Global Gastronomy
May09

Global Gastronomy

Incorporating the flavors of Asian cuisine in your own kitchen can be a little intimidating at first. But this month we’ll help you discover how to reinterpret a few everyday dishes with some unique twists that you and your family will love. Whether you are hosting a party or planning an easy weeknight meal, we hope we can open your eyes to a whole new world of flavor. Banh Mi Noodles 1 pound ground pork 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled...

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Shoreline & Seafood
May09

Shoreline & Seafood

Eight hours was a long drive, but just doable enough to get through with some sanity intact. That’s one perk of living in northern New Jersey—New England is only a day’s drive away. It was the summer of 2017, and my mom and I were headed out on a road trip to Maine. A big part of our expedition was an impending “mother-daughter lobster crawl.” My mom, of course, was ecstatic over our little escapade. Had I been younger, I probably...

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DNA Demystified
May09

DNA Demystified

Genetic testing involves examining your DNA—the chemical database that carries instructions for your body’s functions—and can reveal changes (mutations) in your genes that may, or may not, cause diseases. The chances of you or your children inheriting some genetic mutation depends on a variety of factors including your parents’ genes, your genes, the disease itself, and mathematical odds. Why test? Genetic testing plays a vital role...

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A Camping We Will Go
Apr11

A Camping We Will Go

The weather is changing and the great outdoors are calling! Take your cooking outside this spring with these easy-to-make (and even easier to eat) recipes that taste better when cooked over the hot flames. The only other things you need are the stars. All recipes serve 4. Campfire Sausage and Vegetables 2 links of smoked turkey sausage, cut into rounds 1 red bell pepper, sliced 1 green bell pepper, sliced 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced...

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Lake House Life
Apr11

Lake House Life

Many families in Michigan share a tradition of spending weekends and vacations in cottages adjacent to the state’s collection of lakes. Higgins Lake is considered one of the most spectacular of the inland lakes, and the empty-nesters who commissioned this cottage wanted to be able to share this resource with their large family and many friends. In order to host plenty of guests, the owners requested a large gathering area for cooking,...

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Wear and Tear
Apr11

Wear and Tear

Watching out for common outdoor injuries as you get back to nature this spring. It’s already April, and many of us who have largely hibernated during the winter are again venturing outside to engage in our favorite forms of exercise and recreation. Unfortunately, no matter what you’re up to, there’s always the risk of injury. Fortunately, a little awareness can help keep you both active and injury free. As we all get outdoors this...

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Texas Bluebonnets Beckon
Mar13

Texas Bluebonnets Beckon

The sights of springtime draw near Few things represent spring in Texas more than bluebonnets. Blanketing fields and roadsides in sheets of blue, their showy display inspires a deep appreciation for the sheer beauty of nature and the Texas countryside. Although the Texas state flower appears in many areas, especially throughout the Hill Country, ask anyone about the best location to view them and you will likely get different answers....

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Perfectly Perched
Mar13

Perfectly Perched

The approximately 2,580 square foot Perch Haus rests in the heart of East Dallas on the shore of White Rock Lake, bordering the popular 9-mile trail that encircles it. A grand “vanishing point” entry stair opens itself up to guests, leading to a steel-tiered landscape and a front door roughly 12 feet above street level. The pronounced second floor cantilever commands the attention of the hundreds of cyclists and runners that pass by...

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Power Bowls
Mar13

Power Bowls

Get bowled over with nutritious meals! Eating healthy in the spring doesn’t mean that things have to be flavorless! Get your fill from a single bowl packed with protein, veggies, and grains that’s easy to make, easy to eat, and easy to clean up. Each recipe makes two bowls. Tips & Tricks You can easily make these bowls ahead of time at the start of the week to make your lunches for the week! Each recipe makes two servings so they...

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Splitting Hairs
Mar13

Splitting Hairs

Opened in 2003 and bursting with old Hollywood glamour, fainting couches, chandeliers in every room, original wood floors, and passionate people, Renata Salons is an old-time full-service salon with cutting edge style. Owner Lauren Jackson traveled the country training stylists and working fashion week events for years before returning to Texas to run the salon with her mom and co-owner, Sherry. She also reconnected and fell in love...

