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Top 5 Halloween Treats

IN THE October 7 ISSUE

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by Jennifer Smith


Halloween is just around the corner. Of course, this spooky season won’t be as jovial as it should be if you don’t prepare great treats for your family and some random kids who will do some “Trick or Treat.” Well, you don’t have to fret too much about this. After all, preparing for this annual event should not always incur you hassle and expenses, especially when it comes down to food.

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by Kathleen Costa


Ashley Adams was a “techie” with a dream of a life in spy support: decoding data, breaking through firewalls and hacking into secured systems, with her kindred spirit Ryan working along side her. But, without any good-byes, Ashley up and left for Paris…with Sergey…her new dream to be a world-renowned chef though she returns to Seagrass, Texas, two years later, leaving her troubles behind to open up a catering service specializing in French pastries.

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Why Cold-Brew Coffee Is So Delicious

IN THE July 29 ISSUE

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by David Prosser


It has been a buzz-word since mid-2015 and hasn’t stopped spreading through the world like wildfire. It’s “cold-brew coffee,” an inky black concoction that is infinitely more flavorful than ordinary iced coffee. In case you were wondering, iced and cold-brew coffee are not the same, because cold-brew coffee undergoes a different brewing process to make it taste exquisite.

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by Doward Wilson
& Gin Jones


Welcome to Danger Cove, a small town in the Pacific Northwest. Meet Maria Dolores, a descendant of the town’s first lighthouse keeper, the original Maria Dolores. Maria has just started her new job as the manager of the Lighthouse Farmers’ Market after closing her financial planning business and leaving big city life behind.

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by Lita Watson


Ricotta cheese has its origin in Italy. It was made from whey leftovers from the production of other types of cheese like mozzarella, and is sourced mainly from milk from sheep, cows, goats, or Italian water buffalo. Today, however, ricotta cheese can be homemade following various recipes that have been developed. It is used in dishes such as lasagna, cheesecakes, and pasta among others.

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Easter Eggs

IN THE April 8 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Shawn Reilly Simmons


Easter is one of my favorite holidays. Not only is it a fun day with the family, usually accompanied by a great meal, it also signals that winter is definitely done and spring is upon us.

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The Leprechaun Show and Tell

IN THE March 11 ISSUE

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by Janet Elizabeth Lynn


I grew up on Long Island, New York. I’m half Irish and half Italian, the two big I’s of the world!
In honor of my Irish heritage, the Italian side of my family celebrated St. Patrick’s Day for my father. Every, and I mean every, St. Paddy’s Day we had corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes and Potato Seedy Cake.

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by Amy M. Reade



I am, in general, not one of those people who gets sentimental over Valentine’s Day. I remind my husband every year not to get flowers for me because the cats eat them, and I get stuck cleaning up their vomit. We do not buy gifts for each other because—why? We have the things we need, and the last thing we need are more things.

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by Cynthia Chow


Thanksgiving may be fast approaching, but the residents of Brandywine Creek, Georgia, are far more concerned with their Opera House’s local production of Steel Magnolias. Director Sandy Granger is proving to be a ruthless dictator over their time and efforts, and Piper Prescott’s best friend Reba Mae Johnson just found herself fired from the much-coveted role of Truvy Jones.

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What a Difference a Year Makes!

IN THE December 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Amy M. Reade



I’m one of those people who always has her Christmas shopping done in September, who has half the gifts wrapped and handed out by Thanksgiving, who has the house completely decorated by the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and who is staying up late by this time every year baking, washing dishes, baking more, and washing more dishes. And making lists. Lots of lists.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Balzo


Uncommon Grounds coffee shop owner Maggy Thorsen thought that she was being responsible by reporting to the authorities the nearly fifty-thousand dollars in cash hidden in a trunk left for her by her late brother. It was why she was meeting with financial planner Lynne Swope, sister of the town librarian and a new resident of Brookhills, Wisconsin. The news that Lynne’s husband has just joined Maggy’s ex-husband’s dental practice is a complication, but not a conflict of interest.

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Pumpkin Pie in Japan

IN THE November 19 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Lorna Collins


In August of 1998, we moved to Japan to build the Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka. Prior to our move, we had hosted six Japanese students in our home. One of the perks of living there was the opportunity to see our ‘kids.’

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Baseball, fairs, barbecues…Homes of the Hot Dog.
One of the great American comfort foods, I loved those frankfurters and wieners nestled in their buns, squiggles of mustard and ketchup making racing stripes along the meat. Today, the Great Food Search seeks hot dogs in the wilds of…Fresno?

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by Sandra Murphy
& Ellen Byron


Poor Maggie Crozat. If she could just say no, her life would run smoothly. On the other hand, a generation-long feud can make you agree to most anything rather than suffer the consequences.
Rufus, usually the police chief who gives Maggie grief every chance he gets, is suspended without pay after an argument over a parking space. He’s engaged to Vanessa who is a co-worker of Maggie’s. Vanessa is also eight plus months pregnant and determined to marry Rufus before the baby is born.

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