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TXK Holiday Fashion

Celebrate in style and shop local for all your holiday looks. Warm and cozy, chic and casual or full of sparkle, our hometown businesses have you covered. With the return of in-person celebrations and family gatherings, these looks will make a statement at any Christmas event or New Year’s Eve party. Find your inspiration right here and get it all from the trendy stores of Texarkana!


The Monthly Mix

Holiday Bar CartWhat better way to get yourself into the holly jolly spirit than by decking your bar cart with fun Christmas touches? I love to change mine up for each season and upcoming holiday. I focus on outfitting my bar cart with both practical and fun elements. For this season’s bar cart I’m incorporating whimsical decor and drinks for both children and adults to enjoy. Cheers!Velvet Light Bulb Garland … I love the fun pop of color this garland adds to the cart! A bonus is that they are not breakable like typical light bulbs, so they are child friendly.

TXK 411

USPS Operation Santa® … How to write the perfect letter to Santa.

Letters must be postmarked no later than December 12!


If These Walls Could Talk

photo by Matt Cornelius
A Different Kind of Christmas List … I discovered a love for running in college but since having children, my choice of exercise shifted towards higher intensity activities I could accomplish in smaller amounts of time. My work out routine also shifted and became not-as-frequent. So, here we are. As our kids are getting older and require less constant supervision, I reintroduced myself to running.

What Love Can Do

It was April 2002. A mother of three boys was working as the Mother’s Day Out director at her local church. At the end of the day, she found herself with one child who hadn’t been picked up: a three-month-old baby girl. She had been abandoned by her biological father, a disheveled man whom the woman had met for the first time that morning. She lovingly gathered up the abandoned child and took her home, holding the baby in her lap as she drove.

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photo by Matt Cornelius
Setting the Table

Tips for a lovely Thanksgiving table

… • Start by making a plan. Casual table or formal table? Plated meal, family style, or buffet? Color palette? • Add natural elements to the table. This can be a simple bouquet of flowers from the grocery store placed in a pretty rose bowl, potted rosemary plants, fresh cuttings from the yard, or pumpkins and gourds down the center of the table. Small pumpkins can be used for place cards, or use a sprig of rosemary as a napkin ring. • The most beautiful tables are layered.

The Monthly Mix

Holiday Photo StyleThe season of food, fun, and family is upon us! Many memories are soon to be made. This also means many photos will be taken. Looking polished and feeling your best go hand in hand when styling outfits for photos. I have gathered three different head to toe looks to have you completely camera ready throughout the season. … This look is what I will be wearing for family photos this season. I love this dress so much that I now own it in two colors.

Thanksgiving Potluck

CASSY MEISENHEIMER—Mimi’s Cornbread Dressing

… • 2 pkgs Jiffy cornbread, prepare according to directions … • 2 cups cooked rice (1 cup raw) • ½ carton of chicken livers, cooked, cooled, chopped (you can omit this, but it really adds flavor) • 2 chicken breasts, baked, cooled, chopped … • 1 large onion, chopped … • 3 stalks and tops celery, chopped finely … • 1 bunch of green onions, snipped … • ½ bunch parsley, snipped … • 4 boiled eggs, chopped … • 2 cups chicken broth (can used canned) • Tabasco, kosher salt, pepper to taste … • Saute vegetables and cool.

Dear Mrs. (Slightly) Sophisticated

My neighbor is obsessed with a blow-up for any occasion. Is it okay to ask them to stop with the blow-ups? At Christmas, it is like a blow-up museum because they have so many. I mean, is it really necessary? Dear Deflated, … Firstly, I must ask if your neighborhood has any rules against this. Do you have an HOA? Perhaps they would have some advice according to their bylaws, but it seems there is not one from your account. HOAs can be a double-edged sword when dealing with decorations.

Bougie Grubs Sweet Potato Biscuits

INGREDIENTS

… • 2 cups Bisquick mix … • 2/3 cup milk … • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes … • 1 tbsp cinnamon sugar mixture … • 1 tsp of vanilla …

DIRECTIONS

… • Preheat oven 400. • Mix all ingredients together well. • Drop spoonfuls of dough on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. • Bake for 15 minutes. • Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top (optional). • Serve with cinnamon honey butter (spreadable butter or margarine, honey, and cinnamon) • Enjoy!

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