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Houseplants Make all the Difference
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Houseplants Make all the Difference

First, I must confess I used to call myself a “herbicidal maniac”. A green thumb I did not have, but thankfully I’ve found some beautiful, low-maintenance house plants I can handle. They have made all the difference in the beauty, comfort, and overall good feeling in my home. House plants are an easy (if you choose wisely), inexpensive way to add style, comfort, and surprising health benefits to your home. Let’s explore some reasons house plants are a must for our homes. ADD TEXTURE and INTEREST to your Décor Think about the photos you’ve seen in your favorite style or decorator publications. Most of those photos include a plant or two in each vignette. It may be a small succulent on a bedside table or an indoor tree nestled in a corner. The reason? Plants add interest! There are no...
Showing Love in Small Ways
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Showing Love in Small Ways

Showing love to others is one of the most important things we can do. It helps foster strong relationships, build trust, and provides a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives. It is an essential part of living a life of abundance and joy. Many of us are so busy with work, school, and other responsibilities that it’s easy to forget to show those we care about how much we love them. But showing love doesn’t have to be a huge effort. There are many small things we can do each and every day to let people in our lives know they are loved and appreciated. One of the first and most important ways we can show love to others is through acts of kindness. Kindness can take many forms — from holding the door open for someone, to smiling at a stranger, to volunteering in the community. Small ...
Louisiana’s Music Scene
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Louisiana’s Music Scene

Louisiana is a state rich in culture, history, and most importantly, music. The state is often referred to as the birthplace of many musical genres, from the soulful sounds of blues to the lively rhythms of zydeco. Louisiana’s music scene is a true reflection of its diverse population and has been a significant influence on the world of music for decades. From the bustling streets of New Orleans to the quiet bayous of Cajun country, the music of Louisiana is deeply rooted in the state’s unique cultural heritage. The history of Louisiana’s music can be traced back to the 18th century when the French and Spanish colonized the state. These European settlers brought with them their own musical traditions, which were heavily influenced by African rhythms and melodies. This fusion of musical...
Boundaries and Compromise is the Key
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Boundaries and Compromise is the Key

In the immortal words of the late, great Jimmy Buffet, “Relationships: We all got ‘em, we all want ‘em, but what do we do with ‘em?” And he’s right: We all want relationships, often not knowing the best ways to manage them once they tend to stick. And that’s where boundaries and knowing when to compromise come into play, as both serve as tools for identifying who we are individually and as half of a whole. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are tips for creating boundaries, types of healthy boundaries, and advice on when you should and shouldn’t compromise. Boundaries are methods of protecting and preserving ourselves and the relationships precious to us by promoting balance, respect, and physical and emotional well-being. When we set and maintain boundaries in a relationship, it gives ...
Creating Your Own Winter Porch Garden
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Creating Your Own Winter Porch Garden

Winter containers have to be the easiest, most beautiful, most convenient, and dare I say most rewarding gardens a busy woman can grow. They overflow with edible goodness and abundance of color, and are like dynamite: big impact, small packaging. If you’re anything like me, that is exactly what you’re looking for this time of year. A Winter porch garden could be exactly what you need. My very first edible porch planter came from me breaking the cardinal rule of Wild Child gardening: I went to the nursery on a whim, without a plan. I came home with more than I had room for, so I stuffed lettuce in my window boxes, chard in the pots where my mums once were, and cilantro everywhere. The result was shocking: a gorgeous Winter porch garden. Now, several years later, I have mastered the a...
Ditch The New Year’s Resolution
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Ditch The New Year’s Resolution

One week into the new year and it seems every year, the same old trope is trotted out – the dreaded resolution. Losing weight, getting a better job, or buying a house, for many of us, these goals seem like a distant dream. The pressures of a new year’s resolution can be mentally draining, and the guilt associated with many resolutions that are never fulfilled, can be crushing. It’s time to set aside the traditional new year’s resolution and make a daily resolution instead. For many of us, slipping into the new year with a resolution to reach a seemingly impossible goal can seem like a good idea. We set our sights on something great and inspiring and think “This is the year I’m going to do it!” We start with enthusiasm and optimism, and for the first few days or weeks we work hard and m...
Grow Food in Any Space with Louisiana’s Own Kellye Jeansonne.
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Grow Food in Any Space with Louisiana’s Own Kellye Jeansonne.

