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Check out gift items that local businesses offer for the Holidays!

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5 10 Things to do in December

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6 Color Trends as Holiday Inspiration Bootie-licious 10 14 Foundations of the Holiday Home

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8 Winter Fitness Indoors and Out 18 Healthy Holiday Feet

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16 Festive Holiday Dishes Gingerbread Spiced Cream Puffs Chocolate Raspberry Tart Dulche de Leche Pear Tart 24 Cream Cheese Classics Cookie Butter Cheesecake Savory Mini Cheese Balls 27 Literary Libations: Famous Author-Inspired Drinks 30 Festive Fun with Cookies and Cocoa 33 Mulled Red Wine

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Can Do Kitchen Green Thumb: The Gift that Keeps Giving DIY Gifts in a Jar Alternative Wrap Reader’s Lounge & December Films

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Publishers's Letter

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”

Always In Style

— Rachel Zoe

I’m often privileged to attend several national and international expos, most of them focusing on the fabric industry and some very creative crafting. As a natural born “people watcher,” I’ve observed that the only fashion mistake you can make today is to NOT make a statement. It doesn’t appear to matter what your statement is: Shabby Chic, Grace in Lace or School Marm in Biker Boots, you simply MUST say something about yourself with what you choose to wear. I love watching women who’ve obviously spent serious time choosing their next outfits (it always shows). This is not a skill I possess. I’m happiest in my jeans and a t-shirt. Still, everyone once in a while…I think it’d be great fun to look as put together as these women. Perhaps that’s one of the less obvious reasons I love the Christmas season. It seems that no matter how one chooses to decorate and celebrate, as long as you do it, you are right in style. For me, it’s snowmen, glitter, lots and lots of color, lights and brightly wrapped gifts! So what is your Holiday Style? In keeping with our WLSK “Holiday Style” theme for December, we’ve included many new ideas such as 2015 Holiday Color Trends on page 6 and updated, traditional ideas for your festivities. Some of our favorite holiday recipes have been updated with new twists like: Cream Puffs with Gingerbread Spicing on page 16 and Cheesecake in all new flavors on page 24. And to Santa’s Official Helpers, please remember to BREATHE! Nothing is more festive than a lively, relaxed hostess. From all of us here at Women’s LifeStyle, Happy Holidays! Look out 2016 – Here We Come!

Darlene Publisher

“I don’t mind fruitcakes. They’re the one thing during the holidays I’m not tempted to eat.” — Melanie White

“Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.” — Larry Wilde

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happen to believe that there are angels all around us, both visible and invisible. Their mission is to lift our spirits and enhance our hearts. You too can be an agent of peace, love and joy. Here are 10 ideas of angelic acts:

Send a happy note. Everyone appreciates a handwritten note or even an email with positive thoughts.

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Pay if forward. Continue the movement.

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Lend an earful of love. Stop talking and listen with an open mind.

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“Love is how you earn your wings.” – Karen Goldman

Be sincerely joyful for others. It makes everyone’s yard “greener.”

Wait your turn. Be overly courteous to everyone.

Make a love connection. Introduce a single friend to another; so what if it doesn’t work!

Invest time in someone. Carve out time to assist others in whatever they may need.

6 Take less and give more. Be a giver and not a taker.

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Do something kind anonymously—it fills the heart!

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Be a peacemaker. Carry an olive branch with you at all times.

About the Author

Peaches McCahill is founder and president of The McCahill Group, a leading provider of health, wellness, beauty and talent solutions, and owner of M Power Studio. She has a passion to inspire others with simplistic lifestyle suggestions.

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Color Trends

AS HOLIDAY INSPIRATION by Amanda Roelofs

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s the holidays descend, we deck our halls with greens and reds, blues with gold and plenty of winter whites. We look forward to the nostalgic color combinations that never fail to put us in the holiday spirit. These palettes will likely never change as they are such a huge part of the winter season, but an understanding of upcoming color trends for 2016, and what drives them, can help you complement seasonal décor and update your interior schemes in a way that will feel fresh, comfortable and still have longevity. Our emotional connection to color is no coincidence. It’s cultural, biological, and absolutely driven by, and reflective of, societal and global trends. Have you ever wondered why seemingly all of a sudden you start

“Instead of primary red and greens, make use of all that mint green out there and swap in some pastels.”

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seeing a particular shade of mint green everywhere? You might see cars, fashion, makeup, home accessories, electronics, soft drink packaging, utilizing similar palettes. It’s not coincidence, but a result of deep research and highly valued trend forecasting that is gathered by a handful of color manufacturers, colorists and color consulting groups like Pantone. These color authorities track trends all over the world, observing fashion, pop-culture, media, technology, generational fads and world concerns, all of which carry color references and cues that are scientifically analyzed and distilled down to a few dozen color predictions for the next year. These will be the colors we want to see and touch and buy! Colors that make us feel happy, comfortable and engaged in our ever-changing and interconnected world. These palettes are taken very seriously by global brands worldwide and eventually begin appearing on shelves. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director at the Pantone Color Institute, asserts a prominent influencer for 2016 color trends continues to be the dichotomy of our technologically driven world. We are mesmerized by the contemporary, sleek, minimalist aesthetics of modern innovation: sleek metallic, digital light technologies, concrete surfaces, text as imagery and colorful abstract geometric shapes. Simultaneously, we are experiencing a huge resurgence of “bespoke” or made-to-order everything! We crave the handcrafted, wood, woven, anything old-timey or Downton Abbey inspired, all of which evoke a simpler time, our lineage and traditions, and the organic warmth of natural materials. Kerry Rowe is a Grand Rapids-based color consultant for the contract furniture industry and she sees these trends impact the color palettes of fabrics, interiors and consumer goods. “As a counterpoint to technology, the ‘American Made’ concept brings a patinated or rustic