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Saguaro Oasis
Feb06

Saguaro Oasis

A desert vacation home for four generations of family From the outset, this private residence in Scottsdale, Arizona was sure to be a unique one. Paramount were the applications of visually taking in the nearby mountain ridge to frame the vastness of the views, and providing comfort in shade from the sun. The central common space extends and connects to the exterior, blurring the definition of what’s inside and what’s outside. “It is...

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Love it and List it (…or not)
Feb06

Love it and List it (…or not)

Getting your home ready to show—even if you’re the only one looking “Are you getting ready to sell your place?” More than one neighbor asked me this when my home’s hardwood floors were being refinished and the interior painted. The truth was that I simply wanted to care for the place I call home. Too often we wait until we’re thinking of selling to give a little TLC to our frequently-neglected abodes, only to be struck with a pang of...

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Cooking for Comfort
Feb06

Cooking for Comfort

Whether it’s to a sick loved one or a friend living across the country, send your love with comforting recipes everyone will swoon over. You know the smile will be from ear-to-ear when the recipient opens this box of goodness. Harvest Bread 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon sugar ¾ teaspoon instant yeast 1½ cups + 2 tablespoons room temperature water Add flour, salt, yeast and sugar to a large bowl. Whisk together...

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The Big Day
Feb06

The Big Day

“Isn’t this the most romantic time of your life?” “Aren’t you having SO MUCH FUN?!” If you’re engaged, you’ve probably heard this stuff from friends and family. And if you’re like me, you feel as though your response should be an overwhelming “OMG YES,” even when your caterer won’t return your calls, half your family isn’t speaking to each other, the seating chart is a disaster, and your guest list thinks RSVPs are a suggestion. The...

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Into the Blue
Jan03

Into the Blue

The sea plays a focal role in Ashley Maddox’s home in Cape Town—and not only because it features a 180-degree view of the ocean. Each of the upstairs rooms has been painted to match the spectrum of blues and greens seen in the sea. “When we bought the house, it was all white everywhere—very stark with big, white, shabby-chic couches. You can create so much personality just with color,” says Ashley. The cerulean shade in the couple’s...

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Sail Into Winter
Jan03

Sail Into Winter

It might just be the best time to take a cruise Wondering what to do after the holiday excitement has waned? A cruise can be the perfect antidote for the winter blahs. Visit multiple destinations, unpack once, keep yourself (and the kids) entertained, meet new people, enjoy some nightlife, get pampered, and simply chill out—what could be easier? What’s Your Cruise Personality? Cruises come in all shapes and sizes—mega ships to small...

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A Resolution to Stick With
Jan03

A Resolution to Stick With

Resolve to keep your other resolutions by caring for yourself first Many of the best New Year’s resolutions are never followed through on. Life offers a lot of resistance when we try to change deeply ingrained habits. We want to improve ourselves for the benefit of those we love, but it’s difficult when we don’t feel well or lack energy. That’s why the most important thing you can do in life is to take good care of yourself. That...

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Superb Bowl
Jan03

Superb Bowl

Host a memorable get together for that big football game Wow, there have been 52 of these games already? Doesn’t look a day over 40… If you’re having a crowd over to celebrate the game (and why shouldn’t you?) here are some ideas for making it a time you won’t soon forget. We all know the go-to football party foods: chicken wings, potato skins, nachos, mozzarella sticks, deviled eggs, sliders, chili and on and on. But don’t forget...

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Christmas in Bethlehem
Dec04

Christmas in Bethlehem

One family experiences their first holiday season in Christmas City, USA Named after one of the holiest places on earth, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania pulls out all the stops each Christmas season. The city and its residents create an atmosphere so festive, uplifting, and genuine that even Ebenezer Scrooge couldn’t resist its charms. From a visitors’ perspective, Bethlehem—known as Christmas City USA—is a holiday wonderland where music...

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Obalon – An Easy Pill to Swallow
Dec04

Obalon – An Easy Pill to Swallow

Innovative new Obalon balloon procedure helps deflate weight without drugs, diets, or surgery Nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, even though we spend billions of dollars each year on weight loss products and diet foods. Weight loss surgery may be an option if you meet the criteria and are willing to go under the knife, but what if you aren’t ready to have surgery? Or what if you are under the 35 or greater BMI...

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Winterize!
Dec04

Winterize!

