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Bougie Grubs Cranberry Salsa

Cranberry Salsa is a vibrant and flavorful dish that combines the tartness of fresh cranberries with the freshness of cilantro, the heat of jalapeno, and the zestiness of lime. Here's a recipe you can try:

INGREDIENTS

… • 2 cups fresh cranberries … • 1/2 cup sugar (adjust to taste) • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped … • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped … • Juice of 1 lime … • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced … • Salt, to taste …

INSTRUCTIONS

… • Prepare: Rinse the cranberries and place them in a food processor. Add jalapeno, minced garlic, and cilantro.

What Makes You Happy?

Ms. Lori's class talked about how Christmas trees make us happy! She asked her students, "What makes you happy?" … Kash: All the presents from Santa. Shepherd: When my brother shares the Nintendo Switch. Brinkley: Jesus … Miller: My mommy … Blaire: Reindeer … Nora: Ornaments … Kelsen: Setting up Christmas … Shelby: Jingle Bells … Gentry: Jesus's Birthday … Oliver: Jesus … Larkin: Opening presents, seeing Santa, and spending time with my family. Claire: Presents and my mama … Easton: Jesus's Birthday … Ava: Ornaments … Wyatt:

A Gift for Santa

Ms. Alley asked her class if they could put one gift under the tree for Santa; what would it be? … Luis: "Magnet Blocks so he can make toys faster." … Aislyn: "A teddy bear lovie to sleep with after he delivers presents." … Liam: "A super cool race car to drive to my house." … Emma: "Christmas pajamas to sleep in after he brings me my gifts." … Cameron: "A Barbie House with a pool because he will need a vacation." … Samuel: "Dinosaur nuggets because he will be hungry." … Ben: "An airplane to replace his sled." … Elena: "A bicycle to ride with his elves." … Addis:

Are You My Book Twin?

I read a book last week that felt so personal to me. The words and phrases were so similar to what I've written in past book reviews that I worried mine could be misconstrued as plagiarism. In I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel (of Modern Mrs. Darcy), she writes at length about our reading lives and the joy of finding a book twin (someone who enjoys all the same books as you).

Let Your Light Shine

In Ms. Jessica’s class, we are learning what it means to “let your light shine.” We learned that Jesus calls us to let our light shine before others. In Matthew 5, he says, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” We learned that when we follow Jesus, obeying his word and sharing his love with others, we are letting our light shine.

Lonestar Christmas and Hits

Not every musician has the opportunity to revisit and even potentially improve upon their biggest hits. But on the forthcoming TEN to 1 record, the award-winning band Lonestar—

Diabetes: My Story

If I’m being honest, I didn’t know November was National Diabetes Awareness Month until Texarkana Magazine asked me to write about our experience with the disease. To my family and me, Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a part of our everyday life, so we don’t think about one particular month to be aware of it. We’re always aware of it. … Prior to March 14, 2022, I wasn’t always aware of T1D. I saw Ali Deal post a few times about her experience with her son, but I never thought her experience would apply to my child.

Our Place Changed Our Lives

November is a time of gratitude, a month where we pause to appreciate some of the most important unsung heroes among us—family caregivers. Most of these devoted individuals quietly shoulder emotional, physical, and financial burdens to ensure the well-being of their loved ones enduring a health journey. Two caregivers, Jean Phillips and Harriet Hopkins, share the blessing of finding the Alzheimer's Alliance Tri-State Area and Our Place Day Respite Center and how it changed their lives.

Home for the Holidays (kind of)

My siblings like to say my parents really started spoiling me after they left for college. I’m still not convinced I didn’t get the worse end of the whole birth order deal. James, Sophia, and I (in that order) are spaced out perfectly. With a little less than two years between each of us, we’ve spent most of our collective lives in the same collective stage–with the same neighborhood friends, involved in the same sports leagues or teams, and a part of the same youth group.

Instinct of the Heart

“There is no instinct like that of the heart.” —Lord Byron … Sometimes, you just have an instinct…a hard-to-describe, out-of-the-blue feeling that can get the ball rolling to lead your life down a path previously unseen. … We were blessed beyond measure with three precious sons. However, there was this feeling that someone was missing from our family. Adoption had crossed our minds in the past, but my husband and I were really unsure how to get started.

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