had the idea to create another women’s magazine, geared this time to the Hillsdale area. What held her back was knowing that doing a monthly publication largely on her own was probably not feasible. Then, she saw the solution: do the magazine on a bi-monthly schedule instead. Thus, Simply Hers was launched! The first issue appeared in November 2010 and featured articles about community involvement, travel, family, fashion, beauty, recipes, local business spotlights, gift ideas, humor, and health and wellness. Marlanea’s focus from the outset was to give readers content that is uplifting, refreshing, positive, and empowering. The idea was to give area women a magazine that would inform, entertain, and encourage them, centered on the people, places, and events that had an impact on their daily lives. Another important niche filled by Simply Hers was providing a vehicle for businesses within the distribution area to reach local women. Marketing research has revealed that women make or influence more than 85% of buying decisions within their households. Giving retailers, professionals, and service providers a way to connect with 8

these decision-makers allowed them to advertise to people in a more specific, tailored fashion.

do it without them—they have come through for me under some very stressful and challenging conditions!”

Simply Hers has grown in many ways since that inaugural issue. The November/December 2010 issue had 48 pages, but most issues now feature twice that number. And, the special holiday issues can run to almost three times as many. Content has changed in some ways as well. While there is still a balanced presentation covering the same areas as the first magazine, the writers of Simply Hers have taken on some deeper, more challenging topics such as homelessness, suicide prevention, and human trafficking. A number of human interest stories featuring local residents have appeared in the magazine’s pages, sharing stories that highlight the joys, sorrows, struggles, and victories of the women around us.

When asked if she has any immediate goals for the magazine, Marlanea laughingly replied, “Yes! Getting the next issue out on time!” Besides meeting those print deadlines, though, she says that she and her staff are very interested in knowing what readers enjoy about the magazine, what they don’t enjoy, and what they would like to see in future issues. To that end, a readership survey has been developed, and a card with information on how to participate is enclosed in this magazine. She also wants to improve the magazine’s website and will be focusing on that in the months to come.

What is especially impressive about Marlanea’s accomplishment in creating and building her publishing business is that she has done it without formal education in journalism or business. Drawing on everything she’s learned from past work experiences and following her instincts, she has brought her enterprise along, expanding, deepening, and polishing the product as she goes. “It was a learning curve from the very beginning,” she explains. “A lot of it has been trial and error, definitely following our own path.” One thing Marlanea values greatly has been how the magazine has developed community relationships that have lasted nearly a decade. She is especially indebted to the people who took a leap of faith and committed to advertising in that first issue. Because the magazine is complimentary, the financial support of its advertisers is what allows it to exist. Marlanea is grateful to have the support of the business community and says that a significant number of advertisers from that first issue are still on board. She also says that her staff has been phenomenal in their dedication and willingness to deal with the craziness of putting out a magazine! “I couldn’t

The community’s acceptance and encouragement mean a great deal to Marlanea. “When someone I don’t know comes up to me and makes a point of complimenting our work and saying how much she or he enjoys the magazine, that is truly meaningful. It happens to my staff as well as to me, and it’s just amazing!” Several additional publications have been added to Marlanea’s lineup. Along with Simply Hers, the list includes a twice-yearly men’s magazine called Everything Men that comes out each spring and fall, Michigan Parent—a twice-yearly parenting magazine issued in June and November—and an annual bridal issue. The current distribution area includes Hillsdale and Lenawee counties along with portions of Branch and Jackson counties. Ten thousand copies are printed and shared among area retailers, restaurants, professional offices, and service providers. As Simply Hers enters its tenth year of publication, it is a testimony to what vision, drive, commitment, and hard work can do. Who knows what Marlanea might think of next? It will be interesting to see! 9

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INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 1 1/2 – 2 cups coconut oil 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste Glass jars with airtight lids Ribbon Cardboard paper or labels pen/marker 10

Affordable DIY gifts for yourself or your loved ones!

DIRECTIONS 1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Add vanilla paste and coconut oil. If the coconut oil is hard you can put it in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds, so that it softens. 2. Mix everything until combined. You want to get a sugary paste out of this. Depending on the consistency, add more sugar or oil if needed. 3. Put the scrub into jars and decorate any way you like. Note: This recipe makes two small jars of body scrub. One jar should last you a few months, so you don’t have to worry about it going bad. Double or triple the ingredients if you are making this for more people. I think your mom, sisters, coworkers, … will love it!

Peppermint Massage Truffles 3 Tablespoons cocoa butter 3 Tablespoons beeswax 1 1/2 Tablespoons grapeseed oil 2 teaspoons peppermint essential oil 1 teaspoon menthol essential oil 1 Tablespoon cassia oil Melt the cocoa butter, beeswax, and grapeseed oil over medium low heat in a small saucepan, keeping a close eye on it so it doesn’t smoke or burn. As soon as everything is melted, remove from heat. Stir in the essential oils. Pour into little silicone chocolate moulds, popping the pan back over the heat to re-warm as needed (these solidify quickly). Let the truffles set for an hour or two before removing from the moulds. To use, massage into sore muscles and wait a couple minutes for the cooling to set in. Enjoy!

Pom Lip Gloss INGREDIENTS: 2 cup petroleum jelly 1 scoop or 2 packets of Natural Cherry Pomegranate Crystal Light 1 teaspoon water DIRECTIONS 1. Mix petroleum jelly and Crystal Light in a bowl

Candy Cane Salt Scrubs INGREDIENTS: 2 cups Epsom Salts 2 cups Sea Salt Red Food Coloring Peppermint Essential Oil DIRECTIONS 1. Combine the Epsom salt and sea salt into one mixing bowl. Whisk or stir to fully combine. 2. Scoop 2 cups of the salts into a second mixing bowl. Add 5-10 drops of peppermint essential oil to the salts and whisk to combine. 3. Next add 5-10 drops of red coloring to the mixture for Candy Cane Bath Salts,and whisk vigorously to fully combine. Additional coloring may be added if desired.

SPICED LATTE HAND SOAP INGREDIENTS: 2 tbsp mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves 1/4 tsp coffee grounds 1 lb shea butter melt and pour soap base DIRECTIONS 1. Cut soap base into cubes and melti n a microwave or with a double broiler. 2.When base is completely melted, add spices and coffee grounds.

2. Add water until the gloss is a berry color.

3. Quickly pour soap into a silicon mold because the soap base cools fast!

3. Use a spatula to spoon into jars.

4. Let soap cool completely before you pop them out of the mold!


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GOOD CHRISTMAS Gift Certificate - $25 Value M&M Smokehouse 4880 Hudson Rd., Osseo 517-523-2121


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Season Ultrasonic Metal Touch Oil Diffuser and a bottle of oil $44.99 value Hillsdale Natural Grocery 31 N. Broad St., Hillsdale 517-439-1397


BEAUTY Beaded Butterfly Necklace on a silver chain - $65 value Hillsdale Craft Supply 164 Lewis Street, Hillsdale 517-610-5193




$50 Gift Certificate Devils Lake View Living  200 Devils Lake Hwy Manitou Beach 517-252-5287

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Hillsdale Hosts Light-UP Parade To KICK OFF holiday season. By Sarah Gray

A fun-filled family evening celebrating the Hillsdale County community and the holiday season is what keeps the Hillsdale Light-Up parade going year after year. This year’s parade will take place Saturday, December 7, at 6:15 p.m. through downtown Hillsdale. “It is a kick-off for the holiday season,” says Mary Bertakis, a member of the Hillsdale Business Association and organizer of the event. This is the parade’s seventh year and Mary has been a part of organizing it for the past five years. She also owns Chef’s Way Organic Farms with her husband Ezra and the business is a big sponsor of the parade as is County National Bank. The 2019 Hillsdale Light-Up Parade Grand Marshal is Denise Baker and the staff at Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility. The medical care facility was recently named the number one nursing home in Michigan by a Newsweek poll. This ranking, and knowing the difficult but rewarding work done there, made it easy for Mary and the parade committee to choose them as Grand Marshals. “We are lucky as a community to have them,” Mary says. “They bring a light into the community.”