It’s easy to tell Kellye Jeansonne leads a healthy lifestyle just by looking at her. She’s never without a smile on her face or in her eyes, and she’s always glowing, peaceful, and positive. And there’s a big reason for that. In 2009, Jeansonne’s health crashed amid an overload of stress, and she was led to redirect her perspective on how to live a healthy life and best take care of herself. While her family and her faith keep her going, it’s her gardening and coaching others that sustain her. Jeansonne is the owner of Wild Child Kitchen Gardens, where she teaches busy women in the South to grow gorgeous food in any space. If you’ve found yourself wanting to garden but don’t know where to start, Wild Child Kitchen Gardens is your answer. After befriending an elderly neighbor in 2005...
Music Festivals Jan-March
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Music Festivals Jan-March

As we embark on a new year, music lovers in Louisiana are eagerly anticipating the upcoming festival season. From January to March 2024, the state will be buzzing with a variety of music festivals that will cater to every genre and taste. From jazz to blues, from country to electronic, Louisiana has something for everyone. So grab your dancing shoes, put on your festival gear, and get ready to experience the magic of live music at these top festivals in the Pelican State. January kicks off with a bang as the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival takes place from January 5th to 15th. This iconic festival, often referred to as Jazz Fest, is a celebration of the rich musical history of New Orleans. For over 50 years, Jazz Fest has brought together some of the biggest names in ja...
Jan-April 2024 Festival Highlights
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Jan-April 2024 Festival Highlights

January The start of the year in Louisiana brings with it an array of exciting festivals. One of the most popular festivals in January is the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. This is a two-week-long celebration filled with parades, music, delicious cuisine, and revelry. The main event, which takes place on Fat Tuesday, is the largest parade in the city. Floats adorned with vibrant beads and intricate costumes make their way down the streets of the French Quarter, while live music fills the air. After the parade, visitors can enjoy the traditional King Cake, as well as the legendary crawfish boils that are available throughout the city. Other popular January festivals in Louisiana include the Black Heritage Festival in Baton Rouge, and the Krewe of Shreveport Mardi Gras Parade....
Time to Create that Wellness Battle Plan
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Time to Create that Wellness Battle Plan

We all know that the new year is the perfect time to create a new you. We also know that creating a wellness plan can be a great way to jumpstart a new, healthier you. But, what exactly should be included in your wellness plan? What steps can you take to ensure that you are creating a plan that will help you reach your goals? Creating a wellness plan doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. In fact, it can be quite simple if you break it down into manageable steps. The key to creating a successful wellness plan is to focus on small, manageable goals. These goals should be achievable and should also be tailored to the individual’s needs and lifestyle. Here are some small things you can do to improve your overall health in the new year: • Drink more water. Staying hydrated is essentia...
Crawfish Pie
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Crawfish Pie

Louisiana cuisine is rooted in a culture of celebration and hospitality. It is a melting pot of flavors and influences from French, Spanish, African, German, Italian and Native American culture. The distinctive blend of ingredients and culinary methods produces a delectable and lively cuisine that mirrors the exceptional history of our state.   The most iconic dishes in Louisiana cuisine are gumbo, Po’boys, jambalaya, crawfish, and shrimp Étouffée. Other popular dishes in Louisiana cuisine include red beans and rice, beignets, and bananas foster. Louisiana food an integral part of our culture and is a reflection of the unique backgrounds of its people, and is served with warmth and hospitality. 1 stick butter 3½ cups seasoning blend 1½ tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2...
Taming Your Inner Critic
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Taming Your Inner Critic

We all have that little voice inside that never shuts up. From its ability to worry and criticize to its ability to obsess and ruminate, that voice is a powerful force in our lives—one that tends to consume us with negativity. That, my friends, is your inner critic, and I’ll let you in on a little secret: Everybody has one. Whether yours is mildly active or hyperactive, the critic is always there. As we enter the winter season, here are six healthy ways to manage your critic. 1. Breathe to calm yourself. When the critic fires up, we tend to restrict our breath, which often incites panic. Ground yourself and slow your thoughts with mindful breathing: slow, deep inhales through the nose followed by long, slow exhales through the mouth. 2. Acknowledge your critic’s presence. Simply say...
Christmas and New Year Fashion that Never Goes Out of Style
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Christmas and New Year Fashion that Never Goes Out of Style

Christmastime and the New Year are the most magical time of the year, but they can also be the most stressful. From debating what gifts to give, to deciding what to wear for all the holiday parties and events, the pressure to look your best can be overwhelming. However, there are some fashion looks for these events and parties that never go out of style and are guaranteed to help you look your best while still feeling comfortable. One of the classic looks for holiday events is the little black dress. Whether it’s a short, flirty cocktail dress or a long, elegant evening gown, a black dress is timeless and can be styled in a variety of ways. For a night out, pair a black dress with sparkling statement jewelry and a pair of stilettos. For a more casual look, pair a classic black dress wi...
The IN Colors of 2024
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The IN Colors of 2024