quality to the new color palettes,” she said. “Warmed up greys and accent colors that arrive somewhere between jewel and harvest tones are coming on strong.” Wood surfaces will continue to dominate, as well as wood patterned fabrics and even wood patterned concretes. Midnight and dusty shades of blue are starting to pop and we’ll continue to see the bright cobalt blues gain traction. And pink! This year, soft blush and rose gold were everywhere, and pink will continue in both bright and pastel colors as reflection of youthful millennial energy, androgyny, and a quest for quiet calm. No trend is worth living with colors you don’t like. The trick to a comfy yet fabulous home is creating a solid background palette in colors you truly love. Trend predictions can then help you keep things from getting tired by guiding your accent choices. An example would be the lime or turquoises that have been popular accessory colors in recent years. Looking for dustier versions of these blues and greens won’t require much effort or investment but will keep your place from looking dated. The wood trend is also something to consider when choosing décor schemes. In the past few years, cool grays and very dark espresso woods were everywhere. As warmed up wood surfaces gain popularity, the paint colors that have warm undertones will make the most of them. Red and green are definitely embedded in the season, but take a look at how the color landscape is changing and mix things up a bit! Instead of primary red and greens, make use of all that mint green out there and swap in some pastels. For a quieter, more traditional feel, look for 2015’s Pantone color of the year, Marsala, which is an earthy burgundy. It’ll be Christmas at Downton Abbey when matched with a deep green! If nothing else, those chalky winter whites can be layered with organic neutrals, bright metallics and wood for a sparkling holiday look that will be right on trend for the new year. Amanda Roelofs is a Southwest Michigan based interior designer with her own firm and a former televison art director. Find out more at www.amandaroelofs.com

Four color palettes for 2016 include warmed up pastels, nostalgic heirloom colors, fresh organic brights and chalky neutrals.

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Winter Indoors and out! by Lyndsay Flagel

inter’s gray days can be uninspiring. It’s harder to motivate yourself to work out or take adventures outdoors. However, exercise and outdoor activities can continue through the frigid days of winter. Michigan is a beautiful combination of cornfields, lakeshore, and woods. Gear up and head outside; grab cross-country skis or winter boots. Whether you’re taking a walk outside or heading to Saugatuck Dunes for a hike, those leaving an urban, fast-paced lifestyle have an intuitive understanding of the health benefits of nature.

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bird watching Go ice fishing (this is for the brave ones!) Sledding (the obvious activity that’s not just for kids!) Make snow paint. Add your favorite color to snow by mixing food coloring and water. Put it in a spray bottle and make snow art! Build a fort or have a snowball fight

In the midst of winter, Michigan residents are lucky to have plentiful outdoor activities that are good for the body and mind:

Winter routines can easily default to work-homework, but with effort, it can be work-adventure-home. For those with gym memberships, it’s still worth considering replacing a gym visit with a hike in the crisp winter air. Did you know that for the average American woman, cross-country hiking for 45 minutes burns 302 calories? In this scenario, you’re getting more of a benefit of exercise because of the connection with nature.

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Then again we are in Michigan. Come mid-winter, cars will have trouble starting and you wish you had a personal assistant to wipe off your car after work. Plain and simple: some days are too cold to stay outside

Ice skating Winter bonfire to warm up and make s’mores Rent snowshoes and go hiking On your hike, bring food for the birds and go

longer than necessary; this is where the gym is a good idea or at home exercises. Everyone has different work-out goals; whether it’s to lose weight, maintain health or to relieve stress, keep your workout regimen steady through the winter. However you choose to exercise, try incorporating the natural outdoors. Michigan outdoor adventures don’t have to end because summer is over. Head to the Upper Peninsula or Ludington and capture a scenic winter getaway!

Lyndsay is a Communications Specialist and a writer and editor. She spends her free time writing or watching Netflix.

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Search online for free plates videos such as Blogilates, a great YouTube sensation, to help you burn fat inside. Pilates helps sculpt your body over time, so consistency is key to achieving winter results.

If you’ve ever been hot yoga, you know you’ll stay warm and sweat. Studio Funky Buddha Hothouse produces free podcasts, bringing the hot-yoga flow to your home. Available on iTunes, download a few for the brisk winter days in which you’ve made your home the yoga studio. If you attend a different studio, inquire about their podcast offerings!

For those HIIT (High-intensity interval training) feigns, check out GymRa on YouTube. These instructors will make you work in 10 to 60 minutes, your choice, with or without weights. HIIT keeps muscles burning calories days after you’ve worked out.

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Events Calendar December 2015

How much orange money is in your wallet?

125th Anniversary Fact By 1922, pioneer radiologist, Dr. Augustus Crane had a state-of-the-art x-ray room in operation at Borgess Hospital.

Borgess Events Borgess Tree of Love Lighting Ceremony A special ceremony to highlight our charitable campaign to fund lifesaving breast health services for women who cannot afford them. Borgess Medical Center, Lawrence Education Center Thursday, December 3, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

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Free and open to all. Light refreshments and snacks provided. Learn more at treeoflove.borgess.com or by calling (269) 226.8100. Prepare for Birth (one-day class) A condensed version of the Prepare for Birth series, this class presents an overview of the birth process with basic coping techniques such as breathing, massage, positioning, and imagery along with a discussion of medical interventions, including Cesarean birth. Borgess Medical Commons-Currier Drive Saturday, December 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $48/couple. Registration required. Please call (269) 226.8135 or (800) 828.8135 or visit wellness.borgess.com to register. For a complete list and further information about what Borgess has to offer, please visit wellness.borgess.com. Want the latest classes, events and health screenings sent directly to your inbox? You can also sign up for the Borgess Bulletin e-newsletter there, as well.

Borgess Health & Fitness Center First Aid with Adult/Pediatric CPR & AED Covers core first aid, CPR and AED skills, choking for adults, infants and children, as well as child safety and blood borne pathogens. This is a credentialed AHA Heartsaver course for the general lay responder. Skills examination given. For ages 12 and older. Borgess Health & Fitness Center Saturday, December 19, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $70. Registration required. Please call (269) 226.8135 or (800) 828.8135 or visit wellness.borgess.com to register. Borgess Healthy Steps Join us for a year round, coached walking club for all ability levels. Ongoing enrollment is accepted throughout the year. Borgess Health & Fitness Center Gymnasium Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8 to 9 a.m. $20 annually. Call (269) 552.2348 for more information or to register. For a complete list and further information about classes at Borgess Health & Fitness Center, visit fitness.borgess.com.

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hen it comes to winter fashion, boots are essential. It’s possible to achieve whatever your seeking, whether it’s warmth, style, snowproof or comfort. Embrace the frosty outdoors, and express yourself with a bootie-licious pair of shoes!