Each year, the Light-Up parade has about 50 entries, and, over the past

seven years, some traditions have begun to form. Mary says the Girl Scout troops of Hillsdale County have always been the color guard and the Jonesville Marching Band always plays the national anthem. Several other community groups also help out in various ways making the event truly a community-wide endeavor. Andy Brown of WCSR 92.1 will emcee the parade again this year as well. Participants in the parade are encouraged to decorate their floats, vehicles, and even themselves with lights. Mary says her family decorates their tractor with lights for the parade and she likes to think of all the families coming together the night or two before to decorate for the parade. There is even a bit of friendly competition among groups for the most lights or the most unique lights. Parade entries are open until December 5 and any group, business, or organization can enter for free by emailing lightupparade@gmail. com. The parade kicks off at 6:15 and travels through downtown Hillsdale. Earlier in the day, the Hillsdale Business Association will be hosting a scavenger hunt around downtown. More information on the scavenger hunt can be found on the Hillsdale Business Association Facebook page.

Parade and Scavenger Hunt December 7th 2019 10 aM am - 3 pm PM • Parade 6:15 PM (Weather Permitting)

Downtown Hillsdale’s Annual kick-off Christmas events with the Golden Sleigh Scavenger Hunt and other fun activities! Register for parade at LighUpParade@gmail.com.

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Daphne’s Story by Sarah Gray

There is always something new to find and fall in love with at Daphne’s. The eclectic gift and framing store is named after its owner Daphne Stonebraker who dreamed of opening her own gift shop long before it became a reality. “Since 1970, I have always wanted to have my own gift shop,” she says of her store in downtown Homer. Now she has had the current store for 20 years and been in her current location – at the corner of Main and Sophia streets – for the past eight years. “Homer is the best place I’ve ever lived. The community is very supportive.” Anyone who’s been in Daphne’s knows it is packed to the brim with unique gifts for every taste. Wall hangings, wreaths, candles, and seasonal décor for any time of year allow customers to get just the right pieces to let their personalities shine through. The store is its own piece of art – with all its meticulously placed items – any time of year, but no time is as unique as Christmas. “It just sparkles,” she says. In order to transform her store into a Christmas wonderland, Daphne closes her doors for a week. “I cover the windows so no one can peek,” she says with a smile. Then, she opens with a flourish for her Christmas open house with food, drinks, giveaways, and lots of fun for her customers because, as Daphne says, there would not be a store without them “I just love ‘em, love ‘em, love ‘em.”

And, they love her. Customers know when they come into Daphne’s they are going to be well taken care of. They are first greeted at the door with happy tail wags from Daphne’s famous canine, Raylan. Daphne will also take the time to help them find exactly what they are looking for – even if they didn’t know what they were looking for to begin with. “We never let a gift leave the store without ribbon and tissue,” she says. “The customers like it and it’s like a gift for the gift. It makes them feel good.” It is not just the presentation of the gift, however; it’s the time Daphne takes with each customer to make him or her feel special. “Sometimes, I feel like a bartender or a hairdresser,” she says of the way her customers open up to her. “But I always say, ‘what is said and done at Daphne’s, stays at Daphne’s.’” This year’s Christmas open house will take place Saturday, November 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. She will also have a hunting widow and widowers open house November 16 – she says she always tries to have one near opening day of rifle season. Customers will be sure to find some special gift for themselves or a friend or loved one at Daphne’s. She has several Christmas trees decorated in themes such as Santa, snowmen, owls and her popular peacock tree. She also has trees for animal lovers including cats and dogs – special for Raylan – but they must be separate. “Raylan won’t let me have a cat on his tree,” Daphne says. In addition to the wide selection of holiday home goods, Daphne will also have her selection of children’s and baby items, jewelry, and candles. In addition, she does custom framing. “I love art. I love making other people’s art better,” she says. Daphne’s is open on Monday during the holiday season beginning at noon, Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (during the holiday season, hours will be extended to 5 p.m.). Holiday hours begin after Thanksgiving. For more information on the unique gifts and lines at Daphne’s, visit her website at www.daphnesframingandgifts.com. The store can also be found on Facebook. 19

The Importance of Tradition and the


BY Stephanie Gordon, Simply Hers Magazine

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are here. It is the most joyous season made possible by endless smiles of excitement, Christmas music, classic holiday movies, celebrating Jesus, and, of course, children. I can’t tell you how happy the holidays are with the girls. I always knew children would make the holidays magical, but, really, it’s just so happy and special. Watching this season unfold through their eyes is a true treat. Each year we have several traditions. Traditions are what make the season special. If you’re looking to add some holiday traditions to your family, I hope some of my ideas will help. Go get a tree: We always venture to our favorite Christmas tree farm the day after Thanksgiving. We hunt for the perfect tree, cut it down, and bring it home. I always have a leftover turkey casserole waiting so there’s no meal prep to worry about. We simply enjoy the day with family, all while decorating our tree with lots of Christmas music.

Have a Christmas Eve dinner: Our favorite is to make homemade paleo lasagna for Christmas Eve. Church and lasagna make for plenty of special moments and memories. New pajamas and a Christmas book: This is a tradition from my childhood. We get the girls a new pair of Christmas jammies and a new Christmas book to read. Our family is a fan of Robert Sabuta popup books. They are beautiful and can be found on Amazon. Reading of the Christmas story: This is a tradition from my husband’s childhood. He reads the Christmas story (Luke 2: 1-20) before opening presents on Christmas morning. Reading this helps focus on the true meaning of this season.

Decorate the house: Hang up some wreaths, and a few extra twinkle lights. Bring out some favorite figurines from childhood. These trinkets are full of great memories.

Christmas day: Relax! Stay in pajamas. Listen to music, watch movies, spend time with family and those closest to you. Celebrate with a big breakfast. We always have paleo biscuits and gravy, waffles, and lots of espresso. Make a charcuterie board for dinner. Keep it simple and cozy. Cozy is always the best Christmas.

Write a letter to St. Nick: I know that not everyone celebrates the holidays with Santa, but Santa is very welcome at our home. The girls write their letter to Santa (which also helps with gift ideas!) which we deliver to the local post office.

This is a season to slow down and focus on what’s important. I think we can learn a lot from the holiday season. If we applied the importance of tradition and family and Jesus throughout the year, we might just be a little more cheery year round.