The Colors of the Year for 2024 are here! Every year, the color experts at Valspar, Pantone, Sherwin-Williams, and Behr select the top colors of the year that are expected to be popular in home design and fashion. This year, we’re seeing a mix of bold, vibrant and warm hues that are sure to bring a touch of color to your living space. Photo: Valspar Valspar’s Renew Blue is a deep, watery blue that evokes feelings of calmness and serenity. Perfect for creating a tranquil ambiance in the home, this hue can be used to create a calming oasis in the bedroom or living room. Paired with white and grey furniture pieces, Renew Blue can create an inviting and modern space. It can also be used as an accent color in other areas of the home, such as the kitchen or bathroom. People can also use thi...
Christmas Beauty that is Timeless
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Christmas Beauty that is Timeless

The holiday season is known for being one of the most festive and magical times of the year. Christmas is no exception, and with it comes the opportunity to showcase your beauty and fashion sense through unique and timeless traditions. From classic makeup looks to classic color schemes, there are many trends in the beauty world for this time of year that are sure to make an impression. One of the most classic, yet timeless Christmas beauty trends is the use of red and green makeup. Red and green are often associated with the holiday season, and creating a look with these colors is sure to be festive and in style. Red lipsticks are a popular choice for holiday makeup looks, as the bold color can add a touch of glamour to any ensemble. For a more subtle take, try a red eyeshadow or blush ...
Pecan Pie
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Pecan Pie

Louisiana cuisine is rooted in a culture of celebration and hospitality. It is a melting pot of flavors and influences from French, Spanish, African, German, Italian and Native American culture. The distinctive blend of ingredients and culinary methods produces a delectable and lively cuisine that mirrors the exceptional history of our state.   The most iconic dishes in Louisiana cuisine are gumbo, Po’boys, jambalaya, crawfish, and shrimp Étouffée. Other popular dishes in Louisiana cuisine include red beans and rice, beignets, and bananas foster. Louisiana food an integral part of our culture and is a reflection of the unique backgrounds of its people, and is served with warmth and hospitality. Crust 1 cup flour 5 tbsp. Crisco 1/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. sugar 5 tbsp. cold ...
Busy Day Crawfish (or Shrimp) Étouffée
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Busy Day Crawfish (or Shrimp) Étouffée

Louisiana cuisine is rooted in a culture of celebration and hospitality. It is a melting pot of flavors and influences from French, Spanish, African, German, Italian and Native American culture. The distinctive blend of ingredients and culinary methods produces a delectable and lively cuisine that mirrors the exceptional history of our state.   The most iconic dishes in Louisiana cuisine are gumbo, Po’boys, jambalaya, crawfish, and shrimp Étouffée. Other popular dishes in Louisiana cuisine include red beans and rice, beignets, and bananas foster. Louisiana food an integral part of our culture and is a reflection of the unique backgrounds of its people, and is served with warmth and hospitality. 1/2 cup butter 2 cups frozen Seasoning Blend 1 lb crawfish or shrimp tails, cooked...
Easy Snickerdoodles
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Easy Snickerdoodles

Louisiana cuisine is rooted in a culture of celebration and hospitality. It is a melting pot of flavors and influences from French, Spanish, African, German, Italian and Native American culture. The distinctive blend of ingredients and culinary methods produces a delectable and lively cuisine that mirrors the exceptional history of our state.   The most iconic dishes in Louisiana cuisine are gumbo, Po’boys, jambalaya, crawfish, and shrimp Étouffée. Other popular dishes in Louisiana cuisine include red beans and rice, beignets, and bananas foster. Louisiana food an integral part of our culture and is a reflection of the unique backgrounds of its people, and is served with warmth and hospitality. (large batch) 3 cups flour 1 ½ tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 ½ cups sug...
Winter Home Decor Trends
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Winter Home Decor Trends

As we look ahead to Winter 2023, we’re seeing a lot of exciting trends in home decor. Whether you’re looking for something cozy and inviting or a bold statement piece, this season has something to offer for everyone. Here are some of the most popular trends for Winter 2023. Cozy Textures When it comes to winter decor, cozy textures are having their moment. From luxe velvet and velour to chenille and faux fur, these tactile fabrics add warmth and depth to any space. A velvet armchair or a plush velvet rug will create a cozy atmosphere, while faux fur throws and pillows are perfect for snuggling up on the couch. Natural Elements Bringing the outdoors in is always popular, and this season is no exception. Natural elements like wood, stone, and clay are the stars of the show, creating...
Keto Carrot Cake
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Keto Carrot Cake