Soft as a Puppy

These Hush Puppies boots are comfortable enough to keep you moving throughout the cold winter days, but stylish enough to pull off with any outfit. Hush Puppies, Anna Sui

Fashion Forward

Have a business meeting, but are required to forge the sidewalk? Try these classy yet comfortable booties with a block heel for added stabilization. Michael Kors, Sabrina Bootie, $225

À La Mode Riders

Stay hip with a stylish rider silhouette that gives warm and cozy auras with distressed leather and gold buckles. LandsEnd, Blakely Riding Boot, $249

Unrivaled

Going adventuring but can’t sacrifice style? Look no further than these waterproof, 8-inch tall boots that are engineered to survive sub-zero Arctic conditions. The North Face, Verbera Utility Boots, $150

A Heel Above

These weather-resistant lace-up lug booties express just the right amount of attitude while staying classically fashionable. Rampage, Harrison, $59

Wild and Weathered

Prepare for the potential El Niño winter with a stylish pair of rain boots. Snow, slush or rain, your feet will stay dry. J. Crew, Chelsea boots, $68

Go Boho

Stay warm while keeping your cool style with these 1960’s-inspired suede boots. These cozy boho boots are versatile, functional and made of Spanish Merino sheepskin. UGG, The Karisa, $245

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Can Do For You by Andrew Domino

From Recipes to Packaging, Kalamazoo Cooks Have a Resource

The Can-Do Kitchen is a business incubator, where people with an idea for a food product receive guidance on everything from packaging, to food safety regulations, to placement on store shelves.

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alamazoo’s Can-Do Kitchen, a home for entrepreneurs, is becoming a business of its own. Next year, the Can-Do Kitchen will break away from its parent organization, Fair Food Matters, and become a separate non-profit group. The change will include a new location, but one thing that won’t change is the opportunity for local business owners to make their dream a reality. “We want to break down the barriers to food entrepreneurship,” said Lucy Dilley, who founded the Can-Do Kitchen in 2007. “Food ties so many things together: the economy, community.” The Can-Do Kitchen is a business incubator, where people with an idea for a food product receive guidance on everything from packaging, to food safety regulations, to placement on store shelves. Sometimes, would-be entrepreneurs have a family recipe they want to sell to a wider audience. Others have a concept in mind, and have already done the market research to see if people in southwest Michigan would buy what they’re making. Over the past eight years, there have been about 100 different businesses under the Can-Do Kitchen umbrella, Dilley said. There are 19 food companies working there now, offering everything from bread to pickles. Baked snacks, coffee and salsas are popular foods for entrepreneurs; they don’t have state licensing to create meat products. Some foods, like honey, eggs and maple syrup, fall under Michigan’s cottage food

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law and have fewer requirements than food items the Can-Do Kitchen helps with. The Kitchen is licensed with the state of Michigan, and the training emphasizes the importance of food safety. There are a few men selling their food products with the help of the Kitchen, but 95 percent of the entrepreneurs are women or women-owned. About 33% are owned by minorities.

TRY BEFORE YOU SELL Dilley and her Can-Do Kitchen partner, program director Sheena Foster, walk through each step of the product development process with their entrepreneurs. The cooks can schedule time to use the Can-Do Kitchen facilities to test their recipes and make the amount of food they need to sell. The pots and pans are included with their kitchen time. The ingredients have to be provided by the business owners themselves — though the Can-Do Kitchen can help with sources for their food, and at just over wholesale prices. The Kitchen helps with other parts of the process too, like designing a logo, finding appropriate packaging, and putting entrepreneurs in touch with local grocery stores to carry their creations. Many stores in Kalamazoo, including Sawall Health Foods, Harding’s and D&W, carry products by Can-Do Kitchen participants. The Can-Do Kitchen shares a wall with the People’s Food Co-Op, another place where entrepreneurs can offer their foods. Some products have even made it to Meijer store shelves, and Whole Foods in Ann Arbor. “We want to see graduates,” Dilley said. “This gives them a low-risk environment to try a business out — they don’t have to deal with paying off a loan for buying their own kitchen.” The Can-Do Kitchen places entrepreneurs into different groups: incubator businesses are using the

Kitchen’s resources for the entire process, from product testing to sales. Quick starter business owners have sales experience already, and may just need to make connections with local stores, or need a place to prepare food. Fees for business owners range from about $7 to $25 an hour. Most entrepreneurs are in the Kitchen once a week, for 2 to 8 hours. There’s no time line for a business owner to be out of the Kitchen and out in their own facility, and many make their food in the Kitchen before shipping it to markets across the state. “We make them understand it’s an investment, and that it takes time to make a profit,” Foster said.

ON THEIR OWN The kitchen is just like the ones you’d see at a restaurant. There’s a freezer, refrigerator, industrial stoves and tables for preparing food. Dilley and Foster share a table as office space. Boxes of miscellaneous goods are around the corner. It’s a small spot, and one reason the Can-Do Kitchen is moving in the next few months. In October, Fair Food Matters announced that the Can-Do Kitchen will become a separate entity. Fair Food Matters will concentrate on its elementary school-aged gardening program. Dilley said she has a few locations in mind for the Can-Do Kitchen’s new location, though nothing has been finalized yet. She expects the transition to a separate non-profit to be completed by January. She said the Can-Do Kitchen is the only place in southwest Michigan offering food incubation services. Andrew Domino once visited the CanDo Kitchen for a canning class. He likes cooking, though he’s never tried making his own coffee or pickles. You can see more of his writing at www. dominowriting.com.

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269.492.0261 DESSERT FIRST Owner: Meka Phillips Email: dessertfirstlady@gmail.com www.ieatdessertfirst.com Facebook: ieatdessertfirst Instagram: dessertfirstlady EST 2012

Why did you decide on this product: Baking gives me the opportunity to experiment with several different recipes and decorating techniques. No two cakes are ever the same. What have you learned as part of the Can-Do Kitchen: I have learned that there are people who want to help you succeed in business and in life. What’s your favorite food (besides your own product): Burgers and fries! What have you learned about yourself in this process: I have also learned that when you are passionate about something, it doesn't feel like work. I run...not walk...to the kitchen every morning!

