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Annie's Mailbox

 Dear Annie:

I am inclined to ask for an outside opinion after spending time with my grandkids at their home last night and witnessing a lot of violent behavior with which they got away. It was an emotional roller coaster. I saw the eldest sibling behaving roughly with his younger siblings. The parents threatened to take away a favorite toy as punishment but then never followed through, nor did they use timeout, which I still think is smart for calming down.

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2017 Acura RDX compact luxury SUV

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With a starting MSRP of $35,370, the stylish and comfortable 2017 Acura RDX offers room for five and a long list of interior amenities.

Significantly refreshed for the 2016 model year, the 2017 RDX retains the upgrades made last year, including a more fuel-efficient 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine, restyled exterior and interior elements, and list of luxury features.

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Sheila Umphrey's Christmas bike

I started a tradition. I had an old bicycle in the garage and was going to get rid of it. I was talking to my yard man about it, and he suggested putting it on my porch and decorating it for different holidays.

 When searching the best place to put it, I decided I really liked it on the oak-tree branch in my front yard. So now, I put an elf at Christmas, a witch at Halloween, a rabbit for Easter, Uncle Sam for the Fourth of July and a court jester at Mardi Gras. People come with their kids and take pictures all year long. So much fun!

- Sheila Umphrey

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Mucho Bueno's carne asada fries with a Ballast Point Commodore

Foodies from around the area showed up for the “Food Trucks Invade” event at the Logon Cafe on Nov. 11. Dat Mac, Blue Dave’s Barbecue and Pops and Rockets ice pops sold a variety of delicious dinners and desserts. Mucho Bueno served some Tex-Mex favorites like the carne asada fries and spicy shrimp taco pictured. The carne asada fries with an ample amount of carne asada, lots of cheese, sour cream, guacamole and salsa were out of this world and well worth the 15-minute wait. It paired great with the Ballast Point Commodore.

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pumpkin cornbread

The turkey is, and should be, the main event of your Thanksgiving meal, but without complementing the juicy bird with some delicious sides, your meal won’t be complete.

What is a Thanksgiving feast with bread on your food spread? Don’t just go to the store and buy the ones you stick in your over for a few minutes when you can spend less and make the dough, which also taste much better. There are soft dinner no knead rolls that are waiting to be buttered. This recipe makes 12 rolls.

Pumpkin Cornbread

Ingredients

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Cast of Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Starring: Kenneth Branaugh, Michelle Pfeiffer

Directed by: Kenneth Branaugh

Rated: PG-13

Unfair as it may be, there will be comparisons between this version of the Agatha Christie novel and the 1974 adaptation that was an immensely satisfying piece of entertainment. With a distance of over 30 years between the two films, I have no quibble with the idea of a redo. But the actual redo is a different story — literally.

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Four-time Texas Female Vocalist of the Year Bri Bagwell will perform at the Jefferson Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 16, and bring along some friends including Rich O’Toole, and The Broken Spokes. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

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Chicks with Hits are Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Boggus

Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Boggus will share the stage for a guitar-pull style acoustic show called Chicks With Hits. They’ll come together and play hit songs from their legendary careers. The tour will stop at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles on Friday, Nov. 17, at 8:30 p.m. Clark is the only Canadian female artist to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry and has more than 5 million albums.

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Nativity scene

The Stark Museum of Art celebrates the holiday season with an exhibit Spirit of Bethlehem: The Boehm Porcelain Nativity beginning Tuesday, Nov. 21 through Jan. 6 in the museum’s lobby.

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