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When a City Girl Goes Country

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By Annette Bridges

I’m a hat girl. For years and years, I never wore hats. I quite simply never even thought about wearing them. I do not recall being around other boys or girls who wore hats either, but that fact changed when I met my country-boy hubby in the summer of 1980.


I was in line for a ride at Six Flags Over Texas when this sexy young man wearing a cowboy hat started up a conversation with me. I became hooked on hats and my husband from that moment on.


My darling man mostly wears cowboy hats and trucker caps. It has to be a really cold winter day for him to settle for a stocking hat. And me? I like variety so I own a lot of different styles and colors appropriate for every season and occasion.


Some women think of hats as an elusive accessory that may or may not fit their face, attitude or personal style. Some women believe wearing them requires confidence.

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Holding the Ball

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By Brandon Baumgarten

Did you play basketball in high school? Did you ever notice how some teams would hold on to the ball for extended periods of time? The strategy is to eliminate as much time off the clock as possible and close out the quarter with the lead. Some teams do this. Other teams do it more frequently than others. It is grueling to watch as a spectator as you watch the game evaporate as the team just holds possession of the ball. However, things are changing.

In fact, in Oregon, things are about to change when it comes to high school basketball. Their state just voted on adding a 35 second shot clock for the 2023-2024 season. No doubt, this move will increase the pace of the game and create scoring opportunities.

The problem has become that many people want to hold on to the ball too long without doing much with it. I could not help to think this week of how this scenario relates to our faith in God. It is one thing to have an opportunity, but it is another thing to make the most of it.

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Lacey’s Pantry: Pan-seared Venison

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By Lacey Vilhaue

Ingredients:
1/2 pound of venison backstrap or tenderloin
Salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 shallot, minced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cups brandy
1/2 cup venison or beef broth
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup heavy cream
Minced basil, parsley, chives to garnish

Instructions:
Bring the venison loin out of the fridge, salt it well and let it come to room temperature, at least 20 minutes. Heat the butter in a large saute pan over medium-high heat for about 90 seconds. Pat the venison dry with a paper towel and cook it on all sides. Turn the heat to medium so the butter doesn’t scorch. It should take about 8 to 10 minutes or so to get a nice brown crust on the venison without overcooking the center. Remove the venison, tent loosely with foil and set aside.

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Jesses Jewelz

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This might be one of my favorite dresses to date. The horse print and colors are a subtle statement for any occasion. This dress is such a classic piece and has a fantastic, flattering fit. Great for year-round wear, no matter the weather. See this and more at www.jessesjewelz.com.

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