CRAZED CRAVINGS Owner: D.C. Cox Email: sales@crazedcravings.com www.crazedcravings.com EST September 2013

Why did you decide on this product: I wanted to explore the southwestern flavors of salsa I had become accustomed to while living in Dallas and traveling through Santa Fe and Denver. One Christmas I had family members and friends asking for 5-gallon buckets of my Brit Mary Bloody Mary mix, so I thought it was time to share this on a larger scale! What have you learned as part of the Can-Do Kitchen: It is imperative to be organized, plan, rethink the plan, leave your thoughts alone for a bit, then sit down and look over your plan again before going to the production environment. What’s your favorite food (besides your own product): Simple food that isn't over-processed. What have you learned about yourself in this process: Flexibility and moving slower can yield some fantastic benefits.

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Owner: Jessie Forbes Email: msjessrene@gmail.com www.kzoobrainfood.com Facebook: kzoobrainfood EST Summer 2015 Why did you decide on this product: I think that we all want to put head healthy food on the grocery list. What have you learned as part of the Can-Do Kitchen: Before there was a need for a "health food industry", it was

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simply the food industry. I think that the Can-Do Kitchen helps to bring Kalamazoo full circle on that notion. What have you learned about yourself in this process: After a car wreck 12 years ago, the doctors said I would heal well and quickly, in part because of my healthy lifestyle. Since then, I study all the time, and I'm passionate about sharing what I learn and what I know about fitness, nutrition, and brain health.

KALAMAZOO PICKLE COMPANY Owner: Derek Richmond Email: derekrichmond@me.com www.kalamazoopickle.com Facebook: KalamazooPickle 847070348695518/timeline Instagram: Kalamazoo Pickle Twitter: @KalamazooPickle EST Spring 2011

Why did you decide on this product: There was a consistent request for my pickles. After the positive responses, I started wondering, "There has to be a way to fulfill this demand and create the pickle I've always envisioned." What have you learned as part of the Can-Do Kitchen: It provides an opportunity for dreamers, like me, to become entrepreneurs by providing information on food laws and regulations, commercial kitchen health standards and practices, and navigate the new business through the arduous process that is required to start a food business. What’s your favorite food (besides your own product): The best of them are simple, made fresh and with love. What have you learned about yourself in this process: Creating a food recipe based on my own taste profiles and visual expressions can spark a lot of joy in others.

BRAZILIAN OVEN Owner: Silvana Qadros Russell Email: brazilianoven@comcast.net www.brazilianoven.com facebook.com/BrazilianOven pinterest.com/brazilianoven EST July 2012

Why did you decide on this product: Brazilian Cheese Bread or Pão de Queijo, takes me back to my roots. It is one treat that I missed the most when I moved here from Brazil in 1995. We savor those delicious cheesy chewy rolls from morning to evenings, any time, every occasion. What have you learned as part of the Can-Do Kitchen: It made it possible for me to start a business without a substantial risk. What’s your favorite food (besides your own product): I do enjoy a well-made rack of lamb with risotto. What have you learned about yourself in this process: When we started, the packaging was very simple. Since then, the race did not stop, there is always something to add or to refrain from the packaging... Sometimes I wonder when I will achieve some degree of contentment.

DOUGHCHICKS Owners: Denise Steely, Kara Steely Email: denise@doughchicks.com www.doughchicks.com Facebook: doughchicks EST 2007

Why did you decide on this product: We changed our mission to a healthier version of baked goods since we started hearing about more and more people having Celiac Disease or were very intolerant of gluten. What have you learned as part of the Can-Do Kitchen: Without the Can-Do Kitchen, Kara would have been unable to use the skills she does have. It also has been an opportunity for Kara to learn more about business and people skills while gaining confidence. What’s your favorite food (besides your own product): My (Denise) favorite food is Mexican or Southwestern. I love heat and spice! Kara loves homemade pizza, gluten free and “regular” crust alike—as long as it is heaped with meat! What have you learned about yourself in this process: I have learned more about the local food sources and how they contribute to healthy eating and living.

MIKE’S FAMOUS MICHIGAN BEAN DIP MAMALEELU COLD BREW Owner: Mike Kruk Email: mike@dipyourchip.com www.dipyourchip.com Facebook: Mike’s Famous Mexican Bean Dip EST Fall 2009

Why did you decide on this product: I started adding peanut butter as the “secret ingredient” after eating a Mexican dish a colleague of Mexican decent had made and she used peanut butter in it. What have you learned as part of the Can-Do Kitchen: I learned about the local food producing community in the Kalamazoo area. I have met great people who are producing some wonderful things to eat.

Owner: Maliesha Pullano Email: mieshapullano@gmail.com www.mamaleelucoldbrew.com facebook.com/mamaleelucoldbrew? twitter.com/Mamaleelu EST March 2014

Why did you decide on this product: I remembered how much I liked strong coffee and how I had seen a cold brew coffee concentrate at a store earlier in the year. I never got to try it, I made my own. What have you learned as part of the Can-Do Kitchen: You need to have somebody who understands the specific stresses, fears, and successes involved in entrepreneurship.

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FOUNDATIONS of the HOLIDAY HOME by Jan McCollum

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raditions are an integral part of the holiday season. They distinguish us as families. They unite us as colleagues. They anchor us as friends. They are noble, or maybe they are just silly, mindless things we do that result in belly laughs and signal that the holidays are here! One our family’s favorites would be the last on this list. In our house, the start of the holiday season would not be complete without gathering the family around the television to watch Chevy Chase and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. (Not extremely sophisticated, I know!) The kids knew the script by heart, having great fun parroting the actor’s lines with energy and enthusiasm. Uncle Eddie was given special attention in the recitation, complete with swagger and his signature annoying arrogance. Our three children are married with families now, and by their own admission, still tune in during the holiday season and reminisce a little. It is not so much the physical traditions we incorporate into living, but the feelings they generate in us that solidify our roots and inspire memories. Community, comfort, connection; these are all feelings we anticipate experiencing during the holiday season, and all experiences we desire to create for others as we ready our homes for friends and family. The best advice I’ve ever heard on the subject was shared with me just this week. “Decide how YOU want it to go.” In the real world, this advice may be problematic for some families, but the thing behind the thing, or the thought behind the thought is to exercise intention as we prepare our homes for friends, relatives, and holiday guests. What are our favorite holiday memories? What made these experiences so memorable? Chances

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are, the environments in which we experienced them were largely responsible, creating an experience of community, feelings of comfort, and opportunities for connection. But let’s get back to the thing behind the thing! Creating an environment conducive to comfort, community, and connection is more a matter of design than of décor. Design is defined as the “purpose, planning, or intention that exists … behind an action, fact, or material object.” The most welcoming environments address the foundational elements of a space: function, placement, balance, and illumination. Synchronicity within these elements creates a harmonic space with which your guests will resonate. So deck the halls, trim the tree, light the Menorah, but don’t forget to consider the thing behind the thing this holiday season.

