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  1. 1. Grand Rapids • Lakeshore FREEAugust2012 ART Abigail Bradley • Joann Reeves • Square One Design Gluten-free Breads Galore • Toni Trucks • Tell Me Lies Tattoos • Restaurant Week • Women and Beer • Events Pours Couture • August Events • Shop Smart Shop Local ESSENTIAL • ENTERTAINING • ENLIGHTENING
  2. 2. 1234 Michigan NE (Michigan and Fuller) • (616) 451-0724 4300 Remembrance Rd (in Walker) • (616) 453-7741 Hours: Mon thru Sat 8 - 8 • Sun 10 - 5 Cuisinart “Green Gourmet” and Multi-clad • Lodge Cast Iron Le Creuset • Wusthof Knives • OXO• Kyocera Ceramic Knives Tervis • Epicurean Cutting Boards • Fiesta • Joseph Joseph Check Out Our Gourmet Gear Including: Sign up for Ace’s in the Kitchen classes, check out our gift registry, special events and more at Vintage Goodness!Rylee’s History In 1946, John Rysdyk Sr. and Ed Leedy purchased a small hardware store called Firliks, located at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Michigan Street NE. They combined the names of Rysdyk and Leedy to form what is now known as Rylee’s Ace Hardware. In 1953, the two partners began an ambitious expansion program by building a new store at the current location, near the corner of Michigan Street and Fuller Ave NE. When the that building was complete and opened in 1955, Rylee’s Hardware became the largest hardware store in Grand Rapids. According to news reports at the time, “never before has anyone combined electrical, plumbing, tools, toys, sporting goods, paint, marine equipment, housewares, auto, lawn & garden and hardware depart- ments under one roof.” Rylee’s became a franchise of Ace Hardware Corporation in 1958, and has been known as Rylee’s Ace Hardware since that time. Todd and Lori Terpstra purchased Rylee’s Ace Hardware on Michigan St. in February 2000, from Lori’s parents, John and Grace Rysdyk. In March 2010, the store moved to it’s new headquarters at 1234 Michigan NE. The couple also owns Rylee’s Ace stores in Walker and Allegan. . . . Coming soon to west Fulton! Made like it should be, with real cane sugar. Check out our great selection of “Mom & Pop” Old Fashioned Sodas Great for Shindigs, Hoedowns & Hullabaloos! Remember these? Rylee’s Ace Hardware Join us:
  3. 3. The People Who Make It Happen . . . Publisher/Owner Victoria Upton Editor in Chief Jennifer Wilson Creative Inspiration Bridget Louise Riley Contributing Writers LeAnn Secord Kim Carson Ashley Cole Ruthie Paulson Gomez Christina Hulstrand Kim Monaghan Jenny Luth Raquel Salas Elizabeth Veltman Cara Essick Ontiveros Dakota Shayne Allie Merrick Marianne Bockheim Lauren Cole Latesha Lipscomb Stephanie Schlatter Photography Two Eagles Marcus Daniel E. Johnson Ruth Parbel Graphic & Web Design Two Eagles Marcus Sales Manager Susie Gordon PHONE: (616) 458-2121 EMAIL: WEBSITE: MAIL: 820 Monroe, NW, Suite 320 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 FACEBOOK: Life Abigail Bradley.................................................... 16 Tell Me Lies. Tell Me Sweet, Little Lies................. 18 And She’s Smart Too............................................ 30 Q&A with Toni Trucks.......................................... 32 Style Shop Smart Shop Local................................ 4, 8, 12 Five Clues on Finding Your Personal Design Style ...................................... 28 Beauty The Art of Tattooing............................................. 42 Food Women and Beer: A Crafty Combination!............ 10 Restaurant Week: A Getaway with your Girlfriends...................... 14 Spice Up the Grill Grilled Chicken Fajitas...................................... 20 Grilled Chicken Soft Tacos................................. 21 Michigan Made................................................... 24 Health My favorite Gluten-Free Breads........................... 26 Learn ArtPrize: Op Art Redux.......................................... 6 Festival: Our Foundation of Art............................ 22 Can Art Improve your Love Life?.......................... 31 August Events...................................................... 34 August 2012 3August 2012
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  5. 5. Make the Switch Experience the Credit Union advantage! 800.323.2129 North Main in Rockford (across from the Corner Bar) Mon-Fri 10-5:30 • Sat 10-5 New Furniture & Accessories Arriving Daily Editor’s LETTER Women’s LifeStyle is a multi-media platform designed to reach your best customers in an effective manner. The popular locally owned print publication is supported by a dynamic mobile friendly online presence and an interactive website (including an events calendar, embedded video), as well as friendly, helpful and consistant social media interaction. WIth 450+ distribution locations, Women’s LifeStyle is out and about and is found where you best customer/client is. All content © Women’s LifeStyle, Inc. SEE US: FOLLOW US: JOIN US: Monday, August 20th thru Friday, August 31st All consignment pieces are an additional 10 to 15% off already LOW LOW prices. Pieces starting as low as $50. All new items will be specially priced. 5August 2012 Time to pull out that trusty compass and weathered map, because we are going on an artistic journey this month. It’s art-topia here at Women’s Lifestyle and we are head over high heels to show you what we’ve been up to. We visit the latest and greatest creativity competition, ArtPrize (p. 6), as well as take you back a few decades to the very humble beginnings of the annual, rain-or-shine, all-volunteer Festival of the Arts (p. 22). You will learn about the fine art of Abigail Bradley (p. 16) but also about the Stone Age art form of tattoos (p. 42). Are we going to fast for you? Keep up now… because we also have the current trends in pours couture (p. 43). That’s fancy for cocktails. It’s an art all in itself. And, we also have the low-down on craft beers (p. 10). We are Beer City USA after all. Halt! Be sure to check out Restaurant Week (p. 14) too, because it’s an epicurean’s delight. Although some may say it’s an art, our Dating Diva dishes about one of her first dates and applies mathematics and Game Theory to the little, white lies men tell to make a great first impression (p. 18). If that’s not enough, our Design expert, Ashley Cole helps you find your own personal design style (p. 28). And, we catch up with rising Hollywood starlet, Toni Trucks (p. 32). Time to trade in those stilettos for some hiking boots, because we are all over the map this month. This is going to be one heck of an art-tastic expedition. Gratefully, Jennifer Wilson Editor-In-Chief
  6. 6. For the first time in ArtPrize history, the organization received the largest number of Facebook comments regarding their latest reveal for 2012. With happy and equally upset Facebook followers, their site was flooded with opinions on the first glimpse of the ArtPrize 2012 poster. Many were thrown by the ‘op art’ (also known as optical art) with its stark contrast of black and white, rigid lines, and optical illusion. “Up until now, ArtPrize has been represented by lots of color and rounded shapes,” says Artprize Designer Lindsay Jones of Square One Design. “This year has changed what everyone expected from ArtPrize, yet it rings true to their mission; constantly evolve and challenge people to stretch their minds.” I sat down and chatted with the designers from Square One Design, a 27 year-old local firm who was chosen by the ArtPrize team to create the posters from 2010, 2011 and now 2012. A river of black and white (with one contrast color) will adorn the city. Square One Design does not just create a poster, they create the designs that will be seen all over Grand Rapids on maps, window clings, large outdoor installations, programs, fliers, busses and more. But before I go down that road, there are a few things that need to be brought to the surface: the thoughts and feelings that I as the writer of this article need to purge. I, Jenny Luth, as a downtown dweller (live, work, play), had a bit of a ‘tude with ArtPrize in the past. Some of you other downtown dwellers might sympathize with me, meaning, you might also need to purge an attitude towards the three weeks out of the year when hundreds of thousands of people storm your walk in to work, fill your eardrums with screaming children, or block traffic on your way to lunch. It was like everyone was watching a solar eclipse in the sky, looking up and bumping into you, walking across the street when cars had the green light, or standing in line at my favorite deli and paying for ten ice cream cones when all I wanted was my 3:00 p.m. work-pick-me-up-iced-tea. We (most Grand Rapidians, including myself) think we have ArtPrize figured out. We live here…we know what to expect each year. I began thinking it was a tourist trap for our city. Yet each year that passed only energized me more, changing my mind about the idea of all these people flooding our big/ little city. ArtPrize