Get an advent calendar: Last year Matt and I celebrated with a wine advent calendar from Aldi. It was so fun. I know some families celebrate with books or practicing acts of kindness each day of the season. Watch Christmas movies: Every Sunday night, November through December, we watch our favorite Christmas movies. We sit down with cozy blankets Margot V. Biermann Athletic Center • Corner of Oak and College Streets and sip homemade hot cocoa. This is probably one of the girls’ favorite traditions. 20

I wish you and your family a

healthy and happy holiday season and New Year!

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Tammy’s Affordable Furniture opens second location


— By Sarah Gray —

uality furniture at affordable prices can now be found in two locations. Tammy’s Affordable Furniture recently opened a second location in the Adrian Mall located at 1357 Main Street on Business 223 in Adrian. Tammy Kies said she decided to open a second location after talking with the owners of the mall. She said they were looking for businesses in order to reopen and approached Tammy. Tammy’s Affordable Furniture, which also has a location in downtown North Adams, has been open in Adrian for several weeks. Her store offers high-quality furniture at reasonable prices. “I carry a little bit of everything,” she says of her selection which includes sofas, entertainment centers, love seats, beds, day beds, recliners, and lift chairs. From sleeper sofas to sectionals, recliners to dining sets, Tammy’s can furnish just about any room in your home. She also has a selection of antique clocks and dressers for sale. Quality and price are not the only ways Tammy’s Affordable Furniture stands out from the competition. She also offers delivery at both her Adrian and North Adams locations. The store offers a selection of furniture with brands such as Lane, Beauty Rest, Simmons, Signature Design by Ashley, Washington, and Cat Napper. Tammy’s Affordable Furniture is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Her North Adams location—Tammy’s Affordable Furniture Antiques & More—is located at 105 E. Main St., North Adams, and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 517-287-0110 or find the business on Facebook.


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The TOP of the Homemaking Game. Well, guys, I am excited to announce that I was chosen as Hillsdale County’s 2019 Homemaker Of The Year! I’m telling you about this not because I want to toot my own horn, but because I know for a fact that there are a whole bunch more people who take homemaking to heart like me and the wonderful women who have come before me. You don’t have to be a stay-at-home parent, you’ve just got to create, give back to our community, and enter your projects in the fair! It’s open to any Hillsdale county resident 18 or older, male or female, and I want to see you next year. So, what I want you to do is to take this little nugget of information and tuck it into the back of your mind for next season. I won’t be letting you forget, either; I know you guys are out there and you deserve this honor. In other news, I’ve come to the decision that I will be reviving my blog. New place, new beginning. In the last year, it has taken a back seat for a lot of different reasons, the biggest one being myself. I had this notion that since thousands of other people are writing/blogging about the exact same topics that anything I wrote about was just white noise. (That doesn’t really sound like I was growing where I was planted, does it?) What makes my perspective unique and different? Honestly, I’m not too sure, but I am sure of this: I have amazing friends who do amazing things and I want to show them off. (Be sure to stop by my website for a great article by my friend Cristy about the monarch butterfly house she made for her girls.) Maybe I’ll bring the focus back around to lifting others up as well as keeping up with all the projects I get myself wrapped up in. Speaking of projects, I thought it would be a great idea to make the boys each a sweater for Christmas . . . the level of insanity on my part is staggering. Because not only did I think the idea, I actually said it out loud to my children. So, now I have no choice but to produce three small sweaters for Christmas. Because, as you well know, if you have children or have ever been near them and uttered any sort of statement about them receiving anything they will never, ever, ever let you forget it. It’s not just that, though. I actually felt the need to learn an entirely new crochet technique because I wanted the look of knitting without actually having to knit. I am making Tunisian knit stitch sweaters with a circular yoke using Fair Isle color work with NO PATTERN. I’m totally winging it. I’m barely counting stitches. The good thing is that my kids are sweet and would totally love a hacked up old t-shirt someone dug out of the trash, so I’ve got high hopes that they’ll like the ugly sweaters their poor mom toiled over for three months. [*crossing fingers] I hope each and every one of you has an amazing holiday season with your loved ones! Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, & Happy New Year, with love from the Yoders. Rachel is a gardener, beekeeper, wife, mother of three wild and crazy boys, and lover of all things homesteading. Come grow with her at greenpromisegrows.com. Or, follow Green Promise Grows on facebook or green.promise.grows on Instagram.

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after the loss of a loved one. BY SARAH GRAY

Know that this year is not going to look like years past, and that is perfectly fine.


The holidays are usually a stressful time. Schedules become overcrowded with events, parties, and shopping. Everyone looks merry and bright and we are supposed to as well. Right? But, when you are someone who has recently lost a loved one, the holiday season can be one of sadness, confusion, and pain. So, what can you do to manage the stress of the holidays with the grief you feel? According to verywellhealth.org, one of the very best things someone can do is allow themselves to feel whatever they are feeling. Grief does not look the same for everyone. It is perfectly acceptable to feel happy one day and sad the next. Do not feel pressure to make this holiday season just like every other one has been – because it is not. Only take on the things you can handle. If, this year, the idea of Christmas cards seems too much, don’t send them. If getting together with a large group is overwhelming, don’t go. Do not take on more than you can handle. There may be certain triggers for you that you may not be able to control. Psychology Today says to think about what you can do to lessen the heartache when you can.

If you are struggling with missing a loved one this season, see Local Beat on page 32 in the opposite side of the magazine for information about the memorial luncheon hosted by Hospice of Hillsdale County.

Maybe only shop for gifts online this year or limit the amount of decoration in your home. However, if it is too difficult to be alone right now, seek out the company and affection of others. Friends and family want to help during this difficult time, but often do not know what to do. Tell them if you enjoy hearing about the loved one you lost – they may feel uneasy about bringing it up. Talk about favorite traditions or memories you have. Know that this year is not going to look like years past, and that is perfectly fine. It may be difficult to see others fully embracing the holiday season while you are sad or in pain. Expressing your feelings to others can help them understand what you are going through. A brave face can often look like everything is just fine. So, talk about how you are feeling and allow others to give you help and support. While family and friends are a wonderful support system, you may also look for grief support groups to be able to talk to others who are going through a similar situation to yours. This year will look different than years past, so try to make some new traditions or alter old ones. Honor the one you have lost but also look forward to the future. Although you may think you have nothing to give, you do! Performing acts of kindness is good for the grieving spirit says Psychology Today. Donate to families in need or volunteer at a soup kitchen or nursing home. Although it may seem impossible, you will get through the holidays. Some days will be tougher than others. Do not be hard on yourself if this year the holidays go by without much fanfare. Allow yourself joy when you feel it and try not to feel guilty. Be true to yourself and allow others to help you and take care of you. Grief is a part of healing. The holiday season will get better with time but only if you permit yourself to grieve and get through the season without your loved one.

