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“Conflict is part of every marriage. Thirty-seven percent of newlyweds admit to being more critical of their mates after marriage. And 30 percent report an increase in arguments. Whether you argue does not determine the health of your marriage. Far more important than how often you argue is how you argue.

With Father’s Day coming soon, you and your family will be celebrating one of the most important men in your life- Dad. As a child, he was your hero, your protector, and your solid rock. Now that you are older, you admire him for all that he has done for you and you still look to him for advice and wisdom. Picking out the perfect gift for Dad is not easy!

School is almost out for summer! Many of us want to gift our child’s teacher something special at the end of the year for all the love, kindness, and patience they have poured out on our little ones. Being a teacher is not easy, and they are so deserving of our gratitude especially after this wild 20/21 school year! Some common go-to gifts you might have thought of are bath and body products, Starbucks gift cards and mugs, but below are some additional gift ideas your child’s teacher will be touched to receive:

School is almost out for summer! Many of us want to gift our child’s teacher something special at the end of the year for all the love, kindness, and patience they have poured out on our little ones. Being a teacher is not easy, and they are so deserving of our gratitude especially after this wild 20/21 school year! Some common go-to gifts you might have thought of are bath and body products, Starbucks gift cards and mugs, but below are some additional gift ideas your child’s teacher will be touched to receive:

Graduation is a pivotal point in a young person’s life. It is the beginning of a season of responsibility, coming of age, and independence. As these twenty-somethings are about to discover the meaning of “adulting,” here are some gift ideas that will no doubt be a blessing in your college grad’s new life.

If some of you are thinking, “I believe I have read this letter before,” you would be correct. Our son and daughter (in law) had a beautiful wedding ceremony planned for April of 2020. As with thousands around the country, they had to postpone the big event, but chose to hold a private covenant ceremony in our backyard. Well, we are finally celebrating their wedding vows, and it was on my heart to re-post the letter I wrote to my son last year. Some things have changed (he is now 25, not 24 as the letter states), but I hope you enjoy!

 I heard the most interesting ad the other day. There is a company that offers private-type flights for the commercial world. They describe themselves as a “hop on jet service.” On their website it states, “The convenience of private air but at commercial prices.” I looked them up, and there was one flight from Dallas to Houston for only $99! 

“We read a lot of articles and books about how to get through the engagement process, but no one ever talked to us about what it would be like the first year of our marriage. I wish we had known what to expect,” said one of the couples my husband and I mentor. This is a common comment, and if you find yourself having similar feelings, do not fret! You are not alone. The first year of marriage is fabulous, but it can also be difficult. Two people learning to become one does not happen overnight.

We all like to think we have good manners in marriage, but with the people that are closest to us, we can sometimes find ourselves slipping a bit. As stated by Cindy Grosso of the Charleston School of Protocol, manners are not about a bunch of rules. Manners are the outward manifestation of the condition of our heart. If we have a heart that loves, honors, respects, and cherishes our spouse, then these traits will show in how we behave.

Society is opening and people are resuming long overdue vacations. This is great news! I recently posted some tips on making your travels successful, but let’s focus on dos and don’ts of traveling with friends.

 

1. Boundaries: When traveling with others, set guidelines, boundaries, and expectations before leaving town. If you know you and your husband want one night to yourselves, express this up front. If a quiet breakfast in bed is necessary to start your day, see if this fits with the group’s schedule. 

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Chicken Kabobs



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Oh my!!! These chicken kabobs and the accompanying sauce are absolutely delectable. Each bite of chicken provides a tasty combination of southeast asian flavors. When you prep the kabobs, just be sure to leave at least two hours for the marinade to soak into the chicken and you will be set.


I had never made peanut sauce before and was surprised by how simple it was to create. Once you have combined the initial ingredients for the sauce, take a taste and see if you want to add anything else! I opted for a splash of rice vinegar and lime juice. In the future I think I will try throwing in a bunch of cilantro. The sauce base is yummy and easy to tweak to your personal preferences. Packed with incredible flavor, this dish is deceptively simple to make and sure to impress anyone that you serve it to!


Chicken Kabobs
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Makes 12 Servings

Preparation Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes


Ingredients for the Kabobs:

*1/4 cup coconut milk

*2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce

*2 1/2 teaspoons yellow curry powder

*1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric

*3/8 teaspoon garlic powder

*1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger

*1 tablespoon brown sugar

*1 tablespoon fish sauce

*2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into

*1 inch chunks

*1 tablespoon canola oil

*Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Preparation for the Kabobs:

*In a medium bowl, combine coconut milk, soy sauce, curry powder, turmeric, garlic, ginger, brown sugar and fish sauce.

*In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine chicken and coconut milk mixture. *Marinate for at least 2 hours to overnight, turning the bag occasionally.

*Drain the chicken from the marinade, discarding the marinade.

*Preheat grill to medium high heat.

*Thread chicken onto skewers.

*Brush with canola oil, season with salt and pepper, to taste.

*Add skewers to grill, and cook, turning occasionally, until the chicken is completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 12-15 minutes.



Ingredients for the Dipping Sauce:

*2/3 cup creamy peanut butter

*1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk

*1/2 cup pineapple juice

*1/4 cup soy sauce

*1 tablespoon brown sugar

*1 1/2 teaspoons powdered ginger

*1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

*2 cloves garlic, chopped

*3 tablespoons scallions, minced

*1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


Preparation for the Dipping Sauce:

*In blender or food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth. (I recommend making the base then tasting and adjusting to your taste from there. I like my sauces tangy so I added 2 teaspoons lime juice and 1 tablespoon rice vinegar to the rest of the ingredients.)

*Set aside at room temperature until needed.

*Serve with chicken kabobs.


Recipe and Taste Tester - Alina Gersib