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Masa Feature

Flavors to savor: South American chef dishes up deliciousness on State Street

Foodie Fact In the moodie for more foodie? Check out this Q&A with Vivian Delgado. Masa means… It’s a dough made from corn flour that is used in several items on the restaurant’s menu. Favorite Colombian dish Colombian dish Arepas [...]
Up House

To grandmother’s house we go: 15 fun stops along I-15

For many families in Utah County, the traditional trek over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house is more of a jaunt up and down Utah Valley’s major interstate. And if the familiar drive gets a little humdrum this holiday [...]
The McAllisters of "Home Alone" fame aren't the only family that experiences holiday drama. This Christmas, don't let family tensions ruin the most wonderful time of the year.

Home for the holidays: 4 tips to enjoy a harmonious holiday

The famous Perry Como song “Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays” sums it up like this: “If you want to be happy in a million ways, for the holidays you can’t beat home, sweet home.” But in many households, [...]
Mindy and The Strike

Provo Christmas album packages multiple goals into one successful product

Christmas is a season of giving, and this year, Provo City is sharing the gift of its vibrant music scene and charity with the world. What started as a handful of music videos to promote local musicians and the Christmas spirit blossomed into [...]
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6 great programs LDS humanitarian aid supports

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a charitable organization, with a robust humanitarian aid program run largely by volunteers and a firm doctrinal foundation that celebrates and encourages giving to the poor. Elder Jeffrey [...]
Clean linens and fresh towels are two must-haves for holiday guests. Photo courtesy Angela Pedersen and Christie Soelberg.

10 easy ways to be the best holiday host ever

During the holidays, you might feel as though you’re playing host more often than David Letterman. Whether you are organizing a party or having weekend visitors, the key to being a great emcee/entertainer/inn keeper is putting others at [...]
June Williamson, who runs the blog happythaigirl.com and has a book coming out with Cedar Fort Press next year, gave us her recipe for Red Thai Curry. (Photo by Leah Aldous)

Recipe: Red Thai Curry

Ingredients: 1 lb chicken (skinless, boneless, sliced, approx. 1-2 breasts, can also use beef, pork) 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 2 Tbsp curry paste (red or green, hot: 3-4 tbsp) 1 can coconut cream 1 cup bamboo shoots (sliced) 1 cup green beans or [...]
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Elizabeth Smart teaches UVU students to overcome adversity

Utah native Elizabeth Smart shared how she has risen above and worked through the traumatic experience of her kidnapping 12 years ago during her speech to UVU students and community members. “One thing we all have in common is we all have [...]
Elizabeth Smart visited UVU to speak to students and faculty. At the end of the speech, President Matt Holland gave Smart a UVU sweater and told her, "They may start life with a sweatshirt that says BYU, but they end life with one that says UVU."

8 times Elizabeth Smart unexpectedly had UVU audience laughing

Elizabeth Smart had her UVU audience on the edge of their seats with personal details of of being kidnapped at age 14, how she dealt with it, what kept her going and how she escaped. This was all expected based on the widespread awareness [...]

1984 to 2014: Evolution of the Christmas Devotional

The First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional, held last Sunday, is the most recent installment in a decades-long tradition in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The devotional began as a way for Church leadership to celebrate [...]
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5 self-reliance tips for YSAs

The words “family home storage” and “preparedness” often conjure images of large shelves lined with wheat and canned peaches. But the commandment to be self-reliant applies to everyone, even young single adults with [...]

Made in UV: Sunglasses, suits and more

These seven items were made in Utah Valley’s own backyard. With a wide range of talent, there is no need to shop anywhere else. Brand of Brothers Whether you prefer to protect your eyes from the best snow on earth or a tropical beach, three [...]
Thai feature

Taste of Thai: June Williamson is bringing exotic Thai flavors to Utah Valley tables

Foodie Fact Want a bit more spice? Check out this Q&A with June Williamson. Pantry MVPs Fish sauce, coconut cream, curry paste Cardinal sin of Thai food Oily rice without any flavor Most popular non-Thai dishes My famous potato rolls or [...]
Madsen Family Teddy Bear Feature

Local girls collect 1,607 stuffed animals to help at-risk children through Project Teddy Bear

A Saratoga Springs family had new tenants that took over their basement in 2014 — teddy bears. Throughout the year, Camryn (14), Carsyn (13) and Tyleigh (10) Madsen collected stuffed animals to donate to the Bank of American Fork Project [...]
Chandler Collings

Food & Care Coalition redefines the meaning of hope with concert

It’s a season of hope for the Food & Care Coalition of Utah County with its first ever fundraising concert, “Hope For Tomorrow,” and hope chest silent auction. “I really believe that this will be a Festival of Trees [...]

LDS singer Brandon Flowers records new Christmas song about a lump of coal

Nephi native and lead singer of The Killers, Brandon Flowers, has just released his newest Christmas single titled “Joel, the Lump of Coal.” The Killers have produced a new Christmas single every year since 2006, each one benefiting [...]
As LDS teenagers practice fasting, they can learn important lessons about the value of such a practice. (Image courtesy LDS.org Media Library.)

5 things every teenager should understand about fasting

Youth in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are building testimonies, and with more expected of LDS youth all the time, they are building them quickly. All that growing, spiritually and physically, means teenagers need to be fed—and, [...]

Successful silver screen stylist puts family ahead of Hollywood

Midway resident Charlene Johnson has built an impressive, five-decade career as an in-demand Hollywood hairdresser, styling the likes of Elvis Presley and Doris Day to Mel Gibson, John Travolta, and, most recently, James Lafferty and Danny [...]

5 tips for the most refrigerator-worthy Christmas cards

Stack the Christmas cards in your favor with these five tips from photographer McKenzie Deakins, whose pics won this photo contest with a dose of merry and light. 1. Use a professional card design. “It’s an absolute must to have a professionally [...]

Merry moments: 6 photos of merriment in Utah Valley

Show us your merry, we said. Show us your very, we said. Show us your year-round very merry, we said. You read. You red. And the joy you spread. Check out this thread of eight merry photos submitted by readers and photo leaders. Your heart just [...]