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Helping Relationships Survive the Season. ‘Tis the season to be jolly. Yeah, right! It is more like the season to be stressed, grouchy, and completely tired of spending time with just about everybody. Let’s face it, the holiday season can be very stressful on a relationship. It doesn’t matter if this is your first Christmas together or if you have been doing this for more than a decade as a couple, the stress can get to everyone. Here are a few suggestions to help you do more than just survive; you might actually have a Merry Christmas. 1. Do one tiny thing for each other every day. This doesn’t have to be anything major, it is simply a way for your partner to know that he is important to you. Make him a cup of coffee before you head out on your shopping trip, go for a walk together, or give him a minimassage to relieve the stress. 2. Help your shopping-challenged guy get it all done. Come to his rescue and you’ll not only have a grateful man on your hands, you’ll also score more couple time. Hit the mall early or late, when it’s less crowded. Be sure to steer him toward appropriate gifts and away from the remote-control cars he thinks everyone likes as much as he does. 3. Pull him aside at a party and make a private toast. Creating a quiet moment in the middle of a crowd can help you reconnect when you’ve both been making the rounds.

4. Take advantage of our high-tech world. Send a random text or funny picture when you know the stress is starting to wear on him. Another great use of today’s technology is shopping online. The mall is fun, but shopping in your PJs in front of a warm fire is pretty great, too. 5. Plan a down day at least once a week. The schedules get crowded very quickly this time of year; by planning some time to stay in and chill, you won’t feel guilty when you’ve had enough and decide to blow-off your friend’s invite. 6. Be considerate of both sides of the family. This is one of the hardest parts of the season: deciding where to spend your time. Although you may have spent every Christmas with your family in the past, keep in mind that may be true for him as well. Compromise is the key to happiness here. Really talk about it and come up with the best plan possible to keep the peace. It is important to point out that your decision may not make everyone happy, but the ultimate goal is to make yourselves as a couple happy with the decision and let everyone else come to terms with it. Trust me, there is no one out there who hasn’t gone through the same dilemma. Now go out there and have yourselves a merry little Christmas.


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HOLIDAY DECORATNG OUTSIDE YOUR HOME. Want to make the exterior of your home just as classically welcoming with holiday cheer as your interior? Check out these tips for giving your home’s landscape a festive, timeless look you’ll love.

Think Outside the Box While looking at the architecture of your house, consider a non-traditionally shaped wreath, such as a square boxwood wreath adorned with faux fruit and berries, and hang it on an angle. Sometimes this twist can bridge the season from Thanksgiving to Christmas and on into the New Year. A simple boxwood wreath with a blue or silver satin ribbon would be a welcoming Hanukkah touch.


Highlight the Yard’s Natural Beauty Illumination of a solitary tree in the landscape can make a subtle and elegant statement. The Mariani firm suggests highlighting the natural structure of the tree with intricate branch wrapping. Be careful not to disturb spring blooming branches. Create a pathway of light that leads to your front door.

Give Guests a Welcoming First Impression Create an inviting holiday mailbox—a pretty swag of pine tied on with wire adds a seasonal flourish. Enhance it with red accents and pinecones.

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If the planters are weatherproof, the holidays are a great time to fill them with cut evergreen boughs, branches and berries. Look around your yard and use found items such as pine, boxwood, yew, and holly, or try dried hydrangea flowers and seedpods. A winter display arrangement adds the finishing touch to your garden and looks beautiful under a light dusting of snow.

Use live trees to dress up your front entrance. Smaller specimens, such as Frasier fir and Alberta spruce, are readily available in potted containers. Slip the tree into your existing pots and cover the edges with evergreen boughs. When the season is over, you will have a beautiful evergreen for that perfect spot in your garden—thus multiplying your investment.

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Natural materials are the easiest to work with for an exterior display. Embellishments such as holly, berries, or small ornaments, add a punch of color. A bright red velvet bow on a fir wreath is a classic we love.

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The hustle and bustle of the season is upon us. So much to do, so many people to see, how will we ever finish everything in time? With demands pushing, pulling and speeding us along, it is hard to remember that many seniors are lonely during the holidays. They sit quietly as the next generation begins the annual struggle. Wishing there was a demand being placed on their time. An event or errand that has to be completed or the holiday just won’t be the same. We all know that time passes and generations change but how quickly we forget those who do not demand our attention. The ones that once took the time to teach us to tie a shoe or ride a bike. This holiday give the gift of time to the special seniors in your life. Here are a few ideas that have been proven to put a smile on the faces of everyone involved.

Gift Certificates Not the traditional kind that will buy an item in the store, these certificates are hand-made and include items such as a game night, a Saturday afternoon outing or a night of BINGO. Be creative, it doesn’t matter what the certificate is for, what you are really giving is your time. Be a Santa’s Helper Visit your elderly neighbors and offer to do any outside chore that needs to be done. Even if you are not taken up on your offer it will be appreciated. Remember, seniors often do not ask for help. Only by you taking the first step will this be successful. Be A Chauffeur Many seniors would love the opportunity to purchase gifts for the important people in their lives but lack the ability to go shopping on their own. Whether they are unable to drive or just can not handle the crowds, your offer to drive them may be just what they are looking for. Why not keep the gift going after the holidays and make it a regular visit to the grocery store?


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Whether you’ve already lost weight and want to maintain it or you are just beginning your weight loss journey, consuming sugary foods and other unhealthy carbohydrates this holiday season can stop your progress in a big way. Maintaining your nutrition goals during this time of year is more simple than it sounds, despite all the cookies, cocktails, and other temptations. Here are some survival tips and recipes to help you stay on track this season: SET REALISTIC GOALS

With all of the sugary and carb-filled foods associated with the holidays, continuing to lose weight at the same pace will inevitably be more challenging. Setting New Year’s resolutions -- like maintaining the weight you’ve already lost -- can help you stay committed to your low carb lifestyle and avoid a feeling of failure.


Studies have shown that people who keep food diaries during the holidays are better able to manage their weight. Keeping up with your food journal will also help you stick to your holiday diet plan.


In the hectic weeks between Halloween and New Year’s Day, planning ahead is critical to successful dieting. Keep the right food in the house and make some great low carb snack recipes you can substitute for sugary seasonal offerings. And plan on indulging, too! Cut back on other carb-filled dishes throughout the day so you can really enjoy the carbs you’re choosing to eat but still staying within your desired carb count.



The ultimate aim of holiday gatherings is to enjoy the company of your friends and family, so focus on socializing and sharing meaningful conversation rather than snacking. Standing at least an arm’s reach away from platters of food can also prevent unintentional grazing.


Holiday treats don’t have to be high in carbohydrates, and bringing your own dish to a holiday party means you’ll be guaranteed at least one healthy option.


Skip the sugary holiday cocktails, have a low carb beer or glass of champagne in hand to celebrate without overdoing it. And, don’t forget to hydrate! Drinking plenty of water fills you up, helping to prevent mindless eating. If you need a little variety, try infusing your water with cucumber or lemon slices.


Whether it’s roast turkey or a holiday ham, protein dishes keep you feeling full and generally contain fewer carbs. Steer clear of the empty carbs found in some of the other popular holiday dishes.


If you’re hosting the big meal, send home leftovers as care packages with your guests. It will get excess food out of your house, and your friends and family will appreciate the delicious food for days to come.