was becoming opposite of a tourist trap in my mind, instead an ever changing experience. And isn’t that exactly opposite of what a tourist trap is? The same experience over and over that only new onlookers think is fun. I once found myself walking through downtown on my way to a work meeting and attempting to avoid tripping over the sidewalk cracks while watching construction of a large scale pig hovering over my head and dodge parking meters while being distracted by a light show of sun beams dancing on my skin from the reflection off of a two-story mosaic. I’ll return to how I reconciled with ArtPrize after I explain my process of understanding it. In less than four short years, worldwide audiences of artists and fans have already come to expect certain things from this now non-profit organization called, ArtPrize. “The op art design was chosen for its originality and striking contrast,” explains Lin Ver Meulen, Principal of Square One Design. “Op art is not for everyone, but it was a win-win when we shared it with the ArtPrize team. Not only is it simple yet complex simultaneously, which matches their core values, it will also help them cut costs for printing.” Black and white printing can be done almost anywhere and it costs nearly half as much as color. “Providing a great product while helping a non-profit keep a healthy budget really meant a lot to our team,” continues Ver Meulen. When we are encouraged to see new things, we change, and then we grow. What changed my view of ArtPrize was its constantly evolving attitude, which brought my big/little city to life with energy in the streets that I had never seen before. Not just art in the streets, but people! Gobs of pedestrians walking to and fro, eating at all the local restaurants, and taking pictures and memories of OUR city which transforms into a big city once a year. For as much as ArtPrize changed Grand Rapids, it is still up to Grand Rapids to continue to help change ArtPrize. “Changing is the only constant, hanging on is the only sin.” – Denise McCluggage, American journalist/author/ photographer. ARTPRIZE: Op Art Reduxwritten by Jenny Luth photography by Two Eagles Marcus ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jenny Luth is a senior associate at Clark Communications in Grand Rapids. You will probably see Jenny: A. Eating local food. B. Drinking local beer. C. Supporting local bands. D. Smiling. Connect with Jenny on Twitter: @GRJenny. Lin Ver Meulen and Lindsay Jones of Square One Design 6 August 2012
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  10. 10. A Crafty Combination! WomenandBeer Believe it or not, I was nearly 40 before I consumed my first beer! Up until that time, I’d focused all my attention solely on Michigan’s growing wine industry. I remember the day – it was February 21, 2008 – a Thursday, at Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids. The beer? Pale Ale. Admittedly, it took me nearly two hours to finish that first pint. The flavors were different from anything that I had known before and I was having difficulty deciphering them on my tongue and in my mind. Luckily, I was with members of the Michigan Brewers Guild who carefully guided me through the process. Little did they know the impact that day would have on me. Two days later, I was introduced to a whole new world – the Michigan Winter Beer Festival. More than 3,000 individuals gathered outside at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park to sample more than 250 beers from nearly 50 breweries. It was the ideal venue to explore my new found hobby. I was fortunate to have many of the industry’s leaders at my side throughout the day – asking questions about my wine, coffee and soda drinking habits, narrowing the focus to beers that might best suit my amateur palate. Festivals such as this provide both novice and expert beer drinkers the opportunity to explore a vast array of brews – from fruity to hoppy to malty to obscure. I quickly learned there are all-day, low-alcohol beers as well as high- gravity, high-alcohol beers that pack a punch with every sip. There are the traditional beers which are produced each year from the same recipe, as well as inventive brews that sound and taste like they’ve been concocted in the lab of a mad scientist. The beauty of it all is there is something for everyone – no matter what style, color or flavor you prefer. From that first weekend, I was on a Michigan beer quest! I found myself seeking out the nearly 100 breweries around the state; looking for local craft beer on the shelves at my local Meijer; attending countless festivals, tours and events; and exploring the world of beer and food pairings alongside one of the nation’s leading experts – Fred Bueltmann of New Holland Brewing. Ironically, it was Fred who first introduced me to the Michigan Brewers Guild, thus setting me on this exciting path. Over the past three years, I’ve had the opportunity to attend a half-dozen or so Michigan beer dinners at Salt of the Earth in Fennville ( as part of the restaurant’s popular “Michigan Beer & written by Dianna Stampfler photography by Two Eagles Marcus B Heather Van Dyke-Titus own’s Harmony Brewing Company along with her siblings Barry and Jackson Van Dyke. 10 August 2012
  11. 11. Wine Series.” These culinary showcases are a great way for chefs and brewmasters to team up and test their pairing skills, as well as give the consumer an opportunity to taste the beers in a totally different, mouth-watering way. The complexities of the beer take on new flavor profiles when paired with certain foods – much like at a wine dinner. In fact, many industry insiders say that the diverse characters in beer make it a better food companion. Another exciting way to introduce yourself (or someone else) to Michigan craft beer is to take a brewery tour for a behind-the scenes look at this intricate operation. Several of the state’s 100 breweries offer tours on select dates throughout the year. The Michigan Brewers Guild also coordinates dozens of such tours exclusively for its Enthusiast members each year (membership is $45 per year and also includes one hour early admission for all four Guild festivals, available online at Tour operators around the state are finding trips related to the state’s brewing industry to be quite popular. Motor City Brew & Bike Tours ( offers 20 public dates this summer, taking bicyclists on guided excursions through Detroit with visits to historic sites and local breweries. The group also provides roundtrip motor coach transportation to all Guild festivals. Uncommon Adventures ( introduced its unique Tour de Brew last summer in northern Michigan. This kayaking voyage departs from Bowers Harbor on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City and includes a leisurely paddle to Power Island in the middle of Grand Traverse Bay. There, a beachside beer-themed lunch is prepared by tour guide Michael Grey. Once back on the mainland, participants get a tour and refreshments at nearby Jolly Pumpkin Brewery & Distillery and North Peak Beer. Looking to unleash your inner brewer? Saugatuck Brewing Company is currently the only operation in the state where the public is invited to craft its own limited-batch beer. Forget the frilly bridal and traditional bachelorette parties – bring your gal-pals down and get crafty mixing up your own specialty brew. Choose from more than 100 recipes, spend four hours brewing your batch and then return in two weeks to bottle your own beer. The experience is just $250 and includes at least 11 gallons of beer (equivalent to about 60 22-ounce bottles) – with your own custom label and everything! Craft beer festivals, social media tweet-ups and informal gatherings at local pubs create great low-pressure ways for women to acclimate themselves to this exciting world of beer, as well as provide opportunities to meet other women with common interests. Detroit Draft Divas is one of a handful of “clubs” being formed around the state and the country to address the growing trend in female craft beer drinkers. This group celebrated its one year anniversary in May, and boasts nearly 90 members on Facebook. In addition to brewery tours and a popular beer scavenger hunt, the group gathers for various holiday activities. “Our main party is our Diva Christmas party – ‘Denim and Tiaras’ at Copper Canyon, hosted by our ‘mascot’ Todd Parker,” says Diva member, Cindy Hegenauer of Ann Arbor. “I am part of a group of women who are promoting craft beer for women called ‘Chicks That Dig Beer,’” says Julie Huvaere of Detroit. “I am the Michigan counterpart and about 75% of our followers are from Michigan.” Grand Rapids is a hotbed for breweries and tied for first place as BeerCity USA. Female beer drinkers here are prevalent – and proud! Downtown’s HopCat is the host pub for the PussyCat Beer Guild, a group of women who meet once a month to discuss and drink quality craft beer. Even the local women’s roller derby leagues have ties to