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Home is Where the “Art” is

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Certain pieces of art, such as Leonardo Davinci’s The Mona Lisa and Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, have been etched into the minds of people across the world. These pieces are well known, not because they are new or recently discovered, rather, these masterpieces continue to be beloved because of their extraordinary beauty that has carried them through the ages. It is through pieces such as these that we can see the way art brings people together, draws conversation and questions and can tell hundreds of stories at the same time.

Special Advertising Section Sponsored by Farmer's Bank & TrustA home is so much more than a place to stay. … If we are lucky, our homes are a place of safety and refuge from a world that can sometimes be stressful. It’s a place where the people who mean the most to us gather and share our life’s greatest moments. … For a time, a global pandemic transitioned us from busy lives filled with activities and destinations, back into the confines of our four walls.

Givenchy & Me

A former international top model, an esteemed vocalist of jazz and classical music, a Texarkana native, though well versed in world travels, Carol Miles, is soon to release a five-song album titled Givenchy & Me. … Her song, “Texarkana Cutie,” which she composed on her own, will be featured as well as her cover of “On a Little Street in Singapore.” A bonus song, “Christmas in Paris,” will also be included and both “Texarkana Cutie” and “Christmas in Paris” are written in English and French.

Lemonade Icebox Pie

INGREDIENTS … • 1 - 8 ounce cream cheese, softened … • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk … • 3/4 cup thawed lemonade concentrate … • 1 - 8 ounce container whipped cream … • yellow food coloring (optional) … • 1 graham cracker crust (recipe available at allrecipes.com) … In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and milk until smooth. Beat in lemonade concentrate. Fold in whipped cream and, if desired, food coloring. Pour into prepared crust. Cover and refrigerate until set. … As the summer months wind down, a great dessert can keep them cool and sweet.

Publisher's Letter

Our family has embarked on a new and exciting journey. We have welcomed a new member to our crew! In early August, a 15-year-old German boy flew across the globe to join our family and live in Texarkana for the next eleven months as an exchange student! … People have asked me, “How in the world did this all come about?” I credit my friend Lacey McCulloch for helping to make it all fall into place. While spending the day together, Lacey mentioned she had received a text from Jayme English about hosting an exchange student.

Overthinking on the Road

My family and I are road trippers. We have driven from Texas to the east coast. We’ve hit the highway from home sweet home to California. This summer, however, we wanted to explore some of America’s national parks, so we jumped in the car and drove to Great Sand Dunes National Park, the Royal Gorge, and Pike’s Peak in Colorado. We detoured to South Dakota and saw four former presidents at Mt. Rushmore. We ventured to Montana and took in Glacier National Park.

Hawaiian Dream Cake

INGREDIENTS … • 1 box yellow cake mix … • 2/3 cup oil … • 1 - 11 ounce can mandarin oranges and juice … • 4 eggs … Combine all ingredients. Beat at medium speed for three minutes. Bake in four layers at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. … Frosting … • 1 large can crushed pineapple with juice … • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding … • 1 eight ounce container of whipped cream … • 1 cup frozen coconut … Mix dry pudding with pineapple. Add whipped cream and coconut. Spread between layers of cake and on top. Keep refrigerated. … Note—Beautiful with cherries on top.

Gig ’Em!

College… I knew it was coming, but throughout my senior year, I didn’t think it would ever really be time. I was so focused on all the “last times,” that the thought of moving five hours away had slipped my mind. Sure, I would think about it occasionally, but the reality of it did not actually set in until I finished my summer job working at Williams Memorial Day School.

Strawberry Shortcake Fluff

INGREDIENTS … • 1 3.4 ounce box of instant strawberry pudding mix … • 1 cup milk … • 1 8 ounce container Cool Whip … • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows … • 3 cups angel food cake cut into cubes … • 2 cups diced strawberries … Whisk together the pudding mix and milk until dissolved and the pudding thickens. … Gently fold in the Cool Whip until it is all mixed together.


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