If you commit to your usual healthy eating habits for most days of the week, you can slightly relax your diet some of the time without seriously impacting your weight. Give yourself some leeway to enjoy the holidays, and if you do overindulge, don’t beat yourself up or view it as an excuse to continue overeating. Get back on track, and avoid feeling guilty. Aim for as much consistency with your diet as possible, but remember that no one is perfect! If you’re feeling overwhelmed thinking about sticking to your fitness goals this holiday season, remember that Christmas and New Year’s Eve are just one day each—not an entire season. Putting your low carb lifestyle on pause until after the holidays will only make getting back into the swing of things that much more difficult. This year, remind yourself that there’s no gift like good health.

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Trading in Memories FOR GIFTS

by Aimee Spencer Tiemann

Why are parents asking loved ones to cut back on gifts and trade them in for experiences? My pride and joy, my nephew, Parker, was born seven years ago. Every year at the holidays, I would shop and shop and shop. Then I would wrap for days. I couldn’t wait to watch Parker feverishly tear through the wrapping paper to see what surprise was waiting for him. It was so exciting to see him tear through the sparkly paper and perfectlyconstructed bows and watch him get excited to see what coveted gift would be waiting in the box. THE SHIFT

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Last year there was a shift. He would open the gift, look at it and have his crazy excitement for a second, then look at me asking where the next gift was? In that moment, I realized the holiday was all about the quantity of things, not the quality of people surrounding him.


was born. And, well, he loves it. He loves spending time with his aunts and uncles, and he has opportunities to go and see new places with the people he loves the most.” IT GOT ME THINKING I started thinking about the best gift I ever got as a kid on Christmas morning. You know what I remembered, oh, that’s right, nothing. In all my years of Christmases past, the only thing I remember is the time I spent with my family. I remember Christmas Eve service, I remember Christmas caroling with my cousin in the freezing cold. I remember eating my aunt’s famous angel food cake, I remember being in the basement and hearing Santa on the roof with his reindeer every year, never understanding why I always missed him. Was my friend right? Would experiences with the kids in my life make a bigger impact than buying the hottest gift of the year? AND WHY WOULDN’T HE THINK THIS WAY . . . . We have programmed kids to believe the hype. The hype of Santa, the elves, the reindeer, and the workshop. The hype of marketing and advertising at it’s best. We didn’t prep children for what comes next. And what comes next is to continue to expect these grand gifts that really don’t provide a great deal of personal satisfaction after they’ve been revealed. I WAS DEFEATED I left our Christmas gathering feeling defeated. There was nothing special about the holiday. There wasn’t a memory made. There wasn’t any tradition in the making. It was an explosion of sparkly paper and, well, a million little pieces manufactured in China that 48

probably would never be put together. Why? Because life would resume and the next best toy would be in his eyesight as he plotted for the next holiday. I TOLD MY FRIEND The week after Christmas I went to lunch with a friend. I told him about my great disappointment. My friend, a father of two under the age of five, looked at me and laughed. He quickly said, “That’s why I asked our family to give our kids experiences rather than JUST gifts.” I quickly fired off, “What is your two-year-old going to remember by having her aunts and uncles take her out?” He said in great confidence, “The same thing she will remember about opening a toy, nothing, she’s two. He went on to share, we made this request this five years ago when my son

I WENT TO THE SOURCE – MRS. CLAUS HERSELF Well, not really Mrs. Claus, but I did go to my friend’s wife to ask her about this giving an experience philosophy. Catherine Tuczek of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, is a mom to Walter who is five and Carmen who is two and a half. She also works in education for Detroit Public Schools. “Our baby showers showed us our families are very generous,” Tuczek recollected. “The first and second Christmases, we knew we would have to limit the toys because we only have so much room in our small house. More importantly, we wanted our kids to develop meaningful relationships with their aunts, uncles, and grandparents. We thought this could be one way.” Tuczek was quick to tell me that it’s not just experiences over gifts or vice versa, it’s a healthy balance of both. BUT, WHAT IF THE PARENTS AREN’T COMFORTABLE LEAVING THEIR CHILDREN WITH OTHER ADULTS YET? From the outside looking in as an aunt, this sounded incredible; however, my nephew is only with my brother two days a week. So, he loves his precious time with Parker.

INCLUDE THE PARENTS IN THE EXPERIENCE. Tuczek weighed in on this. “Sometimes we participate,” Tuczek said. “Last Christmas, with my husband’s sister’s family whose kids are the same age as ours, we did an outing. But, for my brother and sister, who don’t have kids, we try to send the kids to spend some one on one time with them. It allows a different kind of bonding opportunity—and gives my husband and me a little break!” HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE YOU WANT TO GIVE THE CHILDREN IN YOUR LIFE? Figure out what the child is excited about right now in his or her life, don’t guess at this. “One year, my sister took my son to Cranbrook just to see their dinosaur exhibits and activities,” Tuczek shared. “He loved it. The adults need to create and organize the outing. As an educator, I really want to expose my children to new things so they can, in fact, develop new interests. I know our relatives are not interested in going to Chuck E. Cheese and would rather take them to an experience that involves some learning. Talk to the parents and find out what the child is really into and start the research from there.” IN TRUE SANTA FASHION, I IMMEDIATELY STARTED TO MAKE MY LIST AND CHECK IT TWICE This has weighed on my mind since last year; I’ve started planting the idea in all of my friends’ and family members’ ears. Some are super excited about this new plan and, well, some are nervous to hand their kid over for the day, and I am absolutely fine with that. My husband and I have already started looking at family passes to the zoo and museums in the area for the parents who don’t want this to be a solo outing. We’ve realized GROUPON has some most excellent adventures at a great discounted rate. Our goal this year is to figure out how we can start making our own memories and traditions for the children we’re so grateful to have in our lives. What about you—will the Hatchimals Wow Re-Hatchable Egg top your list or is a trip to the local museum starting to sound like more of a plan? Can’t wait to hear from you. Let me know at aimee@aimeespencertiemann.com. Keep me accountable, join me on my journey this year at www.aimeespencer.com, on Facebook at www.facebook. com/aimeespencertiemann, or on Instagram @aimeespencerttiemann111 as my husband and I start to decide what experiential gifts and memories we are hopeful to create with our nieces and nephews this Christmas. I’d love to see and hear what you come up with.


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Once all the colorful leaves have fallen and the crisp air is accompanied by a flurry of snowflakes, you know that it is officially winter in Michigan. As the peninsulas are blanketed with fresh, white snow, you’ll find that the Great Lakes state is the perfect place for winter wonderland adventures. Whether you are looking to explore new holiday and seasonal traditions, experience an exciting winter event, try a new sport, or sit leisurely while you watch the snowfall through a train car window, there is something for everyone this winter in Michigan.

EXPERIENCE CULTURAL FESTIVITIES Michigan has events celebrating all different holidays and traditions to enjoy during the winter months. Start off by hearing the beautiful voices of the Mona Shores High School Choir in Muskegon as they form America’s largest singing Christmas tree at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts. With its 25,000 colored lights, 15 tiers that reach 67 feet, and over 275 singers, the Singing Christmas Tree must be seen to be believed. Another holiday staple is Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, the world’s largest Christmas store where aisles are packed floor-toceiling with decorations, light displays, and more than 350 fullydecorated Christmas trees.