Prepare your home and car for the cold Winter is on the way, and with it the possibility of freezing temperatures, ice, and possibly snow—all of which bring specific hazards worth considering. With a bit of thought and preparation, this could be your safest and most comfortable winter ever. You might even save a few bucks. Your home offers many opportunities to upgrade safety features, increase comfort, and save money on monthly...

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Cheers!
Dec01

Cheers!

The taste of the holiday season The holiday season is upon us and that means only one thing—it’s party time! For all your holiday parties through the New Year, bring the class and sass with some fun new takes on cocktails and appetizers that everyone will love (and even a bonus treat they can take home at the end of the night). Happy new year! Sparkling Holiday Punch 1 cup pomegranate juice ¼ cup orange juice ½ cup 100% cranberry...

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Elevate Thanksgiving
Nov01

Elevate Thanksgiving

It’s funny how such an iconic foodie holiday can become a little tired. Yes, we all look forward to that giant turkey, cranberry sauce from a can, and sweet potato puffs, but this year, why not try presenting things in a new way to your guests?   Roasted Garlic & Herb Cornish Game Hens 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons salt 1/4 cup granulated sugar 6 garlic cloves 1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon ground...

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Pump It Up
Nov01

Pump It Up

Improve your skin health with seasonal pumpkin Ah, there’s nothing like indulging in seasonal fall favorites. Cozy sweaters, crunchy leaves, spiced ciders, and of course, the reigning champion of all things autumn—pumpkin. It’s pretty much impossible not to get sucked into the pumpkin craze each year with tantalizing treats everywhere you look, but we’re not here to talk about delicious desserts or spiced lattes. Did you know you can...

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Tidbits & Traditions
Nov01

Tidbits & Traditions

The Old Tablecloth Trick Instead of buying tablecloths for each holiday, start a new tradition. Purchase one and have guests sign it before holiday dinners. When the holiday is over, embroider over each guest’s signature, creating a holiday heirloom. Giving Back It’s better to give than to receive, but you have to know when to give. If you feel like giving back this holiday season, why not volunteer at a soup kitchen? Consider showing...

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Post-Hurricane Check List
Sep27

Post-Hurricane Check List

Now that the winds have died down and the water has subsided, let’s all take a deep breath and remember… people are what matters. The rest can be replaced. Now, gather up your resolve for what will be a long recovery. Here are some ideas for making a start. To begin with, take lots of pictures of water marks on the walls inside and out of your home, to prove how high the water went.  LOTS of pictures. File insurance claims and claims...

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Standing Up to Breast Cancer
Sep27

Standing Up to Breast Cancer

Laura celebrates two years cancer-free post treatment Catching breast cancer early saves lives. Women can discover they have a potentially cancerous lump in many ways—even before other breast cancer symptoms appear—through screening mammograms, by their physician performing a clinical breast exam, or through a breast self-exam. In Laura’s case, a tumor was discovered during a nuclear medicine cardiac stress test. Thankfully, her heart...

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Disasters and Mental Health
Sep27

Disasters and Mental Health

How to care for yourself and for others After a disaster like Hurricane Harvey, thoughts turn toward rebuilding homes, infrastructure, offices, and parks. But what can easily get overlooked is caring for the mental health of those affected. Disasters invoke deep emotional distress even after the dust has settled. Mental health concerns may not manifest immediately after the incident, but can take up to months to fully develop. It’s...

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7 Healthy Habits for a Healthy Life
Sep27

7 Healthy Habits for a Healthy Life

It’s a truism that most of us want to live long, happy, successful, and healthy lives. Unfortunately, in our pursuit of success we often take shortcuts with our health—and wind up suffering from various ailments and disabilities that we could have avoided. It doesn’t have to be that way at all. Though many of us live stressful, demanding lives, with just a little tweaking here and there, we can develop habits that will help us live...

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Tex-Active!
Aug25

Tex-Active!

Texas adventures for active families and outdoor enthusiasts There’s more to Texas than barbecue and rodeos. The Lone Star State serves up a bounty of a diverse activities perfect for families and individuals. We’ve pulled together a few of our favorites to inspire you to get out there and experience our amazing state—up close and personal. Dry Surfing and Tobogganing Over near Midland/Odessa lies a natural sandbox that does Texas...