the breweries – with an annual “brawl” between Schmohz and New Holland Brewing out of nearby Holland. Sarah Falk, who hangs her mug at Schmohz Brewery, admits that drinking craft beer is her #1 hobby. She’s not alone when she proclaims: “I love Michigan beer!” Heather VanDyke-Titus, who owns Harmony Brewing along with her brothers Barry and Jackson VanDyke says she is interested in getting into brewing as well. While female craft beer drinkers in the United States overall remain the minority, here in Michigan those who support the industry do so whole-heartedly. More than 20% of the Michigan Brewers Guild “Enthusiast Members” are women – a number which continues to rise each year. With the increased opportunities for women to explore craft beer in unthreatening, fun and creative ways, there’s no telling where industry trends may go. One thing is for certain, the ladies are no longer content to sit back and let men call the shots when it comes to their beer choices. That’s something to celebrate! Cheers! WOMEN & CRAFT BEER RESOURCES ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dianna Stampfler is a seasoned culinary and travel writer, focused nearly exclusively on her homestate of Michigan. An equal-opportunity consumer, she is a dedicated supporter of Michigan-made craft beer, wine and spirits. Women’s LifeStyle Magazine’s Publisher Victoria Upton, samples her first beer, Crossroads Rye Pale Ale, at the Local First Member Mixer. What’s your favorite beer (today)? My favorite Beer today is the Crossroads [Rye Pale Ale]-the one that you tried. Hoppy beers are my favorite--but, they need to be balanced and thats something that we strive for. We want you to taste the qualities of the hops-the hop for Crossroads is nice and piney. We’re actually doing a Pale Ale fest--called MYP.A. festival on August 25th. We’ll do a tap take over and feature all of our IPA’s-and hops in general. Its going to be heaven for hop lovers! Is there any general difference between beers that women tend to like and beers that men tend to like? I think that there are women who might gravitate towards fruity beers and we have those--our cranberry wheat, “oh be joyful” and our BerlinerWeisse is a sour cherry beer. But I think that women just like beer! The women that come to Harmony love beer as much as the men do. They seem to enjoy all of the styles that we have. I’m not sure if this is just a fantastic new trend--or if its something thats always been true. I know that I’ve always loved craft beer. Q & A with Heather Van Dyke-Titus 11August 2012
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  16. 16. AbigailBradleyby Ruthie Paulson Gomez As Abigail Bradley and I sat down for conversation on a warm summer’s evening with matching Passion Flower cocktails, she excitedly told me that she had just returned from an adventure with her friends. She had experienced rock climbing for the first time ever in Grand Ledge, MI. Abbey shared how exhilarating this was for her -- having climbed all the way to the top of the ledge as a beginner; what an amazing feeling to have accomplished such a feat that at the beginning may have seemed overwhelming and frightening. Miss Bradley and I settled in as we sipped on our cocktails and began to talk about her art. “I am a collector of images,” she says. “And when I see something that catches my eye I capture it immediately. The digital camera has become a 21st century sketchbook of sorts. I may see a crane in construction that would create a great image... I am a fast drawer, but I want that crane right now.” When it comes to how Abbey creates her art, she has multiple processes going on. She may have several paintings in different stages of finish. The term she uses is focus play: playing with color and texture. “Construction has been a common theme in much of my work to symbolize renewal and an optimistic future in our own lives,” explains Bradley. “I am inspired by the contrasting textures of the new upon the old, order amidst chaos, and bright upon neutrals. Integrating contrasting media in artwork also reflects one of my values of appreciating diversity in an ever-changing environment.” She continues, “In combination with richly layered atmospheric surfaces, I often place hints of photographic imagery as a vehicle to connect us beyond our initial perceptions of what is real. Through subtle techniques and bold color choices, my intent is to draw the viewer into my work. Spending time with the complexity and beauty of each surface, along with the suggested narrative, is much like getting to know a person.” I continue to learn much about Abigail Bradley the woman, through her art. When she first started incorporating photographic transfer into her paintings, she knew that many people enjoyed the abstract nature of her work, along with the texture, layers, and colors. Yet, Abbey felt something was missing. “It wasn’t quite telling a story, I felt that my art wasn’t really saying anything.” Abbey had learned the photographic transfer technique at Kendall College of Art & Design where she earned her painting degree, but it wasn’t until a few years later that she began implementing the technique into her work. “It helps bring more viewers into a painting as a starting point of telling a story,” she says. “By using the photographic transfer against the surface, I liked the effect that it was creating: Is it a photograph? Is it a painting? You couldn’t really tell where the painting began or ended in relation to the photograph that was transferred onto the canvass.” As a senior at Kendall, Abigail began taking more photography and mixed media classes. “The feedback that I received was that my paintings had this dreamlike feel to them,” she adds. “It was a mixture of photography with hand techniques and painting.” I asked Abbey to tell me about her painting entitled Daydream. I love the fantasy-like aspect to her work. She recounted that it was the end of a long day and she was sitting in her car in front of her apartment. As she sat back for a bit, she looked up. Her car at the time had a sunroof. It was springtime and the leaves hadn’t emerged on the tree limbs yet. “I can use that for something,” she thought to herself, and snapped a photo of the tree. “It became another photo in my collection,” she tells me. Later that photo was transferred onto a canvass and became Daydream. As she created the photo surface, she remembers doing all these layers, a little swirl at the top of the canvas, a little swirl towards the bottom. Even as she’s adding texture here and there, she may not know what it means in that given moment. “I put the painting off to the side just to think about it. I’m working on all these other paintings as the days and weeks go by. The swirl: it’s like a thought; and how I think about daydreaming. Looking up at the trees, this thought enters your mind and creates this swirl effect: that is a daydream.” Abbey explained that the technique of creating this texture by drawing in thick paint is called © 2012 copyright Abigail Bradley All Rights Reserved photo by Karyn May Photography 16 August 2012
  17. 17. Presenting State-of-the-Art Care for Women Specializing in: • Robotics • Endometriosis • Pelvic Pain• Decreased Sex Drive • Menopause • Birth Control• In Office Sterilization • Bladder Dysfunction • Heavy/Irregular Periods Always Personalized Care! Our new name is Grand Rapids OB/GYN We are moving as of October 1, 2012 to 5060 Cascade Rd SE, Suite C. Grand Rapids OBGYN ~ Most insurance accepted ~ ~ Accepting new patients New Name • New Location! | 2566 Woodmeadow Dr SE | 247-1700 Dr. Stephen Dalm Nisha McKenzie PA-C Springtime trees without leaves are a recurring theme in Abbey’s paintings. The trees represent hope for the future. Similar to awaiting spring, and those beautiful green leaves which will fill out the essence of the tree. Abbey adds, “These limbs may be bare, but they won’t be bare for long. I think so much of my work is a reflection of my life, no matter what has ever happened. I’m just very optimistic.” The artist tells me the story about how she mysteriously stumbled upon this woman on google a few years back. She can’t remember which site or how she found her, but wishes she could find her again. “She was wearing a shirt from The Limited that I also had at one time. Her glasses, the way she was posing, hair pulled back in a pony-tail like I would have had at the time. It was as if I was seeing myself. She was a person of Korean dissent living in France.” Abbey continues, “An artist who described herself as an impressionist painter. The work she did, looking at her, it was like I was looking at myself. The outfit she had was just like mine. Looked just like me, the way she posed. Kind of freaked me out,” Abbey confesses. Could this internet encounter be the subconscious driving force behind Abigail’s most conceptual and abstract work: Eternal Fraternal Twins? In reflection to this piece Abbey says it makes her think