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MENORAH IN THE D On the first day of Hanukkah, gather in Detroit for Menorah in the D to roast marshmallows, enjoy entertainment, and experience the lighting ceremony of the 26-foot Menorah. In Holland, explore the Dutch celebration of Sinterklass and walk through the Kerstmarkt, a European-style market filled with holiday items. In Hamtramck, celebrate the Polish tradition of Wigilia and enjoy the Szopka competition where competitors showcase stunning Polish nativity scenes. 51

PLAY IN A WINTER WONDERLAND For those looking to take the snow and ice in stride, Michigan has plenty of outdoor adventures, no matter your level of experience. Start off with cross-country skiing through the Porcupine Mountains or along the historic paths of Fort Mackinac. For a thrill, hit the slopes of Boyne Mountain Resort or Crystal Mountain and test your skills on a downhill run. For those looking to try something new, head to Michigan Ice Fest in Munising where professionals and beginners alike take on some of the best ice climbing Michigan has to offer around the shores of Lake Superior. Take a class from a pro or simply attend to watch -- but the festival is one you won’t want to miss as the Yooper culture and local festivities will make you want to come back every year. So much of Michigan freezes over during the chilly months, and the lighthouses along the Great Lakes are no exception. When winter waves of the lakes crash against Michigan’s lighthouses, the iconic structures become beautiful winter castles encased in ice against a stunning snowy landscape. Please note to view these frozen marvels from land to stay safe and warm. 52

FAMILY-FUN ENTERTAINMENT Visit downtown Marquette in the Upper Peninsula this winter where spectators from all over gather to watch the exciting start of the UP 200—a premier 12-dog, mid-distance sled dog race that qualifies teams for the famous Iditarod. Mushers race through the snowcovered terrain of the UP wilderness, and spectators enjoy the local culture and cuisine while cheering on teams of furry, four-legged racers. Don’t leave the UP without checking out the Lights of Soo when all of Sault Ste. Marie, including the Soo Locks, twinkles in an array of holiday lights. In the Lower Peninsula, the city of Rochester takes the holidays seriously with their Big, Bright Light Show. From sidewalk to rooftop, the storefronts of the city streets transform as they are lit by more than 1.5 million glimmering seasonal lights. To the west in Owosso, take a seat on the North Pole Express to create unforgettable family memories. The nostalgic Steam Railroading Institute’s holidaythemed train ride, pulled by the historic Pere Marquette 1225 Steam Locomotive, is complete with hot chocolate, a souvenir ticket and bell, and a stop at the Village of Ashley Country Christmas.

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Hot Chocolate Tablets By Rachel Yoder

Ever since my favorite drinking chocolate mix stopped being made, I’ve been on a quest to find a replacement. I had tried all name and number of dry powdered hot chocolate mixes. I even made a few of my own, but nothing compared to the creamy texture and rich chocolate flavor of my drinking chocolate. One day I stumbled upon Abuelita’s Mexican hot chocolate drinking tablets in the grocery store and I had finally found what I had been searching for! It got me to thinking about making my own with different flavors and chocolates. I just love it when an idea pans out in real life, and I am very excited to share with you my recipe for hot chocolate tablets. I’ve included four flavors below but, really, the combinations are as endless as your palate. These little guys make a wonderful holiday gift for friends and family and recipients will love them—not to mention they are super quick and easy to make with ingredients and tools you already have!

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: Double boiler: if you don’t have one, no problem! Simply sit a glass bowl on top of a small saucepan of water. Boom! Instant double boiler. TABLET MOLD: you will need some sort of mold to shape the melted chocolate mixture. A muffin tin with cupcake liners yields a perfectly-sized tablet. Silicone molds would work perfectly–just make sure they hold as much as a muffin cup. An ice cube tray can be used as well for smaller portions. METHOD: Melt chocolate in a double boiler over medium/low heat; stir in the other ingredients. Pour into prepared molds to the top, then lightly tap pan on the counter to release any air bubbles and allow to harden. This recipe will yield 3 tablets. An 11.5-12 ounce bag of chocolate chips yields 6 tablets but make sure you also double the rest of the ingredients, too.


TO USE: Add 4 cups of your favorite milk (also works great with alternative milks) into a small saucepan and drop in one tablet. Warm milk over medium heat and whisk until no chocolate chunks remain, bring mixture to a boil, then immediately remove from heat. Some specks of chocolate will still remain giving it a beautiful rustic appearance. Pour into mugs and enjoy!. Tablets can be cut in half or quartered to make smaller batches.

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Cookies Around World The

by Rachel Yoder

In nearly every culture all around the world, one thing holds true: everyone loves a cookie. Cookies showed up in human diets almost as soon as flour and since then they have been made for celebrations and holidays to bring a little something sweet for kids and adults alike to enjoy. The word “cookie” is derived from the Dutch word koekje which means “little cake,” and it is only one term for these little treats. In the UK they’re referred to as biscuits, in Germany keks, in Spain galletas, and in Mexico as pan dulce meaning sweet bread. Sugar as we know it originated in southeast Asia and was spread to Persia and the Mediterranean by Alexander The Great in 327AD after making contact with Asian sources of sugar. The earliest forms of cookies are thought to have originated around the 7th century AD in Persia, one of the first countries to cultivate sugar. The developing spice trade then brought sugar and Arabian spices to northern Europe, and, by the 14th century, small wafers were available in markets in Paris. These days there are so many cookie recipes out there it’s 56

impossible to count them all, and every country has its own variations. Here are just a few to try this holiday season to make your seasonal cookie plates interesting. Polish Kolacky: There are many different recipes out there for kolacky; the variations seem to be regional and are found in long-time family recipes. You can expect a rich flaky cookie base accented by your choice of filling, typically jam or a sweet cheese. Italian Anginetti: A light cookie with the brightness of lemon and topped with colorful sprinkles make anginetti a welcome change from the heavy and warmly-spiced assortment that is the norm this time of year. Mexican Marranitos: Also known as puerquitos or cochinitos—all the names are different ways to say “little pigs”— these delightful little piggy cookies are flavored with molasses, ginger, and cinnamon and are sure to be a new favorite all winter long.

Dutch Speculoos: Expect this to become your new favorite rolled cookie. Cardamom, ginger, and a subtle hint of clove give these cookies amazing flavor. The dough is beautiful to work with and holds its shape while baking. Russian Gribochy (mushroom cookies): Although the construction is a bit tedious, you will be rewarded with “WOW” when you present your cookie tray. The not-too-sweet cookies are “glued” together with chocolate and dipped in an orange flavored red glaze . . . you might want to hide some back just for yourself. Chinese Peanut Cookies: If you love peanut butter, you’ll love this traditional Chinese cookie typically made to celebrate the Chinese new year.

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INGREDIENTS 2 cups all-purpose flour 4 ounces (1/2 cup/1 stick) cold butter 1 cup vanilla ice cream (slightly softened) Fruit or sweet cheese filling of choice (favorite jams work well) Confectioners’ sugar

INGREDIENTS For the cookies ½ cup sugar 6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon lemon zest, grated 3 large eggs 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder For the icing 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter 1½ cups sifted powdered sugar 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon lemon juice colored sprinkles (optional)

(Recipe from The Spruce Eats) Yield: about 42 cookies

INSTRUCTIONS 1. In a large bowl, cut butter into flour as for pie dough until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Cut ice cream into small chunks and add to flour mixture. Cut in with a pastry blender until ice cream absorbs flour and dough binds together. 2. Knead dough in bowl 5 to 8 strokes or until smooth. Divide dough into 2 equal-size pieces. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for several hours. 3. When ready to bake, heat oven to 400°. Roll out one piece of dough on a lightly floured surface to ¼” thickness. Cut with a floured 2½” plain or fluted round cookie cutter. 4. Place cookies on ungreased baking sheets, spacing about 1” apart. Spoon a level teaspoonful of filling onto the center of each cookie. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. 5. Bake 12-15 minutes or until cookies are golden. Remove from baking sheets and place on wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. When ready to serve, dust with confectioner’s sugar.