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The New Art of Xeriscaping
Aug25

The New Art of Xeriscaping

Climate-coordinated, minor maintenance If images of wide expanses of weedy, white gravel and withered grasses come to mind when you think of xeriscaping, it’s time to open your thinking to a new wave of Texas landscape architecture. Xeriscaping doesn’t have to be dated, old, or out of style. It can provide natural beauty that is harmonious with the climate in fresh and new ways, while saving water, encouraging a native habitat, and...

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At Risk
Aug25

At Risk

Common health concerns facing Texans Drive around any large to fair-sized city in Texas, and it appears there’s a new 24/7 gym popping up on virtually every corner. And no matter the time of day or the temperature, you can usually find runners, bikers, and walkers out on our streets and trails. All of that, of course, is good! But don’t let the outward appearances fool you. By most metrics, Texas is not a particularly healthy state....

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Your Fair Share
Aug25

Your Fair Share

Who doesn’t love going to the State Fair of Texas every summer? You might not be able to hit the fair more than once or twice each year, so why not take a bit of inspiration home with you? I’m bringing some of that fun right into your own kitchen with some fun fair-inspired recipes that you won’t be able to get enough of. Kick up those boots and let’s get to cooking, shall we? Fried Chicken Waffle Cones with Spicy Honey Drizzle For...

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Don’t Try This at Home
Feb28

Don’t Try This at Home

Observations from my month on an ostrich farm The first thing I learned about ostriches is that there is no reason they should exist. They are too delicate, too stupid, too vulnerable, too diseased to survive, and yet somehow they do. This was explained to me as I knelt on the floor beside a Styrofoam incubator full of ostrich chicks who had nearly broken free of their eggs. Just weeks before, I’d been working behind a desk at an art...

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Mouth Health is Body Health
Feb28

Mouth Health is Body Health

Wellness that’s easy to swallow Brushing and flossing help keep your teeth and gums healthy, but did you know good oral hygiene can also lead to a healthier body? That’s because bacteria in our mouths can spread to other areas if left untreated—and may eventually lead to serious illness. As if that weren’t bad enough, many viruses are contracted through saliva, so how we care for our mouths is crucial to overall health. According to...

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Feb28

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

An Important Wake-Up Call Life often gets so hectic that we think feeling tired and sleep deprived is normal. But we shouldn’t always just shrug it off and go for that second triple shot latte. It may signal a serious, chronic condition called obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. When your airway is either completely or partially blocked, breathing...

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Is Your Diet Aging You?
Feb28

Is Your Diet Aging You?

We’ve all heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” No doubt, the foods we ingest have a big impact on what we see in the mirror — and we’re not just talking about a few extra pounds around the mid-section. I’m just going to give it to you straight. Plain and simple, your diet could be (prematurely) aging you. But, here’s the good news. A few changes to your eating habits now can help to keep your skin looking youthful, and your body...

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Succulent Spaces
Feb08

Succulent Spaces

Find fabulous design ideas to inspire your own succulent garden. Tiny Patio Because her house near the Southern California coast is set in a hillside, Leslie Mannes was short on outdoor space for get-togethers. The only possibility: a tiny, crumbling patio out back. Enter landscape designer Ryan Prange, who revamped it into a stylish, surprisingly roomy refuge. Prange repaved and planted the patio floor, tucked a seating area into the...

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Punch Up Your Pool
Feb08

Punch Up Your Pool

To own a pool is to have your own personal stay-cation just outside your back door; a spot for relaxation, exercise, sunlight, and family fun.Whether you’re gathering ideas for a future pool or considering a new look for the pool you have, here are some ideas to make your family’s backyard paradise pop. To Infinity and Beyond! A great way to set your pool apart and create a seamless, modern look is an infinity pool. In an infinity...

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Petpalooza!
Feb08

Petpalooza!

February is Responsible Pet Owners Month, and with love in the air, there’s no better time than now to remember to appreciate and care for your furry family member. Sometimes they’re so much like a part of the family that we forget our pets have special needs to look out for—but a healthy pet is a happy one, and will be for years to come. My pet looks fine. Do I really need to take them to the vet? According to Dr. Barry Kipperman,...