more about going back to South Korea to trace her roots. Abigail’s 2011 Artprize piece, A Flower with no Name is of personal significance to her. “It was the first time I’ve expressed something deeply personal to me,” she shares. The piece resonated with many people as well. “It tells the story about coming to terms with identity. Being adopted from Korea--having a difficult childhood.” People who responded to the piece related on different levels concerning identity issues. The honey bees surrounding an Asian woman is a juxtaposition of sorts. Historically honey bees were brought to America by European settlers. “There are always pros and cons to any particular action. This woman is finding peace with coming to terms with herself regarding things that may be out of her control,” the artist offers. Abigail began inserting the traditional lotus flower into her artwork as a way to incorporate her Korean heritage. It is a Buddhist symbol which carries the sense of rebirth. Abbey told me about her most ambitious project. It was a commissioned piece requiring her to paint an abstract mural through a 20 foot hallway for a residential condominium in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. “The client asked me to propose an environment that would add interest to the long hallway while accenting the architectural design and integrating his personal style.” Abbey continues, “Should the client decide to sell this property in the future, we also wanted to be conscious of the taste of a broader audience. As a result, “The Foggy Forest” was created over a period of three months. This was an exciting project for sure,” she exclaims. “My goal with all of my clients is to create original art that will delight them and everyone they know.” It was because of this project that Abbey had the idea of creating her own original lotus flower stencil for her Artprize piece. “I said to my client, just think, everyday it’s going to be a new adventure, one day it will be Robin Hood, one day it will be Lord of the Rings,” Abbey says. “It depends on how the light hits it.” There are touches of gold leaf incorporation as well. Three to four different painting effects were used for the creation: texture effect to resemble stucco, glazing to vary the shading, yet conscience of varying it in relation to the lighting too. She smiles,“When the lights are off there is still movement across the wall.” “With this project I had such a strong feeling about what I was able to do, kind of like rock climbing,” Abbey offers. “In considering scaling the rocky ledge I had no idea at the beginning, yet to see my friends who were climbing up the wall and were there to guide me along, you begin to have a certain vision, inner confidence that I’ll be able to do this. Visualize it, be confident, and commit.” ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ruthie Paulson Gomez thinks, dreams, and loves in two languages: English and Spanish. She modeled professionally in Milan and Nice and now works in the nonprofit sector in West Michigan. Other past-times include tango dancing and sunflower-raising. ©MOTLEY CAT STUDIO 17August 2012
  18. 18. by Christina Hulstrand Tell me lies. Tell me sweet, little lies. WWhile out one night with friends, a guy asked me if I would like to meet for a drink. I gladly accepted. We hung around the same crowd and were already connected via Facebook. The plan was to meet at a restaurant on the outskirts of the city (that area known as the suburbs for those like me who don’t like to travel outside the comfort of downtown). At 4:45 p.m. I arrived at River Town Crossing. At 4:46 p.m. I realized that said meeting point was actually at the other Grand Rapids mall. So I send a quick text. “Hey, I went to the wrong mall, but I should still be there by 5 p.m. Just letting you know in case I am a little late.” At the risk of signaling that I am a complete airhead,I was trying with my text to give the impression that I do respect his time, not usually late, responsible enough to own my mistakes, genuinely nice person, and this should also give us something to laugh about during the inevitable “first date” awkwardness. Win! As I am typing into the GPS the fastest route to the correct place I receive my reply text, “Not really sure how you end up at the wrong place, sounds suspicious.” My cheery mood turns choleric, but after accounting for a possible miscommunication of sarcasm I decide to settle on indifference and move along. It’s 5:04 p.m. when I ar- rive at my destination (not bad! I believe it’s in the +/- 10 minute rule) and on the off chance my date was annoyed with my poor ability to research venues, I have success- fully recovered. Alas, that did not happen. I walk in the door to see my date sitting at the bar with his computer. I take the seat next to him. Without even looking at me he says, “There is no way you made it from River Town to here that quickly, where were you exactly?” Now, I pride myself on my truthfulness. I despise lying. The absolute worst thing anyone can do is insinuate that I am lying without sound evidence. Immediately I mentally check out of this date. I have no desire to be with this guy or know anything about him. If, at that point in my life, I was a stronger person, I would have left without one more word spoken. But I was not a fan of confrontation, so there I sat and listened to him interrogate me on every picture I had with the opposite sex on facebook and every post that he ever saw. At one point in time he told me that I would need to disown any friends I had of the opposite sex (note: I lived with a person of the opposite sex, and he knew this). After enduring 45 minutes of complete absurd behavior I told him I needed to go (not a lie, I planned to meet my girlfriend after the date). True to his overly obtrusive self, he asked what I was doing. Once I told him, he demanded I call her now, right in front of him, to prove my story. After I filed my claim of negligent infliction of emotional distress and had him sign a restraining order, the date finally came to an end. Besides the obvious conclusions that this man is the defi- nition of a psychopath, should be put into a straight jacket immediately, and sent some place far, far away, what did we learn? Honestly, not a thing, but let’s discuss lying. Game theorists are purpotedlygood fibbers (Fibbing = lying: both being defined as one being full of crap). Game Theory came about when the founders wanted to prove that even with bad cards, you could, with some prob- ability, play aggressively and win in one-shot poker. So, why, if I am a true game theorist, do I hate lying so much? Well, in classic game theory, economists believe that one can never truly be deceived because one should know the exact probability that the other side is not “telling the truth” and then do the best they can under the circumstances. A study by DePaul found that dating couples lie to each other in at least one third of their interactions (other stud- ies posted anywhere from 50% up to 85% on first date interaction, but I’ll go with optimism). This is more than they deceive other people on a day-to-day basis (another reason to love dating). Now, both sexes lie with equal frequency, but most lies told by men are self-oriented; a typical conversation between two guys contains about eight times as many lies about themselves as it contains falsehoods about other people. (Women, the sweet creatures we are, typically lie to protect someone else’s feelings). Shakespeare said, “All the world is a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” So when should we lie and maybe, more importantly, how do we reduce the risk of being tricked by our date’s deceit? Lying is actually reasonably rational. A Saxe study says that 75% of liars would, if given a second chance, tell the same lie again in the same situation. Remember, rationality is acting in a way that gives you the best payoff no matter what the other person does. Hence if 75% of people do not regret the decision to lie, it is a rational response. 18 August 2012