FUNCTION

Survey the areas to be used for entertaining. Assess the current function and identify the elements that are lacking. Anticipate the needs of your guests so they will feel comfortable and welcome.

PLACEMENT

Arrange furnishings in a manner conducive to conversation. Pull furniture away from the walls in larger spaces, grouping seating pieces and incorporating accessible surfaces (drink, side, or cocktail tables) for plates and glasses.

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Create areas where guests can sit and talk and open or “negative space” to stand and mingle. Space food, drink, and dessert stations in different areas to eliminate congestion and facilitate flow.

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Observe light levels during the hours you will be entertaining. Light on multiple levels with ceiling, lamps, and accent lighting. Place recessed lighting on dimmers to adjust light levels as needed. Add candles for ambiance and warmth.

“Synchronicity within these elements creates a harmonic space with which your guests will resonate.” Often the things that impact us most are those we don’t consciously identify. They are connected to memories and experiences and lie quietly beneath the surface most of the time. They emerge inadvertently, stirring feelings and emotions and connecting us to life. Like Clark Griswald, watching silent movies in the attic of Christmases past, we remember; and as we remember, intention forms. We purpose to bring family and friends together because we know the thing behind the thing is the true essence of the season; and as we plan, prepare, and decide how we want it to go, we live out the best definition of design. Founder and design principal of J Parker McCollum, Inc., Jan is a speaker, mentor, educator, and product designer with projects featured in several local publications. www.jparkermccollum.com

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Festive Desserts by Jen Foley • photography by Two Eagles Marcus

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reate a beautifully festive and equally delicious centerpiece of desserts to follow your holiday feast with these three recipes.

Gingerbread Spiced Cream Puffs For the dough: 1 1/2 cups water 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cubed 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 8 large eggs For the filling: 6 egg yolks 3/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 tablespoon flour 1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch 2 2/3 cups whole milk 1 1/3 cups heavy cream 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon cloves Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large saucepan, combine the water, butter, sugar and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the flour all at once and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until a tight dough forms and pulls away from the side of the pan, approximately 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. In a bowl, beat 7 eggs and add to the dough in four batches, stirring vigorously between additions until the eggs are completely incorporated and the pastry batter is smooth and fall in ribbons. If this consistency has not been reached, add the final egg. Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip. Pipe 1 1/2-inch mounds onto the baking sheets, leaving 1 inch between them. Spray the mounds with nonstick cooking spray. Bake the choux for about 35 minutes, until browned and puffed, shifting the sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through. Let cool completely. To make filling, whisk the yolks, sugar, flour, cornstarch, and spices together. In a saucepan, heat the milk and cream together until just simmering. Add a full ladle of the heated cream mixture to the eggs and whisk. Repeat this step another two times to slowly warm up the egg mixture without scrambling the eggs. Add the egg mixture into the saucepan with the remaining milk mixture and cook over medium heat, whisking frequently, until thickened enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Pour the mixture into another bowl and cool completely before using. Add the cooled pastry cream to a piping bag with a small, plain tip.

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Using the pastry tip, gently pierce a hole into the bottom of each puff and fill with the cream.

Chocolate Raspberry Tart Makes one 9-inch tart

For crust: 9-10 chocolate graham crackers, finely ground in a food processor (1 cup) 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/4 cup sugar

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For filling: 1 1/4 cups heavy cream 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup raspberry preserves Fresh raspberries, for garnish Confectioners sugar, for garnish Preheat the oven to 350 F. Mix together all ingredients for the crust and press into the bottom and 3/4 inch up the side of a 9-inch tart pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes and allow the crust to cool completely. To make filling, bring the cream to a boil in a saucepan. Add the chocolate to a heatproof bowl and pour the cream in. Stir the chocolate until melted. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, salt and raspberry preserves and stir the mixture in with the chocolate until smooth. Pour the filling into the tart shell and bake for 20-25 minutes until the center is still slightly wet. Cool the tart completely and garnish with fresh berries and dusted confectioners sugar.

Dulce de Leche Pear Trifle

Chocolate Raspberry Tart

Makes 6-8 servings

3 pears, diced into small pieces 8 ounces dulce de leche, homemade or storebought 2 cups crumbled angelfood cake 3 cups whipped cream, homemade or storebought 1 chocolate-toffee candy bar, crumbled In a small bowl, mix the pears and caramel together. In a trifle bowl or 6-8 individual glasses, layer the cream, pears, and cake until you reach the top of the dish, finishing with whipped cream. Top the trifle with the crumbled up toffee pieces.

Jen Foley is a local foodie, wife and mom who loves all things Southwest Michigan.

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Hol i d ay Healthy Feet mid your holiday merry-making, you may do a considerable amount of walking, moving, dancing and sitting in one position. Be sure to treat your feet with kindness so they can bring you through each one of those joyous events and errands with ease.

Conquer calluses and corns.

Calluses and corns appear when dead skin builds up on the heels and toes and bony areas of the feet. While unsightly, calluses and corns can be gradually reduced by gently using a pumice stone or foot file used immediately after showering. Consult a podiatrist if your calluses or corns are especially pesky and difficult to remove.

Address ingrown toenails.

Athletes and dancers tend to suffer the most from ingrown toenails, a potentially painful condition where the toenail grows into the surrounding skin. Ingrown toenails are often a

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byproduct of the toes rubbing tightly against the shoe during physical activity. Soaking feet in an Epsom salt bath twice a day for 15 minutes can reduce pain and inflammation while cutting toenails straight across can reduce the likelihood that the nails will grow into the skin. Ingrown toenails can lead to serious complications in people with diabetes or vascular problems. Prevention is essential. Skip the home remedies and see a doctor immediately if you experience pain or inflammation.

Wear footwear that fits.

