Author archives: Maura Montez

Hook Line and Stinker

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A charming, southern story from Tales from the South. I’m not sure how it happened that the four of us ended up in a johnboat on a sticky, hot August day, but I suspected it began with a plan of Daddy’s to spend the day in peace and solitude and to get his limit of bass and bream, to boot. An announcement, “I’m goin’ fishin,” was met with “Not without us [...]

Cool, Calm and Comfortable Blue

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Master Bedroom Laure Antonetti Schutze with L. Antoinett Design has worked with this central Arkansas homeowner for several years. The homeowners renovated their living room and kitchen five years ago. “And when they became empty nesters, they decided to redesign their guest bedrooms, to give them their own personalities,” she said. Customize. “Put a b[...]

Strawberry Brownie Yums for Summer Parties

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Today, we’re featuring fun, easy-to-prepare, easy-to-eat, easy-to-clean up recipes for delicious summer meals that don’t require a grill. I love the flavor and texture contrast of fruit in salad. For me, until recently, mixing fruits and greens was rare. It was only later in life that I discovered the concept of combining the sweetness of fruit with[...]

Summer Cocktails

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"Something cold, something frozen … with alcohol” is what my esteemed editor said when I inquired about June’s Create theme. So I interviewed ex-bartender Spencer Jansen and wine guy Matt Zorn to find out what the pros advise for cooling down in the summer. The key piece of information that I gleaned is to remember that alcohol does not freeze and that addin[...]

This Home Sings of Summertime

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We were so enamored with Penny Beebe’s front porch that we asked for a tour of her home, which was being renovated. Impressed, we asked to feature it. “Oh, my. I’m honored. You should come back in May. My home sings in the summer,” Beebe said. We agree. Beebe, an interior designer by trade, has lived in the home eight years. She loves to entertain. “I love t[...]

Are you a Beer Lover? Don't Miss the Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival this Weekend!

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Be sure to visit Superior Bathhouse Brewery. The brewery features a craft beer tasting room, full service restaurant and most recently a special event venue. The brewery is the first brewery located in a U.S. National Park and the world's first to utilize thermal spring water as the main ingredient. The brewery turns 144 degree water into a myriad of styles [...]

River Market Tower Hosts Open House

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Little Rock - River Market Tower is hosting an open house on Wednesday, May 24 from 5-7 pm at River Market Tower. Appetizers and wine from ZIN will be served. Arkansas Artist, Bob Snider, will be on hand painting a picture of the downtown skyline. Plus several other pieces of art will be available from Gallery Central. Come join the fun and be sure to enter[...]

Dr. Jennifer L. Conner on the Joys of Cycling

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According to Arkansas Parks and Tourism Director, Joe David Rice, Arkansas has been moved to the forefront of one of America’s fastest growing interests. His article in the May issue will tell you all you need to know about the current state of, and existing and future endeavors of bicycling in Arkansas.  His take on it?  “Things are pretty damn good.” Me[...]

Michael Chaffin on the Joys of Cycling

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According to Arkansas Parks and Tourism Director, Joe David Rice, Arkansas has been moved to the forefront of one of America's fastest growing interests. His article in the May issue will tell you all you need to know about the current state of, and existing and future endeavors of bicycling in Arkansas.  His take on it?  "Things are pretty damn good." Mi[...]