  19. 19. Most lies told on a date are not necessarily harmful. They go something like this:* • Sports lover: So do you like watching football? • Sports hater: Ummmm, yeah, I love sports. • Sports lover: So what do you value most in a relationship? • Sports hater: Honesty *Replace sports for any activity you actually like and wish for your future life partner in crime to enjoy with you. You’re going to make yourself look richer, more successful, well connected, more interesting to their specific taste or educated (even more attractive: ladies can you say miracle bra?) than what you really are, but only marginally. Then, by the time they figure out your little white lie they already invested time, money and effort and therefore have a greater tendency to continue on with the endeavor than prior to the investment (you sneaky devil). On the flip side, this means they are lying to you also. Why do they do that? Do they not understand the importance of the decision we are making? You are, actually, try- ing to find out if this person is worthy of a whole lot of YOUR resources for the near (or possibly) long term future (jerks!). So figuring out if they are lying will stop us from picking a less desirable pick from the bunch. But how? Short of hiring a private investigator, hacking into computers or doing background checks (all of which I highly advice against), there’s something called Credibility Theory. It’s a ridiculously “math intensive way to estimate the most credible state- ments of an agent given expected losses for members of a class based on weighted quantities.” This approach has the tendency to become very complicated. So, I won’t bore you and try to briefly explain the concept in a way that is entertaining and pos- sibly useful. Let’s say you are on an internet dating site to look for a guy. • You, like 85% of the women in this world, want a guy at least 6 foot tall. • Approximately 14.5% of the US population is over six foot tall. • The average height of a US male is 5’9. • Men are not idiots, especially when it comes to getting a mate. They know you will key in a search that only return men 6’0 and taller. • Obviously, if you’re a man and you are 5’11 you now have the incentive to lie (it’s not that big of a stretch, and he is now at least allowed to “enter the market”). Side note: 100% of women surveyed by Cameron (1978) said the ideal height for a partner was 4” taller than them. This is further proof of why I am validated in my an- ger when women 5’5 say they won’t date anyone shorter than 6’0. Stick to the rules! Back to the subject. By pure statistics, you should figure out that the probability of a man lying about his height on an internet dating site is astronomical. And, if you’re really smart you should know that 6’0 is going to be the most lied about height. (Read: if you’re doing a search, men that state they are 6’0 are more likely than those stating 6’1 or 5’11 to be lying about their height). So, what about the guy who says he’s 5’11, is he really only 5’9? Not really. He is more than likely telling you the truth, he doesn’t really gain an extra incentive for say- ing he’s still under the preferred minimum. Instead he’s going to lie about his income. How do I know that? Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist, along with Duke University found in a recent, yet to be published study, that for every inch a man is under 6’0 he needs to make an extra $30,000 for the women to be indifferent (I couldn’t find a threshold for women’s income preference). But basically the 5’11 guy will have to make $70,000 per year in order for you to turn down the guy who is 6’0 and makes $40,000 a year. This seems unfair to the men of the world, but women do this to men; just replace height and income with hip-to-waist ratio and age. In conclusion: to figure out if someone is lying, look at what the “pool” norm would be and then determine the exact probability that they are “not telling the truth” and they are just doing the best they can under the circumstances. Or you can skip the math; remembering all truths reveal themselves in time. So for now, just enjoy the moment. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Christina Hulstrand, the Dating Diva, is an econom- ics nerd, professor of game theory and strategic heart breaker. She’s also been spotted raking up credit cards at numerous local boutiques. Michigan Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C. W e l l n e s s f o r W o m e n Steven J. Lown, D.O. • Peter Kaczkofsky, D.O. • Kelly Hansul, D.O. • Mary Beth Grey, D.O. • Judy A. Florido, D.O. • Brad Irving, D.O. 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Wanting to properly celebrate the installation of “The Calder,” the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids sponsored the first Festival of the Arts in 1970. Thus, the three-day community art celebration was born, with the intention to be held annually during the first weekend of June. Alexander Calder even created the Festival sun logo as a gift to the event and is still in use today. “At the time, the meteorologists from the local news stations were asked on average what weekend was the sunniest every year. The first weekend of June fit this bill, which is why the event is held then. Even though people attribute Festival weekend with rain, there have in fact been more sunny years than rainy,” assures Festival Public Relations Co- Chair, Joann Reeves. Festival of the Arts will celebrate its 44th year in 2013. Lori Harrison-Smith is one of the co-chairs for the 2013 Festival of the Arts. She got involved by being a part of the Public Relations Committee, her focus being social media. “This is an honor and quite an undertaking. We live in such a cool city! And, Festival is an incredible way to celebrate a city that has a lot to offer,” Lori shares. A lot to offer indeed! Grand Rapids is quickly being quite the epicenter of art activity. “In a similar way that ArtPrize draws people to our city on a larger and more global scale, Festival of the Arts also helps draw people downtown for a celebration with a more local focus. Festival of the Arts kicks off the art season every year, whereas ArtPrize helps bring it to a close,” Joann describes. In addition to the incredible number of passionate volunteers, Festival is special because of the diversity of art it has to offer. This family-friendly event combines dance, music, visual art, story- telling, spoken word, interactive art, food, and much more. “It is a chance to expose the arts to everyone no matter their economic situation,” shares Joann. “Even the local museums are open and available to be enjoyed for free. The only exceptions is if you choose to purchase works of art or items from the food booths. Even then, the money spent in these ways support the artist or organization and a portion of those proceeds go back to support Festival.” Festival of the Arts continues to grow each year. At the beginning, Festival only occupied Calder Square. Now it expands to include most of downtown Grand Rapids with six stages spaced throughout the Festival grounds. There are interactive events for children and adults. From the Paint-In, the diSuvero Swing, story-telling, and much more. You truly need to try hard to be bored. The support of the community is essential to the sustainability of Festival. Without the donations of time, effort, products, equipment, space, and dollars, Festival of the Arts would cease to exist. You can visit to learn more about this celebration and how you can get involved. Also, find Festival of the Arts on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date on the latest news and information. The tradition of Festival is a testament to the very essence of what continues to make Grand Rapids a wonderful place. Joann says it best, “Festival celebrates creativity, culture, and spirit of community.” by LeAnn Secord Festival: Our Foundation of Art ABOUT THE AUTHOR: LeAnn Secord is a professional fundraiser, juggling enthusiast, and aspiring guitar goddess. 22 August 2012
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  24. 24. A baguette made in Michigan. Introducing a pre-sliced garlic baguette from Cole’s. We’re in your grocer’s freezer. save 55¢now RETAILER: We will reimburse you the face value of this coupon plus 8¢ handling provided it is redeemed by a customer at the time of purchase on thebrandspecified. Couponsnotproperlyredeemedwillbevoidandheld. Reproduction of this coupon is expressly prohibited. [ANYOTHER USE CONSTITUTES FRAUD.] Mail to: Cole’s Quality Foods, Inc., 25 Otta- waSW,4thFloor,GrandRapids,MI 49503.Cashvalue.001¢.Voidwhere taxedorrestricted.LIMITONECOUPONPERITEMPURCHASED. MANUFACTURER’S COUPON DO NOT DOUBLE OR TRIPLE When you buy any 1(one) Cole’s brand Garlic Baguette! Open 7 Days: 9 am to 5 pm Huge selection of Annuals • Perennials Hostas • Hanging Baskets • Vegetable Plants DIRECTIONS: From Grand Rapids, take 131 south to the Bradley/Hopkins exit. Go straight (1/4 mile) to 128th avenue. When you reach A-37 turn left. Go 2 and 1/2 miles. Look for our sign on the right. (269) 673-6408 2256 A-37 in Allegan (just 40 minutes south of GR) S W E N Come see what’s blooming! Great selection of trees, shrubs and fruit bushes you can plant all summer. Breads/Bakery Cole’s Quality Foods - Grand Rapids and Muskegon • Frozen garlic bread • Great tasting bread that can go from the freezer to your table in under 10 minutes • Available in supermarkets and convenience stores nation-wide • La Tortilla Factory • “Baking the best tasting tortilla wraps that contribute to a healthy lifestyle” • Smart & delicious products • Available at retail chains and many independent markets nationwide • Metropolitan Baking Company • Premium bread products provided to restaurants in Southeastern Michigan like Big Boy, Gordon Foods, and Miltons • 50 varieties of handcrafted breads • Pastas Al Dente Pasta Company - Whitmore Lake • Pappardelle noodles • Big, wide noodles that make a hearty stew and go great with just about any kind of sauce • Elena’s - Auburn Hills • Pasta Famiglia, a family homemade pasta available in many cuts and flavors to suit your pasta palette • Pasta Famiglia available at gourmet food markets, stores, and chains • Detroit Sausage Company - Detroit • Original sausage made from pure pork following the same great recipe since 1928 • Available at Detroit’s Eastern Market • Carrettino Italian Market and Wine by John Russo - Grand Rapids • Italian Sausage • Michigan Turkey Producers - Grand Rapids • Ready to cook and ready to eat products made from all natural whole muscle cuts of premium turkey • Provides turkey products for commodity, foodservice, and retail customers • Cheeses Dogwood Farms, LLC - Byron Center • Dancing Goat Cheese, made the old-fashioned traditional way with fresh milk • Reny Picot - Benton Harbor • Makers of the best loved cheeses in Europe made with wholesome American milk • Cowslip Creamery - Grand Rapids • Cheeses are handmade with fresh milk from cows grazing in sustainable Michigan pastures • S. Serra Cheese Co. - Clinton Township • Available at Westborn Market, Food Coop and Busch Market in Ann Arbor, Kingma’s and Carrettino Italian Market Butterball Farms, Inc. - Grand Rapids • Butterball premium balls • Roses & rosettes • Pipe-N-Go squeezable flavored butter that adds beautiful design to anything • Preserves and Sauces American Spoon Foods, Inc. - Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix, Traverse City, and Saugatuck • Wild whimbleberry jam • Billy Bones BBQ - Sanford • Winner of over 250 awards for their sauces • Koeze – Grand Rapids • All-natural peanut butter and organic peanut butter • Mrs. Dog’s- Grand Rapids • Disappearing Mustard • Jamaican jerk marinade • Red Head Hummus- Lake Leelanau • Hummus available in four radical flavors • Carrettino Italian Market and Wine by John Russo - Grand Rapids • Marinara Gregorio • Pop’s BBQ Sauce • Delicious BBQ sauce, available in 20oz bottles, in four awesome flavors • Retail locations listed at Chef Robins Hummus - Belmont • Four Flavors available at Art of the Table Art’s Hot Salsa - Kalamazoo • Made from a recipe that has been in Art’s Family for 30 years • Available at local shops in West Michigan including Art of the Table • Michigan Madea sampling of local and regional food brands 24 August 2012
  25. 25. Satisfy Your Cravings . . . Kingma’s offers the finest in wines, beers, a full-service butcher shop, cheeses, great selection of produce ranging from Michigan apples to zucchini, dairy, baked goods, snacks, chocolates, nuts and candies. 800 Wines • 400 Beers • 300 Cheeses • Olive Bar • Dips Great Wall of Chocolates • Made to Order Gift Baskets Featuring a Huge Selection of Michigan Produced Gourmet and Speciality Groceries and Wines 2225 Plainfield NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505 (616) 363-7575 Meat Department: (616) 447-2090 HOURS: Mon-Sat 8 am to 8 pm. Closed Sunday Meat Dept: Mon-Sat 8 am to 7 pm Desserts/Treats Dave’s Sweet Tooth - Detroit • Dave’s Sweet Tooth toffee • Available at a variety of specialty shops across Michigan • Blueberry Haven - Grand Haven • Chocolate covered blueberries • Patricia’s Chocolates - Grand Haven • Hand made chocolate truffles • Metro Cupcakes - Grand Rapids • Special order available • Chelsea Milling Company - Chelsea • Jiffy products, making mixes with the best possible value • Mixes available at grocery stores • Stahl’s Bakery - New Baltimore • The Famous “Belly Button Cookie” • FUN FACT: Praline is a smooth, sweet substance made by boiling nuts in sugar and then grinding the mixture • www.stahl’ Grand Traverse Pie Company • Fresh Baked Oven Pies made with Michigan ingredients available in a myriad of flavors • Fruits/Veggies Shoreline Fruit • The finest dried fruits available at retail and specialty food markets • Burnette Foods, Inc. • Produces and distributes a variety of fruit, vegetable products, juices and sauces • Cherry Growers • Cherries and dried Fruit • King Orchards • Leenlanau Fruit Company - Suttons Bay • Peterson Farms, Inc. - Shelby • Smeltzer Orchard Company - Frankfort • Snacks Cheeze Kurls, Inc. - Grand Rapids • Cheese Products • Daily Delish - Ada • Bagged Granola available at Art of the Table • Delicious granola, available in three different mixes, perfect to add to yogurt, cereal, ice cream, or to snack on for an energy boost with good taste • Dave’s Sweet Tooth - Ann Arbor • Amazing Toffee found in jars throughout Michigan. • American Gourmet Snacks Co. - Essexville • All Natural Gourmet Pretzels • Awrey’s Bakery - Detroit • Bill Knapp’s Celebration Cake • Egg Roll Queens - Grand Haven • Frozen vegetable egg rolls for retail and restaurant sales • Plumb’s Valu Rite stores, The Orchard Markets, Hansen Foods, The Crushed Grape Festida Foods, LTD - Cedar Springs • Poker Chips • Kellogg Company - Battle Creek • A large product line, but well-known for their 28 brands of cereal • Smitty’s Hot Sludge - Grand Rapids • Premium Hot Fudge • Beer Founders Brewery - Grand Rapids • Monthly beer selection • Bell’s Brewery - Galesburg • Winter White Ale available at bars, restaurants, and retail outlets in the east coast and Arizona. • New Holland Brewery - Holland • Spotlight on Light Beers • Spotlight on Dark Beers • Arbor Beer • Ypsi Gypsi Pale Ale- American Pale Ale Style (5.3%) • Dark Horse Brewing Company - Marshall • Full-Time Ales • Juice Old Orchard Juice - Sparta • Over 100 different juice products without preservatives or artificial flavors • Available in supermarkets nation-wide • Aseltine’s Cider Mill - Comstock Park • Apple Cider (1/2 gallon) available at Moscheck’s in Allen Park Royal Farms, Inc - Ellsworth • Balton Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate • Breakfast Gift Assortment Package • 25August 2012
  26. 26. BREAD IS YUMMY When I speak to people who are newly diagnosed with a gluten allergy, sensitivity, or celiac disease, they nearly all say, “I miss bread!” Bread has become a huge part of our food culture. The gluten in bread helps make it taste really good. It lends flavor, elasticity, and general “yumminess.” Bread is a comfort, a joy. Don’t take away my bread! But alas, we need alternatives. With multiple allergies on the rise as well, these alternatives must be creative. WHY “GOOD” ALLERGEN-FREE BREAD IS DIFFICULT TO FIND (AND MAKE) Pastry Chef, Kyra Bussanich is the first Gluten-free winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. She owns CRAVE BAKE SHOP in Lake Oswego, Oregon and is a guest writer for The Tender Palate. I asked Kyra why allergen-free bread is so tough to make: “There are three legs to fantastic baking: gluten, eggs, and sugar. Each contributes something to the texture and structure of the final product, and when you have already replaced one of the legs of the stool, it makes it more difficult to successfully swap out the remaining two legs without adversely affecting flavor or texture (or both). This is why gluten-free and egg-free baking presents such a challenge.” The good news is that you don’t have to travel to Oregon to get your comfort on. Here are a two of my favorite breads that you can get off the shelves in your ‘hood and one of my favorite sweet bread recipes that people have been loving. MY FAVORITE BREAD MIXES Breads From Anna – Bread Mix (All Purpose Flour Blend) *Free of Gluten, Yeast, Corn, Dairy, Soy, Nuts, Peanuts, Rice, and GMO I absolutely love this bread mix. It is sensuous, tasty, and versatile. I’ve used it for open-faced sandwiches, I’ve eaten it plain and I’ve made stuffing out of it. It is the ultimate comfort bread with or without any kind of butter. Anna’s sandwich bread is lighter and has a bit more structure to it. The All Purpose Flour Blend is fairly dense, which I happen to like, and this is the best bean flour bread that I’ve ever tasted. A side benefit of the Breads from Anna mixes is that they are high in protein and fiber, and quite nutritious. So pay attention if you are a carbo-loader, this bread will make things happen, if you know what I mean. The mixes are easy to make, and though a bit pricey, they are totally worth it. Though Breads for Anna has not gone for certification, each ingredient is tested prior to making it to her factory. She has a completely gluten-free processing plant and does not process any of the top eight allergens in her factory. “I have Celiac Disease and Type I Diabetes. I knew a lot of people needed this and I eat my own products,” explains Breads from Anna owner Anna Sobaski. “I feel a lot of responsibility to my customers. You have to be committed in this market. When I say it’s GMO-free and gluten-free, I mean it.” Chebe – All Purpose Bread Mix *Gluten-free, can be made dairy-free. Does not contain any rice, nuts*, dairy or yeast (see below for processing). Oh, this bread is wonderful. It is a little crusty on the