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Enjoy a pet-friendly holiday

Enjoy a pet-friendly holiday

By Sonia Duggan The holidays are a time to spend with friends and family, but sometimes family includes four-legged friends living in the household. Celebrating and entertaining are often what makes Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, and New Year’s festivities so enjoyable. But, for those of us […]

Maintain workout routines during the holidays

Maintain workout routines during the holidays

Between decking the halls, visiting family and attending holiday parties, it may seem like there is little time to maintain a workout routine during the holiday season. Those who plan and stay dedicated to their routines can avoid the fitness slide until January. Studies show […]

Get crafty with homemade ornaments

Get crafty with homemade ornaments

Handmade gifts, trinkets and treats help make the holiday season special. Although cookies and other baked goods are some of the most popular homemade creations this time of year, gift-givers young and old can put their talents to use with various craft projects. Ornaments and […]

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 […]