Wearing footwear that’s too small or restrictive can increase your risk of ingrown toenails and hammertoe, a deformity that occurs when the toes become claw-like. Ill-fitting footwear can cause or aggravate hammertoes, while also increasing the risk of friction between the toes and the interior of the shoes, potentially causing ingrown toenails. When shopping for shoes, always find

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footwear that fits, even if it means sacrificing style for comfort.

Eradicate toenail fungus.

The risks and side effects associated with medications and other toenail fungus treatments have led many to seek natural treatments including applying tea tree oil or Listerine mouthwash. Columbia Antiseptic Powder has been used for more than 135 years to treat toenail fungus. Health supplements including olive leaf extract may be beneficial. Toenail fungus prevention includes keeping your feet dry, don’t wear damp shoes and avoid going barefoot in locker rooms, pools or public showers.

Keep the blood flowing.

If you find yourself sitting for long periods of time, straighten your legs and put your feet up as much as possible. Rotate your ankles, wiggle your toes and take a stroll.

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ndoor plants provide style to the home, as well as a transition from nature to our domestic living space. Indoor plant arrangements in diverse and creative containers have gained popularity; as opposed to being innocent living defenseless and sympathetic individuals stuck in a corner, today’s indoor foliage breathes life into a home. Indoor plants help clean the air, provide oxygen and brighten our spirits. With today’s eclectic options and open minds, indoor foliage can be done in a stylish way.

The Gift that Keeps Years ago, indoor gardening meant a ficus, dieffenbachia or dracaena plant stuck in a corner and losing half its leaves in winter. A token fern basket would hang deprived of the humidity it needed because of furnace air and then maybe a Christmas cactus and an African violet on the windowsill. Today, orchids, tillandsia, succulents, herbs, fiddle leaf fig, sansevieria, palms and more to name a few have become mainstays of the stylish indoor garden. If you are prone to an eclectic mix of plants, I have a suggestion. Because inspiration and impulse influence our plant purchases, people often have a variety of textures and sizes in plants, which gives depth to your décor. I would pay attention and make an investment in the containers, or the “homes” for your houseplant friends. A good quality container has

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enough space for roots to grow and allows for drainage, and adds to the style of your interior plant arrangement. With a variety of colors, textures and forms to your plants, you can unify your living space by coordinating the containers. Even though the plants are varied, a consistent style and color of containers in various sizes can unify or pull the whole décor together. As a matter of fact, I recommend for the interior what I recommend for our outside landscape. Monocultures are not a good idea. When a problem develops it spreads like fire in a monoculture. Diversity is a good thing. Celebrate it with your plants and visually tie them together with a consistent planter theme. Finally, remember to include poinsettias for added color to indoor plants in December. Today’s varieties of the poinsettia are colorful with long-lasting bracts. They, like other houseplants, don’t like cold drafts. Avoid placing them near heat registers, as room temperature will do just fine for them. Don’t over water poinsettias (too much water is the number one killer of houseplants), and make sure to provide drainage if they are foil or deco wrapped in a fancy pot cover. Indoor plants are our friends and help bring an interior space to life. They truly are the gift that keeps giving!

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Savory Mini Cheese Balls

Makes 12 servings, 2 tablespoons each

1 1/2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese (12 oz) 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds 1 teaspoon poppy seeds 2 cloves garlic, minced, divided 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary 1/4 cup finely chopped dried cranberries 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans Cut cream cheese into 6 pieces; roll each into a ball. Combine sesame seeds, poppy seeds and half the garlic in small bowl. Mix herbs and remaining garlic in separate small bowl. Combine cranberries and nuts in third bowl.

Can be prepared in minutes!

Roll 2 cheese balls in sesame seed mixture, 2 cheese balls in herb mixture and remaining cheese balls in nut mixture. Cut each cheese ball in half and serve with crackers.

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DOROTHY PARKER She might be known for her drinking problem and depression, but Parker is nonetheless one of the most renown women in poetry and screenplays. Her sharp wit matches her Whiskey Sour drink: sweet tendencies, but known to bite. Her success wasn’t diminished by her drinking habits, as two of her scripts were nominated for Academy Awards, and her wisecracker reputation has no one wondering why she kept sipping on her preferred potion.

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ERNEST HEMINGWAY Hemingway wasn’t one to keep his identity quiet, and as a result, his “green fairy” concoction with Champagne became as popular as his book it’s named after, Death in the Afternoon. Absinthe is thought to induce hallucinations; perhaps that’s where he gets his idiosyncratic spark. Hemingway even delivered preparation instructions for his cocktail: “Pour one jigger absinthe into a Champagne glass. Add iced Champagne until it attains proper opalescent milkiness. Drink three to five of these slowly.”

DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON 1 1/2 ounces absinthe 4 1/2 ounces Champagne Pour absinthe into a flute and top with Champagne.

1 ounce lemon juice 1 ounce simple syrup 2 ounces bourbon Shake ingredients with ice in cocktail shaker and strain into a short whiskey glass with ice. Garnish with a cherry or lemon wedge.

Inspire yourself while sipping on the same libations as some of the greatest literary geniuses in history. Kick back with a classic book and enjoy one of the “intelligent” liquid offerings. (In moderation, of course. We don’t encourage the sometimes heavy drinking habits of authors.)

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F. SCOTT FITZGERALD The twenties might not have been nearly as roaring if Fitzgerald would’ve been without his Gin. This author and his wife, Zelda, pranced around drunk on Gin Rickneys, and Francis Scott even gave his characters the attribute of enjoying the drink (think Jay Gatsby). Proud of their symbolism and determined to live up to their hype, it was no secret that the couple had little tolerance for alcohol. They claimed that gin was their favorite because it wasn’t detectable on the breath.

THE GIN RICKNEY 2 ounces dry gin 1 1/2 ounce lime juice Club soda Squeeze lime juice into a Collins glass full of ice. Add gin, add lime half, and top with bubbly water of your choice.

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EDGAR ALLAN POE The legendary writer, editor and poet of the American Romantic Movement allegedly spiked his drinks with opiates, and as history knows, cognac was his libation of choice. His alcoholic personality unfortunately sent him to an early death at the age of 40, but undoubtedly contributed to his production of important literary works. We recommend sipping this brandy neat, sans opiates.

COGNAC Drink 3 ounces cognac neat, as water or ice will dilute the spirit too much. Serve at room temperature in a snifter.

