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Speak up!

Speak up!

Local Toastmasters groups foster confidence, camaraderie By April Towery  There could be singing. There might be dancing. And there will definitely be laughter.  Adults gathering at a bank or church basement to critique each other’s speeches may seem out of the comfort zone for some, […]

‘Tis the Season to Celebrate

‘Tis the Season to Celebrate

By Sydni Ellis It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas especially in Texas, where we start singing holiday carols before the Halloween decorations are put back in the attic. We can’t help it! The twinkling lights, sparkling tinsel, colorful ornaments and shiny presents are […]

Stitch by Stitch

Stitch by Stitch

Quilting guild gives back to community By April Towery A  breast cancer survivor, a military mom and a retired teacher walk into the O.E. Carlisle Civic Center in Farmersville.  They don’t punch a clock; that’s just what the members of the Farmersville Quilt Guild do […]

Brewski is beggin’ for  a new home

Brewski is beggin’ for a new home

My name is Brewski and I am a darling 40 lb 8-month-old Husky/Anatolian mix boy. So, you see I’m the perfect size. Aside from my good looks, I have a great personality! And I’d love to find a family who will teach me all the […]

Slow Cooked PALEO

Slow Cooked PALEO

Winter Harvest Chicken Dinner  If you love eating seasonally and are as big of a fall and winter food enthusiast as I am, you’re going to enjoy this chicken and vegetable all-in-one meal. Hints of nutmeg, maple and cinnamon make it feel warm and cozy, […]

Paws for Friendship

Paws for Friendship

Helping people in need  one paw at a time By Sonia Duggan Imogene “Gene” Bush and her furry 4-legged companion named Besa are like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. The duo enters Founders Plaza Nursing and Rehab in Wylie on a weekday […]

Simple, Elegant Pasta Dinners

Simple, Elegant Pasta Dinners

Butternut Squash Pasta Bake with whole Cranberries and Brie Serves 6 Preheat the oven to 350°F 1 cup  whole fresh cranberries  2 tbsp  light brown sugar  1⁄2 cup dry red wine  2 tbsp butter  Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste  2 tbsp extra-virgin […]

Prost! to Oktoberfest

Prost! to Oktoberfest

By Sydni Ellis Picture this: you get married, and your wedding is so amazing that people still celebrate it more than 200 hundred years later all over the world! That’s what happened to the Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese, who were married in October […]

Add color to your winter garden

Add color to your winter garden

If you think winter means the end of beautiful garden colors, think again. There are plenty of cool-season flowers and other plants that can add a pop of color to brighten your day and perk up the drab Texas landscape. These flowers provide color right […]

Creating a Spa Oasis

Creating a Spa Oasis

Transforming your bathroom into a personal home spa allows you to come home to a relaxing environment every day. By making space and removing clutter, along with adding decorative touches, you can achieve a stylish spa-like atmosphere in the comfort of your own home. Whether […]