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Creating Comfort

Pulling up to Tammie and Lifford Luthringer’s home, you immediately notice the traditional design. The trademarks of conventional style, including a wide front porch accented by perfectly appointed columns paired with red brick, immediately convey a welcoming feeling. It is a feeling that is continued inside the house and is obviously a very intentional part of Tammie’s design. … “We’ve been married about seven years and have five kids between us. I wanted the house not to be stuffy or pretentious. I wanted everybody to feel comfortable,” Tammie explained.

Presenting the 2022 Texarkana Cotillion Debutantes

photos by Matt Cornelius
Nine debutantes, dressed in traditional gowns and carrying bouquets of red roses, were presented to society on December 28, 2022, at Texarkana Country Club. John Crisp, master of ceremonies, introduced each young lady as she stepped from the dais. Vicki Carr and Andrea Finley played the chosen debut song for each debutante as she and her escort circled the room. This season was coordinated by Miss Blaire Barlow. … … Trinity Marie Tutolo … Miss Trinity Marie Tutolo is the daughter of Mr. Derek Tutolo and Mrs. Heather Barnette and the stepdaughter of Mr. James Barnette Jr.

Good Evening TXK

photo by Matt Cornelius
I drank hot tea for the very first time in my whole life the day I took the picture for this article. I felt so fancy. I’m a Texan, so the only tea I have ever known is obviously Chicken Express sweet tea, and if you don’t agree that’s the best sweet tea, don’t even talk to me. Never in a million years did I imagine I’d be drinking this wonderful, warm jasmine tea from Local Habit Coffee Co., or that I’d actually be enjoying it! It felt foreign to me, but it was also a nice, deep, long hug to me on that cold day.

Publisher's Letter

photo by Molly Kendrick
For the last several months, my response when discussing many topics has been, “I’m just treading water into 2023.” Well, here we are. It is time to stop treading water and start swimming.

The Monthly Mix

Shop Local This Year … 2023 is upon us! A new year means starting fresh and doing away with the old. It also means setting goals as the calendar starts over. One of my goals is to shop locally made products more! Big chain stores don’t need us, but small businesses around the area do. There are so many great items you can purchase that originate from right here in Texarkana and I’m excited to share a few of my favorites with you! … Oakcreek Furniture … For 18 years now, their American Made furniture has been handcrafted to the highest possible quality!

TXK 411

photo by Matt Cornelius
Green Smoothie … Combine each ingredient, along with a large scoop of ice, in a blender and mix until smooth. Smoothies are a great meal replacement or afternoon treat. Enjoy! … INGREDIENTSHigh-quality whey protein—Whey Protein promotes muscle growth. It is highly satiating (filling) which may help reduce hunger, and it can help with weight loss by keeping you feeling fuller longer. … 1 tablespoon peanut butter powder or peanut butter—Peanut butter is loaded with health-promoting nutrients including vitamin E, magnesium, iron, selenium, and vitamin B6.

24th Annual Bramlett Beans and Cornbread

The 24th Annual Bramlett Beans and Cornbread was held on Thursday, December 1, at the Texarkana, Texas Convention Center. This event featured beans, cornbread, tea, coffee, and dessert. Proceeds from Bramlett Beans and Cornbread provide Christmas food baskets to families in the community. This event allows them to serve over 100 families with food baskets that include a month's worth of food and Christmas gifts.

Let's Talk About Knees and Hips

Chase Lobrano, MD is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in adult reconstruction-hip/knee. Dr. Lobrano always knew he wanted to enter medicine and started working in medical clinics and hospitals in his teens and throughout college. During medical school, orthopedics was a natural fit leading him to an orthopedic residency and his fellowship in adult reconstruction-hip/knee.

Bougie Grubs Warm Drinks

With the flu, covid, and other respiratory issues going around, here are a couple of warm drink recipes that may help with your symptoms or make you feel warm and comfy.

Bougie Grubs Medicine Ball Tea … 1 cup of hot water … lemon juice from 1 lemon … 2 tbsp of honey … 1 peppermint tea bag … 1 ginger peach tea bag

… • Place hot water in a glass. • Squeeze the juice of one lemon in a glass of water. • Add honey and stir. • Place both tea bags in the glass. Steep for 2-4 minutes. • Enjoy!

Lesli's 2022 Top Ten Reads

It’s almost impossible for me to believe 2022 is coming to a close. I saw a meme the other day that said something to the effect of “We are one month away from 2023, and we are all still processing 2019. It was four years ago.” Is it just me or did it feel like we went from being neck deep in a global pandemic to “it’s over?” Yeah, still processing.

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