JACK KEROUAC Somewhere on the road, Kerouac developed a love for Tequila. Likely while he was fleeing in Mexico, lounging at jazz bars or jumping the streets of New York City, the Margarita became a favorite of his. Kerouac kept his life lively, wild and sometimes unruly, but somehow managed to keep his reputation sophisticated (just like all the classic beat generation pioneers).

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MAYA ANGELOU The famous author, poet, dancer, actress, singer and civil rights activist is known for her kindness, wisdom and societal impact. Her success seemed to overshadow her fascination with fortified wine, as no one quite identifies Angeleou as a drinker; however, she once described her writing process as a product of six items: the Bible, a dictionary, Roget’s Thesaurus, yellow notepads, an ashtray and a bottle of sherry. Who knew sherry could be so inspiring?

SHERRY Serve room-temperature sherry in a long-stemmed copita glass (to prevent warming).

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2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) butter, softened 1 cup granulated sugar 2/3 cup firmly-packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs Peppermint icing Heat oven to 350 F. In medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addi­tion. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, mixing to make a smooth dough. Place dough into cookie press and press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Cool cookies on pan on cooling grid 2 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on grid. Sandwich cookies together with pepper­mint icing.

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It’s easy to get listed in our Events Calendar. Our deadline is the 10th of the month prior to publication. Email us at: calendar@womenslifestylekazoo.com. Please type Calendar in the subject line. December 1 – 24 Santa’s Workshop Mall Plaza. Times vary. Santa’s Workshop is a place where families can whisper their wish lists in Santa’s ear, take pictures with their own cameras, spend as much time as they would like, make art projects, and write letters to Santa – all for free. On weekends, children also may make special crafts to take home and give as gifts. 269-388-3083. deb@eventkalamazoo.com December 1 – 27 Signature Gallery Artists Cooperative 4602 W Main St. Mon. – Sat. 10 am – 7 pm; Sun. 12 – 5 pm; Dec. 24, 10 am – 3 pm; Dec. 26, 10 am – 7 pm; Dec. 27, noon – 5 pm. Incredible handmade gifts and artwork by local member artists. 269337-1956. www.signature-artist.com December 1 – 28 A Christmas Carol The New Vic Theatre. 8 pm. 36th Annual Production of Ted Kistler's acclaimed adaptation of Charles Dickens' holiday classic. $25. 269-381-3328. www.thenewvictheatre.org

December 4 Art Hop Various Locations throughout Downtown Kalamazoo. 5 – 9 pm. Art Hop is a free event that features new art exhibits in a fun, casual atmosphere. Numerous galleries and businesses in the downtown area host a variety of artwork. Free. 269-342-5059. www.kalamazooarts.com December 4 – 5 Holiday Greens & Gifts Sale Kalamazoo County Expo Center. Fri. 9 am – 6 pm, Sat. 9 am – 1 pm. Wreaths, Swags & Roping. Thousands of handmade items created by gifted Kalamazoo Garden Council Members. This is our 62nd year. Free. 269-327-0258. Kalamazoogardencouncil.org December 5 Annual Christmas Bazaar St Andrew Community Church, 3631 Covington Rd. 9 am to 3 pm. Costume jewelry, baked goods and hand crafted items. Lunch available. Please join us for some unique gift shopping. 269.349.1173

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December 5 Kalamazoo Community Chorale Concert First United Methodist Church, 212 S Park St. 7 pm. The Colors of Christmas. Freewill Offering. 269-615-0167 December 5 Traditional Holiday & Tree Lighting Ceremony City Centre and Celery Flats Historic Center. 7 pm. Set your sights on holiday lights, caroling and holiday treats! Hot cider, hot cocoa will be available for a $1 donation per cup. Proceeds from the sales will benefit area charities. Free. 269-329-4522. December 5 – 6 Christmas at Wings Event Center Wings Event Center. 9 am – 4 pm. The most unusual and unique artists and crafter's in the U.S. merge upon Kalamazoo at this time of the year, each and every year. Come see us, it's free parking and free admission also. 269-349-1185. craftshows@charter.net December 5 – 6 Winter Holiday Festival The Olde World Village. 10 am – 6 pm. Grab your closest boller or top hat and wear your 1800's best, eat some amazing food, buy some fantastic wares from some amazing vendors and artisans. As you enjoy the live entertainment. $10. 269580-1290. owv@tds.net

December 5 – 6 Holidays at the Homestead Kalamazoo Nature Center DeLano Homestead. 1 – 4 pm. Bring your family and friends to the beautifully decorated DeLano Homestead for a step back in time. Join the 1800’s-style celebration and holiday traditions. 269-381-1574. www.naturecenter.org December 5 – 6 Nutcracker Chenery Auditorium. Sat. 2 & 7 pm, Sun. 2 pm. Experience the magic and wonder of Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet in this fully-staged production, featuring members of Ballet Arts Ensemble and thrilling guest professional dancers, assisted by a local cast. 269-349-7759. December 6 BachFest Christmas! Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College. 4 – 6 pm. A community tradition since 1970, BachFest Christmas! rings in the holidays with a festive classical program. $25/$16 Adults, $5 student, children free. 269-3377407. www.kalamazoobachfestival.org December 8 Glorious! First Baptist Church. 7 – 8 pm. Join us for this Glorious dance spectacular as we spread the magnificent joy of the holiday season together! $10 Adults, $5 children 4 – 10. 269-377-4134. info@leapofgraceballet.com

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December 8 Free Vein Screenings Premier Vein Center, treating the entire spectrum of vein disorders through minimally invasive techniques, offers FREE screenings for non-Medicare patients. 269-585-8346. www.premierveincenter. com/vein-screening December 10 American Business Women's Association Beacon Club. 6 pm. Join us for our Annual Holiday Party. $27. 269-903-2989. joannhaverkamp@yahoo.com December 10 – 12 Scholastic Book Fairs Warehouse Sale Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Expo North. Thurs. 11 am – 7 pm, Fri 9 am – 7 pm, Sat. 9 am – 3 pm. Large book sale offering deep discounts. Free. 800-8430112. www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/ warehouse December 11 Winter Wonderland Dinner W.K. Kellogg Manor House. 6:30 – 9 pm. Enjoy a delightful meal filled with holiday cheer during this annual holiday tradition. A guided tour will be offered following dinner. $45. 269-671-2015. Communityrelations@kbs.msu.edu December 11 – 20 The Christmas Cabaret