(Recipe from Cooking The Globe) Yield: about 20 cookies

INSTRUCTIONS THE ICING. Melt the butter over low heat. Add the sugar, lemon juice, and water. Whisk until the sugar melts. If icing is too thick, add some more water. THE COOKIES: Preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. 1. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, vanilla, lemon zest, and butter with an electric mixer until well blended. Beat in eggs, one at a time. After adding all the eggs, beat for 1 minute more. Stir in baking powder and flour and blend just until mixed. Cover the dough and refrigerate for about 1 hour. The dough will be sticky, so we chill it to make it easier to handle. 2. To form the knots, roll pieces of the dough into logs about 5” long. Take one side and spiral the log into a circle. Repeat until all the dough is used. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until light golden brown. 3. Remove cookies from the oven and let them cool. Brush the icing over the cookies. If using, top with colored sprinkles. Let the cookies to dry for about an hour. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!


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MEXICO: Marranitos Or Cochinitos Or Puerquitos

INGREDIENTS ½ cup unsalted butter, softened (about 1 stick) 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed 2 large eggs ¾ cup unsulfured molasses ¼ cup milk 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract 5 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1½ teaspoons baking soda 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

(Recipe from The View From Great Island) Yield: source did not provide this ⅔ cup sugar INGREDIENTS 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon For the cookies ½ teaspoon ground cardamom ⅓ cup almond flour ¼ teaspoon ground cloves 2¼ cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 large egg 1⅓ sticks unsalted butter at room temperature (about 11 tablespoons) For the royal icing 2 egg whites (or you can use dried egg whites mixed with water according to the package) 2-3 cups confectioner’s sugar (add it in slowly, just enough so you get a spreadable consistency. Add more sugar for a stiffer icing. decorations, if desired Instructions Set oven to 350°.

INSTRUCTION 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

INSTRUCTION 1. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Beat in the egg. Add the dry ingredients and mix well.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter until smooth. Add the dark brown sugar and mix until well combined. Add in one egg, molasses, milk and vanilla extract. Mix together until smooth.

2. Turn the dough out onto a board and bring together into one piece; if it’s crumbly, knead it a bit. Cut the dough in two and form flat discs, as if for pie dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

3. In a separate large bowl, add the flour, ground ginger, baking soda and cinnamon. Mix together to combine. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients 1 cup at a time and mix until well combined. The dough should cleanly pull away from the mixing bowl.

3. Roll out the dough to your desired thickness and cut your cookies. If you spray the inside of your cutters with cooking spray, they will release the dough more easily. Place the cut out cookies on a baking sheet lined with a Silpat mat or parchment.

(Recipe from Isabel Eats) Yield: about 28 cookies

4. Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to ⅜” thickness (or a little less than ½”). Use a pig-shaped cookie cutter to cut into pigs. (For reference, look at the Big Pig Cookie Cutter on Amazon.) Place pigs 1½” inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. 5. Whisk the remaining egg in a small bowl. Brush the beaten egg over the tops of the pigs using a pastry brush. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are lightly browned. 60

HOLLAND: Speculoos Spice Cookies

4. Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, depending on thickness, and cool on a rack. They won’t brown, and will firm up as they cool. 5. Frost with royal icing and add decorative sugars, etc., if you’d like. 6. To make the frosting, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add in the sugar, and beat well, until you get stiff peaks. 7. Transfer to a baggie with the edge clipped, or a pastry bag. Or, you can just spoon the icing over the cookies for total coverage like I did. If the icing seems too thick, thin with a little warm water. Add in food coloring if you like.

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RUSSIA: Gribochky

(Recipe from Cooking Melangery) Makes about 24 mushrooms INGREDIENTS For the dough: 2 cups all-purpose flour ½ cup cornstarch pinch of salt ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter 1 cup sugar 1 large egg ½ cup sour cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract INSTRUCTIONS

FOR THE GLAZE: 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted 1-2 tablespoons orange or lemon juice or milk (more if needed) red food coloring (optional) confectioner’s sugar for dust (optional) 4 oz. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1. Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper. 2. To make the cookies, sift together the flour, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt over a sheet of waxed paper, and set aside. 3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the vanilla, egg, and sour cream and continue beating until blended, 1 to 2 minutes more, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add flour mixture and mix until blended. 4. With floured hands, shape half of the dough into 24 mushroom caps/balls (about 0.7 oz each) and place them on the prepared sheets, spacing them about 1” apart. You can put 12 on one baking sheet. Shape the rest of the dough into 24 mushroom stems, (about 0.5 oz each). You can put the “caps” on one sheet and “stems” on another. 5. Bake two sheets at a time until the cookies are just beginning to brown, about 10-12 minutes, switching the pans and rotating a half turn halfway through baking. Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks and let the cookies cool on the sheets for 5 minutes. Repeat with two more baking sheets. 6. Place the chocolate in the top pan of a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl. Place over but not touching simmering water in the bottom pan. Heat, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat. 7. While the cookies are warm, poke a small hole in the bottom of a mushroom cap. Spread chocolate over the bottom of the cap. Dip the tip of a stem in chocolate, and press lightly into the hole. When the chocolate sets, they will hold together. Repeat with remaining pieces. If desired, you can dip the base of the stems in chocolate as well, as shown in the photo. 8. To make the glaze, mix together the confectioner’s sugar and juice or milk in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in one drop of food coloring at a time until the desired shade is reached. Glaze the mushroom caps with sugar glaze and let it dry. 9. Dust the cookies with confectioners’ sugar shaken through a sieve.

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One thing the holidays bring to so many of us is guests! Whether it’s a quick gettogether or an extended stay, we often need food ideas to enhance our entertaining, and dips are a universal favorite. Here’s a collection of recipes to brighten your table this season. We’ve included a sweet dip that pairs beautifully with crisp apple slices! Roasted Red Pepper and Cannellini Bean Dip

¼ cup chopped fresh basil 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 1 (16-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 1 (7-ounce) bottle roasted red bell peppers, rinsed and drained 1 large garlic clove 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Place the first five ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth. With processor on, slowly add oil through food chute and process until incorporated. Stir in salt and black pepper. www.myrecipes.com

Pumpkin Dip

¾ cup (6 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (use full-fat, if you prefer) ½ cup packed brown sugar ½ cup canned pumpkin 2 teaspoons maple syrup ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 24 apple slices Place the first three ingredients in a medium bowl and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add syrup and cinnamon and beat until smooth. Cover and chill 30 minutes. Serve with apple slices or other fruit you think will pair well. www.myrecipes.com


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Tex-Mex Beef and Bean Dip

½ pound ground sirloin 2 tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste 1 to 2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder ¾ teaspoon ground cumin 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained ¾ cup (3 ounces) crumbled queso fresco ¼ cup thinly-sliced green onions Cook beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain well; return beef to pan. Add tomato paste and next four ingredients (through diced tomatoes) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer five minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. www.myrecipes.com

Spoon meat mixture into a serving bowl; top with crumbled cheese and green onions. Serve with tortilla chips.