Louisiana cuisine is rooted in a culture of celebration and hospitality. It is a melting pot of flavors and influences from French, Spanish, African, German, Italian and Native American culture. The distinctive blend of ingredients and culinary methods produces a delectable and lively cuisine that mirrors the exceptional history of our state.   The most iconic dishes in Louisiana cuisine are gumbo, Po’boys, jambalaya, crawfish, and shrimp Étouffée. Other popular dishes in Louisiana cuisine include red beans and rice, beignets, and bananas foster. Louisiana food an integral part of our culture and is a reflection of the unique backgrounds of its people, and is served with warmth and hospitality. Cake: 6 large eggs 2 cups almond flour 2 cups vegetable oil 1 cup coconut fl...
Makeup Trends for Winter
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Makeup Trends for Winter

As winter 2023 approaches, beauty and makeup trends are beginning to emerge. With fall trends like latte makeup, bold lip color, minimalist or barely there looks, and cool tones still in full swing, plenty of room is left to add even more winter-themed looks to the mix. In the upcoming season, major lashes, bold blushes, and metallic beauty looks are set to dominate the scene. Long, voluminous lashes are set to be one of the most popular winter 2023 beauty trends. To achieve this look, start with a thick coat of black mascara and then use an eyelash curler to give extra lift and definition. To boost the effect, you can also add on false eyelashes or lash extensions. You can also use a lash serum to help your natural lashes grow longer and thicker over time. Bold blushes are also popul...
Chicken Salad Party Sandwiches
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Chicken Salad Party Sandwiches

Louisiana cuisine is rooted in a culture of celebration and hospitality. It is a melting pot of flavors and influences from French, Spanish, African, German, Italian and Native American culture. The distinctive blend of ingredients and culinary methods produces a delectable and lively cuisine that mirrors the exceptional history of our state.   The most iconic dishes in Louisiana cuisine are gumbo, Po’boys, jambalaya, crawfish, and shrimp Étouffée. Other popular dishes in Louisiana cuisine include red beans and rice, beignets, and bananas foster. Louisiana food an integral part of our culture and is a reflection of the unique backgrounds of its people, and is served with warmth and hospitality. 1 can chopped chicken, drained 1 small can chopped black olives, drained 1 cup gra...
Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches
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Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches

Louisiana cuisine is rooted in a culture of celebration and hospitality. It is a melting pot of flavors and influences from French, Spanish, African, German, Italian and Native American culture. The distinctive blend of ingredients and culinary methods produces a delectable and lively cuisine that mirrors the exceptional history of our state.   The most iconic dishes in Louisiana cuisine are gumbo, Po’boys, jambalaya, crawfish, and shrimp Étouffée. Other popular dishes in Louisiana cuisine include red beans and rice, beignets, and bananas foster. Louisiana food an integral part of our culture and is a reflection of the unique backgrounds of its people, and is served with warmth and hospitality. 2 packages party rolls, potato rolls, Hawaiian rolls, or your favorite rolls. 1 stick...
City vs. Country, Creole and Cajun Cooking
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City vs. Country, Creole and Cajun Cooking

Creole and Cajun cooking are two types of cooking that originated in Louisiana. Both styles of cooking often use a blend of French, Spanish, Caribbean, African, and Native American influences. While both Creole and Cajun cooking are popular in Louisiana, they have distinct differences that set them apart. The history of Creole and Cajun Cooking is simple: Creole originated in the 1700s, Cajun in the second half of the 18th century. But what are the actual differences? A couple of common generalizations are that Creole vs. Cajun is like city vs. country, and that Creole cooking feeds one family with three chickens, Cajun cooking feeds three families with one chicken. Often Creole cuisine is luxurious, refined and sometimes indulgent with its ingredients, while Cajun cooking emphasize...
Be Sure to Toggle
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Be Sure to Toggle

It’s a pretty common feeling to always be “on,” jumping through all the hoops that life throws at us. We all feel like we have to help out every time someone needs it of us, and it can be hard not to constantly take on the burden of others. We feel like we can’t take a break, and if we do, we’ll be letting someone down. But the reality is that if we don’t take a break, we can’t really be there for anyone. As hard as it is to admit, taking time for ourselves is a must for our mental and physical health. Health professionals across the world agree that it’s important to take time for ourselves and limit our helping of others to after first, we care for ourselves, then we care for our immediate family and friends, then, you can look to helping others outside of your direct responsibility. ...
Cajun Crawfish and Grits Dressing
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Cajun Crawfish and Grits Dressing