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Preparing to Buy or Sell Your Home
Feb08

Preparing to Buy or Sell Your Home

It’s time to get started If you’re in the market for a home or want to sell, the coming months may be your best bet. That’s because spring and summer are the ideal times, according to Barbara Lane, a real estate guru from San Antonio. “More people tend to move around the end of the school year so you have the most choices when it comes to homes on the market,” she explains. Lane suggests starting your search three to five months prior...

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New Bathroom for the New Year?
Dec30

New Bathroom for the New Year?

Ah, the bathroom: a spa-like escape, a personal sanctuary, and a little respite from cruel, real-world responsibilities. As a Realtor, I can tell you that it’s one of the first things a prospective home buyer is going to want to see on a home tour, and for good reason. Admit it, we’re all a little busier than we really ought to be; so when we’re ready to relax, we want (and deserve) to do so in style. And for many folks (myself...

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HOU51ON
Dec30

HOU51ON

It is the gigantic, unavoidable sports match which humorously is left frequently unnamed in advertising, referred to only with cryptic monikers, lest one claims an association with said event: “game day,” the “big one,” and “the professional football championship” all find themselves top of mind as we move through January. Though at press time we cannot confirm the precise reasons that Texas residents will be particularly interested...

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Precious Metals
Dec29

Precious Metals

A neutral palette needs not be boring. Elevate your presence this winter and spring with the new neutrals: gunmetal, iced steel, gold, and rose gold.           Photography by Jeremy Shelby Creative Direction by Jen Childers Styling: Juan Lerma Hair & Makeup: Walter Fuentes Model: Sabrina Jurlina Styling Assistant: Krystal Collier Talent: The Campbell...

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John Tesar
Dec29

John Tesar

The famously hotheaded Dallas chef stays relevant, but what goes into making one of Dallas’ most influential figures in food? John Tesar—the outspoken chef who is also a three-time James Beard “Best Southwest Chef” semifinalist and has been a repeat guest on Top Chef—is as complex as one of his multilayered dishes. Indeed, what are the ingredients that make up the recipe that is John Tesar? Once regarded as the most hated chef in...

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State of Grace
Dec04

State of Grace

Cocktail-worthy party dresses that make a statement while maintaining the utmost class. About This Location Classic and modern elegance are juxtaposed at Le Méridien Dallas, the Stoneleigh. The unique Art Deco building’s chic Uptown location puts guests steps away from local businesses, museums, boutique shopping, cutting-edge cuisine, and stimulating nightlife. Built in 1923 and recently renovated, the Stoneleigh is an iconic Dallas...

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Holiday Hustle
Dec04

Holiday Hustle

Hanging with the healthy lifestyle through the holidays We get it. For many folks, the holidays are stressful: fighting with relatives, the endless parties, eating and drinking entirely too much, racing towards a sale on Black Friday — after all, those cute, designer boots marked down 75% aren’t going to buy themselves. Staying in shape is probably the last thing on your mind. All that chaos and commotion can really do a number on...

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Cutting Back on the Crazy for Christmas
Dec02

Cutting Back on the Crazy for Christmas

I’ve been dreading this one for a while. With both of our daughters living in other countries, Christmas 2016 will be the first time my husband and I won’t have all our children home for the holidays. As I’m trying to get myself used to the idea of a Christmas that’s very different from the 25 that came before it, I’m thinking what better time to reevaluate all this Christmas crazy—the unchecked consumerism, the dashing to and fro,...

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From Our Table To Yours
Dec01

From Our Table To Yours

Every family has their own traditions when it comes to get-together food—the recipes that get brought out when it’s time share stories and celebrate another year together. Our tradition at Living is sharing a few of our own recipes old and new with you, and we’re back with another handful. Slide up! Let us know if our recipes are a hit! The Most Awesome Chocolate Fudge Butterscotch Breakfast Rolls Christmas Strudel Dessert Potatoes...

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In the Eye of the Storm
Nov02

In the Eye of the Storm

A north Texas dairy opens in the wake of destruction. It was the day after Christmas, December 26, 2015. As families stood in line at retailers making Christmas returns, Lyn and Steve Horton tended to their 10-acre farm in Farmersville, Texas—watering and feeding animals, milking cows and goats, picking a few things from the garden. “It was so hot that day. I had shorts and a t-shirt on,” Lyn says. In the late afternoon hours, just as...

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