outside with a wonderfully soft, chewy texture in the middle. It lends such a nice flavor to the sandwich itself, and has a truly crave-worthy texture. I first used it as a hamburger bun and it even held the olives and the organic ketchup on the burger. No mess! I’ve since used it for chicken salad, turkey, and a BLT. I first saw a Facebook advertisement for Chebe and was intrigued. I wrote to the company for a sample and they immediately sent me a few mixes. This was fantastic because I was able to make their products several times. It was easier to work the bread with a little olive oil already on my hands. Kneed this dough well. It will feel like normal gluteny/yeasty dough, just a little stickier. If you do not use cheese (or even if you do) brush the top with olive oil to help it brown and add a sprinkle of sea salt to the top to round out the flavor. If you don’t use all of the resulting rolls, freeze them right away and they thaw and warm beautifully. Though they do not test for anything but gluten (and they test to 5ppm which we love!), their mixes also do not contain a whole host of other common allergens like rice, nuts, yeast, dairy, etc. So compare your allergy needs to Chebe’s processing. Their factory line does have a separate, nut-free room, for instance, but it does not have a separate nut-free factory. MY FAVORITE SWEET RECIPE: DUTCH CINNAMON BREAD Copyright: Elisabeth Veltman *Free of gluten, dairy, soy, rice, nuts, peanuts, and yeast This is a great recipe to make on special occasions or to bring to a brunch. It’s flavorful, and is a sweet, soft dessert bread. I find most gluten-free breads, even the good ones, to have a slight hole in the middle of the flavor. The sweet and spicy of this recipe fills that gap deliciously. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Bread Ingredients: 1 egg 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup sunflower, safflower or similar oil (a neutral oil is best, although coconut oil would work and lend a little coconut flavor) 1 cup GF teff flour 1 cup GF buckwheat flour 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp baking soda 1 can Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk (you need the can to include the coconut fat) Topping / Swirling Ingredients: 1/2 cup sugar 1 T. cinnamon (In a prep bowl, mix these together and set aside.) Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan (use the same oil you are baking with). In a food processor or mixer, beat the egg, sugar and oil together until creamy. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt and soda. Remove the coconut milk from the can into a bowl and beat the fat into the rest of the milk. Add the flour mixture to the egg/sugar mixture alternatively with the coconut milk until blended. Pour 1/2 of the batter into the loaf pan. Sprinkle the top with 1/2 of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Add the rest of the batter to the pan and then sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar over the top. Using a knife, swirl the sugar into the bread in a figure eight type pattern. Bake 1 hour. Cool for at least 30 minutes and then remove from the pan. Slice and serve. This bread freezes really well. OTHER GLUTEN-FREE BREAD RESOURCES There is a wonderful recipe site run by Elana Amsterdam. She has Paleo Bread Recipes that I adore. They are grain- free (made with nut flours and high protein). Find them at I’m not able to eat these breads because of my specific allergies, but my readers often tout these brands: Udi’s multi-grain is a consistent favorite. Find them at Genius Breads is a new favorite. Find them at Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery at is another that is mentioned by readers. My Favorite Gluten-free Breadsby Elisabeth Veltman ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Writer, owner of Blue Pearl Strategies, and lover of all culinary delights, Elisabeth Veltman is a Tender Foodie. She believes that everyone should live deliciously and have a healthy seat at the table. Find her at 26 August 2012
  27. 27. GR Northeast Good As New Consignment Boutique 5280 Northland Drive NE Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-4 (616) 363-6622 Featuring an emphasis on contempo- rary fashion. High-quality, affordable clothing for women, young men and girls. Beautiful new items arrive daily and consignors always welcome. GR Northwest Rose Colored Glasses 827 W. Fulton HOURS: Tue 11-5, Wed 11-3, Thur, Fri, Sat 11-5 (616) 451-8870 This small resale shop located on W. Fulton and Indiana is filled with delights. A resale shop offering clothing for teens through women’s sizes. We buy and sell, so bring your gently used and carefully washed and folded items into the shop for us to have a look! Lowell Flat River Cottage 317 East Main Street Mon 11-5, Tues-Sat 10-6 (616) 897-8601 Eclectic mix of vintage and antique treasures. Beautiful one-of-a-kind custom painted furniture and accessories. Pieces to make a house a home. Night Forest Jewelry Located inside Flat River Cottage 317 East Main Mon 11-5, Tues-Sat 10-6 (616) 897-8601 Treasure hunting has never been so rewarding as it is when you shop Night Forest and their delightful mix of vintage and new jewelry pieces. In addition to beautiful jewelry you’ll find new tops, scarves and handbags to complete your look. Rockford Gild the Lily 450 East Division Mon-Fri 10-7, Sat 10-4 (616) 863-8491 Two floors of fresh fashion for your home & body at “get it now” prices. Formal wear, plus, petite and designer departments. Nominated 2010 Rockford Retail Store of the Year. Gumballs & Overalls Kids Consignment 120 Courtland St. Mon 12-5, Tues, Wed 10-5:30, Thurs - Sat 10-7. (616) 866.8232 Gumballs and Overalls is upscale children’s consignment shop and unique gift boutique. We support lo- cal hand crafters and offer the areas largest selection of cloth diapering supplies. We carry Newborn – Size 8, new and lightly used clothing at prices 50-70% off retail. Large sup- ply of new retail items for pregnant and nursing mothers. 450 E. Division Rockford, MI (616) 863 8491 Fresh fashion for your home and body... Eco Chic Consigment Boutique Join ourVIP club.TextVINO to 91944 FreeWine Sampling on Friday & SaturdayAfternoons. Located in theTown & Country Plaza 4301 Kalamazoo Ave. SE at 44th St. • Grand Rapids 616-827-3902 • Cheese ~ Salami ~ Home Made Italian Sausage ~ Pasta LargeWine Selection ~ Personal Service ~ Discount Prices 1200 East Paris | M-F 9-9, Sat 9-6, Sun 12-5 (616) 458-1684 | 32234_Womens Lifestyle_July2012.indd 1 6/20/12 12:09 PM 27August 2012
  28. 28. AAs a designer, it’s true I do have a favorite personal design style. Defining it in words may not be as easy as in photos, but it’s a mix of timeless, classic, global, and organic modern (more on this in #3). Don’t worry, yours is probably easier to define. Spending life living and breathing design influences me in many ways. However, I believe that my job is not to impose my personal style on client’s spaces, but to help them discover their own personal style then I implement it in a fresh and cohesive way, while maintaining function and injecting a little bit of my own twist. I know I have done my job well, if upon completion visitors enter my client’s home and say, “This is so beautiful! It’s a perfect expression of you!” Whether or not you use a designer to help you along the process, defining your personal style will help to narrow down decisions, give a framework to work within, and keep a consistent flow from room to room. So how do you find your personal style? 1. Multiples. This is a trick I use all the time during the discovery stage of starting a project with someone. Do you have multiple items of the same shape, color or style around your house? When you pull out a number of pages from a home magazine, do you see a consistent theme from picture to picture? Maybe different style houses are shown, but every photo shows white cabinetry or dark hardwood floors. If you instinctively select multiples, you begin to see where your style lies. 2. Where you Shop. Do you find yourself meandering through the same home furnishings store, even if you’re not shopping for your home? Does an ad for a weekend antique market get you excited? Is there a décor website you browse to the point of addiction? These are all good indications of your style. In fact, many clients will use these references to explain the look they are going for, such as “Room and Board” or “Restoration Hardware.” It doesn’t mean every object is bought from these places to make your home look like their showroom, but it does invoke an inspiring base. Each brand gives off a certain feel you can use to define your style. 