1 lb. peeled crawfish tails 3 cups chicken broth 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. Louisiana Cajun Seasoning 1 cup uncooked 5-minute grits 3 eggs slightly whisked 1/2 cup onion, bell pepper, and celery seasoning blend 1 cup dry breadcrumbs 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (grated or powdered) 1/2 cup butter Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees. In a large saucepan sauté onion, bell pepper, and celery until onion is semi-translucent. Set aside. Bring broth, salt, and Louisiana Seasoning to a boil in the large saucepan. Stir in grits, quickly whisking, and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low and stir in butter. Cover skillet and simmer for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. In large bowl stir together eggs, seasoning blend, bread crumbs, and parmesan che...
Quick and Easy Vegetable Soup
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Quick and Easy Vegetable Soup

Louisiana cuisine is rooted in a culture of celebration and hospitality. It is a melting pot of flavors and influences from French, Spanish, African, German, Italian and Native American culture. The distinctive blend of ingredients and culinary methods produces a delectable and lively cuisine that mirrors the exceptional history of our state.   The most iconic dishes in Louisiana cuisine are gumbo, Po’boys, jambalaya, crawfish, and shrimp Étouffée. Other popular dishes in Louisiana cuisine include red beans and rice, beignets, and bananas foster. Louisiana food an integral part of our culture and is a reflection of the unique backgrounds of its people, and is served with warmth and hospitality. 1 lb. ground beef 1-2 cups onion, bell pepper, and celery seasoning blend 1 can...
Fudge, Fudge, Fudge
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Fudge, Fudge, Fudge

Louisiana cuisine is rooted in a culture of celebration and hospitality. It is a melting pot of flavors and influences from French, Spanish, African, German, Italian and Native American culture. The distinctive blend of ingredients and culinary methods produces a delectable and lively cuisine that mirrors the exceptional history of our state.   The most iconic dishes in Louisiana cuisine are gumbo, Po’boys, jambalaya, crawfish, and shrimp Étouffée. Other popular dishes in Louisiana cuisine include red beans and rice, beignets, and bananas foster. Louisiana food an integral part of our culture and is a reflection of the unique backgrounds of its people, and is served with warmth and hospitality. (Not all foods or recipes contained are Louisiana based). Peanut Butter Fudge 1 cup brown sugar1...
Beyond Pumpkin Spice with Tammi Arender
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Beyond Pumpkin Spice with Tammi Arender

Pumpkin spice always comes to mind when fall is near. We watch as pumpkin spice foods, drinks, candles, and other products flood the market, with good reason—because it is one of the wonderful aromas of the season. For this issue, we consulted with one of our Louisiana celebrities and baker extraordinaire, Tammi Arender, to get other seasonal ideas. Her social media platforms are always full of delicious desserts that wet our taste buds and make us want to jump into the kitchen. Tammi is a news anchor on RFD-TV and contributes to the motorcycle travel show, La Rider TV, which airs in most of the Louisiana TV markets. She also does stories for This Week in Louisiana Agriculture, and the PBS show Tennessee Crossroads. She has been in several national cooking competitions for her baking, as w...
Shrimp Mold
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Shrimp Mold

Louisiana cuisine is rooted in a culture of celebration and hospitality. It is a melting pot of flavors and influences from French, Spanish, African, German, Italian and Native American culture. The distinctive blend of ingredients and culinary methods produces a delectable and lively cuisine that mirrors the exceptional history of our state. The most iconic dishes in Louisiana cuisine are gumbo, Po’boys, jambalaya, crawfish, and shrimp Étouffée. Other popular dishes in Louisiana cuisine include red beans and rice, beignets, and bananas foster. Louisiana food an integral part of our culture and is a reflection of the unique backgrounds of its people, and is served with warmth and hospitality. (Not all foods or recipes contained are Louisiana based).  1 ½ cups chopped cooked shri...
Mountaintop Perspective
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Mountaintop Perspective

It is so easy to look at those around us and see the mountaintop experiences people are having. It may even leave us feeling as though we are walking through the valley of their mountain. Maybe we think to ourselves, just look at those perfect mountain top views as we watch people experience what seems like a life filled with nothing but excitement. If we are not careful, it can be easy to get sucked into that way of thinking. Especially with social media being designed to show us everything we are missing out on. Heck, now they even have “social media influencers” that get paid to create content that persuades people to buy what they are buying, eat what they are eating, do what they are doing, and go where they are going. It can leave us feeling like we are missing out if we are not kee...
The Color Wheel and What it Means for Decorating Your Home
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The Color Wheel and What it Means for Decorating Your Home

