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Digging Deeper – Going Further

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It is a very special thing to witness willing hearts reaching far into our community to meet the needs of so many who are struggling. Perhaps, the most interesting part, is that these people are not solely focused on one specific kind of need. Instead, they revolve around one word. Love.

Caring for a Cause was born on a snowy weekend in November 2010. All that were present had no idea what seeds were being planted or the harvest that would come from those seeds. A few months before, Nikki Rogers, founder of CFAC, overheard a conversation among Ola Elementary teachers about a child  who was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer. Immediately, the conversation truck deep in Nikki’s heart as she was a mother of three precious boys. She just couldn’t imagine how the mother of this dangerously sick child felt. It was that very night that Nikki decided she had to help the family. Since she loved nothing more than to watch her boys play ball, she decided a ball tournament would be fitting.

Over the next few weeks, she spoke with multiple baseball teams and contacted the guy who ran the ball field. He said, “Yes, but you will have to wait until November and you can expect to raise around $2,000.00.”

She asked for the family’s blessing and, with tears shed, the Briscoe’s said, “Yes!”. Excitement filled Nikki, as she busied herself making preparations for the tournament.

Fast forward to that cold weekend in November. Sixty Five teams took the field to Play and Pray for Maddie Briscoe at the 1st Annual Team Maddie Baseball and Softball Tournament. The willingness of our tender-hearted community was overwhelming. People wanted to show support.

On Monday night, Nikki, along with many volunteers and participants, met in the cafeteria at Ola Elementary to present the funds to the Briscoe family.

$26,714.00

Yes, you read that right. And in that moment, Nikki knew this was only the beginning to something huge!

Since then, Caring For A Cause has helped many families in Henry County. As the organization continues to grow, needs are surfacing and there are ways we can support this organization in helping our hurting neighbors.

I plan to do something BIG to help this amazing organization continue to serve those in need. Can I ask one thing of you? Would you search your heart to see if you would want to show love to our community too? I will follow this post with many, many ways you can help and the opportunities available to you!

Nikki follows one principle: love others.

Thanks for taking the time to read about CFAC. I can’t wait to dig deeper and reach further into our beautiful Henry County.

Kallai Casey

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Take a Peak Inside- It Might Just Change Your Life

This is a year of many changes for Ryan and I. We have decided to spend more time with and in our beloved community. As  Henry County natives, there are many aspects of the community we want to see thrive, but it only takes one quick glance at our neighbors to find there are many, many people in need.

Yes, the need is incredibly great. Financial, physical (medical), spiritual, emotional, and so much more. As we dug our roots in a little deeper and have prepared to get our hands dirty, we have fallen head over heels for a group that is changing lives. Caring For a Cause. I have been friends with the organization’s founder, Nikki Rogers, for many years. But, this year, is OUR year to dig in.

Why do we love this specific charity? Because it is LOVE. It is what the whole entire organization is founded on. LOVE.

The non-profit doesn’t have a specific “niche” per se. Although, they have raised enormous funds for children with cancer, they have also met needs of other families enduring permanent and temporary crises.

The one thing that makes me want to jump in head first is this: the organization’s goal is to spread the love of Christ to our precious neighbors meeting needs right here in Henry County.

So, does this have you thinking? Are you wondering what needs are out there? Are you thinking of ways you could volunteer or donate? Are you checking your pockets for money to change a dear neighbor’s life? Stay tuned, friends. BIG things are coming. HUGE opportunities for you to help. Time, love, prayer and money. That’s what Caring For a Cause needs. This is the first of a series of blogs you will find as I unveil the truth about Henry County’s people and their needs. Next up: Caring For a Cause’s founding story…but, in the meantime, I will leave you with their mission statement:

“It is our mission to bring the local community together to help our neighbors that are in need. Our events are geared to draw the most support possible according to the family and its particular need. During a season of hardship and uncertainty we strive to make our fundraisers an enjoyable time for everyone while making a difference to the families that we are helping.”

 

Kallai Casey

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Our Adventure To Pasta Max

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Many of you requested it, and man, I am glad you did!

We decided to dine with some clients who are also very good friends. The night was absolutely perfect! Amazing food and fabulous company!

There’s just something about supporting local businesses that is dear to my heart, but the cuisine at Pasta Max is WAY more than local. We felt as if we had taken a quick trip to Northern Italy.

We started the evening with two hungry little ones. Rolls, in abundance, were promptly brought to our table. Smiles greeted us and we were comfy right away. After discussing the menu with our knowledgeable server, we made dish selections!

First up, crab cakes! As a bit of a seafood fanatic, I am always skeptical of local restaurants who prepare seafood. But whoa! I’m still dreaming of the delectable appetizer. Two, plump crab cakes were served per couple and every single bite was savored. The littles even indulged in them too!

After getting my taste buds all excited over the yummy seafood, I decided to order the shrimp and scallop special. Although my sweet friend and Pasta Max regular, ordered the same dish with Pappardelle sauce, I chose to stick with the lobster base. Because, I just LOVE lobster.

