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Mansfield Magazine's September-October 2016 Issue - Fall Into Cooler Weather

Sep 21, 2016 04:40PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Fall In

It may not seem like it but fall is on the way. It’s always great to celebrate cooler weather and a changing of the seasons. And it gives us a chance to prepare another issue of Mansfield Magazine featuring stories, insight and activities with the season in mind.

Fall is a time when North Texans typically begin spending more time outside enjoying various activities. I had a chance to talk with Sarah Zink for this issue. She’s the chair of Keep Mansfield Beautiful to help create a clean and beautiful city. If you want to get involved or find out more about how the group operates then check out our Community Profile in this issue.

If you’re looking to spend some time outside this fall then you might consider starting an herb garden. You don’t have to be a master gardener to grow and enjoy herbs and they can add some real freshness and zip to your cooking. Check it all out in our HomeStyle section.

And, of course, there’s more cooking in this issue. Carol Ritchie provides a global view on the ancient culinary staples of rice and beans. There are almost endless varieties of both and Cookin’ with Carol offers a look at bringing these ancient “grains and legumes” to your contemporary dinner table. Don’t miss the Feijoada recipe.

One more food-related item, if you like Southern-style and soul food then you must make a trip to J’s Tasty Kitchen in Mansfield. Jennifer Terrell opened the doors of this restaurant just last January with the goal of bringing Southern staples to families in a cozy, sit-down atmosphere. You’ll find catfish, chicken-fried steak, pork chops, fried chicken, and more. Discover more in Local Flavor.

I have discovered that some people simply have a vision and a purpose to their lives, people like Melode Seremet. She operates Paws For Reflection, a 15-acre ranch that provides comprehensive counseling services for individuals, families, children, veterans and those with special needs. Read all about her and the important array of services she offers in this issue’s Your Neighbor.

Everything else is here for you to enjoy – from Lawn & Garden to Health & Wellness to Roadtrip. It’s always a pleasure to put each magazine together and we are always eager to hear back from our readers.

Enjoy the fall!


Browse around for articles and information on everything you need to know about the local community and let us know what you’d like to see more of! 

Rice and Beans The Center of the Ancient World Cuisine - Sep 20 2016 0130PM

Rice and Beans: The Center of the Ancient World Cuisine

The recent Olympics in Rio de Janeiro brought attention to Brazilian foods. The favorite is Brazil’s national dish: feijoada, a hearty meat and black bean stew, served with white rice. Read More » 


5 Money Tips Every Teen Should Know - Sep 20 2016 0145PM

5 Money Tips Every Teen Should Know

As an advocate for teaching financial responsibility, Wendy Kha, a Boys & Girls Clubs of America national ambassador, offers a few tips for parents and teens. Read More » 


Pain Management Safe Effective Options For Long-Term Treatment - Sep 20 2016 0150PM

Pain Management: Safe, Effective Options For Long-Term Treatment

As the human body ages or gets sick, there is often a need for additional care. Read More » 


Bringing Outdoor Herbs Inside This Fall - Sep 20 2016 0158PM

Bringing Outdoor Herbs Inside This Fall

If you’ve never used fresh herbs in your cooking, now may be the perfect time to make a fresh start. 



Js Tasty Kitchen Serves Up a Truly Home-Style Feel - Sep 20 2016 0224PM

J’s Tasty Kitchen Serves Up a Truly Home-Style Feel

You can never underestimate the power of keeping it simple and doing it well. Nowhere is this more on display than J’s Tasty Kitchen in Mansfield. Read More » 



Analyzing the Abundance of Abelias - Sep 20 2016 0249PM

Analyzing the Abundance of Abelias

Glossy abelia has been used as a landscape shrub for decades. Read More » 


Animals Heal at Midlothians Paws For Reflection Ranch - Sep 20 2016 0310PM

Animals Heal at Midlothian’s Paws For Reflection Ranch

The 15-acre ranch provides comprehensive counseling services for individuals, families, children, youth-at-risk, veterans and their dependents and individuals with special needs. Read More » 

Web Extras

Budgeting Tips From MISDs Financial Services Director - Sep 20 2016 0511PM

Budgeting Tips From MISD's Financial Services Director

We were able to get in touch with Mansfield ISD's Monica Irvin, RTSBA, CPA, Director of Financial Services, and get a few financial budgeting tips. Read More » 


Tips for Easing Everyday Aches  Pains from a Mansfield Chiropractor - Sep 21 2016 0113PM

Tips for Easing Everyday Aches & Pains from a Mansfield Chiropractor

Mansfield chiropractor Clint Dacus gives us some tips for easing everyday aches and pains, as well as a few reasons why you might have them. Read More » 


Photo courtesy of the Keep Mansfield Beautiful website

Keeping Mansfield Beautiful Every Day

There are things that we can do every day to help keep Mansfield beautiful, because there is really nothing better than a beautiful hometown! Read More » 

Photo courtesy of AllRecipescom

Rice & Beans: A Winning Combination

Rice and beans is a classic combination, with seemingly unlimited variations. We've compiled a few different recipe ideas. Read More » 

Photo by Thomas J Courtesy of Sunsetcom

Featuring Fall Herbs: 3 Tasty Recipes

We've compiled a few different fall herb recipe ideas for your consideration. Read More » 


3 Mansfield-Area Shrubs to Add to Your Yard - Sep 21 2016 0324PM

3 Mansfield-Area Shrubs to Add to Your Yard

We've put together 3 native-area shrubs that will thrive in the Mansfield, Texas climate. Read More » 


Paws for Reflection Ranch Photos courtesy of their Facebook page

Web Extra: Paws for Reflection Ranch's Owner Answers a Few More Questions

We got to know Paws for Reflection Ranch's owners Melode and Stan Seremet in a recent article. Here are a few bonus questions Melode answered for us. Take a look! Read More » 


Courtesy of the Todays Other Choices website

Teacher, Restaurant Owner, Nonprofit Organizer & More: Local Resident Selflessly Serves the Community

Jennifer Terrell, J's Tasty Kitchen's owner, middle school teacher, and more, tells us some of the things that she enjoys doing with her very limited leisure time. Read More » 

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