The color wheel is one of the most important tools for understanding and using color in design. It is a visual representation of how colors relate to each other and the effects of combining them. It can be used as a guide to choose the perfect colors for your home decor, and is an invaluable tool to help create a harmonious and aesthetically pleasing space. The color wheel is circular and is divided into 12 sections. These sections represent the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. The primary colors are red, blue, and yellow, which can’t be made by mixing other colors. The secondary colors are green, orange, and purple, which are created by mixing two primary colors, while the tertiary colors are made up of a primary color and a secondary color. The color wheel is also divided int...
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
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Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Louisiana cuisine is rooted in a culture of celebration and hospitality. It is a melting pot of flavors and influences from French, Spanish, African, German, Italian and Native American culture. The distinctive blend of ingredients and culinary methods produces a delectable and lively cuisine that mirrors the exceptional history of our state. The most iconic dishes in Louisiana cuisine are gumbo, Po’boys, jambalaya, crawfish, and shrimp Étouffée. Other popular dishes in Louisiana cuisine include red beans and rice, beignets, and bananas foster. Louisiana food an integral part of our culture and is a reflection of the unique backgrounds of its people, and is served with warmth and hospitality. (Not all foods or recipes contained are Louisiana based) Southern Spinach and Artichoke Dip 8 oz. ...
Top 20 Things to do in Louisiana
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Top 20 Things to do in Louisiana

Louisiana is one of the most interesting states to visit in the United States. With its unique history, culture, and cuisine, it’s a great place to explore. From the bayous in the south to the rolling hills of the north, there is plenty to do here. Here’s a list of 20 of the best things to do in Louisiana. 1. Take a Swamp Tour Photo: Tyrone Callahan Louisiana is home to some of the most beautiful and unique swamps in the world. Take a swamp tour and explore the many wildlife and plants that make Louisiana so unique. You’ll get to see alligators, turtles, and other swamp dwellers up close. 2. Visit the French Quarter and Jackson Square Jackson Square The French Quarter is the heart of New Orleans. This is the oldest and most historic part of the city. Here you can find ...
Being Seen
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Being Seen

Many fear it, but Friday the 13th is special to me. It’s a day I set aside to thank God for rescuing me from certain death on a Friday the 13th many years ago. I thank Him for preparing me and my surroundings for that day and every day. As I think about how I’ll mark this particular Friday the 13th, it seems God is reminding me that He saw me then, a vulnerable little girl, and He sees me now.  It’s a basic human need to feel seen—really seen. We may wear masks because we think we want to be seen in a certain way with only minor cutesy faults or without blemishes, but we really want to know that someone knows and loves the real us. God made us to have connections with Him and each other. Feeling seen — really seen — is necessary for connection. We can be in a large crowd, seeing ...
Finding the New You
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Finding the New You

Summer is gone and with that the earth is starting to shed the old to prepare for the new. As Fall rolls in, everything about life begins to slow down and prepare for those restorative months that tend to focus more on resting and digesting (i.e., November—February). It’s a process and takes time, but the result is a beautiful new season. We all try to enter each season right by eating healthier and exercising more—maybe kicking some old habits—and while those things surely affect our physical health, what about our mental and emotional health? We can all make time to get active or pick up a hobby, but does that really help us uncover the person buried deep inside underneath all that stress and all those efforts? Shedding old habits and finding a fresh perspective takes time, patience, ...
Now
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Now

Another baby shower, birthday party, or the joy of a child on Christmas morning. She loves all the children that she has in her life. She is so very blessed by each of them, but she yearns for more. Another test, another disappointment. Another doctor visit with no encouraging updates. She leaves the building with an urgency to escape all the young mothers arriving with their newborn babies for their checkups. She can’t bear to watch them. She longs for what they have. She makes the drive home and doesn’t remember how she even got there. The tears and pain cloud her memory and haunt her at night. The empty test that fills the garbage, each representing a new heartbreak. The unused boxes represent the desire for hope. But each time one of those unused boxes joins the endless flow of used o...
Keto Pumpkin Pie
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Keto Pumpkin Pie

Louisiana cuisine is rooted in a culture of celebration and hospitality. It is a melting pot of flavors and influences from French, Spanish, African, German, Italian and Native American culture. The distinctive blend of ingredients and culinary methods produces a delectable and lively cuisine that mirrors the exceptional history of our state. The most iconic dishes in Louisiana cuisine are gumbo, Po’boys, jambalaya, crawfish, and shrimp Étouffée. Other popular dishes in Louisiana cuisine include red beans and rice, beignets, and bananas foster. Louisiana food an integral part of our culture and is a reflection of the unique backgrounds of its people, and is served with warmth and hospitality. (Not all foods or recipes contained are Louisiana based) Keto Pumpkin Pie Recipe Cake:1 large egg1...
Unexpected Gems in Louisiana Culture
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Unexpected Gems in Louisiana Culture