Barn Theatre. Fri. 7 pm, Sat. & Sun. 2 & 7 pm. Fun and your favorite carols. $25. 269731-4121. www.barntheatreschool.org

enjoying the winter season. The big man himself will make special appearances. 269979-1351. www.binderparkzoo.org

December 12 Christmas Bazaar Unity of Kalamazoo Church, Fellowship Hall. 9 am – 3 pm. Unity of Kalamazoo’s Christmas Bazaar holiday shopping at its best! Bake sale and refreshments. 269385-2239. Unitykalamazoo.com

December 18 Kalamazoo Wings Bell’s Night Wings Event Center. 7 – 9:30 pm. The K-Wings face off against the Gwinnett Gladiators as they host the first of two Bell’s Brewery themed nights. There will be a Bell’s swag giveaway and Buddy the Elf will be in attendance! $10 and up. 269743-6011. www.kwings.com

December 12 Christmas Expo & Craft Show Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Expo Main. 9 am – 4 pm. Over 100 of your favorite vendors and crafters from across the Midwest will be on hand for great holiday shopping. Find what you need for everyone on your Christmas list! Free. moneys7714@sbcglobal.net December 13 Make A Joyful Noise Holiday Concert Chenery Auditorium. 3 – 4:30 pm. The Kalamazoo Children's Chorus will put you in the holiday spirit with a festive afternoon filled with delightful holiday classics, your favorite carols and lesser-known holiday gems that are sure to become future holiday favorites! $10. 269-547-7183. leano@kalamazoochildrenschorus.org December 17 – 23 ZooLights Binder Park Zoo. 5 – 9 pm. During ZooLights stroll along lighted paths with nightly entertainment, while viewing some of the Zoo’s weather-hardy animals on exhibit

December 24 Christmas Eve Dinner Celebration Henderson Castle. 4 – 7 pm. Enjoy a seven course menu for a Christmas Eve dinner celebration. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and lactose-free entrees are available. $39.99. 269-344-1827. http:// hendersoncastle.com

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December 27 Suspended! Selections from Art Prize Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. 2 pm. Join the KIA on a docent guided tour through Suspended! Selections from Art Prize. This tour will be educational, and is included with admission into the galleries.

Adults $5, Students $2, 12 and under free. 269-349-7775. www.kiarts.org December 31 New Year’s Fest Bronson Park. 5 pm – 12 am. New Year’s Fest offers entertainment for all ages including: bands, theatre, classical performances, storytelling, horse-drawn trolley rides, comedy, and a ball drop and fireworks at midnight. $5 advanced tickets, $10 day of. 269-388-2830. www. newyearsfest.com

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January 2 Cool Chemistry Family Fun Day Air Zoo. 9 am – 5 pm. Have some cool fun in our warm building! Families can mix fizzy potions, play with polymers, investigate dry ice, and much more! 269-3502848. www.airzoo.org January 3 Paint the Ice Returns! Wings Event Center. 12 – 4 pm. Kids and grownups are invited back for a second year to paint the ice at Wings Stadium with KIA staff, volunteers, and Slappy the K-Wings mascot! Be part of the coolest work of art. Free. 269-349-7775. www. kiarts.org

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Reader’s Lounge by Andrea Mantakounis

W

aking up just in time from that turkey-induced coma to find yourself in the thick of the holiday midst, these titles can offer you laughs to balance the stress, solutions to last minute presents, and a sugar high to fuel you until January.

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris Nothing will make your family seem more normal than delving into the hysterics of the Sedaris clan. Your nitpicking aunt will seem saintly, your rambunctious nephew not so bad in comparison to the prostitute-saving, surly elf-impersonating, cut-throat competitive decorating characters introduced in David Sedaris’s compilation of vignettes. Known for his dark and selfdeprecating sense of humor, Sedaris pokes fun at the insanity holidays can bestow upon us. If you are in need of some cheer that is not of the maudlin A Charlie Brown Christmas variety, give Holidays on Ice a whirl and count your blessings you’re not an elf named Crumpet. “But instead I am applying for a job as an elf. Even worse than applying is the very real possibility that I will not be hired, that I couldn’t even find work as an elf. That’s when you know you’re a failure.”

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg Need tips on how to make your New Year’s resolution last longer than a fruitcake? The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, has the science behind behaviors for you. Divided into three parts, this fascinating read explains the basic relationship between cues, routines and rewards. By focusing on one unhealthy “keystone habit,” you can reprogram other routines in your life. If Oprah and Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book together, this would be it—part human interest stories, part shocking tales and part scientific research. The book highlights case studies of individuals, businesses and societies, showing you the unsuspecting way your habits may be manipulated by others. Looking for tips on how to kick that procrastination habit? I’ll let you know when I get around to it.

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The Big Book of Mod Podge by Plaid Enterprises, Inc. When the weather outside is frightful, what is better than staying indoors and crafting? This crafters favorite from the 1960s knows no limits. Cover a car? Sure! Decoupage a coffee table? Bring it on. For seasonal crafts, there are instructions to make gift tags, ornaments, wreaths and much more. With over 90 projects, this book has something for everyone to try, from steampunk princesses to truck-toting tots. If you’re into homemade gifts, look no further than The Big Book of Mod Podge for inspiration. Most of the crafts are ten steps or less, making them time and child-friendly. Put those Pinterest DIY ideas to use with this all-in-one glue, sealer, finish, crime fighting (eh, maybe not that one) adhesive. Andrea Mantakounis, a Communications Specialist at Kent District Library, falls for every “easy” DIY project, unfailingly reads past her bedtime and is an adopted mother to an unenthusiastic cat.

by David Postma

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (December 18)

Admittedly, little is known about this small indie movie that ended up launching the biggest franchise saga to date. Director JJ Abrams unites an all-star cast including Oscar Isaac and Harrison Ford to bring the next chapter in the Star Wars Universe. If anything is known, it’s that this movie is as “must-see” as you can find, and its box office may end up bringing it to being a top-five earner of all time. The quality seems fantastic, and the nostalgia appears ready to grasp an entirely new generation of people. This may end up being the biggest and best movie of the year!

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Pick of the Month: David Postma runs the website www.filmtakeout. com. He works in financing and producing and writes for various feature films and television projects.

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