The hubs ordered Penne Rigate and it did not disappoint. It was hearty and scrumptious, just what a man with BIG tastebuds loves!

Each dish was creative in it’s own manner, yet traditionally Italian.

Overall, our experience was superb. Pasta Max gets our vote for the best local Italian restaurant!

 

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I love this town and the people in it!

Kallai Casey

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The Home Interior Color Trends You Need To Know In 2017

I am always curious to see changes in color trends each year but this year has really peaked my interest. Behr paint has divided it’s pallet into 3 moods. Confident, Comfortable and Composed.

This one pic particularly snagged my attention because it contains elements perfect for home staging. Classified as Comfortable, I am crazy over the “Gold Hearted” table.

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I wouldn’t argue that keeping the walls a nice, airy neutral is a good idea. Trim colors are still trending in split directions. Bright white paired with gray tones and bone white with brown tones. But my favorite thing about this is the yellow table. Just look at it! It brings fantastic energy to the room without taking away from it’s sophistication. A pop of color can be life changing for any room, as long as the hue is chosen carefully.

Go ahead, friend. Buy the colorful piece you have been eyeing or paint that old table you keep walking by. Do it! Have fun! And then find me on Facebook to share your pics!

Always stay in style,

Kallai Casey

SouthSide Realtors

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What’s For Dinner?!

Hey Friends!

I know many folks who are jumping into a healthier 2017 so I thought I would share a yummy recipe! Although, I’m not a resolution kind of gal, the hubs and I are definitely changing a few things about our diets to (hopefully) have more energy!

I’m really excited about making this for dinner. I have heard it is absolutely delicious!

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With sweet potatoes, apples, Brussels sprouts and bacon, this healthy Paleo chicken skillet is packed with flavor and delivers every food group in one pan!
YIELD: Serves 4 PREP TIME: 25 minutes COOK TIME: 25 minutes TOTAL TIME: 50 minutes
Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
3 cups Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered (about 3/4 pound)
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes (about 8 ounces)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 3/4 inch cubes
4 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large, nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium high, until hot and shimmering. Add the chicken, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and black pepper. Cook until lightly browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to plate lined with paper towels.
Reduce skillet heat to medium low. Add the chopped bacon and cook until crisp and brown and the fat has rendered, about 8 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate (I simply laid another paper towel on top of the plate with the chicken, then stacked the bacon on that). Discard all but 1 1/2 tablespoons bacon fat from the pan.
Increase skillet heat back to medium high. Add Brussels sprouts, sweet potato, onion, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender and the onions are beginning to look translucent, about 10 minutes.
Stir in the apples, garlic, thyme, and cinnamon. Cook 30 seconds, then pour in 1/2 cup of the broth. Bring to a boil and cook until evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add the reserved chicken and remaining 1/2 cup broth. Cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in reserved bacon and serve warm.

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Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon-Marshmallow Frosting

Apple CupcakeShredded apple replaces some of the oil and keeps the cake moist in these cinnamon-spiked cupcakes. There is a generous amount of fluffy marshmallow frosting to mound or pipe on top for a festive look. Be sure to frost them right after you make the frosting—it stiffens as it stands and becomes more difficult to spread.

Makes: 12 cupcakes

Active Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 2 1/2 hours (including cooling time)

NUTRITION PROFILE
Low cholesterol | Low saturated fat | Low sodium | Heart healthy

CUPCAKES
1 1/2 cups shredded peeled apples
1/2 cup diced dried apples
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar, plus 3/4 cup, divided
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1/3 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup cake flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk
FROSTING
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup water
4 teaspoons dried egg whites (see Note), reconstituted according to package directions (equivalent to 2 egg whites)
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish

PREPARATION
To prepare cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 (1/2-cup) muffin cups with cupcake liners or coat with cooking spray.
Combine shredded and dried apples in a bowl with 3 tablespoons brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Set aside. Beat oil and the remaining 3/4 cup brown sugar in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined.

Beat in eggs one at a time until combined. Add vanilla, increase speed to high and beat for 1 minute.
Whisk whole-wheat flour, cake flour, baking soda, salt and the remaining 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl.
With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the dry ingredients and buttermilk to the batter, starting and ending with dry ingredients and scraping the sides of the bowl as needed, until just combined. Stir in the reserved apple mixture until just combined. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. (The cups will be full.)
Bake the cupcakes until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cake comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before frosting.
To prepare frosting: Bring 2 inches of water to a simmer in the bottom of a double boiler (see Tip). Combine 1 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup water in the top of the double boiler. Heat over the simmering water, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes. Add reconstituted egg whites, cream of tartar and pinch of salt. Beat with an electric mixer on high speed until the mixture is glossy and thick, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the top pan from the heat and continue beating for 1 minute more to cool. Add vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and beat on low just to combine. Spread or pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and sprinkle cinnamon on top, if desired.