Louisiana is a state filled with history and culture, and there are so many unexpected and hidden gems that many people don’t get to see. From stunning architectural achievements to outdoor adventures, this state has something for everyone. Here are some unexpected places to visit in Louisiana that will surprise and delight even the most experienced traveler. 1. Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge This wildlife refuge is one of the least-visited areas in Louisiana, but it’s definitely worth exploring. Located in the northeast corner of the state, the Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge is a peaceful oasis for birds, mammals, and other wildlife. Visitors can explore the refuge by foot, canoe, or kayak, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the wetlands. I...
Easy Louisiana Gumbo
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Easy Louisiana Gumbo

Louisiana cuisine is rooted in a culture of celebration and hospitality. It is a melting pot of flavors and influences from French, Spanish, African, German, Italian and Native American culture. The distinctive blend of ingredients and culinary methods produces a delectable and lively cuisine that mirrors the exceptional history of our state. The most iconic dishes in Louisiana cuisine are gumbo, Po’boys, jambalaya, crawfish, and shrimp Étouffée. Other popular dishes in Louisiana cuisine include red beans and rice, beignets, and bananas foster. Louisiana food an integral part of our culture and is a reflection of the unique backgrounds of its people, and is served with warmth and hospitality. (Not all foods or recipes contained are Louisiana based) Easy Louisiana Gumbo 2 tbsp. butter1 tbsp...
Keto Glazed Pumpkin Spice Cake
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Keto Glazed Pumpkin Spice Cake

Louisiana cuisine is rooted in a culture of celebration and hospitality. It is a melting pot of flavors and influences from French, Spanish, African, German, Italian and Native American culture. The distinctive blend of ingredients and culinary methods produces a delectable and lively cuisine that mirrors the exceptional history of our state. The most iconic dishes in Louisiana cuisine are gumbo, Po’boys, jambalaya, crawfish, and shrimp Étouffée. Other popular dishes in Louisiana cuisine include red beans and rice, beignets, and bananas foster. Louisiana food an integral part of our culture and is a reflection of the unique backgrounds of its people, and is served with warmth and hospitality. (Not all foods or recipes contained are Louisiana based) Keto Glazed Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe Cak...
Exciting Fall Home Trends
Home & Garden

Exciting Fall Home Trends

Home decorating trends may come and go, but the fall of 2023 promises to bring a few exciting new ideas to the interior design scene. From bold patterns and colors to natural textures, there are plenty of ways to update your home this season. Here are some of the top home decorating trends for fall 2023. 1. Natural Textures Natural textures, such as jute, rattan, and seagrass, are back in a big way for fall 2023. These materials are perfect for creating a cozy, inviting atmosphere in any room. For example, a rattan armchair with a soft cotton cushion can create a warm, rustic look in a living room. Natural textures are also great for adding texture and character to plain walls. A jute wall hanging, for instance, can make an interesting focal point in an entryway or hallway. 2. Bold ...
Align Your Makeup Bag with Cruelty-Free
Beauty

Align Your Makeup Bag with Cruelty-Free

As beauty trends continue to evolve, many women are making the conscious choice to support only cruelty-free makeup brands. We at Modern Grace Magazine only highlight products that are cruelty-free. Companies that offer cruelty-free makeup have a core principle of not testing any of their products or ingredients on animals and they also do not utilize ingredients from suppliers that test on animals. Supporting cruelty-free makeup is not only an ethical choice but can also have a positive impact on the environment. Not all companies that are currently cruelty-free always were, so research to find the companies who have also changed their practices to better align with that principle. From the dawn of time, humans have been concerned with their appearance and have found ways to enhance th...
Louisiana Gets a Bad Rap, but We Know What We Have
Lifestyle

Louisiana Gets a Bad Rap, but We Know What We Have

If you’re from the state of Louisiana, you know that you live in a place where culture, history, and food intersect. Louisiana’s unique cultural tapestry is celebrated in its music, art, festivals, and cuisine, and that alone makes this state one of the most vibrant and exciting places to live. For those who call Louisiana home, living here is a chance to explore and experience a way of life that is entirely unique. Unfortunately, the state is plagued with a host of problems, including poor educational rankings, high crime rates, and alarmingly high poverty levels. When it comes to education, Louisiana ranks among the lowest in the nation. According to the 2018 Quality Counts report from Education Week, Louisiana was given a score of D- and ranked 44th in the nation. This is largel...
Time to Renew
Letter from the Editor