3. Most Recent Purchase. Our personal style changes through the years. As a child, already intrigued with design, I poured through floor plan books in the magazine aisle. I spent hours studying Victorian homes and designing my own, wishing to re-create the dollhouse look. As an adult, this couldn’t be farther from what I am attracted to. Living in a big city during and after college infused in me a natural attraction to all things modern. Travelling the world gave me an appreciation for classic architecture and global colors, textures and finds. My personal style continues to evolve each year. Your most recent purchase is a wonderful clue on where you are now. Have you suddenly been buying up global inspired vases or modern lamps? These clues may point to your present design style, especially if they depart from your “normal” style. Maybe it’s time to expand in this new direction. 4. Art. What you choose to hang on your wall or prominently display on a shelf says something about you. Art is purely personal, not tied to function or need, and is usually a good indication of what inspires you. An abstract lithograph likely means you lean towards modern design, while a landscape oil painting may define your attraction to more traditional décor. Look around at the art you surround yourself with or aspire to buy and use that as overall style inspiration. 5. What’s your favorite hotel? This is the ultimate secret weapon in the search for your design style. Hotels have a very deliberate, clear design style, so use them to help find yours. Do you love staying in cozy, rustic B&B’s with wood paneling, layers of throw rugs and patchwork quilts? Does a clean- lined, modern city high-rise hotel have you ooh-ing and ahh-ing over its chic décor? Did a recent stay at a Bali-inspired island retreat make you come back from vacation wanting to completely renovate your home in a spa-like atmosphere? Take photos and start a dream board, my friend. This is where your design style begins. by Ashley Cole 5Five Clues on Finding your Personal Design Style ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ashley Cole is a professional interior designer based in Grand Rapids. Her work has been featured on HGTV as well as numerous publications, including Kitchen Trends and Home Magazine. Ashley’s passion is “creating environments that enliven the spirit”. 28 August 2012
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  30. 30. R ecently I found myself in a group of young mothers waiting in line at a grocery store. Most of them had cute little boys who couldn’t have been more than seven or eight years old. After waiting for what seemed to be too long to wait in a grocery store line, most of those little boys were beginning to become quite restless. Lost in this group of young mothers and rambunctious males was one lone girl. She was a very pretty little girl. I was trying to decide whether she was shy or just overwhelmed with all of the testosterone floating about. We would catch each other’s eye occasionally and she would smile coyly and look down. One of the boy’s mothers said to the little girl, “Oh, you’re such a pretty little girl.” I agreed and added, “And I bet you’re just as smart too!” The little girl’s eyes lit up and she smiled big. I’m guessing it may have been one of the first times in this adorable child’s life that someone commented on more than just her looks. At least it appeared that way to me. We all finally checked out. The trainee cashier breathed a sigh of relief and I was on my way, heading home. I was reflecting on everything that just happened and it took me back to my own childhood. I remember growing up as a little girl on the east side of Detroit. My mom and I were very close then, just as we are now. We spent a lot of time together and very often people would comment on my looks. My mom always had me dressed in cute little outfits, my hair was curled and life was really good growing up with the parents God gave to me. But as I grew older I noticed something else, every time someone complimented me, my mother would always follow it up with, “Thank you and she’s smart too!” I guess my mom never wanted me to rest on the laurels of outward beauty. I learned it one day when I was sort of basking in the afterglow of a compliment. I said to her, “Mother, you know you don’t have to say that I’m smart.” I believed that being told that I was pretty was more than enough. At the time, I don’t think I ever saw “being smart” as a compliment. Just let me enjoy being told I was pretty. In the world that I was growing up in, beauty in girls and women was what was of value. I’m not sure much has changed in 2012. But even in my mother’s youth, my mom was wise beyond her years. She realized that there was more to a woman than outward beauty. Think of all the toddler pageants and teen pageants. I’m not sure that placing that much beauty on looks at such a young age is the wisest thing to impart. Sure, pageant mothers and contestants say the children are judged on more than just beauty; there is personality, costume, grace, but take a look at the winners and beauty plays a pretty major role in most any beauty pageant. The problem I see is if you place your value on outward beauty, when your beauty fades, your value too will fade right along with it. I only realized this and appreciated it, once I could understand it. So the next time you compliment a little girl on the way she looks, or her hair, or her smile, or her clothes, it might be nice to also reinforce her intelligence in the same way. Sometimes you can say something to someone and it can make them see themselves differently. So why don’t you open up the world for the next little girl you meet and give her something more to work with than what the rest of society is already telling her. She is more than just a pretty face, beautiful body and a fashionista. She has the capacity to be all of that and more! Sometimes all it takes is for someone to help you conceive, believe, and to achieve. by Kim Carson ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kim Carson is an author and television/radio/internet personality. You can keep up with all of her adventures at www.FaithHopeAndLoveSongs. com and on facebook at KimCarsonNOW. And She’s Smart Too At the time, I don’t think I ever saw “being smart” as a compliment. 30 August 2012
  31. 31. 31August 2012 believe it can. Everything in life is art.  There is art in preparing food, preparing a table, decorating your home, or even dressing yourself. Gardens are a form of art as is your appreciation of them. There is art in wine, in making it as well as drinking it.  I believe that whenever you bring your own sense of self to whatever you do, it is art. My favorite art form is painting.  My heart races as I watch my hands move color across canvas. But my interests are many. I have an adorable husband, a loving family, a thirst for knowledge, and a desire to be surrounded by beauty. In all these things, I find the art of living and loving well. Think of your last romantic date. Chances are that one or both of you had to set the stage.  Did you have a picnic outside or a lovely meal inside? Whatever the venue; beautiful fabric, throw pillows, candles, and fresh cut flowers make even the ordinary feel extraordinary. There is art in the way you smile at someone and make eye contact while really listening. Let them know you’re thinking of them with random acts of kindness. Art is brought to the everyday by simply thinking about it. Here are a few of my favorite ways of  bringing art into my everyday: • Supporting a local artist and being aware of the smile that spreads over your face when that artwork is hung on your wall. • Hanging art in unusual places; over a door, under a window or a small “peek-a-boo” painting hanging in a small nook. • Serving wine and presenting it with a beautiful wine stopper, ice bucket or decanter. • Having a glass already poured for your guests or loved one. • Using trays, trays, trays. • Serving water with any one of the following (or mix-n-match)... cucumber, mint, lavender, ginger, or my favorite summer treat, red pepper. • Placing edible flowers, like marigolds or nasturtium, on your plates or freshly cut gems from your garden in a vase for the table. I use ferns, grasses, and herbs. I also love simple flowers floating in a small bowl or vase or a collection of them as a great centerpiece! These visuals can make any meal look elegant. I hope these ideas inspire you to look at everything you do as art. Surprise with the unexpected and you will delight those around you and yourself. It doesn’t take hours of preparation. Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am the queen of the last minute. Simply nurture the idea that everything we do in life is art. The details are what allows you and yours to experience the art of living well. Art Improve Your Love Life? Can by Stephanie Schlatter I ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
 Stephanie Schlatter is a full time working artist. She is the founder of Art Aid for Tesfa, providing art education to children in Ethiopia. You can currently find her On the Michigan Wine Trail exploring the relationship between art and wine. For more information, visit