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How to Engage Your Child in Conversation

How to Engage Your Child in Conversation

My son recently returned from a mission trip to North Carolina. Before he even departed, organizers sent us tips on engaging with our children upon their return. The goal was not only for us to simply learn about their trip, but to establish a long-term connection with our children based on..
Sunday Summer Lunch

Sunday Summer Lunch

Summertime in south Louisiana means porch sitting, floating down lazy Louisiana rivers, and inventing every possible way to avoid turning on the oven and heating up the kitchen. Sometimes I feel too hot to eat…did not think that could ever be possible! As the temperatures hover in the mid 90’s..
Announcing: Sophisticated Weddings

Announcing: Sophisticated Weddings

We at Sophisticated Woman Magazine are so excited to announce: the debut issue of Sophisticated Wedding Magazine, coming to you this September! This inaugural issue will be full of the things you’ve come to know and love about Sophisticated Woman–but specifically focused on you Northshore Brides! As the only wedding..

Celebrate Summer Safely

July is the month where we celebrate the independence of our nation. It is also a time when summer kicks into high gear, and many more people spend time in, on and around the water. It is for this reason that I encourage every person to practice safety while engaging..
July 2015—Behind the Scenes – Cover Story

July 2015—Behind the Scenes – Cover Story

Behind the Scenes with our Enterprising Women Amberleigh Carter & Christina Carter SW: What did you eat for breakfast this morning? AC: A hard boiled pasture-raised egg, uncured bacon, and a cup of fruit (all organic, of course). CC: Grapefruit, eggs, bacon, yogurt, and coffee, all organic! SW: What were..
What’s a Locavore?

What’s a Locavore?

For the fifth consecutive year, I joined the eat local challenge promising to eat only locally grown food for 30 days. If you interpret the challenge strictly, this means that you would only eat food caught or raised within 200 miles of your home. Never one to endure suffering gracefully,..
Hot and Smoky Baked Beans

Hot and Smoky Baked Beans

Recipe from Bon Appetit, July 1999 Ingredients: 6 bacon slices* 1 1/2 cups chopped onion 1 1/4 cups purchased barbecue sauce 3/4 cup dark beer 1/4 cup mild-flavored (light) molasses 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon soy sauce 4 to..
Dad’s Famous Cajun Burgers

Dad’s Famous Cajun Burgers

  Gayden likes them big, thick and spicy!  Ingredients: 1 lb ground meat. (I like to use lean ground meat but for more flavor use ground round or chuck.) ½ cup of Italian breadcrumbs Tony Chachere’s to taste 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 egg 1 small onion finely chopped 2..