Time to Renew

As the leaves change color and the air turns crisp, fall will remind me that it’s time to slow down, rest, and prepare for the next season. I have always found the transition from summer to fall to be an exceptionally meaningful time of year. The leaves will transform into shades of red, orange, and yellow. High heat of the southern sun will slowly fade away and a cooler breeze will sweep in. And everywhere I look, I’ll see reminders to slow down and appreciate this season of my life. The changes this season brings naturally invite reflection. I’m prompted to shed the bad habits that have been holding me back and reassess my goals. I’ll take some time each day to journal and consider the direction I am going in life. I’ll find myself more creative. I’ll also commit to making time fo...
Blueberry Lemon Creme Bundt Cake
Food

Blueberry Lemon Creme Bundt Cake

Louisiana cuisine is rooted in a culture of celebration and hospitality. It is a melting pot of flavors and influences from French, Spanish, African, German, Italian and Native American culture. The distinctive blend of ingredients and culinary methods produces a delectable and lively cuisine that mirrors the exceptional history of our state. The most iconic dishes in Louisiana cuisine are gumbo, Po’boys, jambalaya, crawfish, and shrimp Étouffée. Other popular dishes in Louisiana cuisine include red beans and rice, beignets, and bananas foster. Louisiana food an integral part of our culture and is a reflection of the unique backgrounds of its people, and is served with warmth and hospitality. (Not all foods or recipes contained are Louisiana based) Blueberry Lemon Cream Bundt Cake 1 cup fr...
Breaking Gently into Style
Fashion

Breaking Gently into Style

Always wearing the same color? The same style of clothing? Being on trend doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your own style. At first glance, entering the world of fashion can be intimidating and overwhelming. Sometimes when you look at current trends, you cringe, because you know without a doubt that you aren’t going to wear feathered hats and leather panties over your jeans. But fear not! There is no need to totally revamp your wardrobe or completely abandon your own style. Breaking into style gently is the most effective way to stay on trend without straying too far from your uniqueness. For example, our editor-in-chief wears black ... a lot. Mostly black suits. However, if you notice, she is typically on color trend with her blouses and shirts. Staying on trend doesn’t mean you have...
Get Out and Explore a Louisiana Treasure
Lifestyle

Get Out and Explore a Louisiana Treasure

Louisiana is an incredibly diverse and beautiful state with a plethora of outdoor recreational opportunities. From the swamps and bayous of the Gulf Coast to the rolling hills of the north, whether you are looking for a quiet, secluded spot to relax and enjoy nature or an exciting spot for adventure and exploration, Louisiana has it. At Fontainebleau State Park, located on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain, visitors will find a stunning array of outdoor activities. The park is bordered by a tranquil white sand beach, lush woodland trails, and shaded picnic areas. For those looking for more of an adrenaline rush, the park also offers boat launches, biking trails, and fishing spots. At the nearby Fontainebleau Nature Center, visitors can explore the diverse wildlife of the park, includ...
Prepare Your Soil for Louisiana’s Cool weather Planting Season
Home & Garden

Prepare Your Soil for Louisiana’s Cool weather Planting Season

With fall just around the corner, now is the time to start preparing the soil for planting season in Louisiana. Fall is the best time of the year to get your garden off to a great start, so taking the time to properly prepare your soil will ensure a bountiful harvest. The first step to preparing your soil for Louisiana’s fall planting season is to test the soil’s pH level. Louisiana has a naturally acidic soil, so having a balanced pH level is key for healthy growth. To test the soil’s pH level, you can buy a soil test kit from any garden center or home improvement store. The kit will provide you with instructions on how to properly test the soil. If the soil pH is too low (below 6.5), you’ll want to add lime or wood ash to bring the pH level up. If the pH is too high (above 7.5), you’l...
Don’t Forget Your Mind
Health

Don’t Forget Your Mind

As the saying goes, “Health is wealth”. But true health isn’t just about physical wellbeing. Mental health is just as important. Looking after your mental health is the key to a healthier, happier, and more productive life. The reality is that mental health issues are far more common than you might think. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the leading cause of ill-health and disability worldwide. Mental issues are so widespread that an estimated 350 million people live with depression worldwide, and it’s estimated that 21.4% of the global population will be affected by mental illness at some point in their lives. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to look after your mental health and improve your wellbeing. The first step is to educate yours...