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Community Orange Magazine
Local lifestyle magazine launching online August 1, 2014!
Local lifestyle magazine launching online August 1, 2014!

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Read the many great articles in our Demember issue, including our article on Richard Paul Evans: The King of Christmas Fiction

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Thanksgiving Recipe from our Food Editor Lindsey Joy Smith!

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday. With food as the feature, it’s important that each dish be mouthwateringly fabulous. Below are a few classic dishes, tweaked to perfection. They are full of flavor, simple to make, and will fill your feasters with both gratitude for the season, and for the hands that prepared the spread.

Turkey Brine

2/3 c. salt
1 c. brown sugar
2 oranges, quartered
2 lemons, quartered
6 sprigs fresh thyme, or 2 tablespoons dried
4 sprigs fresh rosemary, or 1 ½ tablespoons dried
1 (10 to 15 pounds) turkey, thawed

Dissolve the salt and sugar in two gallons of cold water in a nonreactive container, like a clean bucket or a large stock pot. Put the turkey into the container then add the oranges, lemons, thyme and rosemary. Refrigerate overnight. Remove turkey the next day; rinse and pat dry before cooking. Cook the turkey according to turkey weight or oven bag directions. Use the drippings and broth to make the best gravy in the world; no seasoning necessary.

Click here to read her gravy recipe!

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Feel Better This Holiday Season and Beyond by Shauna Cheshire 

Being pregnant or having a new baby is very demanding on your body and mind. Add the stress of the holidays, plus all the yummy seasonal food and beverages, to the equation and you may be set up for too much weight gain, as well as mental/emotional and physical exhaustion. If you are a pregnant mom, I hope your prenatal care provider stressed the importance of regular exercise. If you have a little one, you may struggle to make time for your own health and well-being. At times like this we need to think creatively in order to find ways to sneak exercise into our days, as well as curb excessive eating that can come so easily this time of year.

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Tips for Preparing a Holiday Budget by Sylvie Nicole Tomas

If you’re like me, you haven’t done a single thing towards saving up for Christmas. In recent economic times, many of us don’t have much money outside of our monthly living expenses to spend on gifts. Here are a few tips to help you get through the coming holiday season.

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Good Gravy! by Lindsey Joy Smith 

As the greatest feast of the year approaches, at-home-chefs everywhere are busting out their cookbooks and retrieving their recipes for pies and salads, rolls or cornbread, mashed potatoes, cranberry salad, yams, jello, and of course, the turkey. Many have their Thanksgiving menu set in stone. The very thought of changing even one of the traditional dishes would be met with such resistance, that somehow, Thanksgiving would cease to be Thanksgiving. In our quest for the perfect turkey dinner, it can be easy to overlook the essence of the holiday, the gravy.

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13 Ways to Lose a Great Volunteer by Jason Young

I have worked with volunteers – team members – since 1997. Nothing has changed since I led my first team of volunteers. Volunteers are volunteers. However, HOW I have led them has been different. We can all recognize how meaningful and helpful it is to have great volunteers on a team. Their impact matters. Their influence is palpable. Their inspiration is felt. Their passion is contagious. Their commitment is incredible. Their energy is ongoing. Their selflessness is admirable.

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In Celebration of Veterans Day -

Remembering Our Military Veterans By Will Pennington

"Remember the parades you watched as a kid and the joy you experienced as the marchers made their way down Main Street in your town? Don’t we all love parades? Maybe you sat on dad’s shoulders and peered over the heads of the people around you as the parade passed by. Maybe you’ve watched parades as a parent, holding your own child on your shoulders so she can see the parade, too. Perhaps you remember watching men and women in uniform as they marched with pride along the parade route, carrying the American flag and the flag of each of the military services. You may have noticed some of the men and women in uniform looked older than many of the others. They may have appeared out of place wearing the uniforms of another era, another war."

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Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have. #lifethought #orangeyoucurious

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Thanksgiving and the whole holiday season is a wonderful time for making memories that last forever. Everywhere you go, all over the world, people have traditions that bind them to their families, their culture and even give people a sense of identity and community. That feeling of identity and community starts at home. Take some time to think about your family and holiday traditions and how they have shaped you and ways that you can create remarkable traditions with your family. Let the following five elements guide you in creating unforgettable traditions with your children this holiday season...

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