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TXK 411

photo by Matt Cornelius
Setting the Table

Tips for a lovely Thanksgiving table

… • Start by making a plan. Casual table or formal table? Plated meal, family style, or buffet? Color palette? • Add natural elements to the table. This can be a simple bouquet of flowers from the grocery store placed in a pretty rose bowl, potted rosemary plants, fresh cuttings from the yard, or pumpkins and gourds down the center of the table. Small pumpkins can be used for place cards, or use a sprig of rosemary as a napkin ring. • The most beautiful tables are layered.

The Monthly Mix

Holiday Photo StyleThe season of food, fun, and family is upon us! Many memories are soon to be made. This also means many photos will be taken. Looking polished and feeling your best go hand in hand when styling outfits for photos. I have gathered three different head to toe looks to have you completely camera ready throughout the season. … This look is what I will be wearing for family photos this season. I love this dress so much that I now own it in two colors.

Dear Mrs. (Slightly) Sophisticated

My neighbor is obsessed with a blow-up for any occasion. Is it okay to ask them to stop with the blow-ups? At Christmas, it is like a blow-up museum because they have so many. I mean, is it really necessary? Dear Deflated, … Firstly, I must ask if your neighborhood has any rules against this. Do you have an HOA? Perhaps they would have some advice according to their bylaws, but it seems there is not one from your account. HOAs can be a double-edged sword when dealing with decorations.

Thanksgiving Potluck

CASSY MEISENHEIMER—Mimi’s Cornbread Dressing

… • 2 pkgs Jiffy cornbread, prepare according to directions … • 2 cups cooked rice (1 cup raw) • ½ carton of chicken livers, cooked, cooled, chopped (you can omit this, but it really adds flavor) • 2 chicken breasts, baked, cooled, chopped … • 1 large onion, chopped … • 3 stalks and tops celery, chopped finely … • 1 bunch of green onions, snipped … • ½ bunch parsley, snipped … • 4 boiled eggs, chopped … • 2 cups chicken broth (can used canned) • Tabasco, kosher salt, pepper to taste … • Saute vegetables and cool.

Publisher's Letter

This is the season of gratitude. I do not have adequate words to express my appreciation for the many people who have been an integral part of our first two years. So, Happy Birthday to us; we are officially a toddler! The infancy stage was challenging, to say the least, lacking in sleep and full of every emotion. … As I reflect on all we encountered trying to get our first ever print magazine on stands, I am struck by the village of people it took to make it happen. Facing one struggle after another, I almost lost hope we would make it on time.

Bougie Grubs Sweet Potato Biscuits

INGREDIENTS

… • 2 cups Bisquick mix … • 2/3 cup milk … • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes … • 1 tbsp cinnamon sugar mixture … • 1 tsp of vanilla …

DIRECTIONS

… • Preheat oven 400. • Mix all ingredients together well. • Drop spoonfuls of dough on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. • Bake for 15 minutes. • Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top (optional). • Serve with cinnamon honey butter (spreadable butter or margarine, honey, and cinnamon) • Enjoy!

Family Halloween Costume Ideas

Dressing up as a family for Halloween is one of my favorite things to do. I am trying to fully enjoy it while my son is young and will go along with my ideas. I know he will prefer to choose his own costume in a few years. I am sharing five family Halloween costume ideas and where to get the items. … One of our favorite movies is The Greatest Showman. I knew we could easily replicate a similar look as Zenya and Hugh Jackman’s characters in the movie. We chose to have Turner be an animal from the circus.

We’re Going There

Things Your Gynecologist Wants You To Know

All of us girls have to do it. And we all hate doing it. Even those of us who do this for a living hate doing it. What is “IT,” you ask? It is the trip to your friendly gynecologist. But it can be a little less stressful if you try to see the funny side of it all. We want to share some tips, tricks, and general observations to get you through this trying time.

… • Let’s start with the urine sample.

Publisher's Letter

As those of us who have had children know, pregnancy can be hard! So, can you imagine putting your body through that discomfort, the risks, and the hormonal see-saw required to carry a child for a couple you do not know? That is what it means, most times, to be a surrogate. … In recent years, it has become much more common to hear of people, including celebrities, who have become parents through surrogacy.

My Drift

photo by Matt Cornelius
Today’s 10,000“I’m not walking at the mall.” … My walking buddy’s tone made it clear that no argument could convince her otherwise. Heeding the advice to strive for 10,000 steps every day, our intrepid group had been walking every morning since February when the June heat shut us down completely. It was just too hot. I had brought up the idea of walking at the mall, and she had shut that down, too. … Eventually, my need for my daily steps drove me to announce to the group that I would be walking at Central Mall the next day, and anyone who wanted to join me was welcome.

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