½ cup (4 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened (use full-fat, if you prefer) ¼ cup buttermilk 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind ¼ teaspoon salt ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 small garlic clove, minced Combine all ingredients in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer for two minutes, or until smooth.

Best Baked Biscuit Wreath Dip

1 can refrigerated biscuits extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing biscuits ½ c. plus 1 tbsp. grated Parmesan 2 c. shredded mozzarella 1 c. ricotta


¾ c. frozen spinach, defrosted andchopped ¼ c. mayonnaise 2 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. kosher salt Crushed red pepper flakes, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350°. Halve biscuits and flatten each one out, then roll into a ball and place in an oven-proof skillet seam side down. Arrange in a ring around the skillet. Brush biscuits with olive oil and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan. In a large bowl, combine Parmesan, mozzarella, ricotta, spinach, mayonnaise, garlic powder, and salt; mix until combined. Spoon dip into the center of the skillet and sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Bake until warmed through, bubbly, and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve hot. www.delish.com 66



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Christmas Concoctions Delightful Drinks sure to aDD a touch of taste to any holiDay event.

Candy Cane Martini 1 1/2 oz Vodka 1/2 oz triple sec 2-3 oz white cranberry Shaken into a cocktail glass with red/white sugar rim and candy cane garnish


White Reindeer 1 1/2 oz. of vodka 1 1/2 oz Classic 3 oz Amarula 1/4 oz creme de cacao On the rocks in a rocks glass Add your vodka, Amarula and creme de cacao to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and pour into a tumbler. Serve with chocolate covered peppermint stick for added flavor.

Irish Creme Holiday Martini 2 oz. of Irish Cream liqueur 1/4 oz. of vodka 1/4 oz. chocolate liqueur A few raspberry Add your Irish Cream, vodka and chocolate liqueur to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with raspberrys (optional). Recipe from Rachel Ray.com

Gingerbread Man Martini 2 oz. of gingerbread flavoured liqueur 2 tsp. of vodka 2 tsp. of Kahlua 2 tsp. of Irish Cream liqueur 2 gingerbread cookies, crumbled 1 gingerbread cookie, to serve canned whipped cream (optional Dip a martini glass in water and then into the crushed gingerbread biscuits. Pour all the liqueurs into a shaker, and shake well. Pour into the martini glass and top with a squirt of whipped cream and the leftover gingerbread biscuit. (Adapted from Outback.com)



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With the holiday season comes an explosion of festivals and special events across Michigan. Here is a partial (yes, partial!) list of things to do during the next two months. Many of these events have multiple attractions. Tree lighting ceremonies often include group carol singing, special refreshments, and holiday markets. Larger festivals may offer sleigh rides, appearances by Santa, special dining and shopping, home tours, and more. There’s also an amazing number of arts and crafts shows, parades, and musical and theatrical events throughout the state. For a more complete list, visit www.michigan.org/events. You can search by date, name, and/or locations. (Note: this function may not be available on mobile devices.) Most events include clickable links for detailed information. As always, we recommend checking the event’s current online information before heading out!

11/16 Holiday Open House, Holland 11/16-1/5 Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo (not open every day in date range; check site)

Holidays in the Heart of the City, Saginaw Luminary Festival, St. Joseph White Lake Holiday Walk, White Lake

11/29 Holiday Parade, Charlevoix Christmas Candlewalk, Chesaning Holiday Celebrations & Candlewalk, Frankenmuth

11/23 Festival of Lights, Big Rapids

11/29-12/1 Christmas Tree Festival, Monroe

11/23-12/14 Kerstmarkt, Holland

11/19 The Art of the Holidays, Coldwater

11/23-12/30 Wonderland of Lights at Potter Park Zoo, Lansing Marshall’s Merry Mile Light Display (Wed-Sun only), Marshall

11/20-1/6 Christmas & Holiday Traditions Around the World, Grand Rapids

11/25-1/5 Downtown Rochester Big Bright Light Show, Rochester

11/22 Light Night, Grand Haven Silver Bells in the City, Lansing (includes lighting the state tree)

11/28-12/31 Nite Lites at MIS, Jackson

11/29-12/15 Holly Dickens Festivals (weekends only, check site) 11/29-12/29 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic, Flint 11/30 Holiday Lights, Buchanan City of Lights Parade, Lowell 11/30-12/23 ZooLights at Binder Park Zoo (Fri-Sun only), Battle Creek


SIMPLY HERS published the first issue in November of 2010, and we’ve been moving full steam ahead ever since. We put out six issues a year, with a distribution of 10,000 copies. We have doubled in page count and serve Branch, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties. Those are exciting statistics, but let’s get down to the REAL reason we have to celebrate- YOU!! YOU are the heart of what we do every day. We are honored to highlight community members and promote your local businesses. We are humbled that our readers continue to pick up Simply Hers so we can share a laugh, important life information, shopping resources, recipes, crafts and more. You are our neighbors and friends. We take very seriously the responsibility to bring you our best effort in each and every issue. So, it’s not just coming up on a happy birthday to us, it’s THANK YOU to you! it’s all about him



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We are planning some fun ways to celebrate as we approach our 10th anniversary, so please continue to pick up the magazine and stay connected on Facebook. This ride isn’t over…. do we smell birthday cake?!

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12/1 Winter Holiday Festival, Augusta

12/6-12/7 Promenade Candlewalk Home Tour, Tecumseh

12/2 Marshall Christmas Parade, Marshall

12/7 Light Up Parade, Hillsdale Reindog Parade, St. Joseph Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade, Saline Holiday Festival, Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton

12/5-12/7 America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree, Muskegon 12/5-12/28 Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village (not open every night in date range, check site) 12/6 Holiday Light Parade and tree lighting, Adrian Sinterklaas Eve Procession, Holland Hudson Community Christmas Cantata, Hudson Christmas Parade, Tecumseh

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12/7-12/8 Christmas on the Farm, Grass Lake Candlelight Walk, Marshall

12/21 Winter Solstice Celebration, Midland 12/31-1/1 New Year’s Bash, Hillsdale Eve on the Ave, Jackson

Holiday Apps

TRACKING SANTA NORAD Tracks Santa Claus is a cute app that shows Santa’s location on the map and distance to your home, how many sleeps until Christmas, and Santa’s Status Check—what is he up to today? Available for Android and iOS, free. COUNTING DOWN Christmas Countdown (Jack McLean) offers a countdown plus a variety of backgrounds, Christmas music, and you can “open” a gift each day during Advent. Available for Android & iOS, free.

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Simply Hers Magazine November/December 2019  

Local lifestyle magazine celebrating all that it is to be a woman. Serving Branch, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties.

Simply Hers Magazine November/December 2019  

Local lifestyle magazine celebrating all that it is to be a woman. Serving Branch, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties.